TV Club: American Crime: “Episode Six”

Of all the scenes in this week’s episode of American Crime, none were as authentic or moving as the one that takes place in Gwen’s hospital room. Still recovering from her traumatic brain injury, Gwen is questioned by an investigator, in the hopes that she can positively identify Carter as the man who attacked her. At this point, the case against him is so weak that the prosecution needs the word of a disoriented woman in order to solidify it.

But when the questioning begins, the audience finally begins to witness the breadth of Gwen’s loss. She has lost her husband, yes, but she’s lost her memory, her functionality. She looks at the investigator with wide eyes, like a child who’s trying as best they can to help but is terrified that their efforts aren’t good enough. Gwen can’t identify Carter, but more …

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