“How To Get Away With Murder” is the latest show from “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes’ production company, Shondaland. Much like those two shows (which conveniently air right before this one on ABC), “How To Get Away With Murder” is fast paced with intense drama and stellar performances. Check out what happened in the “How To Get Away With Murder” Season 1 premiere:
The episode started with a group of four college students and a body. It was a busy night of partying for the rest of the school, but these four were arguing about what to do with the body of someone they killed. Should they hide the body or the evidence? Eventually, the decided to flip a coin, and the episode flashed back to four months earlier.
“I don’t know what horrible things you’ve done in your life, but clearly your karma is out of balance to get assigned to my class,” Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) welcomed them.
Her class, titled “How To Get Away With Murder,” is notoriously tough. She immediately started asking questions about a murder case, but Wesley Gibbons (Alfred Enoch) had no idea what was going on. He had just got off the waitlist for Middleton University and didn’t receive Professor Keating’s email. Another student, Laurel (Karla Souza) answered his question, but their professor still wasn’t happy. Laurel took a learning opportunity away from Wesley.
One student asked for the final verdict of the murder case in question, and the students learned that this wasn’t a past case -- it was a present case. They were later able to interview Annalise’s client. The client, Gina (Andrea Syglowski), was being accused of poisoning the man she worked for and had an affair with. They each had to make a one-minute presentation for the best way to win the case. The assignment helped Annalise determine which four students would be best suited to work for her. The best student would also receive a trophy, which could be given back to Annalise when a student wanted to get out of an exam. The trophy is the same trophy the four students with the body were fighting about in the first scene.
Wesley didn’t have an easy time with the assignment. He was supposed to go last, and no two presentations could be alike. His new apartment didn’t help matters. His neighbor Rebecca (Katie Findlay) played loud music and his walls had strange claw marks.
In another flash forward, the four students were carrying the body out of Annalise’s house in a rug. A cop stopped them, but Michaela (Aja Naomi King) said that the professor asked them to take the rug to the bonfire. She offered to call the professor and noted that she was at her mother’s funeral, but the cop heard a ruckus from far away and let them go. He told them to watch out for all the crazies that were out tonight.
Back in the beginning of the semester, only a select few students made it through the presentations. All four students from the flash forwards—Wes, Michaela, Laurel and Connor (Jack Falahee)—made it through ... even though Wes made a strange argument for Stockholm syndrome.
At the courthouse the next day, Michaela came in late. When Annalise stopped her questioning to talk to her student, Michaela gave her exactly what she needed to help their client. She proved that the witness was colorblind and wouldn’t know what pill her husband took -- which was the focus of the case.
Wes went to Annalise’s house that night to tell her about an idea. He walked in when he realized the door was unlocked, but he found his professor hooking up with a man (Billy Brown) in her office. Annalise quickly composed herself and told him that his idea wasn’t any good and pushed him out of the house.
A flash forward showed the group in a van outside a convenience store. Christmas music played while the body was in the center of the car. Wesley bought a bunch of stuff at the convenience store so he didn’t look suspicious, but Connor’s creepy Christmas sing-a-long would’ve seemed suspicious to anyone.
Back in the beginning of the semester, Connor knew he had to step up like Michaela. He slept with a man in the IT department at the company Annalies's client worked at in order to get emails that the next witness sent. The witness asked the victim to step down and let him be CEO. Annalise now had sufficient evidence that this witness could have wanted to poison the victim.
Wes went to a cocktail party at school where he was introduced to a psychology professor, Sam Keating (Tom Verica). He was shocked to learn that he was Annalise’s husband since he was not the man he saw in her office the night before.
In another flash forward, Frank (Charlie Weber), one of Annalise’s assistants, called Laurel’s cell phone while the group was in the middle of the woods with the body. She ignored the call, but Michaela wanted to know why Frank was calling her.
During the case, Laurel went to Frank to tell him that she saw the wife and the mistress in the courthouse bathroom. She thought they teamed up for revenge. She realized that he already knew, but he didn’t care since they were defending the mistress.
Frank made it clear that he didn't care about her opinion. He told her, “We get a lot of you around here: smart, idealistic girls who come to law school to help the less fortunate only to take a corporate job after law school which they then quit the second they get pregnant because they’d rather stay home for the child, of course.”
At the cocktail party, Annalise cornered Wes in a room alone. She revealed that her marriage was under a lot of pressure because her husband wanted a baby. She thanked Wes for keeping her affair between them.
Meanwhile in the courtroom, it was actually the client, Gina, who nearly ruined the case. The opposing side had a surveillance tape of her buying aspirin -- which was a major part of the crime. She claimed it was for a headache, but Annalise was angry. She asked for anything that her team would need to bury and her client withheld this.
Annalise called a new witness to the stand: Detective Nate Leahy. Wes recognized him as the man that he found with Annalise. Though he wasn’t on duty the night the surveillance footage came in, Annalise asked if the department ever doctored footage before. He admitted that it happened in the past. That allowed her to win the case.
Connor won the trophy and a place with Annalise’s law firm. Michaela, Asher (Matt McGorry), Laurel and Wes were also given spots, despite her original claim that she would only take four students. She told the class that she allowed Wes because there was a heavy workload. However, Wes was concerned that he only got the job because he knew about his professor’s affair. She assured him that she wanted him there because he was fast on his feet.
At various times in the premiere, “How To Get Away With Murder” flashed to missing posters for Lila Stanguard (Megan West). At the end of the episode, her body was found in a water tank at a sorority house. Wesley’s neighbor Rebecca had been fighting with a man named Griffin (Lenny Platt) throughout the episode. When Lila’s death was on the news, Rebecca called Griffin in as they stated that Lila’s boyfriend’s was Griffin -- the star quarterback at the university.
Annalise and Sam watched the news report. She was a student of Sam’s. “I bet you the boyfriend did it,” Annalise said.
The final scene was another flash forward. Laurel, Wes, Michaela and Connor burned the body, and the audience finally saw a face. It was Sam Keating’s body.
“How To Get Away With Murder” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC. Will you keep watching the show? Sound off in the comments section below!