American Horror Story

Season 3 Episode 1

Bitchcraft

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 09, 2013 on FX
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Zoe, a young woman with a unique genetic bloodline that can be traced back to the Salem Witch Trials, starts to manifest otherworldly powers. Unable to cope with this development, her family sends her off to New Orleans, to a unique private girl's school established specifically for young, burgeoning witches.

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Grey Damon

Grey Damon

Dalton

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Ian Anthony Dale

Ian Anthony Dale

David

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Josette Barchilon

Josette Barchilon

Tourist

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Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Marie Laveau

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Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe

Queenie

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Jamie Brewer

Jamie Brewer

Nan

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Delphine: My youngest, Pauline, well, her major talent has yet to reveal itself.
      Pauline: Perhaps my talent is in the boudoir, Mother Dear.
      Delphine: I guess we'll find out on your wedding night, mon petit.

    • Zoe: It's a cliche, but like all cliches, it's the truth. Your life can change overnight. Or in a moment.

    • Zoe: So apparently I'm a witch. It runs in my family, but it doesn't show up in every generation, or in every girl. Like my cousin Amanda. She's just bulimic. We read about the Salem Witch trials in, like, fifth grade. Guess I should have paid more attention.

    • Cordelia: Look, why don't you just go away? I don't want you here. How else do you want me to say it?
      Fiona: You're still angry, I can tell.
      Cordelia: My God, you are the Supreme.

    • Fiona: You teach them to cower. and to hide in the shadows. Well, there are no shadows, not anymore. Do you really think with Twitter and Faceback that a witch does anything at all she won't be videotaped and turned into some viral freak show like a dog who says "I love you"?

    • Cordelia: Where are you going?
      Fiona: Out. Don't wait up.
      Cordelia: I have half a mind to enchant the locks after you leave.
      Fiona: Don't make me drop a house on you.

    • Kyle: Thought you looked thirsty.
      Zoe: Is that your superpower? You can sense dehydration?
      Kyle: One of them.
      Zoe: Ah. Frat boy, right? I think frats are full of fascists.
      Kyle: I don't mind being reduced to a stereotype, but I'm on a scholarship.

    • Zoe: When the levees broke, the people of New Orleans were tested. Those who stayed, stayed for a reason. With that came a sense of purpose and community. That's what happens in a crisis. All the bullshit falls away, and what's left is so raw and vulnerable. It's agony to let other people see you so exposed. It takes a huge amount of trust, and for most of us, that trust was shattered long ago. But, like it or not, we need each other. And we need each other desperately. My mother was right. The world isn't safe for a girl like me. But maybe I'm not safe for the world, either. And since I'll never be able to experience real love, might as well put this curse to some use.

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  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Madison: Jesus, Sabrina, relax.
      Referencing the ABC/The WB sitcom, 1996-2006, based on the character from the Archie comics. Sabrina Spellman discovers on her 16th birthday that she is a witch, but her powers get her into trouble as often as they help. Her aunts, also witches, take care of a warlock who has been transformed into a cat, Salem.

    • Fiona: And you're never gonna become great women of our clan sitting around here at Hogwarts under the confused instruction of my daughter.
      Referencing Hogwarts School of Magic, presided over by headmaster Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Magic. The school is found in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels about the title character and boy sorcerer.

    • Fiona: Don't make me drop a house on you.
      Referencing L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) and subsequent movie adaptation in 1939. When Dorothy's home is torn up by a tornado and transported to Oz, it lands on top of the Wicked Witch of the East. She is wearing the ruby slippers (silver in the original novel), which teleport themselves to Dorothy's feet when the Witch dies.

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