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An introspective episode offers strong character work and ties together different storylines in interesting ways.
This recap of American Gigolo Season 1 Episode 6 “Sunday Girl” contains spoilers.
“Sunday Girl” is an interesting episode of American gigolo because it essentially takes a break and forces its characters and audience to look back at what we’ve learned and how the various storylines relate and intersect. With the help of some flashbacks we get another glimpse into the lives of Julian and Detective Sunday as everyone reflects on Julian’s first conviction 15 years ago, fueled by the fact that thanks to the events of American gigolo episode 5he is currently in a very similar situation.
Summary of American Gigolo Season 1 Episode 6
The crucial difference this time is that Sunday believes Julian is innocent. With the added context she received from his mother, she now knows that he was abused and nurtured as a sex worker during his childhood and has continued to be used and manipulated in a variety of ways ever since. He did not commit the crime he was originally accused of, and she suspects he did not, meaning that the evidence to suggest he did it is being collected by others with a vested interest in the crime murder of Elizabeth were planted. But if Julian doesn’t talk to Sunday, she can’t help him.
As he weighs his options, we delve a little into Sunday’s past and see how her urgency to get Julian to confess in the first place was related to the fact that she had just discovered that her brother had almost died of an overdose. With this burden, she effectively coerces Julian into a confession, though he really doesn’t remember committing the crime or not.
We also see how an earlier moment of violence in Julian’s past, which he mentioned earlier, was closely tied to his confession. Knowing he was able to lose himself essentially completely, which we see when he smashes a child’s head with a rock, he believes he is capable of committing murder. This, combined with Sunday’s compulsion, cost him a decade and a half of his life.
Of course, Julian doesn’t know who set him up – but Michelle does, and she contacts Sunday to reveal it was Panish, as she can’t face Julian going under again over something he didn’t do. With the news, Sunday can lean on bribed motel worker Panish and exonerate Julian, which doesn’t exactly make up for last time, but it’s a start.
Julian agrees, so he informs Sunday through Lisa Beck that Olga brought her back to him just before she died and that Isabelle was there when she committed suicide. When Sunday later speaks to Isabelle, the Madame says she just couldn’t handle the life Julian has brought her into, but it clearly sets off some alarm bells, which is why she’s there when Julian goes home at the end of the episode returns waiting for him.
Elsewhere, McGregor is holding Colin for a cool three million ransom, and Stratton doesn’t even bother to tell Michelle at first, instead trying to work it out himself behind her back. He decides to pay up, although given the recent revelations about her and Julian, and the fact that the timeline suggests Colin may not be his, his relationship with Michelle is worse than ever – something he doesn’t seem to consider or accept .
At this point, it seems pretty obvious that Isabelle was behind everything to do with Julian’s initial imprisonment and subsequent murder of Olga, but the motives remain mysterious for now, and we still don’t know how exactly Lisa Beck fits into it all . However, when we enter the second half of the season, American gigolo seems to be really picking up steam with strong character work and interesting developments.
You can watch American Gigolo Season 1 Episode 6 “Sunday Girl” exclusively on Showtime.
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