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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: open house

Open House was misleading. The promo hinted at a few things that didn’t happen, specifically the intense interactions between Ben and Vivien. When I heard ‘open house’, I expected to see people traipsing through the house, unsuspecting of its craziness. Instead we saw just one potential buyer and spent the majority of the evening seeing the layers (tiny, slow moving layers) peeled back on Constance and company.

  • Constance and Larry were in love in 1994. The same year Tate went on a shooting spree. Although it had to be later in the year since Constance had already moved out and the son she was most worried about was Bo. The red ball hints that this was the person Addie was playing with in the basement and we now know that Constance had Larry kill him.
  • Vivien is having twins. It’s probably unrelated, but I immediately thought of the twin boys that were killed in 1978.
  • Mr. Escandarian was played by Amir Arison, Prince Farid Bin Abbud on Homeland.
  • Larry has been lying about how he became disfigured. Since he’s a liar, I don’t know what to make of anything his character says anymore. Well that’s just great.
  • Vivien’s masturbatory fantasies aka the misleading bit from the promo. She isn’t cheating on Ben…yet. But she thought about the security guard, then Ben and then Ben in the rubber suit (we still don’t know who that was, but we at least know she thought it was Ben at the time). She really did deserve those few moments to herself.
  • Do you believe in ghosts?”  So Tate, what kind of game are we playing here? Do you know you’re a ghost now? Is this some Sixth Sense thing where you don’t figure it out until the end?
  • Watching Mr. E and Moira made me wonder…are her words as sexually laced as we hear or is that all part of how men see her? We’ve never heard the older Moira say any of these things, so do they sound ‘normal’ when she says them?
  • Larry has a home? It was nice seeing Ben with some gumption, but I’m still not convinced Larry is alive. Sure, Ben did a background check on Larry, but then again, he thinks Tate has a background too.
  • Larry was/is in love with Constance. He wanted the house for her then and he wants it now. He was willing to kick his wife out, as well as their kids, so Constance could live there again. His wife decided to burn down the house…and kill Larry? If any of his family really did die in the house, we’ll see them soon enough…unless Larry is the only one who died (I’m not letting go of that theory until I have to).
  • Armenians and OJ mentioned in the same episode…coincidence?
  • Charles frankensteined Thaddeus for Nora. Or maybe because he was sick in the head and drugged up. Either way, I didn’t want to see the ‘baby’ that scratched up Nora’s chest.
  • Why is Constance so mean to Larry? Is it because he died without getting the house back for her?
  • Violet was drawn to that attic like Ben to the basement. Now she knows how to get rid of the ghosts, courtesy of Tate, who may or may not know he’s a ghost as well. This is getting frustrating.
  • Tate hates Constance. Where are his mommy issues coming from? And is the reason he’s not having the visions because Halloween passed or is it Violet’s presence?
  • We’ve met Bo, Tate and Addie. All three are dead, but only Bo and Tate are tied to the house. Who the heck is the fourth?! Assuming Tate is her golden boy, the fourth is going to be disfigured.
  • Larry killed Mr. E and Moira helped. I’m pretty sure every male viewer cringed during that scene.

We end the night with Vivien seeing a picture of Nora…the same Nora that came to see the house. Maybe now mother and daughter can bond while dad stays eerily tied to the idea that all of the things that are happening to them can be easily explained.

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