How To Get Away With Murder- “We’re Not Friends”

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Allies were few and far in between when it came to the latest episode of “How To Get Away With Murder.” The episode centered around Laurel, as the wallflower finally came to the forefront and her part in covering up Sam’s murder is revealed. During the flash forward, we see her trying to help Michaela find her engagement ring until she receives a phone call from Frank. The students immediately become suspicious of her until she confesses they had an affair. They demand she answer the phone so he will hear the bonfire party in the background and corroborate their alibi. Flash back a few months and Annalise and Sam go toe to toe over his penis picture in Lila’s phone. He promises his wife he had nothing to do with her murder, but reveals he did have an affair with her. He tries to comfort her but she fights him away, revealing that he has always been a cheater. In fact, his relationship with Annalise began as affair when he was with his first wife. She demands he leave. As he does he finds Bonnie at the bottom of the stairs, she has overheard their fight.

Liza Weil as "Bonnie Winterbottom"

Liza Weil as “Bonnie Winterbottom”

Business goes on as usual, and Annalise teaches her class as usual. Wes inquires about the picture and what she is going to do with it. She promises him she will handle it and to reminds him not to tell anyone. Later, at the office, the students hear the case of Annalise’s latest client a boy who killed his father for abusing him and his mother for years. The boy’s father is also cop making his defense extremely hard. Annalise’s tactics lie in jury selection as she and the prosecution carefully decide who to admit and dismiss from duty in the case. Annalise suffers a blow to the case when the judge refuses to admit claims of abuse into the case being that they could be biased and fallible. Additionally, because neither the boy or his mother reported any abuse it looks even more questionable. In reaction, Annalise has the students read over the boy’s three year long blog entries to find any signs of abuse.

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Gotham- “Viper”

David Mazouz as "Bruce Wayne"
David Mazouz as "Bruce Wayne"

Gotham begin on a rather poisonous note as a mysterious man gives a street guitarist a vile of green liquid with a viper on the front of it. The man tries the substance and it drives him insane. He storms into a convenient store and begins to guzzle down gallons of milk. The store owner tries to stop him with a bat, but he breaks it with his bare hands and then proceeds to rip an ATM from the wall. He carries it on his back and runs down the street. Elsewhere, Jim and Bullock try to enjoy their lunch break and do so until the former catches Selina trying to pickpocket a limo driver. She narrowly escapes from him. Their chase is interrupted when Jim hears an alarm coming from the nearby convenient store. There, he finds the owner on the floor. He tells the policemen what has transpired and how a man with super strength has robbed him!

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Bruce Wayne continues to build his detective muscles by finding a tie to Wayne Enterprises and the shady dealings surrounding Arkham. Alfred tries to get him to eat and take his mind off trying to solve cases and his parents’ murder, but Bruce ignores him. Captain Essen is surprised to see the video footage of the man robbing the convenient store and orders Jim and Harvey to track him down. They find him in an abandoned warehouse. There, a confrontation ensues and the drugged man tries to attack them by throwing the ATM at the him. However, he loses his strength as he lifts it a final time and is crushed under its weight. They find the vile of Viper and realize they will have a serious problem if criminals in the city get their hands on it. Elsewhere in Gotham, the mysterious man continues to pass out samples of Viper, giving one to a prostitute. Edward Nigma discovers the chemical is not only highly addictive but uses a forgotten component of human DNA to attain super strength. However, it does so by using up most of the body’s calcium deposits in a subject’s bones causing the victim to crave milk and cheese. They eventually die from the bone loss. Just as he explains that a Viper using prostitute dies right before them. Jim’s investigation is interrupted when one of Maroni’s men come for him to verify Oswald’s past with Fish. After confirming their shared story, Maroni trusts his plan to invade and rob Falcone’s hotel.

Carmine Falcone

Carmine Falcone

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How To Get Away With Murder- “Let’s Get To Scooping”

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The latest episode of “How To Get Away With Murder” began with a Flash Forward from Connor as he desperately tries to snap Michaela out of her emotional shock and paralysis at the scene of Frank’s murder. Asher tries to get them into reclaim the justice trophy from Michaela. They all hide from him instead. Flash forward and Connor once again seducs Oliver and arrives late in court. There, the judge decides to keep Rebecca in custody and set her bail at one million dollars. Wes pleads with her to tell him the code to Lila’s cell phone. Annalise tries desperately to reach Rebecca and get her to tell everything that happened with the case and why she confessed to murdering Liza. She confesses her innocence and affirms Wes was right. Annalise admonishes him for his behavior with Rebecca and demands to know everything he told her. He withholds information about the phone. The other law students stress over exams with Michaela trying to barter notes with Laurel. Annalise takes Wes off Rebecca’s case and takes the students to meet her client, Marin Trudeau accused of insider trading. When they arrive they find her office is being ransacked by the FBI. Marin burns their search warrant in protest, the officer in turn reveals her connection to the CEO of the pharmaceutical company she traded with in a sex tape.

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If Loving You Is Wrong- “After Heartbreak”

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Julius and Edward continue to brawl with the former gaining the upper hand. Their fight stops when a neighbor threatens to call the police. Julius declares he is a corrupt cop and tells Esperanza he is done with her and moving on. Elsewhere, Randal relaxes and watches television in his home. He and Marcie discuss Alex’s temper. She apologizes for ruining game night and tells him it felt good to have him so affectionate. She also tells him everything changed between them six months ago and asks is it about their baby. Randal tries to resist her prying  and tries to get him to have sex with her, he rebuffs her advances and tells her he is sleeping on the sofa overnight. She leaves disappointed. He texts Alex trying to get her to come to his shed later that night. Alex pretends to be asleep when Brad climbs in bed and keeps him from cuddling with her. He apologizes for letting Randal and Marcie come over, and says he just wanted things to be the way they were before. She tells him to never surprise her again.

Edward (l), Julius (r)

Edward (l), Julius (r)

Esperanza tends to Edward’s wounds and tries to dissuade him from going after Julius. He tries to blame her for everything that has happened. Their arguing awakens their daughter. She is disturbed to see him so hurt and comforts him as he begins to cry. He promises to get back at Julius. He tells her he cannot afford Esperanza’s house and his own. She tells him she wishes she had never met him and demands he leave her home. Elsewhere, Alex sneaks out of bed with Brad and goes to see Randal in his shed. They begin to kiss and have sex on his work bench!

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Gotham- “Arkham”

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War truly began to brew as Falcone and Maroni both attempt to sway the vote for Arkham Asylum and the land surrounding it. Falcone wants it to become a waste disposal site, Maroni wants it to become low income housing, while The Waynes envisioned reopening the asylum to service Gotham’s mentally ill. Both criminal parties hire a hit man to take out various city council members that will influence the vote in their favor. The hit man, Richard Gladwell, murders his victims with a metal spike of his own design. His first victims are a council man and his aide, both men stabbed through the eye socket! Jim and Bullock are given the case by Captain Essen, who believes it to be a case of “being in the wrong place, at the wrong time.” However, Jim has his own troubles to deal with as Oswald shows up at his apartment. Jim plays him off as a work friend to Barbara and walks him out. In the street he angrily confronts Oswald for returning to Gotham. Oswald, however, pleads with him to allow him to help him avert a gang war that will soon embroil the city by going undercover as an informant. 

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Jim believes the council man’s death is more than a random incident, but is instead politically motivated. He learns of the upcoming vote concerning Arkham and pays Vruce and Alfred a visit. There, from Alfred, he learns of the Waynes philanthropic vision for Arkham Asylum as a state of the art facility for the mentally ill.  Gladwell captures another council man in a metal barrel and then, covers him in lighter fluid, and then burns him to death! Captain Essen and Bullock believe Jim’s theory concerning the crimes. An imprisoned informant tells them about Gladwell and his special techniques for murdering his victims, he even reveals his location. The detectives find that Richard Gladwell has actually been dead for five years, finding his corpse in the apartment. Apparently the hit man had stolen his identity! Meanwhile, Fish has been auditioning girls to do an unspecified job for her. They must be able to sing and seduce her. Her hopes are answered when she meets Liza who can sing and then seduces her with a kiss. Harvey arrives in need of information from her. He promises to owe her a favor in return, but needs to find Richard Gladwell. Elsewhere, Barbara asks Jim who is Oswald Cobblepot. He realizes Renee has given her more information. Barbara reveals she and Renee were once lovers and apologizes for keeping their past relationship a secret from him.

Oswald Cobblepot, AKA "The Penguin"

Oswald Cobblepot, AKA “The Penguin”

 

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How To Get Away With Murder- “Smile, Or Go To Jail”

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“How To Get Away With Murder” truly showed us how to fake it ’til we make it, with a smile in tow! This episode stakes rose higher and even more secrets and revelations came to the surface. This time around Annalise and Michaela were to the forefront when it came to the drama and suspense. The series again began with a flash forward to Sam’s murder scene. Michaela is paralyzed with fear. Plotting to get rid of a body and her involvement with the crime have placed her in mental shock. Laurel and Connor try desperately to get through to her. Flash back and we find Michaela making love to her fiance, Aiden. He works for the mayor in New York City and seems to be deeply in love with her. He even jokes about being a stay at home dad so she can pursue her dreams. Wes tries to get info from the police to help Rebecca but he is denied because he is not a lawyer. He sees Griffin being released. The university tries to enlist Annalise to get Griffin off. She tells them she will think about it; only doing so until she knows whether Sam was involved in Lila’s murder or not. Nate finds Sam’s alibi has holes in it. He was never at the elcture he was suppose to be at when Lila was murdered.

Michaela and her fiance, Aiden

Michaela and her fiance, Aiden

Michaela and Aiden’s romantic antics cause her to be late to Annalise’s office. She introduces him to Annalise and the other interns, but the former dismisses him and tells her not to be late again while Connor reveals they share a past. Apparently, he and Aiden went to boarding school together. He tells Michaela he always though he would end up wearing Connor’s ring. Wes tries to get Connor to get his “IT friend” to unlock the mystery cell phone for him. At the precinct, Annalise meets her new client, Paula Murphy, and gets her off on some prostitution charges, assuring her no one will ever know. As they leave the building FBI SUVs corner them and take her into custody. They reveal she is Elena Agular, a bomber!  It is revealed she was apart of an anti-globalization group known as The Red Letter Brigade. Naturally, her husband is furious. She is offered a plea deal of ten years, but Annalise believes she can win this. Connor implies to Michaela that Aiden is keeping a secret from her. Connor loses his chance to win Annlise’s trophy when he doubts her ability to get Elena off. Elena’s former cohorts all sell her out in court. Annalise uses a brainwash defense to help Elena. She tells Frank to find Gabriel, the leader of the Red Letter Brigade. Asher offers his assistance and gets the information they need. Annalise speaks to the judge and they decide to see Gabriel with Elena in the morning to persuade him to testify on her behalf. Connor tells Michaela that Aiden is eye candy. Rebecca’s cell phone rings in Wes’s bag, he learns it is Lila’s phone!

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If Loving You Is Wrong- “Game Night”

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Edward (l), Julius (r)

Edward’s fellow cops arrive at his home to investigate the shooting. Yolanda is visibly shaken, but Edward holds steadfast that he does not know who shot at him. Yolanda insists Esperanza is behind everything, but he dismisses her claims. She warns him about taking up for her and then calls her parents. The detective questions if Yolanda is right, but Edward sticks up for her. His wife realizes she is still in love with Esperanza and leaves with her parents. The detective decides to speak with Esperanza, while Edward decides to stay home. At Natalie’s apartment Lushion prepares for his interview at the precinct. Joey is clearly bothered by Lushion staying overnight. Natalie’s employee arrives to give her a ride to work. She hands him the classifieds before she leaves pressuring him to get a job. Elsewhere, Brad does his best not to wake a sleeping Alex. She stirs when she realizes how late it is. He insists she rest and accomplishes everything on her To Do list. He leaves her to rest and then heads over to Randal and Marcie’s home. He invites them over for a game night after dinner. Randal reluctantly agrees after Marcie insists.

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