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Simon Drake is a supporting character on How to Get Away with Murder. He was a law student at Middleton University who often clashes with the Keating 5.

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

When Simon was 4, he was sent over to the United States from Pakistan by his parents to live with his cousin for a while but never returned. He later went on to study Law and got a place at Middleton University's Law School. ("Nobody Roots for Goliath")

Season 3Edit

It's the start of his second year of law school at Middleton University, and Simon, along with other students were chosen to be a part of the Middleton Criminal Law Clinic run by Annalise Keating. While talking his seat in the class, he noticed the Keating 5 lirking on the stairway. He makes a comment about the fact that they are only in the class because of Annalise. The others dismiss his comment while Simon takes his seat. Just then, Annalise arrives and introduces the class and informs the class they will be responsible for their own clients and will be essentially practicing lawyers during the clinic. Simon, along with the other students in the class stare at the poster behind Annalise, with the caption "KILLER." After she takes the flyer down, she continues as if it has never happened. Annalise then introduces their first client, Karim Assaf and explains that everyone will have the change to present their ideas to her in order to get the first chair in court. After having a session with Karim himself, Simon was first to present his idea to Annalise in class which was to get Karim to apologize. Asher, however, mocks his idea. After everyone has presented their idea, Annalise names Wes as the first chair and Simon as second. In Immigration Court sometime later, Wes gives the opening statement, however, Michaela interrupts as she has a way in which they can win the case. Annalise then gives Simon's spot as the second chair to Michaela. Following the end of the trial, the judge rules against and Karim and has him deported. ("We're Good People Now")

While walking into class, Simon overhears the Keating 5 talking about the posters of Annalise with the caption "KILLER," and suggests that Annalise herself could be putting them up for attention. Wes calls his suggestion ridiculous. Annalise then starts the class and introduces their next client, Irene Crowley. Meanwhile, Oliver introduces himself to the class and Annalise tells the students that he will be their IT expert and to use him as they please. After letting the students have a one-on-one with Irene at the prison, Irene decided that Connor should be first chair as she connected with him more than the other students. During prep, Connor takes over the class and gives the other students jobs to do to help the case and Simon along with some other students throw balls of paper at his back as a joke. Overcoming his insecurity, Connor gives Simon and Natalie the job of getting more information from Irene at the prison; Annalise, however, stops them and reminds Connor that talking with Irene is his job as first chair. Following the parole hearing, Connor and Annalise manage to get the Commissioner Graves and Commissioner Monaghan to sympathize with Irene's situation and therefore get her released on parole. ("There Are Worse Things Than Murder")

Season 4Edit

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Oliver talking with Simon in his hospital room. ("The Day Before He Died")

Amidst the accident, Simon awoke from his coma in the hospital. Bonnie not long after called Annalise to tell her the news. Later, Simon then requests to see Oliver. Once he arrives at his room, Simon is reminded by detective Nicholls that he shouldn't sway Simon’s memories. Simon then looks at Oliver and smiles — all he wants to know, for now, is whether he came out to him. He doesn’t remember anything from the night of the shooting. Simon, at some point, then hires Tegan Price as his lawyer. She then prevents Oliver or any of Annalise's people from seeing Simon for his protection. Later, Simon then remembers something about that night - he can remember that Laurel was there. Tegan then arranges a meeting with the detective so that Simon can update the police. Later, Oliver goes back to the hospital, wearing a suit and pretending to be Tegan’s assistant in order to get into Simon's room. Oliver’s plan works, and he holds a cell phone up to Simon’s ear. Annalise is on the other end of the line explaining to Simon that his current plan will land him in jail. Instead, the new plan is for him to decline to give a statement and work with Annalise to get a visa as a whistleblower. Simon demands the files that they stole. When Tegan finally gets into Simon’s room, it is now Oliver free. But their plan worked — Simon fires Tegan and tells her he’s canceling his meeting with the detectives because he didn’t see Laurel there that night; he was confused. ("Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania", "The Day Before He Died")

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Simon being detained by I.C.E. ("Nobody Else Is Dying")

Worried about his deal, Simon persistently messages Oliver about his whistleblower deal. Later, Michaela and Oliver goes to visit Simon at the hospital. Simon keeps demanding to see Annalise, but Michaela stalls by saying Annalise is busy finalizing his deal with the feds. Simon also wants Oliver to leave, which he does. Michaela stays to keep an eye on him and also to buy time for the others to find the hard drive which was bargained to Simon. Simon notices that there is something wrong but Michaela dodges and tells him she’s visibly upset because of her breakup, but he sees through her and realizes they don’t have the files. He wants proof of them or he will go to the police and tell them the truth. Michaela threateningly tells him that would be a mistake. Later, Michaela goes to Annalise as she thinks that even if they give Simon what he wants, they will never be safe. She wants to call ICE but Annalise tells her not to. Not listening to Annalise, Michaela calls ICE anyway and leaves an anonymous tip. Simon was then carted off to a new facility managed by the Department of Homeland Security as a result. ("Nobody Else Is Dying")

TriviaEdit

  • Simon was the student who was responsible for putting the flyers up around the university about Annalise suggesting that she was a "killer." ("It's About Frank")
  • In season 5 he is mentioned to be either in a detention facility or deported back to Pakistan where Simon being gay could get him killed.

AppearancesEdit

Season 3
"We're Good People Now" "There Are Worse Things Than Murder" "Always Bet Black" "Don't Tell Annalise" "It's About Frank"
"Is Someone Really Dead?" "Call It Mother's Intuition" "No More Blood" "Who's Dead?" "We're Bad People"
"Not Everything's About Annalise" "Go Cry Somewhere Else" "It's War" "He Made a Terrible Mistake" "Wes"
Season 4
"I'm Going Away" "I'm Not Her" "It's for the Greater Good" "Was She Ever Good at Her Job?" "I Love Her"
"Stay Strong, Mama" "Nobody Roots for Goliath" "Live. Live. Live." "He's Dead" "Everything We Did Was For Nothing"
"He's a Bad Father" "Ask Him About Stella" "Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" "The Day Before He Died" "Nobody Else Is Dying"

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