American Horror Story: Coven – Recap: Dog.
American Horror Story: Coven continued tonight with an episode that explored the world of witch hunters, and not a moment too soon! Madison Montgomery wore the hat to end all hats.
Episode 9 of Season 3 of American Horror Story: Coven brought upon the end of Hank Foxx’s (Josh Hamilton) allotted time to nix the New Orleans coven. The worst witch hunter of all time hadn’t even ruffled the feathers of the likes of Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) and Madison (Emma Roberts) heading into this week’s hour. Nan (Jamie Brewer) might have gotten a bit startled inititally, but she had to be at least a little happy to see Luke’s (Alexander Dreymon) ridiculous mother, Joan (Patti Lupone), snuffed out temporarily by a rogue bunch of bullets. While the youngest coven members surrouned Luke’s hospital bed with kind sentiments and snarky commentary, Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) attempted one last time to knock some sense into LaLaurie’s (Kathy Bates) noggin. Hey, that’s all she has left! Here is the Recap and Review of Season 3 Episode 9 of American Horror Story: Coven, “Head”!
Episode 9 opened with a flashback to 1991, so I immediately attempted to deduce Hank Foxx’s age to no avail. After a hunting lesson from his father, the young boy was taken out into the depths of the woods to hunt his first… witch? Whoa, these witch hunters start ‘em young. In any case, Hank failed to land a bullet between the eyes of the fire breather, forcing his father to intervene. It’s kind of interesting that this family has the name “Foxx” considering the fact that foxes have been traditionally hunted for pure sport. In the future, the heat was on. It seemed everybody was breathing down Hank’s neck. First, a meeting with his father, the head of a serious corporation of established witch hunters, alerted us to the reality that Hank has essentially been trying to prove something to his team. Hank was merely meant to act as a pair of eyes and ears within the coven. Instead, he’d taken it upon himself to cut a deal with Marie (Angela Bassett) in order to showcase his skills as a naturally talented hunter to his father. Apparently, the gene skipped a generation, as even Hank’s murdering of Kaylee was sloppy and required an outside cleanup that resulted in two innocent casualties. Hank’s torment didn’t stop after his father got through humiliating him in front of a colleague. Before we knew it, Marie Laveau was working the magic on Hank via a classic voodoo doll from afar. Hank had but one night to collect each of the coven witches’ heads, or a pin would pierce his heart. Just a thought, but isn’t a large-scale business the perfect true opponent to magical covens of witches? Power seems to be grounded in nature, which is why so much emphasis has been placed on honing Misty’s (Lily Rabe) skills as the “swamp witch.” She’s the most connected to nature.
Towards the beginning of Episode 9, Fiona (Jessica Lange) paid Marie’s salon a visit in order to return the head of Delphine and offer the opportunity to trash the old truce in favor of a true alliance against the witch hunters. Of course, we were privy to the fact that Marie had hired Hank to slaughter Fiona’s coven, so it wouldn’t have made sense for Marie to bite just yet. Delphine’s head barked advice from inside the cardboard box while her chained body swatted at flies in the background. Before long, Marie was ordering Queenie to torch the racist’s head out back. Queenie, however, had different plans.
From the safety of her bedroom, Queenie situated Delphine’s head on a food stand in order to further educate her in race relations and the civil rights movement. In truth, Delphine was looking to take Marie up on her offer to make her severed head into a campfire log. It was Queenie who refused to let LaLaurie go without teaching her the error of her horrible ways. An 8-hour marathon viewing of Roots didn’t seem to do the trick, as Delphine clenched her eyes shut for the entire duration.
Back at Miss Robichaux’s Academy, Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) continued to struggle with the loss of her physical sight. Visions are fine, everybody, but the rest of us have trouble cleaning up a dropped carton of eggs with our eyesight intact. Myrtle (Frances Conroy) watched on with a sad frustration as Delia insisted on mopping up her own mess. I appreciate the relationship between these two so much more after Episode 9. Delia refused to read Myrtle’s mind for the truth regarding the acid toss that had stolen her sight and scarred her face, choosing instead to trust her Auntie with nothing but faith. As viewers, we learned that it was none other than Hank’s corporation, Delphi, that ordered the attack on Delia in order to ensure that she’d need her husband close to her side. I mean, for a couple of cocky witch hunting experts, that sure backfired beyond belief. Myrtle, who’d risen from the ashes of her execution like a fantastically chic phoenix, concocted quite an amazing scheme to help the young woman who’s always been like a daughter to her. Luring Pembroke (Robin Bartlett) and Quentin (Leslie Jordan) back to the school under the deception of an intended moment of reconciliation, Myrtle secretly paralyzed the pair from the Council using some sort of enchanting herb on a bowl full of melon. With the help of the same melon baller she’d used to prepare the palate cleanser, Myrtle scooped an eye from each of the betrayers who’d helped see her to the stake, and thus, Delia subsequently awoke from her nap with another chance at actually seeing the physical world around her. That would prove to be quite helpful with a witch hunter on the loose! By the way, the witch hunter obviously knows where they live, and not a single window has been barricaded? How were the girls even allowed to leave the school to begin with this week?
Fiona returned home to find herself astonished by Myrtle’s work. The two bickered back and forth as is characteristic of their relationship. Delia, having had enough of the bitchcraft within her own walls, gave both women a piece of her mind, effectively continuing with her unification process of the coven in their time of dire need. By the way, props to Frances Conroy this week for delivering some of her best work ever on American Horror Story. Let’s hope Fiona’s threat to banish Myrtle to the toxic bowels of a New Jersey strip mall was just that, a threat. Oh, it’s also important to note that with Delia’s returned eyesight came the death of her new gift. Back to toying with weeds and shrubs, Delia. Flowers are… nice?
As this was transpiring back at the academy, Madison and Zoe attempted to help Nan fight her way to Luke’s side in his time of need. Joan, still recognizing the girls as a couple of demon succubi looking to corrupt, initially refused, but Nan’s undeniable clairvoyance and Madison’s particularly sharp brand of bitchery seemed to eventually win her over. *cue Patti Lupone singing a nuanced church ditty* Before we knew it, Joan and Nan were like bosom buddies, watching over Luke as he struggled to fight his way out of his coma. Of course, things changed rather quickly. Luke, having learned the truth from his trip to the other side, clued Nan in psychically to the true nature of his father’s death. God was eager to punish Joan, who’d murdered Luke’s father by planting a hive of bees in his car’s air conditioner following her discovery of his passionate affair with a book club friend. Nan, needless to say, was shooed out of the hospital by AHS’s resident scary Jesus lady, but I’m thinking Jesus left holding hands with Nan.
Desperate and dizzy from a drunken binge, Hank hightailed it over to Delia’s greenhouse where she and Misty had been practicing her botanical magic. Misty stood by her mentor Delia’s side as Hank attempted to win back her trust. Delia, sticking to her guns, refused to forgive her husband for what she perceived to be some twisted affair and, once again, kicked him to the curb. First, Frank gathered his things that had been placed in a box upstairs. One last encounter with Fiona, who was all too happy to mince the man to pieces with her emasculating words for the last time, introduced Hank to the new family dong, Endora.
Endora was great for about a minute. Then, she met Kyle (Evan Peters).
My favorite line of Episode 9. Kyle, “playing” with the new coven guard dog, accidentally snapped her neck right in front of Fiona, who’d assumed he was nothing more than another lay for one of her promiscuous students.
When the girls arrived home from their day at the hospital, they were pleasantly astounded to find Kyle, up and alert, playing gin rummy with Fiona. What could she say? The girls are incapable of a good round of cards! Kyle is “not all there,” everybody, but he’s way, way better than he was. In fact, he’s the new coven guard dog!
Entirely frustrated with LaLaurie’s ignorance, Queenie’s last-ditch effort to attempt to save the racist’s soul before frying her head in the backyard involved playing one of her grandmother’s favorite inspirational songs, “Oh, Freedom.” Then, duty called, and Queenie left Delphine to the music Reeling as his deadline approached, Hank meandered his drunken self over to Marie Laveau’s salon as a man with a plan. Slaughtering the entire salon, and even shooting Queenie in the process, Hank eventually turned his rifle on Marie Laveau. Queenie, following a painful struggle to Navy-SEAL her way across the floor in order to get close enough to Hank, scooped a dropped rifle and blew her own brains out, killing the witch hunter with the help of her voodoo power. Now, I’m not sure exactly what this means for Queenie. That looked like a killshot to me, but we know that her magic worked on Hank. I’m assuming she’s still alive. Maybe incredibly exhausted? Upstairs, LaLaurie, struggling as much as she could, eventually gave in to the tears brought on by the timeless tune. Music; It heals the heart and soul!
Back at the hospital, Luke awoke to tears of his own, recalling the newfound knowledge of his father’s brutal murder. Joan, lulling her son back to sleep to “rest,” lifted a pillow, pressed down hard, and murdered her son.
To close the recap and American Horror Story: Coven Episode 9, the show ended with an impromptu visit to Miss Robichaux’s from Marie Laveau. Fiona, recognizing that Marie had learned her lesson the hard way, beckoned her inside.
What did you think of American Horror Story: Coven, Season 3 Episode 9, “Head”? Were you sad to see Hank Foxx go? What’s up with Queenie? Was a song a believable way to change LaLaurie’s ways? Are you happy that Marie and Fiona have joined forces? Do you like Cordelia better with eyesight or with the sight?
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