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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Season 4, Episode 2: 'Massacres and Matinees'

Jules Zucker |
October 16, 2014 | 1:33 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Michael Chiklis (left) as Dell Toledo and Evan Peters as Jimmy Darling (FX)
Michael Chiklis (left) as Dell Toledo and Evan Peters as Jimmy Darling (FX)
Last week's premiere left audiences sleeping with the lights on, and episode two of Freak Show by no means lowered the stakes. With new characters, decapitation, and an uncomfortably close case of sibling rivalry, "Massacres and Matinees" only boosts AHS's horrifying hype. What happened this week in Jupiter, Florida?

Everyone's favorite killer clown (John Carroll Lynch) is up to his usual antics, killing a young man in a toy store and presenting his severed head to his caged prisoners – now that's what I call a captive audience! Amidst his tomfoolery, he's recruited by Gloria Mott (Frances Conroy) as a new friend for Dandy (Finn Wittrock), who's feeling bored by his life of luxury and solitude. Jimmy (Evan Peters) shoots the guy down when he begs to join Elsa's show, so it's no surprise when he takes an interest in the next most shocking thing in town. He follows Twisty back to his bus of wonders just in time to run into prisoner Bonnie (Skyler Samuels), who's momentarily escaped the clown's clutches. Human empathy is apparently too boring for Dandy, so he brings her right back to Twisty and excitedly announces how much fun the despicable duo is going to have. Something tells me Mother wouldn't approve.

Back at the fairgrounds, some new blood rolls into town from Chicago: ill-tempered "strongman" Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis) and his three-breasted wife Desiree Dupree (Angela Bassett). Not only is Dell on Ethel's (Kathy Bates) bad side for trying to mercy-kill Jimmy as an infant, but he's also hoping the Chicago PD won't nab him here for the murder he committed back in the Windy City.

Elsa auditions Dot and Bette (Sarah Paulson) for their new headlining act, and while Bette can't carry a tune in a bucket, Dot's a regular Doris Day. Bette feels a little upstaged, and, more importantly, so does Elsa (Jessica Lange). She tucks a knife under Bette's pillow while Dot sleeps and essentially tells her to do what she's gotta do. Yikes.

Dell immediately tries to take charge of things, demanding that the show hold matinee performances to sidestep a new town curfew. Jimmy doesn't like it, especially after a particularly unpleasant trip to the town diner where the freaks are refused service and Dell shows Jimmy what strongmen do to people who disrespect them. But Lobster Boy's also got the police on his back about last episode's "missing" cop, so he decides to kill two birds with one stone and tries to frame Dell for the cop's murder. Dell turns the tables on him and it's wee, bird-eating Meep that gets sent downtown. It's generally agreed upon that guys like Meep don't do too well in jail, so it isn't long before his beaten corpse is dumped back on the fairgrounds for all to see.

The bodies are piling up, the tension grows among the freaks, and Twisty has a new righthand man. How will next week raise the hairs on your back?

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