Gooble Gobble One Of Us
American Horror Story is no stranger to borrowing pop culture horror tropes — I mean, that’s kind of the entire point of the series — but this episode is notable in that it was the first time that they actually referenced the pop culture trope that they were borrowing as they were borrowing it. When Elsa announces that they’ll be watching a movie (which Legless Suzi responds to by asking “not The Sign of the Cross again?,” a nod to the “Nor’easter” episode of Asylum) and that movie is Freaks, it was clear that Stanley was toast. Mutilated toast.
Filed Under “Things I will Never Unsee”
If for no other reason, I’m glad that NPH’s character is gone so we’ll be spared of any more scenes like this one. Was it the love of a good conjoined twin that finally broke Chester of his delusion? Either way it was only after he turned Margery away during sex that his delusions started to crumble, as it was revealed that he killed Alice and Lucy, not Margery. I mean obviously because she was a doll, but just in case there was any doubt.
Dr. Arden, Is That You???
OK so this was way cool. American Horror Story made its second Asylum-universe crossover of the season as it was revealed that DR. ARDEN HIMSELF was the one that cut off Elsa’s legs. The Axe Man (I don’t know what his character’s name is so I’m just calling him that) who built Elsa’s legs divulged in a flashback that he went after the men who tortured her, and the ringleader is revealed to be Hans Gruper — a.k.a. Dr. Arthur Arden! I did some digging and discovered that flashback Dr. Arden was actually played by James Cromwell’s son, John Cromwell; if you were wondering why the likeness was so uncanny. I haven’t said this too often this season, but well f*cking played, American Horror.