Annalise yells at everyone, Laurel is alive, and Frank kills again
The last five minutes of HTGAWM continues its reign of insanity. There were more twists in this episode than I could mentally handle, plus: Eve is back, Nate is out, and Annalise yelled at pretty much everybody. Let’s discuss this crazy episode 4.
We pick up where the last episode left off: with Annalise in jail. She’s settling into her cell quite nicely when Bonnie comes by and informs her that a person was pulled out of her burning house alive, but they don’t know who it is yet.
FLASHBACK to four weeks earlier, where Annalise is meeting Eve at a bar. They’re catching up and they’re approached by two aggressive litigators who want to buy them drinks. Annalise and Eve go into full party mode — shots, bottles, and lots of hair flipping takes place over what we assume is several hours of the night. Later, Annalise drunkenly struggles to get into her own house and Nate (being the wonderful man he is) assists her.
Tristan’s Baby Mama
Annalise has taken on the case of a young student named Tristan, who’d been physically abused as a child in foster care and is currently being accused of credit card theft. Asher is the first chair on this case, as Annalise comes in incredibly hung over from the night before.
As Asher is nervously giving his opening statement, an aide to the prosecution bursts in to inform them that Annalise’s license has been placed under suspension, and therefore she should not be in court practicing. This comes as news to Annalise, and she finds out that someone had sent the courts a video of her slap-heard-round-the-world from last week’s episode.
Bonnie picks up the pieces of the case, and Asher continues to try to inspire his fellow students in helping defend Tristan. They’re trying to find out what Tristan may have spent the thousands of dollars on, and eventually they discover he’d been frequenting a local storage unit.
Bonnie and Asher take Tristan to the storage unit, where they find he’s stashed thousands of dollars worth of new baby items – strollers, chairs, toys, clothes, the works. Tristan says his girlfriend is five months pregnant and begs them not to tell anyone. Why? Because his “girlfriend” works at his school.
Asher and Bonnie turn to the teachers they’d met in court, who came to let them know they’d do anything necessary to help with the case. They talk to one teacher in particular named Susan, who claimed that she was aware of Tristan’s history, and knew there was no way he’d stolen the money, especially given that “he’d always had his head buried in a book.”
Bonnie interrogates Susan on the stand the next day in court. Susan continually claims she does not know what Bonnie’s talking about, and eventually Bonnie makes it clear that she is accusing Susan of rape. Tristan begs Asher to get Bonnie to leave her alone, but Susan eventually pleads the fifth. Later, Tristan is furiously upset with Asher and Bonnie. He tries to explain to them that everything he’s tried to do was for the baby — and if Susan ends up in jail, the baby will end up in the system the same way he did.
Asher tells Bonnie he’s proud of her, despite their client’s disdain for both of them.
Frank’s Big Move
Frank made some progress this episode, by posing as a guy named Kevin and working at a prison in Coalport, PA (a perfectly named Pennsylvania town if I’ve ever heard of one). It turns out he did this for a specific reason — it’s the same prison housing Bonnie’s father. Frank went through some drastic measures to get to get to him, and ultimately, brutally murder him.
NEXT: “Shut Up, Annalise!”
Annalise Is Lit
Annalise gets in three major screaming matches this episode, a possible record for her. First, with a member of the court who informs her about the grounds of her suspension. Annalise is baffled as to how this video exists and defends herself saying it was a private moment with her pro bono client (who more than deserved it).
Then she gets in an argument with the University’s provost, after finding out that someone from the board, Barry Lewiston, had sent the video to the courts. In this particular screaming match, the provost reminds Annalise that she might want to shut up for a while, considering without a legal license, her tenure will be nullified.
Screaming match number three is of course with Nate. Despite Nate’s general kindness and complete support of Annalise, we’ve learned time and time again that Annalise DGAF. Nate talks Annalise down after she got kicked out of court; he thinks that she was out with Bonnie the night before, not Eve.
Later he walks in on Eve and Annalise chatting, and though he’s surprised to know that Eve is back in town, he stays totally cool as a cucumber. Finally, the last straw is drawn when he walks in on Annalise drinking straight from the bottle of vodka in the middle of the day (post argument with the provost).
Nate asks point blank if Annalise is sleeping with Eve (which, considering Annalise asked Nate to move in to “protect her” from Frank, seems like a worthy question), and Annalise says no but they break into a fight. Nate calls her an alcoholic (correct); she calls Nate a bitch (incorrect) and then screams at Nate to “Hit her” over and over, and she generally just flies off the handle in every possible way.
Nate leaves, and later goes on to have sex with the new ADA Rene Atwood, who has apparently been into him for a while, who knew!?
Eventually, Annalise faces her issue and goes on video before a judicial board admitting she is an alcoholic. She promises to go through a rehabilitation program as long as she’s able to get her license back.
Checking in with the rest of the Keating Five
Laurel is back to calling Frank, but from a new phone number. Wes’ girlfriend Meggie begs Laurel to help her plan a surprise party for Wes, but Laurel ends up telling Wes about it. Wes is oddly interested in every one of Laurel’s moves in this episode, and we’re not really ever told exactly why (other than assuming he loves her). He says he “wants to be there for her,” but she’s fine?
Later, Laurel overhears that Bonnie’s dad was in Coalport, and she lets Bonnie know it must have been Frank who killed him. Bonnie tells Laurel to never tell Annalise that.
Colliver are continuing their awkward dance, and Connor has thrown himself fully into Humpr (the show’s Gindr, if you’ll recall), which he uses with reckless abandon in Oliver’s presence. At Wes’ party, Connor gives Oliver a pseudo-pep talk, encouraging him to go out and hook up more too — that is, if he still doesn’t want to be with Connor. Oliver is less inclined to do the same amount of hooking up, but tells Connor “You can go out and hook up as much as you want, just maybe don’t rub it in my face.” (Do what you want Connor!!!)
The end of the episode finds us in the hospital, as the mysterious live person who was pulled from Annalise’s house is being examined. Wes’ girlfriend Meggie is one of he nurses, and we find out that the person pulled from the house is Laurel, and that she’s pregnant.
So what do you think Frank’s motives are at this point? And who could be under the sheet now that we know Laurel is safe, and also pregnant? (It has to be Wes or Frank, right?)
Episode grade: A
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