American Horror Story: Freak Show After Show Episode 1 “Monster Among Us”

Welcome to the American Horror Story: Freak Show Season 4 Episode 1 “Monster Among Us”! Jupiter, Florida. 1952. Conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler (Sarah Paulson) (who share the same entire body) are taken to the hospital after a milkman finds them injured in their home, nearby their dead mother who was brutally murdered. News spread of the twins’ existence, leading local carnival freak show owner Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) to visit them in the hospital where she attempts to recruit them to join her troupe. Although skeptical, the twins agree since they have no one else to look after them and they move in with Elsa’s troupe of freaks whom include Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters), a boy with syndactyly, and his mother Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates), a bearded lady. Jimmy makes additional money by pleasuring local women with his abnormally long fingers. Meanwhile, Twisty (John Carroll Lynch) is a killer clown/serial killer who murders a teenage girl’s boyfriend and a young boy’s parents, imprisoning the young boy and teen girl in an old bus. Twisty later shows up at the freak show camp grounds, but goes seemingly unnoticed. When a police detective arrives and attempts to arrest Bette and Dot for the murder of their mother, Jimmy slices the man’s neck open after he calls them all “freaks”. Jimmy leads the troupe in hacking the corpse apart, pronouncing they are no longer going to be pushed around and made to feel different from everybody else. After Elsa’s group puts on their first show with Bette and Dot as “The Siamese Twins”, there are only two attendees, Gloria Mott (Frances Conroy) and her son Dandy (Finn Wittrock), who purchased all the seats for that night’s performance. Dandy bargains with Elsa to buy Bette and Dot for $15,000, but the twins refuse. Elsa later tells Ethel that she brought the twins aboard to get more attention for the show and to boost her own fame. As Elsa prepares for bed, it’s revealed that she is an amputee, legless below-the-knees.

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@JennessaRose Fan Show Network presents the American Horror Story Freak Show After Show. Tune in each week, live or on demand, for review and conversation about American Horror Story. American Horror Story: Freak Show is the fourth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. Previous seasons of American Horror Story: American Horror Story: Murder House, American Horror Story: Asylum, and American Horror Story: Coven have all featured the same actors including the Emmy Award Winner Jessica Lange, who has won Emmy’s for her outstanding performance each season on AHS. This season is set in 1952 Jupiter, Florida, telling the story of one of the last remaining freak shows in America, and their struggle for survival. The series was created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, but before AHS, Ryan Murphy made headlines through the hit FOX high school musical dramedy, Glee, and FX’s Nip/Tuck. Co-Creator and fellow producer, Brad Falchuk has worked with Murphy for years including on Glee & Nip/Tuck. American Horror Story is described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a desperate set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own “beginning, middle, and end.” Returning cast members from previous seasons are: Jessica Lange (Tootsie) as Elsa Mars, Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Jimmy Darling, Denis O’Hare (Milk) as Stanley, Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Gloria Mott, Sarah Paulson as Bette / Dot Tattler (Mud), Naomi Grossman (#Rip) as Pepper, Kathy Bates (Misery) as Ethel Darling, Emma Roberts (Scream 4) as Maggie Esmeralda, Angela Bassett (Malcolm X) as Desiree Dupree, and Michael Chiklis (The Shield) as Dell Toledo. If you’re a fan of the Emmy award winning series American Horror Story then tune in each week for the live after show. #AHSAS




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