The man, the myth, the Mordrake returns on this week’s conclusion to the AHS freak show Halloween episode!
This week, we begin with the two-faced spirit, Edward Mordrake, making his rounds to a majority of the troupe to hear their stories of regret and shame. He is continuing his hunt to find out who will join his carnival of spirits (without any of the fun).
After determining a majority weren’t the right fit, he makes his way to Elsa, who unfortunately thinks he’ll be making her famous. Elsa gives a solid business pitch, but he chimes in quite angrily with her “delusional ignorance” and gives her a scare before asking her to share her darkest hour.
Jimmy and Esmeralda have to ditch their ride after running out of gas, and because of the curfew, they proceed to walk back to the freak show. A heated exchange occurs (and by heated I mean irritation that has some relationship-type passion), but they must hold off and hide before being seen by police.
The three kidnapped by Twisty once again work together with the blonde girl leading the charge to escape. The girl actually makes it to the road near Jimmy and Esmeralda before he tackles her and carries her back. With Jimmy being the stand-up guy that he is, he goes to try and save the girl… Esmeralda reluctantly follows.
Elsa shares her past sins, which involve an intense German brothel where she had explored sexual fantasies, and where she apparently had a bit of a dominatrix fetish with a Sia wig. She definitely brought in her fair share of willing customers, but noted she refused to engage in intercourse.
Meanwhile on the creepy Jupiter back roads, Jimmy and Esmeralda find Twisty’s evil mini-lair, but are rendered unconscious by his new companion: the deluded diabolical Dandy in a full clown ensemble.
Elsa continues to tell her tale of despair, where she is filmed in a video, but finds herself alone and quickly drugged. She is tied down and the men, as it turns out, are making a snuff film where they savagely cut off her legs with a chainsaw in a gut-wrenching scene. She admits the film went around the world, which was her only notoriety as a star (pretty devastating).
The demon tells her that she is the one they seek and she begs to be killed. As Mordrake hesitates, he hears music that intervenes momentarily, and we are shown Dandy setting up an intricate Halloween with “full” decorations.
The three he kidnapped, along with the two troupe members, find themselves as a part of some Halloween magic murder trick(?), but Jimmy helps everyone escape before he’s grabbed by Twisty. As Twisty locks him up, Esmeralda leads the others to the road for safety and taunts Dandy, leading him to have another childlike meltdown.
Twisty receives a visit from Mordrake. We hear his voice revealing a back story where he had enjoyed his previous life of entertaining children as a clown (before terrorizing). We see that he had a rough experience with the “freaks”, where they made him out to be a sexual predator.
After his reputation took away his job and love for entertaining, he attempted to take his own life by shooting himself. “I’m so dumb I couldn’t even kill myself right,” Twisty says with despair in his voice. It surprisingly made me feel some sadness for him.
Twisty explains that his animosity is all directed at the freaks and he views his actions as a deed to the children because he has rid them of the bad people, like their families. A bit twisted obviously, so again his name makes more sense.
The demon declares Twisty will be the one to join them, and he’s killed by Mordrake to then join his troupe in the spirit realm. Dandy stumbles back to the location and finds his only friend’s dead body. He removes the mask from Twisty, placing it onto his own face. His persona changes almost instantly, taking on the role of the evil clown.
The next day, the cops look over the scene and ask Esmeralda for the identities of the clowns (the mask basically ruined that). Jimmy and Esmeralda are praised as heroes, but he doesn’t seem as pleased because of the unlawful killing of Meep. I’m actually kind of really liking the Esmeralda and Jimmy pairing, FYI.
They arrive back to the camp and share the news of Twisty’s demise, and a slew of people from the town show up to thank Jimmy for saving their families. Everyone has an emotional moment where they can coexist the way it should be, at least until the killings start up again and everyone blames him. Elsa takes the moment to also plug tickets for her show, but it’s understandable because they still need to make a living! Elsa informs Dot and Bette that they will be the warm up act for the pinheads, which while it doesn’t sound too pleasing, we as viewers love pepper!
The final scenes take us to Dandy, who approaches his mother’s maid, Dora. After she begins throwing a few insults his way, he slices her throat open, making her his first victim. Dandy begins to laugh hysterically, finding pleasure for the first time in the series as a new villain. With Twisty out of the picture, I’d say it’s obvious who will be causing issues throughout Jupiter now!
Aedan’s final thoughts:
-I actually felt sadness for Twisty’s misunderstood past life
-Because Jimmy is such a genuinely good guy, I suspect hard times ahead for him
-Esmeralda’s change of heart is both apparent and endearing
-I’m predicting Dandy is going to be more sadistic than Twisty
-Elsa’s back story was some genuine horror