It’s a strange sensation, as a regular functional human with no major murderous tendencies (aside from when it comes to spiders and road rage), to watch a TV show and get some sick delight from seeing a dead body. Not so much the bloodiness of the body or the twisted position the corpse is in but, rather, the glee of knowing that the identity of the body is the same as the person you just spent 60 minutes saying, “Please, someone, kill her already.”
That dead body belongs to Assistant District Attorney Sinclair, and I think I speak for everyone when I say: I’m okay with it! The ever-annoying Sinclair was a thorn in everyone’s side, forcing Annalise to testify, forcing Asher to spy, and forcing Eve to take down her former lesbian lover in a way-too-personal cross-examination. So, no, I’m not too bummed out that the second bloody victim of the Night of the Fancy Mansion is this terrible ADA, and yes, I’m unapologetic in rooting for its existence.
Here’s what else we know about the Night of the Fancy Mansion: While Annalise lays bleeding in the portrait room, Sinclair is at the foot of the stairs outside, body splayed and shoes off. Did she fall? Was she pushed? The lacerations on her face (thus marks the first time I’ve ever written the word lacerations, and I’m feeling pretty good about it) seem far too brutal for just a fall. So, who hit her, who pushed her, and which action resulted in the actual kill?
Another revelation: All four of the Murder, Inc. kids are there — surprise! Last week we saw Wes running from the house; it turns out, he’s actually heading into the woods to join Michaela and Laurel, who reached the trees first. Connor’s still inside, covered in blood and applying pressure to Annalise’s stomach wound. His bedside manner — “This is your fault! It’s always your fault!” — could use work. The other three quickly realize he’s inside and go to retrieve him before the cops arrive. Connor won’t budge, perhaps because his guilty panic suggests he has something to do with Annalise being shot. But they get him to move. Laurel’s like, “There’s nothing we can do for her.” Michaela’s like, “The only way we end up okay is if we leave right now.” Annalise is like, “You guys go, I’ll stay here.” All four run out, right past Sinclair’s sincorpse.
That’s all we get of the big murder night — a welcome change from how many flashforwards we got during each episode in season 1 — but it does set up some fun new scenarios for what went down and who shot Annalise. It’s probably a safe bet to rule out Michaela and Laurel and Wes. The jury’s still out on Connor.
The rest of the night belongs to the two trials, which dictated the boozy descent of Annalise Keating into the warm arms of vodka and Famke. But before that, I want to stick with the Murder, Inc. kids this week, since last week didn’t do their storylines any favors. This week, we have a better idea of what’s coming for them in season 2.
WES AND REBECCA
The kids still don’t know that Rebecca is dead, aside from quiet Laurel, and Connor and Michaela are razzing Wes for seemingly protecting his escaped girlfriend. In reality, Wes is long done with her, not even caring enough to take some of her stuff when the landlord tells him she hasn’t paid rent. Essentially Wes has canceled Rebecca after just one season.
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If Wes really did take a closer look at Rebecca’s things, he would have noticed a framed group photo of Rebecca, Lila, and a handsome newcomer named Levi…
MICHAELA AND EGGS
…who is the same Levi who introduced himself to Michaela in the courthouse. Connor initially hits on him, as a wild Connor is wont to do, but Levi is more interested in Michaela and cracks (like EGGS!) a joke about how to get his number in her phone. Was his pickup line a little too on the nose to suggest that he’s Eggs 911? Or is it, like Warby Parker, custom fit to be that exact revelation? Nothing’s too subtle on HTGAWM, and when we see Levi wooing Michaela at a pool bar, right after the reveal that he knows Rebecca, it’s pretty strongly implied that Eggs 911 is either this handsome man OR a series of handsome men who have randomly introduced themselves to Michaela this season. (If this is the case, how does one sign up for an Eggs 911?)
To that point, shouldn’t Michaela be absolutely flipping out about anyone who comes up to her? Given everything that’s gone down and the shadowy texts she’s getting from Eggs, Michaela ought to be skeptical of every new person she meets. Is it her reluctant belly flop back into the dating pool that’s hazing her judgment?
CONNOR AND OLIVER
Since Asher still doesn’t know about Sam, Lila, Rebecca, or literally anything else, the rest of Murder, Inc. still has to change the subject whenever he pops in. This week, Connor haphazardly changed the subject and revealed that Oliver is HIV-positive. It would have been a fine secret in the hands of everyone else, but not with Asher. When Oliver suddenly appears at Annalise’s office to drop off keys for Connor, Asher approaches him with cringe-worthy yet well-meaning support, things like “Straight bros totally down with all your gay stuff!” and “Philadelphia’s one of my favorite movies!”
Naturally, Oliver’s furious with Connor for betraying the secret. He and Michaela gang up on Connor later. “I never thought I’d end up with a self-absorbed pretty boy,” says Oliver, twisting the knife into Connor’s heart like a corkscrew into the Chardonnay I just finished halfway through the episode. What effect will Connor’s uphill battle relationship with Oliver have on his decidedly precarious emotional state this year? In a twist of fate from last season, maybe Oliver has something to do with why Connor is in the situation with Annalise on the Night of the Fancy Mansion?
LAUREL AND FRANK
Laurel, riding high off of the academic thrill of getting an A on an exam, decides it’s time to let Frank check back into her, uh, Scantron machine. But when she arrives at his apartment for a booty call, Frank pushes her away with the sexiest “You just want me for my body” monologue I’ve ever heard. He’s offended that Laurel is suddenly interested in him again, which is so uncharacteristic of Frank that it must signal he’s under major stress from all of this killing-Lila-and-stuffing-Rebecca-into-a-suitcase business. “If you’re interested in me, get to know me,” he actually says out loud on a TV show in 2015. “Otherwise, this is closed for business.”
Will they reconcile? Please. Does Frank wear a vest?
Though he’s not in Murder, Inc., Asher is right at home in the Keating Five with his own dastardly secrets to keep. His relationship with Bonnie continues to proceed with the bizarre pacing of a three-legged puppy. The power dynamic of Basher is constantly shifting despite an inevitable conclusion that, just like me and my DVD of Hocus Pocus, they’re both just going to end up in bed together in the end.
While he’s juggling Bonnie, he’s also got certifiable crazy-lady ADA Sinclair forcing him to spy on the Keating house and meeting with him in parking garages like only the shadiest people do. Once Nate’s trial is dismissed, Asher thinks he’s off the hook. “Bye, Felicia,” he says, but it’s actually more of a “I’ll see you soon, Felicia; be well” because Sinclair’s been assigned as prosecutor to the Hapstall case, which Asher looks to be a large part of as the case continues.
NEXT: Inside the courtroom