FANtastic TV: Hulu’s The Act shows what led to Dee Dee’s murder

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FANtastic TV: Hulu’s The Act shows what led to Dee Dee’s murder

TV poster for The Act

TV poster for The Act

The Magnet Tribune: Hulu

TV poster for The Act

The Magnet Tribune: Hulu

The Magnet Tribune: Hulu

TV poster for The Act

Anna Davenport, FANtastic TV

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Based on real events, Hulu’s “The Act” is a dramatized telling of the infamous Gypsy Blanchard case. The Gypsy Blanchard case is about the murder of Claudine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, Gypsy’s mother, and the role she played in her death. The Act takes the direction of showing the events leading up to the murder and uncovers the longtime running disability financial fraud scam.

We open on the 911 call made by a concerned neighbor to check on Dee Dee and Gypsy, then jump back seven years prior in the middle of an interview. In this interview, we begin seeing the toxic and controlling relationship between the two when Dee Dee answers questions on behalf of Gypsy. Sometime later, when their new neighbor Lacey gives Gypsy a makeover, Dee Dee eavesdrops on their conversation and once Lacey leaves she sternly makes Gypsy remove the makeup despite her protests.

With plenty gut-wrenching scenes portraying the isolation Gypsy lives in, you begin to feel empathy for the mental condition of Gypsy’s mind.”

— Anna Davenport

When visiting their neighbors, Gypsy’s offered a Coke and Dee Dee takes her home to warn her what would happen if she were to have an allergic reaction to that amount of sugar. In a trip to the mall, Gypsy and Dee Dee steal an item and are spotted by a skeptical neighbor, Dee Dee throws a neighborhood party to appeal to the community. Days later, at the party, Gypsy tries to eat a cupcake and when spotted by Dee Dee she is rushed to the E.R. where Gypsy hears something that contradicts what her mother’s been telling her for years.

With plenty of gut-wrenching scenes portraying the isolation Gypsy lives in, you begin to feel empathy for the mental condition of Gypsy’s mind. Easily swayed by others, a childlike innocence, and the desire for normality all factor into making her a socially awkward, out-of-date girl that’s not in touch with society.

The Act is a Hulu Original and is for mature audiences with language, violence, drug abuse, and sex. The first episode aired on March 20, 2019, and it is currently unknown how many episodes or seasons will air online. Each episode averages near 50 minutes and new episodes air Wednesdays.