It’s baffling how inconsistent this season has been in term of quality, but if there’s one thing that’s assured, it’s that there is no long-term planning on this show. Never has been.
There was some progress this week with the possibility of an intriguing case, but as with every single case on this show, everything becomes convoluted and outrageous by hour’s end. If there’s one bright side to the clients this time, it’s how Annalise sees herself in the sick mother’s shoes. Touching…sort of.
Speaking of which, Annalise asking the entire gang to lash out on her was interesting and quite satisfying, sure, but is this the only storyline this show can muster right now? Annalise ruined their lives, they blame her, yell at her for it, then stick with her nonetheless. It’s been a recurring theme since the show’s inception two years ago, and it’s become boring and simply tiresome to watch right now.
Of course, the cliffhanger could be exciting if the show does in fact turn Wes against Annalise, but there’s a huge possibility this is another one of Keating’s manufactured schemes. In either way, it doesn’t exactly make that much sense right now: why would Wes turn on her all of a sudden, and conversely how could this possibly benefit Annalise if it is in fact her arrangement? Let’s hope the next two episodes offer more answers, and for God’s sakes, more entertainment.
– Awfully soapy moment with the reveal that Frank has seen Wes and Laurel making out. Why, just why?
– Great emotional backstory for Soraya, the university president, and Lauren Luna Vélez delivers a truly top-notch performance in that AA scene.
– Awkward father/son moment between Nate and Wes outside the court.
– Nice callback to the pilot with Wes mentioning how Laurel stood up for him after Annalise’s first question in class.
– Oliver’s subplot was terrible, period. But the fact that he waited THAT long to tell someone he knew he would be sleeping with that he’s HIV-pos is so far-fetched for a smart man like Ollie.
– Heartwarming moment with Asher being glad that Connor and Oliver are friends again.
– Cop-out ending with Annalise coming to a solution for the case on her own without needing any evidence. Call it a “viewer’s intuition”, but it seems to me like the writers simply had no idea how to end the case.
– Frank and Bonnie are still the weirdest, least fleshed-out characters in the history of television.
– Positively hilarious moment with Laurel dropping the L-word on Wes, but since Frank overheard that then I’m guessing this was just a plot contrivance. Thanks, writers, for insulting our intelligence for the hundredth time.
– It does look like Wes is going to die in the next episode (especially with Annalise telling him to live as good as he can), so it’s most likely a red-herring. Goodbye, Connor?
– Viewer discretion is advised for the next episode? Call me intrigued.
Wes: Who shoots their father and doesn’t get rid of the gun?
Wes: Have you heard from Frank?
Annalise: No. Maybe we got lucky and he killed himself.
Laurel: Sexualizing me without my permission…
Michaela: …is creating a hostile work environment.
Laurel: She’s right, thank you.
Michaela: Shut up, we’re still not friends.
Another week, another disappointing episode that goes nowhere.