American Horror Story

Season 1 Episode 6

Piggy, Piggy

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 09, 2011 on FX
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Episode Summary

Ben treats a patient obsessed with the urban legend of Piggy Man. Meanwhile, Constance brings in a medium to deal with the spirits that haunt her, Vivien begins a new diet, and Violet discovers the truth about Tate.

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  • A step down, but the kids are fascinating...

    In an episode that saw Connie Britton eating brains and Cam from Modern Family being terrified by the piggy man in the mirror, it was the kids that actually brought some levity to the proceedings. Opening with a horrible flashback sequence to the Westfield High massacre, this was an hour driven by Violet's gradual discovery of Tate's murderous rampage and her horror at her ever-present feelings for him. I'm not sure I totally buy that she'd still be into him, considering a) he's a multiple murderer, and b) he's dead; but the story is an interesting one.Violet was also brought into the ghostly fold by Constance and a similarly campy psychic, played with gloriously nutty charm by Ryan Murphy regular Sarah Paulson. You can already see the route the show is headed, with Constance desperate for Tate to cross over to the other side and Violet's love for him preventing that from happening. Unlike a lot of the other craziness on offer, this particular story works well as a kind of metaphor for teenage angst. You really felt that ending, with Tate rescuing Violet from a near-fatal overdose: the turmoil created by somebody you can't help but have feelings for, despite knowing they're bad for you.Everything else was pretty nuts tonight, especially the demon-baby hoodoo. Casting Connie Britton on this show continues to create comedy, as her naturalistic demeanor as an actress only makes the wingnuts she's paired with on-screen seem so much more crazy. Top of the heap this week was that wacko scene with the nurse proclaiming Vivien's unborn child a "beast" and an "abomination", telling her how she saw its devil hooves in the ultrasound. Hah! Everything's so overblown, and there's Connie Britton pulling that same "what the hell am I doing here?" expression...As much as I love Eric Stonestreet, his subplot was a good example of the show having its cake and eating it too. It felt a lot like the writers randomly throwing horror stories at us for no distinct reason, and the ending felt too abrupt to truly work. There were obviously some neat moments, and the Pig-Man was reliably gross (if a little Saw-ish), but generally it didn't totally enamor me.I've read a couple of articles recently in which Ben and Vivien were highlighted as the two weak links on this show, and I'm inclined to partly agree that they're certainly the least fascinating characters right now. But, generally, I'm intrigued by their subplots; even if they always look and feel so nutty compared to everything else. Piggy Piggy was a step down from last week, but this show is still crazily entertaining. B


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  • A great episode, revealing more than Tate's background...

    This episode was undoubtedly beautifully crafted and as sorrowful as it was horrific. Tate's story is one that seems to have captured the hearts and minds of viewers- whether positively or negatively. I'm surprised that an American show tackled the subject of high school mass murder so blatantly- but perhaps this is in itself what made it such a striking episode. The reality of it. Past murders we've seen on the show have been awful, but presumably unrelatable to a very large proportion of the audience- the issue of highschool mass murder resonates with the audience on a much more "real" level- every school student in the western world has at the very least experienced the consequences of murders such as the columbine killings, be it in the introduction of cameras, metal detectors or just a general feeling of mistrust in schools today.

    Outside of Tate and Violet's storyline this week, I personally felt the weakness of the other characters. And by other characters I do mean Ben and Viv. I'm not sure what it is about Ben exactly, but not only to I have no compassion for the character, but I genuinely have no interest in him either. The best scenes he has are as a facilitator to Tate's revelations about himself and his past. Viv is a slightly more interesting character, but really only very slightly. She seemed to have given up on her bad feelings about the house entirely too quickly and I'd sincerely question these two's decision to have another baby given that they don't seem to have any idea where or what their daughter's up to most of the time. Not to mention the fact that she's constantly in the bathroom, with the door wide open and cutting her wrists... yet neither seems to have noticed that either...

    On one last note: Addie really is sorely missed, and the scene with Constance and the medium was touching beyond belief- Jessica Lange really is a godsend to this show!moreless
  • Piggy, Piggy


    Piggy, Piggy was a superb episode of American Horror Story and I really enjoyed watching the episode. The opening was pretty intense and may be a sensitive subject for many but I feel it was portrayed in respectable yet vivid manner that only this show could get away with. The sense of fear and terror definitely translated through the screen. Violet learns more about herself and takes drastic action. Tate shows a side that makes you sympathize with him despite what he had done in the past. The most disgusting and horrifying part for me was Vivien devouring that brain! The whole Piggy Man story was funny and scary. It amuses me that the security guy didn't tell them earlier that Hayden escaped. I look forward to watching the next episode as I'm hooked!!!!!!!

Eric Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet


Guest Star

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson

Billie Dean Howard

Guest Star

Brando Eaton

Brando Eaton

Kyle Greenwell

Guest Star

Frances Conroy

Frances Conroy

Moira O'Hara

Recurring Role

Matt Ross

Matt Ross

Dr. Charles Montgomery

Recurring Role

Morris Chestnut

Morris Chestnut


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In "Halloween (2)," Steph said that before he shot her, she had a brief conversation with Tate about whether she believed in God. No such conversation is heard here.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Billie: I used to be like you. Until I was 25. When out of the blue my cleaning lady shows up as I'm brushing my teeth. except she's got no toilet brush and rubber gloves, she's naked and bloody. Her husband murdered her with an ice pick.
      Constance: It's hard to keep good help.
      Billie: You think I wanted a bloody Mexican ghost in my bathroom? All I wanted was to improve my tennis game and unseat Charlotte Whitney as president of my book club. I was chosen. And when you're chosen, you either get with the program or you go crazy.

    • Ben: We need the money.
      Vivien: I'm finding it really hard to look at your face. 'Cause I really, really, really want to bash it in. I find you disgusting... and disappointing as a man. and we're gonna end this marriage and we're gonna sell this house and I'll let you be a father to our kids because I happen to think that you're a good one. But I'm not going to be your friend. I will merely tolerate you.

    • Leah: The Devil is real. And he's not a little red man with horns and a tail. He can be beautiful. Because he's a fallen angel, and he used to be God's favorite. Have you read the Book of Revelation?
      Violet: No.
      Leah: In Heaven, there's this woman in labor howling in pain. And there's a red dragon with seven heads waiting so he can eat her babies. But the Archangel Michael, he hurls the dragon down to earth. From that moment on, the red dragon hates the woman, and declares war on her and all of her children. That's us.

    • Violet: Why are you bullshitting me?!?
      Teacher: If the bullet had been an inch to the right, it would've missed my spine and I would have walked out of here. Might have even been able to stop him. An inch higher, it would have killed me. Sometimes shit just happens.
      Violet: Good people don't just have a bad day and start shooting people.
      Teacher: Maybe he wasn't a good person.

    • Billie: I see it all the time. The dead can hold a grudge better than most Scorpios.

    • Tate: I like birds, too.
      Violet: Why do you like them?
      Tate: 'Cause they can fly away when things get too crazy, I guess.

  • NOTES (4)