Rather than just recapping the most recent episode of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL, each week we are going to break it down into the most interesting, weird, delightful, and mind-boggling bits… like these!
1. Human Sexuality
AHS has handled Will talking to his son, Lachlan, about his sexuality in a very positive light, but tonight it was really at the forefront. Lachlan, about ten or eleven years old, knows his father as a gay man. Before the wedding, Lachlan has questions about his dad marrying a girl. Will is plain and direct when explaining he is bisexual, that it is not something dirty or weird, and focuses less on the idea of the genitals of his spouse, but on finding someone who really understands you. It’s the kind of speech that I think would do well for someone who “opposes” homosexuality… just cutting out the more graphic, violent sex scenes in the episode.
2. The Porn Shoot
Speaking of graphic sex… the porn shoot in tonight’s episode was just time filler. An entire act of graphic — but vanilla — sex so that Iris can go on about how she doesn’t want porn in her hotel. It was dull and useless to the story.
3. Valentino vs. Donovan
The Countess is reunited with two lovers tonight: Valentino and Donovan. Her reunion with Donovan is all sex: raw, passionate, explosive fucking. But her reunion with Valentino, while no less passionate, is not graphic at all. All we see is the two of them kissing passionately and staring dreamily into each others eyes.
We still don’t get a look at him. I wonder what the end game is with that storyline. The Countess is fiercely protective of her mutant Eraserhead baby, but outside of that nursery, he means nothing to her.
5. The Iron Maiden
The cage that Ramona is locked in looks like a modified iron maiden. No spikes inside, and of course the neon is a modern touch, but it looks roughly like the shape of an iron maiden.