It wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns and pink cupcakes on “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Wednesday night on FX. In this episode titled very simply “Pink Cupcakes” it refers to something altogether sinister (otherwise it wouldn’t be called “American Horror Story”). Two stories are centered with one on Stanley and his partner in crime Maggie Esmerelda, the fortune teller, and Dandy’s new found epiphany of becoming a killer clown with another body left in his tracks.
Opening the episode is Stanley in a flash forward fantasy sequence imagining his freak trophy on display for a lavish gala event at the Morbidity Museum. It’s back to reality when Stanley and Maggie are holed up in some cheap motel in Jupiter, Florida that is. Some magazines are strewn on the floor by Stanley’s suitcase. It is here Stanley’s sexual orientation is confirmed, and Maggie makes a remark about “poofs.” a British slang term.
Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) is about to perform at the sold-out show at the big top tent. Stanley tells Elsa about being a Hollywood agent, more specifically in the new medium of television. Think of the new media of the internet in comparison to fame in television and films by today’s standards. Not exactly the route one choses to make it in the industry. That was how TV was considered in the 1950s, not at all desirable. Naturally Elsa loathes the very thought he’s even approaching her about this.
After an atrocious reception from the crowd with her reprise of the David Bowie track “Life on Mars,” Elsa wants to hear more about being on TV. Stanley wants to get together for a publicity shoot. She gets all dolled up by spending hours on her beauty routine; only to find out he’s interested in the Siamese twins. Stanley and the twins are off on a picnic. He’s devised the perfect plan to poison them with these perfectly pretty pink cupcakes. Bette loves the idea of being on TV with their own variety show, while Dot adamantly refuses the cupcakes for both of them. They have to watch their figure if they are to appear on television.
Gloria Mott discovers their maid Gloria is dead, and immediately knows it was her son Dandy’s handiwork. She takes responsibility in disposing the body. It is in the garden scene viewers learn of the streak of insanity running in this affluent family’s bloodline by too much in-breeding. Dandy decides to go to a gay bar, most likely in nearby Fort Lauderdale, to take up his next victim. Matt Bomer guest stars as the unrequited gay lover of strongman Dell from the freak show. Now we know why he isn’t interested in his wife’s advances. Dandy and Dell bump into each other at the bar. After a lover’s quarrel with Dell and Andy (Matt Bomer) it is Dell who storms off. Sadly that will be the last time he’ll ever see Andy.
With a payment of $100 Andy follows Dandy to the abandoned school bus that used to be Twisty the Clown’s torture den. What follows is a gruesome and brutal murder not even Dandy can get right. He disposes Andy’s limbs in a bathtub of acid. Meanwhile at the Mott mansion, Gloria receives a call from Dora’s daughter, Regina (Gabourey Sidibe). Regina is concerned about her mother, because she never misses their weekly phone call. Gloria explains to Regina her mother will be too busy with working at the fall market. Regina knows something is definitely not right after their weird telephone conversation.
Dell goes on a rampage when learning his wife isn’t the freak she was always led to believe. The kind and compassionate doctor who treats Ethel will do some corrective surgery for Desiree. She can now leave Dell for a life of her very own as a real woman. In the closing scenes Dell pays a visit to the town’s doctor. When he finds out he will be doing this plastic surgery, Dell breaks his hands and dislocates his shoulders to make sure he never operates again. Finally, Elsa finds a perfect way to dispose of the threatening Tattler twins. She arrives at the Mott mansion bringing them the twins at long last. In an earlier episode Gloria and Dandy wanted to buy them from Elsa for $15,000.