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!