Holy moley! A whole heck of a lot happened on tonight’s episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, appropriately titled “Show Stoppers”. Episode twelve had a TON of jaw dropping “wtf” moments that need to be discussed immediately! So let’s get started!
Murder #1) The first murder we learn about in tonight’s episode is of the director of the American Morbidity Museum. At Elsa’s going away to Hollywood party, she offers Mr. Spencer a gift, which turns out to be the directors severed head in a jar. We flash to a scene of Maggie and Desi at the museum. Maggie feels faint from the displays and the director tends to her in her private office. It’s long past closing hours, and the ladies are the only ones in the building. As soon as Desi realizes that they’re alone, she stabs the director, killing her dead.
Murder #2) Elsa has been made well aware of the troubles Mr. Spencer has caused, and as soon as he’s given his gift, she decides to put an end to the con artist once and for all, with the freaks’ assistance. First Amazon Eve straps Spencer onto the spinning bullseye and let’s Elsa try her hand at knife throwing once more. “You tried to kill my dreams but they cannot be murdered,” she says. Mr. Spencer is taken off the bullseye and Elsa cuts his knee with one of the knives, and then leaves him to the mercy of the freak show troupe, who are all wielding weapons of sharp mass destruction. You can guess what happens next, it’s a wrap for Mr. Spencer! #BYEFELICIA
Murder #3) Both con artists go bye bye tonight, because Maggie’s the next to go! With Chester in charge of the freak show, he holds a meeting discussing the act lineup. Chester declares that for his magic act he’s going to saw the twin girls in half, per Marjory’s request. The girls tell him they no longer want to be his assistant and promptly leave. Luckily, Maggie is there to volunteer herself like a real stand up gal. “Get in the box, Lucy” Chester hisses. Maggie hops in, and Chester handcuffs her feet together to up the stakes of the trick. We then see Chester’s vision of the act, complete with his costume, makeup, and an audience. He gives a grand speech about the sawing in half trick and as he prepares to work his magic, something goes wrong. He begins envisioning Alice, Lucy, and Marjory’s heads on Maggie’s body. The different women begin speaking to him and accusing him which confuses Chester greatly. In a flash of flustered “what the hell am I doing?” Chester saws Maggie clean in half. He then pushes the boxes apart only to have Maggie’s blood and guts come spilling out of it. Yum! The freaks are completely shocked when they come back to the stage to find Chester a bloody mess and Maggie dead as a doornail. Lucky for Chester, the freaks don’t seem too concerned about it as he runs off to his beloved Marjory. Desi states that Maggie had it coming. “So what do we do now?” Asks Paul. “Steal her jewelry and bury the bitch,” Desi shrugs. #BYEFELICIA #AGAIN
Murder #4) The hits just keep on coming tonight, and in this case a doll is going to be the one to receive the blows. After Chester saws Maggie in half, he runs off to his tent to find Marjory packing her bags. She tells him that he messed up and now they have to leave again. Marjory exchanges some words about Chester being a murderer and her owner begs her not to leave him. In the midst of trying to grab hold of Marjory to keep her from leaving and all of the confusion and frustration building up in Chester, he begins to stab his beloved Marjory. We see him stab the human version of the doll and watch him weep over her dead and bloody body. At the end of the episode we see a bloody Chester carrying a bundle of equally bloody blankets into a police station, saying that he has to report the murder of a little girl. He sets the bundle carefully onto the table and the police remove the blankets only to see the Marjory doll staring back at them. Chester then drops to his knees and cries “I killed her, take me to the chair.”
Jimmy Gets Prosthesis: In the midst of all the murder happening at the freak show, poor Jimmy is still recovering from having his hands cut off. Lucky for Jimmy, Elsa knows just the guy to give him the prosthesis hookup, none other than Massimo, the man who made her own wooden legs and saved her life. We learn while Jimmy is in a pain induced daze that Massimo also used to be the love of Elsa’s life, “I would have married him if he hadn’t been such a fool,” she says. In this heart wrenching scene we learn about what happened after Massimo saved Elsa from her certain death fate after her legs were sawed off on film. Massimo promised to himself that we would seek vengeance on the men who mutilated his beloved Elsa. He hunted the men down and murdered them one by one. Finally he found the ring leader of the film, a Nazi doctor by the name of Hans Gruper. (Ring a bell, season two fans?! This is ARTHUR ARDEN!!!!!! #MindBLOWN!!) When Massimo approaches Gruper, the Nazi ends up shooting him in the leg and torturing him with electric shock therapy. (A fan favorite of Doctor Arden in Asylum!) When a dazed Jimmy asks Massimo why he never returned to Elsa, he confesses that his body survived the torture, but he was left with no soul, no humanity, and a heart that cannot love. SO SAD
Dandy Boys’ Boudoir Visit: Dandy is well aware that the twins have moved on to Mr. Chester, and he is not pleased at all. To shake things up a little, he visits the twins in their tent, saying that he comes only as a friend. “I asked myself, Dandy what can I do to be in support of those beloved girls?” And apparently the answer to that is bringing the police files for the murder of Alice and Lucy. He tells the girls that Chester is an “absolutely beastly SICKO!” (#loveit) This angers Bette and Dotte and they tell Dandy to leave. Dandy parts ways with the girls stating that “mother always told me never argue with a woman when she’s angry” he blows them kisses and exits the tent.
An Update On Elsa: So what’s up with the Queen Bee? Well let’s see here, before the freaks murdered Mr. Spencer, the con artist begins hollering that Elsa killed Ethel, which stirred up quite a ruckus. We then see some of the freak show troupe having a pow wow discussing what to do next. Everyone seems to be in agreement that Elsa killed Ethel, and they’re all just waiting on the word from someone to initiate her murder. Paul is the one to speak up saying “the only way to secure our future is to make sure Elsa doesn’t have one.” The freaks then prepare to murder their beloved ring leader. But not on the conjoined twins’ watch. The girls go into Elsa’s tent, warning her of the danger ahead. “But where will I go?” Elsa cries. “Anywhere but here,” replies sweet Bette. Elsa hauls ass out, and the murderous clan of freaks enter her tent only to find it empty. We then see Elsa waiting in a car on a dark and rainy night when a figure approaches. Who else could it be but Dandy Boy? He offers Elsa a stack of cash and they part ways. Guess who’s the new owner of the freak show, purchased for ten thousand smackers? Uh huh, you guessed it….DANDY!!!!!!!!
The episode ends on a final WTF moment when Dandy is checking out his new carnival digs. He hears a strange noise coming from backstage while he’s practicing his bows and blowing kisses, he goes to investigate and ends up finding this:
So there you have it, tonight’s episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show in a nutshell! What did you love about tonight’s episode? What did you hate? WTF is that creature that we saw at the end of the show?! I’d love to hear from you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Goodnight! -Sarah