Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story: 1984 season 9 episode 2, we learned that you can “refuse to let fear dictate your life” and “if you imagine the worst, that’s all you see.” But what if everyone really is out to get you? Do you let the fear in or do you use everything in your power to fight it? Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.
In last night’s episode, “Mr. Jingles,” more secrets are unlocked, as we get a glimpse into Brooke’s past, while Xavier gets a disturbing visit in the present. Meanwhile, Margaret continues to do “God’s work,” as she meets the Night Stalker, but it seems like there are some supernatural forces present at Camp Redwood. My top 5 moments from the American Horror Story: 1984 season 9 episode 2 are:
“Mr. Jingles will not survive me.”
After receiving a warning about Mr. Jingles escaping the mental institution, Margaret does not seem to be fazed at all. In fact, she almost treats it like a challenge, explaining that she will not live her life in fear. While this seems commendable in some ways, you have to wonder why Margaret is willing to put the lives of others in danger by keeping Camp Redwood open?
I had a feeling that something was off with Margaret from last week’s episode, but it looks like we still have a lot left to discover about her. I guess the jingling will continue as scheduled.
“I just wanted everything to be perfect.”
We don’t have to wait too long to get a glimpse into Brooke’s past, as we learn that she was supposed to get married last summer, which isn’t much of a shock since we did see her looking at the engagement ring in her jewelry box in last week’s episode. However, Brooke’s fiance, Joey allowed his jealousy to rule his actions, as he decided to begin shooting people at the wedding, including himself.
It’s understandable why Brooke is beyond traumatized, but is there more to the story here? Brooke opens up to Montana during this revelation and Montana proceeds to kiss her, but Brooke breaks it up before anything can go too far. Fingers crossed that we get to see more of this!
“Gay for pay, baby.”
Xavier also seems to be hiding something and during this episode, he gets a visit from his pimp? I guess that’s what he is, as someone named Blake (but call him Daddy) shows up to blackmail Xavier. He claims that he found Xavier as a junky and cleaned him up to make him a star in gay porn, but Xavier has real dreams about being an actor. Xavier claims that he can find someone even better for his movies and poor Blake certainly gets an eyeful when he spies on the guys in the shower…oh and he gets stabbed in the eye too.
Xavier’s character comes into question here; however, as he seems more than willing to turn someone else in to get away. Will he do the same thing when he is faced with the killer? We’ll have to wait and see.
“How are you alive?”
After Brooke is on the run from the Night Stalker, he runs into a camp counselor, Jonas, and proceeds to kill him…more than once. The Night Stalker is beyond confused by this and so am I. The Night Stalker then has a really weird conversation with Margaret, who seems to be quite taken with him. We see a glimpse into the Night Stalker’s past and learn how he became a killer, but it looks like Brooke may be off the hook now, as the Night Stalker feels that Margaret truly sees him.
Margaret seems to be extremely sympathetic and understanding with the Night Stalker, which makes me question her motives even more. She comes face-to-face with Jonas, who died on the night Mr. Jingles killed everyone, but his spirit seems to be trapped in Camp Redwood somehow?
We’ll have to see how this plays out and while I’m thankful for some plot advancement, I’m not sure if it really fits in too well, but AHS has a way of seamlessly connecting all the dots for us, even if we don’t see it initially.
“He’s dead dead.”
So I actually really enjoyed the humor in this episode, as our group of characters all now realize that there is an actual killer on the loose after they stumble upon Blake’s corpse. Xavier hilariously screams out that they have to help him, but is told that he is “dead dead,” which had me laughing out loud.
I love that the show is truly paying homage to the 80’s slasher films we all know so well, while keeping things light with some campy horror fun. Now that the characters know that Mr. Jingles is there, what will they do next? I can’t wait to find out and it looks like we will be exploring Mr. Jingles’s past more next week. Stay tuned!
**Fun fact: Brooke sits on the dock and sees someone in the water underneath it, which is a fun throwback to Friday the 13th: Part III. Oddly enough, the character from the movie, Vera, is later shot through the eye by Jason and a one-eyed corpse is seen in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Is this foreshadowing for what’s to come with Blake? Perhaps, but it was a fun throwback nonetheless.
American Horror Story: 1984 episode 2 Music Soundtrack Highlights:
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Greg Kihn Band – Jeopardy
The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love)
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on American Horror Story: 1984 below in the comments section. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
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4 thoughts on “Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: 1984” season 9 episode 2: “A Fantasy of Revenge””
I think Margaret is super shady. My theory is that she was involved in the murders and put all the blame on Mr. Jingles. Why else would he want revenge? That’s an interesting word to use. Also, in Jonas’ flashbacks, it didnt look like Margaret was scared (looked like she had an evil grin). In the previous episode, Margaret’s flashback is different. She said she was pretending to be dead by just laying on the floor, but in Jonas’ flashback she was standing and looked different with pigtails. I just think she’s somehow involved. Either they were working together or she acted alone. In either case, she pinned all the murders on him and he is now seeking revenge. I definitely do not think she is the victim anymore! One other observation- Towards the end of the episode Margaret asks Jonas what exactly did he see. Just sounded off to me. Like she was treating him as a witness, worried he might have seen something that would incriminate her. What do you think?
I think that is an excellent theory Jeanine! There is absolutely something off about Margaret and I also thought that when we saw the flashback through Jonas’s eyes. She talks a lot about doing “God’s work” and what if she thought she was purifying everyone back then and somehow framed Mr. Jingles? I agree that there is something off about her interaction with Jonas, as well as with the Night Stalker. Perhaps Jonas has unfinished business that involves what really happened.
Yes! She was so comfortable talking to the Night Stalker. He said something like “you’re the only one who really sees me/understands me”. Probably because she’s a murderer too so she gets it! I actually thought the same about Jonas hanging around. Many times ghosts/spirits can’t move on because they have unfinished business. Like you said, his purpose will probably be to find out what really happened. The one thing I don’t understand is the cutting of the ears. We’ve seen Mr. Jingles cut ears off of his victims so far so how did Margaret lose her ear? Did she cut it off herself ?! Glad we get some back story on Mr. Jingles next week. Maybe it will give us an inkling as to what really went down.
Interesting thought about the ears. I think maybe she did cut off her own ear to make it look like he did it. After all, who would believe she could be the killer with that injury? You make some great points! Can’t wait to see next week’s episode! 🙂