More than anything, this episode was about toxic secrets and abusive relationships (ha ha yes, that’s essentially the show).
Michaela -There’s no denying that Michaela can be ruthless (her dismissal of Wes was particularly vicious), yet she also has principles and a lot more compassion than she is given credit for. Backing away from the Hapstalls’ birth parents might not have been the best defense strategy, but it was the right thing to do. She respected their clients’ wishes and took into consideration how society likes to write its own vilifying scenarios and chose not to help with that process. I hope Caleb is good for her, but her luck so far points to no.
Laurel -My calm collected girl had a small case of the paranoid snoops this episode that she caught from Wes, who in all fairness is less paranoid and more 100% right about Rebecca being dead. It didn’t last long, however, and the straightforward manner with which she dealt with Frank’s potential murder is an oasis amidst the arid desert of manipulation that is known as this show. He still pretty much lied, though not about killing Rebecca. (It’s hilarious that nobody even considers Bonnie)
Got Away with Murder
Annalise -The beautiful dichotomy between her doing everything in her power to protect an abused woman and her using Bonnie’s past abuse to manipulate Asher, is mesmerizing to watch. She truly cared for Jill and not just because their husbands were both the worst. She also cares for Bonnie, yet uses her and massively violates her privacy to get what she wants, which might ultimately be good for Bonnie, but she shouldn’t be making those decisions for her. And since it’s Halloween how about this chilling thought: Annalise knew Nate well enough to all but be sure that he was going to grant his wife’s wish.
Annalise and Wes – Things between them are by no means great, however, the fact that they’re actually talking is a step in the right direction.
Catharine – Yes, okay, things look terrible for her in the flash forward, but she was so in control this episode I have to give her props. The recording was a great play to get to the truth when surrounded by that bunch, though she’s lucky she didn’t record anything about their previous escapades. That would have been far harder to handle than listening to a group of strangers admire your brother’s ass.
Serving Life without Parole
Asher – After we first heard about Trotter Lake, I suspected the monstrous crime that was revealed. It made me remember Asher’s season 1 concerns over Bonnie’s ability to consent which had struck me as very unlike the stereotype Asher supposedly embodies. His sensitivity over that makes me want to believe he wasn’t one of the rapists, but rather a witness who never testified. While it’s a terrible thing to do, it’s not as bad as actually committing the crime. His father still wrote him off however, and from what I’ve gathered about U.S. university tuitions he’s in very hot water whether Annalise keeps him afloat or not.
Annalise and Nate – So long relationship that was bad for both parties? (I was going to say Nate doesn’t deserve her anyway but then remembered she framed him for murder. Oops.)
Catharine – Do I think she did it? No. Do I think they’re framing her? Maybe. As it stands, she has blood spatter all over her and was abandoned by Frank in the woods. The fact that she was unconscious points to her being framed rather than cooperating with the Murder crew, but maybe their plan is more elaborate than one might think. If we want to go the way of overcomplication, staging it so that Catharine appears to be a victim to secret!son’s attempt to silence a witness to his crime by kidnapping. Wild.
Oliver – Saving the day for the Hapstalls (and Annalise really ought to start paying him) means nothing in the long run if they decide to kill him off. My sweet cinnamon roll has all but written his death foreshadowing in binary.
And last, but not least: my image recap on imgur.