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.

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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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If Loving You Is Wrong- “The War Begins”

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Justice wakes his mother, telling her he will be late to school. Thankfully, he has dressed himself and fixed his lunch. She wishes him a good day, but tells him he is not grown yet. Randal and Marcie speak to her on their jog together. Marcie stops and checks on her telling her she is having a birthday gathering for Randal and to bring someone, but not Esperanza. They discuss why she does not like her with Kelly insisting she is harmless. Marcie agrees to let her come if the Kelly watches her. Back inside Kelly checks her cell phone, she has no missed calls from Travis.

Matt Cook as "Joey"

Matt Cook as “Joey”

Randal stares at Alex from his kitchen window as she does dishes. Marcie interrupts him to tell him about Kelly and how she hopes everything is okay between her and her fiance. Randal begins to hug and kiss her and then they have sex right there in the kitchen while Alex watches from her own window. Brad interrupts her staring and sees Randal and Marcie for himself. He tells Alex he is going to have a word with Randal about it, but Alex insists he does not. He instead offers to do the dishes and then asks does she want to do what Randal and Marcie were just doing, and “give them a show.” He tells her he loves her and then kisses her and her stomach, telling the baby he loves it too. Elsewhere, Natalie’s adult son arrives home. He tells her he has learned his lesson and asks about his siblings. He greets his sisters as she fixes him something to eat. He apologizes to her for scaring her and his siblings. She warns him if he ever does that again she will “beat the piss out of him,” and to prove he is better by doing right. He apologizes again and hugs her tightly. She tells him she misses who he use to be, to help around the house, and to get a job at night so he can watch his sisters during the night. She tells him she did miss him.

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“The Game” Over! After Nine Seasons BET Ends the hit show!

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I want to say it ain’t so, but it is! After nine seasons BET will be ending the hit television show, “The Game.” Yep, Tasha, Kelly, Chardonnay, Keira, Blue, Tee-Tee, Jason, and Malik’s days are numbered. The show began on UPN as a spin off of “Girlfriends,” based off Joan Clayton’s younger cousin and medical student, Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry-Hardrict). From there we watched as Melanie and her then boyfriend Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall) befriended a motley crew of football players, foot ball wives, and a sports agent with a mean streak. Although, Melanie and Derwin were written out two seasons ago, the show has managed to continue shifting its focus primarily to Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), Malik Wright ( and Jason Pitts (Coby Bell). Still, the show just does not seem the same without its original headliners. BET announced Monday the series will be ending after its ninth and final season both slated to air in 2015. “All good things must come to an end and after celebrating four successful seasons of THE GAME on BET, the Network has announced production is underway on the show’s final two seasons. In January 2011 the cult following of The Game proved that the show was a fan favorite with 7.7 million viewers for its premiere debut on BET. With seasons eight and nine, we’re excited to end on a high note by giving Sabers fans a chance to bid farewell to their favorite players on and off the field.”

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Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry) (r), Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall) (r)

Series creator and executive producer, Mara Brock Akil, apparently not only supports BET’s decision , but was the one to hand it down. “Shows do end…That is a part the business. I’m very happy BET gave The Game five additional seasons to explore these characters and this world. We made history when we got to the network and it’s nice to be able to celebrate the great achievements of the show.” The Game has definitely had a great run. Most shows do not get cancelled and then revived for five more seasons! Thankfully, as Mara aforementioned, we will get to give the characters a proper send off. Let’s hope Tia and Pooch will reprise their roles, albeit temporarily, to be with the rest of The Game’s cast. It would make for an awesome reunion. The question now remains what new show will replace The Game?

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Mara Brock Akil