Throw in a pinch of ‘Frankenstein’ and a sprinkle of Stevie Nicks, ‘AHS’ delivered another weird, but satisfying episode. As two of the girls picked up the pieces of their mistake, another witch found her calling and Marie and Fiona trade some shade.
During a group meeting at the school, where we learn that Queenie used her powers to burn a customer at the chicken restaurant she used to manage, the police come looking for answers after the bus crash. Feeling the pressure, Zoe tells the two cops that they are witches and Madison didn’t mean to cause the accident. After Fiona cleans up their mess, they go to the morgue with the intention of bringing Kyle back to life. Trouble is, he was dismembered in the crash so they have to sew him back together, with the help of a spell. Madison peaces out (tee hee), leaving Zoe with an undead, and mute, new boyfriend. Misty Day (which sounds like the name of a pornstar), the witch with the power of resurrection, pops up in the car and helps Zoe with the power of Fleetwood Mac. Misty referred to Stevie Nicks as “The White Witch,” and clearly an inspiration, let’s just prepare ourselves for more for of Nicks’ tunes to be played on the show.
Meanwhile, Fiona and Marie finally meet at the latter’s hair salon. This scene kind of played out like the meeting of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in ‘Heat,’ only much bitchier. Fiona is still desperate to find the fountain of youth and asks for Marie’s help, but because of the rivalry of their “kinds,” that wasn’t going to happen. Especially not since Fiona freed LaLaurie. We also find out that Marie’s lover, the one Delphine turned into a minotaur is still alive as well. LaLaurie herself wants a way out, basically asking Fiona to kill her. Decades spent underground gave her a lot of time to think about all that she had done, and what happened to her daughters. One of whom she described as having “the face of a hippo.” LaLaurie isn’t an easy character to like, but Kathy Bates plays her so well, you almost kind of feel sorry for the woman.
Though there were a number of good lines this episode, most of them coming from Marie and Fiona, that wasn’t enough to make up for some of the awfulness of the first act. I can appreciate getting a little bit of Queenie’s backstory, but did she have to be working in a chicken joint in Detroit? When Madison makes one of her snide remarks, Queenie gets ready to lunge at her, threatening to eat her. We get it Ryan Murphy! These little things keep the show from being truly perfect. I doubt it’ll get better, but it might be worth it to soldier on for the rest of the season.