Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Cunanan and Versace, Ep. 5, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
“American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” continued tonight, S2. E5 presented the backstory of the first victim of Andrew Cunanan in an episode called “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”.
Cunanan flies to Minneapolis in order to sponge off Trail and Madsen. The episode then goes into the backstory of Trail as a Navy officer on a ship, intervening in a fragging of a gay sailor. These incidents were relatively uncommon under Clinton’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” but could happen. Later superior officers suspect Trail of being gay. He is asked to read the DOD regulation from February 1994 which looks like a graphic novel.
Trail gives an anonymous interview with the press about the Clinton policy and then leaves the service five years after graduating from the Naval Academy without incident.
The episode shows scenes in Minneapolis gay bar that resembled the Gay Nineties. The Saloon is my own favorite.
Cunanan is very manipulative when he first meets Trail.