American Horror Story: “Boy Parts” by Cat Scully

 

American Horror Story – Boy Parts

Those of you wondering whether the season would really kick up in pacing in episode two, the mixed answer is both yes and no. This episode has some of our dead cast from the first episode back, resurrected in different ways as AHS would never leave them completely behind. Missy, our resurrection witch, is back and opening this episode in the swamps where she brings back alligators to kill their poachers to the sultry, swaying tunes of Stevie Nicks.

As the witches’ house wakes, Zoe and Madison argue about whether Kyle was really guilty by association of raping Madison and deserved his death. Racked with guilt, Zoe pleads that he was not like the others and that he shouldn’t have died, but of course Madison doesn’t particularly care. Meanwhile, in her room, Fiona hides LaLaurie from the rest, bound and gagged, while she tries to figure out how LaLaurie could be alive after 180 years. As LaLaurie is only interested in screaming for help, Fiona still hasn’t figured out why she is there and decides to find out by other means.

We cut to Queenie working at a fried chicken palace in 2012 Detroit, where a man harasses her enough while she is working, that she sticks her hand in the deep fryer and with her human voodoo ability causes him to burn his arm instead. Queenie relates over breakfast this story and explains she is related to the witches of Salem by blood through the slave Tituba, but had no idea other witches existed until the fryer incident made the local newspapers and she was sent to the school in New Orleans. However, she is interrupted by homicide detectives that saw Madison at the party where the frat boys were killed. Zoe and Madison are interrogated, but the detectives have clear evidence they were involved with the deaths of the frat boys. Zoe was caught on camera at the hospital before and after the death of the ringleader. Zoe blurts out a confession, explaining Madison was raped. Cordelia tries to defend them, but Fiona steps in and forces the detectives to take glasses of water she spit into to control them. Zoe and Madison are asked to return to their rooms, where Zoe turns hysterical about them getting caught. While the detectives are sent away with no memory of what they saw, Fiona goes to the girls room and throws both of them against the wall. She calls both girls on their failings, making us almost like Fiona for giving both girls the slap in the face they needed; not that we didn’t already love the rampaging Supreme anyway.

Through their punishment and confrontation, Madison learns that Zoe killed the ringleader for raping her and killing Kyle, so she vows to pay her back. Madison takes Zoe to the morgue and finds the partial bodies of the crash victims, resurrection spell in hand. She decides to build the perfect boyfriend for Zoe and begins to piece together a Frankenstein boyfriend with Kyle’s head.

If you’ve watched AHS the past two seasons, you know that each season revolves around mothers, daughters, and pregnancy. Cordelia and her husband, who abruptly shows up in the season in the middle of a doctor’s room with no background at all, argue whether to use magic or not to get pregnant. Cordelia, against it, tries to convince him that invitro fertilization is the answer. But as he exits, you can tell, he clearly isn’t going to go with it.

Fiona goes back to question LaLaurie, still bound and gagged in her room, and tries to figure out who cursed her to stay alive. She tells Fiona that it was Marie Laveau, a voodoo woman who killed her daughters on the steps of her home so that she could always be alone and live with her regrets and never join her family in the afterlife. Learning this, it’s obvious what Fiona wants and doesn’t care what destruction LaLaurie might bring to get it: immortal youth. Her next natural course of action is to find the still-living Marie to get her to give her the power of youth, thus, setting of the chain of our noted “witches versus voodoo” season. When she finds Marie Laveau’s hairdressing salon, the war begins as Fiona calls voodoo “the nail to her hammer” of witchcraft, to which Marie snorts and snaps that witches got their power in Salem from voodoo and a line of Shamans. Fiona leaves, threatening Marie to give Fiona her youth because she has something Marie wants, but won’t tell her.

Cordelia caves and gathers plants and herbs to ready her and her husband for the pregnancy spell. She gathers snake eggs, sets a black circle, and they begin to have sex despite the surrounding ring of fire. The snake eggs break and Cordelia’s eyes turn black. Since we know that her husband was barely introduced and not even really involved in each episode, he’s not sticking around long, but whatever the consequences of the ritual are, they’re here for the season.

Meanwhile, Kyle is resurrected by Madison and Zoe, with Madison ditching Zoe there when a morgue employee shows up. In his rage and confusion, Kyle kills him. Zoe tries to drive Kyle home but finds Misty in her backseat, who directs them to her home in the swamp instead. She begins to heal Kyle with her mix of moss and dung when Zoe figures out who Misty really is and pieces together that she used her resurrection power on herself after she burned. The Stevie Nicks playing every time Misty comes on screen was, as always important, with Misty saying she believes the singer to be a witch like herself and was the first she ever knew before Zoe. Misty agrees to watch Kyle as Zoe flees back to her house, hoping no one noticed she was missing.

During Zoe’s flight, LaLaurie is released by Nan, who says she thinks too loudly and is bothering her. LaLaurie escapes, knocking Queenie out with a candlestick, and heads to her old home. She manages to not get hit by cars in her discovery that her home is now a museum. Fiona finds her there and chides her for all the dark things she’s done, but all LaLaurie can think of is her dead daughters. Realizing that LaLaurie is more use than she initially realized, and how alike they are, Fiona takes LaLaurie back to her home again. Meanwhile we cut to Marie at her home, where she talks to the still-living Minotaur and tells him that you will never believe who is back.

All in all, this episode and last are ringing entirely different than either of the previous seasons. So far this season feels more like the Twisted History Channel than the random happenings in Asylum or the concentrated hauntings of the first season. Still, the balance of real history given new horrors is making it too delightful to resist, and quite possibly more consistent to follow in terms of plot. With the stage all seemingly set, hopes are high that the real shock and awe we’ve come to expect with American Horror Story will slap us in the face again.