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HTGAWM Review: Annalise represents her Most Innocent Client Yet in “Two Birds, One Millstone”

BY The Screen Spy Team

Published 7 years ago

HTGAWM Review: Annalise represents her Most Innocent Client Yet in “Two Birds, One Millstone”

By Chelsea A. Hensley

Across the TGIT lineup, there’s no shortage of super talented characters (mostly female), who can pretty much do anything whenever they want. The challenges lobbed at them are only temporary, to be quickly vanquished by episode’s (or season’s end). Annalise Keating is no different. Her law career is secondary to her unerring will, and her gutsy nature has been knocking obstacles out of her way for plenty of time now. When Annalise is on your side, you’re at a distinct advantage, and there’s no one better to have around when you’re in a bind. So naturally Annalise is most helpful to people who are usually at a disadvantage, or who would otherwise be defenseless against a more powerful system. People like Jill (Alex S. Billings) a trans woman who kills her husband in self-defense and turns to Annalise for help.

But in a show about avoiding the consequences of murder, there’s only so much good Annalise can do. The murder hole’s been dug so deep, whatever good deeds Annalise accomplishes are going to be heavily outweighed by her efforts to cover up her own bad ones.

“Two Birds, One Millstone” has Annalise working for one of her loveliest clients yet, one who is undoubtedly innocent.

…. And Her Crappy Sidekicks

It’s official: Frank is the only other effective person on this show. He lies effortlessly when confronted by Laurel and Wes and disposes of Rebecca’s body. Next in terms of usefulness is Oliver, who finds racist aunt Helena’s secret son and hacks into his computer. But he loses points for not being aware that he and Connor are being viewed by said son through his webcam. Everyone else is a pretty incoherent mush of incompetence. Bonnie tries, but results are mixed. Laurel at least wins for being most straightforward, deciding to just ask Frank if he killed Rebecca, but she also isn’t picking up on Frank’s weirdness. Neither Michaela nor Connor does too much this episode, besides flirting with their love interests, but Asher has the almost good idea of looking into Caleb and Catherine’s birth parents. But all of the Keating Five get a grand reprimand for being dumb enough to trash talk the Hapstalls in their own house and be recorded doing it.

But most useless? Wes.

Granted, he’s not actually doing anything. His investigation into Rebecca’s disappearance went nowhere far, and has now been all but completely dismantled with Levi’s arrest and Nate’s grief spiral. But it leaves Wes more aimless than ever. Frank must have done his job too well, since Wes seems completely devoid of storyline opportunities now. He and Annalise finally talk about Wes’ suspicions, and though the scene itself is especially well-acted, it doesn’t end up doing anything new for either of them. Annalise sticks to her story despite Wes’ defiant rage and seems to convince him of her innocence. But she’s not innocent, at least not completely, and Wes is bound to learn the truth sooner or later. But until he is, we’re stuck in a pattern of Wes being suspicious, seemingly being placated and then being suspicious again.

But proving herself surprisingly handy is Catherine, who records the embarrassing Keating Five and even manages to escape HTGAWM’s special grim reaper, waking in the woods after being dumped there two weeks later by Frank.

How to Get Away With Murder continues Thursdays on ABC.

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