HTGAWM is back and we’ve picked up right where we left off at the shocking winter finale: Wes is dead and Annalise is locked up.
The episode opens with less of a flashback than a dream. Annalise is dreaming of Wes, playing soccer with Meggy on the green at Middleton like a normal student. Annalise goes farther back even to when Wes was just a boy, before she inserted herself into his life and basically destroyed it. Their interaction in the modern-day part of the dream is a bit off, knowing what we know about how bizarre their real life interactions could sometimes be. It seems like, in Annalise’s dream scenario, she kept her distance a bit more—maybe even had a normal teacher-student relationship with him with a bit of a soft spot for Wes but nothing more.
She wakes up in jail and she’s transferred, stripped, and searched. This is intercut with scenes from Wes’s autopsy. As the ME writes that cause of death is homicide, the police officer writes “homicide” as the charge on Annalise’s arrest paperwork. In her cell Annalise meets her two new roommates, a younger woman and an older lady.
Bonnie visits the hospital when Laurel is seriously jonesing for some pain meds. She tells him Wes died before the fire and asks what Laurel saw. She wants to know Laurel’s story before she talks to the cops but Laurel has other ideas. She wants to talk to the cops so she can tell them that it was Frank. Bonnie doesn’t believe that he would hurt them but Laurel is firm in her belief that he did it. Bonnie tells her that telling the cops about Frank will hurt all of them, and she’s not wrong, but Laurel is done with her and kicks her out, threatening to tell the cops everything if she doesn’t leave.
Michaela, Asher, Connor, and Oliver are waiting for news and Bonnie comes out and tells them she’s fine but that she’s too weak for visitors and she doesn’t remember anything. Michaela is legit concerned and wants to see her but Connor, in his usual fashion, is accusing Bonnie of lying so that they don’t see her and find out what happened. Bonnie tells them all to go home and Michaela and Asher think the squad should stick together but Oliver is especially shook and wants to be alone.
Bonnie goes to visit Frank in whatever seedy motel room he’s currently hiding in and tells him Laurel thinks he did it. She asks him if he did it and it seems like she’s not entirely confident it wasn’t him but Frank claims that he didn’t do it and would never do it. He tells Bonnie, “We know who did this.”
Next up on Bonnie’s rounds is visiting Annalise in prison. She tells them she thinks that the Mahoneys did it. I’m not entirely convinced by Bonnie’s argument and I’m not sure Annalise is either. Her focus is on getting bail and she tells Bonnie that she has to represent her. Bonnie doesn’t believe she’s the best choice because she has the world’s lowest self esteem, but Annalise insists, telling Bonnie, “We are under attack.”
The first real flashback of the episode is Laurel’s. She is in a remarkably large tub with Wes, having a remarkably chill conversation about their condom breaking. We learn that Laurel is unable to take birth control pills because they gave her mental health issues which she is genetically predisposed to because of her mother’s illness. She tries to rationalize it by saying she just had her period so she won’t get pregnant and I’m screaming at my TV for her to get her ass out of that tub and go get some Plan B but she decides to ignore the issue (and we all know how that turns out). Wes makes some gross comment about how he’s just SOOOO big that the condom couldn’t handle him and I want to slap him across his idiot face but Laurel seems to tolerate it. So it would appear Wes is the father.
Back in reality, Laurel is still in her hospital bed. Meggy comes in and tells her that the detectives are there to talk to her. The story Laurel tells the cops is that she didn’t see anyone in the house so she looked around in the kitchen, then she saw the basement door was open and when she went down there she heard a noise coming from upstairs. Then she says she has no memory until she woke up in the hospital, but the look on her face isn’t entirely convincing. The female detective asks her what Annalise said when she called her but Laurel dodges the question and tells them that Annalise didn’t do it. She doesn’t end up telling them about Frank.
Michaela, Asher, and Connor go to Michaela’s place. The guys are speculating on who Laurel’s baby daddy is and they think it’s Frank (since Laurel and Wes were on the DL and they don’t know any better). Michaela doesn’t approve of the conversation and shuts it down. Michaela discovers that her mom has taken the plane ticket she gave her and left, which is what she told her to do but she seems upset that she actually did it.
Michaela claims she’s not upset about her mother but because Wes is dead but Connor is in a Mood and starts getting nasty about Wes, saying that he was never her friend, calling him “Waitlist” and, worse, “Barbecue.” It’s ugly even for Connor, although it could be argued that he’s covering up his real feelings with his asshole façade. Wouldn’t be the first time. Still, Connor does blame Wes for everything and was never particularly fond of him so it is conceivable that he really isn’t all that upset. That’s pretty heartless, though, so I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.
In jail, Annalise is depressed as hell and trying to avoid using the toilet in front of her new roommates. The young one is nasty to Annalise but the older one shuts her down.
Nate is getting chewed out by the DA at Atwood’s office because he talked to Annalise at the jail after he talked to the medical examiner. The DA basically tells him he’s fired but Nate channels his inner Annalise and blows up Atwood’s spot. He tells the DA that they’ve been sleeping together and threatens a sexual harassment lawsuit if he’s demoted or fired.
The next flashback is Asher who has, apparently, grabbed a girl’s ass thinking that she was Michaela. The girl calls him “Baby Trump” and accuses him of being racist thinking that all black people look alike and that she must be friends with Michaela because they are both black. She probably has a point, too, but Wes comes to his rescue and tells the girl that she does kind of look like Michaela. In the funniest (and truest) exchange of this entire episode, Asher asks, “You think I’m racist, don’t you?” and Wes replies, “I just think you’re white.” A+ would watch again.
Connor goes to Oliver’s place to check on him and Oliver spills the beans that Annalise had him wipe her phone before she was arrested. He thinks that she did it but Connor says she’s being framed (whether or not he actually believes that is debatable). Oliver calls him out on lying just like he lied about the night of the bonfire. He straight up asks Connor if they were part of Sam Keating’s death and Connor basically tells hi yes without telling him. Oliver doesn’t really want to know because it would make him part of the crime. Honestly, at this point Coliver is so toxic and dangerous that it really just needs to STOP. Can someone please tell Connor to chill before he ends up in prison? He is incapable of keeping his mouth shut when it comes to Oliver and I’m not entirely sure Oliver is gonna go with it for much longer.
Bonnie meets up with Nate, who tells her that he can’t help them anymore. Nate tells her that the reason he went to see Annalise was to look in her eyes and see if she was guilty. He tries to get Bonnie to talk and offers her immunity but of course she turns him down. Bonnie is nothing if not loyal.
Annalise is still on a depression-fueled hunger strike to avoid pooping. She finally breaks when the nasty younger roommate is gone on a visit but she comes back and interrupts her mid-poop, which may actually be worse. Bonnie visits her and Annalise learns that Nate isn’t going to help her, but Frank is. He bribes a cop and comes up with a call log from the police station. Bonnie is still in low self-esteem mode and thinks that Annalise needs a better lawyer but she gets a little pep talk from Frank and soldiers on.
Michaela, Asher, and Connor go to visit Laurel in the hospital. She tells them that she talked to the police but that she didn’t tell them it was Annalise. Connor is in even more of a Mood after his convo with Oliver and and he tells Laurel that Annalise would totally have Frank kill Wes if he was going to turn her in. He thinks Laurel is protecting Frank because he’s the father of her baby and he spills the beans about Annalise having Oliver wipe her phone before he knew Wes was dead. He seems ready for Oliver to go to the police and all of them to be locked up but the others.
Asher accuses Connor of being involved and they start to get into it when Laurel drops the truth bomb about the baby being Wes’s. Connor finally crosses the line when he tells her to get an abortion and Asher loses it and starts to beat the crap out of him. He kind of deserved it, honestly, but it’s still super aggressive. It understandably freaks Michaela out and she chews him out something fierce later on.
Connor’s Wes flashback basically consists of him being kind of a dick to Wes and then opening up to him about going back to therapy to talk through his breakup with Oliver. They have a little bit of a moment before Connor suggests that Wes let go of Meggy and he let go of Oliver because they both deserve better. Wes doesn’t disagree, but that’s more because he already knows he’s gonna dump Meggy for Laurel.
Bonnie and Frank go through the call logs and Frank finds a call from Hannah Keating to the police. Turns out Annalise drunk-dialed her and told her that she could have the house and she was done with it. Annalise thinks that Hannah is willing to say absolutely anything to the police to get her locked up because she thinks she killed Sam, and that her drunken voicemail is going to help Hannah to get her convicted.
In Michaela’s Wes flashback, she sees Wes shopping for some jewelry and he tells her about Laurel. She thinks he’s keeping it a secret because he’s afraid Frank will find out but he says it’s just because he doesn’t want to ruin their happiness. Michaela promises not to tell anyone but she says she doesn’t approve. Wes says it’s the most they’ve ever talked so what does she know and she replies that he doesn’t exactly come to her for long chats. This last of all the flashbacks really hammers home that none of the squad (except for Laurel) was ever really close to Wes despite the fact that they all share a lot of deep, dark secrets.
In jail, the older cell mate tells Annalise that she saw her in court once back in the days before her life went completely off the rails. Her cellmate remembers thinking, “Why can’t this queen defend me?” and laments the fact that, no matter how high they climb in life, the system will always find a way to bring them down.
In court, the DA recommends denying bail and Bonnie claims that there isn’t enough credible evidence to deny Annalise bail. She wants the source identified and the judge requires they present additional evidence in order to deny bail.
Connor goes to visit Oliver again and his face is all jacked up from Asher’s attack. He tells Oliver to go to the police but he won’t do it because he doesn’t want to hurt Connor. Connor tells him about sleeping with Thomas, and that he did it to hurt him, and that he will keep doing shitty things to hurt him because he’s not a good person. He also says he doesn’t care that Wes died and that he feels nothing. Connor just wants it all to end and he needs Oliver to go to the police to put him out of his misery.
In court the DA discloses additional evidence and presents Wes’s unsigned but annotated immunity deal as evidence that he was about to accept and give evidence against Annalise. It’s enough to deny Annalise bail.
The end of the episode drops a bunch of bombshells. First we learn that Oliver kept a copy of the contents of Annalise’s phone, which he puts on a USB drive and slips in his briefcase. Suring the DA’s press conference on Annalise, Atwood announces that the medical examiner has declared Wes’s official cause of death as a result of smoke inhalation, which goes against the original statement that Wes died before the fire. This seems super shady and Nate looks like he agrees so he goes to the medical examiner to call her out. She says that the autopsy disproved her initial theory but he doesn’t seem convinced (and neither am I).
Frank goes to visit Laurel in the hospital and she tells him something she left out in her interview with the police: she saw someone in the basement and they ran out the storm door. He denies it was him but Laurel still blames him for Wes’s death. She goes for the jugular and tells him that she loved Wes more than she ever loved him and that it should have been Frank who died.
Frank ends up going to the cops and telling them that he killed Wes and then the episode ends with a flashback of Wes walking out of the police station the day he died to find Frank waiting for him. Frank wants to talk to him so Wes gets in the car and they drive off.
It always seemed a bit too obvious to me (especially for HTGAWM) that Frank killed Wes, and the fact that he’s admitting it to the cops and we got this little flashback of them together says to me that Frank didn’t actually do it. As for #WhoKilledWes, I think we are going to have to wait a lot longer before the real truth comes out.