American Horror Story: Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag
Original air date: October 17th, 2017
Now, I know I’m talking about a group of ladies that are in a cult—but still. If some cloaked lady mysteriously arrived and told me she was part of the Zodiac killings, I don’t think my next course of action would be to chop someone up. Beverly, Winter, and Ivy could of at least fact checked some of what she was saying– or at least had a cool-off week. Alas, what we got was the end of Harrison Wilton (Billy Eichner you will be missed) and a kind of ho-hum reveal.
Lena Dunham as Valerie Solanas was too much fun. She took her character and stole the show. The story Bebe Babbitt (Frances Conroy) wove was an interesting merging of some rather sensational stories from America’s past. Solanas was the author of the SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto, and her goals were summed up in the episode– and she shot Andy Warhol. I thought it was a clever twist to tie the members of SCUM to The Zodiac killings. The Zodiac Killer claimed to have killed 37 people, but only 7 were officially connected to the moniker.
It is in the reimagining of fringe history that AHS truly shines. Taking some unsolved mysteries and tying them to known facts and weaving them throughout the seasons has probably given me some of my favorite moments, like The Black Dahlia murder in season one. or the Axeman in season three. So this episode had moments that I truly loved. I would be amiss not to mention Even Peter’s Andy Warhol—I loved it. The moments with Peters and Dunham were amazing, and I wouldn’t have minded seeing a little more. As it was, I thoroughly enjoyed the episode, but the end left me less than excited.
It did answer my question on whether Kai was manipulating Beverly: I would say he was. He provided the ladies of his cult Babbitt: she came just when they needed her and provided useful information that prompted them to kill Harrison. Kai is trying to be all things to his people. He needs play the big man to his new followers, so he provided an alternative service for the women. Harrison was the odd man out in the group, therefore an easy sacrifice. (I wonder if Detective Samuels feelings were real or Kai’s suggestion?)
I said last week Kai needed to up the numbers, and it looks like that won’t be a problem. I do question if Babbitt is who she says she is, or if he just indoctrinated an actress to the Cult of Kai. Seeing her with him at the end was not a shocker to me. I would have been more surprised if it was, well any of the other women; but right now, they are doing exactly what is expected of them. That is the frustrating part for me—I want someone to be smarter (or maybe crazier) than Kai. I keep hoping someone will step up and bring him down.
Kai seems to always be a step ahead of everyone else, but can he stay that way? There must be a threshold number of people dying in the cult to make the others question their survival. I think the scariest way the season could end is with a jump to the next Presidential Inauguration– it’s Trump and Kai is standing next to him, whispering in his ear. The best way would be Ally destroying Kai, kicking Ivy in the hoo-haw, and taking Oz far away from there. My biggest question still is Dr. Vincent: how does he fit into it all? We have only four more episodes left, I guess we’ll find out sooner or later.