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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Chapter Fifteen: Doctor Cerberus’s House of Horror Recap

It’s always great when TV programmes are brave enough to break the boundaries and do something a little bit different. In the case of this hour of television, we explore the psyches of most of our main cast in highly dramatic fashion. The episode begins with a fortune teller sheltering from the rain at Dr. Cee’s. She then proceeds to tell the fortune of the characters as she encounters them during the episode, leading to some rather dramatic revelations that impact their lives in the present.

Sabrina

Sabrina is still anxious about her relationship with Nick, after his lies over getting rid of his werewolf familiar in the previous episode. The fortune teller shows her a future where Nick takes part in a magic act as part of the Academy’s talent show. After performing tricks on the three Weird Sisters, it’s Sabrina’s turn. He casts a spell on her that makes her fall upwards, and the Weird Sisters allow the enchantment to continue, resulting in Sabrina floating out into space and becoming a frozen corpse. Jolly stuff.

Upon returning to the present, Sabrina realises that she does trust Nick, but she does not trust the Weird Sisters, and therefore beseeches him to stay away from them.

Theo

Next is Theo’s turn. In his psyche is his desire to have a male body. At the Spellman house, he creates a potion that grants him his desire. He awakes the next morning to find himself suitably buff and enjoys being the centre of attention in team sports. However, problems start to occur when his limbs start turning into tree trunks. Hilda says that that’s the problem when using plant-based potions. As a result, Theo has his arm amputated by his father, though when he wakes up from this procedure, he discovers that his legs too have started to turn into trees.

The takeaway message that Theo receives from the fortune teller is to reach out for help early. With the support system that Theo has in place, we can only hope that he follows this advice in getting the body that he wants.

Roz

Poor Roz went suddenly blind at the end of the previous episode, and this episode sees her dealing with the repercussions. There is an operation that can restore her sight, but it will involve her Reverend father using church funds for it. Roz is made uneasy by this as her father has previously taken from church funds whenever he requires it, and the members of his church are all too eager to give the money due to his position as Reverend. Her vision shows her the operation being a success, but when she talks about her moral qualms with Harvey, he encourages her to pay her good fortune forwards. As a result, she volunteers to help blind people, where she is confronted by a young girl whose eyes Roz “stole”. The young woman rips off her bandages to reveal her socketless eyes and starts demanding that Roz return her eyes to where they belong. When she alights back in the real world, Roz tells her dad that she does not want to take money from the church and will instead wait for the expensive surgery.

Zelda

Zelda arrives at Dr. Cee’s particularly flustered by her upcoming nuptial arrangements. Zelda’s story revolves around her underlying guilt over Baby Laticia, whom she stole from her soon-to-be-husband Father Blackwood soon after birth. In the Christmas special, she handed Laticia over to Dezmelda to raise her. In Zelda’s vision, she goes back to the forest so that she can present Father Blackwood with the baby, but discovers that Dezmelda has eaten Laticia in exchange for youthful looks. At Zelda’s wedding, she catches Father Blackwood and Dezmelda in a compromising position, while all the wedding guests point and jeer at her. In the present, the fortune teller tells Zelda “some secrets should remain secret”. So I guess that’s that for that plot line, at least.

Harvey

Harvey’s storyline is perhaps the weakest in the whole episode. His vision revolves around him going to a summer art programme, where his roommate (who produces artwork about demons and hears their voices) ends up committing suicide. It’s the message that Harvey is given by the fortune teller afterwards that is more curious, as she urges him to remain in Greendale, as this is where he is needed.

Ambrose

Ambrose is particularly sceptical about needing a fortune teller – after all, he seems to believe that his life is charmed. Ambrose’s vision involves him being invited to join the Judas Society by Father Blackwood. Before he can be involved in this secret society, however, it is essential that Ambrose cleanse himself by slaying his family. Against his will, Ambrose performs this task and kills Hilda, Zelda and Sabrina at Father Blackwood’s behest.

Shaken and disturbed, in the present, Ambrose confronts Father Blackwood and demands to know whether he would be asked to harm the Spellmans. Father Blackwood asserts that the Spellmans are soon to be his family, and no harm will come to them. However, he also reveals in the same breath that Ambrose’s boyfriend, Luke, has perished on a mission for the Judas Society. While Ambrose still reels from this information, the final sucker punch comes when Blackwood invites Ambrose to join the Judas Society, just like in his vision.

The episode closes with the fortune teller arriving home, revealing that the fortune teller was nothing more than a glamour concocted by Ms. Wardwell to gain information about Sabrina, her family and her friends. This of course begs the question why Lilith involved herself in making sure that Harvey sticks around. What has she up her sleeve that involves Harvey’s input?

Musings

  • Surely Nick doing a magic act is less impressive when literally all the people in the audience can do magic too?
  • It’s noticeable that Ms Wardwell walks through the psyche of all of the people in Sabrina’s life with the exception of Hilda. Perhaps she does not view Hilda as a threat, or of use. Perhaps this might be her downfall?
  • Poor Ambrose. It’s such a shame that the gay relationship within the programme has been so abruptly terminated – and of screen too, but it sounds like the beginning of a much more dangerous arc for Ambrose and the Spellman clan.

Rating:

Chapter Fifteen: Doctor Cerberus’s House of Horror
Directed by:

Alex Garcia Lopez
Written by:
Ross Maxwell
Starring:
Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman
Ross Lynch as Harvey Kinkle
Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman
Chance Perdomo as Ambrose Spellman
Michelle Gomez as Ms. Wardwell / Madam Satan
Jaz Sinclair as Roz
Tati Gabrielle as Prudence
Adeline Rudolph as Agatha
Richard Coyle as Father Blackwood
Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman
Guest starring:
Veronica Cartwright as Fortune Teller
Lachlan Watson as Theo
Abigail Cowen as Dorcas
Gavin Leatherwood as Nick
Adrian Hough as Farmer Putnam
Ty Wood as Billy Marlin
Alessandro Juliani as Dr. Cerberus
Abby Ross as Dezmelda
Reese Alexander as Reverend Walker
Anastasia Bandey as Dorothea

Previous episode:
Lupercalia

Next episode:
Blackwood

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