“American Horror Story: Freak Show” recap (4.7): Blood is Thinner Than Ink

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When Sarah Paulson tweeted that the last 10 minutes of this episode contained the most disturbing scene AHS has ever done, I braced myself for something even more traumatic than the conversion therapy of Asylum, and seriously considered letting someone else write this recap for me. While we never plumbed quite those depths, the story is creeping steadily into darker and darker territory.

When last we left Miss Elsa’s curiosities, Esmeralda ditched Stanley and his schemes for Jimmy and his claws. All the performers began to mistrust Elsa after she “accidentally” threw a knife straight into Paul’s abdomen. Thankfully his true love, Grace Gummer, forsook her father to tend to his wounds. Finally Jimmy went to Dandy’s mansion to rescue the twins, and meet what seemed like certain doom.

Luckily for Jimmy, Mother Mott is present and she forbids Dandy from doing anymore eviscerating, at least while the maid is still so new.

Bette: We don’t need rescuing, Jimmy! We’re fancy ladies now! Look, I have caviar on my ice cream! Plus, also, Dandy is the hero who saved those children from the killer clown.
Jimmy: Come to think of it, he was at Twisty’s murder-circus that night…oh fuck oh fuck he was the other clown. Get up, get up, we’re leaving right now.
Dandy: My darlings, I won’t allow Jimmy to separate us! Just as I would never allow a surgeon to separate you.
Dot: Who said anything about a surgeon?

ahs7.1-1MOTHERFUCKER, HAVE YOU BEEN READING MY DIARY?

Serial killing is one thing, but diary-reading is quite another, so the twins leave with Jimmy.

Sarah Paulson’s warning aside, the most horrifying scene of the episode is Jimmy singing Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” It’s not because it’s god-awful (although it is), but because it is such a transparent attempt to ensure Murphy and company get those sweet iTunes royalty checks once Glee goes the way of Meep the Geek.

ahs7.2-1TAKE ME NOW, EDWARD MORDRAKE.

While Jimmy does his best Cobain, Del scours the gay bars in search of his dearly departed love. When everyone is like, “Nope, haven’t seen him since he left here with a dude in a cravat,” Del vents his feelings by smashing a bartender’s face in. Little does he know that the freak shows’ other gay, Stanley, is watching the whole scene from a corner booth.

ahs7.3-1WOULD THAT I HAD A JAR BIG ENOUGH FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA.

Back at the big top, Jimmy drags the twins in front of the whole show as proof of Elsa’s treachery. But then Dot surprises everyone by changing the story. She now claims that she asked Elsa to take them to Dandy’s and experience a life of luxury. Bette’s plan is clear: use Elsa’s Hollywood money and connections to get the surgery she craves, but keeping a viper like Elsa in striking range is foolish in the extreme. Actually, that’s the move that makes me officially decamp from Team Bette to Team Dot. While I will always favor brooding women, I cannot in good conscience take the side of a woman who perpetually frowns and plans to sacrifice her sister’s life just so she can masturbate in peace.

Speaking of surgeries, Ethel and Desiree accompany each other to the doctor’s office so Desiree can have her clitoris shrunk to normal proportions and Ethel can monitor her failing health.

ahs7.4-1SO I TOLD RYAN, “WE DON’T NEED JESSICA. HELL, I CAN SING.”

But it seems that after Del destroyed his hands, the good doctor took his own life. RIP, doc. I’m betting his death will contribute to some mob violence against the freak show father down the road.

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