If you are a fan of Matt McGorry’s prison guard John Bennett from Orange is the New Black, you will appreciate the latest episode of How to Get Away with Murder. On Black, McGorry is earnest and sweet, but his Asher Millstone is as douchey as they come. You might feel a bit bad for him, though, after the latest dose of How to Get Away as you watch McGorry flex his dramatic chops. Spoiled, douchebag law students can step up to the plate as well—a fact I was unaware of.
This episode proves that How to Get Away is not just invested in shocking its audience. The relationships between these characters are getting a lot more complex, and the emotions are flying all over the place. For the Case of the Week, Annalise is appealing a ruling from years ago concerning a man convicted of shooting his girlfriend in a supposed crime of passion. It turns out that the judge presiding over the case was none other than Asher’s father. Cue the strings section in the “Disgraced Father Figure/Get Out of My House!” symphony!
Asher begins questioning his entire position when he realizes that his father might have known that the key witness in the trial perjured herself. He snoops around his father’s office and discovers that his precious dad received his federal appointment by a sleazy senator who organized the entire thing. When Asher brings this information to Annalise’s attention, he requests 2 things. He wants his father’s name left out of the entire conversation, and he demands the trophy—something he surely wants more. Unlike most of How to Get Away’s Cases of the Week, this week’s doesn’t feel separated from the rest of the episode, and that might be because of how emotional it all is at the end. In case we ever doubted Viola Davis’ chances for Emmy consideration, one only has to turn to the moment where she grills the sleazy senator on the stand. Annalise steamrolls over the objections and sounds of the gavel pounding as she lets this guy have it, and it almost makes you hear your pulse quickening. The emotional pay off in the courtroom had me tear up a bit, if I were to be perfectly honest.
At the beginning of the episode, it appears that Wes has thrown in the towel after he found out that Sam’s dong was indeed on Lila’s phone—the trophy sits on his desk in the classroom and he doesn’t answer any of his phone calls. When Annalise tracks him down, he calls her a liar and demands that she finds Rebecca (who went on the run at the end of last week). Oh, and points for Alfred Enoch being in just a towel for that scene. Just a little tease for all those gay viewers out there—a GLAAD award is on its way, I’m sure. The sexual tension between Annalise and Wes is still there, and I sort of don’t want to give up on it. It’s kind of creepy…but kind of hot…but then kind of creepy again…
Speaking of sexual tension! On the night of The Bonfire Murder, we find out that Asher was in bed with Bonnie! If you feel bad that Asher has privileged white guy daddy issues, you shouldn’t, because a forbidden couple was born this week. And also don’t feel bad for us, because McGorry is shirtless (are you watching GLAAD voters?!) It makes you raise an eyebrow to Bonnie, because she bitched out Laurel for getting too close to Frank. Annalise’s freak out over the missing rug in her office caps off the scene and makes the audience beg for How to Get Away to never end every week.
On a side note, the relationship between Frank and Annalise is very reminiscent of another Shonda Rhimes working couple: Olivia and Harrison from Scandal. Frank and Harrison will do anything for their employers, and both groups are as close as families. Frank’s proves his dedication when Annalise assigns him to plant Lila’s phone in Griffin O’Reilly’s car, but Frank doesn’t know that he was being watched by someone close to Nate. The infamous dong picture remains on the phone, but a quick wallpaper change (I hope that episode is on TLC somewhere) helps shy suspicion away from Sam. Remember the first episode? Rule number 2 is to introduce a new suspect, and I’m sure none of her students ever thought that law would be this deceptive and shady and personal.