Pertaining to this week's episode...it was the best of times and the worst of times. It was an entertaining episode and Viola Davis shone as always. Annalise Keating's argument with her husband struck me as very real; she still had her wig off and at one point, Sam Keating had her pinned to their bed with his hand over her mouth. And here's where the writers reveal something I did not see coming and would have never guessed about Annalise Keating. Remember what I said about best of times/worst of times?
During the argument it all comes out - he was sleeping with Lila Stangard, who he claims was getting clingy and was "lost."
"Just like you found me. How you like your mistresses — weak and broken messes you just clean up," she says. Sam insists that Annalise was much more than a tawdry affair, but she quickly retorts "Tell that to your first wife." (Source)Oh, yeah. They went there.
And now we are back to the one big problem I've always had with Shonda Rhimes: her infuriating obsession with adulterous women.
This is the second time a major Black female character of hers has been outed as some white guy's side piece. True...Sam did divorce his first wife and marry Annalise, unlike a certain fictional president. But firstly, as we've established before, Sam and Annalise aren't prominent figures, at least not so prominent that their marriage could make or break their careers. Secondly, Sam went on screwing other women, this time much younger women, barely out of high school and childhood. Meanwhile, Annalise was screwing Detective Lahey for God only knows how long.
Which brings me to another thing: she's been cheating too. What were all those tears about? What's with the wounded quivering in her voice, the self-righteous fury? You stole him from another woman. You've been banging another dude in his house. To add injury to insult, this was like the third or fourth episode where Annalise goes to try to win Lahey back, and he shuts her down again. It's like, everywhere we look, Annalise is being rejected by men: her husband can't stay faithful, and her lover (who can't stay faithful to his own wife) doesn't want her back. Thus, the great woman is being brought down by men all around her...including Wes Gibbins who breaks into her house at the end of the episode to reveal he knows her husband's dirty little secret.
I know that news of Jake's arrest has finally reached Liv. I remember Fitz going to interrogate Jake himself, going so far as to pummel him for a confession which we know is less about his son and more about Olivia. Jake even laughs and calls him on it, describing what it's like to fuck Olivia. So while the "less classically beautiful" (*retch*) Annalise appears to have the problem of male rejection, (conveniently) lighter-skinned Liv has the problem of male possession.
Fitz and Jake put their hands on her body wherever they want whenever they want, despite her protests. The interrogation scene between the two made my stomach churn; Fitz was more concerned about punishing Jake for sleeping with Liv rather than finding the person who actually murdered his son.
And while I don't like Jake all that much anymore (I think he should've bowed out during Season 2 permanently), I was deeply annoyed that Liv let Cyrus, the Prez, and Daddy Pope all start to convince her that Jake killed Harrison and the President's son. Um, really Liv? Are you that desperate to find any excuse to dump Jake for the Prez that you'll start to believe that crock of shit? What motivation could Jake possibly have for killing Harrison? Or the President's son for that matter?
What the hell happened to the formidable Olivia Pope? We've haven't seen her in two seasons. She can't even handle her current case properly because she's got all these men fucking with her life, and this, ladies of the Club...this is The Number One problem with female-led shows and films in mainstream media in the 21st Century. Although we know female-led media can and will be successful, even female showrunners and writers have trouble with the male factor. They prop up these great female heroes, only to bring them down with men. Go watch Damages or Haven, for example. You'll see what I'm talking about.
Remember the good ole 1990s, when Xena and Buffy would just kill/pimp-slap the men who got in their way and have done with it? What happened?
On the (oddly) upside, the revelation that her son was murdered has roused Smelly Mellie from her drunken "food coma." She couldn't accept he died of natural causes, but once she learned his murder won them the White House, "Mellie" came back.
Also, Abby and Liv seemed to have reconciled, so we can expect another season of Olivia being edged out, except for when the writers summon her to service the President...or Jake, should he survive.