10.16.2016

Black Girls' Night Out: Annalise Keating (#HTGAWM #BGNO)


This episode barely had any Michaela in it, so we're not going to talk about her.

Okay, so remember the slap we all felt right down to our bones?  Since no good deed goes unpunished, Annalise Keating has to face the music for it in "Don't Tell Annalise".

In the university's desperation to get rid of Annalise, a board member leaks a video of the slap and in the middle of a trial, Annalise gets the news that her license has been suspended.  And here's where I've noticed a pattern with the writers.  In the first couple of seasons, we got the impression that Annalise is usually one step ahead of everyone.  Season 3 shows is this isn't always true.  In the episode with the slap, we see new a DA, a hot young sista who tells Annalise that after years of bad behavior, no one in that office is willing to give her deals anymore.  Annalise scoffs and blows it off, but we see her briefly panic as soon as she's out the door.

Granted, she finds a way to use that against the DA in court, but this is one of those rare moments in the series where we see Annalise truly caught off guard with no Plan B in place.  This week, the news about her license has her even more rattled, as we see her hit the bottle harder than usual.

Side note: what is with Shondaland and female leads who are side pieces and drink too much?  Meredith Grey spent the first few seasons of Grey's Anatomy nursing a bottle of tequila and stealing someone's else husband.  Olivia Pope became known for her signature wine glass which was bigger than her head while she couldn't keep her hands of the Prez.  And now we have Annalise, who took her dead husband from his first wife, and who apparently found a way to subsist entirely off vodka.  What gives?

Nate finally points out to Annalise that she's an alcoholic (to which she replies, "Of course").  Since that doesn't do it, Nate keeps going.  He says she drives men away, including Sam and Frank.  And I'm like really?  Wasn't Sam a perpetual philanderer incapable of being faithful to a woman?  And wasn't Frank indirectly responsible for the death of Annalise's child?  How is their douchery her fault?

Anyways, Annalise calls Nate a bitch and mocks him for constantly being so patient and accommodating.  She even dares him to hit her (he doesn't, thank the gods).  He leaves, and she promptly begins throwing out all the healthy food he ever bought her.

On the one hand, I like Nate as the live-in boyfriend who is patient and supportive.  He's constantly fixing things around her home and trying to keep her healthy.  It's great to see this big strong man play wifey, basically.  Nate is not a bad a guy; in a way he's quite honorable in that he seems to follow some sort of code.   But when you consider that we have a lot of useless, underwhelming characters running around on this show (looking at you, Wes, Laurel, and Frank), we don't really have time to watch Billy Brown play a glorified house-sitter.

Furthermore, Eve showed up in this episode, and viewers have noted that Annalise is a happier, lighter-hearted person around her.  So while I'm not sad to see Eve go (she's fallen in love with someone else and is moving to San Francisco), I think Annalise's next long-term love interest should be another woman, preferably a woman of color this time.  In fact, some people sense a possible attraction between recurring newcomer President Soraya Hargrove (Lauren Velez) and Annalise. I'm down with this pairing for multiple reasons.  1) LGBT representation.  2) Brown love.  3) We would have a really kick-ass power couple.  Because this was the first episode where Soraya's character revealed she ain't no pushover.  She can stand toe to toe with Annalise, get up in her face, and I bet she can slap just as hard.

Realizing the President will be no help in getting her license back (despite the illegal fuckery of the board member), Annalise does what Annalise does best.



And this is our ruthless, cold-blooded, manipulative Annalise Keating at her best. If she were always the woman with a plan, this show wouldn't be nearly as entertaining. Taking Nate's breakup speech and using it to get her license back is brilliant (and soooooo Annalise). Alcoholism is a disease, thus alcoholics are a protected class.

Though...it'll be interesting to see what happens when Annalise really has to start dealing with her drinking problem.

Oh and yes...we did just see Nate hooking up with the hot new DA.  That was quick!

4 comments:

  1. Here is my take on Nate. He feels guilty. His first wife was dying in the hospital while he was getting it on with Annalise. So now he is projecting the care he didn't give to her. I think he also wants to try and prevent Annalise from getting ill hence all the healthy food. He is trying to redo what happened to his first wife.

    Honestly I'm over all of the Keating 5. Its the same thing all over again. Though I LOVED seeing Esai Morales as Laurel's father. It would be nice if they focused an episode on each of them to see what got them to her class. We have heard bits and pieces, but not enough that I really care if they are there or not. I think if the body found in her house turns out to be one of them; I'm going to be more happy than sad.

    I would have loved to see a sibling (as you have stated-does she have them?) show up. Instead of Annalise in court trying to save herself; have a sibling (preferably Alfre Woodard) come save her. Someone who is just a ruthless as Annalise with their own skeletons in the closet.

    I don't see Annalise with anyone. Why? Because from what we have seen so far she doesn't do them unless for personal gain. She isn't going to stand for anyone male or female getting in her face. Annalise is #TeamAnnalise and no one else.

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    1. Here is my take on Nate. He feels guilty. His first wife was dying in the hospital while he was getting it on with Annalise. So now he is projecting the care he didn't give to her. I think he also wants to try and prevent Annalise from getting ill hence all the healthy food. He is trying to redo what happened to his first wife.

      You know, I wondered about that? Like, what is with Nate and sick women?

      I don't see Annalise with anyone. Why? Because from what we have seen so far she doesn't do them unless for personal gain. She isn't going to stand for anyone male or female getting in her face. Annalise is #TeamAnnalise and no one else.

      LOL - so I thought about this briefly when I saw her with Eve. She kept pushing Eve away, saying she's wasn't really a lesbian, but the moment Eve moved on you could see the wheels turning behind Annalise's eyes. We all know she strung that woman along in case she needed Eve for something down the line.

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    2. As for Nate some people will purposely pick people they can help. They want to feel needed. I don't think that is why he was with his wife. I mean she got sick (we assume) after they were married. But I do think it has affected him. I'm confused about the thing with him and the new lawyer though.


      Annalise has lost both Nate and Eve; two people that could actually help her. Nate could warn her of what the police was planning while Eve was a top lawyer. The students are just students and Bonnie is just an assistant.

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  2. Theories:

    President Hargrove is the one posting all the fliers. Why? Because she is someone Annalise crossed in the past. What better way to watch her squirm then pretending to be her friend.

    After re-watching that episode and listening to Annalise tell Eve the only thing left of value is the house; I wonder if she torched it for the insurance money. And I wonder if Eve could have still be in the house when she did it.

    Whose baby is Laurel carrying? I can't remember if her and Wes slept together or not. I know they kissed.

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