Wed, October 7
Set in an epically unwelcoming downtown Los Angeles hotel — and adding Lady Gaga and Cheyenne Jackson to the cast — “this year harkens back to the first season, which is much more rooted in honest, primal fears,” says executive producer Ryan Murphy. “I feel [the hotel] is our most magnificent set yet.”
It's not quite the same thing as the Four Seasons' music classic "Big Girls Don't Cry." The new episode "Big Birds Can't Fly" parallels the movie "Happy Feet" to a certain degree, since it also focuses on creatures who can't do what they're expected to -- in this case, as the title indicates, take flight. Ostriches, emus and kiwis are among the species surveyed as the hour considers the abilities they do have, even if they can't soar physically.
Mike (Neil Flynn) picks an inopportune time to change his usual sort of attire in the new episode "The Shirt," as he trades his usual flannel wear for a Hawaiian-styled garment -- just as he and Frankie (Patricia Heaton) are heading out to dinner with others. Sue's (Eden Sher) enthusiasm over the start of her college career leads her to be a bit too loose-lipped with Devin (guest star Gia Mantegna) about Axl (Charlie McDermott). Atticus Shaffer also stars.
Oliver (Stephen Amell) is content to be away from Star City with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), but his bliss doesn't last long as Season 4 of the adventure series begins with "Green Arrow." Thea and Laurel (Willa Holland, Katie Cassidy) summon him back to combat the leader (guest star Neal McDonough, "Public Morals") of a ring of killers known as "Ghosts." However, Oliver's intended assistance is rejected by Diggle (David Ramsey).