A traveling salesman named Chester convinces Elsa to hire him as a magician for the show. The twins set their sights on the newcomer, while Dell and Eve help Jimmy escape.



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After Dot's has her heart is broken by Jimmy, the twins decide the time has come for them to find a lover. They take an immediate interest in a new arrival, traveling salesman Chester, who also fancies himself a magician and a ventriloquist. Elsa takes him on as a bookkeeper but it's clear that Chester has serious problems, especially with his ventriloquist's doll which seems to have a life of his own. When Dandy learns that Chester and the twins are lovers, he pays the young man a visit. Jimmy meanwhile takes Stanley up on his offer but pays a far higher price than he expected. Desiree and Maggie return from the museum and Dell now has to face the consequences of his actions. Written by garykmcd

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7 January 2015 (USA)  »

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The final 3 episodes of Season 4 will mark actress Jessica Lange's final appearance on the series which means she will not return for Season 5 See more »


Dot and Bette's body while rubbing Chester's shoulders is noticeably narrower than usual. See more »


References Freaks (1932) See more »


Freak Show Main Theme
Performed by Cesar Davila-Irizarry and Charlie Clouser
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First Time Watching The Show
20 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have never watched an episode of American horror story previously, however the TV spot for tonight's show, highlighted Neil Patrick Harris as a guest star so I tuned in.

Plot In A Paragraph: Neil Patrick Harris plays Chester a wanna be magician/travelling salesman/ ventriloquist with a strange relationship with his doll Margery, who arrives at the freak show selling baby chameleons, and ends up buying it from Elsa (played by Faye Dunaway) Jimmy is in jail and is convinced by a lawyer to cut off his left hand and have all his lawyer bills paid, whilst Dell (Michael Chiklis) is plotting to rescue him. Dot and Betty Tattler (Sarah Pullson) conjoined twins are desperate for sex and set their sights on Chester.

As if not seen any previous episodes, jumping on old like this might have been a problem, however there were certainly enough interesting characters in certain situations to keep me entertained. I didn't know why Jimmy was in jail, his relationship with Dell or what Elsa is selling up, but it was enjoyable and I will continue watching. I'm not sure if I will only watch while Harris is a member of the cast remains to be seen, however for now I will continue watching.

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