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…
S2xE05: “Meet Bonnie”
This week, the Keating household was so busy freaking out, lying and day drinking, there wasn’t enough time for an actual case of the week. In fact, this episode picked up many threads from across the seasons, starting with Bonnie’s epic lie–the coffession to Asher that she killed Sam Keating.
In case you’re new here, she really didn’t.
But Asher doesn’t know that, and so we have an episode from start to finish that uses the most boring member of the Keating Five as a catylyst of intrigue without ever delving deeper into him as a character, which, is a feat in itself.
In the beginning sequence, which takes us to the Hapstall house, Annalise bleeding out on the floor and D.A. Sinclair dead on the doorstep, we see Bonnie, running through the darkened house, away from Annalise and to a car with Asher in the passenger seat. He seems freaked out, per usual, and then suddenly we are once again in the past, with Asher freaked out and ready to snitch on the Keating Five in court. His connection to (obsession with? love for?) Bonnie and the knowledge of her supposed confession has him rethinking his priorities and moral standards, which he has held onto ever since the show began, and so he runs, begging for time and trying to figure out the reasons behind Bonnie’s actions. We find out that Bonnie was molested by her father as a child and presumably, Annalise helped her out. It’s a sad testament to the judicial system in regards to rape and consent that the woman who has actually been raped ends up lying about Sam trying to rape her in order to get her boyfriend to allow her moral leniency for her actions. Of course, as Annalise points out, Asher’s moral standards are easy to stick by, because, as a privileged white male, the law is there to protect and serve him, but does not necessarily work the same way for women like Bonnie or Annalise.
Regardless if it is guilt or love that keeps him quiet, Asher doesn’t tell the D.A. anything about the Keating household, even though she corners him at a college bar and tries to talk him into being the good man that she knows he is. It is only when we go back to the Hapstall flashforward, after Asher has made the decision to keep quiet and stand by Bonnie, that we see him wavering on this decision. Bonnie stops at a gas station to pee (she’s really washing blood off her clothes and person) and when she returns to her vehicle, she finds Asher gone. The next we see of him is at the police station, requesting the desk clerk to take his statement.
In the meantime, the rest of the Keating Five, as forementioned, are losing their shit and freaking out over the lies that Bonnie, Frank, Annalise and now Asher, are keeping from them. They know something is up, and even in middle of researching for Annalise’s Hapstall case, they allow themselves to induldge in a little bit of dark pleasure, if only to blow off some steam. Connor is drinking beer at work, Wes is sneaking around with Levi and Nate, while Laurel and Frank are getting naked in Annalise’s basement (but not before Laurel flirts shamelessly with Micheala and, oh yeah, I SHIP IT). When Connor, Michaela and Laurel finally think to follow and confront Wes, they find out that he and Levi have been working together and Michaela finds out she slept with (not) Eggs911, but not before Annalise sics Frank on Levi. In a beautiful sequence that reminds me why I ship myself with Frank, the bearded wonder takes the suitcase we saw him stuff Rebecca in previously, fills it up with cash, and then frames Levi with drugs in his trunk, simultaneously taking the fight out of the Keating Four and making someone BESIDES Annalise, guilty.
Yeah. Don’t fuck with Frank.
And just like that, the Keating Five are back in the cool kids club, but, if the flashforward sequence is any indication, it won’t be for long.
This episode ties together a lot of loose threads from across, not only season two, but season one, as well. While Asher is a big part of this episode, it doesn’t feel forced, which I had previously been afraid of. We find out a bit more about Bonnie and Annalise, and the tidbits we do get, only whet my appetite and make me want more. In terms of Connor’s meltdown, while it is as obnoxious as it is realistic, I love that he admits to Oliver that he loves him, even if it is in the throes of his own paranoia. At this point, their relationship is the only thing keeping Connor sane, so I can’t begrudge the boy a little love, even if it may now be in jeopardy because of the whole “hacking onto the police databases” thing that was brought up in court.
Also, I’m dying to know what the hell Annalise and Sterling are doing on the Hapstall property…
This show just keeps getting better and better.
Until next time, friends.
How to Get Away With Murder is on ABC, Thursdays at 10pm.
xoxo C. Diva