MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW…
I have to say with these last two episodes “Freak Show” has really upped it’s game. “Orphans” is without a doubt the best episode of “Freak Show”, maybe even one of the best of the series. The episode serves as a nice tie-in to “Asylum”, showing us the life of Pepper through flashbacks as well as having a quick appearance by Sister Mary Eunice, but it also starts to set the end of the season into motion while revealing the freak show’s beginnings.
First, I have to say it was nice to see Maggie unleashing her inner Madison Montgomery on Desiree. While I can’t say I totally buy the Maggie/Jimmy romance, I think the show finally justified her character this week, who prior to this really could be taken out of the season with no real impact to the story. I feel as if I’m one of the few people that actually likes Emma Roberts, and not just because she’s hot(seriously though , can we please get a shot of Emma Robert’s booty or at least get another scene with her in her underwear like in “Coven”)Madison was one of the most consistent elements of “Coven” and I’m not going to suddenly forget that because her character this year is generally pretty dull. What can I even say about Angela Basset, that I haven’t already? She’s been killing it, and I’m hoping if any of the characters gets a happy ending it’s her.
Jessica Lange got some good stuff this week too. It was nice to see the side of Elsa we saw in the premiere. It’s strange I recently re-watched the premiere, and it’s crazy how much things have changed since and how many bizarre plot twists the show has taken since then. Elsa was actually quite caring , even if a bit self-obsessed, at the beginning and seemed to care for the freaks in her own way. This was Jessica Lange’s best episode all season, no doubt. The Pepper backstory was really well done, and as much as I feared that it would seem out of nowhere it really didn’t and I don’t think I would have minded anyways. It was a heartbreaking backstory, but god was it nice to see Briarcliff and Sister Mary Eunice again. I hope that Naomi Grossman get’s an award for outstanding guest star or something because she was fantastic this week.
This was a great episode, and I’m actually excited to see what happens next. We have Neil Patrick Harris and Jamie Brewer(Addy/Nan!!!) in the next two episodes to look forward too. I’m super excited for Jamie Brewer’s return, hopefully her role is a bit more interesting than Gabourey Sidibe and Emma Robert’s “Freak Show” characters. These last two episodes have really upped the stakes, maybe “Freak Show” will be able to end with some style.
OVERALL: A+ 97%