How To Get Away With Murder – Season 4 – Episode Recaps

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S4.E4
Was She Ever Good At Her Job
October 19
The focus shifted this week, but not without giving us more of that juicy flash forward. The title of the episode refers to President Hargrove of Middleton University.
Cash starved and desperate, this week Annalise came up with the brilliant idea of representing President Hargrove in her bitter divorce battle with her ex-husband; who we soon learn is playing dirty by hiding his assets previously, and holding secret meetings with their money manager, Su after claiming emotional distress and filing for divorce.
Ana has the idea to disclose the transcripts from the ex-husband’s therapist when he claims to be suffering emotional distress because President Hargrove is an alcoholic, and he’s using this to claim six million dollars for his divorce settlement.
Some clever work by her Team score Hargrove her divorce and joint custody of the children for a measly one million dollars, and scores Ana a much needed cash injection for her Class Action suit, which she manages to accidentally (?) tip off Nate about. He warns her about going after the system, but she asks whether the system would have jailed Sam for Wes’s murder given he was a white middle class man.
While Bonnie is firmly ensconced at the District Attorney’s Office we find out that DA Denver has plans to run for higher Office; which further enrages Laurel when she sees a website for his campaign. When Denver sees Laurel is Bonnie’s intern he demands that she’s fired, but Bonnie discloses Laurel’s pregnancy as a risk of law suit for unfair dismissal and he walks off infuriated.
Meanwhile, over at Caplan and Gold, Michaela is boiling with rage when Ana is brought on board president Hargrove’s divorce case, but we learn more about her mentor, who has taken a shine to Annalise; and after her assistance helps to win Hargrove’s divorce case, Ana is offered the chance to join Caplan and Gold after her therapist Isaac writes a first month report that she’s keeping sober and attending her therapy session. We also learn that Isaac sees Annalise as a trigger for him; whether that means he wants to do drugs again because of working with her or something
else, we shall soon see.
Annalise comes up against Michaela too many times and finally throws her some shade – Michaela is once again looking for a Mommie figure to make up for the one she never had. Ouch !
Frank turned up at Ana’s apartment and offered her the suitcase of money he got in exchange for the hit and run that cause Ana to lose her baby. Ana declines and says he always hurts her, and he walks away. Meanwhile she gets to work on building the Class Action suit against the Public Defender’s Office unaware Nate is now on to her plan. When they ‘bump’ into each other at the DA’s Office he makes it clear no good can come from this, but Ana just gives him the side eye.
Laurel discovers a supposedly dead CEO at her Father’s firm is very much alive and is an active financial contributor to Denver’s campaign for Office. Michaela is on the case, and tries to get the IT guy to give her access to all of the files but he refuses. She approaches Oliver to hack the files, which can only lead us to conclude in the flash forward that what he found in those files lead to the blood bath at Caplan and Gold.
THE FLASH FORWARD
At Caplan and Gold there’s a blood stained office where we see Oliver sat surrounded by cops and crime scene techs combing the place for evidence. Bonnie walks in to look for the ‘witness’ and she is directed towards Oliver and there’s a genuine look of surprise on her face when she sees its him. What went down?
After Michaela asked Isaac ‘is he dead?’ and collapsed in his arms, Isaac declined a call from a ‘Julie’ who we are shown is actually his new patient Julie – Bonnie posing as this Julie for some reason.
So far we have Frank, Laurel, Isaac and Michaela at the hospital scene, and at Ana’s blood stained apartment there’s no Annalise; and at Caplan and Gold we have Bonnie and Oliver.
Where the hell is Annalise Keating?
S4.E3
It’s for the Greater Good
October 12
Annalise takes on a case for the greater good. Meanwhile, Laurel asks Michaela to help get information on Wes’ death; Connor makes a major decision. In a flash-forward, a surprising confrontation during the night of the crime is revealed – Michaela was there the night Laurel’s baby was born. She’s seen covered in blood staring through the window at the hospital nursery. Isaac comforts her when she asks whether the baby is dead, and says everyone around us always dies.
S4.E2
October 5
I’m Not Her
Annalise starts working on newest case she’s taken on since her victorious return to the Court room, and she’s all set to defend her onetime cellmate Jasmine; who is still behind bars for solicitation and illegal possession of a firearm. After realizing that Jasmine had been trafficked when she was just a minor, Annalise begs the judge to vacate all current charges (and previous convictions) against her client. The judge  seal all of Jasmine’s previous convictions to enable her to access housing and support.
Annalise sits down for more sessions with her therapist Isaac, but she’s hesitant to reveal all of the trauma she’s gone through in the last few years. Isaac tries getting through to Annalise by revealing some of his own struggles: he was once addicted to heroin. Annalise reveals, after she and her previous therapist began exchanging intimate stories about their lives, and then he became her husband.
Bonnie is now working for the District Attorney’s office; infiltrating the DA’s office on Annalise’s behalf just to get information.
THE FLASH FORWARD
While Laurel panics about the whereabouts of her child, Isaac, who is also at the hospital for some reason, leaves a voicemail for Annalise.
“Where the hell are you?” he asks. “She’s awake. Answer the damn phone.”
Bonnie, who is still working at the DA’s office three months from now, enters the hotel where Annalise is living and joins a whole slew of cops and detectives who are investigating her room. With tears in her eyes, Bonnie makes her way to the hotel elevator, only to find bloody handprints on the walls, which trail down to a pool of blood on the floor.
Meanwhile, the Middleton Law Fair is on, and none of the Keating Four can land internships, but then Michaela is hired by Caplan & Gold; the same firm that represents Laurel’s father.
Laurel tells Michaela that her Father killed Wes, and Michaela is going to help Laurel take him down.
S4, Ep1
28 Sep. 2017

I’m Going Away

The Season opener delivered blows left and right, with a flashback and a flash forward book ending the episode. Let’s dive in!

Ana went to Memphis to check on her Momma’s dementia status, taking time to visit prospective nursing facilities in the hope that the insurance money from her house destruction comes through. However, Hannah (Sam’s sister) put a kink in Ana’s plan by suing Ana for the house.

The past caught up with Ana and she sought comfort in drink but changed her mind and went hunting some tail, courtesy of a man she met on the flight over. Sadly, his phone rang and it raised Ana’s barriers up and she high-tailed it out of there. Safely home, she had to grapple with her past abuse and verbally battled with her Father for not looking after Momma the right way, but he apologised for what his Brother did to Ana when she was a child.

Frank surprised Bonnie with office space and hinted at her, Ana and himself opening up a practice, but churchmouse said they couldn’t afford it, and Frank said he’d pay with the suitcase money.

Connor still hadn’t accepted Oliver’s proposal yet. Asher and Michaela were shopping for a bed, and Laurel met with her Father and told her she was having a baby. Her Father asked whether it was Frank’s or not. Laurel said it doesn’t matter because she’d had a termination.

Flashback to a week earlier, and everyone seemed to be getting on with their lives like nothing traumatic had happened. Ana’s Mom accepted she needed to go into the nursing home as she’ll only decline more over time. Ana confessed to sister that she had an alcohol problem, then flew back for her disbarment Hearing as she breached the conditions of her probation by being under the influence of alcohol, and pleaded with the panel not to disbar her.

In the present time frame, Ana sent a group text inviting everyone to a dinner at a fancy restaurant. Each of the Keating Four tried to guess the reason for the dinner. Each was wrong. Laurel announced she was keeping the baby, and Asher teased her about baby names.

Ana wrote each of them a recommendation letter to help them in their future endeavours, and then dismissed them from her practice. Michaela was the most upset, surprisingly. When the Four left the table, Bonnie said they’d eventually realise it was best this happened, and then Ana gave her a letter of recommendation, dismissing her too. Churchmouse went to the District Attorney, but made sure that Nate saw her waiting outside his office.

Ana wasn’t disbarred but agreed to attend therapy as part of her revised probation status, and we meet Jimmy Smits as her therapist. Her new home looked bleak but its only for a month.

Flashforward showed us Laurel in a hospital bed with therapist Jimmy at her side after she was found with drugs in her system. Frank rushed to her bedside and then Laurel patted her belly and asked what happened to the baby and wails in a hysterical manner, only to be sedated…. my thoughts are her Father dug deeper and realised Laurel was still pregnant and it was Wes’s’ baby, and arranged for it to be taken somehow. Let’s see how it plays out.

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How to Get Away with Murder Casting News

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Series Creator Peter Nowalk hinted that actress Famke Janssen will not be returning this Season.

We don’t have specific plans for that, but you never know. Any character that has affected Annalise in such an important way, like Eve — we like to make it feel real and like they’re still in each other’s lives. That is my hope.” On the topic of Annalise, Nowalk says when Season 4 opens “she’s really at the bottom. Career-wise, she’s at the lowest she’s been probably ever. It’s really fun to watch her build her career back up and do that step by step. That’s her journey this season. She’s a phoenix rising from the ashes. It’s been really delicious to write, and it’s going to be really delicious to watch Viola act this great, long journey of redemption.”

Esai Morales and Benito Martinez, who on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murderplay Laurel’s father Jorge Castillo and D.A. Todd Denver respectively, will return in a recurring capacity for Season 4.

Jimmy Smits will play a prominent figure in Annalise’s (Viola Davis) life on the ABC drama, and will have a key role in this season’s over-arching mystery.

Smits most recently was a regular on 24: Legacy. He also guest-starred on Brooklyn Nine-Nine this past season as Amy’s ex-cop dad.

Julius Tennon, the real-life husband of How to Get Away With Murder‘s leading lady, will guest-star in the ABC drama’s upcoming fourth season. No further details about Tennon’s role, including his character’s name, are available.

Tennon’s recent TV credits include roles on Criminal Minds, Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer. He joins a growing list of HTGAWM guest stars, one that includes Jimmy Smits as a “prominent figure in Annalise’s life.”

How To Get Away With Murder – Season 4 – Details

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Poor Laurel Castillo.
Her one time beau, Frank, went M.I.A. for weeks – and when she tried to get information on his whereabouts, she was forced to sign her life away to her father. She barely survived a house fire that killed her next boyfriend, Wes, and she’s unexpectedly pregnant with his child.
Her own father was responsible for Wes’ death.
When Season 4 opens, She’s still going through grief while being pregnant, and she has a big decision to make.

Meanwhile, the romance quotient hits an all time high with Michaela and Asher confessing they love each other, and Oliver proposing Connor move back in with him.
For Michaela to hear Asher say that he sees her as family meant so much because for her, family is this whole other thing. She’s hinted before – the people she grew up around, the word “family” isn’t a right way to describe them. It’s not how she feels about them. For Asher to say that to her, and what that could potentially be for the two of them to truly be family together, is huge.

However, with Oliver keeping secret from Connor that he kept a copy of Annalise’s phone, and after making the phone call to cancel the Stanford acceptance letter and then hide the fact from Connor, there’s still a hill to climb if these two are ever going to be on the same page.

For Annalise, Season 4 is about coming to terms with losing Wes, whom she’d treated as though he was her own son, even though he killed her husband Sam. Wes had come to accept that she’s one of the most important people in his life. As much as she’s done some very questionable things as far as his interests are concerned, and as much as she’s kept things from him, they’ve been bound together. And she’s also shown him fantastic mercy.

Season 4 has no return date yet.

How To Get Away With Murder – 2 Part Season Finale is Here !

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PART ONE  started with the usual recap: Connor giving Wes CPR and realising he was too late; Wes had been injected with a fatal dose of a drug which killed him. Connor smelt gas and realised the house was going to explode. He ran out of the storm door, just as Laurel opened the door to the basement, and the house exploded. Connor got away in time but Laurel was later dragged out of the burning building by the EMTs.

With Annalise now out on bail, pending a Hearing to determine whether the District Attorney would take her case to trial, time was running out for the Keating Four to come up with a plan to get the charges against Ana dropped. Nate rolled up and played his part in providing Ana with credible evidence which could save her from prison, but she instead questioned his loyalty to her after all her shenanigans. Clearly, he still cared for her. He went to such lengths to prove it by going toe to toe with the D.A. and ended up getting fired, but not before he let the D.A. know that the whole time Nate worked as an investigator for the D.A’s Office he’d collated evidence agains D.A. Denver and his office detailing every corrupt move he’d made. He threatened to go further to prove his point if needed, but the D.A. just fired him and walked away.

As the hour progressed we learnt the Annalise and the D.A. – Denver – had beef going way back. He’d been coming after her for years, but we were never really shown his motives. Ana tries to make a deal – her release in exchange for claiming Wes was mentally unstable (remember the episode where he was held on 24 hour psych eval? came in handy) also made a case that he’d got dark tendencies as a child; first stabbing his own Mother, and later murdering Sam and his own girlfriend; whose body was recently found in the woods. The D.A. isn’t buying it at first but then he succumbs as he knows that the corruption against him would most certainly send him to prison forever, if not worse.

PART TWO was a little more fast paced. Annalise met with Sylvia Mahoney. With Charles now out of prison after the D.A. discovers the evidence putting him in  prison (murdering his own Father in cold blood) was fabricated, Annalise begs Sylvia to call a truce. Forgive each other for transgressions and move on with their lives. Sylvia gives Annalise some home truths we never saw coming.

Remember the episode where we thought Wes’s Mom was raped by Wallace Mahoney and he was Wes’s Father – not so. CHARLES, was Wes’s Father. Sylvia explained she didn’t do the DNA test on Wes so who did?

Minor titbits: Asher confessed he loves Michaela. Oliver proposed to Connor. Frank was released as it was now clear that he didn’t murder Wes. He prostrates himself in front of Annalise to beg her to let him help her with whatever she needs. A confused Bonnie watches. Annalise stays silent.

Laurel got it into her head that the only way to make the D.A. drop the charges against Annalise was to kill Charles Mahoney herself. After she perjured herself on the witness stand after it emerged she signed an affidavit stating she falsely claimed to have been kidnapped as a teenager – her Father had conned her into signing the paperwork by claiming it was something to do with a property deal. She signed her life away the moment she put pen to paper. Meanwhile, the D.A. got a visit from Connor who decided to take the immunity deal through guilt in not being able to revive Wes.

Oliver managed to hack the ADA’s home computer after Nate gave Ana the code. He found her phone records which gave them a repeated phone number. It was traced to the D.A. Denver. Asher phones the number. It rings. Michaela phones Connor just as he’s in the DA’s office waiting to sign the immunity papers. A phone rings – Connor goes in Denver’s desk and answers the call – hears Asher on the line. Now the Keating Four know Denver is behind everything. Connor is taken into solitary custody while Denver tries to convince him to sign the deal or Denver will frame him for Wes’s murder; and he produces Wes’s phone.

In flashback, we seen on the night of the fire that Wes was assaulted by an assailant who injected him with a fatal dose of drugs. He was paralysed and crawled on the floor until the assailant suffocated him. He took the body to the basement and cut the gas line, and then sat outside the house in his car to watch the house explode. He saw Connor running from the house before it exploded but he didn’t see Laurel go into the house. The assailant makes a call to Laurel’s Father to tell him its’ done but it got messy.

Laurel’s Father clearly didn’t approve of her relationship with Wes – but he doesn’t know that Laurel’s pregnant. He hired the assailant who turns out to be a family friend of Laurel’s and bumps into her just as she’s about to shoot Charles Mahoney. They embrace and he tells Laurel he’s in the City for work. Laurel introduces Dominic to Asher and Michaela (who has just admitted she loves Asher too) and Charles drives away in a taxi.

Annalise went to an AA meeting and poured her heart out about how she lost her baby in a car accident, and recently lost a student she felt compelled to protect after his Mother was killed; and how she felt close to her student. So close that she saw him as her own son.

 

How To Get Away With Murder returns in the fall.

 

How To Get Away With Murder – It’s War

The episode started with Annalise returning to her burned out house. She’s in shock that it’s really gone then her phone rings. She meets with Nate at a secluded spot. They talk, but its not like old times. He tells Ana that his signature ended up on the transfer papers for Wes’s body and he’s admits to having been at her house the night of the fire.

In flashback, we see Nate and Frank talking. Wes accuses him of being in on this, and Nate advises him to take the deal otherwise he’ll go down for everything that happened. Nate tells Ana that Wes knew she was looking out for him ever since he was a kid. Wes admits he’s done awful things to her and Nate presses him but Wes tells him to leave.

Nate gets a call from the lead Detective hunting Wes’s whereabouts but Nate lies and says he has no idea. Nate tells Ana they may check his phone and will find out he was at the house. Ana promises him she’ll fix this.

The Keating Four meet at Bonnie’s and Ana tells them she failed, and Wes was offered immunity, and she imagines they’ll offer another one of them an immunity deal as well. Laurel is more concerned about finding who killed Wes, and points out Wes testified against the Mahoney’s the week before he died in the fire and there may be a connection.

Oliver told Connor about the copy of the phone data. Connor challenges him, saying maybe Ana’s the one that killed Wes. Oliver won’t look at the thumb drive, says they’re better off not knowing what was on her phone but he weakens and boots it up. Connor looks relieved.

Bonnie sees Frank, and goes over his case. He’s trying to represent himself in his case. She presses him to re-hire his lawyer as otherwise it looks like Bonnie is colluding with Ana.

Laurel goes into obsession mode and scours the internet for details on the Mahoneys. Then, Ana sends an email – a formal complaint about the District Attorney, demanding a Grand Jury investigation into D.A. Atwood. The Attorney General isn’t interested. Ana threatens her a career but she doesn’t back off.

Bonnie goes to see the D.A. and they stonewall her about Ana’s complaint to the State Department. Threatens to reveal the evidence they have on the students and Ana. Bonnie doesn’t back down. Nate is furious Ana tried to help him by getting the State Department involved. The State Department rejects Annalise’s complaint against the D.A. and threatens Ana with the Death Penalty because she leaked the newspaper article.

Ana goes to see Oliver. She gets Oliver to leak it to the Press that Wes’s body is missing. The D.A. is devastated. Michaela and Asher go to see Laurel and hired a Private Investigator who digs up papers that show a DNA test was done on Wes which shows he was Wallace Mahoney’s son. The Middleton University President calls Ana to congratulate her on being out on bail.

At Bonnie’s, Laurel shows Ana the DNA test results. Ana is horrified and tells them the Mahoneys will hurt them all, and she lost her baby because of them. She says they have to do what it takes to stay safe. Later, Bonnie suggests Laurel have a termination but keep it quiet from Annalise. Bonnie suggests Annalise tell the D.A. that Nate was at the house that night. She’s furious and then asks her if Frank has a lawyer yet.

Asher suggest to Michaela that Connor may be the anonymous source who contacted the Police and alerted them to Annalise’s predicament. Michaela shoots it down as preposterous.

The D.A. offered the Middleton University President immunity in exchange for full custody of her children. Nate meets with Annalise and tells him about the Court hearing. Atwood was suspended by her boss. Nate tells Annalise that Atwood admitted she moved the body. Annalise tells Laurel that Wes’s body was cremated. Laurel says Atwood was working with the Mahoneys. Asher accuses Connor of being the anonymous source. Connor shuts it down, then says Ana’s phone was cleared that night. Bonnie jumps to Ana’s defence, then Connor tells them about the thumb drive.

Oliver discovers Conner did check his voicemail that night. Oliver calls Thomas and he confirms Connor did get the message to come to Ana’s house and Thomas further confirms Connor left hours before the fire started.

In flashback, we see Connor giving Wes CPR – he’s on the basement floor unconscious.

Is everything we’ve seen truly as it seems? ……..