American Horror Story: Apocalypse E5 — The Boy Wonder (Recap)

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Leading off from the end of last week’s episode, we delve further into Langdon’s magical capabilities and once again, some of our old friends return. Get ready for an exciting tour through the wild world that is American Horror Story Apocalypse, in its latest episode “The Boy Wonder.”

Our friendly neighborhood Anti-Christ, Michael Langdon, performs the Seven Wonders to a rapt audience of our old friends from the coven, and our new friends, the warlocks. Image courtesy of FX.

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This week’s episode of American Horror Story: Apocalypse leads directly where we left off in “Could It Be…Satan?” Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson) has fallen to the ground in shock from the sight of two of her witches she thought she would never possibly see again, Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) and Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts). The two returned entirely through Michael Langdon’s abilities.

While Cordelia is unconscious, she has a vision of the future we are greeted with at the beginning of the season. Her beloved school, Ms. Robichaux’s School for Girls, is in ruins. She is being eaten alive by zombies and in the distance she sees a “white-faced demon.” Upon waking up, she is overjoyed to see both Queenie and Madison and she gives them both long embraces, much to Madison’s chagrin.

When Cordelia gets to feeling better, she meets with the council and tells the warlocks and Michael that she would like to have Michael perform the seven wonders in two weeks time. Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy) is apoplectic, which she says several times. Myrtle thinks it’s an abomination for a man to even be considered as the next in line to be Supreme and she suggests to Cordelia that Mallory (Billie Lourd) be considered.

In a flash back, we see Mallory at Ms. Robichaux’s school, bringing a dead deer back to life and healing its wounds completely. Cordelia and Myrtle both agree that Mallory needs more time to develop her skills, but Cordelia differs in opinion from Myrtle in that she believes there is no time to waste. Michael must perform the seven wonders.

In the same flashback where Mallory’s talents are showcased, we see how Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt (Leslie Grossman) fits into the whole equation. Coco and her (now deceased) father are seated at a table across from Cordelia at Ms. Robichaux’s School. Coco’s father believes that Coco is magically gifted, and…in a way..she is. Coco somehow gained the ability to magically detect whether or not something contains gluten. All the rich ladies in Beverly Hills have started coming to her to make sure that none of their “gluten-free” products actually contain the evil protein. Coco doesn’t really believe this to be much of anything, but Cordelia assures her that it could be a stepping stone to more meaningful magical ability. I’m personally very interested to see how that plays out.

At this point, as the test of the Seven Wonders is fast approaching, the warlocks at the Hawthorne School for Boys are conducting a blessing ritual on Michael to prepare him for the test. After the blessing is complete, the other students run to Michael’s side and as they do, John Henry Moore (Cheyenne Jackson) catches a glimpse of Michael’s..not so human side. In other words, he sees the “white demon face” that Cordelia described to the group earlier.

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John Henry then decides that he needs to do a thorough investigation into Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) before the test is administered. As he is in his room, packing some things, Behold Chablis (Billy Porter) enters the room and among other things, accuses John Henry of being jealous of Michael. He throws a couch in front of the door (with magic of course) to block John Henry from leaving. He yells out “Stand Down Bitch!” and throws Behold against the wall high in the air and says “I’m not jealous, I’m afraid.”

We know that witches and warlocks have good intuition, so it’s no surprise what ends up happening next once John Henry is on the road to whatever destination he was headed. He stops at a gas station, in a very cool Jaguar, by the way, to get some gas for his trip. The gas station looks to be in the absolute middle of nowhere and John Henry is alone for a brief moment there, until another car pulls up.

Who should it be but pre-robot Ms. Miriam Meade (Kathy Bates), pretending to be a little old church-going woman. She just can’t seem to get the gas pump to reach down into her car so she asks John Henry for help. I was hoping that something might happen, that his up-until-this-moment good intuition would save him, but nope. Ms. Meade slices both of his Achilles tendons and then slices his throat. To add insult to injury, she doused him in gas, lights a match, throws it and drives away. I really, really hope that this is not the end of Cheyenne Jackson’s character this season. I have a feeling it won’t be, as so many characters thought to be dead have been alive or returned to life over the course of this season already.