American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap 12/3/14: Season 4 Episode 8 “Blood Bath”

American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap 12/3/14: Season 4 Episode 8 "Blood Bath"

Tonight on FX our favorite creepy drama American Horror Story: Freak Show starring Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates continues tonight with an all new Wednesday December 3, season 4 episode 8 called “Blood Bath,” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, recent disappearances around camp raise Ethel’s [Kathy Bates] suspicion of Elsa [Jessica Lange].

On the last episode, the women of the Freak Show rallied against Dell after his latest act of violence. A strange encounter with Dandy raised Jimmy’s suspicion about the clown murders. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.

On tonight’s episode as per the FX synopsis, “recent disappearances around camp raise Ethel’s suspicion of Elsa. Gloria makes a last ditch effort to contain Dandy’s bloodlust. Written by Ryan Murphy; directed by Bradley Buecker.”

Tonight’s episode is going to be another spooky one and you won’t want to miss it. So be sure to tune in for our live coverage of FX’s American Horror Story – tonight at 10PM EST! While you wait for our recap, hit the comments and let us know if you are excited about season 4 of American Horror Story and check out a sneak peek of tonight’s episode below!


Gloria Mott is smoking on her therapist’s couch, saying that she won’t have her son committed. She talks about Dandy’s upbringing, and we see flashbacks of his particularly psychotic nature. She reveals that he had a friend who “disappeared.” The therapist says that it’s time he sees him. Gloria says he will never agree to it, but the therapist insists.

The gang is out searching for Ma Petite. All they recover in the woods is her dress. They take the dress back to Elsa, who grows distraught. Ethel visits Elsa in her tent later in the night. Ethel is drunk and confronts Elsa about her fakeness; Ethel congratulates Elsa for putting on such a good show. Ethel accuses Elsa of killing innocents.

Ethel says that she heard her talking to Stanley about the twins and how she wanted to have them killed — to get rid of them. Elsa insists that she did no such thing and begins to storm out of her tent to go find them, so she can prove to everyone her innocence. But Ethel shoots Elsa in the leg — her wooden leg. Ethel is surprised by this revelation. Elsa tells her story of how she came into her prosthetics.

Next, after Elsa’s done with her story, Ethel says one of the bullets in that gun is for her. She’s going to kill herself. Elsa says that they should share one last drink together — before they all descend into madness. Elsa gets up to go pour them both a drink. Ethel has the gun drawn on Elsa all the while — but before Ethel can react, Elsa throws a knife into Ethel’s skull. Ethel’s dead.

Jimmy rushes into the big tent to find a distraught Maggie. Maggie says she was picking flowers for Ma Petite’s memorial when she witnessed a car crash into the tree. Ethel was “driving,” but it was all an act to cover up Elsa’s murder. We see a flashback that Stanley helped her cover things up. They wrapped a chain around Ethel’s neck, tied it to the tree, and then put a stone on the accelerator. The chain ripped off Ethel’s head.

Meanwhile, Regina, the daughter of Dandy and Gloria’s housekeeper (who he killed), comes to visit them. Obviously, Dora isn’t alive and well. Gloria makes up an excuse for her absence — saying she’s gone to buy squash. Regina says she’ll wait for her. As long as it takes.

The freaks bury Ethel’s body. The women of the circus make a pact to get revenge on the father of the circus’s newest addition, Penny [Grace Summer], who’s now deformed.

Dandy meets with the therapist.

He returns home. Regina is there, still, demanding to see her mother. Gloria insists that she should make it home for dinner tomorrow night. Regina says that she better or . . . she’ll go to the police. Regina leaves. Dandy makes his mother a deal: He’ll go back to see the therapist if his mother kills Regina, who can see straight through their lies. Dandy insists that if Regina lives then he’ll be going to the electric chair — and if that happens, he says he’s taking his mother there right alongside him.

Elsa looks to acquire a new individual for her circus. She finds a very large woman.

Meanwhile, the ladies go to the house of Penny’s father. They break into his house, knock him out, and take him somewhere.

Elsa returns with her new addition.

Jimmy storms out, saying that their world is dying. There’s nothing left here.

The ladies bring Penny’s father back to the camp. They want to kill him. They pour tar and feathers all over him. Maggie hears his screams. She runs into stop everything. They eventually let him go.

Dandy and his mother talk. She says she loves every part of him, even the madness. Eventually, Dandy pulls out a gun. He points it at his head. “Don’t do this, Dandy,” Gloria says. “I can’t go on if you kill yourself.”

So Dandy, instead of killing himself, shoots his mother. After, he smiles. He never had any intentions of killing himself.

The next day, Jimmy continues to bury his sorrows in the drink. Maggie tries to help him, but he turns on her, telling her to go away and have “her beautiful life with someone else.”

The episode ends with Dandy taking a bath in his mother’s blood. Um, gross.