'What We Do in the Shadows' recap: 'Manhattan Night Club'

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows continues to get funnier and funnier, especially after the latest episode which sees the three vampires take on a brand new setting — Manhattan.

After a real brief cold-open kind of scene that shows Beanie Feldstein’s character, who was notably absent during the previous episode, re-awaken from the dead and insist nothing’s wrong, we return to vampire’s mansion to find everyone in a bit of a conundrum.

It’s not that they’ve forgotten about what the Baron told them about conquering the known world during the pilot episode — it’s just that they don’t really know how to do it. After all their tried and failed attempts they, at best, have conquered the one street they live on in Staten Island, which is really up for debate itself.

Guillermo, aka the scene stealer of this What We Do in the Shadows, is dealing with some of his own issues, though. Granted, none of the vampires really care or pay his pouting any mind, but he’s a little bit bitter about Nandor’s uncaring attitude.

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It’s at that moment we quickly cut to this really brief but really funny flashback in Guillermo’s memory that shows Nandor holding him in front of a mirror, which gives the impression that he’s floating in thin air since vampires can’t appear in mirrors.

Another gut-busting moment quickly follows as Lazlo comes crowding in, demonstrating an old hat he found in the basement — a hat that Nadja claims to be cursed.

“I’ll never forget what the witch I killed said when I looked around and saw that hat sitting there,” Lazlo explains. “The hat is cuuuu…uuu…uuu…— and I said, yes, you’re right, that hat is cool.”

Nadja is right, of course, as Lazlo only has the hat on for one minute before his familiar is killed by a bookshelf that falls randomly.

The solution to everyone’s problem, they eventually decide, is simple: they’ve just got to go downtown New York.

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There, they’ll find an old vampire buddy of theirs whom they haven’t seen in many years — a warrior named Simon the Devious (Big Mouth and Parks and Recreation’s Nick Kroll), whom is said to have a vampire army of his own that he used to take over a significant part of the city.

Despite that army, Lazlo, Nandor and Nadja still don’t see any harm in approaching their buddy and basically asking him to surrender all his power to them so they can be the ones who rule New York, which goes just about as well as you think.

Simon sends one of his wingmen, Count Rapula (Mike Dara), to drop a couple of verses on the trio of them before stealing Lazlo’s hat and kicking them out of the nightclub.

Given that the hat is cursed, though, that nightclub just so happens to burst into flames the minute they all leave (he’s an undead vampire meaning he’ll be fine, of course, but it’s going to take him some time to regenerate from the pile of ash we saw him in).

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Just for the record, Kroll makes perfect sense to include into What We Do in the Shadows, even if it is a very Justin Kroll kind of performance. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for a list more character and a little less stick, but I also have a feeling this won’t be the last time he pops up this season.

After being blown off a second time at the party by Nandor, Guillermo makes an even bigger scene and high-tails it to hang out with some other familiars. Nothing much comes of that, really, other than another illustration that the familiars in What We Do in the Shadows all live pretty miserable lives.

Nandor does feel bad, though, and after the two share a cute moment in a back ally that seems to just slightly hint at the idea that their relationship might be romantic, Nandor picks up Guillermo and flies with him across New York City.

Guillermo is, of course, completely in awe of this — right before Nandor accidentally drops him, then sending him to the hospital with a number of broken bones, that is.

That’s pretty much where we end this What We Do in the Shadows episode, too. No werewolves this time around, but it looks like they are starting to circle back around to that storyline they set up with the Baron.

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The most important thing, though, is that it’s working — the episodes are always funny, the characters are loveably stupid and the humor has that quick-witted sense to it that a show like this needs.

Tune in to FX tonight to catch the latest episode of What We Do in the Shadows, and check out some of our other What We Do in the Shadows recaps by clicking here!

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Brandon Schreur

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