Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen How to Get Away with Murder Season 2, Ep. 14 – “There’s My Baby.”
“We’re all bad people. That’s the only thing we have in common.” — Bonnie
“There’s My Baby” perfectly encapsulates How to Get Away with Murder. And I don’t entirely mean that as an insult. This episode brought us some truly entertaining moments as well as one of Viola Davis’ best performances to date. But it also suffered from some serious pacing issues and an over dependence on the cliffhanger.
HTGAWM has built its brand on twists and turns and that’s fun to an extent, but the number of bombshells dropped in the last three minutes of this episode could have sustained a series for at least half a season. Instead, they were all jammed into this one episode and there will likely be more next week and then even more the week after that to ensure viewers keep returning. But, is it worth it to keep returning to a show that can only be interesting four out of 44 minutes at a time?
But’s that’s a question for another day, for now let’s look at the bombs that dropped this week.
I was wrong. Annalise didn’t kill her baby, at least, not intentionally. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t blame herself for his death no matter how clearly it was an accident. It also makes it abundantly clearer why she has latched so firmly onto Wes. Not only does she feel guilty for his mother’s death, her feelings towards him are all wrapped up in the guilt over her own son’s death. And with all that being said, thank god they weren’t the “cray” hookup of the night.
Unfortunately, the cray hookup was between Michaela and Asher. To paraphrase one Miss Kitty Foremen of That 70’s Show, “You kids switch partners more then square dancers.”
Ok, back to Wes and Annalise. Annalise finally followed through on her promise to tell Wes the truth. She hasn’t been protecting him because he killed his mom, she’s been hiding the fact that his father is her former client, Wallace Mahoney, who raped his mother and then threatened his life in order for his mother to give false testimony. And again, I have to agree with Annalise on this. No one is ever ready for that kind of information.
Meanwhile, because Bonnie randomly bugs the house and Frank feels the need to keep repeating his confessions, Bonnie knows that Frank killed Lila. And Bonnie was smart enough to figure out that Annalise didn’t order the hit. Frank convinced her not to tell Annalise, but he probably should have saved that request for Laurel before she showed up drunk on Annalise’s doorstep blaming her for having Frank kill Lila. Wow, that was a mouthful.
Then Annalise ran home to her mother because sure, why not.
And that, my friends, is over 400 words on everything that happened in the last four minutes of a 44-minute show. The prosecution rests.
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