Boy Parts

Michael Rymer has helmed this episode of American Horror Story, titled, ‘Boy Parts,’ and the Queen of the Damned director has done justice to the second part of this seasons tale of witchcraft and murder.

Last episode saw the young witches attending the academy where we got to basically learn who was who in season three. Fiona certainly made her position known to daughter Cordelia, and it’s she who appears to be a bit more central to the story thus far. Delphine (Kathy Bates) and Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) look to also be something to look forward to as we discover in this episode.

Movie star Madison is turning out to be a great character, who’ll no doubt be the catalyst for all kinds of mischief, which we’ve already been given a taste of with her bus-flipping trick. Zoe is playing the innocent-type so far but I’m sure Madison will be trying her damnedest to cure her of that, and has managed to rope her into something else, which is where the title of this episode ‘Boy Parts’ comes from. We also got some of Queenies origin, and how she got to be at the academy along with the others. We already saw how Madison and Zoe got there but Queenies was just as interesting, and pretty painful-looking too. Deep-fried arm anyone?

American Horror Story
Created by
Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk
Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Jessica Lange
Episode Release Date
16 October 2013
Ed’s Grade: A

This episode begins with a couple of gator hunters ready to skin a freshly killed beast when Misty Day turns up and does her thing using her power of ‘resurgence,’ which allows her to raise the dead. The gators open a can of whoopass on the hunters. Misty was thought dead by everyone but she’s back and is now inserted neatly into the story, making friends with Zoe in the process. The direction the story appears to be taking with Misty, Zoe and now Kyle, promises to be as, American Horror Story, as we expect from this show.

Fiona has the shit-smelling Delphine tied to a chair, and is quizzing her about how she managed to survive the 180 years in the coffin she was bound and gagged in. We eventually learn that the story of her poisoning wasn’t quite true, and was actually an immortality potion, created by her sworn enemy Marie. This is what Fiona wants to hear and decides to seek out the voodoo priestess herself by going to the hair salon Marie owns. This makes for some interesting viewing and where the gloves come off and battle lines are drawn. Both women are powerful and headstrong, and are clearly evenly matched, although, when it comes to slinging venomous insults, Fiona may have the upper hand. (At 55, Angela Bassett is still one of the most beautiful actresses out there).

Cordelia is having problems getting pregnant, and the doctor has just informed she and her husband that the only hope for the future looks to be IVF treatment. Her husband is fully aware that she’s a witch and asks her why she won’t just use her power to make herself able to bare a child. Cordelia doesn’t want to invoke the evil that goes along with this type of spell, but eventually gives in. She does a spell and they have sex, during which we see Cordelia’s eyes go black. I don’t know exactly what this means but it appears to be something evil, but this is only a guess.

The police come to see Zoe and Madison regarding the party they were at, plus they were seen with the boys who died in the bus crash. Zoe breaks down and confesses all but Fiona takes care of the detectives. The two girls then go to the morgue and Madison decides to play Frankenstein, by getting lots of her favourite-looking body parts, from the dead boys involved in the crash, to make a new and improved Kyle. Madison has stolen a page from Cordelia’s spellbook, which allows you to bring the dead back to life, and after thinking it hadn’t worked, she leaves Zoe in the morgue when a security guard turns up.

Kyle does come back and kills the guard after he looks like a threat to Zoe. Misty Day has somehow been called by the spell and eventually the three end up at Misty’s place. Kyle is totally messed up, with very bad scars where his new parts have been crudely attached, but Misty has a thick homemade cream that will fix him up. Zoe leaves Kyle at Misty’s and Misty clearly wants to be friends with Zoe and appears very lonely.

I’m sure the friendship between Zoe and Misty will happen, but who knows what shape it will take, and what Kyle will be like after mending. Cordelia might have called on a dark power that could have interesting consequences but the way this episode ends, with Marie unchaining a surprise survivor from the horrors of Delphine’s dungeon should really put the cat among the pigeons. The trailer for the next episode, ‘The Replacements,’ is to the right of the review.

Review by Ed Blackadder, Lead Entertainment Writer

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