|Tell me I'm not beautiful. Say it. |
I dare you.
How is this episode just the fourth one of the season? We had a maniacal hacking up of a corpse, a high-rise suicide, a ground-breaking gay sex scene, and Viola Davis taking off her wig and make-up on air. Oh, and a philandering husband’s sexting. If that doesn’t sound like a season finale’s worth of cliffhangers, I don’t know what does. (Source)Couldn't have said it better myself.
This is the episode everyone can't stop talking about, and precisely for the aforementioned reasons. The "wig scene" is historic, for in moment of vulnerability, Annalise Keating removed her
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That the simple, wordless wig scene is considered historic and earth-shaking in 2014 provides a sad, sad commentary on the state of our society.
The wig scene comes after another powerful yet noticeably unsung scene in this episode. Annalise's client, Marren Trudeau (Elizabeth Perkins) is charged with insider and training, and over the course of the episode, it's revealed the two women are old friends who've known each other for decades. Marren points something out: Annalise has been with Marren through it all - divorces, lawsuits, and and an assortment of other messes - and yet Marren knows absolutely nothing about Annalise. And it's apparently not for a lack of trying, because the enigmatic Annalise smoothly avoids having a "deep" talk with Marren.
The thing Marren doesn't realize is that knowing things about Annalise isn't the same as understanding them. Like...why stay married to Sam Keating for 20 years? What is that about? As Lor pointed out on a previous post, these are professors, not politicians. No one gives a fuck whom they're sleeping with, or whether or not they stay married. Of the two, Annalise is the relevant one and as much as we love her, a defense attorney/professor's married life is not that important to the outside world. In fact, I'm pretty sure that had Sam Keating lived long enough for Annalise to divorce him, not only would no one on the show bat an eyelash, but I'm pretty sure several characters would've asked her what the hell took so long.
But at least they've got a storyline. Michaela's suddenly gone back to being the snarky Prom Queen with test anxiety and a tort obsession. I hope they don't think that giving her a sex scene and a sexually ambiguous fiance is a storyline. We've seen classmate Laurel Castillo with Kan (Arjun Gupta) more than once, and we know she's got something going with Frank too. We've seen Connor Walsh with Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) almost regularly, as well as his steamy tryst with the tragic Paxton. And we're seeing and learning about a whole lot of Wes Gibbins - where he lives, whom he obsesses over, how he forges - in short, we're learning about the others rather quickly.
Meanwhile, I'm starting to get the feeling the writers aren't entirely sure where to go with Michaela, and we all know what happens when that bullshit starts. Tomorrow's episode better get to rectifying. Michaela's episode dropped a bomb on her with zero follow-up last week. Not even snarkfest with Connor.