By: Dustin Bradley
ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” was full of a ton of small moments in this latest episode, but all of it was leading up to a bombshell of an ending. The cast continues do all do some of their best work this year, in a season that continues to be more character driven than ever before. The “OMG” moments are still there, but it’s really more about the character’s emotional journey rather than just shock after shock. Let’s discuss last weeks episode down below.
Laurel (Karla Souza) is still cooped up in the Psych ward and after everything she has been through already, Mr. Castillo (Esai Morales) has to continue to make things worse by not only taking Laurel’s baby away from her but also officially opening up Antares as a publicly traded company (To be honest I don’t even know what Antares does besides being a patsy for Mr. Castillo’s outside interests. Was it ever explained?). She also is dealing with a toon of PTSD from the premature birth of her baby and then having him ripped away. Annalise (Viola Davis) promises that she is on the case. We quickly learn that that is not true. She explains to Frank (Charlie Weber) that she is worried that there maybe some truth to the medical files she received on Laurel.
We know, as viewers, the real reason why Laurel went into labor prematurely. Annalise and Frank find out the truth near the end of the episode after Laurel tells Michaela the truth about Frank elbowing her. She is certain that’s what caused it because she felt it. In every way.
Michaela (Aja Naomi King) gets put in charge of Laurel while Annaliese goes back to work on the Class Action and continues to fix some of the mess that has been made. Michaela soon picks up on the fact that Annaliese is lying to Laurel about trying to get her out, after Annaliese lies about filing a petition that Laurel’s mom filed year about when she was in a similar situation. Another big Michaela moment was her visiting Tegan (Amirah Vann) to ask why she is sticking up for the gang since she clearly doesn’t believe their story. Tegan tells her that she has should be worried about getting involved in the Antares world because she has no idea what she’s up against.
Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) is still struggling with what happened to Simon (Behzad Dabu). He winds up hacking the hospitals servers to get information and eventually sneaking away from Connor (Jack Falahee) and Asher ( Matt McGorry) to go visit him. He has to lie about the nature of his relationship with Simon and say that they are dating in order to have visitation. He soon gets caught and has a (less than) pleasant conversation with Asher about how to cope with all the bad stuff that they all do and/or did. Hopefully, Oli doesn’t turn into one of The Keating Four to where he gets so wrapped up EVERY DAMN TIME.
Bonnie (Liza Weil) and Annalise try to make up. Bonnie tells her that her “love” for her isn’t romantic. It’s strictly a really weird, super close family. She also turns on Denver (Benito Martinez) as a way to earn the trust of Annalise and Frank again. Maybe we will start to see this duo back again soon?
Elsewhere, Dr. Isaac (Jimmy Smits) is back and this time he is willing to do Laurel’s evaluation because he finally realized that Annaliese helps these kids because she just needs a distraction from life and her own problems. The evaluation is great because Laurel gets released. It’s then that we get treated to the big plot twist…
There was still no word on how Wes/Christophe knew Dominic (Nicholas Gonzalez). Laurel clearly didn’t know either. Frank has thought the whole episode that the phone he swiped from Dominic is important because it rings all the time. He downloaded an app that tells him from where the caller is phoning and it seems to be coming from inside the house, just kidding. Seriously, the calls are coming from Philly. We find out at the end of the episode that the number was Laurel’s MOM all along!
Be sure to watch tonight’s episode on ABC at 10/9c!