How to Get Away with Murder 1×10 ‘Hello Raskolnikov’: In case you’re just joining us

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Welcome bank to Shondaland! First and foremost congratulations to Viola Davis on her SAG win! Should’ve won the Golden Globe too… But we aren’t holding any grudges right? Well it didn’t take long, but How to Get Away with Murder jumped right back into action as we were teased with a seemingly hour long recap of everything we already knew leaving us yearning for more. It’s a real case of they don’t know that we know they know we know. Let’s get to it, onto “Hello Raskolnikov!”

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

The episode starts with the police asking Annalise about her whereabouts on what shall be referred to as Murder Night where she gives them an almost honest story, but we know the dirty truth: she orchestrated the entire plan to burn and dispose of Sam’s body. The next morning the Keating 5 get to work on Rebecca’s defense all while being individually interrogated. Geez their plates are full. The team hopes they can prove that Sam was the father of Lila’s baby, giving him a motive to kill her which would in turn allow the charges to be dropped against Rebecca. After a positive paternity test, Annalise slips up with some over-excitement in front of Frank prompting her to tell him the truth only if he swears to not tell Bonnie. Why must Bonnie be kept in the dark? Is she a suspect? With this new DNA, the judge rules that Sam’s laptop be examined to see if his phone data will place him at the murder scene. Lo and behold the GPS places Sam at Lila’s sorority house at the estimated time of her death allowing Rebecca to go free.

Source: ABC

Source: ABC

Meanwhile as the Keating 5 attempt to exonerate Rebecca, Connor and Michaela become increasingly paranoid that the police know and are just toying with them. They try to convince Laurel to come clean and to pin the murder on Rebecca and Wes. But rather than keel over and submit to them Laurel shows a new side to her. She confronts Frank and then Wes about the truth allowing Annalise to stop Connor and Michaela outside the police station, explaining that she knows and she will help them get away with the murder. But in the final moments of the episode Connor calls Annalise about a person at the precinct prying into the disappears of Sam. It’s his sister Hannah. “Whatever his wife told you, my brother is no murderer.” Sounds like they were never on good terms. Yikes.

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Source: ABC

So this episode was pretty much a recap of the first half of the season, explaining everything we knew through flashbacks as the various characters lied through their teeth to law enforcement. Everyone is pretty much in the loop, except Bonnie and Asher who will also probably hook up again at some point. Also expect Frank and Laurel to get together again with their chemistry. Speaking of Laurel it was a bit odd that she said that Sam looked at her in a sexual way. It didn’t seem apparent, but maybe going back to watch a few episodes might points towards it now that the seed has been planted. All that really happened is that Sam was revealed to be the father and that he was at Lila’s house on Murder Night, which we were expecting. But I wonder what the dynamic will be now that his sister is in town.

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Source: ABC

What questions did this episode answer:

  • Sam was in fact the father of Lila’s baby. He also visited her house on  Murder Night.
  • Not everyone is holding up after the crime as both Connor and Michaela are being tormented by their actions.
  • Laurel is more than meets the eye.

What questions does this episode leave us with:

  • What is Annalise’s relationship with her sister-in-law Hannah? She obviously looked troubled by her surprise visit to town.
  • Why is Annalise adamant that Bonnie be left out of the loop? Does she think she’s involved? Does she believe Bonnie might spill to the police?
  • How long until Bonnie and Asher (BAsher?) and Laurel and Frank (FLaurel?) start sneaking around. We know there is chemistry there, it will happen.

What did you think of “Hello Raskolnikov”? Was it everything you were waiting for? What do you expect to happen? Let me know in the comments below!

Dylan Phillips

Dylan Phillips

is a film fanatic and TV junkie from the mysterious land of Canada. He is an aspiring writer/director who hopes to make his mark on the industry one way or another, whether it be behind a camera or with a pen. When he isn’t watching hours upon hours of movies or writing scripts, Dylan can be found playing his guitar, avidly watching baseball or writing film reviews on his website and blog.

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