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Edward Mordrake: Part 2 

Mordrake hunts for a freak soul to add to his ghost troupe. Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with Twisty the clown.


Howard Deutch


Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Paulson ... Bette Tattler / Dot Tattler
Evan Peters ... Jimmy Darling
Michael Chiklis ... Dell Toledo
Frances Conroy ... Gloria Mott (credit only)
Denis O'Hare ... Richard Spencer / Stanley
Emma Roberts ... Maggie Esmerelda
Finn Wittrock ... Dandy Mott
Angela Bassett ... Desiree Dupree
Kathy Bates ... Ethel Darling (credit only)
Jessica Lange ... Elsa Mars
Wes Bentley ... Edward Mordrake
John Carroll Lynch ... Twisty the Clown
Skyler Samuels ... Bonnie Lipton
Naomi Grossman ... Pepper
Patti LaBelle ... Dora Brown


Having to decide which of the freaks to add to his collection, Edward Mordrake learns more about them and their backgrounds. He shows a particular interest in Elsa who tells him about her days as a dominatrix in 1930s Germany. It's the pornographic films she also made that led to her losing her legs. Meanwhile Jimmy's motorcycle runs out of gas and with Maggie Esmerelda in tow they head off through the woods to get back home. When they see Twisty the Clown attack one of his prisoners, who has just managed to escape, Jimmy decides to do something about it. Dandy has his own ideas however. When Mordrake appears, we learn of Twisty's history and how he was bullied by some of the freaks while working as a circus clown and, unable to work, tried to end it all. Mordrake seems to have found the one he is looking for. Back at the freak show, Stanley arrives and tells Elsa he's a Hollywood talent scout. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

29 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Evan Peters plays Jimmy Darling in AHS: Freakshow. His character is based on the real life "Lobster Boy," Grady Stiles Jr.. See more »


Edward Mordrake appears to Elsa in her dressing room and addresses her as 'Fraulein'. Mordrake is an English character who grew up in the latter half of the 19th Century and absolutely would not have addressed an older woman whom he didn't know by using the diminutive word Fraulein. He most definitely would have addressed Elsa as Frau. See more »


Twisty the Clown: I was the special children's clown to Rusty Westchester's Traveling Carnival. I made 'em laugh. I love the children. But not the freaks.
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


Heut' Nacht Hab' Ich Geträumt Von Dir
Performed by Comedian Harmonists
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Halloween is dark and illuminative
5 November 2014 | by ArchonCinemaReviewsSee all my reviews

Part two of the Halloween episode for the fourth season of American Horror Story continues and expands upon the Freakshow superstition of Edward Mordrake.

After the completion in episode three of Freak Show I was not hooked for the next episode. It seemed like the story lines were moderately completed and though a two part episode, I found part one of Edward Mordrake satiating as a narrative. Needless to say, it was on with the show and the Halloween motif forged forward.

Part one of Freak Show's third episode ended with Edward Mordrake arriving at the carnival after hearing a performance and being summoned, despite the carny superstition to never perform on Halloween. Once there he inspects and interviews the performers looking for the most quintessential freak to add to his menagerie as dictated by his second face.

Creators Murphy and Falchuk continue to hone in on certain stories and leaving others untouched adding to further clarity in the show. Edward Mordrake Part two focuses on Twisty, Dandy, Elsa and Jimmy and Maggie. It is weird but having only four simultaneous stories is simpler than the previous episodes in which five or more were constantly being introduced.

Part two is definitely superior to part one, adding more dark and macabre subject matter that is more mournful of days past and how the respective characters ended up at their present state. Jessica Lange's Elsa's backstory is significantly illuminated and Twisty's story must be at completion while Dandy takes a giant leap in a deciding direction and Finn Wittrock is perversely enchanting.

Less reliant upon sets and production, the episode rests on the depressing stories of its characters and sublime effects on Twisty. By far this is my favorite episode of the season but it stands to reason where does the show go from here? If I was a skeptic before regarding the show's potential I am more of one after episode four.

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