AHS: Freak Show "Edward Mordrake Pt. 1" Review: Ghosts of Mars (PHOTO RECAP)

American Horror Story S04E03: "Edward Mordrake Pt. 1"

Probably the best part about arriving at various places on a carpet of green fog is the wow factor. It doesn't matter if it's at a masquerade or the governor's summer cottage or the Long John Silver's—the moment that glowing green fog precedes you into a room, people will pay attention. We're talking double, even triple takes as everyone's like, "Did that person just arrive on a carpet of green fog?" It is the ideal first impression to make. But on the flip side, the worst part of arriving at various places on a carpet of green fog is probably the smell. It's hard to tell this from simply watching it happen on TV, but glowing green fog smells like a combination of sewer baloney and wet dog. It does not smell great, and this fact definitely reduces the wow factor of arriving on a carpet of green fog. Not all the way, but just enough to maybe make it not all that worth it. So keep this in mind whenever you see Edward Mordrake enter a room dramatically on American Horror Story: Freak Show. Everyone's fighting a reflex gag.

Truth time: Every new minute of American Horror Story is a good time for me and you and America and horror. That being said, I wasn't 100 percent wild about "Edward Mordrake Pt. 1." As the first half of a two-parter it was anticlimactic by design, but if we're being real, every season of AHS has a two-part Halloween episode, and this one just did not stack up to the first installments we've seen in the past. The bearded lady is a mega bummer in general and the overly chill Edward Mordrake character just does not compare to zombies or Anne Frank or school-shooting victims getting their comeuppance. Add to that a terrible Lana Del Rey song and a story that didn't seem very propulsive and I was feeling a little blue about it all. HOWEVER, there were two huge homages to John Carpenter's Halloween (my all-time favorite horror film), plus Patti LaBelle and her eyebrows' Woody Woodpecker impression, plus #butts. NOT ALL BAD in other words.

Let's talk about it!

We started off in the Smithsonian just kidding, it was some freak museum. After the docent lady showed everybody a bunch of bones, she gave them Halloween candy and they left. But that's when Denis O'Hare and Emma Roberts showed up dressed like scientists and tried to sell the museum a jar of sumpthin'. But the curator didn't want it!

They claimed it was supposed to be a baby sasquatch but it was actually a baby goat with a cat jaw sewn on, and in my opinion that is not the same thing. Anyway: denied! But on their way out the con artists were taken aside by the docent lady and she made them a deal.

That's right, this museum has a no-questions-asked policy when it comes to dead freaks, but the dead feaks have to be real. So you better believe Denis O'Hare and Emma Roberts are going freak hunting!

Meanwhile it was Halloween in West Palm Beach and everyone was doing some daytime trick-or-treating due to the curfew. But this little girl was not having the best time:

HALLOWEEN HOMAGE #1. And just like in John Carpenter's masterpiece, the shape kept shifting around the neighborhood and nobody else saw it.

But there he was, lurking in the background!

Ugh, so good. If you're going to steal, steal from the best. Daytime suburban boogeyman horror is my favorite. Just monsters loitering in the background with nobody noticing. Yes, this is horror to me.

Meanwhile the bearded lady was not in great health.

This was a touching scene mostly because Kathy Bates is a national treasure and made it so sad (especially when she told the doctor he'd been the first person to ever treat her with respect), but I'm not wild about this "I'm dying soon"-type plotline. That's so Coven.

Meanwhile back at tent city, all the performers were having a blast and partying it up.

But a certain pair of conjoined ladies did NOT approve of all the merriment considering one of their own had been beaten to death in jail a few hours earlier.

Everybody got straight-up SHAMED! 

But it was just as well, because then the bearded lady came in and wanted everybody's undivided attention.

It was all about WHY they would not be performing on Halloween. It turns out freaks are not allowed to perform in any way on Halloween because of a ghost with an unusual head.

Meet Edward Mordrake, just a regular guy except for the psychic face that won't die that lives on the back of his head!

But forget about him, he's mostly boring. I mean, yeah, he murdered a bunch of circus freaks and then himself and now he haunts freak shows that perform on Halloween and takes one soul with him every time, but I am telling you, he's mostly boring. 

What is NOT boring is Patti LaBelle's Woody Woodpecker impression.

When I first learned that Patti LaBelle was going to appear on this season, I'm not sure I was prepared for the fact that she would be the BEST PART by far. My theory is that last season she saw Patti LuPone's name in the credits and for a split second thought it was her own name and wondered whether she'd filmed a role on American Horror Story and had forgotten about it, but upon watching the episode realized it was her old arch-enemy (in my mind) Patti LuPone instead, so she angrily called up Ryan Murphy demanding to know why SHE hadn't been on AHS yet. Next thing you know Patti LaBelle was wearing a Woody Woodpecker costume. Be careful what you wish for, Patti LaBelle! Anyway, she is the best, and have you watched her cooking videos on YouTube lately? Her brisket ended "that heifer" Diane Warren's vegetarianism.

ANYWAY, it was Halloween in the Mott household, which meant that Dandy's mom presented him with his new, handmade Halloween costume: Howdy Doody!

Needless to say, Dandy did not want to be Howdy Doody for Halloween. So he threw all the plates and glasses on the floor and ran out of the room, but not before demanding that Patti LaBelle sweep it all up. But Patti LaBelle was NOT having it.

I have to agree with Patti LaBelle here and in every instance always from now on.

Meanwhile it was time for Meep's funeral and it was sad!

I expecially liked the part where everyone threw chicken heads on his casket.

They also poured booze on his grave. That is pretty much how I want my funeral to go also.

Then a taxicab pulled up and a VERY familiar looking lady got out looking to join the Freak Show. Meet "Esmerelda" the fortune teller. 

Didn't have to ask Jimmy twice! The lady con artist was IN.

Meanwhile check out this weird fantasy nightmare that Dot and Bette were having:

They were being surgically separated, which meant Bette was gonna die! But yeah, just a dream:

I mean, we knew that Dot had tried to murder Bette earlier, but in my mind that was just payback for killing their mom. But now Dot is just straight-up insisting that they're going to get separated and one of them will die and Bette just has to deal with it. So basically Dot is a maniac all of a sudden. Keep an eye on these ladies.

Meanwhile the con artist girl looked around Elsa's tent and immediately knew what to say in order to get the fortune teller gig.

And to top off it off she fell on the floor, which is always the master stroke of any con artist worth a dang.

In short, she looked into the crystal ball and reported that Marlene Dietrich had stolen Elsa's career, but Elsa would be famous soon thanks to a mysterious man. Elsa nearly dropped her opium pipe she was so happy. Nailed it!

Next: Page 2, featuring Lana Del Rey, #butts, and more

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Nov 21, 2014
Just for your edumacation, the museum scenes appear to be shot in The Mütter Museum at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia: http://muttermuseum.org/
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Oct 31, 2014
Well, I don't like Lana Del Ray either (seriously, where is the life in that girl?!), but this version of her song was fantastic.
I am listening to Jessica all the time.

Oh, and while this episode was a little uneventful, I watched it together with part 2 and they work well when watched like that.
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Oct 28, 2014
Lana Del Ray part is my favourite scene so far
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Oct 28, 2014
loved the episode but i agree wasn't as crazy good as the first two episodes
loved the lana scene, i think the point of having elsa sing all these songs that are from different time period is to show that she's way ahead of her time and that she was a true artist but something ("a grave injustice ") eclipsed her fate and therefore she's where she is now and we'll probs learn what that was next episode.
Next, Dennis o'hare's characters in the series in general have never failed to creep me the fuck out, when i saw that scene i was thinking he has two dicks or something.
and as for which freak will be taken next i feel like it'll be Ma Petite which makes me really sad because shes so adorable
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Oct 28, 2014
I loved every minute of this episode. Love the Edward Mordrake storyline. I wish he could be on more than just 2 episodes but I know that isn't the case. When Elsa was singing and summoning him, I thought it was very haunting. Can't wait to see which freak he ends up taking with him.
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Oct 27, 2014
I think the viking hustler saw... a Ken doll?
That would be a surprise for me
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Oct 27, 2014
That Woody Woodpecker laugh tho!!! that maid is badass!! couldn't stop laughing when that girl's brother screamed when he saw Twisty. Ma Petite coming out of that pumpkin was cute!
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Oct 26, 2014
So far I am loving this season but those musical numbers have to stop. The "Life on Mars" bit in the premiere was fun because I thought it was going to be a one time thing. AHS does not equal Glee.
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Oct 26, 2014
I love this show from the very start and this season is no any different...all tho..Coven and this one is my favorite so far...
This season is crazy and i love every second of it. Sitting almost in the television and the sound is so loud through my surround that the whole street i guess hears what i am watching. Don't want to miss a word...
Twisty...oh twisty...he is the best...And Dandy...he is so crazy...so YEAH!!!!!
Patti Labelle rocked it when he was standing in front of her in a clown outfit with a knife in his hand....whahahahahah...awesome!!!
Still loving deeply Dot and Bette...they are my most favorite...loved her also in Coven..Sarah Paulson rocks it every season!!!
Love how the one wants the other one dead and how Dot has changed she found out she can sing....
Edward was really creepy but cool creepy and the way he made his entrance, with Jessica Lange singing her song...she did it really good by the way..
Loved it loved it loved it!!!!
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Oct 26, 2014
I just had to stick on Lana's album Utraviolence to help with what I just read within this recap. Having said THAT, this is one of my least favorite Lana songs and I didn't care for cover during this eppy.

Answer time:

1) It seemed to me like that thing on the back of Edward's head fed off of Bearded lady's pain, so I imagine he will go for someone without a tragic backstory?

2) You misspelled adorable.

3) Mangina? Like...at the front? There has to be a reason he is hunting freaks. And it's all to do with his behind being full frontage...???

4 ) I have never seen Frozen myself. As for the Lana thing, hate is such a strong word. You just make me sick is all.
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Oct 26, 2014
I've eagerly awaited and devoured your photo-recaps every week for several years now. Your writing brims with wit, snark, and HILARITY (like can't-breathe-clutching-gut-face-red-rolling-over hilarity - only "Calvin and Hobbes", David Sedaris, and "Bridget Jones Diary" have also so regularly produced such a reaction from me in response to written material), and is deeply infused with the apparent intelligence and acuity of the writer.
Not too long ago, you wrote a review, don't know which, anyways: in it you sh*t-talked "Frozen" (AND Idina Menzel, I think I'm remembering) OVER and OVER and OVERRRR. I wrote something (rude, I'm sure) and others took issue as well. Your BLATANT glee at the reactions to your purposefully MADDENING remarks throughout the comments were just that, maddening, but also so incredibly funny, that my delight at your linguistic "na-na-na-na-boo-boo's" took precedence over my RAGE that you do not appreciate "Frozen" or Idina Menzel, and I forgave you. You’re welcome.
ANYWAYS, my point is that as I read, "Lana Del Rey is the 'Frozen' of singers. I don't get it..." heat began in my cheeks, my whole head flushing and hot; my fingers curled into fists, nails biting into my palms; and I SCREAMED (like the kind of scream when the little spinny wheel on a Mac or the little timer on a PC has been spinning/turning over FOR TEN MINUTES AND WHYWHYWHY) at the computer for a good ten seconds. Not to mention, I had already begrudgingly tolerated "a terrible Lana Del Rey song..."
I was still a bit hot in the face when I reached the end of your review, when this happened: “Are you mad that I don’t like Lana Del Rey or ‘Frozen’?” I just DIED LAUGHING for like ten MINUTES.
To be able to produce and elicit such strong reactions, emotions, really, from your readers, and such a RANGE of emotions, (also, I “aww-ed" when you called Kathy Bates a national treasure cause she totally is and I love her as all Americans should TAWANDA!), not to mention the sharpness and clarity of the writing, while also imbuing such a deep sense of fun and humour into the words; you are truly a gifted writer, with a sharp and keen mind and wicked sense of humor.
Oh yeah, AND, you’re HOT. Some people get everyth- OOH. Sorry, I forgot – about that no soul thing? AKWARD.
That, in fact, is the point of this post. Not the tired ginger joke or the come-on, the other thing. Thanks for doing what you do every week! As far as "Frozen" and Lana, at least we like “When the Pawn…” better than “Tidal.” Everyone’s always like “Oh, yeah, that ‘Criminal’ girl.” UGHHHH. NO. I am SO glad to hear I’m not the only one.
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Oct 25, 2014
I,personally,couldn't stand watching Frozen and I don't like or listen to Lana del Ray ughh..but Jessica Lange on the other hand, singing that song (which I loved) it created such an atmosphere and kind of given the impression of a special chemestry between her and Edward Mordrake..so the moment was right on spot
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Oct 25, 2014
AHS always keeps you coming back.This year its been a slow burn not really scary but more than a little disturbing. Anywhere this show wants to take me i'm ready to follow. The track record of the writers is just too good.
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Oct 25, 2014
Can I just say that I find Dandy oddly attractive without the two weird curls in the front? Kinda like a demented Nick Carter. And I think I like him more when he gets kinda insane.


... I might have some issues to deal with...
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Oct 25, 2014
American Horror Story? More like American Story with a sliver of thrill. Not much horror anymore... It ALWAYS happens with Ryan Murphy shows though. He gets too crazy with his plot lines and he constantly wants to make something crazy and spectacular that has never been done on TV before and it's a big hit at first because of its novelty, and then nothing.

When I first watched AHS, it was Murder House, and boy did I almost wet my pants at every episode. I couldn't even watch the opening credits without my flatmate being there beside me. Asylum was even crazier and while I was totally freaked out, I was also completely hooked on the idea. And Zach Quinto. (Oh yummy!)

Now? I keep waiting to be scared. I held on to my pillow for the first episode in case it got a bit too much. I mean, the little bits of trailer that they let out promised something terrifying. But then, it was just meh.

Yeah, the characters are vaguely interesting, but I also feel somewhat guilty for being able to look at those characters that have real life (dis?)abilities. I suppose in a world where we're taught to be polite and PC all the time, we're so used to avoid staring that when we're allowed to 'stare' at these people, it feels oddly mean. Like when the people in the freak show treat the world's tinniest woman like a toddler or a child, it just gets to you like 'Aren't we supposed to overlook someone's physical flaws? Are they genuinely treating her like a child or is it like a written-in sort of thing?' I have NO idea what to think.

ANYWAY... Please get better AHS. You have one last chance. Or else I'm leaving you.
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Oct 25, 2014
Liked to see that in this episode they didn't take much further that dumb plot of Elsa being jealous of Dot, and poisoning Bette against her (Oh, Jessica Lange playing a decadent, jealous diva, who will do anything to get what she wants and keep herself in the throne, even though she has some moral questions with it, only to gave us some long, emotional monologues...No tnx, we've already seen it in Coven, and it was boring).

I need more Frances Conroy. I need Dandy killed (but not untill we see Patti Labelle finishing him a little bit more). I need more Desiree Dupree.

The scene where Jessica sings Lana del Rey was amazing. But I liked Edward Mordrake walking with that green fog more than I liked the song, or Jessica singing it. Actually, I didn't liked the song, and Jessica singing either, but the creepy victorian gentleman ghost wakling with that green fog was a really nice visual lol
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Oct 25, 2014
I don't care that you don't like Frozen (even if you're hate for it is a tad excessive), I don't even care that you don't like Lana Del Rey even though I think you w-r-o-n-g. However, calling Gods and Monsters a terrible song? Your opinion is trash sir and you've just rendered any future musical recommendations the ravings of a tone-deaf mad man. I should have known when you said "Drunk in Love" wasn't in the top 10 best songs on that album. Your ears are junk.
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Oct 25, 2014
You always expect something special from the Halloween episodes on this
show. This was a great start.

I love how the museum curator told them, I know you're crooks, but if you get me something good, that's ok.

Not a great time to be a little girl who is scared of clowns.

Edward Mordrake is not boring. He is a fascinating Halloween myth.

Patti LaBelle on the other hand. What's with all the love? All I see is a reluctant maid who isn't scared when she should be.

It's a tough life, being Bette and Dot. Sharing dreams of killing each other, that's pretty rough.
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Oct 25, 2014
What? What's the love with Patti? Have you looked at those insane eyebrows? And her face expression?
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Oct 25, 2014
She is AWESOME! But also a terrible actress.
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Oct 25, 2014
This has been my favourite episode of Freakshow so far, actually. I am not a fan of Elsa Mar's singing though- too much for me. And when Edward walked in with the green smoke, I started to laugh. But Dandy, Gloria and Dora were all so great. They can be a separate show of their own. Ethel's birth was truly horrible, it made me see the character in a whole new light. Currently my favourite characters are Elsa, Bette, Dot, Jimmy, and Gloria. When is Gabourey coming on the show? And is Angela Bassett's character ever going to get better...

... Which freak will Edward Mordrake steal? No clue, I hope its not another minor character though.
... Does it annoy you whenever primordial dwarves jump out of pumpkins to scare you? That was the best moment. Hands down.
... What did the viking hustler see? I actually skipped over that part, so I was surprised to see it in your photo recap.
... Are you mad that I don't like Lana Del Rey or Frozen? How can you not like Lana Del Rey? I know that some of her songs are over the top, but she is a great songwriter!
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Oct 25, 2014
Seriously, call Lana Del Rey's God And Monsters a terrible song is a certificate of bad taste...
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Oct 25, 2014
This episode was awesome and Edward Mordrake is my new favourite! Cool dude! So stylish! Haha. I loved the singing scene when he walked through the green fog. Something wicked this way comes...

The clown is a freak sort of, with pieces of his mouth and face all wrong, but he is not part of the carnivale so it won't be him. Elsa is sort of a freak, missing her legs and all, but she probably has a sob story and it's Jessica Lange, so I don't think it'll be her. She isn't a true freak. It would be too obvious if it was her. I think Dandy is the obvious true freak, AND he really wanted to join the circus, but they didn't let him because he wasn't a freak. Therefore I think the irony is that he will be somehow...

I'm curious about his penis... lol.
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Oct 24, 2014

00:50 Edwards past victims grabbing ELSA anyone??? Got me afraid, but for sure hes not gonna take her. She's the lead shit, and Ryan sure as hell wont kill Jessica off. And how did she actually summon him? Elsa is not a freak. But maybe the freaks in the band count aswell. They technically did perform.

The one thing ill give to this show is that it leaves you wanting more, especially this last episode; Cant wait for next one. :)

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Oct 24, 2014
I imagine you have to go to lana del rey concerts in your jammies and with a pillow
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Oct 24, 2014
“… if things had been different. But things never change!” Thank goodness for this show, they never do!

This episode vividly painted the human side of our beloved “freaks”. I found Bates’ scenes so thoughtfully written, so touching! The scene at the doctor’s office was heartbreaking! The scene with Mordrake? Damn… that was good acting!

My dear Dandy turns out to be such a tragic figure. His line “curfews are for the poor” was funny yet so depressing. My poor, beloved Dandy, castrated by a dominant maternal figure.

Elsa, Meine liebe! You were victim of your own narcissism and ambition. Great scene with Esmeralda.

The show demonstrates – once again – such skillfully crafted characters. I can’t help falling in love with them deeper and deeper, episode by episode!

... Which freak will Edward Mordrake steal?

I suspect we’ll see the “Coven” story repeated. Elsa and Edward will fall in love (well... at least Edward will), with Elsa using him to pursue a singing career and at the same time protect her “family” from the civilized freaks. At the end of season we’ll see Elsa killing Edward! So, my answer to your question is NONE!
... Does it annoy you whenever primordial dwarves jump out of pumpkins to scare you?
Oh com’on now…
... What did the viking hustler see?
A tattoo saying: “in case of choking call 911” (?)
... Are you mad that I don't like Lana Del Rey or Frozen?
lolll… you’ve never cared if people are mad about your choices. Why now?
Speaking of Del Rey… I don’t care what Jessica sings for as long as she sings!

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Oct 24, 2014
I'm having a hard time getting into this season of AHS so far, hopefully things will get better soon.
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Oct 24, 2014
Lana del Rey absolutely sucks.
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Oct 24, 2014
Patti LaBelle is absolutely my favorite character, mostly because she's sassy and awesome and hates psychotic Dandy as much as I do. #PattiforPrez
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Oct 24, 2014
So apparently next week will be highly Twisty related so that will probably involve horror.
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Oct 24, 2014
Totally a plot and character development epi...still though, a mediocre episode of AHS is better than most other crap on TV these days! Plus this is only Part 1 of 2!

Still though the characters kick so much ass and I LOVE Ma Petite and Amazon Eve! My review is up too: http://mikeydislikesit.com/2014/10/24/american-horror-story-freakshow-edward-mordrake-pt-1-review-trick-or-two-face/



Next week we're getting Twisty's back story and probably a freak death at the hands of Mordrake!
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Oct 24, 2014
Patti LaBelle! Her eyebrows! Her woodpecker impression!
Patti LaBelle has won this season already :)
(Sorry Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates)
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Oct 24, 2014
I'm kinda with you on this episode being "Meh." Not nearly as strong as last week's, I thought. I think the biggest thing for me this week was that AHS appeared to steal from itself, and it kinda felt stale. The whole setup of the myth of Edward Mordrake, and then him actually appearing, even the way the scene felt in which he appeared.....it was all very much like the Axe-Man from last season. From the story, to his summoning, to the "feel" of the scene when he appeared. It just kinda felt like "been there, done that, this is not new and creative anymore."

What's up with the song every ep? Are we supposed to expect that for all 13 eps this season? The first time was awesome, the second time was like "Well...okay," but this time I was just thinking "Yeah, this is going to kinda get old fast."
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Oct 24, 2014
Jessica Lange cannot sing! She's beautiful and she sure as hell can act but she can't sing! Doesn't anyone realize that??
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Oct 24, 2014
Yeah she kind of nailed the Name Game in Asylum, but this season she's supposed to be a no talent washed up hack who can't let go.
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Oct 27, 2014
The Name Game is still the best scene in all AHS episodes
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Oct 24, 2014
I think that's kinda the point of the plot? She's no longer a star and cannot accept that fact, hence her jealousy and insecurity issues.
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Oct 24, 2014
I'm hoping he will steal Meap and the con artists will have to "murder" another freak to take to the museum. But AHS always surprises us, don't it? Remember Addie? Shelley? Kyle? Madison? They all died in the beginning of the season, except that in Coven EVERYONE came back at some point (which kind of made that season the weakest for me).

Since we don't have Halloween here in Brazil, the horror scenes from Carpenter (great move, btw) were not soooo horrifying for me. But I'm scared of clowns since forever, so that was enough.

I like Lana Del Rey but if you are in a good mood, don't listen or you'll be bumped by the end of the song. Such drama!
Frozen is lame and I still can't believe they are making a storyline for it on Once Upon a Time. Maybe $$$$$$$ Do kids watch that show? Come on...

I thought Edward would be scarier. Even in the google images his back head is creppier and unsettling. Well, nice try AHS
Let's see part II already!
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Oct 24, 2014
frozen is garbage. lana del rey is not. you kind of need a gateway song for her. once you're in, you're hooked. Try a couple of her songs. born to die, or blue jeans.
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Oct 24, 2014
Am I the only one who thinks Jyoti Amge, the World's Smallest Woman, is an adorable sweetheart? She makes every episode with her in it (particularly in the scene where she jumped out of a pumpkin) a little more fun and makes me feel more like we're watching people not just characters. Families pull pranks on each other and it's nice to see the show recognize that.
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Oct 24, 2014
What? This episode was super eventful. I mean it was no Anne Frank, but still.

I really want Edward Mordrake to take either Bette or Dot. Sarah Paulson is good she can play dead all season and I'd still love it.
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Oct 24, 2014
I think the little Indian woman's going to die. So far she hasn't really done anything and I don't see anything on the horizon for her story wise, she's just (kind of) stunt casting anyway so she's expendable and I don't see them killing anyone important this early in the season.
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Oct 24, 2014
I have to say that I loved the Edward storyline! I LOVE that we're gonna see all of the freaks back story and their crimes etc. I'm not too interested in Edward scaring me, in fact I can't wait until Elsa throws herself at him, Twisty the clown scares me enough!
I am loving this season the most, it's been the most cohesive storyline with minimum out-of-left-field stories that have nothing to do with the whole picture. I can't wait to see Edwards criteria for a true freak and who he chooses to kill.
Now, if we can only get Angela Bassett to say Who Dat again?!
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Oct 23, 2014
According to an interview, Ryan Murphy said that Dennis O'Hare's dick is like 13 inches long. Party!
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Oct 23, 2014
... Which freak will Edward Mordrake steal?
Twisty - PLOT TWIST! (see what I did there?)
... Does it annoy you whenever primordial dwarves jump out of pumpkins to scare you?
I just stuff ’em back into the pumpkin and pop it in the oven.
... What did the viking hustler see?
I’m guessing it was more than a mouthful
... Are you mad that I don't like Lana Del Rey or Frozen?
I can understand Frozen due to its ubiquitousness. And I’ve never heard of Lana del Ray. Is she related to Lupe Velez? (Yeah, I’m old.)

Oh, and the plural of Dwarf is Dwarfs.
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Oct 24, 2014
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/dwarf
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwarf
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dwarf

Dwarves or dwarfs is acceptable for humans. Only dwarves is acceptable for tolkien-based mythical creatures. Therefore the safe bet is always dwarves.
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Oct 23, 2014
As someone from Baltimore I'm going to be defending our accents for the next year thanks to John Travolta Kathy Bates. We do not sound anything like that! Even for the time period/part of Bmore she's trying to emulate.
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Oct 24, 2014
With the name Ethel I thought she was Scandinavian or Nordic.
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Oct 23, 2014
i totally agree on Lana del Rey...Did anyone else notice the swap of headbands for the twins? Dot wearing blue and Bette beige?
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Oct 25, 2014
I knew there was a reason I kept mixing up Bette and Dot!
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There's always, you know, left and right ;-)
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Oct 24, 2014
Oh good, I wasn't imagining things with the headband colors
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Oct 23, 2014
"PEEP THIS"

PRICE, I LOVE YOU.
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Oct 23, 2014
I don't mind the Frozen thing at all. The movie is simply overrated and I seriously hate everything about it.
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Oct 23, 2014
I tell you what makes me feel better that Part 1 was kind of...slow? I think. I've never been a big fan of this little holiday break the show takes where we spend so much time with a random story and then its like an oh shit, we have to wrap this up in the second half that doesn't feel right. So, I sort of suspect some crazy crap will happen next week (heck the episode description is that Jimmy and Maggie (who I think is Esmerelda) have a run in with Twisty. We might just learn what's up with Twisty!
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Oct 23, 2014
This is my first time watching this season. Loved Kathy Bates and Patti La Belle!
My biggest gripe though is DAYTIME TRICK-or-TREATING??? I guess it's because of the curfuew in this case, but it seems like a lot of tv shows (such Freaks and Geeks) show kids trick-or-treating in broad daylight. Can't they afford to film at night or have kids working then? It ruins the Halloween atmosphere. We used to have to wait until it got dark to go out knocking on doors.
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Oct 24, 2014
I think it's partly because of the parents who have to go to work the next day- driving home from work at 4:30 last year kids were already out. My trashcans were tipped when I got home, which may have been the wind or the costumed kids- but I hadn't gotten inside when the pack of under-8-yr-olds came charging over to demand tribute. Go figure
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Oct 23, 2014
Where I am from, Trick or Treating also happens during the daytime. Midwest livin
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Oct 23, 2014
Kathy Bates was simply amazing last night. She brings a real humanity to what could be a one-note role.
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Oct 23, 2014
I agree with this attractive man who I have in no way interacted with on a message board before!
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Oct 23, 2014
The question remains on which Freak will die.... Who will be the chosen one?

Any thoughts?

I think it may be one of the pinheads.
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Oct 23, 2014
I have this crazy feeling it's going to be Elsa.
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Oct 23, 2014
I did too at first, but now I kinda think it'll end up being Dennis O'Hare's character once he shows up to the freak show. He wants to kill a freak, or more then one, to get a pay day..that's some pretty dark shit.. That, combined with the fact that we now know he's got special junk, so he's a "freak" by Edward Mordrake's standards.
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Oct 25, 2014
Nice theory but he's probably not coming on the scene until Esmeralda makes a move (kills a freak) and Mordrake probably has to take his soul before Halloween's over.
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Oct 24, 2014
Going with him, as well. Or one of the twins, probably Bette. Her idea of a delightful dream is doctors cutting her and her sister apart with a buzz saw, killing her sister so she can be happy. Pretty dark shit too right there
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Oct 25, 2014
That was Dot's twisted dream.
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Oct 23, 2014
it can't be pepper - she doesn't die until the end of Asylum
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Oct 23, 2014
I know not her, but the other one (The boy)
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Oct 23, 2014
fun fact - he's credited as "Salty"
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Oct 23, 2014
That so felt like a part 1. I mean, just as everything was getting fast moving exciting. What I try to remember though, is that these Halloween episodes don't usually end up having a lot of impact (so I would be worried about either really loud freaks or ones that have never spoken that Mandrake takes when he goes).

Oh, I hope Dora poisons Dandy's food...and come to think of it, why hasn't she done it yet? She has to know it would do Glory some good (and thank you Dora for letting us know her first name). I do sort of wonder how many times the two actors had to do that scene without laughing hysterically at the other one. But seriously this little coterie (I like that word) that Twisty is putting together seems potentially dangerous. Like you have a little boy who seems pretty brave, you have a girl who seems to be slowly embracing some of her brains, and now you might have the muscle. I'm starting to think those three kids are actually the safest of everyone.

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Oct 25, 2014
Twisty possibly putting together his own, "Freak Show"?
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Oct 25, 2014
Now I'll have "one of us" rolling through my head.
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Oct 23, 2014
Most likely (Going off of what I've read) Dora will be taken into the bus as well, because she will be a character that disappears pretty soon, which will introduce Gabourey Sidibe's character, (i think) and I'm very curious to see how those kid's storylines continue throughout the show!!! But hopefully by the end Dora will kick Dandy's arse
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Oct 23, 2014
Yeah, my initial thought Gabourey Sidibe would be able to come in an kick some ass, but if Dora figures to be in the bus, well, I'm more confident that crew can manipulate and overtake Twisty and Dandy.
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Oct 23, 2014
I hope Dandy and Dell Toledo will die a very, very painful death. I find them highly antipathetic.

Kudos to Dora! Might cost her her head, but still a bamf!
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