How to Get Away with Murder: She's a Murderer
February 15, 2015 10:15 AM - Season 1, Episode 12 - Subscribe

Sam's remains are found, and the court of public opinion puts Annalise on trial. Frank gets a little darker and Bonnie gets a little smarter. We learn more about the guy who left scratches in the walls of Wes's apartment. Annalise manages to juggle all this and defend a mobster.

Sam's remains are found at the dump, and when the cops show up at the Keating house, Hannah accuses Annalise of killing him. She continues to try to convince the cops of Annalise's guilt, including testifying in court to Annalise's "violent past." Bonnie is unable to stop the cops from searching the Keating house for evidence, but due to Annalise's careful cleanup they are unable to find any trace evidence.

Bonnie manages to piece together the story on her own, and she confronts Annalise. The four-pack are still freaking out, to the point where Annalise as a come-to-Jesus talk with Connor. Asher is still oblivious.

We learn a little more about Rudy, the mysterious tenant who lived in Wes's apartment before him. Wes thinks Rebecca knows more than she is letting on.

In the Case of the Week, Annalise successfully gets a local mob family out drug trafficking charges by using a Fourth Amendment defense. However taking a case while under scrutiny for murder did not improve public opinion of Annalise.

The plot takes a major twist at the end, with Nate being arrested for Sam's murder. Flashbacks show that Annalise had Frank plant Nate's fingerprints on Sam's ring and leave the ring in the woods near for the cops to find.
posted by radioamy (9 comments total)
Damn, I did *not* see that ending coming. I can't believe Annalise would do that to Nate! There must be more to the story.

I'm also super curious about her history with Frank. They've clearly been in situations like this before. You don't go from "close assistant" to "planting evidence" that quickly.

I can't quite figure out how Bonnie put it all together, did I miss something?
posted by radioamy at 10:17 AM on February 15, 2015

Bonnie asked Asher whether Annaliese's car was there that night. It wasn't. Therefore, the kids because their car had been there. It's not much to base your trust on, though. Radioamy, I think the writers are pointing to either a history between Bonnie and Prof Keating of which the audience is unaware or Bonnie's absolute faith in Prof Keating. Bonnie continues to confuse because the motives for her actions haven't been revealed.

I didn't see her pinning it on Nate; I thought it would be the sister. But the plan makes sense because Annaliese can defend Nate; she can't defend herself.

Annaliese's mobster ties are troubling. Between that and her treatment last week of her client and I'm beginning to question her judgment. Calling for mommy also didn't impress me.

I'm banking on Rebecca being a murderer and Frank being mobbed up (the story he told Asher may even have been true--what little we heard of it, anyway). Asher being out of the loop is fantastic; adds to the tension.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 1:21 PM on February 15, 2015

I poked around on some other message boards and other viewers thought they noticed Nate smirking when he was arrested, like he was in on the whole thing. However why wouldn't she have just had him put his own damn fingerprint on the ring?

I also think Rebecca isn't what she seems. I also can't figure out her "look." She looks like a parody of a 90's goth girl. Either the costume department just totally phoned it in, or it's intentional on the character's part because she's trying to throw everyone else off.
posted by radioamy at 3:27 PM on February 15, 2015

Framing Nate wasn't planned, it was spur of the moment so no time to really plot with him. Plus, and rightly so, Annaliese doesn't seem to trust other people. Nobody is given full knowledge of her plans and that's a good thing. Nobody can tape her conversations or produce her emails if none of that is in writing. She has engineered decent foot soldiers but few confidants; the kids are acting suspiciously and falling apart, Frank cheated on his GF with one of the students (a habit apparently) and Bonnie doesn't seem terribly competent.

Rebecca is guilty of something but her look doesn't feel wrong to me. She's not a student, remember. She's a drug dealer, living on the fringes of society--what other look could they give her? Her character is supposed to be slightly "bad girl" who is actually decent-at-heart and misunderstood. What she actually is is anybody's guess at this point but that's her cover.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 4:41 PM on February 15, 2015

Approaching this whole thing from a costuming standpoint (what? It's a thing!): Bonnie's lipstick stands out to me. The role of makeup on this show has been pretty front and center ever since that big makeup-removing montage right before the "why is your penis on a dead girl's phone?" reveal. Everything about Bonnie telegraphs the world's mousiest woman … except for her bright red lipstick. Something's going on there.
posted by KathrynT at 10:33 PM on February 15, 2015

KathrynT, that's an interesting way to look at it. The red lipstick does stand out on Miss Mouse. They definitely think about costume on this show - Annalise changed her hair to be a little more traditionally feminine after her husband went missing, presumably to come across as more relatable.

What do you make of Rebecca? Am I overthinking her look?
posted by radioamy at 8:32 AM on February 16, 2015

I don't know, I can see both sides. One thing does occur to me with Rebecca -- it's a "fussy" look, pretty high maintenance, particularly with that hairstyle, which she's maintaining even as everyone else is starting to go to pieces a little. Rebecca's smokey eye is never smudged or smeared, in contrast to Bonnie's lipstick at the beginning of this episode. I can't be sure but I think Laurel's given up on wearing makeup entirely. Connor's careful scruff is a lot less neatly groomed, too.

Along these lines: the prosecutor (prosecutor? Do I have her role right?) has natural hair. She's the only Black woman on the show who does.
posted by KathrynT at 8:53 AM on February 16, 2015

The black woman who has natural hair is a Detective Bryce (thanks IMDB!). I did also notice her hair. I wonder what that's supposed to signify, maybe that she is no-nonsense?

I still think the single greatest scene in this show is when Annalise takes off her hair and makeup before confronting her husband.
posted by radioamy at 9:55 AM on February 16, 2015

Is Scandal anything like this?
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 7:11 PM on February 20, 2015

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