TV Club: Eve’s return fortifies an otherwise messy How To Get Away With Murder

How To Get Away With Murder still hasn’t found the right storytelling formula. It has complex, flawed, subversive characters, but it doesn’t always know what to do with them. The drawn-out Hapstall case last season lost its steam early on. So this season, the show returned to mixing self-contained cases of the week with the serialized narrative. And with only one real exception so far, the cases of the week formula just isn’t quite cutting it either.

In “Don’t Tell Annalise,” Bonnie and Asher run point on a case defending Tristan, a high school boy who stole credit cards in order to buy things for his unborn child. Things get messy when it turns out that the mother is one of Tristan’s teachers, who knew about his history of abuse at home and took advantage of him. Bonnie’s own history comes to the surface …

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