How to Get Away with Murder 1×12 ‘She’s a Murderer’: The Fifth Amendment

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Well if one thing is for certain, Shonda Rhimes is queen of the cliffhanger. In every one of her shows she manages to turn out jaw-dropping twists within seconds of the credits, even if the first forty minutes or so aren’t all that invigorating. With the discovery of Sam’s body Hannah is hell bent on finding his murderer while Annalise and the Guilty Four adapt to the new evidence. Meanwhile another person learns the truth and someone is arrested for Sam’s death. Let’s get to it, onto “She’s a Murderer.”

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

The episode starts with the Guilty Four freaking out at the discovery of Sam’s body. Detective Bryce arrives at Annalise’s door. Hannah is there as well. Bryce reveals they found Sam’s body in a landfill. Hannah breaks down with Annalise staying stoic, she attempts to console her sister-in-law, but she tells her to get off. Hannah turns to the cops. ‘Arrest her, arrest her dammit.’ On her way to class, Annalise is visited again by the cops who she tells to arrest her if they want to speak with her. Meanwhile at Annalise’s house Frank finds Bonnie, who is crying and attempting to pick up a broken glass from the floor. Bonnie feels that she is to blame because  she admitted Sam kissed her to Annalise.

Hannah goes to the precinct where she explains to Bryce that Annalise told her a different story about Sam’s affair with Lila and is curious what else she has lied about. Bryce enters a room and after noticing what is inside Hannah follows. On a board are pictures of Sam’s remains. Hannah says that she will testify against Annalise no matter what and wants the cops to search the house. Bonnie tells Annalise that Hannah told the cops that Annalise threatened Sam’s life giving probable cause to search the house. Bonnie and Asher go to the courthouse to refute, but they are unsuccessful.

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The Guilty Four watch as cops scour the premises. Connor’s paranoia makes him believe Annalise is framing them. Hannah arrives and scorns them about their decision to back Annalise. Annalise arrives and fights with Hannah. Annalise refers to herself as the mistress, Hannah seemed obsessed with her brother. ‘Incest is best?’ Uh what? Annalise, Bonnie and Frank watch as the cops scour the interior. They find something. It’s the scale from the statue. Oh no. Wait they just put it back. Phew. The last test is scouring the place for blood. Annalise stands at the top of the staircase, Bryce notices and asks the team to search at the bottom of the stairs. Frank calls Laurel, they found nothing. Frank and Annalise look at each other with relief, Bonnie looks on in suspicion.

Frank talks to Bonnie about Sam’s medical report. She reveals he was killed with blunt force trauma to the head and was also found with carpet fibres and traces of a wooded area. The Guilty Four continue to become increasingly paranoid. Connor and Michaela are pissed that Annalise isn’t focusing on their situation. Annalise hears and tells Connor to come into her office. She wants him to tell her how he feels. He explains she isn’t concerned about the situation, she counters by saying they are more alike than he thinks. The evening ends with Annalise calling Nate for some reassurance.

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Frank confronts Laurel who is freaking out about just sitting by. Frank lets slip that there is nothing else they can do. She freaks out even more. He tries to comfort her, but she doesn’t want that. ‘At least can I stand here? Comfort you that way.’ ‘Fine.’ Annalise watches as the news reports that the foliage on Sam’s body could help them find the site he was burned. The statue is placed on Annalise’s desk. It’s Bonnie. She confronts Annalise about Sam, she pieced everything together. Bonnie wants Annalise to stop avoiding the police and turn over the students in order to protect her own career. Annalise stands over a drink, remembering all the promises she made to the Guilty Four and then makes a phone call.

The cop shows up the following day with new evidence from the woods. She leaves with them and agrees to answer some questions. She explains the events of the evening again. The Guilty Four meet up, explain that Annalise was brought in because the cops found Michaela’s ring. Michaela starts to freak out. Cut back to Annalise, the ring found was Sam’s. Annalise gave Frank the ring to put in the woods! Only he stops at someone’s house to take their fingerprint and put it on the ring. BONNIE?! The cops arrive at the suspect’s house and it’s NATE who answers the door. They arrest him and the news spreads. The Guilty Four watch and are shocked that she gave up Nate to protect them. ‘She’s taking care of us.’ Annalise goes to her room and lays down to cry. She picks up the phone and calls someone, it’s her mum. ‘I need you.’ WHAT?! MAMA ANNALISE?!

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The case of the week follows an unrelated story where the nephew of Annalise’s client Lombardo is caught smuggling drugs in a shipping container by the FBI. Only thing is the shipment was the only one searched that evening leaving them to believe it wasn’t a random search. Throughout the case her client and the prosecuting attorney bring up Annalise’s personal case and how it might affect her judgment. Annalise tells them to ignore that and she’s going to do her job and that she does. Annalise is able to find a yard worker who was paid off by the FBI to frame the Lombardo family, helping drop all charges against her client. In class this week Annalise interrupts the substitute professor to teach a makeshift lesson on the Fifth Amendment. ‘When in doubt, shut your mouth.’ Wes also continues his research into the whereabouts of Rudy, the ex-tenant of his room. He asks the landlord who reveals Rudy was arrested after Rebecca called the cops on him, but after confronting Rebecca she is not very revealing and Wes weirdly accepts that.

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Source: ABC

So this episode was for the most part a rather slow-paced episode. It seems increasingly difficult to try and fuse the case of the week with the underlying mystery and getting rid of one of those aspects would completely change the dynamic of the show. Bonnie’s discovery of the situation was not as exciting as it was probably meant to be as we already knew everything she was finding out. The interaction between Hannah and Annalise is the best part of the second half of the season, showing a feud that goes well beyond the situation at hand. The Guilty Four are acting exactly as they should in a situation like this, but it is getting a bit annoying to be honest. Connor and Michaela just seem to whine and freak out all the time now, it doesn’t make for good characters that I want to see every week! Also, I do not understand why Wes trusts Rebecca. She has always seemed a bit out of it and with her closed off behaviour surrounding Rudy I would definitely not trust her, let alone sleep in the same bed. Cannot wait to see the woman who created the strength that is Annalise. BRING ON MAMA ANNALISE.

What questions did this episode answer:

  • Hannah is NOT a fan of Annalise and will do anything to get her arrested.
  • Hannah appears to have had some romantic attraction to her brother. Or at least that is what Annalise wants us to believe.
  • Bonnie learned about Sam’s murder.

What questions does this episode leave us with:

  • Why did Annalise use Nate as her scapegoat? Did she call him the night before to tell him her plan?
  • What is Hannah going to do now that Annalise’s boyfriend was arrested for the murder?
  • What is the relationship between Annalise and her mother?
  • Did Frank find Michaela’s ring in the forest when he planted Sam’s, or is it still out there just waiting to be found?
  • Will Annalise take Bonnie’s advice and save her career by throwing the Guilty Four under the bus?
  • Is Rebecca to blame for the disappearance for Rudy? Has she been the killer all along?!

What did you think of “She’s a Murderer”? 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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