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‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Episode 8 Recap: “He Has a Wife”

The team represents a mother who’s on trial for killing her family’s nanny while on heavy medication. Meanwhile, a shocking discovery is revealed in Lila’s case that could change everything for Rebecca and Bonnie’s loyalty to Annalise. In flashbacks, we learn more about Lila and Sam’s relationship.

How To Get Away With Murder has been building up to this moment all season long and we’re moments away from finding out what happened to Sam and how the Keating Five — plus Rebecca — are involved.

“He Has a Wife” begins with Rebecca (Katie Findlay) and Lila Stangard (Megan West) on a rooftop doing coke when Lila reveals that she’s been having an affair with a married man. As we all know by now, that man is Sam (Tom Verica), Annalise’s husband.

In the next scene, we pick up right where we left off in Episode 7 “He Deserved to Die,” with Bonnie (Liza Weil) telling Annalise (Viola Davis) about the second autopsy results — Lila was six weeks pregnant (and the baby daddy was undoubtedly Sam). Annalise confronts Sam about this new information, putting poor Bonnie in an uncomfortable situation when she orders her to stay as an eyewitness — in case Sam is lying to her. Sam says that he didn’t know Lila was pregnant. She asks if he knew she was a virgin and he avoids answering the question.

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The case of the week: Gretchen Thomas, a high-powered real estate agent, takes a prescription sleeping pill, which causes strange side effects such as online shopping, getting up in the middle of the night to have sex with her husband, etc. One night, however, Gretchen is shown on a home security video dragging her nanny’s dead body and cleaning up the mess. Annalise has taken on the case to prove Gretchen is innocent and was not in control of her actions.

Frank hits on Laurel while visiting Gretchen at her home. Gretchen doesn’t want to take the stand and would rather just go to jail, but Gretchen’s husband reminds her that she has a family to think about. Gretchen is heartbroken because she and the nanny were close and she wants to suffer the consequences of her actions, but Annalise talks her out of it, of course.

Michaela is annoyed that she’s being used as free labor because she would rather study. Connor (Jack Falahee) invites Wes (Alfred Enoch) and Laurel (Karla Souza) to be in a study group with him, promising Wes some free Adderall.

In her office, Annalise tells Wes about Lila being pregnant. The DA is going to do a DNA test on Griffin to determine whether or not he was the father. Annalise doesn’t want Wes to tell Rebecca because she might act out, but she’s willing to tell Wes because she’s “learned her lesson” about keeping secrets from him, referring to that time she didn’t tell Wes about Sam having an affair with Lila.

Of course, Wes immediately tells Rebecca. He doesn’t want Rebecca going to the police, but she sets up a meeting with Nate (Billy Brown) later that night and tells him about Lila’s pregnancy. Nate asks Rebecca to get a DNA sample from Sam — a piece of his hair — to prove that Sam fathered Lila’s baby.

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Flashback: Lila tells Rebecca that she lost her virginity and then Sam sends Lila a nude photo of himself to her phone — the same photo that Annalise recognized a while back.

Rebecca visit Sam at his office and tells him that she left her gloves there. After a few minutes of stalling, Sam tells her to leave.

The Keating Five question Gretchen’s mother, father, son, and daughter. On the stand, Gretchen’s son reveals that he was in love with the nanny and he was on his way to the nanny’s bedroom the night of her murder, which is what he had been doing almost every night. Michaela is arguing with her fiance on the phone about the pre-nup when Annalise comes out of the courtroom to berate Connor for not properly vetting Gretchen’s son. Bonnie tries to defend Connor but Annalise yells at her for being “mousy”.

Laurel gets the sexy photo of Frank (Charlie Weber) on her phone and goes out to meet him in his car for some sexy times.

Asher (Matt McGorry) tries to make Bonnie feel better about Annalise yelling at her earlier and asks if he can get out of working on the case early so he can go to the school bonfire — yeah, that bonfire. Bonnie tries to talk to Sam about the night of Lila’s murder when Annalise interrupts.

Sam tells Annalise about Rebecca coming to the house/office for a visit. Annalise is emotional about losing her case because all she can think about is Sam with Lila. Annalise thinks this is karma for having an affair with Sam when he was married to his first wife. Sam blames himself for the breakdown of their marriage to ease Annalise’s guilt.

Flashback: Lila is upset because Sam wants to end their affair. Lila: “Bad things happen when you have sex.” (Hint: She’s pregnant.) Rebecca stays to comfort Lila.

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Connor visits Gretchen’s son to talk about what he said on the stand. He tries to make up a story about how he had an affair with an older woman when he was 14 years old but Gretchen’s son already knows that Connor is gay. He tells him that he didn’t kill the nanny. Connor does find out that Gretchen’s son had an STD and Michaela recognizes the name, Trichomoniasis, because she was pre-med in undergrad.

Gretchen’s husband takes the stand and Annalise reveals to the court that he had the same STD as Gretchen’s son because he, too, was having an affair with the nanny. Conclusion: Gretchen’s husband killed the nanny in a crime of passion and tried to pin it on his wife.

Gretchen is upset with Annalise and yells at her for breaking up her family. Annalise says she’ll thank her one day.

On her way back to the house/office, Michaela asks Annalise about the trophy but a worn out Annalise doesn’t care about the trophy.

Meanwhile, Michaela’s future mother-in-law — Aiden’s mom — is waiting in Annalise’s living room for Michaela and the two women go out for dinner. Aiden’s mom tries to get Michaela to sign the pre-nup and threatens to cancel the wedding if she doesn’t, but Michaela holds her ground, saying she takes her commitment to Aiden very seriously and won’t sign the papers because she plans to be married to him for the rest of her life. Aiden’s mom: “You sign or I will make sure you go back to that nasty backwoods bayou swamp you came from, you stubborn bitch.” Enraged, Michaela goes in for a slap but Aiden’s mom catches her hand mid-air. She leaves with a scoff.

Laurel and Frank get hot and heavy at his apartment when they’re interrupted by the appearance of Frank’s girlfriend, Sasha. Sasha: “You must be the student of the month.” (Now we know why Laurel was upset with Frank the night of Sam’s murder.)

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Outside of Annalise’s house/office, Bonnie reveals to Sam that she met Lila the night of her murder but told her to leave. Lila had been crying that night, begging to speak to Annalise. Bonnie realizes that Sam had known about Lila’s pregnancy all along. Sam kisses Bonnie, saying he needs her now more than ever — meaning he wants Bonnie to keep this information to herself. Bonnie goes back to Annalise that night, anyway, and tearfully tells her about Sam kissing her and knowing about Lila’s pregnancy. Bonnie knows Sam kissed her to keep her quiet. A teary-eyed Annalise tells a teary-eyed Bonnie that she’s fired.

Rebecca and Nate meet up in his car where he gives her a flashdrive and when she gets out to download Sam’s cell phone information, Wes sees her — and Nate — from across the road. They argue back at Wes’ apartment about Rebecca going behind Wes’ back and meeting up with Nate — who Rebecca now knows is (was) Annalise’s boyfriend. Wes suspects Nate is working for Annalise. Upset, Rebecca storms out just as Connor arrives at the apartment for the study group session. Laurel, who’s been crying ever since finding out about Frank’s girlfriend, shows up a little later. Wes realizes Rebecca took the flashdrive and is heading back to Annalise’s home/office.

Meanwhile, Michaela goes to Asher’s place to steal the trophy.

When Sam arrives home, Annalise is waiting for him, finishing up a conversation with the DA. She tells Sam that she advised them to test every male in Lila’s life, including her teachers — that means Sam.

Final Thoughts

  • I really like Bonnie and I hope she doesn’t have anything to do with these murders, because I would like to see more from her. It’s Paris from Gilmore Girls, guys! How can you not love her?
  • Frank and Laurel bore me and they don’t bring anything to the table. I wish HTGAWM took its time developing all of these romantic relationships, because then maybe I would actually feel something when Laurel finds out that she’s Frank’s sidepiece. And isn’t she still dating Khan? That makes it doubly difficult to sympathize with her since technically Frank is her sidepiece.
  • I don’t care about Michaela’s mother-in-law drama, either, but that scene was pretty great. Any scene where a character is about to soap opera-style slap someone gets an A+ from me.
  • In conclusion, Frank, Laurel, and Michaela are the most useless characters on the show right now.
  • I’m in the minority of people who like Rebecca, but I do. I like her, and her actions made sense to me in this episode.
  • The case of the week was boring. Sure, they threw in an STD to spice it up a little, but it fell flat for me.
  • Next week is the mid-season finale and we’re finally going to find out who killed Sam. It’s about time.

Grade: C+