Bill Clinton (Clive Owen) finally fesses up to his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) in the eighth episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story, fittingly titled Stand By Your Man.
Throughout the whole scandal, which Clinton had denied both publicly and privately, Hillary Clinton (Edie Falco) did stand by her man.
Tuesday’s episode reveals how Hillary reacted quite angrily to the illicit affair – and how the media reacted to the salacious news as well.
Fess up: Bill Clinton (Clive Owen) finally fesses up to his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) in the eighth episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story, fittingly titled Stand By Your Man
Hillary: Throughout the whole scandal, which Clinton had denied both publicly and privately, Hillary Clinton (Edie Falco) did stand by her man
The episode begins in 1992, with the introduction of Gennifer Flowers, who reveals she was Bill Clinton’s lover for 12 years.
‘I would have thought that after 12 years, he would have the guts to say I had an affair with this woman, and that’s the truth, Flowers says.
Hillary is then seen meeting Bill in 1992, with Hillary saying they don’t need to worry about the Gennifer Flowers story.
She tells everyone they need to ‘destroy her credibility,’ but they say it’s too late for that.
They say they need Bill and Hillary together, and 60 Minutes offered a special taping after the Super Bowl.
She doesn’t agree but they say she is the only people to put the American people’s minds at ease.
One of the guys says they dropped 4 points overnight, but he admits ‘You can save him, Hillary,’ as she starts to relent.
She looks to Bill and says, ‘You really think this is a good idea?’ but he doesn’t say anything. She says they aren’t going to use the word affair, as Bill breathes easy.
The episode continues with the taping, with Bill adding how he first met Gennifer Flowers, saying she was a ‘friendly acquaintance.’
Bill says that it was only when the tabloid offered money that Gennifer changed her story.
When the 60 Minutes reporter presses on troubles in the marriage, she says nobody would like every detail about their relationship out there.
The reporter insinuates there is an ‘arrangement’ between them, which seems to offend Bill and Hillary, who says if that’s not enough, ‘don’t vote for him.’
Hillary is told in Los Angeles that the interview is a success, and it stabilized his numbers… but nobody likes Hillary now.
Tammy Wynette demands an apology for using the Stand By Your Man line, and Gennifer Flowers released a tape of a conversation with Bill.
Hillary tells the aide,’ Do you know what the problem with most politicians is? No pain threshold,’ before greeting a throng of admirers.
The episode cuts to January 1998, with Monica packing up her suitcase when she gets a phone call from a woman who works at the White House.
‘You have to watch yourself. It’s not just him, it’s her too. They’re trying to destroy you,’ the woman says.
Monica’s mother Marcia (Mira Sorvino) says she’s preparing for her testimony as Monica heads back to California.
Hillary goes on Today with Matt Lauer, who asks if Bill has described his relationship with Monica with her.
‘I think it’s important to realize that the President has denied these accusations,’ Hillary said.
She adds there is a larger problem that no one is discussing, revealing that Ken Starr’s investigation was about a failed land deal, and now it’s about Monica.
‘I really have to say, there is a-a larger problem here that no one is discussing. And it concerns me. Ken Starr’s investigation started out as an inquiry into a failed land deal. And now… What is it about? He has spent four years and $30 million doing everything possible to accuse my husband of a crime. And it isn’t just Ken Starr, it’s a whole operation,’ she says.
Hillary asks Bill if he watched, as Bill says, he did and compliments her.
‘I think Starr thought he was just messing with me on this. Now he knows better. I don’t know how you do it. You were incredible,’ Bill says, as Hillary adds, ‘Well, that’ll teach him to f**k with us.’
Monica arrives at her father’s house with Willam Ginsburg (Fred Melamed), giving him a big hug in front of a slew of paparazzi photographers.
Monica’s father argues with William about protecting his daughter and Monica goes outside to relax.
The episode cuts to four months later, where a report claims Monica Lewinsky is the ‘lynch pin’ of Starr’s (Dan Bakkehdal) investigation.
Mike Emmick (Colin Hicks) insists they should make a deal with Monica and Starr refuses to deal with Ginsburg.
When Emmick asks what else they can do, Starr says, ‘We turn up the heat.’
Monica gets a call from Ginsburg, as she asks if there is good news, and he says, ‘No, it is not.’
Monica returns to DC with her father and Ginsburg, who tells her that they can’t arrest her yet.
They go inside and ask for a handwriting sample and fingerprints.
Ginsburg gives a statement to the press, saying Monica is being intimidated by Starr.
Ginsburg reveals on TV that he is stepping away, but revealing he wants to continue fighting against Starr’s independent council.
As soon as Ginsburg is out, Starr smiles and says, ‘Let’s make a deal.’
Monica uses a disguise to meet with Sol Weisenberg (Jared Gertner) with her new lawyer who insists on immunity for everyone in the Lewinsky family.
She starts telling them everything about how she started at the White House in 1995, and during the government shutdown, they began a relationship.
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.
Scandal: 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.
Denied: 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