There are only two characters who starred in both ‘Freak Show’ and ‘Asylum’ — and tonight we found out how they both landed there.
In American Horror Story: Freak Show, we’re used to seeing a ton of blood, a ton of violence and well, a lot of emotion. The Dec. 17 episode used emotion more than ever, really pulling at our heart strings when we got a look into Pepper’s past, and got introduced to a side of Elsa (Jessica Lange) we’ve never seen.
Pepper’s Story — The Overlap Revealed
Mourning the loss of Salty (Christopher Neiman), we got a glimpse into Elsa’s soft side, how it all began in the ’60s. She had realized that others wanted to rid of the “freaks” in their families, while she found them beautiful. So she went to an orphanage and met Pepper — immediately feeling unconditional love. After that, she bought Ma Petite with three cases of Dr. Pepper to fill Pepper’s “maternal needs.” Then a few months later, she found Salty and the two fell in love.
“The bride and groom knew six words between them, but it was deeply moving,” Elsa said, explaining Pepper and Salty’s wedding.
Pepper Lands In The Asylum
However, Elsa wanted her to have a family again — so she brought her to her snooty sister’s house and for the first time, showed that her true love was for Pepper, and the way they communicated without words. Elsa clearly didn’t know the dangerous hands she was leaving Pepper in, but ended up saying an emotional goodbye.
We flash forward ten years to 1962, when her sister pays a visit to Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe). Yes, this is the character from AHS: Asylum, which took place a little after Freak Show. (Pepper and Eunice are the only two characters who crossed over.)
Pepper’s sister and husband got so fed up of their strange sister and crying baby that they planned a murder; they killed the baby and pinned it on Pepper, which landed her in a straight jacket. However, Sister Mary can see the feelings and pain behind Pepper’s eyes, and decides to work with her while in the asylum — even letting her organize magazines in the library instead of scrubbing toilets.
While doing so, Pepper sees the cover of Time with Elsa on it. The headline is “TV’s Elsa Morse Still Owns Friday Night.” The date is July 6, 1958. (Reminder, the whole show takes place in 1952, so it looks like she’ll be heading to Hollywood after all.)
Maggie Tells Her Secrets
Back at the freak show, things weren’t so happy for Maggie (Emma Roberts), who was going crazy while Jimmy (Evan Peters) was in jail. So she got drunk and told Desiree that she wasn’t a fortune teller but that she and Stanley (Denis O’Hare) had been business partners — and even brought her to the museum and showed her Ma Petite and Salty.
During their visit, the latest exhibit was being shown — and they were Jimmy’s lobster hands! Stanley had visited Jimmy in prison and told him that he could get him an expensive lawyer but would need some sort of payment. Clearly, he also needed two hands.
What did you think of the episode, HollywoodLifers? Are you shocked they took his hands? Are you shocked at Elsa’s soft side? Do you think Pepper will return?
— Emily Longeretta