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February 09, 2018 at 12:27 AM EST

How to Get Away With Murder

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch
Crime, Drama, Mystery
We gave it a B+

Bonnie comes to Annalise with good news. There was bruising on Stella’s body, which proved Isaac did CPR and can explain his delay in calling 911. She wants to tell the office to close the case. But one detail stands out to Annalise: the drug in Stella’s system. It’s the same opioid Isaac admitted to take the night of his relapse after the trial. She goes to him and confronts him. When he got home, he saw his foil wrapper on the ground and realized that his daughter knew something. He lied about being sober for 23 years — he’d been using these pills. Stella was already dead, having taken nearly every pill in his bag. He didn’t know if it was an accident or suicide, but he couldn’t face Jacqueline finding out their daughter’s death was his fault when he’d been claiming to be sober. He texted Jacqueline the suicide note from Stella’s phone, cleaned up the evidence, and made it look like she took her own life purposefully. Despite all of this, Annalise still wants Bonnie to help Isaac and guilts her into it because he helped them. Bonnie has to convince the ADA to close the investigation.

Annalise writing her brief is intercut with Laurel meeting her baby for the first time. Frank does come along, but he realizes he maybe jumped to conclusions when Ms. Castillo reveals she called Jorge every day during the week to allow Laurel to meet the baby on her own. Laurel finally gets to meet her baby, which is a heartbreaking, beautiful scene as Laurel’s own emotions are juxtaposed with Annalise’s words about the institutional disruption of families. Laurel decides to name the baby Christopher in honor of Wes’ real given name. She texts Annalise a picture of her with the baby and makes a tearful goodbye.

Isaac is texting Annalise thirsty (or is it hungry, in this case?) photos of pancakes from the diner, which naturally makes her turn around and call her No. 1 thirst trap Nate Lahey. She’s waiting anxiously at the court in Harrisburg for the justices to make a ruling, but Nate reassures her.

Back at the courthouse, the lawyer on Isaac’s case taunts Bonnie, revealing that her interest in the case made him realize she’s still working for Annalise. So, despite there not being enough evidence to charge Isaac, he’s advised the DA to bring him in for “death by delivery” anyway. Bonnie has a mild breakdown in her office, but then she recovers and storms into Denver’s office, making one last desperate stand. She plays the recording of their conversation about Antares off her phone and threatens to leak all of their conversations to the press if anything happens to her. Her terms: He must drop the investigation into Isaac. Or else she’ll turn him in.

Nate is walking through the courthouse, and Annalise arrives to tell him the bad news: They lost the case and the class action suit is over. Then Bonnie tells Annalise they’ve dropped Isaac’s case, and Annalise goes straight to Isaac to tell him the good news. Things get really awkward when he starts caressing her hand and goes in for a kiss, which is when Annalise realizes he’s high (oh, really, not just a dude who read too much into a woman being his friend? Okay, good to know). They have a massive fight where they both scream, “We’re no good for each other,” and ultimately, Isaac blames Annalise for his relapse. He calls her a narcissist and says she’s made him worse off than when he was addicted to heroin. She retorts back that he taught her she can’t make anyone be other than what they are. Finally, when he threatens physical violence, she calls Jacqueline and tells her Isaac has relapsed. Oh, and to ask him about Stella. Ouch.

Nate goes to see his father and tells him they lost the case but he’s not going to lose him. He’s going to keep coming back to visit. Nate Sr. is still a bit incredulous that his son doesn’t hate him. Meanwhile, Annalise is sadly packing away all the evidence and records for her class action suit, looking at the photos of the people she’s let down.

Back at the Keating Four apartment (for real, do Connor and Oliver just live there now?), Michaela storms out refusing to give up. Connor admits she was right and announces that he’s going back to law school and that it will be tough to balance class with planning a wedding. That’s right — he’s calling his marriage to Oliver back on. And for once, the Keating Four get to experience a real moment of pure joy untainted by murder or death.

Bonnie is spiraling back at her own house, moving her gun around in fear that she’s going to be attacked. She calls Frank and asks him to move back in with her because she’s so afraid. He promises to be there soon, but first he confronts Laurel’s mom on the street and straight-up asks her how she knew Christophe/Wes. Dun-dun-dun.

And if that weren’t enough, Michaela goes to Annalise to push her to appeal to the Supreme Court. But if they’re going to do this, they need help — they need someone with power. Enter Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) in preparation for the HTGAWM/Scandal crossover episode. Annalise goes to a university in D.C. to watch Olivia deliver a lecture titled “How to Survive a Scandal.” Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and Annalise is apparently a narcissist, she’s obviously already a big fan of Olivia’s from the course title alone.

What did you all think? Is Laurel’s mom more innocent than Frank thinks? How long do Isaac and Bonnie have left to live — one of them has to die before the season’s out, right? We need another murder to make this title keep working. And are you excited for the epic #TGIT crossover event?

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