Paula moves forward with her lawsuit, with the help of lawyer Susan Carpenter-McMillan (Judith Light).
Meanwhile, Monica Lewinsky’s (Beanie Feldstein) new friend Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) starts telling all about the Commander-in-Chief’s womanizing ways.
Go-ahead: Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashsford) gets the go-ahead to sue the President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, in the latest episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story
Monica: Meanwhile, Monica Lewinsky’s (Beanie Feldstein) new friend Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) starts telling all about the Commander-in-Chief’s womanizing ways
The episode begins in September 1995 at CBS Studios, in a gift shop, where Mike Drudge (Billy Eichner) tells a customer about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s divorce.
He tells a young woman about his fandom for journalist Walter Winchell, as sshe says she just needs a poster.
Mike apologizes to his co-worker, who says he’s only working there until he sells his screenplay and walks out the door.
Drudge goes in the back alley and is seen literally diving into a dumpster at the studio, looking for anything he can use for his burgeoning email newsletter (and later website), The Drudge Report.
He stumbles upon a crumpled piece of paper and smiles to himself before leaving the studio.
Drudge gets to his apartment and turns on his desktop computer, logging onto AOL Online and pulling out the piece of paper he found in a dumpster.
He looks at it closely – a CBS fax – as he starts to publish a story about Jerry Seinfeld getting $1 million per episode for his hit sitcom Seinfeld.
He sends the email alert to his subscribers and can’t help but smile to himself.
The episode picks up in March 1997 where Linda is annoying her cube-mate with her constant tapping on her glass, before she puts on her headphones.
Her supervisor asks to see her a moment, asking if she knows who Gerald McRaney is. She says she does, he’s Major Dad, and he asks if she can take him on a tour of Andrews Air Force Base.
Linda asks Monica to go for a walk, telling her about the story, and while Linda thinks she needs to think strategically, Monica tells her to do nothing.
‘If you do nothing, there’s no story,’ Monica tells her.
Kathleen gets a call from Linda Tripp, telling her that she will tell the press that she was ‘on Cloud 9’
Kathleen is shocked, asking why she would do this to her, but Linda tells her, in the future, not to contact the press without her approval.
She gets a call from Monica, asking if she got a hold of Bruce yet, but she hasn’t yet.
Back in Los Angeles, Paula Jones is trying to help her husband (Taran Killam) run lines for an audition, but he flips out about people making fun of him at work.
She wonders why he’s so mad but he can’t picture her in that hotel room and Paula insists that he knows what happens and, ‘none of this matters if you don’t believe me.’
They get a call from Susie, who tells her to turn on the TV, where they find a news report revealing they won.
‘You got all of them. Even that little Jewish lady,’ Susan tells them.
Paula and her husband celebrate with a hug as more news reports are heard running into each other.
Back at the White House, Bill Clinton meets with Bob Bennett, and Bill is pissed that it was unanimous, saying it was the worst Supreme Court decision in history.
Bob says that he needs to settle this case, but Bill isn’t having any of it, accusing the press of going after him over some business deals that failed.
‘They won’t stop until I leave office and that’s not happening. It’s not,’ Bill says.
Bob says they will go to trial and he will look into Paula’s past, but he adds they will look into his past too.
Bill reveals that ‘she won’t let me settle,’ and when Bob thinks he’s mentioning Paula, he says, ‘No… Hillary.’
Impeachment is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.
The first season was based on another Toobin book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, with the second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace based on Maureen Orth’s Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.
The all-star cast also includes Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton, Anthony Green as Al Gore, Billy Eichner as Mike Drudge, Cobie Smulders as Ann Coulter, Kathleen Turner as Susan Webber Wright, Margo Martindale as Lucianne Goldberg and Mira Sorvina as Marcia Lewis.
Book: Impeachment is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President
Sarah Burgess created the series, who is also Executive Producer alongside Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sarah Paulson.
Monica Lewinsky will serve as a producer alongside Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan.
The real-life scandal first unfolded in January 1998 on The Drudge Report website, which was later picked up by mainstream media outlets like The Washington Post.
Scandal: The real-life scandal first unfolded in January 1998 on The Drudge Report website, which was later picked up by mainstream media outlets like The Washington Post
While Clinton, who was in his second term as President at the time, denied the allegations at first, more and more evidence came to light.
Such evidence included a semen-stained blue dress that Lewinsky had been encouraged to save without cleaning, by her one-time friend Linda Tripp.
While Clinton continued to deny the affair, he ultimately came clean in August 1998, which lead to his impeachment.
Clinton was ultimately acquitted on both impeachment charges, and he ultimately served out the remainder of his term.
Evidence: Such evidence included a semen-stained blue dress that Lewinsky had been encouraged to save without cleaning, by her one-time friend Linda Tripp
Acquitted: Clinton was ultimately acquitted on both impeachment charges, and he ultimately served out the remainder of his term