Jose & Tiana Watch: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Episode 9
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.