How to Get Away with Murder recap: 'He Deserved to Die'
Rebecca admits to one murder and fights to clear her name in another, and Bonnie drops a major bomb about Lila that sends Annalise and Sam spinning.
So, do we like Rebecca now?
That’s the big question that may or may not have been answered in episode 7: The One Where Rebecca Somehow Knew Everything. Thinking about leaving your prestigious job and going to work for your personality-less boyfriend in legal aid? Rebecca knows! Got a pre-nup in your bag where there shoulda been a Vogue? Rebecca knows! Born in Haiti? Rebecca now knows!
We still don’t necessarily know her story—not like we know Ohio-bred Wes’, at least—but we’ve learned a tiny bit more about the surly townie bartender whom Asher has so politely nicknamed “Slutter.” Heck, even Annalise gets in on the Rebecca hate when Bex is cracking jokes under the microscopic and fashionable eye of the Keating Five (or Six, if you include Annalise, or Eight, if you include Bonnie and Frank, or Nine, if you include Sam occasionally walking the halls looking for trail mix and vulnerable girls).
But Rebecca’s personality shone through tonight and should have won over some hard-eyed viewers who weren’t keen to open their hearts to her. I think I signed on for Team Rebecca after she demonstrated a bizarre form of sarcastic charm borne from a surprising well of legal knowledge and observational skill, as if Sherlock was always meant to be a rude girl from Pennsylvania. The night’s best scene, hands down, involved Rebecca calling out Michaela (shocked by a pre-nup) and Laurel (shocked by indecision) about each of their secrets. It was a trio that has never had any alone time before on HTGAWM—and now that I’ve seen their triplet dynamic, I propose an entire spin-off devoted to all three women living with one another in the big city, looking for love and covering up murders but mostly looking for love. These three are a lot more similar than they would each care to believe, but Rebecca proved she’s just as cunning as the lawyers-in-waiting by agreeing to harbor their secrets if Laurel and Michaela stopped gossiping about Wesbecca. (Truth: We need a much better name if I’m supposed to put my faith into this couple.)
MRS. SUTTER GOES TO WASHINGTON
With just two weeks until the Night of the Flying Cheerleader, the legal proceedings this week focused on Lila murder suspects Rebecca and Griffin as they went under the magnifying glass in court. The new evidence: an anonymous witness revealed that Griffin and Rebecca had sex, thereby shattering Griff’s virgin pact (and Rebecca’s G-spot) and suggesting Rebecca could have manipulated Griff into killing Lila as part of a love triangle gone wrong. Annalise thinks the “anonymous witness” was a leak that came from either Griffin’s defense (Greg Germann from Ally McBeal) or the D.A. (Bird Lady from Orange Is the New Black) and thusly demands a gag order, which prevents anyone involved from speaking out publicly about the case. And for likely the second time in Lila Stangard’s life, gagging is involved.
But the bigger shake-up is Griffin’s defense requesting that Dead Girl Lila’s body be exhumed to investigate what looks like fingernail punctures on her neck, which, I’m sorry, were supposedly ignored in the first autopsy? Of a murder victim? Isn’t that surely the kind of thing that you actively look for when you’re poking and peeling away DGL? Like, “Hey, Brandt, maybe we should look at her neck. What are these little red marks?” “Oh ignore those, I doubt they’re worth mentioning, plus I want to get out of here before Buffalo Wild Wings closes so let’s put some speed on it.” “Okay, but don’t you think she looks pregn—” “Brandt what did I just say.”
Annalise’s office tries everything to stop the second autopsy—discrediting the expert, using Lila’s mother, and even having Rebecca violate the gag order by claiming Griffin raped her (which wisely forced the D.A. office to disavow themselves from striking a plea deal with Griffin’s people). But thanks to all the shuffle about the broken gag order and the many problems revealed in the original autopsy, the judge determines that Lila’s body must be exhumed for a second look.
And boy, good thing they dug her back up, because it turns out those red marks were just bug bites! Phew! Glad that’s all over.
Oh, and Lila is pregnant. LOL.
Six weeks pregnant, no less, and given that Sam and Lila were hooking up all summer long, chances are it was probably Sam’s little demon love-child. (Again, how did they miss A PREGNANCY in the original autopsy?) Bonnie is the one who drops the news to Sam and Annalise, and it’s quite the devastating announcement for Annalise to hear considering that she has slowly been letting Sam back into her life, little by little. But Lila’s pregnancy doesn’t just ruin the mood in the Keating house—it’s going to be a hot topic in court, and with Griffin supposedly a virgin (when it comes to Lila), the D.A. is just footsteps away from finding that DGL’s fallen fetus belongs to Mr. Darcy. And they’ll learn just who Mr. Darcy is, if Rebecca has anything to do with it.
NEXT: “He wanted to kill me. I had no other choice. I had to kill him, or he was gonna kill me.”
NIGHT OF THE FLYING CHEERLEADER
We’re growing closer to the actual murder moment on the Night of the Dead Professor, and it definitely sounds like it’s Rebecca who took the lead on smashing Sam with Lady Justice. Her face is splattered with blood. Sam’s head is oozing rapidly. Michaela and Connor and Laurel are gasping and reacting. Wes takes Rebecca upstairs (I’m assuming Annalise is definitely not in the house) and silently cleans her off in the shower, using guest towels that were probably not meant for washing off blood. Then he gives her a hoodie and she’s ready for a night on the town… in a motel, where Wes has decided to stash her while he goes back to the fun murder party.
As Wes tries to calm her down in the motel (where she gets a nice Pacing Back and Forth Montage), Rebecca seems to spill all her deepest motivations about what just happened in Annalise’s office. “He wanted to kill me. I had no other choice. I had to kill him, or he was gonna kill me. I saw the trophy sitting there. I hit him in the head. He deserved to die. And I’m glad he did.”
So it seems that Sam’s death does in fact boil down to a Rebecca-Sam problem, and it seems that Rebecca is the actual murderer, but ABC wouldn’t keep promoting the hashtag #WhoKilledSam if Rebecca had really just revealed the full story, right? No, there is definitely more, especially since we need to know why Murder, Inc. would feel it necessary to assist in hiding the body if they really had nothing to do with the actual murder. (Unless Wes decides to blackmail them all into helping? He seems like he would pull that nonsense.) Still, it seems to be a major confirmation here that, on a purely physical level, Rebecca + trophy = one less skeezeball in the world.
Connor & Oliver: The show’s best relationship is still reeling after Oliver kicked Connor out for sleeping with the hot dead banker. Connor, who swears he doesn’t do relationships, finds himself lost, stalking Oliver online and desperately hooking up with guys whose names he doesn’t even remember. While he’s supposed to be flirting with the D.A.’s assistant, he drunkenly asks for advice on how to win back his “ex-girlfriend Olive,” and she suggests flowers and a good apology. When Connor shows up at Oliver’s door with flowers and apologetic sweaty palms, he’s stunned (and heartbroken!) when a handsome new boyfriend answers and suggests that Connor never show up there again. Two weeks later, of course, and that suggestion is long gone (just like Sam Keating’s planned spring curriculum).
Wes & Rebecca: The star-crossed neighbors finally got together after Rebecca wised up to Wes’ heartfelt intentions to help her (which, jeez, took her long enough). They kissed and had sex and Wes actually started opening up to her, revealing that he was born in Haiti and his favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip and his mom killed herself when he was 12. (Sorry, Wes-is-Annalise’s-Child conspiracy theorists.) The somber reveal actually adds a new layer to Wes that endears him quite a bit, and I’m curious to know more about his backstory. Although I’d really love it if future Wes-Rebecca sex scenes weren’t intercut with autopsy footage of Lila’s bloody stapled body. Because that’s not hot.
Frank & Laurel: After taking Bonnie’s advice and telling Frank she’s not interested, Laurel finds herself unable to deal with Frank’s cold shoulder. Her boyfriend Kan gives her a job offer at his legal aid and she considers taking it, but Frank confronts her and begs her not to throw away her opportunity at Annalise’s firm just because of “one stupid kiss.” And it’s apparently a romantic enough gesture to get Laurel to do a complete 180 and pounce on Frank. (Laurel Castillo: Undercover Sex Cougar, Tuesdays on ABC.) Do they have sex on Annalise’s porch? Based on my knowledge of sexy positions on network TV, I’d say yes, I think they do, although it could have just been a kiss. And just like that, Flaurel is back on, but Kan is still in the picture and so is anyone who happened to be chilling outside Annalise’s office that night. (Bonnie, probs.)
Annalise & Nate: The former lovers finally encountered each other again for the first time since Nate’s information-slap. In her car, Annalise asks Nate to help her figure out why the D.A. turned on her in court, which is a weirdly inconsequential favor to ask your ex-cop ex-boyfriend who told you your husband is a murderer the last time he saw you. He’s still pissed and doesn’t indulge, and even reveals that he knows she planted Lila’s phone in Griffin’s car. He leaves her with these wise words: “I tried to give you an out. Don’t forget that when this all goes to hell.” Oh snap.
Michaela & Aiden: It turns out Possibly Gay-den’s parents may not be fully on board with their gorgeous, intelligent, able-bodied and gainfully employed future daughter-in-law. Michaela is called into a law office for what she thinks is an interview and is instead greeted with a nice juicy pre-nup that mirrors the one she saw Charlotte and Trey sign in Sex and the City. Michaela’s heartbroken and it’s another nail in the coffin of her engagement/marriage, which seems less and less likely to actually happen the more, you know, everything else happens.
WHAT DID BONNIE DO THIS WEEK?
She dropped the bomb that Lila was pregnant. Not a huge week for Bonnie Winterbottom.
NEXT: “Some guys can only get it up for crazy.”
LET’S DISCUSS QUOTES!
“Apparently I texted her, which I have no memory of.” — Rebecca, talking about the night she slept with Griffin and Lila came over. Important?
“You slut, white-trash killer!” — Annalise, yelling at Rebecca and inspiring dozens of Halloween 2015 costumes.
“It makes me grateful for the miscarriages. Imagine having a child like that.” — Annalise to Sam, complaining about having to deal with Rebecca and dropping a major Keating family reveal.
“Throw shade at them, basically.” — Asher, boiling down the classroom lesson this week and every week. (Also, remember there’s a classroom? Because I don’t.)
“Hey, Mr. Darcy.” — Rebecca to Sam, who has two weeks to show the audience why he wants to kill her.
“Some guys can only get it up for crazy.” — Connor, being Connor.
“You forgot his name and he’s still into you. What, do you have some kind of voodoo penis?” — Asher, being Asher.
“I’m so freakin’ mad I wasn’t born gay.” — Asher, proving he’s not some homophobe because he’s actually showing intelligence in remarking on a very serious misconception that gay people just, like, choose it at some point. (Thanks, Murder writers!)
“You surprised someone’s onto your tricks?” — Nate, laying it down with Annalise (though not actually laying down, because he’s still angry)
“I see a problem with my phone. Your number’s not in it.” — Asher, picking up a girl who is absolutely delighted by that line.
“You just thought it’d be easier to convict the townie slut rather than the virgin quarterback.” — Annalise, accosting the D.A. about her lack of morals in the case.
“I know you didn’t kill Lila Stangard. And we both know who did. Help me catch him.” — Nate, approaching Rebecca in a convenience store shortly after she slept with Wes. More on this quote next week.
“Hear the real story, straight from the dead pregnant sorority girl’s mouth.” — ABC promo announcer, and I actually can’t believe this was actually a sentence uttered.
COMMENTER THEORY OF THE WEEK
Matt: “The flying cheerleader from the bonfire is the real culprit behind EVERYTHING and that’s why they keep showing her!”
Corbin: “I now have a theory as to who killed Sam: Nate. I believe, based on his investigation and the motive that was set up in the pilot, that he’s trying to get back at Annalise for turning his life upside down. When he killed Sam, the kids saw and he told them that, if they didn’t cover up the murder and not tell Annalise, he’ll kill her and/or them.”