True to American Horror Story fashion, the episodes get more and more creepy as the season progresses; it really makes me wonder what goes on in Ryan Murphy’s head. So, “The Replacements” ran over an hour, and had everyone on the edge of their seats.
In big news, Misty has healed Kyle, and appears to have grown attached to him, as she has no human contact in her woodsy shack. Zoe comes to take Kyle away and bring him home, after visiting Kyle’s mother. Though she promises to come back and visit, Misty hisses “No you won’t,” and begins dancing around to more Stevie Nicks. We haven’t had a huge development in her storyline, so hopefully the coming episodes will have some more focus on her.
Zoe brings Kyle home, and in perhaps the worst part of the episode, we realize Kyle’s mother has an unhealthy obsession with her son, and sexually abuses him. No doubt audiences everywhere were screaming, and it is a nod to Evan Peter’s acting skills that he can act as a Frankenstien-like monster, yet convey so much emotion on his face. Through his unstable mind, he is triggered by his mother’s abuse and murders her; Zoe walks in on the scene in the end, with a bloody Kyle standing behind her.
Cordelia didn’t have much of a story this episode either, with just more of her wishing for a baby. She finds out she cannot have a medical procedure done to carry a child; she instead goes to Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen, and begs her to perform some sort of ritual to help her get pregnant. Laveau refuses, and tells her the truce between their tribes is over.
Back at the school, Madison, Nan, and Queenie watch the new neighbors move in; they all have their eye on the new boy, Luke Ramsey. This is Patti LuPone’s entrance to the show, as Joan Ramsey, the devout mother; she immediately takes a disliking to Madison, especially when she throws herself at Luke after her and Nan bring over a housewarming cake. As Madison is thrown out of the home, she sets the curtains on fire; she is realizing her potential as a witch.
Fiona’s story is much of the same, striving for her youth; we get flashbacks to how she took the throne and became Supreme. Fiona is attempting to culture Madame LaLaurie into the 21st century, and has her join the household as the new maid. After LaLaurie refuses to serve Queenie, Fiona orders her to become Queenie’s slave. Fiona soon realizes Madison is becoming the next Supreme, and feeling threatened, takes her out for the day to really study her; in the last minutes of the episode, Fiona kills Madison (incidentally in the same way she took power) and says she’s not ready to step down from Supreme.
The episode was full of twists that you didn’t see coming, but then again, that is generally how American Horror Story works. All in all, it was a good episode to further certain character’s story’s, yet we were left hanging in the case of Misty Day and Cordelia. It’s an adjustment after Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson had such prominent roles in AHS: Asylum. Let’s hope we can see some more of them in the coming weeks.