That was quite an entrance Neil Patrick Harris made to FX’s hit horror-drama, “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” On Wednesday, FX premiered episode 12, “Show Stoppers,” giving fans ultimate chills before the series finale next week. Below is a quick recap of the main events from “Show Stoppers.” Note that major spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up to the series.
“Show Stoppers” begins with a dinner feast at the circus. Elsa thanks Chester for buying the show from her and hopes he takes good care of it. Then, Elsa asks for Chester to leave so that she can have a last night with her beloved friends. Once Chester leaves, the attention is turned to Stanley. Elsa thanks him for the Hollywood opportunity and presents him with a gift. Everyone gathers around him and you get the feeling that something is about to go down.
A shocked Stanley opens the gift to find the head of the woman at the museum – the one he often sold “freak body parts” to. Stanley denies knowing the woman and says he is innocent, but Maggie informs him that she already told everyone the truth. Stanley is stabbed on the leg and runs, everyone catches up to him, but it isn’t shown if they kill him.
We then find that Jimmy is in a cabin being taken care of by Elsa and Maggie. Jimmy is furious at Maggie for lying and doesn’t want anything to do with her. “She can rot in hell for all I care,” Jimmy tells Elsa about Maggie. Elsa tells Jimmy that she has found an old friend that will make him new hands. Maggie tells Jimmy that she loves him and will make things right, but Jimmy stubbornly blames everything on her.
Chester is at it again with the twins – if you catch my drift. In the middle of their fun, Bette and Dot ask Chester to put away the doll. Chester agrees, but Marjorie is not happy about it. “The doll” confronts Chester after, who tells her that he is happy and likes the twins. Marjorie reminds Chester that he is a murderer and that the twins must go. Chester hugs Marjorie and agrees.
While having dinner, some of the freaks are discussing what Stanley said before they killed him. Stanley mentioned that Elsa killed Ethel, but at the time no one believed him since they were too busy trying to kill him. Eve, Paul, and the others, agree that Elsa killed Ethel – they know how all Elsa cares about is herself and getting to Hollywood. They all also find it very unlikely that Ethel committed suicide and left Jimmy without a note. The group agrees that Elsa must be killed in order to secure their future.
In the next scene, Elsa’s friend is there to construct new hands for Jimmy. It’s the man who saved Elsa and made her legs. It turns out that they love each other and we learn a little about their background.
Chester is rehearsing with some of the freaks. He asks Bette and Dot to step up to be “cut in half.” Suspicious of Chester (since Dandy stopped by to warn the twins about him), Bette and Dot refuse and leave. Maggie steps up though, and volunteers. Chester then cuts her in half – literally. The other freaks show up after hearing Maggie’s screams (they had left the room at the order of Chester) and are shocked by what they see. Maggie’s guts fall to the floor. Marjorie laughs and leaves, telling him that she is leaving him. In a fit of rage, Chester “kills” Marjorie.
Eve informs Jimmy that Maggie is dead and that they plan on killing Elsa next. However, Bette and Dot go to warn Elsa that the freaks are planning on killing her. The twins tell her that now they’re even.
Elsa meets with Dandy – he hands her money and an envelope. Elsa has sold Dandy the show, for $10k. Dandy arrives at the freak show, saying that his dream of being in show business has finally come true. Dandy hears groans coming from a small cage. In the cage is Stanley with no arms or legs, only stubs. Dandy smiles at him.
The last scene shows Jimmy trying on his new hands. They aren’t normal hands though, they are wooden ‘lobster’ hands.
The season finale of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” premieres next Wednesday, January 21 on FX. Make sure to stay tuned to your Facebook and Twitter for more spoilers and information on your newsfeed as we learn them!