This week we begin with a blast from the past at Madame LaLaurie’s home on All Hallow’s Eve 1833.
One of LaLaurie’s daughters attempts romance with a handsome beau, but LaLaurie interferes by bringing him to her “house of horrors,” which is really a few of bowls full of different parts of slaves she’s tortured and killed. Predictably, the scene is interspersed with scenes of Black slaves being tortured because it wouldn’t be an episode without it. The beau doesn’t care for her house of horrors and makes a quick exit as LaLaurie cackles about his lack of courage. Seemingly out of earshot, her daughters plot to kill her. I wonder if they care as much about her horrific mistreatment of slaves as they do about her controlling and abusive behavior toward them? In any case, LaLaurie knows all, and she punishes her daughters in her torture chamber as we cut to present.
LaLaurie’s daughters have returned as the undead and, along with dozens others, surround the school. All of the young witches and LaLaurie immediately begin turning off lights, locking doors, and preparing for a siege. Luke, the hot but evidently somewhat drippy neighbor boy, believes that the undead army is actually a group of teenaged pranksters and so steps outside to show them what’s what. He’s quickly disabused of that notion when one of them shows him what’s what and Nan has to come save his silly ass.
At a local hospital, Fiona finds out that whoever threw acid in Cordelia’s face blinded her in the attack. Cordelia lies prone in her hospital bed as she recovers while Fiona wanders the halls of the hospital. She ends up in the room of a young mother who whose baby has recently died. Fiona pushes the child into the mother’s arms despite her protests and encourages her to speak lovingly to the child. Of course, the touch of the Supreme brings the child back to life, and the mother cries with joy as Fiona exits to return to her own child.
Back at Miss Robichaux’s, Luke remains silly and trapped in a car outside with Nan. Zoe runs out to save them and distract the undead. LaLaurie decides it’s her turn to make silly-ass decisions and opens the back door for one of her undead daughters while tearfully insisting that her daughter must recognize her on some level. I cringe because I’m pretty sure we’re supposed to feel sympathy for LaLaurie here who, I’ll remind you, tortured Black slaves on this show and in real life. In any case, her daughter attacks her, and that may be a yes or no on her recognizing her mother, given their past relationship.
Just as Queenie gets out of bed because she’s worried about what’s happening out there, LaLaurie’s daughter bursts through Queenie’s bedroom door. Queenie tries as she can to fight her off, but to no avail. Just as things look bleak, LaLaurie herself comes in and stops her daughter. And, again, we’re supposed to feel sympathy at this little moment of redemption as LaLaurie dispatches her own daughter to save Queenie. They hug, and I try not to flip a table because what the hell ever, show.
Meanwhile, Nan helps hot but drippy neighbor boy back into the house while Zoe goes Evil Dead on everyone’s asses with a chainsaw. She’s sawing the undead to pieces when the damned thing goes on the fritz. Just as all looks lost, she unleashes a new power that knocks Marie for a loop back at her pad. When asked what happened, a visibly shaken Marie only says, “I don’t know. But, they got some real power at that witch house now.” I am vaguely annoyed because I knew Madison was a red herring, and I suspected the powers that be (TPTB) might run with Zoe as the new Supreme. To quote a friend, Zoe is like ramen noodles without the packet, bland and basic. But, we’ll see.
Back at the hospital, horrible hubby Hank has come to visit Cordelia. Fiona has precisely zero patience for him because she knows there’s something off about the guy. She verbally smacks him down before stepping out for a moment to let him visit. She threatens that if he’s not gone by the time she comes back, she will be happy to make him leave. When Hank and Cordelia are alone, he takes her hand in his, and her eyes snap open as she gets flashes of his recent, murderous escapades. Hank seems surprised, but I’m not sure if he knows what she saw. Meanwhile, I try not to roll my eyes too hard at this ableist trope. She’s blind but now she sees. Still, I am happy that horrible hubby Hank has been exposed.
Later the next day, we’re back at Miss Robichaux’s where Nan, Zoe, Fiona and LaLaurie burn the now very dead bodies of the army that attacked them. Nan is overjoyed that Luke will stay with them until he recovers, and Zoe seems pleased that Fiona thanks her for helping fight off the attack. LaLaurie and Fiona stand in front of the fire as LaLaurie laments the loss of her daughters and her awful turn as a mother. Fiona says she knows the feeling, but (thankfully, oh Gods) shuts LaLaurie down when she tries to make it a touching moment just as the council arrives.
Fiona stands accused of a litany of crimes and is about to be stripped of her title as Supreme when Fiona brings out her ace in the hole. She has proof that malcontent Myrtle has staged a coup. It turns out that Myrtle has been in New Orleans stalking Fiona for weeks without the council’s knowledge. Fiona also charges that Myrtle attacked and blinded Cordelia and triumphantly rips off one of Myrtle’s gloves to reveal an acid burned hand. Myrtle weakly bleats her innocence, but the council unanimously decides that she must burn. She declares that she’s always been a freak and an outsider and goes “proudly to the flames.”
Cut to the next day and Zoe can’t believe they’re really going to burn Myrtle. Queenie ominously intones, “You don’t mess with the Supreme,” as Myrtle is, indeed, marched to her death and burned with a drenching of gasoline and a flick of Fiona’s cigarette. Before she burns, she warns that Fiona will ruin their coven.
When we return to the school, an anxious Queenie visits Fiona and asks if she helped framed an innocent woman. Surprise, surprise, when Fiona revealed Myrtle’s acid-burned hand, we learn Queenie caused the burns by dipping her own hand in acid at Fiona’s request. That Fiona is a shark, y’all. Fiona assures Queenie that she did the right thing and then flatters Queenie by fawning over her, arguing that, surely, she will be the next Supreme, and Fiona will personally tutor her. I scoff at Queenie being so easily manipulated, but my roomie points out that Fiona’s constant touching probably worked some literal magic to butter Queenie up. I also guffaw when Fiona says that this coven needs a “Supreme of color.” Fiona, stop; your Good White Person™ act embarrasses all of us.
The show ends by reminding us that Spalding still has a dead Madison stashed away in his room. Meanwhile, Misty finds poor, burned and dead Myrtle and brings her back to life.
Next week, “The Axeman Cometh,” and the girls at the school make the boneheaded decision to make contact with a dark spirit.
What did you think of this week’s episode, readers?