Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) and Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) tell their own sides to this epic saga to the Grand Jury in the penultimate episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story.
The episode, entitled The Grand Jury, finds these former friends telling 23 strangers in the Grand Jury what happened.
Meanwhile, after her explosive confrontation with Bill Clinton (Clive Owen), Hillary (Edie Falco) seems ready to forgive her husband as they take on their (many) enemies together.
Grand jury: Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) and Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) tell their own sides to this epic saga to the Grand Jury in the penultimate episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story
Strangers: The episode, entitled The Grand Jury, finds these former friends telling 23 strangers in the Grand Jury what happene
The episode begins in a cafeteria of some sort, with people making breakfast, when LInda triess to help a woman make waffles.
Two men in suits whisper behind her, as the woman thanks her for helping her make the waffles, and as the woman goes back to her friends, she whispers, ‘That’s Linda Tripp.’
Linda calls her boss to complain about creating a manual for her old job, as we cut between her on the phone and her interactions with people at the hotel she’s staying at.
Linda is seen cutting newspaper articles out of the paper when she gets a visit from her daughter Allison (Emma Mausolf) comes by with her mail.
She tells her daughter that the judge has told her not to talk to anyone, which is why she’s staying at the hotel.
She tells her daughter that she’s going to give a speech, once she’s ‘free’ of al this, and she’s going to simply, ‘tell my side of the story.’
The episode picks back up with Monica getting ready for the Grand Jury, as her mother Marcia (Mira Sorvino) checks in on her, saying it’s not ‘fair’ that the President got to testify from home and not ‘paraded’ out like she will be soon.
Monica is getting ready to leave when she sees that Bill is wearing a tie she gave him, but Monica insists she’s, ‘not gonna let it mess me up.’
Monica arrives at the courthouse with a throng of press awaiting as she walks by them all without saying a word.
Inside, Mike Emmick (Colin Hanks) is getting set up with a female member of the team, Karen Immergut (Lindsey Broad), who says this is the first thing beyond secretarial work she’s been allowed to do.
Emmick says that Starr is ‘old-fashioned’ and adds that some of these questions are going to sound better being asked by a woman.
Monica asks if she’s going to know anybody’s names, but there can be no identifying data for the jury members, which seems to disappoint Monica.
Monica reveals that they kissed the first time they met, during the government shutdown, as she presses for details.
Karen asks flat out if she performed oral sex on the President, as Monica says it’s embarrassing, but she swears they won’t ‘dwell on it.’
Monica admits they did, and they present a detailed chart with a number of sexual encounters, as Monica says she’s so embarrassed she wants to ‘hide under the table.’
Monica is asked if there was any non-sexual aspects of the relationship, which she explains briefly, adding, ‘I think back on it and… He always made me smile when I was with him.’
Karen calls for a break, which is granted by the grand jury.
Monica is in the hallway during the break as she gets an odd look from one of the Black female Grand Jury members.
Mike Emmick asks why she lied about her relationship under oath, and she makes it clear that the President didn’t ask her to lie, nobody did.
The Grand Jury has questions of their own, as they ask why she kept the dress, adding that Linda told her she looked heavy in it and she never wore it again.
Another jury member asked if her mother discouraged it, and she said yes, but she said she loved him.
The woman who exchanged a look with Monica in the hallway angrily asks about her relationship with another married man, and asks if she believed it was wrong.
‘My intention, when I came to Washington was to start over. I did not want to have another affair with a married man because it was horrible,’ she says
The woman brings up her previous relationship with Andy Bleiler, with Monica adding that what Kate and Andy Bleiler said on TV wasn’t exactly true.
She wants them to call her Monica, as they share a bit of a rapport with the jurorss when one asks if she still loved him.
She said that, in the end, “It turns out he’s not who I thought he was.”
One juror wants to know about when Mike Emmick encountered her, but he tries to stall, and they all want to hear about it.
One juror asks why she didn’t ask for her lawyer, and she said she did but they said she’d get in trouble.
They ask what happened when she got up there, but Monica wants Mike to leave the room, though Karen can stay.
He reluctantly agrees and leaves the room, as Monica says that if she called her lawyer it could not be good for her immunity.
The more she tells the Grand Jury they are definitely sympathetic with her, as she tells them they said she could get 28 years in jail.
She says she was mad, ‘mostly at myself,’ but also for putting the ‘President at risk,’ as one of the jurors says they ‘put you in a trap,’ with another adding, ‘that’s what they do.’
They ask her if there is anything that she wants to say, because they want her to have her full side of the story told.
‘I guess I want to say that no one asked me to lie. And I was never promised a job for my silence. Mostly I’m sorry. I’m really sorry for everything that happened. And I hate Linda Tripp,’ Monica says, as the jurors certainly agree.
Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford) is in Beverly Hills, getting her nose job explained by Dr. Loeb, who Susie (Judith Light) says does ‘wonderful work.’
Susie asks why Steve (Taran Killam) isn’t there, and she asks if he’s still mad about losing his job at the airport and she says she is.
Susie asks if she’s nervous, and Paula says, ‘I just hope people stop making fun of my big old awful nose.’
Linda Tripp returns to her home and finds no reporters there, so she goes through her mail over some soup, when she finds an envelope with The New Yorker.
She starts reading the piece, featuring a caricature of her, though she doesn’ treact much.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are smiling and clapping along to some piano accordion musicians, before Hillary gives a brief speech and introduces her husband.
Later in the Oval Office, he asks Betty (Rae Dawn Chong) to have the First Lady come see him as he goes through a list of some kind.
Hillary arrives and Bill says he wanted to say something, as he opens up about why he did what he did with Monica.
‘Most men of our age, they… They find their wives so dull they cringe when she talks at dinner. I pity those men. They don’t have what I do. I gave in to a disgusting impulse. Because I didn’t know how to walk down the hall and say to my best friend that this job is lonely and I’m worn to the bone… …And I’m dead inside half the time,’ he begins.
‘There’s been hell raining down on us from the day we walked into this place. You know, every move we make– the right, the press, they seize, attack and drag us through the streets over nothing. And I know it’s stupid, but when Newt shuts down the government, and Starr has slithered into our lives to look for malfeasance in every line of every receipt of every piddly thing we’ve ever bought, I thought I had to be strong for us,’ he adds.
‘And instead, I f***ed it all up. When it first came out, I was so ashamed I wanted to crawl in a hole and disappear. I couldn’t bear what I’d done to you and Chelsea. I couldn’t face telling you, I just couldn’t. So I made it worse and I lied. Everything good in my life comes out of us together. I don’t know who I am without you. I know you said you didn’t care why it happened. But I wanted you to know,’ he concludes.
Hillary asks, ‘Is that all?” And Bill replies, ‘No. I love you. That’s all,’ but Hillary just calmly walks out of the office.
Linda is going through a box of papers at home when Allison asks about the article in The New Yorker, where it’s revealed she was arrested for a teen prank, but Linda is extremely upset about the box – which is all wrong for what she needs.
Linda takes the box into the office to see Ken (Jim Rash), asking if he oversaw sending this package.
Two FBI agents visits Juanita Broaddrick (Ashlie Atkinson), asking if she was ‘truthful’ when she signed her name to that statement.
Impeachment is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.
The first season was based on another Toobin book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, with the second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace based on Maureen Orth’s Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.
The all-star cast also includes Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton, Anthony Green as Al Gore, Billy Eichner as Mike Drudge, Cobie Smulders as Ann Coulter, Kathleen Turner as Susan Webber Wright, Margo Martindale as Lucianne Goldberg and Mira Sorvina as Marcia Lewis.
Adaptation: Impeachment is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President
Sarah Burgess created the series, who is also Executive Producer alongside Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sarah Paulson.
Monica Lewinsky will serve as a producer alongside Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan.
The real-life scandal first unfolded in January 1998 on The Drudge Report website, which was later picked up by mainstream media outlets like The Washington Post.
Scandal: The real-life scandal first unfolded in January 1998 on The Drudge Report website, which was later picked up by mainstream media outlets like The Washington Post
While Clinton, who was in his second term as President at the time, denied the allegations at first, more and more evidence came to light.
Such evidence included a semen-stained blue dress that Lewinsky had been encouraged to save without cleaning, by her one-time friend Linda Tripp.
While Clinton continued to deny the affair, he ultimately came clean in August 1998, which lead to his impeachment.
Clinton was ultimately acquitted on both impeachment charges, and he ultimately served out the remainder of his term.
Evidence: While Clinton, who was in his second term as President at the time, denied the allegations at first, more and more evidence came to light
One-time friend: Such evidence included a semen-stained blue dress that Lewinsky had been encouraged to save without cleaning, by her one-time friend Linda Tripp