Impeachment: American Crime Story Episode 2: Monica Lewinsky tells Linda Tripp about her affair

Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) gets closer to Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson), revealing what Linda had suspected: she was having an affair with Bill Clinton (Clive Owen) on the second episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story.

Last week’s premiere set up how Monica and Linda first met, with Monica sent to work at the Department of Defense, just as Linda was sent there after working in the White House.

Tuesday night’s episode, entitled The President Kissed Me, reveals Monica already trusts Linda enough to talk about the affair, which would prove to be her downfall, as we also see how their first kiss unfolds.

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Closer: Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) gets closer to Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson), revealing what Linda had suspected: she was having an affair with Bill Clinton (Clive Owen) on the second episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story

Last week: Last week’s premiere set up how Monica and Linda first met, with Monica sent to work at the Department of Defense, just as Linda was sent there after working in the White House  

First kiss: Tuesday night’s episode, entitled The President Kissed Me, reveals Monica already trusts Linda enough to talk about the affair, which would prove to be her downfall, as we also see how their first kiss unfolds

The episode begins in November 1995, just weeks into the government shutdown, when interns are tasked with working in the White House.

Monica and other interns are told that they will be working with people who are running the country, as he tells them to ‘please be professional.’

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Monica is sent to deliver something to George Stephanopoulos, when she meets President Clinton for the first time.

Interns: Monica and other interns are told that they will be working with people who are running the country, as he tells them to ‘please be professional’

First time: Monica is sent to deliver something to George Stephanopoulos, when she meets President Clinton for the first time

They make small talk about where they’re from, their first time visiting the White House and other things when Monica admits she’s nervous because she has, ‘a huge crush on you.’

President Clinton takes her badge and says, ‘This could be a problem.’

She returns back to her condo at the Watergate, waking up her mother, telling her, ‘The President kissed me,’ but she doesn’t believe her. 

Huge crush: They make small talk about where they’re from, their first time visiting the White House and other things when Monica admits she’s nervous because she has, ‘a huge crush on you’

Problem: President Clinton takes her badge and says, ‘This could be a problem’ 

The episode picks back up when Monica tells Linda that the ‘mystery man’ hasn’t talked to her in 22 days, ‘not that I’m not pathologically counting.’

Monica says her friend is in town and Linda says she should go out with her friend and then she insists on taking her antiquing.

Her friend Cat (Sarah Catherine Hook) comes to visit but she’s downtrodden because he hasn’t called, as the friend realizes they’re eating in on the chance that he might call because if he calls when she’s out she has no way to call him back.

Mystery man: The episode picks back up when Monica tells Linda that the ‘mystery man’ hasn’t talked to her in 22 days, ‘not that I’m not pathologically counting’

Cat: Her friend Cat (Sarah Catherine Hook) comes to visit but she’s downtrodden because he hasn’t called, as the friend realizes they’re eating in on the chance that he might call because if he calls when she’s out she has no way to call him back

She drops the bombshell to her friend that she told him that she loves him… and the friend asks what he said back.

He said… ‘That means a lot to me,’ as Cat breaks it down how problematic that is.

‘If I’m seeing someone and he only calls me twice a month, I would take that as a sign,’ Cat says, though Monica retorts that he’s the leader of the free world.

Bombshell: She drops the bombshell to her friend that she told him that she loves him… and the friend asks what he said back

Leader: ‘If I’m seeing someone and he only calls me twice a month, I would take that as a sign,’ Cat says, though Monica retorts that he’s the leader of the free world

‘Yeah, he’s the most unavailable man in the entire planet,’ Cat adds.

Monica adds that Bill ‘promised’ to bring her back to the White House when they win the election, and lets it slip she has told others about the affair, Ashley from the internship, ‘and there’s this woman at my office,’ but she swears Linda doesn’t know who she’s seeing.

Linda takes Monica antiquing as she finds an ‘exquisite’ Christmas tree antique and when they go to eat, Monica says she’s ‘depriving myself.’

Antiquing: Linda takes Monica antiquing as she finds an ‘exquisite’ Christmas tree antique and when they go to eat, Monica says she’s ‘depriving myself’

Linda says she’s ‘closed for business’ and says her marriage wasn’t that interesting but the best part about it was it gave her her kids.

‘I think I’m a lucky woman. I’m very maternal, Monica, that’s why I worry about you sometimes,’ she says.

Monica wants Linda to meet her mother and Linda says she knows she can make it till Election Day on Tuesday, as Monica sighs and takes something to eat.

Closed: Linda says she’s ‘closed for business’ and says her marriage wasn’t that interesting but the best part about it was it gave her her kids 

Election Day: Monica wants Linda to meet her mother and Linda says she knows she can make it till Election Day on Tuesday, as Monica sighs and takes something to eat

Monica gets her hair done on Election Day, as she finds herself watching the election coverage.

She gets back home and turns on the election coverage, where she smiles upon learning Clinton is projected to win Clinton’s home state.

Monica keeps watching coverage all night, seeing Clinton projected to win the election over Bob Dole.

Big win: Monica keeps watching coverage all night, seeing Clinton projected to win the election over Bob Dole

She watches the coverage as Tom Brokaw talks about Hilary, and how she’s been under a ‘trial by fire’ over the past few years.

The show cuts to November 6, the morning after the election, as Monica is seen getting into a taxi… but back at work, Linda notices Monica isn’t there.

She’s actually at the rally for his re-election, where he’s seen giving her that now-infamous hug in front of the cameras.

Not there: The show cuts to November 6, the morning after the election, as Monica is seen getting into a taxi… but back at work, Linda notices Monica isn’t there

Hug: She’s actually at the rally for his re-election, where he’s seen giving her that now-infamous hug in front of the cameras

After the hug, he leans in and says something else to her but it’s not heard what was said.

Monica wakes up in her bed alone… when the phone rings… but it’s her friend Cat instead of Bill.

‘It’s been two weeks since the election,’ but Cat tells her to just call him.

After: After the hug, he leans in and says something else to her but it’s not heard what was said

Linda catches up with Monica in the cafeteria but she’s in no mood to talk, finally revealing that she’s not coming back.

She wonders if he has the power to bring her back, but she blurts out, ‘He’s the President. We had an affair. It’s over.’

Linda peppers her with questions, asking when it started, with Monica saying at first it was just, ‘public events,’ adding, ‘when that man focuses his attention on you, the world stops.’

No mood: Linda catches up with Monica in the cafeteria but she’s in no mood to talk, finally revealing that she’s not coming back

Affair: She wonders if he has the power to bring her back, but she blurts out, ‘He’s the President. We had an affair. It’s over’

World stops: Linda peppers her with questions, asking when it started, with Monica saying at first it was just, ‘public events,’ adding, ‘when that man focuses his attention on you, the world stops’

‘For months, it was this flirtation and I didn’t think anything more would happen, and then suddenly the shutdown and I was working in the White House. And there he was, just a few doors away.’

She’s seen casually showing Bill her underwear, which he catches a glimpse of and smiles, insisting that it was incredibly hot.

Monica then arrives in the Oval Office with a pizza and the first thing she says, ‘I can’t believe it,’ and neither could he.

Doors away: ‘For months, it was this flirtation and I didn’t think anything more would happen, and then suddenly the shutdown and I was working in the White House. And there he was, just a few doors away’

Underwear: She’s seen casually showing Bill her underwear, which he catches a glimpse of and smiles, insisting that it was incredibly hot

Pizza: Monica then arrives in the Oval Office with a pizza and the first thing she says, ‘I can’t believe it,’ and neither could he

‘It was magnetic, it was unstoppable. I couldn’t breathe around him. It was beyond anything I had ever experienced, ‘she says, while Bill leads her deeper into the office.

Monica jokes that he works from home and she doesn’t know what he’s complaining about.

He tells her she makes his day better and she says he probably doesn’t remember his name, and he asks what kind of name Lewinsky is before they start kissing.

Magnetic: ‘It was magnetic, it was unstoppable. I couldn’t breathe around him. It was beyond anything I had ever experienced, ‘she says, while Bill leads her deeper into the office

Kiss: He tells her she makes his day better and she says he probably doesn’t remember his name, and he asks what kind of name Lewinsky is before they start kissing

She tells Linda that they would find ways to bump into each other and she says they bought gifts for each other.

‘It was the best nine months of my life,’ Monica says.

She said one day she got a call saying she was being moved to the Pentagon because she was seen around him too much. 

Bump: She tells Linda that they would find ways to bump into each other and she says they bought gifts for each other

Seen: She said one day she got a call saying she was being moved to the Pentagon because she was seen around him too much

She says her friends think she should be institutionalized and she realizes that he’s never going to bring her back to the White House.

Monica says she’s going to to fly to Portland and see her friend Cat, ‘so I can try to stop thinking about him for one f***ing minute. I feel so stupid.’

She apologizes to Linda for unloading all of this stuff, and Linda says she thinks it’s not over because it was so intense.

Stupid: Monica says she’s going to to fly to Portland and see her friend Cat, ‘so I can try to stop thinking about him for one f***ing minute. I feel so stupid’

Apology: She apologizes to Linda for unloading all of this stuff, and Linda says she thinks it’s not over because it was so intense

‘You’re sitting here in the Pentagon right now because you were a threat, Monica,’ Linda tells her.

Linda says there are at least 10 women there he had something with but they are still there because he doesn’t care about them, and he sent her away because he does care.

Linda says she’s not thinking clearly about this, but Monica says, ‘I think, sadly, I am.’

Threat: ‘You’re sitting here in the Pentagon right now because you were a threat, Monica,’ Linda tells her

After lunch, Linda says she shouldn’t leave town because she thinks he’s still gonna call, adding, ‘If you miss that, you’re never gonna forgive yourself.’

Monica gets home and starts unpacking when the phone rings… and it’s Bill.

‘I’m sorry my voice sounds funny. I think I’ve got laryngitis,’ Bill says, adding he missed her voice.

Missed call: After lunch, Linda says she shouldn’t leave town because she thinks he’s still gonna call, adding, ‘If you miss that, you’re never gonna forgive yourself’

Bill calls: Monica gets home and starts unpacking when the phone rings… and it’s Bill

‘I don’t wanna talk about me. What have you been up to?’ Bill says.

Linda is at home heating up her microwave dinner and watching some classic TV when Monica calls her and says Linda was right.

‘Linda, I can’t believe it. How did you know?’ Monica says. ‘I have a gift, Monica. It’s just that no one sees it,’ Linda says with a nefarious tone in her voice.

She was right: Linda is at home heating up her microwave dinner and watching some classic TV when Monica calls her and says Linda was right

Gift: ‘Linda, I can’t believe it. How did you know?’ Monica says. ‘I have a gift, Monica. It’s just that no one sees it,’ Linda says with a nefarious tone in her voice

Paula Jones goes to meet with her lawyers, but she brings Susan Carpenter McMillan (Judith Light), who is an advocate for, ‘conservative feminism.’

Paula tells the lawyers that Susan thought she was being treated unfairly and that anything they want to say they can say in front of Susie.

The lawyers say that the President’s lawyers think he’s immune to lawsuits like this but the Supreme Court is ruling on whether or not he can.

Susan: Paula Jones goes to meet with her lawyers, but she brings Susan Carpenter McMillan (Judith Light), who is an advocate for, ‘conservative feminism’

Lawyers: Paula tells the lawyers that Susan thought she was being treated unfairly and that anything they want to say they can say in front of Susie

Susan thinks Paula should do some television to get some publicity but the lawyers think television is a bad idea.

Ann Coulter (Cobie Smulders) meets with her boyfriend George Conway (George Salazar) and fellow conservative lawyers Jerome Marcus (James Thomas Gilbert) and Richard Porter (Christopher Wallinger), telling them she just got fired from MSNBC.

She says that she was fired by arguing with a, ‘simpering peacenik about landmines in Vietnam’ and told him he was why they lost the war… only to realize he was a Vietnam veteran who lost both of his legs.  

Anne: Ann Coulter (Cobie Smulders) meets with her boyfriend George Conway (George Salazar) and fellow conservative lawyers Jerome Marcus (James Thomas Gilbert) and Richard Porter (Christopher Wallinger), telling them she just got fired from MSNBC

Arguing: She says that she was fired by arguing with a, ‘simpering peacenik about landmines in Vietnam’ and told him he was why they lost the war… only to realize he was a Vietnam veteran who lost both of his legs

The upside of her firing, though, is she’s available to help them now, as they reveal they’re preparing briefs to help Paula’s lawyers. 

She adds she can’t wait for the deposition, joking, ‘Mr. President, what specifically, is wrong with your penis?’

Jerome insists this is not to ’embarrass’ the President, but to ‘constrain a President who has engaged in illicit activities.’

Help: The upside of her firing, though, is she’s available to help them now, as they reveal they’re preparing briefs to help Paula’s lawyers

She says she’s bored and insists she’s a conservative, not a Republican, who she says are all ‘too nice.’

She asks what they need her to do, and George says to do what she does best, ‘stir the pot, but she insists this isn’t about justice, it’s about, ‘impeachment.’  

Paula puts in a tape with Susan asking her to give her her, ‘honest to God opinion,’ about the video, but Susan is not impressed, while drinking some wine.

Too nice: She says she’s bored and insists she’s a conservative, not a Republican, who she says are all ‘too nice’

Honest: Paula puts in a tape with Susan asking her to give her her, ‘honest to God opinion,’ about the video, but Susan is not impressed, while drinking some wine

Paula says this video is being sold by Reverend Jerry Falwell at his churches and she thinks if the video get out there it would show her side.

Susan says she is wonderful and has a look that says ,’rural Arkansas,’ and Susan says they want to believe her but they have to, ‘help her along.’

Susan takes Paula to a Nordstrom’s but she balks at the price, although Susan says her friends will take care of it.

NordstromsS: Susan takes Paula to a Nordstrom’s but she balks at the price, although Susan says her friends will take care of it

Rural: Susan says she is wonderful and has a look that says ,’rural Arkansas,’ and Susan says they want to believe her but they have to, ‘help her along’

‘It’s funny cause this is how my boss dressed when I worked for the state. I always thought she was kinda sad,’ Paula says.

Susan says she wants her to get the respect she deserves but Paula doesn’t think she can be as ‘classy’ as she is.

Susan says she’s going to buy her that suit and take her to lunch… but when she goes back to change, the aide/employee says Paula is nothing like she’s made out to be and she’s so sweet.

Susan says she is sweet…. ‘But dumb as a rock though.’

Sweet but dumb: Susan says she is sweet…. ‘But dumb as a rock though’

Monica comes by the White House and tells the President’s secretary Betty Currie (Rae Dawn Chong) about gifts, as she adds that he likes gifts, ‘more than any adult man I know.’

She asks if there was ever talk about her coming back to work at the White House and she said there was talk, adding he says she was, ‘a good kid.’

Monica brings Linda back to her place to show her the red dress she wants to wear to the Inaugural Ball.

Betty: Monica comes by the White House and tells the President’s secretary Betty Currie (Rae Dawn Chong) about gifts, as she adds that he likes gifts, ‘more than any adult man I know’

Good kid: She asks if there was ever talk about her coming back to work at the White House and she said there was talk, adding he says she was, ‘a good kid’

Red dress: Monica brings Linda back to her place to show her the red dress she wants to wear to the Inaugural Ball

She tells Linda that he told her in August, when she took the train to New York for an event, just to see him, he told her, ‘You know, Monica, you remind me of The Face on Mike Hammer,’ adding she didn’t get the reference because she’s not ‘elderly.’

Linda explains that, ‘The Face is a reoccurring character in every episode. A woman who shows up every place Mike Hammer goes,’ as Monica worries if he likes her showing up at these places.

Monica keeps wondering what to do as Linda says she remembers these events ‘so precisely,’ adding maybe there is a ‘pattern.’

Pattern: Monica keeps wondering what to do as Linda says she remembers these events ‘so precisely,’ adding maybe there is a ‘pattern’

She asks if her computer has Microsoft Excel as Linda starts entering all of their interactions into a spreadsheet.

‘I want him to call me because he’s actually thinking about me on his own,’ she says.

The show cuts to Inauguration Day at the Newsweek offices with reporter Michael Isikoff (Danny A. Jacobs), telling his boss that there is a volunteer who claims he kissed and fondled her in the White House.

Computer: She asks if her computer has Microsoft Excel as Linda starts entering all of their interactions into a spreadsheet

Michael: The show cuts to Inauguration Day at the Newsweek offices with reporter Michael Isikoff (Danny A. Jacobs), telling his boss that there is a volunteer who claims he kissed and fondled her in the White House

Her boss isn’t pleased and says she defends him when her higher-ups say he’s on the sex beat, but he swears this new person will pan out, and she says if he doesn’t have anything soon he’s putting her on campaign finance.

Linda is at home arguing with her daughter, who wants to take her van when the daughter makes a derisive comment about her job.

While she digs into her dinner, she wants Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton dance at their Inaugural Ball live on TV.

Comment: Linda is at home arguing with her daughter, who wants to take her van when the daughter makes a derisive comment about her job

TV: While she digs into her dinner, she wants Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton dance at their Inaugural Ball live on TV

Back at work, Monica comes by Linda’s cubical as she mentions that he whispered from the stage that he liked her dress.

She says that Betty called and invited her to come to the President’s radio address, and Monica wants Linda to help her pick out what to wear, but she says she’s ‘swamped.’

Paula is getting interviewed with the interviewer stating they think her accusations are politically motivated but she says that’s not it at all.

Not political: Paula is getting interviewed with the interviewer stating they think her accusations are politically motivated but she says that’s not it at all

The interviewer keeps attacking her, saying it will do damage to the President but she says he did something not her.

Susan mentions that she was proud of her and thinks she was great, and Paula says she doesn’t think anyone has called her great before.

Monica goes to the radio address, catching a glimpse of eye contact with him before he starts the address.

Attack: The interviewer keeps attacking her, saying it will do damage to the President but she says he did something not her

Radio: Monica goes to the radio address, catching a glimpse of eye contact with him before he starts the address

Monica is then waiting for the President’s secretary Betty to let her into the office, but one of the lawyers sees her.

Bill says he ‘missed her smile’ and thanks her for ‘all the neat gifts,’ as he gives her a few more gifts.

He gives her a hat pin, saying she, ‘always looks so cute in your hats,’ and he says she should open the other gift later.

She says she wants to open it now with him there and she sees it’s Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, saying it was a special book.

Gift: He gives her a hat pin, saying she, ‘always looks so cute in your hats,’ and he says she should open the other gift later

Special book: She says she wants to open it now with him there and she sees it’s Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, saying it was a special book

Clinton tells her a story about how he loves to fight but his campaign was a runaway and it was hiss last campaign ever.

He says he knew in Miami that it was over and he wanted to go alone so his Secret Service drove him around Miami and he found a bookshop where he got that book for her.  

‘So, don’t you dare, for one minute, believe the reason you haven’t been asked to come visit is ’cause I didn’t want it,’ Bill tells her as she’s clearly mesmerized.

Loves to fight: Clinton tells her a story about how he loves to fight but his campaign was a runaway and it was hiss last campaign ever

‘You know, the moment I saw you today, I wanted to get you in here alone as fast as I could,’ he says, adding, ‘I just don’t want to get addicted to you, and I don’t want you to get addicted to me.’

He adds that he has thought about all the men who have hurt her, and tells her, ‘We have to be really careful.

Linda gets a visit from Michael Isikoff from Newsweek, says he wants to ask her a few questions as they go outside.

Addicted: ‘You know, the moment I saw you today, I wanted to get you in here alone as fast as I could,’ he says, adding, ‘I just don’t want to get addicted to you, and I don’t want you to get addicted to me’

Careful: He adds that he has thought about all the men who have hurt her, and tells her, ‘We have to be really careful

Michael asks if she knows a woman named Kathleen Willey, Linda boasts that she worked at the White House, ‘for many years at a very high level.’

Kathleen told him that she experienced an ‘unwanted sexual advance from the President’ and that Linda could back up her story, which angers Linda.

‘I can’t imagine why anyone would care about Kathleen,’ as Michael mentions she might be part of the Paula Jones case, but Linda insists, ‘This isn’t a story,’ and walks back inside.

Questions: Linda gets a visit from Michael Isikoff from Newsweek, says he wants to ask her a few questions as they go outside

Michael follows her inside, asking if she can tell him if something happened, but she says she has to talk to Kathleen, and he says when she does, to give him a call.

He offers to give him his card, but she insists, ‘I know how to reach you,’ as he turns to walk away. 

Linda is upset and tells Michael, ‘There is a much bigger story. Much bigger than this. You’re barking up the wrong tree’ as the episode comes to an end.

Bigger story: Linda is upset and tells Michael, ‘There is a much bigger story. Much bigger than this. You’re barking up the wrong tree’ as the episode comes to an end

In a preview for next week’s episode, Susan rejoices that they ‘won’ asking her to take him to court, while Linda tells Michael the President, ‘uses women like paper towels,’ and when he says he knows, she insists, ‘You don’t know the half of it.’

Monica tells Bill that a reporter asked her friend to comment on a story, as Bill asks, ‘Is her name Linda Tripp? Have you told her about us?’

Impeachment: American Crime Story returns with an all new episode Tuesday, September 21 at 10 PM ET on FX.  

Return: Impeachment: American Crime Story returns with an all new episode Tuesday, September 21 at 10 PM ET on FX