Episode 2: Birds of a Feather
Celeste tried to approach Cecil for a raise, but he told her the hotel was in the red, or was it the black? Anyway, whichever color was worse. (Of course, Celeste didn't know the difference.) Celeste offered to help raise money for the hotel by sewing sequins onto gloves and selling them.
ShiShi regained consciousness, and Dr. Weeds asked her to join him in his quest to destroy the sun. He explains that, since she brews homemade moonshine in her still, her knowledge of chemistry will come in handy.
Vladimir met a new guest who wanted to check in--Albert Ross, the Birdman of Little Five Points, a man with birds perched on his shoulders. The Birdman explained that he was raised by the birds as one of their own, and that now they walked with him wherever he goes.
Mad Dog offered some of his "sacramental wine" to Ebenezer. Mad Dog told Ebenezer all about his religious awakening. A long time ago, he was an actor, working in the chorus of an off-off-Broadway production of "La Cage Aux Folles." He changed his ways when he received a message from God, in the form of a severe beating from a Federal Express guy.
Cecil told Vladimir that the hotel needed to raise money fast. Vladimir remembered when he came to America, he had no money at all. Then, one day, he was standing on the street, and a man came up to him and asked if he wanted a good time. By the end of the night, Vlad had $25,000.
Ebenezer and the Birdman met up on the roof. The Birdman asked a little bit about Ebenezer, and we learned that the Weatherbottom family made a fortune in the copper business. The Birdman invited Ebenezer to join him in his plot to take over the hotel.
Vladimir was on the street, selling his body. Celeste came by hawking her "Sparkle Gloves." They talked about their respective ideas for raising money for the hotel, and when Celeste found out how much Vladimir was making, she changed her pitch to "Love for sale!"
The Birdman was alone with his birds in the penthouse suite when Dr. Weeds entered through a secret passage. Dr. Weeds informed the Birdman that his plans to take over the hotel would interfere with Weeds' own plans. Then Weeds pulled out a knife and stabbed the Birdman.
TO BE CONTINUED…