“American Crime” Season 1 Episode 2 “Episode Two” aired last Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. In this episode, Tony Gutierrez (Johnny Ortiz) and his family, Hector Tonz (Richard Cabral) and the junkies- Carter Nix (Elvis Nolasco) and Aubry Taylor (Caitlin Gerard), dealt with the aftermath. It was after being arrested for the murder of Matt Skokie, and for the assault on Gwen Skokie. Meanwhile, the two sets of parents, the Carlins and the Skokies, disagreed with each other on how to handle the situation, and several secrets about Gwen and Matt are revealed. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with the arraignment hearing of Carter Nix (Elvis Nolasco) and Aubry Taylor (Caitlin Gerard), the two main suspects in the murder of Matt Skokie and the assault and rape of Gwen Skokie. Matt’s parents, Barb Hamlin (Felicity Huffman) and Russ Skokie (Timothy Hutton) were present, while Gwen’s parents, Eve Carlin (Penelope Ann Miller) and Tom Carlin (W. Earl Brown), went to church and stayed with Gwen at the hospital. Afterwards, Carter was sent back inside, while Aubry, who was released on felony probation, discovered that she couldn’t visit him in jail, got kicked out of their room, and stole money so that she could get high again.
Meanwhile, Alonzo Gutierrez (Benito Martinez) felt cheated by the system as he wasn’t told that he should have gotten a lawyer for his son, Tony (Johnny Ortiz), who was processed into the juvenile hall while waiting for his own hearing. This caused more tension between Alonzo and his rebellious teenaged daughter, Jenny, who later on told him that the truth of the matter was that all that he wanted was for them to be white and not to be Mexican because people respect the whites more than them.
Inside the juvenile hall, Tony’s request for a transfer to a different cell as the white boys inside insulted him repeatedly was denied. During his interview with his probation intake officer, he told him that he had not cared that Hector Tonz (Richard Cabral), who had rented his father’s car on the night of the murder and was seen near Matt’s house that night, was part of a gang as he felt glad that he was doing something that would make his father angry, as he was sick and tired of his father trying to make him something that he was not.
Meanwhile, Russ, still reeling from the revelation that Matt might be a drug dealer, paid a visit to Scott (Jason Liebrecht), Matt’s friend, who told him that Matt did have problems after coming home from the war, and that he did smoke weed occasionally, but didn’t deal drugs.
Meanwhile, in jail, they placed Hector and Carter together in a room, hoping that one of them would give up something. However, Hector refused to give up anyone and was wheeled away. Later, he learned that he was being extradited to Mexico, as he was wanted for murder there.
At the hospital, Tom agreed to do one interview with the reporter who talked to Barb and Russ. Afterwards, he and Eve asked Russ and Barb if Matt could be buried in Oakland, where they lived, as that was the hometown of both sets of parents, and so that Matt would always be near Gwen. However, Barb refused to go back to Oakland, as that was where she had dealt with her troubles alone, while Russ was gambling away his money, and she refused to believe that Matt was a drug dealer. Afterwards, she paid a visit to the detective who talked to Russ but refused to believe that Matt dealt drugs.
Afterwards, Russ discovered from Tom that Gwen’s and Matt’s marriage wasn’t perfect. He later tried to get into Matt’s house, but was stopped by a police officer as it was a crime scene.
Meanwhile, Aubry placed a phone call to a man and asked for money in exchange for her telling him where she was. She then rented out the presidential suite of a hotel, got cleaned up, and informed her benefactor where she was.
Later that day, Tom informed Eve that Gwen’s rape kit had shown that she hadn’t been raped, and it looked like she had had consensual intercourse. However, Eve refused to believe this and told him that the truth didn’t matter, as all that mattered was Gwen’s survival.
Meanwhile, Barb, who felt like she had no one to turn to, and because she felt like no one was going to get justice served, reached out to Nancy Straumberg (Lili Taylor), a survivor and an advocate for a support group, for help, especially as she believed that no one was advocating Matt because he was white.
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