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In another stalled mid-season episode, we find out what makes the Countess tick and why motherhood is so damn difficult despite all the modern amenities of back-alley abortions, vampirism, and nannies.
"Room 33" manages something genuinely surprising: It propels the story forward with nimble efficiency, ties together several of the season's flopping loose ends, circles back into the show's history, and creates some tension along the way.
There are other big developments, too, and Liz Taylor gets her moment in the spotlight, but let's start off with that vampire baby, shall we?
"Just fluff him up a bit for me," the Countess says of Will. Maybe this season is supposed to be about fluff - gory, violent fluff that titillates without gratification. To what end?
As a whole, this season is continuing to shape up nicely. Even the seemingly random bits are serving a larger whole.
Do we care about John Lowe at all? What about whatever Matt Bomer's character's name is? Do we care about him? I'm kind of interested in seeing how Iris, Royale and the now-enraged Liz Taylor will team up to take down the Cortez gang.
I still can't get over seeing Murder House tied into this season. It makes me want to rewatch season 1 to pick out more ties. I can't wait to see how Ryan Murphy and his team throw him clues from the other four seasons.
"Room 33" was full of keisters. It was also a mess, story-wise, though that part's not new to those who've been watching Hotel. A trudging, unfocused experience.
Once again, Denis O'Hare completely stole the show, but the most important thing that happened - as far as longtime fans are concerned - has to be that opening sequence, and all the interesting inter-series connections it brought up.
Kudos to AHS for making us laugh in addition to making us cry. And making us watch blood.
The sequence is gross, bleak and camp... so just like pretty much every other moment in Hotel's preceding five episodes, then. But if you think it can't get any worse (better), you haven't been paying attention.
American Horror Story Season 5 Episode 6 was an excellent installment to set us up for the back seven episodes taking place inside the Hotel Cortez.