"Always Bet Black" is the 33rd episode of How to Get Away with Murder.


Annalise presents her class with a high-profile murder case that pushes even the Keating 5's morals, while Laurel makes a shocking discovery through an unlikely source.[2]


Flash Forward: Oliver is inside of Annalise’s clinic where he hooks the phone up to a computer. He is nervous and jittery. He hears footsteps and ducks behind a desk. An officer is seen walking passed the room. Oliver returns to the crime scene, and Bonnie catches him to make sure Oliver wiped the phone clean, as per Annalise’s instructions. She tells him that Annalise called her from prison, and she asks if he erased everything from the phone. He says yes, and the two of them move closer to the scene of the crime. Bonnie uses the excuse of being Annalise's lawyer, and she tries to get information about Annalise's charges. Oliver slips the phone onto the ground under the ambulance, making it look like the phone had been dropped by Annalise in the process of getting arrested. Soon-after, an official yells "We have another body. It has a pulse". We learn the there was another in the house when the fire ignited.

Notes and TriviaEdit


  • This episode scored 4.40 million viewers.
  • The episode takes place around six weeks before the Fire at the Keating House[3][4] which places it around September 18, 2015[5] as confirmed by an article by the Philadelphia Dispatch.[6] This puts the events of the episode occurring around 9 days after the end of the previous episode, "There Are Worse Things Than Murder".
  • On the bottom of the news article from the Philadelphia Dispatch, the date on the computer states that it is September 7, 2016 which is incorrect and is a goof.[6]
  • Aiden Walker is mentioned by the Keating 5 and he is revealed to be engaged to another girl.
  • Esai Morales is revealed to be portraying Jorge Castillo. He was formerly portrayed by José Zúñiga in "Best Christmas Ever". It is unknown why his role was recast.
  • Laurel Castillo mentions that her mother had a psychological episode and her father left her. He met his current wife, Elena Castillo a month later.
    • She also reveals that she was kidnapped when she was 16 years old, and that her father refused to pay the ransom because "the governor would not let him do anything."
  • Soraya Hargrove's computer states that the date is September 7, 2016. This is a filming error as the timeline suggests that the episode takes place in late September 2015.

Important EventsEdit

  • Frank Delfino and Laurel Castillo finally talk on the phone and he reveals to her that Annalise Keating sent someone to kill him.
  • In the flashforward, Oliver Hampton clears the data from Annalise's phone per her request before she was arrested.
  • Laurel visits her father's company in Florida. He offers Laurel a deal to which she initially rejects. She later accepts when he provides her with Frank's location.
    • Laurel lies to Annalise about Frank's location which is in Coalport, Pennsylvania.
  • Annalise slaps her current client in the face, Toby Solomon after he complicated his case.


  • When Connor, Oliver, Michaela and Asher have all been betting and winning for a while, Michaela declared that you ‘Always bet black.’ Asher then replied without thinking, “And I’ll never go back”. Michaela was not amused.

International TitlesEdit

  • French: "Les jeux sont faits" (Games are made)
  • Spanish: "Siempre apuesta al negro" (Always bet on black)


Song Artist Scene
"Irreversible" Miamigo Michaela continues to win big when Asher spots Oliver flirting with a guy and goes over to Connor to get him to intervene which he refuses to do; Asher hugs Connor before heading back to Michaela.
"Better" Soto Voce The guy Oliver was flirting with hits on Connor and reveals himself to be a bigot which Connor confronts him over; Oliver interprets Connor yelling at the guy he was flirting with as him intervening with him life; Asher reveals Michaela lost all the money; Bonnie watches Janie's mothers' video blogs.



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