No More Blood did what no other episode this season has done: trick me into believing this show might actually be tightly plotted.
Bringing back the mystery woman from Frank’s past (who now has a name: Lisa Cameron) is a genius decision as it finally connects those random flashbacks from last season to this year’s overarching plot. Frank’s entire storyline has been this show’s secret weapon all along, which is why the writers are wary of giving everything away, but it’s about time they start moving the plot forward and not let Annalise take all the momentum.
Of course, the final twist that Frank’s horrifying encounter inside Lisa’s house was merely a way for Wes to be set free of the Mahoney case was brilliant, but it’s nothing compared to the pulse-pounding, magnificent final Annalise/Frank/Bonnie exchange. This show is at its best when it brings its best performers into the spotlight and give them a truly disturbing scene, and while I doubt Frank will end up shooting himself right then and there, there’s no denying this scene was three seasons in the making. Truly outstanding.
Sadly, the rest of the hour isn’t up to par with that scene. Wes’ subplot in court is absolutely dull, Connor and Oliver’s fights are becoming more repetitive than Annalise’s drinking, and the cliffhanger with Connor sleeping with Thomas is hilariously lame. Let’s hope the midseason finale completely flips this show upside down.
– So, the “adult content” ABC kept warning us about, especially for the final 5 minutes, was for the scene with Annalise screaming at Frank to commit suicide, right?
– Horrendous opening scene with Frank at Laurel’s place.
– The Wes/Meggy drama should not be given that amount of screen-time.
– Interesting how Asher and Michaela have become the most stable, sane couple on this show. Did not see that coming.
– Sick of hearing everyone blaming one another for all the murders that have happened. It’s exhausting.
– Chilling moment with Bonnie asking Frank to go back into the house. It ends up being a red herring, of course, but for a minute there I truly thought she wanted Frank to kill that little girl!
– I would have loved Annalise/Frank/Bonnie’s goosebumps-worthy moment at the end more if it wasn’t interrupted by another flash-forward. This show feels like a soap opera sometimes in the way it cuts scenes at the most dramatic moment.
Asher: I’m all about the team. We’re ducks, and ducks fly together. (Michaela looks at him) It’s Mighty Ducks. It’s a great movie.
Bonnie: Something bad’s always about to happen in this house.
While it’s still far from being a good show again, the final 10 minutes are absolutely nail-biting and shocking.