Yes, You Are Bad People: HTGAWM 3×10 Recap

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Illustration by Mya Carmichael

At long last, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and her living chess pieces are back for the continuation of How To Get Away With Murder’s third season and the mystery surrounding the Keating house fire is only intensifying (even more than that time Alicia Keys called one of her customers from the coffee house on 39th & Lennox). This week’s episode included a ton of important focal points, so here’s a detailed run through of all the insanity.

Every important character got a flashback scene with the dearly departed Wes at some point during the episode; the first is Annalise’s throwback to the day she met Wes’s girlfriend Meggy, which included little snippets of baby Wes playing kickball. I’m guessing this was meant to remind us that Annalise cared more about him than any of the others (including Laurel in my opinion. Their relationship was rushed). The heartwarming scene doesn’t last for long before we’re thrust into the harsh current state of affairs with a montage of Annalise’s criminal booking and Wes’s autopsy.

Meanwhile, Bonnie is visiting Laurel at the hospital, pretty much just to make sure she doesn’t run to the police (or roll to the police? She doesn’t leave her hospital bed in this episode, Bonnie). She also shares that the pathologist thinks Wes died before the fire. Laurel thinks Frank is to blame (yet again) because Frank is the root of all her problems (including the fact that she still loves him, but that’s just my opinion (my opinion is fact)). When Bonnie leaves the hospital to go visit Annalise in prison, Annalise tells her that she’s the only one who can defend her at the upcoming bail hearing (Oh no! Bonnie, a licensed lawyer, has to make use of her law degree and be a lawyer?).

Flashback to Wes and Laurel in the bath tub: the two have a conversation that leads me to believe it was very possible they knew there was a condom slip-up. To me, it’s just too easy. I won’t accept any baby daddy reveals until I see Laurel sprinting backstage at the Maury show. Anyway, everything is fine when she later lies to the police to save Annalise’s skin (and she didn’t even have to roll to them. The police came to her. How sweet).

Another scene in Annalise’s prison cell reveals that she is bunked up with two other women, one of which is Robin Crawford from the Whitney biopic, who tries to encourage Annalise to use the bathroom in front of them (they’re in prison after all. No privacy). She doesn’t give in until the other cellmate delivers a black struggle speech.

While all this madness is taking place, Michaela, Asher, Conner and Oliver are dealing with the weight of Wes’s death in different ways. Asher seems to be the most emotional about it, though he is a human puppy after all. Conner is an asshole, Michaela is confused, and Oliver feels loads of guilt (mainly due to the fact that he deleted all the data from Annalise’s phone the night of the explosion, per her request; or so we thought). Oliver also has his suspicions about the night Sam Keating was killed; he pretty much knows Annalise’s ducklings had something to with it, but can’t stand to hear the gory details.

One more notable Wes flashback recounted Asher’s accidental groping of a Michaela look alike. Though it doesn’t reveal anything important, it does remind me of how much I think Asher cares for Michaela (the later bed scene was proof of that. Only someone who loves you would watch you while you sleep. Yes, I realize…). I also applaud him for knocking the sass out of Conner after he made a snide comment about Laurel aborting her baby if Wes is the father (which Laurel believes is the case).

Frank and Bonnie have a few important scenes together. For starters, they both believe the Mahoney family is behind Wes’s death (but Bonnie initially inquires if Frank is behind the murder). Frank also goes as far as paying police for a copy of the department phone log, hoping to find some evidence that Bonnie can use at Annalise’s bail hearing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. The DA wins the case (more importantly, Bonnie failed) and Annalise has to wait her time out in prison until her trial is ready to be judged. The saddest part about this was watching Annalise bite into her prison sandwich like every kid at home who doesn’t have McDonald’s money (“you better make a PB&J and be grateful! Shoot!”).

Other important points not to be forgotten:

-Nate threatened the DA with a sexual harassment suit if he was released from the case. This tells me he either has something to cover up or is trying to clear Annalise’s name.

-Oliver made a copy of Annalise’s phone files on his laptop and they may be her saving grace; or her death sentence.

-Laurel saw someone leave the house through a back door; could have possibly been Nate.

-Though he wasn’t mentioned in this episode, Laurel’s father is a powerful man with a whole team behind him. Could he have found out about Wes and Laurel’s pregnancy and killed Wes for it? Probably not, but hey.

-Frank might have been the last person to see Wes alive; the last scene of the episode shows him picking Wes up from the PD to “talk”.

-Apparently now the pathologist claims that Wes died as a result of suffocation during the fire and not before the fire happened.

-ABC is trying to plug Primetime by using the ‘What Would You Do’ guy as a lawyer. That was him right? With the DA? Whatever.

If you’ve got theories or any important points I might have missed, comment or tweet them and be sure to share.

 

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2017 Winter Premiere Predictions

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With a new year comes new distractions. Wonderful, wonderful distractions. And though some of you may have set your sights on resolving your procrastination issues this year, I’m here to completely ruin that for you by sharing some theories and predictions for 2017’s ultra-distracting winter/spring season returns. What are New Year’s resolutions for anyway? (Nothing. Nothing at all).

This Is Us, a new favorite of mine, premieres the second half of its first season tonight, promising to answer the big question that’s been torturing the entire fan base for a month; is Toby going to die? If there’s one thing worth noting, it’s the December finale’s continuing assertion that “nothing bad happens on Christmas Eve”; we see that theme play out during Kate’s flashback appendectomy as well as Dr. Katowsky’s life-or-death hemorrhage operation. However, I see this as the perfect opportunity to shock the viewers with a sudden death. Toby very well could die tonight; in fact, I’m almost sure he will (if he doesn’t, I’ll finally bite the bullet and sing at Donald’s Inauguration). Besides Toby’s impending doom, there’s also the mystery surrounding Jack’s (the dad portrayed by Milo Ventimiglia) death. What we do know: he died “a long time ago” according to Kate (Chrissy Metz); long enough for Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) daughters not to know who he is. We also know that Jack was still alive during his children’s high school years, as seen on the football episode. But when and how could he have possibly died?

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My bets are on something alcohol related; after all, we did receive some foreshadowing at the beginning of the series about a possible alcoholism issue. I also have no idea how to feel about Miguel marrying Rebecca (Mandy Moore) after Jack’s death (I don’t care. Kevin shouldn’t have given him the Pilgrim Rick hat.)

How To Get Away With Murder will return next Thursday, picking up right after Wes’s death reveal. We’ve got plenty of questions to ask, starting with why Nate was sent to identify Wes’s body and eventually touching on whether Bonnie is going to go ahead and die already. But first, why not theorize about the identity of Laurel’s baby daddy? I original prophesized that whoever was found dead in Annalise’s house would more than likely be the father of Laurel’s baby. However, after overthinking things a little, I’ve decided that the father must be Rob Kardashian. Either him or Frank.

Anyway, there definitely has to be something fishy about the fact that Annalise tried to gather her ducklings together right after Wes went to rat at the Police station. And the fact that Nate followed them into the house and escaped without a scrape on him is even worse. I’d hate to believe it, but Annalise could have very well planned all this for a greater purpose. Her grief upon seeing dead Wes could have been an act and whatever was on the phone she gave to Oliver could have proven that. Also, the fact that Bonnie is still breathing reminds me that in the HTGAWM universe, there’s just a lot of disappointing sh*t happening.

Though it won’t make its reappearance until March, Once Upon A Time has its share of questions to be answered, such as “do fairytale characters watch cable television?” and “did Storybrooke vote for Jill Stein?”. But there are also more important questions surrounding the fate of Emma and Regina now that they’re trapped in the fake Enchanted Forest. It’s my guess that fake Robin Hood will eventually end up helping the girls find their way home, but Regina might try to stay in the dream…in fact, Emma might let her? That’s an ending to Regina’s story that I wouldn’t exactly be angry with. However, I will be angry if Belle and Rumple’s son, Morpheus, doesn’t have a good enough reason for trying to kill Emma in that black cloak (it was him she was seeing in her shaking fits this season). We know he probably turned to the darkness after being left in the care of the Black Fairy (Rumple’s mother. Who knew he was mixed? I sure didn’t). Rumpelstiltskin isn’t mixed.

Last to be mentioned and farthest away from its premiere is season 7 of American Horror Story. While showrunner Ryan Murphy has announced that the season’s theme will be revealed before its first episode (unlike AHS: Roanoke), I’m pretty stumped about what that theme might be. Apparently, we can expect to see a few characters from AHS: Freak Show (hopefully not thrown in like Lana Winters during Roanoke).

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Have any predictions, yourself? Leave them in the comments and we can start 2017 the right way; plagued by distractions and preoccupied by cheap entertainment.