Friday, July 1

‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ Season Finale Recap: The Invisible Woman

Linda Tripp is a faceless woman. He’s been mutilated, reshaped, covered in white gauze strips like the Invisible Man. She has undergone cosmetic surgery, which, you wouldn’t know, makes her look much more like actress Sarah Paulson than ever. This has been done in the service of her all-season attempt to become more like the kind of woman women are supposed to be, a quest she shares with Monica Lewinsky, Hillary Clinton, and Paula Jones, her friends, foes, and co-workers. trip. “Until all this happened,” he tells an interviewer for the late JFK Jr. Jorge magazine, “I didn’t know how ugly it was.” Indeed.

Paula Jones also underwent cosmetic surgery; specifically, a nose job. This has conventionally made her attractive enough to become a famous spokesperson for a psychic hotline, the sine qua non from the pop culture landmarks of the late nineties. “Satisfaction guaranteed,” he babbles suggestively in the commercial, virtually inviting the prank calls that follow. (As the Mysterious Man says in Lost highway, another second-term Clinton artifact, “It’s not my habit to go where I’m not wanted”). Later, Paula poses naked to Penthouse“With pleasure, it must be said,” and so he burns his bridges with his conservative ersatz allies. Susan Carpenter-McMillan, the guardian of decorum, hangs up on him. Ann Coulter utters her “trailer trash,” then loads up with Matt Drudge, the semi-enclosed muckraker, in the Fox News green room. (At some point he makes fun of his rival Laura Ingraham, who, er, is “dating” Lindsey Graham. Good luck to the lovebirds.)


In a parallel that’s too cute in the middle, First Lady Hillary Clinton sits for a Fashion photoshoot of superstar photographer Annie Leibovitz, cross-section with Paula’s Penthouse Shooting. In a parallel parallel, Hillary is one of three characters on the show, the others being Monica Lewinsky’s father and best friend, who refuse to read the Starr Report and its encyclopedic account of Monica’s sexual relations with husband Bill. from Hillary. Later, she is invited by Congressman Charlie Rangel to run for Senate in the great state of New York. His face on the campaign posters greets Monica as she walks through town. If you thought Hillary’s political career got off to a rocky start, wait until it reaches the end.


Somewhere in Arkansas, Juanita Broaddrick receives several phone calls, from aides in Congress, from the National researcherby NBC News. She has kept her story a secret for years, even decades. When he finally opened up about it, the head supervisor of that report buried it in the footnotes of the Starr Report, whose religious mania prevents him from seeing sexual peccadilloes and outright rape as two different things, the latter more serious than that. first. When he finally signs up with NBC, he asks if the interview will air while the president’s impeachment remains a live topic. She is sure that it will be so; it is not. Broaddrick will eventually fall into the orbit of Rangel’s donor and Investigator Hillary Clinton’s benefactor and nemesis, Donald Trump, who will be accused of sexual misconduct many, many, many times, though not by Broaddrick. Bill Clinton, known liar, calls her a damn liar.

When the interview airs, we see Juanita dismissed by the public as “another Clinton woman.” They change the channel.

Monica Lewinsky watches as the entire world, including Bill and Hillary’s daughter Chelsea, reads the Starr Report and its meticulous account of all her sexual encounters with the President. Watch again as Linda Tripp’s recordings go public, broadcasting what she considers to be one of her lowest moments as a person. However, unlike Linda, she is able to turn her ordeal into a book, in collaboration with the man who told her the story of Princess Diana. She accepts a book signing in New York. She is overwhelmed by the flashes, the shouts of support, the actions of a stalking figure. “I just need a minute,” he says to his pants as he retreats behind a curtain. “I’ll be fine.” She repeats it: “I’ll be fine.”


“I know it looks horrible,” says Linda Tripp through her new face to her interviewer. “I know it seems like a betrayal. But she was his victim. He caused all of this. He did. I wish ”, he concludes,“ I could see that I saved her ”.

About what? Whose?

Directed by Michael Uppendahl from a script by showrunner Sarah Burgess, the finale of Accusation of ACS“The Wilderness” is a brutal ending to an excellent season of television. Consider the idea that ugly people can have ugly enemies, who do the right thing for the wrong reasons. He maintains a studied agnosticism about Bill Clinton’s worst crimes, while suggesting that his failure to be exposed and effectively punished is due to the puritan nature of his enemies. She allows Linda Tripp to be seen as she wanted to be seen and shows that this does her no good at all. He gives Monica Lewinsky the last word, which she nothing good either. For all the president’s wives, he essentially offers his choice of patriarchal poison. It’s a dead end escape room. If that escape room is in the shape of the Oval Office, it is no less inescapable for that.

Sean T. Collins (@theseantcollins) writes about television for Rolling Stone, Vulture, Los New York Times, and anywhere I have it, Really. He and his family live on Long Island.

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