The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Freakin’ Whack-a-Mole (SPOILERS)


Yay!  We finally got an episode about Asher.  And Asher’s storyline was far more emotional than I thought it would be.  Asher had to confront the man he trusted most in his life, his father.  This episode proved that Asher is not just an arrogant pretty boy.  He is complex and just puts up a goofy front.

I’m also impressed with Matt McGorry’s (who plays Asher) acting.  I’m used to McGorry as good boy Bennett from “Orange is the New Black,” not conceited Asher.  But I must say McGorry sells both characters, proving that he is a versatile actor.  I’m looking forward to seeing him in future TV and film roles.

“Freakin’ Whack-a-Mole” provided us with more information about Sam’s murder: 1) where Asher was during the crime scene, 2) that Annalise did not know about Sam’s murder, and 3) that Asher was the student with the trophy… could this mean that they’re framing him… and his alibi is that he was sleeping with Bonnie… dun dun DUN!  I love how “How to Get Away with Murder” makes me think as I try to unravel the mystery.

Annalise was pushed into another vulnerable state in “Freakin’ Whack-a-Mole.”  Sam confronted Annalise, wondering why she stayed with him.  “I need you,” she said and repeated those three words several times, finishing with, “I love you.”  Her eyes will filled with tears as she forced the words from her mouth.  First off, this scene provided an explanation for why the Keatings are still together.  Secondly, it made Annalise more relatable.  Many men and women stay in horrible relationships because they do love the person and depend on them.  Characters rarely admit something like this on TV, if ever.  I’m glad the creators are continuing to break those boundaries.

At the focus of “Freakin’ Whack-a-Mole” was the topic of race.  The case in this episode had to do with a man who was framed for his wife’s murder by a racist.  The topic is very relevant today.  And the creative team introduced the discussion of race flawlessly without shoving it down our throats.  Instead they illustrated it through the actors’ behaviors and reactions.

I’m still confused by Wes and Rebecca’s relationship/friendship.  I don’t understand why Wes is so interested in her.  I hope the writers provide more of an explanation in upcoming episodes.

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