American Horror Story: Murder House

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1.02 “Home Invasion”

Who does Ben work for?

Ok, so there are a lot of questions that could be asked at the end of last night’s episode of American Horror Story, but I wanted to start with this one. Seriously, who does he work for? He was a former professor who now is a psychologist, and somehow, he thought he had a patient that was actually a girl casing the place? Wouldn’t someone have had to set him up with a case file or something? Does no one see anything strange with this situation?

Anyway, if you could possibly imagine an episode so vastly different from its pilot, this is it. We had no cut scenes. We had no creepy man in the rubber suit (though we might’ve had his baby). We had little sexual exploits (thank, GOD) beyond Tate’s rather graphic description of Violet. In fact, we pretty much had a straightforward plot. A disturbing one, but a plot, nonetheless.

I don’t entirely know why I watch this show, since it’s completely outside of my usual show that I like, and I’m not the biggest fan of blood, gore, or anxiety, but for some reason, once it’s on, I can’t turn it off. My heart went a-pitter-patter as we saw poor Zoe from Parenthood Maria tied up on that couch. What was to happen to her? We found out, of course, and it wasn’t pretty. And I did wonder for the entire first scene what happened to the other girl; we later found out that she was drowned face-down in the tub.

While, sure, the actual plot wasn’t that thrilling (people obsessed with serial killers and wanting to reenact their murders), it did prove to be something entertaining to watch, as you desperately hoped that the creepy neighbor would understand her daughter’s cries before tossing her in that horrible mirrored closet, or hoped that Violet could get them down to the basement in time. Entertainment aside, it more so made us think about even more questions:

  • What is Tate, the neighbor, and the maid up to?
  • Why did they want to help Vivien and Violet?
  • What is their plan that their murders would mess up?
  • And what was with the cupcake?
Let’s think about this: Constance made a cupcake specifically for Violet that would cause internal bleeding. One of the crazies (actually, Glenyse from Joan of Arcadia) ate said cupcake, which led to her death — well, that and the ax. Was Constance trying to kill Violet, so there would only be a couple left in the house and they could relive what had happened to the couple prior (the murder/suicide)? Did she see this attack coming and hoped Violet would eat it, forcing them both to go to the hospital and then miss the attack? Did she expect Violet not to eat the cupcake so that invader would do it and die?
What does it all mean, gentle viewers?! Tell me?!
I’m sure I was supposed to mention something about Ben and his former galpal, but that part was boring. It looks like she’s not leaving anytime soon, so I’ll just leave that for another time. At this point, I’ll just keep asking: What are they up to??

2 thoughts on “American Horror Story: Murder House

  1. Like you said, this show is oddly difficult to tear yourself away from, despite the fact that I’m not sure if it’s actually good or not.

    Anyway, really good questions about that cupcake. I’m not sure what she was intending there. And I thought that the mother ate one of them in an earlier scene, but apparently she didn’t have any stomach troubles. At first I thought maybe she wanted someone to eat it and go to the hospital so they’d miss the attack, but now I’m not so sure.

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