HTGAWM Review: Annalise represents her Most Innocent Client Yet in “Two Birds, One Millstone”
BY The Screen Spy Team
Published 7 years ago
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
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.
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