American Horror Story: Hotel Chutes & Ladders Recap
Let me be the first to say, “I told you so”, just like I predicted room 64 of the Hotel Cortez is indeed a big part of the story line. As it turns out; the hotel was built as one big personal torture chamber for Mr. James March (Evan Peters) with secret chutes and ladders to dispose of the bodies and hallways that led nowhere. Mr. March who was the original owner of the hotel used this room as his office meaning the detective is staying in the most evil part of the building. Along with the back-story of the hotel and it’s owner; we are introduced to a couple more characters, learn the fate of others, and get some more insight as to what the countess is using the children for.
The Victims of the Hotel:
Probably one of the most gruesome scenes in AHS history was when, Gabriel (Max Greenfield), was unfortunately raped with a drill-bit dildo. Although the creature has yet to be explained in the show; we did get a little insight on Hypodermic Sally (Sarah Paulson), who was present during the rape. However, all three of them just so happened to have vanished as the detective made his way inside the room. Gabriel was never mentioned or seen again throughout the first episode leading us to believe he was dead. That is, until we are shown in the beginning of this episode that he is still alive or at least somewhat alive. It turns out, that Sally is the one sewing people into the mattresses as we see her in the process of doing just that to Gabriel. This would also explain the ugly and deformed looking person who popped out of the mattress in the first episode.
Speaking of the first episode, we began the premiere with the arrival of two girls from Sweden as they were here for vacation. Vendela & Agnetha quickly became victims as they were captured and then forced through a detox to make their blood, “clean”, which we assumed was for the purpose of feeding the Countess. However, with Sally’s intervention one of the girls, Vendela, was able to get away although she didn’t make it far as she was cut down by the Countess. As she ran away she didn’t make a single move to help her friend who was still caged and after her death on the lobby floor poor Agnetha was never seen again. Unfortunately, Agnetha didn’t fair any better than her friend as we see her still locked up being fed upon by the children. This leads to her being drained of blood and eventually dying from its loss.
The Children of the Countess:
Continuing with the recent death of Agnetha by their hands; Iris is seen in the game room as she has the children hooked up to machines as blood is being drawn from them. Their blood is then put into a glass container which Iris then takes to the Countess and Donovan. So, from what I can gather; the children feed from guests at the hotel, possibly to keep them fed and alive, but then get their blood drawn to feed her. Wouldn’t that make it pointless for her to go hunting?
As the episode continues we have Scarlett visiting her father at the hotel during the runway show that Will Drake has arranged as a celebration of his new ownership. Drake tasks his son, Lachlan, to keep her company as he gets the detective to attend the show. However, during the show Lachlan asks her if she wants to see something cool and proceeds to take her down into the lower levels of the hotel. They reach the floor that contains the pool, however it is drained and instead contains something else. As the kids make their way inside the pool, the camera pans out and reveals four glass coffins containing the children one of which is her older brother Holden.
Spotting her brother Scarlett returns home where she watches old family videos of him as well as old family photos with all four of them. She then manages to get away from the officer watching her and returns to the hotel not realizing that this sends her parents into a panic as they have already lost one child. Returning to the pool Scarlett finds that they are now empty; looking around she finds an open door that then leads her to the game room. Once there she finds Holden by himself who then says, “What took you so long?”, as if he was expecting her to show up. She shows him the pictures she brought and asks if he remembers them; Holden then goes on to say that she looks different. Scarlett tells him it’s because she is now older and asks why he hasn’t gotten older himself. She then goes on to take a selfie with him, but is then freaked out when he moves in to sniff her neck. A bit disturbed she begins to run out of the room only to be stopped by Sally. She escapes her and makes it home to show her parents the picture, but begins to cry when they don’t believe her. Upset with John, Alex doesn’t even look at the picture as she walks away from him, however when he looks at it the picture is a bit blurred.
History of the Cortez:
After his abnormal experiences at the hotel thinking that he’s seen Holden and the recent encounter Scarlett has had, the detective makes his way over to the hotel where he confronts Iris. Adamant that something strange is going on in the hotel he tells her to tell him the truth; Iris tells him that if he wants to know what the hotel is about, then he first needs to know about the man who built it. Iris goes on to tell him about the twisted psychopath who came into money and was then shunned by the elite in the east coast, forcing him to move to the west coast. Mr. James Patrick March. He built the hotel to be the perfect alibi by making secret passages to help him dispose of the bodies, but he ended up getting reckless which ultimately led to him being caught. However, he chose to commit suicide instead of being arrested. In her story, Iris mentions how he made his wife watch as he tortured his victims, in one of the flashbacks we catch a glimpse of blond hair, could his wife have been the Countess? The detective of course does not believe her story.
It seems that Donovan (Matt Bomber), is coming to an end with his relationship to the Countess as he begins to be replaced by a new face. Tristan Duffy (Finn Wittrock), is a junkie who just so happens to be a model that was contracted to be in Drake’s runway show. During the show Tristan who is known to be a little unpredictable and wild gets a little hands on with the audience. This causes one of them to push him to the ground right in front of the countess and it’s as if an instant connection has been made as they stare intently at one another resulting in Donovan getting a little jealous.
Flashing forward, Tristan has a run in with the ghost of Mr. March as he’s in search of drugs he is positive is hidden somewhere in the hotel. The Countess finds him as just as Mr.March begins to get violent and proceeds to turns him into what she is. Although she doesn’t exactly say she is a vampire, the word is thrown out there along with the word immortal, but I mean lets get serious she’s obviously a vampire. We have further more proof when Donovan walks in on her and says, that he can’t believe she turned him.
Flashing forward a little we have Tristan as he makes his first kill, by scoping out guys on Grindr which then leads to my favorite line in this episode. As things get sexual between him and the rando he chose to be his lunch, the Countess walks in and joins them in bed which leads him to say, “Whoa dude, you’re hot, but vag action is a total deal breaker”, I don’t know about you guys, but I find that hilarious. Tristan goes on to stab him in the neck and then feed on him as the Countess watches and then starts making out with him as the episode comes to a close.
What is The Countess going to do about Donovan? Is she a vampire or some other immortal creature? What does she have to do with the ghosts? Is the detective in danger from Mr.March? Make sure to like, subscribe, and share That Geek Show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. And stay tuned for more American Horror Story:Hotel recaps. Follow me, producer Jeff @jpez_e until next week stay geeky everyone!
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