11/9 is a date. Last year, three days after Trump won the presidency.
Tonight’s AHS starts out on election night 2016. All the the characters we’re familiar with are standing in line waiting to vote. The beekeeping couple ad their condemning everyone around them. Wynter the nanny is standing in line with her loners chanting Trump’s decades old comment about grabbing a certain part of a woman.s anatomy and Jill and Ivy are as well, all excited about what promises to be a historical night. They’re both Clintonians…..that is until Ally enters the voting booth and has an internal debate with her conscience. She pauses and votes for Jill Stein of the Green Party.
Oh, so SHE’S the one?????
Kai enters the polling place with Gary (Chazz Bono) leaning against him bleeding profusely. The polling officials insist he needs a doctor but Kai insists its his constitutional right to and one he most assuredly wants to exercise Gary enters a booth as does Kai and both vote for Trump and Kai has a damned near orgasmic reaction to it, but you get the sense he has an ulterior motive. Wynter votes for Hillary, her friend writes in Oprah’s name.
Gary exits the booth, triumphantly shouting something about this bring the Trump era while removing his coat and shows a shocked gaggle of voters, his severed left arm. Hand gone.
Interesting…..his LEFT hand.
Then, it’s the day after the election and Harrison, our gay beekeeping neighbor is a trainer at the gym and Kai comes to him wanting to hire him as a personal trainer. He says he sees a certain ‘strength’ in Harrison and goes into a pro-Globalistic schpiel, just as the gym manager tells him there’s a “cleanup in aisle 4” which is gym code for sanitizing the shower floors where men have pleasured themselves amid the scent Old Spice and Clorox. Harrison is assigned the job by his A-hole boss because he’s gay. Kai finds great offense to this and finds Harrison in the shower area where we see yet another happy face drawn in the steam in a window. He convinces Harrison to kill his boss and he does. Death by bar bell.
Kai covers up the whole thing. He also teaches Harrison how to properly cut up the body in the cheap motel bathroom where he and his frigid weird wife Meadow are now living because the bank foreclosed on their home.
In fact, she walks in on the bloody butchering and nonchalantly says she didn’t think her week could get any worse.
Tonight, we delved more into the female reporter who called Ally the lesbian George Zimmerman after she accidentally killed Pedro during the blackout. Her name Beverly Hope and she’s the only African American reporter in this town’s only TV station. She’s getting tired of not getting her share of the good stories and this really pisses her off, especially when her competition, the snotty, arrogant, highly ambitious (as in “will do ANYTHING to get ahead”) white female reporter (haughtily portrayed in a cameo by AHS alum, Emma Roberts) is the one who gets the great stories.
But, Beverly has her issues. Prior to the election , she has a few live stand ups are hijacked by young men who come up and scream Trump’s sexist catch phrase, ” Grab her by the pussy!” on live TV. This happens several times and you can see the anger rage and frustration grow in her face after each asssukf. She’s only trying to do her job. Well, some young guys learned their lesson during one of Beverly’s live shots at a skate park. One came into the camera shot and screamed the Trump phrase and Beverly goes off on him, beating him with her microphone, all on live TV.
Beverly checks into a sanitarium for a month.
Ok, tonight’s episodes is all over the place with flashbacks and a flash foward within a flash back, so please, bear with me.
Kai watches a viral video someone made of all her stand up interruptions and the skate park fight and he realizes he likes Beverley’s fire. He feels her anger and rage and he loves it. This, after he eats several Adderall like a handful of M&Ms.
They meet, talk about her anger. He tells her he can fix all her problems but she has to believe in him. He hands her his business card with his campaign HQ address on it—remember he’s running for the City Council. But Beverly is annin the know reporter, she says there are no positions open on the City Council. Keep this mind.
The next day, Little Miss White Girl Reporter is doing a stand up for a pet adoption event when we see the same old trio of creepy clowns walking up behind her. She and her cameraman are stabbed to death…or rather skewered is more like it and the whole thing is recorded. The camera keeps rolling.
Beverky confronts Kai at his ” office” which is really his parents’ basement where she asks if he did it and he says he did, but not very convincingly. She tells him she finally believes him and that they have equal power. Kai hugs her and r peats it, again not very convincingly.
Then, Ivy decides to go to a pro Hillary rally, Ally declines saying, she feels Hillary is too entitled. So, Ivy goes alone and gets into it with counter protesters. She starts arguing with one of the pro- Trumpers who happens to be Gary, He gets upset about being a disenfranchised white male…the forgotten voter and there’s something mentioned about Deplorables and the vile pussy grabbing phrase, to which Gary tells Ivy that might be exactly what she needs. He grabs hers with his still intact left hand. Wynter sees the assault and defends Ivy., who oddly freezes. She does nothing. A friendship is created, not only that, a pair of avengers against mysogony is born. But wait….this happens before the election, so Wynter and Ivy knew each other before Winter became the nanny to Oz, Ivy and Ally’s son. That’s a smidge suspect, dontcha think?
Anyway, they track down Gary at the grocery store where he works (Wynter saw the store’s name on his truck) then dressed up like Antifa members, they tie him up in the basement. His left hand is handcuffed to a pole.
Kai finds out about it and goes to the store’s basement where he asks a very angry Gary what would he give to place a vote in an election that could change everything for him….the forgotten man. Gary ends up saying he’d give anything to vote…..even his left handcuffed hand. Kai conveniently happens to have a sharp surgical saw on him.
And well, you know the rest of the gory story.
Interesting show tonight. I’m beginning to think that Kai is something of a fixer, of sorts. He thrives on anger and fear and gets off by empowering people to let it flow by any means necessary. He befriends Harrison on Election Day, the very day he learns he and Meadow are being evicted. Kind of convenient that Councilman Chan would die in a clown related murder/suicide later that night and the murder house, still blood stained, would go on the market so soon and for a song. Harrison and Meadow buy it and move move in practically before the crime scene tape is removed.
As for Beverly, Kai senses her rage and the little white girl reporter is murdered the next day. Beverly becomes the principle female reporter at the station. They form an alliance of equal power. She is a member of the media. He’s a power mad politician wanna be. They’re made for each other.
Or how about this….Is Kai even real or is he a manifestation of our fears? Is he the little voice in our heads that makes some act on this anger, frustration and fear? Is he our rage on two legs with blue hair???
The producers say nothing paranormal will happen this season. This year , it’s all about the psyche. Anger. Symbolism. Identities. Inequity. Impotency of all kinds. Phobias. Division, derision. One side pitted against the other, each believing emphatically that what and how they think is right, fair and just.
In other words politics—-the ultimate war of words and everything I’ve written in the above paragraph. These are people Kai is ” helping”. Beverly, Ally, Harrison are all regular folks who’ve had bad breaks, who’d normally sit at the status quo table , very angry, but doing nothing about it. . They’re not like the politicians they’ve empowered. Politicians are different. They’re agenda driven, power hungry. Narcissists. These are people who’ll say and do anything and promise the moon to get elected.
Kai has a knack for finding people who feel mediocre and marginalized – whether they were gay man, a minority, or a straight white man who felt like his “privilege” was being threatened , or a lesbian with a heady list of phobias.
All Kai does, it seems, is give these ordinary people a chance to be like their political idols. In doing so, he allows them to “drain their own swamps”.