‘How to Get Away With Murder’ 2×3 Recap: ‘It’s Called the Octopus’

 

The Keating 5. (ABC)

The Keating 5. (ABC)

We open with a flashback. Annalise isnt the only one dying on the floor in the future. Asshole lawyer lady (the prosecutor from Nates case) is lying on the ground just outside the home dying tooIm assuming someone pushed her out a window for running her damn mouth too much. I know she’s in mortal danger, but Annalises eyelashes look amazing lying on this floor.

Present Day Annalises eyelashes are nothing to write home about, this is a classic Annalise drunk with no eyebrows onscene. Annalise talks into a tape recorder to remind the audience of how the Case of the Murdering Siblings is going. She hears a sound in the basement and goes to investigate, but its not an intruder (or the Tell Tale Heart), its a rat! She calls Wes to come over and he kills the poor little rodent! These people cant go a day without killing something in this damn house!

Annalise tells the class that the theme of this weekss episode is Sex”… which I guess means, that hasnt been the theme of all the other episodes?

But its a good theme, because it means we get a sexy montage!

Wes and Annalise: I cant be the only person who thought they were going to get it on when Wes paused in the door.

Micheala and Eggs911: MICHEALA!!!! Have you lost your damn mind? Who kicks those abs and those eyes out of bed?!

Asher and Bonnie: Elephant trunk?Gross. Does Asher have any redeeming qualities?

Coniver: It really excites me to think of how many people who have never heard of PrEP are going to Google it during HTGAWM.

Laurel and Frank are still not doing it. Maybe Laurel just doesnt want to get to knowa guy with such a gross hipster beard?

After checking in on all their sexual relationships, the gang gets to work on their case. This weeks client is a gorgeous dom, who allegedly killed one of her subs during sex. None of the clients from her sex parties want to testify on her behalf, which leads to all of the students timidly asking strangers about their sex lives. One construction worker talks to Asher while eating a foot long hotdog that is supposed to be a visual metaphor for the size of his dick but Im likewhere do people get foot long hot dogs in the middle of the work day? Does he work really close to a baseball stadium?

As Annalise yells at the Keating 5 for not being able to convince professional people to testify about their sex lives in public, Bonnie brings in a tabloid. To the surprise of no one, the ordering siblings from their other case are being accused of sibcest. No one casts two ridiculously hot, multi-ethnic, actors to play adopted brother and sister without planning to imply theyre secretly getting it on. Thats TV writing 101.

The Keating 5 eat healthy snacks and talk about their sex lives, and Micheala admits that shes never had an orgasm. She says that according to Planned Parenthood, 1 in 3 women have difficulty achieving orgasm. Between this and the PrEp story line, Im starting to wonder if all those government funds the Republicans are trying to take away from Planned Parenthood have gone towards product placement on this show.

There’s a foreshadowing and red herring montage:

Micheala and Conner are at a sex partyare they going to make MiConner happen?

Annalises tape recorder is missing. That will probably come back to haunt us.

Annalise writes a police officers daughters name in her clients sex party guest ledger, and asks him for a job. That will probably come back to haunt us too.

Micheala flirts with a woman and finds out that their client switched sex party cards in order to sleep with the victimnaturally Annalise then accuses the client of killing him. Because why else would someone want to sleep with someone? Annalise being bad at relationships really comes in handy when it comes to being a good lawyer. Because it turns out that the client did switch the cards so she could give the victim nitroglycerin. She wanted him have a heart attack while in the room with her so his wife would find out that he was sleeping with her and break up with him. Um, WHAT? Has she never heard of sending his wife a text? Dang!

So Annalise and the murdering side piece go to court. Annalise is wearing the best dress Ive ever seen. Seriously, I probably wont wear a dress that nice to my wedding, and thats what she wears to work?! Anyway, Annalise gets the victims wife to admit that knew about his Viagra prescription, then insinuates that she used the drug interaction information on the label of the bottle to kill him. The widow is distraught on the stand, and the murderer goes free. Then the woman Annalise just saved from jail yells at her and asks how she sleeps at night. Annalise replies Alone. On very comfortable sheets,and 25 million people run to their computers to make memes.

Asshole lawyer lady (who had the missing tape recorder, and heard Annalise’s entire case strategy, btw) texts Asher a photo of a girl with the words Remember Trotter Lakeon it to remind him that shes blackmailing him. I’m assuming Asher killed the girl in the photo and dumped her off a boat, because TV rich guys are always doing shit like that. Bonnie sees the text and assumes the girl is Ashers new fling, and they break up. Uh-oh Asher, Bonnie is not a girl you want on your bad sideShe is like one lost tube of red lipstick away from snapping.

Wes sees a picture of Levi, the guy Micheala isn’t sleeping with, and somehow remembers that he once, for five seconds saw a picture of him with Rebecca. Wes waits outside Michealas house to ambush Levi, who turns out to be Rebeccas foster brother! Levi tells Wes that he thinks Annalise killed Rebecca. Wes flashes back to the nightclub and Annalises party wig, so I guess that means he believes him. No one trusts a woman who has a separate party wig.

Another sex montage!

Conner and Oliver look really good in their underwear.

Annalise getting dressed for her client’s sex party, is surprisingly vulnerable and adorable!

Micheala looks even better in her underwear.

Instead of having sex, Asher goes running to daddy for help. His dad looks suspiciously like Lorne Micheals, I wonder if that is a clue.

Annalise doesnt go to the sex party, she goes to Nate’s! The job was for him! Nate is the only person on this show who is ever honest with Annalise, which is probably why she’s outside his door wearing nothing but a coat (I assume). But Nate tells her he isnt ready to get back together yet and sends her awayand we see that WES IS AT HIS HOUSE. Theyre plotting to take her down.

This is why we love this show. Because Wes and Nate (the guy who killed her husband, and the guy she framed her killing her husband) working together against Annalise is something you’d never see coming, that still makes absolute perfect sense.

So Nate is helping Wes, and the rest of the Keating 5, in the flash forward where Annalise gets shot. Do you think that means that the Keating 5 killed Keating?

‘How to Get Away With Murder’ 2×3 Recap: ‘It’s Called the Octopus’