American Horror Story Review: Here Piggy Pig Pig...

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"Piggy Piggy" was the name of an urban legend that left guest star Eric Stonestreet, as Derek, deeply and emotionally paralyzed. Naming any urban legend filled him with such fear that he was unable to function. Goody for him, he chose the good Doctor Ben to treat him.

Ben at Work

Given what he has seen in the months since moving into the house of horrors, and his unorthodox methods of treatment, Ben should be stripped of his license. If he even has one. Does he remember seeing Hayden, burying her under the gazebo? He walks around as if in a fog of utter denial that anything in his life is real.

As I watched him take Derek into the bathroom, turn off the light and demand that he say "here piggy pig pig" into the mirror, I was a) shocked that he would even consider doing that after what he's witnessed in the house, and b) majorly annoyed that he didn't at least open the shower curtain so the poor guy didn't have to wonder what was behind it! I can't be the only one who prefers clear curtains just in case there is something lurking back there.

While Ben was treating patients (as if he could possibly help them when he can't help himself or anyone in his family), Constance was plying Vivien with sweetbreads for their nutritional value and enlisting a medium to meet with Violet in an attempt to bring peace to her dead son, Tate. Vivien was eating raw brains and Violet was overdosing on pills... only to be saved by the sweet, dead, massacre boy next door.

Yes, Tate is dead. As we figured, he killed all the kids who were hanging around on Halloween in a 1994 massacre at Violet's high school and was taken down by a swat team in the house. It would seem like something other students would have shared with her on her first day of school, but apparently she just found out. I'd venture to guess every kid who goes to nearby Columbine high school in Colorado do so with the knowledge of what happened there. Violet not knowing is just another abnormal part of their new lives.

Which brings me to this: are any of them alive? I'm beginning to think that the Harmon family is already gone. That they moved from Boston, dead. That everyone around them is dead. That they are finding things out only as the other dead wish them to discover it. Some of my favorite horror movies have taken this route, but it only took two hours to get there.

Who have we met since the series started that might be alive? I cannot think of one character that might fit the description of living. I think they're all on various planes of the afterlife, awaiting their turn to move on. If they ever do move on. Bottom line? I have absolutely no idea what is happening on American Horror Story and I love every moment of it.

This is big news, because I went in, horror fanatic that I am, truly skeptical. The sexual nature of the previews gave me an immediate dislike for what was to come. I have been proven wrong. Each week new terror arises and is left unexplained. Sure, we get an answer here or there, but so far nothing that can even come close to deciphering what is happening in that house, or the entire neighborhood, for that matter.

One thing is for certain. Visiting Doctor Doom will lead to no good. Derek, feeling brave from his encounter at the house, promptly went home and recited "here piggy pig pig" in the mirror. Nothing happened! Until he opened that damned shower curtain. No Piggy Man, but a burglary in progress and a bullet between the eyes. Never trust a closed shower curtain.

Thanks to my editor in chief, Matt Richenthal, for giving me the opportunity to cover this week's episode in his absence. Come back next week to see if he can find any puzzle pieces that fit together without leaving gaping holes in the process. This is one coaster I'm going to ride with my arms up and my eyes wide open.


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@Debb that is really funny and would add an entirely new dimension to Constance if she was serving up Addy. I don't think so but it would add a bit more black humor to the show. I agree Tate and Violet have a "Twilight" like relationship, except it works here. The characters have more depth and are believable in a typical teen angst sort of way.


OMG! I was reading a blog regarding AHS and someone suggested that
Vivien was eating Addy's brain! Constance suddenly has a supply of organs...where did they come from?!! It must be true! omg...that was Addy.


I was right about Tate's being a ghost, his killing spree ad school and the police killing him within the house :)
Viv's pregnancy storyline is becoming "Rosemary's-baby-ey" by the time. I think Constance "needs" a new baby because she hopes Tate's "soul" will take possession of the newborn. Her "kind" attentions to Viv (and her intrusiveness) are very similar to Minnie Castavet in Rosemary's Baby, and I really adore Jessica Lange, for me SHE's the show. As far Violet-Tate's love (VIOLATE?), it's becoming more and more Twilightey, and I start to lightly dislike it. And I wonder what kind of scar Leah is hiding on her face... ;-)


Hmmmm. So you say you see dead people? And how long have you wanted to have sex with your dead mother's corpse? You may have just given away the big season ender. They're all dead!!! I hope Ryan and Brad don't send around the ghouls to teach you a lesson. They're dead too you know.


Well I don't know who 'Tye' is....see you made a mistake.


"Morris and Tye look nothing alike. " I never said they look anything alike. I merely pulled the wrong name from bank of actors. I called Jim Carey Jim Cagney once, as well. And obviously they look nothing alike. So pop a chill pill, or a whole vail of them, perhaps.


Morris and Tye look nothing alike.


" They don't all look that much alike! " I think this is a little uncalled for and not the forum for it. First I am a black american man. I made a mistake, I didn't write a racist manifesto.


@Christina Well I'll never watch the CMA's BUT Wednesday night without Cam would have made for a very long week :) I'm glad Eric got to show off his chops in a more classic Stonestreet role.


HAHAHA, oh well, you got the point. And as Shakespeare said, 'A man who is going to hit it by any other name, is still a man that is going to hit it.'

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American Horror Story Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

Billie: Her husband murdered her with an ice pick.
Constance: It's hard to keep good help.

I questioned my sanity when I first found out. But this house, this house will make you a believer.