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The historical series dealing with the famous Watergate scandal from the early 1970s turned out to be one of the craziest and wittiest series we’ve had the chance to watch so far in 2023. Although less than a year earlier, the series “Gaslit” appeared with Julia Roberts and Sean Penn, which dealt with the same topic, but from the perspective of Martha Mitchell and her husband, John Mitchell, who was the attorney general during the Nixon administration, “White House Plumbers” brings the well-known story from the perspective of the team that carried out the action itself. An action that soon led to the first and so far the only impeachment of an American president.

Those “plumbers” are Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) and Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux), a former operative CIA– and a former FBI agent who indirectly received the task of sabotaging the presidential campaign of a democratic opponent from the Oval Office. And everything that we will see here seems completely insane, unreal, sick so that it is actually not impossible that it happened exactly like that. From today’s perspective, more than half a century later, everything that happened may seem like crazy, abnormal banter, but the clumsiness and complete sloppiness of the title duo led to the biggest political scandal in American history at the time.

The character of Gordon Liddy in Theroux’s brilliant performance is particularly grotesque here (I read somewhere that Harrelson joked that he always gets less attractive roles than his colleagues in series and movies, and the best example before this one was True Detective), a guy who not only that he is a complete lunatic, but also a Nazi, an admirer of Hitler, convinced that his mission is to ensure that the red communist neman in the form of the American democrats will never take over power. And the story created by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck starts right away, so in the opening scene of the first of five episodes, we see this duo carrying out actions with the help of some Cubans that will turn out to be a prelude to Watergate itself.

And on several occasions they fail to break into the desired locations, but anyway, Nixon will indirectly entrust them with this important task and secure the budget. The ideas that the totally abnormal Liddy will have are beyond imagination, but of all the sabotage proposals, one will be approved in the end. By the end, we will understand that the plan devised by Liddy is significantly different from the one planned by Hunt, but once the implementation is started, there is no going back. It was filmed in a slightly tragicomic spirit, we also see how the family situations will develop, especially with Hunt, and everything that we will see there is beyond all comprehension.