The Keating Five are back with the top mean girl herself, professor Annalise Keating (played by Viola Davis) in the ABC hit How to Get Away With Murder.
Now, don’t get mad at me for calling her a mean girl. She’s only mean if you get in her way, mess with her clients or mess with her—which means that she’s mean pretty much all the time.
Every episode of this award-winning show packs in the drama, and this season’s premiere was no exception. Here are the top “Oh, no, she didn’t” moments, in no particular order:
- When Wes and Annalise howled at the moon like a pack of wolves: He was grieving his father. She was grieving her son. Their raw and primal howls soothed their wounds and bonded them together again; her prodigal son returned. Iyanla wasn’t there to fix it, but mama Annalise was.
- When Annalise told Wes a tall tale that Frank is the one who killed his father, Wallace, because Frank wanted to make up for the fact that Wallace (and Frank) was responsible for the death of Annalise’s son. According to Annalise, Frank took Wes to meet his father, just so Wes could watch him die. Makes perfect sense.
- “You look like a streetwalker”: That’s what Annalise told Michaela when she picked her up on the side of the road after Michaela was stopped by the police for drunk driving. Embarrassed and enraged, Michaela yelled, “I’m not normal anymore,” blaming Annalise for her drinking and inability to cope with life after murder. “You were never normal,” Annalise retorted. Case closed. Now get in my car.
- When rich-boy Asher, who’s been cut off from his family, asked Annalise (a black woman who rose from near poverty to a successful law career) for a loan, she threw three pieces of advice at him: Get. A. Job. #NotSorry.
- When Annalise caused crazy-in-love Connor and Oliver to break up. Connor asked Annalise to keep Oliver away from the firm, and Annalise agreed … until Oliver asked to be their hacker-in-residence and confessed to covering up Connor’s admissions to Stanford. Annalise betrayed them both by ratting out Oliver to Connor and then hiring him. How did the split happen? When Oliver gave Connor the “It’s not you, it’s me” speech … kinda. It went something like: It’s not me. It’s not you. It’s just that I’m worse now because of you. I lie. I hack. I cover up. I love you, but I hate who I am with you. Ouch. Sorry, Oliver.
- Annalise demands Laurel’s unwavering devotion. “There’s no gray area,” Annalise warns Laurel. “It’s [Frank] or it’s me.” Laurel assure here, “He’s dead to me,” only to be seen leaving a voicemail for Frank minutes later. I guess her cellphone conducts séances? Sprint has a ghost-calling-plan with unlimited nights and weekends?
- Intent on getting revenge for the loss of her son, Annalise hires a hit man to bring it to Frank—but not before Frank hits him first.
- When Annalise begs to teach one class—a legal clinic—to try to redeem herself in order to avoid a demotion. A flashback shows the new president of Middleton University (a black woman) telling Annalise that they are transitioning her from teaching law to a research position because the Keating Five, who typically rank in the top 10 percent of their class, ranked in the bottom 10 percent the prior school year. Or maybe it’s because the campus is covered with fliers with Annalise’s picture and the word “Killer” underneath. Either way, Annalise is on a very short leash with a lot to prove.
- When the episode ends with her house in flames and a dead body in the ambulance, we see Annalise bent over in grief, wailing like an alley cat who lost the fight.
Two questions: 1. Who died? 2. Do we need to call mama Ophelia?