‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: Edward Mordrake’s Audition Process
AHS picks up right where we left off; Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley) is on the prowl after Elsa (Jessica Lange) broke the rules and performed on Halloween. He’s now auditioning the freaks in Elsa’s troupe.
Legless Suzi (Rose Siggins) was abandoned by her parents as a child, and joined up with a group of vagrants. She stabbed one of her fellow travelers in the legs, killing him. Edward’s demon face passes.
Paul the Illustrated Seal (Mat Fraser) decided to become the monster everyone saw him as — we see him get tatted up, but he reveals that he left his face alone because it’s a handsome one and, on some level, he still wanted to belong. It’s pretty heartbreaking, really, but not quite evil enough for Demon Face. Pass.
Pepper (Naomi Grossman) and Salty (Christopher Neiman) are also nixed. They don’t have a story to tell; they’re just dancing around with ribbons in the dark. Pass.
Edward visits with Elsa once again, and she’s peeved that he took off as soon as her performance ended. She bangs on and on about how she needs someone by her side and changes she wants to make to her act, etc. etc. Edward is silent, and she prods him into talking. “‘Tis not your talent that renders me speechless,” he tells her. “‘Tis your delusional ignorance.”
Ohhhhh burrrrrn! He tries to tell her who he is and what he’s here for, and she still thinks it’s a prank until his ghostly freaks pin her down and remove her prosthetic.
He calls her out for playing at being a “zookeeper” when really she’s just like the rest of them. He demands that she reveal her secrets and we know that we’re in for one wild ride, so buckle in.
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: Elsa Tells Her Story
In the Weimar Republic in 1932, Elsa worked as a dominatrix in a brothel. She couldn’t find work as a stage performer, but she was a star in her own right. Hey, everyone has to get paid.
Some reeeal weird stuff starts happening to our eyeballs, including a man whom she forces to sit on her own version of the Iron Throne. (Nails hammered into a toilet seat. He thanks her for the privilege. Whatever floats your boat, I guess.)
Edward cuts in, however, and is like, um, can we get to the part where you lost your leg?
Later in 1932, Elsa decided to film some porn. Unfortunately, she was drugged, and as she blearily called out for her “co-star,” she was tied down and her leg was savagely cut off on film. It was a snuff film, and she was “lucky” to have survived. Someone came in to rescue her, and she never forgave him for it.
The snuff film made its rounds, and after that, Elsa’s career, as it were, was over. “I had the most beautiful legs,” she told Edward. No argument there — Jessica’s got some killer gams.
Edward’s demon face determines that Elsa’s the one, and she sobs and begs for him to take her. He hesitates, however, when he hears music in the distance.
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: Jimmy & Esmerelda Take In A Show On Their First Date
Jimmy’s (Evan Peters‘) motorcycle dies on his way back to the campground, and he decides to go into the woods with Esmerelda (Emma Roberts) in order to avoid being caught breaking curfew. Should go well.
In Twisty’s trailer park of horrors, the female prisoner manages to escape. She runs, shrieking, and is caught by Twisty (John Carroll Lynch) once again as Jimmy and Esmerelda watch from the bushes. Jimmy, ever pure of heart and ever the more suicidal for it, goes to find her.
Esmerelda, surprisingly, goes along with him; she seems a bit more of a survivalist than that, but being alone in those woods does not seem a stronger option.
Dandy (Finn Wittrock) happens upon them, natch, and he knocks them unconscious. Ah, well. You tried, Jimmy.
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: Origin Stories Are Not Just For Superhoes Anymore
It’s finally time for Dandy to get his moment in the sun. With a literally captive audience, his first trick is to saw a woman in half. (Again — literally.) Jimmy uses the distraction to get free of his restraints, yelling for everybody to run. (While that tactic has definitely failed in the past, I do have to wonder why they didn’t try and leg it when they could. )
As Dandy runs off to fetch his fugitives, Edward pays a visit to Twisty. He heard about his show!
Edward demands that Twisty remove his mask, and he does, launching into his origin story. (Because I have to suffer the visual, so do you. His tongue moves around in his cavernous, bloody maw in a truly gruesome fashion.)
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: Twisty Was Once A Clown That Children Actually Liked (If You Say So, Show)
Twisty was a children’s clown in 1943, and the kids loved him, apparently. He looked almost as scary then as he does now, because clowns are nightmares, but I digress.
He worked at a carnival, and he “loved the children, but not the freaks — they were mean.” Indeed they were.
You see, Twisty is a bit simple; he was dropped on his head as a child, and his mother was big into cocktails. But no matter, because Twisty just loved being a clown and doing his clown thing.
Just because they don’t like him, his fellow carneys tell him that the children accused him of some pretty untoward behavior. They convince him that the cops are coming for him, and word spread; Twisty couldn’t be a clown anymore because no carnival would take him on.
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: Twisty, Disgraced, Goes Back To Jupier
He went back home to Jupiter, with the idea to become a toymaker. When he tries to sell his wares, he gets denied because his toys are dangerous and creepy trash sculptures, essentially; he gets a little aggressive with a child in a toy store and the owner accuses him of being a pedophile clown in not so many words.
Twisty tries to commit suicide by shooting himself in the mouth, but, obviously, it doesn’t work. With a bandage over his face, he draws his scary face on and a new idea is born. He tries to sell balloons at the freak show, but given that he’s not an actual employee, Jimmy shoos him away.
That’s when Twisty started stealing children — to hear him tell it, he simply put on fun shows, gave them candy, and got a babysitter for them in the form of the young blonde girl. Of course, he’s killing parents and stealing, starving, and mentally torturing children. Regular clown stuff.
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: Edward Chooses His Next Victim
Edward decides on Twisty because he doesn’t understand the blackness in his own heart; every one of Edward’s confessors were able to confess their darkness but Twisty is pure of heart? Or something? That’s definitely what he’s getting at, but it’s nonsense. Anyway, Twisty made Edward’s demon face weep and that was enough for Edward Two-Face.
Finally, Twisty finds a place where he belongs, as he joins Edward’s coterie.
It was really interesting to see Twisty’s origin story, but it was a bit odd to see the vicious serial killer redeemed in such a way. While Dandy will surely end up being the more twisted villain of the season, not all outsiders and underdogs deserve a redemption arc.
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: Dandy Finds A Murder Totem
Of course, our intrepid heroes are not yet safe; Dandy is still running amok and has more screws loose than Twisty ever did. He picks up the mask off of Twisty’s dead body and puts it on — this is not going to go well for anybody. Something tells me that Dandy will take to this particular part with relish.
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: The Freaks Are Accepted But Undoubtedly Not For Long
The next morning, Jimmy and Esmerelda are being questioned by the police. One of the detectives calls Jimmy a hero, but it’s all very tense; Jimmy hasn’t forgotten about Meep’s death.
After Esmerelda and Jimmy ride back to the compound, she kisses him on the cheek and Elsa gives him a veery shrewd look.
The freaks finally receive the acceptance they’ve always secretly craved when the townsfolk come to shake Jimmy’s hand for saving everyone, and it’s kinda sweet!
Too bad it won’t last; Dell (Michael Chiklis) comes out of his trailer looking pretty displeased by the mingling and glad-handing. Remember when he freaked the eff out when Jimmy decided to take the troupe to a diner? Dell doesn’t want anybody getting a free show.
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: A ‘Talent Scout’ Comes For Elsa
Now that the house is packed, Elsa hasn’t forgotten the tiff she had with Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) the day before; they’re no longer the headliners, and will instead be opening for “the pinheads.” Dot is going to go off sometime this season. Count it.
Denis O’Hare finally makes his appearance in his part of the scam with Esmerelda as Richard, a talent scout from LA. Elsa eats this up as much a you might imagine she would.
Now that Esmerelda seems to have already softened, thanks to Jimmy, this won’t be ending well. Just to hazard a guess, Esmerelda and Jimmy will grow closer, Richard will expose himself as a fraud, and Jimmy will eventually learn of her association with Richard, and so on. No happiness allowed in the AHS universe!
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: Dora, We Hardly Knew Ye
In events that were utterly bound to happen, Dandy comes back for Dora (Patti Labelle); with his Twisty mask on, he cuts her throat wide open as she berates him for being the pathetic manchild that he is.
The episode closes on his creepy, laughing face.
Just when you think that your days of clown-induced nightmares are over, American Horror Story proves you wrong.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of tonight’s episode? Was Twisty a worthy choice for Edward’s coterie, or should it have gone to Elsa? How do you think Jimmy and Esmerelda’s relationship will progress from here? Finally, what did you think of Twisty’s origin story? Let us know!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner
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