Rasha: Shall we call upon the octopus?
Gemma: O octopus, we beseech thee, hear our diablog!
R: I’m not sure what to do with this episode. It feels like a bridge episode this week, the way Empire last week was a bridge.
G: Perhaps, but Nate’s in league with the Scooby Gang! This is important information!
R: That definitely felt like the punchline.
G: I’m finally, and happily, starting to accept that you’re right about the lack of Annalise/Wes. Partially because now Nate will be a proxy, but still, it’s good.
R: The parallel split shots with AK/Wes and AK/Nate sure set us up to read it that way. What did you get from those? That she’s on different sides than both of them?
G: It could be, or it could be that she’s manipulating both of them in different ways, but feels the same about it.
R: AK really does miss Nate. I think she’s a grown woman. I was glad to see AK show up at Nate’s place, which makes a lot more sense than her going to a sex party in her courtroom clothes.
G: Sherri Saum must get really tired of how wholesome she is on The Fosters. Whenever she shows up on network, it’s something lurid.
R: What else has she been on?
G: She had an SVU episode as a very terrifying trafficker/madam. I liked this part much better.
R: It felt like the gents were making more moves this week. AK is not in a good place, however nice her sheets are and however sweet the occasional late night emails from Eve might be. I was seriously worried about her falling down those stairs.
G: Yes, that was definitely a possibility, and it also made me wonder if she’s right about Bonnie. Why does Bonnie feel so eerily … together? They seemed to be playing up that contrast.
R: Right about Bonnie being a monster? Mostly it felt like the expediencies of plot putting Bonnie on the back burner this week. Her drinks date with Laurel was…improbable? Would she really confess to Laurel about Asher?
G: Well, that was what I wondered about—weren’t you expecting her to take it harder? I certainly was. It felt like she was acting at a deliberate distance, which led me to … does she do that all the time, except with Annalise? They’ve been very active about showing Bonnie getting into Asher in spite of herself.
R: Yeah, I thought she’d put up a good show for Asher and then crumble because she is actually just as vulnerable and lonely as Annalise. Side note, could there actually be a fight club that Bonnie and Frank have together?
G: Don’t we wish!
R: I think they’d have to call it “fisticuffs” given Franks penchant for period clothing.
G: FISTICUFFS CLUB FTW! The first rule of Fisticuffs Club is Don’t Get Blood On My Vest.
R: What else happened this episode? The twins are snogging, maybe kinda. I want to claim that I’ve been validated in suspecting them of some too-intense connection, but as always with this show, I doubt anything that seems to be conveniently served up for us to believe.
G: I’d agree with that. Also, Asher was a mole and that woman in the pic is clearly not his new girlfriend. He’s an adequate enough mole to sneak into Annalise’s house and not get knocked out with a bottle.
R: That was a good reveal. That woman is his old girlfriend who died in an “accident” at Trotter Lake, and Asher’s dad covered it up all Ted Kennedy style.
G: Ooooof. Then who is it who’s texting him?
R: That’s the prosecutor. He’s not very well going to store her number under “My Co-conspirator.”
G: Even the second time? By the end of the ep, I thought we were just supposed to think it was the prosecutor. But maybe you’re right.
R: This show has you shadowboxing, girl.
G: This is quite possible, yes.
R: Ok, the twins totally killed their parents, right? Though that murder scene looked more gruesome than I’d expect from them.
G: I am trying to be open to ideas like the aunt did it and somebody was getting revenge.
R: Ok, so Levi, though, is finally giving Michaela all those orgasms she’s been missing (it’s like she watched that K&P set about cunnilingus!), even after he promised Wes he’d stay away from her?
G: So either he wants something from Michaela that he doesn’t want from the team as a whole, or he LIKES HER, HE REALLY LIKES HER! Or both.
R: He’s gonna like her and he’ll be the new Rebecca, the insider-outsider on the team. Then he’ll get killed in the season finale?
G: Are we going to keep following that exact pattern?
R: Dude reminds me of a younger Matt Bomer.
G: Yes, that is a good comparison!
R: Which, well, Michaela has a type…
G: [Slightly evil giggle]
R: You know who also reminded me of someone else? The guy testifying in the COTW who was giving his best Jamie Dornan. But really there is no substitute.
G: “Gives one’s best Jamie Dornan” definitely sounds like a euphemism.
R: What would that mean?!
G: Given the man’s two most prominent roles, something terrible.
R: Sigh. I do like him. I still think of him as the huntsman/sheriff with a heart condition from Once Upon a Time.
G: I think he’s great. But at this point, decidedly unsexy, in spite of it all.
R: That could be an effective career move on his part. Dude, for the twins case: what if their parents were abusing them? There’s something creepy about those old rich white folks adopting such attractive and not-at-all-related-looking young people to raise as siblings.
G: That seems like a likely reveal. Oooh! Parents are abusing them. Aunt knows. Aunt saves them, then ends up freaking out and framing them, so they have to kill her, but they loved her as kids so everyone’s sad about it? I’m just spitballing.
R: Nah, I don’t think the aunt gets to be even momentarily a hero here. She seemed very sour. Maybe if it had been a different actress.
G: That’s fair. I think there’s another player, so I keep making it the aunt, but we may just not have met them yet.
R: I think you’re right about another player, though I’m not sure it’s someone we haven’t met yet, given the twistiness of this show. I’m keeping an eye on that housekeeper who notices things, ESPECIALLY WHEN SOMETHING’S WRONG. I wonder what other secrets she’s got, or thinks she has. Is she a housekeeper? She seems more like a majordomo.
G: She could be a housekeeper in the old British sense of the word, at a house like that. Like Emma Thompson in Remains of the Day.
R: So, a list of mysteries to be solved: What happened to that blond girl at Trotter Lake?
G: Whodunit to the parents?
R: Who shot Annalise? I’m guessing not Nate since he was trying to call her and in a car.
G: Who pushed the prosecutor?
R: She fell like Sam did. Just ask Michaela.
G: Ah. Of course.
R: Ok, is it me or was Nate not wearing the uniform or the police car in the flashforward earlier when he was calling Annalise?
G: I didn’t notice, honestly. I’d need to go back.
R: Then he shows up all beat cop to load the Scooby Gang in the police mobile. Something smells. I want to say something about those meddling kids, but it’s just not coming to me.
G: Next time.