"Be Our Guest"
Series American Horror Story
Season 5, Episode 12
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Air date January 13th, 2016
Writers John J. Gray
Director Bradley Buecker
Producers Ned Martel; Robert M. Williams, Jr.; Alexis Martin Woodall; Bradley Buecker; James Wong; Jennifer Salt; Brad Falchuk; Ryan Murphy; Karen Romero; Todd Nenninger
Starring Kathy Bates; Sarah Paulson; Evan Peters; Wes Bentley; Matt Bomer; Chloë Sevigny; Denis O'Hare; Cheyenne Jackson; Angela Bassett; Lady Gaga
Episode guide
"Battle Royale"
"Chapter 1"

"Be Our Guest" is the twelfth episode of season five of the horror anthology series, American Horror Story, which is billed under the heading of "Hotel". It is the sixty-fourth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Bradley Buecker with a script written by John J. Gray. It first aired on the FX Network on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 at 10:00 pm.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Principal Cast[edit | edit source]

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Guest Starring[edit | edit source]

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is rated TV-MA. It contains strong language, sexual situtions and nudity and violence. Intended for true bad-asses only. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • This episode is production code number 5ATS12.
  • This episode had a viewership of 2.245 million people, which is up by .405 from the previous episode. It scored 1.15% in the 18-49 viewing demographic. [2]
  • This is the first season of the series to only have twelve episodes. Seasons one through four each had 13-episode seasons.
  • Liz Taylor is the first character to appear in this episode.
  • Actress Sarah Paulson plays both Hypodermic Sally and Billie Dean Howard in this episode. Billie Dean Howard is a character from season one's "Murder House". This is the fourth appearance of the character and her only appearance in season five. She appeared last in "Birth". Billie Dean Howard was the first character played by Sarah Paulson on the series.
  • The future events from this episode take place in the year 2022.
  • The Hotel Cortez will become declared an historic landmark in 2026.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • The title of this episode is a phrase attributed to the hospitality industry. It might also reference the song "Be Our Guest", which was featured in the 1991 animated fantasy film Beauty and the Beast by Walt Disney Productions.
  • Hypodermic Sally makes reference to Colonel Sanders in this episode. Colonel Sanders is the public face of the national fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken, also known as KFC.
  • Billie Dean Howard makes reference to a house "just a few miles west" that is noted for its spirits. She is talking about the "Murder House", haunted by the Harmon family from season one.

Quotes[edit | edit source]


  • Iris: Yeah, we got a real serious problem. The ghosts keep killing the guests, we're going to end up with zero stars.


  • Hypodermic Sally: Oh, come on. You telling people to stop killing is like Colonel Sanders telling us to stop eating chicken.
  • James March: I'm not familiar with your military friend and his fondness for poultry, but my killing days are over.


  • Liz Taylor: We started with such high hopes. With all the previous owners being dead, the hotel was under new management--ours. We were determined to remake the Cortez in our own image. This would be no mere hotel. We had ambitions to be a family to the friendless, a comfort to those in the cold, a beehive of acceptance. It was supposed to be the perfect ending.


  • Will Drake: Ending some jerk-off who wastes the air that he breathes? That is the real high. I'm dead, but I've never felt more alive.


  • Hypodermic Sally: Save your breath. I know what you're up to. Your Kumbaya intrigues might work with the others; they're not gonna work with me.
  • Iris: Good. We can cut the crap. Jesus, you're one lonely, miserable bitch.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Credited, but does not appear in this episode.
  2. TV IV; American Horror Story; Season 5. Episodes.

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