Welcome to the penultimate episode of American Horror Story, the show that hits you in the face harder than a left hook from Misty Day. I really enjoy the last two episodes of every season of AHS, when the writers realize they have a million storylines to tie up and 90 minutes in which to do it. I like to imagine a writer waking up from a drug binge and hurling himself into the writer’s room screaming “holy fuck you guys, we forgot about those mutants in the forest! How are we gonna tie that shit up!? Did we kill Chloe Sevigny’s character or just cut off her legs?! Where’s that intern with my meth?! FUUUUCCCKKKKKKK!!!!”
This week’s vocab word is: doomzo, a combination of “dunzo” and “doomed.” Three of our fave characters get totally doomzoed in this episode, but my fingers are crossed for their resurrection in the finale.
The episode kicks off with an old timey silent film depiction of the seven wonders, complete with title cards and some light piano music.
We learn that the seven wonders consists of:
- Telekinesis (moving shit with your mind)
- Concilium (controlling shit with your mind)
- Transmutation (basically Nightcrawler’s BAMF teleportation)
- Divination (what Emma Thompson did in Harry Potter)
- Vitalum Vitalis (resurrecting the dead via nuzzling)
- Descensum (floating out of your body to other dimensions)
- Pyrokenesis (fire!)
Apparently, performing the seven wonders could get you killed, what with the fire and BAMFing and all. But let’s take a second to discuss this silent film: if witches are desperate to keep their identities a secret, then why would they make a fucking movie detailing all their traditions? Are there witch-only cinemas? Do they only show The Craft, Witches, Witches of Eastwick, and the Disney cartoons with witches in them?
Basically, the seven wonders are like the core curriculum at Hogwarts. Fiona is telling Queenie all this over coffee, which makes me wonder if all of Fiona’s stories occur as silent films in her mind.
Queenie wants to know what the fuck happened to Marie, because she’s seen horror movies and knows that any person of color is the first to die… right after the slut character, of course. Fiona assumes Marie is off cavorting with Papa Legabooboo (bitch, you know his name). Fiona also calls him a half baked Beetlejuice, which is inaccurate because I’m pretty sure Papa Legba is fully baked at all times. HE HAS A COKE PINKY NAIL.
Queenie demands some respect for Marie and for herself, but Fiona quickly strangles her in a classic Jedi choke hold. Fiona demands respect, especially when she doesn’t deserve it!
Fiona tells her to eat her Wheaties, take her vitamins, and wash it all down with glass of Shut Your Fucking Mouth. The seven wonders are happening so you need to get your game face on.
Upstairs at Miss Robichaux’s School for the Re-Blinded, Cordelia stumbles her way into Madison’s room, hands outstretched, hoping to glean some visions from whatever she comes in contact with. She’s been rifling through Misty’s belongings and can’t get a read.
Cordelia tries to read Madison, who dodges her touch by transmutating all around the room. Also, Cordelia is FUCKING BLIND. You could take two steps to the left and accomplish the same thing.
Madison (who, by the way, is dressed like Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) taunts Cordelia for trying to touch her, although Cordelia DID say “I need to touch you.”
Then Madison asks the question we’ve all been asking ourselves since episode one:
Cordelia wants to know what Madison is hiding, other than some of Papa Legba’s coke in her purse. When she finally touches her, Madison uses her powers to block Cordelia’s sight.
In the potions room, Queenie is snooping around for any trace of Marie, but all she finds is a puddle of blood and a disembodied voice of Marie talking about buttermilk biscuits. That is not a joke, that is literally what happened.
Queenie flips through a voodoo spell book, lies down, and floats up out of her body.
Queenie is then transported to a desaturated version of the fried chicken joint where she used to work. She sees a line of people out the door and Papa Legba at the counter.
Papa Legba tells Queenie that he lives in the worst memories of the people he visits. I hope he doesn’t visit me, in which case he’d be sitting with my family while we watch the adults-only Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas.
Queenie returns to her body and has some hot chocolate with Papa Legba. They discuss the whereabouts of Marie, and we find out that Delphine dismembered her in the potions room and scattered her body parts across the city.
Queenie asks Papa how to kill Delphine, and he tells her that she only dies when Marie dies. Queenie then argues that, since Marie can’t deliver him a baby every year (what with being human confetti and all) that technically she’s in breach of contract. Papa Legba is impressed with her smarts and her marshmallow hot chocolate.
We then hop on our broomsticks and fly over to the LaLaurie mansion, where a newly made over Delphine gives a tour of her former home. She ignores the whole “notorious murderer” part of the tour however, and the tourists are like, WTF?
Delphine tries to rewrite history for the tour, and assures the tourists that the murder thing is a typo on the brochure. And in the guidebook. And on all of the internet. An angry Queenie watches her from the outside.
Delphine is surprised to find Queenie lounging on a chaise. Queenie tells her that no one is buying her lies about her history.
We cut to Delphine on the tour in sunglasses and a scarf. Classic disguise! I wonder if she learned that from B.A.P.S.
After getting hit with all that harsh truth, Delphine corners the tour guide in the torture attic and clobbers her with hammer. Queenie demands that Delphine let the guide go.
Poor Queenie is still convinced there’s a soul somewhere inside Delphine. She tells Delphine she could redeem herself by spending the rest of her life doing community service.
But Delphine is in no mood for redemption. She’s learned from watching TV/the magic box that the world is full of people groveling for forgiveness and not meaning it, like Paula Deen, Anthony Weiner, et al. She says that everyone is soft and their apologies are bullshit.
The only thing Delphine feels bad about is the state of the world, and Queenie realizes that she’ll never get through to her. Can we talk about how badass Gabourey Sidibe is for a minute? She’s spent the entire season going toe-to-toe with Academy Award winning Kathy Motherfucking Bates, and she is more than holding her own. Four for you, Gabourey.
Queenie stabs Delphine in the heart, and a horrified Delphine realizes that she is really truly dying. She says she doesn’t want to die, but Queenie tells her no one does. Delphine bleeds out and dies. RIP Delphine you will be missed by probably no one on this show.
Back at Beauxbatons Academy for Teenage Bitches, Fiona is sitting for her Supreme portrait. She’s got some prime wall real estate picked out and everything. Myrtle has brought in Claude from London, painter to the stars, and cunnilingus partner to Myrtle. I made that last part up, because I honestly can’t tell where this show ends and my gutter mind begins anymore IT’S ALL A BLUR Y’ALL.
In the middle of the sitting, Fiona gets a nose bleed and tells us she has two weeks to live. Yeah, I’m sure it’s that and not the Kilimanjaro of coke you snorted with Papa Legba.
Fiona goes through her fabulous jewelry collection, and I immediately wish for a QVC show that’s just Fiona selling her jewels and telling fabulous stories about how she got them.
Cordelia walks in and Fiona asks that they just be kind to each other. Cordelia is not so sure, since she spent the last two episodes with Fiona screaming “useless!” at her until she voluntarily blinded herself. Fiona also tells Cordelia that she had the power in her all along.
Fiona tells Cordelia it’s goodbye for real this time, but Cordy feels the truth through the necklace. Fiona is going to murder every witch in the coven just to stay alive.
Cordelia pays Axeman a visit and he legit tells her not to disturb a man while he’s playing with his instrument. Skiddely-Be-Bop-Ga-Gross-Gross.
Before he can finish scatting in his pants, Cordelia tells him that it’s not safe to love Fiona, because she’s soulless/a major league bitch. She then shows Axeman visions of Fiona’s purse (because her powers are like an airport x-ray now?) where Fiona’s got one ticket to paradise and no ticket to Axe Country.
Cordelia then says that Fiona just uses people, and she’d never stay with a shitty musician in a cheap suit. Zing! I’d say poor Axeman, but we can agree he’s the worst right? Besides, this is great fodder for a torch song.
Cordelia returns to Ho’s Warts School of Bitchcraft and Bitchery where she once again tries to commune with Misty’s dirty laundry. She finally get some images and sees Misty singing Fleetwood Mac in a coffin, because why the fuck not.
Cordelia and Queenie hit the cemetery and Cordelia coaches Queenie to use her powers to bust open the grave. Queenie yanks out the coffin using only her mind and they open it to find an unconscious Misty.
Queenie then uses some Vitalis to breathe life into Misty and she wakes with a start. Welcome back, Misty! There have been 90% less shawls and twirling in your absence!