American Horror Story

Season 1 Episode 12

Afterbirth

24
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 21, 2011 on FX
8.2
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In the aftermath of family tragedy, Ben tries to take his child out of the Murder House. Meanwhile, Violet and Vivien accustom themselves to their new living arrangements, and Constance raises a child as her own.

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  • Um, so what was that?

    6.0
    Ok, so I've just caught this last episode and I am uber dissatisfied. I am not sure why the writers went in this direction, it felt like a bunch of sketches left over from previous episodes all tied into one episode.
  • After Birth

    10
    [Possible Spoilers]

    The season finale of American Horror Story, is just PERFECT! They died all, but they will live happily forever, because as I said, they'll live in that house - in their house! The son of Rubber Man (Tate) and Vivien finally birth, but he's a demon. When a son of a spirit and a normal person birthed, is the end of the world... It will not more continuation, because the story of the family Harmon is closed! Is just perfect, I can't understand the bad reviews, because Afterbirth is so cute... The season 2 will begin in October, 2012 (so much time, but whatever) You have to see this episode, because is beautiful!moreless
  • Leaves you wanting more.....

    10
    So I just watched the finale of AHS and loved it. I think this has been one of the best so far. Of course you could tell where it was leading to in regards to the Harmon family from 2 episodes ago but its still nice to see you guessed right.

    I throughly enjoyed this episode, so much was packed into it including Christmas for some strange reason but hey, I still liked it.

    It left me wanting more which is the point of a finale. Season two will be more interesting with the introduction of more characters and hopefly a showdown between the 'good' & 'bad' ghosts. Can't wait for more ...moreless
  • Confusing and disappointing...

    5.0
    I don't think I was expecting to see anything like this as the last episode of the first season. It makes me kind of a worried what the second season is going to be about, because frankly speaking I see the story repeating itself and I don't want to sound like a prophecy, but it might be the end of the American Horror Story. I was thrilled by the whole show and after each episode I was eagerly waiting for the next one. "Afterbirth" made me feel confused and disappointed...moreless
  • And They Lived Happily Ever After....Eh???

    9.0
    If someone were to ask me a year from now about what happened in the first season of American Horror Story, I'm pretty sure I'm going to shrug my shoulders and go "Duh, I dunno. It's kind of a blur". The truth is, too many things have happened in a short span of twelve episodes. It's like getting hit by a baseball right between the eyes and waking up a few days later having no recollection of what transpired. Yet you know whatever happened, it was big and it hurt like a mother. From the writers' point of view however (in their own messed up universe), season one has been wrapped up and tied into a nice and severely twisted bow.



    With Ben being the sole living occupant left inside murder house...no wait. I take that back. I forgot the baby. With Ben and the baby being the only living occupants left inside murder house, it made sense for the two to get the hell out of there and run for the hills. But to be in Ben's place, after what he's been through, I wasn't surprised he was going to blow his brains out. Baby or no baby (especially the product of a ghost rape), there's only a certain amount of horsecrap in one's life that can be endured. Vivien's pep talk for Ben was actually quite inspiring. I find it hilarious that the characters actually become smarter and more rational after they're dead! First Violet, and now Vivien. No wonder they killed Ben off too.



    That's right! Just as Ben (after taking Vivien's advice) was getting ready to vamoose and leave murder house for good (baby included), Hayden and her new posse ambushed Papa Harmon and strung him up from a chandelier. Not that it mattered at this point in the story. Dead? Alive? In this show it hardly makes a difference. It actually turned out pretty well for the Harmons because for the first time ever in season one, Ben, Vivien and Violet were together AND happy.



    And what about the baby?

    Hayden became the temporary spectral guardian for the satanic little squirt. That is, until Constance paid her a visit. Constance is like the John Reese of American Horror Story. You don't frak with Constance! With a little help from her now dead boy-toy Travis, baby Antichrist was finally where he belonged. In Constance's uh...motherly hands. What are the implications of all this? Wait for a year and find out.



    Meanwhile, after Ben's unceremonious (yet oddly satisfying) death, believe it or not, another couple bought and moved into murder house! Doesn't anybody use google these days? If close to twenty people have died in a single house you would think it would be more famous, especially since it happens to be the highlight of the Eternal Darkness Tour!!



    The entry and exit of the Ramos family was like a mini-horror movie in itself. In fact, those fifteen minutes or so pretty much represented all the 'haunted house' movies out there. Whether it was a tribute or an insult, it was undoubtedly funny! The scene where Ben and Vivien 'kill' each other was awesome! You don't get to smile often in this show (unless it's one of those nervous "I just let one rip" smiles), but the weirdness with which it was executed was spot on. This is awesome writing, folks. Even if it is messed up!



    The conversation between Ben and Tate was my personal favorite moment of the episode. I've forgotten how good an actor Dylan McDermott really is. His speech gave us a perfect representation of an individual who has accepted his flaws and is paying for it. In a way, he actually gave Tate his best professional opinion yet.

    I was kind of disappointed he didn't beat the living (or dead) crap out of him though. Tate needs a little retribution flung in his direction. And a broken heart doesn't count.



    So what are the questions we must ask heading into season two? I can only think of one.



    What's next???

    Yes, the child is supposed to be the spawn of Satan. So what?? The Harmons are stuck inside murder house and the way things were looking, they're American horror story is over. So we're either going to focus on a new family in the same house, which is too monotonous to be true, or we'll focus on toddler Antichrist and Constance. However, the Tate and Violet storyline still felt unfinished, so I'm hopeful the same cast will come back next season.



    Tidbits



    - You've never heard of the Eternal Darkness Tour?? Either google it or watch the entire season again.

    - How creepy was the whole Christmas tree scene? Do ghosts celebrate Christmas? What if they're Jewish? Do they have Matzah Balls for ghosts?

    - So Vivien now has a baby who will permanently be six months old. That baby will cease to be cute after a thousand diaper changes.



    Will you miss American Horror Story?

    After a surprisingly satisfying season and an even more satisfying finale, I think I will. Especially Thaddeus.moreless
Charles S. Dutton

Charles S. Dutton

Detective Granger

Guest Star

Anthony Ruivivar

Anthony Ruivivar

Miguel Ramos

Guest Star

Lisa Vidal

Lisa Vidal

Stacey Ramos

Guest Star

Celia Finkelstein

Celia Finkelstein

Gladys

Recurring Role

Kate Mara

Kate Mara

Hayden McClaine

Recurring Role

Frances Conroy

Frances Conroy

Moira O'Hara

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (10)

    • Vivien: Moira, would you make me a cup of tea, please?
      Moira: No. Your denial is impressive. You're a ghost, Mrs. Harmon. I don't take orders from ghosts.

    • Ben: What about Violet?
      Violet: What about Violet? I'm a teenage girl. Not exactly a cakewalk.
      Ben: Violet. What kind of father have I been? You weren't eating, you weren't going to school. You were already gone. I didn't get it.
      Violet: I shut you out. I was afraid it would break you.
      Ben: I've missed you so much.
      Violet: I was never getting into Harvard. But I saved you a shitload of money.
      Ben: Yeah, you did.

    • Marcy: Miguel. What an exotic name. I must confess to a fascination for all things south of the border.
      Miguel: Actually, my family's from Spain.
      Marcy: All the better. I find European Hispanics vastly superior.

    • Constance: He's mine.
      Hayden: Over my dead body.
      Constance: We're well past that.

    • Gabriel: Who are you?
      Violet: A ghost of my former self.

    • Violet: Are you sure you want to be alone? They say this house is haunted.
      Gabriel: You're kind of twisted, aren't you?
      Violet: You don't know the half of it.

    • Tate: You told me to go away.
      Violet: Yeah... but I never said good-bye.

    • Vivien: Some other poor family's just going to move in here. Suckers who will have no idea what they're in for.
      Ben: And we know exactly what to do.

    • Moira: I would have made a good mother, if I hadn't been such a little tramp. Forgive me. There's nothing worse than a self-pitying old maid.

    • Constance: Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I was destined for great things. I was going to be somebody. Person of significance. Star of the silver screen, I once thought. But... my dreams became nightmares. Instead of laurels, funeral wreaths. Instead of glory, heh, bitter disappointment. Cruel afflictions. Now I understand. Tragedy was preparing me for something greater. every loss that came before was a lesson. I was being prepared. Now I know for what. This child... a remarkable boy. Destined for greatness. In need of a remarkable mother. Someone forged in the fires of adversity, who can guide him. With--with firmness. With love.

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