I'm going to be honest with you. Wednesday night's American Horror Story: Freak Show episode "Pink Cupcakes" felt a little all over the place. Sure, we found out some interesting information like the fact that Desiree is a full blown woman, Dell is gay, and we should always be wary of pink cupcakes, especially when made by the likes of a shady Denis O'Hare. Everything else though just seemed a little, well, pointless, ya know? I mean, what was up with those constant fantasy scenarios in Stanley's head? Quit playing tricks on my mind, man! However, the most head scratching plot point by far has to go to Jessica Lange's Elsa Mars and her plan for Bette and Dot.
We already knew she wanted them (or at least Dot's talent) out of her way, which is ironic considering how hard she worked to get them in her sideshow in the first place. Elsa's even hinted that Bette should kill Dot. But since that little piece of advice has obviously been ignored (for now), Fraulein Mars has decided to resort to Plan B, which apparently involves giving the twins to Dandy and Gloria Mott. Why? Because REASONS, of course!
Seriously though, where is the logic in this scenario? I mean, it's only a matter of time before everyone realizes they've gone missing. And given that she didn't even drive them out of town, I can only assume they shouldn't be too hard to track down. And then what? Elsa could be facing a full-on rebellion from her precious little "monsters," as she likes to call them. Then she'll be left with nothing.
Don't get me wrong, I love Elsa and her fantastical dreams of finding stardom, but let's face it — she's not exactly living in the real world. She's created this extravagant illusion (OK, fine, delusion) for herself that she and her singing talents are above everyone else. And remember how easily she fell for Esmerelda's crystal ball predictions? She's blinded by her dreams and desire for the big lights of Hollywood, which makes her plan feel ill prepared. (She's no Fiona Goode, that's for sure.)
Elsa wants the twins out of the picture, so I guess technically, mission accomplished. But even if Dandy traps them in Twisty's magical bus of horrors, there's no guarantee that Evan Peters won't come swooping in to save the day again. (Also, how is no one monitoring that bus after the kidnappings/murders? Hats off to the Jupiter police department on that one.)
Nevertheless, Elsa's little abduction is an act of desperation, and one that most certainly is going to blow back in her face tenfold. Mark my words, that little troupe of hers is going to find out what she's done, and when they do, it's going to be nothing but trouble.
I smell a mutiny coming…
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