American Horror Story

Season 1 Episode 7

Open House

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 16, 2011 on FX
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Constance and Larry attempt to keep Moira from finding a buyer for the Murder House.

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  • Open House

    Open House was a superb episode of American Horror Story and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of interesting plot and character development which was vividly entertaining. It was awesome watching Vivien and her real estate agent interacting, and their scenes were just fun to watch. I also thought this was a great episode of Jessica Lange, and I couldn't believe how crazy she was to go to the potential buyer and say the things she did, until I saw what happened later. This episode really moves the series along nicely and I believe this series will be a classic with all the great actors, great writing and production. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Last week's episode was a hard act to follow, but it was pulled off well.

    So this week's episode started out with a flashback of Larry and Constance. Who saw that coming? Not me, but then at the same time, I was not surprised. Constance decides that instead of social services taking her son because they think she's grieviously neglecting him, he'd be better off dead... interesting theory. Larry reluctantly complies to her request, and you can see that he does it out of his adoration of Constance, but that he also cares for Beau.

    The Larry/Marcy interaction is an interesting one, and I got the feeling that they have met before... unless Marcy just is that strange that she goes about pulling guns on every unscheduled disabled person that turns up to an open house? Larry definitely overplayed himself here, pushed his luck, yet still got his way.

    I'm beginning to wonder whether Tate is so unaware that he's dead. He knows about the other ghosts in the house, and knows that if you tell them to "go away" then they will. When Violet points out how well he knows the house he replies "I guess I do" with a pained/confused look on his face. Perhaps he suspects his own reality.

    The reason as to why he hates his mother so much is still somewhat of a mystery to me. Is it simply because of her affair with the neighbour (that we now know is Larry)? Or is there some other reason? Is Tate simply a very angry young man or is there more to it? Does he know what happened to his brother Beau perhaps?

    Constance's desperation to stop the house from being demolished was well acted, as always, by Lange. We know enough to know that she is not what you might call a "good woman", but we've seen enough to feel how deeply she cares and pains for her children. She will go to any lengths for them. Her interaction with Beau was touching, and the heartbreak in her eyes when Tate says that he hates her... wow.

    Solidified in this episode was the suspicion we've all had, I'm sure, that the "Infantata" or mutilated baby in the basement, is in fact Thadius Montgomery. Nora seems to be the only character in the house so far that recognises and appears repentant for her own sins.

    Moira's little transition in this episode, was from a dead harlot to a dead NAIVE harlot. Her child-like dispair and sorrow at the realisation that the not-persian had lied to her was extremely sad. The fact that she said "why do THEY always lie" leads us to believe that this woman has had way more than her fair share of deceitful and disrespectful men. Poor girl. Or poor old lady. Either way.

    What brought down this episode from potentially great to simply good, was again that annoying character of Ben. Week by week he gets more and more repellant to me. Perhaps this is intentional, and I sure hope so. His breaking in to Larry's home and trying to act all intimidating and scary sitting in the dark with a cigarette was lame, and just made him look like a douche to be honest. Not even Larry was afraid. (BTW Larry's off-hand offer of "Nescafe?" MADE this scene!) And when he dropped his dog-end on the floor as he left... I didn't feel spooked or tense, I just felt like he was an extremely rude man... but perhaps that's because I'm English and politeness is key to us, even when intimidating disabled folks.

    The moment in this episode that I decided resolutely that I cannot abide Ben though, was at the dinner table, when he points his steak knife at Viv aggressively and threatens "Do not screw up selling this house". Bastard. What an utterly vile thing to do to anyone, let alone your pregnant wife!

    The episode ended with a brutal, cold and downright gross killing perputrated by Larry and Moira under Constance's direction. We should've felt repulsed, but instead I found myself feeling relieved that these characters had found a way to temporarily save the house, and sympathy for each of their plights that drove them to this act.

    Oh, and now Viv has seen the photo of Nora and connected it to the woman that viewed the house a few weeks back... she now knows what's up... interesting...moreless
  • That wasn't the best episode, but good enough.

    We found out thatLarry isn't a bad character her. Or at least wasn't bad person. Now he's killing everybody he can)

    But Violet and Tate relations are... let's say... odd.She knows everything about him and still continues to meet him. She doesn't see anything wrong about this? I really wait when she will call him "my sweet school shooter ghost-maniac".

    Ben is stupid like always. Vivien is pissed like always. Moira is slut like always.

    But now Vivien will have twins. That will be interesting. I can't when one baby will eat another. And this will happen. I really believe that...moreless
David Anthony Higgins

David Anthony Higgins

Stan the Tour Guide

Guest Star

Amir Arison

Amir Arison

Joe Escandarian

Guest Star

Eve Gordon

Eve Gordon

Dr. Hall

Guest Star

Lily Rabe

Lily Rabe

Nora Montgomery

Recurring Role

Matt Ross

Matt Ross

Dr. Charles Montgomery

Recurring Role

Christine Estabrook

Christine Estabrook


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Marcy: No matter how gruesome or horrible the murder, you can always find someone who'll buy the house.

    • Vivien: You know, we want to make sure everything's okay with the baby. You didn't see anything unusual--hooves or anything?
      Ben: What?

    • Marcy: Everything was meticulous restored by a couple of the previous homos. Owners. Homeowners.
      Escandarian: Fags have such a great eye for detail, don't they?
      Marcy: A queer eye.

    • Larry: Oh, I see. It's because of my affliction, isn't it. Sometimes I wonder, if I knew how much I was going to be shunned, if I would have run back onto that burning school bus to save those children. Now this crudité is making my mouth dry. I'm going to have a little glass of this Chardonnay, and then you may show me the house.
      Marcy: (drawing her gun) Put down the stemware.
      Vivien: What are you doing?
      Marcy: A woman in my line can't be too careful. There are a lot of minority men in this city who would like nothing more than to ravage me on this countertop.

    • Constance: Used to be no one was from here. People came here to escape their pasts. find a plot of land that not even a red Indian had set foot on and make a new life for yourself.
      Escandarian: Give me a number. I want history, I'll talk to Gene Autry.
      Constance: But now there are no more virgin plots. We live on top of each other. That's California now... and that's the world. there is no more space, and yet it it's human nature to want to claim your own turf. So build away, we do. every time you put up one of these... monstrous temples to the gods of travertine, you're building on top of someone else's life.
      Escandarian: I'm a developer. I improved on the past. I build a new future.
      Constance: You should show some respect. You're not an archaeologist. You should stop unearthing while you're ahead. It only brings a haunting. We have a responsibility as caretakers to the old lands... to show some respect.

    • Escandarian: There are three reasons I deal with women: sex, money, or making me sandwiches. And unless you're planning on going into my kitchen and slapping some ham between two slices of bread... this conversation is over.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Larry: Perchance to dream. For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come.
      Referencing the play Hamlet (approx. 1600) by William Shakespeare. In it, Hamlet performs what is typically considered a soliloquy, the famous "to be or not to be" speech of Act Three, Scene One.