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American Horror Story S03E05: "Burn, Witch. Burn!"


HOW IS THIS A SHOW? HOW IS THIS A SHOW? Last question: HOW IS THIS A SHOW?

That is my only question at this point and it kept running through my mind for almost the entirety of "Burn, Witch. Burn!" Why is this season of American Horror Story so PERFECT right now? How did this happen? I thought television was supposed to be erratic and imperfect and debatable from week to week, but guess what? American Horror Story is on some kind of roll. It's almost boring to talk about, that's how consistently entertaining it's been this season. This is NOT guilty pleasure television. This is prestige television. This is the best thing I've seen in a very long time. People seem almost embarrassed to admit how good American Horror Story has become, like its lurid appeals are just too base to mention in mixed company. But guess what? If you somehow think that the presence of horror or comedy (or, gosh forbid, a mixture of the two) precludes something from being brilliant, you are wrong and you deserve a reverse-Nobel Prize for being a dummy-snob. Everybody has a different definition of what makes good drama, and I'm certain that American Horror Story meets every requirement while also outright ignoring convention as often as possible. This episode grossed me out and frightened me and made me laugh both with and AT it, and that was before one scene in particular brought me to tears. Am I just mentally unstable? Irrelevant. Maybe my standards are just not as classy as yours. For example, in my opinion all good drama should contain a scene in which one character calls another character a piece of sh*t. In this episode that happened THRICE. Oh boy do I adore this show. Let's start a Kickstarter so that we can all chip in and buy the writer of this episode a catamaran as a token of our thanks because it was PERFECT.

All right, let's talk about "Burn, Witch. Burn!"


We began with a flashback. Just when you thought you'd seen quite frankly all you needed to see regarding Madame LaLaurie's hospitality skills from back in the day, turns out we didn't know the full extent of her awfulness just yet! In this case her daughter Borquita (LOLOL that name) was trying to woo some hunk and Delphine made him go through her homemade haunted house scenario, which usually includes peeled grapes and whatnot, but in this case just featured real body parts (lazy).


And the suitor did NOT enjoy these Halloween festivities one bit! And in case you were wondering, neither did the slaves from which Delphine stole these body parts.


Just so we're clear, the eyeballs and intestines came from slaves. If there had been any doubt, it should be gone now. Just like the slaves' eyeballs and intestines. This show is truly disgusting sometimes, guys.

Anyway, we were meant to believe that Delphine did this to ALL her daughters' boyfriends, just chased them out of the house with all manner of human organs, and the daughters were understandably fed up with it. So much so that they began openly plotting her murder. Unfortunately she was probably standing against the door with a glass or whatever because she instantly knew about the plot and had all three of her daughters locked up in wooden crates!

Harsh! Also, unless I'm mistaken, this all happened BEFORE the minotaur-creation incident, so that means the daughters spent a year in the dungeon (one of them had to eat poo on Christmas) and then they stuck around and continued living there afterward. And then they got totally murdered by Marie Laveau. What I'm trying to say is, their lives did not seem very fun to me. 

And now they were about to start their worst-smelling phase yet!

So yeah, a lot of this episode had to to with the guilty consciences of terrible mothers, and this moment was the thesis statement. Sometimes you lock your daughters in crates and years later they show up to eat your brains. A classic morality tale, really.

Meanwhile the zombies were under the control of Marie Laveau, who'd murdered tons of chickens and started f*cking LEVITATING. There was this cool moment where all the lawn zombies just stood still, like they were in a trance. But then Marie Laveau opened her eyes...

And the zombies suddenly started to attack!

Yeah, the hunk next door had felt that these were just a bunch of trick-or-treaters and gone outside to tell them to scram. Whoops! I like to think that if I were confronted with an actual zombie I'd know right away. I mean, the smell alone. But also the bad manners. And the flesh-eating.

In one of the biggest revelations of the episode, Zoe was AMAZING. She immediately shifted into gear and started shouting commands at everybody like a BOSS. This was seriously so good. She'd spent so many episodes being this bad-decision-making wallflower, and suddenly she was super competent and smart. NEEDED THIS. Do it, girl.

Speaking of amazing: Nan!

Nan ran outside to save the hunk. Which, fair enough, that is something every last one of us would risk our lives to do. But it was still really something to see her get in the mix like this. (Oh and I loved the bit earlier in the episode when she confirmed they were zombies because she couldn't hear their thoughts. Spooky!) Anyway, I love Nan, but it turns out she is not very good at dragging injured hunks across lawns. So they took refuge in Cordelia's parked station wagon.

Speaking of whom... Cordelia was NOT having a good time at the bar anymore. No, getting acid thrown in your face really tends to put a damper on things.

It looked very painful! And it was frankly very moving to see Fiona so up-in-arms about her daughter's crisis. I mean, she straight-up pushed around a doctor for the crime of delivering the news that Cordelia was now blind.

Haha we need to talk about this hospital. What a nightmare! Roughly every light flickered on and off, plus everything was sickly green dirty-looking. Several times I thought this would prove to be some kind of dream sequence but it wasn't! It was just the world's worst hospital. THANKS OBAMA

So then Fiona started wandering the halls and everything was blurry and unsettling. Then she found the pill closet and went WILD.

Classic Fiona!

Um, then this next scene happened.

Like, everything had been so woozily filmed and nightmarish that I literally had NO IDEA where this scene was going. Fiona just sorta stumbled into a room, found a dead baby, and then asked the wailing woman nearby whether it had been stillborn or died after birth. I mean, there's a chance she was just making conversation, but part of me wondered if that information was necessary to what Fiona had in mind next.

In one of the more unsettling yet beautiful scenes ever on this show or ANY show, Fiona tearfully made the grieving mother hold the baby and tell the baby she loved it and that she'd always be its mother. Very creepy stuff like that, and the distraught woman reluctantly did as she was told. Mega pathos. But it was very, very devastating in that Fiona's own child was only a few doors down and Fiona was clearly using this dead baby situation to work through some of her own issues. But then, just before turning to leave, Fiona touched the baby and it began to coo.

YUP. So obviously I was borderline sobbing here. Not even ashamed. Fiona's act was so casually selfless and wonderful I was beside myself. Something about a total jerk of a witch having this weird moment of benevolence just hit me in my heartbones. I guess it makes sense that as a Supreme, Fiona has all the powers, including Misty Day's resurrection skills. And I'm also guessing there's a difference between giving someone a spark of life and also healing their flesh (which was why Fiona couldn't heal Cordelia). But who knows. Everything about this played like dream logic, just lovely and terrifying all at once. Really beautiful stuff and astonishingly written. Feeling very emotional, guys. BRB need to lie down in a pile of warm laundry.

Okay, so anyway, the zombies were still attacking the coven like crazy, and I guess Delphine was in a pretty emotional mood so she decided to let her dead daughter in the back door. It was weirdly touching to see Delphine monologue about what a bad mother she'd been while stroking her daughter's zombie cheek. But yeah, as you could imagine, a zombie's a zombie and zombies do NOT care about eloquently described regret.

But we didn't see anything bad happen to Delphine, so when Zombie Borquita (LOL) went upstairs to hassle Queenie next, it wasn't clear whether Delphine had been killed or not.

Queenie, of course, busted out all her best human voodoo doll tricks, but in my opinion they didn't work.

Oh well, it was worth a shot. But then:

Zombie Borquita was murdered by Delphine! She'd apparently survived the earlier run-in with her zombie daughter, grabbed a fireplace poker, and ran upstairs to save the life of her NEW-AND-IMPROVED daughter.

Oh man, when Delphine started sobbing and nuzzled Queenie's bosom? So great. I knew these two would be friends someday and I didn't know how much I needed it until this scene. So good. The crazy thing about this show is that Delphine is still a loathsome, despicable person who deserves all the worst things to happen to her YET she seemed so genuinely remorseful for her crimes that it was hard to root against her. It just sort of appeals to our most basic human decency to see her undone like this. Yes she is a monster, but this is still so compelling to me, I don't know. Nevermind because CHAINSAW!!!

ZOE!! ZOE FOUND A CHAINSAW AND DESTROYED ALL THE ZOMBIES! ZOE CHAINSAWED THE ZOMBIES EVERYBODY! SHE SPLIT ONE RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE! WHO ARE YOU ZOE? WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? ZOE WINS? ZOE WINS! I LOVE ZOE NOW. THIS WAS THE BEST!

And then it got even better. Chainsaw ran out of gas, with one zombie left. How did Zoe handle it? Oh with a little bit of BRAINPOWER.

Yep, Zoe got a new skill! She can kill on command. With her BRAIN!

So, um, Zoe's the next Supreme right? Even Madame Laveau called it. Zoe's POWERFUL now. Oh man, what a turnaround. Zoe went from zero to hero. ZOE YOU RASCAL.

Hate this guy. He showed up to Cordelia's hospital room and fortunately for us, Fiona TOLD. HIM. OFF.

Again, Fiona used her powers for good. In this case she flat-out threatened to murder him and it made me so happy. Apparently I derive actual pleasure from murder threats now. Thanks, American Horror Story.

So then a crabby nurse made Fiona leave for a minute, and the crappy husband took Cordelia's hand and this next thing happened.

WHOOPS! Look who else is developing new powers! Man, what a bummer it must be to be a philandering serial killer, only to have your witch wife get acid thrown into her face and develop second-sight. Because that's what happened here! Cordelia is psychic as hell now. Top that, jerk! 

The next day, after a busy morning in which Fiona made the girls burn zombie parts on the lawn (and Fiona touchingly gave props to Zoe for her chainsaw skills), the witch council returned to kick Fiona out of the coven. 

But Fiona was NOT going down easy. As she revealed, Myrtle was the one who'd thrown acid in her daughter's face! Plus, Fiona had taken cell phone pics of Myrtle's Fiona-themed serial killer collage on her motel room wall.

Oh, plus Myrtle had acid burns on her fingers:

All of these pieces of circumstantial evidence were strong enough for the other two members of the council to immediately sentence her to death! Chillingly, Myrtle just accepted her fate, claiming her life had been one big unfair trial to begin with, so bring on the dreamless sleep already. 

Next thing we knew, there was an absolutely insane burning-at-the-stake scene like something out of Jesus Christ Superstar. (That was about a witch, right?)


WOWOWOW! I mean, obviously it was hilarious that Fiona lit Myrtle on fire with a cigarette. But also: the outfits everyone had on! Holy moly, the hats alone. AMAZING. Okay, I realize this is not very nice, but did Fiona's look remind anybody else of Blade from the Puppet Master movies?


JUST WONDERINGGGGG.


For her part Zoe seemed VERY startled by this whole scene. First because she didn't think witches were burnt at the stake anymore. But also maybe she was psychic enough to know the whole thing was a sham? Who knows. I trust you, Zoe. You've earned it.


Because as we then found out, Fiona had called in a favor from Queenie to burn Myrtle's fingers in front of the council! And I'm guessing a lot of the other details of Fiona's story were probably fabricated also, including that flashback we saw of Myrtle wearing a black cloak in the hospital while Fiona was high on pills and bringing dead babies back to life. So, uh, yeah. That meant Fiona had intentionally framed a very important woman AND her daughter's assaulter was still out there somewhere. Very interesting indeed.

This was a nice moment between Queenie and Fiona in which Queenie tried to quit the school out of guilt over what happened to Myrtle but Fiona tried to make her think she was in the running to be the next Supreme.

Poor Queenie. But I'm just glad she isn't leaving. I love Queenie with all my heart. And I feel like I don't have enough closure on that masturbating-in-front-of-a-minotaur subplot. What happens next with that? Don't leave us hanging, show!

Meanwhile in the attic the butler sprayed so much air freshener everywhere and then tried to take Madison out of the wooden chest that he was keeping her in.

And WHOOPS! Just a truly disgusting, accidental, rotten arm yank-off. Wow, very gross. I had been hoping that Madison would've been brought back to life by Marie Laveau's zombie voodoo, but nope. Still very dead. And now one-armed. That does not seem like a great situation to be in at all.

Um, then this scene happened. We all know that Misty Day (LOL) is like a reverse Grim Reaper, just walking around bringing dead junk and hunks and alligators back to life. So it should have been obvious (but was still delightfully surprising!) when she showed up at the scene of the witch-burning. Apparently the albino bodyguards had not yet removed Myrtle's body and dogs were eating it. Bad dogs! Scram, you dogs.

And so, of course, Misty Day (LOL) did what Misty Day (LOL) do. 

AAHHHHH! I mean, welcome back, Myrtle. But also AAAAHHHHH! WHAT A NIGHTMARE. She looked bad, you guys. Like REAL bad. Still though, maybe she will get justice against Fiona. She probably deserves it. But also AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOO! 

CAN'T UNSEEEEEEE

If we're being real, "Burn, Witch. Burn!" was a perfect hour of television and I will enter a street fight with anybody who disagrees. I will use all the uppercuts and kick slaps and roundhouse punch-cartwheels in order to defend this episode's honor. I loved this episode! Please do not make me have to street fight, I really want to stay retired from street fighting in general. But coming out of retirement is NOT out of the question when it comes to defending this episode. That is how good it was.

Okay bye.


QUESTIONS

... Will the next Supreme be Zoe or Cordelia?

... Wasn't Delphine sort of a bad mother? Be honest.

... Do you think Kyle had a fun Halloween? What did he do?

... Have you ever killed a zombie with your brain?


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AIRED ON 1/13/2016

Season 5 : Episode 12

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BALENCIAAAAAAAAGAAAAAAA!
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SOOO GOOD!

I'm amazed at how much more I enjoy this show now that it's made the "switch" to conventional story telling vs previous seasons of seemingly being weird for the sake of being weird. The stories (mostly) are good enough that they're not going to detract from the top notch acting and direction.

The intentional humour is WAY better than the unintentional kind. Tilting towards more creepy vs gross out gore porn is also nice...with just enough eyeball removing gore to catch you off guard, which I think is the point.

Zoe...you're awesome! Fiona...you're awesome! Madame Laveau...awesome! Myrtle, Queeny, Nan, Misty...awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome! If there is another show out there with this many strong female characters...I'd love to know what that is.

Keep it up AHS
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WWWAAA HOLY CHAINSAW NINJA BATMAN!!! OMG GUYS THE BEST!!! (Btw sorry for shouting guys)
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I'm late to the party..but what if ACID-throwing-person is related to Cordy's demon-snake sex? Likewise, what if Zoe aint the supreme, but is in fact channelling her new hubby, the devil?
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Brilliantly refreshing thanku i am facinated beyond belief.
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Man, I love me some The Evil Dead 2, and this episode.
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These photo recaps are so ridiculous and infantile. That having been said, this episode was the weakest of the season so far. A scrawny girl with a chainsaw (I guess those aren't that heavy these days) vs a legion of undead who seem fairly capable at using weaponry? She had no chance. The quality of this episode felt like a cheap Nickelodeon show to me. And the music choice at the witch-burning? So bad. This show is at its best when it tries to take itself seriously... and when it doesn't, it's barely worth watching. And this Misty Day nonsense better lead somewhere...
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You never heard of an adrenaline rush? People can lift cars in dire situations, I'm pretty sure they can handle a chainsaw.
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Would you have preferred The Trammps doing Disco Interno? I felt Dr. John's "Right Place, Wrong Time" was exceedingly appropriate. And as far as the episode being considered weakest, I have to object. Fiona falsely blackmailing Myrtle resulting in her being burned at the stake, zombies tearing people to pieces, Delphine having her slaves' eyes and intestines ripped out, a little Louisiana Chainsaw Massacre, Madison falling to pieces, Queenie's self-mutilation.....come on, all vintage AHS.
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Zoe would do great in The Walking Dead!! and also liked Fiona's random act of kindness
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Zoe has been developping new powers since day one, when she resurrected the boyfriend Kyle. And Fiona doesn't know about any of them yet. And she has been told that she won't see it coming. So it feels as if Zoe is the next supreme.
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idk....did Zoe really bring Kyle back?? cause Misty was right outside when it happened...
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Misty said that she felt that she was called by Zoe. Not sure if Zoe managed to call on Misty and use her power or if Misty felt the resurrection and came to see what was going on, it wasn't explained at all. But she defenitely used a new power that wasn't her original one (that black widow sex thing, ugg).

I'm not sure if I forgot something, but so far Zoe can kill people having sex with them, can mystically call on other witches or resurrect people, and also can switch off black magic somehow. It is like she has stronger and more complicated powers than the other witches. And Fiona doesn't know about it.
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oh yea ok...and dont forget the first episode when Zoe thought the girls were gonna kill her the flames went up
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Cordelia can't be the next Supreme, since the Supreme has to have an amazing health. She can't conceive and now she can't see, so it sounds implausible. Zoe is more likely.
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Very good recap Price! this one and Revolution are so far the best recaps of 2013.
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The platitude are a bit much. This show is not perfect its pretty goo but not perfect. It has too many plot threads. What was the point of Mare Whittingham. Did we forget about the alien subplot last season that went nowhere. The show is good but it isn't perfext
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i'm loving this season so far, but it's still only witches and well, now zombies... season 2 had crazy ppl, nazis, aliens, psycho-serial-killers, monsters (those guys in the woods), the angel of death, demons, exorcism... can't wait to see where it'll all go next..
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Only witches and zombies? What about the Frankenstein monster that Zoe created, or the minotaur? Or how about the whatever the hell Kathy Bates is? Because she's the worst monster to have hit this show yet.
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We've now seen 3 witches gain an extra power. To be the next Supreme, one needs to have the '7 powers'. Perhaps there won't be a new Supreme?
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I love your reviews!! And yeah, i'm absolutely sure that Zoe will be the next Supreme. It was awesome not to see her fuck up this time AND gaining a new power.
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... Will the next Supreme be Zoe or Cordelia?

Misty Day is my bet, though Zoe seems obvious.

... Wasn't Delphine sort of a bad mother? Be honest.

I sort of want her to be worse. Is Delphine even a witch?

... Do you think Kyle had a fun Halloween? What did he do?

Probably better than all the years he spent having sex with his mom.

... Have you ever killed a zombie with your brain?

Not yet.
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Will the next Supreme be Zoe or Cordelia?

Time'll tell on that.

Wasn't Delphine sort of a bad mother?

"Sort of"?! Scaring away your daughters' potential husbands, locking your daughters in the cellar (and making one of them eat human feces)? ...Yeah, I'd say Delphine's a bad mother. No, not a bad mother. A TERRIBLE mother!

Do you think Kyle had a fun Halloween? What did he do?

Not sure, but I'm inclined to doubt it.

Have you ever killed a zombie with your brain?

Nope.

"Burn, Witch, Burn!" was an excellent episode. Loved Zoe and the chainsaw. Must admit--I laughed when the chainsaw conked out on her!
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This show is full of all sorts of unpleasant prejudices. I Love the effortless way that bates, bassett & lange act. But this show is less scary than a michael jackson video. Just what we need a rehash of the other zombie shows, and a nod to Lars Von Triers Kingdom filmed apparently by the crew who did the flashbacks from that 70 show.
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Priceypoo, can I call you that? I feel like we've been in a 2 year (season) relationship, except I was really hurt when you didn't do a recap for the last season finale but had some whore come in and do it..


Anyways just wanted to say that you are freaking amazing. YOUR RECAPS ARE SPOT ON.

Also:

The next supreme is obvi. Precious is going to have a little baby minotaur/with that's going to take over the coven obvi.
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The best episode of season 3 so far.

Poor Cordelia =(

I've always thought Zoe is the new supreme and I love that.
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Proud to say that I've loved Zoe from the very beggining. Mostly because TAISSA FARMIGA! But now we have another reason, don't we? CHAINSAW!
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I think the next supreme will be Zoe. She seems to be the "good" character this season.

I loved the scene with Fiona threatening Cordelia's psycho bf. I also love that Cordelia now knows what a pig he is. I hope for a good revenge there!

I also want to see Laveau's side lose. :P She is almost as much a monster as LaLaurie was.

Yey for the christian boy-neighbor surviving! So far. He and Nan are so cute together.
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is she really though? remember, her people have been facing constant shit from the whites from day one (IE LaLaurie turning her bf in to a mino!)

It's definitely a euphemism for racism.
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I don't dislike her for racist reasons. I dislike her because SHE is a racist AND because she is a monster! She and the other slaves were also killers, who hung the innocent(?) daughters. Laveau is the one who turned him into a minotaur - not LaLaurie. LaLaurie put the bull's head on top of his real head when they tortured him, but they did not make him a minotaur by doing that. Laveau is the one who made him one by making him immortal and having to "live" with that minotaur head on forever. Sick! Why would she want that fate for a guy she supposedly loved? And didn't he try to get it on with one of the daughters? And the nasty scene with Queenie... She also resurrected dead people who would have killed innocent people and not just her enemy (who are the other witches), like the christian boy and the other guys that looked at them.
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I kind of got the feeling that Fiona wanted to kill Queenie (or at least is thinking about it)....
ALso I'm gonna let myself get surprised for who the next supreme is. I think Zoe would be too obvious.
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yea so did i for a split sec when Queenie walked in the room
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There it is! That's a Halloween episode.
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Cannot say enough how much I love Price Peterson and his recaps of AHS. Absolutely makes my week. (PS Please don't street fight, BB. Save your strength for next week's recap.)
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Haha thank you I'll try
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about the biggest point of contention is whether it was really Myrtle in the hospital elevator. i re-watched it and in a freeze frame think i saw not only her red hair, but her odd looking glasses. Would it be possible to get a screencap of that? maybe add it to next week's review?
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so much ado about 'who is the next Supreme?' I'm going out on a limb and saying it's 'none of the above'...all the young ladies are coming out with new powers, including Cord. to make it a toss-up.
I'll guess it's either the next door neighbor Bible Lady, or someone we haven't even met yet. (BTW, RM said he knows who it is, but they may never actually say on the show.)

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i think Kyle wandered into a Frat party and was the 'hit' of it..doing the new dance the "No Kyle"..
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This episode was amazing. This season is amazing. This show is amazing. I think I'm in love with this show, guys. No, but really this is easily my favorite season. Having Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, and Kathy Bates doing magic together makes my day. Also, I haven't said it yet so Price, your reviews are great and I'm glad to be able to read them again!
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So you said that Cordelia was developing a NEW power.. but, did she even have a power before this? Think about it... she never has shown a power. Is mixing spells considered a power? I'm starting to wonder if she's even a witch.
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Fiona told her she was dissappointed that she never developed her 'enormous potential'. Cord does have powers but always had tried to suppress them.
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I guess I just assumed she had powers that we hadn't seen. But you might be right.
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Considering the horror- and scare-factor this season is very underwhelming so far. Sorry, Price, although it is entertaining and somewhat crazy and pacey it is the weakest AHS season so long. No scares, no hypes from me. It's supposed to be a horror show, right?
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I wasn't aware people actually watched AHS expecting to be scared. AHS is more atmospheric and subtle "horror" with a healthy sprinkling of the strange and disturbing. I don't think I've ever been even vaguely frightened by it, though.
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PRICE IS GOING TO STREETFIGHTER THE SHIT OUT OF YOU.
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Shit you're right...
I'm a total noob in Streetfighter, yikes!
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Last season didn't scare me either, it just disturbed (and sickened me), which this season is doing too.
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Hyperbole much PP? Cut out the 1st and last paragraphs and it's the perfect review. Sometimes a little less is more.
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Thx 4 the advice bb
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Absolutely loved this episode and most episodes of AHS coven have been pretty awesome. Finally Zoe proved she's more than a teenager who makes really bad decision when it comes to the undead. The chainsaw sequence was truly awesome and i have to admit there was a moment I said "You go girl!". It had to be said and she was pretty awesome. Nan was another one who really keeps showing she's more than what people think she is. She saved a hunk and well it would be awesome to see the hunk fall for her.
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By the way, excellent review Price. By far my favorite review to read each week :)
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i second that. i'm new to here..got a tip from another recap board. i'll be back every week!
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Aw shucks thank u
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My prediction: Zoe is the next supreme and Cordelia did not develop an extra power at all. I'm thinking that while we are meant to think that Myrtle got framed that she actually did throw the acid in Cordelia's face only it wasn't acid but a potion that made you blind but also granted you the ability to see the truth through touch (similar to the spell she put on Spalding's tongue). This way she would make Cordelia see her mother for the evil things she did because remember that Cordelia was the one to immediately come to Fiona's defense and try to prove her innocence to the council.
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I was thinking Zoe, from the beginning was the Supreme, not Madison. But that may be, what we are suppose to think. The community has been rooting for Nan, but it could be Misty Day. It would help, if we knew which powers were the seven wonders? But Misty Day can resurrect people and animals, and it seems so can Fiona. Misty Day seems to be able to control animals, that's two. And she told Madison, that she would not come back for her. Was that another power or insecurity?

I never watch AHS before Coven, i have to say i LOVE THIS SHOW! After this season, i'm going back, and watch the other two seasons. If they are half as good as Coven, i'm in for a treat. Coven has made a fan of AHS, out of me for life.
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The Supreme of their coven has to be a member of the coven and Misty isn't now, nor was she ever.
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The Supreme has to be the witch that can do the 7 wonders. It's about who has the power. None of the witches were part of the coven, until they were sent to the coven. With Misty Day saving Miss Crispy, i'd imagine she'll join soon enough.
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That's an interesting theory! I like it!!
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Something else that I forgot to add to this is that when the doctor came out to tell Fiona about Cordelia's status he said "The closest thing we can tell that caused this is sulfuric acid" as if to say we have no idea what did this but it must be acid since that's the only thing that makes sense to them. I would think if it actually was acid then the doctor would have been more definitive in his diagnosis.
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It has to be said that AHS is one of the most visually stunning shows on television. Its attention to detail is exquisite and the richness of the colors borders on sublime. It's a beautiful show.

This week's episode was great. Another roller coaster from beginning to end. This show does not waste time; every second counts.

I was kind of worried about our precious Nan there for a little while. I haven't forgotten Adelaide's sudden and hurtful passing in season one and was afraid they were going to kill her off on Halloween again.

Does anybody know what what the hospital-gown clad person said to Fiona in the hall? I caught something about acid, but couldn't understand the rest.
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This season has been flawless so far. If it keeps up, it may surpass The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, on my favorite current shows list.
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Yes it is very very stunning. Agreed.
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"That she may not of thrown the acid, but that she might as well have."
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Thank you.
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I agree with some of the other posts - one way or another I don't think there will be just one supreme - I think the powers will be spread out amongst the rest of the coven
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when Madison got killed, the powers of the next supreme got spread around.
Madhouse fun to ensue =D
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Cordelia proved she wasn't because Madison had a heart murmur
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Agreed. Many people seem to think, that because Madison had more that one power, that meant she was the next Supreme. They seemed to have missed when Fiona's mentor told her, that it was not uncommon for a mature powerful witch to have 4 or 5 powers. But only the Supreme can do the Seven Wonders. The girls are maturing and are obviously powerful.
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Price you made me lmao EVERY TIME! I share your recaps every week with my AHS besties and they all love you as well!! Keep up the great work!!!! I ❤️ You!!!!! Lol
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Thank you!
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I have a question: Why can't Fiona just heal Cordelia? Or help her with her fertility problems? I mean, she just brought a baby back from the dead.
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That was my question too. Compared to the power of resurrection, a healing power is nothing, right? How come she--as a Supreme--can't cure others?
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Price mentioned it in the article

'And I'm also guessing there's a difference between giving someone a spark of life and also healing their flesh (which was why Fiona couldn't heal Cordelia).'
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Yeah I guess so. It just seems weird that the supreme can't do something Stevie Nicks can.
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The captions this week were absolutely the most excellent! Great job!

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You are nice, thank you.
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OMG this one was so good..One minute I was saying ewww..then the next I was laughing out loud. Even had some sad parts...and WTH!!!!!was up with that hospital...How would you like to be sick in that thing...This show is so awesome on so many levels..loved it. Crazy me all through that awful burning of poor Myrtle all I could think of was that fantastic hat Zoe had on..I was really wanting that thing...Loved your recap....
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Zoe's hat was sick--
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So many good hats this season.
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I loved 3 things in particular about this episode.

  • The random and I'm assuming local decides to go up to the zombies to express how impressed he is in their makeup. He promptly gets himself torn apart by zombies who are potentially over 100 years old. There is no way, as a local he hasn't heard stories about this school, so why is he walking near the school on Halloween alone?
  • I am fairly certain Borquita strangled her mother to death (as seen by the hand marks on her neck later in the episode), but LaLaurie can't die. Again, her daughter is a corpse well over 100 years old and was able to lift the body of LaLaurie.
  • Madison has been dead for a few days at most and yet her arm tears off. Apparently not all dead bodies are created equally.
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OH. Wow, I wish they would've shown LaLaurie dying if that's the case. It would have made her reappearance so much more exciting.
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I was wondering why Madison wasn't zombiefied too.
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I guess no one's staying dead this season...

And Jessica Lange continues to be a goddess. The whole ousting and eventual burning of Myrtle was just perfect. Now I wonder if Fiona burned Cordelia just to get rid of Myrtle.
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What can I say? This show just keeps getting better every week. Besides all the outstanding parts that...well, obviously stood out, there was one very minor thing that made the whole episode for me:
The zombie daughters- they looked genuinely sad. I don't remember ever seeing a zombie like that anywhere else. Angry? Sure. Hungry? Oh ya. All the time...but Despondent? I think that's a first.
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THIS SEASON HAS BLOWN THE OTHER 2 RIGHT OUT OF THE WATER!! Flawless run of episodes so far but how? This isn't normal, right?
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It's not normal, no. Loving ittt
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How does no one on this show know how to get rid of a body?!? All this burning of human remains, and no one bothers to actually build up a fire first lol I mean it seriously takes some hot fire (yeah fire comes in different temperatures) to get rid of a human body completely. Both instances of burning bodies is basically just cooking flesh (long pork anyone j/k) how aren't people from all over the neighborhood not wondering about the atrocious smell of burnt hair, clothes and putrid flesh lol

I love this show and this episode. Until this very episode I didn't like the Zoe character at all, but always figured that she would be the Supreme. Simply on account of being young, from the first season, and totally sappy at the beginning of this season. Nothing says character development more than going from a cry in the corner/rat yourself out to the police loser to Lollipop Chainsaw style zombie killer and possessor of all witch powers Supreme.

Before the episode ended I was contemplating how it would actually be kind of awesome if Queenie ended up being the next Supreme. Not likely, but here me out. First, Nan has the cool, hunky guy pining over her which, no offense toward Nan is unexpected from a purely looks perspective, is atypical for a Hollywood production, but Hooray for Nan right! I'm totally for the relationship and think it speaks to the state of where society is going towards where it's not typical pretty people ending up happily ever after (thanks Ryan Murphy! mainstream society needs to see this). So going on the continued principal of not doing the obvious Hollywood move, making Queenie the Supreme would fit right in perfectly. Shoo, typical pretty people us 'not normals' will rule the world lol. I'm totally in this category myself being tall and lanky and not in a cool model way, so I personally feel this is really awesome.
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I was rooting for Queenie, too, but I knew it would be Zoe. They've followed her more, and the season was kind of framed as her story. The reason guys are drawn to Nan is because she reads their minds and can anticipate their desires, like bringing the hunk next door his favorite cake. That and the fact that she is so cute and charming, of course. Love her, I just do.
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Another theory of mine.. with Cordelia's new power of insight she was able to fly-by the covenant and see the situation; take control of Zoe and force her to murmur those words to stop the voodoo witch. Cordelia had to be fearful of her girls because of her circumstance, and Zoe also had that out-of-mind look on her face.. how could she even know to say those words to stop the black magic? She knew nothing about spells. Far as I know, Cordelia is the only who uses enchanted words.
I also think that since it is so obvious that Zoe is the next supreme.. that she will be downplayed. Meaning that the kiss that brought Kyle back to life was really Misty's doing and defeating the voodoo witch was Cordelia's or Fiona's doing. But in the end I do believe that Zoe is still the next supreme.
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I hope the next Supreme is Cordelia because it seems way to predictable to make it be Zoe. I kind of also hope that it's someone random like Nan or Misty Day, or someone like that, just to shake things up.
No, I absolutely do not think that Delphine was a bad mother, it's perfectly justifiable to make your daughters eat poop for christmas instead of giving them coal or to scare their boyfriends off not by telling embarrassing baby stories, but by making them grab a bowlful of guts and eyeball soup or locking them in a cage for a year instead of giving them a fifteen minute time out.
I think Kyle was probably either chillin' with Misty, listening to Fleetwood Mac or going on a killing rampage. TBH, at first I thought that Kyle was one of the zombies on the lawn and that Zoe would find out she killed him and then go into some dark, destructive spiral. Hopefully, either way, he'll be slightly more lucid next week.
No, I have never killed a zombie with my brain. I don't even know how that works. I mean, they're already dead and brainless reanimated corpses, so how does that work exactly? I guess it's just one of the many mysteries of ahs. Another mystery is how Delphine just put a bull's head on a guy and he just magically turned into a minotaur. As far as I know, she's not magic and you'd think that Marie Laveau would just take the head off of him instead of turning him into a minotaur, but who knows?
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Nan is the next Supreme. Calling it early.
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I know that is who most are rooting on, but i think it may be Misty Day. She has already shown multiple powers: Resurrection, healing, animal control, and possibly precognition; as she told Zoe, she wouldn't be back for her.
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That would be way too gratifying, being that she is really the only likable character thus far.
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