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American Horror Story S03E08: "The Sacred Taking"

Happy post-Thanksgiving! How was your long weekend? Like most of you I spent Thanksgiving all by myself in a Travelodge by the interstate. Which Travelodge did you stay in? Was your Travelodge also by an interstate, or maybe was it beneath an overpass or perhaps just on an empty field over an Indian burial ground? Was your Travelodge also downwind from one million cow butts like mine was? Did you attempt to eat Thanksgiving dinner by yourself at a Burger King across the driveway only to be met with the cruel, hostile stares of Burger King employees forced to work on Thanksgiving evening at a Burger King by the interstate? Yep, I had just a classic Thanksgiving in other words. But despite certain things not going the way I'd planned, none of those things could compare to the absolute agony of not having a new episode of American Horror Story last week. THAT was the hardship, THAT was the Thanksgiving-ruiner. People throw the term "TV junkie" around like it's a joke but I am here to tell you it is NO JOKE. I was getting night sweats, bad dreams, dead babies were all over the ceiling. I was in a bad way, and all because my eyes had gone too long without seeing Angela Bassett giving somebody the side-eye.

But that terrifying ordeal is now over because hey look! This week American Horror Story returned with "The Sacred Taking," just a tremendously entertaining episode. Let's talk about it!

This was another Alfonso Gomez-Rejon joint (written by Ryan Murphy!) so what that meant was the episode began with a truly insane, dizzying crane shot of Gabourey Sidibe moseying under an overpass eyeballing homeless dudes. Honestly just that image alone reminded me of how special this show truly is.

Zoe and Madison showed up just in time to see Queenie murdering a hobo with a 2x4. They were curious as to why Queenie hadn't been home lately, and Queenie informed them she was now besties with Marie Laveau and super into voodoo now too. I once had a friend in junior high inform me he no longer enjoyed R&B and intended to go hang out with the skater kids instead from then on so I really related to this scene. Teens!

Here is a shot of Queenie ripping a man's heart out, filmed to appear as though the camera was inside his ribcage. Are you paying attention, Emmy voters?

So yeah, Queenie was NOT coming back to the coven, especially not since Marie Laveau had promised to use voodoo on her to increase her powers. (That's what the dead hobo's "dark heart" was for.) There was honestly not much Zoe or Madison could have possibly said at that point. I mean, if somebody offered to increase MY powers via dark magic I would probably say yes. Just kidding I have no powers or talents or skills. But I DO like voodoo, if anybody has any ideas.

Meanwhile back at the white house Fiona was looking into a mirror and doing a voiceover about dying. I liked this one split-screen flashback of Cordelia telling Fiona to die before Thanksgiving so that she wouldn't make her nasty-ass stuffing again. HaHA I'm starting to get the impression that Ryan Murphy loves a catty one-liner, what do you think?

But yeah, and I don't mean for this recap to become controversial, like me standing on a soapbox or whatever just jamming all my beliefs down your throat, but cancer does not seem like a good situation to me. Just wanted to put that out there. Again, sorry to stress everybody out with my beliefs but I just think cancer is a bad thing in general. Poor Fiona.

Um, then THIS scene happened.

The hunk next door was having his axe wound tended to and his religious mother was angry because of the witches and the zombie attack and Nobama or whatever.

UMMMMMM. Ryan Murphy, can we speak in private for a minute?

GUYS. I am fairly sure this lady mixed up Comet and hot water and forced her hunky son to squirt it all up his butt. Again, I can't be sure because this show is very artful and understated and cryptic. But if I were a betting man I would guess that that's what happened here. Just a cleansing, purifying enema with powdered bleach. In Santa Monica that's called a Tuesday appointment. But in the context of this show I'd say it was weird and unsavory. This show sure does love to harm a hunk! Poor guy.

Meanwhile back in the white house, the witches started conspiring to legit murder Fiona. It seemed like everybody wanted a whack at her! But their scheming was interrupted when the doorbell rang!

At the door was a filthy-footed wench-witch yammering about her issues.

In a highly, highly amusing flashback, we saw that Misty Day (LOL) had been awakened by a freshly-sprouted Myrtle who'd arrived to report that there was a hooded figure in the nearby swamp loading a shotgun. That was a VERY helpful tip in my opinion, because within seconds he busted through the door and destroyed a perfectly nice duvet.

Fortunately Misty Day (LOL) and Myrtle had fled in time! It was unclear if Misty Day (LOL) had rescued her remaining Stevie Nicks 8-track cartridges but probably.

Also I loved when Cordelia grabbed Misty's hand and saw how she'd been burned alive and then came back to life.

Honestly, what I wouldn't give to just emerge from brackish swamp water looking so fresh and clean and rejuvenated. Usually I emerge from brackish swamp water with a foul odor and a bad attitude. (WHO keeps throwing me in anyway? DM me)

But yeah: It looked like the coven had a new honorary member! And she brought a bud.

Haha oh, Myrtle. I loved that she was forced to chill in the shed until Misty had gotten permission. I also loved her joke about buying North Korean hair extensions in bulk. I also just love everything about this show in general, is it okay to say that on the internet? To give positive, sincere, unqualified praise? That is what I am doing now and it feels great BUT RISKY.

Meanwhile Kyle was on a laptop using his Speak 'n Spell app trying to learn English when Madison came in and suggested he watch more porn and Zoe was like no way dude. How weird, I thought a three-way romance between two undead teens and a lady with a poison vagina would end up going great, but it's starting to look like there's trouble in paradise.

So then the witches decided it was time to finally take Fiona down. They put on their Spanish Virgin Mary widow costumes and held hands and breathed in each other's mouths and watched a PowerPoint presentation about Salem. They were doing something called "The Sacred Taking" which I guess is a way for a coven to hasten the process of transferring a supreme's power to the new one. I'm not sure what exactly this first part of the ritual did, but it definitely did make everyone bicker about who the next supreme would be. (At this point they all felt Misty Day might be, but the rest of the girls were throwing around so much shade about it.)

But whatever, the whole thing was useless if the current supreme didn't commit suicide, so that was the next part of the plan.

It began with Madison prancing around Fiona's room like a gauzy ghost tramp just generally trying to f*ck with Fiona's brain.

Then Myrtle showed up and started telling Fiona that the remainder of her life was only going to be filled with pain and tubes and axe murderers losing their boners for her.

Yikes, Fiona did not look great in those hypothetical flash-forwards!

For a minute it appeared that Myrtle's power of persuasion might've actually worked! Suddenly Fiona was eyeballing those sleeping pills like they were white Skittles.

Meanwhile Nan got mad at the other witches for saying she couldn't be supreme, so she ran next door to find her favorite sparkling clean-butted hunk, and as she did so, Cordelia's awful husband the witch hunter sat in his car looking like a CREEP.

But Nan did not notice the witch hunter, she was too busy looking for a hunk, which is fair. And she found him! All tied up in the closet. I'm starting to think that maybe he does not have the best mother but who am I to judge.

Later on, Fiona was putting on her makeup ("preparing the corpse" as Myrtle put it) and her best fur coat and making an eloquent speech about finally hanging it up or whatever. Uh oh! It was suicide time!

But only seconds after Fiona laid down her weary head (and Myrtle stole all her jewelry), a stringy-haired ghost showed up and set her straight.

Spalding! Now that he was a ghost he was able to spy on everybody, and that means that in addition to watching everybody pee he could also hear their schemes. In this case he was able to tell Fiona that the women had been messing with her and she needed to fight back. That was all Fiona needed to hear to swallow the puke-syrup!

Honestly I was very glad Fiona didn't go and die in Episode 8. I mean obviously there was never at any time a threat of Fiona dying in Episode 8, but I was still relieved. She still had work to do!

Meanwhile in the back of Marie Laveau's salon, Marie Laveau got mad at Queenie for giving Delphine a cheeseburger, so she did this:

HAHAHA. Sorry, I know having a hand chopped off is a very sad and serious situation usually but I laughed so hard at this. Especially when Marie Laveau tossed it over her shoulder like junk. So good.

Meanwhile, Nan just could NOT catch a break.

Whoa this lady was not happy. Part of me was sympathetic to her concerns, seeing as her son had nearly been murdered by an axe-wielding zombie. But on the other hand, be more chill? It's kind of hard to take somebody seriously when they are yammering on and on about evil and sin and then shoving bleach up people's butts and locking them in a closet. How does this guy not have ESP powers yet? Like a hunky Carrie. OMG I just thought of a really good idea for a movie. It's... Whoops I just forgot it.

And then the mom got shot to death! Cordelia's husband was outside just spraying the house with bullets, which in my opinion is not very good witch hunting. Only Nan was a witch. Unless, in addition to being a witch hunter, he was also a b*tch hunter? Just kidding, I don't like that word, that was just a cheap joke and I feel rotten about it. Anyway, religious lady died and then so did her son when he tried to save Nan!

NOW I was mad. This guy had been through so much, just so, so much. Ryan Murphy, you scoundrel.

Nan was VERY bummed, especially because she'd been hoping she was the next supreme and should therefore have the power of resurgence but she didn't. (Although, did you notice that she opened the front door without touching it? That was a new power right?) I felt very bad for Nan here.

Meanwhile next door the rest of the witches were waiting for Fiona to die and speculating on which one of them would start to feel a spark ("in their cooch" as Myrtle put it).

But NOPE. Fiona was NOT dead, not even close. She just waltzed in there with her turban and lit a cigarette with her brain and told everybody off. That's when they all noticed that Misty Day (LOL) had disappeared.

She'd already gone to the shooting scene next door and had, apparently, resurrected the hunk. (PHEW!) But Fiona still wanted evidence that Misty Day (LOL) could bring folks back to life (probably because Fiona needs to know who to kill next), and Misty ended up demonstrating on the person least deserving of it.

Oh man was this funny. After dramatically bringing a dead woman back to life, Misty slumped onto the ground beside her, evidently exhausted and Fiona just ROLLED HER EYES. For the first time ever, a character on this show behaved cattily. But dang was it funny.

Outside Cordelia was blindly pawing around at some hedges, as blind people do, and she found a spent bullet and immediately knew something was up.

Oh, and then this happened and was heartbreaking:

SMILING/FROWNING so much. Well, it was actually extremely heartwarming and moving when Kyle managed to say "I love you" to Zoe. I mean, come on, have a heart you guys that was great. But the pan-over to reveal a crushed Madison was very tough. Poor girl has feelings too! Again, I am shocked that this polyamorous relationship is not going perfectly, but still. I'm invested in this love triangle because I like all three characters and I understand their hearts. Good job, show.

Speaking of good job:

I really enjoyed this awkward confrontation between mother and daughter following daughter's failed attempt to murder mother. So good. The surprising turn was that Fiona RESPECTED Cordelia for attempting such a coup and they even shared a laugh about it!

Honestly, that was just a sincerely charming moment and it made perfect sense. And then it got even more wonderful when Cordelia admitted that when she found the bullet (a blessed bullet, like witch hunters use), she was grateful Fiona was still alive to help them.

It never ceases to shock me when this live-action cartoon about viscera and put-downs makes me feel something in my heartbones, but I truly loved seeing these characters (sorta) resolve their differences. It's actually rare for characters in serialized dramas to have understandable priorities like this. Like, YES it does make sense for Cordelia to drop her blood-feud with her mother so that they can team up. You know? They're both smart and reasonable and able to change their minds about stuff. I don't know, this change of heart just felt surprising to me in how organic it felt.

But that momentary reverie was interrupted by the doorbell!

At this point, anytime a box is left on somebody's doorstep it simply can't be anything less than a severed head. Like, it just HAD to be, you know?

IT WAS.

OH BOY, Marie Laveau was NOT messing around. Although it did make me laugh how useless this gesture was. It's not like this coven particularly liked Delphine all that much. If anything sending over her still-alive severed head (one that could kind of talk) just seemed like another way to annoy them. It's like a witch version of T.P.-ing a house. It might ruin an afternoon but it's not that serious. Anyway, yeah. Delphine is just a head now.

Um, what more needs to be said about this episode? Not only was it a return to our regular schedule, this episode was a return to the highest peaks of this show's entertainment-value. It can sometimes be so easy to believe that Ryan Murphy's involvement on any of his shows entails just sort of walking into a writers' room and throwing out the top ten sex nightmares he'd had recently and then walking back out, but in this case he wrote the script himself and it was hilarious, surprising, and clever. I'm not saying Ryan Murphy doesn't deserve the criticism he seems to crave, I'm saying episodes like this serve as a reminder of how talented and creative he can be. Because I loved this episode a lot. Just a lot.

Now please hand me a hot water bottle and a rubber hose BYEEE


QUESTIONS

... Asking it again: Who is the next supreme?

... Will Marie Laveau keep her word to Queenie or is it all a trick?

... Is that witch hunter headed for trouble?

... Do you ever get the sense that Ryan Murphy has a love-hate relationship with hunks?

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AIRED ON 1/13/2016

Season 5 : Episode 12

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Seriously...You're gonna LOL everytime you say Misty Day??!! :-)))
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"Honestly, what I wouldn't give to just emerge from brackish swamp water looking so fresh and clean and rejuvenated. Usually I emerge from brackish swamp water with a foul odor and a bad attitude."

LOL

"Meanwhile Kyle was on a laptop using his Speak 'n Spell app trying to learn English when Madison came in and suggested he watch more porn and Zoe was like no way dude. How weird, I thought a three-way romance between two undead teens and a lady with a poison vagina would end up going great, but it's starting to look like there's trouble in paradise."

Stop, just for one second. Forget about AHS and read that statement without the context of the show. I'm not sure if ridiculous begins to cover it. But, because this is AHS, none of that sounds crazy with is a testiment to how good this season has been.

"Myrtle stole all her jewelry"

#MyrtleRocks

"It can sometimes be so easy to believe that Ryan Murphy's involvement on any of his shows entails just sort of walking into a writers' room and throwing out the top ten sex nightmares he'd had recently and then walking back out, but in this case he wrote the script himself and it was hilarious, surprising, and clever."

That might be one of the best sentances ever written.
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This is my least fave episode. I find the story all over the place. First, Cordelia's character was so intent in killing her mother then all of the sudden she now feels for her cos she found out that her mom is honestly proud of her and also she needs Fiona to kill the witch hunter. Also, I don't get why they would just straight up murder Fiona (not that I want to), since Fiona killed the previous supreme and immediately got the supreme title. Another thing is that I'm sick of people being resurrected. At first i find it cool but now it takes out the excitement and danger that a character may die and never come back (This kinda reminds me of TVD btw). Lastly, I'm disappointed about the character Kyle Spencer. Evan Peters is such a great actor I wanna see more of his character! Okay enough about my rant. The only positive i find about the episode is Fiona going through the end-stage cancer. What a fantastic acting from Ms. Jessica Lange!
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I LOVE how much lighter this season is compared to last season. SPOILER ALERT: The scariest thing about it ASYLUM is that the bad 'guy' so to say is humanity. Racism, hate crimes, Nazi cruelty, deceitful, self-serving church members, human torture disguised as medical procedures, questionable possessions and occurrences that make you really wonder about it possessions, serial killers, parents that have failed their children. Its barbaric and scary and depraved and selfish and so scarily accurate. The aliens in the end turned out to be the saving grace and showing mercy - their what seemed to what senseless abductions and painful procedures brought about the beginning of peace and tolerance. Something that even in the end, threatened humans in another scarily accurate reaction that mimicked the not so recent past public reaction. There were very few feel good moments to provide a balm. It was one disheartening , hectic, fever dream night mare that never ended. I love that this season IS so much lighter and even though it has its dark, or sad moments, its not nearly as bad as Asylum. Coven feels more like a hectic, bright, exciting, slightly drunken nap at your desk at work.
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Is anyone wondering whats up with PATTI LUPONE'S character?!? I dont mean the sick carrie-ish thing. I have a feeling she might be a very powerful WITCH! It was strange the way she kept telling her son that if she brought him into the world, she can send him back! At that point I thought she might have some powers! Something off about the way she said it! AND Hank shot her! Now, it seems pretty random, but perhaps it was not random at all, perhaps its because she IS a witch and he knew it!
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Agreed.
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Man, this episode was AWESOME!!! Was it better than "The Dead", though? I'd better I stop asking difficult questions.
Anyway, WOW, AHS is one of a kind. It makes me have so many unrelated feelings that by the end of each episode I simply don't know what to make of it! What was that with the hunk next door?? I just had to rewind and watch it again (and once again), and only now (thanks, Price!) I think I get it. English is my second language and I don't always understand everything it is said, but I never watch AHS with subtitles, though. Yet, this time I didn't need to think English, I needed to think Ryan-Murphy!).
Moving on, I laughed A LOT when Marie Laveau cut off Delphine's hand, wow, I did saw something like that coming and still I could't stop the laughter. Even afterwards, her head in the box, man, I loved it.
I did enjoy the mother-and-daughter bonding, but I actually thought it was such a quick change of heart for Cordelia.
Misty Day (LOL), she just arrives at the Coven and suddenly she's gonna be the next supreme? Don't they wanna know more about the witch before she becomes the SUPREME? Nobody actually knows her! Or is it just about her (awesome and compusive) power?
I'm also glad that Barney's mom (ops, Myrtle) is back with that orange hair. She's so great.
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DUDE BTW you speak English better than most people to whom it was their first language. You got skills!!
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thanks!
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I dont think they really have a say over who becomes the next supreme... they just think it may be her because of the power of resurgence.... I however, have a slight feeling that Nan might be the next supreme, simply because no one can imagine her to be one. Bt I totally am in LOVE with Misty Day's character! Adore her... even in season 2 as Mary Eunice!
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Did anyone else wonder if Fiona wanted Misty Day's powers proven for a more self-related issue? Maybe she's thinking if she sacrifices herself, Misty Day can revive her and then maybe she won't have her cancer anymore and a new Supreme will still be in power? I don't know... maybe that's completely off base, but it just occurred to me as I was watching it.

I loved this episode. This show is amazing. I loved that from smell alone, Delphine knew which cheeseburger Queenie brought her LOL. It was also excellent to see Kyle hooked on phonics and excited over bedazzled headphones. The moment between him and Zoe was absolutely adorable, right from the second he hugged her when she first entered the room. I do feel bad for Madison... the poor girl has been through a lot. It'll be interesting to see where they go from there.

So if Marie were to chop up Delphine into pieces, would she still be alive? Can she live though anything? With regard to Queenie, I think Marie would be stupid to not maintain Queenie's trust right now... at least until her main threat is taken care of. Queenie's power is not to be overlooked, that's for sure. Plus, the girl has had relations with a minotaur and pulled out the HEART of a guy she'd just up and killed. She is quite badass (and a little crazy???).
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I'm a little disappointed! I really wanted Delphine to stay on for the WHOLE season!!! She, along with Misty Day and Fiona are the best parts of the show... and I always looked forward to seeing her! Sure, they may have her on as a talking head, or stick her on someone else's body, but I wanted her whole!!!
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Yes, Queenie has quite a noteworthy power, but she needs to be more skeptical, not just talk like a skeptic. She took the rape accusations at face value, went along with Fiona's accusations against Myrtle, thereby condemning Myrtle to death, and then killed that man based on another's claims that he was a pedophile rapist. No proof necessary; dangerously naive for someone with such a threatening ability to harm.
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I completely agree.
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Death and resurrection as a cure for cancer, perhaps even rejuvenation?
That's an interesting notion. I figured Fiona's interest in Misty was simply to asses a possible threat. But you may be on to something.
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This was probably one of the funnier more entertaining episodes in a while. The only thing that still sticks in my mind after the episode was when myrtle was describing how the salem withces fled south to New Orleans without a Charcuterie Platter or a Bidet, just savagae. LOL @ Myrtle. Best line ever..
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hmm I was sure I jokingly commented on here last night that now everyone would finally believe me that this season is a complete bust. It's not that bad, but boy, are the punches being pulled and the time being wasted :-(

That last scene had so much potential wasted. This season had so much potential wasted. That is my complaint - it could have been so much more, especially after the first 6 or so episodes. But it took a very conservative turn.

Should I have expected something more from the guy who made Glee? I wish this was Ramie/Tapert.
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Oops, Raimi :/
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Hot damn, I think Cordelia is the "next" Supreme.
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I felt two things regarding this episode.
Is it just me (maybe I was in a bad mood) but it felt a little snooty. Like : The action felt like it moved but...not so much in the end. I can't point out what bothered me exactly but something did.
And my other point is : the all "we got our own Frankenstein" storyline start to feel a little useless from the point of view of the season. I mean the idea was nice but (even if it's probably getting somewhere, no doubt), it's still seem a big bag of nothing or, at least just a reason to keep (the very good) Even Peters around...
AHSC fans, don't start to beat me up! I really like this season (my favorite so far) it's just that this was my first episode of the season who felt a little..."meh." (technical term)
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Yeah, I felt that way at first too. But, after thinking about it for a while, I realized that, because the last four episodes were so outstandingly phenomenal, coming back 'down' to more 'normal' levels of fantastic TV, feels disappointing.
I have a feeling that this is going to turn out to be a 'set-up' episode, like the one we had a few weeks ago and, in hindsight, it will turn out to be just as great as the rest.
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What's going on!?!
My comment keeps vanishing!
I've posted twice, and when I come back it's gone.
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That was not what I expected. Fortunately.
It appears that Queenie has gone over to the others. I did not expect that.
But she does display some remorse over Delphine's fate.

Fiona almost giving up like that. That was also completely unexpected. Where was the epic fury we were looking forward to?
Basking in that romantic fantasy with the Axeman was pitiful.

A scouring powder enema. That has got to hurt, if it is even survivable.
Did anyone else get the impression that the religious mother was a witch?
I'm pretty sure, resurrecting her was a mistake.

I really feel sorry for Misty. She's being railroaded into accepting a responsibility she really does not want. On the other hand she appears to be the only witch around who has never done anything wicked, so she might be the best thing for the future of the Coven.

There appears to be some 'Obi-Wan' about Spalding. "If you strike me down, I will only become more powerful".
He can, apparently, still perform his butlery functions, while having gained the power of clarity.

Fiona telling Cordelia that she is proud of her. I wonder if it was meant to be the insult it was clearly taken as.

Wow, look at me whining. You might even get the impression that I was disappointed by this weeks episode. Nothing could be further from the truth. It may not have been the wild ride of the past few eps, but it was still magnificent.
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Third time's the charm, I hope.
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Oh, well. Now they're all back.
Apologies for the multiple posting. :D
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How is this show so good

HOW
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"This episode was a return to the highest peaks of this show's entertainment-value."
I agree, but it was full of plot holes unfortunately. I am still hoping that they will be resolved and that the writers are fooling us, but you never know. Also: Did anyone else notice how LaLaurie's personality shifted in the cage? Her barbaric past character showed through. Also LOL at how Fiona had to open the box to have that last shot with an overhead foating camera. Seemed very unnatural but hey, it did the trick.

-What is going on with the witch hunter? We saw his arsenal of weapons and it took him 2 episodes to start his attack on the NEIGHBOURs?

-Why didn't the axe man stop Fiona from taking the pills? His whole life's purpose was to watch over her, so where was he when she was in danger?

-Why doesn't Fiona just suck someone's life away to live longer like she did in the pilot? Or at least try?

-Who attacked Cordelia?

-So Myrtle was nearly burned to death and holds no grudge against Fiona, even holds her mirror?

-I'm no expert in witchcraft but the ritual involving the killing of the supreme was really lame in comparison to other spell scenes we had this season.

-What happened to Misty Day (LOL) after she passed out? Did Fiona do something to her?

-What happened after Cordelia discovered her husband aka the witch hunter? The scene was cut and suddenly Fiona was talking to her at the breakfast table.

Hope these will get answered soon.
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- I have a theory about Hank's actions... I have a very strong feeling we'll soon find that the crazy religious lady is a witch in secrecy! The way she told her son, 'I brought u=you into this world, I can send you right back' was a little strange to say the least! And then Hank had been researching on witches, so he might have known about her! PLUS, she's played by PATTI LUPONE, they WILL do something major with her character! Because right now the neighbors seem very unnecessary!

- I in fact really liked Myrtle's reaction. She was calm and composed, satisfied in her knowledge that Fiona would soon be dead! It was fun... and that scene where she steals her Jewels was BRILLIANT!

- Even I think the ritual was LAME compared to some of the other rituals we've seen in the show, like Cordelia's pregnancy ritual, and her sex ritual with Hank! This seemed like a ritual one would see in something like 'Vampire Diaries', not something as twisted as AMERICAN HORROR STORY!!!!!!!!

- Cordelia just knows about the PRESENCE of a witch hunter, not WHO the hunter is.... Her discovery of that is something I'm greatly looking forward to.

These are my ideas anyway.
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How is it only Episode 8? ...Really?
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It's hard to believe that there's still more than a third of the season left.
So much has happened, it's hard to imagine where we'll end up.
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Francis Conroy and Jessica Lange's scenes together were definitely the highlight of this episode. You have Myrtle coaxing Fiona to her potential death bed, and last season Lange's Sister Jude inevitably welcomed Conroy's kiss of death. Lily Rabe has me completely enthralled again too, and I can't wait for her encounters with Stevie Nicks. Ultimately this season certainly had the budget to make it all about magic and gore, but both have only been used as mere accessories by the stellar cast. I really enjoyed the last two seasons, but this is the first incarnation that I wish would go for another year.
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I think the writers will keep us guessing about who the next Supreme will be until probably the last episode. I used to think it would be Zoe but now I'm not so sure. Queenie could be be the dark horse candidate (ha, ha! sorry, racial tinged pun unavoidable). Maybe she will see a development and increase in her powers under voodoo, but Laveau will try to backstab her, and so Queenie will overcome the voodoo master herself and ultimately become teh Supreme.
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I think the writers are giving hints for everyone as the potential supreme, just to keep the audience guessing.... Zoe has been becoming really powerful of late... Misty Day has the power of Resurrection and is expected by Cordelia... What you said about Queenie too makes sense... I believe it might be Nan, simply because that may come as a shock, and no one takes her seriously!

However, there have been no hints dropped that Cordelia could be the next supreme... that would come as a REAL SHOCKER!!! Then there would be this whole mother-daughter stand off kinda thing which would be REAL fun, especially after they have FINALLY started getting along!
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The only reason I doubt Cordelia is the next Supreme is because supposedly the Supreme does not have any medical conditions. I know we do not know the cause of Cordelia's infertility but it might be considered a medical problem.
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Oh, I don't discount Cordelia by any means. Since her evil mom dismissed her daughter's dabbling in potions then later acquiring her new sense of "sight" plus the attempt she made on her mother's life, Cordelia certainly has grown as a witch and becoming Supreme is a possibility.

Yes, Nan would be a shock but for her to have a chance at being Supreme I think she needs to have more powers revealed and developed.
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I really like the season so far but the whole bringing bad every character that dies is becoming annoying.
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"back"
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So I take it I missed the part where Cordelia acknowledges that Myrtle wasn't the one who threw acid on her?



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When Madison was influencing Fiona to kill herself, she alluded to everyone finding out that Myrtle had been set up. The culprit will be revealed next week, and I'm guessing it was Joan (religious Mom)...she seemed to be handy about mixing together that toxic enema for her son.
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I hate dream sequences in movies and TV Shows, and maybe I'm a little late in realizing it, but this series is just one season long dream sequence after another. It's not bad TV, but it's frustrating that nothing feels cohesive and I don't care about the characters or the story. Like "Modern Art" or "Interpretive Dance". Pretty to look at but lacks depth.
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Really not feeling the same vibes, bro. This show is just pure win in every way.
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Queenie gives a new meaning to open heart surgery! and Price love your photo recaps BB
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Honestly I'm a little glad that this season isn't trying as hard for the traumatize your audience card, there are some pretty bad moments a lot of not so good moms, but I still have war flashbacks of season two so I'm just gonna be chill with this season thanks.
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The more I hear about it the more I'm glad that I skipped Asylum.
I watched the first episode, but after Nurse Ratched I haven't handled evil psychiatric nurses well.
But I'm really, really glad I came back for season 3. This is at least the same level of awesome as the first eight episodes of Twin Peaks.
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Season 2 ending was beautiful. Totally worth watching.
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You skipped ASYLUM?! Big mistake! It was gory and disturbing, thats true, but it was also insanely SMART and CLEVER, and made for REALLY good TV.... My brother too never really watches anything gory, he cant handle it! It creeps him out, but even he was REAL glad that I made him sit through Asylum, it was worth sitting through the disturbing!
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Maybe I'll try again once the current season ends.
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I think Ryan Murphy has a love-hate relationship with mothers. All the mothers this season are horrid!!! LITERALLY! But yes, I think he also has a thing for hunks :)
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I was thinking the same thing, except a lot more hate than love. Not only are the mothers all horrible to their children, two out of three perform some form of sexualized abuse on their children. And yes, I consider what Joan did to her son sexual because 1) the exploitive way it was shot and 2) she put bleach in his butt. I just don't understand why Ryan Murphy felt the need to go in that direction. It was heavy-handed overkill. The only somewhat loving parental relationship on the show is between Fiona and Cordelia, both women. It's alright, Ryan, mothers can love their sons without it being perverted self-indulgence.
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Zoe's mom is no prize either.
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Right? She ditched her first chamce she got.
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And I thought the box was full of puppies for adoption... Boy, was I wrong!
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I'm sorry, Price but isn't this a tad hypocritical? You were all up in TVD's s**t cos they were "glorifying" suicide as a solution to all your problems but when AHS does it(convincing someone to commit suicide no less, which is far worse than anything TVD did), there's not a peep out of you.
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Totally see your point... I feel a little differently about this because they painted the picture that Fiona was SO sick & would experience nothing but pain. It was almost bordering on euthanasia rather than suicide for me? But yeah TOTALLY see your point.
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Random thought...Kinda funny someone below saying something about a "head in a box" which brought to mind JT doing his "dick in a box" the other night on NBCrap 's saturday night live xmas special. And I am of the crowd that believes Ryan Murphy must have had a totally F**ked up childhood.
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Oh god Price I love your recaps so. Your photocaps were ON POINT brotha. "I sense it is a box" "Let's get weird". I needed a good 5 minutes to recover from those. I love this show so much, but I love your recaps equally. Though I will say, every episode could do with a little bit more Misty Day. I can not WAIT for the Stevie Nicks episode!

... Asking it again: Who is the next supreme?
At this point I'm gonna say Kyle, cause I am getting really fucing confused.
... Will Marie Laveau keep her word to Queenie or is it all a trick?
Total trick. After that, using blood as a moisterizer thing, I am not entirely convinced of Marie Laveau's honorable intentions anymore.
... Is that witch hunter headed for trouble?
He better be!
... Do you ever get the sense that Ryan Murphy has a love-hate relationship with hunks?
Nah. I think he has a love-hate relationship with everybody.


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Again I repeat...I WANT ZOE'S HAT!!!!!!!!!!
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Random theory time: Does anybody else think that maybe Hank is actually trying to help Cordelia and the witches? When he went and spoke to Marie, he seemed conflicted about his orders to kill her. Not to mention the fact he has lived married to Cordelia for years, probably meeting numerous high-ranking witches of the Coven and Counsel, without killing her or them. He seemed to be merely doing the bare minimum to seem as though he was fulfilling his duties...

When he was sitting in the car, he had the perfect opportunity to kill Nan, but instead he waited until she was in the house and with Luke and his mother before opening fire. Also, when Cordelia had her flashes, she saw from his eyes and only the mother was visible in the window when he started shooting. On top of all that, there was also a a blessed bullet "conveniently" outside to be found. Hank seemed like a seasoned hunter that was experienced in getting away scot-free with probably numerous murders....

Given all that, I wonder if that was so he could both seem to be doing his job whilst actually going against Marie's wishes AND warning Cordelia and the Coven that a Witch-Hunter is after them without giving himself away as that Witch-Hunter.

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Interesting theory. There might be something to it. If not then he is unbelievably incompetent.
But I have got to believe that there is a better way for Hank to declare his intentions to Cordelia, than spraying the, apparently innocent, neighbours and their house, with bullets.
Even without compromising his cover.
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It is VERY much possible that Luke's mom may in fact be a witch! Why else keep a high profile actress like Patti Lupone on as just a neighbor with no consequence! Also, JUST the moment before she got shot, recap that and listen to what she told her son, and HOW she did it, seems like quite the give away!
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oh Price I wish me & you could Marie Laveau ourselves so i could read ur recaps FOREVER...
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4. No, but I am starting to think that Ryan Murphy has some serious 'Mommy Issues'.....
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omg yes my thoughts exactly. All the mothers presented in all 3 seasons are horrible!!!
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Mommy Dearest, what a mess.
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I <3 your recaps as much as I love the show!!! Keep doin whatcha doin!!
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Ugh. And this is where we start to go astray. Decent episode, but not great, not weird or fantastic in that sort of way. The whole power of resurrection during this season has been fun. But now it is just going too far, if there is no consequences for the most vile of them then what the hell are we all waiting around for. No one in this show stays dead, not even the evil zeal christian lady who gave her son a comet enema, and considering the various chemicals in them could have/ should have killed him if not made him wish he was dead. But first it was Misty, then Kyle, then Myrtle, then Madison then the Axman then Spalding and now psycho christian mom. There is no consequences for any of them. And those are if you don't count Laveau and Delphine living forever.

And with that, the show starts to lose its flavor a bit. Sure the scene where Myrtle was torched was impressive but it means nothing now because she is still alive. Sure all of that rigamarole that Fiona went through was fun. But Spalding showing up at the end was just silly. He could have literally showed up at any time whatsoever between then and when he was killed. Anytime. He could have warned her. But nope, we had to start to kind of feel sorry for Fiona. I don't, she should probably die. If they are going to be set upon by voodoo queens and witch hunters then the Supreme's power shouldn't be in flux.

This show has turned into Oprah's everyone gets a resurrection. All flash and pomp and circumstance but to no result.

Also, if witches can die by blessed bullets. Why not take a Glock 19 to the church, dunk it in some holy water and empty the mag in Fiona. There, done. No need for any further drama.

And why are these ghost all of a sudden corporeal and can do things!? Axman is a body that can smoke, have sex and blow on his Sax, which still hasn't been explained how he all of a sudden has his body. Spalding can pick up little things or make them appear out of nowhere. etc. There is no consequences for anything in this show.

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It could be anyone. Hunky dude isn't dead, he is severely injured. And both Nan and Misty touched him after he was shot. He could resurrect and it would be left ambiguous until the end. Nan did open the door with her mind. Cordellia has newer powers. Misty could be it, Zoe is most likely the Supreme because she was recognized by Laveau when she sent the Zombies as having great power. So my thought would be her. But who knows because we are entering into the pulling things out of their arse stage of AHS.

Of course it is a trick. Queenie is the dumbest and weakest character of them all. Laveau commands loyalty. Queenie has already shown that she has none by turning against the coven, how can you trust that she wouldn't turn against Laveau? You can't. So you use her to get what you want and then off her head.

The Witch hunter is odd. Why try to kill Misty when she is out in the sticks doing nothing to nobody. Why throw the acid in Cordeilla's face instead of shooting her. Why shoot at Nan in front of Non witches.

Who care about Hunks, how about Ryan Murphy and consistency? What problems does he have with that.

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you sound really frustrated. If i feel like that about a show, i would stop watching. There should always be some compelling reason to watch a show, be it storyline or special effects or cute guys etc. Seems like nothing works for you.. why continue watching?
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I don't think supernatural longevity has been without consequence to any AHS character who has lived on as a ghost/through resurrection. Especially as evidenced by this episode that featured Lalaurie's immortal severed head. I think Coven has brilliantly set up Fiona's struggle with the idea of dying.
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That was not what I expected. Fortunately.
It appears that Queenie has gone over to the others. I did not expect that.
But she does display some remorse over Delphine's fate.

Fiona almost giving up like that. That was also completely unexpected. Where was the epic fury we were looking forward to?
Basking in that romantic fantasy with the Axeman was pitiful.

A scouring powder enema. That has got to hurt, if it is even survivable.
Did anyone else get the impression that the religious mother was a witch?
I'm pretty sure, resurrecting her was a mistake.

I really feel sorry for Misty. She's being railroaded into accepting a responsibility she really does not want. On the other hand she appears to be the only witch around who has never done anything wicked, so she might be the best thing for the future of the Coven.

There appears to be some 'Obi-Wan' about Spalding. "If you strike me down, I will only become more powerful".
He can, apparently, still perform his butlery functions, while having gained the power of clarity.

Fiona telling Cordelia that she is proud of her. I wonder if it was meant to be the insult it was clearly taken as.

Wow, look at me whining. You might even get the impression that I was disappointed by this weeks episode. Nothing could be further from the truth. It may not have been the wild ride of the past few eps, but it was still magnificent.
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- It will so much fun if Misty Day were the next supreme ... I mean for all the other characters she is swamp witch.
- I think it is all a trick and poor Queenie will end up dead or undead or something.
- Worst witch hunter ever like seriously dude go watch Supernatural and Hansel& Gretel: Witch hunters and then make an appareance.
- He hates hunks! and I can't really complain cause it is interesting expecting what will happen to them.
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Hey, Price!
Great recap per ushe (that's supposed to be short for usual, but let's not go there).
1. Ryan Murphy said we haven't guessed who the supreme is yet. So maybe it's Nan. Or, maybe Luke really IS like Carrie and is actually a warlock and HE will be the next supreme! But let's be honest, for all we know the season could end with the message that there is a supreme in all of us.

2. I think the Voodoo Queen is drunk with power at this point, and in my past experience those who are drunk with power tend to be the most unpredictable, so who even knows?

3. Oh, yeah. He in hella danger. First, he's up against a coven of witches WHO BOND OVER MURDERING EACH OTHER. Second, he has yet to deliver those heads that Marie requested. I can see why she's impatient though, a voodoo room is not complete with at least a few decorative witch skulls on the wall.

4. Probs, Evan peters has been shot to death, trapped in an asylum, abducted by aliens, tortured by a nazi, killed by a witch, resurrected by another witch and molested by his mother. Who knows what else he will inflict on the young men of this show?

Can't wait till next week!
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I'm loving everything about this show. Total fangirl here!
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"How weird, I thought a three-way romance between two undead teens and a lady with a poison vagina would end up going great, but it's starting to look like there's trouble in paradise."

Oh my goodness. That is one of the FUNNIEST things I have ever read.
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I was hoping we would have Kathy Bates all season, but it looks like her parts' been cut. Sorry.

To answer your questions, I think Hank is the next supreme.
I do think Marie is using Queenie. I don't like to think that, but I do. I didn't see that Queenie was being treated badly by the girls in her coven, no worse than Nan anyway. But I don't think Marie appreciates her, either.

I'm not certain how bad the witch hunter is, especially if the hunch about Hank (is that his name?) is right, but he missed Nan, so I'm grateful for that.

I think Ryan Murphy has many, many problems, but he has made a masterpiece with this show.
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I already posted this comment once but now I can't see it and so if this question posts twice apologees but.. why do you think Hank is the next supreme? Or even a witch? I'm really curious.
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It just fits. The witch hunter was not aiming for Nan; she's shorter than his laser sight. And when Hank was shot, she muttered something about "your the next supreme", as if she was reading someone's thoughts.
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Also, (just thought of this), why would the hunter be shooting at Hank's house when there was a house full of witches next door?
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lol I get it now, ur talking about Luke, Hank is Cordy's husband, the witch hunter. I agree with you about Luke.
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I'm intrigued, why do you think Hank is the next supreme? Or even a witch?
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Is anyone else unable to see the article?
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Are you there, Price? It's me, wind_shadow. Are you okay? Are you injured? Are you in need of some chicken wings? PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU NEED TO POST YOUR PHOTO RECAP!!
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Does anyone else think Kathy Bates has been sorely underused? She's Kathy Bates! I'm hoping her storyline will gear up soon. She's not really done anything the entire series.
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I think she rocked basically in every scene she did! If anyone, Misty Day (LOL) should've resurrected her instead of evil church lady! Although Delphine was pretty much evil herself. I'm conflicted and confused about this! :(


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Delphine doesn't need to be resurrected, she just needs to have her body reattached. She's immortal, remember?
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lol you're right!
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Price hurry up! I want to laugh. Swamp witch.
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Wehre is the recap?
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It was SO worth waiting for! The fact that I didn't get to read it till dinner, over a margarita, made it even better, since I got to savor it rather than surreptitiously sneaking a read during office hours! But now I have to wait another wholle WEEK!
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Technical difficulties, sorry about that.
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I know, right?
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"Those poor salem witches, traveling all the way down here in covered wagons, without a proper charcuterie platter, or a bidet! Absolute savagery!"
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"There's a man in the woods with a gun circling the shack. I saw the assassin when he nearly stepped on my face."
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Myrtle had all the best lines in this episode. That, and the one about the tingle in the cooch were just SHEER BRILLIANCE!
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Sometimes I just can't deal with the brilliance of the random shit this show throws out.
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Ryan Murphy seems to have some fucked up parental issues - I've never seen a show of his that didnt paint a parent as a freak
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cus most parents have no clue what they're doing, no matter how much they think they do ;)
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That was not what I expected. Fortunately.

It appears that Queenie has gone over to the others. I did not expect that.
But she does display some remorse over Delphine's fate.

Fiona almost giving up like that. That was also completely unexpected. Where was the epic fury we were looking forward to?
Basking in that romantic fantasy with the Axeman was pitiful.

A scouring powder enema. That has got to hurt, if it is even survivable.
Did anyone else get the impression that the religious mother was a witch, perhaps from a different coven?
I'm pretty sure, resurrecting her was a mistake.

I really feel sorry for Misty. She's being railroaded into accepting a responsibility she really does not want. On the other hand she appears to be the only witch around who has never done anything wicked, so she might be the best thing for the future of the Coven.

There appears to be some 'Obi-Wan' about Spalding. "If you strike me down, I will only become more powerful".
He can, apparently, still perform his butlery functions, while having gained the power of clarity.

Fiona telling Cordelia that she is proud of her. I wonder if it was meant to be the insult it was clearly taken as.

Wow, look at me whining. You might even get the impression that I was disappointed by this week's episode. Nothing could be further from the truth. It may not have been the wild ride of the past few eps, but it was still magnificent.
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The whole bringing back every character that dies is becoming annoying.

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Yeah, I kind of agree. It's not very high-stakes if death is a temporary inconvenience as opposed to a finality. But is Misty Day dead now? Maybe they won't be bringing anyone else back?
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Dude! Hurry up with this recap! I look forward to it almost as much as to the episode itself. Does anyone else wonder if the Levon referred to in the episode is Levon Helm?
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It was definitely Levon Helm.Fiona say's the drummer from The Band and talks about spending 6 months in Woodstock with him.
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