American Horror Story recap: Kill Her Once, Kill Her Good, Kill Her Dead

Queenie considers switching teams, while Madison offers Zoe an unexpected invitation
Ep. 07 | Aired Nov 20, 2013

JAZZ ON, JAZZ OFF Things got a bit awkward when the Axeman revealed he had been watching Fiona for her entire life. "You totally Eric Bana'd me," said Fiona angrily. "Fiona Goode don't get Eric Bana'd by no one, you hear me, no one."

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But on a lighter note: Queenie and Delphine are BFFLs now! Since Madison raided the kitchen, they raced over to the local Frostop. They dared to supersize their meal. Queenie pondered the course her life had taken; in the second best line of the night, she casually mentioned, "I'm sitting in a fast food parking lot at three in the morning with an immortal racist." Delphine has warmed to Queenie, but she told the young witch that she would never really fit in at Miss Robichaux's. "They're never gonna see you as their sister," she said.

Queenie took those words to heart. Like so many Salemites before her, she broke the fragile truce and meandered over to Marie Laveau's hair salon. Marie told her the same line as Delphine. When Queenie insisted that her sister witches didn't care about her skin color, Marie cackled, "They care plenty." From Marie's perspective, America is behind enemy lines. "We're only here because our great-great grandpas couldn't run fast enough," she said. "We'll never be welcome here." The best they could hope for, said Marie, was depending on each other. And she extended a hand to Queenie. She could join the Voodoo crew. She would never be second-best to some pretty little white girl. She would have power, more power than a Supreme. But only if she delivered her new best friend, the Madame LaLaurie.

Back at Miss Robichaux's, Zoe was trying her best to coach Kyle back to something like humanity. She taught him to say "food." She taught him how to use a spoon. Madison came in to stir things up. She didn't remember killing Kyle -- her amnesia is very vaguely defined, but she seems to not remember much of anything from her post-Hollywood witching life. She sent Zoe to see Delia, and then had a heart-to-heart with Kyle. "You were dead," she said, "So was I. I didn't see a light. Did you?" For the first time, Madison set aside her tough-cruel-demon-goddess veneer. She tried connecting with Kyle. "You know exactly how I feel," she said. Kyle hugged her. Intercourse ensued.

Meanwhile, we got a good look at the New Delia. New Delia is the opposite of milquetoast Old Delia. New Delia takes her tea with a shot of flask liquor. New Delia sees the calamity that is consuming her beloved academy. New Delia says things, "You are one hotsh*t witch." She gave it to Zoe straight. If the young witch was indeed the next Supreme, she would need to watch her back. Fiona is dwindling; she needs the power of the Supreme. So Delia told Zoe the new plan, and in the process gifted us the best line of the night: "We're going to kill my mother. Kill her once, kill her good, kill her dead."

Speak of the Supreme! Fiona awoke from her assignation with the Axeman. She'd had fun. But the fun was over. She chastised the serial killer for that smelly body in the bathroom. She said that she'd called the police. In fact, it became clear that Fiona had enjoyed their evening a little too much. Like Madison, Fiona has a complicated relationship with pleasure: She lives for it, but she's also a bit scared of it. (It might be more accurate to say that Fiona and Madison -- and many key characters in the American Horror Story multiverse -- enjoy pleasure but are afraid of serenity. They like one-night stands, but the concept of a lifelong romance seems like a kind of death.)

And this is when the Axeman very creepily admitted that he had been watching Fiona for a very long time. He watched her when she was a little girl at Miss Robichaux's, being bullied by a girl named Helen. The Axeman took action, pushing several shelves of glassware onto Helen's face. (ASIDE: This little flashback exposed an aspect of Fiona's character that runs throughout Ryan Murphy's work. We've only known her as a towering figure, take-take-taking what she wants from people less powerful from her. In this moment, we saw that -- however briefly -- she was once on the other side of the bullying line. InĀ American Horror Story, victims are never sanctified for their victimhood. The bullied become the bullies; the tortured become the torturers -- an idea reconfirmed by the incredible shot that ended the episode. END OF ASIDE.)

So the Axeman used to think of Fiona as the daughter he never had. Then, as she grew into a beautiful young girl walking naked around her room, he felt strange stirrings in his saxophone case. He called Fiona the most fearsome thing that ever lived, and he told her he knew her better than anyone on earth. "You gave meaning to my endless tortured days." She kissed him and she slapped him and she recontextualized him. The Axeman considers himself a mythic guardian, someone who has seen Fiona's whole life. To Fiona, he's just a man who saw her grow old. She stormed out. I'm not sure there will ever be another show on television where a cancer-stricken soul-sucking super-witch falls in love with a resurrected serial killer saxophonist. Unless that's what The Mentalist is about?

NEXT: Strange bedfellows in a strange fellow's bed

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