American Crime Recap: Episode One

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
American Crime Recap: Episode One

American Crime” Season 1 “Episode One” kicked off on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on ABC. There’s been a home invasion and as the families are advised of the crime, the police proceed with their investigation and arrest. Find out what happened in the episode in the recap below.

Russ Skokie (Timothy Hutton) gets a call late at night from the police. His son, a promising military man, has been murdered and his daughter-in-law is critical at the hospital. She was sexually assaulted. Russ is asked to identify his son’s body, so he flies to Modesto, California. Later, Barb (Felicity Huffman), his ex-wife, joins him and their reunion isn’t without any friction.


A thin and tattooed guy named Hector (Richard Cabral) is shown buying headphones at a convenience store using the deceased Matt Skokie’s credit card, while two junkies — a white female and a black male — are trying to score some more drugs when they are not smooching each other everywhere.

Then there’s this small Hispanic family headed by Alonzo (Benito Martinez), a widow who runs a gas station and who is struggling to give a better life to his teenage children. When his son is brought in by the police for questioning, Alonzo implores the young boy to tell the truth. There’s some friction between father and son, as Tony (Johnny Ortiz) tells his father that he still treats them like babies.

And so, the police learns that the car they suspect was used in Matt’s murderer is owned by Alonzo’s family. Alonzo says it isn’t meant to be driven around because he and Tony are still working on it. However, Tony has been renting this out to people like Hector for money without his father’s knowledge. The young boy cries as he makes his confessions in front of the detective and his father. For now, he’s not under arrest. But he does provide vital information to the case.

The police are able to locate Hector through the deleted phone conversations between him and Tony. He tries to run, but the police shoots his leg. When he arrives at the hospital, he says that while some of Matt’s things are in his possession, he didn’t murder anyone. He points to the junkies as the perpetrators and the police raids their motel room and makes their arrest. They found a gun in the black guy’s possessions. It’s possible this is the murder weapon.

Meanwhile, Barb is adamant that her son’s story should get out to the press so that people will not forget how Matt and his wife were violated. But the parents of her daughter-in-law are against the idea of sharing their story to the world. Gwen, Matt’s wife, wakes up, but she refuses to discuss anything yet, not even to the police.

Barb proceeds to talk to reporters anyway and the things she reveals caused an argument between her and Russ. Over the years, it is revealed that she is still bitter about her ex-husband falling to gambling addiction, leaving her to take care of the boys while they were growing up. Barb is depicted as a bigot, while Russ is depicted as a reformed man.

Barb tells the police that she wants to see the man who killed her son and she is given a chance to get a glimpse of the junkie who is being transferred to another prison. Her eyes says it all. Barb is a really angry person.

As the episode closes, the police makes their final arrest with Tony, who screams for his father as he’s being taken into custody. There are leads showing he may be in cahoots with Hector and junkies after all.

The police also talks to Russ and brings him to meet specialists. Russ reveals that despite his closeness with his dead son, there may be some things he doesn’t know. The FBI found large amounts of drugs secretly hidden in the Skokie house. Could Matt Skokie be a big-time drug dealer, which is perhaps why he was murdered?


That’s what happened on “American Crime” Season 1 “Episode One” which debuted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on ABC. What did you think of the first offering? Did it hook you enough for more?

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