How to Get Away with Murder Season 4 Episode 11 Review: He's a Bad Father

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Poor Laurel. 

On How to Get Away with Murder Season 4 Episode 11, her mother returned to her life under the assumption that she would help her daughter fight to the death to get Laurel's child back. 

Nothing is ever as it seems on this show, and that was solidified by the reveals peppered throughout the hour. 

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The biggest of which was that Laurel's mother met with Wes the day before he died. If she had nothing to hide, then why didn't she open up to Laurel about it? 

It's bizarre for Ms. Castillo to be keeping things from her daughter, but then again, Laurel is not exactly in the best state of mind. Ms. Castillo did show up to the courtroom to defend her daughter. 

It must have been difficult to open up about not being a great mother to Laurel because of her bipolar disorder. Because she opened up in the courtroom, I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt. 

There's a good chance Laurel will be told all about the meeting on How to Get Away with Murder Season 4 Episode 12. There's also the possibility that Ms. Castillo gave the kill order to Dominick. 

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God, this show. It's difficult to keep up with all of the twists and turns, and that's what makes it so much fun!

Jorge's lawyer was something else. It was great to see Jack Coleman on the show, but his character was horrible. The judge should have ruled in favor of Laurel based on the way the dude was bringing up irrelevant and downright awful things. 

I cannot even imagine the family dynamic in the Castillo household while Laurel was growing up. The comments about Laurel being mentally unstable did not sit well with me. 

Her boyfriend was murdered, her baby has been stolen, and now she's embroiled in a legal battle with her father to get her kid back. I would say she has the right to not act in the best spirits. 

Annalise persisting and bringing Isaac into all of this mess has probably resulted in him relapsing. There was no talk about Stella's case being reopened before he helped Laurel. 

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This was a classic hook, line, and sinker, and it sucked. Isaac has not been the most ethical of therapists, but doesn't the man get to move on from his past? 

We also got the reveal that Laurel is not the only one to have a horrible relationship with her father. We finally got to meet Nate Sr., and boy, he was not messing around. 

It must have been difficult for his Nate's father to see him as a "pig" because of his job title. Nate's father is another casualty of the judicial system, and that's why he would be the perfect person to be on Annalise's class action lawsuit. 

Despite Nate not visiting him in all those years, he decided his father was worth saving, and the second meeting was full of emotion. Getting his father out of jail would be a huge move. 

I had to rewatch the scene with Nate leaning in to kiss Annalise. Has he not learned anything over the years? He and Annalise being a thing brings a lot of drama, and it's just not worth it. 

They work better as acquaintances, and I was proud that Annalise refused his advances. It would have been easy to return to the way things were, but Annalise getting into a relationship with someone she can't stand at the best of times is just plain silly. 

She's off the booze, and she needs to remain off it. The stress of rushing into a relationship is not worth it. Annalise has been doing great, and I would hate to see her go back to her vodka-swilling ways. 

Michaela was great throughout "He's a Bad Father." While it was a great thing that the class action lawsuit was garnering traction, she was too busy worrying about Laurel. 

She is a real friend, and it was awesome how she crashed the party at the conclusion of the hour. Celebrating a small victory is not the best thing to do when one of your closest friends is going through hell. 

"He's a Bad Father" was another shocking hour that continued to elevate the stakes. This show is showing no signs of slowing down, and it's incredible how the intrigue is continuing to ramp up. 

Other tidbits from the episode:

  • Oliver's obsession guilt about Simon is going too far. Connor was right in his assessment that Oliver would look guilty. The police always look to the most helpful one during the investigation. Oliver should believe his boyfriend on this one; he knows a lot about covering things up. 
  • Could Laurel be under the assumption that her father is not the villain he's being made out to be? Or could it be that she knows the only way to see her son is to agree with him?
  • Denver needs to go. Even when he's not in the episode, he's screwing things up. 

Over to you, How to Get Away with Murder Fanatics. What did you think of the latest twists and turns for the characters?

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He's a Bad Father Review

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