Annalise declares war on the DA's office

By Amanda Bell
February 17, 2017 at 12:25 AM EST
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Well, we still don’t know #WhoKilledWes, but we do have one more suspect to throw on top of the list — and the scary thing is that the call is coming from inside the house! Yep, it looks like the Keating kids are about to factionalize even more than they already have because Connor has a dirty, dirty secret to hide. Let’s walk through what we learned on tonight’s penultimate episode of How to Get Away with Murder‘s third season.

First of all, Annalise is looking rough. Her idea to provoke her way into a beat-down in country jail did give Bonnie some extra talking points for her bail plea, but now she’s hurting — enough to be eyeballing the you-know-what out of a bottle of pills in her medicine cabinet.

She meets with Nate after her release, and he’s got a bit of bad news: He sniffed around these crime materials enough that his signature has now miraculously been affixed to a transfer order for Wes’ body, which was only discovered by happenstance when Laurel decided she wanted to take a peek for morbid grief stuff’s sake. A missing body reeks of conspiracy on the DA’s office’s part, but with Nate’s John Hancock on the dotted line, well, it’s a lot harder to implicate Denver and Atwood in the matter.

By the way, we can probably go ahead and mark Nate off the list of potential perps here. Last week, we learned that he was there at the house the night Wes was killed, because this show just loves to land on a cliffhanger that ultimately means very little (and, frankly, it might have pulled another one on us tonight. TBD). But Nate’s convincing enough with his account of leaving Wes at the house unharmed long before the blazes began.

Meanwhile, Annalise’s student crew is obviously in a state of shock over the brutal demise of one of their own, and they don’t exactly welcome her home with warmth and hugs. Laurel’s especially put off by Annalise’s unease about looking into the Mahoney family’s involvement in this — and Annalise’s confession that they had a hand in the accident that killed her baby doesn’t mollify Laurel’s need for justice either. She takes the upper hand and tells Annalise she’s looking weak and “victim-y” right now and that she’s had enough.

Those words will later resonate with Annalise as she decides her next move because if there’s one thing in this world this woman is consistent about, it’s preserving her sense of pride. Laurel’s biting words won’t inspire her to take drastic actions to find out Wes’ killer just yet, oh no. Annalise still has No. 1 to look out for first, so she turns her focus towards dismantling the DA’s case against her. Thankfully, Laurel has deep enough pockets to invest in a private investigator who can do all the digging she needs on these “dangerous” people that Annalise is so afraid of, so she’s not exactly twiddling her thumbs as Annalise decides to wage war on the DA’s office by requesting a grand jury investigation into conspiracy and prosecutorial misconduct on Denver and Atwood’s parts.

The Attorney General isn’t happy about the tacit threat that bad exposure on this matter would threaten her future judgeship opportunities, but she agrees to look into it. Nate’s also not too keen on having his nose put even further to the grind on this matter because he thinks Annalise has just roped him into a lose-lose situation by taking up arms against the entire state. She doesn’t have the presence and power that she used to with them, he warns. “They think you’re a joke now.”

Well, that‘s not a good way to get Annalise to slow her roll, then, is it?

Over at Connor and Oliver’s, Oliver is ready to hack into the phone and see what he can find. Connor’s all but convinced that Annalise had a hand in Wes’ murder, and besides, there’s a reason she asked him to wipe it for her that night. But Connor starts to fidget a bit when Oliver uncovers that Annalise called him that night. He shrugs it off, saying she left a voicemail but he didn’t get it ’til the next morning, but Asher and Michaela are starting to raise eyebrows over his constant insistence around them that Annalise is the woman behind the Oz mask here.

Frank’s starting to sing a different tune about his involvement in Wes’ death. We all kinda have to figure he didn’t do it at this point, but he confirms the same in a chat with Bonnie anyway. Wes wasn’t at the house when he was there, he insists. But now that he’s basically set himself up for a conviction by full-on confessing to the crime, now what? First order of business for him is to fire his lawyer and start leaning on Bonnie for assistance. He’s doing all of this to make nice with her other client, Annalise, anyhow, so this way is better to serve her needs more directly somehow.

Michaela’s also vying for Annalise’s MVP helper right now because she’s doing her best to shepherd the boys, Asher and especially Connor, from wandering aimlessly with their wild theories about Annalise’s actions on the night of Wes’ death. Annalise asks if she should be worried about anyone in their “family,” but Michaela says she’s got this under control. “I’ve been cleaning up your mess while you’ve been in jail,” she snaps.

NEXT: But Connor’s got a secret …

But Connor is someone that Annalise needs to worry about right now because he’d love nothing more than for Oliver to find something incriminating on Annalise’s phone. Oliver’s not convinced, even after Annalise shows up right in the middle of his phone-hacking session and asks him to leak a story to the press about the DA losing Wes’ body.

The news item might kill her chances at a grand jury investigation with the DA’s office, but it is enough to get the judge’s ears opened to Frank’s request for a subpoena of Atwood’s records. He’s doing it for Annalise, of course. The fact that Frank is pro se means it’s no ethical violation for Bonnie to show up to his jail and walk him through the steps of asserting his claim for this — Frank doesn’t always seem so up on his case law these days — and, considering there’s enough to suggest some bias on the DA’s part against Annalise Keating, the judge grants the request. Which forces Atwood to ‘fess up to the fact that she, as suspected, was the one who had Wes’ body moved.

AND CREMATED, at that.

This case is falling apart faster than sand in an open hand. To top it off, Annalise figures out that President Hargrove — her boss, fellow AA-er, and wouldabeen client for her own child custody dispute — has been bugged by Atwood, so she’s able to seal off that leak before it starts dripping anything juicy, too.

And Laurel’s investigations have revealed that the Mahoneys did know that Wes was Wallace Mahoney’s biological son because her PI has found documents about Wes’ DNA results attached to Sylvia Mahoney’s name. That’s motive right there, so imagine Laurel’s surprise when Annalise doesn’t want to jump to conclusions here. Laurel is not assuaged by the fact that Annalise is afraid of the Mahoneys after they basically ordered the murder of her own unborn baby. “I was just like you trying to do the right thing,” Annalise says. “Stood up to them. They destroyed my life.”

“Wes deserves so much better than you,” Laurel scoffs.

But Annalise sticks to her guns and says that she doesn’t want these kids biting off more than they can chew when it comes to the Mahoney family. She’s seen their deadly tactics firsthand and knows exactly what they’re capable of.

Laurel refuses to back down about it, though. She and Wes and everyone else followed Annalise through hell and back because they believed in her, but now one of them is dead and they need answers. Annalise promises that they will find out who did this because she, too, is hurting over losing Wes. He was almost a son to her, after all, but not exactly a son, so she doesn’t even know how to grieve for him.

Back at Connor and Oliver’s, we get the big twist we’ve been waiting for at long last. Oliver has figured out that Connor didn’t get that voicemail from Annalise the next morning; he consulted with Thomas, whom Connor was seeing at the time, and found out that he checked his voicemail and left the apartment hours before the fire began.

Sure enough… we see a glimpse of Connor performing CPR on Wes in an as-yet-unburned house.

Chances are, Connor probably didn’t do it. But I do like that Asher’s, um, fanciful turn of phrase (the old “whoever smelt it dealt it” line) implying Connor was a little too eager to prove Annalise guilty came to be a bit of foreshadowing.

Also, at this point, it might be quicker to draw up a list of who was not at the house that night.

And Laurel doesn’t want to get rid of Wes’ baby, apparently, though it was nice-ish (?) for Bonnie to offer? Maybe? Laurel didn’t seem to think so — “you’re just as bad as her,” she says with clenched teeth — but BonBon’s not the kinda girl to take a comparison to Annalise Keating as an insult, so.

Next week, we’ll finally, mercifully get to find out once and for all who killed Wes, and you can bet your bottom, there’ll be a new mystery unleashed to keep us on our toes for next season.

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Viola Davis stars as a law professor where she teaches, wait for it, how to get away with murder.
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