Oct. 05, 2011
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60 min.
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Vivien Harmon

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Connie BrittonConnie Britton
Constance Elaine "Connie" Britton is an American actress, singer and producer, known for The ...

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Murder House- "I'm finding it really hard to look at your face, because I really, really want to bash it in."

Vivien is adamant about using organic products; for example: she does not allow her family to drink from plastic containers and is horrified when her doctor suggests a hormone therapy to help her heal after her miscarriage. Vivien used to be a musician who played the cello but stopped for unknown reasons. She miscarried her second child at seven months but had to carry him for another two months and deliver him stillborn. This may have been the reason she stopped her music. After the stillbirth of their son her husband had an affair with a student and she caught him cheating in their bed.

She wants to be in love with her husband but the thought of being intimate with him again makes her sick.

Her Story

After an appointment with her doctor, she finds her husband in bed with one of his students, Hayden, and in anger, cuts her husband with a knife. A year later, in an effort to get a fresh start they drive towards Los Angeles to potentially buy a new home. There they purchase what will soon to be referred to as the "Murder House ". Shortly after moving in, Vivien is frightened by the sudden appearance of a girl who ominously warns her that she will die in the house. Constance, her new neighbor, walks in nonchalantly and establishes that the girl is her daughter, Addy. Later, an elderly woman named Moira O'Hara persuades Vivien to hire her as their housekeeper after explaining that she has worked in the house for previous owners. After an argument, she and Ben have sex for the first time in over a year. Later, she again has sex with whom she believes is Ben in a rubber suit, not knowing Ben is sleepwalking downstairs. She becomes pregnant from one or both of these encounters.Vivien and Violet are taken hostage by the perverse groupies of a famous serial killer, leading to traumatic stress and a drive to be more security conscious.

Vivien discovers that her house is a fixture on the Eternal Darkness Tour, which she embarks upon to discover more about the house's history. She cuts her tour short when she begins to discharge blood, and she fears a miscarriage. She becomes more determined to get out of the house as soon as possible.

Vivien discusses, with Ben and Marcy, putting the house back on the market and agree upon hiring "fluffers" to fix the image problem caused by being a stop on the Eternal Darkness Tour. Vivien meets Luke, who installs a new security system and assures her that he is at her beck and call. Vivien mistakes ghosts Chad and Patrick for the expected decorators and invites them inside. She later confronts Ben about the phone bills which indicate that he's been in contact with Hayden and when she begins getting calls from Hayden she is angered enough to suggest Ben leave. Their fight is interrupted by strange contractions and Ben rushes her to the hospital. There the ultrasound shows something that causes the nurse to faint. They arrive home to a screaming alarm and a missing daughter.

Vivien reasserts her desire for Ben to leave then heads up for a bath when she receives another harassing call from Hayden. She discovers a message scrawled on the bathroom mirror imploring that she ask Ben about Boston and she realizes that Hayden is in the house. She intends to call the police, but Ben talks her down and attempts to handle the situation while she confronts Chad who is vandalizing decorations in the yard and is met with accusations. Hayden again begins taunting Vivien by phone and she takes up the search for her which culminates in a struggle to save her dog and her unborn child.

Vivien must come to a bitter arrangement with Ben who, though he has moved out, continues to see clients at the house. At the suggestion of Constance, she begins a diet of sweetbreads. Recent events are putting a strain on finances and Vivien speaks to Moira about letting her go but she agrees to continue her duties free of charge. Concerned about what she saw in the ultrasound, Vivien calls after Nurse Angie, who claims it was the Antichrist.

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