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"...are there any redeeming qualities about Sam?" aaah...but you're just focusing on his infidelities. He seems to be a competent analyst (recall his interview with Rebecca) and professor. He's also very tolerant and patient with regard to Annalise's long hours and professional drive. I grant you it might not be much, but he's not a complete waste of skin.

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I can accept that there isn't much of a backstory on Nate, and maybe he hasn't been as bad AS Sam, but just to rewind a bit: 1. He broke it off with Annalise and rebuffs her attempts to see him. Rightly so given what she did, but he's pissed and vengeful.
2. He's been callin' her out on every move Bonnie and Frank make because he knows she's behind it.
3. He warned her about it "all going to hell" which infers he doesn't care if the truth gets her into trouble. A monster? No. A nice guy? No.

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It's not bad thinking, BUT...Michaela showing up at Annalise's house, basically to confess that she stole the trophy from Asher? She had no idea the others would be there so she'd only be showing off for Annalise. Being a show-off is in line with her character, but Annalise didn't care who had the trophy so gettin' in Annalise's face wouldn't win her points--in fact Annalise might have given her the same verbal slap she gave Laurel back in the pilot ep (ie, showing off in front of others because you need them to see how smart you are).

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I don't think it was a two-headed coin, but WE SEE that Wes lied about the result of the coin-flip, and nobody else visually verified it so he wasn't caught.

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You're right...I forgot about Bonnie and the video. Even so, it was Annalise who told Bonnie to "Get creative!" so Annalise was still behind it. Nonetheless, my original point still stands: Nate's not "driven snow" in all this so why give him a pass?

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NCIS Round Table: Did Gibbs Keep It Real?

I didn't see the early seasons in first-run so I catch them via USA. However, from what I can remember, there was gunfire--not sure if it was from Ari or someone else. When Kate broke cover and stood up, Ari fired his kill shot. Perhaps the "accident" was in breaking cover too soon.

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I can't help but think folks are sending mixed messages about Sam vs. Nate. People are pegging Sam as this monstrous human being, but in the meantime... ...Nate's a married man too; he cheated on his wife too; he's trying to take Annalise down for his forced perjury which got him fired AND he's doing it in collusion with Annalise's client (Rebecca). Why isn't Nate a monster too (and PLEASE don't embarrass yourselves with "Because he's hot")?

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Agree about Nate. His "This case got me fired" was disingenuous--ANNALISE got him fired. He's not curious--he's kinda vengeful, but he won't let Rebecca know that because taking down Annalise affects Rebecca's case--Rebecca would tell Annalise in a heartbeat.

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"Also, does anybody else wonder why on earth Annalise told Wes about Lila's pregnancy? Her explanation to Wes didn't convince one bit and I can't help but think that Annalise does everything for a reason, so... she wanted Wes to tell Rebecca about Lila's pregnancy? " Y'know, that gave me pause too. I wasn't buying Annalise's explanation for a second--I think she KNEW Wes would go running to Rebecca and tell her, but I can't fathom why she'd want Rebecca to find out.

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She stole the trophy because Annalise WOULDN'T give it to her--in fact, Annalise didn't seem to care who had the damn thing and by next week, it's likely to not exist anymore. Frankly, I have to wonder if Prom Queen loses her sh*t not because of the crime, but because she didn't get enough time with the damn trophy. If these kids manage to survive this unscathed (and why wouldn't they, otherwise there'd be no reason for future seasons of this show), someone better tell them that no one's waitin' to hand them a trophy just for doing their job.