“American Horror Story: Coven” returned Oct. 16 with the spellbinding new episode, “Boy Parts.” In it, Madison (Emma Roberts) and Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) are reeling from the aftermath of the frat party-turned-deadly and Fiona (Jessica Lange) puts both girls swiftly in their place.
Plus, Madison decides to do Zoe a favor and use all the "best boy parts" from the mutilated bus victims and attach them to Kyle’s (Evan Peters) head and cast a spell to bring him back to life. The results are monstrous, to say the least. But, have no fear, because Misty (Lily Rabe) swoops in and assures a freaked out Zoe she’ll heal him and he’ll be fine in no time.
Zoe is obviously uncomfortable with her powers and unsure of her future. She nearly gets herself and Madison arrested for murder by spilling her guilty conscience to the police, which ultimately threatens the entire coven. Fiona steps in to save her from self-destruction. But, is Zoe in over her head with Kyle? Is she strong enough to handle what the future holds for both of them?
Bite Your Tongue, Witch
Detectives show up at the boarding school to question Madison and Zoe about their association with the frat boys who died on the bus. Madison plays it very cool, but Zoe cracks as they apply more pressure. They advise her they've looked into her past and know another boy associated with her died under strange circumstances.
Zoe loses it and spews out a confession: Madison flipped the bus in retaliation for being gang raped. She also tells the detectives they are witches and all have special powers.
Uh oh. Too much information Zoe! Who else wanted to scream, “Bite your tongue, witch” when Zoe tried to come clean to the authorities?
Luckily, Fiona gives the detectives something to erase their memory then informs Zoe of her stupidity. She sends both girls flying through the air with a flick of her hand and they crash into the wall. She asserts her authority again by reminding the girls they have to band together in a crisis and adds, “Even the weakest among us is better than the best of them.”
Jessica Lange and Taissa Farmiga shine in this intense sequence, as Zoe struggles to come to grips with her fate. Fiona is clearly someone they shouldn't cross and it seems pretty reasonable to assume no one wants to see the full scope of her anger.
Dark Deeds Uncovered
Speaking of anger, it’s pretty satisfying to watch Delphine squirm and sweat while being held captive by Fiona. She deserves so much more than being bound and gagged. It’s too bad Nan (Jamie Brewer) lets her go. At least Fiona plays the black hole card and forces her to do her bidding.
Fiona’s obsession for immortality drives her to see Madame Laveau and their catty exchange is amusing. It’s difficult to peg the darkest woman in this dastardly trio and it'll be interesting to see who is left standing at the end of their ensuing bitter rivalry. Delphine’s dark deeds have been uncovered. Who knows what Fiona and Marie have up their sleeves ...
Kudos to Ryan Murphy and company for perfectly casting these three wicked women who each define “bad” in an entirely different way.
A Man or a Monster?
Isn't Lily Rabe sublime as the mystical Steve Nicks-obsessed burning stake survivor Misty Day? The gator scene is probably the goriest we've seen so far. Shudder, shudder … Lily has a knack for projecting crazed, half-baked expressions. Misty is 360 degrees from “Asylum’s” Sister Mary Eunice as she prances around the earth bringing dead animals back to life.
Alas, a stirring in her soul sends her to naive and distraught Zoe. She’s driving her sort of undead beau around, trying to figure out what to do with him. Is Kyle a man or a monster?
Bam! It’s Misty to the rescue. She’s drawn to Zoe and she promises to use her healing powers to make him right. Let’s face it, we’re pulling for him. In the midst of all the evil, he and Zoe seem to have the only glimmer of light within the sordid bunch.
Yes, we’re way out in Frankenstein-land with the plot point, but Misty’s knack for resurrection makes it easier to swallow. Plus, we know what kind of onscreen chemistry Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters share and we can’t wait to watch it unfold.
But, is Zoe is going to get swallowed up by her environment or is she going to get tougher? Yes, she can cast a wicked spell. But, she hasn't truly accepted who she is or where she comes from yet. She definitely isn't fully integrated into the coven fold. Will Zoe's reluctance ultimately become her downfall? And, can she hide Kyle from the police and the public? Or, is Zoe getting in way over her head for a boy she barely knows?
“American Horror Story: Coven” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.