On tonight’s episode, Annalise takes on a new client, Max St. Vincent (Steven Weber), a millionaire who is the key suspect in his wife’s brutal murder. All the clues point to St. Vincent as the killer, but Annalise challenges her students to prove he’s innocent and, knowing how Annalise works, this means it doesn't matter if it's the truth or not. While she is trying to win this case, Annalise deals with issues in her own home when her suspicions toward Sam involving Lila’s disappearance start to affect their marriage.Annalise takes her team to Maxwell's house where he shows them the bedroom his wife was killed in. The bed and the room are still covered in her blood. Maxwell asks for volunteers, so Connor willingly accepts. He throws Connor on the bed, and pretends to stab Connor sixteen times, demonstrating the prosecution's theory of how he killed is wife. Wait. Did he just confess to killing his wife? They head back to the office to work on an argument for Maxwell, and Annalise calls Wes in to her office and asks him if he is having second thoughts about joining her team. Wes reassures her that he wants to be there. To give him more responsibility, she sends him to the police station to ask for the supplemental arrest record. Wes easily gets the record and heads home, where he goes through it. He gets interrupted when his neighbor, Rebecca, asks to use his shower.
Wes and the other students are watching the news about the co-ed murder on campus. Wes notices that the prime subject is her boyfriend Griffin, the same man that he seen coming out of his neighbor Rebecca’s apartment. Annalise asks him if he was able to get the arrest record and he tells that he did read the record and found a discrepancy on the arrest report. One of the names on the report is of an officer that is being investigated. Annalise uses his findings to discredit the police on the scene of the crime. Nate, Annalise's boyfriend, shows up after court and warns her that she needs to lay off the police and stop making them all look like fools on the stand, or there is going to be fall back. He is still upset that she blackmailed him in her last court case and he warns her that if she calls him again he will tell her husband every dirty and nasty thing that he did to her.
forward: Wes, Michaela, Connor, and Laurel are all standing in the woods in the dark arguing over whether they leave the body of the man they murdered at the scene of the crime or try to dispose of it. After arguing in circles they, decide to flip a coin.
Fast forward:Wes heads into the gas station to pick up matches and oil to burn the body. As he is checking out he sees and buys a burner phone and calls someone and tells them that he got the others to “help him take care of it” and promises to protect them. When Annalise goes home, she goes through her husband’s phone for the name of the girl that was killed on campus, Lila Stangard. The only thing she finds are emails back and forth between the two about a paper she was writing for his class. In class the next day, Annalise teaches her students that you should always trust your character witness. They bring in Maxwell’s daughter Ellie and drill her with possible questions that the prosecution might ask. However, their case falls apart when the prosecution shares a death report from Switzerland, where Ellie’s mother and Maxwell’s first wife died. Ellie insists that her mother died in a car accident, but the death report reveals that she was murdered and stabbed with a hunting knife. After learning the real truth of her mother's death, Ellie screams at her dad in the lobby that he is a murderer and a liar, and storms out. Maxwell still maintains his innocence to Annalise, and she orders her students to get on the case ASAP and figure out who leaked the autopsy to the prosecution because she thinks that Maxwell is being framed. Everyone is back at the office working on the case when Annalise’s husband comes home. They begin to talk about how close he really was with Lila and Annalise screams at him in her office and asks him if he was “screwing the dead girl.” He reassures her that he wasn’t, but she argues that it has happened before, but he continues to say there was nothing going on between him and his student.
Everyone goes back to Maxwell’s house to think of a new argument to get Maxwell off. Laurel, the silent one who hasn't really said or done much so far, is the one that realizes that because Maxwell is a hunter he knows how to kill. On the stand, Maxwell confesses to killing his first wife in Sweden by stabbing her once in the jugular to put her out of her misery quickly and painlessly. Annalise then calls a medical examiner up on the stand, and she reveals that the two women were clearly killed by two different people. After deliberation, the verdict comes in, and the jury has decided that Maxwell is not guilty of the murder of his second wife.
Annalise heads home and her husband Sam has a romantic dinner laid out for her to celebrate her win in court. When he heads down to the cellar to get a bottle of wine Annalise goes through his phone again. She realizes that he has deleted all of his messages from Lila Stangard since the last time she went through his phone. She runs out the door and corners Nate in front of his house, she tells him that she has to talk to him about Lila’s case because she and Sam were too close. Annalise goes back home to Sam and while the two are having sex she flashes back to her conversation with Nate asking him to check Sam's alibi.
When Wes arrives at home he hears his neighbor Rebecca screaming, police drag her down the stairs in handcuffs. He goes into his apartment and remembers that she put something in his bathroom cabinets. When he checks he finds a phone, but there is a password lock on it. Is this about Lila?
forward: Wes leaves the gas station and rushes to a motel to see the person he was on the phone with and told that he would protect. Rebecca answers the door and he rushes in and kisses her.
Why Wes? Why?
In this week's episode we get a little deeper into the Lila disappearance as well as the Sam Keating murder. I for one was very disappointed to find out that Wes is not only helping Rebecca get rid of the body, but he is also pulling the other students into the mess. He may have to go on my list of characters that I tried to root for, but they were just too problematic.
In flash forwards, we go back to the night of the murder and learn that Wes might be hiding a few secrets of his own.