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By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee will return to Fox on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 9 p.m.

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My hopes for Glee may all be coming true. We know the show will finally go off air after its sixth season, which is still too long but better than nothing. Now, my dream for them to get out of McKinley and focus on the New York storylines may actually be happening.

Since the fourth season, the show has been splitting its time between the high school choir room and the Big Apple, and it hasn’t been the best. The new kids are uninteresting while the New York scenes aren’t getting as much play as they should.

But things are changing. TV Line reported Wednesday that the show could be dropping its McKinley storylines as soon as this season.

It’s an obvious response to the death of star Cory Monteith in mid-July. The loss of Monteith’s Finn Hudson was a huge blow to the show, especially in the storylines department. The Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn dynamic carried the show. Hands down.

Now that Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) are engaged and with Rachel no longer really having a connection to Lima, there’s really no need to continue the McKinley storyline. Even the hilarious Santana (Naya Rivera) is based permanently in New York, so really there’s no reason to talk about McKinley ever again. The magic has been severely depleted since the original group split and graduated. The newcomers are uninteresting and are poor attempts to replace the uniqueness of the original show choir members. There should be no qualms about discontinuing their storylines.

Not to mention the fact that I cannot take one more prom-themed episode. I’m half expecting it to just turn into Grease 2 soon where they sing about biology class. … I’m actually surprised they haven’t done that yet.

But the other option the showrunners may be exploring seems a bit much. Kristin Dos Santos of E! News said there is talk about shipping Kurt off to Russia! A recently enacted Russian law outlaws “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors,” sparking protest within the LGBT community, according to Dos Santos’ article. In other words, Ryan Murphy is taking his whole soapbox approach to Glee a bit far.

I hope this doesn’t actually happen. I can’t conjure up even the slightest idea of how this would work and why it would happen except for the fact that Murphy just wants Glee to be platform in which they preach every and all social justice issues — one of the many reasons I’m ready for Glee to go off air.

Perhaps the biggest question that goes along with each of these potential shake-ups is who will follow whom? Will Blaine go with Kurt to Russia? Who else will go to New York? What’s going to happen to Sue (Jane Lynch) and Will (Matthew Morrison)? And what’s especially going to happen to smaller favorites like Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) or Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba)?

I’m fairly certain Criss’s Blaine is safe no matter what; however, I’m not sure I could say the same for any other character. I love Lynch and Morrison but there’s no plausible or necessary way in which their characters could continue outside of Lima. Artie (Kevin McHale) may be going to film school in New York, but is his storyline worth following? I don’t think so. Good riddance to Marley (Melissa Benoist), Ryder (Blake Jenner), Jake (Jacob Artist) and Kitty (Becca Tobin) though. Sayonara. Peace out.

What would you like to see happen? Which characters do you still want to follow? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

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By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl

Who Wants To Be A Godparent?

We may have more time in the world of How I Met Your Mother after all. Deadline announced Wednesday that a spinoff of How I Met Your Mother is in the works.

CBS is in talks with HIMYM producer 20th Century Fox TV for the spinoff series, which hails from HIMYM creators and executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

The spinoff would take a female spin on the original idea of the show: A story chronicling the journey a woman takes to meet her future husband. It’s How I Met Your Father. (Read that in a Ron Howard voice for comedic effect)

I’m not too crazy about this news overall, but the best part of this leak is that the spinoff would feature a new group of friends in New York. It would not be tied to any of the original HIMYM characters.

According to Deadline reporter Nellie Andreeva, “I hear the new characters could be introduced in the HIMYM series finale, and Ted, Barney, Marshall, Lily and Robin’s favorite hangout, McLaren’s Pub, may be featured in the new show, serving as a link between the two gangs.”

All I have to say is, “No, thank you.”

We can drone on and on about the economics side of the entertainment world and how HIMYM is one of the few very well performing shows left on CBS, but beyond that, I don’t understand why people don’t know when to let things live on with its original legacy. HIMYM is known for Ted, Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin. Period. While the spinoff may feature new characters, it is still going to be compared to the original, and that never turns out well.

Furthermore, the creators can say they will be very different characters, but look what happened to Glee. There are only so many characters one can write about in a high school setting and look at all of the failed attempts to reincarnate the original characters. Kitty and Bree are nothing in comparison to Quinn, and I could just list these examples for days. On the HIMYM end of things, the new gang in the spinoff is not going to be able to live up to the original, and ultimately, it may be morphed into a copy of the original.

Case in point: I do not want this HIMYM spinoff.

How I Met Your Father is just one of the many announced spinoffs planned for the future.

20th Century Fox TV is discussing having a spinoff of ABC’s hit Modern Family. One concept is show built around Rob Riggle’s Gil Thorpe, Phil Dunphy’s (Ty Burrell) real estate rival.

BETTER-CALL-SAULA Walking Dead spinoff is planned for 2015 on AMC. The CW is planning to have a spinoff of its hit Arrow with a show focusing on another DC Comics hero, The Flash. And CBS has another spinoff of NCIS, this time set in New Orleans. Not to mention the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, is being prepped for 2014.

Even this fall season featured a spinoff of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which was cleverly titled Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

Could these spinoffs just be another Joey or The Golden Palace incident? Or could they reign with the likes of Laverne and Shirley, Angel or Frasier?

What are your thoughts? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock, directed by David Haugen
8 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 2, Nov. 6-9
Elizabeth Evans Baker Theater, Kantner Hall

The cast of 'Swimming in the Shallows' poses for an imaginary wedding photo (Laura Winegar | For The Post)

The cast of ‘Swimming in the Shallows’ poses for an imaginary wedding photo (Laura Winegar | For The Post)

The Division of Theater has a thing for shows featuring water-related storylines this semester. The first mainstage production, Metamorphoses, was set in a pool, and one of the principal characters in the latest play is a shark.

Swimming in the Shallows follows three relationships at their pivotal points: A heterosexual older couple may have grown too far apart, a lesbian couple wonders whether or not they should take the next step and marry, and the last couple has just fallen in love and is interspecies.

I’m sure that last line through you, but yes, there is a relationship between two different species — a man and a shark.

If that seems hard to buy, trust me, it kind of is. I understand it’s “the theater” and you sometimes need to check reality at the door, but the initial interactions in this relationship come off as far too unrealistic and made me take a step back from the show.

The shark, played by Alex Nicosia, and Nick, played by Patrick Wagstaff, embrace (Laura Winegar | For The Post)

The shark, played by Alex Nicosia, and Nick, played by Patrick Wagstaff, embrace for the first time (Laura Winegar | For The Post)

Nick is often too promiscuous so he tries to take it slow once he falls in love. Nick falls for the shark after seeing it in the aquarium. I understand this is surrealism, but it took some getting used to the fact that this relationship was actually happening and no other character found it strange that their friend was in love with a mako shark.

I will say, though, that I think I enjoyed Nick’s, played by Patrick Wagstaff, performance the most. From the moment he stepped on stage to the realistic interactions he has with the other characters to even the rollercoaster of emotions he experiences as he falls in love, Nick is clearly the most well-developed character.

The lesbian couple, Carla Carla and Donna, struggle with the decision about whether or not they should marry. One thing the show’s director, David Haugen, pointed out to me was that Shallows doesn’t emphasize the fact that two of the couples are same-sex. Their relationships are treated just the same as a typical relationship. I definitely enjoyed that.

Carla Carla and Donna’s storyline mostly dealt with the issues they faced in trying to get to the altar. Carla Carla doesn’t like that Donna smokes. Donna wants a smaller wedding while Carla Carla wants something bigger where people can dance at the end. There’s no dialogue discussing the fact that these are two women. Their homosexuality is not the defining characteristic of their relationship, and that’s refreshing. This storyline would have gotten very old, very fast had it focused on their sexuality and not the issues people actually face when deciding on whether or not to marry.

The heterosexual couple, Barb and Bob, butt heads as Barb leans toward Buddhism and increasingly wants a more simplistic life — like only owning eight items — while Bob continually buys new things.

In the beginning, the monologues about this relationship were well written and somewhat thought provoking  — especially about “feeling heavy” from all the things you own — yet they had much less of an effect because they were monologues.

We do not see Bob actually come on stage for quite some time, and even then, he’s not on stage for more than two or three scenes. Barb’s struggle to find happiness is interesting, but I felt no emotional connection to her situation until she and Bob argued onstage and came to a conclusion of sorts. That dialogue stirred more emotions than any of her monologues, which on their own eventually became somewhat whiny.

Probably one of the worst things going for the show is the god-awful accents used — a thick northeastern accent. There is no specific setting mentioned. There is no need to make these actors sound like this. It’s simply distracting and, quite frankly, annoying. Worst of all, there was no way you could tell the difference when someone said, “Barb” versus “Bob.” The “ar” and “o” both became “aaahhhh,” and it was a nightmare.

Nick [Patrick Wagstaff], Carla Carla [Jessica Savitz] and Donna [Michelle Fink] cower from Barb [Lisa Bol] (Laura Winegar | For The Post)

Nick [Patrick Wagstaff], Carla Carla [Jessica Savitz] and Donna [Michelle Fink] cower from Barb [Lisa Bol] (Laura Winegar | For The Post)

Swimming in the Shallows is a comedy and it will actually make you laugh. It won’t win a Pulitzer or Tony for its book, but you will laugh at several moments in the show. Some of those moments may occur because of how absurd the scene is or simply because of the dialogue, but you will genuinely laugh several times throughout the night.

As Haugen told me, the scenes in this play are much shorter in comparison to that of a standard play. Thus, I think there was quite a deficiency in character arcs and background as well as in accessibility to the audience. Anyone who is in a relationship can relate to the struggles each different type of relationship in the play faced, but on an individual level, the characters themselves still need some work and development.

Aside from the play, there are some scenery aspects to take note of when seeing the show. The show’s stage has been transformed into a marina deck that comes out into the middle of the audience. As always, the set is beautiful and I’m in awe of how spectacular the Division of Theater shows always have such amazing sets.

The show is set against a projection screen that frequently shows clips of Alex Nicosia, who plays the shark, swimming in his supposed tank. The screen is also used to title the scene changes.

Another multimedia element used in the show is live music. Garrett Hood, a production design student, composed music to perform throughout the play. The show begins with a go-go-esque dance sequence in which the live music is used very well, but often times, the music was used as a transitional element between scenes and seemed a bit awkward.

Overall, I have to say I didn’t enjoy the play entirely yet I didn’t detest it. There were several moments in which I found myself a bit bored, and then there was the opposite moments when I was cracking up. I enjoy the themes the play discussed, but while the overall story is interesting and brings up good ideas, the play can often fail while in the moment.

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
American Horror Story: Coven airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX
Rating: 4.5/ 5

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American Horror Story: Coven is continuing to impress. As I mentioned in the latest Post Pop, AHS Halloween episodes have always managed to be amazing because the whole atmosphere of Halloween fits so well into the style of the show. Tonight’s episode, “Fearful Pranks Ensue” — a title that doesn’t really fit what actually happened in the episode — continued this tradition but seemed less flawless than the previous episodes of this season. It was still a good, jaw-dropping, mind-blowing episode, however, there are finally parts to critique.

In New Orleans 1961, three white men hang a young black boy. In retaliation, Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) performs a ritual to raise the dead to attack the men. Here’s the gore no one’s been missing from the show.

I have to add how unbelievably amazing Bassett is as Laveau. I can’t think of anyone who could do half as good of a job as she is doing. I’m simply in awe of the talent of the cast this season. Everyone is an Emmy-worthy actor.

Last week’s episode featured one of the biggest mind-blowing moments so far: Fiona (Jessica Lange) killed Madison (Emma Roberts)!! Barely lamenting the action, Fiona says she would have made for a lousy Supreme and that is not what the coven can afford at this time in history. Hmmm, something something foreshadowing me thinks…

Fiona then finds Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), who has been hurt badly by the Minotaur. They don’t really show what happened, but I just want answers as to why she felt so connected to the Minotaur last week that she began touching herself. Did he try to have sex with her and hurt her that way? Or did he just use his bullhead or hooves to hurt her? What happened and why?!

An interesting result of Queenie’s encounter with the Minotaur is that it seems to have a remarkable effect on LaLaurie (Kathy Bates). This may be the first step of a long journey toward breaking down her hatred.

Pretty soon Queenie and LaLaurie will just be great gal pals. Can’t you just see these two becoming the next dynamic duo? I would love to see a show about their zany adventures around New Orleans.

There is entirely too little of Kyle (Evan Peters) and Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) in this episode, and also in this season. I understand it can’t be like season one in which the Tate-Violet relationship ran the series, but I am absolutely head over heels with this new relationship already, and I need more of it in my life. The chemistry between Peters and Farmiga is instant and beautiful, and I want to see where the relationship goes.

All that happens on their end is that Zoe thinks it may be better to kill Kyle by putting rat poison in his food, but when she comes goes to give it to him, he’s gone. He’s now out and about amongst the trick-or-treaters.

abHank (Josh Hamilton) is cheating on Cordelia (Sarah Paulson)! He lied saying he was on a work trip when instead he was meeting up with his online girlfriend, played by AHS season one vet Alexandra Breckenridge. The two engage in intense sexual relations, flirt and then Hank ultimately shoots her in the head.

I am interested to see what on earth is wrong with this man, but I am not a fan of when Ryan Murphy throws in intense sex scenes for risqué factor. Also, what was that face he made while having sex? No one does that. Stop. … I don’t like Hank.

Nan (Jamie Brewer) summons the mysterious Council because she worries that Madison is dead since she can no longer hear her thoughts. Well, at least someone is responsible in this show.

councilThe Council apparently only ever meets under grave circumstances. The Council consists of Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy), Beverly Leslie — just kidding — his name is Quentin (Leslie Jordan) and Pembroke. The penalty for killing a Salem witch is to be burned at the stake. The group interviews everyone at the academy.

Queenie’s answer to what Madison was probably doing was pure gold: “Madison Montgomery is a stone-cold bitch who loves hard drinking, big dicks and trouble. If she’s dead, it’s probably ‘cause she got wasted and offered the Grim Reaper a hand job or something.”

I mean, how much more perfection — and witty comedy — do you need?!?!

Tonight’s episode was especially interesting because it began the storyline between Myrtle and Fiona. The two have been rivals ever since they were at Miss Robichaux’s themselves, and Myrtle believed Fiona to have killed Annalee (the Supreme before Fiona who she did in fact kill). Myrtle put a spell on Spalding’s (Dennis O’Hare) tongue in order to make him tell the truth. With the coincidence of Spalding’s mutilation, Myrtle has never forgiven Fiona for getting away with what she did.

Sidenote: I love Conroy’s performance and outfit. She’s modeled after Grace Coddington, and it’s fantastic. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed Fiona’s interrogation. The dialogue, the performance, it was great.

We learn that Spalding willingly cut out his own tongue after learning Myrtle had enchanted it because he didn’t want to get his love in trouble. Yes, he’s in love with Fiona.

But don’t start feeling for Spalding yet. He’s actually crazy weird. In his room, he has a huge tea party set, dozens of creepy dolls and has decided to keep Madison’s body as a life size doll for himself!!!!!!!!

I’m so uncomfortable with everything about that scene.

In the interrogation, Cordelia says that Madison could not have been the next Supreme because she had a heart murmur and the Supreme is supposed to be in excellent health. Cue Fiona entering an internal frenzy as she wonders who the new Supreme is actually going to be while maybe feeling a tad bit sorry for killing Madison. Maybe not so much the latter.

Cordelia’s storyline just got much more interesting. She and Fiona went to a bar to have some drinks. While she was in the bathroom, a hooded figure threw acid/a potion at Cordelia’s face, which began to burn her instantly. I’m just glad they’re finally giving her character more to do than pine over a baby — a storyline tried too often and done in each AHS anthology so far.

Oh and possibly one of the most important moments of the night: Marie Laveau sent an army of the dead over to the academy in retaliation for killing the Minotaur, in which Laveau was simply sent his head in response to his attack on Queenie. Some of these zombies include LaLaurie’s dead family.

This war between these two witching worlds — which had lived in truce for years before — is definitely going to be an amazing rollercoaster to ride.

There was a lot of interesting backstory included in tonight’s episode. While it may not have been as flawless as the previous Coven episodes, tonight’s episode was still quite mind-blowing and incredibly interesting. I’m impressed the writing has done so well for so long. Start preparing for disappointment now.

In the mean time, enjoy my favorite moment from tonight’s episode:

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By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS
Rating: 4/5

No Questions Asked

Tonight’s episode of How I Met Your Mother, “No Questions Asked,” follows the mayhem Marshall (Jason Segel) puts the gang through in order to stop Lily (Alyson Hannigan) from seeing the text Daphne (Sherri Shepherd) sent that reveals Marshall accepted the judgeship position. Zany antics ensue, and they are actually quite funny.

I am actually impressed with how the writers have managed to make the season-in-a-wedding-weekend work. Tonight’s episode was essentially within a time frame of a half-hour, and yet it was still worthwhile. It may not seem like this worked toward the overall plot, but don’t forget about the fact that it dealt heavily with a decision that is going to affect Marshall and Lily’s future. So, yes, it was full of antics but it got to a point that needed to be made and it did so in a funny fashion.

Lily first calls Marshall not to argue about the judgeship but instead about the fact that Marshall booked them in the haunted Room 13 of the Farhampton Inn. The spirit of Captain Dearduff, a killer who froze to death after he got his hook caught in the wall, is said to haunt the room. There’s a parody of supernatural shows, and it’s so simplistically wonderful. It’s the little things the writers do that please me the most.

Marshall then enlists the gang to get the text deleted from Lily’s phone. His tactic involves asking them to do him a favor “no questions asked” since they all owe him a “no questions asked” favor.

ted mailboxTed (Josh Radnor) somehow got himself stuck inside a mailbox after attempting to receive a creepy love letter to a woman he barely knew and needed Marshall’s help to get him out “no questions asked.” Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) had Marshall check him out of the hospital after supposedly swallowing real life Lucky Charms pieces for a bet. And Robin (Cobie Smulders) had Marshall help her escape from what appeared to be a cult fighting organization in which she dresses in a purple morph suit and calls herself “Night Falcon.”

Ted scales the drainpipe; Barney tries to go through the air ducts, and Robin comes in via a room service cart. All the while, the door had been unlocked.

I may have cackled out loud when Robin rolled out from the cart. Genius. I love Cobie Smulders. Also, what on earth is the deal with the whole “Night Falcon” thing? I love the random things the writers have the characters do. It can be frustrating that there’s no continuation, but they are hilarious singular moments.

Underneath this larger storyline is the smaller but still important storyline between Barney and Robin. The two realize they rely too much on themselves and need to learn how to work as a team, which Robin says may have been the reason they broke up the first time. However, the two promise to start practicing working together and begin by planning on how they can work together to delete the text.

The plan is elaborate. Robin, purple morph suit and all, will cause a distraction, Barney will use the doves he wanted for the wedding to get the phone to Robin then she will delete the text. Seems perfect, right? Well it would have worked had Lily not gone upstairs 20 minutes ago and if Ted hadn’t already completed the mission.

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He called in a “no questions asked” favor Lily owed him after she needed him to bring cupcakes to her kindergarten classroom since the kids were holding her hostage. Ted instructs her to throw her phone to the ground and smash it, which she did. Ted told Marshall of the accomplishment and asked why Marshall hadn’t just called in one of his “no questions asked” favors. That’s because Marshall never kept anything from Lily because he loves her and tells her everything.

This realization prompts Marshall to tell Lily the truth about the judgeship debacle. “I don’t know if someone actually died in Room 13, but someone’s going to,” Lily replied in almost full death glare mode. Oh, snap. I am worried for my favorite TV couple.

I am actually incredibly interested to see what happens to them. They cannot take a year apart and I just don’t know how they’ll decide between Marshall or Lily’s career.

Also, I seriously can’t say it enough: Bring the Mother (Cristin Milioti) back into the picture! We’ve waited nine years to meet her. We met her for one hour in the premiere and have not seen her since. Milioti is such a strong actress and I can’t help but to think how much the show would be elevated if they somehow wove her into the story a bit more. I don’t want them to do it nonsensically but having a five-episode gap of nonexistence is a little too much off screen time.

I think I enjoyed this episode as much as I did because it played so much on the friendships between the gang. That’s what I love about the show: the character and their chemistry. Having a “no questions asked” obligation is so relatable to real relationships between friends and simply having a show that relies on the relationships between a group of best friends is wonderful to watch. I love this show and am going to miss seeing Ted, Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin on my screen each week.

Start preparing for the end now, guys. I just realized I probably should.

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My dearest John Krasinski,

You first wove your way into my heart as Jim Halpert, the ever adorable and most perfect man to ever exist on television. Also, JIm + Pam = jam, and that’s a variation of my nickname Jelli. That means we can be best friends, right?

But you’ve managed to stay in my heart even after The Office ended— for a multitude of reasons.

Your face, smile and hair is perfect, so there’s that; however, that’s not the biggest reason why I love you.

You are environmentally friendly, as shown in your purchase of a “green” home that even uses solar power. I WANT IT. You are also a hysterical and amazing human being in real life. I mean when you did that lip-sync off with Jimmy Fallon? DEAD. Or what about that time you wanted to be an English teacher? You’d make a great teacher. You graduated from Brown. Impressive. You also taught youth basketball while at Brown? PERFECT, you are perfect. You are an incredible person sir.

And then there is you and your wife, Emily Blunt. I can’t handle the adorableness. The way you speak about each other makes me melt inside. It’s all TOO cute for real life.

I’m excited for the little Krasinski to be. I know you and Emily will have a brilliant child because you two are wonderful. I will forever be a fan.

You gotta take a chance on something sometime,
Anjelica Oswald
@thisisjelli

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohio.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
American Horror Story airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX
Rating: 5/5

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I am ever more impressed with American Horror Story this season. Looking back, it’s hard to see why I was so enamored with Asylum because in comparison to this season, that anthology was terrible. Coven manages to stir up feelings of terror while also throwing out tons of comedy in storylines that are all so creative and interesting and well thought out.

I am absolutely in love with this season.

In 1971, younger Fiona confronts the old Supreme (Annalee Clayton). We learn that the Supreme is the master of the seven wonders while a regular witch can usually only control four or five. Another key fact to know is that while the new Supreme grows and gains her powers, the old Supreme grows weaker. Fiona then slits the throat of the old Supreme while Spalding (Denis O’Hare) looks on — I guess we can assume why his tongue was cut out.

Now, Fiona (Jessica Lange) continues her struggle to combat her aging. She contemplates getting plastic surgery, but the doctor tells her she cannot have the procedure because she is in extremely poor health. Hmmm, the Supreme is getting weaker…

LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) stares at the “magic box” in awe as she sees our black president addressing the nation. Fiona informs her of the many people of color who have been in power as LaLaurie screeches, “Liieessssssss!” I’m sorry but I flat out lost it at this scene. What was that delivery? She literally hissed.

Fiona makes LaLaurie the new maid but LaLaurie refuses to serve Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe). Because she despises racism the most, Fiona makes LaLaurie Queenie’s personal slave.

I absolutely love the way they treat LaLaurie. Fiona has such a no-nonsense attitude that is so biting and witty. She constantly threatens to put her back in the box and mocks her for her lack of knowledge about present day things. I love that, in a way, they are making her atone for the awful sins she committed in the past. What better way to punish a racist than to make her work for a black woman? Not to mention that the banter between LaLaurie and Queenie is stupendous.

Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) wants to take Kyle (Evan Peters) back to his mother (Mare Winningham), but Misty (Lily Rabe) has trouble letting go. She wants him to stay and doesn’t believe that either of them will return to her.

Either Misty is going to go cuckoo and kill everyone or she is just really sad and lonely.

MV5BNzcyMTc4MzY4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDc3NDg4OQ@@._V1_SY317_CR131,0,214,317_Joan Ramsey (Patti LuPone) and her son Luke (Alexander Dreymon) moved in next door to the school. Nan (Jamie Brewer) and Madison (Emma Roberts) bring a housewarming gift after ogling the new hottie Luke who just so happened to take his shirt off while unloading the moving truck.

New heartthrob alert!

I have to just break to say how incredibly excited I am that LuPone is on Coven. The Broadway diva is sure to be a hit.

The Ramseys are a very religious family — so you can see where trouble will brew. Nan connects with Luke, and I sense a storyline that needs exploring. As is her way, Madison offends them and while they argue, she throws a knife using her telekinetic powers but also manages to light the curtain on fire ­— a new power she never knew she had.

Joan goes over to confront Fiona about the happenings, causing Fiona to seem worried about Madison’s newfound power. Hmm, this older witch is threatened by a younger witch and her ever increasing powers…

I have to mention how delicious the scenes are between these phenomenal actresses. Lange and Bassett were outstanding last week and now we have Lange and LuPone duking it out. Bringing all of these high caliber actresses may seem like a bit much, but Ryan Murphy is writing their scenes perfectly and proving why these big names are so big to begin with.

Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) finds out that she cannot have babies. Desperate, she asks Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) for help. Let’s talk about how Laveau is sitting on this intimidating throne, looking like a BAMF, yet when Cordelia starts talking to her, she shows us that she’s really just playing solitaire on her iPad. I don’t know why they felt the need to include that, but I have to say it was hilarious. It was such a stark contrast to the atmosphere. That’s what I love about Coven. The atmosphere and storylines are dark as AHS usually is but there is so much comedy that is just thrown in and it really evens out the mood.

But let’s get back to explaining how Cordelia is once again taking part in some really weird kinky sexual séance sort of thing. I honestly don’t even know what happened. There was goat’s blood spilled on Cordelia, which she rubbed all over her body. The mason jar of sperm exploded. Laveau apparently is forced into hibernation. I just don’t get it. However, that doesn’t matter because it was a demonstration of what the ritual would be like. Laveau informs Cordelia that she will never help her because she is the daughter of Fiona; they are enemies.

I guess Cordelia has all the more reason to hate her mother now. After dominating last season, I’m disappointed they haven’t given Paulson more to do yet. Let me know when this character gets a little more interesting.

The Minotaur finally catches up with LaLaurie, and she panicks. Queenie actually helps her out and goes outside to find and deal with the Minotaur. Instead, she relates to him. “You just wanted love and that makes you a beast. They call me that too,” she says. She then proceeds to put her hand down her pants, asking “Don’t you want to love me?” right before the Minotaur covers her mouth.

Again, I have no idea what just happened. I was more than uncomfortable with this scene, and do not at all understand Queenie’s instant connection to the Minotaur. Is this going to be some weird bestiality thing? I’m not down with that.

To his mother’s joy, Kyle is returned home. However, home is not a happy place for him. Just as he entered the door, he whipped his head to where Zoe was standing in the distance. At first, I just assumed he didn’t want to be away from her. But then we learn that he just didn’t want to return home because his mother has been molesting him.

I cannot describe my feelings for Kyle. As you all know, I am in love with Evan Peters so there is that perk but the depths to his character portrayal is amazing. Since his resurrection, Kyle has said little to nothing but has given just as strong of a performance as Lange, which is saying a lot about Peters’ acting capabilities.

His mother is skeptical of the returned Kyle because she “knows his body” — yuck — and can tell something is wrong. I am so creeped out by this, however it was an incredibly interesting plot twist.

While his mother continues to make her incestuous moves, Kyle can no longer contain his rage and kills her. Zoe, of course, discovers the scene and a very bloodied Kyle. Oh no. She can only assume that this “monster” has forgotten who he is and killed his mother. Until he is able relearn speech, she is going to assume the worst, and that makes me sad.

Fiona plays on Madison’s mother issues and takes her out for a night of fun. But don’t think they’re going to be besties just yet. Fiona says Madison is to be the next Supreme. Her time is up and that’s because Madison is growing stronger and is literally taking the life force out of Fiona.

Fiona laments how she wasted her time as the Supreme and urges Madison to kill her in the way she killed her old Supreme. There is a struggle with the same knife and Fiona ends up slitting Madison’s throat!!!! I KNOW! Once again, Spalding is just around the corner. Oh, the parallels.

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Fiona ends the episode with, “The coven doesn’t need a new Supreme; it needs a new rug” — since Madison’s blood is now spilling out onto the floor.

As is my typical experience with AHS, I am oh so confused. Emma Roberts is listed in the main credits. I highly doubt there will be another Frankenstein storyline so how is she going to be tied into more episodes? Is she for real gone? I read spoilers that Fiona would kill one of the students, but I never assumed it would be so early on in the season. My mind is racing with questions.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Did it blow your mind? What part freaked you out the most? Bestiality? Incest? Madison’s death? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl