So Stevie Nicks finally showed up to play us a few songs on the Academy’s piano and inspire Misty. Fiona was the one who brought her in to realize Misty’s own personal episode of FANatic, though the reasons are not entirely clear as of yet. What’s important is that Stevie sounded great, and that her doting on Misty enraged Madison so much that she buried Misty (and her boots) alive in the nearest vacant mausoleum slot. Madison is convinced she’s the Supreme, and she has a whole host of new powers (and an absence of her former heart murmur) to prove it. She also continues to wear an enormous faux fur coat on the balmy streets of New Orleans, so there’s ample proof that she should be committed at this point.
Marie and Fiona have indeed teamed up to take down the ancient order of witch hunter investment bankers, but this week they stopped short of sending the feds their way. Fiona’s getting weak, and it could be any young nubile female’s fault. Well, it’s no longer Nan’s, because after she showed some new and interesting powers (RIP Patti LuPone yet again) Fiona and Marie drowned her in a bathtub and sacrificed her partially innocent soul to this show’s dumbest character yet: Lance Reddick dressed as a cokehead reggae demon from a Rob Zombie movie. He is the one who made Marie eternally young; she didn’t do it for herself after all. All our feminist dreams are dashed against the rocks. Fiona asks for the same deal Marie got, but he denies her, claiming he doesn’t make deals with people who don’t have souls. Fair enough.
As for Cordelia, Fiona is having a ball being a smug bitch about being right about Hank. She backhands her, screams at her and generally treats her like shit. She even tells the reggae demon she’d kill Cordelia for him if he could make her young. Fiona’s a stone cold bitch, and this show is in no kind of mood to let you forget it.
So everyone’s going full-blown psychopath except for Zoe, Delia and Misty, so who knows who the Supreme is at this point. No Kyle or Kathy Bates this week. I hope they got away to somewhere beautiful together.
Mindy Monez wants to know what happens to flawlessly distressed vintage boots inside a mausoleum but is scared to find out. You can tweet with her @garnisheater.
Previously: Hank killed a lot of people and then died himself, Patti LuPone killed the hunky love of Nan's life, Queenie sort of died (Ryan Murphy recently said she's back next week in some capacity, however), and Delphine's severed finally head came around to the Civil Rights Movement.
We begin right where we left off, with Marie at Miss Robichaux's the night of Hank's massacre at her salon. Fiona is being uncharacteristically kind to her, having not only made her a nice cup of tea, but also offered to fill it up with bourbon from her very own flask to take the edge off. Fiona tells her to drink up, and promises to cast a spell on her later to help her sleep through the night. That sounds insidious in text, but Fiona's voice is genuine, and Marie appreciates the gesture, even if she isn't exactly thrilled to be so vulnerable in front of her arch nemesis. She even goes so far as to call Fiona her equal which must be as weird for Fiona to hear as it is for Marie to say. These two sure have come a long way quick!
Later, Marie is sound asleep when a shadow wearing sweeps across the ceiling of her room and materializes in front of her bed as what I can only describe as a clowny voodoo Rob Zombie. I mean, there's a top hat and everything. She calls him "Papa Legba," which is a real thing in Haitian vodou (that's how Wikipedia spells it, and I'm in no position to question them in this area). This is the kind of character that's a lot of fun for me, because everyone who recaps this show and everyone who comments on recaps of this show likes to pretend they've heard of this figure before seeing it in the episode, which is pretty laughable. Don't piss on my leg and tell me you're all experts in Haitian vodou. I know we're all English majors here.
Papa Legba is played by the great Lance Reddick, who is unrecognizable here, so I am in no way saying he isn't doing a good job. What I am saying is that this character is supremely silly and an unwanted distraction from the momentum the show built last week. Rant over for now.
He startles her awake and tells her tonight's the night to pay him his due, and he may just be a silly vodou Rob Zombie clown ghost, but he's a male one nonetheless, so I'm sure it's something disgusting. He also snorts some magical coke that knocks Marie out a little when he takes it. She's not amused. But, he has all the power here: They made a bargain long ago, and she must live up to the terms tonight.