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An American Horror Story: ‘Bullseye’ Lacks Horror, Not Love

(American Horror Story: Freak Show pseudo article from Jupiter, Florida)

Tis the season of love, or forced love, as some put it. Despite being at the epicenter of an American Horror Story, the people of Jupiter are still feeling the essence of coupling-up season – and acting upon it.

As the weather gets drearier and the holidays fast approach, everyone is itching to find that “special” someone to cuddle up with and secure as his or her plus one.

Dandy Mott wants to marry Bette and Dot Tattler. Jimmy Darling and Maggie Esmeralda want to run away together. Nurse Penny the Candy Striper is gaga over Paul the Illustrated Seal, as is Elsa Mars. But Elsa is a selfish lover, more committed to stardom, and feigns attention from all of the above.

When asked about his new love interest(s), Dandy can’t help but rave. “I would never violate those girls,” he says over a meal. “I love them. I didn’t think I could feel love until I met them. My heart was lost. And it took a woman with the vision of four eyes to find it, and the love of two hearts to give it back to me.” But is this love mutual?

It is for Bette. “Happiness is too small a word to describe how I feel,” the usually chipper daydreamer says. Dot, as predicted, is not as enthralled by the situation. “We haven’t been beaten, nor are we bore by chains. I have to wonder, though, what dark intentions await,” she says.

Ms. Candy Striper may be too late for her happy ending. “I’m in love, and I’m going to see him right now,” she proclaims to her overbearing father when he catches her sneaking out of the house at 2 a.m. “I’m gonna have a life that means something,” she continues.

Upon arriving at the campgrounds, she sees Paul is dying from a stab wound. It was a freak accident sparked by Elsa’s need to be loved and worshiped. She demanded a volunteer for the death-defying spinning wheel act, and Paul stepped up to the plate.

As for Maggie and Jimmy, leaving Jupiter is their only chance for survival. Stanley wants Maggie to lure Jimmy to the barn, so he could profit off Jimmy’s lobster-like hands. But Maggie is reluctant. She won’t harm the freaks. “I don’t care where we go, so long as it’s with you,” she tells Jimmy, after suggesting they run off to Miami or the Keys.

But we’re unsure where this love story is headed. Stanley is threatening Maggie pending her delivery of Lobster Boy, while Jimmy is off looking for the twins. He was last seen entering the Mott estate, where Dandy had just proclaimed how his life’s purpose is to bring death.

Dandy’s heartbreak comes after learning Dot’s true feelings towards him. Nothing is left he says, “but the dust and scorpions inside of me.” This is terrific news for the American Horror Story unraveling in Jupiter.

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