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'How to Get Away With Murder' recap: 'Is Somebody Really Dead?'

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How to Get Away With Murder

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
2
run date:
09/25/14
performer:
Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch
broadcaster:
ABC
genre:
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Everyone was having sex and threatening to kill each other in tonight’s revealing episode of How to Get Away with Murder. We’re just two episodes away from finding out who’s under the sheet, and this time, we learned Asher is safe. Let’s unpack the rest of episode 5, aptly titled “Is Somebody Really Dead?”

We pick up where we left off last week, with Michaela in her apartment and her adoptive mother answering Connor’s phone. Michaela tries to call Asher — and as she’s leaving to find him, she tells her mom “not to steal anything.”

Flashback: Three Weeks Earlier

Wes, Laurel, Annalise, and Bonnie are also where we left them last week. Annalise is furious at the news Bonnie went to see Frank. She’s hurt and betrayed, and her callousness towards Bonnie continues for most of the episode. Bonnie tells her (and Laurel and Wes, who are also in the room) that she did it so she could record Frank confessing to the murder of Wallace Mahoney, which she presents to Annalise.

Just then, both Wes and Laurel get calls from Meggy in a panic. She’s at Wes’s apartment, and the cops are there looking for him. Laurel talks Meggy down and tells her to leave, while Annalise tells Wes to stay put in the Keating house until she says otherwise. Well, to be specific, she said “You take another step and I’ll chain you in the basement like Rebecca.”

The next morning, Annalise tells Wes (who’s wearing a great throwback Eagles shirt!) and Bonnie they’re babysitting each other for the day — no one is leaving.

Annalise meets with the board about getting her suspension lifted. She’ll have to do alcohol rehabilitation classes, and it’s stressed to her this is a two-strike system. She can’t be pulling anymore of her shady sh-t in court or otherwise (a.k.a. go easy on the booze and the murdery stuff for now, Annalise; Philadelphia is no longer a free-for-all).

Later that afternoon, Annalise tells the rest of the Keating Five about Mahoney and why the cops are after Wes. Everyone weighs in on the best course of action. At this point, Annalise is convinced the cops are looking for Wes because Frank gave them his name. Laurel doesn’t think so, and she leaves Frank more messages telling him so.

Annalise and Bonnie continue to argue, as Bonnie grovels in hopes of convincing Annalise she wasn’t trying to betray her. Bonnie insists she’s there to help Annalise and will take whatever treatment she wants to dish out — and also tells Annalise she loves her. This seems to soften the professor, at least for a bit.

After their latest law-clinic trial, Bonnie and Annalise return to her home to find Wes has disappeared. They hear on the news that Wallace Mahoney’s son has turned himself into police custody, and there’s an obvious collective panic among all of our characters. But then we learn it was Charles Mahoney (another son of Wallace) who turned himself in because the murder weapon was found in his car…planted there by Frank. As Annalise appears to be in shock, Bonnie tells her “I told you… He just wants to come home.”

NEXT: The steamy hookups continue

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Back in Law Clinic

Annalise has picked up a new pro bono case of a former female soldier named Danielle. Danielle was with her girlfriend in a club, where a male patron continuously harassed them. Danielle got sick of it and sliced the man’s throat.

Simon’s suggestion is to use PTSD as their defense, and Annalise agrees to go with this tactic. Once they’re in court, Annalise sees the prosecutor on this case is once again A.D.A. Rene Atwood, who took the case specifically so she could put Annalise in her place. It’s not enough she’s banging Nate, but she has to show up Annalise in court, too? This woman is cold.

Annalise decides she’s going to do the cross-examination and leaves Simon to his own devices, which is where he belongs anyway. Atwood objects to just about everything Annalise says, making this the most tedious cross-examination ever.

Annalise retreats to the bathroom, where she’s eating chips alone in a stall (she’s taken to replacing alcohol with snacks, apparently). Michaela comes in to tell her she found some interesting information about Danielle: She was actually working a desk job during the time she claimed to be in combat, and her whole background story is basically a lie.

With this information, Annalise decides to try for a mistrial. She sends Bonnie to find proof of this new information and gets Danielle on the stand. Bonnie conveniently barges in with this new evidence, and much to Atwood’s dismay, the judge has to consider it.

In the end, Danielle still has to go to military court and attend treatment for a substance-abuse problem she doesn’t have. Annalise reminds her that ultimately, she’s getting the help she wanted and won’t have to wait for it sitting in a jail cell.

Hookups, Breakups and the Cotton Eye Joe

Michaela and Asher have the relationship conversation (again). While jigging around her bedroom to Rednex’s “Cotton Eye Joe,” mocking her southern twang, Asher still can’t get Michaela to admit there’s something more than sex between them. He leaves angrily after she denies him. Later, Asher brags about a Tinder date, but ultimately ends up in Michaela’s room again to tell her how much she means to him. She finally agrees it’s more than sex and that she likes him, too.

Wes tells Meggy part of the saga with Mahoney, but lies and says Mahoney was just a stranger he was asking for directions. Later, he tells Meggy he can’t see her anymore, despite the fact Meggy very much wanted to be there and support him. Wes leaves Annalise’s house with the recorder holding Frank’s confession. He heads to Laurel’s apartment and smashes it in front of her, explaining it would protect Annalise and Frank by just having it gone.  Eventually (FINALLY!), the two start to kiss again and end up having sex. YAY, WES AND LAUREL! Laurel swears she’s not in love with Frank anymore, but do we believe her?

Oliver went on a date with a guy named Tom and apparently, it went well. Like, second-date well. Connor was not thrilled.

#NOTundersheet

As the episode comes to a close, we flash-forward three weeks once more to see Michaela still looking for Asher. She finally finds him partying with his residents at the dorm. But now what?

I’m torn between Frank and Nate being under the sheet. I can’t imagine it being Wes — not after he and Laurel finally get together! And speaking of Wes, it seems like we may have an answer as to who’s baby Laurel is carrying…

Now that we know Asher is safe, who do you think is under the sheet? Get at me in the comments!

Honorable Mentions:

  • “You’re a dumbass if you believe that.” —Annalise to Laurel, when the latter claims she tried to have Frank killed
  • “You take another step and I’ll chain you in the basement like Rebecca.” —Annalise to Wes, insisting he stay put at the Keating house
  • “Since when have I not protected you, even when I hated you?” —Annalise to the Keating Five
  • “Tell him next time you see him that if he comes anywhere near this house, I’ll kill him for real.” —Annalise to Bonnie, giving her a message for Frank
  • “Oh, there he is, our first chair. You ready to fail like your dad’s condom?” —Connor to Simon (Am I the only one happy to see that Connor’s found his snark again?
  • “You’re all mean girls.” —Simon
  • “Go use the bathroom at the Wawa!” —Asher to Connor, who’s attempting to interrupt him and Michaela (There may be nothing I love more than a good Wawa name drop in this show.)

Episode grade: B

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