How to get Away with Murder Season 2, Episode 1: Out of the Basement and onto the Floor

You never really know how much you miss something until you have it again and I’ve missed this show and its ridiculous labyrinthine storytelling so much. I’ve decided to mix up the good and bad categories up a touch and give them an appropriate theme. Below them is the link to the episode recap on imgur.

Innocent

  • Wes did not murder Rebecca and I’m almost certain he didn’t hurt Annalise either. I’d say he doesn’t have it in him, but… well. The most likely scenario is that he’s running for help or after someone. The fact that he isn’t waiting at her side for the police or an ambulance may also point to shady shenanigans or him fleeing the scene in order not to get framed.
  • Oh, Nate, poor Nate. He’s a man with very little to lose and it will be interesting to see what he does when if Eve wins his case.
  • Speaking of Eve, she’s a breath of fresh air and yet another person who’s aware of how flawed Annalise is, yet is still drawn to her like a moth to a flame. Their scenes together were excellent and I hoped against hope that their chemistry was between something other than old friends. The show didn’t disappoint and decided to go there in a big way. I think the fact that Annalise left her to be with Sam is a mystery for the ages (or very obvious proof that a romantic relationship with one’s own therapist is a terrible idea because it distorts your sense of self and creates unhealthy and otherwise inexplicable bonds).
  • Laurel and Michaela’s relationship is shifting and I’m interested to see how it evolves. They have chemistry and Michaela has already almost committed murder to help her, while Laurel has given her an engagement ring. It’s practically canon.
  • I love how the very real fear people exhibit around Annalise is woven into the fabric of the show. Wes squaring up against her was viewed as suicidal by everyone around him and his decision to talk back as well as the different reactions to this were nice character moments, and everyone is still terrified of her despite her non-reaction. Also when couples are interrupted during precious make-outs, most tend to ignore the interruption or reluctantly deal with it. The second Oliver heard it was Annalise he backed away because even though he hasn’t met her he knows that her will trumps make-outs any day of the week.
  • I wish I could get jobs by convincing people I murdered my husband and I’m getting away with it, but sadly I’m not Annalise.

Got away with Murder

  • Everything Frank does this week is hilarious to me. From his shocked protests whenever he’s accused of murder to the sad nights alone in his bed monitoring the internet activity of his prepubescent charges, this man’s life is a joke. He probably didn’t even owe Sam a favor, he decided murder was the only way left to spice things up.
  • The siblings are definitely having a decidedly non-fraternal relationship.
  • The same way Annalise and Wes’ relationship is decidedly non-filial. They have a complicated relationship at the best of times that often borders on inappropriate, but I think this episode defines their relationship moving forward. The dancing scene was a call-back to a scene they had together in the first episode with Annalise running her hands down Wes’ chest, and the word “lover” echoing over Wes’ fleeing figure during the last reveal are all indications that we’re sailing into sexual waters…(what would those even look like? I bet they’re purple).
  • Connor and Oliver’s relationship is going well, but they have a serious issue with communication. Moving in without giving at least an hour’s notice might have worked out this once, but Connor’s general handling of Oliver’s illness, while well-meaning, is misguided. He’s trying to make it seem like it’s not a big deal, which for him it isn’t because he loves him and a diagnosis doesn’t change anything. However, he could have found a better way to express that and not tried to make everything feel like normal by having sex, which especially in this case, is a rather complex psychological issue for his partner. Cohabitation could go either way for this exact reason, but I trust those kids will make it work.

Serving Life without parole

  • I understand that belief has to be suspended to a certain extent for the sake of the plot moving forward, but I just can’t accept that the siblings’ lawyer would make such a juvenile mistake. He could have asked for time to authenticate the evidence, the prosecution would have in all likelihood accepted that in a heartbeat. Who submits evidence given to their associate in a restroom by a random “concerned citizen”? The siblings were right to fire him.
  • While we’re on the subject of the tape, what kind of Orwellian establishment -and a spa at that!- keeps security tapes for more than a year?
  • Michaela texting Eggs is like someone deciding to squeeze a spot that doesn’t want to leave. The feeling of satisfaction evaporates as things get messy and bloody and you realize it’s much more trouble that it’s worth.
  • Oh Bonnie, Bonnie, Bonnie, my bonny lass. She’s an imperator gone rogue and not in the good sense. I can appreciate loyalty, but murdering someone in your boss’ home is not the most sound strategy if you wish to protect them.
  • It’s a good thing Asher wasn’t a part of the murder quartet given how easily he caved under pressure. What exactly did he do at Trout Lake? I didn’t know bland broatmeal was capable of scandalous activity, let alone something criminal.

Questions moving forward:

  • That unattended bag is trouble, but how much?
  • Eggs?
  • What does Laurel father do?
  • What on earth happened to Bonnie?
  • Who hurt Annalise?

Imgur Recap

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