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…
S2xE08: “Hi, I’m Philip”
Last week’s episode ended with Secret Baby Philip coming into Oliver’s apartment (gasp!), forcing viewers like me to resign ourselves to the fact that Ollie just might not make it out of his apartment alive. This week, we pick up right where we left off. Connor discovers Oliver is missing, and takes the information back to the Keating household, where the discussion wavers between Frank’s “he’s probably not dead” attitude to Connor’s “we need to call the cops right now” mantra. Luckily, Ollie and Philip show up before the first commercial break, alleviating the fears of fangirls everywhere. Philip claims he isn’t related to the Hapstalls, he doesn’t know anything about the murders and reminds Annalise that he has been spied on illegally and that he will want something, at some point, he’s just not sure what or when. Annalise carries the scene, with her natural hair and in a bathrobe, no less, consoling Philip while not actually believing him, promising him whatever he wants without having the slightest intention of following through. Thinking a few steps ahead of the seasoned law students in the room, Ollie swipes some of Phillip’s DNA (off a straw) so we all can finally find out what Phillip’s deal is.
This episode revolved heavily around the plea deal that Sinclair tries to get Caleb and Catherine to accept, which they both do, against Annalise’s recommendation, secretly, twice. Sinclair has been a pretty consistent asshole this season, which, to be fair, really means she’s doing her job because, lest we forget, the Keating Five and Annalise are the bad guys. Still, she seems to have inside information about their case and Asher figures that it must be because she got that wiretap she’d been lobbying the judge for and overheard their conversation with Philip. Annalise guesses that Sinclair only is offering the plea deal now because she’s afraid she might lose her case, which she totally will if Phillip is proven to be related to the Hapstalls. Annalise asks Catherine if she’s guilty and she says no and forgoes the plea when her team reveal that Phillip is not only related, but he is a secret INCEST baby, the son of the dead racist aunt and the murdered Father Hapstall. Oh, and he also is cavorting with Catherine. We’re not sure how deep into the Philip/Catherine rabbit hole Caleb is, but we do know he has been protecting his sister, Catherine, by hiding a gun that he found in the Hapstall house after their parents were killed.
Didn’t see that one coming.
In the meantime, everyone is having sex, which is (if I’m being honest) one of my favorite parts of HTGAWM, even if it did seem a bit forced into the story. Nate reveals his gorgeous abs to Annalise, and much like me, she is entranced. Connor and Ollie get it on in Annalise’s classroom, Laurel and Frank continue to have mind blowing and bendy sex, while Mikayla and Caleb finally resolve some of that sexual tension. Suspiciously absent from this episode was Bonnie–who we see having some sort of a mental breakdown in the shower as she contemplates her argument with Annalise and who we last saw threatening her boss. While Laurel takes her place in the office, there’s really no replacing feisty and badass Bonnie. I hope she comes back soon.
Honestly, this episode felt simultaneously packed with information and slow as molasses. I’m really not invested in the Hapstall drama, and wish that there was a more interesting case going on alongside the drama of who shot Annalise (and tossed Sinclair off a roof). I loved the sex scene, but I wasn’t really sure how it moved the narrative along, except perhaps to show the evolution of the relationships and the manipulations that may be coming because of the sexual relationships and gorgeous abs clouding our minds (I’m looking at you Nate). The mid-season finale is this week on Thursday, and then we’re on hiatus until after the holidays. My friends and I have no idea who shot Annalise, but I’m really horrible with figuring out mysteries. I’m thinking Bonnie? Wes?? The butler with the candlestick???
Until next time, friends.
How to Get Away With Murder is on ABC, Thursdays at 10pm.
xoxo C. Diva