After a jaw dropping reveal, I wondered what could possibly come next on How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 Episode 5.
And let's just say, I was a little disappointed in this follow up installment.
It's not a big surprise that I have been a huge fan of this series since the pilot, but this was the first episode I wasn't head over heels about. The case of the week was OK. The flash forwards were OK. And the increased Laurel time was alright. But overall, I wasn't as riveted by this episode as much as the others.
This week the team defended a teenager accused of killing his abusive police officer father. The teenager, Ryan, did indeed commit the crime and he wasn't the least bit remorseful about it. And with the evidence against them, the team resorted to trying to stack the jury in their favor, believing that an emotional jury was their best shot at an acquittal.
Laurel had her chance to shine this week, coming through multiple times to help the case along. In the end, it wasn't looking good for Ryan but Laurel resorted to some improper behavior to help him out.
I kind of thought when we met Khan back in How To Get Away With Murder Season 1 Episode 3, he wasn't going to stick around. But he and Laurel seem to be a genuine couple now and he's the one that gives her the idea of jury nullification.
My understanding is jury nullification allows the jury to rule the law out and vote with their hearts. But it's illegal to inform the jurors of this, so Laurel goes about it in a sneaky way by printing out the textbook definition of it and leaving it for a juror to find.
Frank catches her because I think he stays like ten steps behind her at all times, but he doesn't out her to Annalise. She decides to have Frank leak it to the DA, which leads to a mistrial and Ryan's freedom. There's one more win for Annalise and company!
Now, let's touch on Frank and Laurel. First things first, more Frank isn't a bad thing. I'm very intrigued by him and I like that we finally get an answer as to why he called Laurel the night of the murder.
He called her because they were sleeping together, which isn't the least bit surprising, but at least we got conformation. I mean, hello, the picture on Laurel's phone is of him shirtless and seductively looking into the camera.
But we see in the flash forwards that Frank is begging her to talk to him and make things right. Laurel isn't interested but she does show up at his apartment later that night with the trophy, aka the murder weapon. Tell me why, Laurel?
What is going on with them? I know Laurel mentioned that he lied to her to get her into bed, but it's deeper than that right? Frank was panicked and I desperately want to know why!
On to the meat and potatoes of this episode, which is Annalise and Sam. And to a lesser degree, Rebecca and Wes.
We get to see the fallout from penis gate and Sam finally admits the truth. He and Lila were sleeping together. But I'm not buying that Lila was chasing him. Especially not after learning this.
Annalise: Did you love her?
Sam: No. It was her, she was persistent. She kept coming to me about her family, about her boyfriend. Annie, she was just lost.
Annalise: Just like you found me.
Annalise: That's how you like your mistresses, huh? Weak, broken, messes that you just clean up.
Annalise was Sam's mistress?!?! I don't know why that was so shocking to me, but it was. The clues were all there but clearly I just didn't want to see them.
Sam is a serial cheater it would seem and I'm thinking all these transgressions are the reason he ends up dead on a carpet.
Annalise is a wreck the whole episode, drinking vodka and seeking out hot Nate in an alley. But Nate wants no parts of Annalise and can you really blame him? She's ruining his life!
It seems Bonnie's visit to the precinct last week exposing Nate's independent investigation got him fired. He blamed Annalise and she tried to explain it wasn't her, but he wasn't having it.
I don't believe you. To be honest, I don't even care. You want to sleep next to a killer, go for it.Nate [to Annalise]
That's harsh hot Nate!
Annalise confronts Sam yet again, this time about his whereabouts the night of Lila's murder. He claims Lila was threatening to hurt herself so he came all the way back to Philadelphia, couldn't find her and then drove all the way back to Yale. Um, yeah, are we buying that?
I'm thinking he may have stopped at Bonnie's on the way back north. There's something real shady about those two.
I guess Annalise is believing Sam because she's protecting him at every turn. She invites Rebecca over so Sam can analyze her and find out how much she knows about Sam and Lila.
Was anyone else expecting her to walk in and recognize him? I was, but she didn't know him at all. And she told him that she believed Lila's lover was the one who killed him.
So, all's well that ends well, right? Not so fast. Rebecca went to the bathroom at casa de Annalise and saw the wallpaper from the nude selfie. She puts two and two together and gets the heck out of dodge.
She lets Wes know what she finds and he sneaks in to see for himself, bumping into Annalise along the way. End scene.
Okay, so this wasn't my favorite episode but there was still a lot to like. The plot is moving along and we're inching towards getting some answers. What did you guys think? Do we believe Sam at all? What do you think really happened between Frank and Laurel? Hot Nate needs more screen time, right? Am I being too harsh on this episode? I am, right?!?!
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