Shondaland TGIT roundup: Week one

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Welcome to Shondaland! It seems super fun and hilarious on the outside, but on the inside were all dead, just like our favorite characters.

I’m just kidding! TGIT is an excellent experience in the world of television where Shondaland takes your sanity for a wild ride through hospitals, the white house, the court room and other fun unexpected places. Each week, I’ll be rounding up what happened on these shows, so join me on this magical quest. This fall we have Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder. Sorry to you Gladiators out there. Scandal will be back after a break! (You probably need it.)

This first week is long, but stick with me. We’ve got some recapping to do.

Grey’s Anatomy

Where we left off: Amelia ditches Owen at the altar but then returns and gets married, Ben gives an emergency c-section to April and saves both her and the baby, Jo admits to DeLuca that she’s still married, Alex punches DeLuca in the face, Arizona allows Callie to have shared custody of Sofia so she can move and finally, Maggie tells Meredith that she likes Riggs whom Meredith has just slept with.

The (exhausting) usual.

Season 13 begins with “Undo,” which is a great summary for how I feel about the deaths/disappearances of most the characters on this show, except for Izzie because she was rude as hell.

The episode opens to Amelia and Owen’s reception, and everyone is seemingly happy, but we know from experience that this is wrong. Grey’s Anatomy weddings are never happy.

Chief Weber and Meredith make a plan to fix the problem. It could've gone better. Photo courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes

Chief Webber and Meredith make a plan to fix the problem. It could’ve gone better. Photo courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes

This is soon proven by the fact that Riggs has zero interest in Maggie, and, oh also, Alex has sent DeLuca to the hospital. Meredith finds Alex and tells him to stick to “I slipped in the rain” to hide his bruised and bloody knuckles because that’s believable to a bunch of Ivy league-graduated doctors. Meanwhile, DeLuca is headed to the OR for surgery. His face is battered, his nose and clavicle are broken and his vision is on the line. A good start.

In another room, Kepner rests with her baby. Momma Avery is, per usual, nearby to hold little Harriet. You know, like Tubman and also the spy. Kepner says she doesn’t plan on using Avery as the last name. Later, Jackson confirms with his mom that they’ll hyphenate, and they all have a nice family sitcom laugh about how mother-in-laws are psychotic. This is a step forward for them.

When Wilson arrives at the hospital she immediately runs into Alex who blames the entire situation on her because “it’s not the way she was raised” and “I wanted to marry you, but I was asking for something you’re incapable of.” Presented with no comment from me because are you serious?

Edwards comes to find Wilson and demands the story out of her. She relays this to Meredith who forwards it to Alex. He wants to talk to DeLuca because he is the king of stupid ideas. Wilson gets to him first and apologizes, but then asks him to keep her secret, which he takes as the only reason she came in the first place. Alex walks in to apologize and DeLuca freaks out. This is a typical Alex situation. Do something wrong. Try to fix. Everything is on fire. Meredith helps.

Meredith decides to tell Bailey. The two then hunt down Alex only to find that he’s already turned himself in, an impressive and surprisingly humble move for our Dr. Karev. Maggie is mad because nobody told her, which is irrelevant and annoying. Meredith later apologizes at home over the bonds of sisterhood and promises to stop keeping secrets only before kicking Riggs out from in front of her house. Maggie does not (nor will she ever) realize that Meredith has one sister, and that sister is Christina Yang.

Ending the episode, Meredith visits Alex in jail to applaud him for doing the right, adult thing.

Next episode we have a trial of the doctors. If were taking sides here, it’s hard not to root for DeLuca. He was in an incriminating position yes, but their clothes were on, nothing happened and Alex once again grasped for the first thing he could – his anger. Time and time again Alex behaves immaturely based on assumptions, impulsivity and entitlement. Though he’s proven his ability to be a good friend to the Meredith Greys of the hospital, he still seems to lack a sense of firm responsibility and morality. His first response to Wilson is to attack her sensitive past, to make her feel as bad as possible. He aims to hurt – obviously – and I think I can speak for all of Seattle when I say, we’ve had enough.

The issue here will be with Wilson. If she testifies against Alex, she risks losing him forever. If she doesn’t, she is a liar and an accessory to assault. In someway, we know this will also bring up her past because that’s how Shonda Rhimes works. I imagine this won’t be the last fight for Dr. Karev, mentally or physically.

I’m not sure how Alex will make it out of this one, but thank goodness we have some experience with criminal defense am I right? (Ahem, keep reading, ahem.)

How to Get Away With Murder

Where we left off: Frank “technically” helped kill Annalise’s unborn baby. Sam made Frank kill Lila. Wes killed Sam. Bonnie killed Rebecca. Asher killed Emily Sinclair. Wes shot Annalise. Caleb Hapstall killed his parents. Someone killed Wes’ biological father. Michaela slept with two criminals. Frank is gone. Oliver deleted Connor’s Stanford acceptance. Laurel is sad and single.

Season three begins with “We’re Good People Now,” which is a great joke if you’re into that dark comedy sort of thing.

We start back where we left off with Wes’ biological dad, Mr. Mahoney, being shot in front of him. We find that Frank took him to see his dad and then disappeared after. Annalise tells Wes this is Frank making up for his mistakes. A vicious cycle, each episode and season produces another layer of guilt for why the K5 are where they are. They go scream in a forest to feel better. I may try this out.

Everything is fine. Just ask Wes. Photo courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes

Everything is fine. Just ask Wes. Photo courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes

Four months later school begins. Annalise is teaching a new class, a pro bono criminal law legal clinic where students will be the lawyers for cases if they rank high enough in the class. We find out this is allowed after the university decides she’s (reasonably) no longer apt to teach or lecture, but maybe research. As Annalise begins her introduction, she turns around to find an image of her on the board circled in red and labeled “KILLER.” These eventually end up all over campus.

The first case is to help an immigrant who was caught with two ounces of weed and charged with possession and intent to distribute. He served time, but risks deportation. After a day of pitching defense options, Wes and a very annoying student are chosen as chairs one and two. They will go on to lose after Michaela tests an idea about the client not getting enough pre-trial information, but it doesn’t work. Annalise suspected they would lose and brushes it off.

Back at home Annalise is keeping a throwaway phone in a jewelry box. Asking for updates from a stranger, the person says they have a lead. Could be Frank. Could be someone else. Bonnie eventually asks Annalise if Frank is dead, but she states that after all he has done she’d never let him turn her into a murderer. What this means is that she’s getting someone to do it for her. Annalise is the Godfather, Bonnie is her loyal consigliere, and the the K5, amongst others, are her faithful inside men.

We get summer updates from each of the Keating five. Laurel visits to discuss Frank. She pledges her allegiance to Annalise over him, but later tries to call him anyway with no answer. Asher asks for money as his dad is no longer around to support him. Annalise tells him to get a job, which he does. However, being an RA isn’t necessarily productive to trying to sleep with Michaela. Michaela has been drunk driving. Annalise tells Connor that Oliver asked for a job. He begs her not to hire him, which she later decides she must do anyways and then tells him about the Stanford letter. When Conor confronts Oliver, he forgives him and Oliver returns the favor by pulling the old ” I need to be punished for my mistakes and I need to find myself by myself.” This is a trash move only done by men whose names rhyme with cluckboy.

A stable group, to be sure.

We end with two very concerning scenes. First, Annalise goes back to the hidden phone and calls the number. The man has eyes on Frank and asks Annalise what to do. As she stalls, Frank grabs the dude by neck. Whoops.

And finally, we have our expected end scene, the one that we will build toward and get glimpses of (who can deny Shonda’s amazing use of foreshadow and plot build up?) Annalise rushes towards an ambulance in a crowd. A dead body under a sheet is taken away. When she sees the person, she screams hysterically and then turns to see her house ablaze.

The promo for next week says we won’t know who dies, but each week we find out one person who doesn’t. I can’t make inferences now, but I hope Shonda will go for the unobvious – Eve, Annalise’s mother, etc. I don’t want these people to die, but I do want something unpredictable.

If it’s Nate, you’ll never catch me watching television again. Curse you, Shonda, you beautiful, brilliant bastard.

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