E is for the elevator
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Demons are cool and all, but ain’t it always fun when Wrong dive deep into ghost stories? That’s what happens this week as the team’s new case leads them to one of New York’s most haunted apartment buildings.
A teenager named Wyatt has been missing for months, and here’s what his parents know: He’s not the kind of kid to run away (as the police suspect), they got a broken phone call from someone. ‘one that looked like him in which all they could figure out was’ save me’, and he spray painted a giant pentagram on the floor under his rug although he had never been into the occult stuff . Curious, right?
The biggest clue, however, ends up being something etched in Wyatt’s desk: the words “el game” followed by a bunch of numbers. Luckily, Kristen is researching what that might mean by the time her daughters get home from school and they know exactly what the game is. It’s the elevator game – an urban legend that says that if you follow a specific set of instructions and travel to different floors in a certain order (those numbers in Wyatt’s sculpture), you’ll find yourself in the area inferior, or, hell. If you play the game and don’t complete it or follow the instructions correctly, you will be haunted for the rest of your life. It sounds like a super fun and healthy time.
Kristen and Ben make their way to the apartment building where Wyatt was last seen (he enters the elevator but never leaves it – scary!) Your daughter at work day in history. They all play the elevator game, but there is some confusion as this building skips the 13th floor which is one of the floors you have to press down as directed. The game does not work. But all is not lost! They meet a teenager who turns out to be the best friend of Felicia, Wyatt’s girlfriend. Wyatt’s girlfriend is also missing, and this friend ties it all to the elevator game. Wyatt played it and disappeared, so Felicia gave it a try and this girl has a recording of Felicia playing the game that ends with her screaming and then disappearing forever. Cool, cool, cool, I’m sure Kristen loves her choice to let her daughters follow.
Ben needs more information and has an idea of where to get it: he calls Vanessa. You may remember Vanessa from starring on the paranormal reality show Ghosts gotham and also meeting Ben after informing him that the ghost of his deceased sister was grafted onto his arm. She leads Ben to a Ghosts gotham tour where they learn all about a girl in the 1960s who got stuck in this building’s elevator, had half her body cut off, and now her half-body ghost is crawling through the hallways haunting people with the clicking of his fingers and his general ghost face hideous for all eternity.
Now obviously Wrong is not going to implement the promise of such a ghost and not give us a gain – Wrong respects her viewers, and by “respect” I mean “likes to scare them” – and it’s ultimately Kristen who has an argument with this ghost girl. Uh, is that awful? Kristen is stuck in the elevator between the 12th and 14th floors and the ghost girl slowly crawls towards her, then grabs her until Kristen finally gets the elevator to start working again. In a very Kristen Bouchard gesture, she runs out of this building and immediately calls her therapist to tell him that the anti-hallucinatory drugs he has prescribed are less than effective.
And yet, that’s not the chilling centerpiece of the episode. It belongs to Ben. He too decides to try the elevator game on his own because none of these people seem to be learning from it. He discovers the buttons Wyatt had to push instead of a 13th floor and ends up going to the lower area, or to a giant secret basement in the building. There, he finds the decaying bodies of Wyatt and Felicia and realizes that they couldn’t recall the elevator, were trapped, and died while waiting to be rescued.
Ben starts to panic. He can’t get the elevator back and the phone reception is so bad that even though his calls reach Kristen and David, he can’t talk to them. He’s going to die there, slowly and all by himself. Are you thinking wow, it couldn’t be worse for Ben? well it is Wrong, things can always get worse. And they do! Because it turns out Ben isn’t alone after all – his demonic night terror wife is going to hang out with him all the way, and he’s a real cock.
Can we talk about the “will” written by Ben on his phone? Look, I love Ben with all my heart and I fully appreciate his increased screen time this season, but if my late friend’s last note was “I enjoyed working with you”, oh wow, would I be? pissed off. Come on, Ben! It’s Kristen! At least thank her for introducing you to canned margaritas or something. You know you love them now!
After finishing his notes to his sister, David and Kristen, Ben simply lies down, and then he begins to pray in Arabic – it will be interesting to see how this near-death experience changes Ben in regards to his feelings about the faith. Fortunately, he will have time to explore this, as Kristen and David realize that Ben must have tried playing the elevator game again, finding the buttons to press and coming to Ben’s rescue. Seeing the light fill the room, Ben runs over to them, screaming to keep the elevator doors open, and crying down on the elevator floor. Kristen hugs him and assures him he’s safe now. But Ben sees his Night Terror demon getting on the elevator with them, so we know Ben still has some issues to work out.
Since Wrong Enjoys exposing real-world horrors as much as supernatural horrors, the other big plot of this episode opens up a discussion of racism within the Catholic Church. The subject is brought up by, you guessed it, Leland. He finally gets his first exorcism session and is clearly having fun with David – Michael Emerson claiming his new rosaries hurt him is, as kids and bosses say, [chef’s kiss] – and while they wait for session number two in a month’s time, David is assigned to be Leland’s spiritual advisor, his exorcism godfather, if you will. As much as Leland laughs at it all, David still won’t let him get to her. And remember, Julia’s big reveal didn’t work out either. So, Leland takes his next step in his quest to annoy David and take him away from the priesthood: to remind him of the explicit racism in the religious institution he has chosen and to call it nothing more than a “hiring of”. diversity ”, among other things.
David doesn’t bite the hook in front of Leland – he knows the game all too well – but several events unfold then revealing that hello, of course, David felt conflicted about it. First, in Priest School, he reveals that for his first real live homily he is going to speak directly about racial issues, but by the time David hits the word “slavery” in his opening sentence, Teacher Priest is like. whoa, whoa, whoa isn’t that a bit too controversial we like to pretend that the real issues don’t exist because they might bother people, Davey boy. Okay, he doesn’t say the second half of that but we do know.
There is another black priest in training in David’s class, Kevin, who feels David’s pain and invites him to a party, as Kevin puts it, other “renegade Catholics”. This party is not going so well. David is clearly upset by what Leland brought up, and on top of that he drinks, so when David defends his faith to an opponent and this guy says that instead of Uncle Tom they have “Father Tom”, David the hits right in the face. On his way out, a black pastor from an evangelical church stops him and invites him to come and see them because “what the Catholic Church does not do, we do”. It looks like David can at least get a glimpse of what the guy is talking about.
Even if! David gives his homily as it is written. Of course, that day there are only 20 people at Mass and two of them are Kristen and Leland – Leland is in the congregation eating a pot of popcorn because although Leland is a lover of Satan, he is also unmistakably a hoot – but still, David seems proud. And so the battle for David’s soul rages on.
• I still have no idea what’s really going on with Sheryl. She convinces Kristen to keep a bed in her office for Sheryl when she babysits late at night and tells her that getting closer to her granddaughters is something her “therapist has suggested.” Does she want Kristen to know that she went to see Boggs? The woman freaks me out, that’s all I’m saying.
• You might think the ghost girl from the 1960s was the scariest thing in this episode, but don’t sleep on that type of doorman / security guard who wanted to guard Kristen’s girls. Don’t sleep on it!
• Lexis Watch: She must stay in the field on the elevator game excursion to study with her math teacher. Does that mean anything? Will Mathematics Push Lexis Further to the Dark Side? He certainly follows.
• When David’s teacher tries to knock his ankle off and contemptuously noting that David has “high regard for [himself] and [his] value for the church ”and David proudly replies,“ I do. ”Wow, wow, wow my friends, I felt that in my toes.
Watching Kristen and Ben stumble as they have to explain what they’re doing to Wyatt’s parents without David to take the lead was such a great little character moment for these two.
• There was something very seductive about how Kristen called David “Father David”, wasn’t there? am I planning? I could be projecting.
• We’re just bathing in the content of David-porte-des-turtlenecks at this point. We are not worthy.