"Show Stoppers"
Series American Horror Story
Season Freak Show, Episode 12
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Air date January 14th, 2015
Writers Jessica Sharzer
Director Loni Peristere
Producers Bradley Buecker; Brad Falchuk; Tim Minear; Ryan Murphy; Jennifer Salt; Jessica Sharzer; Robert M. Williams, Jr.; James Wong
Starring Sarah Paulson; Evan Peters; Michael Chiklis; Frances Conroy; Denis O'Hare; Emma Roberts; Finn Wittrock; Angela Bassett; Kathy Bates; Jessica Lange
Episode guide
"Magical Thinking"
"Curtain Call"

"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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Cast[edit | edit source]

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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. [3]
  • 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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  • This is the second and final appearance on the series of actor Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Chester Crebb. Harris is best known for playing Barney Stinson on the CBS comedy series How I Met Your Mother.
  • 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 | edit source]

  • 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".

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Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Dandy Mott: Mother always told me, never argue with a woman when she's angry.


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  1. Credited, but does not appear in this episode.
  2. Credited, but does not appear in this episode.
  3. TV IV; American Horror Story: Freak Show.
  4. American Horror Story: Nor'easter; October 31st, 2012.
  5. Share TV.com; American Horror Story: Freak Show, "Show Stoppers"; Mistakes/Goofs.

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