Sophie exposes James – Hollywood Life
The 6 episodes of Anatomy of a Scandal, the new limited series from Netflix, is released on April 15. The season finale was a stunning conclusion to the James Whitehouse trial, the Holly Berry mystery, and more. the Anatomy of a Scandal the ending featured one final twist where James finally got what was happening to him. Let’s break it all down:
The final episode begins where the penultimate episode ended. Sophie wonders if she’s ever met Kate and starts asking about Holly Berry, her college roommate. Kate dances around to Sophie’s question, but Sophie gets the answer she’s looking for when she notices Kate’s color-coded tabs are identical to the ones Holly used at school. Kate knows that Sophie knows she is Holly, but she doesn’t want to lose her career.
James confesses about the libertine party
At the Whitehouse home, James and Sophie are talking. He was the one who actually brought up Holly Berry. He asks what she looked like and when was the last time Sophie saw her. Sophie, without mentioning her conversation with Kate/Holly, tells James that she thought she saw Holly on the street today.
James decides to confess to Sophie that he was with Holly the night of the swinger party all those years ago. In James’ story, they were both drunk and having consensual, “spontaneous” sex. However, he admits Holly “seemed shaken” afterwards and believes it was because she was a virgin at the time.
Sophie, having supported James throughout this trial, is stunned by James’ confession. “It was definitely, one hundred percent, not rape,” James swears. He tells her he’s just being “honest” with himself and with her, but you can tell by the look on his face that he’s starting to question his own words.
James’ confession isn’t over yet. He also evokes Alec, the man who “jumped” to his death the night of the libertine party. He reveals to Sophie that Tom and Alec used heroin together, and James got rid of the evidence after Alec died. Sophie has been furious since James used her as an alibi that night.
James is found not guilty
The next day, the trial continues. After only 4 hours of deliberation, a verdict is in. As everyone returns to court, Kate crosses paths with James. James may seem to recognize Kate as Holly, but he doesn’t talk about it. James is found not guilty of raping Olivia Lytton. Everyone is shocked, even Sophie. As she walks out of the courtroom, James looks at Kate again but doesn’t make the connection between two and two.
While James wants to celebrate his victory, Sophie still has a few questions. She asks him if he said, “Don’t be such a picnic?” James responds, “What do you think?” Sophie continues and says she thinks it’s possible. Olivia asked him to stop and he responded with the pricktease line. James hesitates but eventually admits he said it, meaning he committed perjury on the stand.
“I said the basic truth, that she meant it,” James told Sophie. Sophie leaves their house and shows up at Alison’s doorstep. She wants to find Holly Berry. Alison lies and claims she doesn’t know where Holly is. Sophie sees through Alison’s lie and says she knows Holly is Kate Woodcroft. After Alison tells her about Sophie, Kate thinks her career is over.
Sophie wastes no time telling James that she is leaving him after his multitude of lies. “I always let you keep the truth,” Sophie says. James gets down on his knees and begs her to stay. “If I stay, who will become our children? said Sophia. James asks what they’re going to tell the kids. Sophie simply replies, “The fundamental truth.”
Sophie exposes James for Alec’s death
Sophie meets Kate and admits her “left hand scribbling and color-coding notes” revealed her as Holly Berry. However, Sophie notes that Kate is virtually unrecognizable now. Sophie wants to talk about James. “He assaulted me,” Kate said with conviction. Sophie brings up the fact that James claims their relationship was consensual and that Kate never reported James. Kate knows no one would have believed her back then. “It was rape,” she swears to Sophie.
Sophie tells Kate she had no idea about the assault at the time. Kate doesn’t think Sophie will do anything about it. Sophie is fed up with everyone underestimating her. She has already called the press for what happened the evening of the libertine party. Not about Holly’s rape, but Alec’s death. Tom and James’ involvement in Alec’s death is something that can certainly still be prosecuted in court.
When Kate asks why Sophie decided to do this now, Sophie says, “Course correction, maybe. James and Tom are arrested in connection with Alec’s death the night of the swinger party. Sophie takes her kids from the city to the countryside, while Kate/Holly continues to bring criminals to justice. With James behind bars, justice has been served.