Right off the bat, Annalise (Viola Davis) is forced to fend off an attack by Philip Jessup (Jefferson White). She manages to overcome her assailant but is deeply disturbed by the experience. The Keating Five are promptly put on lockdown to keep them safe from Philip while Eve Rothlow (Famke Janssen) keeps an eye on the traumatized Annalise.
Most of the time the group spends outside of the Keating household is dedicated to answering the probing questions of Assistant District Attorney Todd Denver (Benito Martinez), who is ready to pounce at the slightest indication that Annalise is engaging in any kind of impropriety. The antagonist to watch out for, however, appears only in flashback: Wallace Mahoney (Adam Arkin), a multi-millionaire who hired Annalise to defend his son against murder charges. Playing against Davis when her character was still vulnerable and idealistic, Arkin, as the imposing, single-minded Mahoney, is the perfect foil to her.
One could go as far to say that the flashback segments, to which a good amount of time is allocated, are the most arresting parts of the episode. This is not to imply that the parts that take place in the present are not interesting. It’s just that the information revealed in the flashbacks is more likely to stick with viewers, and not without reason. After being teased episode after episode, we finally find out what happened to Annalise’s baby. As you probably expected, tragedy struck: overwhelmed by the demands of the Mahoney case, Annalise had a miscarriage, with her watching helplessly as doctors removed her lifeless son from her open womb.
As tempting as it may be to believe this was the moment Annalise became who she is, the show throws us another of it’s many curveballs. Citing the incident as the reason why she was so devoted to Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch), the incredulous student refuses to buy it, saying that she would have told him about her miscarriage (and the trial as it relates to Wes and his mother) before instead of waiting for things to get so bad for them. Viewers are liable to feel foolish after Wes of all people calls bull on Annalise, but a revelation involving Frank (Charlie Weber) and Sam Keating (Tom Verica) will undoubtedly draw them back to How To Get Away With Murder next week.
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