How To Get Away With Murder – Season 4 – Episode 8 – “Live, Live, Live”
The Winter Finale
We are at the office party at Caplan & Gold. Oliver receives a phone call and in a panic, he rushes through the crowd of co-workers, hops on the elevator to get to an office where Asher, Michaela and Laurel are waiting. He tells them that there’s a problem. Annalise knows everything. When no one reacts, he notices something on Laurel’s face, then he sees Michaela, blood spattered and shaking. As he gets closer, he looks down and starts screaming “Oh my God!!”.
Rewind. 24 hours prior to that, Connor and Oliver are heading to Laurel’s apartment. Connor is pissed. He now knows what everyone has been up to. Oliver tries to defend how he wasn’t bullied into going along with the plan. Before going into the apartment, Connor asks Oliver for his ring back. He gave it to him when he thought they were in a good place. When Laurel opens the door, Michaela wants to explain. Once inside, Connor asks if they are going to tie him up like they did Rebecca. Laurel says she hopes it doesn’t come to that.
When Annalise returns home, she finds Bonnie waiting at her door. Bonnie wants to tell her about what she did with Isaac, but Annalise tells her she already knows about it. The scene jumps back and forth from this to Isaac confronting his ex-wife Jacqueline about interfering with his patients.
Bonnie understands that what she did was part of their cycle of hurting each other because they love each other. Isaac lays into his ex-wife about how her interference could impede Annalise’s sobriety but Jacqueline is more concerned about his. Isaac says he hadn’t thought about using until that very moment. Bonnie tells Annalise it was her who got the Attorney General to put Isaac on the stand and it helped Annalise win.
Isaac thinks his ex may still be in love with him, which she firmly denies. Annalise just wants to be done with B0nnie. She says she’s afraid of Bonnie and the sick things she does. Jacqueline points out how disturbing it is that Isaac is so close to Annalise. Annalise tells Bonnie to go, one last time before she calls 911. Bonnie quips that Annalise will need her again someday, before she finally walks away.
We’re back at Laurels apartment and Connor threatens to tell Annalise what they’re all up to. He wants to protect them and doesn’t understand how Laurel could put her unborn baby in harm’s way. They continue to argue about framing Simon and going after Antares. Frank wants Connor to leave Annalise out of this, but Connor argues that he is nothing more than a momma’s boy who traded in one mommy (Annalise) for another (Laurel). Frank loses it and slams Connor against the door, choking him.
They get Frank to let go and Laurel reminds Connor of what he went through when he tried to save Wes, he accidentally broke his ribs in doing so. Jorge is the reason and now Connor has a chance to help put him behind bars by saying nothing. None of them are safe until they get Jorge. Annalise calls Connor back and he makes up some excuse for why he left her a message earlier. Everyone is relieved.
Back at Caplan & Gold, Tegan is nervous about the speech she has to give. After some friendly banter with Michaela and Asher (and their fake smiles), Michaela offers to hold her clutch purse but Tegan quickly points out the famous designer who made it and she’ll hold her own purse.
Connor tells Oliver they should call the whole thing off. Exasperated, Oliver doesn’t want to hear it. Connor dares him to scold him since he is the one who’s been lying for weeks. Oliver says Connor has been lying too. Connor counters that he only wanted to protect Oliver from the things his father said. Oliver says he did too. Simon walks up and not knowing what the two are arguing about, decides he’s on Team-Oliver for the hell of it. Simon goes onto make some snarky remark about Connor being around successful people and not being one himself.
Laurel is impatiently waiting in her apartment. Frank breaks into Simon’s apartment to plant evidence (the Antares files) on his computer and Annalise is at home, trying to work but is distracted and replaying her conversation with Bonnie, Isaac and Jacqueline. Laurel is now replaying Connor’s warning about her baby and being safe and Michaela’s angry words about whose fault it is on why Wes died. The playback is interrupted when Laurel’s phone rings. It’s an unknown caller.
Bonnie, upset, shows up at Nate’s with a bottle of wine to have their version of AA (Annalise Anonymous). While Isaac apologizes to Annalise and understands if she reports him, she assures him she won’t. She realizes how much he’d lose. She wants to continue her therapy sessions with him.
Simon has caught up with Oliver (coming out of the bathroom) and says he’s sorry for the dust-up with Connor earlier. He’s jealous of Connor, the privileged, boarding school gay guy who has everything but doesn’t deserve it, including Oliver. Oliver thinks Simon may be drunk. He says he’s not, he’s just sharing what he feels. Oliver then asks Simon if he’s gay. Simon says he doesn’t know but he likes Oliver a lot.
Feeling guilty, Oliver tells Connor, Asher and Michaela that they should call things off. Connor and Asher agree but Michaela reminds them that not only did Simon put up posters of Annalise all over campus, he taunts them daily, so no one is walking away. Laurel walks up and they all sigh. She had a feeling they would bail but she won’t let them. Wes never did.
Back in Isaac’s office, he tells Annalise that he can’t be her therapist moving forward. She asks why and lists off the possibilities. He says the fact that she knows personal details about his life is a major reason. Unwilling to accept his answer, she demands to know who can help her, if it’s not him. She says he helps her. As he walks toward her, her phone rings. She answers it outside in the hallway. It’s Connor. He tells her that Laurel’s father killed Wes and something is going down at Caplan and Gold. Annalise is stunned.
Bonnie offers Nate another glass of wine, he declines. She tells him that Frank is avoiding her. She wouldn’t be there if she had other friends. She also hasn’t told Frank about Isaac. Nate says all that matters is that she told Annalise. Bonnie, puzzled, asserts that he told her. Nate doesn’t know what she’s talking about. He assures her it wasn’t him. Bonnie, tearfully, wants to know how he got over Annalise. He states that when he does, he’ll let her know.
Tegan is about to give her speech. Before she does, Michaela advises her not to do so while holding her purse and citing that no male partner ever did. Reluctantly, Tegan hands it over and threatens to come after her if she loses it.
Michaela, discreetly, hands Asher Tegan’s keycard. They set their cellphone timers for 5 minutes. Asher quickly takes the card to Oliver and Laurel, then stands guard once they are in the computer room. Michaela nervously waits, checking her phone when Simon comes up beside her, asking what’s up? He knows something’s going on because when she’s nervous, she’s all teeth. As the clock ticks down, Oliver encounters a problem. The Antares files are split between multiple servers. They’ll have to download each of them.
With about a minute left, Michaela can no longer wait and leaves the party to find everyone. Oliver and Laurel exit the computer room and want to get the keycard back to Michaela. Asher says they need to plant it on Simon. Since Simon’s half-ass declaration earlier, Oliver should be the one to do it.
Oliver doesn’t want to deviate from the original plan but reluctantly gives in.
Laurel and Asher are on their way out when she receives a call from Annalise. While Oliver is looking for Simon, Connor calls, wondering where he is. He’s still at the party somewhere. Connor drops the bombshell that he told Annalise what was happening.
Annalise leaves a voicemail for Laurel. Isaac checks to see if everything is okay. She has to leave and does. We segue into an earlier scene of Oliver rushing to the elevator, finding Asher, Laurel and Michaela with blood on them. Oliver sees someone on the floor and screams “Oh my God!”
It’s Simon, lying in a pool of blood.