“But I Don’t Even Have A Dress…” begins where Motherland: Fort Salem left off. The Unit is handing themselves over, refusing to allow more innocent people to die as the Camarilla search for them.
At first, it seems like Raelle, Abigail, Tally, and Scylla’s trial will only end in tragedy. But unfortunately, everyone in the room appears to be against witches, and it is only a matter of time before the worst happens. Although they plead for people to understand that witches are just like civilians, and the Unit wants to protect everyone, it seems as if everything they say falls upon people who have already made up their minds.
But, there is one final plot twist in store. President Wade arrives in the courtroom, alive after everyone believed her dead. Her arrival is a significant turning point, which allows Raelle, Abigail, Tally, and Scylla to be let free.
Afterward, “But I Don’t Even Have A Dress…” shifts from a harrowing of horrors to a more uplifting look at the future. Silver, a known member of the Camarilla, had been thrown in jail, and it seemed that although the Camarilla was still in action, things were starting to look up.
Raelle and Scylla quickly move forward on their decision to get married, refusing to waste more time than necessary, especially as potential threats still hang over their heads. But, in the end, it is not just a wedding for Raelle and Scylla. It is also a wedding for Abigail and Adil, who join them at the alter due to Khalida’s return.
It is a beautiful moment for the two couples who can finally have a moment of joy and celebration after all the hardships they have gone through.
However, Motherland: Fort Salem does not have time to show everything; some essential details are only revealed after they have occurred. For example, President Wade had last been seen snowed in at a cabin only to appear later in the courtroom. It is explained later that she was found and brought back to the trial. It would have been an exciting moment to show on-screen, but it is not the only vital detail explained to the audience later.
Alder was last seen trapped in a mountain. Although she planned to get out, it was never shown how she escaped until she appeared at the wedding, free of the mountain. Alder reveals that Khalida had heard Alder and helped move a mountain to save her.
It is another important event that should have appeared on-screen. But unfortunately, it comes across slightly too quickly that President Wade and Alder appear from relatively isolated locations only to return at the right moment.
But, Motherland: Fort Salem does not allow “But I Don’t Even Have A Dress…” to be an entirely happy affair by the end. Since it was understood that the Camarilla continued their work throughout the episode, including freeing Silver, they were making big moves. But, it is not entirely clear what they are up to until the final moments. The Camarilla has taken over Fort Salem.
With the series finale ahead, Motherland: Fort Salem is gearing for a final war.