Thursday, October 8, 2015

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Episode 18


18. It's Called the Octopus
As Annalise lays dying at the Hapstall mansion, her phone rings, but she has no force left to pick it up. Seven weeks earlier, she ruminates on the best strategy for the Hapstall case but is caught unawares by a tabloid feature exposing the siblings as lovers. She lectures about sex in class and its involvement in most crimes of passion as a montage of intimate relationships follow: Asher/Bonnie; Connor/Oliver; Laurel/Frank; Michaela/Levi. Wes later confirms that Levi is Rebecca’s foster brother who wants to find out what happened to his sister, naming Annalise as the prime suspect. Emily continues to blackmail and use Asher as a mole. It is revealed that it was him who stole Annalise’s recorder that night. Annalise dresses up to go to the sex house to celebrate, but ends up knocking on Nate’s door instead. He tells her that he is not saying no, but rather he needs time to think it through. When she finally leaves, Wes is seen inside the apartment, establishing a plot against her from her most trusted apprentice.


Hmm, I guess this is just the logical outcome, her very own students turning against her. It’s not yet clear what triggered the Hapstall mansion incident but the Keating 4 are in it again, this time with Nate’s involvement. As for Asher, he is still the outsider of the group, which makes you want to ask what the hell is he still doing in this show. It feels as though if any of the five had to be disposed of, it’s going to be him by default. He’s still useful as a plot device, though. At least he has a purpose in the development of the story. The episode is just so full of sex. It’s a good thing they have established its relevance in the bigger picture. It’s a bold thesis that will not go unsupported. Sex, love, and money make the world go round now don’t they? In any case, I am loving the character development. No one in this show is black and white. There’s a lot of gray in everyone which makes it all the more exciting, because you just don’t know who’s going to turn against whom in the long run. So far so good.

“Move. Find me a pervert.” –Annalise Keating

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