‘We’re Not Friends’
With an insightful and extremely manipulative look into the details of jury defence, this week’s episode of How To Get Away With Murder reminds us that some of our characters and their clients are far from heroes.
As we watch Annalise and the law team struggle with a new client, I doubt I was the only one who nodded off once or twice. The show has kept me hooked with fast-paced action and drama from the start, but this episode marked the first time I felt disappointed by the series.
This week’s case explores an abused mother whose violent husband was murdered by the client – her loving son. Annalise and her team battle against the solid case of the deceased police officer’s seemingly perfect career and confused long-term colleagues, who are adamant that the father would never hurt his wife.
It’s Laurel who takes a step out from the shy shadows and is determined to fight for the boy’s freedom. As a character in desperate need of individual development, it was fantastic to see a morally grey Laurel battle against the lawyer system and win the case. I actually rather enjoyed seeing the detailed insight of jury selection, and how Annalise selected those who would rely on emotions as opposed to their gut and moral instincts.
The tension between Laurel and Frank finally snaps in an angry first kiss, which Laurel quickly excuses herself from and leaves to sleep with her actual boyfriend. I understand that the Frank/Laurel romance – if you can even call it that – is part of the show, and possibly will be for some time, but it’s not something I can fully root for just yet. I need to see the nice side of Frank before being able to support his interest in Laurel, who I’ve grown rather fond of.
Sadly, we learn next to nothing about the Lila case or the flash-forward moments, despite having last week’s epic reveal of seeing Sam’s personal photos on the dead girl’s phone.
We watch Laurel take the murder weapon – the beloved trophy – to a mournful Frank, who swears he wants to fix whatever went down between them. I can’t help but assume the involvement of more people – Connor knocking on Oliver’s door last week and now Laurel with Frank this week – is only going to lead to a longer jail sentence for our wannabe lawyers. Finally, Wes is clued in on Sam’s involvement with Lila by a fleeing Rebecca, which leads to a cliff-hanger confrontation between Wes and Annalise.
Despite my disappointment with this episode, I enjoyed watching Laurel obtain more screen-time, and encourage other viewers to stick by the show and let it build back up again. After all, every show has its drab episodes, and even this least enjoyable episode still makes for great television.