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"Head" is the ninth episode of Coven. It premiered December 11, 2013.

Synopsis

Cordelia’s attacker is revealed. Fiona looks to form an alliance with Marie Laveau. Nan learns a disturbing truth about Luke’s past.[1][2]

Plot

1991

A father and son are hunting and camping in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The young boy is Cordelia's future husband, Hank. Father and son are armed with silver bullets, and they are trying to hunt down a witch. They find a witch and Hank's father plans to lure the witch towards Hank, but when she does, Hank hesitates on killing her. The time gives the witch the opportunity to send fire towards Hank, but Hank's father saves him and kills the witch, burning his arm in the process. He reminds Hank not to show mercy and to remember what their prey is.

2013

At Cornrow City, Fiona returns Delphine's head to Marie to discuss a union of their factions. While Delphine's head complains (and her body in the cage swats flies), Marie laughs. Fiona presents the silver bullet as evidence that they will soon have a common enemy. Marie passes the witch hunters off as a non-concern, and derives from Fiona's wig that Fiona is not strong enough to protect the witches as her cancer is sapping her power. Marie calls for Queenie to burn Delphine's head, much to Delphine's relief.

Myrtle watches as Cordelia stumbles blindly around the kitchen. Myrtle recalls Cordelia's first days at Miss Robichaux's after Fiona all but abandoned her there. Cordelia assuages Myrtle's fears that Cordelia believes Myrtle responsible for Madison's murder, telling her that she doesn't need to read a vision off Myrtle to know that Fiona set her up.

At the Delphi Trust in Atlanta (a front for the witch hunters), Hank reports to his father, the head of the corporate organization. Mr Foxx is unhappy with Hank's current events and his alliance with Marie Laveau. He was intended to be embedded only for reconnaissance. His actual field work, including the Kaylee incident, is resulting in unintended collateral damage, which may draw undue scrutiny from the government. The Corporation (as they call themselves) claims responsibility for the acid attack. When Hank reacts, his father reminds him that their marriage is a sham and to remember that she is prey.

Quentin and Pembroke attend a luncheon, hosted by a fully restored Myrtle. They are incredulous that she is so well restored, and want to know more about Misty Day. Myrtle gushes about Misty, while the Monkshood Myrtle laced in the food paralyzes the two council members. Myrtle turns the now one-sided conversation to the council members' attempts to kill her, while she scoops an one eye from each of them with a melon baller. The brown and blue eyes Myrtle implants into Cordelia to restore her eyesight. She then proceeds to cut up Quentin and Pembroke's bodies up and gets rid of them.

Fiona arrives and is overjoyed to see Cordelia's sight restored, uncertain of how Myrtle was able to perform such delicate work. Myrtle responds that her resurrection empowered her, revealing magical secrets. Fiona threatens Myrtle with a visit from the council, unaware of the fact that Myrtle secretly dismembered the members in the greenhouse and disposed of the parts in a vat. Cordelia calls for a truce between the two of them before she leaves to rest. A hug from Myrtle reveals that her visions are gone, now that she can see with her eyes again.

Madison and Zoe track down Nan, who has been waiting overnight to see a comatose Luke, now fiercely guarded by Joan. With her telepathy, Nan relays to Joan a song that he'd like sung. Joan thanks Nan for her miraculous intervention.

Against Marie's orders, Queenie keeps Delphine's head and intends to educate the bigot with a film festival, starting with Alex Haley's "Roots". Delphine tries to block it out, while Queenie is out of the room, singing "Dixieland" at the top of her (non-existent) lungs.

Marie employs one of her thugs to visit Hank and demand that the witches be massacred by that night, else he be killed. She uses a voodoo doll to torture him, while talking to him over the phone to emphasize her point.

Later, Cordelia teaches Misty an herbal potion and incantation to restore a dying plant to health and teaches her the berries provided grant protection and that they are needed to protect the Coven. A drunken Hank enters and is amazed that her sight is restored. He hugs her, hoping to reconcile. Unaware of Hank's attempt on her life, Misty greets him, but is cut off by Cordelia, who reveals where his possessions are and her plans to file for divorce. It's also shown Hank was the witch hunter who attempted to kill Misty in the swamp.

While searching for his possessions, he is stopped by the new attack dog, Endora, and Fiona, who verbally spars with him before bidding him to leave. Endora detects Kyle in the next room and Fiona demands that he leave. While Fiona's head is turned, Kyle snaps Endora's neck, his intentions unclear. Fiona is amused.

At the hospital, Joan brings baked goods to Nan, exclaiming that she cannot repay Nan's assistance enough. Joan feels that Nan has restored her faith.

However, Nan tells Joan that Luke, through "God", found out that his father's death was Joan's fault.

The act was in response to the indiscretion he had with a friend of Joan's, a woman he hoped to be with after leaving her. Joan planted a honeycomb within Luke's car and when he was being stung, stood in the sidelines, locking the doors every time Mr. Ramsey tried to escape. An enraged and guilty Joan sends Nan away, calling her magic a mere sham.

Fiona has restored Kyle to the point where he can play cards and hold conversation. Fiona insists that, while not fully restored, he's able to act as their body guard.

Queenie returns to a smug Delphine, glad that she was able to elude Queenie's "education". Queenie is not surprised, but still determined. The girl's new video traces the struggle of civil rights' activists, set to a gospel about freedom.

Hank prepares an assault, but his intended site is, actually, Cornrow City. While Delphine tearfully watches the inequity of the 1960s unfold, Hank guns down nearly everyone in the salon. He aims a shotgun at Marie at close range, managing to land a shot in her arm while she attempted to teleport. Marie is at Hank's mercy as he prepares to shoot her dead. But Queenie is able to stop him with her power by transferring the wound she received from shooting herself in the head to him. Queenie collapses to the floor her fate still unclear.

Hank's father mourns over the photos of his fallen son. In the hospital, Joan cuts off Luke's oxygen and then tries to kill him with a pillow. Meanwhile, Marie arrives at the door of the academy to discuss a truce since her tribe was attacked. Triumphant, a smug Fiona allows her inside.

Featured Characters

Dennis Ramsey

Dennis was the father of Luke and the husband of Joan. At some time in his life, he wanted to be separates of Joan because he was having an affair. Taking advantage of his allergy to bees, she planted a honey comb in his car and watched him die.

Chattahoochee Forest Witch

Power

The Chattahoochee Witch was a powerful witch who is shown to have mastered one of the Seven Wonders.

  • Pyrokinesis - One of the Seven Wonders, the magical ability to create, control and manipulate fire with the power of the mind.

Quotes

  • Hank Foxx: "I'm part of a sacred order, a soldier in a shadow war, a war that’s been raging since before the time of Salem; we are a brotherhood pledged in blood, dedicated to stamping out the pestilence of witchery on the North American continent."
  • Fiona Goode: "One dog moves out, another moves in. It's the circle of life."
  • Myrtle: "At any rate, I’m not going to kill you, well maybe after dessert. I put a lot of effort into the Key Lime Pie. I do love a Key Lime Pie. Even more than a île flottante... call me a Philistine."

Notes

  • Denis O'Hare (Spalding) is credited but does not appear.
  • In episode 9 in Coven and Freak Show, Kathy Bates character looses her head

Music

  • "Oh, Freedom" by The Golden Gospel Singers (Hank's attack on the beauty salon/Luke's death, 2013)
  • Dixie: Delphine sings Dixie to drown out the sound of roots on television? Delphine was put in the ground around 1834. However Dan Emmett composed the song Dixie in 1859.
  • "Kind of Woman" by Stevie Nicks (when Cordelia and Misty are working on spells in the green house.)

Gallery


References

  1. Listings – AMERICAN HORROR STORY on FX
  2. American Horror Story – Episode 3.09 – Title Revealed + Synopsis
  3. Episode: Head

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