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March 09, 2018 at 12:37 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 an A-

With the penultimate episode of this season, we get back to business and away from the distraction of last week’s crossover stunt. New developments arise in Wes’ murder, the Keating Four deal with Simon being awake, and Bonnie continues to put herself in increasing danger.

Alfred Enoch is back in earnest tonight in a series of Wes flashbacks! And damn, I forgot how much I missed his presence on this show (I still sort of wish it had been a different member of the Four who died last season — though let’s be honest, this has the most emotional resonance). We’re back with Wes on the day before he died as he’s getting out of the shower and receiving a call from an unknown number — it’s Laurel’s mom asking to meet with him. When he gets to the coffee shop, he tells her he only came to say he’s not okay with meeting behind Laurel’s back. She insists he sit, and he starts to record the conversation. As we learned before, she gives Wes a check for 100k to get him to break things off with Laurel. She insists it’s because Laurel is trying to fix him and will break his heart.

He takes the check, and later in his apartment, he uploads the recording of the conversation and puts it on a USB drive under the floorboards in his bathroom (where Frank later found it). He enters a new “in case of emergency” number in his phone (who we know is Dominic). Laurel gets home from study group and things are awkward between them. She assumes it’s because he thinks she cheated on him with Frank (which she did, but whatever). Later, we see their argument the day he died – which involves him parroting Laurel’s mom’s words about trying to “fix him.” So maybe Wes intentionally picked a fight to obey Mrs. Castillo’s wishes?

Back in the present day, Laurel is listening to the recording of her mom’s meeting with Wes. She wants to go to Denver to find out what he knows. Also, they need to tell Annalise — Frank demurs on this because Annalise already has a lot on her plate. Understatement of the century.

The Keating Four minus Laurel show up at Annalise’s because she has something to tell them. Oliver reveals he and Connor have decided to have a traditional wedding after all (well, thank god that has been resolved, it’s been keeping me up at night). But the wedding bells are silenced when Annalise drops the bomb that Simon is awake. They still don’t know if he can speak or remembers anything. Bonnie arrives and pulls Annalise aside to tell her that Nate is trying to get inside information on Simon’s status. Oliver gets a call that Simon is requesting to see him.

Oliver meets with the doctor and tries to glean Simon’s mental state because Connor is concerned the detectives are laying a trap. Before he can see Simon, the detective who interrogated Oliver the night of the incident at Caplan & Gold warns him that they’re watching to be sure he doesn’t try to sway Simon’s memories. Annalise assured Oliver he’s a great liar (Ha! What a pep talk) and should just stick with the story they told detectives before. Simon looks at Oliver and smiles — all he wants to know, for now, is whether he came out to him. He doesn’t remember anything from the night of the shooting. Yet.

Frank and Laurel go to see Mrs. Castillo without telling Annalise. Laurel plays the recording for her mom. Mrs. Castillo says Wes was a murder suspect and she wanted to protect her daughter. Laurel accuses her of having Dominic kill Wes. She flatly denies it, but Laurel begs her to stop lying.

While Oliver and Asher do face masks to maintain their complexions (even murderers need flawless skin in Shondaland), Connor pulls Michaela aside to talk about her D.C. affair. She doesn’t know if she has feelings for Marcus (the guy from the crossover episode we’ll probably never see again). She’s confused. Connor insists she has to tell Asher and make a decision between being a “cheater” and a “lying cheater” because the truth will come out. But before any decisions can be made, Michaela gets called before the detective, who wants to know about the bad blood between her and Simon. Michaela steamrolls her — pointing out it’s normal for competitive law students to not get along and that the detective is overstepping legal guidelines. She refuses to continue the convo without a lawyer.

Michaela decides the only solution is for Oliver to marry Simon to buy his silence with his hot bod and his hand in marriage. Connor still votes for smothering Simon. Annalise has a real suggestion — Oliver has to go back and convince Simon to hire Annalise as his lawyer so they can run damage control. Oliver obeys orders and visits Simon, feeding him a line about having feelings for him before telling him he needs a lawyer. The thing is? Simon already has a lawyer and it’s Tegan. Annalise soon finds this out while trying to get information on Isaac at the front desk. Tegan strolls up to her and tells her she has to leave, but not before Annalise gets in a few jabs about Tegan’s real boss being Jorge Castillo and representing Simon being a conflict of interest. But they can’t tell Simon any of this because Tegan’s set up security and banned unauthorized visitors, including Oliver, from his room.

Laurel is trying to work out why Wes didn’t just tell her about meeting her mom. Frank promises to help her get her baby back at any cost, but he has to go because he receives an alert for a “mechanical error” on Bonnie’s car from the device he gave her. He goes to the DA’s office and helps Bonnie check her car for signs of tampering. He insists the car is fine, but Bonnie still feels unsafe. He admits he and Laurel went to see Mrs. Castillo and she denied any involvement in Wes’ death. Bonnie tells him he has to tell Annalise the truth. (Recap continues on page 2)

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