Gloria Mott is lying on Dr. Feinbloom’s couch, her therapist whose face we never see. She is anxiously smoking a cigarette while playing with her gold lighter. She tearfully vents that she won’t commit Dandy, and we see flashbacks about his childhood days & upbringing. She thinks of Dandy as foreigner because he can play the part of an aristocratic boy, but he can’t understand the language. The word NO caused him offense & outrage, and he acted out in psychotic ways. He even killed the family cat when Gloria complained that it was digging in her azaleas. From that moment on she never let Dandy out of her sight; except for that time that he skipped away with the gardener’s son, Emil, who has never been found since. The therapist insists that she bring Dandy in for a session, but Gloria knows he would never agree to psychoanalysis so the plan is to trick him into going. He asks her if Dandy has had any recent psychotic incidents that has triggered her recent anxiety and she lies, “No, only a mothers intuition.” #Psycho
Dell & Jimmy are leading a search party in the woods for Ma Petite with a Bloodhound, and the dog leads them to a tattered & blood stained dress. They suspect that a coyote snatched and ate her, but spit out her dress because it was a carb and not a protein. #BadJoke.
Back at camp, Elsa is truly devastated with grief when told of the news while Ethel just glares at her with deep suspicion. Later that night Ethel brings Elsa some soup to her tent expecting her “to be high as Limehouse whore.” But Elsa observes that it is Ethel who is drunk. After Elsa praises Ma Petite for her life, she says Christmas is cancelled because she’s in mourning. Then Ethel gets bold and confronts Elsa and compliments her acting skills & staged grief for Ma Petite. Elsa slaps Ethel so hard that her beard nearly fell off. #LadyShave
Elsa is angry & tearful because Ma Petite was her most precious one, but Ethel tells her the only thing precious to her is the roar of the crowd. She thinks Elsa killed Ma Petite because she was jealous of her stealing the spotlight. Elsa is indignant for being accused. Ethel cries that after 14 years of devoted friendship she’s developed uneasy feelings about Elsa. Elsa growls that she is her savior & resents being called a murderer when she is grieving and flips the side table with soup on it, “Damn you for this!” #SoupNazi
Ethel tells Elsa she is like everyone’s mother. Even Ethel was rejected by her own mother. She thinks Elsa uses fake motherly love to control & manipulate her freaks until someone steps in her spot light; then the motherly love turns into murder. Ethel admits that she heard Elsa talking with Stanley when he suggested a mercy killing for the twins. Ethel cries that she died when she heard Elsa’s reply, “That’s quite a solution.” Elsa gets in her face, “That was a turn of phrase”, and she wants to be judged by her actions, not by her words. Elsa begins to storm out to find the twins to prove her innocence, but Ethel tells her she won’t find them because she took them somewhere safe away from her. As Elsa turns to leave again Ethel pulls out a gun and shoots her piercing a hole clear through her wooden leg. Ethel is stunned that she is not injured and wearing prosthetics, but Elsa laughs because she is freak like the rest of her children, “I love you because I understand you.”
In a flashback Elsa explains how a young soldier saved her from dying after the snuff film. He took her to a very skilled & talented prop maker, Massimo Dolcefino (Danny Huston, the Axeman from Coven.) He emigrated from Italy to Germany after he fell on hard times after the war making prosthetics for soldiers. He gave her medical care & promised to make her beautiful again and that she was his greatest challenge. Massimo meticulously hand carved her new limbs, “Let my legs carry you.” #Bellissimo
Elsa kept her secret from Ethel due to her shame. Still holding the gun, Ethel is not sympathetic and in her despair intends to kill Elsa and then commit suicide, “The curtain comes down tonight.” Elsa nervously looks around her room & asks Ethel if they can drink schnapps together before they die. Elsa goes to her bar cart and swiftly picks up a knife and throws it across the room, and it hits Ethel directly in her left eye & kills her. #BullsEye
Later Jimmy rushes to the big tent to see why Maggie is frantic. Elsa and all the freaks are present as Maggie explains to Jimmy that she was picking flowers for Ma Petite’s memorial when she witnessed a car crashing into a tree. Ethel was driving, and she thinks she committed suicide. Jimmy doesn’t believe his mother would kill herself, but Desiree & Dell confirm that she was terminally ill. They rush to the crash scene and find Ethel’s head in the grass, decapitated from the crash impact. A bloody chain was also found and Stanley concluded that Ethel wrapped one end of the chain around a tree and the other end around her neck so that her death would be quick. Elsa melodramatically drops to the ground screaming and crying “Why? Why? Why? Why?” Her wailing was quite the performance while a tearful Jimmy consoled his mother’s murderer.
It turns out that the car crash was a set up by Stanley to help Elsa cover up Ethel’s murder. We see a flashback of how Stanley staged the cover up. Since Ethel had an obvious knife wound to her eye, he needed to create an illusion to distract from it. Elsa is serving Norma Desmond glamour in a turban and is second guessing Stanley’s plan & motives. He tells her that this is what agents do in Hollywood for their clients. He is fulfilling his obligation to protect her & her career because she is going to be a star and win an Oscar. He wrapped a chain around Ethel’s neck & tied it to the tree, and then put a stone on the accelerator. Voila! Again for the 2nd time in two AHS seasons, Kathy Bates gives #GoodHead.
At the Mott mansion Gloria comes home to find that Dandy has been entertaining Regina (Gabourey Sidibe), Dora’s daughter, with a game of Chutes and Ladders. She wants to speak with her mother, but Gloria stalls her by saying Dora is on an expedition for squash & candelabras. Clearly Regina doesn’t believe her, and says she’ll wait. #TickTock
All the freaks, except for Elsa, attend Ethel’s nighttime funeral. Jimmy eulogized about her ability to fix anything & her dirty jokes. He tearfully adds that his mother was a woman of culture & recites poetry by Emily Dickinson. Afterwards the men leave for a drink, while Desiree, Amazon Eve, Legless Suzi, & Penny remain at the grave site. Desiree also eulogizes Ethel by saying she was tough & funny and didn’t need a man to take care of her & Jimmy. Then Penny talks about how her father tattooed her face when he couldn’t control her anymore. They have no confidence that the police will charge her father, so an angry Desiree leads the women freaks with a pact to get vigilante justice on Penny’s father. #Revenge
Dandy is at Dr. Feinbloom’s office under the pretense that he is being tested for his IQ. The therapist gives him the Rorschach test, and Dandy sees a bloody murder scene in every one of the inkblots. The shrink tells Dandy he can’t determine his score yet, but he needs to see him twice a week. Dandy realizes he is being tricked, but he has zero self-awareness. Instead of shutting up & hiding his crazy, he indulges in talk about National Geographic and cannibalistic tribes in New Guinea that eat other tribes to get their power. He stares at the doctor and rhetorically asks him if the same thing can be done by bathing in someone’s blood. Dandy is Bed Bath & Beyond CRAZY!!!
Later at the mansion, Dandy is wearing a red tartan plaid suit that only a few men can pull off. He looks like a Ralph Lauren ad. If I wore that I would look like a Xmas wrapped teddy bear. Gloria is decorating a Christmas tree in his room, and he confronts her about tricking him into a session with Dr. Feinbloom. Regina interrupts because she is still waiting for her mother, and if Dora doesn’t return soon she is going to the police. Dandy is annoyed by her and tells his mother that he will agree to see the therapist for one month if she kills Regina. If she doesn’t, Regina would send him to the electric chair. If that happens, he expects Gloria to be sitting on his lap. He turns on the Christmas tree lights, and it bathes him & Gloria in an eerie red glow because #Foreshadowing.
Elsa travels to a fancy spa in Miami looking for a new recruit for her act to replace Ethel & Ma Petite. She discovers Barbara, an obese Park Avenue debutante who has been exiled to Florida by her mother to lose weight. Barbara likes herself the way that she is and hates being forced to change. Elsa eats a Baby Ruth candy bar and entices her to go to a place where every pound of her glorious jiggle would be celebrated. #ChubbyChaser
The freaky girl gang, led by Desiree, break into Penny’s father’s house. They knock him out & kidnap him back to Desiree’s trailer. He was stripped down to his underwear & tied to a chair. Desire tells him he is chicken shit for what he did to his little girl. She taunts & terrorizes him with determined sass “Now you got to look the part. Then I’m gonna cut your dick off and shoot you in the head.” Penny starts to pour hot tar over her father’s body scalding & torturing him while the other ladies cover him in feathers. If Meep was alive, I’m sure he’d try to bite his head off.
Maggie hears his screams and runs into the trailer just as Desiree is about to cut his penis off. Holding the knife Desiree tells her “Get out! Freak women only.” Maggie convinces Penny to spare his life because “Blah blah blah this will change you, blah blah blah then you’ll really be a monster, blah blah blah.” Desiree checks her by calling her a pretty white girl who doesn’t know what it’s like to be a freak. Maggie pleads with them that if they kill him it will ruin their lives more. Penny all of the sudden feels empowered because she is the Astounding Lizard Girl and her father gets to live because she says so. But she threatens him that if he ever comes near her or the freaks, she will kill him.
Elsa comes back from Miami and finds that Jimmy is turning into a drunk. Even though he’s mourning his mother, Elsa reminds him that she & other freaks helped raise him. He resents that she wasn’t at Ethel’s funeral, but Elsa explains that she had to go recruit. She introduces Barbara as her new act with the stage name Ima Wiggles while the other freak set a huge feast on the table for her. Jimmy sees no hope for the future of the Freak Show without his mother, but Elsa encourages him to take comfort in Ima Wiggles ample bosom for whenever he’s feeling down. #BoobBuffet
Gloria reaches in her purse for her lighter, and we see a shiny gold revolver. She calls the psychiatrist to tell him that she is taking Dandy to New York so that they can take the Queen Mary ship to Europe for a little while. The doctor fears for her safety and warns her that Dandy needs to be committed. She said he was fragile, and Dandy overhears the entire conversation. Gloria fires the psychiatrist and hangs up. Dandy confronts his mother that it is her fault that he is unbalanced & sick. It seems Dora told Dandy some family history when he was 5 years old. Gloria’s father lost all his money in the stock market crash of 1929. Gloria was so desperate to maintain her rich lifestyle that she married her second cousin even though she knew he was crazy and the incest could double the chances of some family insanity. Gloria claims she loved his father, but Dandy adds that he was born of deadly sin. He accuses her of knowing what his father had done to little girls when she married him. Despite knowing the risks of incest, she still married her cousin, “You’re no better than the Roosevelts.” Elitist #Shade.
Dandy refuses to go to Europe or anywhere else with his mother. He face plants into the chaise and cries because his mother hates him so much. She caresses his face and tells him his father was not the love of her, but he is. As Gloria weirdly rubs her face on him “I loved all of you Dandy, even the madness.” She gets up emotional exhausted & staggers towards her purse, “I have no more love to give. You have tapped me out.” She opens her purse for the gun, but Dandy has it now. He aims it his head, “It’s time for this madness to end.” Gloria begs him not to shoot himself for she can’t go on without him. Dandy replies “OK” and points the gun at Gloria and shoots her right in the middle of her forehead. Her blood splatters all over the giant teddy bear and mirror with Dandy’s reflection behind her. Dandy sheds a tear, shudders, smiles & sighs. #MommieDearest
Back at the Freak Show camp, Maggie tries to soothe Jimmy’s grief, but he prefers to be drunk. They get into an argument, and he tells her to buzz off and live her life without him. He spots Ima Wiggles sitting outside eating, and he kneels down to cry with his faced planted into her double triple sized D breasts. Thanks for the #Mammaries.
Dandy is wearing a blood red colored robe as he walks towards a free standing clawfoot bathtub in the middle of his room. He disrobes showing his tight pasty white ass and submerges himself into a bath filled with blood. #TheEnd
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