"American Gothic" The Chess Players (TV Episode 2016) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • News that Cam's DNA has been collected and that he is not the SBK but that there is a familial match (meaning that a blood relation of Cam's is the SBK) quickly hits the media which in turn derails what was a successful debate Alison was having against Mayor Conley. The police issue warrants to collect DNA from all the Hawthorne family members, which they are able to do except from Garrett who has disappeared without anyone in the family knowing where he is. With the vultures as Jack calls them i.e. the media circling the mansion, the family members feel trapped inside. In their confinement, they start to act the vultures themselves in attacking other family members. Beyond some railing against Tessa and by association Brady for allowing Cam's DNA to be collected and tested, Madeline, Cam and Alison all have their own theories about SBK in relation to their family. Within the situation, Sophie, who is able to gain access to the house, tries to convince Cam that she is not the source of his problems but that the Hawthornes are and tries to convince him that they and Jack should become a nuclear family again. And Tom has to decide what to do in the revelation he has that Alison and Naomi's sexual liaison is not just sex, which is allowed in the agreement he and Alison have, but love. Meanwhile, to where Garrett has disappeared is camping with Christina Morales, the two who are trying to find a deeper connection than they have managed to date. What starts off as a promising romantic encounter turns into a potentially more dangerous and violent situation.

  • The family, joined by sneaked-in Sophie -who wants them to move out with Jack, even chose a home- and still beleaguered by paparazzi, is delighted to hear Cam's DNA tested innocent, but shocked to learn at Allison's mayoral election debate against major Conley it also proves Silver Bells is Hawthorne kin, so speculations start while the police collects and tests samples. Cam, who found proof of his nightmare memory, tips on his late father, but Madeline, who cooked having sent the staff away, swears she can explain Mitchell's innocence. Tom lures 'rival' Naomi to a verbal stand-off about whom Allison actually loves loyally. Brady is officially taken off the police team but informally promoted family consultant and realizes that suspiciously absent Garrett's camping date, nurse Christina Morales, is probably not by coincidence the last victim's daughter, but it's not her blood that gets spilled in the natural reserve forest after garret scares off nearby-camping frat boys.


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