American Horror Story: Coven – Recap: Delphine & Queenie Go to White Castle
American Horror Story: Coven continued tonight with an episode that introduced Delphine LaLaurie to her very first fast food burger. “Do we dare?” Supersize, that is.
Episode 7 of Season 3 of American Horror Story: Coven, “The Dead,” emphasized the changing of the times, generation gaps, and the kind of wisdom only death can bring. Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) is officially back in undead action, and for a girl who’s still working the rot out of her system, she sure is a breath of fresh air. Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), meanwhile, decided to get a grip on her Kyle (Evan Peters) situation, and the answer just might have come in quite a pleasurable form. Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) found herself torn between the world of voodoo and her budding friendship for the former(?) racist, Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates). Bonding over burgers will do that to you! Delia’s (Sarah Paulson) newfound spunk led her to a new path of action against her mother, Fiona (Jessica Lange), who got quite cozy with the Axeman (Danny Huston) this week. Well isn’t that just a match made in Hell? Here is the Recap and Review of American Horror Story: Coven, Season 3 Episode 7, “The Dead”!
To begin the recap, Episode 7 opened with a brilliant internal monologue from Madison, musing on the faults of the global generation, the youths born between the AIDS epidemic and 9/11. The culture that covets fame and notoriety, all in the name of more social media followers, seethes with rage and wallows in despair. Madison, who’d been the queen of masking utter devastation, even surviving a gang rape with the help of Jamba Juice, will do anything in her resurrected to form to simply feel again. Turning to drugs, food, self-harm, etc. to fill the endless hole inside, Madison had come to the realization that she’d been brought back from the dead… dead.
It wasn’t necessarily a White Castle (Sue me!), but my favorite scene this week had to be Queenie and Delphine hitting up a fast food drive through at 3am in search of some supersized nourishment. Delphine, while enjoying the greatest meal of her existence, began to open up to her unlikely newfound friend, Queenie, regarding how her eyes had begun to open to the ways of this new century. I mean, not that there’s really ever been any century in recent history where unwarranted barbaric and inhumane torture beyond any true comprehension was condoned by the educated public, but this Delphine is quite different than the Delphine of days past. Her one true mistake since returning to the world has been to clue Queenie in to the fact that her coven will never truly accept her simply because she’s “black as coal.”
This got our human voodoo doll thinking, driving her straight to the salon of the enemy. Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) seemed to welcome Queenie with open arms, yet with each episode that passes by, we become more and more aware of just how selfish her motives are. During Episode 6, we became privy to the fact that Marie had hired Delia’s husband, Hank (Josh Hamilton), to infiltrate the coven and murder the Salem witches way before AHS even kicked off. This voodoo queen is no victim, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from Fiona, it’s that these aging witches want nothing more than to stay in power. Queenie, promised power beyond that of any Supreme should she ally herself with the voodoo side, was offered a “home” in exchange for her new buddy, LaLaurie. Would Queenie betray Delphine? Does Delphine deserve to be betrayed?
At Miss Robichaux’s Academy, Cordelia nearly plummeted down a flight of stairs while attempting to discover who the looming figure was that skulked the school’s hallways at night. Madison, refusing to let her headmistress take a tumble, exposed herself in her resurrected state, inadvertently shocking Delia into another vision. This time, Fiona’s attempt to silence Madison, the girl starlet she’d assumed was the rising Supreme, was exposed with perfect clarity.
Fiona, meanwhile, began her arc during Episode 7 by continuing her fling with the Axeman. The reigning Supreme, of course, was still unaware of the man’s true identity, yet there was an undeniable chemistry between the two. At the close of last week’s episode, I’d assumed the Axeman posed a threat in the name of poetic vengeance. Meaning, I thought he was looking to lay and slay Fiona as a means of punishing the coven for his murder. In truth, the two carried on their evening with a sexual romp back at some poor sap’s apartment. His innocent body laid bloody in the bathtub as the Axeman, his murderer, used his dank apartment to woo Fiona. In truth, the place was a dump, but Fiona, in all her hazy glory, wasn’t on the hunt for glamour. Her hair had begun to waste away as a result of her chemo treatments, and with each clump, she’d spiral further and further down the rabbit hole. There was a bit of a tug or war between the pair, but mainly between Fiona and herself. Fiona oscillated between wanting to leave this place in a moment of strength and wanting to stay in the man’s arms in a bout of weakness. In the end, she’d find a common ground in what was intended to be a one-night stand. Aside: Isn’t it great that now, three seasons in, we see some sort of a connection between all of Jessica Lange’s characters on American Horror Story? Meaning, they’re all very different on the surface, but she plays them in such a way that it almost seems as though this is the same woman in three different lives.
The next morning, Fiona awoke with her head clear and initially intended to bolt straight away. Still, the Axeman had more to unveil. In truth, he’d watched Fiona grow up from a little girl to a beautiful young woman and further on to the Supreme she is today. The Axeman was infatuated with her from the start, protecting her against bullies within the academy like a father, only to fall in love with her as she came of age. Fiona, still unsure of the man’s identity, ran for the hills in panic, yet there was something about this guy that seemed to hit home. The chemistry between the two was undeniable from the start, and they are, indeed, much alike. Fiona even seemed to entirely nonchalantly call out the corpse in the bathroom before leaving as though it was nothing. The Axeman, shooting her a smirk, knows that Fiona has her own skeletons in her Chanel-stocked closet.
Back at the Robichaux ranch, Zoe decided to nip the Kyle problem in the bud with a bullet to the brain. Unfortunately, things proved to be more difficult than she’d imagined. Kyle has continued to drudge up memories from his past. During Episode 7, we witnessed a bonding session with his frat brothers, two of whom got ridiculous tattoos stamped on their flesh while Kyle, who dreamed of someday working as a high-class engineer, remained their pure leader. They seemed to have a sense of admiration for Kyle, amidst all their jeering, who prided himself on his sense of integrity, especially considering the drama that we know transpired behind his family home’s front door. Today, this mishmash Kyle has both of his buddies’ tattoos stitched onto his own alien body. The sight of these symbols must have been the spark that inspired the visions from the past to begin with. Zoe, who was obviously unaware of his revelations, ended up losing the pistol she’d brought to the greenhouse where Kyle sat chained, as her oafish crush promptly inserted the swiped gun into his own mouth. Zoe, realizing that she didn’t want him dead after all, fell to the ground and embraced the boy she (puppy) loves.
Madison tipped Zoe off the fact that Delia requested her presence in her private quarters, only to have her own moment with Kyle in the girls’ bedroom. Zoe had attempted, to much failure, to begin teaching Kyle the basics of speech again, as though he’s nothing more than a mere child. Madison, on the other hand, relates to Kyle in a way no one on Earth can understand. The two remain dead inside. Having experienced the cold bleakness of the other side, the warmth and heart of the living world is only a terrifying reminder of what they’ve lost. Let me throw one idea out there for a moment, though. If there’s no afterlife, what had the Axeman been doing for all those decades? Are there ghosts without their being any true beyond? Anyway, Madison offered Kyle a shoulder to attempt to cry on via some steamy sex against the wardrobe. Zoe inevitably walked in on the two, much to her dismay, following her talk with Delia. Delia, recognizing Zoe’s great power, warned her of Fiona’s selfish ways and her will to stop at nothing if it means rejuvenating her life force. Zoe, realizing now that the true enemy slept in the next room over, seemed to cosign on the new badass Delia’s scheme to eliminate her mother for good.
Zoe, having been empowered by both Cordelia’s speech and the anger instilled inside following her discovery of Madison’s sexcapades with her monster beau, directed her attention towards Spalding (Denis O’Hare), who awoke tied to his bed, surrounded by his beloved china dolls, and able to speak. That’s right, Zoe managed to dig up, quite conveniently, Spalding’s living tongue in the junk kept behind the false wall of her closet. Myrtle Snow had, of course, enchanted the tongue to only tell the truth, so the servant’s body part remained wet and well within a wooden box for decades. Spalding, who’d had his tongue magically reattached, was forced to answer Zoe’s questions surrounding Madison’s death. In his last moments, Spalding squealed, only to subsequently declare his support for Fiona after the fact. Zoe, who’s spent the last few episodes of American Horror Story: Coven growing a pair, impaled Spalding’s heart with a blade, killing him.
After all the Spalding goop was washed off the possible next Supreme, Madison approached Zoe as she stood dripping in the shower. Madison Montgomery is certainly not one to mince words, and she was quick to lay it all on table. In truth, Madison did have an earnest and vulnerable moment with Kyle. We witnessed real pain as tears welled in her eyes just moments before the two would begin to get it on. Madison, though, wasn’t looking to dangle Kyle in front of Zoe’s face. In fact, she was willing to share, recognizing that Zoe could most likely sleep with Kyle without killing him. Remember, we’re to assume, at this point, that he doesn’t feel pain, much like Madison. Their arc ended during Episode 7 with what we’re led to believe was a steamy (sort of-) necromantic threesome!
Fiona continued to lose her hair, even going so far as to nearly take a buzzer to her scalp in an effort to seize back control. Mirroring the agonizing internal debate she’d faced earlier in Episode 7, Fiona instead returned to the bar where she’d met the Axeman. There, she found the company she desperately sought.
To close this week’s recap, Queenie confronted Delphine while her slave carved a ham in the kitchen. Queenie, requesting the deepest darkest secret from Delphine’s vault of horrific memories, was filled in on her most devious of dastardly deeds. Delphine had once become privy to the fact that her husband had impregnated one of her servants. When the baby was born, Delphine lured the girl into her bedroom to share her beauty regime, only to then inform the servant that she’d used her child’s blood for her nightly dose of youth. The next day, the young woman threw herself over the balcony in an act of suicide. Queenie was disgusted by the tale, a story Delphine admitted to deeply regretting. She continued to blame the time for her callous and heartless ways, yet we today know that it’s LaLaurie’s legacy that is infamous, not necessarily that period in New Orleans’ history. Still, Kathy Bates’ portrayal of Delphine in the modern times has been unnervingly endearing. As Queenie proceeded to lure her, clad in a bedazzled sweatshirt from Forever 21, into Marie’s lair, I shamelessly felt for her as a character. Betrayed by Queenie, Delphine was locked in a cage by Marie’s minions. That evening, with Queenie’s help, Marie Laveau would use Delphine LaLaurie’s own beauty regime, with her blood, to moisturize her face.
Queenie, I wonder what Marie Laveau will think if she discovers that you had some sort of a strange romp with her Bastian before his passing. Just fast food for thought!
What did you think of American Horror Story: Coven, Season 3 Episode 7, “The Dead”? Did you enjoy Madison’s opening commentary? Will Kyle ever really return to normal? Will Fiona thwart Delia’s plans? What are the Axeman’s true intentions? Are you Team Marie or Team Delphine?
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