“How to Get Away With Murder” Season 1 Episode 5 “We’re Not Friends” aired last Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on ABC. In this episode, the team defended a teenage boy who was on trial as he had killed his police officer father who drank and abused his mother. Meanwhile, Annelise Keating (Viola Davis) learned the truth about her husband’s relationship with Lila Stangard. Rebecca Sutter (Katie Findlay) and Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch) discovered a startling revelation about the man in the pictures on Lila’s phone. The flash forwards this week dealt heavily with Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) and her relationship with Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber), Annelise’s associate. Read on to learn more about this episode.
Six weeks before the murder, the entire team defended a teenager, Ryan Remini (Julian De La Celle). He was charged with murdering his police officer father when he tried to stop him from abusing his mother. Professor Annelise Keating took this opportunity to teach her class on how selecting the jury in an emotionally charged trial was important, especially in this case, as they had to fight to entire police force itself. Another big problem was that the police and the media had painted a picture of Ryan as a sociopath and a cop killer. Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza), who wanted to win this case for Ryan’s sake, kept a score card of all the jurors that had been selected and approved of. However, the team started to have problems even before the trial started. The prosecution filed a motion that removed the testimony of the mother, Sharon Remini (Amy Pietz) as evidence. They think that her testimony regarding her abuse could be fabricated in order to protect Ryan. Because of this, the judge ruled that anything, testimony or blog entries, that dealt with the abuse in question would not be allowed as evidence.
Back at the office, each of them was assigned a “pet juror” or two to watch so that they could tailor the defense based on the jury that they currently had. Annelise then ordered them to find a way to get one of the prosecution’s witnesses to mention Ryan’s blog. If they can put his blog and his entries regarding the abuse into evidence, they could get the abuse back in. Fortunately, they did. Laurel has found the disturbing lyrics Ryan had written for a song in the talent show that he had joined and that his English teacher, a witness, had mentioned on his blog.
At the legal aid office, Laurel asked her boyfriend, Kan (Arjun Gupta), for help. He mentioned jury nullification, but they both knew that it was illegal, especially if she informed the jury about it. She then confronted Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber), one of Annelise’s associates, about it. At that specific moment, Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) told them that he had been using a gay-dating application in order to get in touch with one of the juror’s, a lumberjack, who had just “outed himself." He posted a message that showed the judge that he had the bias against the defendant. Because of this, he was dismissed, and Laurel told them that they had half of the jury.
Sharon’s testimony of the abuse stirred the emotions of the jury members, especially when she told them that her husband had kicked her in the stomach to make sure that she would never have children again. She then told them that Ryan did not deserve to go to jail as he had just been protecting her from future abuse. However, the prosecution reminded them that during that night, there was no "imminent threat" on her life.
While they were waiting for a verdict after the closing remarks, Laurel decided to take matters into her own hands and left a printed copy about jury nullification on one of the juror’s seat. Frank caught Laurel and told Annelise what had happened. When he told her, he concealed the fact that Laurel had been the culprit. Annelise then ordered Frank to inform the District Attorney that the jury had been tampered with. Because of this, the judge declared it as a mistrial. When they got out of court, Annelise revealed that the District Attorney did not think of Ryan as a sociopath anymore after hearing the testimony regarding the abuse. In the end, he had decided to put the case under juvenile court. She then revealed that he was free to go. However, he was under probation, and he had to render some community service and go to counselling.
Afterwards, Laurel visited Frank. They argued about the fact that he did not tell Annelise that she had been the one who had tampered with the jury. She told him that she did not like the fact that she was known as “Frank’s girl” and the like. They ended up kissing passionately. However, she broke it off quickly as she had a boyfriend and went to Kan instead.
At the same time, they had the Ryan Remini trial. They also dealt with Rebecca Sutter’s (Katie Findlay) case. After Wes gave Annelise Lila’s cell phone, which contained pictures of Sam Keating’s (Tom Verica) male organ, Annelise confronted her husband about it. Sam then came clean and told her that he had been sleeping with Lila the entire summer. This left Lila to become confused, lost and persistent. He then reassured Annelise that he loved her and that he would have never harmed Lila. However, Annelise reminded him how he had hurt his first wife emotionally while he and Annelise were having an affair and threw him out of the bedroom. Downstairs, Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil), one of Annelise’s associates, heard the entire thing.
Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch) then became confused after Annelise informed him that she wasn’t sure if she was going to use the cell phone pictures as evidence, even if it would help Rebecca’s case. He later learned from Rebecca that Annelise had called her about it and told Wes that she was okay with it.
Later, Annelise, who had drunk a lot, showed up in front of her ex-boyfriend, Detective Nate Lahey (Billy Brown). He then revealed that he knew that she had gotten him fired as his boss had fired him for searching Sam Keating’s car. Annelise then realized that Bonnie had utilized this information to get Rebecca’s confession video, especially as Bonnie wanted to protect Sam. Nate then revealed that he had lied to Annelise and revealed that Sam had not been at Yale during the night Lila was murdered. She then found out that Sam had gone back to Philadelphia that night, as Lila had threatened to do herself some harm. However, when he got back, he couldn’t find or reach her, so he went back to New Haven.
As part of damage control and to find out if Rebecca knew that Lila was sleeping with him, she ordered Sam to perform a standard psychological evaluation test on her. He found out that Rebecca knew the man Lila had been sleeping with as “Mr. Darcy,” as it made her “sound smart,” and she thought that Mr. Darcy killed Lila. She also revealed that Lila had left her phone in her apartment, as Lila was done dealing drugs. Lila had been helping Rebecca deal as she wanted to have something thrilling in her life. However, after using the bathroom in Annelise’s house, she “skipped bail." She then told Wes that Sam and Annelise were in on it together and that he couldn’t trust Annelise. All he needed to do was to look at the bathroom wallpaper. He then went to Annelise’s bathroom, where a surprised Annelise found him. He then revealed that the picture on Lila’s phone had been taken in their bathroom, based on the wallpaper in the photo and that he knew that Sam was Mr. Darcy.
The flash forwards in this episode dealt heavily with Laurel. After the group brought the body out to the woods in the rug, after buying the materials needed to burn Sam’s body, Frank called Laurel all of a sudden. Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) asked why Frank was calling her, as she was afraid that Laurel had told Frank. Laurel then admitted that he was calling her as she had slept with him. She would not tell Michaela anything as they were not friends. Wes and Michaela encouraged her to take Frank’s call after he called her a second time. Her alibi could be established as he would hear the bonfire in the background. She then told him to stop calling her. She did not want to hear his excuses as she saw herself as one of his “student conquests." However, Frank insisted that he would do anything for her, but Laurel just hung up on him.
Michaela then discovered that her engagement ring was gone and started to panic. They began to get worried as they needed Michaela to give back the trophy to Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry). However, as she was not in the state to do so, Laurel told them that she would do it as she would figure out a way. She then went to Frank’s apartment and asked him if he would really do anything for her. She then brought out the trophy and asked for his help.
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