The puzzle for this game of How to Get Away with Murder Clue acquired a few more pieces in another jaw-dropping episode last night.
We begin with a flashback to two weeks prior with an emotional Frank by Annalise’s side as she is taken into the hospital. His demeanor changes as he heads back to his car, which just so happens to have a dead (or so we think?) Catherine in the back seat!
Fast-forward to present day where Frank and Laurel just wrapped up another round of bedroom Olympics. Frank heads for the shower, leaving Laurel snooping around his phone and pants for any clues as to what the money found in the storage locker was for. She comes up empty.
Annalise gets Asher not to testify, having him think it would save Bonnie. Though without the deal, Asher turns to his teacher/boss to help deal with his apparent transgressions involving a Tiffany. Meanwhile the Keating crew continues their focus on Catherine and Caleb’s case.
Annalise gets a call from a Professor Julie Hartford, who had just killed her husband (what is wrong with this university?) after he was repeatedly abusive. Annalise asks her questions regarding the scene and how it could be portrayed as self-defense. Julie basically takes everything she says as advice on what to do to help her appear innocent.
The cops arrive to the scene and find out that Julie is transgender. A teacher’s assistant says she saw Julie’s husband strike her in the face, but she was too scared to come forward until now. Annalise knows Julie put her up to this, but she goes with the witness testimony anyway. She tries to get the case dropped before it goes to trial, but phone records show she and Julie had a conversation before Julie called the police. This opens the possibility that Annalise coached her on what to do to make the crime look like self-defense. The opposition threatens to charge Annalise as an accessory to the crime after the fact.
The students are tasked with digging up dirt on Judge Millstone, Asher’s dad. When do these kids have time to do any homework or attend any other classes?. Annalise uses the proof of corruption to broker a deal to get Julie off the hook. The plan works, but the father-son Millstone relationship is no more.
Emily Sinclair runs into Bonnie in the parking lot with a file in hand regarding Asher’s history. Bonnie refuses to take it. Sinclair tells her the contents anyway: Tiffany Howard was gang raped.
Regarding the Hapstall murder case, the students are trying to figure out a suspect. This leads to a search for the siblings’ biological parents. Oliver does some hacking and finds out their now deceased Aunt Helen is the birth mother of a son. In fact, a bank account was set up under the guise of a charity and Caleb and Catherine’s cousin would get all the money if his mother and their parents died. Oliver’s computer has a camera on it with someone (perhaps the cousin?) on the other end watching him and Connor on the other end. Talk about creepy.
Nate’s wife dies and Annalise goes to his house to console him with some homemade (when does she have time to bake that?!) peach cobbler. It turns out Nate actually gave his wife the pills she wanted Annalise to give her in a prior episode.
Annalise catches Wes at the place and goes to his apartment to confront him about it. The two go back-and-forth until Annalise brings up Wes’ mother as the reason why he won’t trust anyone. She denies having anything to do with Rebecca’s disappearance.
Laurel gets tired of all the wondering about Frank and the suitcase of cash, so she does something crazy and just asks him. Frank says it was hush money for Rebecca.
Later on, Frank takes Laurel to meet his family. Think “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” only Italian. We then see Frank taking a body into the trunk of his car. The last scene of the flashback is Frank carrying Catherine into the woods and leaving her there. An officer locates her and she actually wakes up. Fade to black.
We have two weeks to hypothesize about who tried to shot Annalise and killed apparently killed Sinclair. Everything is intertwined. The more we think we have the answers the mad scientists at ShondaLand change the questions.