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American Gothic recap: Christina's World

There’s got to be more than Phyllis than just her cats

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American Gothic

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The Hawthornes got surprisingly hot and heavy in this week’s episode. Plus, Cam did more drugs and Phyllis continued her reign of terror. Let’s recap American Gothic!

We’ll start with the new developments in the mystery at hand. Everyone was quick to jump on board with the idea that Gunther is the Silver Bells Killer (SBK). Many aspects of this theory check out: He’s not rich, but he works for (and maybe despises) a rich family; he was around the tunnel work site; the DNA on the belt did not belong to the Hawthornes; and Gunther had access to the belt. Case closed, right?

Not quite. It turns out that upon further investigation, Gunther himself would not have been available to commit all of the SBK crimes in question. Was he working with a partner or covering up for someone else? Maybe. We also learned the Hawthornes aren’t as clear from this case as Brady thought — even further investigation found that the supposed Hawthorne-family DNA sample wasn’t from the Hawthornes after all. Tessa planted someone else’s hair in her brush to test Brady on whether he’d actually listen to her wishes and not use their DNA.

How shady is that? When did Tessa have time to plant hair in her own brush? The fact that she would set Brady up seemed pretty out of left field for Tessa. Could she have a dark streak we don’t know about? Needless to say, Tessa and Brady are on the outs, and towards the end of the episode we see Brady threatening to put his career over his marriage. He promises to solve this case and “do his job,” regardless of which Hawthorne might be involved.

Elsewhere in Boston, Alison is showing her lady-in-the-streets-but-freak-in-the-sheets side by sleeping with both her husband and her campaign manager, Naomi (which all parties are totally cool with), in what ended up being quite the 50 Shades twist. (Just out of curiosity, what happened to Violet and Harper? Are they at the same science camp as Jack? Their parents are so busy!)

Sexcapades aside, Alison had much bigger issues to deal with when Madeline informed her that a victim of the tunnel collapse who lost her foot was planning to sue Hawthorne Concrete. Madeline thought they were off the hook for this sort of problem since selling the company, but Alison lets her know Tom actually purchased Hawthorne Concrete through those mysterious “Moscow investors,” and they are still, in fact, on the hook for this. Alison and Tom team up to manipulate and buy out the victim, which (hilariously) doesn’t work.

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Tom comes across an old document indicating the incumbent mayor signed off on a safety inspection of the tunnel. Alison decides to pressure the mayor into helping her get the victim to drop the lawsuit, saving them both from being held accountable. Now, I’m not really going to examine the way they went about this (a video from ‘the cloud’? Are people really still confused about how clouds work?) because it seemed to be just a tad improbable (attorneys, please weigh in), but the bottom line is Alison and the mayor teamed up to get the woman who lost her foot to drop the lawsuit against the city and Hawthorne Concrete. Justice for all!

NEXT: “There’s nothing more important than family. Nothing.”