06x15 - Stay

Episode transcripts for the TV show "How to Get Away with m*rder". Aired: September 2014 to May 2020.
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06x15 - Stay

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Previously on "How to Get Away With m*rder"...

Testify against Birkhead in court.

Everything I've said on the stand here has been a lie.

- I negotiated a new deal.

- What do you want?

Hannah agrees to be a witness for Annalise at the trial.


she and Sam had a baby.

A boy.

I just got off the phone with Floyd.

Birkhead did it.

Or Frank.

Get down!

Request backup!

All units!

What's going on, Celestine?

We don't know yet, Mama.

- Anna Mae's out there with those reporters!

- Everyone on the floor now!


Where's my baby?!

- Hey!

Please tell me!

- No.

Is she hurt?!

_ - I begged you not to tell Frank.

- _ Or do you just love kicking me when I'm down?

Annalise, this was the Governor.

She heard Hannah was about to name her in court...

And now Hannah can't do that, can she?

I'm just trying to reason our way through this.

We're dealing with animals here.

Reason means nothing to them.

You can still win this.

Not if I can't prove conspiracy.

So we'll work on that.

Or I just jump off this balcony and join Hannah in Hell.

You gotta find Frank.

Police think su1c1de.

Listen, I have to get all her files at the office.

Yeah, okay.


Love you, too.

Don't move.

I just want to talk.


My mother.

Is Frank here?


Bonnie, Christopher's asleep.


What's going on?

I just screwed up.

You know, I always hoped you two would end up together.

So you don't hate yourself so much for abandoning him?


I never wanted to need him.

'Cause I don't know if he can take it.

He says he can...


If anyone can make him happy, it's gonna be you.

You're the one who kept us together, Bonnie.

We pretended like it was Annalise, but it was always you who kept us safe.

I just wanted a family.

Me too.


Castillo, during the times that you were speaking with your daughter, Laurel, how would you categorize your relationship with her?



Did you ever catch your daughter lying to you?

Of course.

When she was 14, she lied about using cocaine...

Behavior while a minor is improper character evidence, Judge.


Let's, um, move on to Governor Birkhead.


Castillo, have you ever met - or spoken with the Governor?

- No.

Have you ever contacted the Governor or anyone associated with her to enact ill will against Ms.


Absolutely not.

And do you believe any of the allegations that say the Governor was involved in your son Xavier's death?

- No.

- Why?

I've made a lot of money in my life...

enemies, too...

so I can think of a long list of people who would have wanted to see my son d*ad.


Castillo, one of the theories Ms.

Keating has put forth is that the FBI is part of this conspiracy against her.

Have you been in contact with the FBI about this?


The FBI's who put me in jail based on misinformation from an informant.

- That's her sitting right behind Ms.


- Objection!

- Mr.

Castillo, do not address the gallery.

- Those two women are conspiring against me.

I'm censuring the witness.

Jury, disregard the last part of his testimony.


Lennox, meet me in my chambers.


He's a sociopath.

The Governor probably bribed him with a pardon.

Or your dad didn't want to be the next one k*lled.

Well, he is gonna be now.

I just have to figure out how.

Don't you see the irony here?

Laurel's mad at her father because he lied on the stand, and we all did the same thing.

Connor, don't do this again.

- Do what?

- Maybe one of us needs to tell the truth.

- The real truth.

- That'll fix nothing.

And my sentence will be even longer.

It's also the right thing to do.

No more lies, no more guilt about the lies.

I told you, I don't have any guilt.

Then you're a sociopath.

And you've always been one.

Yeah, well, I'm not, and you love me, so that means not sending yourself to prison for even longer than five years.

Or sending Oliver to prison 'cause you voided his immunity.


Say you're kidding.

'Course I am.

Ha ha.

I'm gonna take a nap.

I've got more bad news.

There's a rumor Lennox has a surprise witness on deck.

I'm thinking Gabriel.

Or Frank.

Bonnie can't find him.

Maybe he's out negotiating his own deal.


Frank is ride or die for you, Annalise.

- Just like Bonnie, just like me.

- Why?


What's the opposite of Midas Touch?

Because that's my gift, of turning everything around me into ass.

I'm sorry.

I get it.

This is a very stressful situation.

Yeah, but me having tantrums doesn't help.

That is also true.

And the main reason I don't want children.


The witness is Wes.

He wrote a confession, he hid it in a safe deposit box...

Let's not jump to conclusions.


I'll see what I can find out.

Get down!

Get down!

Is my baby hurt?

Please tell me!

- Mama, no!

- Is she hurt?!

- No.


- Please tell me!


Drive right now!

In case you weren't kidding earlier and want to tell the real truth just to get back at me, you should know Solomon made my deal iron-clad.

You're not gonna be able to live with yourself, Michaela.

I know you say you will, but it's gonna eat away at you.

It's not.

You can't know that.

I already went to prison, Connor.

It's called my childhood.

No one ever taught me how to do my hair, wash myself, or read.

I ate bait once because my father forgot to feed me.

My uncle showed his affection by putting cigarettes out on my skin.

I can tell you a hundred stories like that, or worse, but...

I don't want to, because I worked really hard to...

forget and get out and become the damn miracle that I am.

So no.

I'm not gonna choose to suffer, if I don't have to.

I've suffered enough.

I went to Hannah's safe deposit box.

I got a copy of her passport, the will.

What else you got?

That's all there is.

Hey, look, my attorney's on notice, okay?

If I'm not back in the office in 20 minutes, he's gonna call the police, he's gonna give them your name.

You found out my name?

That means there's more papers listing me as Hannah's kid.

Which means I have to make your wife and kids sad and k*ll you for lying to me.


Please, no.


Thank you for being here, Governor.

You say that like I have a choice.

Well, let's not keep you too long, then.

Did you order the death of Nathaniel Lahey Sr.?


Do you know if Xavier Castillo ordered the death?

Yes, because that guard named him during the Civil Suit.

Did you know Xavier Castillo?

No, nor have I ever met or spoken to him.

Do you know his father, Jorge?


Governor, did you ever coordinate with any member of the Castillo family or the FBI to exact revenge on Ms.

Keating for defeating you in a Supreme Court case?


You weren't protecting your re-election?

No, because I plan to win my election by convincing the public I'm the best person for the job.

The way not to do that is to commit a series of violent m*rder.

That's more Ms.

Keating's fallback.


Censure the witness.


My apologies.

No further questions.

Swear it wasn't you.

Why would I k*ll Hannah?

Why do you do anything, Frank?

You know what you never get?

Is that you're it for me.

You got me out of the pound.

And sure, I mess up, but all I want to do now is make you happy.


That's never been your job.

It was Sam's.

And he's who I'd k*ll right now.

He knew who I was, and he used it against me, made me think I was sick.

That's because you reminded him of how sick he was.

No more hating yourself.

What's that?

You found out my name?

That means there are more papers listing me as Hannah's kid.

Which means I have to make your wife and kids sad and k*ll you for lying to me.


Please, no.



It's not papers.

It's a flash drive.

How you're gonna win.

Governor, when I b*at you at the Supreme Court with my class action, were you upset?

More disappointed.

Because of the damage to your political career?

To the taxpayer.

Your victory cost the state millions.

Money well spent if it saved thousands of poor people from unjust convictions.


This speaks to the defense's theory of motive.


Do you know Xavier Castillo?

As I stated earlier, no.

What about Hannah Keating?

I don't know who that is.

She's my deceased husband's sister.


- You don't know her?

- I do not.

And yet, Hannah Keating recorded herself on a phone call to Xavier Castillo saying this...

I just saw the Governor on TV saying Nate Lahey Sr.


He did die.

Because the Governor k*lled him?


We can't authenticate this recording.

I wish Hannah Keating were here to speak to its authenticity, but she just died.

g*n to the head.

Your Honor.

Falls under the death exception.

I'll allow it.

I just saw the Governor on TV - saying Nate Lahey Sr.


- He did die.

- Because the Governor k*lled him?

- Calm down.

I wanted Annalise to go down for my brother, not hurt all these other people.

I'm hanging up.

If you didn't know Hannah Keating or Xavier Castillo, why are they speaking so intimately about you?

I have no idea.

What about Nate Lahey Sr.?

Did you do what Hannah said and k*ll him?

Absolutely not.

So, if Xavier and Hannah were alive to testify, - they would say the same thing?

- Objection.

- Did you have them k*lled to cover up your lies?

- No!


- Enough!


- Judge, call a recess!

I'm ending this cross!


I'm done with this witness.

- So, why am I here?

- Due to Xavier's death, we reached out to the Attorney General and got him to re-offer a settlement on your father's wrongful death suit.

lt's a, uh...

a better offer than before.

This so I don't do a Laurel Castillo and flip on the stand?

Or 'cause Annalise just exposed Birkhead?

It's more us wanting to do the right thing for you.

You can do the right thing by prosecuting the Governor.


you might as well just look at the offer before saying no.

The AG just offered Nate $20 million.

I'm gonna cut out his damn heart.


You need to play it cool.

Oh, hell no.

I told you, he's the surprise witness.

d*ad witness, as soon as I get my hands on him.


Go away.

We need to talk about my father.

You played me, amiga.

He k*lled my mother, okay?

Just imagine what he could do to hurt us.

You hurt me, Laurel.

So save your own ass this time.

I have property.

My father put it in my name.

It is worth millions.


And what exactly am I supposed to do for those millions?

Something that will help both of us.


Lahey, did the Attorney General offer you $20 million to testify against me?

Why did you need to make an immunity deal to get on the stand today?

Were you violent with me in my home recently?

Did you confront D.A.

Miller because you thought he k*lled your father?

Do you know how D.A.

Miller died?


Lahey, did you have an affair on your wife, Nia?

How did Nia die?

Did you euthanize her, or did you b*at her in the head the way you did D.A.


Because that's the animal you are.

v*olence lives inside of you, and the only way you know how to stay out of jail is to make up lies about me!

Someone who loved you!

Who fought for you!

But you don't deserve it, do you?

Because you're just like Sam and Solomon!



You're no better than any of them!

What are you doing?

It's nothing bad.

Talk to me.

What am I supposed to do now, knowing what's in me?

This doesn't need to mean anything.

It does to me.

And it's all bad, so Annalise was right not to tell me...

and you should've known that, too.

I couldn't have another lie between us.

So you put the burden on me?

It's on us.

And you just need to let me be here for you.

Then you should put a b*llet in my head.

'Cause that would have been nicer than what you did.



I'll forgive you.

I will.

Just not right now.

It's illegal to squat in here.

I paid the rent to the end of the month.

Well, now you can afford a nicer place.

It's 87 grand.


Just don't take the stand against Annalise.

You're hung up on your dad, right?

That's what all this is about?

Wouldn't you be?

He k*lled that girl Lila.

Don't forget that.

I don't believe he did that.

He did.

You know how I know?

'Cause he had me do it.

Didn't know she was pregnant at the time.

Sad, right?

Your dad had me k*ll your sibling.

Take the money.

Get away from all this, or Sam's gonna destroy your life, like he's done everyone else.

Maybe I should go to law school.

- What?

- Good luck.

Look, I just snuck into the law library to find ways to make the FBI give you Michaela's deal.

Oli, stop.

You are depressed.

That is very clear.

So it's my job to take the wheel.

I want to go to prison!

Why do I have to keep saying that?

Especially to you, my husband, who's supposed to understand and honor what I think's best for me.

What about what's best for me?

- Have you even thought about that?

- Of course.

Look, I need you to fight like hell to get the same deal that Michaela got!

So that we, the two people who vowed to love each other 'til death, can stay in love, because I still love you, despite everything that I've lost for you...

my job, my morals.

So, you owe me this.

If you don't agree, then I'll just divorce you.

Right now.


I'm sorry.

Your phone, Connor.

Who is it?


We're altering your plea deal.


I testified against Annalise, like you wanted.

We're improving the terms, Connor.


I didn't like that you got a different deal than Ms.


We've cut it down to no years and probation.

I don't get it.

You don't have to do this.


We don't.


Lahey, were you involved in any way at all with the death of Sam Keating?


You were arrested and almost charged for his m*rder, though.


I was the boyfriend.

That's always the first suspect.

Any other reason?

I was framed.

I'm on it.

You set me up for a m*rder you probably committed yourself.

Who do you believe framed you, Mr.


At the time, I thought Annalise.

Did you ever get confirmation of this?

I hate what I did to you.

I hate it.

I hate myself.


'Cause she wasn't the one who framed me.

You mean she had an associate do it for her?

I mean she didn't do it.

That was Hannah Keating.

She wanted to connect Annalise to Sam's m*rder, and now it's very clear to me how Hannah did it...

by using the Castillos and the Governor.

Let me stop you, Mr.


Did Ms.

Keating coerce you to change your testimony today?


That was you and Special Agent Lanford, when you offered me $20 million to say what you want.

I'm just guessing that's so I don't tell the jury that an FBI agent working for the Castillos m*rder Asher Millstone.


And don't say because I got the Governor.

- I didn't.

- No.

It's got nothing to do with the Governor.

You gave up $20 million for what?

I didn't give it up.

I'mma get it.

- Nate.

- I hated you for a long time, and even when we were together, I-I think I thought I was gonna get you back, but it wasn't just you.

It was me.

It was me.

I made the first move at the bar that night.

But if I'm gonna move on...

I mean, really move on...

I gotta own my side of the road.

Today was that.

- I...

- Don't.

Don't say anything.

Just try it.

Take responsibility for how you ended up here.

'Cause you're good at a lot of things, Annalise.

That's not one of them.


What's this?

Wes's confession.

Found it on Xavier.

Goodbye, Annalise.

Is Michaela here?

No, I sent her out for Buster's.


Two Manhattans.

What are we celebrating?

Uh, I wanted to apologize for blowing up earlier.

It's not because you knew I was getting a new deal?

You were never at the library.

You were with Lanford, agreeing to surprise Annalise and testify against her as long as he gave me a new deal.

What the hell?

As if we could stay away?

Hug me now.


We're here to watch you win, sis.

It's alright, baby.

We're here.

What lies did you agree to?

Just to say that Annalise made me delete...

some dirty photos of her and Wes from her hard drive.

Well, now you don't have to tell that lie.


I will say whatever it takes...

I want a divorce, Oli.

I refused the deal.

I go to prison as soon as the trial's over.

And I'm not gonna ruin your life for that entire time.


This is not your decision to make.

Your testimony could make Annalise lose her trial, and that...

that means Laurel goes to prison and Christopher's alone.

I'm all alone if you go through with this.

Only until you meet someone - who's actually good for you.

- No, that's you.

I've turned you into a criminal.

I made myself into that.

And none of that would have happened if I hadn't showed up to your door the night of Sam.

That's the only thing keeping us together.

Death, m*rder, and trauma.

And that's gonna follow us, always...

- No.

- ...

if we stay together.


You don't get to do this.

- I made my decision.

- I know you still love me.

- We're done.

- No.

L-Look at me.

Look at me.

And tell me that you don't love me.

Say it.

I want to hear you say it.


You can't.

You can't say it.

You love me.

I don't love you.

You're gonna win this one, right?

You're not gonna bring shame to the Harkness brand, are you?

What if I shouldn't win, Mama?


It's easy to want to win when it's right.

But this?


What are you saying, Anna Mae?

I've done a lot of bad things, Mama.

If people only knew.

What if I deserve to lose?

That's not your decision to make.

It's the jury's, and I have to give a closing convincing them that I deserve to be free.

It's God's decision, Anna Mae.

God is the only one who can look at the whole picture and decide who deserves what.

Not you, not that jury, not your mama.

All you have to do is show up, and I know you well enough to know that you know damn well how to show up when it counts.

You hear me?

Forget everyone else.

The Castillos, the Governor, the supposed conspiracy.

That is all noise to distract you from the person who brought us here...

Annalise Keating.

She wants to play the victim, and she is good at it, too.

But you know the real victims.

Asher Millstone.


Ronald Miller.


Emily Sinclair.

Rebecca Sutter.

Sam Keating.

It all started with this man.

I'm sorry.

_ That is the original sin.

You start there.

Then there's no doubt that Annalise Keating is not a victim.

She's a m*rder.

I'm no victim.

USA Lennox was right about that.

But that's the only true thing that he said today.

So, here's the truth about me.

I've worn a mask every day of my life.

In high school, it was a smile that I faked to get boys to like me.

In law school, I changed my name to sound more "New England".

At the law firm, I wore heels, makeup, and a wig.

And when I got married, I...

threw myself into becoming a Keating, and it was all to create a version of myself that the world would accept.

But I'm done.

Instead, I stand before you, mask off, to tell you the God's honest.

I have done many a bad thing.

I've coerced witnesses, got clients to lie on the stand, bullied students to tears, manipulated jurors like you.

But those are not the crimes I'm being tried for.

It's m*rder.

And I am no m*rder.

What I am is a survivor.

I survived getting taunted by the N-word when I was in grade school.

I survived the sexual abuse by my uncle when I was 11.

I survived losing my first love, Eve, because I was scared to be gay.

Then the death of my son in a car accident, the m*rder of my husband, then alcoholism, depression, grief, and every death leading up to this trial.

But today, you decide.

Am I a bad person?

Well, the mask is off, so I'm gonna say yes.

But am I the mastermind criminal who pulled off a series of violent m*rder?

Hell no.

Who I am is a 53-year-old woman from Memphis, Tennessee, named Anna Mae Harkness.

I'm ambitious, black, bisexual, angry, sad, strong, sensitive, scared, fierce, talented, exhausted.

And I am at your mercy.

Say it.

You think I was dumb to say all that.


I think I'm in love with you, Annalise.

I've tried to fight it.

But I'm taking my mask off, too.

I cannot not have you in my life.

Because I love you.

What do you really want?


And I can give that to you.

I can make you happy.

I can't promise you the same.

That's what you deserve, and it's out there for you, but it's just not me.

There's a verdict.


Foreperson, I've been told you've reached a verdict.

Yes, Your Honor.

Please stand.

For the charge of conspiracy to m*rder Sam Keating in count one of the indictment, the jury finds the defendant Annalise Keating...


not guilty.


For m*rder in the first degree of Rebecca Sutter, the jury finds the defendant not guilty.

For m*rder in the first degree of Asher Millstone, the jury finds the defendant not guilty.

For m*rder in the first degree of Emily Sinclair, the jury finds the defendant not guilty.

For m*rder in the first degree of Ronald Miller, the jury finds the defendant not guilty.

For m*rder in the first degree of Caleb Hapstall, the jury finds the defendant not guilty.

For the charges of abuse of a corpse...

How are you feeling, Annalise?

I'm grateful that the jury did the right thing, despite some pressure from some very powerful people.

You mean the Governor?

And others.

Are you concerned about a backlash from the FBI?

If they're truly behind Asher Millstone's death, then I'm very concerned, and you should be, too.

It's time, sir.




Uh, no.


I'm not...

I'm not doing this.


I'm not gonna sign those papers.

I know better.

You're gonna be happy.

I know better, okay?

- Oliver.

- No.

Thank you.

Now I know how to love.




Oh, God.

- I'm so sorry...

- Don't!

That should have been you.

_ The number you are calling has been disconnected.

Please check the number and dial again.

We get to go somewhere new, meet new people.

Mommy promises no more boogey men, okay?

We get to be safe and happy.


What legal action do you think should be taken against the Governor?

There needs to be an independent counsel investigation on the Governor immediately, or we need to impeach right away.

Would you ever consider being the prosecutor - to try the Governor's case?

- Esta bien.

Okay, precioso?

May the Lord bless her and keep her, the Lord shine upon her and be gracious to her.

We ask you, o Lord, to lift up our dearly departed Annalise and give her peace.



And now we invite all those who would like to come up and share their own thoughts, memories, and prayers for Annalise.

First, we'll begin with a special speaker who has known Annalise for a long time.

Are you concerned about a backlash from the FBI?

Well, if they were truly behind Asher Millstone's m*rder, you better believe I'm concerned, and you should be, too.

We can't tolerate this level of corruption in our law enforcement.


Keating, there's speculation you wouldn't have gotten this not guilty verdict if you hadn't made the trial all about the Governor and the FBI.

I would never presume to know why the jury decided to side with me.

Either way, it's clear that they saw through Governor Birkhead's weak attempt to make me the guilty party here when it's actually her.

Were you aware the Governor's here today?

Probably here to watch me win.

Uh, no.

She's meeting with the Attorney General.

Well, I assume that she is concerned...

Get out of the way, please.


that she will be charged with conspiracy, along with FBI Agent Lanford.

- Move, please.

- Would you agree to testify at the Governor's impeachment trial?


Out of the way, please.

What legal action do you think should be taken against the Governor?




Annalise, get down!

Shots fired!

Request backup!

All units!

Gonna get some help.


Stay with me.

Put the g*n down!


Drive right now!


I'm here.


I'm here.

You stay here.

Stay here with me.

And now we invite all those who would like to come up and share their own thoughts, memories, and prayers for Annalise.

First, we'll begin with a special speaker who has known Annalise for a long time, someone who loved her, someone who knew her personally and professionally.

- Let us all listen and remember the woman - _ - who touched all the lives in this room.

- _ - Anyone else who would like to come forward - _ may do so after we've heard from our first speaker.


Thank you.


Frank, I'm here.

I'm here.

I'm here.

I had to make it right.


Tell Annalise.

No, you...

you can tell her.

- You're gonna tell her.

- Bonnie!

No, you tell her.

- Bonnie.


- You tell her.


Oh, what did...


Why did he...


Why did he...



Oh, no.



She's been sh*t!

Help me!


No, Bonnie!


Bonnie, no!

Stay with me!

Stay with me!




Bonnie, no!

What words can make meaning out of an entire life or do justice to a lifetime of struggles and triumphs and to try and do this for Annalise?

So, I'll start with this.

I never loved anyone the way I loved Annalise.

I loved her even when she didn't choose me.

Wake up!

Alright, you wake up!


Bonnie, wake up!

I need you!


You stay with me!


You stay with me!




Oh, God!

But those moments when she did choose me?

I would feel seen.

I think we all seek that person in our lives...

someone who shows us it's possible to survive whatever good or bad is thrown at you.

It's one of the thousand things Annalise taught me.

What feels like hell right now is a gift later.

That's not to say Annalise was easy to love.

But then when you thought of that young girl from Memphis, you...

forgave her for everything.

I think that's why so many of us are here today.

To remember her, yes.

But also to forgive her.

For better or worse, we were all chosen by Annalise.

And despite the demands she put on us, we know she taught us something.

_ _ I think that's what she valued most about her life.

Not the trials she won or glass ceilings she broke.

But the fights she lost.

She knew these were the things that made her her...

determined, tough, stubborn.

I know many people find it hard to be around a person like this.

It's easier to choose nice.

Even if that means settling.

But the rest of us know this.

When the sun shines on you...

... you're a fool to turn away.

_ Everyone, take your seats.

It's your first day of law school, which means we're already behind.

I'm Professor Christopher Castillo.

This is Criminal Law 100, or as my mentor liked to call it...

... how to get away with m*rder.

We begin.
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