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Anatomy Of A Scandal: Episode 5 Recap

Still from Anatomy of A Scandal episode 5 to illustrate recap

In the previous episode, Kate Woodcroft was revealed to be Holly Berry and she was raped by James during their university days.

Anatomy of a Scandal is a British crime series based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Vaughan. The story that follows James Whitehouse (Rupert Friend), the Home Office Minister and his wife Sophie Whitehouse (Sienna Miller) as the news of his affair became public.

TRIGGER WARNING: This episode discuss the incidents of rape, sexual assault and substance abuse.

Anatomy of a Scandal: Episode 5 Summary & Recap

Talks on the night of Holly's rape

An anxious Kate arrived at Alison’s house that night and they discuss her rape back in university. Alison was the one who found her crying in the toilet after the rape. All this while, Alison only knew that Kate’s rapist was a Libertine, but that night, Kate revealed that it was James. Alison is shocked that Kate still took up the case against her own rapist.

Meanwhile, Sophie who was trying hard to remember the past eventually remembered that James came to her room late at night on the night of Alec’s accident. James told her that he messed up real bad this time and that he needed her as an alibi. This worked because he was with Sophie at the dance just before.

Still from Anatomy of A Scandal episode 5 to illustrate recap
Sophie remembered the night James came into her room asking her to be his alibi. Photo: Netflix

James in court

The next day in court, Angela Regan questioned James about his relationship with Olivia Lytton. He admitted that he might be in love with her and although he knew his affair was a mistake, it was difficult to stop. His words hurt Sophie as James told her it was just sex and she recounted James missing a fun day out with their children because of “work”.

James also denied some of Olivia’s allegations on the day of the rape. According to him, Olivia called the lift and entered it first. After giving James a knowing look, James entered the lift and Olivia initiated the kiss. He remembered this as he recalled being shocked by it. He also claimed that Olivia unbuttoned her own shirt and could have been the one who accidentally tore her tights when removing it. On top of this, James denied any exchange of words in the lift, including the words “don’t be such a prick tease”.

Still from Anatomy of A Scandal episode 5 to illustrate recap
James recounted a different story of the day of the rape. Photo: Netflix

Kate questions James

When it was Kate’s turn to do the questioning, she asked convoluted questions that mirror her own experience such as whether it is normal for James to have sex while travelling from one point to another and whether James had forcefully open a woman’s blouse before. During the questioning, James started getting flashbacks on the night with Holly years back and he seemed to have a hunch about Kate and Holly. Despite Kate’s continuous questioning, James denied that Olivia ever said “no” or “not here” and denied ever having non-consensual sex. At the end of the questioning, Kate seemed to hit a nerve and James angrily shouted that he is not a rapist, and Kate ended her questioning.

Sophie steps in

During James’ questioning in court, Sophie noticed that Kate’s way of writing and keeping her notes is similar to Holly’s and she seemed to have an idea who Kate is. After their court session, James apologized to Sophie for saying he was in love with Olivia and said that was a strategic decision on his part. When they reached home, their children Emily and Finn greeted them with a Happy Anniversary banner, but Sophie excused herself and went to Kate’s office instead.

Still from Anatomy of A Scandal episode 5 to illustrate recap
Sophie notice that Kate's method of taking notes is the same as Holly's. Photo: Netflix

Additional Observations From Episode 5

  • During the questioning, James made a comment that careers hang in a balance in cases like these. That comment bothered Kate.

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