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Chutes and Ladders 

Fashion mogul Will Drake brings couture to the Hotel Cortez. A model catches the Countess' eye. John learns about the hotel's sadistic first owner.


Bradley Buecker


Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathy Bates ... Iris
Sarah Paulson ... Sally McKenna
Evan Peters ... James March
Wes Bentley ... John Lowe
Matt Bomer ... Donovan
Chloë Sevigny ... Dr. Alex Lowe
Denis O'Hare ... Liz Taylor
Cheyenne Jackson ... Will Drake
Angela Bassett ... Ramona Royale (credit only)
Lady Gaga ... The Countess
Finn Wittrock ... Tristan Duffy
Mare Winningham ... Hazel Evers
Naomi Campbell ... Claudia Bankson
Max Greenfield ... Gabriel
Richard T. Jones ... Detective Andy Hahn


Fashion mogul Will Drake brings couture to the Hotel Cortez. A model catches the Countess' eye. John learns about the hotel's sadistic first owner.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

14 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Naomi Campbell is named "Claudia". In the 80s, Naomi Campbell became popular as the #1 top model in the world, together with Claudia Schiffer. Her last name, Bankson, is a reference to another famous model, Tyra Banks, who hosts America's Next Top Model (2003). See more »


The detective flashes back to a murder scene where the kids have been poisoned by carbon monoxide. They all have pale faces when in fact carbon monoxide would cause their faces to be bright red. See more »


The Countess: He's full of rage. I can still smell it. Like copper.
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Features Space Invaders (1978) See more »


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Written by Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris
Performed by New Order
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I've been eager for the second episode, how would it be? I'll tell you.. Insane!
15 October 2015 | by jnasmarkSee all my reviews

After watching the first episode of season five my expectations went to the sky. The feeling, the acting, the characters and the story slowly developing out into something that in first seems like a "cop vs killer" had a drastic turn.

I'll keep it short, the first episode really blew my mind away. Lady Gaga had perhaps the majority of that to take credit for. Her introduction scene.. no words can describe it. But after the first episode it left me with one worry. How will the next one be?

Well, sit back and relax.

AHS just keeps throwing coal into the fire on this train. It just won't stop. This one hour episode had me from the first seconds to the end credits. And, it left me with a hunger as well. I also want more..

Straight 10/10!

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