|Season 1, Episode 7|
|Air date||November 16, 2011|
|Directed by||Tim Hunter|
|"Open House" on IMDB|
The phone is off the hook, and Constance is talking to Larry. The party on the other end is going to remove her child, Beau, and place him in an in institution. Constance pleads with Larry (who professes his love), to do as they discussed. Beau, in the attic, plays ball with Larry before Larry puts him to bed. Larry then tries to smother him with a pillow.
Later on, during a scheduled open house, Marcy is showing the house to Joe Escandarian. He wants to replace the gazebo with a swimming pool, at Moira's bidding. He wants to know what's wrong with the house, and Vivien soft-pedals the previous deaths. As Moira shows him around, Vivien and Marcy fight about revealing too much of the house's history.
Soon after Joe leaves, Larry arrives for the open house, but Marcy tries to send him away. It is unclear whether she is scared about his behavior and appearance or whether she knows Larry. Larry refuses, stating he is an interested buyer. Marcy pulls a gun on him, and threatens to shoot him if he doesn't leave. She 'rationalizes' this with the bizarre racist statement that "Many ethnic men want to rape me on this kitchen table", which is rendered even stranger due to Larry being Caucasian. He in turn threatens a lawsuit, according to the "Americans with Disabilities Act". Vivien breaks the standoff by offering to show him around. For some reason, Larry seems particularly taken with a fireplace.
Violet is back to cutting herself before Tate intervenes asking her what she thinks she's doing. He licks of the blood from her wrists. He makes her agree to stop cutting. Later, in her room he asks her about whether she believes in ghosts and the afterlife. He says that he believes in ghosts and that Violet, should she die, would move on to a "better place". Violet asks why he doesn't believe in the afterlife for himself and Tate states that this "better place" is with Violet, since she arrived in the house.
At a family dinner, Ben and Vivien confront Violet about her depression. She doesn't want to leave the house. Violet isn't eating. Ben and Vivien confirm that they are definitely selling the house, and Violet leaves. Vivien tells Ben about the prospective buyers, including Larry. She and Marcy will be taking the Murder House Tour to find out the rest of the story. Vivien and Ben argue about giving full disclosure to potential buyers about the history of the house.
Joe Escandarian returns, claiming he's had a hard time getting the house out of his mind, and Moira gives him a sexually laden tour of the rest of the house while everyone else is away. She leads him to Violet's room, telling him that she would paint it red and install a sex swing if she were him. She then gives him a blowjob, stating that "Persian men" are 'known' to be 'well-endowed'. He corrects her; he's Armenian. After getting pleasure from Moira in Violet's room, they run into Ben in the hallway, who is picking up some of his clothes. Ben tries to give Joe a quick pitch, but Joe isn't interested in the house. He plans to bulldoze the house and convert the land into condominiums. Moira is just out of earshot, when Joe reveals his plans to Ben.
Larry comes home with groceries to a waiting Ben. Ben confronts Larry about coming back to the house, and that he never went to prison for murdering his family; he was institutionalized instead. Larry says he needs the house to be happy again with 'her'.
Larry tells Lorraine that he has fallen in love with Constance. He tells her that to avoid problems she and their daughters should move back with her mother in Ohio and that he'll always provide them with money and occasionally visit. The final breaking point comes when Larry tells her he plans to move Constance back into the house with him. Upset about the news, Lorraine leaves the table. When Larry pursues her, he finds a room on fire, with presumably his wife and children inside.
Ben tells Larry about Joe's plan to demolish the house, and Larry is not pleased with the news.
1926 Charles tells Nora that their son, Thaddeus, is waiting upstairs in the nursery for her. Nora cautiously goes upstairs to a draped crib, but Thadeus is across the room. A disturbed Nora comes back down to ask about Thaddeus' resurrection. He "used the beating heart of one of our girls". Nora reveals the baby is now bloodthirsty, as she tried to breastfeed her child which bit and clawed at her instead. She tells her husband she attempted to stab it to death with a letter opener, which unsettles him. To calm him down, she tells him she's proud of what he's achieved, which brings him to tears of joy. As Charles falls to his knees and hugs Nora in joy, she draws a revolver and shoots him in the head before shooting herself as well.
Stan reveals that there were more murders to come.
Vivien goes back to the doctor for a checkup. She mentions to Dr. Hall that the vitamin B-6 isn't helping. She seems to be getting sick whenever she leaves the house. Dr. Hall suggests maybe that's a sign she needs to stay home and not overexert herself. Vivien wants and asks for additional tests.
Constance is in the basement of the house, speaking to Larry who is hiding in the shadows. Larry sent her red roses, which she refers to as so cliche. She wants to see his burnt face. She is disgusted by him. He blames her for what happened to him. Larry fills her in on Joe's plan, and she walks away.
Violet goes to the attic, and a red ball rolls out. She is scared by Beau, but Tate tells him to go away, as Beau is scaring her. Tate tells her that she is seeing the ghosts because she's more evolved now, and that if they scare her she just has to tell them to go away. He shows her hidden boxes of old photographs, including the Montgomerys. Maria arrives, but Violet successfully tells her to go away.
Constance visits Joe and tries to steal some crystal from him, but she is subtly caught by him. He thinks she wants him to buy her house as well to enlarge the plot size. Over a drink, they discuss real estate. She wants "the Persian", as she also mistakenly refers to him, to show respect for the house. He says if she wants the house that badly, she should buy it. He kicks her out.
Tate is in session with Ben. Tate says he no longer fantasizes, and is doing better. Ben asks Tate about Violet's state of mind. Ben wants Tate to tell him if there's a problem and especially if Tate suspects that Violet is suicidal. Tate envies Ben as a father. He does not, however, tell Ben about Violet's recent suicide attempt.
Constance and Moira verbally spar. Moira is happy that Constance is crying and unhappy for once unaware of the reason. Constance leaves to look for Tate. When she finds him, he is angry with her. He walks away, and she looks for Beau in the attic. She has come to say goodbye to him, and says that everything is over. On her way out, Constance tells Moira that Joe is going to seal Moira's tomb, not unearth her remains. They agree to unite and take care of the problem.
Moira invites Joe over for another seduction, leading him into the infamous basement. She bites off his penis during fellatio and Larry asphyxiates him with a plastic bag from behind as Constance watches. Moira has earned some respect from Constance, who bids Larry to get Joe off the property before he properly dies.
Vivien and Violet talk about leaving the house, thinking the property deal is still on. Violet asks how Vivien knew when she was in love with Ben, thinking of Tate. Violet shows Vivien the pictures of the Montgomery family, and Vivien realizes she has encountered Nora before.
|Portrayed by||Amir Arison|
|Cause of Death||Smothered with a plastic bag|
Joe Escandarian is a guest character on American Horror Story. He is an Armenian-American real estate developer who was interested in buying the Harmon's home with the intent of tearing it down and building several affordable housing units. He comes from a wealthy Armenian family who moved to California when he was two.Joe is tall, well-built, and wealthy with a taste for neat, elegant clothes. He is self-confident and straightforward towards other people, acting and speaking his mind in a rather bold kind of way, without showing any embarrassment.
After Vivian places the house on the market, Joe originally seems to be interested in the low priced but lavish house. He is instantly attracted to Moira's younger form. Moira seductively tries to convince him to build a swimming pool in the backyard, but Vivian doesn't see anything wrong, as she only sees her eccentric old maid Moria sharing her opinion. Later on, when the Harmons are not at home, Moira gives him a tour and leads him to Violet's room. She seduces him and performs oral sex on him. While Moira is not within earshot, Joe tells a recently-arrived Ben that he is planning to bring the house down and turn the lot into housing units. Later, however, after Constance tries to convince him not to tear it down (as it could ruin her connection to her son Beau), she finds out about his plan and reveals it to Moira. This horrifies her, as she would rather be the housekeeper to a family in an elegant home, rather than run-down government housing projects.
Once Moira discovers his plans of destroying the house, she teams up with Larry and Constance to lure Joe into the basement where they ambush him. While performing oral sex, she bites his penis off, and he is then strangled into unconsciousness with a plastic bag. Constance tells Larry to make sure he dies off property so his ghost cannot be attached to the house, exposing the murder to the Harmon family.
- Frances Conroy as Moira O'Hara
- Alexandra Breckenridge as Young Moira O'Hara
- Lily Rabe as Nora Montgomery
- Matt Ross as Charles Montgomery
- Christine Estabrook as Marcy
- David Anthony Higgins as Stan
- Amir Arison as Joe Escandarian
- Eve Gordon as Dr. Hall
- Rebecca Wisocky as Lorraine
- Rosa Salazar as Maria
- Morris Chestnut as Luke
- Sam Kinsey as Beau
- The opening credits feature a man asphyxiating with a plastic bag over his head in the basement (Mr. Escandarian). This is another clue from the Opening Credits resolved.
- Larry is particularly taken by a fireplace. On the Family Portrait website and video, he steps out burning from a fireplace into the room.
- Alexandra Breckenridge on the scene in which she bites off Mr. Escandarian's penis: "Originally we shot a sequence where I spit out the tip. We used the top of a banana. It was a bloody banana. I had to do take after take after take. It was awful. I'm ruined on bananas. I could never eat them again. It was terrible. It was not cute. I haven't had a banana since."  The plastic penis that was supposed to be shown in the episode can be seen in the "Making Of" video (see below).
- Further videos:
- ↑ Episode: Halloween: Part 1
- ↑ Goldberg, Lesley. "'American Horror Story' Adds 'Homeland' Actor -- EXCLUSIVE | Hollywood Reporter | 8 Nov. 2011 <http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/american-horror-story-homeland-guest-star-258851>.
- ↑ Malkin, Marc, "Gross Alert! American Horror Story Is Bloody Bananas (Literally)", E! Online, 28 Nov 2011