AHS: Roanoke Recap: Let's Break a Deal

We don’t know The Butcher well yet, and neither do the Millers. But if the audience of American Horror Story: Roanoke can already tell that she isn’t the sorta vengeful, cleaver-wielding ghost with whom one should lightly make and then break a deal, then surely, they should understand that, too, right? Right. Nevertheless, Shelby and Matt reneged on their agreement with the erstwhile Thomasyn White in “Chapter 4” Wednesday, setting the stage for more of the kind of supernatural shenanigans for which the word “Croatoan” was apparently invented. Read on, and we’ll go over the lot of ’em.

american-horror-story-season-6-episode-4-recapPIGGING OUT | As the episode began, the Millers were reeling from the events of “Chapter 3.” In particular, Shelby wanted to know who the hell Matt had been screwing in the woods. “I don’t remember” a woman or anything at all, Matt tearfully swore. And, finally, she realized that, regardless of what had happened, “he wasn’t culpable.” Heading for the shower later, Shelby was stunned to encounter Piggy Man. Matt saved her, then Elias, showing up out of nowhere, saved them both with an axe and a well-timed invocation of Croatoan.

PROFESSOR PLUMB CRAZY | After explaining that Croatoan was “a word of dark power and blood magic,” the professor informed the couple that he was “important to [them] for [their] survival.” Though they doubted it, they nonetheless allowed him to tell them about some of the unfortunate previous inhabitants of the house, including nurses Bridget and Miranda (one of whom had her arms ripped off on The Butcher’s command!). Convincing the Millers that, owing to the lunar cycle, it was past high time that they skedaddled, Elias had them halfway out the door before they revealed that The Butcher didn’t have their niece, Priscilla did. No prob, he said. He knew where she liked to play.

american horror story roanoke season 6 episode 4 recapWHO’S THE BOSS | Upon being led into the woods by Elias, the Millers spotted Lady Gaga’s character (who really needs a name, thank you). By Shelby’s own admission, she lost control and went chasing after her husband’s mysterious one-boink stand and wound up coming face-to-face with a pack of spirits. Among them were Piggy Man, Miranda and Bridget, and Priscilla — with Flora! No sooner had Elias asked the ghost to return Lee’s daughter than he was shot by several arrows. Running home in horror — how else? — the couple were greeted by Cricket, who asked if they were ready to do things his way now. First, he assured them that Flora wasn’t dead, merely lost. Then he lit into them for having him promise The Butcher they’d vamoose and then, well, not. By and by, he headed into the woods, returning with news that he hadn’t seen The Butcher but “the bitch with the real power” — Gaga’s alter ego.

WITCHY WOMAN | Desperate to survive his encounter with Gaga, Cricket had offered her the only thing that he knew she wanted — Matt. In turn, she’d showed him a past in which the lost colony, which wasn’t actually lost at all, practiced her cruel ancient religion. When Ambrose balked, Gaga instructed his mother to “release the power of the blood moon” — which, it turned out, meant murdering the colonists and sacrificing herself in order to tether them to her as well as the land. With all this new knowledge, Cricket was sure that he could put an end to the Millers’ nightmare that very night. He just needed a few things from his hotel room. Ubering his way there — and inquiring whether the driver had ever heard the term “gay for pay” — the psychic almost literally ran into Flora on the road.

american-horror-story-season-6-episode-4-recapINSIDE OUT | Hours passed, and still, Cricket didn’t return to the Millers’ haunted house. So many hours that “days were bleeding into nights,” according to Matt. Hearing noises outside, he went to investigate and discovered in the storm cellar Lady Gaga. “Debts must be paid,” she told him. By the time Shelby started heading out there, Gaga was opening herself up to Matt through “the most intimate connection” he’d ever experienced. Thanks to it, he became aware that, while she’d once been an English girl descended from the druids, she’d been transformed into “something new, something original.” What’s more, “she wanted me to join her,” he said, “and I would have.” Before he could, Shelby started screaming, as The Butcher, Ambrose, Flora and a whole lotta colonists showed up on the Millers’ doorstep. Alas, “the time for bartering” was ended. The Butcher was about to kill Flora when Priscilla intervened. At last, Shelby and Matt were able to retrieve their niece. Unfortunately, The Butcher still had Cricket — and after she stabbed him, Ambrose disemboweled him. “Her message was clear,” Matt said. “We were next.”

So, what did you think of “Chapter 4”? Hit the comments.

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  1. abz says:

    The season is picking up. I’m still not crazy about the documentary part, but I’m really starting to get into it. Can’t wait to see this supposed big twist coming about in the next two episodes.
    Kathy Bates is killing it. I find myself cringing, wincing in horror at what she did to Cricket, and also laughing at her dialogue and speeches. She’s really into this character.
    I wonder if the actress playing Shelby is Billie Dean from the first season. That’s one theory I’ve come across.
    I really hope we get to see some of the other actors on the show soon.

  2. abz says:

    Also, why have they drastically reduced the run time for each episode this season. A typical drama runs somewhere between 42-43 minutes each episode. This season the episodes are a lot shorter. I think tonight’s episode was like 37 minutes and a previous episode was similar. Too many commercials!

    • Chuck says:

      Ryan Murphy stated in an interview that there would be no “super-sized” episodes this season. I don’t know how long one of those haunting docuseries you might find on the Travel Channel or Destination America usually runs, but maybe they’re keeping the episode structure and run time similar to those.

  3. Cori says:

    Where is Evan Peters?

    I’m still undecided on the documentary aspect, but I have been more scared this season than I have by any other.

    • Aubrey says:

      I actually heard Evan is behind the camera and that something (a twist as it’s being called by some on Twitter, so take this with a grain of salt) in episode 6 is gonna shift the story.

    • Ade says:

      yup, you can hear Evan peters as one of the producers talking to Matt in that one scene. so i think whatever is happening, its going to pool into the actual production at one point in time.

  4. Parker says:

    Did I hear right when Elias said the house was built by Edward Mott? Wouldn’t that be an ancestor of Dandy’s?

  5. katedfw says:

    I keep wondering where Evan Peters and Cheyenne Jackson are since they are list in each week’s credits. Maybe they are the documentary crew that someone else mentioned. This episode really kicked it up a few notches and so far my favorite episode of the season. Can’t wait for Chapter 6 where the “BIG” twist occurs. And don’t mess with Kathy Bates!!! She is one bad mama!

  6. Chuck says:

    One of the scariest episodes of the entire series. This is now at the top of my list of favorite seasons.

  7. Lynn says:

    I’m just not into it this season. I’m sorry but pigs aren’t scary, it’s just weird. Whenever I see pig man or a real pig it takes me right out of it and I actually want to laugh instead of being scared. Kathy Bates also, great actress, but I find the character more funny then scary. I’m trying to stay with it to see if it’s better after whatever the twist is.

  8. JustMim says:

    It’s going downhill, IMO. What kind of an accent is Kathy Bates using? Irish/Dutch/English mixed together? If Gaga is English, why does she sound Hungarian, or Transylvanian? Too bad we lost Cricket, at least he injected some much-needed humor. The plot is a mess, where does Elias hang out, just popping in as he pleases?? Lazy story-telling.

  9. Mary p says:

    The episodes are too short and I feel like Ryan doesn’t really give a 💩 about his viewers. Like Assange who promised an October surprise Ryan is jerking us around. “Just wait it’s coming.” I have noticed the short episodes and it bugs me that I wait for something that never materializes. Come on or I’ll just quit watching.

  10. Matt says:

    Lady Gaga has a name. Turn on closed captions on episode 4 and you’ll see when Gaga first speaks (somewhere around that part) you’ll see her name.