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Dandy prepares for his debut performance. The Tattlers contemplate marriage, while in Hollywood, Elsa discovers she's further from love than ever before.

Director:

Bradley Buecker

Writers:

Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Paulson ... Bette Tattler / Dot Tattler
Evan Peters ... Jimmy Darling
Michael Chiklis ... Dell Toledo (credit only)
Frances Conroy ... Gloria Mott (credit only)
Denis O'Hare ... Stanley (credit only)
Emma Roberts ... Maggie Esmerelda (credit only)
Finn Wittrock ... Dandy Mott
Angela Bassett ... Desiree Dupree
Kathy Bates ... Ethel Darling
Jessica Lange ... Elsa Mars
Danny Huston ... Massimo Dolcefino
Wes Bentley ... Edward Mordrake
John Carroll Lynch ... Twisty the Clown
Grace Gummer ... Penny
Malcolm-Jamal Warner ... Angus T. Jefferson
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Storyline

Dandy oversteps the mark as the new owner of the freak show and most of the company, all fed up with his antics, quit. His response is exactly what you would expect: he goes out and kills everyone in sight. Some survive however and plan their own unique revenge on the erstwhile showman. Meanwhile, Elsa arrives in Los Angeles but doesn't quite get the reception she had hoped for. She perseveres however and soon realizes her dream. Happiness however proves to be elusive. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The musical theme played throughout Season 4 (Freak Show) is taken from the opening notes of the song "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath. It is played an octave or two higher and on violins, however. It is also played during the ending credit sequence of each episode. See more »

Goofs

In the flashback of Massimo teaching Elsa to walk with her prosthetic legs, she drags her feet, and thus extending them, when Massimo helps her stand up after falling. This would not be possible with wooden prosthetics. See more »

Quotes

[last words]
Dandy Mott: I hate you! I hate you! I hate you! I hate you! I hate you!
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Connections

References The Sign of the Cross (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

American Horror Story Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Cesar Davila-Irizarry and Charlie Clouser
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That was the most heart-wrenching and beautiful finale.
12 November 2018 | by snowflakeaudreySee all my reviews

I cried, screamed, and got shivers through so many parts of this episode. It was a ride of so many deep emotions, and truly American Horror Story's best finale episode to date.

"Freak Show" is one for the ages. A misunderstood masterpiece that I'll forever love and remember.


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