TV Show: How To Get Away With Murder
Episode Title: Live. Live. Live
Original Air Date: November 16, 2017
Episode Number: 4×08
Annalise is confronted with disturbing news involving one of Isaac’s patients; the investigation into Wes’s murder comes to a head; details of the whereabouts of Laurel’s baby are revealed.
Oh, my God. Might as well start off this review with those words because they were uttered a lot during this episode. And what an episode it was. Great finale to end the first half of this season and now starts the long wait until the show comes back in January (I think). So much to think about since this episode had a lot to process.
Let me start off at the top with Bonnie declaring her love for Annalise. Freaking finally! See, I don’t know what kind of love Bonnie means so this whole story just keeps becoming more and more intriguing. Is she IN LOVE with Annalise or she loves her like a mother or sister? I need to know! Either way, it’s kind of a fucked up kind of love because of all the things that they’ve been doing to each other and how they treat each other.
I was shocked when Bonnie told Annalise that she was the one who put Isaac on the stand to help her certify her case. What?! I thought for sure Bonnie was trying to mess up Annalise’s case so this was such a surprise. She did it to help Annalise, whoa. It’s too bad Annalise didn’t want to have anything to do with her anymore and told her to scram.
Of course this leads to her going over to Nate’s place with a bottle of Scotch (?) so they can have their AA meeting. I really hope these two forge a lasting friendship and don’t end up screwing each other (as in having sex) just because they share something in regards to their relationship with Annalise. I was surprised when Nate said “I’ll tell you when I do” after Bonnie asked her how he got over Annalise. Ohhhh.
Moving on to Isaac and Annalise, I’m glad the show didn’t go there with the two of them getting together and I hope they never do. Let them keep things professional even though it’s bordering on unethical now with both of them starting to become co-dependent with each other. Isaac’s wife probably is right, but we saw the result of what happened after Annalise stopped coming to Isaac. He spiraled a bit and didn’t know what to do with himself. Maybe it’s better for his well-being to continue to see Annalise as a patient. Annalise has also been doing well during their sessions so keep at it. Just don’t get together. And if they do, I hope they stop being doctor/patient first.
Is it wrong to say that I laughed when Simon accidentally shot himself? Because I did. I actually paused the episode because I was laughing so hard! Of course that’s what happened. I don’t really care if he survives or not because he’s a waste of space. I don’t care if he’s a DACA kid who might be gay, it’s not enough to make him a sympathetic character and certainly not enough to excuse his actions last season and for being just an overall ass of a person.
Asher reaching for that gun. What in the actual fuck. Has he learned nothing from all their criminal shenanigans? Seriously! Loved how Michaela took control of the situation, though. First, dispatching Laurel to go home (but not before wiping her face clean of blood which just made me smile – what also made me smile was her shielding Laurel from Simon when he was waving the gun like an idiot), take a taxi, pay cash, and hide the hard drives in a safe place.
Second, she wipes the gun clean so that Asher’s fingerprints and Laurel’s fingerprints are not on it. Third, she instructs Asher to call 911 as soon as everything seems to be in place. Then she wanders into the party pretending (or not) to be traumatized to come across Simon’s body. Great sequence of events here and showed us how much Michaela has grown as a character. Hell, she was frozen in place in the first season when they came across Sam’s dead body and now she’s micromanaging everything. How to get away with murder indeed.
Connor finding out about the plan and telling Annalise about it was bound to happen. No matter what anyone does on this show, they will always be tied back to Annalise and they just can’t help but call on her for help any time something goes wrong because they know that she’s the one person that they could all depend on to get them out of their jams. Poor Annalise doesn’t have to do it, but somehow she feels obligated because this little group has somewhat become her family so that’s the only reason she needs to help them.
Really hope Dominic doesn’t end up hurting Connor after spying on him at Laurel/Wes’ apartment. I wonder if he heard everything that Connor said and if he’ll go back to Laurel’s father and tell him everything. That would be bad because everyone’s worst fears will have come through and their lives will be in jeopardy now.
Seeing Laurel helpless and alone with all that blood was so sad. Really fantastic work by Karla during this scene. Must have been so tiring to shoot that in such a cramped space and to have a camera shoved right in your face. Wow. I really liked Annalise’s voice mail where she told Laurel that she’s going to help her no matter what.
And that is exactly what she did by saving the baby. Viola knocking it out of the park again! I was in tears when she was giving CPR to that baby because it made me think of what Annalise was probably feeling about her own baby and what happened to it. She didn’t want to have to go through that trauma again, losing another baby even though it’s not her own. I cried even more when the camera panned away from the scene and we heard the baby cry which is a very good sign. He’s not out of the woods yet, but him breathing is a start.
Also, kudos to the 911 operator on the phone for being so calm and helpful while guiding Annalise on what to do. I know it’s her job, but something like this, I don’t know if there’s enough training you can do for situations like this. I know I would have been freaking out and not have been helpful at all, but that’s why I’m not a 911 operator.
Frank inadvertently hurting Laurel in the scuffle with Connor and making her go into early labor made me shake my head. I know he didn’t mean to do it, but this is the second baby that he harmed. Next time, pregnant women should steer clear of him. Can’t really tell if the baby was Wes’ or Frank’s, though. There was too much blood. Guess we’ll find out next year!
So glad that Tegan survived and was able to give her speech. It’s too bad she probably won’t get partner now since this whole deal with Antares will be exposed soon enough and Laurel’s father will probably get out of C&G and Tegan will get blamed for it. I do disagree with her about who the boss-bitch is. It’s Michaela, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
Bring on 2018!