AHS: Freak Show "Bullseye" Review: Spinning the Wheels (PHOTO RECAP)

American Horror Story S04E06: "Bullseye"

It's hard enough being a tiny lady. Nevermind the near-constant coyote attacks, think of how annoying it would be to do ordinary everyday things like shopping or riding roller-coasters. And then you have to deal with jerks trying to dunk you in formaldehyde so they can sell your tiny body to brokedown museums? No thanks. Count me out of being a tiny lady. It just doesn't seem worth it. Poor Ma Petite! But also thank goodness for dream sequence fakeouts. That's probably the only time I'll ever say that.

I wasn't wild about "Bullseye." It was not my favorite. I wasn't 100 percent jazzed about it. When it comes to this episode I wasn't hella stoked. It was fine. Just okay. Not great. I am not going to write home about this episode and certainly not on the good stationery. This episode did not blow me away, which ordinarily would seem like a good thing because how horrible would it be to get blown away in any circumstance? But in this case I am using the phrase as a negative thing. I was underwhelmed. "Bullseye" did not hit the bullseye for me, which is a play on the title. If this episode threw a dagger at us we would not come away unharmed. I would kick this episode out of bed for eating crackers. Don't quit your day job, episode. This episode was medium-alright. That being said, the final line was so funny that I did a cartoon spit-take and then somersaulted off my couch and directly into a ravine.

Let's talk about it!


It all started with a menagerie of blue-collar carnies rummaging through the storage tent for a bullseye-lookin' POS. Apparently Elsa wanted to resurrect her old knife-throwing routine for the upcoming TV show that she would not be starring in because it was not actually a real thing. But it was still kinda cute when they wheeled it into the devil's mouth because it looked like the devil was eating an after-dinner mint. I don't know.

And then in the first of many instances where the most interesting stuff was imaginary, Elsa started throwing knives at everybody!

But no, she was just throwing knives at a dummy. Still, the bearded lady was nervous about this idea.

Meanwhile at Mott Manor, Mrs. Mott presented her son with prophylactics on a literal silver platter. Because if he was going to be having a pair of conjoined twins around the house, he'd better not knock one or more of them up.

But Dandy protested that he loved the twins with all of his heart because they were his soulmates or whatever. Either way, this was one hot menage, am I right? (Seriously, am I right? Let me know.)

Meanwhile guess whose birthday it was!

All the citizens of the freak show brought Elsa gifts. For example Paul brought her lingerie and Salty brought her a pot of dead flowers. Normal gifts. But the most normal gift of all was Amazon Eve's, who bestowed upon Elsa the gift that keeps on giving.

That's right, it was something of a joint gift. Eve gave Elsa a human being, and Ma Petite put on a crocheted body sack and became a living hand-warmer like something out of a Stefon monologue. The perfect gift!

Anyway, it was hard for the rest of the crowd to feel too stoked about it, seeing as the twins were missing.

Elsa was SOOO mad that people were questioning her about the "ungrateful hydra" but come on, Elsa. Everyone knows you're shady.

I did not expect this:

Yep, that's just Elsa and Paul smoking opium and making sex. Except then Elsa was like "don't fall in love with me, ho" and he got sad and left. But not before grabbing Ma Petite out of a nearby box and placing her in the bed. That's right, a grown woman was just sitting quietly nearby while they'd done sex to each other, why do you ask?

But don't worry about Paul, he had his side piece... Meryl Streep's daughter! 

I guess they'd really hit it off during that freak-orgy a few weeks earlier. That's a story they should definitely tell at their wedding.

However, Paul was a bit nervous that Meryl Streep's daughter was only using him for his body and not his mind. Also, if we're being honest, Meryl Streep's daughter did not have the full blessing of her father in this situation.

Meanwhile Bette and Dot were experiencing a very mixed-emotions kind of situation in their new life with Dandy.

Obviously Bette was ALL ABOUT it. Obviously Dot was not.

But then she realized that dating Dandy comes with certain perks, like when he shared a news article about conjoined twins that were separated and one died. Because hey, maybe now she could afford a murder-surgery as well!

She even fantasized about getting rid of that pesky second head and being able to hug Jimmy Darling in a normal way. Fair enough! Dot is very horny for Jimmy Darling in my opinion.

Speaking of Jimmy, he did NOT appreciate Paul's accusations that Elsa had been responsible for selling the twins.

I guess some people are just not ready to listen to truth. And sometimes those people have lobster hands.

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Nov 27, 2014
I LOVE Ma Petite and I really really want a 'Ma Petite water bottle.' Can someone PLEASE make this an actual thing? I might have a Dandy Mott style tantrum if I don't get one.

Speaking of which - I think Finn Wittrock is doing fantastic work and should be nominated for an emmy.

Loved the review Price, especially your comment about Elsa's tantrum. Yes I admit it - I have done this; but only in my head. :-) Was this a great episode? No. but it was ok and AHS version of 'ok' is still miles better than some other shows' version of 'best.' - I'm looking at you Under the Dome.

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Nov 19, 2014
The song Elsa sang was “September Song” by Kurt Weill, written for the musical “Knickerbocker Holiday.” Frank Sinatra made a hit out of it.
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Nov 19, 2014
I did not like this episode much either. In fact, it took three separate occasions for me to finish it. Bring back Murder House!!!
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Nov 17, 2014
I still don't get the hate over Coven. I've watched all past 3 seasons multiple times and Coven is still my favorite. It has the best balance of humor, ridiculousness, and great acting that makes me love AHS so much. The end of Asylum made less sense to me and Murder House was a bit boring.

But this season.. I was so pumped with the concept but it's not living up to expectations. Twisty and Dandy were almost saving it then Twisty died. Ugh.


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Nov 16, 2014

... Should Ma Petite be a little more careful?

-She should have died, I like the character, but it would have made things interesting.

... Why didn't Angela Bassett attend Elsa's birthday party?

two boobs or less party...no exceptions - final world.

... Would Meryl Streep approve of her daughter's taste in men?

- It's not the men she has to approve of, it's that her daughter is willing to be on television :o

... Would you date Dandy, why or why not?

He's the kind of person you have fun with on the side, but when he goes psycho killer you pretend you have a headache and go home for the night.
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Nov 16, 2014
A música que Lange canta é: "Wenn Du Mal In Hawaii Bist" – Marek Weber.
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Nov 19, 2014
Lol não, é a "September Song"
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Nov 16, 2014
dandy is really attractive ngl, but that whole love triangle in the beginning of his episode threw me off like wow in one episode dandy says he wants to marry bette and dot to
1) spite his mommy or
2) he actually loves them bc they fill the metaphorical desert that is his love life
"hindsight is 20/20, dear"
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gotta love francis conroy's one liners) (balenciagAAAAA)
i don't know i felt that the love triangle was under-developed
we need more amazon eve, she rarely ever has lines.
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Nov 15, 2014
Who knew Paul was a ladies man. I was really scared for Ma Petite glad she's alright and Dandy's tantrums always cracks me up.
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Nov 15, 2014
I've tried so hard to love this season of American Horror Story, but it might end up even worse than Coven. I definitely agree- last week's episode was great. This episode was boring, had no clever plot, not scary at all, and had one too many hypothetical situations. The one thing I actually really like about this season is Dandy and Gloria, but even his scenes were not great.

... Should Ma Petite be a little more careful?
Why do they keep writing Ma Petite as if she is a child? Wouldn't it add a whole dimension to her character if she acts like the full grown clown she is?
... Why didn't Angela Bassett attend Elsa's birthday party?
I kept waiting for her and Dell to show up! Her storyline is finally developing.

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Nov 15, 2014
Oh, I forgot to mention how CREEPY was the way Elsa treated Ma Petit. Having her on the room while she have sex with Paul, to get her as a doll after wasn't cute at all lol
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Nov 14, 2014
ok pause, this episode wasn't very eventful at all but i think Jessica's acting was phenomenal and that meltdown scene def got her an emmy nom german accent or not. Every season has a few slow episodes not every episode is gonna be crazy exciting, and i feel that next episode is gonna be a good one. However, with that said I do think that they're opening up way to many plots though and i really do not want a rushed finale again :/ R.I.P Misty Day
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Nov 16, 2014
i assume you read all of price's recaps for last season? and should know it's "Misty Day (LOL)" :)
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Nov 18, 2014
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Nov 14, 2014
I know the show's taken a turn for the worse when my favourite character is the cray-cray-yet-devilishly-handsome serial killer and I really wanted to pull my hair out when Jessica Lange's character didn't die in the Halloween episode. Also, I totally agree with Price. If you're not actually going to kill anyone, cut it the fuck out. When I realise it's a dream seq, I don't go 'OH PHEW!', I just go 'OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE' because seriously man, no one likes being deceived without it being a forgivable plot twist. Ryan Murphy, you better pull your head out of your ass and stop being such a nancy boy, afraid to write in compelling stuff. Or else you should just change the title of your series to American Nothing Worth Paying Attention To Goes On Here Story.

P.S. Wow, I didn't realise how angry I was about this show until now. Lol.
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Nov 14, 2014
Not everything has to be the Jessica Lange show...like I did not need to hear her sing another mediocre song. I just didn't. I know she's a great actress but I'm just way more interested in the other character than Elsa. We get it, she's an extreme narcissist. I'm just getting bored of her sulking. I still love pretty much all the other characters.

This episode was alright. I used to not be able to watch AHS at night because I was so scared, but now, meh.
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Nov 16, 2014
same, i couldn't sleep watching asylum or murder house, but rn it's like a soap opera
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Nov 14, 2014
I like the little throwaway line Elsa said about Salty and Pepper having a sister, tying it in with Season 2. Pepper, being a rare recurring character, has not been fully featured in this season thus far, so here's hoping she will get more story time in the remaining episodes. Although the return of Lily Rabe's Sister Eunice looks likely to steal that limelight away too.
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Nov 14, 2014
Anybody feel that Jessica Lange's accent was way off in this episode, not that ithas been perfect, but it sounded British at one point in the episode.
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Nov 14, 2014
When she was screaming at the carnie folk, her accent was just gone. Vanished like cake in a fat camp. Shame on you, Jess.
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Nov 14, 2014
I have a weird love-hate relationship with the show because i like it visually but every season they try to build expectations about some daring and akwardly gruesome story but it ends underdeveloped disconnecting with all the subplots : they just orb for the sake of a cheap thrills never making a proper adition to the main story telling, if you think about it this could been about so many things like Twisty finally interacting with the freaks or the common town folk being the real freaks and the troupe trying to survive them, so many routes to make it whole yet is taste as safe show about diversity.

We are half way in and this seasons never comes to full circle , we invested so much in Twsity instead now we have Dandy (half baked serial killer), poorly explored relationships (between the "freaks" and the townpeople), two inept con artists (who can´t deliver decent murders and they content themselves just fantasizing about them) , a german expat with a very horrid german accent ( and less than stellar musical skills) and a group of remarkable other-abled actors wasted because their freak characters are seriously undeveloped with marginalized writing and screen prescence which is a sad move because THEY ARE actually the fresh and interesting aspect of this season and they are surprisingly correct actors most of them.

The season doesnt work even as a social commentary because the freaks are poorly represented as invididuals (both as characters also as actual persons) and it doesnt deliver as a horror show because the tongue in the cheek cheessiness of Mr Murphy who tries tragically to force his Glee musical agenda on us ( conciously or subconciously extrapolating that narrative in AHS). with the infinite bible of pop culture references that could work gracefully as a pivotal touch in another seasons (like The Name Game in Assylum or the Kurt Kobain-esque style of Evan Peters in Murder House ) but not as a constant document of Mr. Murphy political "microwave and serve" queerness in every episode, he does subestimate the viewers like he´s some kind of gen X messiah trying to schooling us all about the preservation of such cultural references with every song and every Herman Miller chair but without really commiting into making a raw and gruesome social commentary about sex, violence & otherness. Ryan Murphy is the Elsa Mars of his own show. In that level is a selfserving love letter to himself , it doesnt get more meta than that.

The failure of this season is that the main freaks played by actors feel imposted and annoying aside the unconventional performers he brought this season as secondary freaks who in fact out perform them not because their real struggle but because they are actual good performers : Paul The Illustrated Seal was the best of the episode, his acting was superb in every aspect yet i found the twins ( Sarah Paulson) unbereable by the week , Lange is a gifted actress but she struggles because Elsa is poor writen and she does what she can with a character that feels like a knock off germanized Fiona Gode with some Sister Jude aftertaste.

Above all i hate when shows trick us into invest in some plot lines that finally go nowhere, it happened last seasons and it seems to be happening again (The dead cop subplot, the promising power struggle between Elsa & the strong man is a dead end etc). Instead they force the teen love story on us yet again. Murphy isnt very good in the character development department he just throws certain archetypes at us over and over again, i wonder how many versions of the same character Evan Peters or Jessica Langue will have to play to him to understand this isnt Glee where he could just replace a cheerleader or a highschool jock without people caring much about it.


Also if the con artists are there to kill & sell those freaks that´s exactly what they suppose to be doing : killing one freak every week and making us wonder who gonna be next not dreaming about it (or Emma Roberts is a rather poor actress or the role doesnt suits her ) ,The killing dream/fantasy sequences are such a drag and an example how they try to keep us hooked but they deliver close to nothing and its not like i expect a blood bath every week since I understand it: last 2 episodes where halloweenesque - meant to be more gory and extreme - but this episode was too lazy in comparison and didn´t added much .

Would be interesting if they explored more about the social ways of the 50s or the the people of the town or maybe dedicating screen more time to Tall Lady or Ma Petit´s back stories instead of a quick scene or some ocassional mention as a vehicle of adressing them. Sadly we are half way in and aint gonna happen.





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Nov 14, 2014
Gee Price tell us how you really feel about it ;).
I feel conflicted about this season so far. On the one hand it's the most human and honest and heartbreaking we've seen (all around that is, nobody will ever be better than Lana Winters) and on the other hand sometimes the horror element feels missing? The crazy is really missing this year and that's saying a lot for a season with a 3 breasted lady and a 2 headed lady.
I understand this year more than any other, but I also feel less excited about it. The imagery is gorgeous though.
But pleaseeeeeeee let the dream sequences stop? Either be real or get out, cause we're getting too many of them.
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Nov 14, 2014
Since AHS has the tendency of killing its cast - at least once per season), I strongly believe that for some reason those deaths we witness are not dreams, but flash-forwards of some kind.

They can also be Maggie's premonitions of murders that will happen or murders that she'll stop from happening.
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Nov 15, 2014
Don't know about it being Maggie's premonitions, but I suppose it could be flash forwards. The only thing I would argue against that with, is that those dream sequences were oddly specific. I.e. the scenes still played out, in the same setting as in the dream sequences, but without the deaths. So yeah, I don't know. Still feels like a fake out to me. Especially on a show that hasn't shied away from the gore in previous seasons.
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Nov 14, 2014
You know she's not really a fortune teller right?
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Nov 14, 2014
lolll... I don't know why you felt you like asking...lolll...

Of course I know she faked reading the crystal ball and told Elsa exactly what Elsa needed to hear.

I also know that - according to lore - being a fortune teller (evoking the power) is totally different from having random premonitions.

Really, lets assume for a second that Maggie is the real deal, a fortune teller, what would you think she'd tell Elsa? "Hey, someone out there wants your freaks dead to make money?" ,

Every show shows us what the show wants us to see and this is AHS! It's surreal and everything is possible!

Open your mind to scenarios, make your own and have fun!
Cheers!
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Nov 17, 2014
Haha fair enough. Good explanation :)
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Nov 14, 2014
@priceiswrong

"Sorry to sound harsh... "

There's no reason to feel sorry for not liking it. But,

... but sometimes the truth is harsh."

as Marcus Aurelious wrote in his Meditations (170-180 AD) "Everything we hear, is an opinion not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not a truth." And that's what we all do here, we submit our subjective opinion.

Cheers my friend!
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Nov 14, 2014
Oh come on, Ma Petite was being adorable. Who doesn't love Ma Petite?

Mery Streep would definitely approve of Paul. Guy's a sweetheart.
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Nov 14, 2014
As handsome as Dandy is, I think if I were ever to date him the relationship would be toxic as hell. I, myself, have a short temper and once a fight erupted between us, which no doubt one would, we'd kill each other - literally.
Although, I'd love to test out his conveniently over-sized bed with him. *only a hoe for fictional characters*
(Also secretly wanting Jimmy and Dandy to kiss, idk)
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Nov 14, 2014

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Nov 14, 2014
I'm enjoying this season, but it's a bummer that the writers are neglecting some earlier plot points like the cop murder and Dell the strongman/asshole. I guess they got distracted by the clown?

I love Ma Petite, she is my new favorite person. Move over, Pepper!

Would not date Dandy- I hear he doesn't put out.
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Nov 14, 2014
Although I love that dynamic of Ma Petite and Amazon Eve I'm just a bit sick of how Ma Petite is treated/portrayed like a naive child.

I rather did like the reaction they had to the candy striper's return to see Paul, I'm not sure why I liked it but I just did.

Overall this is a filler episode to establish a few points and lead towards possible events they didn't want to just throw out there for us with a quick explanation. Such as will Maggie try and sabotage any possibilities of Paul recovering to provide a body for the museum? If so would Jimmy catch her and expose her plan? Would Del get in on the scheme at some point? Would Dandy pay for the operation but make sure that Dot dies while the foolish Bette lives? Although I wouldn't credit him for thinking of something so clever given his blood thirsty nature or wanting a normal looking girl.

Elsa's dramatics was a delight although her speech during the knife throwing was a little much. I don't know who is the biggest drama queen Elsa or Dandy.
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Nov 14, 2014
Price...I'm wondering if you were let down by this episode because it didn't include in their undies Not ever episode can showcase tighty-whitey wearing hotties!
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Nov 14, 2014
And I'm surprised he didn't mention #BUTTS ! haha
Maybe bc it wasn't Tate's, oh excuse me..., Jimmy's butt !!
Hee hee !!
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Nov 14, 2014
Ugh -I am so over Elsa's singing. Kill that lady already.

And sorry everybody else (and sorry I keep changing my mind), but Ma Petite wins all the awards just for being so adorable and having those nails.
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Nov 14, 2014
I usually love AHS (Asylum was the best) but your review was much more entertaining than this episode. I'm liking the season but not loving it.
Thanks for the recap! I love the humor in your recaps--well worth the wait and I know it is time consuming (but really appreciated).
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Nov 14, 2014
Vicky I'm glad you said this bc I feel the exact same way. This season isn't getting me all giddy giddy like the previous 3. I'm not sure exactly what it is. Maybe it's the freaks. They are great actors but they aren't the over the top actors like we are used to seeing and I think it makes the show a little fake to me. And the make up on some of the actors is throwing me off. I can't believe im saying this bc I live & breathe for this show. I Don't get all excited and toe tappin when Wednesday comes anymore, however when I finally watch it, I'm all in....blanket up to chin, bug eyes on the tv. But like last week, I didn't watch it until SATURDAY!! That has never ever happened before. But I do love Price's recaps!! They are freakin awesome !! Lets just hope it gets a little better. It makes me sad that im not LOVING this season:(
And surprisingly....Dandy is my fav character. I think he's a better actor than most in this season.
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Nov 27, 2014
I too am a huge AHS fan and was shocked to find that I didn't 'love' this season. It is also the first time that I haven't been bowled away by Jessica Lange, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson's characters. I'm not that impressed with Bates, Chikilis or Basset's characters either and I seriously LOVE these actors! Having said that I must admit that the show is starting to grow on me. I love characters like Twisty, Dandy and Ma Petite and I have high hopes that I'll fall in love with the show again by the end of the season.
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Nov 17, 2014
You've expressed my feelings, as well. I always record episodes and (used to) re-watch them e v e r y day. I can't exactly put my finger on what's missing, as I find myself fully engrossed every Wednesday night, but something is different this season. The characters are fabulous, can't say that enough! Wish I knew what it was. Nevertheless, AHS has been and always will be (imho) the very best thing on television. Your comment was a pleasure to read!
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Nov 14, 2014
I think Dandy is kind of hot and has the best fashion sense…lol (and he is a good actor).
I think this season's plot is meandering but not in an exceptionally interesting manner. Some episodes have been good and maybe even great but none have been stellar and most have been not up to the standard I expect. It's a shame since the setting of the carnival/freak show in the 50s has such great potential.
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Nov 16, 2014
Yes it does...I'm just hoping it gets better. The story is all over the place. Oh, and have you noticed how dark Jimmy's face make up is compared to the rest of his body. He looks like the old ladies whose foundation is too dark for their face !! I can see a very distinct line. I think I'm just being too picky haha.
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Nov 14, 2014
Ok wait can we talk about Elsa's throne though?! There's nothing better than receiving name day gifts from a bunch of freaks while seated on a feathered throne!
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Nov 14, 2014
I would date Dandy. I am right there with you, he is a sexy sex monster. But the monster part is a bit too pronounced, so you would have to stroke his ego a lot. But that undies look clearly made it worth it.
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Nov 14, 2014
Miss Mystic Esmeralda is quite the bore, as are most of the characters... Paul is definitely the best!
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Nov 14, 2014
This was easily the worst episode of the season so far, but it still had it's moments! Thank god we're not drinking Ma-Tini's today! That woulda sucked. At least Elsa SEALED the deal though, pun totally intended.

Anyone else think Maggie is hiding something under that skirt? Like a 3rd leg? hehe

Check out my own review here: http://mikeydislikesit.com/2014/11/13/american-horror-story-freakshow-bullseye-review-seal-the-deal/

I kept it short and sweet this week, even Woolworth's and Wheel of Fortune got their freak on! :)

Love the reviews, keep 'em up :)




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Nov 14, 2014
What's with all of the modern music included in this season? Not that it doesn't work. It's just kind of jarring at first that's it's so out of period.
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Nov 14, 2014
OK, we know all seasons are connected. What I'm thinking is that Dandy is serial killer from second season (1960s one) and he might be one who killed nurses in first season (also 1960s). People with better memory tell me if ages work out.

Also is it just me or does Lee Tergesen always plays an asshole? (see: The Americans, Person of Interest, The Following, Longmire)
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Nov 14, 2014
It's his face. He has that, clean shaven spoiled rotten too pretty to be actually pretty, face.
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Nov 14, 2014
Wrong & wrong, sorry! The killer of nurses in season 1 had a full on backstory and Zachary Quinto (past) & Dylon McDermott (future)were the killers in season 2
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Nov 14, 2014
Ok, I'll take your word for nurses, it's been a while since I saw that ep.

But why do you think Dandy can't be 1960s killer from second season? Because actor is different?
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Nov 14, 2014
No because for one we already know Bloody Faces history and his name. Another note is that Ryan Murphy quickly put that theory to rest by saying its not possible or true in any way.
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Nov 14, 2014
Ah, OK then.
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Nov 14, 2014
I would date Dandy so hard. OMG. He's super dreamy. *sigh*
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Nov 14, 2014
Interesting. Is it the eternal man child thing, the fact he uses internal dialogue while working out obsessively in his tighty whiteys, or how he likes to pose as a gay guy to improperly stab someone to their not-so-much death so they're still alive while their limbs are missing? I need to take notes.
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Nov 14, 2014
Florida's hottest new club is called FREAKKKKK. Located on the south side of an abandoned alligator pit, this new traveling club has everything! Clowns, Amazonian women, German's who sing the hits of the 80s and human knapsacks! It's that thing where a little person is put in a knitted pink sack and you carry her around everywhere you go!
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Nov 14, 2014
Thanks for the review Stefan!
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Nov 14, 2014
There you go even Price didn't like this episode.
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Nov 14, 2014
There you go even Price didn't like this episode.
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Nov 14, 2014
Bullseye? This was more of a “It’s my party” (and I’ll cry if want to!) episode.
Elsa is having her birthday party and Dandy a celebration for finding peace at last – and maybe he did! Yet, episode’s structure was more of Mozart’s Elvira Madigan, Piano Concerto No.21 in C Major, K 467 (the classical music master piece we hear while Dandy brings breakfast to the Tattlers.)
First movement, Alegro Maestoso
Elsa and Dandy have a reason to celebrate! Elsa her birthdays and Dandy has the love of his life on his side! Both are looking forward to the beautiful days to come, so they put on their festive masks and decide to play family. And they try! Both of them try hard to build the illusion of happiness.
Second Movement, Andante
At the celebration they shower everybody with attention and affection. Elsa and Dandy open gifts and give gifts (respectively) while their anxiety free demeanor puts others at ease! It’s fun! Fun for most! Especially for Elsa and Dandy; each queen and king of their distinctive microcosms of inferior imitations of human beings.
Third movement, Allegro vivace assai
Revelations! What’s the point of being the center of the universe and not have everything revolving around you? Their cognitive dissonance is starting to collapse and they decide to take matters into their own hands. Elsa, being a narcissist with a Machiavellian touch, decides to eliminate the threat to her happiness. Dandy, being a narcissistic psychopath in progress, decides to embrace his nature and act on necessity.

“AHS, The Freak Show,” is the definition of a poetic psychological thriller, crowned by stellar performances. In each episode Lange dances the dance of the seven veils, revealing to us a different psychological aspect of Elsa, while Wittrock is on a constant wild hunt to achieve Dandy’s self-identification and emotional completion.
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Nov 15, 2014
You are a genious. I actually am appreciating this episode more because of your analysis. Thanks.
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Nov 14, 2014
"... of inferior imitations of human beings."
just to explain myself, that's how Elsa and Dandy perceive them. Personally, I love the "freaks" in the show.
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Nov 14, 2014
I loved this episode and after reading a few reviews, I thought I was the only one (besides the AV Club) that truly enjoyed how this episode was set up. Your comment...I couldn't have said it better even if I tried!
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Nov 14, 2014
I would like your comment 50 million zillion times if I could. I think you're right on about this. I thought this episode was a good one. I thought Dandy's speech was one of the most chilling things I've seen this season, maybe because he was so very sincere.
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Nov 13, 2014
Is he planning on posting his recap any time soon?
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Nov 13, 2014
hurry up Price;-)
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Nov 13, 2014
Another great episode. True to be told - I´m little annoyed by haters and people nonstop complaining about everything.
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Nov 13, 2014
Wow. this show sure has gone down hill since the clown died.
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Nov 13, 2014
Not a very good episode :( ...........BUT MA PATITE IS ALIVE!!!!....so its okay..
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Nov 13, 2014
For a second I had a Petite heart attack, but then I was like SCRATCH THAT! MAJOR HEART ATTACK! How dare you, bitch!
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Nov 13, 2014
Paul was definitely a highlight of this episode. Starting to see a bit much of Fiona in Elsa. And honestly, all the fakeout deaths are really getting old & tired... Its like in Coven when everyone and their moms were coming back from the dead, the stakes are dropping. At this point I wouldn't be surprised if Twisty & Meep returned.
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Nov 14, 2014
my impression is that the dead "freaks" in glass cases that we see are flash-forwards.
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Nov 14, 2014
I hope that's the case but there's still something offputting about it to me. I was genuinely crushed when Paul & especially Ma Petite "died," those are the kinds of stakes i need in my tv shows esp one like this. Granted they won't have any freaks left if they killing everybody off lol but still. So maybe you're right and these are flash forwards and they all bite it in the end.
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Nov 13, 2014
Twisty does return. i think for 1 later episodes. But i agree, the fake out deaths are getting annoying...im not scared....im bored....but im definitely okay with Ma Patite still being alive. I will stop watching this show if they kill that off that cutie!
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Nov 14, 2014
I hate to admit it but I'm a lil bored as well... Elsa, for the most, is what keeps me interested
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Nov 14, 2014
as the show's title indicate, it's a Horror Story and not a Scary Story. A horror story prays on your feelings; while a scary story - although it tends to be horrific - prays on graphic gory imagery.

It was never in the show's intentions to scare anyone.
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Nov 14, 2014
tell that to Asylum...bout pissed my pants
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Nov 13, 2014
I loved all of Paul's scenes tonight! Mat Fraser definitely is the standout among the 'freaks'. It was fascinating to see him acting off Jessica Lange; they had an interesting chemistry, I thought, and he def held his own. (What can I say, I love the guy, ha). I hope he gets a role in next season.
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Nov 13, 2014
So, I don't know if this was because I caught up with live tv about ten minutes into this and had been watching TV for several hours straight or what, but I found myself getting kind of bored. But, it was bored as in this is the calm before the storm episode than anything else. Its kind of odd, Dandy is keeping my attention the most right now.

But are Dandy and Jimmy going to have a weird conversation about Edward Mordrake? I doubt that, while I don't think Gloria can stop Dandy from his serial murdering, I have a feeling she won't leave them alone just yet. I might be concerned that Dandy decides to try a little surgery on his own.

Hey, so I'm guessing that Pepper's sister's baby hasn't died yet? Maybe that's what Lily Rabe's character does (I had a passing thought that maybe she was the sister, but Ryan Murphy seemed pretty sure she was in her nun gear, I know its a habit, and Pepper told us her sister's husband actually killed the baby).
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Nov 13, 2014
I think Jessica just snagged herself another Emmy after her scenes in this episode. Especially when she was going off on everyone, she's brilliant.
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Nov 13, 2014
She might have if it wasn't for that god awful German accent.
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Nov 14, 2014
I'm no expert but seems pretty spot on to me..
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Nov 14, 2014
well I am and it isn't
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Nov 13, 2014
Wow i have never hated anyone on this show like i hated Stanley and Maggie when I thought they killed Ma Petite. Also Paul is a player.....
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Nov 13, 2014
I'm just tired of seeing Maggie and Stanley only imagining they killing the freaks.

Will this be the "war between clan" plot of this season: the one they keep promissing during the whole season to be someting big and wicked, but wich never actually happens? Hope not.

But now...have Paul died anyway? He spent the whole night in Elsa's tend with the Freaks thinking that she called an ambulance, but she didn't. So...have he died? Or he survived even thought Elsa left him to die?

Plus...is it Jimmy ought to run away with Maggie, or make justice about the Twins disappearence? I mean, one our he is saying that they need do be careful with Elsa because she is a bitch, then he is like "fuck everything, I'm running away with Maggie", but then he is on the Mott's house investigating stuff. Like, come on, what's up with him?

Like I tought, Elsa is Fiona all over again

But after all the complaining, I liked the episode. The bullseye scene was really cool and stuff. And FS is definitively an advance if compared to Coven (even though, it's not hard at all to be better than Coven).
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Nov 13, 2014
I thought the same thing... Im seeing a lot of Fiona emerging from Elsa
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Nov 13, 2014
Well, but I like Elsa better, at least. The thing that ruined Fiona was that, in one episode she was in regreat, trying to be a better mother, sad because of the cancer and stuff, and on another, she was being a miserable selfish bitch. There was no logic about her, really bad written character.

On Elsa, I can see a point.
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Nov 13, 2014
I'm not sure how I feel about Stanley's fantasy murder sequences. We've seen fantasy murders of Bette and Dot and Ma Petite, but neither character actually dies (not that I want them to). Both murders were gruesome and uncomfortable to watch, much like Elsa losing her legs, but because there nothing at stake for the real characters I'm worried that over use of this tool will lesson the shock value over time.

What does everyone else think?
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Nov 15, 2014
" I'm worried that over use of this tool will lesson the shock value over time."- I'm actually very surprised to learn that people actually thought these murder sequences were real. Each and every time I knew they were just dreams/visions. I honestly don't think the writers mean for it to be "shocking" that the murders did not happen. There is just something about how they were written that makes it obvious that the death is not happening in real time.
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Nov 17, 2014
I'm sorry if I was not clear. Learning that the murders didn't happen isn't what I was saying adds shock value. It's pretty clear in the show while they are happening that it is a dream/fantasy sequence. Seeing a character you like die is what is intended to be shocking, but continually seeing them die in dreams/fantasies becomes less shocking overtime because each time it happens we know that they'll be just fine in the next scene. This episode added a little bit of tension because Esmeralda actually did take Ma Petite and put her in a giant jar, so as the audience we were led to believe she may have gone through with the earlier fantasy sequence. However, she was just fine a few scenes later.
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Nov 13, 2014
Murhphy's doing that because he wants to keep the gruesome horror aspect, but has no way to magically revive these characters like he did last season.
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Nov 14, 2014
well... there's Edward Mordrake! Maybe he'll bring the "freaks" back to life. He's the only magical being we've seen so far and as he has the power to take freaks way, maybe he has the power to bring them back, too!
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Nov 14, 2014
Oh please, don't. No, no, no, no, this is Coven all over again, arrgh
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Nov 14, 2014
AHS has a weird sense of poetic justice and I don't think there's anyone here to deny that the "freaks" are the true, innocent victims.

Anyway, I was just responding to beansi's comment on Murphy having "no way to magically revive these characters" and I wasn't expressing a personal wish.
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Nov 14, 2014
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Nov 13, 2014
Understandable, but for me it takes away the shock effect. Like RyanH says, I don't want any of the characters to die, but it will make the show better for what it is....American HORROR Story.
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Nov 13, 2014
Yeah, he doesn't have the guts of George R.R Martin. Will hold them alive with this cheap thriller of "oh, they may die" untill the last three episodes.
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Nov 13, 2014
Think the same. It's boring and unnecessary.
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