Each week, Tiana and I will be discussing The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. True to the series' namesake, we'll be picking out our best and worst fashion from each episode, as well as giving you a play-by-play, and finishing off with some overall thoughts. ~Spoilers ahead!~.

In the finale, we see the police search for Andrew come to a head, as he gets cornered and kills himself. We also get Judith Light back playing Lee Miglin's wife Marilyn, as she copes with the weeks after her husband's murder.


Let's jump in for the last time...


JM: I'm curious how it's going to end.


TD: I have low expectations.


JM: I kind of agree. I feel like it's gonna be rushed.


TD: How have they not found Andrew yet? He's being so casual about things.


JM: I mean, he's in yellow for fuck's sake. Thoughts on the size of Darren Criss' nipples? I'm asking the hard hitting questions here...


TD: LOL OMG...but I think they're normal sizes.


JM: Oh, they looked small to me.


TD: Have you been looking at pictures of Nick Jonas and skewing your nipples radar?


JM: I didn't even consider that, but possible.


TD: Okay, so his dad is totally fine with him being a serial killer? That's cool.


**a few scene later...**


TD: Changed my mind. Nipples seem small.


JM: The final scene, at the mausoleum as Andrew's plaque went up, and the camera panned out, revealing all the other people laid to rest there, I thought it was such a good metaphor for Andrew; how he was unrecognizable in a sea of other dead people.


TD: I think it's a good way to end the show...being that it was all about him. But, I agree with you 100%, like everything he "worked for" was for nothing.


JM: This finale was...necessary...?


TD: Oh, absolutely.


JM: Something has to be the end.


TD: That episode was basically what I thought it was going to be. You?


JM: I mean, I didn't expect we would see Judith Light again.


TD: ...and like a lot of her.


JM: I feel vindicated because I remember saying that we need an entire series on Judith Light's character.


TD: So what did you think of the whole show?


JM: This show wasn't about Versace, which we learned early on. I found a lot of the secondary characters and their stories more interesting than Andrew's. Like Judith Light's character, and David and Jeff.


TD: Yes, agreed. I'm glad we're on the same page. I think I was overall disappointed because I wasn't expecting the show to be about Andrew.


JM: I do get that part of that comes from there not being a direct account from Andrew, or a clear motive. I know you didn't watch The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, but I think part of what was missing from The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, was the two sides of the story. During his trial, and for years afterwards, OJ maintained his innocence, so as the various elements played out in that series, we as audience could see both sides. Whereas here, we didn't have that element. The writers really had to paint the picture for us to humanize Andrew, and see him as more than just a serial killer. We always knew he did it. They painted us a picture (especially in last week's episode) that tried to show us he came to become who he became, and what drove him to it.


TD: I also think the OJ series might have been more interesting because that trial was a huge deal. Yes, the Versace murder was high profile, but it wasn't as polarizing as OJ. Obviously we weren't old enough to remember, but people always talk about how big of a deal it was. And, yep, I totally get that about the writers painting a picture. As much as I hated Andrew's character, I still sympathized with him at times. Especially at the very end with his dad is fucking him over. Also, not matter how much I hated/was annoyed by Andrew, his dad was worse.


JM: I agree. The whole life story thing? I mean, Kris Jenner take notes.


TD: Omg no.


JM: I really liked one of the last lines Gianni says when we flashback in this episode to him and Andrew at the Opera House. Gianni tells Andrew that he can't just talk about doing something, he has to actually do it. That so perfectly sums up the problem with Andrew.


TD: Oh, for sure. I like that the show had that flashback.


JM: Was there anything you wanted the show to do that it didn't do? A loose end, or storyline?


TD: Not that I can think of. I know at the very beginning of the show, there was the homophobia of the police department. It seemed like that was going to lead somewhere.


JM: Speaking of that, how about Antonio's storyline this episode? The subtle way he wasn't mentioned by the priest at the funeral, and then the overt way he was dissed by the priest.


TD: I felt so bad for him. I read somewhere that the creators of the show felt so bad for the way Antonio was dismissed, so that explains how he was given attention. (It is also why they didn't ask Donatella in real life for her permission).


JM: That makes sense. Speaking of Donatella, the best scenes for me in this show were where we saw Donatella as the grieving sister in its various incarnations. I really liked her character arc overall, actually. From lacking confidence, to stunning in the iconic bondage dress, and then burying her brother, and making the decision not to take the company public. That's what I was almost missing from the show, and what I needed more of.


TD: I think she was my favorite. From the way she was portrayed by Penelope Cruz, to the character development, to the fashion.


JM: What a good way to end, on the true triumph of this show: Donatella.


TD: Seriously. If they had another show just about her, I would be here for it.

Each week, Tiana and I will be discussing The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. True to the series' namesake, we'll be picking out our best and worst fashion from each episode, as well as giving you a play-by-play, and finishing off with some overall thoughts. ~Spoilers ahead!~.

In Episode 8, we see a young Andrew and his relationship with his father who was a disgraced stock broker who fled to Manila after stealing money from his clients.


Best/Worst Fashion:


TD: Best was that dress Gianni's mom was working on in the very beginning that he was drawing. Worst was the dress that Andrew's mom wore to the prep school interview.


JM: Worst for me was the dress Gianni's teacher was wearing. I feel like my best is going to be controversial, but I was here for the red jumpsuit Andrew wore to that house party. Mainly because of how confidently he was able to carry that. Similar to Donatella in that iconic bondage inspired dress from last week's episode.


Let's jump in...


TD: The beginning of this episode is so misleading. I thought it was going to be more about Gianni. Like, fuck yasss! But then it's all about Andrew. And seriously, this episode is all about Andrew's daddy issues. The actual worst kind of daddy issues.


JM: Can I just say, if you give your child the master bedroom, he's gonna become a serial killer. Also, I kind of felt cheated this episode. When it ended I kept expecting there to be more.


TD: Yeah, it started off so interesting, and then went downhill so fast.


JM: I found it interesting how they contrasted Andrew's relationship with his father, and Gianni's relationship with his mother.


TD: Agreed.


JM: Both are trying to provide for their sons, but they do it in such different ways.


TD: I think the parallel could have been better. Gianni was only in the beginning and then it was all Andrew. I think the episode could have done way better at comparing the two with more of Gianni's storyline. The point was made. Both were given the tools to succeed. Just one of them had clearly better success.


JM: I do agree. I would have loved more Gianni. I found that whole scene with his mom to be the best part of this episode.


TD: 100%. So...were they trying to coney that Andrew's dad abused him?


JM: You know, that's what I got. They probably left it vague on purpose.


TD: Icky. That whole character was a fucking mess. And not in a good way.


Jm: I really struggle with how the creators of this show feel about Andrew. Based on this episode, we get to learn a lot about why Andrew had these delusions of grandeur. I mean, in that first scene his dad tells him that this house they're moving out of isn't good enough for him. Then buys him a car (when he isn't even old enough to drive).


TD: And gives him the master bedroom.


JM: It really felt like they were giving the audience the background to say, "That's why Andrew killed these people. His dad made him this way."


TD: DADDY ISSUES. He didn't kill his dad. So he's making up for it.


JM: I think one of the themes this episode was choice. Andrew's dad made a choice to lie when he got hung up on at his job. Then he made several choices to steal money from his clients, and flee. Andrew made the choice to lie when the grocery store owner asked him what his dad did. I don't know, I just struggle with justifying Andrew's horrible actions as a character flaw. Maybe that's just me. But, like, a lot of people have daddy issues and don't kill people. Am I being too harsh?


TD: No, that makes sense.


JM: It just felt like this episode was such a justification for Andrew's actions. If Andrew was Andrew and just didn't kill anyone, he'd be at worst kind of annoying to be around. But, he's all of those things, AND a murderer.


Final Thoughts:


JM: I'm excited about the last episode. Given how the season has gone, however, I feel like they're going to cram a lot into the last episode. I really have no other comments on this episode, other than I didn't need this deep of a dive. That's just me.


TD: I appreciated that this episode strayed a bit from the direction it was going in. But it wasn't completely what I expected. From the way things started, it seemed we were going to get more of the parallel between Gianni and Andrew. That would have been interesting. But I understand the decision to focus more on Andrew, since that what the whole show was about. While I was annoyed with the Andrew-heaviness of the show, I kind of wanted to see him in the tween stages. Like it went from (presumably) 12 year old Andrew to high school age. He shot up from 0-100 on the annoying scale. Papa Cunnanen is a diiiick. And fucking crazy. I feel so bad for the mom and the other kids (PS what happened to them). I'm kind of happy the show is ending. I'm getting to fed up with Andrews character. Excited to see how they end things though!

Each week, Tiana and I will be discussing The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. True to the series' namesake, we'll be picking out our best and worst fashion from each episode, as well as giving you a play-by-play, and finishing off with some overall thoughts. ~Spoilers ahead!~.


In Episode 7 we go back to Milan as Gianni is building Donatella's confidence to take over the business one day. Meanwhile, we get to see Andrew just before he moved out of the apartment he shares with his mom.


We can all agree that the iconic bondage dress Gianni makes for Donatella was the best fashion, so without further hesitation, let's jump right into this week's recap.


TD: I really wish the show focused more on the Versace family. The first scene with Gianni and Donatella was really interesting. I want there to be a show about the Versace empire. (Let's make special note of that belt as a choker!)


JM: I thought of you during that scene with the choker. Your brand.


TD: LOL Blessed. This scene where Andrew is like "who do you think people think we are?" He is so exhausting.


JM: How tragic was it that Gianni was preparing Donatella for his death, and then he gets murdered?


TD: So Sad. :(


JM: What did you think about Andrew and Jeff's friendship this episode? Like, when Andrew met him at that bar? They seemed to have a genuine moment between friends.


TD: Omg...


JM: Where they hugged and Andrew seems happy for Jeff as he leaves the bar with that guy they met.


TD: ...but Andrew and Jeff's relationship was fine...it seemed really great actually.


JM: Maybe I'm projecting, but they did seem to be friends.


TD: Oh, absolutely.


JM: My criticism for this week is that we're starting to learn so much about Andrew that his narrative is getting too messy.


TD: Agreed. It's like they're getting too complicated and turning into a whole separate show. It's like they're not trying to wrap up the show at all.


JM: I was fine with some of that because it showed Andrew as a layered character, but it is starting to lose it's direction. Although, can I say, one of the exciting pieces of Andrew's story this episode was seeing him in his job as a cashier?


TD: Yes, definitely. It showed the basis of his story. And, it looks like next week we're going back to high school?


JM: I feel like we can be done with going back in Andrew's life. At this point I think the writers of this show find Andrew to be more interesting than Andrew found himself. Which is saying a a lot.


TD: I'm definitely done with his story. And agreed. They found something in his story that they could run with.


JM: I want to talk about the scene where Donatella and Gianni get into a fight over the dress Gianni made her not selling. I'm curious how much of that was based in fact, but it showcased Donatella as the driving force behind helping her brother understand the commerce side of fashion. Not to mention, how she really challenged him to consider the fact that comfort might be something a woman wants out of her clothes.


TD: Yass. You get it! That proved that she would run the company. But I felt bad for him. It was showing that he can't run the company as well as he thought.

Final Thoughts:


JM: I can be done going back in time. I can be done peeling back the layers of Andrew. What I would be really happy with now is the Donatella story, and showing how strong she is as a fashion icon, and business woman. In many ways, we've been fed this caricature version of Donatella that it's a missed opportunity to not really showcase the layers she has. I'm realizing a lot of my favorite moments in this show have been how she's been able to persevere through hardship. From her introduction in episode one identifying her brother's body, to making the decision not to take the company public, and now this episode.


TD: I'm actually kind of ready for this show to be done. I personally just don't like how much they dive into Andrew. In earlier episode I was confused and wanted to learn more about Andrew, but I'm over it now.