The “Death Valley” premiere, titled “Take Me to Your Leader,” sees its central group of friends commit to going on a camping trip without their phones, though, Cal (Nico Greetham) does try to sneak one in his pocket. Of course, it doesn’t take long before the camping trip into the desert takes an unnerving turn. After finding a herd of cows that have been mutilated (but are strangely still alive), the friends pack up their belongings and attempt to leave, only for their car to die in the middle of nowhere and become engulfed in light. Jamie (Rachel Hilson) quickly sees a figure coming toward them and begs them to move, which leads Kendall to yell, “Call for help!”
Given the fact that Kendall is the one responsible for their lack of phones, “American Horror Story” fans on Reddit were quick to note in a discussion thread for the episode that this is a pretty nonsensical move on her part. “‘Call for help!’ -the dumba** that told them not to bring phones,” pointed out u/Dirty_Priestess, while u/jo_flores criticized the moment as well, writing, “this is turning into a comedy at this point.” u/StarWarsButterSaber also commented that Kendall’s comment in the desert didn’t do anything to boost the character’s popularity in fans’ eyes, admitting, “Ugh I hate her.”
To the character’s credit, while it may not be very logical, it’s not unnatural for someone in a scary situation to lose their head a little bit. However, it’s hard to argue with these “American Horror Story” fans that, after already putting her friends in danger with her opinions and beliefs, Kendall’s panicked comment just makes her seem that much more out of touch and irresponsible.