American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep:6 “Mid-Western Assassin”

We are short handed this week.  I’d like to think that people are taking a stance against the stupid decision to edit this episode, but we both know that’s a lie.  I am here with my AHS gal pal, Melanie, and we slog our way through yet another “riveting” episode of AHS.  We tried, we did, but they aren’t giving us a lot to work with, and I’m fucking cranky.

 

 

  1.  Is this whole season just going to be mostly a series of flashbacks?

Melanie:  Yes, but aren’t most season filled with an exorbitant amount?  (Kent: You are probably right.  I can think of some instances and I am sure I am forgetting a lot more.  It seemed to me, and once again I am probably wrong, but it seemed like most of the flashbacks took a jump back in time so it fit the narrative.  In this case, they are retelling things that happened weeks or months ago and that just seems lazy in a way.)

Kent:  It appears that way, which Kent of 5 years ago would have loved.  Kent with no short term memory is struggling to keep things straight.  It’s unfortunately confusing at times for me and I practically need a chart to keep shit straight.

 

  1.  Much like Emma Roberts, Mare Winningham showed up for one whole episode.  Are you satisfied with her role or would you have preferred more?

Melanie:  I was satisfied with her role of a badass bitch.  I think that people are doing a one and done because they don’t want to be more associated with this piece of garbage of a season.  (Kent: That is slow clap worthy.)

Kent:  I want more Mare!  I fear that with Frances Conroy being the last familiar face left, she’s gonna be a one and done as well.  Which begs the question, if they were going to do all of these one and dones, why didn’t they get more familiar faces?

 

  1.  Does the truth behind the gas trucks disappoint you?

Melanie:  I was sure it was wine, so yes very disappointed.  (Kent: So just in case any of the readers wish to buy Melanie a Christmas gift, she has been dropping some pretty big hints.)

Kent:  Absolutely, unless it’s a lie.  I’m still hoping for the joker.  This seems all too clever ridiculous at this point.

 

  1.  Give me your thoughts on Meadow and her death?

Melanie:  It just shows how people have really bought into Kai’s bullshit.  At least she got some dick before she went.  (Kent: See, that’s underappreciated.  In the end, don’t we all just want a little something something before we die?  Granted, I would also be happy with a box of Slim Jims, pizza, and a good horror flick, but that’s just me.  Hookers and blow is still the way to go.)

Kent:  Meadow has been my favorite character this season and I hated seeing her go down the way she did.  It was a real bummer.

 

  1.  When considering AHS’ rich history of antagonists, has Kai done enough this season at this moment to be rated higher than the main antagonist from any other season?  I’m not going to try to list them because this has become an exercise in futility.  I would say that the first 5 seasons have multiple main antagonists, so you use your best judgement.

Melanie:  He has proven himself to be the main antagonist, which is so very hard.  Each season has more than one main antagonist…so bravo to him.  But he is still not the best of the worst, lol. (Kent: Melanie and i talked about the main antagonists from season’s past.  You would think that with all past seasons having multiple “main” antagonists, that with Kai being the top of the heap here, that he would be ranked higher.  And then you consider the heap that he is on top of.  SIgh.)

Kent:  The thing is that he’s the leader and has followers.  But he’s also involving politics.  The Butcher didn’t stoop to that level.  I want to give him credit for being a mastermind, but this has been so over the top that the credibility isn’t what you would like it to be.  Until further notice, he’s still in last, but has potential to move past Butcher and maybe the aliens from season 2.

 

Were You Kentertained by this particular episode?

Melanie:  Eh, not really.  

Kent:  This episode was a step down from the previous 2-3 weeks.  It answered so many questions, but knowing that everything is real and not in Ally’s head has really lost a lot of luster.  They turned the scope back to politics.  Then there was the whole editing thing due to Vegas.  That whole thing was a bunch of horseshit.  If you are traumatized by violence at this point in time, it’s understandable, most people are empathetic to your plight, but use some fucking common sense and don’t watch a TV series titles American Horror Story.  Don’t be a fucking idiot.   I’m miserable and cranky.  No, I can’t say that I was Kentertained this week, but I look forward to next week in the spirit of optimism! (Melanie:  I watched the unedited one, you didn’t really miss much.)

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American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep:5 “Holes”

We seem to be making progress this season and it’s nice.  While I am in the midst of my horror filled month, I am still trying to best to keep my AHS posse happy.  I wish I had more to say, but I am way behind, so please enjoy this blog.  Leave a comment letting Melanie, Teddy, and Cece know that you appreciate their hard work  Leave me a comment to tell me how bad I am at doing this.

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  1.  Will Beverly Hope (Adina Porter) inevitably do something that makes her lose her position or power in the group/cult?

Melanie:  I don’t think anyone is safe.  

Teddy:  I feel like that brashness is gonna come back to bite her in the ass like it did with Meadow.  (Kent: That makes the most sense to me.)

Cece:  No. I think she’s beginning to be the driving force for Kai right now. She keeps him level.

Kent:  She still doesn’t have her name in the main credits.  Right now, she is being built up as a power player in the group.  That tells me that she’s gon’ get got within the next 2-3 episodes.

 

  1.  Is Meadow in serious danger or is this possibly a ploy to mess with Ally?

Melanie:  Meadow is in serious danger.  She disagreed with Kai’s wishes.

Teddy:  yeah she legit flipped face after dropping the knowledge of the cult to Ally.

Cece:  At first I thought it was maybe a ploy. But then when she mentioned about the cult stuff, I realized, this isn’t a lure tactic.

Kent:  I thought it was a ploy.  Then she mentioned Ivy as part of the group, and then I thought, geez, that would make the ploy all the better.  I feel that she’s in danger, but I am always wrong, so I am sticking with a ploy crafted by Ivy.

 

  1.  Did you want the group to try to break the nails in the head record on R.J.?

Melanie:  No.  The whole scene was so awful.  

Teddy:  I’m not a squeamish person but that scene was hard to watch…

Cece:  Of course. I was waiting on it.  (Kent: I’m still waiting…)

Kent:  That was the hope and the dream.  They did a good job in filming that scene.  I enjoyed Harrison informing IVY that she had to hold it to his head.  It made me chuckle for whatever reason.  Don’t judge me.

 

  1.  Was Kai right that R.J. had to die?

Melanie:  No.  But he doesn’t like when people feel bad, so in his mind he deserved it.  

Teddy:  I mean honestly prior to I thought it was Ivy going to be the one who gets it. The other guy at least partook in the activities whereas Ivy ran away and puked

Cece: I mean, probably in that circumstance. But, Ivy showed great weakness too. I see her going next.

Kent:  I have really been dwelling on this.  How much more stuff needs to be filmed?  Yes, you need people that are unquestionably committed to the cause.  If you have stuff to film, you need a good cameraman since the videos are a HUGE part of the plan so far.    I think that he could have lived, and it was more about Ivy than it was RJ.

 

  1.  Do you think Kai still views Ivy as weak?

Melanie:  He views everyone as weak.  (Kent: I wonder who he views as strong, like as role models.)

Teddy:  I mean if she didn’t pull that trigger she would’ve caught a few nails herself. Also why if she is there why the fuck is chaz bono also there?? Don’t they hate each other??

Cece:  He should. I did.

Kent:  With that haircut, absolutely.

 

  1.  Why did Bob Thompson have a gimp in his attic, and did it make you think of Pulp Fiction?

Melanie:  Because he is obsessed with nipples.  It did not make me think of Pulp FIction.  (Kent: Nipples have become quite the talking point of blogs this month oddly enough.  Glad to keep the trend continuing.)

Teddy:  I mean did anyone expect less from a guy openly fucking a news reporter and showing clear favoritism?

Cece:  I didn’t think of Pulp when I actually saw the gimp. But I did think it when he mentioned it. Who the fuck knows why he was there. Apparently Bob is a real freak.  (Kent: I thought you, out of everybody, would have jumped on that one.)

Kent:  I would suggest that Bob once met Tarantino in person and was inspired.  Obviously, I envisioned the whole scene as it’s one of my all time fav scenes.

 

  1.  The title of this episode was “Holes”.  What was the most important hole in this episode?

Melanie:  Many different reasons, but the way this season is going I think it was because Ryan Murphy found a hole in his sock.  (Kent: I hope that is in the commentary on one of the blu rays.)

Teddy:  Idk man most important would’ve been meadow since A. She was still alive and NOT dead, and B. She dropped the cult bomb

Cece:  Ya know, there were so many. I think maybe the hole that RJ left in the group. If you mean physically, his head was the best.

Kent:  There are so many ways to take it, and that makes me think of the Gimp’s hole, but that’s just lewd.  Meadow being in the hole seemed to be the most important thing to me, but I also enjoyed the dream.

 

  1.  We have now seen a glimpse into Kai’s home life prior to being the leader of this clown posse.  Did the backstory make Kai’s character any more sympathetic to you?

Melanie:  Yes, but they always make you feel feelings for the main antagonist.  Also, this explains why he is bat shit crazy.  

Teddy:  Not even. The psycho isnt something developed. It’s something that’s always there. This just made it worse.  (Kent: I gotta disagree.  The psycho is sure as shit crafted from a young age.)

Cece:  Not at all. Sure, his dad was a piece of shit. But this doesn’t mean he needed to become one as well. He could have left town and started over as a better person.  (Kent: Doesn’t mean that he has to be, but this is a normal cycle, which probably happens more often than it doesn’t.  Think about all of the piece of shit abusive fucks in the world.  By now, that shit should have been weeded out, but it’s a cycle.)

Kent:  I think it did for me.  I needed to know what made him tick.  Maybe some of that stuff hit a little too close to home for me.  I loved the whole idea of locking them in the bedroom as well.  

 

  1.  We now know that Kai, Winter, and Dr. Rudy Vincent are all siblings.  Does this cement the thinking that Rudy is in on  this with Kai’s group in some capacity, working together?

Melanie:  I did not see that coming at all.  It makes so much sense now.   (Kent: Yeah, I didn’t see them being siblings.  I’m not sure many people really did.)

Teddy:  I fucking called this from a mile away xD. If he is psycho enough to come up with the parent cover up then he is def in on it. Also I’m pretty sure that he is giving Kai pills

Cece:  Absolutely. I called it from way early on.

Kent:  It makes the most sense, but in all fairness, it was something being discussed from the first episode, so this surprises nobody, but further solidifies the theory in people’s minds.  At this point, the bigger twist would be that he’s actually a good guy.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  Do you think that if Ryan Murphy hadn’t been so heavy handed with the politics in the season premiere, that perhaps more people would be watching this show at the moment?

Melanie: I think more people would enjoy the season.   

Teddy:  I don’t think so. People went in expecting way more politics (Remember it was “gonna” be called election night). I feel this show has politics in it but its only minute, such as the occasional jill stein reference or Chaz Bono’s MAGA hat.  (Kent: As a person who loathes politics, I can say that you are glossing over a bunch of shit.  It’s there, still, and it’s heavy handed.)

Cece:  I think so, yeah. The show has definitely gotten much better over the past 2 weeks.

Kent:  Ratings haven’t been kind.  People aren’t as excited this season.  Even the people that I talk to most about this show all seem to have a similar downtrodden way of speaking when the show is brought up.  I think Ryan Murphy over thought it, received bad advice, or was forced by FX to do it that way.  I don’t know who to blame, but it was a terrible decision.  I can say that because we have had 2-3 decent episodes now, but is anybody really excited or jovial when discussing the show?  Nope, still morose.  (Teddy: I think Roanoke was what caused this not necessarily the politics in the show)  To address Teddy, Roanoke caused a lot of bad shit that they have not recovered from, unfortunately.

 

  1.  If you could get to know one of the characters better, one that we have seen in the first 5 episodes, who would it be and why?

Melanie:  I really want to know more about the lady drinking wine in the background.  What kind is she drinking?  Does she recommend it?  (Kent: She recommends it, absolutely.)

Teddy:  Winter. She is probably my favorite character so far. Well aside from not rolling up her sleeves in the tub diddle scene xD

Cece:  I guess the answer would be Kai. I want to know more about what drove him to be the way that he is. I want to understand what he thinks and how he thinks.

Kent:  Beverley Hope intrigues me as does Dr Rudy.  I admit that Adina has a role that I am enjoying…finally.  I am sure we will get more on Rudy.  So my answer is Meadow because she is such a fascinating character to me.

 

Were you Kentertained by this week’s episode?

Melanie:  Yes, but only because the previous episodes were shite!!

Teddy:  I would say it’s picking up but I think last weeks episode did it more for me.

Cece:  Yes. Absolutely. It’s picking up and I am enjoying the gore/horror elements better.

Kent:  Every episode is better than the last in my opinion.  Right now, things are going well, so yes, quite Kentertained.  

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American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep:4 – “11/9”

This week gave us a lot of background info on the event that led up to the first 3 episodes.  Narratively, I would suggest that it was the best episode so far.  That’s still not saying much and this would have been the worst episode of season 1 comparatively, so lots of work to go.  Meanwhile, I would like to thank Melanie, Cece, and Teddy for stopping by to offer their insight and humor me by answering my inane questions.  I want to give a shout out to a former contributor who hasn’t shown her face all season, Kelly, who apparently was too busy, something to do with getting married and that being a higher priority than writing on this prestigious blog.  Pfft, I don’t get it either.  Anyway, congrats Kelly and Darrin and hopefully she will reappear so we can squabble like children.  Finally, any comments in the blog in bold are from Kent unless otherwise noted..

Melanie took some time out of her schedule last weekend to discuss the first 3 episodes of this season with Kent on the Are You Not Kentertained podcast, so please give that a listen.

Episode #77 – AHS Cult Discussion With Melanie Part 1

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  1.  Do you feel that having this episode earlier in the season or at least parts of the episode earlier could have helped the narrative better, or was it best to have the first 3 episodes to establish what was happening?

Melanie: I think the first three episodes were intentionally unhelpful.  I feel like this is nothing new for Ryan Murphy and nothing makes sense for a few episodes and then BAM! He hits you with all you need to know.

Teddy:  I feel like the first few episodes are purely to make Ally seem crazy, and then build forward from there

Cece:  I like how it has gone so far. We needed an intro in real time and now this episode has been great to show a back story into things!

Kent:  This season needs all the help that it can get.  Adding some of these elements earlier in the season would have helped develop characters better, or at least adding intrigue to them.

 

  1.  Was Chaz Bono’s part an homage to Saw or just over the top storytelling?

Melanie:  Over the top.  I couldn’t watch it.

Teddy:  over the top to say the least.

Cece:  I loved it. Not over the top. It was psychologically wonderful.

Kent:  Over the top storytelling.  How fucking absurd was this shit?  How much did I enjoy it still?  Significantly!

 

  1.  Does this mean that all of the clowns that we saw in the first 3 episodes were real?  Does that change your outlook on those episodes in hindsight?

Melanie:  They are real. It validated my feeling that Meadow was the small female dominatrix clown.

Teddy:  the three clowns are real, and I’m pretty sure it’s kai, meadow, and harrison. Also shows that everyone is in on it.

Cece:  I don’t think they were real necessarily. I mean, they’re there, yes, but I don’t think they were there when she was ‘seeing them’.

Kent:  It appears that clowns were, in fact, having sex in the produce section.  This somehow makes the season premiere all the worse to me.  All of my theories are pretty much ruined, aside from the Joker and the gas.  Next week they will probably ruin that one for me too.  Thanks Ryan Murphy….dick.  (Melanie:  So, reading your answer I went back to the scene. The clown receiver was wearing a yellow thong-I think it is the silver haired cop.  He looks like a bright yellow banana hammock fan.)

 

  1.  Emma Roberts returned to AHS only to promptly be killed.  Was this a total waste of a great talent?  Yes, I said great, deal with it.

Melanie:  I was glad after she let her boss diddle her nipple like that. EWWW!  

Teddy:  oh man watching her get knifed must’ve been poetic for Evan peters lol, idk I dont think she is too great a talent so I’m not gonna miss her

Cece:  Meh. I loved how they already killed her off! Her character was a slut with no talent.

Kent:  Absolutely huge waste of star talent and beauty.  She’s the hottest chick in the show so far, and probably will be for the season.  I know it’s terrible for a straight white male to want eye candy in this day and age, but I still want something pretty to look at.  I really enjoy her acting though if I am being honest.  She’s great in the bitch role and would have done great in the world of wrestling.

 

  1.  The pussy grabbing video, funny or not funny?

Melanie: I chuckled a bit.

Teddy:  it’s as annoying as the actual people who did it in real life, I did like that they “songified” it though.

Cece:  Not funny. The fact that they auto tuned it was funny to make nod at today’s YouTube shit, but the actual dudes doing it so much. Stupid and annoying.

Kent:  I laughed.  It was annoying, gratuitous, and summed up the past few years of what society deems as cutting edge art.  

 

  1.  Did this episode give you a deeper appreciation for Kai’s character?

Melanie:  No, it just showed that he is a master manipulator.

Teddy:  I mean the stuff he said in the episode made sense to me, which means that he is good at being a manson character. It does make view his character as a good one (better than roanoke EP for sure)

Cece:  Not necessarily. He definitely is super smart and fucking charismatic. But, he is definitely a Charles Manson.

Kent:  Absolutely.  It’s easy to see why people would align themselves with him.  He found the easiest targets and went to work.  That’s how cults start, and despite what you would think after seeing this terrible season, thinking that it was AHS: Election or AHS: Down With The Clowns, no it’s actually AHS: Cult.  This provides me with hope.

 

  1.  Who’s the better character: Harrison or Meadow?

Melanie:  Harrison, one liners are my jam.

Teddy:  Harrison, Meadow seemed only thirsty for dick while Harrison actually is a well defined character.

Cece:  I like them both, to be honest. I feel for both of them. However, they’re obviously weak minded and Kai got them when they were down the most.

Kent:  Harrison has been given more to work with, but I admit, I have a certain fondness for Meadow, and I have no idea why.  I really don’t, but I look forward to her now.  Her line about how she shouldn’t be allowed to vote just struck me as brilliant.  It’s so nice to have some self awareness, and the reality, most people voting aren’t educated enough to make a good decision.  I would guess that over 70% of the people voting wouldn’t pass the test.

 

  1. So Ivy worked with Winter prior to being hired as the nanny.  Are we going to find out that Ivy has played a more sinister role in what we have seen play out, or was this a one time thing?

Melanie:  My first thought was that she is a clown and wants to put Ally in a psychiatric facility and be with Winter.  Ladies who don’t roll up their sleeves really butters Ivy’s bread.    

Teddy:  at this point I feel like the only people not involved is Ally and the kid.

Cece:  I believe Ivy, and every other single person we’ve really seen so far, will all be a part of the big picture. And all of this is coming down on Ally.

Kent:  I hope they go balls out and have Ivy just be a big bad bitch.  I would thoroughly enjoy this.  I like seeing this.  The more evil characters, the better.

 

  1.  Did this episode make you wonder how much of the season has been dedicated to simply mindfucking Ally?

Melanie:  Yes

Teddy:  this episode is on intense therapy session aimed at getting Ally past all of her phobias. Starting to believe the whole “in her head” theory.

Cece:  Yes. I believe like I mentioned above, that this whole season is going to be based on fucking with Ally’s head so damn bad.

Kent:  It makes me wonder, how many people are actively trying to fuck with her, and did she do something more sinister in the past that deserves this much attention and terrorizing.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  Is this the first season of AHS where they have started to say “fuck” and not have it censored?

Melanie:  This much yes, but not the first season.

Teddy:  FCC seems to be getting more lax for shows lately…I remember when you couldn’t even say bitch on TV without a beep lol

Cece:  I don’t think so, actually. If I remember right, they did it in Roanoke too.

Kent:  I think so, but I am not sure.  I am just looking for confirmation.  If you simply binged it on NetFlix, your response may not be accurate.

  1.  Who was the star of the episode for you?

Melanie:  Anyone drinking wine in the background.

Teddy:  Kai for sure…but dude can I just scrub the jacking off in the shower scene from my mind?

Cece:  Kai. Duh. Evan Peters knows how to creep me out, yet turn me on at the same time. Talented boy, he is!

Kent:  Chaz Bono in all of his greatness.  Good for him!  A lot of people stood out, even Adina Porter to an extent.

Were you Kentertained by this week’s episode?

Melanie:  EH…

Teddy:  Waaaaaaaaaaaaay Better this week than all the other episodes combined

Cece:  Yes, finally! A good episode. I hope it continues to go this way.

Kent:  Yes….I finally liked an episode.  Took way too long, but it finally happened.

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American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep:3 – “Neighbors From Hell”

Well, at least this episode did some stuff, so that’s what we’re here to discuss.  We had exploding pets, nude men looking for lesbians, sombreros, a sweet opening with coffins, video footage of a sleeve getting moist, and a chemical truck.  That is something.  Anyway, I wanna thank Melanie, Cece, and Teddy for stopping by to offer their insight and humor me by answering my inane questions.  Finally, any comments in the blog in bold are from Kent.

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  1.  Give me your thoughts on the opening scene with the coffins.

Melanie:  The therapist is taking his patients being cured really hard.

Cece: It was kind of a cool way to start the episode.

Teddy:  made me hella suspicious of the therapist.  (It was the moment where the writers were like “Hey, just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, this therapist guy is going to have a bigger role”.)  

Kent:  It felt like an opening that you would have gotten from season’s past, if that makes any sense.  It was quick, to the point, and cool.  I miss that sort of thing happening more frequently.

 

  1.  What do you make of the chemical truck?  What do you think that they are spraying?

Melanie:  Is it wine? I hope it is wine.  (Oh man, I hadn’t considered that but I am totally in favor of it being wine!) 

Cece: Truck was weird. I think they were spraying some sort of hallucinogen.  (So you are also on board with my Joker gas.  See people, I’m not 100% crazy.)

Teddy:  they were clearly spraying gmo’s that turn people into clowns (bet thats what Ally legit believes xD) (If that happens, I would laugh, and be incredibly sad at the same time.)

Kent:  I feel that The Joker is behind all of this.  Yes, Ryan Murphy has made a deal with DC and that’s what we are seeing.  I guess it could be the Riddler, but the Joker seems more likely.  In all seriousness, this is actually the most interesting subplot so far for me.

 

  1.  The detective that has been at Ally and Ivy’s place numerous times, Jack Samuels, is also friends with the “Neighbors From Hell”, Meadow and Harrison.  Give me your thoughts on this.

Melanie:  The detective is Harrison’s boyfriend or someone he wants to be his boyfriend.

Cece: He is Harrison’s boy toy and he is also part of what I think is the cult forming.

Teddy:  I believe that everyone including the cop and the therapist are part of this cult. I believe they’re torturing Ally and her wife due to the coffee spilling incident with Kai (he’s already shown how vindictive he is)  (This reminds me of the ludicrous plot to the remake of Shaft with Samuel L Jackson.  Basically the whole plot revolves around a guy’s lunch or dinner being spilled on him.  As always, I am up for randomness.)

Kent:  Jack is Harrison’s buddy with a butt.  More importantly, Jack has some good connections and will hopefully be involved with the clowns giving them a big time “inside guy” in certain capacities.  He could be a big character.

 

  1.  How does Kai have that much control over the protesters, that he can simply say “enough” and they all scatter?

Melanie:  He paid them.

Cece: I think Ryan Murphy was making a nod at all the ‘paying protestors’ stuff that is happening in today’s political climate. So, I believe Kai paid them. (Teddy gets credit for realizing this, although, I agree)  (Alright, then your answer is disqualified.  You get the consolation prize.  teddy moves on to the next round.)

Teddy:  I told cece last night that its a reference to the real world claims of paid protesters. Kai is trying to either groom or terrorize Ally

Kent:  I got nothing.  Everything about it was inane.  Even if the paying protesters thing is legit, think about how fucking dumb that shit is.  The reality of it, baffles me.  I’m also apparently the only person who didn’t know that paying protesters was a legitimate thing.  I don’t watch the news when at all possible.

 

  1.  Was the microwave scene a little too much or over the top for your tastes?

Melanie:  I was still focused on the terrible way the boy said I would rather be saying goodbye to you from the previous scene.  (Yeah, that was a pretty awful thing as well.  He’s still my #2 fav character so far.)

Cece: I mean, it is what it is. It didn’t bother me as much as it could have, but the idea was gross.

Teddy:  I bet peta has an annuerism from this. Personally, I hate guinea pigs xD while I would never do this, I wasn’t heart broken

Kent:  Over the top for me considering how this season has played out.  In other seasons, an exploding guinea pig would fit right in.  Over the top for the sake of being over the top rather than caring about the story.  It’s like jump scares in a movie just for the sake of having a jump scare that doesn’t add any value or merit to the film (cough…Insideous…cough cough).  Or Saw 7……in it’s entirety minus anything involving Cary Elwes.

 

  1.  Kai talked to Meadow and Harrison separately.  In the end, we know(assume) that something bad has happened to Meadow.  Was this Kai’s doing or somebody else’s?

Melanie:  I don’t think anything happened to Meadow.  (This answer intrigued me most of all. )

Cece: I believe since Kai spoke with Harrison, he was behind the incident but maybe not physically.

Teddy:  it was definitely Kai’s hand that gave the order. He is a very vindictive person as he shows time and time again.

Kent:  Kai seems to be the one in control, but I think he’s at best, second in command.  The real answer is in my response to #7.

 

  1.  Do you think that Dr. Rudy Vincent (Ally’s doctor) is a protagonist or antagonist in this season?

Melanie: He is both. He is working both sides of this terrible coin.   

Cece: I literally believe he is THE antagonist. We see Kai being the voice, but maybe he is the brains behind everything.  (Pet Peeve alert.  I’m sorry, but you used literally.  How does literally fit the sentence?  We are through the looking glass, people!  Literally has been so overused that people just flippantly toss it in to sentences and it makes zero sense.  Parents, punch your children in the face every time they utilize the term literally improperly.  This is a fight that we can win!  Also kick your children for improperly using the term epic.  Together, we can make a difference.)

 Teddy:  knowing people’s fears is definitely the doctor, but I feel like the doctor is still number #2 in the operation. Kai is this shows Manson and we all know how convincing Manson was to people  (Ahh, so you have the top 2 spots inverted from my theory.  I can see that working.  I would guess that Kai has been a patient and that’s why I think doc is the head honkey.)

Kent:  If this guy isn’t the lead puppet master in all of this, I am not going to be a happy Kent.  He knows who and how to manipulate.  He needs to be the leader.  Whether that makes him the antagonist or protagonist is beyond my cares.

 

  1.  Who was more inane in the moments after Oz showed his mom’s the video of WInter getting her sleeves wet: Ally or Ivy?

Melanie:  I was too busy staring at the sleeves to notice. Seriously, such a weird scene.  (The sleeves are going to be what I take away from this season first and foremost.)

Cece: Ally. Ivy had every right to be pissed off and leave.

Teddy:  i feel like Ally just felt like her fears were justified with all this shit going on

Kent:  Ivy saw all of 3 seconds and wasn’t hearing anything.  I get it, but it was foolish of her to at least not ask Ally, “Why didn’t she roll up her sleeve?”.  I get why most people are going to say Ally.  You just got caught in a bad situation and rather than try to explain what happened, you focus on the big issue at hand.  Seriously, what’s more important in that moment: hurt feelings over something that you don’t know the full story to OR the fact that somebody is recording shit in your house and mother fuckers are dying left and right in your neighborhood?  Women, they’re silly in times of crisis.

 

  1.  Are Ally and Ivy the worst TV parents of the past 5 years?  

Melanie:  Nope not even close.  (Ohhhh, this is something that we must discuss on the podcast.  I don’t watch enough TV to offer alternatives.)

Cece: I mean, maybe. I truly believe Ivy has done nothing wrong though, and frankly, I feel bad for her.  (She’s certainly not very firm in the least bit.)

Teddy:  Ally is the worst person ever, i feel like she is gonna pass Kai in the crazy scheme. Ivy needs to take her boy and gtfo

Kent:  Rick and Laurie Grimes have held this prestige for awhile, season 2 of TWD was a fuckeroo in parenting.  I know, let’s all blame ally.  She killed wrestling hall of famer, Pedro Morales, in front of her kid.  I get it.  She should have stayed with Oz rather than simply telling him to wait somewhere because clearly he doesn’t get punished much so he is gonna do whatever he wants, due to shitty parenting.  The fact is, Ivy is becoming aware that she is married to a fuckig whacko, and she should have never left Ally alone in such a situation.  Also, this is why I am so glad that I do not have kids.  Also also, seriously, Pedro Morales????  Look him up.  He’s a wrestling great.  You could have gone with anything aside from Morales and Martinez and been fine.  

 

Bonus Deuce

 

  1.  Do you think that AHS is going downhill due to Ryan Murphy spreading himself too thin with American Crime Story as well Scream Queens and Feud?

Melanie:  Downhill, no. Boring as fuck, yes.

Cece: I don’t think it’s going downhill because he’s working on other shows. I think he just needs to go back to his earlier seasons in the fictional style. No more real-time. I watch TV to escape real life. But also, I respect him for doing it this way. It just doesn’t play out like his Hotel and back seasons.

Teddy:  i dont believe this is the case at all. Hollywood and actors usually have too much down time in between projects and I feel like he is just keeping busy.  (I think downtime is absolutely needed when it comes to the creative process as a writer or actor.  That shit takes a HUGE ass toll that the common viewer often is like “Well it’s their fucking job, so just do it and move on” but often, you engulf your whole life into certain projects, so the break is needed.  Otherwise you just become Nic Cage.)

Kent:  I liken this to what happened with Seth MacFarlane.  He finally gets to come back with Family Guy, Then, a year or two later, he gets to make American Dad.  Shortly after that, he is allowed to make The Cleveland Show.  So here’s what happened, Family Guy’s quality went down big time around seasons 7 and 8.  American Dad stayed pretty great throughout.  Cleveland had one good season out of 4, the rest were hit and miss.  Some great episodes, but it didn’t last long for obvious reasons.  Of course this is hurting AHS.  Take a mental break.  The past 2 seasons have not been nearly as good as Hotel, not anywhere close.  If you think about it, it’s not like Hotel was GREAT as far as the overarching story, but what it lacked in that regard, it made up for in really great characters.  We are missing great characters.

 

  1.  Would you be okay if the ending of this season showed that this has all been imagined by Ally as she is currently in a mental ward?  

Melanie:  Sure. Whateves at this point.  (Great, I got Melanie and her bottles of wine on board.)

Cece: I think that would be cool as hell, but I don’t think that will happen. I think it’s really going on.  

Teddy:  I feel like it would be a big fuck you to all the other characters in this show.  (Like this season already isn’t a big enough fuck you.  I say reach for the biggest fuck you that they can offer.  I doubt they can outdo the finale of Roanoke, but I would love to see them try.)

Kent:  This would be the saving grace.  I’m not going to spell it out for you, but go ahead and watch the past 3 episodes and think about it.  Ally is in a mental ward.  She sometimes is willing to talk to the doctor, but not always.  She has to deal with a crazy nude guy.  She has a phobia of clowns.  Maybe the election pushed her over the edge.  All of this could tie together so well.  No, it won’t happen.  BOOOOOO!

Were you Kentertained by this week’s episode?

Melanie:  No

Cece: Meh. It was a bit more exciting than last week, but, it looks to be getting better as per next week’s preview!

Teddy:  I feel like there was alot going on in this episode at least in the murder sense so thats a plus.

Kent:  Well at least Ryan Murphy delivered the man ass.  Seriously, what took so long?  Best episode of the season, no doubt.  With that being said, I was bored more often than enthralled unfortunately. I’m close, but not quite there yet.  So nay, I am not Kentertained.  Bring back the nude guy, name more people after pro wrestlers, give me more HLA in bathtubs, some female nudity, and more Evan Peters slapping bitches, and we may have something here!

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American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep:2 – “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” Edition

The group is back to discuss this week’s AHS.  So far, not a lot of positivity going around,  but even worse, not much of a plot.  I sense some of us are struggling to truly enjoy this season like we have in season’s past.  Still, we will trudge on!  This week, we have Dom, Melanie, Cece, and Teddy helping out.   I should note that this isn’t the typical 9 Deuce blog because there’s not enough substance for us to answer that many questions on a week to week basis.  Finally, any comments in the blog in bold are from Kent.

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1  Was Ally on the verge of cheating on Ivy with Winter in the tub?

Melanie:  I was more concerned with Winter not rolling up her sleeves.  (Yeah, you bring up a great point and it really bothered me in a weird way.)

Dom:  Yes.

Cece: Yes. It was gross.  (Why gross?  It was fantastic!)

Teddy: she was definitely being groomed by the nanny

Kent:  My little head thought so, so my big head is going to concur.

 

  1. Was that the most ridiculous bathroom that you have seen in a TV show?

Melanie:  I thought this bathroom was amazing and one I want to have…therefore the most extra bathroom in AHS history.

Dom:  Sure.  I don’t have a bathroom fetish or anything so I don’t stalk shows to see the bathroom layout but hey I’ll say yes  (Are you implying that I have a bathroom layout fetish?  If so, you may be on to something.  Seriously, the room deserves recognition damnit!)

Cece: I can’t recall. Probably the ones in AHS. They’re all fun!

Teddy: omfg that bathroom is soooooooo extra  (Millennial talk right there.)

Kent: I am struggling to think of a more unique bathroom, but I got nothing.  I am hoping others think of better examples.  Just the layout was incredibly unique to me.  Also, I have no idea why 2 people used the term extra, and I’m not going to ask why.

 

  1.  Did the guy with the ladle seriously think that he was going to win the fight against Pedro, who had a knife?

Melanie:  Machismo is a strange animal.  (Especially with ladles, so strange.)

Dom:  It’s not the size but how you use it. Nah, it’s always about size.  (That was an impressive ladle, I’ll give you that.  How one can use it, well, I’m at a loss and may not want to know of the varieties that one can use it for.)

Cece: Nah. But then again, he’s white, so he probably thought so…  (If he was black, would he have not tried using a ladle?  What utensil would he have used?)

Teddy: he was just another asshole feeling empowered by the political climate.  (I assume it was warm in there.)

Kent: In the moment, his anger blinded his thinking, I think.  That or he thought it would be “Everybody beat up the Pedro day”.  Kinda silly scene in a show that has been chock full of them.

 

  1.  Give me your thoughts on the new neighbors.

Melanie:  Love them! Billy Eichner is hysterical. (I had no idea who he was, then I looked him up and know his voice from Bob’s Burgers.  Apparently I’m the only person who is not familiar with his work.)

Dom:  I keep waiting for him to be nasty as he is in Difficult People.  And then I’m so waiting for the “teens” from Popular to show up.  But so far I like ‘em  (I’ve never heard of these shows that you are referring to.  Yes, I live under a rock.  I showed you that on Sunday.)

Cece: I love Billy Eichner. And he’s playing a good role. I think they’re a little odd but fun.  (Odd but fun is a good representation so far, which is cool.)

Teddy: I love the irony in making Billy Eichner a gun toting right-winged person (he has a staunch stance against it irl) also Kent she doesnt like to touched due to her cancer (billy explained it)  (A moment of honesty.  I was falling asleep during it, which also probably explains just how bad my questions are this week.  Thank you for the head’s up, I totally forgot that was mentioned.)

Kent:  I found them interesting at the very least.  I liked how they didn’t mind just saying whatever.  I am curious if she also gets a free weekend to get her sex on, or if only he gets the weekend.  I am curious how the bees will play a role in this season.  Most importantly, this just seems like a convenient way for Murphy to include man ass, probably on a homoerotic content.  Meanwhile we have lesbians and I doubt we will see a single female butt cheek or breast.  We (Me) demand equal opportunity!

 

  1. Ally killed Pedro. We all saw that coming….right? Name another death in the AHS franchise that was obviously foreshadowed.

Melanie:  I having a hard time thinking of one in particular. This season has zapped all of my excitement from the show. 

Dom:  My desire to keep watching.  I’m sooooo sick of this clown thing. MOVE ON Already.  ( and are we sure he’s dead?)

Cece: Probably Elsa Mars in Freakshow.  (That is a good one.  I almost chose Fiona in Coven.)

Teddy: I call a lot of things in this show. Its what I do. I would say biggest foreshadow for me was Wes Bently in hotel being the killer.  (Yeah, I nailed that prediction during the first episode, which people can vouch for and call it a “lucky guess”, which it totally was.  He was the only one that made sense if you only watch the first episode though.)

Kent: Myrtle Snow in Coven.  I loved that scene!

 

Were you Kentertained by this week’s episode?

Melanie:  Nope

Dom:  This is so slow moving.  And again Stop. With.  The. Clowns.

Cece: Meh. It was kinda boring and annoying.

Teddy: I don’t think it was boring but predictable to say the least

Kent: I wasn’t as irritated, but nothing really happened.  This was a typical second episode in a season.  Just stuff to build up the story.  We may get another 2-3 weeks of this before it picks up.  Look at how long it took for Hotel to build up before it got great.    This still has potential, and it was less political at the very least.

There you have it ladies and gents.  Another week of people being relatively disappointed.  I hope that it picks up because I struggled to come up with questions this week.  I may have to lower the bar again if this nonsense keeps up.

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American Horror Story Cult – S:7 Ep: 1 – “Election Night” Edition

We are back to discuss this season of AHS.  I really wish we had started doing this from the first season.  Alas, we are starting the Cult season and while it is too early to judge it properly, the numbers aren’t lying and neither is the viewer feedback.  I have heard a lot of negative things in regards to this, and the best I can say is that for the people who are going to see this through, I think the vast majority of the fans are hoping for less politics.  It’s like Facebook or Twitter came alive on my TV screen, in the worst possible way.  This week, we have Dom, Melanie, Cece, Teddy, and Tom (for one question) helping out.  I am hoping to get a couple more people on board for next week.  I should note that this isn’t the typical 9 Deuce blog because there’s not enough substance for us to answer that many questions on a week to week basis.  Also, starting next week, Melanie and I should be doing a podcast, so you will get a verbal companion to this blog.  Finally, any comments in the blog in bold are from Kent.

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  1.  This season clearly has a political undertone.  There is no avoiding that.  Does it make sense to use politics and elections as a backdrop for horror?

Dom: It does.  Politics is a scary thing.  It can be a force unto itself and like religion can be volatile.  (The religion part of your comment, it’s a good one.  We tend not to think twice about religion in horror but politics can bring out a whole other beast.)

Melanie: I think this particular election makes a great backdrop for horror. It’s also is the election that everyone is still talking about.   

Cece:  Absolutely. From what I can tell, Murphy is tackling everyone’s greatest fears and focusing on the whole ‘people crave fear’ aspect. It’s working.

Teddy:  politics enables people to feel empowered. So it makes sense that it makes crazy people (like evan peters character) feel empowered as well

Tom:  Traditionally no, I’m not sure it makes sense but I’ll give Murphy credit for trying the unconventional.  It has truly worked for him before. (Thank you for your one and only response.)

Kent:  It sort of worked for The Purge part 3.  There was an episode of Masters of Horror that didn’t work so well.  I HATE politics.  I vehemently loathe them.  I hate discussing them.  I hate most everybody’s perspectives.  I am not open minded to it.  I don’t give a fuck.  So I suppose that if a story could be crafted intelligently, then sure, it could work, but by and large, it’s usually stupid shit.  Politics and horror don’t mix.  It sure as shit isn’t helping this season.  I will gladly accept more weekly man ass if it removes all of the political garbage.  I will also accept payments of more female ass, but Ryan Murphy just tuned me out.

 

  1.  Is there a character that resonates more with you than other ones?  Someone that you may identify most closely with.

Dom:  To early to tell for me

Melanie:  I am any background character you see drinking wine.  (Well played.)

Cece: I mean, I can’t exactly say as of yet. I’m definitely more on the Ivy and Ally side, I guess.

Teddy:  I related to the Asian guy who flipped out on Jill stein voters…I kinda did that after the election so it was right in the feels with that one.  (I don’t even know who Jill Stein is.)

Kent:  I know everybody expects me to say Twisty.  Well naturally, there are some things that will resonate with me, especially wearing big, comfy clothes and the urge to kill morons.  WIth that being said, I will go with the child, Ozzie.  He likes horror comics and would rather stay up late scaring himself.  He also has a crazy parent.

 

  1.  Are clowns scary or silly?

Melanie:  Fun birthday clowns, scary.  Fucking terrorizing clowns, scary.  Ronald McDonald, terrifying.  

Dom: depends on how they are presented.

Cece: I don’t find them scary at all. They’re silly, of course. Except John Wayne Gacy.

Teddy:  Pennywise chose my fate when I was 4…

Kent:  When done right, they are both.  I don’t find them scary, but they can be if done right.  By next week, I may have more to say regarding clowns after I see IT.  Look at other clown horror related things and by and large, it’s more silly than scary.  I could go for seeing Killer Klowns From Outer Space again though.  There is also Clown and Stitches that are both more modern.  Clownhouse, Clowntown, Ginger Clown, and Clown Kill also exist.  

 

  1.  Regarding all of the things that Ally (Sarah Paulson) keeps seeing in this particular episode, are they: A) All in her mind, B) Partially really and partially in her mind, or C) Entirely real?

Melanie:  B

Dom:  I’m gonna go with B.

Cece: Everything is in her head. The harsh reality of things has been triggering her deepest fears and she is letting it all get the best of her in her own mind.

Teddy:  I honestly don’t know yet, because if its all in her head then how is her kid also seeing them? I feel like stuff is being covered up.

Kent:  B seems the most likely, but for right now, I will say C.  She will eventually see something real though, if she keeps looking.

 

  1.  Name 3 actors or actresses from past AHS seasons that you want to see this season.

Dom:  Kathy Bates, Denis O’hare and Lily Rabe

Melanie:  Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare

Cece: You mean people we haven’t already seen? I’ve kept up with the cast list up until now, so, I don’t think anyone else I want will show up, unfortunately. I am happy to see Evan, as always.  (Yeah, how bad is the announced cast list?  Fucking trash!  If you don’t know what we are talking about, just look it up and prepare to be wildly unimpressed.  We still get Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Lily Rabe, Adina Porter, and I may be forgetting somebody else from the past, but no Bates, Bassett, Lange, O’Hare, Chloe, Taissa, Gaga, Cuba, among others missing.  Sigh.  End rant.)

Teddy:  The girl who murdered her mom and stepdad in asylum (I miss her pretty eyes), Lady Gaga because she needs to redeem herself after terrible Roanoke, and Dylan Mcdermott.

Kent:  Denis O’Hare,  James Cromwell, and Taissa Farmiga or Alexandra Breckinridge

Well all know that I have at least 20 other names that I want to list, but Denis is always first in my heart.

Were you Kentertained by this week’s episode?

Melanie: Not particularly

Dom:  Middle of the road for me

Cece: Yes. It was a great start to be a thrilling season.

Teddy:  I wasn’t let down but so far it was overall pretty meh (props to the fucking/masturbating clowns)

Kent:  No, not really.  Waaaaay too political for my enjoyment.  The clown stuff was fine.  The show is on it’s last legs.  It’s starting to show by the lack of a great cast.  It’s a shame.  STill, there were parts that I liked.  I liked how Murphy almost poked fun at the hyper sensitive, over reactionary people after the vote.  I can appreciate that.  I can appreciate killer clowns.  Just no more politics, PLEASE!!!!!  Also, the main picture of the clown sex is basically how I felt on the receiving end of this particular episode.

Check out this article about how amazing this episode did in the ratings.

‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Debut Ratings Fall From 2016 ‘Roanoke’

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American Horror Story S:6 Ep:3 9 Deuce Discussion

American Horror Story S:6 Ep:3 9 Deuce

We’re back again. This week, I am joined by Tom and Stef. We are here to talk about Chapter 3 of My Roanoke Nightmare. It was a solid episode. I hope you enjoy!!!! Please leave a comment, answer some questions, ive me your take on some of these things.

 

  1. Yes, Mason did die, as we speculated last week. Who killed him?

Tom:  I’m gonna guess by the way that he was found, the Butcher. It seems like the obvious choice to me.

Stef:  It’s an easy assumption to say it was Kathy Bates & her clan, but maybe there’s more to it. I don’t believe it was Lee at all… I don’t think she’s physically big enough to pull that off.

Kent:  Lee, she was on camera, probably in a trance.

 

  1. Is Lee innocent in all of this? Matt saw her on the security camera, and she has a poor track record of keeping an eye on her children.

Tom:  Yes, she is innocent because they keep painting her into a corner and I think that’s going to be the big turnaround.

Stef:  I don’t think she’s intentionally done anything. Possibly, like we saw with Matt, she was under some sort of trance.

Kent:  No, I repeat, she killed Lee as she had mom/trance strength. It’s like mentally handicap strength.

 

  1. Are we led to believe that over the 72 hours that they were looking for Flora, now nothing creepy happens in the house? Will we find out that something did happen over those 72 hours?

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Tom: I’m gonna say no. I think that time period is covered as police presence was there, which may have covered anything, aside from stuff in the woods.

Stef:  This question is going to force me to think too much…  don’t know how to answer this. lol

Kent:  No, shit happened, and yet, we will probably never see it. It’s  a means of convenience.

 

  1. What’s up with the 2 feral boys? Who are they, make up their background story.

Tom:  They are not born into the Polk family, but we shall find out that they may have been kidnapped as orphans, or maybe left orphans by the last residents of the house.

Stef:  Maybe they belong to Gaga’s character… her children somehow.

Kent:  They are related to the Polk’s. They could very well be inbred and the mom left them out in the woods and one of the ghosts/Gaga have been helping them out.

 

  1. Is Cricket to be trusted?

Tom: I think yes, he seems to be on the side of good despite being a tad sleazy on the side of money.

Stef:  I think so. I think he’s mostly in it for the money, but I think he’ll be helpful.

Kent:  Sure, I mean, just look at him. And I think the asking price was reasonable all things considering.

 

  1. Did Shelby really see Matt? Was it Matt, or some mindfuck?

Tom: I think it was Matt in a trance that he doesn’t remember.

Stef:  Like I referred to before, I think he was in some sort of trance. They’re trying to break the bond between Matt, Shelby, & Lee to drive them out of there.

Kent:  Yeah, I have tried to come up with ways around it, but no, it was Cuba plowing Gaga’s sweet, round behind. Good for him!

 

  1. Who, or what, is Lady Gaga’s character?

Tom: She’s some kind of forest spirit or demon because she is the one who gives the bitcher the heart in the woods.

Stef:  I don’t know what I think about that yet – definitely spiritual though, not human.

Kent:  I consider her like the devil on the Butcher’s shoulder, like they show in cartoons. Also, she is the devil.

 

  1. Will AHS try to answer the significance of the carving of the word Croatoan?

Tom: Absolutely, it’s been said in the episode multiple times. Just based on what Cricket has said, he knows the truth of the story, so it’s gotta be revealed at some point.

Stef:  I think eventually they’ll have to tie it in somehow.

Kent:  Yes, they will try like hell to make something up.

 

  1. Will we find out who Priscilla’s mom is?

Tom:  Yes, we definitely have to find out for backstory alone. I have no guesses who it is yet.

Stef:  I’m assuming we’ll get some history on her sooner, or later. I don’t have a speculations that come to mind at this point though.

Kent:  Yeah, and we will get clarification on the mom. At one point I even considered the Butcher to be the mom, and she was raped, but that’s just not the tone that they presented. I’ll go one step further and suggest that Priscilla’s mom is Kate Mara or Taissa Farmiga. BAM!

 

Bonus Deuce

 

  1. What do you really think happened, historically, to the lost settlers, in the real world?

Tom:  I think they did move, but not necessarily inland as the ocean was too valuable a resource, so probably south to warmer climates. I do think something major had to have happened to kill them off, possibly with the Inidans.

Stef:  I don’t think I paid attention well enough during that whole thing, or there’s something I missed… I’m not sure.

Kent: Andre Linoge happened. If you have seen Stephen King’s Storm of the Century, you know that he made the settlers walk in to the ocean and drown one by one as they didn’t appease him with their offering. This is all fact.

 

  1. Is Jessica Lange actually returning for this season? Is Taissa Farmiga also returning?

Tom: At this point in time for a character of Lange’s ability to show up. As for Taissa, it’s also a no.

Stef:  I have a feeling Jessica is going to pop up, which excites me. I don’t know why she would’ve been on that magazine cover otherwise. And gosh, I haven’t thought about Taissa in a while! It’d be nice to see her face again.

Kent:  Yes and yes. Who writes these questions? Also Mare Winningham, Zachary Quinto, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Adam Levine, Precious, Pepper, Danny Huston, Jamie Brewer, a Cromwell, and Chloe Sevigny.

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American Horror Story S:6 Ep:2 9 Deuce Discussion

The AHS 9 Deuce Discussion for season 6 episode 2

Welcome one and all to this week’s AHS 9 Deuce Discussion. We will be discussing “Chapter Two” of season six. This week I am joined by Stefanie, Tom and my former co-worker, Kelly. The format is simple: I ask questions that are sometimes reasonable, sometimes mysterious, or sometimes for laughs, and then we answer them. Annnnd away we go. If you watch Rick and Morty, you got that, otherwise, go watch Rick and Morty, I’ll be waiting right here for you.

The 9

  1. In the beginning, didn’t the one torch dude from last episode already see Shelby? If so, why is it a big deal when Kathy Bates sees her?

Stef:  I don’t how they didn’t notice her before then. I am very unsure about that. Or they were just going to continue with what they were doing, and show her what she may be in for.

Tom:  I just thought it was poor planning. They could have meant for her to see it, but still, poor planning.

Kelly:  I assume it’s because she witnessed the actual sacrificial ceremony going on versus just seeing a member of the group.

Kent:  The torch dude appeared to have seen Shelby. It appeared to me that others in the group had too. She was running around in the very dark woods, people had to have seen her. More importantly, Kathy Bates had to know that she was being followed as Shelby was yelling to check on her after the accident. So I am confused, henceforth I asked the question.

 

  1. Do you think that Kathy Bates is just a human who is the leader of this group/cult, or does she have some kind of supernatural powers?

Stef:  That’s a good question. I feel like she’s dead, like she’s another ghost that the see occasionally.

Tom:  She absolutely has supernatural powers or abilities. She did survive that car hit and just walked off.

Kelly:  They’ve definitely connected her character here to her character in season 3. The sacrificial ritual reminded me so much of when she “created” the minotaur in Coven. So I’m not thinking she has supernatural powers as much as I’m thinking she’s linked to Madame Delphine LaLaurie in ancestry. (I really dig that point and had contemplated her involvement last week, before I forgot everything.)

Kent:  I can see both sides of the argument.  She dresses like she is probably from an older time, but that can be explained. She survived a car hit, and that can be explained. I think she is just a human, who may have had the responsibility to lead this group passed down from ancestors, or maybe she simply earned it. She’s human. Suck it Trebek.

 

  1. What’s up with the knives? We have seen the knife in the piece of meat in the first episode, and now we have 6 knives in the ceiling.

Stef:  It’s obviously some form of a butcher reference, with all of the pig parts all being referenced, and they are showing us that they like to cut things up and leave bits around the place.

Tom:  Lee has been alluded to being the person doing it from Shelby’s perspective, but to us the viewers, we are led to believe that something may be supernatural.

Kelly:  Honestly, not a clue. Other than they clearly filet the pig (or that man) over the fire in the woods, so maybe it’s foreshadowing the idea that the homeowners could be skinned and cooked. Trying to scare them away maybe.

Kent:  There seems to be a lot of pigs, so I am guessing butchering is part of the culture. Knives are often involved in sacrifice rituals, so I think this is foreshadowing the sacrifice of Mason. M is for Mason. Seriously, I posted 5 pictures from 5 different scenes with cutlery. Plus the PIG teaser. Knives are going to be instrumental moving forward.

4: Are we in danger of combining too many myths or horror things and having a similar issue as season 2 found itself, where sometimes less is better and just focus on one or 2 particular things? We have this group, we have knives, we have potential ghosts or spirits, we have killer nurses, we have a little girl (Like the Conjuring), we have Pig Head, and we haven’t really delved into spiders or other creatures, which we know that we are getting due to the teasers.

Stef:  I don’t know how they are going to tie everything together, but there is an awful lot going on there.

Tom:  I don’t think so. I think a lot of things that we see as “separate” we will see them as interconnected by the end. The nurses, maybe not.

Kelly:  The little girl, knives, and the group in the woods are all connected as one idea in my opinion. Those all count as one aspect in this. I even feel the Pig Head relates to the group. Then the ghosts are another, which make me so happy because it’s absolutely shadowing Murder House and I love it.

Kent:  I think we are teetering on that being a very real possibility. Consider the amount of things they shoved in Asylum, like alien abduction, that really got very little play. I can definitely see them tying various things together, but I fear we are in for a clusterfuck ending.

  1. Who or what did Dr. Cunningham see at the very end?

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Stef:  Pig Head creature, at least that was my impression, because that’s who I thought he was looking for.

Tom:  I figured it was Pig Head, or a different animal man combination.

Kelly:  Based on the scene, I assume he saw Kathy Bates’ character or members of the group from the woods who end up taking him.

Kent:  Kathy Bates, I took a picture of it. I’m right.

  1. Will we see more of Dr. Cunningham moving forward?
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Stef:  Yeah, I wondered that myself, with the way the video ends. It ends without you knowing whether he got killed or not.

Tom:  I absolutely think we will see him again. We at least need to figure out what happened to him.

Kelly:  I’m really hoping he has a bigger part because Dennis O’Hare is an extraordinary actor and gives life to AHS.

Kent:  Yes. You don’t just give Denis O’Hare one episode. He has been a cornerstone to this franchise and is one of the 5 most important people in this show, period. They will show his fate at some point.

  1. Where is Flora, and what happened to her?

Stef:  I don’t think that she’s dead yet. I don’t know if they plan on killing her based on what Priscilla said. They may have taken her to lure the adults into a trap.

Tom:  We know that she’s alive because Priscilla said that she would kill her last. I’d guess that she is probably being held somewhere, but unaware that she is captured. She may be playing hide and seek with Priscilla.

Kelly:  I think Flora was lured off by the little bonnet girl, Priscilla. Next episode likely will begin with her father coming to get her and everyone freaking out because she has disappeared. I bet Lee will be in huge trouble and just when they think she’s really gone, she’ll just walk into the house like nothing happened.

Kent:  She’s playing with Priscilla in the cellar. She may come back as not the same Flora as we once knew. Perhaps she will be possessed.

  1. Do you think that Mason dies this season?

Stef:  Wellllll, he is probably the first to die. Think about his characteristics, and think about horror movie patters, and that is indicative that he may be the first to go. (Kent: Translation, token black characters have long been mistreated in horror movies for decades.)

Tom: Yeah, I think it makes sense for him to die.

Kelly:  I think there is a chance he will die, especially because I can see him coming to the house to pick up Flora, going crazy when he finds out she’s missing, and maybe heads into the wrong area of the woods looking for her resulting in the group capturing him.

Kent:  Yes, by Halloween. Otherwise, he’d be interviewed in real life.

  1. Do you think that Flora dies this season?

Stef:  No, and I only say that because a lot of shows don’t like killing off children.

Tom:  I don’t think Flora dies, just because on the documentary side of things, she is upset, but still talking about it.

Kelly:  I do not. I don’t think Lee would be as composed discussing her daughter in the documentary if she had in fact been murdered.

Kent:  Yes, because everybody is going to die. By the end, maybe the last episode, we will get an epilogue episode explaining how all of our main characters died. Think Freak Show, only less characters. Also, where is Finn?

 

Bonus Deuce

  1. Throughout the years in AHS, who has been the actor/actress with the widest range that pulled off every single role? (Minimum of 2 roles)

Stef:  Evan Peters. I think that he plays all of his characters extremely well. He’s more predominant that Denis, so I will go with him.

Tom:  I will go with Evan Peters. Keep in mind that I haven’t seen season 1 and 2. But to go from a zombie type figure, to lobster boy, to the suave killer in Hotel.

Kelly:  Dennis O’Hare for sure. He is brilliant! He’s been a schizophrenic husband, a mute butler, a money-hungry inhumane asshole, a transvestite, and now a professor who moved into the wrong house at the wrong time. My favorites have been Larry, Spalding, and Liz.

Kent:  I gotta give it up to Denis O’Hare with much respect to Evan, Kathy, and Lily. Taissa Farmiga would finish in last place in this category and yet I miss her. Denis performed as Larry Harvey who was perhaps the best character in Murder House, Spaulding in Coven which was such an odd role, but he nailed it, Stanley/Richard Spencer in Freak Show, and Liz Taylor in Hotel which was a wake up call to those not giving him enough credit.

  1. If you got to name Kathy Bates and Lady Gaga’s characters right now, not trying to be funny, but give them names that would work for their characters, what would you choose?

Stef:  Kathy – Dixie Gaga – Elizabeth. Or one of them could be to Tallulah maybe… Hahaha

Tom:  Kathy will be named Dolores. Gaga will be Valaris, Queen of the Forsworn (nerds will get it).

Kelly:  I couldn’t even begin to think of what Lady Gaga is going to be in this season because I’m hoping it isn’t all this storytelling documentary style of filming. As for Bates, I’m hoping it’s a legendary name like how they incorporated LaLaurie into Coven. Someone with rich history from Roanoke who is an extremely important legend. But the actual name, I’ve got nothing.

My other two cents… CAN WE PLEASE GET AN INTRO SCENE?! Thank you Ryan Murphy! (Kent: Only if it involves some man ass.)

Kent:  Kathy can be something like Prudence and Gaga can be Willow. An alternative that Tom and I came up with thanks to Rocket League, is Bates as Myrtle and Gaga as Samara because Casper wouldn’t make much sense.

American Horror Story S:6 Ep:2 “Chapter Two”

First of all, did anybody pick up on the fact that Chaz Bono was in the first episode? He was one of the Polk’s, the one with the wife beater on. Knowledge is power!

At the end of this blog, there will be a TLDR version of what I wrote for your millennial reading pleasure.

It is going to be more of this style this week, so maybe the whole season will prove to be this way. My Roanoke Nightmare continues.  Shelby is running, some lady is dancing (Lady Gaga?), and Kathy Bates is giving some speech to some people and just hammered something into a dude for some ritual. Shelby is just runny, but eventually stops when she sees a deer I believe.  At the ritual, we find that the dude tied up is a deserter, and he stole some provisions. Yeah, that looks like Gaga.  So he needs to pay penance, and they are putting a pig’s head on his head and Kathy is all yelling at him to speak and calling him a pig. Like his hands may be cut off. Either way, she deems that he be purified, and he’s getting tied up to this straight pole/limb and there’s a fire. Yeah. We keep hearing this pig like sound though, which is odd. Yeah, he’s getting burned, and then Gaga whispers to Bates, and they see Shelby, so she demands that they seize her. Cool. Run bitch, run. She makes it somehow to the road, seemingly easy and quickly enough, and almost gets run over by Lee.  Lee took her to the hospital, and of course Shelby told the police what she saw, but the police couldn’t find anything.  Shelby was also drug tested, but clean. Matt visits her in the hospital, and he wants to find somewhere else to stay, but she says no, she thinks it was the mountain men, and she can’t let them win, plus the whole money thing.

Roll Intro – It would have been cooler if she had been marked or something worse happened to her. And didn’t the one torch dude see her already, so why weren’t they looking for her instead of doing the whole sacrifice? Maybe I missed something because my head is really killing me, but I am connecting last week to this, and am slightly confused. I do like that maybe Kathy Bates will finally have a powerful role this season. She wasn’t very powerful in Coven, got got in Freak Show, and was rather ordinary in Hotel. All great roles, but not powerful really.

Lee talks about how Lee has full custody and how she feels bad, but Flora is brought there by daddy. Lee didn’t really want her there due to what was happening, but if she keeps a close eye on her, things will be fine….sure. So Lee offers to make her something to snack on, needless to say, Flora is out of her sight and has now disappeared. Go figure. Well, she can hear Flora talking to somebody, so that’s something. Flora has a “make believe” friend named Priscilla, and she hangs out in this tiny little closet/crawl space. Lee asks her what they were talking about and Flora reveals that if she helps her, Pris will make her a bonnet, just like hers. How do they help? “Make it stop.” She is apparently tired of all of the blood. Then we hear some glass break, so Lee checks it out, and there’s a broken vase, and of course, a bonnet. Shelby and Matt have a boring conversation about what Lee is thinking. They decide to not move until they can sell at the very least, so they’ll fight back.  At night, we hear a pig squealing outside, and Shelby is pissed and goes exploring with Matt in tow. Yeah, go back out into the woods at night, smart.  There’s footsteps and then Matt and Shelby get separated. Are you fucking with me? There goes a pig running past Matt. These fucks finally meet back up and Shelby comes across a burning figurine, but huge, and a pig head and some pig parts, so that’s cool. Matt knocks it down and can’t put out the fire. Matt says that there was something demonic about it. Shelby is a bitch to the cop, and they are looking for the Polk Boys, and now they will have a squad car in their driveway. Matt says that Shelby was fierce. Isn’t that a term only gay men and women use when talking about somebody’s attitude? Just say…..Ryan Murphy……Man Ass.  They lay down to sleep and Matt is woke up by the phone ringing. He goes to answer, there’s a lady saying “Please, they’re hurting me” but the phone isn’t even plugged in. He turns around to see an elderly lady, Margaret, who doesn’t want to take her medicine, so the nurses say that is backtalk, yes, the 2 ladies from episode one, and they shoot Margaret in the dome. Matt thinks that he must have been dreaming, and these nurses are spray painting M on the wall, for Margaret.

Matt runs out to the Cop, and needless to say, they found no evidence of those people in the house. No shit. Mason shows up the next day to pick up Flora. Flora is playing her game of hide and seek, tie to go hunting her down. They finally find her upstairs talking in the little closet space. She’s talking to Pris and was offering her doll to Priscilla as a trade so that she wouldn’t kill them. “They’re going to kill us all.” Lies, Lee is still alive giving terrible interviews, dummy. But at least they are saving Flora for last. Needless to say, Mason is pissed and rushing her out of the house, and says that Flora isn’t ever come back to this house. He is calling the judge, and I don’t blame him, and of course Lee fell off the wagon getting tanked and breaking Shelby’s bowl. There are also 6 knives in the ceiling, but Lee says that she didn’t do that. Matt gets her to bed and tells her to get her shit together. Shelby calls up to Matt for him to come to her. As soon as he leaves, the 2 nurses are bedside by Lee who is passing out. Shelby sees a woman outside, and Matt see her too, so time to go out and investigate.  Instead of the lady, they find 2 doors that open up to a ladder that leads down to a cellar. Lee sees the women, but they disappear. She gets up walks down the hall, hearing something, and on the wall are some bloody danging body parts, and she looks in the mirror and there’s Pig Head. OK, that was fun.

Down the ladder Matt and Shelby go, but they were trying to find the girl, to see if it was a trap. It is well stocked at the very least, and a TV and a video camera. The girl led them there, so time to play the tape. Oh hello Denis O’Hare, the man on the video. He says that there are forces that won’t let him sleep, and they keep showing him things and even got physical with him. Man, he looks rough. He won’t go back in the farmhouse. He is living in the cellar, and claims that he not crazy, but rather an academic, an author. The date is October 11, 1997. He says that this recording may be his last. His name is Dr. Elias Cunningham, and he is a professor at Bradley University. He came there 2 montsh ago to do research for hims true crime novel, similar to Helter Skelter. His first 2 subjects were Miranda and Bridget Jane, who we know now as the nurses. They spent all of their time together and worked at an assisted living facility in 1988. They were suspected of being behind 2 deaths of elderly patients.  One was this old black dude, with a sweet beard. They quit their jobs before any charges were filed and went to North Carolina and opened up their own assisted living facility. The place they purchased, the farmhouse, hadn’t been occupied for almost 15 years. The family before, a dad, mom, 2 girls, they suddenly vacated and left everything behind. He says that this may have encouraged the sisters to buy the place on the cheap. They had a lot of applicants, but they had a unique set of criteria for accepting applicants. They wanted families who were tired of taking care of the old folks and could just store them at a facility like this. That and the first letter of their first name. We see one lady’s name is Una. One of the sisters shoves a diaper into an old guy’s mouth and he dies. They chose the people they murdered based on the letter system to spell out their favorite word, MURDER! These bitches are crazy and deranged. It’s giving me a clue. So Cunningham goes through Miranda’s diary and this whole thing was like a game at first, but then an act of defiance. October29, 1989, the police were called to check on the facility, and by then, the sisters were gone, no personal belongings there, but the bodies remained, and the word MURDER unfinished on the wall.  So they try to clean up the house, make it presentable, all of that stuff, but each time they covered up the letters, each time that they would look away, the word would reappear on the wall. By the way, it is just MURDE.  So they tried wallpaper. Matt puts things together from the night of his “dream”. So he goes to the house and he starts peeling off wallpaper in that room and there it is, MURDE. Well, time to go back to the video to see what the good doctor had to say. The official story is that 2 nurses killed 5 elderly people and fled the country. He knows the truth, they didn’t leave, but were stopped instead before they could finish their word. Something in the woods, or in the house. Dr. hasn’t been in the house for days, but he has to go back in to see what it is. Then we see handheld footage in the dark in the house, and he says that he knows someone is in there. We get a quick jump scare, he demands that they show themselves, and then we see a being, possibly Bates, and the camera stops, a thud in real time on the front door, and it opens and there a bloody meat cleaver buried in the door. Holy fuck that was a long, but great segment.

Matt and Shelby just wanted out, so they approached the bank to see what their options are. The Bank wants to make no deal, and they agreed to buy the house “as is”. Shelby claims that the bank changed the address. The bank says it is what it is, and that they will buy it back at very competitive rates. Matt says that he didn’t think it could get any worse, but here comes Lee with Flora. Oh boy. Yeah, she just wanted to see her girl, and Matt and Shelby realize just how fucked this is. Lee just wanted to see Flora, but then I guess she just drove on back to the house, and Mason doesn’t know, obviously. Shelby gets Flora to go in the other room to work on homework so Matt can talk to his sister. Lee explains why she did this, and Matt is like, yeah, and this only making shit worse. Mason calls Shelby and she tells him that Flora is, in fact, there. Shelby tries talking him down a bit, and she does well, so he’s coming to get his girl back. Shelby then has the nerve to tell Lee that she understands why Lee did what she did, but that’s bullshit. Flora hears a girl laughing, so she is curious, and see her outside, and the girl waves her out visit. Well, Lee goes to say goodbye, but no Flora, of course. They start looking in the house, then the woods, a tree is marked with some bloody parts. Lee is crying and Matt and Shelby find her. Flora’s hoodie is like 70 feet up in a tree, but no Flora.

End Episode

TLDR Version – Shelby witnesses a human sacrifice in the woods, then makes it to the road and is rescued by Lee who brings her to the hospital. Lee brings her daughter, Flora, to the house for a visit, and she befriends, Priscilla, who is a ghost. A ghost who wants to kill everyone, and leave Flora to be last to die. Matt gets a phone call at night, but the phone is unhooked, he turns around, and sees our 2 nurses, Miranda and Bridget, from the first episode, and they taunt and then kill this elderly lady, Margaret.  The cops leave one officer there 24/7 to keep the family safe. Lee gets drunk as Mason doesn’t want Flora to ever visit there again, so Matt gets her into bed, and Shelby calls for him, and as soon as he leaves, the nurses show up. Shelby sees a being in the woods, and so does Matt, so they go out and investigate, and they find doors to a ladder to a cellar, with a videotape. On the video is Dr. Cunningham, who explains that crazy shit is going on, and he was researching the nurse sisters who killed 5 elderly patients, trying to spell out the word MURDER, but never got to kill their last victim. Dr. decided that he had had enough, and went in there to investigate, and calls out for someone, and we do see something as the camera goes crashing. Matt and Shelby find the painted letters MURDE, as they never disappear, even after cleaning. Lee sees some bloody parts on walls and Pig Head. A bloody meat cleaver ends up in the door. Lee then kidnaps Flora, but while they are dealing with the reality of it being illegal, Flora wanders off into the woods. They go out searching, and find Flora’s hoodie hanging like 70 feet on a tree.

Final Thoughts – I gotta say, in my 9 Deuce discussion, I mentioned the connection to the Shining, and this spelling MURDER on the wall is yet another example. BAM bitches! This was actually better the second time watching it.  I put on closed captioning to make out a lot of the opening sacrifice, which was done OK, but no real answers, more of a clusterfuck. We know that the guy is being punished because he wanted to escape. We don’t quite know who Bates or Gaga are yet, so that has my attention. Obviously, for me, the best part was Cunningham’s home video with all of that explanation. It was some of AHS’s best storytelling, and Denis O’Hare never lets me down. My concern is that we may not get much of him this season, which would be a shame. He has the most acting range out of anybody in the main cast, so you want to see him do more. At the moment, we need more info on why the sisters are trapped in the house, and if they can get that final R. We need to know more about Priscilla and what happened to Flora, who was supposed to be the final person. We need to know what powers Pig Head has, and for that matter, Kathy Bates. We need to know what the Polks know, as it seems likely that they will reveal some background info. We need to know how far back this goes, and what started it, and all of that stuff. So that’s cool.

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American Horror Story S:6 Ep:1 9 Deuce Discussion

Hi everybody, I like doing things with the 9 Deuce, and this seemed like the perfect format for a show like this, so that’s what I am hopefully going to do all season. Today, I am joined by a former co-worker, Stefanie. We have talked AHS in the past, and I talked to her and I proposed that we work on a project together, and this is what I came up with. I then reeled in my good buddy, Tom, who you may recognize from the list from last month on movies that make men cry. The format is that I will ask 9 questions about the episode, and then 2 bonus questions that can be about anything AHS related, not just this episode. I’m excited, so let’s do this!

The 9

  1. After one episode, are there any characters that you are not necessarily fond of?Stef: Right off the bat, my first impression of the sister wasn’t great. I can’t really explain it though. I DO love Angela Bassett, but maybe it’s the “real life” character that I care less for.

Tom:  I found myself frustrated with Matt, as he seemed to follow the usual horror movie tropes, but I want to like him, so not fully frustrated yet.

Kent: Shelby is your typical irrational horror female, which I never like, but is also required. You will never be able to do a horror show or film that centers around 5 rational men because it would be over in like 25 minutes, and then they’d chill and drink beer. Also, real life Lee is not winning me over.

  1. So far we have 3 “real life” counterparts to the story. Would you switch any of the roles around, for example have Cuba telling the story and Andre acting it out?ahs-shelby-lily-rabeStef: No, I think they’re fine the way the are. With the exception of Lily Rabe and Sarah Pulson, true to form, in those types of shows, the actors are always better looking than the real lifers.

Tom:  Of the 3 roles, I would consider the Shelby character. Lily could potentially play the scared horror female better.

Kent: I’d switch Lily and Sarah. As Tom mentioned, Lily could portray the scared female better, and I simply adore Lily. I’m bias, so what? Sarah will be great though.

  1. Do you like the format for this episode, with a retelling of a story, them trying to make it feel real?Stef: I think it’s something different – unexpected. I think I like it. I’m anxious to see how it all plays out.

Tom: No, I feel it puts another layer between you and the story, and takes away from the realness of it. Plus there’s no real risk of these 3 being killed.

Kent: I had a talk last night with Tom about this, and for me, I like it. But I also loved watching a TV show called “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” and the “real life” portrayal on this show is so cheesy, it reminds me of that show. Like the stupid looks to the camera make me laugh.

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  1. Do you think that this whole season will, in fact, be focused on just this story? We know that there are more than one time frames that will be portrayed in this season, but that could be a backstory to this, for instance.Stef: Well, I was wondering who’s going to die… you know SOMEBODY’S got to. And so far we know these three have obviously been through some horrible event, and lived to tell about it. I’m almost anticipating that eventually the “show” will be over, bringing us to current time, and that’s when something’s going to go down.

Tom: If I had to guess, the original Roanoke story, and then the current one with potentially some flashbacks to feed the story line a bit.

Kent: The safe answer is that we will get typical AHS storytelling where we get numerous flashbacks to the past to explain the present, and it seems likely that with so many big names not being used yet, some of them will be part of the past timeline. With that being said, imagine if every 2 weeks we simply get a different story for the whole season, an anthology within an anthology.

  1. Coolest scene of the episode for you?Stef: I know it’s not necessarily a “scene”, but LOVE creepy old houses, so I love seeing what the inside of that house looks like. And then there’s Kathy Bates getting tossed over the hood of a car. 😉

Tom: When Lee and Shelby finally make their way back upstairs and see the network of sticks and figurines and twine, it was an amazing sight to see.

ahs-blair-witch-figurines-in-houseKent: The honorable mention goes to the 2 women who cross that hallway, because I’m a sucker for that. My answer is another short bit, the “home video” with Mr Pig Head. I love that sort of thing, and I know that when we know more about the video, it will be amazing.

  1. Moving forward, which character intrigues you the most?Stef: Probably Kathy Bates so far. Who/what is she??ahs-car-accident

Tom: The pig head thing in the video. Is it a beast or a man in a mask. I need to know these things.

Kent: Kathy Bates is my answer, but I will say that the dude missing the top of his head is up there and the dude with the torch. Also, I hope we get to see the auctioneer again.

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  1. What TV show or film did this episode remind you of the most?Stef: It had a Texas Chainshaw vibe to me. Or any of those other backwoods, inbred, murder-esque movies really – Wrong Turn, The Hills Have Eyes, ect…ahs-hillbillies

Tom: The Changeling due the same aspect where people come from far away, move into a house, and you get a sense that the locals know something about the house, but eventually the owner figures it out.

Kent: Poltergeist because something bad happened on this land, it’s not just the house, but the house is the perfect vessel for this story. I’d also suggest The Shining, Deliverance, and you can’t avoid the obvious Blair Witch, which I know we all tried our best to avoid using as our answer.

  1. Is Matt going to lose his job?ahs-matt-tie
    Stef: Eh, who the hell knows. Maybe they’ll suggest he take a leave of absence.

Tom: No, they need a reason to leave her alone at the house.

Kent: By the end of this, I feel it will be revealed that he stopped working for the company. I also think that when the “documentary” is wrapped up, we will find that something bad happened to at least one of our 3 main characters, because they obviously live this story out in order to make the documentary.

  1. Who dresses worst: Matt or Shelby?Stef: Neither of them are exactly fashion forward – both different styles though. They could both be on the next episode of “What Not to Wear”

Tom: Matt, it’s such a nerdy version of Cuba Gooding Jr than what I am used to, and he looks smaller.

Kent: Shelby, the open back top and those socks or leggings, just silly.

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The Bonus Deuce

  1. If you could bring back any one character for just one episode from the AHS Universe, who would it be, and why?Stef: LIZ.FUCKING.TAYLOR. I will never love Dennis O’Hare more than I did as Liz. Fucking fabulous! (Kent Note: Denis O’Hare has been great in every role, but last year, he killed it. Great choice.)

Tom: If I think with my little brain, I’d have to take the maid from Murder House, Alexandra Breckenridge. (Kent Note: Every red blooded male is nodding in approval, and probably googling her now.)

Kent: Axe Man is my all time favorite character from the AHS universe, and he isn’t THAT far away, so it could happen. Madame Delphine LaLaurie would also be cool, but I didn’t want to use Coven twice.

  1. Actually, bring back a second person. I think these responses should be fun.Stef: Not a character, but I miss Connie Britton, actually. I wish she would’ve continued on beyond the first season.

Tom: If I think with my big brain, I gotta go with Axe Man from Coven, Danny Huston.

Kent: Shachath (Frances Conroy in Asylum as the black Angel of Death) because that is a character that could in theory show up. When you consider locations the first season was in LA and the second was in Taxachusettes, the next 2 were in the south, and the Hotel was in Cali, again.  Dr. Arden in Asylum, I could see him having visited Roanoke before going to Briarcliff Manor.He could have dome something heinous. If we do get anybody though, it will most likely be from Coven.

Thank you all for reading this. I hope to bring these 2 back next week if their schedules holds up. If you would like to share your thoughts, leave a comment. If you would like to be part of a future 9 Deuce discussion, contact me.

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