"Show Stoppers" is the twelfth episode of season four of the seasonal anthology series American Horror Story, which is branded under the subheading of "Freak Show". It is the fiftieth episode of the series overall. The episode was directed by Loni Peristere with a script written by Jessica Sharzer. It first aired on the FX Network on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015.

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode is rated TV-MA.
  • This episode is production code number 4ATS12.
  • "Show Stoppers" had a viewership of 2.938 million people upon its initial broadcast, making up 1.39% of the 18-49 age demographic. It is down by .172 from the previous episode. [2]
  • Actor Michael Chiklis is credited in this episode, but does not make an actual appearance.
  • Actress Frances Conroy is credited in this episode, but does not make an actual appearance.
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American Horror Story Freak Show Season 4 4x12 Promo "Show Stoppers" HQ

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  • This is the final appearance of Stanley. He is revealed to have been mutilated and turned into a sideshow geek, similar to Meep from earlier in the season. Stanley's final fate is unclear, but it is reasonable to assume that he dies shortly after the events of this episode, especially in light of what takes place in "Curtain Call".
  • This is the second and final appearance of actress Jamie Brewer in the role of Marjorie.

Allusions Edit

  • Legless Suzi makes reference to the film The Sign of the Cross. This is a 1932 epic directed by Cecil B. DeMille. This movie is also referenced in another season of American Horror Story. In season two, Jessica Lange's character, Sister Jude Martin, screens The Sign of the Cross at the Briarcliff Manor mental hospital to entertain the patients during a freak thunderstorm. [3]
  • The film that Elsa Mars plays is the 1932 movie Freaks by director Tod Browning. The movie is from Hollywood's pre-code era and presents actors with actual birth defects playing characters in a carnival sideshow. Themes and plot devices seen in the film are common to those presented in "Freak Show".

Bloopers Edit

  • Actor Drew Rin Varick, who plays Toulouse, trips over a bench in the scene where Dandy Mott is speaking to Paul the Illustrated Seal about owning the Freak Show. [4]

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