She Gets Revenge
|"She Gets Revenge"|
|American Horror Story episode|
|Directed by||Bradley Buecker|
|Written by||James Wong|
|Original air date||December 16, 2015|
|Running time||50 minutes|
"She Gets Revenge" is the tenth episode of the fifth season of the horror-anthology television series American Horror Story. It aired on December 16, 2015 on the cable network FX. The episode was written by James Wong and directed by Bradley Buecker.
Liz Taylor (Denis O'Hare) shows an elderly couple to their rooms while she reminisces on the repeating groups of people who check into the hotel, including drug addicts and adulterous partners. The elderly couple take their own lives, and while Liz finds it beautiful and poetic, Iris (Kathy Bates) is annoyed with the amount of cleaning it will take to remove the blood from the walls. Influenced by the scene, Liz decides to take her own life, still mourning the death of Tristan Duffy, but Iris stops her, informing her that she has to complete any unfinished business before she follows through. Liz decides to reconnect with her son, and has Hazel (Mare Winningham) set up a meeting for the two of them so she will not be trapped in the hotel.
At a motel, Donovan (Matt Bomer) has a confrontation with Rudolph Valentino (Finn Wittrock), and kills him. At the hotel, Elizabeth (Lady Gaga) has a similar encounter with Natacha, and kills the latter. Sally (Sarah Paulson) and John Lowe (Wes Bentley) awe at a set of ears John has collected from his latest killing. James Patrick March (Evan Peters) meanwhile decides to immolate alive his captive building contractor who failed to meet his demands just as John enters. John asks him where he can find Alex (Chloë Sevigny), and he schedules them a formal dinner for them to talk. At the dinner, John confronts Alex for lying to him about Holden (Lennon Henry) being at the hotel. Alex apologizes and the two make amends. She informs John that Elizabeth has threatened to kill her and Holden if she does not contain an outbreak of the virus that she started when she infected her patient, Max (Anton Lee Starkman).
Elizabeth is being questioned by the police in the disappearance of Will Drake (Cheyenne Jackson), claiming that after the wedding he disappeared. Will appears in the middle of the interview, where Elizabeth brushes them out immediately. Will accuses Elizabeth of having Ramona kill him so she may inherit his money. Will informs her that she isn't in her will, but Elizabeth retorts by saying Lachlan Drake (Lyric Lennon) is, and that before he reaches eighteen, she will turn him, so she can be his legal guardian forever and inherit the money Will left for him.
Alex and John convince the children she infected to come back to the hotel to be towheads, but only ends up trapping them in the enclosed hallway where they are confronted by Ramona Royale (Angela Bassett). Liz reunites with her son, Douglas Pryor (Josh Braaten), and discuss his life, and Liz convinces him to move out to Boulder so he may pursue his dream of running his own company and they make amends. Later, Liz and Iris plan to kill themselves, but Liz has second thoughts after Douglas asks her to be in his life again. The two then scheme to take over the hotel. Alex and John reunite and decide not to get divorced, and leave the hotel with Holden, but a betrayed Sally vows to kill John. Donovan and the Countess have dinner, where the two discuss the "messes" they have gotten into. Elizabeth asks Donovan to remove Will from the grounds, and Donovan agrees, but only if Elizabeth cleans up "his mess" as well, where she learns that he has killed Rudolph. She returns to the hotel upset, but Donovan tells her that he did it out of love. Elizabeth agrees to forgive him when Liz and Iris burst through the doors and begin shooting at them.
"She Gets Revenge" was watched by 1.85 million people during its original broadcast, and gained a 0.9 ratings share among adults aged 18–49. It also ranked second in the Nielsen Social ratings, with 58,000 tweets seen by over 883 thousand people.
The episode received positive reviews, earning an 86% approval rating, with an average score of 6.4/10, on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus reads, "After a touching resolution to Elizabeth Taylor's family reunion, "She Gets Revenge" caps things off with a rousing cliffhanger in Hotel's satisfying mid-season finale."
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