It’s the penultimate episode of American Crime and there are a lot of loose ends to tie up. Especially with the farm. This season didn’t bring all of the people together in the way the first two seasons did other than it all occurring in the same town. I also want to add that I am really grateful for those of you who have stuck through this show with me. It’s hard to watch, and good to have people to talk about it with. It makes me wonder why no one, including us, is doing anything about these problems.
I was shocked by Shae’s death at the end of episode 6. I really thought she was better off at the webcam farm than she had been in the beginning of the series. As it turns out, she was making slave wages there and just like the farmers she was having to pay for her room and board to a point where she could never leave.
Gabi, Nick and Clair
Gabi who now lives in a spare junk room, is having to squirrel away food. It appears they are not feeding her. Oh God. It is worse than that. Clair is burning her arms and harming her. The butter was for pain relief to her charred forearms.
Nick’s company is basically going belly up. He is basically laying off his partner. He’s a giant asshole about it. Clair and Nick fight about the company later. After they fight there is a very dramatic wordless scene between Clair and Nick where she shields his son from his anger. It would not surprise me if she left that house with the boy and never came back.
Later we see Gabi, who is supposed to be the nanny trying to make her employers bed with one arm. She sits at the end of the bed and cried. Then she packs her shit. She tries everything to crack the safe to get her passport but to no avail. She gets ready to flee and then can’t leave the boy behind, so she takes him with her. They end up at a restaurant because the boy is hungry. She has five dollars and change to pay for his meal. It’s not enough and as she is walking out, police are walking in just when the waitress is chasing her down. They take them both back home and she tries to tell the police that they have her passport and will not let her leave. She has done nothing wrong. Nick tells the cops Gabi was stealing from them. She was trying to break into their safe. Clair said Gabi had issues, she was self-harming. I hate these people.
Nick tells Clair the marriage is over. He gets what is left of the company, she gets “the kid.” The next time we see Gabi she is in a hospital with an IV. She begs the nurse in French to listen to her but she just drugs her up more.
Kimara’s boss says she is going to have to lay some people off. This comes after her being asked to falsify documents elsewhere to get more funding. It’s the sad reality of non-profits in small communities. Kimara fabricates her notes from last year to keep the funding. After she gives the falsied information, the guy says he will be coming on board to work at the non-profit.
This sends Kimara for a talk with her ex. He seems to have a very nonchalant attitude about the abuse of the charity. Frankly, most of them are frauds. He says this is the way things are. She says she gets it, if you have no morals you get rewarded. That resonates with me regarding my taxes. I could be on disability, instead, I’m trying really hard to support myself. Between taxes and my health care punishment tax for not having health care, I owed about a third of my tiny revenue to the tax men. Meanwhile, realty folks are making six figures and not paying a dime. I’m looking at you Sheree Whitfield, and you loan out corp scam. Then there is not so subtle reference to Trump cheating on his wife and not paying taxes. Highly unnecessary, Ryan Murphy and extremely alienating to half your audience who need to be aware of these situations. Kimara wants to leave her job. First she will take time off.
Then the guy says, “I think your only problem is…” And I literally say it with him on my couch, “you care too much.” If I had a dollar for every time I told people how hard teaching is and they said that. When you work in education or non-profits it is BECAUSE YOU CARE. It sure ain’t for the special closet you need for all of your Louboutins. You spend most of your time fighting with people who don’t care, who got into it to be administrators so they could then get on the school board and then run for bigger political offices.
Dustin is the webcam guy that Shae met at a meeting or something. He is the one that brought Shae into the porn webcam farm. Now that she has been killed and her body thrown in the river, they are not allowed to work for awhile. Everyone is freaking out.
I hate the accents on this show. They are bad and they come and go.
The pimp takes Dustin and another kid to a convenience store. He sends him in and keeps the other kid as collateral that he will come back. After asking someone for help and getting nowhere, Dustin bails out the back door. He gets picked up and they call Kimara. She does the intake.
Jeanette is still sleeping at her sisters. I am wondering if we are ever going to see Luis or the farm again. He sister is getting bitchy about Jeanette not having a job. She came home to a messy kitchen where Jeanette had been teaching the girls to cook. She had to clean up the mess even though she never sees her kids.
The probation office calls to inform Jeanette’s sister that she has an unscheduled drug test that must be done in the next 24hrs. Jeanette is the only one home to get the message. Her sister tells her she is tested by four different agencies, she’s working her ass off to keep the girls. She’s never missed a test. Jeanette feels bad for doubting her like Carson does. Jeanette goes with her for the test. Before she goes in for the test she says the kids will want to stay with Jeanette or maybe it was the neighbor?. Well fuck. I really thought something might be okay on this show. Her sister is taken away in handcuffs.
Jeanette goes to her brother-in-law to ask him to help her get a lawyer for her sister. He says he can’t help her. He is going to do some jail time himself for what happened to the migrant workers who died in a fire. Laurie Ann has talked him into this. He tells Jeanette she has a good life and she needs to pay the cost to live it. She go tells the neighbor who has the girls what happened she let’s Jeanette know the kids have been staying over at her house a lot before she moved in.
Next week: On the finale. Dustin tells the cops about Shae’s murder. And Dustin gets arrested for it. No justice is coming for anyone.