It seems the direction has taken a turn and decided to stop being confusing because this week’s plot is as straight forward as it gets. Which is good, because it was actually my favourite episode so far in this year’s Story.
This time around, we are shot back into the singular, non-ambiguous reality. Seemingly, it is the latter fate of the twins from the previous episode that has occurred. Although instead of thinking it a dreadful spot, Bette is loving the attention and Dot actually sees a positive light in her captivity with the man-child Dandy (in terms of monetary gain and eventual surgical escape from her twin). Dandy too finds himself in an ideal position as his mental state (a byproduct of his family’s history of inbreeding) feels matched with both Bette and Dot’s congenital predicament – and thus spirals him into the realms of love.
Back at home base, the troupe lavish Elsa with gifts as it is her birthday week, only to bring the mood down with their long faces as they carry long their saudade for the twins. Elsa’s ruse du jour is that the girls, ungrateful as they were, slid away during their shopping trip. I suppose I’ve been playing the role of viewer so keenly to be out of touch with what the troupe may feel – I straight up don’t trust Elsa but the troupe seem to. They’ve had history – one where Elsa plays the part of saviour from their non-freak show life, I grant them that. Perhaps they’re caught up in their second-classness, in both the societal and freak show act spheres, that Elsa’s illusions of grandeur just seem both prophetic and godly.
In Scooby Doo land, the dynamic duo plot at grabbing their first freak sample – much to Mystic Mag’s chagrin as she too has found herself in the realms of love, more specifically, with Jimmy oh-so-Darling. Denis O’Hare insists on the impossible, wanting the twins lured away when they aren’t even there. (Again, were the pink cupcakes a scene from a parallel universe? Or was it a glimpse of the future? The confusion from last week is echoing, still.) As consolation, he asks for Jimmy’s hands – not going to happen. Mystic Mag, instead, offers a smaller, more passive option. Ma Petite. In full American Horror Story Freakshow fashion, we are presented two alternate versions of Ma Petite’s kidnapping and embalming – neither of which actually occurred as we see in the gleaming end where Mystic Mag emerges as one with the troupe.
Simmering in the back is Elsa and Paul’s unassuming and very much illicit affair. Realms of love, this was definitely not – but as the meme goes: don’t care, had sex. Similarly on the down low is Paul’s actual love affair with Nurse Laverne (admittedly, I don’t know her name) of first episode gangbang fame. With Elsa being the unreasonably delusional and jealous type; and Paul being the no-nonsense, completely untrusting of Elsa, one can only expect an outburst along the way. The Story being not one to disappoint us, has both Paul and Dandy bump into each other in a pharmacy – Paul, discriminated against whilst trying to procure perfume for his lady friend; and Dandy buying two of each girly items in hand for his lady friends. Ever the sharp one, Paul notices this and sees that Elsa must be part of this twin-disappearance conspiracy.
Back at the tents, Paul confronts Elsa about the runaway and so the troupe is met with a whirlwind tantrum. Again, in a strange response to Elsa’s unreasonable bitterness, the troupe tries very hard at calming the situation and proving their utmost trust in her. Elsa decides the only way to do this is to allow her to row knives at one of them whilst strapped to a spinning bullseye. Paul volunteers himself and with held breaths, the troupe watch as each of Elsa’s knives miss Paul’s person by mere inches. Of course, the star of the show is one for theatrics – she fakes a mistake and gives Paul a very much life threatening bodily wound, then again, fakes calling an ambulance which will never come.
Straight forward, wasn’t that? I’ll be anticipating a Jimmy and Dandy shoot out in the next episode. Perhaps also Paul’s eventual death? We all know very well that Murphy and Falchuk have no qualms about killing of characters, especially this far in the season. As a favour to me, I’m hoping the double-vision when it comes to event presentation will either explain itself or stop. We’ll soon find out.