American Horror Story: Cult Recap: Won't You Bee My Neighbors?

Danny Woods
September 13, 2017

Well, a new AHS: Cult theory about Oz's dad is offering up a pretty convincing explanation. Maybe he'll gather a clown-hunting posse of local kids to take them down, a la "It".

Ally runs downstairs to find Ivy (Alison Pill), someone who can protect her from the terrorizing clowns in her life.

Even though the season premiere of "American Horror Story: Cult" was filled with gruesome clowns, over-the-top creepiness and political satire, the thing that struck me the most was the mental health issues that flooded the episode.

Largely, the new couple seem harmless. And once she's inside the restaurant, Ally has a run-in with another major phobia: blood. Dr. Vincent gives Ally some good advice about her marriage and her paranoid state.

Pull back even further and it's hard to tell why Cult even needs its killer clowns.

Detective Samuels (Colton Haynes) The police detective who keeps showing up to investigate possibly fake clown sightings and the actual murders of Ally and Ivy's neighbors, Tom and Marylin Chang, Samuels is pretty tiresome so far.

AHS: Cult thus far has been an audacious statement on the political atmosphere in America after the election, and I can only assume it will become more daring as the season progresses. Despite not seemingly like an especially good person, there's now not much evidence to put him on the side of committing murders as well as investigating them.

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Teasers for the upcoming episode suggest that things will take an interesting turn once Ally says no to Kai, as this will prompt him to tug on the bars found on Ally's door.

Harrison Wilton (Billy Eichner) and his wife Meadow (Leslie Grossman) seem odd from the second they arrive, unloading mysterious blue barrels into their new garage, Harrison dressed in a beekeeper outfit. Meadow, a cancer survivor, seems like a nice-enough neighbor, though. Manipulated by her son and his nanny, Winter (Billie Lourd), into believing that the power in their neighborhood has been cut by terrorists, she goes into full-on survivalist mode, firing her gun without warning at the person at her backdoor.

This escalates throughout the second episode in which we realize that Ally's fears are not internal, but real threats that can harm her and her family.

Ally's downfall tells a strong, clear story, as Cult sees her trapped in a social-horror movie of sorts in which the victim is the fragility of liberalism. A cashier at a grocery store, Longstreet said Ally imagined all those clowns who chased her through the store.

Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) It's clear Kai has a plan for something related to reshaping society in the wake of Donald Trump's election. He's also running for city council, hoping to assume the seat left vacant by Tom Chang, one of the victims of last week's "murder-suicide". Instead, Winter goes pinky-to-pinky with the boy - taking on the role of mini cult-leader in the process, mirroring the kooky actions of her blue-haired brother.

Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) There's no denying that Twisty the Clown is literally a murderous clown. At the beginning of the episode, a worker, Pedro, is seen arguing with the manager until Ally breaks it up. After it's drawn and Ally is in it, Winter appears again.

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