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American Horror Story: Hotel | Episode 1+2 Recap


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“And YOU felt like staying in tonight.”

Welcome to the first ever Post Show Recaps podcast covering AMERICAN HORROR STORY, the FX horror anthology series that grosses you out with brand new terrors every single season. This year, it’s all about AHS: HOTEL, the first edition of the show without Jessica Lange. In her stead: Lady Gaga, playing the blood-sucking Countess, a vampire and overlord at the Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles. The new series focuses on all the various and sundry patrons weaving in and out of the hotel, including a bunch of dudes sewn into mattresses, a mustache-twirling murder ghost from the 1920s, a drug-fiending goth ghost from the 1990s, and a demon strapped and ready to deliver unimaginable pain.

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) will be hosting weekly podcasts about HOTEL alongside a very special co-host. Who is the man beneath the Rubber Man suit? Listen to the show and find out, and let us know what you think about our podcast in the comments below.

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  • Marcelo Sparano

    Im gonna watch every single season of AHS just so i can hear fishbach. Im so happy that he is back podcasting!

    • tanja

      I second that :)

  • Markus Hellström

    Fun in the start with the sweish girls for a Swede like me :)

  • Matt Racine

    stoked that josh is finally doing an AHS post show recap! and BONUS! FISHBACH is joining him! awesome to hear from Stephen. I miss hearing him weekly on KIA’s. Maybe we can have all three of you guys working together next season on the Survivor coverage. Anyway, loved the insight into American Horror Story. Even more excited for this season now that we have a companion podcast to go along with it. Makes it that much more fun to follow along :)

  • Yay Stephen! I’m with the Fish, Season 5 has started off worse than the previous 4 and I agree with the reasoning too, its not only disjointed but also overly explained.

    What’s everyones season rankings so far? 1. Coven, 2. Murder House, 3. Freak Show, 4. Asylum for me.

    • Josh Wigler

      I was fair-weather on Coven and barely in at all on Freak Show, so I need to revisit both before I do a ranking. But Murder House remains one of my favorite seasons of anything ever.

      • Mary Sherman

        Josh, I adore you and Stephen and this is a tiny bit of NOT PERSONAL constructive criticism. Please watch yourself to not speak over Stephen. He is a thinker and has a slower pace than you when sharing. LOVE YOU BOTH AND THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT!!!!!

        • Josh Wigler

          Thanks for the feedback (feedbach?), Mary, and noted!

    • Andrew Evens

      I would definitely say Murder House is on a higher level than any season (and even seasons of other shows). But I would order them in the order they came out (Murder House > Asylum > Coven > Freak Show).

  • Trixie02

    The vampires caught a virus. Perhaps the vaccine line ties in there. Why mention her staunch position and harshness to the parent unless it ties into WHY she had a child kidnapped and infected with “the virus”. It may have more to do with Chloe’s character than the policeman she is married to, yet she blames him.

    • Josh Wigler


  • Anna

    Stephen, I really hope this means you will expand your RHAP repertoire and join on The Challenge RHAP-ups! Especially for a blood vs water type season?

  • S_Carl_Dixon

    Dam….was planning on binge watching this season after the premiere episode….felt very disjointed to follow every week (kinda like every previous seasons, except for maybe the first season…it’s for sure the best by far!! :D)….BUT…now that you guys have a podcast….it looks like I’m gonna have to change my mind…and watch it every week along with you guys!!! Don’t think I’ll have the power to resist the charms of Wigler and Fishbach together without joining in the fun and mayhem! XD

  • Talons_Niagara

    Evan Peters character and the creation off the hotel is based off of serial killer H.H. Holmes.

    • Chris Burton

      Yeah I thought so. He built a hotel with false hallways and trapdoors to capture his victims. Quite the creeper. I think Leonardo Di Caprio and Martin Scorsese are making a film about him.

  • Nicole

    Oh. My. Gosh. I am so happy this podcast exists. I refuse to say it’s the highlight of my life because I’d be quite the loser, but it really is the highlight of my life. ;]

  • Andrew Evens

    You guys did a fantastic job recapping the episode! I’ve been a big fan of American Horror Story since episode 1 of season 1. After Freak Show, I was very worried if the show would be able to regain its popularity since the season was just kind of bleh (The only positive was Twisty the Clown). I’m happy to see them bring back more of the horror element to the show with this season as well. Hopefully they stick with it.

    I think the #1 thing the show needs to do to be successful though is to have a central storyline and have horrific things happen off of that (Like what happened in Murder House). I would love it, if sometime you guys could break down what Murder House did right to make the show so popular and what went on in Freak Show and to a lesser point Coven to make it less exciting. I love Coven, but it was a fun story, and didn’t really have that Horror element.

    Thanks Josh and Stephen! You guys did an awesome job and I can’t wait to hear the next podcast.

  • Alexandre Arrais

    Great podcast. Wellcome Stephen Fishback! Really great stuff! I´m enjoying the AHS hotel and will be so more fun with this podcast. I think the evan peter´s story was the best until now, but i have high expectation for the rubber/dildo “thing” (could be a woman, don´t you think?)

  • Billy

    I have a CRAZY theory. Could Sarah Paulson’s character be the grown up ghost version of Wes Bentley’s daughter? They had too much of a connection in the scenes they shared to not be connected in some way. I know it’s an out there theory but I wouldn’t put it past AHS to have a time traveling ghost.

    • Billy

      Now this is an awkward theory after episode 3

  • TrentC

    Fishbach + Josh = good podcast team. Thanks for the two ep recap on AHS. I’m on the fence with this one. The Evan Peters role was great, hope he makes a reappearance. Loving Lady Gaga and the vamp storyline.

    *full disclosure – I’m a little new to podcasts. I’ve never heard Stephen do one before this one last night. Lots of Rob C and Josh stuff for podcasts, have only watched Mr F-Bach on Survivor. Love your observations and sense of humor Stephen. Looking forward to more views on AHS with you and Josh.

  • Megan

    Lily Rabe I believe is playing the serial killer Aileen Wuornos. And I agree with the other poster who said Evan Peters’ character is very H.H. Holmes-esque. That definitely seems like the case here. I wasn’t really feeling AHS this season so far, but now that I know Josh AND Fishbach are PSRing it, I’ll have to go back and watch the episodes I missed. Luckily I’m not too far behind!