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…
S2xE12: “It’s a Trap”
This episode hops back and forth between present and past, and we get an up close and personal look at 1990s Keating house, which is seriously awesome. In the past, we see a pregnant Annalise recruit her “secretary” Frank to go on a trip to Cleveland with her, against Sam’s wishes (whatever, we still hate Sam), during which she is set to represent a young, rich white boy who has been accused of murder. Cue the creepy, old, rich white dad, who makes his racism and sexism clear when he tells Annalise that if she loses their case, it will give her “people” a bad name. Yeah, we hate him, too. Still, Annalise is Annalise, even with braids and a baby bump, so she does what she has to do to get close to the only witness her case has, which happens to be illegal immigrant, single mother of Kristoff aka Wes, Rose, which is to say, she coerces and promises until she’s sure that Rose will turn up to testify. Unfortunately, she doesn’t, and so Annalise is stuck trying to explain to her racist, sexist, older, rich white client that the only witness that may be able to get his son off of a murder charge, refuses to testify. Of course, old, rich, white dude threatens Annalise, Rose, Kristoff and pretty much everyone he can think of, in order to protect his “innocent” son. The thing is, Annalise figures out fairly quickly that Rose didn’t see anything and that her client is lying, which, she usually isn’t opposed to and can use to her advantage, regardless, but it seems pregnancy has made her soft. She warns Rose that older, rich white dude isn’t a good guy and she really needs to cooperate. Rose, of course, does not cooperate, and doesn’t show up to court the next day, either. We know she ends up dead at some point, but we don’t know by whose hand. Could this be the catalyst to Rose’s death or the fact that even though we have a 90s pregnant Annalise, in 2016 she has no kids?
We don’t find out quite yet, because we’ve got to go back…to the future. And, yeah, I just said that.
In the present, Laurel and Wes are pouring over the files that Annalise left on Wes’ doorstep, and then the pair decide to take a vacay and head out to Cleveland which, well, makes absolutely no sense to me. Aren’t they students? I remember college, and it’s not easy to just, oh, hop on a plane and go to a different state for a couple of days, but whatever. In Cleveland, Wes and Laurel find out more about his mother and Annalise and their case, which is kind of redundant, because FLASHBACK. What we do find out is that Wes was considered to be a suspect, which Laurel finds in the paperwork but doesn’t tell him about. Instead, she runs to Annalise and demands information. Which, really, Laurel? I’m with Annalise. It’s none of your business.
In the meantime, Phillip remains creepy and has demanded hush money for his video of TK5 at the Hapstall house acting..strange, running around, and basically looking super suspicious the night DA Sinclair is killed. Of course, Annalise is a lawyer who deals with this kinda crap all day long, so she calls his bluff. No money, no contact, nada. Phillip retaliates by sending them pics of the night before, which, surprise surprise, the sneaky stalker is stalking. The entire Phillip plot is so heavy handed at this point, I have zero fucks to give, unless, of course, he does something hardcore like kidnap Connor’s cute boyfriend again.
There’s so much going on, I can’t even keep track. The time jumps are getting farther apart, which makes me feel like I’m in Looper, or something, and I’m seriously over the Hapstall case. Can we drop this story line with a good old fashioned mass murder? I’m hoping we find out whether Wes standing over his mother with a knife in his hand is just a…fluke? Or something.
How to Get Away With Murder is ABC on Thursdays at 10pm.
xoxo C. Diva
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