I am not recapping this show, especially after that depressing as fuck episode of RHOA that I just finished up. I did want to give you guys a place to discuss tonight’s episode for those who are watching. For those who are not, American Crime premiered tonight in this same timeslot on ABC and it is always fabulous high quality TV that I am looking forward to watching as soon as I can. I highly recommend it. That said, it is never a light subject matter so, be forewarned it’s not a feel good kind of serious.
Back to Joan and Bette. Since I’ve never seen Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? I’m not overly attached to this series.
We start with Joan being furious that a young adult woman asks her for her autograph for her grandmother who has loved Joan since she was a kid. Ouch. Cue scary music. I waited to see what she actually wrote. So far nothing. But Joan did try to get her fired. Then she goes to Bette to enlist her aid in getting rid of the girl. Bette threatens to take a sick day if the pretty little blond is not fired. So she is. For now it seems these two are working together.
That is until Bette doesn’t share Joan’s outrage when Hedda Hopper slams Joan in her gossip column. Joan retaliates by giving the column a quote,”Miss Davis looks old enough to be my mother. One look at her and you’d think she hasn’t had a happy day…or night… in her life.” MEOOOW! The catfight is back on! The next morning, Bette tells the female cub reporter to fuck off as she storms onto the set. She tells Joan that everyone on the set is talking about how Bette is outshining her. The bigshots on the film want to encourage the vicious fighting between the two.
The director was told both sides making each trust him and feel like the favorite to keep them in line. However, he seems to be falling for Bette. Joan calls the director at midnight at his home with some bullshit story about her man, Peter, leaving her. He comes right over. Joan’s maid may be my favorite character on this show. She’s a scene stealer. Joan says she is quitting the movie because he is sleeping with Bette. He denies it. Joan drunkenly tries to put the moves on him. Peter returns home unexpectedly from a trip and catches her and Joan promptly tells Peter he is being “recast.” I could have sworn his name was Peter but I Googled and there was a Phillip, but not a Peter. See this is why I am not great at covering this show. Someone fill me in? Eric?
Joan manages to convince Hedda Hopper that she is broke and she needs to take down Bette for her so she can keep working. With the war back on, Joan makes sure that Bette’s love interest is a heavyset gay man. Then Bette’s daughter give her mother an incredibly mean tongue lashing during an argument. It was vicious. Bette basically threw her out of the house. Now she’s all alone.
Now it is Bette’s time to wake the director and his wife up in the wee hours of the morning having a meltdown. He has a nice little pep talk with Bette about bratty teens, failed marriages and washed up actresses. It seems Bette’s real problem is she can’t get good leading men anymore. And…. they makeout and we don’t see where it leads, but it’s obvious. Now the director has cheated on his beleaguered wife who already has one foot out the door and he feels bad already. And she knows immediately.