PODCAST! – Shark Jumpers Anonymous: “How to Get Away with Murder” (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Interviewer: Chief Couch Potato Kylie


Who:  “How to Get Away with Murder” is currently on hiatus but is a drama that airs on ABC, fall/winter Thursdays at 10:00 PM.

What: “How to Get Away with Murder,” a drama featuring Viola Davis (The Help) as a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, along with a select group of an elite five of her students chosen to be interns at her law firm, becomes entwined in a murder plot.


Annalise Keating (Davis) is a prominent criminal defense attorney and a law professor at Middleton University in Philadelphia. She selects five students to intern at her firm: Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch, the Harry Potter films), Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King), Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry), and Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza). They work with Annalise’s employees, Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber) and Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil), an associate lawyer.  All players become increasingly involved, peripherally or directly, in the primary murder plot of the season.

When: Season Four aired on ABC from September 28, 2017, to March 15, 2018.

Where: The action is set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below!

How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS

CPU! started reviewing, in podcast format, How to Get Away with Murder from the beginning!  To catch up on prior CPU! episodes or to wrap your ahead around the progress of this Shonda Rimes produced legal thriller to date, cop to our handy links below:

Season One

Season Two

Season Three

Unfortunately, coverage of How to Get Away with Murder on the podcast is about to go the way of the dodo.  The remaining panelists – Kristen, Krista, and Eddie – find themselves at a Fonzie-inspired crossroads: an inability and sheer lack of desire to proceed forward in watching this Shondaland mainstay.  As such, though they visited the Water Cooler in the past to talk about a show they once loved, and were even excited enough to rotate moderating duties among them, they now elected to continue a new interview-style feature on CPU! entitled “Shark Jumpers Anonymous,” in which panelists – and about to be former-panelists – explain why they are making leaps and bounds over predatory fish (or like trees and leaving).  Answering a script of questions, the panelists explain why they have stopped watching the show in question, namely HTGAWM.

If you love this show – never fear.  You can join CPU! as a panelist, for this and for other shows.  Scroll down to “Looking Ahead” for the details!

In the meantime, give this latest CPU! episode a listen and see if you agree or disagree with the panel’s spicy thoughts.  The interviews were recorded in April and in May 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of all seasons of HTGAWM. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly!  Next Wednesday, CPU! takes a First Look while Looking Back at a show that could have been eligible for another new feature in the works (“Canceled Corner”) but which was blessed with a surprising amount of interested panelists willing to talk about it – and to complain that it was canceled three years after the fact.  The show in question is Battle Creek, and the panelists convening at the Water Cooler have some surprisingly passionate opinions.  Stay tuned!

Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations

Lingering Questions

1) Will Laurel carry her baby to term?  Will we learn more about her father?

ANSWER (from Wikipedia): Laurel deduces that her father, Jorge Castillo, is responsible for Wes’ murder and hatches a scheme to steal incriminating evidence from his law firm with the help of Michaela, Oliver, Frank, and Asher. During the data heist, their classmate, Simon (Behzad Dabu), accidentally shoots himself with Laurel’s gun, leading to Asher’s arrest, and Laurel goes into premature labor after being accidentally struck by Frank. Annalise successfully saves the baby; however, Jorge claims custody of his grandchild by submitting evidence of Laurel’s past addictions and history of mental illness to a judge.

2) Will all of the remaining Keating 5 survive next season?

ANSWER: The Keating Four (minus Wes) live to get away with murder another season.

3) Will the show get better?  Will the show return to its roots?  Or, is it locked into its current style?

ANSWER: In answer to the first question, the panel says, “No!”  In answer to the second question, the panel says, “No!”  In answer to the third question, the panel says, “The style changes so much, we are struggling with the show and jumping the shark.”  More or less.

4) Will we ever see the characters in school again?  Will Connor continue to spiral out of control?

ANSWER: According to panelist Eddie, the characters, if they are seen in school, are only seen in Annalise’s class, which is a particular frustration for him and part of the reason why he was motivated to “jump the shark.” Without watching it, there does not seem to be any indication that Season Four focused particularly on the character of Connor or on his perceived deterioration much.


The remaining HTGAWM panelists previously rated the third season rather poorly, noting the writing to be unfocused and inconsistent in quality, the pace to be slow to the point of drudgery, and the characters to be making uncharacteristic choices, another symptom of possible writing struggles indicative of declining quality.  As a result, these same three panelists – notably the three who started the panel – previously contemplated “jumping the shark.”  In this episode, they render the contemplation a reality; in fact, one panelist could not bring herself to watch any of the fourth season, while the other two panelists at least gave continuing on with the series the old college try, though all eventually gave up in light of other, higher priority television offerings out there.  In fact, our departing panelists lauded an original storytelling format underlying a remarkable first season that was far superior to any of the seasons that followed, the successful cast performances, and the quality production elements.  Yet, as the panelists also note, the writers failed to deliver a story with some level of consistency, particularly in character development; the directors failed to deliver consistent pacing; and the show took a risk by killing off a major – and well-liked – character without providing a satisfactory set of circumstances and/or explanations for the “bold” choice.  As a result, no panelist is left standing as the show heads into Season 5…unless new panelists, including a new moderator, join.  Care to be one of them?


HTGAWM was renewed for a fifth season and is expected to return in fall 2018, though no premiere date has yet been announced.  Because the entire panel “jumped the shark,” CPU! will not return to the Water Cooler to discuss How to Get Away with Murder again….unless…

Dear Viewer/Listener:

Do you want CPU! to continue covering HTGAWM on the podcast?  If so, volunteer to be a panelist!  We are a podcast by the people for the people, or, for specifically the Couch Potatoes who wish to unite with us.  If you would like to join this panel (and bring a couple of friends, as we need at least three panelists to revive it, one of whom must willingly moderate the panel), message us via Facebook or Twitter, via our website (couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com), or via email at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com.  Where ever you may be in the world, we are able to connect with you – via video conferencing or phone conferencing – or, if you want to submit a written review of the show, send it along!  In the meantime, CPU! will maintain surface coverage of goings-on in HTGAWM’s universe, including reporting renewals or cancellations, until the series ends.  Stay tuned!


One comment

  1. kyliekeelee · May 24, 2018

    Reblogged this on Reel Musings.

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