It's Halloween and those who work at the freak show have a day off. Ethel tells the the story of Edward Mordrake, a man with a second face on the back of his head. After escaping from an insane asylum he joined a freak show where, after a Halloween performance, he killed all of his fellow performers. Since then, it's been considered bad luck to have a show on Halloween. Jimmy and others bury their friend Meep. Bette continues to have a nightmare - which for Dot was a beautiful dream. Dandy wants to go trick or treating but isn't very happy with the costume his mother selected for him. He wants to be a clown, just like his friend. Maggie Esmerelda, a fortune teller, arrives looking for a job but something far more sinister is at work.
Did You Know?
The character of Edward Mordrake, played here by Wes Bentley
, was mistakenly believed to have been an actual person, but is actually an urban legend. According to the legend, Edward was a 19th century aristocrat who was said to have suffered a form of Diprosopus. He had an extra face on the back of his head, which could neither eat nor speak out loud, although it was described as being able to laugh and cry. Edward reportedly begged doctors to have his "demon face" removed, claiming it "whispered" to him at night but no doctor would attempt the surgery. He later committed suicide at 23. However, this story has been proven to be false. Edward Mordrake was discovered to have been the fictional creation of Charles Lotin Hildreth, who fabricated his story for a sensationalist article in the Boston Sunday Post in 1895. See more
The song that Elsa Mars sings ("Gods and Monsters" by Lana Del Rey) references Jim Morrison, a singer famous in the 60s and 70s, while this show is set in 1952. See more
Performed by The Goldtones See more