The Act ends by trying to clean up Gypsy’s image by making it seem she truly did make a mistake and didn’t realize the consequences of killing her mom.

Director(s) Steven Piet
Writer(s) Lisa Long, Michelle Dean, Nick Antosca
Air Date 5/1/2019

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Not Guilty: Gypsy, Nick

Despite it all, Gypsy pleads not guilty. What may seem a strange decision to you, but let’s factor in her lawyer is trying to keep her from the death penalty and also trying to separate her from Nick as part of this case. Something that, since both are locked up, Gypsy can’t tell Nick and with him bringing up how Bonnie and Clyde died? Let’s just say things for a long time were getting quite real for her, and leading to results she didn’t like, and that bomb being dropped just did it for her.

Leading to her calling anyone and everyone, including her dad, for a means to escape this fate.

Betrayal: Gypsy, Nick

Nick when he learns Gypsy is having her case separated from his.

Which she does. Thanks to her dad getting her medical records she separates her case from Nick, who looks betrayed, and only ends up with 10 years while Nick gets life on parole.

This Is Your Life Now: Gypsy, Nick, Dee Dee, Mel, Lacey

But before that happens, we’re reminded of Gypsy’s journey to that point. That her and Dee Dee, at one time, did have a healthy relationship. Maybe, at one time, one which wasn’t abusive and could have taken a positive turn. Heck, the last night she was alive, it seemed, once more, Dee Dee could have changed.

Which is perhaps why there is some hesitation when Nick arrives to kill Dee Dee, and deep-seated regret when Nick has sex with her, in her prepubescent bedroom, after killing her mom. Not even good sex mind you, maybe a handful of thrusts and her left feeling, used maybe? Granted, she used him to kill her mom but this being the price to pay makes it seem she wants her time back.

Yet, she made her choice, and with Nick noting she has entered a new phase of her life, she knows there is no going back. However, while in prison, she does hope, despite it all, she could maybe maintain some of the friendships she had. She’d love to stay friends with Lacey, but she is very hesitant. Then with Mel, who visits her, she is hoping she’ll take up being a maternal figure, but Mel is struggling to wrap her head around the lies, the fraud, and being used.

Leaving Gypsy alone, betraying, or feeling abandoned, by all the people she knows, and only left with this man who is her father who she has an uneasy relationship with. If only because her mother isolated her from him, wiped nearly all of her memories, and made him into a stranger.


Joey King

Gypsy putting makeup on.

The one who leaves the biggest impression after this episode, and the whole season, is Joey King. She really pushes the thought that there really just aren’t enough shows which feature complicated young women. Especially ones which have a good production and marketing budget. For while I’m aware of her talent, and it isn’t like her career is just one light-hearted film after another, one could argue that past productions didn’t know how to utilize her. If not she was learning on the job in the past and she is now truly qualified to be an actor in terms of having more than a name but is ready to build a reputable track record.

I’m talking about something of the ilk of Meryl Streep. Someone who may have films like She-Devil and Death Becomes Her in her filmography, alongside characters like Cousin Topsy in Mary Poppins Returns, but you know, generally, their name means quality. Which, if King plays her cards right, The Act could be that launch pad of her getting to play and have fun, like in The Kissing Booth sequel, and then jump into roles like Gypsy like it’s nothing. With her being the exception, no matter how bad someone thinks a movie or show is, they think she still deserves major accolades and praise.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 8 "Free" [Season Finale]The Act ends by trying to clean up Gypsy’s image by making it seem she truly did make a mistake and didn’t realize the consequences of killing her mom.
Director(s) Steven Piet
Writer(s) Lisa Long, Michelle Dean, Nick Antosca
Air Date 5/1/2019
  • Not Guilty: Gypsy, Nick
  • Betrayal: Gypsy, Nick
  • This Is Your Life Now: Gypsy, Nick, Dee Dee, Mel, Lacey
Season 1, Episode 7 “Bonnie & Clyde”Joey King inserts herself as one of the most talented young actresses out there as she continues to damn Gypsy Rose yet make her look too foolish to hold accountable.
Director(s) Hannah Fidell
Writer(s) Dan Dietz, Robin Veith
Air Date 4/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Vance John Ales
Kathy Juliette Lewis
Detective Crawford Adam Arkin
  • This Isn’t How Fairytales End: Gypsy, Kathy, Vance, Nick
  • Snitching On Yourself: Gypsy, Nick, Kathy, Dee Dee
  • The Truth Is Out: Lacey, Gypsy, Nick
Season 1, Episode 2 “Teeth”Someone tries to expose Dee Dee this episode, and while Gypsy is enjoying the truth, seeds of animosity are starting to bloom.
Director(s) Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Writer(s) Dan Dietz
Air Date 3/20/2019
Introduced This Episode
Dr. Chondra Poorna Jagannathan
Dr. Harley Steve Coulter
  • The Suspicious Doctor: Dr. Harley, Dr. Chondra, Dee Dee, Gypsy
  • Trying To Learn The Truth: Dr. Chondra, Dee Dee, Gypsy, Lacey, Mel
  • Animosity Grows: Dee Dee, Dr. Chondra, Gypsy
Season 1, Episode 3 “Two Wolverines”As Gypsy gets her first taste of real love, and Dee Dee a reminder of what that is, we’re reminded both are a bit toxic.
Director(s) Adam Arkin
Writer(s) Robin Veith
Air Date 3/27/2019
Introduced This Episode
Russ Dean Norris
Scott Joe Tippett
Shelly Denitra Isler
  • Anything Can Happen At A Con: Russ, Dee Dee, Scott, Gypsy, Shelly
  • A Lady Has Her Secrets: Scott, Lacey, Gypsy, Dee Dee, Russ
  • A Taste Of How Things Should Have Been: Gypsy, Dee Dee, Russ, Scott
Season 1, Episode 4 “Stay Inside”As Dee Dee continues to fail to contain Gypsy’s curiosity, Gypsy becomes acquainted with Nick. Someone who will change both Dee Dee and Gypsy’s life forever.
Director(s) Christina Choe
Writer(s) Michelle Dean
Air Date 4/3/2019
Introduced This Episode
Nick Calum Worthy
  • Interdependency: Dee Dee, Gypsy
  • Power of Attorney: Dee Dee, Gypsy
  • Meet Nick: Dee Dee, Gypsy, Nick
Season 1, Episode 5 “Plan B”Gypsy presents Dee Dee her last opportunity to make some form of amends. Which leads to Gypsy’s decision to ask Victor to do something horrible.
Director(s) Steven Piet
Writer(s) Lisa Long, Nick Antosca
Air Date 4/10/2019
  • Nick’s Life In Wisconsin: Nick, Gypsy
  • Meet The Boyfriend: Nick, Gypsy, Dee Dee
  • I Tried Everything I Could: Nick, Gypsy, Dee Dee
Season 1, Episode 1 “La Maison Du Bon Reve”Based on a true story, The Act pushes all involved past what you might expect for some and others towards a reminder of why they have had such long careers.
Creator(s) Nick Antosca, Michelle Dean
Director(s) Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Writer(s) Nick Antosca, Michelle Dean
Air Date 3/20/2019
Genre(s) Drama
Good If You Like Shows Based On True Stories

Creepy Mothers and Seemingly Innocent Children

Isn’t For You If You Feel Uncomfortable Watching A Mother Abuse Her Child
Introduced This Episode
Gypsy Joey King
Dee Dee Patricia Arquette
Mel Chloë Sevigny
Lacey AnnaSophia Robb
Season 1, Episode 6 “A Whole New World”As Gypsy comes to realize Nick doesn’t fit her knight in shining armor fantasy, we begin to see how Dee Dee developed Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Director(s) Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Writer(s) Heather Marion
Air Date 4/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Emma Margo Martindale
  • Momma Was Cruel: Emma, Dee Dee
  • It Progressively Got Worse: Dee Dee, Emma
  • Second Thoughts: Nick, Gypsy, Dee Dee

Joey King - 90%


The season finale of The Act, makes for a decent, slightly rushed in a way, ending to what surely will be a transformative production for Joey King’s career. For while she isn’t the sole member of the cast, while others met expectations, or were just barely seen, she took every moment as an opportunity and found a way to not only excel but push her scene partner as much as they challenged her.

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