Well, it doesn’t get more explicit than that, does it? Which one out of our protagonists will be the one to say that? God knows there are plenty of candidates.
We are now four days before the events we keep flash-forwarding to, and at first glance it seems that not only all of Annalise’s students are involved, but they’re split up into opposing teams, with Wes toting a (the?) murder weapon.
But let’s take it from the top:
Our team is trying to pin the Hapstall murder on anyone other than their clients, and they’ve found the perfect patsy: Philip, the illegitimate child of their Aunt Helena. They don’t have to dig too deep to build a suitable suspect profile: he’s a loner with white man’s rage, living on minimum wage while his ‘minority’ adopted cousins enjoy mountains of wealth.
Meanwhile, Nate’s troubles are far from over: ADA Sinclair has in it for Annalise and won’t let up regardless of her orders; if she can’t go after the almighty Keating and her team, she will just attack those around her. This time it’s Nia’s death under her microscope. Annalise may have not given her the pills, but Nate find a way to do the mercy killing, and now he’s in peril. Frank is trying to help, but the awfulness that is Annalise Keating shines through once again as she tells him that if he wants to protect them, he can just kill Sinclair. [I’m sure it was said in jest, but you don’t spurt out things like that to someone who’s always cleaning up messes and doing the dirty work.]
No, this time Annalise turns to a familiar face to help Nate: Eve. Her defense strategy is as simple as they come: just convince the judge Nia died of natural causes, which won’t be too hard, as she had stage 4 cancer. Did we really need a lawyer to come up with that?
Back at the house, things are not rosy with Bonne and Asher any more. She confronts him about the gang rape in Trotter Lake, and he gives her the cliché half-baked excuses: I wasn’t part of it, I was too drunk to stop it, it was my dad’s idea to cover it up. I’m hoping this is the truth, because I kinda like douche-face, but his weak response just doesn’t cut it for Bonnie.
As if their troubles weren’t enough, Annalise’s legal team has a new case to work on. Another week, another psychopath to defend – what else is new?
Another run-in with Sinclair, another threat from Annalise, another make-out session at the house between Frank and Laurel, and now most of the team are trying to build Dale’s defense and easily come up with something to destroy a grieving widow on the stand. By the way, Annalise is an equal opportunity offender when it comes to treating her team like crap: clearly not happy with Laurel’s relationship with Frank, she’s even more rude and obnoxious towards her than she is with the rest of the group. At least she’s being nicer to Wes now, and reassigns him to Nate’s case, which was a lucky break: he reports back that Eve basically threw the case and didn’t even bother cross-examining the nurse whose testimony was pretty damning for Nate.
Eve’s strategy, however, was a bit more convoluted – not that she’s revealing her tactics to Annalise. Will La Keating leave well enough alone and trust her? Apparently so, because Eve is just as comfortable operating outside the law to win a case as Annalise is: all it takes is asking the sympathetic nurse to lend a helping hand and voilà, charges dropped.
(Leaving well enough alone isn’t a trait shared by any of the team, by the way: having overheard Bonnie’s comment about Trotter Lake, the group google it and find an embarrassing video of Asher rapping. Like we needed that etched in our brains).
Still working on the Hapstall case, Frank has enlisted Oliver’s hacking skills to help prove Philip was in town the night of the murder, while Laurel has to go the extra mile to prove herself this week on Dale’s case and actually comes up with significant evidence – well, speculation, but that never stopped Annalise before. Case won!
The victory doesn’t soften up Annalise, of course; she promptly insults and fires her client, and when Laurel makes the mistake of smugly expecting credit for her work, she just tells her she’s needy; if La Keating doesn’t bother with you, it means you’re doing something right. Adorable, isn’t she?
And if Annalise is less grumpy that night, courtesy of Eve, Bonnie is even more so this week, and with good reason. Asher lets is slip that he knows why the rape bothers her so much, and quickly covers it up by mentioning one of the two events that would make her sensitive to the subject; ironically, it’s the one that never really happened: her story about why she supposedly killed Sam.
Bonnie takes a page out of Annalise’s book and hits the booze in her office, ready to confront her. This is never a good idea on this show, especially since we’re losing track of all the cover-ups and lies, and whenever there’s a conflict, it usually ends with expressed resentment over a hell of a lot more than whatever’s at issue. Which is exactly what happens, of course, and man did it escalated quickly. Turns out that Bonnie is the one telling Annalise she wants her to die, after all. I might actually feel sorry for her as she breaks down and cries.
Annalise’s respite with Eve is a lot more siginificant than yet another gay sex scene: Annalise reveals that Wes isn’t just a student; he’s the one. The one who…what, exactly? Are we meant to assume he’s her lovechild that she gave up to pursue her career? Whoever he is, he’s worth covering for. He also happens to have a gun stashed in his apartment, thanks to Levi.
Getting back to the Hapstall case, the team is going rogue again: with the help of Oliver, Connor and Philip meet online and then the team decide to set up a date. Laurel’s good sense kicks in and alerts Annalise to their plan, and she promptly tells Frank to call it off. Finally, some rational decisions! With all their combined wits and skill, has it dawned on none of them that someone they’re planning to frame for murder might actually be the murderer, therefore much more cunning and dangerous than they automatically assume he is? Jeez. And now it looks like poor Oliver might pay the price, as Philip follows him home and surprises him as he lets himself in with his groceries.
We might be left with questions about Wes’s identity and Oliver’s fate, but we’re one step closer to solving the flash-forward puzzle: Wes is teaming up with Laurel, Connor with Michaela, ADA Sinclair falls to her death from a 3rd floor balcony, and the person with her when she jumped/fell/was pushed was Bonnie.
More answers next week (hopefully)!