In "American Horror Story," gay marriage and straight marriage are joined at the hip by the curse of caged love. For some couples, the insidious time drift builds waning levels of passion with barely observable tolerance, and all of this marital decline is beautifully demonstrated by previous AHS (murdered, of course) house owners Chad (Zachary Quinto) and his "ball and chain" Patrick (Teddy Sears) whose apparitions appear to equally miserable Ben (Dylan McDermott) and Vivien (Connie Britton).
The opener of "Halloween" sees Patrick heading to the gym, as Chad goads him with barbed comments to reveal his dalliances with his "powerbottom" trainer. No I do not know the difference between a bottom and a powerbottom, so go Google it.
Just like the Harmons, the married men canít unload the house. Chad is busy decorating for Halloween when the Gimp shows up, the one that impregnated Viv and whose suit was discovered by Ben in episode one.
The Gimp ghost dispatches Chad and Patrick violently.
Tate (Evan Peters) is the young male ghost that Violet (Taissa Farmiga) is crushing on. Tate tells her of the house's early secrets of demented Dr. Charles (Matt Ross) who stitched his dead baby back together after an irate boyfriend kidnapped the child in retribution for the Doc giving his girlfriend an abortion.
The dead child comes back to the house with Police holding it in glass jars, sectioned, pulled apart.
Cut to modern time, as Vivien is ready to leave over Ben's affair and lies when pain strikes again, sending her to the ER. An ultrasound nurse peers into the machine and is stricken with some horrific stroke.
Violet, all alone in the house, is in jeopardy as Denis O'Hare's character comes for his $1000, banging on that front door that never brings any good news or company.
Poor Addie's (Jamie Brewer) wish to be a pretty girl is sadly how she meets her end; a pretty girl laid waste chasing after other pretty girls, killed by a hit-and-run driver. Constance (Jessica Lange) gives a clue to the house's supernatural properties as she frantically drags her daughter's corpse to the lawn, only for it to be too late.
There must be a curse of perpetual spiritual purgatory in the house. Maid Moira (Frances Conroy) also tells her dead mother she cannot go with her to the afterlife, after Moira turned off her life support in the hospital. Sad scene.
Tate is the next clue to unlock. The story of the Gimp is coming too. What did you think of the episode tonight?