[Warning: This article contains spoilers from American Horror Story: Cult episode 2, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark."]
There's funny business afoot. What kind of funny business? The ultra inappropriate, fidelity breaking kind, that's what. The great Billy Eichner has arrived, Winter has the hots for Ally (???!), and paranoia predictably dominates AHS: Cult episode 2, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." How the plot thickens, am I right?
Two episodes down and we've yet to figure out if Ally's clowns are all in her head — seriously, it's a GD circus in her neck of the woods. Whatever the case, it's increasingly convenient she's the only adult who's seen them first-hand. Is Ally's partner, Ivy, in on it all? Is there some large-scale conspiracy we have yet to grasp? Probs. Probs.
Several notable things happened in Tuesday's episode, including the reveal of Eicher's strange character, Harrison Wilton, and his wife, Meadow Wilton (Leslie Grossman), both stars being newbies to AHS.
The two move into the Changs' old home not days after the deceased couple's violent murder (RIP Changs, clowned too soon), bringing the newest of Ally's ever-growing list of phobias along with them: bees and their honey combs. The two are beekeepers who manage a hive in their backyard. We're buzzing with delight. This scene really stings. We're just trying to bee positive. Moving along.
As per Harrison's incredibly telling logic, "a hive is the perfect natural community, because every single member of the hive is completely committed, one hundred percent, to a singular task. There's no arguments, there's no complaints, there's no 'me.'" They are admirable, he says. They share a like mind and are therefore less dangerous, he suggests. We suspect he is a member of Kai's cult, and the Wiltons are officially not to be trusted.
Harrison also shares that he's actually gay. The marriage is nothing more than a mutually beneficial agreement. Their union is a sham. Ally and Ivy are like, wasp is he talking about, but quickly move on beecause they have a lot on their plate.
Kai's (Evan Peters) ongoing mission to spread xenophobia far and wide also progresses this week following his stunt with the Mexican immigrants from episode 1. Turns out he's trying to replace Chang on the city council, "randomly" appearing at a perpetually frenzied Ally's front door to push his agenda. Naturally, he is turned away, but not before he terrorizes any remaining ounce of sanity out of her.
It's all one big, messed up game, I tell you.
Notably, he's changed up his look post-fake parking lot attack. His previously flowing blue locks are now wound in a tight bun. Also, a bowtie, so you know he's got it together.
Ally's mental issues are exacerbated after she goes to investigate a tripped alarm at the restaurant and ends up discovering one of her employees, Roger, swinging from a meat hook, almost (but not entirely) dead. Interestingly, this employee makes himself known as a racist earlier in the episode when he attacks a fellow worker, Pedro Morales, for being hispanic. No one knows who's behind the murder, but an investigation is ongoing courtesy of Colton Haynes' Detective Samuels.
In other words, Kai probably set it up, which means he has a spy somewhere in The Butchery. Also, no surprise here if Samuels is also on Kai's payroll.
The highlight of the episode is when Winter gets weird with Ally one night while Ivy is working late at the restaurant. She draws her stressed employer a warm scented bath, somehow convincing Ally she needs a sponge bath from her nanny. Ally doesn't protest, even when it's clear Winter is about to start making out with her as she sits nude in the bath. Still, the impending affair is put to a halt when the home alarm goes off.
After new neighbor Harrison charmingly appears to announce, "Lesbians, we're under attack!" planting accusations of multi-state terrorism in Ally's head, Winter bounces out right quick. Ally is once again alone and once again confronted by a terrifying clown in her home. By the end of the episode, she's accidentally shot aforementioned hispanic employee, Pedro, after Ivy sends him from the restaurant to bring Ally supplies.
Other things to note about this episode:
Winter has her sights set on Ozzie. She gifts Ivy and Ally's son with a figurine of Twisty the Clown, even engaging him in that same pinky promise "flesh to flesh" hand gesture Kai did with her in a flashback in episode 1.
Ivy seems to be Ozzie's biological mother. Not only does Oz look more like Ivy than Ally (blonde, glasses, the whole shebang), but Oz seems closer to her. This is not currently relevant, but may be later in the season.
Following Ally's increasingly paranoid behavior, Ivy asks Cheyenne Jackson's Dr. Rudy Vincent for a house call. Ally reveals she has procured a gun from the weird Wiltons, much to the doctor's concern. Rudy lets Ivy know Ally is exhibiting early signs of agoraphobia, but the only people who know Ally has the gun are Rudy and the Wiltons.
American Horror Story: Cult returns Tuesday, Sept. 19.