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  1. American Horror Story: Freak Show Finale Recap: “Curtain Call”

    Take your final bow!

    As the final episode of Freak Show begins, new owner/psychotic serial killer Dandy Mott thinks he's close to becoming what he's always wanted to be: someone who people pay money to see sing Cole Porter songs. Some of his new employees are already putting up new banners, advertising him as the show's star.

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  2. American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: “Magical Thinking”

    [Editor's Note: As promised in our AHS open thread, Dan is here with his recap of Neil Patrick Harris' debut!]

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  3. American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: “Orphans”

    Pepper, the microcephalic “pinhead,” is the first American Horror Story character to ever appear in more than one season. Up until this episode, Pepper (a veteran of what I consider AHS' finest season, Asylum) functioned as little more than an extra in Freak Show. You could basically pretend it was a completely different Pepper and still keep the seasons separate in your mind.

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  4. American Horror Story: Freak Show recap: “Tupperware Party Massacre”

    Did Freak Show finally jump the shark?

    You know what we haven't seen for a while on Freak Show? The freak show performers actually doing their performances, or really justifying their continued residency in Jupiter at all. In the opening scene of “Tupperware Party Massacre” we see fortune teller Maggie actually doing a reading for the first time in six episodes.

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  5. American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: “Blood Bath”

    Things are getting a bit kill-y.

    Gloria Mott's entire life revolves around her son. That doesn't change in the opening scene of “Blood Bath,” but for the first time we see her doing something for her own psyche, albeit as it relates to Dandy. She's lying on a therapist's couch, cigarette in hand, discussing her (quite well-founded) suspicions that her son is a murderous psychopath.

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  6. American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: “Test of Strength”

    Picking up right where the last episode left off, “Test of Strength” opens with Jimmy finding Bette and Dot in Dandy's house. Jimmy appeals to the twins to return to the freak show. He says that with Dandy, they're just “freaks to be gawked at”; Bette astutely points out that that's not at all different from life at the freak show.

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  7. American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: “Bullseye”

    At the home of Dandy Mott and his mother Gloria, a new maid is serving lunch. “I liked Dora better,” Dandy says, referring to the housekeeper that he murdered two episodes ago. “Well, hindsight is 20/20, dear,” comes his mother's reply. Welcome to the twisted world of the Motts, where killing is chillingly normal, and has been for several generations.

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  8. American Horror Story: Freak Show recap: “Pink Cupcakes”

    The cupcakes are not delicious.

    When “Pink Cupcakes” opens, we're back in the American Morbidity Museum, which, as several commenters pointed out, is a real place, more or less – it's just known as the Mütter Museum in real life. Is this a flashback to when Stanley and Esmeralda were there? No: It's actually a vision of the future in which they've succeeded in bringing one of the Jupiter freak show performers' bodies back there - for a price, of course.

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  9. 10 Hardcore Female Military Leaders From History

    Power Grid

    300: Rise of An Empire came out on Friday, and its release should give Queen Artemisia of Caria some well-deserved public recognition. Played by Eva Green in the film, Artemisia was a real-life naval commander for Xerxes the Great's fearsome Persian military in the 5th century BCE. According to the writings of war historian Polyaenus, Xerxes declared that she was the finest officer in his fleet. But she's far from the only amazing female military commander in history. Here are ten others, most (though not all) of whom have never had movies made about them... but definitely should someday soon.

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  10. 15 Dark and Spooky Lady Led Musical Acts for Your Halloween Mood

    it's time to play the music

    All Hallow's Eve will soon be upon us, giving you another chance to cavort with spooks and spirits, conduct ghastly experiments, cast spells on friend and enemy alike and raise the dead from their eternal slumber. You're going to want to have a soundtrack to do all of this to. Luckily, Halloween might be the most popular music-friendly holiday there is. And with so many great Halloweenish musical acts out there that are either made entirely of or led by women, I figured it'd be fun to make a list of them. This is a non-comprehensive group that could easily have been much longer – but here are 15 such artists that I really like. Happy hauntings!

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