‘How to Get Away with Murder’ season 2, episode 11 review: Lila Stangard (and Philip) re-enter the conversation
Just when you think ghosts go away on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” they somehow find a way still to come back and become a significant part of the story.
Take, for instance, the final few minutes of Thursday night’s all-new episode. Frank finally admitted to someone that he killed Lila Stangard, even though it’s not entirely clear if he plans on explaining it even further than that. He made the admission to Laurel when the two hit a breaking point in their relationship, one brought on largely by the lies they continue to perpetuate and the secrets they have no interest in sharing.
For Frank, he said this almost as a last-ditch effort to save the relationship, just as Laurel admitted to some of what happened with Wes shooting Annalise. These are two very damaged people, but are they too damaged to be in a functional relationship? It’s a worthy question. We’re just happy Laurel is getting something rather substantial to do.
Elsewhere, allow us to sing the praises somewhat of the show crafting a unique way to reintroduce Philip, and that is through a video that may give away everything in terms of the students’ involvement in what happened the night of the shooting. Is it completely unrealistic? Maybe, since Philip would have really have to have been like a hawk to calculate almost everything. Still, it’s a nice twist and not something too over-the-top.
These two revelations help to compensate for what felt like a surprisingly standalone and not altogether exciting episode of the show, once that did not cover ground in the way in which we really wanted. While Wes may have been forced into getting some treatment for his problems, we’re not sure we’ve seen the payoff yet to have the story be worthwhile. Grade: B-.
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