Recap/Review: How to Get Away with Murder, S1 E6 & E7

Who is the least suspicious?
Whom does Annalise least suspect?

Rasha: So Annalise says in the 6th episode, “It’s always the one you least suspect.” Who is the one we least suspect?

Gemma: Michaela.

R: HAH! She is totally the one I least suspect. She’s too caught up with her beau and her perfect life.

Signs of imperfection are beginning to appear.
Signs of imperfection are beginning to appear.

G: Ditto. I mean, this week’s ep was at least workin’ to make us believe Rebecca actually did the killing of Sam, but I’m at a complete loss still about how the others are implicated.

R: Totes. Dude, and how creepy is it to kiss your blood-spattered crushgal? Wes, what is up with you??

G: Ulllggggh. There was so much creeptasticity in this one. The sex scene intercut with the exhumation autopsy? Ewwwwww.

A lot of creepy choices were involved in this scene.

R: I know! What is that even supposed to mean? Is Rebecca going all Single White Female on Lila? Is Rebecca going to be killed? You can’t just intercut something like that for the creep-factor alone. I want things to *mean* something!

G: Yes, me too! I mean, given the time lapse, we will def see the murder proper before the winter hiatus, so there’s that.

R: It really does seem like Rebecca did it as of this week’s episode. If you’d asked me at the end of last week’s, I would have said Bonnie was my main suspect—always with the skulking!

G: It’s true. That was a skulktacular knock on the marital bedroom.

Quit interrupting scenes like this, Bonnie.
Quit interrupting scenes like this, Bonnie.

R: Even before. I love how they have her peeping on everyone. But now it’s clear that Wes was calling Rebecca. So there goes that.

G: But Bonnie and Asher were sleeping together, possibly for Bonnie to distract Asher and create herself an alibi.

R: I KNOW! That’s exactly what I thought. And Bonnie plays those mind games with both Laurel and Frank.

Mind games might be happening … even in this shot!
Mind games might be happening … even in this shot!

G: Yeah. I’m sorry, but does it ever actually happen that people are fighting and then start making out in the middle of the fighting? It has already happened about three times in the seven extant episodes of this show, and it is a trope I have never quite believed.

R: I think it’s a cheap acting trick to heighten the emotion. I think the tenuous uncertain chemistry that makes people jump the fence and kiss is a mystery to us all. I think writers and film-makers and TV directors are just as confused as the rest of us. So they cover it up with Dramz.

G: So they all copy off each other? Boring.

R: Yeah. You know what I was surprisingly not bored by? Asher’s episode last week. Though it did feel like a backwards re-tune of the character. Consistent with his fratty personality, but capable of way more nuance in his confrontation with his father.

Your sincerity is noted, Mr. Millstone.
Your sincerity is noted, Mr. Millstone.

G: Yeah, I enjoyed it. I think I like Mr. McGorry, though I’ve come and gone on him on OITNB. He has some nuance.

R: And this week, he actually laments that he isn’t gay, since then he’d be having awesome sex. Which is somehow sweet and terrible at the same time. Maybe just terrible?

G: No, it was a little sweet too, you’re right. Mostly terrible, but a little sweet. That was also probably the first death row ep of any legal show I’ve ever seen that didn’t piss me off deeply, and I’m not sure why.

More powerful than the usual procedural death row ep. Cheers for complexity.
More powerful than the usual procedural death row ep. Cheers for complexity.

R: Well, it was wish fulfillment of the highest degree and most precise righteousness. It was a very satisfying episode, all the more for how unlikely it is. I didn’t want to be Annalise Keating after her speech about displacing Black folks, murdering an activist, and framing her boyfriend to cover it up—I wanted to be the writers on this show. That must have been a very satisfying scene to write.

G: Yeah, I can imagine.

Putting righteous words in a character's mouth can be exciting.
Putting righteous words in a character’s mouth can be exciting.

R: What about it worked for you that other shows haven’t done?

G: It might have been as simple as a Black lawyer with a Black client. But it was also the fact that the frame-up existed at a higher level than “one dude sells another dude out.”

R: This show has structural analysis, which is f*cking rare for a procedural. Even The Good Wife applies it unevenly when they do it.

G: Agreed and agreed. And TGW‘s has decreased over the last couple years.

R: Yes.

G: This show really treats its characters as people with racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and experiences in a way that I have not seen other Shondaland shows, or many other shows period, do. I have a lot of questions about its craftsmanship, but I really need to give it that.

This show is really doing something new.
This show is really doing something new.

R: Agreed. For all the sometimes sloppiness and convenience of the plot developments, there is something fresh and raw and shocking about this show that doesn’t come across as sensationalist so much as very uncomfortably real.

G: Yes. Definitely.

R: I loved Annalise screaming at Rebecca about being a white trash sl*t who would always be garbage. WHEW.

G: Yeah, YOWZA.

R: I have been waiting for someone to yell at her.

G I’m not sure I would have chosen Annalise for the person I wanted to yell at her.

R: I would not have known Rebecca could merit a reprimand from our lead, but oh, the layers in that charge.

G: I’m starting to wonder, though, if Sam wasn’t somehow killed to protect Annalise. That might be my prediction for the future. It would definitely get everyone on board.

R: Like, were they all confronting him about whether he was actually the killer? Yeah, I could see that getting them all in the room, with Rebecca leading the charge, perhaps egged on by Nate (who came back this week!). Then Sam flies in a rage, and Rebecca “defends” herself.

Welcome back, Nate! It's always good to see you.
Welcome back, Nate! It’s always good to see you.

G: Something like that. Because Nate is going to have something to do with uncovering The Truth About Sam, whatsoever it may be. And now we’ve got Rebecca in contact with Nate.

R: Indeed. I find myself not knowing whether the actress who plays Rebecca is incredibly masterful, or is—like one critic said of Ben Affleck in Gone Girl—an actor perfectly cast as someone who is never quite believable.

Woman of Mystery.
Woman of Mystery.

 

G: Her main squeezes before this were The Carrie Diaries and The Killing. I haven’t seen her, and don’t know that I would have been able to tell.

R: Well, we have quite a prediction there. I do feel like Sam is playing a little too contrite.

The gentleman doth protest too much, wethinks?
The gentleman doth protest too much, wethinks?

G: Yeah. I am not convinced he killed Lila, though, even with the pregnancy.

R: So who did?? Michaela? Or, as Annalise said: it’s always the boyfriend?

G: Well, if it’s the boyfriend, one of ours has some connection to Griffin.

R: What makes you say that? Just too convenient, given how twisty this show is?

G: Yes, exactly. There’s no way it would be as simple as “Griffin did it and no one else had anything to do with it.” Also, the fact that Rebecca actually considered Lila a friend is going to be significant.

R: OK, I want to know—is Wes’ mom’s suicide when he was twelve enough to explain what even Rebecca identifies as completely unreasonable interest on his part?

Wes, what is the draw here? Explain it to us.
Wes, what is the draw here? Explain it to us.

Will we find out what happened to him as a result of that? Seems like there’s more story there, but the kind they only get to in the later part of the season if at all.

G: Yeah, I think we’re still waiting on more. I mean, he had to live somewhere between the age of twelve and community college, I think his speech to Rebecca made clear there wasn’t another parent in the picture when they came from Haiti, so we’re going to get some complexity in the later part of the season.

Soon we shall learn more about this guy.
Soon we shall learn more about this guy.

R: OMG, what if Bonnie and Griffin worked together to kill Lila as revenge for the affair she had with Sam? And Bonnie shacks up with Asher for an alibi and also because he’s a low-rent Griffin?

G: OOOH. I would love it if Bonnie were a murderer!

Team Bonnie. You heard it here first, kids.
Team Bonnie. You heard it here first, kids.

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