TV Club: American Crime: “Episode Four”

Being judged on your appearance rather than the content of your character isn’t exactly remarkable territory for a series centered largely around race relations in the United States. Yet American Crime finds a way to dig into this material in a significant and unique way, simply by taking all of its various iterations and layering them into a single episode. Of course, the show has addressed the topic since the start, particularly with Alonzo and his latent intolerance of illegal immigrants, a point of view he has to deal with the fallout of again in “Episode Four” thanks to graffiti on his repair shop.

But in “Episode Four” the value of appearance is a thread that pops up over and over for nearly every character. We see it first with Aubry, in the wake of her NA meeting, after which her father informs her that they can’t put …

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