'Gaslit' Episode 5: Will John Dean reveal the truth and testify against President Nixon?

President Nixon assigns an apprehensive John Dean to monitor the investigation report on Watergate


                            'Gaslit' Episode 5: Will John Dean reveal the truth and testify against President Nixon?
Dan Stevens in a still from 'Gaslit' Episode 5(Starz)
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Starz's political thriller 'Gaslit' offers a refreshing take on the Watergate scandal and the lives of many individuals who came to be associated with it. 

In episode 5 ‘Honeymoon’, the FBI comes closer to the truth on the real story behind Watergate. Martha’s (Julia Roberts) revelations, along with McCord’s letter that alleges a massive campaign of sabotage on the part of the Nixon administration, puts the spotlight on the scandal once again. Nixon, who has been re-elected as President, wants it to disappear and assigns John Dean (Dan Stevens) to monitor the investigation and make a written report.

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In Episode 5, it is revealed that John Dean and Mo reunited and got married. Nixon wants Dean to write an investigative report that separates the White House from any involvement in Watergate and also put an end to the scandal. He gifts Dean a honeymoon retreat to Camp David - not just to celebrate his marriage with Mo (Betty Gilpin) but also to write the report that he hopes will land him in the clear. However, Dean is rather apprehensive of the whole thing, not least because he was one of the cover-up's chief participants. Feeling overwhelmed, he reveals the truth to his wife.

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A still from 'Gaslit' Episode 5 (Starz)

 

Mo is utterly shocked to learn the truth. As Dean also mentions the false investigative report he has to make, Mo makes him promise that he will not hide anything from her. She also tells him that he can't write the report as the Nixon administration is trying to make him the scapegoat.

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Instead of supporting Nixon, Mo asks her husband to reveal the real criminals behind the cover-up and to speak out about the injustice. She doesn’t want him to go to jail and convinces him to reveal the truth so that the public will support him. Towards the end of the episode, Dean, who has returned from Camp David, implies to John Mitchell (Sean Penn) that he will be turning against the Nixon administration.

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The new episode of 'Gaslit' is available on Starz.