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A modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal – from Nixon’s bumbling and opportunistic subordinates to the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes to the tragic whistleblowers who would eventually bring the whole rotten enterprise crashing down. The story will center on Martha Mitchell, a big personality with an even bigger mouth. Martha is a celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell. Despite her party affiliation, she’s the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing both the Presidency and her personal life to unravel.
Warning… Spoilers below!
On the Series Premiere of Gaslit Season 1 Episode 1 “Will”, G. Gordon Liddy is sweating and holding his hand over a flame. Gordon says you will need a strong will to be American, to be Nixon. History is not written by the Commies, pissants, women, or the queers. History is written by the soldiers who carry the flags of Kings. This is what Gordon believes and says passionately.
Mouth of the South
It’s January 1972 and we meet Martha Mitchell, the wife of John Mitchell, Attorney General of the United States. Martha is on a game show and is introduced as the “Mouth of the South”.
John Dean and Francesca are getting dressed after a one-night stand. Francesca finds out that John Dean works for Nixon. John Dean tells her that he works for ‘John Boy’, John Mitchell.
John is mad that Martha is doing interviews. John calls John Dean into his office to meet with him and John’s assistant, Jeb Mcgruder. They ask John Dean to gather information on the Democrats to help Nixon get reelected. John Dean is hesitant but John convinces him, saying that Nixon asked for John Dean personally. John Dean changes his tune and tells John to hire G. Gordon Liddy to help John Dean with this mission.
It’s Just Ladies’ Home Journal
Martha is giving an interview to Winnie McLendon of the Ladies’ Home Journal. Winnie asks Martha if her relationship with president Nixon has soured because Martha spoke out against the war. John comes home and kicks Winnie out.
Gordon meets with John Dean and they present a plan to attack the Democrats called Operation Gemstone. The plan will involve kidnapping and hiring hookers. John rejects Gordon’s plan, and Gordon doesn’t take the rejection well.
Martha is getting dressed for a fundraiser for Nixon when John comes in and starts dancing with Marty, their daughter. Martha isn’t excited to go because she does not like Nixon’s wife, Pat. During the fundraiser, a protest disrupts the party.
Leaking to the Press
John Dean has a first date with Maureen “Mo” Kane, a stewardess. The date doesn’t start off well or even end well, but they have great chemistry. The only thing they disagree on is Nixon.
Martha calls Winnie and tells her that Nixon is having major disagreements with Henry Kissinger.
Gordon’s son, Raymond, wakes from a nightmare. When Gordon explains to Raymond that he got laughed at during work, Raymond tells Gordon to make friends with his bullies.
John Dean finds Gordon inside John’s office. Gordon and John have a plan to spy on the democrats. John invites John Dean to Martha’s upcoming fundraiser.
John Dean finds out Mo’s schedule from his connections inside the FAA and bumps into her at the airport. John Dean invites Mo to Martha’s fundraiser.
Gordon tells Jeb that John approved his operation plans. Jeb tells Gordon that they don’t have the budget Gordon needs. Gordon gets upset and lays his hands on Jeb. James McCord from the CIA introduces himself to Gordon.
John Dean and Mo show up at Martha’s fundraiser. Mo is a huge fan of Martha’s. Jeb brings in a copy of Ladies’ Home Journal where Martha is quoted as saying Nixon is fighting with Henry Kissinger. John is alive!
John Dean finds Marty hidden in a coat closet and shares a cigarette with her. John confronts Martha about the interview and Martha slaps! Martha mocks John and slap him back!
John tells Martha to keep her mouth shut for the next 8 months until Nixon is reelected. He calls Martha a messy show. James McCord tells Martha he appreciated her interview in Ladies’ Home Journal.
The morning after the fundraiser, Marty asks her parents to send her to boarding school. John presents Martha with tickets to California for a vacation and to go to some fundraisers out there.
John Dean types up his resignation. He places it on John’s desk, only to find a memo on John’s desk. The memo says that Nixon wants to meet with John Dean. John removes the resignation letter and is very happy at the chance to meet with Nixon.
Gordon and James show up at Watergate with their team!
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Air Date: April 24, 2022
- Julia Roberts as Martha Mitchell
- Sean Penn as John N. Mitchell
- Dan Stevens as John Dean
- Betty Gilpin as Mo Dean
- Shea Whigham as G. Gordon Liddy
- Darby Camp as Marty Mitchell
- Allison Tolman as Winnie Mclendon
- Hamish Linklater as Jeb Magruder
- Chris Bauer as James McCord
- Nat Faxon as Bob Halderman
- JC MacKenzie as Howard Hunt
- Patrick Walker as Frank Wills
- Chris Messina as Agent Angelo Lano
- Carlos ValdesPaul Magallanes
- John Carroll Lynch Pat Gray
- John VentimigliaJudge John Sirica
- Chris ConnerJohn Ehrlichman
- Ellen Karsten Bonnie
- Anne Dudek Diana Oweiss
- Brian Geraghty Peter
- Bill DukeCharles Anderson
- Nate CorddryMichael Deaver
- Patton OswaltChuck Colson
- Nelson Franklin Dick Moore
- Reed Diamond Mark Felt
- Johnny Berchtold Jay Jennings
- Ahna O’reilly Gail Magruder
- Adam Ray Ron Ziegler
- Beth HallHelen Thomas
- Lauren BanksJanelle Lewis
- Raphael SbargeCharles N. Shaffer
- Amy Landecker Lurleen Landry
- Erinn HayesPeggy Ebbitt
- Billy SmithKen Ebbitt
Catch a new episode every week on Starz, check out listing dates below. Stay right here, stay mixed in because on Gaslit Season 1 Episode 2, Martha and John rekindle their love and their power-couple working relationship! Drop your email to get insights into your inbox…
Gaslit Season 1 Episode Guide
|1||8||“Final Days” Season Finale||June 12, 2022|
|1||7||“Year of the Rat”||June 5, 2022|
|1||6||“Tuffy”||May 29, 2022|
|1||5||“Honeymoon””||May 22, 2022|
|1||4||“Malum In Se”||May 15, 2022|
|1||3||“King George”||May 8, 2022|
|1||2||“California”||May 1, 2022|
|1||1||“Will” Gaslit Season 1 Premiere||April 24, 2022|
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