I power watched season 1 of HTGAWM so that I could enjoy the second season live and, after discovering that I have a really disturbing obsession with the topic, I’ve decided to pen weekly reviews of this ground-breaking show. If you’re not caught up with the current season, visit Netflix and watch Season 1, then go to ABC.com to watch season 2 with me. Enjoy!
Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…
S2xE04: “Skanks Get Shanked”
*Trigger warning: mentions of suicide*
Every episode, I keep wondering, “Is this the one Annalise is going to lose?” and I keep getting pleasantly surprised at the ridiculous and somewhat unethical tactics that she takes in order to win the case. Still, as this episode illustrates, Annalise cannot control everything and everyone around her, no matter how hard she tries. Although lately the idea of murder has been somewhat blase topic around the Keating household, we are reminded of the ethical dilemmas to murder when the case of the killer teenage clique mirrors closely the dynamics of the Keating Five. We can’t forget our heroes did indeed kill Sam, and with the help of Annalise, successfully covered it up. While Annalise may be the ringleader and perhaps even the catalyst for the murder of her husband, she hasn’t actually committed it, which is something she has no problem reminding Connor when he steps up to her about the ethics of burying evidence that shows their client, Zoe, is guilty.
And boy, is that psychopath guilty.
But, so are the Keating Five and, in her opening statement, which is beautifully juxtaposed with the prosecuting lawyer’s statement, Annalise reminds the jury (and viewers) that anyone is capable of murder, under the right (or very wrong) circumstances. In the meantime, we have Levi, Wes and now Nate, working together to find out who killed Rebecca and Asher making a suspicious deal with that dick bag D.A. over some random girl in his past who died? Disappeared? All I care about is that he broke it off with Bonnie, which I find unacceptable because she’s a badass. A badass who claimed responsibility for Sam’s murder, which she totally didn’t commit (she did kill Rebecca–oops), which puts Asher in an awkward position in terms of the deal he just made to assist the D.A.. Doesn’t he realize he works for the best damn defense lawayer in Philly?
The Keating Five are all over the place this episode, and Zoe’s case reflects Connor’s own doubts about the supposed brainswashing at the hands of Annalise. When he slips the defending lawyer Zoe’s “skanks get shanked” video and sabotages the case, Annalise attempts to change the focus by accusing one of the other girls of being the head of their crew, but Zoe flips out in court and they lose.
For the first time, they lose.
My guess is Annalise is a bit distracted by the discussion she has with her lover’s dying wife, Nia. While Annalise might be able to get (most) murderers off scott free, continues to help her students get away with the murder of her husband oh, AND covers up Bonnie’s really random murder of Rebecca, she has never actually physically hurt anyone. So, when Nate’s cancer-stricken wife asks Annalise to get pills so Nia can take her own life, the decision weighs on Annalise enough to distract her and for audiences to wonder what her ultimate choice will be. Although Annalise gets the pills from Frank and lies to Nate about what Nia wanted from her, Annalise ultimately decides to deny Nia her request, leaving her with gems of wisdom such as “life is hard” and “everyone feels pain”.
While Annalise is convinced she’s doing the right thing for Nia and Nate, it makes me wonder what her moral compass actually looked like, and how exactly it works. At least we know that Annalise isn’t capable of murder, even a mercy killing for her lover’s dying wife. Again. Ouch.
This tension within the Keating Five will ultimately lead to Annalise on the floor of the Hapstall foyer, the D.A. dead on their porch and Nate, Michaela, Wes and Connor driving away from the bloody scene straight to Caleb, who seems to be hiding away in Wes’ house.
What the actual fuck is going on, here??
The jury is still out on this one, friends, but next week’s episode looks to answer some of the crazy questions floating around in my head.
Until next time, friends.
How to Get Away With Murder is on ABC, Thursdays at 10pm.
xoxo C. Diva