How To Get Away With Murder Season 1 Review “Freakin’ Whack A Mole”

How To Get Away With Murder (ABC) Episode 6 Freakin' Whack-a-Mole (2)

I’ve been waiting for Asher’s flashback episode on How to Get Away with Murder, and it did not disappoint. First of all, the title “Freakin’ Whack A Mole” is already awesome. Matt McGorry did some fabulous dancing and serendipitous falling. The case of David Allen tug at the heartstrings in a way the Ryan Remini one last week did not. Wes convinced Rebecca to go back to Annalise based on some sneaky maneuvering by Frank. Viola Davis killed it yet again as Annalise in the courtroom. Oh, and Asher was sleeping with Bonnie the night of Sam Keating’s murder! Let’s get to it.

Gold Stars

Matt McGorry: He’s proved to be a valuable comedic sidekick so far and finally had the chance to shine in other ways this week. You think Annalise confronting Sam about Lila is hard? Asher confronting his dad about the David Allen case is just as bad. There is a sensitivity behind that bro attitude, and more importantly, a pride at the fact that he believed his father did things by the book. Asher saved him from the fall in his bargaining with Annalise, and it makes me want to see a follow-up conversation with his father now. Oh, dude finally got his trophy. And it looks like he keeps it for the next 5 weeks leading up to Sam’s murder.

Viola Davis: She added another potential Emmy/Golden Globe submitting scene with Annalise’s questioning of Senator Trucco. Damn, do not get in homegirl’s way when she’s on a roll. Then she had her breakdown in front of Sam saying “I need you.” Is there anything this woman can’t do?

Wes: I like him playing hardball with Annalise in regards to Rebecca’s case.

Nate: He seems to be a noble cop, and that is probably going to bite him in the ass later. For now though, he knows that Frank planted Lila’s phone in Griffin’s car.


Bonnie- I have a feeling that Bonnie’s rendezvous with Asher is less sincere than Frank’s feelings for Laurel. Her sleeping with Asher makes for a convincing alibi should she need one.

Where We Stand

In the present: It’s 5 weeks before Sam’s murder. Griffin is in hot water due to Annalise and Frank’s shenanigans (which Nate knows about). Rebecca has gone back to Annalise. Griffin did not know about Lila and Sam. Asher has the trophy. Laurel has told Frank she’s not into him. Wes looks really good shirtless.

Flash forwards: While at the murder scene, Michaela texts Asher saying she’s at the library to get him to leave. Annalise realizes that something terrible has happened to Sam as she stands in her house with the missing carpet. She relays these thoughts to Bonnie (who’s with Asher).

Favorite Quotes

“Someone’s having a brain fart.” This happens to me all the time Asher.

“Frank, you forgot your coffee.” The way Liza Weil said this just made me laugh.

“That’s the best thing I’ve seen in days.” Me too Connor. Me too.

“You like the new wallpaper?” Annalise has got jokes!