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"Pink Cupcakes" provides essential character developments, the first time for many, while also fulfilling the gore quota.
Look at all these fun characters of whom we have yet to plumb the psychological depths! Step right up and take a gander at all the side characters in this side show ... All these freaks, free with the price of admission!
"Pink Cupcakes" is an improvement over last week's episode in that the character development feels much more natural and less like an exposition dump. That being said, it still feels like Freak Show is trying to find its way narratively.
"Pink Cupcakes" is all about fantasies: fantasies of fame, of riches, of power, of love, of family.
Tonight, several previously one-note characters -- Desiree, Stanley, and even Dell -- proved they had stories fully worthy of exploring.
We learn something that we have not seen on this season and something we probably won't see again. This is what I mean about the inconsistencies of the show. It just does whatever it wants without care to how episodes are normally structured.
Time and time again, "Pink Cupcakes" refreshingly finds Freak Show favoring action over canned elucidation, and that stems from the beefed-up emphasis on Stanley, Desiree, Dell, Dandy, and Gloria.
Last night was when the dreaded words finally got uttered. "I'm bored."
"Pink Cupcakes" does a fine job of setting up all of our character's hopes and dreams at this moment, without feeling like that's all it's doing.
"Pink Cupcakes" may have been less-focused, and less-Twistyrific, than last week's ghoulish fun, but it was still busy with interesting things.
"Pink Cupcakes" offers an interesting peek into the fantasy lives of the characters populating the kooky corners of American Horror Story: Freak Show.
Denis O'Hare's super sleazy Stanley has arrived on the scene, and things are about to get messy.
"Pink Cupcakes" was a very scary and gross episode! This hour had it all: Gabourey Sidibe, Matt Bomer in tighty whities, Angela Bassett doing so much acting, an American Psycho-inspired workout scene, and a truly brutal murder.