How to Get Away with Murder 1×11 ‘Best Christmas Ever’: Not so smooth criminals

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Only three episodes to go after this and yet another bomb drops in the last seconds of an episode. Just when it seems like a typical run of the mill, case of the week story everything gets turned on its head. For a class dedicated on How to Get Away with Murder, these students don’t really seem to be paying attention. Just like Annalise said this is semester two and things are getting harder both in and out of the classroom. Let’s get to it, onto “Best Christmas Ever!”

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

The episode starts with Annalise’s sister-in-law Hannah (guest star Marcia Gay Harden) arriving in Middleton searching for answers about Sam’s disappearance. She and Annalise have obviously never seen eye-to-eye, given their confrontational meeting, prompting Annalise to dive into her current case. While the team works on the case Laurel confronts Frank about the potential forensic evidence on Connor’s SUV prompting Frank to dispose of the vehicle while Connor is busy trying to mend his relationship with Oliver. Meanwhile Hannah has been following Annalise, confronts her outside Nate’s house about her affair and demands she tell her the truth about Sam’s disappearance. Annalise comes clean saying she lied to the police about Sam’s affair with Lila to protect him, but claims to not know about where he is and if he has run then he’s smart enough not to be found. This appeases Hannah until later that evening when Wes sees on the news that Sam’s body was found in a landfill. Apparently they didn’t dispose of the body well enough.

Source: ABC

Source: ABC

The case of the week follows Jackie Wilson, a woman whose husband has sexually abused her and two young women he has been keeping in their basement. She comes forward now because one of the women is pregnant, and the last baby born did not survive. At first the Keating 5 are not onboard with this immoral case, but Annalise decides to stand by Jackie and get her a plea deal saying that she was abused herself and was forced to keep these women at her house. As the case unravels Jackie is revealed to not be as innocent as originally thought. She in fact stole the stillborn child and has been secretly raising it herself. With this new information Annalise gets Jackie to confess only to drop the case and leave Jackie to a long sentence in prison. Annalise you magnificent woman.

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Source: ABC

The flashbacks for this episode follows the characters during their winter break, each dealing with the events of Murder Night differently. Annalise is seen held up in a hotel drinking alone, Wes is having nightmares about killing Sam, Connor reveals to his family that he wants to be with Oliver, Michaela’s fiance breaks up with her after she accuses him of cheating with another man, and Laurel gets kicked out of her family’s home after revealing she is sleeping with both Kan and Frank. So many issues. The most interesting is that of Wes’ nightmares. In both his flashback and present time he talks to Rebecca about Rudy, the old tenant from his room, who disappeared without a trace yet still gets Christmas cards delivered and has claw marks on the wall. Did Rebecca kill him? She does give off a creepy murderer vibe.

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Source: ABC

So this episode was so-so in comparison to the rest of this season. It felt like a bridge episode in terms of setting up the characters to fall after the discovery of Sam’s body. How long until each of them breaks? Who will break first?

What questions did this episode answer:

  • Connor wants to be with Oliver.
  • Did not really answer anything, just kind of showed us how everyone is holding up.

What questions does this episode leave us with:

  • What will be the Keating 5’s breaking point with the discovery of Sam’s body?
  • What will Hannah do with this new breakthrough in her brother’s disappearance?
  • Is Rebecca to blame for the disappearance for Rudy? Has she been the killer all along?!

What did you think of “Best Christmas Ever”? 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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