“How to Get Away With Murder” Season 1 Episode 4 “Let’s Get to Scooping” aired last Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on ABC. In this episode, Annelise Keating (Viola Davis) and her firm represented a long-time client, CEO Marren Trudeau (Elizabeth Perkins). During Rebecca Sutter’s (Katie Findlay) trial and investigation, they discovered that a part of her confession had been coerced. On the other hand, Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch) finally learned what was on Lila’s phone. In the flashbacks, Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) showed that he could not handle what they just did, as he almost has a breakdown while they got rid of the body. Read on to learn more about this episode.
Seven weeks before the murder of Sam Keating (Tom Verica), while Annelise Keating and her firm represented Rebecca Sutter, the firm took on the case of Marren Trudeau. The trade company owner was being charged with insider trading.
Before they went to pay Marren’s firm a visit, as Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) was worried and anxious about their upcoming Torts exam, Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber) and Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil), Annelise’s associates, bet that Michaela would be this year’s “shooting star.” As she did not know what that meant, she started becoming anxious about that as well.
The entire firm then paid a visit to Trudeau Securities. As they entered the office, they found stock brokers making deals, while several FBI Agents collected evidence for their case against Marren, much to her annoyance. The FBI agent then informed Annelise that Marren was being charged as she had “purchased stock from Edsen Pharmaceuticals in advance of a favorable FDA ruling,” which she had made because she had inside knowledge. This was proven by the fact that she and Elias Edsen, the CEO of Edsen Pharmaceuticals had a sex tape together.
Inside her office, Marren told Annelise that she was hacked, as the purchase had been made with her “unique log-in.” She then advised Annelise to look at her enemies outside of the firm, as people loved her because she treated them like family. She then told Annelise to make sure that they didn’t go to trial, which might cost her the entire firm. However, in order to do this, Annelise and her team would have to identify the culprit quickly and sent her interns to question Marren’s employees.
However, when Marren found out about it, she became upset and told Annelise to look outside the company and not at her people. Annelise was also upset as none of them had turned in any good evidence, and Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) was able to get permission to follow up on a lead.
He then went back to the company and slept with Paxton, Marren’s assistant, so that he could gain his trust. He bugged him so that he could record and listen to Paxton’s conversations. After they hooked up, Paxton answered a phone call and told the person not to worry, as they all thought that Marren had made the purchase. He brought this to Annelise and Marren. Annelise then told Marren that since he had been talking to someone within the building they needed to make him tell them who he had been talking to.
Upset that Pax had betrayed her, Marren stormed outside and promised that he would go to jail. Ashamed and sorry about what he had done, he deliberately fell out of the window and killed himself. Outside, Connor was frozen in shock, as he felt like Pax’s death was his fault. Frank then passed by Michaela and told her that she knew what a shooting star looked like.
Inside Annelise’s office, Marren told her that she blamed herself for Pax’s death, as she “shouldn’t have said those things.” However, Annelise reminded her that those who was working with were really the ones to blame.
In the living room, the entire team huddled together to figure out who the culprit was. According to the logs, Marren had made the purchase at 2:48 p.m. But at that time, she had been on a smoke break. Talia Lewis (Sarah Paxton), whom Michaela had interviewed, had logged out at 2:45 p.m., She tried to get Michaela buried in litigation paperwork so that she would stop looking within the company. They also noticed that Jimmy Wordshaw (Tony Elias), whom Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) had interviewed. Jimmy had logged out at 2:46 p.m. and logged back on at 2:57 p.m. She also remembered that he had smelled “like an ashtray.” Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry) then suggested that Jimmy had distracted Marren during her smoke break, while Talia made the purchase, and Paxton watched and made sure that no one saw her making the deal.
Annelise then used the extraordinary circumstances of Paxton’s death to get depositions on the testimonies of the employees. She then interrogated both Talia Lewis and Jimmy Wordshaw one after the other. She first asked some simple questions, to warm them up, then asked where they were during the time that the purchase was made. Both told her that they weren’t sure where they were at that time. Then she lied to get the truth out of them by telling them that the other had blamed the other and placed a thick stack of paper in front of them, saying that everything was in the deposition in front of them. Jimmy was arrested immediately after he confessed that it had been Talia’s idea and that she had convinced him and Paxton to join her. Talia was also arrested afterwards and was shocked to learn that the deposition in front of her was in reality a speech that Marren had wrote.
The entire episode was interspersed with details and scenes from the trial of Rebecca Sutter (Katie Findlay), which happened seven weeks before Sam Keating was murdered. At court, Annelise tried to get the judge to lessen the bail and not to base it on the written confession that had been submitted by District Attorney Parks (Alysia Reiner). She argued that since they were not able to view the videotaped confession, they would not be able to know whether or not Rebecca had been coerced to confess. However, the judge ruled in favor of the detective and set the bail at $1 million.
At the precinct, Bonnie Winterbottom and Annelise tried to get Rebecca to tell them everything that had happened to her so that they could really help her out. Rebecca then told them that she did not murder Lila and that the detectives forced her to confess to it. She said that she had done it because she had wanted to go home and because Wes was right, as he had told her that Griffin was going to pin the murder on her.
Because of this, Annelise told him that he was off the case. She then instructed Bonnie to “get creative” and to get her hands on the confession tape no matter what.
Bonnie, who had witnessed Detective Nate Lahee (Billy Brown) going through Sam Keating’s car, used that information against the sergeant in charge, as she claimed that Lahee was investigating Sam Keating as another suspect, which would put into question how the police investigated the case. Since the sergeant did not want it to be publicized, as Bonnie was threatening to go to press, she was able to get the videotaped confession. However, Lahee was actually looking at the GPS on Sam Keating’s car to double check what he knew. He was the only one there who knew that Sam, who was supposed to be in Yale the night Lila was killed, did not go to Yale at all.
Rebecca, in the tape, told them that Griffin had been on top of Lila and that she had been kicking and screaming, trying to get out of Griffin’s grasp. However, he put his hands around her neck. Then they noticed that at a certain portion of the tape, Rebecca had looked sideways before answering the questions, which said that she was sitting close enough to touch Lila’s body so that she could be further incriminated. This portion of the tape was not in the written confession, as that part seemed like it had been coerced. The judge ruled in favor of Rebecca and lowered the bail to $100,000, which meant that she could go home.
At the apartment, Wes finally confronted her about what was on Lila’s phone. Afterwards, he went directly to Annelise, gave the phone and showed her what was on it. He told her that he had waited for Rebecca to tell him what was on it so that he could earn her trust. He also informed her that no one else knew about it. Annelise then tasked him with being the one person that Rebecca could trust throughout the entire trial, which he accepted.
Upstairs, in her bedroom, Annelise took off her jewelry and makeup. As soon as Sam came in, she confronted him with Lila’s phone, as the phone had pictures of him on it.
The flashbacks for this episode concentrated mostly on Connor. After the murder of Sam Keating, Connor went inside Annelise’s house and told Michaela to get a hold of herself. Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) then pushed him aside and tried to pacify Michaela, by gently telling her that they had to leave, while Connor kept on telling them that Michaela would ruin everything for them. Rebecca and Wes assured him that Michaela would be fine, and Wes decided that they should get Michaela to the woods, while he got Rebecca out. However, they were all startled when Asher — he knew that Connor was there as his car was in the driveway — pounded on the door and demanded that Michaela give him back his trophy. Laurel then told everybody to get down on the floor until Asher left. Connor lay down beside Sam’s body and kept on repeating that they were in a lot of trouble.
While in the car, Connor started to go crazy again. He talked about how they would be easily caught as their DNA was all over the house, and the fibers from the carpet they wrapped Sam’s body with would be found in his car. When he turned on the radio, it started blasting out a Christmas song, to which he started singing with.
In the woods, Connor kept on talking as he crushed Sam’s body and bones. Michaela then told them that she wanted a break, but Connor told her off. He also told her to grab a shovel, and to start “scooping.”
The next day, at six in the morning, he went to his boyfriend, Oliver, and broke down in front of him, saying that he had “screwed up.”
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