Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 6

6. Freakin' Whack-a-Mole
Asher pounds on Annalise’s door, demanding the group to hand him back his trophy. He retreats after receiving a phone call, which is later revealed to be from Bonnie (Liza Weil) who has agreed to hook up with him. A distressed Annalise calls her while they are in bed, asking if she’s with Sam, and telling her that something terrible happened. Five weeks earlier, Wes hands over his trophy and skips class due to his difference with Annalise. She tries to woo him back, but he blackmails her. The firm handles a death row case appeal and has 72 hours to save a man from death penalty. They find reasons to believe that there was pressure to convict, and clues point to the involvement of Asher’s father, the judge who handled the case. He confronts him about it, and he throws him out of his house. They use the information and an impassioned interrogation with the senator involved leads to an acquittal. Annalise tells Frank to plant Stangard’s phone in Griffin’s car, which gets them Rebecca back, but Nate has proof of the setup.

Ooh, now Asher suddenly has relevance. I thought he was just the token white jerk tossed in there to make uncouth and insensitive remarks. That part where he attacks Connor and fails miserably is hilarious AF, although it was so contrived that it was used as a plot device for them to gain leverage on their case. The highlight of the episode was Annalise’s interrogation with the senator, no doubt. Damn, Viola Davis, this is the kind of performance that gives you Emmys! I just love the moral ambiguity plaguing her very persona and how shrewd she is. She obviously has her biases, covering for her husband and all, but you just have to admire the way she is playing this game. Wes just has luck on his side. Otherwise, she can rip him apart right then and there. Anyway, who’s involved and who’s not is starting to get clearer. Now we all know that Asher is clean. As for Bonnie, I can’t really read her. She seems like that kind of character who will end up being a key element in all that’s going on here. I guess we’ll find out.

“Now this was the first case that opened my eyes to the fact that the justice system doesn’t always reward those who tell the truth, but those who have the power to create their own.” –Annalise Keating

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