The freak show is falling apart on Season 4 of “American Horror Story.” From the start of the FX miniseries, Elsa’s troupe was a safe haven for “monsters.” As each episode passes, however, inner demons have turned their home into a place of terror. That trend will continue into episode 7, “Test of Strength.”
According to the synopsis for the Nov. 19 episode, the “women of the freak show rally against Dell (Michael Chiklis) after his latest act of violence.” While the synopsis doesn’t say who was the victim of the violent attack, it’s pretty safe for viewers to assume that it was probably Desiree (Angela Bassett) or Ethel (Kathy Bates).
“American Horror Story” fans will remember that Desiree decided to leave Dell after she discovered that she was all woman. She was tired of Dell’s behavior and the way he treated her. Desiree left their trailer with the promise that she’d get surgery and live the life that she deserved. Needless to say, Dell was not happy with Desiree’s choice -- or the fact that she moved into his ex-wife Ethel’s trailer. While he didn’t take his anger out on the two women, he went to the doctor that treated them and broke his hands, threatening to kill his family if he performed surgery on Desiree.
Although the latest episode of “American Horror Story” has yet to touch on that, it’s possible that Desiree or Ethel could find out about the doctor’s injuries and confront Dell. Since Dell has a history with rage, he could potentially hurt either woman when they approach him.
Dell Toledo’s anger management issues won’t be the only drama to plague episode 7. Following his encounter with Dandy (Finn Wittrock) in episode 6, Jimmy (Evan Peters) will grow suspicious “about the clown murders.” Could Jimmy just tell that something was off with Dandy? Or did Dot and Bette (Sarah Paulson) tell Jimmy that Dandy was taking the credit for saving everyone from the clown?
The promo video for episode 7 teases the return of Dot and Bette to the freak show, so it’s safe to assume that the trouble within the tents is only beginning for Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange).
“American Horror Story” Season 4 episode 7 will air on FX on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10 p.m. EST. What do you think will happen in the next episode of “Freak Show”? Watch the trailer for “Test of Strength” below: