After Wes finding out just one of Annalise’s hidden secrets last week, this week’s episode of HTGAWM built tension surrounding the future death of Sam, and a personal case that Annalise was determined to win.
With what was quite possibly the greatest opening dance number since Chicago, ‘Freakin’ Whack-a-Mole’ introduced us to the next Fred Astaire. That’s right, it’s Asher Millstone – rap god slash stripper in-training. The show has needed some comedic relief and here it was delivered in an episode many viewers are sure to be gleefully replaying.
The entire episode provided a nice focus on Asher, as we saw the sweet side lurking beneath his bravo and learnt more about his top-notch judge father. Up until this point, I haven’t been a fan of Asher, but I found myself rooting for his happiness alongside everyone else. Matt McGorry really got to grips with his character, balancing humour with Asher’s struggle to question his morals and do right for a change.
This particular case was personal to Annalise as it explored a long-running appeal for her friend, David Allen, who was placed on trial in the 90s for murdering his girlfriend. Deemed to be nothing more than a jealous lover’s spat after a long and tiresome night, Asher makes a startling revelation in the form of his father’s corruption in asking a witness to lie on the stand.
It was fantastic to see the team defend an innocent client for a change, and the heart-warming scene when the case was won – and Allen went free from death row – was one of the most poignant moments on the show so far.
Alongside this case, Wes demanded that Annalise find Rebecca before the evidence of Lila’s phone was discarded. I enjoyed the play for power between the pair; whether or not the writers will continue to develop Wes and Annalise as the antithesis of good and evil remains to be seen but it’s an enjoyable dynamic.
Eventually, Annalise managed to return Rebecca to the house with the help of a loyal Frank, who placed Lila’s phone in her frat boyfriend and fellow suspect’s car. Despite things seeming to spark future concerns for Sam, there was also trouble brewing in the form of Annalise’s ex-lover, Nate, spying on Frank’s actions. A wonderful piece of drama is beginning to form here, and I cannot wait for the inevitable explosion that’s on the horizon.
Annalise has been established as a confident, strong and resilient character, so to have her returning to her cheating husband felt like either a let down or a clever red herring. I’m hoping for the latter, though it wouldn’t be the first time a woman in power has been brought down by a man close to her.
The romantic relationships were barely focused on in this episode; however we did see a rather confusing hook-up between Asher and Bonnie in flash-forwards, and also a brief few scenes with Frank and Laurel, who are still dancing around their lust. Thanks to the continued flash-forwards, it’s guaranteed that these two will surrender sooner rather than later; I just hope it doesn’t bring about Laurel’s end with the company or stand in the way of her future either.