American Horror Story 310 Recap: The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks

Welcome to the tenth episode of American Horror Story, the show that got Stevie Fucking Nicks to appear in a move that was clearly a work of powerful magic! Ryan Murphy has a coven of witches working full-time to make his life miraculous.

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Let’s dive right into the first AHS of 2014, shall we? This week’s vocab word is: vom-com. From the words “vomit” and “comedy,” a vom-com is like a rom-com, only instead of romantic comedy, it’s an abbreviation for wanting to vomit and laugh at the same time. It’s times like these make me feel like my Creative Writing minor in Poetry is really paying off.

We start at Miss Robichaux’s Asylum for Endangered Witches, where Fiona offers a shaken Marie some spiked tea and a goodnight spell.

Realistic depiction of A-Camp High Tea

Realistic depiction of A-Camp High Tea

This seems unnecessary, as there is already a mainstream magic spell for insomnia called Lunesta, but okay.

I'll take your spell, but that's only because Lunesta isn't generic yet

I’ll take your spell, but that’s only because Lunesta isn’t generic yet

Marie is embarrassed to ask for help, but Fiona assures her that she’s safe with the coven. Marie has a major change of heart regarding Fiona, and the feeling is mutual. These two will do great/terrible things together and I can’t wait to watch.

As Marie tries to get to sleep, a creepy shadow passes through her room and a pick-up artist reject magically appears. This is Papa Legba, who in Haitian voodoo acts as an intermediary between the living and the dead. On AHS, he’s a cokehead. Fair enough.

Sorry to wake you, but do you know where Fiona keeps her good shit?

Sorry to wake you, but do you know where Fiona keeps her good shit?

Hmm… Papa Legba looks awfully familiar… where have I seen him before?

He even has the drugs too!

He even has the drugs too!

If Dr. Facilier turns Angela Bassett into a frog I will throw my television out the window.

It turns out that Papa Legba doesn’t give a shit about Marie’s near death experience. He wants his payment for the bargain she made with him years ago. This is a stone cold bummer, as I was hoping that Marie was the one witch on the show not beholden to a man, albeit a man that looks like the love child of Slash and Lenny Kravitz and a powdered doughnut.


We head to to the Shittiest Hospital in New Orleans, where Marie uses some magical coke to knock out a nurse and steal a baby from the nursery ward.

You can just check these things out like library books, right?

You can just check these things out like library books, right?

As she goes to leave the hospital, the alarm is set off and police draw their guns and demand she give up the baby. Marie tells them she needs the baby, and the cops are like, “well okay, but only if you really need it”.

I will say this exact phrase when I'm arrested for robbing a bank someday

I will say this exact phrase when I’m arrested for robbing a bank someday

JK, her eyes go white and she ululates which causes the cops to shoot each other and me to laugh my ass off.

Orgasm face

Orgasm face


The next morning, Marie, Fiona and Cordelia are watching coverage of the beauty shop shooting on TV. Cordelia blames herself for spurning Hank, as if that would have made him less of a psycho.

If only we had more magic snake sex, all those weaves would still be intact!

If only we had more magic snake sex, all those weaves would still be intact!

Marie tells the white witches that Hank was a witch hunter and she hired him to wipe out their coven. Cordelia is obviously distraught, and Fiona gives her motherly hug and tells her it wasn’t her fault NOPE! She smacks Cordelia so hard she knocks her out of her chair.

Let the Slap-Down begin!

Let the Slap-Down begin!

Mother! You know my new eyeballs haven't settled in yet!

Mother! You know my new eyeballs haven’t settled in yet!

Immediately regrets moving in with white people

Immediately regrets moving in with white people

Poor Cordelia can’t catch a break, you guys. I swear, the next scene is gonna be her pratfalling on some forks and ruining her brand new eyeballs.

Fiona knows all about the witch hunters/patriarchy and tells them that they need to find the hive and wipe them all out.

What channel is Iyanla: Fix My Life on?

What channel is Iyanla: Fix My Life on?

Upstairs, Misty is stretching and singing and just bein’ Misty when Fiona shows up. Misty is naturally dubious, as Fiona has murdered her way through several potential Supremes, but Fiona just wants to be friends.

Do you want me to revive your dog? I have a 2:30 twirling sesh but I could move that to 4

Do you want me to revive your dog? I have a 2:30 twirling sesh but I could move that to 4

Fiona tells Misty that being the Supreme means entering a world of power, influence, and all the Free People clothes you could ever want. She wants to introduce Misty to a visiting white witch who is dying to meet her.

My dear, it's lacey shawls and crochet tops as far as the eye can see!

My dear, it’s lacy shawls and crochet tops as far as the eye can see!

Who is this mysterious visiting white witch? Is it Glinda the Good? Is it Nicole Kidman from that shitty Bewitched remake? Is it Ghost Spalding in a dress?

IT’S STEVIE FUCKING NICKS, Y’ALL!!!

This woman is perfection.

This woman is perfection.

Misty responds appropriately by passing the fuck out.

Just came

Just came

Zoe, Nan and Madison arrive home from the crime scene, and they still don’t know if Queenie is alive or dead. Madison thinks she might be at Souplantation, which is a pretty good guess, except most people want to shoot themselves in the head after a Souplantation meal, not before one.

The internet told me that everyone was pissed about Ani DiFranco holding a songwriting workshop at a Souplantion and I was like, DUH obvs it should be a Bennigan's

The internet told me that everyone was pissed about Ani DiFranco holding a songwriting workshop at a Souplantion and I was like, DUH obvs it should be a Bennigan’s

They talk about swinging by the morgue, but agree that if they visit the morgue any more times they’ll be the mayors of it on Foursquare. The twitches walk into the parlor to see Stevie Fucking Nicks singing “Rhiannon” at the piano and it’s lovely and amazing.

For the last time Fiona, no one wants to hear Chopsticks!

For the last time Fiona, no one wants to hear Chopsticks!

Misty is in Heaven and Fiona is enjoying the show as well, but of course Madison has to douche all over it. She wants to know why Fiona didn’t book Eminem, but Fiona tells her that only Supremes get private concerts and Madison isn’t a Supreme, so step off bitch?

This is nice and all, but does she know "Thong Song"?

This is nice and all, but does she know “Lose Yourself?”

Eminem refuses to stop using homophobic language, so I booked the Wiggles for you. You're Welcome.

Eminem refuses to stop using homophobic language, so I booked the Wiggles for you. You’re welcome.

Misty gets her twirl on, and Stevie Fucking Nicks joins her for a twirl! IT’S A TWIRL-OFF!

THIS IS REAL THIS IS NOT A DREAM STEVIE NICKS TWIRL-OFF FOREVER!

THIS IS REAL THIS IS NOT A DREAM STEVIE NICKS TWIRL-OFF FOREVER!

Stevie Fucking Nicks gives Misty THE SHAWL OFF HER OWN BACK, and it’s magical and wonderful and the twitches don’t give a shit because their generation is made of garbage (just kidding I have no idea how old these girls are supposed to be, their generation is the future blahblahblah)

Hey girl. Forget that twirling, let's get to some swirling

Hey girl. Forget that twirling, let’s get to some swirling

Vanilla, Undead Vanilla, swirl, swirl

Vanilla, Undead Vanilla, swirl, swirl

Madison is all pissy because she’s not getting any attention and no one thinks she’ll be the Supreme. Nan tells her that since she’s developed mind control powers (um, when? During hiatus?) she has a shot at becoming the next Supreme. Nan then proves her powers by making Madison put out her cigarette and then put it in vagina.

That is NO WAY to blow smoke rings, Madison!

That is NO WAY to blow smoke rings, Madison!

Don't worry, my vagina is smoking an e-cigarette, it's totally healthy

Don’t worry, my vagina is smoking an e-cigarette, it’s totally healthy

One thing I really love about this show is that it’s realistic (bear with me here) in that teenage girls with magic powers would absolutely use said powers to torture each other. Like if Regina George was a witch on this show, there would be cigarettes in all the vaginas.

This one time, Regina George put a pack of Virginia Slims in my vagina. It was awesome!

This one time, Regina George put a pack of Virginia Slims in my vagina. It was awesome!

Since Madison was revived, her heart murmur has disappeared, which means she is still in the running towards becoming America’s Next Top Supreme. Madison wants to take on Misty in a Seven Wonders Challenge to see who gets all the power/a Cover Girl contract/a brand new Fiat convertible/a feature in Food and Wine magazine/$100,000 from Glad trash bags/a record deal with Clive Davis/a date with Tad Hamilton/a vaginaload of HP tablets.

Downstairs, the grown witches are looking at the Delphi Trust website, where Cordelia has used the power of Google image search to find out that her husband comes from a family of witch hunters since she obviously never Googled him ever!

It's called Autowin or something, I think it's gonna be big

It’s called Autowin or something, I think it’s gonna be big

Marie is ready to hop on a broomstick and fly to Atlanta to lay the smack down, but Fiona tells her they need to play it smart. They set an elaborate maze filled with rat traps and dollar bills and let loose some white mice into the maze.

The most elaborate game of Mouse Trap ever

The most elaborate game of Mouse Trap ever

They are performing a spell to bankrupt Delphi Trust, which is pretty badass. Cordelia wants to help, but Fiona tells her she’s tainted and useless. She also screams NOOO! really loudly in her ear, just to get the point across. Mother of the Year material.

But I'm really handy with a mortar and pestle

But I’m really handy with a mortar and pestle

GET AN IMMERSION BLENDER AND GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!

GET AN IMMERSION BLENDER AND GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!

As Marie and Fiona pray to Hecate, we see FBI agents descending on Delphi Trust and arresting people, which is nicely intercut with the mice getting trapped. Trapped like rats! The mice are white! White men are getting handcuffed! Metaphor metaphor metaphor!

Dismantling the patriarchy can really take a lot out of a girl

Dismantling the patriarchy can really take a lot out of a girl

Fiona is overwhelmed by the magic/cancer and passes out.

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    seriously the whole time all this shit is going down, blowing rails with papa legba, drowning nan in the bathtub, stevie nicks is just downstairs playing the piano?

    i am really disappointed nobody on the internet has made a gif of angela bassett saying “ooOOoOoOOOOOOOOOOO, he HATED your ass.”

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    I want to know this: Didn’t the police notice a talking, weeping, TV-watching Head of Kathy Bates sitting on the table, listening to gospel music in the Salon of Vengeance? Actually, I want to know a lot of other things, but I don’t expect this show to tell me any of them.

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    If my future wife #…, Misty doesn’t come back…So help me, God.
    Nan was so badass. I was convinced she was the next supreme and this how it ends? In a bathtub?
    Luckily Marie is so stinking good looking I’ll forgive her for anything at this point. :P

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    Dont hate the theremin player, hate the theremin game. Lmao. One of a thousand things I could quote.
    I will, as of this point, read anything you write Chelsea. Anything.if at the least only to repay you for all of these recap masterpieces. Sign up for a book deal and write a 300 page preface to a book about sea cucumbers mating, and I’ve got that shit preordered on amazon.com. You deserve some sort of lifetime achievement award.

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    At this point I’m almost rooting for the witch hunters. Since Nan and (possibly) Misty are now dead, Cordelia seems to be the only character left who isn’t completely evil. On this show that probably means she isn’t going to last much longer.

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    My favorite thing about this episode:

    When Marie and Fiona are casting the spell together on the Delphi trust, And Cordelia wants to help and Fiona screams her fucking head off at her own daughter, there’s this look of dawning comprehension on Marie’s face. And it is the look of a woman who is realizing only too late that she didn’t have to hire a witch hunter to destroy her arch enemies. This coven is four dead witches away from total self-annihilation, and they’re killing, like, two a week. So really, all she ever had to do was sit back and watch her her enemies collapse like a flan in a cupboard.

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