I think this week’s real “test of strength” is how long we can endure what I’m pretty sure is the soggy middle of Freak Show’s story arch. I knew over-praising it would come back on me. Is it just me, or has it all felt like filler since the Halloween episodes? I guess when American Horror Story isn’t rushing into random plot devices, it’s dragging the same five variations out as far as they’ll stretch.
There were a few nice things about this episode. Let’s start with Dandy (Finn Wittrock). Honestly, Dandy is the best part of this show, and we just don’t get enough of him this episode. Jimmy (Evan Peters) solved last week’s mystery of Where Are The Twins? Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) are, of course, hanging out with Dandy, eating caviar and basking in luxury. Dot still isn’t convinced of Dandy’s “good intentions” and is furious when he admits to reading her diary. With a little urging from Jimmy, Dot demands to leave. Bette’s fallen for our favorite murderer and is even convinced he’s the one who saved those kids from the Murder Bus, but in a shocking turn of events, Bette chooses Dot over Dandy.