This week’s episode was a lot of making out and breaking up and people yelling at Wes. Also, Asher is alive.
NIGHT OF THE FIRE: Michaela has just learned that Laurel is in the hospital and somebody male is dead. Her first call is to Asher and he doesn’t pick up. She blows off her trashy mom on the way out the door and tells her not to steal anything.
THREE WEEKS EARLIER: Annalise, Bonnie, Laurel, and Wes are right where we left off at the end of last week’s episode. Annalise is going in hard on Bonnie for lying to her about Frank. She accuses her of sleeping with him, which means she probably knows a lot more about their relationship than I do. Bonnie insists that she only went to get Frank’s taped confession about killing Wallace Mahoney to get Wes off the hook. It doesn’t matter because Annalise says that if they tried to use it, Frank would spill their (many) dirty little secrets to the cops. They are interrupted by Meggy, who calls Laurel when Wes doesn’t pick up. The cops from New York are outside Wes’s apartment.
Laurel calls Meggy back and tells her to say she doesn’t know where he is, which is the truth because Wes has lied to her about studying with the group. Annalise won’t let Wes talk to the police. She thinks that Frank gave the police his name so she puts him on lockdown. In a classic Annalise moment, when Wed tries to leave, she says, “take another step and I’ll chain you in the basement like Rebecca.” Yikes.
In a scene I would love to be able to forget, Asher mocks Michaela by doing a horrifying dance to “Cotton Eyed Joe.” Michaela is trying to study and not remotely amused by him, and then he wants to have another relationship chat. Yawn. Michaela still won’t admit that he’s more than just sex and Asher is tired of it. Connor jumps in the middle of things, looking fabulous in Michaela’s robe, and basically watches them break up because she won’t tell Asher that he is more than a meat stick.
After the fallout from the slap of the century, Annalise is being finally being reinstated, albeit conditionally. The rules: no drinking, a few AA meetings a week, and random alcohol tests. Also, she has to adjust her behavior (i.e. basically act like a completely different person and not use any of her usual shady and/or aggressive tactics to win cases). She signs an agreement that I doubt she will be able to keep.
Bonnie confronts Wes at Annalise’s and tells him he’s responsible for everything that’s gone wrong with Annalise, which is kind of a stretch—Annalise is responsible for a lot of her own personal problems—but Wes’s crush on Rebecca was a huge problem for everyone so maybe Bonnie isn’t entirely wrong here. She’s definitely not wrong when she tells him, with her Scary Bonnie face, “You have no idea what goes on in this house.”
After the exam (which Wes skipped because he’s on lockdown at Annalise’s) the rest of the Five are comparing answers when nobody’s favorite student Simon Drake comes and tries to be in the circle. Connor’s goes straight for the truth bomb and tells him, “We’re not friends”—harsh but true—and Michaela takes pleasure in shutting Simon down again. Things are still shaky between her and Asher.
Annalise is finally back in charge of the clinic. This week’s case: Dany Alvodar, an army veteran accused of aggravated assault against some guy who tried to dance up on her in a club. Alvodar tells them that she had an experience in combat where she was grabbed from behind and the experience in the club triggered her. Simon gets first chair with a simple PTSD defense, which would allow their client to avoid prison and get the help she needs without losing her position in the reserves.
President Hargrove shows up at the clinic. She had been contacted by the NYPD about Wes and Annalise plays dumb. Annalise finally tells the Five (minus Wes) about the whole Wallace Mahoney incident, and Connor is especially salty to learn that Laurel already knows about it. Annalise says secrets are what screwed them all in the past and that’s why she’s finally telling them.
Bonnie has arranged a lawyer for Wes. She’s still getting the business from Annalise but she insists that Frank isn’t the one who gave them Wes’s name. Bonnie tells Annalise that he’s scared but Annalise DGAF. She tells Bonnie to tell Frank that if he comes near the house, she will kill him for real. Bonnie says she came back—that she chose Annalise over Frank, and that she loves her, but Annalise is still too hurt by Bonnie’s betrayal to forgive her (although she probably will soon enough). Bonnie and Annalise’s relationship is so f**ked up and consistently interesting.
Laurel is waiting by the door for Bonnie and catches her on her way out, confronting her about Frank. Bonnie lies and tells Laurel that she didn’t see much of him. Laurel calls and leaves him yet another teary, desperate voicemail message, this time accusing him of going to the cops about Wes.
In court, Michaela pulls a Mean Girls and tells Laurel she can’t sit with them as punishment for keeping the Mahoney secret from the rest of the group. Asher, Connor and Michaela are sitting right behind Simon and enjoying heckling him before the trial. In walks ADA Atwood, who took the case because she’s so petty that it’s not enough JUST to be sleeping with Nate, she has to go after Annalise in the courtroom too. Annalise isn’t about to back down from a challenge so she tells Simon she’s doing the cross examination now. Annalise gets shut down in a major way. Atwood is objecting to literally everything she says and the judge is in agreement. Her conditional reinstatement has left Annalise completely ineffective in the courtroom and there’s nothing she can do about it because she’s already basically on double secret probation. It’s The Court vs. Annalise and the Court is winning big.
Annalise ends up eating chips on the toilet during lunch which is sadly #relatable.
Michaela comes in and tells her she’s got info and she wants to replace Simon as first chair. Michaela tells her that Alvodar lied about the attack and was actually working a desk job. Annalise confronts her client about it and she says she has sort of PTSD by proxy because of all the reports she had to file about casualties. Annalise knows their defense is based on a lie now and that she’s already on thin ice with the court.
Connor goes to Annalise’s to find Wes and absolutely rips him a new one. Connor knows that Wes, being WES, is thinking about going to the police, and Connor goes off on him much like Bonnie did earlier. Connor tells Wes that he’s the reason that everything is bad in their lives, and that if he talks to the police, he’ll kill him. Connor isn’t in the greatest or most stable place these days so I kind of actually believe him.
Annalise runs into Nate in the parking garage. It’s a pretty chilly encounter in which he asks her if she’s hiding Wes from the NYPD and then tells her that he’s banging Atwood. Meanwhile, Michaela is still overly invested in Oliver’s dating life, trying to figure out where he should go on his date with a new guy named Thomas. Connor is, of course, ridiculously jealous and in love with Oliver. Asher is blatantly lying about some new girl to make Michaela jealous and failing miserably.
Wes wants Annalise to use the recording to negotiate with the DA for immunity but she knows that she’s not in any sort of position to be negotiating with anyone. He accuses her of not wanting to turn Frank in and she finally tells Wes that she lost her baby because of him. Annalise gives Wes the brief version of that story, and it would seem that everyone has gotten into Wes’s head because he tells Annalise that everything that’s gone wrong is because of him—because she has been trying to protect him. Annalise says that it’s always been her choice to do those things and that the whole reasoning behind taking him off the waitlist and being his sometimes-creepy surrogate mom is because she wanted to “be a better person.”
Back in court Annalise calls Alvodar to the stand while Bonnie searches for her combat record. Annalise has Alvodar perjure herself on the stand so that she can then “do the right thing” by telling the judge, and possibly get a mistrial. Alvodar ends up getting a plea deal, which gets her treatment, but she’s no longer eligible for the army reserves.
Wes breaks up with Meggy and it’s ice cold. She’s at Annalise’s trying to help him out with the Mahoney/cops situation and he’s just like “this is too much for you I can’t do this anymore.” She says “I love you,” and he’s literally just, “you should go.” I mean, OUCH. It’s honestly like he doesn’t care about her at all, which isn’t cool because she seems like a nice, decent person. I know that Wes wants honestly in his relationships and he’s all about Laurel at the moment but still—the breakup was super cold and it makes me wonder how much of his relationship with Meggy he was faking.
Oliver is making out a bit with Thomas after their first date and they are actually really cute, which is upsetting because I can’t get on board with someone that isn’t Connor. I’m not there yet, ok? I’m still in denial that the Coliver breakup is forever. But Oliver looks really really happy so I’m just all kinds of turned around on this.
Michaela and Connor are eating their feelings in ice cream when Asher shows up pretending he just got laid. Michaela calls him out on his obvious lies and they end up having another shouty relationship convo. Asher lets it slip that he considers her family, which triggers Michaela’s family issues. Finally, Michaela admits that she likes (but not LOVES) Asher and then they get it on.
Also, getting it on: Wes and Laurel. Wes escaped Annalise’s house with the Frank recording before the lawyer got there and went to Laurel’s to destroy it in front of her. Wes believes the better option is his sticking to his story because if the cops know Frank was responsible for Mahoney that they will blame Annalise. The whole thing pivots to a Flaurel conversation and Laurel tells him that she’s over Frank (LIAR) and then kisses him. Wes tells her he broke up with Meggy, that things will get complicated, blah blah blah and then they end up doing it… and maybe making a baby?!?
Connor barges in on Michaela and Asher to show them a news report that Wallace Mahoney’s son is being held as a suspect in his murder. They all assume that it’s talking about Wes but it’s actually his other son, Charles. Frank set him up by planting the gun in his car, and now he’s on his way back to Philly.
THREE WEEKS LATER: Michaela is banging down Asher’s dorm room door, but ultimately she finds him down the hall, hammered and dancing on a dorm bed—classic Millstone.
Michaela tells a very drunk Asher that there’s been a fire at Annalise’s, Laurel is in the hospital, Connor is missing, and that someone’s dead. We find out some details about the events of the evening just before the fire: Asher had been with Connor and Laurel earlier in the evening, then Annalise called them and asked them to come to her house. Michaela, who was with her mother at the time, didn’t get a call from Annalise.
Only two more episodes until we find out who is #underthesheet (and it better not be Connor).