"Bitchcraft" is the first episode of season three of the horror-themed television series American Horror Story and the twenty-sixth episode of the series overall. It is chapter one in the "Coven" storyline. The episode was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It first aired on the FX Network on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 10:00 pm.

Harboring a secret agenda, Fiona Goode, the most powerful witch of their generation, returns to town, reigniting old rivalries with the coven's deadly enemies, the Voodoo. [1]

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Note: The following is taken from the full credits list for this entry on IMDB. As it is a website with user-submitted information, some of the data listed here, including character names may be inaccurate.

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode is rated TV-MA.
  • Production code number: 3ATS01.
  • This episode had a special running time of 75 minutes.
  • Flashback scenes in this episode take place in the year 1834.
  • This is the first horror genre work for actor Ameer Baraka.
  • Delphine LaLaurie is the first character to appear in this season. She is also the first character with speaking lines.
  • Horses are the first creature to appear in this episode.
  • Charlie Taylor is the first character in this season to actually "die".

Allusions Edit

  • The title of this episode is a rewording of the word witchcraft, while also alluding to the perceived behavioral, or "bitch", traits of the main characters in the show.
  • The song that Fiona Goode dances to while using drugs is "In a Gadda Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly.
  • Cordelia's line to Fiona, "Don't make me drop a house on you", is a reference to The Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy Gale's farmhouse landed in Oz on top of the Wicked Witch of the East, killing her.

Quotes Edit

  • Delphine LaLaurie: When the blood dries, my skin is supposed to be as tight as a drum. Just look at this waddle.


  • Delphine LaLaurie: Hush it up! Or I'll rip your lips open and stuff more shit in there.


  • Delphine LaLaurie: My great literacy began with Greek mythology... the minotaur was always my favorite.

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References Edit

  1. American Horror Story: Coven; DVD; "Bitchcraft"; liner notes.

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