‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Episode 2 Recap: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

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Alison Pill as Ivy Mayfair-Richards in ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ (Photo by Frank Ockenfels/FX)

Episode two of American Horror Story: Cult begins with a replay of the final scene from episode one. Ally (Sarah Paulson) turns to speak with Ivy in bed and comes face-to-face with a grotesque clown. She races into the kitchen, yelling at Ivy (Alison Pill) that there’s a clown in their bedroom. When Ally grabs for a knife, Ivy stops her and says they’re calling the police.

Ally reminds her their son is upstairs and now it’s Ivy’s turn to grab a knife. Racing upstairs, they cautiously make their way into the bedroom with Ivy holding the knife out in front. Ally points out where she saw the clown but of course he’s no longer in the bed. They check the room but nothing’s out of place.

Ally’s about to have a breakdown, certain she’s not imagining the clowns. Ivy admits she can’t take much more of this, and Ally understands. They hug as Ally confesses she doesn’t know what’s real anymore.

Meanwhile, a clown has made his way to Oz’s room and switches off the nightlight. Oz gets out of bed and turns it back on and gets the shock of his young life. Twisty’s standing in his room! Oz hides under his bed but the clown from his mom’s room tosses his mattress off. Oz runs from the room and hides in the bathroom, locking the door behind him. Twisty and the clown break through the door and stand over Oz in the bathtub.


Oz screams for his moms and they race to his room. It turns out he’s in bed and was just experiencing a nightmare. They assure him he’s safe, and it’s Ivy he turns to for comfort.

Kai’s brutal beating, which he instigated and secretly filmed, makes the local news. Meadow (Leslie Grossman) and Harrison Wilton (Billy Eichner) claim they shot the video, and they tell the news reporter the beating was much more disturbing to witness in person.

One week later, Kai (Evan Peters) has left the hospital and addresses the media. He suggests Trump was correct when he called Mexicans criminals and rapists. He doesn’t think his community is safe, yelling at the citizens of his town to pay attention to what’s going on. He reveals he’s at City Hall to file to run for the seat on the council left vacant by the death of Mr. Chang. “Vote Kai Anderson. Vote for the man who can take your fear away! They’re out there,” says Kai.

Ally watches from the window as Meadow and Harrison Wilton move into the now vacant Chang home across the street. As soon as the moving truck pulls away, she heads across the street and looks in the large front window. Harrison, wearing a white hazmat suit, scares her away and she hurries back home without saying anything.

At Ivy and Ally’s restaurant, Ivy’s second-in-command in the kitchen, Roger, threatens one of the cooks when he speaks Spanish. “You get that cholo shit out of my kitchen before I shove this ladle up your ass!” he yells. Ally steps in between Roger and Pedro, and then she refuses to fire an immigrant in this political climate.

Winter (Billie Lourd) is back on babysitting duty, but Oz doesn’t want to talk to her. She gives him a Twisty figurine, making him promise he won’t tell his moms about it. Oz is pissed she wouldn’t back up his story about the killer clowns, and Winter says his moms just think he imagined it. She says people believe what they want to believe. “The trick is, figuring out what they want to believe and then giving it to them,” she explains.

Oz asks what will happen if the clowns come back, but Winter’s sure they won’t. She makes him pinkie swear, telling him they’re connected now that their flesh is touching. If he lies, she’ll know. Oz says he wishes they wouldn’t have gone over to the house across the street, and Winter tells him to give her his fear. “I’m going to keep it for you. It’s going to make us both stronger,” says Winter.

Ivy and Ally return home and Oz doesn’t come when they call. Winter explains he’s across the street with the new neighbors who she describes as super cool.

Ally and Ivy race across the street and hear Oz scream in the backyard. It turns out Harrison is a beekeeper and he’s showing Oz his bees. Harrison says the bees don’t sting, and then Ally sees the holes in the honeycombs and barely manages to keep under control. They all introduce themselves, and the Wiltons apologize for asking Oz over to see their bees without his mothers’ permission.

Harrison, who doesn’t have a filter, calls Ally “Little Miss Snoopy Pants” and asks why she was looking through their window. It’s her turn to apologize and she confesses she was unnerved by someone moving into the Changs’ house so soon after the murder/suicide. Harrison says they called the owners of the house immediately after watching the news because they have bad credit and thought the owners would work with them to buy it because of the house’s notoriety. The owners signed over the lease quickly, and now it’s Harrison and Meadow’s place.

Harrison goes on to explain the bees in a hive don’t sting because every bee is 100% committed to a single task.

Meadow invites them inside because she’s had skin cancer and can’t stay outside. She blames it on global warming. She then goes on to reveal she works from home and Etsy is her life. They are also co-vice presidents of the Michigan chapter of the Nicole Kidman fan club.

Harrison and Meadow are extremely chatty and apparently believe in sharing every aspect of their lives. It turns out Harrison is gay and they had agreed if they weren’t married by the time they were 35, they’d get married. They have an open relationship and it seems to work out well.

Finally, Harrison and Meadow ask about Ivy and Ally, but Ally doesn’t reveal anything. She says they have to go home and bathe Oz and as she approaches the front door, she sees the outline of a large smiley face drawing that hasn’t been completely scrubbed away.

Ally asks if it upsets them to be there so soon after the murders, and Harrison replies that they don’t scare easily.

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