After an episode that really set things in motion for a finale, “The Lady in White” slows down, and takes a step back to help expand the mythos of this season. But is it a worthy follow up to what is arguably one of the best seasons of the series so far? Let’s find out and take a closer (spoiler filled) look into “The Lady in White”!
Spoilers Ahead, You’ve Been Warned!!!
The episode opens in the late 1940’s as we see Camp Golden Star (the precursor to Camp Redwood) in full swing. Series regular Lily Rabe returns as an employee whose children attend the camp. After the tragic death of her son, she snaps and becomes an infamous legend herself.
Back in 1989, “fake” Rita (now going by “Donna”) explains that she switched the meds for Brooke’s lethal injection, which explains how she survived. After all that she put Brooke through, Rita feels tremendous guilt and simply wants to make amends. She does this by providing Brooke with a new identity, much to Brooke’s apprehension, which we can’t fault her for.
They run into a creepy hitchhiker (Dylan McDermott) rocking the 70’s porn star look (even more so than Trevor). After picking him up, they immediately regret it, as he gets more and more unsettling with his conversation topics.
He attempts to take Brooke hostage and kill Rita, just for them to get the upper hand, and leave him tied to a post in the middle of nowhere, with his thumbs removed. It seems like kid of a random departure, and if this character is supposed to be significant, it’s a bit strange to introduce him with only two episodes to go.
Packing That Emotional Punch
The true highlight of this episode comes in the tragic and poignant backstory of Jingles, as it relates to the titular Lady in White. Picking up where we left Jingles in “Episode 100”, he makes it to Camp Redwood to find a small army of his dead imposters. The ghosts congregate around him and Montana reveals her plan to kill everyone at the upcoming music festival.
Among her explanation is the revelation that they all hope to break free of their curse, and that the Lady in White is the one thing that scares them all. Jingles reveals that it is fact his mother ,and that he was the young boy whose brother died and who took the blame (in his mother’s eyes).
He goes to her shack and the two have what starts as an emotional reunion, but quickly turns into a harsh and brutal condemnation from the one person Jingles never truly gained approval from. It’s quite heartbreaking to hear her say things like “the wrong son died” and “your son would be better off dead that with you as a father”.
After all we’ve seen this poor man overcome, he really can’t just catch a break! Finally, after a lifetime of the world beating him down, Jingles decides he would be better off as a Camp Redwood ghost, and kills himself with a knife as he overlooks the beautiful lake.
While this episode didn’t do a whole lot to advance the overarching plot, it did give us great moments between Jingles and his mother. He (as well as Rita) are proving to be examples of three-dimensional AHS characters, who aren’t nearly as one-note as we initially thought they were. Hopefully McDermott’s homicidal hitchhiker makes a return, otherwise his entire subplot will have just been a waste of time.
With only two episodes left, we have a lot of loose ends to tie up, and a large array of characters who need to meet and clash in a stunning finale. Will 1984 deliver, or be a bit a letdown as many felt the ending of Apocalypse was. We’ll know it two weeks!