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Smoldering Children 

In 1994, Larry gets burned. In the present, Ben begins to understand what happened to cause Vivien's institutionalization. Constance is questioned by the police in Travis' death. Violet learns something about herself that she doesn't know.


Michael Lehmann


Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan McDermott ... Dr. Ben Harmon
Connie Britton ... Vivien Harmon
Evan Peters ... Tate Langdon
Taissa Farmiga ... Violet Harmon
Jessica Lange ... Constance Langdon
Denis O'Hare ... Larry Harvey
Charles S. Dutton ... Detective Granger
Michael Graziadei ... Travis Wanderly
Jamie Brewer ... Adelaide 'Addy' Langdon
Rebecca Wisocky ... Lorraine Harvey
W. Earl Brown ... Phil Critter
Malaya Rivera Drew ... Detective Barrios
Derek Richardson ... Harry Goodman
Gregory Sporleder ... Peter McCormick
Sam Kinsey ... Beau


In a flashback, the origins of Louis' burn are revealed. Ben visits Vivien in the psych ward and admits to her that he now believes she was raped. The police interview Constance over Travis' death. She has little to tell them - other than she didn't do it - but her history of accidental deaths leave the police highly suspicious. She's off the hook when someone unexpected confesses to the crime. Ben is still upset with Violet for missing so much school and they agree that a new school has to be found. Tate has something to show her however. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

7 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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(at around 8 mins) As Constance reviews the crime scene pictures of Travis, his eyes are open in one picture and closed in the other. Even though it is not unheard of for someone at the crime scene to close the eyes of a deceased individual it would not be done in the midst of the crime scene photos being taken. See more »


Tate Langdon: Close your eyes and remember everything is gonna be okay. I love you.
[leads Violet closer to her body]
Tate Langdon: Open your eyes.
Violet Harmon: [cries as she sees her dead body] What? No!
Tate Langdon: [flashback] Don't you die on me! Violet!
[flashback ends]
Violet Harmon: I died when I took all those pills.
Tate Langdon: [nods] I tried to save you... I did. I tried to make you throw them up. You threw up some, not enough.
[Violet cries]
Tate Langdon: You took so many, Violet. You died crying. I held you. You were safe. You died... loved.
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Violet and the Murder House
16 April 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Ben visits Vivien and apologizes to her telling that now she knows that she told the truth. Then he is pressed by a school representative since Violet missed classes for sixteen days. Ben discusses the problem with Violet and explains that he will be summoned in court if she continues to be a truant. Violet promises to go on the next day. Tate dresses the rubber suit and attacks Ben that succeeds to remove his mask. However he faints and Tate meets Violet in the attic. He decides to disclose a tragic secret to Violet and takes her to see a corpse.

"Smoldering Children" is another episode where the population of ghosts in the murder house increases. The disappearance of the exterminator Phil does not have consequences. Larry turning himself in for the murder of Travis is quite silly. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Smoldering Children"

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