"Forbidden Fruit"
Series American Horror Story
Season 8, Episode 3
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Air date September 26th, 2018
Writers Manny Coto
Director Loni Peristere
Producers Todd Nenninger; Crystal Liu; Eryn Krueger Mekash; Lou Eyrich; Eric Kovtun; Manny Coto; Adam Penn; John J. Gray; Bradley Buecker; Alexis Martin Woodall; James Wong; Tim Minear; Brad Falchuk; Ryan Murphy
Starring Sarah Paulson; Evan Peters; Adina Porter; Billie Lourd; Leslie Grossman; Cody Fern; Emma Roberts; Cheyenne Jackson; Kathy Bates
Episode guide
"The Morning After"
"Could It Be... Satan?"

"Forbidden Fruit" is the third episode of season eight of the anthology series American Horror Story and the eighty-seventh episode of the series overall. It was directed by Loni Peristere with a teleplay written by Manny Coto. It first aired on the FX Network on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 10:00 pm.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Starring[edit | edit source]

Note: Listings marked with a (†) symbol indicate cast members who are credited in this episode, but their character does not make an appearance.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • American Horror Story was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It is a seasonal anthology series that takes place within a shared continuity. Though each season is a self-contained storyline, the show recycles many of the same actors in different roles from season to season.
  • This episode is rated TV-MA (LSV). It contains scenes of violence, strong language and nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • This episode is production code number 8ATS03.
  • This episode had a viewership of 1.945 million people, which is down by .265 from the previous episode. It has the lowest viewership of the season up until this point. It had a rating of 0.92% in the 18-49 viewing demographic.
  • Actor Cheyenne Jackson is credited in this episode, but his character does not make an appearance.
  • Actress Frances Conroy is given a "Special Guest Star" credit in this episode.
  • This episode reveals that Brock did in fact survive the presumed destruction of Los Angeles, which calls into question whether L.A. was actually destroyed. He would have been at ground zero when the missiles hit.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • The title of this episode is a reference to a story from the Book of Genesis from the Holy Bible. In the story, God warned Adam and Eve not to partake of the apples from a tree, for this was "forbidden fruit". Eve got her druthers up however, and sampled the apple, and its all been downhill for humanity ever since. Hungry bitch.
  • The three women that appear at the end of the episode are Cordelia Goode, Myrtle Snow, and Madison Montgomery. All three of them are witches from Louisiana, who were main characters in the season three storyline, "Coven". Both Myrtle and Madison died during that storyline. As of this episode, no explanation is provided as to how they are alive again, though Cordelia does demonstrate the ability to resurrect the recently departed.
  • Michael Langdon intones the phrase "Ave Satanas". This is Latin for Hail Satan, who in this case, is Michael's actual father. This is confirmed in "Return to Murder House", where the phrase is used yet again.

Body Count[edit | edit source]

The following body count is listed in alphabetical order, not chronological order, though most people who die in this episode are killed at the exact same moment.

  1. Andre Stevens - Consumed a poisoned piece of apple.
  2. Assassin - Strangled by Miriam Mead with cord in 1988 flashback.
  3. Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt - Stabbed in the head by Brock. (Resurrected)
  4. Dinah Stevens - Consumed a poisoned piece of apple. (Resurrected)
  5. Emily - Consumed a poisoned piece of apple.
  6. Fist, The - Stabbed in the neck by Brock.
  7. Horn, The - Killed by Brock.
  8. Mallory - Consumed a poisoned piece of apple. (Resurrected)
  9. Mister Gallant - Consumed a poisoned piece of apple.
  10. One-Eye - Killed by Brock.
  11. Timothy Campbell - Consumed a poisoned piece of apple.
  12. Wilhelmina Venable - Shot in the chest by Miriam Mead.

Timelines[edit | edit source]

  • The second flashback with 15-year-old Miriam Mead takes place in the Summer of 1968. It might take place in June of that year, which is when Rosemary's Baby was released.

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