American Horror Story: Freak Show Season 4 Review “Bullseye”

American Horror Story Season 4 Episode 6 Bullseye (2)

On the latest episode of “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” it was getting closer to Elsa’s big close-up, or so she claimed/hoped, and she decided she needed to spruce up her act after last week’s debacle, in “Bullseye.” The episode got its name from Elsa’s talent of choice: throwing knives at someone on a spinning wheel. Some time had passed since she had last done it, but old habits die hard.

Helping to buoy her spirits was her birthday celebration, in which all the freaks lined up to shower her with gifts- and in Paul’s case, a little something extra. Turns out that he and Elsa have been sleeping together, which would be fine if it weren’t for the fact that he was also involved with Penny (Grace Gummer), who, you’ll recall, engaged in all sorts of perverse behavior with a host of the freaks in the premiere episode, somewhat to her dismay. Evidentially, she had no such qualms about hooking up with Paul again, as the two had started a bona fide relationship, and had even planned to run away together.

Needless to say, this did not go over well with Elsa, and she flipped out on Paul and later on, everyone else, throwing a temper tantrum on a par with one of Dandy’s. Adding fuel to the fire was the overnight disappearance of the twins, which Elsa claimed to know nothing about. Ethel later warned her that if she did harm them, friend or not, she’d kill her for it. Elsa took out her frustrations on poor Paul, who volunteered to put himself on the spinning wheel when no one else would after Elsa called them out.

It did not go well, and Paul ended up with a knife in his gut for his troubles. To make matters worse, he and Penny had agreed to run away together, but that was obviously not going to happen, at least in the short term, while Paul heals. Hell hath no fury, and all that.

Meanwhile, Stanley was getting antsy to get paid for some freak pieces or what have you, and demanded Maggie step up her game pronto. He wanted her to sedate Jimmy so that Stanley could lop off his hands, but Maggie was against that, and offered up Ma Petite instead. We got an ugly fantasy sequence of Ma Petite drowning in a jar, but thankfully, it really was a fantasy, and Ma Petite emerged intact, as Maggie didn’t have the heart to go through with it- and who could blame her? How adorable is she? So, it looks like Jimmy might be in trouble after all.

Except that, Jimmy’s already in trouble, as he put two and two together and realized that Dandy had the twins and went to retrieve them, after Paul gave him a heads-up after running into a suspicious-acting Dandy at the pharmacy, who was buying lots of lady things in pairs. Well, Dandy wasn’t in the greatest of moods- is he ever, really?- made all the worse by some nasty things Dot wrote about him in her diary. So, things aren’t looking good for old Jimmy.

That was basically it, making this a bit of a transitional episode without much in the way of action and forward momentum. We got some nice moments with Dot and Bette, hanging out on Dandy’s bed, surrounded by all his freaky, life-like stuffed animals; writing in their respective diaries, with Bette more into Dandy and the prospect of being with him than her sister. However, both went along with it, as they saw it as a way to raise enough money to get the surgery to separate themselves like they always wanted.

All in all, a decent, if unspectacular episode that was more of a placeholder than anything else. It wasn’t bad, exactly, just kind of meh. At least the singing was kept to a minimum, so there’s that. I enjoyed the episode overall, I just wasn’t blown away by it. It was definitely a step down from last week’s, which in and of itself was a step down from the Halloween episodes, so that’s unfortunate. Maybe next week.

What did you think of “American Horror Story: Freak Show”? Were you also left wanting by the episode? What was your favorite part, if any? Did you feel bad for Paul? What do you think will happen between Jimmy and Dandy next week? Is Elsa kidding herself with all these delusions of grandeur? Will Stanley and/or Maggie actually go through with hurting and/or killing one of the freaks? Sound off below and I’ll see you next week!