This episode focused a lot on periphery characters and, as usual, unnecessary plot twists. YAY! Hey, kids ... can you spell implausible plot development?
The episode begins with a little boy and his father in a picturesque forest. They’re having a bonding trip and you know that someone is going to shoot Bambi’s mother. However, instead of an innocent hunting trip, these two men are hunting a poor defenseless woman in the forest with bad teeth and an unfortunate wig. However, if you’re a witch in the forest, where are you going to get leave-in conditioner? It’s revealed to be Hank Foxx (Josh Hamilton).
Meanwhile, back at Ryan Murphy’s version of Beauty Shop, Angela Bassett (Marie Laveau) is slumming it acting wise playing a racial stereotype. An immortal necromancer with untold magical powers, yet she can’t update her salon’s '70s décor. Shut your mouth, because she got the shaft, character-wise. Meanwhile, Precious Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) gives up the lap of luxury with her own, slightly racist, maid to run phones at a beauty shop? How is that in any way believable?
Meanwhile, back in the plot, Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) arrives at the salon to return the head of Madam Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) that was so rudely left on her doorstep. She proposes the two leaders combine forces to defeat the witch hunters. To which Marie replies with a stereotypical epitaph like “Nah, Girl!” or “Oh, no you didn’t!” She has Queenie take Delphine’s head to burn it. Instead, Queenie decides to force a reanimated talking head to watch Roots, The Color Purple, and old news footage from the segregation era.
Back at Douche, Inc., Hank shows up to report on his progress with the New Orleans witches. Apparently, his father is head witch hunter, has passed Hank over for second-in-command, and is running a company that is a smokescreen for a secret line of witch hunters. Also, he has no name. It’s revealed that the person who blinded Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson) was her own father-in-law, Random Unnamed Witch hunter aka Hank’s Dad.
Cordelia does her best attempt to set blind people back 50 years. She shows you that blind people can’t do anything without dropping things. Call me crazy, but wouldn’t she have some training or a nurse before she is set to try and make eggs on her own? Also, as the daughter of the Supreme, is there no way to give her some sort of superhuman compensation for sight besides unhelpful premonitions? Even Daredevil could smell and see things via sonar.
Frizzy Day Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy) decides to make an elaborate meal for her old Witch Council pals, The French Teacher from that Richard Grieco movie (Robin Bartlett) and that little guy from Will & Grace (Leslie Jordan). She takes their eyes out with a melon-baller and has some sort of dance party while cutting up their remains. Myrtle and Fiona have a little tête-à-tête when Fiona learns about Cordelia’s new eyes. Then, Cordelia and Misty Day (Lily Rabe) have a little playtime with magic and make an elaborate potion to resurrect a plant. Isn’t that Misty’s pre-existing power?
In the worst use of a Tony winner storyline, Joan Ramsey (Patti LuPone) is resurrected while her son, Luke Ramsey (Alexander Dreymon), is in a coma. Why would Fiona have her resurrected? It makes no sense at all. Am I right? Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) and Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) come to retrieve Nan (Jamie Brewer). However, she has not been able to see Luke. So they re-enact Ghost with Nan recounting secrets about Luke’s childhood. Suddenly, Joan changes her tune, literally, until Luke starts sharing secrets from beyond the grave ... like how Joan murdered his father. And yet, to review, who cares? LuPone is an amazing actress and singer but who cares if the witches’ neighbor has drama, too? These are periphery characters and there isn’t enough plot development in the stories that matter like back at the beauty shop.
After being threatened by his father and the Voodoo Queen, losing his wife, and having a verbal lashing by Fiona, Hank decides to kill all the witches ... in Marie’s beauty shop. He brings blessed silver bullets and takes them all down. He shoots Marie in the arm but before he can kill her, a wounded Queenie uses her voodoo doll powers to shoot him in the head. Marie shows up at the school ready to combine forces.
U.S. civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton is leading a boycott against Kanye West, after the rapper declared he had "reclaimed" the Confederate flag from racists, and emblazoned the symbol on his tour merchandise. The Stronger hitmaker decided to stamp the items for his current Yeezus tour with the controversial flag, which was adopted by the slave-owning southern U.S. states during the American Civil War.
After receiving negative responses for his fashion choice, the outspoken rapper defended his decision to wear the flag, stating, "I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It's my flag now."
But his actions have upset many African American leaders, including Sharpton, who is the head of the National Action Network (NAN) - one of the leading civil rights organisations in the U.S.
On Monday (11Nov13), Sharpton took aim at West during a press conference, slamming him for using a symbol which has deep ties to African-American oppression and slavery.
Sharpton stated, "The Confederate flag symbolises dehumanisation, injustice and pain. It is a stark reminder of an era in our history that was defined by the abhorrent practice of slavery. And it is representative of a mentality that looked upon blacks as inferiors who needed to remain in the shackles of subservience."
Najee Ali, the political director of the Los Angeles NAN, explained the organisation's boycott, and added, "Our organisation is determined to shut down that (clothing range) and any store that decides to sell this merchandise. For African-Americans, the Confederate flag is symbolic of the hurt and pain of slavery in the South and the legacy it has left for those still living under those ideologies.
"When Kanye embraces and adorns this Confederate flag, he also embraces the ignorance and racism that goes along with it.
"I challenge Kanye West to create a clothing line of merchandise featuring swastikas if he's sincere about his beliefs. But we all know Kanye doesn't have the courage to do that. The Jewish community would run him out of town if he did and so should the African American community."
American Horror Story: Coven is getting shadier than an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta. The episode begins in 1961. A young African-American boy is innocently riding his bike home from his integrated school. Then he’s cornered by a bunch of racists. Cut to the beauty shop, where apparently Marie Laveau is planning on working until the end of time. After the nuclear apocalypse, there will be roaches, Cher, and Angela Bassett doing weaves. How is it she is immortal, able to control death but she itching to spend her free time teasing out curls? Way to be racist, AHS. After a rather intense child murder, Marie reveals a new power….copyright infringement! She reanimates The Walking Dead zombies to enact her vengeance. All this before the opening credits.
Precious Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) survives her failed seduction of the Minotaur by smelling the alcohol on Fiona’s (Jessica Lange) breath. We find out Marie Laveau negotiated a truce with Fiona’s predecessor Anna-Lee Leighton (Christine Ebersole). Bassett also wears a gratuitously stereotypical afro wig. Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson) may be unable to conceive but her sexy husband Hank Foxx (Josh Hamilton) has no difficulty hooking up with a townie on a work trip. He also has no problem shooting her in the head.
After Madison Montgomery’s grisly murder at Fiona's hands, Nan (Jamie Brewer) summons the witches council. They can best be described as Marmie, Crimpy, and Sassy. Pimbooke (Robin Bartlett) is a spitting image for the mother in Little Women. Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy), and her heavily crimped hair, return after her brief appearance in the first episode. And, Leslie Jordan plays Leslie Jordan...as a witch.
A flashback reveals that Myrtle is the Guardian of the Veracity of the Vernacular. Sadly, it doesn’t mean she has Quidditch season tickets. Instead, she has the power to seek out the truth. She tries to find out who murdered Anna-Lee. We finally learn how Spalding (Denis O'Hare) loses his tongue.
The episode ends with zombies descending on the house. Luke Ramsey (Alexander Dreymon) stops by to give Nan a treat. And someone plays a trick on Cordelia by throwing acid in her face, original gangster style.
What We’ve Learned
The creative minds at the American Horror Story Studios are pushing some sort of racist agenda. First, American Horror Story: Asylum features a gratuitous Nazi storyline that fizzled with no real payoff. Now there’s a woman in an afro wig, gratuitous use of the word "colored" and a lynching. They are taking white magic/black magic a little too literally. For shame!
Bassett clearly did not read the whole script!
Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) may not have been the true Supreme. If Cordelia is to be trusted, Madison may have had a heart condition that was proof she was just a trashy telekinetic.
Spalding is in love with Fiona, wearing women’s clothes and keeping dead teenage girls around for tea. As you do.
Hamilton is not afraid of filming a freak nasty sex scene. This is his second in three episodes.
Queenie’s voodoo doll powers cannot be used defensively. Also, Minotaurs don’t like big girls. Their loss.
It looks like next week someone is getting burned. Is it the person that burned Cordelia? Is it Marie Laveau? Or does Fiona orchestrate the murder of one of the other girls?
Liam Payne's best friend has heaped praise on the One Direction star for trying to save his life by putting out flames with his bare hands during a horror blaze at his London apartment last month (Sep13). Andy Samuels underwent seven skin grafts for third-degree burns he sustained after a patio heater exploded on the balcony of Payne's flat, and now he has saluted his pop star pal for his bravery and quick thinking.
Samuels tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "I can still see Liam trying to put out the flames with his hands. I was set completely on fire - terror is the only word fit to describe what I was feeling. The pain and the panic I felt is something no one should have to go through.
"I was the one that was injured, but it was a crazy, horrible experience for Liam to witness as well. He was trying to help me but I thought I was going to die."
The 21 year old insists Payne has been calling him daily while on tour in Australia to boost his spirits and check up on his recovery.
Samuels says, "Having your best friend there for you like Liam has made this so much easier. His support has been incredible and we're in contact pretty much constantly every day, even though he's in Australia at the moment. We talk about everything but I'll update him about my recovery every now and then.
"I've had some really low moments, lying in hospital, too scared to even look at myself in the mirror to see the damage but Liam and my family and girlfriend were there to talk me round. I think Liam was affected by what he witnessed but he didn't talk about that, just about how he knew I would be all right. And he was right - four weeks later and I'm still breathing and I'm doing normal things like going shopping with my nan (grandmother)."
Michelle Obama is receiving a lot of media attention after her confrontation with a heckler at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Tuesday. About halfway through the first lady's 20-minute speech, a female gay rights activist began to shout a demand for President Obama to sign an executive order that would ban federal contractors from employee discrimination based on sexual orientation.
In contrast to her husband's generally calm responses to hecklers, FLOTUS (am I the only one that thinks this acronym sounds like the name of a spa?) took a slightly more aggressive approach. "One of the things that I don't do well is this," she said to a roar of applause from the crowd when she was interrupted. Obama then left the podium and approached the protester, stating that the attendees could "listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice." The crowd shouted that they wanted the first lady to stay, and the woman was escorted out of the room. Michelle Obama then resumed her speech about the importance of educating children.
The protester was later identified as Ellen Sturtz, a member of the gay rights group GetEqual. As she exited the event, Sturtz shouted that she was "... lesbian looking for federal equality before I die." Check out the audio of the incident below. She later told the Washington Post that she was "taken aback" by the confrontation, stating that the first lady "came right down in my face."
The fundraiser was a private event held in Northwest D.C. at the home of LGBT power couple Nan Schaffer and Karen Dixon. Sturtz reportedly paid $500 to attend as part of a scheme cooked up by GetEqual to draw more attention to the employment discrimination issue.
While Sturtz's cause was admirable, her choice of venue and target was extremely inappropriate. News sources are expressing mixed reactions to the way the first lady handled the situation, but one thing's for sure, Michelle Obama has once again proven that she is not a woman to be messed with.
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Singer Kate Bush has thrown her support behind a British talent show contestant after posting an encouraging note on her website after he was eliminated. The reclusive Wuthering Heights hitmaker appears to be a big fan of Liam Tamne, who was recently kicked off the U.K. version of The Voice by his coach, will.i.am.
And she has posted an open letter to the fallen wannabe, wishing him luck with his "future projects".
Bush writes, "I was sad to see that Liam didn't get through on the Voice this week. It must be so tough for all the performers who don't stay in the show.
"Liam, you mustn't be disheartened. You really have a special talent and you're a fantastic singer. You've already been heard and appreciated by a huge audience. Try not to be too disappointed. Just keep going. I'm sure that your nan (grandmother) would be very proud of you having achieved so much. Good luck with all your future projects."
An appreciative Tamne has responded, "I love this Lady so much. This is Fantastic. Thank You Kate Bush."
A thug who stabbed British rapper Professor Green in the neck has been released from jail after serving just two years of an eight-year sentence. Anthony Jones attacked the I Need You Tonight hitmaker, real name Stephen Manderson, with a broken bottle during a scuffle at London's Cargo nightclub in 2009 and was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent the following year (10).
He was sentenced to eight years in prison in early 2011, but editors at Britain's The Sun report Jones has now been released.
The star previously revealed he feared he was dying as blood gushed from a gaping wound on his neck, and even called his family to say goodbye during the drama.
He said, "I phoned my nan (grandmother) and my mum and I said goodbye. I thought, 'If it's my time I'm not going to go out crying and screaming.' It took me a long time to resolve what had happened. I'd be going out to clubs or whatever and I'd be on edge if someone even looked at me funny. I'd be ready to do something to them.
"It made me vulnerable in that I was more likely to do something to someone else and that's not what I'm like. I don't believe in violence."
The ER star made the startling discovery about her family's seedy past after signing up to explore her ancestry on U.K. series Who Do You Think You Are?
Kingston assumed her great great great great grandmother Elizabeth Braham made ends meet by renting out rooms after reading a census which listed her profession as a lodging housekeeper.
However, she was shocked to learn that Braham was actually in charge of a house of ill repute, where men paid for sex, in the Westminster area of London.
Kinston says, "When I heard she took in lodgers I thought it was like my nan. But the difference is the lodging Elizabeth established was a brothel. This afternoon I found my inner whore. I was not expecting that."
Branham, a single mother of four, also ran a brothel near the British capital's Leicester Square.
Kingston adds, "She was a force of nature."
An Andy Warhol print of Hollywood superstar Marlon Brando is set to go under the hammer in New York in November (12). The 1966 portrait is expected to fetch in excess of $20 million (£12.5 million) at the Christie's sale on 14 November (12).