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TV Review: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: Season 4, Episode 14: The Day Before He Died [ABC]

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How To Get Away With Murder The Day Before He Died Review

How to Get Away with Murder: Season 4, Episode 14: The Day Before He Died. This How to Get Away with Murder The Day Before He Died review maintains that Thursday night’s episode does an excellent job of exploring its characters intimacy issues while balancing it with a healthy amount of intrigue.

For some time now, the show as a whole has been having trouble with conveying the significance of the twists and turns that it throws at us. I mean sure, within the context of the show itself their significance is established, but their larger significance – that is, why we as viewers should care – is not. That’s because it often feels like the program is trying to shock us more than entertain us, leaving us scratching at our heads at not only whatever unforeseen development has come to light but why it has any bearing on anything at all.

So it was to my surprise that Thursday night’s show actually seemed to have a point of some sort to make, and not the tired social justice talking points that are beginning to feel more like a formality than a serious attempt at provoking thought. This time around, the program had a clear idea as to what it wanted to talk about – that is, infidelity – and did so in a cogent way. Whether it’s through Annalise’s  (Viola Davis) gamble to get Simon (Behzad Dabu) out of testifying against the Keating Five by having Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) feign feelings for him to Asher’s (Matt McGorry) angry confrontation of Michaela (Aja Naomi King) for sleeping with last episode’s crossover guest star (Cornelius Smith Jr.), the question of fidelity and whether there’s a place for it in the morally-grey universe of How to Get Away with Murder dominates the program.

Returning to the subject of the show’s aforementioned twists and turns, the big one here actually caught me off guard, although I am still unsure how I feel about it. Ending on the crashed wreckage of Bonnie’s (Liza Weil) car as well as the sight of what is presumably her corpse being wheeled into a coroner’s van, it looks like the writers have decided to dispose of yet another regular. As much as I like Bonnie, I guess it makes sense in the context of the story, so I can’t really accuse the writers of gratuitously killing her off for no reason. Still, I hope that something good comes out of this surprising turn of events.

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Reggie Peralta

An aspiring writer, longtime film junkie, and former UCLARadio.com disc jockey (where I graduated with a BA in Political Science), I've made the jump from penning book reviews and current events editorials for HonorSociety.org to writing movie and TV news and reviews.

When I'm not working towards my certificate in Radio and Television/Video Production at Fullerton College, I enjoy reading (horror, science fiction, and historical/political nonfiction are particular favorites), participating in my school's TV and theatre clubs, attending movie screenings, plays, concerts, and other events, and trying to come up with pithy things to say on social media. Believe it or not, there are occasions where I find time to write for my own leisure.

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