1.01 – Pilot (March 5, 2017)
Directed by: Ryan Murphy • Writted by: Jaffe Cohen, Michael Zam, Ryan Murphy
Cast aside by Hollywood, screen legends Joan Crawford and Bette Davis battle each other when they sign up for What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
1.02 – The Other Woman (March 12, 2017)
Directed by: Ryan Murphy • Writted by: Jaffe Cohen, Michael Zam, Tim Minear
With production on Baby Jane underway, Bette and Joan form an alliance, but outside forces conspire against them.
1.03 – Mommie Dearest (March 19, 2017)
Directed by: Gwyneth Horder-Payton • Writted by: Tim Minear
Bette and Joan learn some intimate details about each other, but their animosity climaxes on set as filming winds down.
1.04 – More, or Less (March 26, 2017)
Directed by: Liza Johnson • Writted by: Gina Welch, Tim Minear
Contrary to all expectations, Baby Jane is a huge hit. With no other film offers, Joan’s jealousy grows as Bette’s performance is critically acclaimed. She fears that she will not get an Oscar nomination, but that Bette will. Meanwhile, Pauline hopes to direct her own film but is discouraged by the lack of support from Aldrich and Joan.
1.05 – And the Winner Is… The Oscars of 1963 (April 2, 2017)
Directed by: Ryan Murphy • Writted by: Ryan Murphy
Bette is on track to win a record-breaking third Best Actress Oscar. Joan and Hedda Hopper launch a clandestine campaign against her. Joan bullies nominee Geraldine Page to skip the ceremony and allow Joan to accept the award on her behalf if she wins; Anne Bancroft, unable to attend, also allows Joan to accept her award. Offering herself as a presenter, Joan arrives at the 1963 Academy Awards ceremony dressed like a “silver Oscar.” With a shocked Olivia de Havilland and crushed Bette watching, Joan accepts the Oscar for Bancroft.
1.06 – Hagsploitation (April 9, 2017)
Directed by: Tim Minear • Writted by: Tim Minear, Gina Welch
As Joan promotes her new film, Strait-Jacket, Jack enlists Aldrich to write and direct a new film in the successful “Hagsploitation” genre. Aldrich ultimately takes his script, called Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte, to Darryl F. Zanuck to produce, angering Jack. Aldrich lures Joan in return for top billing, and Bette in return for creative control. Bette becomes increasingly unreasonable, and Joan’s suspicions about Bette’s influence over Aldrich are confirmed when Joan hears Bette having champagne with him.
1.07 – Abandoned! (April 16, 2017)
Directed by: Helen Hunt • Writted by: Jaffe Cohen, Michael Zam
With Robert’s divorce pending, he and Bette have an affair. On location filming Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Joan feels disrespected by the production (especially after being left behind when the production wrapped in Baton Rouge) and comes to resent Bette’s creative input as a producer. On the other hand, Bette is relishing her new role as a producer but is haunted by Jack Warner’s mistreatment when she first started in Hollywood. When filming returns to Los Angeles, Joan fakes an illness to stall production in hopes that 20th Century Fox will cancel the film. She eventually learns that the studio is suing her for breach of contract and, while in the hospital, learns via radio announcement that Olivia has replaced her. Hysterical, Joan destroys her hospital room, and Mamacita leaves her.
1.08 – You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends? (April 23, 2017)
Directed by: Gwyneth Horder-Payton • Writted by: Gina Welch
Following the critical failure of her latest film, Trog, and bad publicity photos, Joan officially retires from acting. In the following years, she moves to New York City. Realizing how miserable she is alone, she makes amends with Mamacita and her daughter, Cathy. One night, Joan hallucinates Jack and Hedda having a party in her apartment, where she joins them and is later joined by Bette. In the fantasy, Joan and Bette end their feud and speak civilly toward each other about one another. In mid-1977, Joan’s health deteriorates rapidly, and she dies with Mamacita at her side. Meanwhile, Bette, who has worked consistently since Sweet Charlotte, learns of Joan’s death via a journalist who asks for comment. Bette responds with one final negative comment towards Joan. At the 1978 Academy Awards, Adam finishes his interviews for his documentary, with Bette refusing to be a part. Bette, Olivia, and others express sadness at Joan’s brief appearance in the In Memoriam segment, while simultaneously being horrified by the brevity of the moment. A flashback to the first day of filming Baby Jane shows Bette and Joan chatting happily before going into their separate trailers.