Ben's (Dylan McDermott) blackouts were quite interesting (until the show gave us a reasonable explanation for them involving laudanum poisoning), because I was beginning to think he's a shrink who murders his clients and then blocks the memories. And it was fun to see the back-story between next-door neighbour Constance (Jessica Lange) and housemaid Moira (Alexa Breckenridge), with the former shooting the latter through the eye for sleeping with her husband in 1983 when she lives in the so-called "Murder House". Moira's now trapped in the house as a spirit, getting older as if she's still alive, yet retaining her sex-kitten look in the eyes of Ben. So is Constance responsible for Moira being unable to crossover to the afterlife Why is Moira hitting on Ben all the time? Is it part of her penance, or part of some bigger plan she has to ascend? Do creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have any clear answers themselves, or are they just adding to the pile until a workable explanation presents itself?
I just don't have faith in the people behind this show, really, and that's the bigger problem for me. To those viewers ignorant of who the men in charge of the ghost train are, they're probably still enjoying the crazy ride.
written by Jennifer Salt / directed by Bradley Buecker / 19 October 2011 / FX