Episode 3: "Slashdance"
"Dude, what's your damage?"
In its second episode, AHS: 1984 really begins to build out the world and mythos of this season. Are things completely making sense yet? Absolutely not. But, by the looks of things, Camp Redwood and its neighboring towns are not exactly where you'd want to be at night.
With our heroes -- again, we're actually not too sure any of these characters qualify as "heroes," but let's just go with it for now -- separated into groups and Richard Ramirez and Mr. Jingles barreling down the doors of the respective cabins, it seems like their demise is right around the corner. Everyone ends up making their escapes, though. While it seems like Jingles may have gotten the upper hand on Xavier, Montana, and Mr. Morrison, the crew is foiled by a gang of townies out to wreak havoc -- all in the name of the ear-cutting murderer. Poetic, really, are the deaths of these doofuses. Because, like clockwork, the real Jingles shows up to get all murder-y on these copy-cats.
As he moves from his first kill to the second, his victim calls out, "Dude, what's your damage?" before getting sliced up. Yes, that's a nod to Heathers which is … interesting? The cult classic hit theaters in 1988, four years into the future. While that reference is an anachronism, it's still a worthy phrase for any pre-death soiree.
Camp Redwood, more like Camp Rambo
After Chet swooped in to help Ray escape the knife-wielding attack by Richard Ramirez, the duo ran from the cabin only to take a fall. Like, literally. Right into a spike-filled hole. Ray was lucky and didn't land on any of these Indiana Jones-style spears. Chet, on the other hand, got impaled in the shoulder. This, right here, is a punji pit. As Chet explains to Ray, the booby trapped hole was used in the Vietnam War as a method to trap an enemy. One wrong step and a soldier would fall through and land on one of the many spikes below.
Now, we all know Chet is a failed Olympic athlete and not a Vietnam war vet. So how does he know this? Rambo: First Blood, that's how. The first installment of the Rambo movie franchise hit theaters in 1982 and ushered in the trend of ultra-violent, gun-heavy action flicks of the '80s -- and Sylvester Stallone's ragey, glistening abs.