By far, one of my favorite gags this season has been Laszlo’s (Matt Berry) love for the home renovation show “Go Flip Yourself.” I’ve been waiting impatiently for What We Do In The Shadows (WWDITS) to dedicate one of its own episodes to it since they hinted at doing a few weeks ago with a cheeky commercial in “The Wedding.” And this week we finally get to watch it! WWDITS Season 4 Episode 8, which is indeed entitled “Go Flip Yourself,” is everything I could’ve possibly wanted and more.
Spoilers ahead for “Go Flip Yourself.”
“Go Flip Yourself” is a parody reality TV show in the vein of “Property Brothers.” It follows twin brothers Bran (Randy Sklar) and Toby (Jason Sklar) Daltry as they show up at people’s houses and “drastically” renovate them into the owners’ dream homes. WWDITS established early on this season that Laszlo is obsessed with this and other reno shows (not because he actually likes the renovation aspect but because he wants to fuck Bran and Troy) and watches them nonstop with Baby Colin (Mark Proksch) ever since Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Nandor (Kayvan Novak), and Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) left. Well, Laszlo’s dreams are finally about to become a reality: Bran and Toby surprise the vampires in their Staten Island mansion and are ready to give the place a much-needed makeover.
At least, that’s what they try to do. Thanks to their sudden and unexpected appearance, Nadja immediately pounces on the “intruders,” killing Toby but hypnotizing the crew to believe that he’s still alive – just under the weather. WWDITS Season 4 Episode 8 continues, however, with Bran showing the vampires mock-ups of what he envisions their new home will look like. And while the vampires are all entranced by the modernity of the shiny new thing before them, Guillermo grows concerned by the changes Bran proposes, since they aren’t all exactly vampire-friendly.
From a lot of natural light to throwing out Nadja and Laszlo’s coffins and turning the space into a huge walk-in closet with enough room for all of Laszlo’s hats to giving Nadja a “throne fit for a queen” in the form of a solid gold toilet, nothing Bran proposes will actually going to work for any of them. But the vampires still decide to go through with it. So, if he can’t stop them, Guillermo will…scheme and leverage the situation to his advantage. (Something he’s getting very good at this season!) He begins by pretending to be from the City Building Inspector’s office and tells the crew their construction permits have been revoked until they can fix his room and “bring it up to code.”
Meanwhile, Bran pitches the idea of turning Nandor and Marwa’s (Parisa Fakhri) room into a “man cave” for Nandor, who’s enchanted by the idea of a room just for himself, away from Marwa, and full of all the things he loves. But, if you’ve been paying attention, all the things Nandor loves are things Marwa also does, which means he’s inadvertently made a room perfect for her.
Most hilarious is the final reveal comes around. Other than some essential decorations strewn about the mess, the house looks almost exactly the same. The vampires are obviously confused – and mildly angry, since they expected their entire house, which was falling apart, to be remodeled. The pièce de résistance comes when Bran shows them the walk-in closet and reveals that he was Simon the Devious (Nick Kroll) all along!
If you don’t recall, Simon and Laszlo have been arch rivals for a while, fighting over a particular hat made out of witch skin (which is so totally cursed). The last time we saw Simon, Laszlo had bested him and escaped with the hat. Well, Simon is back with a vengeance: he’s created, pitched, sold, produced, and starred in his own reality TV show solely to access Laszlo’s home and steal the hat back. I should’ve known something was up the second Bran mentioned Laszlo’s hats. It was such a specific detail that it stopped me in my tracks for a second; because Laszlo didn’t seem confused, though, I assumed this was just something they’d discussed off camera. But honestly, I would expect nothing less from Simon the Devious. And given how little Laszlo fought him on it, he apparently underestimated Simon; instead, Laszlo is flabbergasted by the intricacy and commitment it took to pull this off.
WWDITS Season 4 Episode 8 does end on a positive note. The second Simon snatches the hat away from the vampire residence, the flooding in the basement begins to recede. And, in a sneak peek from the next ‘Go Flip Yourself’ episode, the house Bran (Simon) is renovating blows up – all because the hat is cursed.
And now for my favorite bit:
Oh my god, that final detail the tumblr user caught; absolutely incredible.