AHS: Freak Show "Test of Strength" Review: Make-Ups and Makeovers (PHOTO RECAP)

American Horror Story S04E07: "Test of Strength"

Creating a villain is a fine art, and I don't just mean painting a portrait of Bill Cosby! LOL that was a timely topical joke about something in the headlines, did you like it? But back to what I was saying: TV shows need to have antagonists in order for their heroes to shine, but too often, they present terrible people as protagonists, and that's a very tricky trick to pull off. Writing a truly despicable character isn't easy, and it's definitely possible to make someone TOO unlikable, which results in viewers having to sit there and endure this awful guy or gal for an hour every week. You know? Like, "That monster may be well-drawn, yes, but do I really need this in my life?" There's a difference between an anti-hero and a piece of sh*t. Walt from Breaking Bad was not a great person but he had identifiable, sympathetic traits worth rooting for, you know? 

Until this week's episode of Freak Show, Michael Chiklis's Strong Man character was simply a piece of sh*t. He'd been presented as a point-of-view character, yet he completely sucked? Yes, he completely sucked and it was an example of a mistake that American Horror Story commits too often: assuming we'll become invested in awful people. (See also: the non-Connie Britton characters in Season 1.) 

But Strong Man's one-note characterization changed this week in "Test of Strength," which found him doing his arguably most despicable deed yet, but with the added pathos and angst that comes from seeing his redeeming qualities. The second he snatched Jimmy's gloves away from him in that bar, I could feel the relief setting in; finally, I had a reason to root for this guy. Even when he did what he did later on, the pained look on his face made me feel complicated things, which was a change from my usual, simple antipathy toward him. So congratulations, AHS writers! Strong Man's villainy is no longer a complete turn-off.

While generally upsetting and highly unpleasant, "Test of Strength" boasted some definite highlights. But yeah, it also continued this season's unfortunate trend of feeling sliiiiightly uneventful. Still though, let's talk about it!


We started at the Mott Manor where Jimmy Darling had QUESTIONS for everybody. Like, why were the twins there, what was the deal with that even?

By this point both Bette and Dot had their reasons for wanting to stay, but then Jimmy had a sudden brainstorm that Dandy had been the masked clown from the night when he almost got killed by Twisty, so that's when he got real urgent about it.

Dot decided she wanted to leave, and Bette sided with her "sister, always." This did not make Dandy happy.

Speaking of unhappy, the Strong Man (who has a name, but who even knows what it is, I don't, and there's no way of finding it out, so oh well, Strong Man it is) was missing his boy hooker and did not appreciate the bartender's wisecracks about it.

Obviously Strong Man is not very discreet when it comes to behavior in secret underground gay bars, so a nearby bar patron took notice.

Meanwhile back at the tent city Jimmy was screeching his way through a karaoke version of "Come As You Are." 

Is it okay to say I am very tired of Freak Show's musical numbers all of a sudden? It was one thing when "Life on Mars," a perfect song, was used as a pathos-riddled show-stopper out of nowhere, but now that we've come to expect weird anachronistic covers, I feel like they don't work anymore. But that is just me, the crown prince of unpopular opinions! "Let It Go" is a very terrible song that we as a society will be embarrassed about in the future, remember I said that. 

Anyway, Jimmy has a pretty good singing voice, credit where credit's due.

Oh, and when Elsa objected to scheduling a down-tempo, early '90s grunge hit in the middle of her freak-stravaganza, Jimmy decided he'd tell everyone about the time Elsa sold the twins to Dandy's mom. But then they showed up and covered for her!

Jimmy seemed hurt and confused, but it was clear that Dot was up to something. Sort of a reverse blackmail situation against Elsa? Where you do a good deed for someone beforehand and then claim a favor later—something like that. Clever girl!

Meanwhile Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett tried to go to the doctor but they found out that he committed suicide because he was sad about having broken hands and his daughter was now mad at them about it.

That was just bad news all around, because he'd seemed like a good guy. I guess Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett will just have to look up another clitorectomist on Yelp.

So then Long Dong started blackmailing the Strong Man by threatening to out him.

But in addition to threatening to out the Strong Man, Long Dong also just pulled a pistol on him, which seemed to work even better:

So now Strong Man would have to murder a freak in order to stay in the closet and not have his junk blown off with a tiny pistol. Seemed like a fair trade.

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Dec 26, 2014
Where's the horror? This season is no Carnivale. I starting watching this show, last year with Coven. It was good through 7 eps, then went off the rails. Then i watched Murder House, which was amazing. I'm saving Asylum until after Freak Show.

But i'm having a really hard time, getting through this season. It's very boring and poorly written. Maybe i'll go watch Asylum, then come back to this in a few months? I hope they fix the show next season, or i'll be dropping it. I only watch 10-12 hours of tv a week. As it is now, this show is not worth, taking up an hour of that time.
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Nov 26, 2014
Guys I'm sad. I truly thought that this season was going to be ridiculously amazing, an homage to its earlier seasons. But whats going on, its like they're spending more time on promotional things, cool guest stars and sets and artistic shots, rather than storyline. The characters this season are impeccable, but the dialogue is meh. For example, I love me some Sarah Paulson, but how could you take what is an interesting TWO-HEADED character, and make her sooo dull. And the whole dell thing, like what the hell, establish him as a crazy, angry prick, but nooooo he won't kill a guy whose blackmailing him to kill his own people?! This shit doesnt make sense. We get it writers, we cant kill denis O'Hares character, so we will just continue on with a very, very implausible storyline. And the music, god i love the music, who doesnt love Bowie or Nirvana but its just reading too Glee and filler for me [hey that rhymes ;) ]. At this point, I really just feel like this inconsistency in storylines, is really just to create buzz-worthy scenes and elements, that will throw the show into a 'hashtag' frenzy. Disclaimer: I've binged watched all the previous seasons all at once, so with this season I've had more time to think a lot about each episode.
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Nov 26, 2014
what Penny's father did to her is one the most hideous things I ever saw onscreen X(
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Nov 24, 2014
Nooo!! not Ma Petite!! Dell and Penny's dad needs to die! I enjoyed watching Amazon Eve kick Dell's ass and "The screams of a man who been nutshot are so specific." haha
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Nov 23, 2014
Amazon Eve, kicked the ass of Strong Man, that was so awesome....Loved the whole boding thing they did between Jimmy and Strong Man...
that was nice, even he wanted to kill him...
Like Jimmy singing Nirvana..that was pretty cool done.
The Twins...just love them...LOVED Sarah Paulson, blond! She looked amazing!
Poor Ma petite, somehow i knew she would be a goner from the beginning...easiest target...still it was disturbing to see it happen..fighting with her little hands and legs...sad...
Wonder how all of this will end...
OMG Penny.....whoa..that was really freaky...poor thing...!!!
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Nov 23, 2014
I was so upset about Ma Petite, of course, but also really outraged with what happened to Penny the Candy Striper/Meryl Streep's daughter. I'm really sad that I'm not seeing more talk about it, it's so awful!

Anyway, it was an awesome episode! Probably my favorite so far :)
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Nov 22, 2014
Priceless recap as always, Price! I lol'd my ass off. It was a lot better than watching the episode itself, but just because the couple of last episodes were a letdown.

The season started perfectly, all the characters were amazing. Then it continued to be amazing and after Twisty's death it kind of lost it's direction. And the last two episodes have been boring, literally no excitement to see what was going to happen this week, nor the excitement I've had before about the next week's episode.

First off, Elsa is smart why would they make her so obvious and stupid in some scenes, also the Toledo's crap with smacking everybody and yet having charming scenes with his son - why would they make us hate him but give us a scene that would make us like him a bit... and also..killing off MAPETITE???????? They are insane. I had big hopes for this season but now they have ruined it. I have a lot more to say but to me the biggest disappointment is what they are doing to Elsa..
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Nov 24, 2014
How killing Ma Petite is going to ruin the season? LOL She was cute, but she was completely useless. From all "true freaks" on the cast, she was the only one who wasn't actress, so it was pretty predictable she was going to die soon.

Please, at least the "killing freaks " plot FINALLY started to happen.

"why would they make us hate him but give us a scene that would make us like him a bit."

Because this is good story telling. Make us have mixed feelings abt the characters. They tried to do this with most of characters on Coven, but failed miserably because that was so bad written it hurt.

And Elsa is being Fiona 2.0 (but less boring and artificial) since episode 2. It's not like "oh, what they did with her?". She always has been like that, the only thing is that her dark side is getting stronger (wich we all knew it was going to happen).
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Nov 22, 2014
Willow says it best, "Bored Now"...this season is Horrible but i love to read the entertaining review each week. It seems the even seasons always miss.
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Nov 21, 2014
First episode of AHS I didn't get through. I'm bored, so I'm giving up on the season.
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Nov 21, 2014
Strong Mans name is Vic btw =P
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Nov 21, 2014
It's Dell Toledo
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Nov 21, 2014
I was mostly being silly xD I can`t see Michael Chiklis without seeing Vic Mackey (his character in The Shield) just doing some kind of bizarre undercover work =P
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Nov 22, 2014
Ahh gotcha. Nvm then!
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Nov 21, 2014
Let me just say off the top the Bill Cobsy jokes had me weak, I definitely wasn't prepared for that to be the opener either LOL. I may be alone in this but I want to see actual freak acts, no singing, no practicing, I'm talking full on carnival style w/ patrons walking around, going into tents stuff like that. What is Desiree's act? I want to see the scheming fortune teller in action. Or is just one sit down show w/ a freak band doing musical numbers? Or is what I'm suggesting too 'Carnivale'/'Heroes' season 4 ?

Saw this on twitter and thought it was funny; "Me Petite got what was coming to her thot a$$ accepting gifts from strangers

#GutterHooch
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Nov 21, 2014
I love these reviews. I stopped watching this season a few eps back and now I can keep up with the happenings here and feel OK about my decision to quit. I have no damn clue what has happened to the AHS I loved in Seasons 1 and 2 (and enjoyed well enough in season 3).
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Nov 21, 2014

... What will you miss more, Ma Petite or Meryl Streep's daughter's old face?

Old Face :( although Ma Petite's death made me crindge :o

... Is Strong Man an anti-hero or a villain?

Villain..he's a D***

... Is Kathy Bates going to mess Elsa up good now?

I don't like her character this season, but I really hope she ends up killing the Strong Man and Elsa.

... Do you also come from a long line of Lobster Men?

Only on one side of my family, but I would not reveal that due to being scared of revealing our true lobster-like nature.


Side Note: I need more covers by Jessica Lange in a German accent to add to my collection of recent iTunes purchases....we only get three more chances for this unless she does a solo album (which I would buy!)!
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Nov 21, 2014
I think people are overeacting to the singing, I mean it's not like what I imagine Glee did, (sorry Ryan Murphy but there is no way in hell I would ever sit down and watch more than the five minutes I watched of that show, and it was five minutes too much) which was several songs per episode. so far out of 8 episodes we've had "Life on Mars" done one and a half times, whatever song was Elsa was singing when Edward Mordrake arrived I forget, and the one Elsa was singing in her tent to Paul, and now Jimmy with "Come as you are" So that is five songs out of 8 episodes and people are saying the singing is too much and killing the show? I seem to be in the minority about this, but I don't care I think Evan Peters rocked his cover and Kurt Cobain would be proud! Not only did Evan rock musically, but he really went all out on his acting in the bar scene, both parts meaning the inside and the alleyway. Jessica Lange has been the one to win awards for this show so far, and deservedly, so has Kathy Bates now, and Sarah Paulson got nominated, but Evan Peters deserves to win something for this episode.
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Nov 21, 2014
Bette & Dot had a small musical number as well
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Nov 21, 2014
PS: Prediction: By the end something monstrously disfiguring will happen to the Emma Roberts character. If you've seen the movie "Freaks," which largely inspired the theme of this season, the pretty blond ingenue character is disfigured by the freaks in a revenge act by the end.
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Nov 21, 2014
Oy, to be born years before laser tattoo removal was a thing. Plus, what did he do to her hair? Shades of Twisty there. Plus, does anyone actually know what movie the split-screen scene was a reference to? Furthermore, where does the musical theme come from that's been used throughout this season, notably in the hospital bed scene when Elsa first met the twins? Sounds familiar. I know they've used movie music before.
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Nov 21, 2014
Not that I liked to see Ma Petit dying, she was adorable but...THANK GOD SOMEONE DIED, and this plot of Stanley are finally happening, and we stopped seeing those dumb imagination things wich Ryan Murphy probably must think it was awesome, but it was actually boring.
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Nov 21, 2014
agreed! It made me cringe, but I feel like more should have died sooner....I didn't care for Meep but I was hoping they were all slowly going to get killed throughout the series....Dandy I'm hoping will play a big role in this.
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Nov 21, 2014
I knew Ma Petite was going to be first to go. She was snack sized, easy to kill. Price, Strong Man's name is Dell, like the Farmer in the.
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Nov 21, 2014
What happened to my post? Did TVcom kill it off like Ma Petite? Pathetic!
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Nov 21, 2014
I'm a little disappointed by the last few episodes. It seems to be wandering since Meeps death. The Halloween episode was kinda out there for my taste and Twisty was the only real horror aspect of the show and they killed him. With him gone it seems like an exploration of the evil of man set against the contrast that the disfigured are often called monsters but that the normally figured (except the guy with 2 dicks) are the real monsters. I'll just have to remind myself that this is the point in every season where it goes a little off the tracks and hope that it rights itself like it did with coven and asylum (cause murder house was never really able to do that).
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Nov 21, 2014
I read some more of the comments and I would like to clarify that I did find the tattooing of Penny's face and tongue horrifying it was more along the lines of the human centipede and less like the exorcist, the latter being what I've come to expect from AHS.
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Nov 21, 2014
"(See also: the non-Connie Britton characters in Season 1.)" Judging by how some people on tumblr STILL view Tate as some romantic ideal, I'd say RM knows his audience. Tate Hate aside, I think Moira and Quinto were the most sympathetic characters of S1 (with O'Hare's Burned Man being a close third). I never could 'get' Britton's character. I mean, she started out as the semi-sane viewpoint and then she started eating brains :/
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Nov 21, 2014
I've liked the show all the way, but I think it has repeated itself too much this season. Let it be the last season, seen it all now....
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Nov 21, 2014
Maybe one more season? ;-)
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Nov 26, 2014
yepp...
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Nov 21, 2014
I'm just gonna type this out loud:

I've been a fan of the show from the start & I mostly loved it flaws & all...This season had some really good things, but the musical numbers crutch completely ruin the show for me, so I'm done with the whole thing & won't be back for it next year either.

There. I feel better now. Laters y'all
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Nov 24, 2014
I gonna tell ya, I skiped the Evan Peter's cover scene. I didn't liked ANY musical number so far. Not only in this season, but in the series as a whole. Even Name Game was lame (lol)
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Nov 21, 2014
I'm not gonna lie. I watch this show while doing a workout so I actually appreciate the musical interludes. LOL
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Nov 21, 2014
Well the music fits this season since music has always been part of freak shows. Also continue to watch. They announced that the singing is over with. They had said from the beginning that this season would have 5 music scenes and that after Peters did his Nirvana cover the singing would stop.
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Nov 21, 2014
Personally, I LOVED this episode. Ethel had the best lines plus Kathy Bates = LOVE! And this show is clearly not afraid to kill off some of the better freaks. Like why is Seal Boy still around? They had to fix last weeks mess and they did just that!

Anyone else got a thing for Amazon Eve? She is totally kick ass! And if you're looking for more reviews, check mine out here. Easy Peasy Japanesey!!!

http://mikeydislikesit.com/2014/11/20/american-horror-story-freakshow-test-of-strength-review-easy-peasy-japanesey/


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Nov 21, 2014
They need to add her to the new SSB DS now!
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Nov 21, 2014
Ah man at least I finally found one person who really loved the episode on here besides me, and yeah Eve is badass!
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Nov 21, 2014
I too like the episode. Including the singing. :-)
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Nov 21, 2014
I know right! Personally I think Evan peters nailed "Come as you are"!
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Nov 22, 2014
I agree with all of you :)
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Nov 21, 2014
About the show: I have the weird suspicion that AHS team is writing or editing the show on the go because as much i feel sad for Mon petite´s demise ( we will miss her to bits) i couldnt help to also feel unsurprised not just because we saw her die in that fantasy sequence before but also because it seemed the logical choice for strong man (Instead of trying to kill Amazon Eve who obviously was more than capable of kicking his butt), so it seems improvised to say the last.

About Angela Basset: Even with few seconds on camera she steals the show, those shade-throwing faces are EVERYTHING.

About Ma Petite: she represented the innocence and the pureness in the show and when that is gone you only can expect pure darkness. Not sure Ma petit is dead for real though...i wonder how the museum got the body shiped so quick? or who delivered it? Stanley was too busy complotting with Elsa about the twins and the Freak Show seems to be in a distant location from the Museum to say the least.

About Strong man: I can´t belive a person would kill in order to stay closeted (even in the 50´s) plus he could out Stanley in return so both parties would lose if he does tell. I´m glad they adressed Strong man´s sexuality again however and i hope he gets to avenge his lover by doing justice (a.k.a killing Dandy), He´s an horrible person but somehow as you said he´s showing tridimentional qualities thanks to this episode, like the more strong he supposed to be he ends like weakest person there spiritualy wise. I see some redemption in his future.

About the twins: the character is just plain and that´s saying a lot about two people in a body. Sarah Paulson is a great actress but they twins doesnt function to me, they are writen too cartoonish to be considered interesting.

About Patti Labelle´s daughter: No showed up in this episode (and i though she would but she didnt) so i hope they just don´t let a plot hole about her murder (or Matt Bomer´s character).

About the songs: i´m sick of it, Life In mars was an art piece and Criminal´s cover was a cool touch but after that all this Glee parade formula is a bit of lackluster. TBH, i never watched Glee back when it was popular and certainly i don´t watch it now that is sinking (sorry mr Murphy) so pushing that in this show is ridiculous to say the least. Please stop.

The best of the episode: Amazon Eve kicking ass was by far the highlight of the episode and Paul´s fiancé getting that " freakish makeover" was very effective to me story-telling wise about the common folk being the true monsters of the show in order to keep appearences. Poor Paul though, i hope he doesnt die because he´s the best.

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Nov 21, 2014
It's MA Petite. If it were a boy, maybe he would be called Mon Petit.
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Nov 26, 2014
thank you, french isnt exactly my forte
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Nov 21, 2014
Is it wrong that the only thing that made me cry this episode was the fact that Dandy had his love just up and leave him? Despite the death of Ma Petite and the blossom of father / son bonds? Probably, but I stand by it. DANDY JUST WANTS LOVE, MKAY.

Side note: Penny is horrifying and her father needs to be thwacked.
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Nov 21, 2014
- I love how the fight between Amazon Eve and Dell kinda reminds me of Brienne vs The Hound in GoT last season. Two big blonde badasses!

- And I like the cover... The music stayed with me during the whole episode and fits perfectly with the amazings father and son scenes.

- I just hope we can se more of Basset and Conroy's characters in the next episode. They appeared so little until now.

- Like how the show explores the horror involved in loved characters deaths. They give us two terrible versions of Ma Petit's death. Two great horror scenes!

If I had to give a note for this episode: 8,5.
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Nov 21, 2014
I was so close to balling my eyes out with the Dell/Jimmy scenes and started to love Dell but killing Ma Petite, man, that's weak. I don't know. Like, that sucks, but I'm so partial to Michael Chiklis I can't help but root for his character.
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Nov 21, 2014
Do you mean bawling your eyes out or melon balling your eyes out? 😉
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Nov 21, 2014
Shout outs to Myrtle Snow!
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Nov 21, 2014
Neither, I meant ballin'. You know, like what athletes and cool people say.
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Nov 21, 2014
Ugh. Enough with the singing. I usually defend AHS because, come on, there's only a handful of shows out there that has this much weirdness and humor and grossness all at the same time but I feel like I am dragging myself into watching this season.

What was particularly boring with this episode is how we got so little screen time of the season's best characters: Dandy, Frances Conroy, and Angela Bassett. And it would've been better if Twisty's storyline was extended, too. I'd rather get scared and be put into nightmares of Twisty's murders than force myself to go through this Strong Man storyline.

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Nov 20, 2014
Price, you summed up this entire season perfectly: "sliiiiightly uneventful". Indeed.
Character MVP of the episode: Amazon Eve! Strong man def can't handle a real woman.
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Nov 20, 2014
This time the show decided to leave Dandy and Elsa behind and bring the rest of the cast under the spotlight – something I don’t find bad. The “freaks” are so pure-hearted and innocent, that their physical deformity is becoming unnoticed and insignificant.
It was a weird episode, weird even for American Horror Story’s standards. Being based on an imperceptible concept of dualism, it was lacking focus since it was straying from any metaphysical or philosophical discourse.
Two reunions
The Tattlers are back and Dell is bonding with Jimmy. Honestly I thought that the “Test of Strength” was going to deal with that topic; with the struggle to find the strength to fit where you belong. But it was a big fail. Dot has her own agenda. Knowing that Bette is Dandy’s favorite half and wishes to return back to Elsa in order to save her life.
Dell on the other hand is acting under a prism of social Darwinism imbued with a touch of emotion and tones of selfishness. He couldn’t take out the fittest, so he turned against his son; he couldn’t kill his son thanks to last minute’s bonding, so he called himself the fittest and turned against Mon Pettit! The weakest.
Two types of death
Oh… Mon Petite, mon pauvre bébé, you definitely deserved a better death. The sound of the cracking bones gave me the creeps. It’s the second time we are seeing Mon Petite dying – so can we assume that this time is dead for good? I think we/I must come to terms with her loss.
Then we had Penny’s emotional death. Vince (her father) can easily be a glimpse of what Dandy will turn into in 20-something years. An over-possessive, narcissistic megalomaniac. (Tergesen’s performance was memorable – although it lasted just a few minutes.)
Even if Mon Petit is not dead and if we’ll assume that Penny’s emotional death led her to rebirth next to them man she loves, we got one more dead body that suffered both deaths in the same time. The good doctor was first emotionally killed and then he took his own life.
We also had Two Extreme Makeovers / Penny’s and Bette’s, Two Blackmails / Dot’s and Stanley’s, Two Fools / Betty and Elsa.
What this episode was missing was the unique dynamics of the Mott family and especially Dandy’s. He’s such an inspiration, such a food for thought! Yes, the previous sentence helped me realized what this episode was missing. INSPIRATION!
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Nov 20, 2014
Personally, I thought most of this episode was pretty boring. Except for the scene where Amazon Eve kicked Dell Toledo's butt! (Not gonna lie, for a second I remembered of "death by snu snu" :P) Srsly, I hope she'll rip off his head with her bare hands when she finds out what he did to Ma Petite! I'm not okay with the death of this adorable butterfly!!
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Nov 20, 2014
drunk jimmy was LOLS when he was all "shhh! elsa! shhhhh!"
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Nov 20, 2014
What an awful episode. So many plot holes I couldn't even count.

OMG a girl got her face tattooed.. oh the horror.. I wont be able to sleep for days.
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Nov 21, 2014
I thought that was the worst thing I'd ever seen. How would you feel if your face was fully tattooed, your eyebrows were shaved off and your tongue was split from the middle. It was very disturbing and the fact that her father did that to her and got off on seeing her horrified face is terrible. I just don't see how this could not be considered upsetting
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Nov 22, 2014
I'd feel pretty bad having two heads as well but that doesn't mean it terrifies me. Call me desensitized but horror is a hard thing to get right. Like i said down below it's about creating a mood and the ridiculous setting just didn't do it. FatimaCaldero said it best down below: "the most random thing". The show didn't establish, and probably never will, why her dad would do such a thing to his own daughter. Random horror isn't good horror, and this show is plagued with it. Granted the show has other strong merits, but horror is not one of them. They did manage to set the stage for ma petite, but lacked a little in the execution. No pun intended. Now Twisty on the other hand was a masterpiece that could have held the show on it's own but alas was destroyed when they displayed him as a nothing but a sad clown being picked on by evil midgets!? And poof was whisked off before we even got a chance to wrinkle our noses.
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Dec 08, 2014
Sorry for replying late. Yes, I totally agree that it was random, but it didn't make it any less horrifying. I actually hate it when there are horror movies with killers that have absolutely no motive, but this was different. Her dad raised her and now he's angry that she wants to leave and be with some FREAK (lol). He reacted, and the way he reacted is most likely because he is as crazy as Dandy. We don't know that character very well, except for the fact that he's mean, so who's to say he wouldn't do something like that.
Now if Ethel just popped out and did something like that, we know that would be completely random and not fit the character at all, but having her father do that isn't that shocking because we don't know he wouldn't
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Nov 21, 2014
Clearly you don't have any humanity because that was one of the most unsettling things the show has ever done only topped by Emma Roberts rape in Coven. Things don't need to feature murderers and monsters to be scary, in fact it's real things that are far more terrifying. The idea of a father holding his daughter down and permenantly disfiguring her to ruin her life is absolutely horrifying And if you can't understand that, you must be a horrible person.
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Nov 21, 2014
Yes clearly. It's TV. And no murderers and monsters aren't particularly horrifying. It's about creating a mood, an atmosphere if you will. Something AHS had with Twisty but now is completely bereft of.
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Nov 21, 2014
I completely agree. That was an extremely uncomfortable scene. The fact that someone you are supposed to trust thats supposed to watch over you would do that is just a horrible thing.
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Nov 20, 2014
That was the most random thing -did the father have that guy staying in the house until whenever the daughter came back? So random.
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Nov 20, 2014
And her tongue forked. Which sounds kinda painful, to say the least...
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Nov 21, 2014
pfft.. I once banged my little toe on a door frame.. now that was painful.. for at least 5 minutes.
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Nov 21, 2014
given the fact that the tongue is full of sensory innervation, the pain must be excruciating!!!
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Nov 21, 2014
but horrific? hardly
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Nov 20, 2014
So, this is a weird way to start this, but I appreciate that there are broad definitions of the term "horror." Technically, its a genre that arises from gothic era traditions and isn't intended to frighten as much as it is to disturb. Its why last week I had so much hope that Dandy was moving to the forefront because he fits the horror mold so well and, honestly, his motivations are scary. I get Richard and Elsa and Del pose these other threats, but I feel like, Maggie makes a confession to Jimmy, that takes care of the Richard issue. Eventually Ethel is going to realize she's dying and she will take Elsa with her and while Del will go off every once in awhile, I think past Ma Petite, anyone Jimmy mentions being under his protection will be fine and Del will be oddly on good behavior. The other threats I would see is that someone mentions to Maggie that Jimmy's issue is inherited and its odd when the lobster hands don't appear. I mean, and it seems apparent to me that, while he is introduced fairly late, the "one of us" character has been introduced in Barbara's father (hey people who have tattoos, will she ever be able to grow back her hair? I've always wondered, I myself can't make a commitment to anything so I haven't ever gotten a tattoo). I mean between Maggie, Desiree, and Eve, they will be able to help her.
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Nov 23, 2014
No, having a tattoo done doesn't affect the hair follicles at all. You have to shave the area to actually work on it, but the follicle is deeper than the ink goes so it grows back normally.
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Nov 23, 2014
Thanks, I've always been curious (seriously, I remember when at a college retreat and all these girls were going to go get tattoos and then there were those of us who hung back and almost everyone was the needles, some issue with tattoos, or whatever, and mine was simply, I wouldn't know what to get, and then I have sucky peripheral vision and could imagine it driving me insane out of the corner of my eye). I'm not too worried about her then, her tongue will never be the same but it will heal so eating is possible and that Paul is on her side is fine (and given that he and Jimmy seem to be best buds, well, that is kind of where I get the 'one of us' vibe of the story going where they might even recruit Dandy to give them a hand and holy crap that would make this story a whole hell of a lot scarier).
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Nov 20, 2014
I've seen Ma Petitte die so many times already on this show. We get it, it's visually uncomfortable to watch.

Why did Mr. Strong have to buy her a dress tho? He waltzed into Eve's trailer with the worst plan, pretty much ever (start with the strongest and most likely to kick your ass character) and a napkin. He could saved himself some hassle if he had gone with the obvious choice from the offset.

But why even buy a dress?
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Nov 20, 2014
Because Dell turned her body over to Stanley who sold it to that creepy American Morbidity Museum. She was all ready to display to the public, in her beautiful dress.

And yes, I found watching her murder really disturbing. She was sweetly child-like in more ways than one.
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Nov 20, 2014
That was awfully nice of Dell, to provide a dress to dress up the corpse that he was selling Stanley, after Stanley blackmailed him into committing murder. It's not like we ever saw Stanley give Dell a dress. Which would have been silly anyway, since Stanley told Dell to pick a victim.
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Nov 20, 2014
Tonights episode marks the official point in which I am tired of Ryan Murphy trying to Glee up the season a bit. Jimmy doing Nirvana made me cringe hard, I wish that instead of doing all these songs from the future, Murphy put forth some effort to use songs from the 50s (or at LEAST the 60s). Is he unaware that there are a great deal of beautiful and interesting songs from that time period that could be used to reflect what is going on? Who are these awkward anachronistic renditions for, anyway? I am finding myself looking at the three minutes of time spent hearing a song from the past 25 years and wishing I could have just watched two characters talk to one about their thoughts on things, or -anything- really, even just Dandy being Dandy and drinking from a bourbon-babybottle or something.
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Nov 21, 2014
It's an homage to Baz Luhrmann who fuses contemporary music with older settings.
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Nov 20, 2014
I was actually liking the season's first 2 songs or so. The anachronism and performance gave them a nice edge, and it was art.

But these recent few songs have been awful, boring, not advancing the plot, and detracting from the appeal of the show. Worst of all, these past few have been rehearsals, so performing the whole song is an even more excruciating waste of time. To me they scream, "we ran out of plot so we'll just pad the episode a while." Sigh.
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Nov 20, 2014
Additionally, I`m losing grasp of what is to be taken as real/not a fantasy of the blatantly sketchy guy. Is everything that is flashforwarded in that museum supposed to be imaginary? They do a whole fake out last episode of Ma Petite dying, and then this episode she just gets hugged to death?
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Nov 20, 2014
"this episode she just gets hugged to death?" That seriously made me laugh so hard I cried. Idk why it was sooo funny to me but it was. It was downright hilarious. That is all..........carry on.
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Nov 20, 2014
Alright, so Dell. My god, Dell. First off he's blackmailed into killing a fellow freak. That's fine. He can't help it. But why would he then go straight to the largest and most competent of defending themselves of them all? But seriously if he had half a brain why not instead of killing poor helpless ma petite go to the one already dead freak who's conveniently buried on site (and who he practically killed to begin with btw), Meep? Then none of them would have had to die.
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Nov 21, 2014
Because Dell is so egotistical that he thought he could handle anyone. Once he got his ass kicked, he switched to the least dangerous opponent he could pick.
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Nov 22, 2014
Yeah, but it was still pretty damn stupid. Way to fight the stereotype Dell. The only thing stupider would have been to kill Elsa... Wait. On second thoughts, maybe he should have done that. Lol.
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Nov 21, 2014
Even if he knew about Meep that wouldnt be an option, Meep died few episodes ago and i´m sure his body wouldnt be in good condition at this point - I hope Meep gets avenged somehow though- It´s interesting that Dell was willing to kill to keeping his "normality" on check and somehow keep feeling superior to the rest of the freaks including his wife, his son and possibly bearded lady. Pepper gona leave next episode to the Asylum so i assume Salty was a better option instead of killing MonPetit. Dale might be strong but he´ seriously unintelligent and a hot head.
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Nov 20, 2014
Dell wasn't there for Meep's funeral, and probably doesn't know where the grave is. It seems unlikely anyone would tell him.
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Nov 20, 2014
Also, Meep wasn't a physical freak. He just bit the heads off of chickens. His body would be of no value to the oddity museum.
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Nov 20, 2014
Well I guess strength and intellegence don't come hand in hand.
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Nov 20, 2014
Not enough murdering madness! Felt kinda disappointed Dandy didn´t kill anyone. Oh well, let's hope it gets more exciting next episode.
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Nov 20, 2014
Can't say I'm warming to any of the characters at all.

You'd have to say this is panning out like the weakest season ever after a promising start.

I miss Taissa Farmiga.
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Nov 21, 2014
You're the only one.
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Nov 20, 2014
I really beginning to think the writers stuck the wrong end onto that toilet seat.
Because it's like the "unsettling" scenes happen as if the scene from 5 minutes ago didn't happen (Dell attacks Amazon Eve, the other women want to kill him, suddenly he can walk into Ma Petite's tent with no one watching). Then something horrible happens with no groundwork laid down to explain it (Lee Tergesen's father goes from being strict and upset to being the worst father since Rosemary's Baby. And where the hell, in the 1950s, would he find the one crazy, sadistic, face-covered tattoo artist in the middle of nowhere southern town?).

Then there's Dell. His character has been making less sense with each episode. He exploded onto the show as muscle-bound, rage-filled money-hungry man with some brains. He beats up people, threatens everyone, and even almost kills a bartender for simply making a crack (and a true one) about falling for a hustler. So why wouldn't he kill Stanley for threatening to out him (like people in that town don't know who goes to the ONLY nudie gay bar in the county!) instead of the one, ONE, person that everyone at the camp would tear the world apart looking for her?

Also, since Dot and Bette can hear each other think, wouldn't one get at least a sense that the other is trying to kill her?

There's a lot more, but let's just say: get your bloody heads out the toilet, writers. And try to straighten the show out!
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Nov 20, 2014
R.I.P. Ma Petite. Honestly It initially felt like a cheap shock moment for the audience, rather than something that made sense even within AHS. Paul was already injured, vulnerable, accessible...and yet Dell went after Eve and Jimmy? Finally Dell ends up killing the one person of the Freak Show that everyone will obviously feel obligated to track down? I guess Dell may be so self loathing and guilty that he wants to be caught/punished...

If only he had opened up to Elsa a bit more. Maybe she could have sat him down on a nail toilet seat or something.
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Nov 20, 2014
The storylines are floundering. Who cares about Bette and Dot? I find them annoying. I loved Stanley getting Dell to help, and FINALLY getting some work done.
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Nov 20, 2014
that episode was some bulllshit...
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Nov 20, 2014
I don't know why but your comment made me lol, it really did. I was cracking up for a good minute. I think it was the randomness of it as I was scrolling through the other comments then this one just caught me off guard. Thanks for the laugh!
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Nov 23, 2014
haha glad I could make you laugh! :)
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Nov 20, 2014
How are you going to kill off the only likable character in the show?....Not a happy camper...
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Nov 20, 2014
you don't think Jimmy is likable? :o
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Nov 21, 2014
Jimmy's just ehh...
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Nov 20, 2014
Why can't this episode be called feats of strength?
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Nov 20, 2014
Drunk Jimmy is goddamned adorable.
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Nov 20, 2014
yeah, this episode was sucky before ma petite got murdered.. then it became the worst
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Nov 20, 2014
NO MA PETITE :(
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