ABC is at its best on Wednesday and Thursday nights and it’s all because of Black-ish and How To Get Away With Murder (if you don’t agree with me, then I’m guessing you’re also excited about iPhone 7’s lack of a headphone jack). Both shows failed to disappoint this week, with Black-ish’s perfectly timed political commentary and HTGAWM’s continuous delivery of suspenseful plot twists and turns.
This week, Black-ish began by reminding us of an unfortunate truth; Barack Obama is on his way out of the White House. The sentiments of black people across the U.S. were summed up perfectly in Dre(Anthony Anderson)’s corny slideshow presentation, which we all know he has (too much of) a knack for. But what I really appreciated about the beginning of this episode was its mini history lesson on black suffrage and why having a black president was such a huge deal.
As usual, Dre’s emotions drive him to do something radical; this time he’s set on making Junior the next black president, starting with his high school election. His passions only grow more fervent when he learns that Junior may end up being the first black student president in his school (I’ll have you know that I was the first black student in my school to wear flannel so much that it annoyed white people. Now that is an accomplishment). Their election strategy? To use Junior’s blackness (by digging through his suburban exterior) to win the vote; because at the moment, being “black” is considered pretty cool (until the cops show up), am I right?
After that backfires, Dre decides that Junior should take the white guilt approach (following some hilarious commentary with his co-workers). That doesn’t work either, but in the end, Junior does win the election on his principles alone. His prize; an SGA up to its knees in debt and illiterate teachers. Sound familiar?
While all this was going on, Diane (Marsai Martin) was helping Grandma Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) discover her real political alignment, because her usual “just voting for the Democrat” won’t cut it this time around. As usual, Jenifer Lewis absolutely floored me with her comedic timing. Apparently, tripping in her kitten-heels at the polls was the reason she accidentally voted for Buchanan (hear that Hillary? Take those damn ½ inch pass-the-offering-plate heels off). After taking the political ideologies test, Ruby finds out that she’s actually conservative (I mean, she said “make America great again” while taking it, so…).
Hiding in the cracks of this wonderful episode were all kinds of allusions and social commentary about the black vote and our influence over politics in general. It’s a definite win for Wednesday night comedy.
Thursday night saw the continuation of #WhosUnderTheSheet, How To Get Away With Murder’s latest season mystery surrounding the body that has just been pulled out of Annalise(Viola Davis)’s burning house. The opening scene shows Oliver’s struggle to cover Annalise’s tracks (so it appears?) and our leading lady being booked in jail.
Flashing back 6 weeks, we see Annalise running into that board member from the last episode (I like to call her Depressed Kim Fields) who wanted to suspend her for the new “killer flyers” controversy. This holds little importance in the scope of the episode; I just wanted you to know that the board member looks like a depressed Kim Fields.
In class, after a terrifying daily quick-fire question session, Annalise decides that Michaela is the head of the next class case surrounding a creepy nerd named Solomon who is accused of killing a girl he found unconscious. The thing is, even though Solomon didn’t kill the girl, he is a totally disgusting guy who did kill a different girl named Janey. After finding out about his previous murder, Annalise is plagued with the totally unethical decision to keep his involvement quiet in order to work out a plea deal for the current case. And even then, Solomon the creep is still upset about having to go through with any jail time. For that, Annalise slapped the piss out of him and I applauded.
On top of this week’s case, Annalise is still on the search for Frank after he sniper-shot Wes’s dad. To assist with the manhunt, she sends Laurel (Karla Souza) out to meet her rich, scary father (who apparently works with a billion dollar telecommunications company, but reminds me more of a Cuban mobster). Laurel’s relationship with her father is already skewed, but things get more challenging when he asks for her to sign a shady business deal before he works on locating Frank. She eventually comes around after a few bouts of inner conflict and random aggressive Spanish speaking.
Meanwhile, Michaela (Aja Naomi King) and Asher (Matt McGorry) head to Atlantic City with the newly broken up Conner and Oliver and things are as awkward as they should be. My guess is that both parties will be happily shacked up by the end of this season, although I also guessed that Bonnie would be the one dead this season and she’s (unfortunately. Very, very unfortunately) not according to flashbacks. In terms of relationships, there is also Wes’s new girlfriend Meggy. However, because her name is Meggy…we’re just not going to talk about her.
A few other important things to note about this episode:
-Laurel has contacted Frank already, but Annalise has no idea
-Michaela’s ex-fiancé is engaged again
-After taking the plea deal, Annalise is making positive headlines again
-Oliver discards a phone from Annalise’s office underneath an ambulance outside
–A second body has now been pulled from the wreckage of the burning house and it has a pulse.
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