Jimmy channels a futuristic Kurt Cobain, the twins demand a long list of amenities to Elsa or else, and Dell is blackmailed by Stanley to get him a freak dead or alive (the latter won’t do) Wednesday night on “American Horror Story” Freak Show” on FX. The episode is titled “Test of Strength” where it has the greatest significance towards the end of the one-hour program.
In the meantime back in Jupiter, Florida at the Mott mansion, Jimmy (Evan Peters) comes to rescue the Siamese twins (Sarah Paulson) since they are free to leave, according to Gloria Mott. Later that day Jimmy tries out a new music number (Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”) for the show. Elsa loathes it, since this type of music is obviously 40 years into the future. The twins show up to the surprise of Elsa. They changed their story on why they disappeared. Elsa was kind enough to let them have a brief holiday living with Gloria and Dandy Mott at their beautiful Palm Beach mansion. Jimmy can only roll his eyes over this blatant lie.
Meanwhile, the sweet one Dot was blackmailing Elsa, while mean girl Bette stayed quiet for a change. She demanded 50% of the show’s profits, their own TV variety show in Hollywood (no sharing the bill with Elsa), and of course caviar. She developed a hankering for this Russian delicacy at the Mott’s. Strangely Elsa gladly accepts their demands in exchange for silence. Nothing is what it seems when dealing with Elsa Mars.
During a trip into another town Dell visits his favorite gay bar inquiring about Andy. He didn’t like the answer given from the bartender and bashed him with a beer bottle. Lo and behold Stanley (a.k.a. Richard the fraudulent talent scout) is at the same watering hole witnessing Dell’s actions. Stanley then encounters Dell back at the fairgrounds. It’s now the perfect opportunity to get the strong man to kill a freak for him or he’ll tell everyone about his closeted double life.
In the evening Dell goes into Amazon Eve’s trailer to try and kill her. Instead she literally kicks his behind and throws him outside to the ground. For his next victim he sets his sights on Jimmy, who is his son. They go into a local tavern for a drink. He aims to get his son extremely drunk. After a few drinks Jimmy starts telling Dell about the time they were stuck in Wisconsin for the winter, since their gig in Tampa fell through. It was the only time he could wear his gloves in public without anyone noticing. He talked about hunting a rabbit and skinning the fur to make a coat for Ma Petite.
Right after leaving the bar Jimmy gets sick. Dell tries to take this chance on killing him when Jimmy confesses he’s always known Dell is his father. The two have a bonding moment back at the fairgrounds. Elsa has a word with the talent scout over dinner when she has an idea for him to take the twins to Chicago for their surgery. This way she can get rid of them for good.
The actress Sarah Paulson (Dot and Bette Tattler – conjoined twins) stated on Twitter prior to the airing of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Wednesday: “The last 10 mins of tonight’s episode might be the most upsetting and terrifying thing we’ve ever done. Prepare yourselves.” Let’s just say the clues were there for who is the victim. Remember the humiliation Dell received from Amazon Eve? It’s someone she dearly loves.