American Horror Story scores another returning champion.
And here we thought American Horror Story was going to keep teasing us about Tate's involvement in that school shooting incident for at least a few more episodes. But no, the show's sixth episode, "Piggy Piggy," opened with an extended recreation of that horrific event, in which the world's creepiest boy next door shot his way into his high school library and proceeded to murder, in extremely cold blood, the five students hiding there. Later that day, Tate was gunned down by the police in his bedroom at the Murder House, where he was living at the time along with his mother Constance and sister Addie. Although we had suspected that Tate had been a ghost all along, it was news to his girlfriend Violet, who understandably freaked out and made another suicide attempt that her phantom paramour saved her from in the nick of time. It's certainly not like her parents were offering their daughter much help -- Vivien's still hung up on the baby (at least, that's what we hope it is...) growing in her uterus, while Ben found himself preoccupied with a new patient (played by Modern Family Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet) and his estranged wife's too-cozy relationship with Morris Chestnut's studly security guard. Not that he has much of a leg to stand on when it comes to maintaining the sanctity of their marriage -- after all, the evidence of his indiscretion is still buried underneath the gazebo in the backyard.
Ah, remember the good ol' days of the VMAs?
Maybe Dan Harmon will finally have something good to talk about often and in a very public way.
Welcome to the third installment of American Horror Story and the first one that series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk aren't credited with writing. Maybe that's why it's the most consistent episode so far, avoiding the wild swings in tone that were present in the pilot. Add in some intriguing backstory about Moira and Constance, the return of Kate Mara and creepy information about the house's first tenants and you've got the best episode of the show so far. We're still not 100 percent certain that American Horror Story won't fall apart in the home (no pun intended) stretch, but we did finally come away feeling that the writers actually do have some idea where they want the show to go.