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thoughts on american horror story: birth

It’s hard to believe this was the last episode before the season ends. It feels like we just met the Harmons and now we’re about to say goodbye…for now, forever…who knows? Birth may have answered a few questions about the lady Harmons, but even then, we still don’t know the fate of the family. American horror story’s don’t have happy endings and if this one does, they really should have went with a different and lighter show title.

  • Little Tate meets little Thaddeus. Constance was passed out and Tate makes his way to the basement. Before Thaddeus (Infantata) can grab him, Nora saves Tate and now we know why he felt so indebted to her, that he was willing to rape, steal and kill to get her a baby. We don’t know how much they interacted throughout the years, but for that moment, she was the mother he wanted. Did anyone else notice that Nora’s clothes were lighter in 1984, but by the time we bounced back to the present, she was wearing darker clothes?
  • Daddy (still) doesn’t know. For some reason, the scene between Ben and Violet, when he tries to make her go visit Vivien, really struck me. We knew she wouldn’t be able to leave, but I was hoping there would be a twist here and she wouldn’t disappear once the car left the property.
  • Chad got his man back and they are planning to raise the twins, together. Except, Patrick doesn’t really want any of that. All he wants is to be with the man he was going to be with before Tate killed him. Chad over hears all of this and crosses himself off the list of people/ghosts that want those babies.
  • “I’m dead, don’t you get it? Of course he doesn’t Violet, your father isn’t going to get it until the very end it seems.
  • One red crib and one white crib. I highly doubt this was by accident. Even if Chad and Patrick simply “broke up” before finishing the painting.
  • Chad called Violet “Elvira”. Wednesday would have been much more appropriate. But speaking of snippy Chad…
  • Constance and Chad should have had a scene together weeks ago! A lovely battle of the bitches, with Chad mocking Constance’s failure as a mother and her mocking his entire lifestyle.
  • Billie Dean is the real deal. Although the spell she gave Violet didn’t work, she can definitely speak to the dead, as evidenced by the telepathic moment. But why does she hate Tate? Sure, there are a few reasons to dislike him, but what’s her reason? And I didn’t see it before, but I’m wondering now if she’s Constance’s fourth child. This theory isn’t based on anything substantial, except they looked so alike in this episode and her Tate hatred.
  • “Dr. Harmon, it’s time.” The twin gingers vandalizing Ben’s car helped set the mood, but Charles and the ghost nurses delivering the baby really added to the creep factor of this scene. The first baby is born “stillborn” and passed to Nora (I don’t think they mentioned if it was a boy or girl) and the second baby boy is immediately scooped up by Constance.
  • “From blood and pain come perfection.” I was waiting for psychotic Hayden to make her entrance and she did, but I don’t think she’s going to get that baby from Constance. That woman has survived the death of pretty much everyone around her, surely she won’t be killed by Ben’s former mistress.
  • “Or did he change when he raped your mother?” Violet finally believes that Tate is a monster and calls him “the darkness”. She sends him away. I’m not sure if this means she can no longer see him or if he’s sent to some other realm briefly. Stupid AHS ghost rules.
  • The house wins again. Vivien and Violet are dead, together. No cliffhanger. No going into the season finale wondering what will happen to Vivien. She died during childbirth and unlike the other ghosts in the house, she’s stuck there with someone she actually loves. I doubt Tate will like that, but then again, I doubt she’ll be happy to hear he was the one who raped her.
  • Ben is alive and alone…for now. I’m pretty sure Ben will be dead next week too and I think he’s going to take someone down with him. I can see him committing suicide too, but I don’t want it to be at the house, Violet and Vivien have been through enough at this point.

Check out Ryan Murphy’s interview for this episode.

Next Week: Afterbirth (season finale)


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thoughts on american horror story: smoldering children

I just noticed that American Horror Story doesn’t do a ‘previously on’ at the start of each episode, which means you can recall the season’s events as you remember them and not how the writers/producers/etc. want you to. Very refreshing. Smoldering Children focused on two very different love stories: Constance and Larry, and Violet and Tate. Questions were answered, hearts were broken and theories were completely shattered, so overall, it was the perfect episode to lead into the end of the season.

  • 1994 was a big year for Larry, Addie, Tate and Constance:
    • Tate’s father ran away when he was six and Constance wanted people to think that Hugo fled town with his mistress, which makes Hugo Tate’s dad….right?
    • Constance lost the house and got it back by living with Larry.
    • Larry’s family really did burn themselves alive. He’s innocent, not of adultery and cruelty, but he wasn’t lying when he said he was lying about killing them. Make sense?
    • Tate is indeed Constance’s “golden boy”, so now we definitely know the fourth child is also deformed/disfigured.
    • Tate did some drugs and dealt with some mommy issues by setting Larry on fire and heading off to school to kill his classmates. D.A.R.E. and Freud would have a field day with that one.
  • Ben believes Vivien was raped. Wait….since when?! Last week he was convinced she had an affair. He crossed his one and only suspect off the list and that’s it?
  • Detective Granger was played by Charles S. Dutton. I haven’t looked at him the same since his role in Gothika.
  • The colored section? What on Earth would he be doing there?” Oh Constance.
  • Larry provides Constance with human contact. Why? Because I was wrong and Larry is alive.
  • “I never loved you. I endured you for the sake of my family. That is all.” Another zinger from Constance, but this may have been the moment she screwed herself.
  • “Once I discovered that he had cheated, Hugo meant no more to me than dog shit.” Seriously Constance? You turned him into dog food? Constance as the scorned lover who shoots her husband and his mistress makes sense. Constance as the crazy killer who grinds body parts into mush….doesn’t.
  • Violet’s IQ is “north of 150”. Ben may have just been bragging to make sure he got her into the school, but I believe she’s that smart.

  • Smoldering children…and wife. Larry’s daughters have started playing with Travis. Larry can see all of this, as well as his wife, because he’s ‘ready’ and ‘on the cusp’. Does this mean Larry is about to die? Or is he ‘on the cusp’ of paying penance for what he did?
  • Ben learns that Tate is Rubber Man. He probably won’t remember or he’ll explain what happened with logic, like he does everything else.
  • “Hi, I’m Tate. I’m dead. Want to hook up?” I saw a post on Reddit about two weeks ago that speculated Violet was dead. I didn’t agree with the theory, but just like with Larry, I was wrong. Violet got Malcolm Crowe’d. Tate wanted her to commit suicide on her own terms so that she wouldn’t feel sad about her initial (successful) attempt. She came to terms with her death rather quickly, but she didn’t look elated when Tate said they’d be together forever. Also, how is this going to work when Ben and Vivien find out?
  • Poor Larry. He admitted to a crime he didn’t commit for a woman that doesn’t love him. However, that look in his eyes when Constance got up to leave makes me think it’ll be “poor Constance” by the end of the season.

Next Week: Birth

A lot of people ghosts want those twins. My theory? Vivien dies and gets to keep both of them. Ben finds out Violet is dead after he loses his wife, so he kills himself.

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thoughts on american horror story: rubber man

Rubber Man was either spectacularly done or a night of lazy plot devices designed to explain away a few key mysteries, which means this episode was either awful or amazing. I’m going to go with amazing. Not only was there a brief literary review (see Moira), but also we learned the identity and motive of the rubber man. Poor Harmon family.

  • Ghost rules don’t apply. A lot of viewers speculate about whether or not Larry is alive. This speculation is based on ‘ghost rules’ (i.e., he shouldn’t be able to leave the house if he’s a ghost or he killed Hayden which he couldn’t do if he was a ghost). Last night we learned ghosts could have sex with humans (Tate/Vivien and it seems Tate/Violet as well). Normal ghost rules don’t apply here and AHS ghost rules aren’t clearly defined enough to use them.
  • [SPOILER ALERT] Tate is the rubber man. I speculated that Tate was the impregnator and it turns out that blind shot in the dark was accurate. Tate was dead at the time of conception…so those twins are definitely not human. Tate did it for Nora, which makes his deceit almost altruistic. They’re really doing a good job of playing the monster/angel sides of that kid’s personality.
  • Poor Chad. It wasn’t enough that he saw the nasty sextuals between JungleJim4311 and Hardlovejunky656 or that he purchased an outfit designed to ‘dehumanize’ and make him a ‘sex toy’, something he clearly wasn’t comfortable with, but it turns out he was losing Patrick AND the house.
  • “Every relationship is a power play, with or without the props.

  • Hayden is a fast learner. Somehow she figured out in weeks, what Nora hasn’t realized in decades. They are dead and can’t leave the house. She realized that the house gives them power, which they can use to be visible or invisible. She also found the time to keep up a rousing sex (after) life with Constance’s former amor.
  • Violet hasn’t been to school in two weeks. Vivien is emotional absent and Ben is just…absent. They aren’t doing a great job with this whole parenting thing, maybe Nora and Hayden should take over the motherly duties.
  • Moira offers up a mini-lecture on feminism. Feminist critique of The Yellow Wallpaper, hysteria is derived from the Greek work for uterus and men, especially Ben, suck.
  • Poor Vivien. Hayden has dedicated a day to screwing with her, Violet decided that Tate’s love > mommy’s sanity and she’s convinced Ben is orchestrating the whole thing. No one can blame her for going women, interrupted.
  • “Maybe he laughed and you bit the man’s head off.Haha. I see what you did there.
  • Ben deserved to be shot. Subsequently, Vivien deserved to go to the loony bin. I don’t blame her for going crazy, but she didn’t even open her eyes when she pulled the trigger! That could have been Violet!

So what comes after the big rubber man reveal? The Pope, of course.


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thoughts on american horror story: piggy piggy

Piggy Piggy’s 1994 opening disturbed me in a way that hasn’t been done since Sons of Anarchy’s season two opener. Unfortunately, that was the “high” point of an otherwise disconnected evening. I won’t go as far as to say it was filler, but the episode essentially reiterated what the Halloween special covered, while only moving the plot along ever so slightly.

  • Tate is definitely my favorite character now. Yes, he’s a monster, but he’s also so hopelessly fucked up. Maybe my sympathy for Tate comes from that last scene with Violet holding him or knowing that he really has no clue what he did. But mostly, I’m hoping Larry is right and the house does make you do very bad things or as Constance put it, “This house will make you lose your sanity.”
  • Violet used Roundsearch (seemingly a nod to Google) to find the Westfield High articles and it was all down hill from there. We knew she was chock full o’ angst, but similar to her ghostly bf, she seemed tortured. I’m interested to see how this influences her relationship with Tate and her family. Also, I didn’t feel like she was trying to commit suicide until Tate thought she was.
  • Billie Dean Howard was played by Sarah Paulson (Serenity, Nip/Tuck, etc.) and we know she’s a medium…but that’s pretty much it.
  • Vivien’s fake security call was step one on what seems like a path down Infidelity Street. She’s dealing with a lying, cheating husband and Morris Chestnut is the potential ‘male mistress’…who can blame her? SN: As the wronged party, it’s understandable that she calls the shots, but I’d love for her to get a job/hobby/something so her air of authority makes more sense.
  • The Piggy Man urban legend has to be fake since it’s so incredible stupid. Fortunately, this is the closest thing I could find and it sounds way more interesting. And speaking of…
  • Ben’s patient, played by Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), should sue Ben for idiocy. Your patient is deathly afraid of urban legends and as a professional you think it’s a good idea to have him face his fears in your home? The same home that messes with you and your family on a weekly basis? No wonder the majority of your patients end up dead.
  • Moira offers to work for free. As if she has a choice. Ha!
  • Raw brains…for the baby, of course. The look of “huh” and “WTF” Vivien had on her face after blissfully eating that organic delicacy makes me wonder if she had any control over her body while eating it. Maybe Constance put something in the other items she brought over or perhaps it’s the devilish offspring the ultrasound technician is convinced she’s carrying.
  • The dead can hold a grudge better than most Scorpios.” Touché Billie. (For the people that wonder what this means: Scorpios, myself included, are ‘notoriously’ petty and will hold a grudge until the day after forever.)
  • Addie didn’t want to be with Tate in death. So that means that she’s dead now, right? Constance didn’t make it to the yard in time, so Addie is dead. And by dead, I mean the kind that doesn’t come back, not the kind that run around the basement.
  • Violet is a medium and Tate’s in love with her. If that’s true, then why can Ben and Vivien see the dead too? I would argue that they can only see them while in the house, but Larry pops up during Ben’s jogs.

We’re official half-way through the season and next week it looks like the focus is on the baby, as well as Vivien and Ben’s deteriorating relationship.

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american horror story recapping: halloween

How fitting that one of the scariest shows on TV would have a two-part Halloween special. Last week’s episode would have worked great all on its own, but knowing that there’s a potential pay-off for all those loose ends being tied up in Halloween (Part Two) makes all the little tricks and treats that much sweeter. If you didn’t already know American Horror Story has been renewed for a second season so maybe this will be a new Halloween tradition.

Before we jump into last night’s episode, here are a few stray observations from Halloween (Part One):

  • The time-jump was much shorter this time, showing us the house in 2010. Chad (Zachary Quinto, Heroes + Star Trek) and Patrick seem to be yet another couple that has had their love sucked right out of them by the house. What does this house do to love?!
  • Addie and Constance hinted at a history of “competing” for lovers, but is that relevant to their overall story or just a throwaway fact about the dynamics of their relationship?
  • Why in the hell would they emphasize Halloween to try and sell a house that’s already unmarketable because people worry it’s haunted?
  • Is Tate the father of Vivien’s “baby”? The same “baby” that made the nurse faint and may not even be a real baby.
  • Ben is incredibly emotional. We don’t know a lot about his emotional history, so I can’t tell if this is a byproduct of the house or if he’s genuinely a sensy (short for sensitive guy).
  • I’m convinced Tate lives somewhere in the house, but why are Constance, Addie, Moira and Larry stuck in this world, yet not completely stuck in the house that they’re so clearly tethered to? I’m sure that’s a season long question, but still!
  • No wonder Violet is so dismissive of her parents; they didn’t even taken a second to bring her with them to the hospital. Proper parenting rules on this show must dictate that you leave your daughter alone in the house that she was recently attacked in.

And now on to ‘Halloween (Part Two)’:

“I painted it black, I know how much you don’t like normal things.”

Larry has finally shed the nice guy act and we pick up where we left off last week, with him insistently banging on the door. Violet is obviously shaken, even without seeing the figure behind her and the hand that reaches out from under her bed. Tate summons her to the basement and gives her a black rose to begin their evening together. Ben and Vivien come home to find Violet gone, all the while still in full fight mode. If Ben wasn’t close enough to the edge, Hayden comes to the door. I’m not sure why this doesn’t freak Ben out more since he saw her being buried, but I’ve given up on these people using their best deductive reasoning skills.

I won’t be the victim of your extortion!

Ben (finally) snaps and beats the crap out of Larry, who continues to taunt him even with a bloodied and battered face. Larry begs Ben to kills him and lets him know that Hayden (along with all of the other dead) has nothing to lose. At this point I was wondering if Larry was speaking for the dead or if he was part of that group. While all of this is happening, the security patrol officer (Morris Chestnut) that originally helped installed the security system came to the house because the alarm was going off. I always assumed they send the cops, but maybe this a hands-on security company.

Nice costumes. Who are you, the dead Breakfast Club?

In the throes of their hardcore make out session, Tate is the one to abruptly stop, which makes Violet immediately question his sexuality. Of course he couldn’t have just been being a gentleman since Violet is a virgin, he has to be homosexual for not wanting to make love to her on the beach. But actually, it’s neither of those things. Tate tells her the meds that he’s on make him…less than ready. He tells Violet about his disdain for high school and as he’s doing an angst-riddled monologue, the couple is joined by a group of dead (or undead teenagers). They seem to know Tate and mention the house, his mommy and the fact that he’s been hiding for years. They taunt him, but never actually touch him like they so obviously want to.

I’m not protecting her, I’m protecting you!

Hayden calls Vivien and repeatedly tells her to ask Ben about Boston. When Vivien sees the message on the fogged mirror (such a wonderful horror movie cliché), she tells Ben that Hayden is in the house. He tells her they can’t call the police because it will draw unwanted attention to the murder house (oh, now that’s a concern). Ben travels down to the basement to look for Hayden (again with the basement!) and while she rots right in front of him, he’s clocked over the head with Larry’s handy shovel. Perhaps Vivien can’t hear any of this because Chad is destroying all of the Halloween decorations in front of the house.

I love what you’ve done with the kitchen.

Poor preggo Vivien can’t go back to her relaxing bathtub because it’s occupied by Hayden, who pulls a move straight out of the stalker handbook and seemingly kills the puppy we all forgot about. At some point, Tate and Violet came back to the house and made it up to her room without crossing paths with any of the other people that were there. Not sure how they pulled that off, but as the two are arguing about whether or not Tate knows the Breakfast Club, they come to the house. Violet runs outside and threatens the group. They realize she doesn’t know about Tate, but still call her disturbed. Violet learns that they’re from Westfield High, which means nothing to her, but everything to viewers who saw this foreshadowed in the first episode. Tate’s visions about coming to school and killing everyone weren’t dreams…they were memories.

Back at the psycho love triangle, Hayden and Vivien are finally face-to-face, with both women realizing Ben hasn’t been upfront with either of them. Nora rescues Ben from the basement, but only so he can save the baby. Hayden continues to rant about wanting to matter (at least she’s consistent) and Ben admits that he’s cheated more than once. Oh Ben.

She wanted to be a pretty girl.”

Finally Addie’s death is addressed. Constance talks about the feelings of immortality when a child dies before their parent as we watch her put makeup on her daughter for one last time (I wasn’t the only one that was waiting for Addie’s eyes to pop open, right?). We learn that Tate is Constance’s son, but she tells Violet not to let him know his sister died. This is just one of a few puzzling things about this reveal, the other being why Ben never mentioned this before…assuming he knew.

Tate makes it back to the beach, chased by the group. They demand that he acknowledges what he’s done, but Tate genuinely seems to not know or remember. The cheerleader mentions that she would have been 34, so we can assume this happened at least 16 years ago. The group leaves with the sun and so ends Halloween night.

So where does all of this leave us?

We finally see most of the ghosts (??) together: Denis, Moira, Chad, Patrick, Nora and the nurses all enter the house as the sun comes up. We assume that’s where Hayden went when she disappears from the cop security car. We still don’t know why all of them are tied to the house, but at least we know a little bit more about what happens to people that die there.

Right now we know the most about Tate and Constance, and I find both of their stories interesting. I’m still a little unsettled by how slow the pacing is for this show, but given next week’s promo, I think we’re finally going to see what all of this means.

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