After Edward Mordrake Pt.1, we couldn't wait for the second installment of the American Horror Story: Freakshow Halloween special! (If you missed last weeks recap, see it here.) Last night's episode was Pt.2 and was described as follows "Edward Mordrake continues his search for a Freak to add to his ghostly coterie. Elsa tells the grisly story of her days in Germany. Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with the Twisted Clown."
Personally, I didn't think the episode was nearly as good as Pt.1. I basically felt like they were rounding out the story. We do get to see what's behind Twisty's mask for more than a .5 second glimpse and learn about Elsa's back story. I wouldn't say it was bad, just that every episode prior was better. Find out what happened below.
The episode opens with Mordrake making the rounds looking for his Freak. He visits Legless Suzi and Paul the Illustrated Seal. Suzi's disease and abandonment by her parents lead her to an accidental murder and the circus, while Paul's disfigured form led him to the movies, tattoos, and another sad circus tale. After hearing their stories he realizes they are not the ones.
He visits Elsa, who has been waiting for him. She tries to seduce him, thinking he will lead her to stardom and greatness. He calls her delusional and ignorant and tells her "This is no little prank, my lovely." His clan grabs her, thrusts her on the bed, and reveals her legless figure. She cries, "I'm not one of them." He brings to light what she really is and says "Now, tell me all about your darkest hour."
Cut to opening credits.
Jimmy and Maggie are riding home on the motorcycle, trying to get back before any cops see them out after curfew. They run out of gas and stow the bike in the bushes.
The captives in Twisty's bus (he's got three now: the girl, the young boy, and the older brother) are trying to get their hands loose. Twisty comes back and seems to get ready for a performance of sorts, but when he turns his back, the girl knocks him over and makes a run for it.
Jimmy and Maggie are planning to walk back. They see a girl screaming, running from a deranged clown who knocks her out, picks her up, and walks off with her. Jimmy follows to try and help.
Elsa continues to try to seduce Edward, and again he repeats that it will not work, he is not a man and that he feeds off "... the delicious moments when hope was lost, the sweet bleeding of a broken heart." Elsa tells of Berlin in 1932 and the sexual chaos where she was in the darkest corner of it all. She was a whore who never let her clients touch her or "put their filth inside" and gained a reputation as the one to call if you were looking for something creative. Eventually she acquired an audience who paid well. She said, "You trade away your humility, trick by trick. In the end I wasn't Elsa. I was nothing. A ghost, like you." Mordrake is disappointed and asks to hear about her legs.
Jimmy and Maggie see Twisty get into his bus, and realize that he's the killer. They decide to get the cops when Dandy knocks them out and says, "Time for the real Halloween show to begin."
Elsa tells Mordrake what happened to her legs. She started with "the watchers" (her audience), describing how she was their top seller and they were going to film a movie for her close up. She was aware enough to realize that there was no co-star, that she was drugged, and to remember the pain. The film begins to role, she's tied to a bed, and a chain saw cuts her legs off. The snuff film gets passed around. She pridefully says she was a star and follows the comment with a sorrowful reflection on the end of her career. Mordrake is pleased and declares her "The One" and Elsa is ready to be taken. She begs him, but the very last second he hears music.
The music is from Dandy and Twisty's show with the captives. Dandy is going to cut Maggie's in half, like in a magic show. Tied up, Jimmy struggles and hits Dandy. He yells for everybody to run, which obviously upsets the clowns. Twisty gets Jimmy in a deadlock, takes him into the bus, and is about to kill him when Mordrake shows up.
Dandy goes into full on tantrum mode, yelling as the captives escape.
Mordrake asks Twisty to remove his mask and tell his story. He does, and finally we see the gnarly what-used-to-be-a-mouth mess for more than .5 seconds. He can barely talk right and sounds like a dying animal. He begins, "It was 1943... I was the special children's clown at Rusty Westchester's Traveling Carnival." He loved the kids, but not the mean Freaks, who cornered him and accused him of being naughty with the children. He ran out of town, back to his mother, who turned out to be dead by then. He tried to craft children's toys, but was unsuccessful, which made him snap. He tried to kill himself, but failed. "I'm so dumb. I can't even kill myself."
Then, he had "one good idea" (that turned out to be pretty twisted!). He saved children from the freaks. He was completely delusional saying he had to get the children back, that he made a funny show for them, and got rid of their mean parents. He gave them candy, didn't make them do any chores, and even got them a pretty babysitter! "I'm a good clown," Twisty said to himself. Jimmy wakes up in the bus.
Mordrake says, "I have met many, a craving killer, many a sniveling coward in my time. But every one of them could admit the blackness in their own hearts when the hour came. You, have caused the demon to weep." The clown doesn't understand. Jimmy peeks up from the bus- is watching the whole thing play out. The demon face says "You are the one" and kills Twisty with multiple stabs. He falls and Mordrake's friends pick him (his ghost?) up and accept him into the group.
Dandy finds Twisty dead. He takes his mask.
Maggie and Jimmy are questioned by the police. Jimmy threatens about Meep. It's clear both of them wouldn't recognize the clowns and didn't know why the clown died. They somehow get gas in their motorcycle and drive back home. They tell Elsa the curfew is lifted. Maggie gives all the credit to Jimmy, saying that he saved everybody, and even kisses him on the cheek. Jimmy tells Elsa that Mordrake claimed his Freak.
A cars pulls up. It turns out to be the townspeople that want to thank Jimmy for saving their kids and the town. They shake his hand, bring brownies, and spread hugs all around. The Freaks finally find acceptance, and Jimmy even smiles! Elsa announces a show for the night, pointing out the box office. Del sees the crowd from afar.
For the sold out show, Elsa makes Bette and Dot warm up for the pinheads. Richard Spencer, a talent scout from Hollywood, California pays a visit. But really we know it's Stanley! He wants a ticket to the sold out show and of course Elsa is more than accommodating.
Sassy Dora encounters Dandy, who finally becomes the crazy clown he's been transitioning into. He slices her neck open and laughs as she bleeds to death on the floor.
We didn't see even a glimpse of Ethel or Gloria, but everyone else made an appearance in the episode. We learned about Twisty and Elsa. Jimmy is finally accepted by the town and the show might even be saved! Dandy is a full on crazy clown, Gloria's gone, and Mordrake got his Freak. Everything wrapped up nicely leaving us to wonder:
– What will Gloria do when she finds out Dora has been murdered and Dandy is now a clown and murderer?
– Will the townspeople continue to accept the Freaks? And what will Jimmy do about Meep?
– How will the show turn out with Elsa pushing Bette and Dot out of the spotlight?
– Is Ethel going to hang on for much longer? Will Angela stay with Del?
– Will Elsa fall into Richard Spencer's trap?
Watch a preview for next week's episode "Pink Cupcakes" below!
Stanley and Maggie hatch a plan to murder the Freaks. Gloria hides the evidence of Dandy's gruesome new hobby. A health scare reveals Desiree may not be the oddity she once thought.