Last nights episode of American Horror Story, proved yet again that it has no problem pushing the boundaries of it’s 10 o’clock time slot, even for cable.
We begin in 1984, when little Tate pushes his toy truck down the basement stairs. Next thing he knows creeper baby, Thaddeus (who is no longer a baby), tries to grab Tate. Nora Montgomery (dead mother of said baby) grabs Tate, and tells Thaddeus to leave him alone. She wipes Tate’s cheeks and says, “Life is too short for so much sorrow,” and tells him, if Thaddeus ever scares him again, to just tell him to go away and he will.
Flashing back to the present, grown up ghost!Tate, goes to tell Nora that she can no longer take Vivian’s baby, that he won’t let her have it. Nora however, tells him, “That baby is mine,” she’s going to have one, no matter what.
Ben tries to take Violet to the hospital to pick up Vivian and take her to the airport. Violet tries to stay away, but Ben forces her to get in the car. However, she disappears back in the house when he drives off the grounds, because she’s dead, and she can’t leave.
Meanwhile, Chad and Pat are painting the twins room and getting it ready. They too are planning on taking the babies. When Tate and Violet find out what they’re going to do, they go to Constance for help. Violet asks her to bring her psychic friend to the house so they can get rid of the bad spirits. Constance goes to talk to Chad, she tells them that they can have Ben’s baby, but not Tate’s, they aren’t allowed to touch her grandbaby. Chad says no, that they’re going to have both. That they’re going to wait till their one or so and smother them in their sleep so they will be cute forever.
Bille, the lifetime psychic comes and says the house is full of negative energy…shocker…and we find out she has major issues with Tate…again, shocker….she tells Violet that she can try burning a piece of each persons personal items and saying the word “Croatoan” like the tribes did to the lost colony of Roanoke ghosts in 1587, to see if it expels them.
In order to get the personal items, Tate bates Pat and gets him to admit he was doomed to live in a loveless life with Chad for the rest of his dead-life in the house. When Pat overhears, and they argue, Tate slips away with Pat’s ring. Violet tries the curse to get rid of them, but it doesn’t work. Chad confronts Violet and says they’re all stuck in this house whether she likes it or not, and that he’s stuck in a loveless life with Pat now, that he doesn’t want the babies anymore, but that Violet is stuck with Tate, who loves her, but killed him and Pat and raped her mother. Violet is obviously heartbroken and disgusted.
When Ben and Vivian come back to the house, Vivian waits inside the car while Ben goes to get Violet. As Violet tries to tell her dad that she’s dead, Vivian begins to give birth. Constance comes to the rescue and practically drags her into the house. As Ben tries to get the phone lines to work to get an ambulance, the house comes alive to help Vivian deliver the babies.
In one of the weirdest and creepiest scenes I’ve ever seen, the dead Dr. Charles Montgomery delivers the twins while the dead nurses help. Ben is in some sort of drug induced like haze the whole time, having flashes of the normal birth of their now dead daughter Violet. After baby one is delivered…said to be dead by the good Doctor and given to his dead wife Nora, devil!Baby is on its way out now. The baby is born seemingly healthy, Constance comes and takes the baby to “clean it up”, while Vivian begins to bleed out and die a bloody death.
Constance holds the baby in awe, while Moira joins her, only to be disrupted by Hayden, who claims that it’s her baby. Everybody just wants that devil!Baby!
After her mother dies, Violet goes to her room and confronts Tate. In a great scene between them, Violet tells Tate she loves him, but she can’t love him anymore because he killed the innocent kids at the high school, and killed Pat and Chad as well as raped his mother. Tate tries to apologize but Violet yells at him to go away — he does.
In the end, now ghost!Vivian comes to her crying daughter and tells her that what she did was very brave. When Violet tells her mother she’s sorry that she lost the babies, she replies, “But I didn’t lose my baby.”
The Good: I loved the scenes between Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange. Anyone with Jessica tends to be amazing, but having Zachary to play off of, was such a great contrast. I also thought the flashes to Violet’s birth were great, because it showed when the couple was happy and not being haunted by this house. The end scene was also well played, and I enjoyed the mother/daughter moment. I’m also interested to see what happens with the babies.
The Bad: There was so much crazy happening last night. I didn’t like that Vivian died, I get that Violet died, but Vivian too? That house sure is piling up the dead bodies this season. Now what are they going to do? Isn’t Ben going to be blamed for his wife and daughters deaths? One would think. Is he next to be killed? I thought it was a bit pointless to kills so many main characters early on.
What did you guys think of “Birth”? Are you excited for the Season Finale? Let us know in the comments below.
Tune into the season finale of American Horror Story, next Wednesday on FX, at 10/9c.
Also, congrats to the show and Jessica Lange on their Golden Globe nominations!