American Horror Story s03e05 Episode Script

Burn, Witch. Burn!

Roman, you honor our home with your presence.
May I present my son, Jacques? And this is my oldest, Borquita.
BORQUITA: Charmed.
My, my, Jacques, what a suave fellow you are.
But I wonder if you're brave enough to visit my chamber of horrors.
Mother, I doubt that Jacques is interested.
I might find the courage if Borquita was by my side.
I fairly swoon when I see the moment of terror register on a handsome face.
Makes me feel young again.
[DELPHINE CHUCKLES] Can you guess what's in the bowl? Madame LaLaurie, it must have taken you all afternoon to peel these grapes.
[SCREAMING] [CHUCKLES] Would you care to try your hand at the next surprise? I'll give you a hint.
They're long and wet and very slippery- I'd venture to guess a string of sausages? [CHUCKLES] [SCREAMS] [JACQUES GASPS & DELPHINE LAUGHS] Oh, you're not man enough for my Borquita much less my chamber of horrors.
[LAUGHS] I'll never have a husband.
Not with Mother around.
- She's horrible.
PAULINE: To us and the slaves.
Who would ever suspect foul play from the grieving daughters of their beloved mother's untimely death? You are wicked, Borquita.
The only question is how.
[DOOR OPENS] - Mother.
- Y'all gonna miss the entire party if you sit up here chattering like little birds.
Come on downstairs now and be festive, my darlings.
Dessert is about to be served.
My dear, guests have been asking after you.
Send me Bastien and two strong slaves.
Don't ponder, Louis.
Just do it.
BORQUITA: No! No! No! Break her leg if you must.
[BORQUITA SCREAMS] We were never gonna do anything.
It was just silly talk.
It's because of my love for your plain faces that you can still draw breath.
Be good, little birds and I'll set you free in a year.
A Year? Just in time for next Hallows' Eve.
And you, ringleader of the feebleminded you've earned a special present.
On Christmas morning, I'm gonna stuff your conniving mouth full of shit.
No! No! No, no, no! No! [WHIMPERS] It's too late now even to light the bonfires of protection.
[BANGING ON DOOR] All hell has opened up on our doorstep.
You guys, did you get a load of what's going on outside? [PANTS] [CORDELIA SCREAMING IN DISTORTED VOICE] CORDELIA: No! [IN DISTORTED VOICE] Move! -[IN NORMAL VOICE] Let me see your face! -It's burning! Oh, God! Someone call an ambulance! My God! Somebody help us! [BOTH SOBS] Let me see! I have to see! Let me see it! [SCREAMS] WILSON: Are you Mrs.
Foxx's mother? What did they do to her? Her eyes looked like marbles.
Our best guess is someone threw sulfuric acid on her.
I've only seen burns like this in industrial accidents.
It burned through the optic nerves.
I'm no debutante, doctor.
So just tell me.
Is she blind or not? The ocular structure's intact, but we couldn't save her eyesight.
You-- What are you saying? - What are you telling me? - I'm sorry.
What are you telling me, huh? You piece of shit! I wanna talk to a doctor! - No! - Should I call the cops? No, it's all right.
[SOBBING] ZOE: What are they? - They're dead.
I can't hear them.
Everyone get away from the windows.
Come on.
And kill the lights.
QUEENIE: Um, I think they know we're home.
Close the drapes.
We need Fiona.
You guys, it's a prank.
They're not even doing anything.
Ahh, it's her voice mail.
I don't know.
Maybe we should call the cops.
Fiona wouldn't like it, and I'd be more scared of her than those things outside.
Oh, shit.
- You shouldn't be out of bed.
- Tell it to the Army of Darkness.
This is crazy.
I can handle a bunch of neighborhood kids.
LUKE: Okay, you had your fun.
You spooked a houseful of girls.
Time to go.
Come on, buddy.
Come on.
Get moving.
[BOY LAUGHS] Dude, your prosthetics look awesome.
[SNAPS] Oh, man.
- We gotta help Luke.
The front door's no good.
We're completely surrounded.
If we can't go out, we'll go up.
We have to get away from all these windows.
Spalding! Are you crazy? My daughters are out there.
Your daughters are dead! You wanna be dead too? 'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.
Come on.
Think you can make it to the attic? Spalding's room.
Barricade ourselves inside.
Then pick a room.
Okay? Just get upstairs.
Go! Now! Nan? Shit.
[GROANS] - Nan, save yourself.
NAN: I'm not leaving you here.
Cordelia's car.
Come on! [LUKE GROANING] [ZOMBIES GROWLING] What are they? What do they want? Us.
[DOORKNOB RATTLING] [BEEPS] [CART CLANGS] [GASPS] You didn't throw that acid, but you might as well have.
[GASPS] WOMAN [OVER PA]: Code blue NICU, Bed 5.
Code blue NICU, Bed 5.
MAN [OVER PA]: Team to ICU [WOMAN GASPS] [SCREAMS] [SOBBING] Stillborn, or did it die after? Stillborn.
Is it a girl or a boy? They didn't tell me.
She's a girl.
Who are you? What are you doing? No.
No, I don't wanna look at her.
No, I don't wanna look at her.
Come on, hold her.
Hold her.
She's your daughter.
You have to keep them close so they feel safe.
Now talk to her.
I don't understand.
Why are you doing this? My baby is dead.
No, no, no.
Come on, talk to her.
Tell her, "I love you more than the whole world.
" Come on.
Say it to her.
I love you more than the whole world.
"You're the most beautiful baby.
" Tell her how beautiful she is.
I can't do this.
Tell her how beautiful she is.
You're so beautiful.
Tell her.
You're beautiful.
Now say, "I'll never leave you.
" I'll never leave you.
"I'll be your mother until you die.
" Tell her.
I'll be your mother until the day you die.
Tell her again.
I'll be your mother until you die.
[BABY GASPING] What's happening? She's breathing.
[BABY FUSSING] Oh! She's breathing.
[SOBBING] LUKE: No! [LUKE & NAN SCREAMING] Hey! Get away from there! Over here, you rotting pieces of shit! Come on! Come on! That's it.
Come on, yeah.
Come on, come to Mama.
Oh, shit! DELPHINE: You're not fine, and you're my responsibility.
You never should have been allowed out of this bed.
See she stays put.
I'm going downstairs and get some ice.
And get me a Coke.
[CLANKING NEARBY] Who's there? Borquita.
My daughter.
My child.
What has she done to you? No.
What have I done to you? Borquita, there must be something still inside you that-- That knows the mother who bore you.
Come back to me, child.
I would make amends.
You do know me.
Go see what's keeping her.
[THUD THEN SPALDING GROANS] Spalding? What was that? Spalding? [SPALDING GASPS] [WHIMPERING] Oh, shit.
She had a monster for a mother.
This last act was the only kindness I ever did for her.
[DELPHINE SOBBING] - I think I'm bleeding out.
- I won't let you.
- Unh.
- Shit.
Come here.
Come on.
[MARIE GROANING] I don't know what that was but they got some real power in that witch house now.
[GASPING] [DOOR OPENS] Well, look who finally showed up.
HANK: I've been driving all night from Lake Charles.
It's a four-hour drive.
I don't have to defend myself to you.
Why don't you go sleep it off? I'm here now.
You can stop pretending you actually care about her.
Now, I may not have been the mother she needed me to be but I can smell the bullshit in your pockets even if she can't.
I begged her not to marry you.
You're a loser, running around your whole life chasing after penny jobs, huh? You're one step up from the men who stand in front of Home Depot.
At least I come home to her.
I've never just abandoned her.
Because you know she is the best you'll ever have.
Thank Christ you couldn't knock her up.
Can you imagine her with an infant now after you run off because you can't take the pressures of a blind wife? Permanently? Oh, boy, here come the crocodile tears.
No, Fiona, no, you will not do this to us.
She hates you.
You hear that, you piece of shit? I love her and she knows it.
You're the one that doesn't belong.
- You're the one that needs to go away! NURSE: I don't care who it is but one of you is leaving, or I'm calling security.
You have 15 minutes with her and then I'll be back, and you will disappear.
You can go on your own or my way.
I don't care which.
Although I'd prefer the latter.
I'm here, baby.
Can you feel me? I don't care what they did to you.
I promise I'm never going away.
I love you so much.
[GASPS] [GASPING] Fire purges and purifies scatters our enemies to the wind.
What blows away need not be explained.
ZOE: I think that's the last of them.
- This is nasty.
Maybe we should get more cedar chips to mask the smell.
- How's Luke? - Still asleep in my bed.
- Get him out of the house.
- He's not well enough yet.
- Well, he can't stay here.
- He can and he will.
No sense rushing him back to his Holy Roller mother until he recovers.
She'd only call the cops anyhow.
Thank you.
I like a witch who knows how to fight.
You've done this coven a great service, Zoe.
I won't forget it.
Go on.
Those were my daughters.
The day they were born, I sent such hopes and dreams to heaven.
This is how it ends, in flames and decay.
They deserved a better mother than I could ever hope to be.
I know the feeling.
Perhaps our shared tragedies will bring us closer together.
I doubt it.
You are, after all, the maid.
Well, time to deal with the rest of the trash, I see.
Fiona Goode you stand before this council accused of gross neglect, malfeasance and a willful disregard for the well-being of this coven.
Since you arrived here, this house has been under attack from outside forces.
A young witch remains missing.
The headmistress of this academy, your daughter, lies blinded in a hospital.
Given the seriousness of these events and after careful consideration it is the grim duty of this council to demand your immediate unconditional abdication as Supreme of this coven.
It's nothing personal.
And given that the new Supreme has not shown herself yet? Until such time, the coven shall fall under the stewardship of this council.
How convenient.
She couldn't inherit the Supremacy so she has enlisted her lapdogs to help steal it.
- I beg your pardon.
- Oh, yes, you will beg but you will not be pardoned, Myrtle Snow, not for what you have done.
What does she mean? It's a trick, a gambit.
She's desperate.
Well, it's not going to work, not this time.
This council's decision is unanimous and final.
- We will not sit here and listen to you.
- You will sit! Whoa.
And you will listen.
Now, it's true this coven has been under attack, but not from outside.
From inside.
Our enemy hides in plain sight.
Walks freely among us unseen.
Our enemy has a face and I have seen this face.
This face has a name.
Myrtle Snow.
Outrageous lies.
Did you think that by destroying my daughter you could destroy me? How dare you accuse me of attacking Cordelia? I've been more of a mother to that girl -than you have ever been.
- You latched on to my daughter the minute I passed her into your care because you could never have one.
I never had children because I dedicated my life to this coven.
The love you had for this coven and my daughter has been eclipsed by the hatred you have of me.
Listen to her.
Next she'll be accusing me of murdering Madison Montgomery.
Well, you were here in New Orleans.
At the time of her disappearance, I mean.
What is she talking about? I told you, she's trying to confuse you.
You weren't already in town when Madison went missing, were you? - Surely you would have told us that.
FIONA: Who is Jennifer Wooley? MYRTLE: I'm sure I don't know.
QUENTIN: Jennifer Wooley is the Veronica Lake character in the movie I Married a Witch.
FIONA: Jennifer Wooley also happens to be the witless alias Myrtle used as a resident at the Chat Noire Motel.
She has been here all these weeks planning this coup.
She's twisting everything.
So it's true? You've been living here under a false name? She had to be stopped! - Is that a confession? MYRTLE: What? No.
- I confess to nothing.
FIONA: I don't need a confession.
- You have been caught red-handed.
- You're hurting me! I'll do more than hurt you.
I will have justice.
The same acid that disfigured my daughter did this.
Myrtle Snow, have you anything to say in your own defense? You know what she is.
- Who would you believe? - You give us no choice.
Burn the witch.
The decision of this council is unanimous and final.
No need to bind me.
I shall not resist.
Why would I? I've been swimming against the tide my whole life.
Look where it got me.
I'm used to being an outcast.
A freak.
Until I found my place in this coven.
I thought I'd come home.
But I was wrong.
I go proudly to the flame.
Go ahead.
Burn me.
JOHN'S "RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME" PLAYING] This is just a joke, right? We're not actually burning her? You don't mess with the Supreme.
I've been in the right place But it must have been the wrong time I'd have said the right thing But I must have used the wrong line I've been on the right trip But I must have used the wrong car My head was in a bad place And I wonder what it's good for I've been in the right place But it must have been the wrong time My head was in a bad place But I'm having such a good time I've been running Trying to get hung up in my mind Just got to give myself A talking-to this time Just need a little brain salad surgery I got to cure my insecurity I've been in the wrong place But it must have been the right time I've been in the right place But it must have been the wrong song I've been in the right vein But it seemed like the wrong arm I've been in the right world But it seems wrong, wrong Wrong, wrong, wrong Any last words? You're all a bunch of little toads in a pot that Fiona is slowly bringing to a boil.
You won't even feel it until it's too late.
I'd rather burn than boil.
Queenie, well, what can I do for you? You can answer me a question.
Yes? Today did I help you frame a guilty woman or an innocent one? MYRTLE: She's been leading this coven to extinction.
We've said it.
She had to be stopped.
- Is that a confession? MYRTLE: What? No.
I confess to nothing.
FIONA: You don't have to confess.
You've been caught red-handed.
MYRTLE: You're hurting me! FIONA: I'll do more than hurt you.
I will have justice.
The same acid that disfigured my daughter did this.
None of us are innocent.
No one.
When you came to me, I figure I owed you one because you-- You saved my life.
But I thought we were gonna oust her, not roast her.
And now I can't-- I can't close my eyes without seeing her burning body.
And the smell won't leave my nose.
I just I don't think I can do it.
Sit down.
Do what, Queenie? Live with this.
Now, Queenie I can already sense a change in you.
Your mind is getting stronger.
You've taken an important first step.
A necessary first step to fulfill your promise.
And under my tutelage, my mentorship well, you could rise to heights that you dare not even imagine.
Even as high as the next Supreme.
Me? The Supreme? Well, why not? Heh.
I mean, maybe that's what this coven needs.
A Supreme of color.
Why not me, right? - I'm as much witch as any of these others.
- More.
And I am feeling stronger, more powerful.
Of course you are.
You have to trust me.
Follow my instruction to the letter, and you'll be fine.
I will.