American Horror Story Freak Show in its latest two episodes ditches the clever Ryan Murphy touches which have made the show such a delight and instead focussed on bodycount, taking the series to an even darker place. The descent into increased homicidal tendencies and macabre episodes of violence seem to indicate that Dandy Mott’s inbred madness is contagious. The first episodes of season four had many sly touches of humor interjected with the overall oddness so prevalent in this carnival side show world of human anomalies. One such clever touch was the blending of musical numbers that were out-of-time i.e. anachronistic with the 1950s setting of the series.
In American Horror Story Freak Show: Bullseye, Elsa marks the spot when she brings out the spinning wheel which was part of her act some time ago. Bearded lady Ethel Darling asks Elsa why she has brought “that old thing” out and Mars says they need something to liven up the show since the twins “left.” In reality, the leader of the troupe obviously remembers all too well the last time she sang in front of a paying crowd and the end result. Now that she has driven Bette and Dot away and “sold” them to Dandy Mott and his mother, Elsa is looking for something to keep her in the spot of main attraction.