American Horror Story: Tupperware Party Massacre
December 10, 2014 7:23 PM - Season 4, Episode 9 - Subscribe

In the wake of a tragic loss, Jimmy sinks into a drunken despair. A reading from Maggie spurs Dandy to action. Stanley and Elsa track down the Twins.
posted by kittens for breakfast (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Great episode, I thought! It's not getting the strongest reviews elsewhere on the web, but nearly every scene either made me laugh, made me cringe, or moved the plot along.
posted by painquale at 4:34 AM on December 11, 2014 [2 favorites]

I'm really disappointed that Dandy and Regina didn't go Natural Born Killers, which -- let's be honest -- would have been wonderful beyond belief.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 3:24 PM on December 11, 2014 [4 favorites]

The cop that did Dandy's bidding -- WTF?
posted by davidmsc at 12:28 AM on December 12, 2014

It suddenly made Dandy a real threat and serious antagonist! Twisty and Dell and Stanley have been strong bad guys because their traits make them seem unstoppable (i.e. being apparently supernatural, being intimidating, and being crafty). Dandy was so flagrant and childish with his brutality that he didn't seem like a threat: it seemed inevitable that he'd be caught. But in a single scene, he became the most powerful figure on the show.

Here is my vision of a good final episode: Elsa and an army of supernaturally reanimated freaks wage war on Dandy's army of "normal" townsfolk, and Jupiter is burned to the ground in a bloody nighttime raid. Dandy is put down by a resurrected zombie version of his own two-headed mother.
posted by painquale at 6:05 AM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'm pretty sure we've seen that cop earlier in the season, too, though I wish now that I remembered the details since getting a precise read on his motivations would be nice. Quick, tactical decision-making fits his general presentation; the show hasn't tried hard to make the local cops seem other than corrupt and self-serving, so that sets up the ethical weirdness just fine too.

I share the wish that Regina had played the situation more cannily, whether it was for a dark side turn (which I didn't really get from her) or just to flip the script for once on a "normal person freaks out in front of insane villain and so even said villain can tell the jig is up" scene to have someone swallow their horror and play the player. But maybe that's just me watching too much Hannibal earlier this year and wanting everybody's motivations to be super opaque.

I totally agree with painquale's read, in any case: Dandy went from seeming utterly doomed to dangerously well-leveraged with basically one clear-eyed utterance of the word "money". You don't need to be righteous if you can afford not to be, and as much as it was in many ways his mother protecting him over the years, it was really her money, and it's his money now.
posted by cortex at 6:18 PM on December 22, 2014 [2 favorites]

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