There’s something different in the air this Halloween season. Take a deep breath. Elevate your olfactory palate beyond the musty odor of your local haunt. A whiff of perfume? Excellent. And now…poppers? Yes, you’re getting closer! The stench of rotten corpses and toilet bowl cleaner? You’ve got it! The world’s lost all color, and this putrid mixture of scents intrigues us as we spot a grim manor in the distance. We’ve now borne witness to four seasons of murder and mayhem, and it’s about that time of year for another gauntlet of chaos. So, we venture inside in anticipation, our curiosity getting the better of us.
A familiar cackle guides the way, and before long, we’re face to face with our favorite undead goddesses: The Boulet Brothers. The filthy and fabulous duo informs us that we purchased a one-way ticket to the Underworld upon crossing the threshold. Fortunately, not all is lost because we’re just in time for a new game that’ll rattle heaven and hell. Ten of the most devilish Titans to ever disgrace their stage are about to be unearthed, dragged out of oblivion to compete for the ultimate title of the first-ever Dragula Titan and earn a spot once more among the living. Have these ten ghouls evolved enough during their time in infinite darkness to slit the throats of their competitors once more? Let’s strap in for what is sure to be the most epic season of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula and find out.
Koco Caine: The shadiest titty-shaking icon is back in heart-shaped glasses. Easily the most charismatic Monster of the franchise, Koco’s time was cut short in Season 4, and now she’s ready to prove she’s both easier to work with and more sickening than ever.
Melissa BeFierce: The only OG from Season 1, Melissa is the self-proclaimed queen of the drama and is the longest missing from this earthly realm. With a lot to prove, she’s showing up to read her competition for filth and stomp on their necks. And, of course, she’ll be dripping in all this glamour, hunty.
Evah Destruction: The cuddliest werewolf you’ll ever meet, Evah was a frontrunner on Season 3 who let her inner demons get the upper hand. Done with the tears, this self-assured wolf has shed her skin and is ready to go for the jugular.
Erika Klash: Digital diva and Season 2 extermination queen, Erika is back to show us what’s between her coding. Has she digivolved into the fully formed Titan she claims to be?
Yovska: The shadiest costumed sniper from the side, Yovska has returned with more shade, more creep factor, and more rhinestones. Perhaps we’ll discover what happens when you leave a cursed teddy bear in the Underworld for too long.
Astrud Aurelia: Gone too soon after an infamous Season 4 meltdown, Astrud has matured into a reptilian creature from the gayer side of the black lagoon. One look at their Instagram, and it’s clear we missed out on some exquisite looks last season, so here’s hoping they can bite their forked tongue this go around.
HoSo Terra Toma: A top-four Titan from Season 4 and fresh off the world tour, some question whether HoSo has had enough time for shut-eye between seasons. Drawing from a seemingly endless well of creativity, HoSo insists they now have the necessary experience to match what their horrific mind brings to life on stage.
Abhora: Like a polarizing requel to a beloved franchise, the rewritten Abhora is here, and they’re still a creep! As the only competitor to have ever been simultaneously at the top and bottom of a challenge, Abhora is undoubtedly here to shake up the competition while they claw their way to the crown.
Kendra Onixxx: Having felt like an outsider during her time on Season 2, Kendra has mined her soul and cracked open what is at the heart of her being. She’s back from oblivion and will not take anyone’s BS.
Victoria Black: The formidable queen of prosthetics has returned to annihilate her competition. Having fallen just short of winning Season 2 and Resurrection, Victoria is more willing to express who she is under all that ooze. Could that be all she needs to complete her journey to the throne?
The Challenge: Our ten tremendous Titans have enough time to light the dramatic fuse by questioning whether specific competitors even deserve to be there before being called to the main stage. It’s here that the Titans finally meet their maker – and murderer – and the competition truly begins. The Boulets appear on screen and spill the tea: As ten of the strongest Monsters to ever be featured on The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula, they will compete for a $100,000 grand prize and a headlining spot on the next world tour. The catch – and you knew there’d be one – is that there will be none of the usual Exterminations each week; what this means is TBD, but we love a good surprise. Adding to the agony, the Titans must all participate in each week’s Fright Feat before attempting to defend their spot in the competition. They’ll be immediately cast back into oblivion should they fail or refuse the Feat entirely, and the last soul eliminated will return to the competition. The Boulets didn’t refer to this season as “Gagula” on social media for nothin’.
With formalities out of the way, the season’s first challenge is announced. Our ultimate Uglies must create a terrifying, reinvented drag lewk based on a classic American Halloween costume. They must then execute a choreographed lip sync performance on location at a Spooktacular Halloween House Party. The poor soul who serves more Disney than disaster will find out how exactly a Titan dies. Now, let’s see what these new and improved Fright Feats are.
Per the episode’s Halloween theme, the Titans must bob for apples for their first Fright Feat. And if you think forcing ten queens in big hair and full beat is tragic enough, it gets worse. These apples are submerged in buckets of blood and various animal parts. After watching a grotesque display of gagging ghouls with slicked and bloodied hair, it seems Astrud has won and must assign her fellow Titans their roles for the House Party. The drama doesn’t stop, however, as a crew member enters to inform the cast that a footage recap has revealed Melissa BeFierce as the true winner of the Feat. So, in fierce Melissa style, she immediately undoes all of Astrud’s decisions and casts the roles her way.
The Drama: Baby Gorgeous, this is TITANS, and everyone in the Underworld is seated for the drama. First impressions are over, and these Uglies know each other inside and out – some even know each other’s insides a little too well, it seems. As mentioned earlier, the drama kicks off almost immediately. Evah questions if HoSo has had any time to recoup since the world tour; Yovska wonders if Kendra has what it takes; Abhora reveals they’ve been holding on to years of contempt toward Erika; pretty much everyone agrees that Erika should be sent packing first. The shade and one-liners keep coming, none more so than Kendra’s read of Yovska’s entrance lewk. In a sure-to-be viral moment of absolute ferocity, Kendra compares Yovska to a “Teletubby toilet bowl” and drops the mic. The children are shooketh, and screams have been scrumpt!
Abhora – chaos incarnate – is at the center of much of the episode’s drama. In an interesting choice, they have fully committed to their character and, throughout the entirety of the episode, prove to be an absolute menace. They’re also beak-over-claws in love with HoSo – who may or may not reciprocate the feeling despite idolizing Abhora’s drag – and are at odds with Astrud, who is similarly infatuated with HoSo. Love triangles on day one – isn’t Titans great? Evah also has an issue with her friend Abhora because mere months before starting the show, Abhora intimated that they were quite possibly done with the world of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula altogether. Yet, here they are, unfazed and very crazed. None of this may bode well for Abhora’s time on the show, but as a viewer, it is pure TV gold.
Competition-wise, the drama is immediately ignited as well. Melissa instantly begins a quest to create an alliance between herself, Kendra, and Koco, which they name the Nightmare Girls (I also personally like Komeldra). Their power quickly materializes when Melissa, the true winner of the Fright Feat, sabotages Astrud’s challenge picks to spite Erika. Koco, realizing the potential of having the legendary Victoria on their side, pushes Melissa to make amends with her (yeah, they’re fighting, too). Abhora and Erika :ahem: clash when they’re chosen to work together as a pair, but the other groups seem to be having a good time creating their floor show performances.
Floor Show & Judgment: The Boulets, sporting chic antennae, enter the stage in person for the first time this season. They introduce guest judges Justin Simien, director of the upcoming Haunted Mansion movie, and Elvira herself, Cassandra Peterson. The floor show begins, and we’re regaled with a campy good time as the cast wiggles and waves to the music in a classic American house party setting. It’s essentially the Spooky Season version of the Nosferatu Beach Party from Season 4, which the Boulets say is one of their favorite challenges from the series.
Astrud (the Creature) hosts the party and bounces from scene to scene with her fellow Titans. Her look is polished, and she does a great job becoming part of each group without feeling forced. Melissa (the Vampire), Koco (the Mummy), and Kendra (Frankenstein) are hit-and-miss while they dance in the living room as the Nightmare Girls. Melissa proves to be the best of the group, while Koco flounders with a messy and basic costume despite making us crack the hell up with her titty-shaking performance, and Kendra has a few cute moments without doing enough to stand out. The trio escapes performing the worst of the evening, though, because Abhora (as ???) and Erika (the Bat) have arrived. Erika does an okay job of camping it up and dancing in her fur lewk but doesn’t necessarily wow. Unfortunately, she bares the weight of their group performance because Abhora is absolutely atrocious. Her costume, which she later explains is meant to be an alien, is entirely indiscernible, and she doesn’t remember the lip sync words half the time. Eek, indeed.
Evah (the Devil) looks stunning in her scenes with HoSo (the Pirate). The duo owns their power over a Ouija board in the bedroom, and Evah especially lets her inner sexpot shine. Yovska (Pumpkinhead) and Victoria (Pumpkinhead II) kill it in the kitchen as two freakish pumpkin queens. Each of their looks is unique and true to themselves. Yovska does excellent work showing off her cartoonish pumpkin breasts and highlighting her facial features despite being in full costume, and Victoria, quite simply, slays the competition. From head to toe, she is high pumpkin couture and her mouth, which genuinely looks like that of a sinister old witch, is nightmare fuel. To top it off, she literally removes the upper crust of her head and displays the icky, gooey guts of a pumpkin. Iconic!
Astrud and Victoria are neck and neck to be the week’s winner, but as Pumpkinhead II, Victoria receives the win. Astrud clearly has a lot to show us, and if she had won this challenge, her Season 4 curse might have reared its ugly head, so perhaps it’s for the best. Unsurprisingly, Abhora and Erika receive the worst critiques, and Koco is not far behind due to her bare-bones toilet paper mummy.
Deliberation: They called it “Gagula” and, ghoulie, they weren’t kidding. Remember when they said there wouldn’t be any typical Exterminations this season? Well, that’s because the Titans must vote on who the bottom two of the week are. Anyone is up for grabs, not simply those with the worst critiques. Alliances, alliances…clearly Melissa was on to something. Abhora is visibly distraught about her placement and pulls an Astrud, self-destructing and making enemies with almost everyone in the room. The voting begins, and the Titans decide their fate. A special shout-out goes to Koco for leaving us in stitches once again as she attempts to write Abhora’s name down with her comically large nails.
The votes are finalized, and Abhora and Erika are the unlucky chosen two. Some would argue that Koco deserved to take Erika’s spot, but it would be blasphemy to send such an entertaining powerhouse home so soon. The duo is made to ascent the Staircase of Souls to the Ghostly Gallery, where they await their fate. With one word, “ABHORA,” Swanthula banishes them back to whence they came, and Abhora falls through a trap door. The ghouls are gagged at the surprising form of elimination, and the camera pans as we see Abhora’s portrait apparate on the wall beside them.
Quote of the Episode: “What do you look like, girl? A moon. A moon with a toilet. Toilet bowl. Toilet bowl. It’s giving me Teletubbies on a toilet bowl. Flush the toilet. Bloopbloopbloopbloop. Done.” – Kendra Onixxx destroying Yovska’s soul.
Honorable Mention: Yovska showed up this week with her tri-pumpkinhead lewk. One critique they’ve had in the past is our inability to see beyond the costume, but her facial work really shone through this week. Overall, a win for the shady Titan.
Rating: The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula Titans is back with a vengeance. Now with an innate appreciation for all the contestants, it’s a joy to watch them return for our viewing pleasure. The heightened drama is there from the jump, fun new segues are peppered throughout the episode, twists and turns await around every corner, and the show introduces even more proper nouns to add to the series’ wiki page. (10/10 Teletubby toilet bowl meme retweets)
A VERY HACKENSACK CHRISTMAS: Chucky Season 2 Episode 8 “Chucky Actually” Recap & Review
He’ll be back. They always come back. And when this show comes back next year…man, I’m getting a serious case of déjà vu!
Jokes aside, I want to thank all my recap readers out there and hope you enjoy this last one until next October rolls around; if you like them, try out the other assorted horror morsels here on Horror Press. But in the meanwhile, let’s get this final festive R&R going!
Following Andy’s execution of the final Chucky, her life flashes before her eyes…yes, HER, because it’s Mixter who’s trapped in there. It’s revealed Charles knocked Dr. Mixter out while Glenda was taking care of Sister Ruth in the Chapel, and that’s when he got his Ade Due Damballa switch in. Chucky’s early Christmas present is a clean slate, with nobody’s knowledge of his continued survival.
Three days before Christmas, Lexy visits N.A. and drops the truth about her addiction to an audience, in which Jake is sitting as her sponsor. It’s revealed everyone ended up getting their 100 hours of community service in following the Incarnate Lord chaos that got the school closed permanently, and Jake is crashing at Chez Cross with Lexy and her family for the holidays (namely so the former Mayor Michelle Cross can exploit the good PR of taking in two orphans at Christmastime; I mean, come on, that’s publicity gold!). I also should have been more suspicious of getting the holiday gift of more Barbara Alyn-Lind in this episode because she is at her peak of playing a perfectly preened and focus test polished scumbag.
Elsewhere, Glenda keeps vigil over a comatose Glen in the hospital, reporting to Tiffany that their condition is only worsening. A desperate Glenda asks her to pull out her Jennifer Tilly persona one last time to smuggle in the Glen/da doll so they can save Glen with another soul transfer. A cop catches them red-handed and Tiff hulk smashes a vase over his head before Glenda gives into the intrusive thoughts and electrocutes the cop’s face into bursting into flames (a tribute to their first flaming kill in Seed of Chucky).
Question: Is it still a yule log if it’s made of pork?
What matters is that the transfer goes off without a hitch. Good news: Glen and Glenda are back into one doll, voiced once more by the beloved Billy Boyd! Bad news, both of Lachlan Watson’s physical incarnations in the series are now dead, so we probably won’t get them again unless it’s through flashback. Better news: the new Glen-Glenda composite, now going by G.G., looks so glam! G.G. tells Tiffany they plan to travel the world, mentioning a visit to England before mother and child part ways tearfully.
Jake gifts Devon some podcasting equipment (awkward gift choice), and Devon splashes the cold water on him when he reveals he hasn’t been into it for a while (awkward-er way to receive a gift). As everybody digs into Christmas dinner, the argument over the gift reignites, and they end up addressing their broken relationship. I love that Don Mancini took the season finale to effectively make the show a family drama where a killer doll is running around in the background.
Lexy apologizes to her mother for seeing her as the sole source of her problems, and the two have a surprisingly tender moment where they both admit they made mistakes. At night, the Hackensack Gang also reconcile for letting themselves get lost in the Chucky sauce and, do I even have to say Jake and Devon reconcile again? This is like the tenth time this season.
Chucky, transferred into you-already-know-its-not-the-last Chucky doll, drops down the chimney with a Santa cap and the world’s quietest chainsaw. Riffing on “Twas the Night Before Christmas” inside as he munches on some cookies and milk as murder fuel, Tiffany arrives outside to get that Belle doll so she can finally transfer back into a plastic soul shell. When she breaks in, Mayor Cross catches a large Jennifer Tilly-shaped mouse stirring, and is enchanted by Tiffany long enough for Chucky to float down from the stairs like a Christmas fairy, bisecting Mayor Cross in the goriest kill of the season, and taking her off the naughty list permanently. Saving the best for last Mancini, I see you!
Tiffany and Chucky get into a verbal spat where he threatens G.G. for “misbehaving,” and Tiffany poises herself to protect the children upstairs. This leaves Chucky open for Lexy to jump down from the top rope—sorry, top of the stairs, and pin the doll. Fueled with rage, Lexy revs up the power tool and chops up seemingly the last Chucky with his chainsaw, while Tiffany runs upstairs and attempts a transfer into Belle. This only gets her a slash to the shoulder and back from Jake and Devon.
For a minute it seems like this is the end of Tiffany as the trio corners her, but if you noticed that I hadn’t mentioned Lexy’s little sister Caroline much in this episode, it’s because she only steps out here. Caroline then forces herself into a hostage situation with Tiffany holding a knife to her throat. She reveals that she’s been Chucky and Tiffany’s real daughter this whole time and has been stringing everyone along, a thought planted into her head by Chucky. Despite the trio’s protests, the sociopath in training flees with Tiffany and the Belle doll, leaving behind a heartbroken Lexy. The kids get taken into their former science teacher Ms. Fairchild’s care, which is good since she immediately believes them about Chucky. Time to get back to hunting Hackensack Gang!
In a 3-week flash forward, Tiffany hides in New York City wearing a very Selene Gallio outfit and being stared at by creepy Caroline. She gets a threatening call from Nica, who expresses her condolences but mentions that the hunt to torture her for everything she did is still on. Which doesn’t threaten Tiff much…until Nica mentions she can see her through a window. Panicking and trying to finalize the ritual to transfer her soul into the Belle doll, Voodoo for Dummies fails her. After all, we all know you can’t transfer your soul into a doll that already has one.
Standing up and wiping off his makeup, Chucky confirms that HE WAS IN THE BELLE DOLL THIS ENTIRE TIME, IN DISGUISE! He approaches Tiffany, ready for vengeance, as she screams. While we’re left to process our emotions, Chucky closes off with a song for the 22 deadly days of Christmas that confirms every kill in the season.
We’ve been playing checkers.
Chucky has been playing chess.
And Don Mancini has been playing fifth-dimensional mind games with everyone since 1988.
VISUAL HIGHLIGHTS: I wasn’t kidding when I said the big boss saved the best for last with the death of Mayor Michelle Cross. This is potentially the gnarliest kill of the franchise, just for how it’s framed and the absurd levels of gore involved. The fact that it’s followed up with Lexy turning Chucky’s face into cubed cheese with the same chainsaw shows that no matter what threshold you have in mind for how nasty you think Chucky can be as a slasher, chances are it’s not high enough.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT: It’s not that I forgot to get everyone on the show presents this year, I just genuinely must give this to the whole ensemble of the Chucky cast. The tonal pivot of this episode and the way many of these characters’ storylines end up, both permanently and temporarily, just forced the whole cast to bring their A-game. From the sweet but not maudlin reunion of Jake and Devon to the parting of Tiffany and GG, down to even the simplest interactions between the entire gang, I don’t think there was an episode with better overall performances.
QUOTE OF THE EPISODE.
“I feel like…if the public were just reminded of all my charitable endeavors, that, perhaps, they would just make that silly murder charge go away!”
– Tiffany Valentine, on making the most of your charity this holiday season
OVERALL RATING: 9 (Chainsaw Induced Christmas Cleanups)/10. I’d say this is the overall score for the season. Was I less critical of this season in general than my season 1 reviews? Yes, most likely. When you serve up nothing but good television, I just have less to complain about. Learning from all of the mistakes of its previous season, the pacing was tightened up to perfection, and all the intrigue we got was given satisfying payoffs; “Chucky Actually” is the embodiment of all those improvements and the promises of another great season, wrapped up and set under the tree just in time for the holidays.
THE EXORCISM OF CHARLES LEE RAY: Chucky Season 2 Episode 7 “Goin’ to the Chapel” Recap & Review
Somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world, and in it…lies another perfect hour of television, and another excessively long recap!
The episode opens in a flashback stylized after Curse of Chucky, with Jake (and other key players throughout the episode) in a monochrome confessional booth opposite Father Bryce. While Jake and Nica wallow in self-hatred over being unable to stop Chucky, Andy confesses he’s worried he might lose all purpose if he destroys the doll and isn’t sure who he would be without the little redheaded menace. Glenda confesses that all they wanted was to know who their father was, and now that that trail has gone cold, they feel completely lost.
In the present, Mixter holds a gun on the kids in exchange for Good Chucky. Kyle arrives to stop Mixter, and the two have a standoff. Outnumbered, Mixter makes a deal with the crew: Bryce gets to destroy “Good” Chucky’s spirit in an exorcism, Nica gets to put Nica-Chucky into the doll, and Mixter walks free with this final iteration of Chucky, aka Chucky Prime.
On the road to the exorcism, Tiffany is caught at a diner by her own vanity and flees after being recognized by stray fans. She insists on taking control of the original Tiffany doll body and swapping with Tilly…but not before the car engine burns out, leaving Team Glen stranded in a parking lot. Soon after, a botched escape attempt by Tilly results in the actual real-life Jennifer Tilly dying, getting splattered in doll form by a truck, sending Tiffany into tears.
How many people with the voice of an angel do we have to lose this season?
As everyone prepares for Hurricane Divine Intervention, Lexy is at the end of her rope and has completely lost all her faith in Jake and Devon’s reassurances. She confronts them with the hard question of whether misery and death are the only things keeping the crew in one piece, and it’s not only an impressive performance by Alyvia Alyn-Lind, but it also brings into question the nature of their relationships in a significant way.
Lexy relapses and takes the temptation of Good Chucky fully, hearing Nadine’s voice before tearing down all her posters and seeing a hallucination of Nadine as an angel. In her last appearance of the season (maybe, there’s still a Christmas episode!) Nadine reassures Lexy that she and everyone else will be okay, and convinces her not to commit suicide by overdose. Sister Ruth, however, wakes the sleeping Lexy and takes her hostage.
Downstairs, Team Glenda officially expands to Team Incarnate Lord (including Jake, Devon, Dr. Mixter, Andy, Kyle, Nica Pierce, Glenda, Father Bryce, Sister Catherine, and DEAR LORD what is this, an Avenger’s line-up?), with all the characters finally united and playing off each other wonderfully. Father Bryce settles on going rogue following his excommunication from the church, you know, on account of telling the Vatican there’s a possessed doll running around. He even gets a cute suiting-up montage, so that’s how you know he’s serious.
It’s then that we get the biggest of all the flashback confessions, surprisingly coming from Father Bryce to Sister Ruth. He confesses that he’s struggled with his sexuality his entire life and has been externalizing some seriously internalized homophobia. Father Bryce made such a standout heel-face turn in such a short time, and it hurts that he really started to grow on me here. Why did it have to be so close to his inevitable death?!
Father Bryce begins the exorcism with the whole Chucky Survivor Support Group at his back, and following a chorus of “the power of Christ compels you” Father Karras style, Charles Lee Ray’s spirit is sent back to Hell!
…Sorry, did I say Hell? I meant directly into Father Bryce’s body, who he makes violently explode all over the chapel and its inhabitants.
What did we say? It was inevitable!
Following that grisly demise, Nica unveils a new, uncut Damballa chant, and finally rids herself of her father’s presence in her body and mind. A vengeful Jake begins drowning Chucky Prime in burning holy water, but Sister Ruth comes in with Lexy at gunpoint and forces him to give the doll up. Mixter runs, and before Ruth can turn this church to Jonestown, Glenda throw’s Chucky’s very own bowie knife into her eye and kills her. Andy catches up and blow’s Chucky’s jaw off with a few expertly placed shots, forcing Mixter to retreat. Andy finally gets to finish off his long-time nemesis. Temporarily at least, this little rascal will never die.
As Chucky’s final(-ish) doll body burns, the kids watch with worry. Andy and Kyle walk off into an uncertain future together, and we get a heartwarming flashback to the ending of Child’s Play 2. Nica shares a cigarette with Glenda and thanks them for the second chance at life. Tiffany and Glen arrive at the showdown late, and while the twins reunite, a wrathful Nica pulls a gun on Tiffany. Though Valentine begs her to spare the kids from having to see this, Nica takes the shot anyways, and Glen jumps in front of the bullet, trying to save their mother. Tiffany and Glenda drive off with Glen in hopes of saving them while Mixter rides off into the night.
Oh, and we see one last off-screen confession…at some point in the exorcism, Mixter became the true host of Chucky’s spirit, and everything went exactly according to her plan. So much for ending the season on a win.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHT: If Father Bryce had been played by anyone else this season (including Michael Theriault), I don’t think they could have pulled off the challenge Devon Sawa did in this episode. His confessional was heartfelt, and painfully explains so much about his character, granting magnitudes of unexpected depth. Though part of me wished this wasn’t all crammed into one episode, the emotional whammy his performance delivers is undeniable.
VISUAL HIGHLIGHT: All of the special effects in this episode stunned me. From Glenda’s insane knife throw to Father Bryce exploding out of nowhere, to Tilly getting turned into a jelly donut getting smashed at high speeds, this episode was a crunchy, wet, gore-filled special effects fest that would make Childs Play’s 1 through 3 blush with how wild we’ve gotten. But of course, the love has to go to the incredibly lifelike severed, post-explosion Bryce head.
QUOTE OF THE EPISODE:
“You think I’m scared to go to hell?! I’m from Jersey!”
– Chucky, on state pride
OVERALL RATING: 10 (Ooey Gooey Person/Doll Explosions)/10. With a classic scenario as the central set piece of the episode, homage’s-a-plenty to the most legendary horror film of all time, as well as an incredible closer for several characters, “Goin’ To The Chapel” is as close to a perfect episode as can be. From Father Bryce, to Lexy, to Nica, the episode is as much of an emotional thrill ride as it was a visual one. The only question left: how we’re going to top this level of quality, let alone insanity, in the finale?