Jose & Tiana Watch: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Episode 6
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 6, American Crime Story takes us back in time to one year before Andrew's murder spree. We see how he brought Jeff and David together at a birthday party in the home of an older man he's been staying with. We also get to meet his mother.
TD: Much like two weeks ago, there wasn't a ton of great fashion. Wouldn't you agree?
JM: I would, which is unfortunate. But I don't hold it against them since I don't hold other shows to the same standards,
TD: Fair. Let's jump right in...initial thoughts?
JM: The entire episode I was thinking to myself that I can't seem to empathize with Andrew in any way. Then, that last scene with his mom happened, and I was like..."Maybe there is something there!"
TD: He is such unlikeable character. But...I wasn't mad at his butt in the beginning. Haha. And yes, I think there was definitely something there. Even though he's lying to his mom as well, there is this vulnerability he has with her that doesn't come up with anyone else. Like, just being around her keeps him humble.
JM: Well that, and that story she shared with him about his ex-classmate. Andrew's mom found it important to highlight that Andrew was traveling and more successful (obviously he's fed her lies), and she was so happy to gloat about his success to the mom of the former classmate.
TD: He just wants to be loved.
JM: I understood Andrew a lot more in that dinner scene with him and David, too. David gives him the opportunity to be genuine and get a fresh start. Instead, Andrew uses that opportunity to continue to lie about his parents, and how wealthy his upbringing was.
TD: Right. And you can see David's disappointment.
JM: This also explains the thing about how he's so "generous." He sees value in material possessions and wealth. He lacks the self-awareness to know that others don't value that, and therefore it pushes people away from him.
TD: What did you think about that birthday party?
JM: So many thoughts. First: Andrew is a killer, but like, what a good idea to give people gifts to give you. I might start doing that.
TD: Hahahaha...it's so extra. Like, he wanted everything to be so perfectly curated. So annoying.
JM: I was kind of overwhelmed watching all these pieces of his life intersect.
TD: YES. I was going to say the same thing. Like, all the people converging. You find out how David and Jeff met. When they took that picture, I couldn't handle it. Like, bruh...you killed almost everyone in the picture with you.
JM: Okay, this might sound bad, but this leads me to my next thought on the party, so bare with me. That picture probably turned out so awful because it was backlit.
TD: Not everyone is blessed with the iPhone X.
JM: Which led me to think that it's clear this was in the 90s and pre-Instagram, and before Tyra Banks shows us how to find our light. The, later in the episode, Andrew talked about how going to college was ordinary when Norman was trying to tell him he'd pay for it (but like...can someone pay for my college?). Then it hit me that Andrew was so before his time, and would be thriving right now as an insta-gay.
TD: HAHAHAHAHA...OMG. It's so fucked up, but you're right. Like insta is all fake. He would be perfect.
JM: I was thinking how he had someone willing to pay him an allowance, and pay him to go to school, but it wasn't enough. That was too "ordinary." Like, he needs the thousands of followers and the endorsements.
TD: I'm so mad at him for not going back to school. I loved Norman. He was so real.
JM: He really was. He also wasn't asking for anything from Andrew. At least in my opinion.
TD: Nah, and he called him out on his bullshit. I really hope he stays alive. Also, switching gears: I think they're trying to play up the drug addition. Not sure what it's building up to...but that played a significant part of this episode. I think it'll play a factor in Andrew's demise. Cause dude killed himself, right?
JM: Yes, which is not a spoiler. I do think the drugs are a way to layer a potential motive.
TD: A thinly veiled one.
JM: Just because I think we as viewers in these things need to feel a sense of understanding. Like, we can't just accept that someone is just evil. If that makes sense...maybe that's too real.
JM: I find the way this story is unfolding to be very, very interesting. We're moving backwards in Andrew's life. Form the first episode I thought we'd see more of the FBI investigation playing a part. Which isn't at all what we've been getting, which is fine. Just unexpected.
TD: I can kind of be done with the backstory now. Although, the new development with his mom is slightly intriguing. But, I hope we do get to see more of the FBI investigation because I love Dascha Polanco.