How to Get Away With Murder Recap: If the Belt Won't Fit, You Must Acquit

TVLine | 10/11/2018 | Rebecca Iannucci
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Need to catch up? Read our previous How to Get Away With Murder recap here.

Thursday’s episode of How to Get Away With Murder was all about loopholes — literal and figurative.

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I have to assume that someone in the Murder writers’ room has a fascination with O.J. Simpson’s trial (or, at the very least, really loved Season 1 of American Crime Story), as the ABC drama gave a nod to Simpson’s court proceedings in its latest installment. Only this time, it wasn’t a glove that needed to fit the defendant; it was a belt.

Let’s recap what went down in the third hour of Season 5:

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CASE OF THE WEEK | As Emmett Crawford demanded in last week’s episode, Annalise joins the defense team for Niles Harrington, a big-shot CEO who is on trial for murdering his business partner, Andrew. Niles doesn’t seem to have a likable bone in his body, really. The jury seems to write him off as a killer from the start, thanks to his book, The Psychopath CEO, and the way he speaks to women like Annalise and Tegan (“Put on some heels and land a man.”) is just gross.

But Niles refuses to let his wife get locked up (…for something she did…), so Annalise and Emmett come up with a different, last-minute strategy. During her final day of questioning witnesses, Annalise — now knowing that the murder weapon was a woman’s belt, not a man’s — asks Niles’ wishy-washy secretary, Doris, to try on the belt that killed Andrew. The prosecution demands that Niles must try it on, too, and he does. The result? The belt is much too small for Niles’ waist, but it fits Doris like a… well, you know.


Elsewhere in the hour:

* After unearthing the security camera footage that appears to show a young Bonnie...
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