It’s American Horror Story recap time. That means: this post contains spoilers. If you have not watched it and plan to, don’t read this.
If you missed the recap of the pilot episode, you can see it here. Alright, here we go with Season 1, Episode 2.
The episode starts with a flashback to 1968 when other owners lived in the house. Maybe it was nursing school housing of some sort? Anyway, there was one girl (a student) and a caretaker (a nurse) at home when there was a knock on the door by a man bleeding from the head and asking for help. They let the man in. When they discover he is not really hurt, the man hog-ties the girl downstairs and stabs her and drowns the caretaker in the bathtub upstairs.
Back in present time, Jessica Lange (Constance, the next door neighbor) visits the house. She tells Connie Britton (Vivien) completely normal stuff, like how she can “smell” that she’s pregnant. She also brings Violet (the daughter) some cupcakes, but Violet isn’t home.
Dylan McDermott (Ben) and Vivien want to eat one of the cupcakes but Constance is insistent that they are only for Violet.
Ben has another psychiatric session with Tate, the creepy dude that might be a demon and briefly dated Violet until he got too creepy.
Tate tells Ben all sorts of things that Ben loves to hear, like how he fantasizes about having sex with his daughter and how he knows about Ben cheating on his wife. During Tate’s session, Ben receives a call from the woman he had the affair with. She’s pregnant and she wants him to be with her while she gets an abortion.
After Tate’s session, Ben treats a girl named Bianca. Bianca is way more interested in learning about the “murder house” than she is in being treated. After Bianca’s session, Ben makes a call to Tate’s mother to recommend a new therapist. He doesn’t feel comfortable treating Tate in his home anymore. During the call, he discovers Bianca was wandering around his house and didn’t actually leave.
That night, the house alarm goes off. Ben runs downstairs, grabbing a baseball bat and his abs, to scare off any intruders.
Ben finds the front door open and Constance’s creepy daughter in the basement playing catch and laughing it up with no one.
The next day, Ben lies to Vivien about why he needs to go out of town. While Ben is away, Vivien and Violet are left home alone. There’s a knock at the door from a crying girl with blood on her head asking to come in. (sound familiar?) Vivien doesn’t open the door but goes to call for help. Before she does, she looks through the peep hole one more time and sees this.
That’s when two other people, who were already in the house, take her and Violet hostage. They want to re-enact the crime from 1968. One of those two people is Ben’s patient, Bianca.
While the intruders are trying to get everything ready to re-enact the crime, Bianca finds the cupcakes that Constance made, gets the mid-crime spree munchies, and eats one.
Bianca instantly feels sick from the cupcake and starts barfing.
At one point, Violet trys to unsuccessfully get away when Tate shows up out of nowhere and tells her to lead the intruders to the basement. Then Tate magically appears upstairs where Bianca is throwing up in the bathroom and gives her the ole axe-to-the-stomach. One intruder down, two to go.
Meanwhile, the male intruder forces Vivien to put on a nurse’s uniform downstairs. She takes the opportunity to knock him out cold with some pottery. Violet tells the third female intruder that the house was remodeled and the bathtub where the actual crime happened was now in the basement. Violet leads her to the basement where Tate is waiting to kill her. Two intruders down, one to go. Violet runs upstairs, grabs her mom, and they go screaming down the street like lunatics for help. Constance sees them screaming from her window.
Back at the house, the male intruder comes to and runs down to the basement to get his friends. They are both dead and the pissed-off ghosts of the dead nurse and girl from 1968 are waiting to kill him.
Constance, the maid, and Tate all show up in the basement and gather around the dead bodies. The audience realizes that Tate is somehow connected to Constance and the maid. The 3 of them agree they need to clean up the bodies if they want to make sure that Ben keeps treating Tate.
Ben sees he has 13 (lucky number?) missed calls from home while waiting in the abortion clinic. He rushes home just in time to miss all the action. He wants to know how Tate ended up in the house. Violet doesn’t know, but he saved her life, so she also doesn’t care. He’s back on her good side. Nothing like getting your life saved to forget about the raging demon you saw him become!
Vivien was upset that Ben wasn’t around to protect them. Now Vivien wants to sell the house.
If you watched the episode, let’s talk about it in the comments! 🙂
(Note: I left out a few details that weren’t 100% relevant to this episode’s story. So if you want to see what I left out, go watch it!)