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American Horror Story S03E10: "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks"

The mark of an excellent television show is when you can glance at the screen and see a reflection of your own life. All the shows I've ever loved have somehow tapped into something I've experienced firsthand or at the very least on an emotional level. So when American Horror Story: Coven first started I was nervous that the series was too outlandish or esoteric for me to personally relate to it. Sure, certain things it got right: I definitely grew up in a huge mostly white New Orleans manor surrounded by powerful women. My aunt was very badly burnt in a desert ritual. Our butler once cut out his own tongue and allowed it to lick the bathroom tile. But those were admittedly very basic details and almost every TV show has shown similar things. (I will never forget that episode of The Big Bang Theory when the entire cast masturbated in front of a minotaur.) But after having spent time with my family over the holidays, I came to realize just how spot-on American Horror Story: Coven has been with regard to reflecting my own life back at me. For instance, I have a complicated relationship with my relatives! Also, I have experienced heartache. And the eeriest parallel of all? Sometimes people I care about have faced danger. Just like on this show! Man, this show just GETS me.

This week's episode was entitled "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks," which ordinarily would be all you needed to know about this hour of television, but NOPE. So much more happened than that! This was a truly unbelievable episode. Going into it I mistakenly believed the rest of the season would concern the battle between the coven and the witch hunters, but that part lasted about eight minutes total and the rest of the episode turned into what's shaping up to being a Battle Royale With Witches! They all want to be supreme now and Fiona wants to murder everybody! A total of three witches are now dead or otherwise neutralized, a fourth has probably thrown her hat into the supreme ring. Angela Bassett said "shut up" to a baby. Oh and hello, there's a VOODOO DEVIL walking around hassling people. Plus, you know, Stevie Nicks. That definitely happened. I want to live in this episode basically.

So now, feel free to lean onto a fainting couch with a wistful, tear-streaked smile as I sing you a ballad. Because I want to talk about this episode!

We picked up where the last episode left off: Fiona offering safe haven to Marie Laveau after Hank ran into Cornrow City and shot EVERYBODY. But instead of immediately planning some major revenge on the witch hunters, the ladies just enjoyed a mellow cup of booze tea and Marie Laveau admitted that this was the first time in a long time she'd felt powerless and that feeling was very embarrassing to her.

Because bad people turning friendly is one of my very favorite things that ever happens on a TV show, I obviously loved this scene so much. It was poignant as h*ck and filmed in one of those cool single-takes where we only saw Fiona in the mirror and whatnot. Basically we were only 30 seconds in and this episode was already high art.

And then the voodoo devil showed up to do coke and wake up Marie Laveau! Very typical behavior from the coke-snorting voodoo devil. That is honestly my main reason for not wanting to ever hang around the voodoo devil. Do NOT do coke and then wake me up. That is one of my main rules.

Oh and get this: The voodoo devil (whose name was probably Papa Legba but it was hard to tell because of how hard I was laughing anytime somebody said it out loud) was played by Lance Reddick from Lost and Fringe and this very fact just continued AHS' amazing streak of casting super respectable people (who don't really do comedy) for crazy comedic roles. I don't know what it is about seeing very serious dramatic actors do comedy, but they are usually the best SNL hosts and they also do the best job at playing voodoo practitioners on American Horror Story. I never in my life dreamed I'd get to see Lance Reddick in full-on voodoo devil garb snorting coke and stealing babies but just because you haven't dreamed a dream doesn't mean it won't come true.

Anyway, Papa Legba wanted something from Marie Laveau! So the next thing we knew she was at the hospital (their lightbulbs were already failing again, this hospital needs to fire its handymen for sure) and she was prowling around the newborn ICU with hungry eyes.

Haha we saw a bunch of new voodoo tricks and tactics in this episode. That blowing-powder-in-peoples'-faces one is the oldest trick in the voodoo book, I'm surprised we hadn't seen it yet. Anyway, so then Marie Laveau stole a baby. 

But Marie Laveau's voodoo errands didn't exactly go as planned! 

Two men showed up and tried to stop her. And then this happened:

That's right, Marie Laveau waggled her tongue at them and they shot each other! It was truly remarkable. Meanwhile baby was like, "Whaaaaat?"

No but for real, Marie Laveau said "shut up" to a baby. I don't know how this season will end but if it doesn't end with Marie Laveau running for president and winning I will be very disappointed. Marie Laveau gets it.

I also am not sure where Marie Laveau got all her outfits. Did she bring an overnight bag? Anyway, not important. The next morning she and Fiona and Cordelia finally put their heads together about what had gone down at the salon. Personally I had assumed that Queenie was still alive since we didn't get a definitive statement about that in the previous episode, but we didn't get one in this episode either. On the other hand, wouldn't Marie Laveau have known FOR SURE about who was still alive from the shoot-out, and if Queenie was still alive, wouldn't she have told Fiona and the others? But then again Marie Laveau is her own person and how dare I second-guess her. 

I really loved this part:

HAHAH Marie Laveau admitted she'd paid Cordelia's husband to murder them all and Fiona got SO MAD at Cordelia. Which, honestly, fair enough. Fiona said what we were all thinking: Cordelia was a dummy.

I liked this tiny moment when Marie Laveau sort of intervened in this tussle and helped Cordelia up and told Fiona to chill. You know things are going great in the coven when a frequently reprehensible voodoo woman is the voice of reason. 

So then we got into the main thing about this episode (and the rest of the season?): Just who the heck is the next supreme? I guess at this point everyone assumed it was Misty Day (LOL), so to reward her for this assumption Fiona arranged a visit from "the White Witch."

HAHAH OH boy. Part of me thought this whole cameo thing was kiiinda lame sorry, but it's true. Just so on-the-nose! Like, it was already funny that this show was implying that Stevie Nicks was a real witch, so to bring her in like this felt really jarring and obvious. But on the other hand, WOW. So fun. Stevie Nicks AS HERSELF singing both "Rhiannon" and "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You?" Sign me up. I would've preferred a full-on, bring-the-house down rendition of "Edge of Seventeen," sort of a centerpiece musical number like "The Name Game" last season, but oh well. I'll take what I can get.

Then Stevie Nicks gave Misty Day (LOL) one of her best shawls! Just a truly witchy moment. Also there was a bit where Madison, Zoe, and Nan came in and frowned at Stevie Nicks' old timey ways and Madison asked Fiona if she could get Eminem to come in next and Fiona replied "Marshall? You're not his type." A statement that was laced with just enough jealous glee that I have to assume Fiona has f**ked Eminem.

Anyway, then the remaining three students at the academy started bickering about which of them had the most powers (and might therefore become supreme) and Nan revealed that she could control peoples' minds.

I mean, yeah. This happened, this definitely happened. Nan almost forced Madison to shove a newly snuffed cigarette into her business. I'm telling you, Nan was a real rascal in this episode!

So yeah, at this point it became clear that suddenly EVERYBODY wanted to be supreme and now a battle was brewing. What was the old Alien vs. Predator tagline? Whoever wins we lose? This is like that but the opposite. 

Haha okay, so here we go. Fiona and Marie Laveau finally teamed up to take down the witch hunters. It involved a maze (painted white obvs), live mice and TONS of cash. I guess I always knew that witchcraft was difficult but I had no idea it was also VERY expensive.

Meanwhile Fiona was still super steamed at Cordelia for marrying a witch hunter and it was clear that a rift was forming between them:

Whoops! Hadn't Fiona learned her lesson about creating enemies out of your loved ones? Cordelia was getting told off right and left in this episode. She did kind of deserve it, but on the other hand, maybe don't create a blood feud with another witch? That's my tip of the day.

Anyway, the Witch Mission: Impossible scheme went off without a hitch! 

It was actually a very cool sequence, filmed in a very cool way, drawing a parallel between mice in a maze and also federal agents invading the witch hunter headquarters and stealing all their paperwork. I am not sure if that's a metaphor or whatever, but who cares. It worked immediately. The company lost all their money! The main dude immediately knew witches were behind it and he vowed to get even, but still. It seemed like the witch hunters were taken down super easily. Better luck next time you buncha goons.

Then Fiona collapsed because oh yeah, she's still dying. Classic Fiona!

So then here was another thing I forgot about over the holidays: Patti LuPone murdered her very attractive son! I only remembered this when Nan and Zoe showed up to bring him a single white balloon and the nurse had bad news.

I was so sad. But then I remembered that people on this show never die, and Nan remembered that too. She didn't even seem bummed at all, it was more a matter of finding that body (that body!) and letting Misty Day (LOL) do her thing.

I liked this part where Marie Laveau tried to nurse Fiona back to health using voodoo and, I don't know, pot smoke? She was really mean about it ("I'm not done with you yet") but I still felt very heartwarmed. 

That's when Fiona finally asked about how Marie Laveau came to be immortal. And we got answers! It turned out that Marie Laveau was 300 years old and she'd become super powerful at voodoo and asked Papa Legba for eternal youth and Papa Legba was like, "Yeah totes" BUT there were strings attached. 

So yeah, I guess Marie Laveau had had a baby once and Papa Legba totally jacked it. And now every year since then she owes him an innocent soul. I guess that partly explains Marie Laveau's 'tude, but I would argue she was also just born amazing.

I'm frankly shocked we hadn't gotten a full-on unbroken pan shot of a jazz funeral before this episode, but now we have! But the punchline was the best: Just two wobbly legged white witches eating barbecue and gossiping at the back of the line. What a weird combination Madison and Misty Day (LOL) were! Ever since we'd heard Madison declare war on Misty Day (LOL) we knew she was up to no good, but her plan ended up being even more hilarious than I expected!

First she woke up the dead guy:

And there you have it! Madison knocked Misty Day (LOL) in the head with a brick, pushed her into a casket, stole Stevie Nicks' shawl, and ordered the casket to be sealed in a grave. A perfect plan executed with utmost precision. Obviously Misty Day (LOL) will be back for a reckoning, but this scene was so hilarious that Madison definitely deserves her momentary victory.

But with every victory there is loss. And in the case of Nan, she discovered that she couldn't resurrect the cute boy next door because he had been CREMATED.

I mean, obviously Patti LuPone was very evil and terrible, so it was hard to feel too bad for her when Nan made her do this:

Meanwhile Zoe was pinned to a door just kind of half-heartedly trying to stop things. But please, nobody wanted to stop Patti LuPone from drinking bleach. Not after what she did to that sweet boy and his poor, poor butt!

This was one of those classic AHS scenes where you're just like, "I have no idea what is going on here and I hope it lasts forever." Myrtle was just playing her theremin in the garden room (?) and Cordelia was super sick of it and Myrtle told her to stop "being a hater." And then Myrtle REALLY ripped Cordelia a new one.

Hahaha ever since Myrtle came back from the dead she has not had a single f*ck to give, so in this case she basically told Cordelia to stop complaining about being useless because she just IS useless deal w/it. Obviously this made Cordelia so mad that she started throwing flower pots on the ground and crying, which in my opinion is not the best way to prove that you're good at life. But the takeaway for me was that this was what she needed to get her act together and finally throw her hat into the ring to be supreme. Right? I don't know. I miss Blind Cordelia, that character had a lot more pizzazz.

Speaking of pizzazz, Fiona was upstairs cutting lines of pizzazz in order to lure Papa Legba into her boudoir.

And it worked! He showed right up and started scraping up that coke with his coke nails. But when Fiona tried to cut a deal with him he informed her that it wasn't going to work out.

Fiona didn't have a soul! Whoops, that was quite an oversight. Where'd your soul go, Fiona? Did it slip between the couch cushions? Where did you last see it? Retrace your steps. Anyway, Fiona would not be making a deal with the voodoo devil this day.

Just when it looked like Fiona would be super bummed for the rest of the day, her boo showed up to say 'Boo'. Because he's a ghost.

And that's when Fiona had an A-HA! moment.

Haha yep, that's her new plan! The only way she can stave off aging is to murder everybody around her from now on. Just kill all the witches. It is a good and perfect plan and it'll probably go really well. 

The next day Nan found a baby in the closet.

It was Marie Laveau's baby obviously, and she proved it by saying "check the skin tone." I know it's pretty difficult for a TV show to be nominated for an Oscar, but when the nominations are announced I hope Angela Bassett gets one for this show. She is doing everything right now. I heard that in all the acting classes everywhere the teachers just put on tapes of this show and sit quietly while the students LEARN. Angela Bassett is creating a better future is what I'm trying to say.


Anyway, she got the baby back from Nan and it seemed like her heart had softened toward the child, so she openly wished she could keep the baby and give Papa Legba some other "innocent soul."

OMG they drowned Nan! Nan probably should've known this would happen, but still. Farewell, Nan! Go find your hunk in voodoo hell. Because OH YEAH, she went to voodoo hell.

Man, was this crazy. First of all, just the sight of Jessica Lange and Angela Bassett teaming up to drown a woman with Down Syndrome was really something else. But then the voodoo devil shows up and leads her to voodoo hell? In my opinion this is a strange show, but then again, so is life.

Oh, and the whole time that was going on, Stevie Nicks was just chilling downstairs. WHAT was she doing? Probably looking up Lindsey Buckingham on Facebook or something. Oh, also singing Stevie Nicks songs on the piano, obviously.

The song was a very good and poignant rendition of "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You?" and I think we were meant to believe that Fiona has felt neglected in her life because nobody loves her or something. But then again she had just murdered a really nice person in cold blood and is rotten to her very core, but still. The sight of her just weeping on that fainting couch was extremely moving to me. I can't believe Jessica Lange only has one more season left in her. She is so good even in these tiny moments when she is overshadowed by on-the-nose cameos. So good.

"The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks" was a series highlight, trust me. It is one of the classics. It thinned out some subplots, it reduced the character roster, it galvanized everybody's motives, it introduced a voodoo devil, it featured Angela Bassett doing a voodoo tongue-wag scream, and also it featured Stevie Nicks as herself as a witch. That is some A+ with extra credit gold star work from American Horror Story. And most of it has happened to me for real! I'll explain later.

BYE


QUESTIONS

... Your current pick for next supreme?

... Will Fiona and Marie Laveau be best friends forever?

... How do you think Madame LaLaurie spent her day?

... But seriously, that baby needed to shut up, right?


Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 1/13/2016

Season 5 : Episode 12

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"Misty Day(LOL)"' gets me everytime! Hahaha
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"The voodoo devil was played by Lance Reddick"

Jessica Lange, check. Frances Conroy, check. Angela Basset, check. Is it wrong to suggest that Lance Reddick could also qualify for national treasure status...or is this a girls parts only club? If it's open to all, then I must insist that Riddick's portrayl of a coke snorting high voodoo priest, Papa Legba, qualify him for consideration.

"I don't know how this season will end but if it doesn't end with Marie Laveau running for president and winning I will be very disappointed. Marie Laveau gets it."

She'll get my vote.

"I would've preferred a full-on, bring-the-house down rendition of "Edge of Seventeen," sort of a centerpiece musical number like "The Name Game" last season, but oh well. I'll take what I can get."

Which is for the best. That performance last season was so fantastic, that if you were to take that AND add Stevie Nicks as herself, the universe might collapse upon itself due to an overload of awesomeness.

"Nan almost forced Madison to shove a newly snuffed cigarette into her business."

Another senstance I'm going to presume nobody would have ever imagined. This show!

"It turned out that Marie Laveau was 300 years old"

Further evidence that indeed, black don't crack!

"First of all, just the sight of Jessica Lange and Angela Bassett teaming up to drown a woman with Down Syndrome was really something else. But then the voodoo devil shows up and leads her to voodoo hell?"

Again, this show!
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i love these recaps almost as much as i love this show... keep 'em comin' "Misty Day (LOL)" always make me laugh out loud for real.
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I love these recaps!
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I've said it before, I'll say it again - These recaps?! Life-giving. LUVS!

The sign of a really good ep is sitting in disbelief when it's over because 'What? It's been an HOUR? No way.' That was this ep for me. Also, Lange and Bassett FTW all day er'day. It's like they know they're the sh*t, and shame on us mere mortals for only now figuring it out. All kudos aside, I don't trust Marie Laveau as far as I can throw her, and I can't throw her. She's playing nice now, but she will shank a b*tch. Fiona'd better not drop the soap is all I'm saying.

Zoe = Next Supreme (and where is Kit, y'all?!)
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First off I love these reviews nearly as much as I love the show itself.

Also, this episode was crazy good. The one thing thats bugging me though, is Fiona has been such a flip flopper this season in terms of finding and killing the next supreme, and protecting this coven. If she plans on killing them off one by one, what will she be the supreme of? That part just doesn't make much sense to me.

I'm thinking that Cordelia is going to sacrifice herself in some sort of spell that will either protect the remaining members of the Coven from being murdered by a witch, or a spell that will make someone stronger.
I'll miss Nan, she was my number 1 pick for next supreme. I assume she wont be able to be brought back due to going with Papa Legba. Did that creep anyone else out?

So another alternate Broyles huh? That was friggin awesome.

Oh, and Zoe's probably the next supreme.
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It looks like a missed a faboo episode.
Hopefully I won't be so exhausted from work to watch this Wednesday.
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i will confess: i had to fast foward the steve nicks singing parts...
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YES. God I can't believe how bad this episode was. The show is called American HORROR Story. Minus the Voodoo devil and the intro, it didn't feel at all like what the show is supposed to be.
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the horror was right there! thats why i fast foward it !
but yeah i know what you mean, thats what i thought the entire episode. this season started great and then went down very fast
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if your a fan of Amer Horror Story then you know the storytelling, although crazy as hell, is pretty straight forward. They end with who they begin with.Its like one long movie..They started asylum with the focus on the reporter chick(cordelia) and the story ended up bein abt her journey. So No, Zoe wont be a surprise but thats your eyes into the house, so guess who's probably supreme
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i think i speak for everybody on this message board who truly "gets" this show..we dont care about you not "liking" this season..this show is bananas..its just not for you..im sick of these "new" AMERICAN HORROR STORY fans. can you do everybody a favor and just sit back and enjoy the show..
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Wow, what an episode!

The voodoo devil was just plain scary and creepy!

I outright cringed at the part where Nan forced Luke's mom to drink bleach; I was like "DAMN!"

And poor Nan.

Things are really getting interesting on this show.
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Price, you totally captured my sentiments on this episode (and every week really): "I don't know what the hell I'd going on here, but I hope it lasts forever".
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At the moment, I feel like Zoe will end up being the next Supreme, since she's the only one who wasn't going after anyone else in this episode. I really did enjoy this episode, although I was interested in the whereabouts of Kyle, Delphine, and Queenie. I don't think Queenie is dead for real. I'm sure Marie/the police would have come across Delphine's living head on the table upstairs, so my current theory is that Queenie is still alive and hiding with Delphine somewhere. As for why she didn't return to the house, my theory is that she must have recognized Hank as Cordelia's husband, and figured she might not be safe there. Who knows.

I guess Madison's theory is that Misty Day will just come back to life exactly where she is, thus trapping her for eternity. Do we know if that's the case? I'm under the assumption that she comes back somewhere else, but so much has happened that I can't even remember anymore.

It's safe to say that this season has taken more unexpected turns than either of the first two, and at this rate, it could still be anyone's game.
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Who else thought of the goat in South Park?
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Price Peterson your comment was/is impeccable!!!!!

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- Vote Marie Laveau for next supreme.
- they will be bf in voodoo hell.
- hel yeah baby needed to shot up!

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"was played by Lance Reddick from Lost and Fringe"

...Well, I do love those shows, but no love for The Wire? Travesty!
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As every episode this was a great one...
Marie and Fionna working together and Marie even helping Caroline after she got slapped by Fionna.
Nan was awesome this episode...how she made the mother drink it and Zoe against the door pinned. How she almost made Madison put a cigarette in her pussy...awesome!!!
Wonder what the Witchhunters are going to do now, now they have lost all ther sources...
Wonder if Marie is going to keep the baby, now they have drowned NAN! Unbelievable that she is dead. I was really suprised. With her powers, she should have seen that coming right...???
Madison and Misty....that was really funny...wonder if the dead walking guy is still wondering around at the cemetary, wondering how he is still alive..
Wonder also what the Head is doing and if Queeni is going to come back or not..
Fionna is going to kill all the members of the coven....that is going to be awesome...!!
Just loving this season so much...the moment i have watched the finale episode of the season i am for sure going to watch the whole season at once again!!
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LOL Myrt....what are your options when yours mothers hilary clinton!!!!
youve got a lovely personality and your always well groomed!!!
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dam! Philip Broyles had one hell of a makeover. Man! Nan was starting to become a badass!!! and favorite line this episode "I don't give a wet donkey shit about your title."
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I had high expectations for episode 10 because not only did we suffer a little break (Christmas is such an inconvenience) but episode 10 is always a cracker and always features at least one death (Violet in Season 1 - she had died earlier but we didn't know and Arden and Devil Eunice in season 2). Well it did not disappoint!

Maddison was amazeballs with her Eminem line and "it's clear I was destined to be reborn like our lord and saviour". Stay the F away from Lily Rabe though bitch. On the other hand, I think Fiona became a lot less likable very quickly. She was too harsh on Cordelia and drowned poor ol' Nan? That's the point of no return for me, Fiona needs to die. Jessica Lange is my favourite out of the whole cast though and amazing acting as usual.

Can't wait to see where LaLaurie is. Something tells me Laveau did not leave her to explain to the police how she's so chatty without a bod
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My favorite gal Madison was on fire in this episode and i loved it.
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Price.

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How'd the last word disappear? I love you
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Baba Legba is Voodoo's St. Peter. You all may now continue ripping the show a new one, which I don't understand. So many people saying it doesn't track, but neither did the first 2 seasons... then it all came together. Anyone see a pattern here. Btw, I love you
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This show is just straight up insane on every level!
Btw, this show is a weekly ritual for me and my 64 year old mother, who is obsessed with these characters. This is the only show she'll sit down and watch. Lol I get it Price, it truly is like real life! ;)
p.s. Voodoo Broyles was awesome!
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OMG what if they're all Supremes?
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OMG what if you're the supreme!
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Stop....in the name of love.
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They ARE all supreme. ;-)
That's why we love watching.
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The Stevie Nicks stuff was okay as well, but definitely not the highlight of the episode for me, which is weird because her name is in the title...
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oh my god, this episode was so ridiculous and insane it was fantastic!

I loved the whole Madison and Misty thing. I also loved Fiona and Marie working together and the Voodoo devil. Epic! The camera work for many of the sequences were amazing as well, especially during the maze scene and when Fiona summoned Papa Legba using the cocaine. Also that Cordelia and Mrtyle scene was exquisite.

The only things I didn't love about this episode was that there was no Kyle and they didn't say anything about where he was. At least tell us he's off doing something, but no. I also didn't like what they did with Nan...her storyline was just getting good then they kill her--I wish they either made Nan go dark and stay alive so we could see more of it, or see her be killed in a more...idk dramatic way. Drowning Nan just seemed a little ridiculous, especially considering Fiona and Marie are badass witches.
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Still think Zoe is the next Supreme and where was Kyle the whole episode?
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Since a supreme can't have any physical abnormalities (Pre-dead Madison's heart murmur stopped her from having a chance). So it would seem Nan's genetic disorder stop her chances as well.
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I've been singing that tune ever since people first mentioned her as a candidate.
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HAHA, I LIVE for these reviews!! Price, you're a genius.
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I think Myrtle was giving us some foreshadowing when she was telling Cordelia to buck up. So if Cordelia gets her rage on and her 'tude back--whether blind or not--then I could see her becoming the next Supreme.

Nan's demise totally caught me off guard. I don't think she'll be making corporeal return--her going off with Pappa Voodoo seemed to have an air of finality to it in my opinion. But at least we go to see her power up a bit before she met her untimely end. And that's too bad--it would have been interesting to see Nan as the (mostly) kinder and gentler Supreme.

The blindsiding of Misty Day (LOL) did not surprise me, but I suspect she is not down for the count and I predict she will manage a return amongst the living.

There needs to be a Madame Marie Channel--I would so watch that! Like 23/6 (hey, a dude's gotta have some down time for other pursuits).
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I think Nan will be coming back. After having learned a few new tricks from Papa Legba.
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Unfortunately Murphy confirmed that Nan's involvement wrapped up along with the Ramsey's.
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Thanks for the spoiler :-(
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The interview is quite public. You're welcome for bringing an end to a futile expectation. ;)
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Mamas had a hard day....LOL best line ever!!!
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Oh yes, and also...... Pepper from season 2 is the next Supreme.

Or the aliens. Bank it.

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Okay, when Marie LeVeau did her screaming tongue-wagging at the security guards, was anybody else thinking "VooDoo Xena!" ? Seriously, she went "LALALALALALALALA!!!!" just like Xena used to do to assorted Olympus gods, and probably occasionally a minotaur. Though I don't recall her ever masturbating at one, so score 1 for AHS over Xena. Moving on....

I also thought that whatever Madison did to the guy at the graveyard, he wasn't REALLY resurrected. He was just kinda stumbling around and there didn't seem to be a ton of awareness or intelligence there. When Misty Day brings people back, they're back for real. This struck me as Madison trying to impress and intimidate Misty, yet lacking the true power of resurrection, this being more like some witch-animated-a-corpse parlor trick. But Misty is too naive and simple to realize that, so she was impressed anyway. I could be wrong, but it seemed like the scene either wanted us to get that, or else it had a very strange idea about what a guy waking up from the dead would be doing. And in other episodes, resurrected folks are all like "Hey.....so...uh....WTF is going on? Wasn't I dead just now?" This guy in the cemetery was just like *silence* *random wandering*

Also, Price, I get how you could say Stevie as herself borders on ridiculous, but I have to say, they pulled it off and made it more along the lines of "Awesome" instead. I mean, dood.....STEVIE EFFING NICKS....not only guest starring, but parodying herself, and in a way that makes sense of the plot. Back when Misty Day showed us her love for Stevie, never did I think that the show would have Stevie on it. As herself. Just go think about how awesome that is for a minute.
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Yeah, even Fiona had to work a lot of magic to resurrect that baby a few episodes back. Madison simply waving her hand was hopefully a ruse...and the show doesn't just glaze over it.
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Wait what? I thought the guy wasn't dead and he's simply being mind controlled to pretend to be. Like Fiona taught Maddison before.

Wasn't this whole thing just a rouse to trap Misty?
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I thought the same thing about Madison's 'resurrection'. That man didn't seem all there. But regardless of whether or not Madison's powers actually work as good as Misty's, Madison sure managed to pull one over her.
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Wow. Great review, even better episode. AHS just gets it. They get it all.
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I'd say, the way that things are going, Cordelia could be the next supreme.
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players only love you when they're playin...
Sound advice Misty...shoulda listened.
Great episode, but poor Nan. I'll miss ya terribly.
Hope Lange truly is a fine actress. The couch scene would touch you is you had never even seen the show, and just walked in to see her there. Powerful.
I thought the tongue wag that makes men shoot people (or themselves) was a talent most women have. Been given the stink eye, but never the white eye.
Voodoo coke snorting Broyles was an awesome addition. Keep him on! On that tip, John Noble should be in this cast. Would have been a better Axe Man.
Best thing this episode...the funeral procession. Like a slo-mo line dance to sad jazz, with two hotties pulling up the rear. Funny as hell.
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How the frack did nobody correct me about Jessica Lange's name, lol.
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You may have been confusing that other terrifying TV show starring Hope Lange, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir"
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I imagine Rex Harrison looks pretty bad right about now.
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Blind Cordelia was awesome she had atittude and the power to see inside people's minds! and the Cordelia now is such a victim so boriiing please show make her awesome again!
Marie Laveau and Fiona won't last long as best pals I mean I want that to happen but I don't see it happening.
Madame Lalaurie is having a nice time trying to connect her head with her body (I just imagined her head rolling and bumping to walls... disturbing and funny)
Crying babies always need to shut up but never do *sigh*
I want Blind Cordelia to be next supreme ... so I want her to be blind again ... mmm is that bad? I mean this show is so weird that anything can happen
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...Zoe
...Doubt it
...Plotting how to kill the baby
...Absolutely
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I'm still not getting the whole "inherit the Supreme" thing. We've been told that witches only have one power, until one of them starts manifesting as the Supreme and getting new powers (and draining the life/health/whatever from the old one). Then the old one dies and the new one becomes Supreme.

But now it seems like a "Everybody's getting multiple powers and every potential witch can be the Supreme until there's only one left and she inherits the position/power" setup. That wasn't how it worked in the past, was it? Or otherwise there'd only be one witch in a generation. Also, there must be more witches somewhere, right? Why isn't Myrtle getting new powers and in running for the Supreme? Aren't there any other female Council witches? Any other female witches anywhere else? Is it a proximity thing or what?
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At the beginning of the season they say that all witches can have multiple powers, but the supreme has pretty much every power and can perform the seven wonders.
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Fiona cannot resurrect people or hear thoughts - it is all a bit confusing.
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Hence the "pretty much" cuz that confused me too. I assume that maybe theres a few powers that only come along once in a great while, i.e the resurrection thing, thats why Fiona thinks that Mistys a bfd.
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What is odd is that Misty clearly isn't in the same age group as the rest of the girls, so it brings a question to the whole once a generation thing.

Anyhow, to answer your original question, I don't think they get new powers as simply evolving their existing ones. Think of it similar to Charmed.

Nan had telepahty so the distance between reading thougts and planting thoughts isn't that far off. Madison could move objects, so to accelerate particles and create fire isn't that far off either (I'm talking general sci-fi physics, not actual physics)

I think what Finoa was basically saying is that she no longer has any idea who the next supreme is. So if she can't target a specific person, she just thinks she'll wipe them all out to hedge her bets.

As for the supreme issue, I mean it just seems too obvious that Zoe is the supreme. Everything started to happen after she began manifesting and made it to the house. Plus she is the only one who doesn't want it or try out her powers to see if she can do more.

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Agree, it's obvious who the next supreme is. The girl from the first season (Pepper?) She seems to be the only one not obsessed with being supreme. And when Mumbo tried to telepathically kill them Pepper stopped her. She fell to the floor and said something like "they have some real power over there".
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Pepper was from season 2 and someone else entirely. You're thinking of Zoe (season 3) who also played Violet (season 1)
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We have been told that they start with one power and they develop more later on, but the supreme is the one with the most powers. I think there was a reference at the beginning to a number of 3-4 for regular withes and 7 for the supreme, but I haven't heard of it for a while.
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In the first episode we're told that most witches only have one power. However, there are a few who grow to possess multiple but only the Supreme holds them all. At least that's how I remember it... correct me if I'm wrong.
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That's kind of what I thought, but it seems convenient that they're all manifesting multiple powers, and Fiona wants to kill them all. It doesn't seem like that would have worked well in the past...
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they also (sort of) explained that Supremes were groomed and they know their place as leader of the Coven and do what's right for all the witches. Fiona has been the only Supreme who has neglected her duties and looks out for only herself. We're told a good witch can hold 3-4 powers. Myrtle was never really a good/powerful witch, so she joined the council to obtain some sort of power. Whereas Madison's powers were growing before she was offed and perhaps that's why they are still growing. Though, I find her power of resurrection hinky. Perhaps she sort of siphoned that from Misty while she was being resurrected from her own death. There are less witches in the present world perhaps magic itself is fighting its own death so there's more of it to spread around to the few now?
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I thought Maddison's resurection power was a fraud, just meant to trap Misty by surprise.
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And I had no idea who Stevie Nicks was and even that "Stevie" was a woman's name. Actually only halfway through the episode I realized this Stevie Nicks must be a real singer. So, obviously that whole story line didn't work very well for me.
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While Fleetwood Mac is a fairly well known band they haven't done much since the early 90's, and I'd say the keep of their success was sometime in the 80's. So it's completely understandable for some younger viewers, or even just viewers who like horror and are therefore seen to like a different kind of music, not to have heard for them. I imagine this episode would have been very strange for someone who didn't know who Stevie Nicks was.
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'Fleetwood Mac' is touring this summer and ticket sales have been so successful they keep adding shows. These members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame aren't just some little act. Please don't disrespect Mick's band. )
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I didn't mean any disrespect, I was only commenting on the fact that I would find it completely understandable if someone watching this episode of American Horror Story had no idea who Stevie or Fleetwood Mac are.
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Just for the record, I'm not a young viewer, but I live in Brazil.
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And there's that, too!
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Such an awesome episode and like price said seeing Angella Bassett and Jessica Lange speaking to a voodoo devil is priceless. Especially when Angella Bassett asks him to "be a sport" after asking him to take Nan since she's innocent..sort of. Love that scene!
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just had a revelation. writer's somehow made me forget that Zoe could be the Supreme and now I think she is. ;) my prediction.
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Price, you rock. Seriously. awesome review as usual :) and you're an inspiration for my own reviews.

stevie nicks and papa shango in one episode, need I say more: http://mikeydislikesit.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/american-horror-story-coven-the-magical-delights-of-stevie-nicks-review/
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Who ever is gonna be the next supreme is gonna be the last one standing.
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Its hard to find one good thing to say about an episode of television when absolutely every batsh!t crazy thing that happened in that episode worked to perfection. And they did it all in an hour. I would pick Madison because she's awesome. They are actually coming around to Fiona going after this young woman she already killed and its gonna be awesome once again. Going from the just right Stevie Nicks appearance. Stevie was perfect and just in time to remind everyone - guess whose touring this summer? I think Lindsey was somewhere in the room on the second one. I am getting tickets.
And the cameos from the two 'Oz' vets. Lance Reddick just rules. You want to see him in something funny I'ts Always Sunny in Philadelphia' episode 'Frank's Brother' He's his usual awesome self. And Patti LuPone - this show had you and misused you but you went out deserving it. And then Francis Conroy shows up.... But still the best was no nonsense Madison. Why wouldn't she go directly towards the prize - bitch slit her throat to stop her and she hasn't gone anywhere. Nan would have been awesome because she figured out how she could just take it from everyone else but she had to pay something for killing a legend like Patty LuPone. but then we never get to see her strolling off to voodoo hell with Lance Reddick's whatshisname coke snorting soul collector and I'd be all about having a show with them about voodoo hell.

If this year could spin into 2 I would be very pleased. We didn't even get a minute with zombie boyfriend (Congrats to zombie boyfriend and Madison) or the other immortal who just wants to die. This season will be impossible to surpass, why does it have to end? How can you end something that's working so well? I realize it has to end but damn this one is just too good. Madison has the heart to heart with Misty Day who's is at this time so full of herself - I love Lily Rabe this season - and Madison steals her act, knocks her the f' out, kicks her into the empty casket after getting no gratitude from dude she got out of it and pulls a Nan and has the boys just continue doing their job, and then twirls around with Stevie's shawl. Madison wins. And the whole scene started at the end of a Second Line on a street in 'New Orleans' where it looked like flood relief did a great job destroying the character and history of those neighborhoods - but this a'int 'Treme'. But I'm going on forever and we all know the next supreme is going to be the quiet one with the killer vag... 'em Zoe. Zombie boyfriend still hasn't had his monumental earth shattering mom - wait a second hes had several but every character needs an encore' and I refuse to believe we've seen the biggest moment from 'Norma Bates' sister. Also loving Danny Huston - it must have been therapeutic after 'Starz' put the bullet into 'Magic City' as it was hitting its stride. I can't go on forever but I wish this season would. Francis Conroy just too much to love. And I haven't even mentioned the best two because as awesome as they were I'd continue going on forever and just Jessica Lange and Angela Bassett - why did they wait so long? Whomever the casting director was this season deserves a medal. I'll stop.
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I didn´t like this episode very much, really...I found it boring, I liked to see Papa...but the rest of it... but I don´t like Marie very much, I know people love her, but I I prefered when she was only a few minutes in the show, I prefer the girls
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Queenie is the next supreme. Rule of TV: No body, no death.
She is still alive but no one knows... Fiona will kill everyone, but will not get better, and then Queenie will appear. She will become the next supreme and since she is both a witch and voodoo, she will forever end the war between them...
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