In this episode of American Crime Story, the focus is on President Bill Clinton as he grapples with his impeachment. It’s a fascinating look into the political process and how it can be manipulated by those willing to play dirty-like Trump himself.
The “american crime story: impeachment cast” is the latest episode of the season. It was released on February 18th, 2019.
REVIEW: “Stand By Your Man,” Episode 8 of American Crime Story: Impeachment
“Bill has never lied to me about anything he has done; he is completely honest with me. That’s how we make it.”
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“Stand By Your Man” follows Hillary Clinton as she is ambushed by Bill and his advisers in preparation for a joint television appearance. After news of Bill’s romance with Gennifer Flowers broke, the interview was a major success in raising Bill’s favor. However, the public portrays Hillary as cold and calculating, which harms her reputation. Monica gets a warning in January 1997 that both Clintons are following her. Hillary called Ken Starr’s probe a right-wing conspiracy in an interview. Monica’s lawyer has yet to get immunity for her, but vows that she will not be detained. Meanwhile, Mike and Jackie press Starr to reach an agreement with Monica, but he refuses to speak with her attorney. She’s been brought in to be fingerprinted and have samples of her handwriting taken. Her father dismisses her lawyer and hires a new one, prompting Starr to cooperate. Monica must recount the encounter from beginning to end in return for immunity, and she must also provide the blue outfit. Bill Clinton’s attorney notifies him of Monica’s agreement and his impending testimony. Brett Kavanaugh encourages Ken Starr’s team to ask Clinton harsher questions. According to the legal definition, Bill Clinton did not have “sexual relations” with Monica, according to his attorneys. He enlists the help of one of his advisers to inform Hillary about the affair. In the morning, though, he tells her the truth. Clinton reads a statement to Ken Starr in which he denies having sexual intercourse with Monica but admits to improper conduct. The statement also excludes any more details. Clinton ends up running out of time by going through definitions rather than addressing questions. The President makes a broadcast statement, expressing remorse but requesting solitude.
“Stand By Your Man” belongs to Hillary Clinton, played by Edie Falco, who had hitherto been relegated to the background. American Crime Story has always shocked me, and now they’ve managed to make me feel sad for Hillary Clinton. Is it possible that these screenwriters are also magicians? In “Stand By Your Man,” Falco is electrifying and controls every scene, her presence pervading even sequences in which she does not present. Hillary’s rage is apparent as she is chastised for protecting her husband while he is pardoned despite having done wrong. Tammy Wynette’s situation is crazy. I think it strange that a musician should demand an apology for a mention to her song. Hillary’s response to Bill’s last admission caught me off guard, to say the least. I expected her to be concerned about his work and their shared reputation, but not to be emotionally affected. For some reason, I’ve always had the impression that celebrities, particularly politicians, marry for clout. I never felt the Clintons had an emotional bond, and I never gave it much attention. Hillary is torn apart in the program once Bill finally exposes the truth. Her outrage is well-founded; he had no cause to deceive her. He’s had enough of chances to tell the truth, and she told him straight out that it would be better if she knew up front. She seemed to be more furious over the falsehoods than what really occurred. This corresponds to her informing his advisers that she has always been aware of his background. This is perplexing to me, even if it is closer to what I imagined before watching the series. Hillary is not only aware of Bill’s womanizing, but she also assists in its concealment. I feel awful for Hillary until I remember how she speaks about “destroying (their) credibility” to silence Bill’s accusers. Then there’s the phone call Monica gets from Hillary, informing her that she’s on her way out. Falco’s depiction of Hillary, like the actual person, elicits a complicated whirlwind of contradictory feelings. The moment when Hillary takes up Bill’s empty cup is one of my favorites. It’s a simple enough motion, but the way she stares into it and sees a naked bottom seems significant, as if he always takes and leaves nothing for her. Also, I must be bad at estimating ages since I assumed she was too old to portray Hillary in the 1990s, although Falco is just a few years her senior.
Bill’s desperate attempt to retain any semblance of normality with Hillary is ludicrous. I love the point when she informs him that their marriage is no longer a contract and sends him to the guest house. Because of their expensive lifestyle and prominent position, she feels imprisoned and unable to leave. This season, Clive Owen has been a revelation as President Clinton, but “Stand By Your Man” is some of his greatest work for the show. I have no sympathy for Bill, but it’s difficult not to feel something when he begs Hillary to remain. Without saying anything, the quiet scenario by the pool tells a lot. For the first time, he’s getting a sense of the magnitude of what he’s accomplished. Chelsea, too, seems to be on her mother’s side, linking arms with her when they arrive at their hideaway and scoffing at Bill as she climbs the stairwell. President Clinton’s progressively evolving self-awareness reveals moments of obliviousness, such as his efforts to enjoy a regular dinner with Hillary, Vernon, and his wife. He shares a tale about bumping into Hillary’s ex-boyfriend in her hometown and encouraged her to complete what she said at the time. This goes down poorly, making the evening even more uncomfortable and unpleasant than it was before. I was taken aback by the part when Vernon encourages Bill by stating, “These things happen.” After all of this, these guys dismiss Bill’s actions as an isolated incident. Given how Vernon handled Monica throughout their encounter, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Bill’s bad day was made worse by the failure of his mission to capture Bin Laden. This program has a knack for framing events in a manner that is both dramatic and gratifying.
“Stand By Your Man” is a contemporary marvel in television writing and performance, despite the absence of my favorite character to despise, Linda Tripp. It’s not often that I recall more than one sentence from a TV show, but “Stand By Your Man” has numerous memorable lines spoken by different characters. I really like the moment when Hillary tells Bill that she used to believe it was just the two of them versus the world. But now he’s humiliated her and put their lives on fire. I’m looking forward to the season’s finale.
Plot – 9
Acting (10 points)
8 – Progression
9 – Production Design
Dramatic Value – 10
“Stand By Your Man” is a contemporary marvel in television writing and performance, despite the absence of my favorite character to despise, Linda Tripp. It’s not often that I recall more than one sentence from a TV show, but “Stand By Your Man” has numerous memorable lines spoken by different characters.
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