HTGAWM: Annalise & Hargrove Team up Again

This week’s episode was somewhat… watchable. But there were a few highlights.  They are:

 

  1.  Poor Wes….  Even in death, Wes is getting screwed over.  It’s pretty rare for me to feel this emotionally attached to a character.  But with Wes gone, it feels like watching an entirely different, yet inferior show with the same actors.  They might as well find Wes’ ashes and spit on them.  Now there’s the possibility that Wes’ baby may not be Wes’ baby?!  What more are you going to do to Wes?!  This makes me so pissed off.  How could they do that to him?  Are we ever going to see Wes get real justice?  Does Laurel even care about the baby at all?  Killing Wes was the biggest mistake Nowalk and co. have ever made, and they know it.
  2. Annalise vs. Michaela.  I didn’t know how much I needed this confrontation until this episode.  Annalise is clearly a very damaged individual, but at least she’s honest about it.   My top moment of this episode was their last encounter at the elevator.  Michaela’s new boss offered Annalise a job offer.  This infuriated Michaela to no end.  So she confronted Annalise at the elevator as the latter was leaving.  Blah, blah, blah.  Michaela goes on about having a ‘real mentor for once’, telling Annalise not to ruin this for her.  That’s when our queen went in for the kill.  “You’re doing it again–looking for a mommy everywhere you go.  Me, Tegan, whatever woman you encounter next.  You want us all to be the mother yours never was.”  And she left Michaela stuttering, because she knows it’s true.
  3. Connor’s dads.  When Connor’s father showed up, I was convinced that he would be some sort of bully.  That he’d demand that Connor go back to law school or give back the tuition.  Surprisingly, none of that happened.  Jeff actually turned out to be a very nice guy, and so did Ted. Jeff was very proud of Connor for being the person he was.  Was is the operative word here.  Before he turned into the annoying mess he is now. He was obviously disappointed in Connor, but he did try to be supportive of him.  A lot of people also gave Jeff crap for saying that Oliver is wrong for him.  But he wasn’t wrong.  Connor clung to Oliver because of the stability he provides.  He spent most of the relationship lying to Oliver, and they’ve never properly dealt with their issues.  If not for Murder Night #1.  Or if they called 911 like they should’ve done, Connor wouldn’t be dealing this.  Plus, Wes would still be alive……
  4. Annalise & Hargrove.  I almost screamed at the screen when Annalise went back to Middleton.  Why would Annalise want to go back there?!  But thankfully, she went to Hargrove for a different kind of job.  Hargrove and her ex-husband are still in a bitter custody battle, with millions of dollars at stake.  Annalise is obviously happiest when she’s working.  And despite a few hiccups, she won Hargrove’s case.  Got her joint custody of the kids.  Does this mean that all is forgiven with Annalise and Soraya?  Maybe, maybe not…..

 

 

So there’s that.  I wish Annalise would move to an island far away from these brats….

 

HTGAWM: Annalise Still Can’t Catch a Break

htgawm-feat2111859018.jpgLast week, in the should’ve been season premiere of How to Get Away with Murder, Annalise finally came back!  After what felt like an eternity, Annalise was back in court and fighting hard, like she did in Season 1 & 2.  Her first client back was Jasmine Bromelle, her friend from prison.  She won the case, but it seemed to be all for naught in Annalise’s mind.  This week, poor Jasmine is found dead and Annalise had to identify the body.  Of course, Annalise pretended not to care.  You could tell she was very upset and Jasmine was important to her.  They were points in the scene with her therapist where I thought she would cry.  I liked Jasmine and I wish they didn’t kill her off.  Let her have the fresh start she was deprived of her whole life.  But you know what happens to interesting characters on this show……

 

Speaking of being deprived, we meet a man called Ben Carter.  He’s been in prison for 12 years for murdering his fiancee’.  Of course, he insists that he didn’t do it.  Annalise takes his case, and she gets part-time work with the Public Defender’s office.  In this case, she has to go up against Nate Lahey in one scene.  Nate was her on-again, off-again lover for 3 seasons.  Now they’re definitely off. He understandably hold a grudge against Annalise. In fact, he and Bonnie–who I never really cared for–convince Oliver to hack against Annalise. At first, Oliver is reluctant to do so, but snake Bonnie manipulated him into doing it. I don’t condone violence, but I wish Annalise kicked the crap out of annoying Bonnie.  The weird thing is what they said during their brief screaming match was true on both counts.  Bonnie’s emotions always got in the way, and except in one particular season 1 case, she’s proven to be a not-so-good lawyer.  And we know that Annalise has a big ego and can’t stand to fail.  I wish Nate hadn’t gotten in between then.

 

And then there’s the not-very-Keating group.  God, they are all so annoying. Spoiled, entitled brats who bitch about Annalise every chance they get.  I guess I have to include Oliver in this bunch.  Seeing all of their scenes, I find myself just missing Wes more and more.  At least, he was truly loyal and appreciative.  He could be whiny, but not like the others.  Frank pissed me off even more, calling Wes ‘the dead puppy’.  I wanted to smack him for saying that.

 

Well anyways.  Adding even more to the annoying pile, the group is pissed off at Connor for dropping out of law school.  That wasn’t too hard to guess.  Last week, it was pretty much confirmed that Connor never really wanted to be a lawyer to begin with.  He did it to please his dad, who’s apparently a hotshot lawyer himself.  They were all so unsupportive with their nagging and whining. Trying to force himself back into law school.  After everything they went through in the past 3 years, they should at least be empathetic to Connor’s plight.  Can anyone really blame him?  It’s Connor’s decision and they should respect it.  But I still wouldn’t call what the Not-so-Fantastic group a friendship.  More like a toxic waste dump, like Connor said.  Then a surprising development—we meet Connor’s dads.  I was under the impression that Connor’s dad was homophobic.  He certainly didn’t have nice things to say about his father.  I’m pretty sure that Connor’s father will try to force him back into law school.  It’ll probably work since Connor is kind of weak.

Annalise won her case, but I didn’t like how she did it.  Someone left a package for Annalise at her door.  She assumes it was Frank because he’s the only person who knows where she lives.  But Frank insists that it wasn’t him.  The package contained on old DVD that confirmed that Kym really did kill herself.  Annalise asks Frank to find out who sent the tape.  It was her boss, Miss Cross.  Annalise shouldn’t have showed that DVD in open court.  Why?  Because Ben’s daughter was there.  She had to watch a video of her mother killing herself!  I felt so sorry for her and Ben.  And Miss Cross.  She said that the lawyers, including herself, have up to 200 cases at a time.  200 cases?!  That would overwhelm a robot!  I almost didn’t blame her for spitting on Annalise.  I guess it’s safe to say they won’t be working together anymore.

Laurel finally came across a key piece of evidence in operation Justice for Wes.  She persuaded Frank to persuade Bonnie to get her a job at the DA’s office.  While there, she found out that her father landed in Philadelphia the night Wes was killed.  Dominick was likely on the flight with him.  Finally, it feels like she’s one step closer to getting her revenge.  But what’s going to happen to Wes and Laurel’s son?

 

All in all, a very watchable episode.  Not as good as last week’s episode, but definitely better than the season premiere.

 

Review for “Lies She Told”

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Synopsis:  A struggling author is working on her next novel.

 

Liza Cole used to be a successful author, but her last few books have not been well-received.  Her marriage is equally miserable, with her husband being obsessed with finding his missing friend and neglecting her.  Add the fact her struggles with infertility.  Poor Liza has a ton on her plate.  But her friend/editor gives her a chance to write another book.  He gives her a month to write it and send it out to the world.  Liza is up to the challenge.  How will everything turn out?

Our main character, Liza, was certainly interesting. She was very intelligent, ambitious, strong…and unpredictable. I morbidly enjoyed her story.  She gave new meaning to the term ‘unreliable narrator’.  The main character in Liza’s novel, Beth, can be described as her ‘mirror image’ in a lot of ways. Both women are unhappily married to emotionally distant men. And neither of them are ready to give up on these marriages. Both women are close to their moms.   Fertility issues, with different results.  They each deal with attractive men with accents whose names begins with the letter “T”.   Clearly, Liza gave Beth a daughter because she herself is desperate to have a family of her own.  Both women become darker and unpredictable as the story goes on.

Lies She Told kind of reminded me of the movie Nocturnal Animals.  The movie featured an author that tells a story within the story.  Kind of like…..this book. At first blush, the women seemed different enough.  But as the story goes on, despite the different fonts, it gets harder and harder to tell Liza and Beth apart.  It also feels like they’re the same person.  Trying to untangle this web gets harder and harder, but also more entertaining.  I just had to know what would happen next.  And what happened next was quite shocking.  Cate Holahan is an amazing writer, and I hope she writes more books in the future.  I’m sure she will.

The novel was kind of confusing to me at first, especially the end.  I still have no idea how to process everything that I read.  It was quick and enjoyable, but my overthinking mind may be turning molehills into mountains.  Plus, I didn’t entirely get Liza.  I guess that was the point.

Despite those slight issues, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lies She Told.  It was fun, interesting and unpredictable with some surprising twists.  I look forward to reading more books from the author, Cate Holahan.  I’d give it a 8.5 out of 10.  You can find it at your local bookstore.

 

 

 

 

HTGAWM: Thoughts on the Season Opener

These are just some notes about the start of season 4.  It wasn’t exactly great, to be honest.  But there were some interesting moments……

1.  The scene be Annalise and Desmond is pretty cute. There was nice chemistry, as there should be.   I liked Desmond, who was played Viola Davis’ real-life husband, Julius Tennon.  But I don’t expect Desmond to be around for long.  

2.  How can Laurel keep a straight face around her father?  The man is diabolical! How could he do that to his own child? Plus, how does she know that he’s involved in Wes’ murder?!  That was quite a shock!

3.  Those Keating brats were so annoying!  Ever since Sam died, they’ve been begging and pleading to be free of her.  Even if the opposite is actually true.  Her life would be (slightly) better if she hadn’t let these kids into her life.  Or if they actually did what she did what she said.   Well, anyways.  I don’t get why they were so upset.  They should’ve been happy.  Well, Connor was.  I guess nothing Annalise does will ever be good enough for those spoiled, entitled brats.

4.  I was surprised when she fired Bonnie, though.  But then again, look what happened in season 3B.  There were moments where I actually thought she wanted Annalise to stay in jail.

5.  I was even more surprised when Bonnie went for an interview with Annalise’s enemy, D.A. John Denver.  You know how much Annalise means to Bonnie.

6.  The void Wes left was very much there.  It just doesn’t feel the same without him.  Watching this week’s episode just made me miss him more.  😟
Maybe the season will get better……

“The Sinner”: Finally Some Answers

It’s been one mind-bending puzzle after the next for the past few weeks.  Now we finally have answers to some of the questions eating away at us.  And a few unexpected twists.  Cora finally starts to remember what happened on that horrible night.

 

  1.  It was Phoebe’s birthday.  The birthday girl begged her older sister to take her out.  Like always, Cora obliged.  Phoebe finally got to experience things for herself instead of living vicariously through Cora.
  2. J.D.’s an asshole, but you knew that already.  Didn’t you?
  3. God, Maddie is/was so weak!  That’s how J.D. likes his women.  Gag!
  4. Frankie isn’t the man in the mask, like I suspected earlier.  It wouldn’t make sense for him to be.  Both Phoebe and Cora saw him earlier that night.  It would make no sense for him to wear a mask. He seemed to actually be a good guy.  Phoebe gave her virginity to him that night.  It was one of the last things she did.  She likely died from a combination of a weak heart, lymphoma, drugs and alcohol.  Maybe her body couldn’t take it.
  5. Frankie still felt guilty for what happened to Phoebe all those years ago.  He recognized Cora because she was in the room with him.  Plus, he clearly knew that Cora and Phoebe were sisters.  So he let her kill him because he couldn’t handle the guilt anymore.
  6. Maddie and Phoebe are not the same person.  Well, not in actuality.  But somehow, Cora replaced Phoebe with Maddie in her mind to make her memories less painful.  She either repressed her memories to the nth degree…..
  7. …..or someone wanted to make sure that she couldn’t remember what happened that night.  Possibly a doctor in a creepy mask.  They pumped Cora full of memory-erasing drugs and held her captive.  They had to make sure she would forget.  We still don’t know who the other players are.  Clearly, J.D. was one of them.
  8. Cora isn’t a pathological liar, like earlier suspected.  She is an unreliable narrator because her memories are.  She remember things in pieces. Things that happened but not to her.  The story of her being run over by a car and losing her baby, for example.  It happened, but to Maddie instead.  I really feel sorry for Cora, and I hope she gets out of jail.

 

It’s a relief to finally have answers, but there are still so many questions.

  1.  Who was the man in the mask?  Was there even a man in the mask or just another ‘replacement’ in Cora’s head?
  2. Will Cora finally be released from jail?  Maybe she won’t, but…..
  3. Where is Maddie?  Is she even alive?
  4. Who was the woman in the woods?  It doesn’t make sense for it to be Phoebe because her parents loved her and hated Cora.  But they’re crazy, so….
  5. What will happen to Cora, Mason and their son?
  6. Who are the other players?  Have we met them before?
  7. DO any of Ambrose’s….proclivities have anything to do with this?  Is it further proof that he’s damaged too?
  8. What clues will we find out next week?

 

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Poor Cora…..

So this past episode of The Sinner was…..something, huh?

 

I feel sorry for Cora.  We know she killed Frankie in full view of dozens of witnesses.   Nobody can deny that, We know that she isn’t some cold-blooded murderer.  But with each episode, we’re actually surprised she hasn’t killed anyone sooner!  It seems like everyone in her life has abused her, insulted her, manipulated her or just make her feel so bad about herself.  Everyone except Mason and Ambrose, of course. It’s like the incident was a horrible, yet convenient outlet for all the rage she’s been building up inside her.  Is Frankie even involved in the country club incident?

 

At least one problem was solved–the death of J.D.  I never liked or trusted that man.  I don’t know if we were supposed to.  I think he was involved still, but his role was small.  At the end of last week’s episode, I was scared for Cora and their son.  I kept thinking, “Please don’t do it, Mason!  Think about Laine.”  So Mason didn’t kill J.D.  Any number of people could have.  It was probably another victim’s family member who did it.  Or one of his drug clients.  Mason is understandably sad.  He wants to help Cora, but doesn’t know how.  I don’t think he’s involved anymore.  I’ll be shocked if he is.

What proved to be most shocking was Phoebe.  We know that Mama Crazy was abusive and their father was pretty much worthless.  Now Phoebe is an abuser too?!  That scene was too much, so I skipped ahead.  No wonder Cora wanted to leave!  Her whole family is crazy.  Who could blame her?

After a relatively uneventful episode, we finally got somewhere.  Ambrose took Cora to the creepy country club to see if she could remember what happened.  The first trip yielded no result.  They went back at a later date, to what looked like a guest house or a shed.  Cora finally started to remember.

 

Then the end credits rolled.  Just great.

 

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