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Piggy Piggy
StoryEpisode
Murder House6
Piggy Piggy
"WHY!?"
First broadcastNovember 9, 2011
Written by
Directed byMichael Uppendahl
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"Halloween: Part 2""Open House"
"Piggy Piggy" is the sixth episode of the first season ("Murder House"). It premiered November 9, 2011.

Synopsis

Constance enlists Violet's assistance with Tate. Ben helps a new patient confront his fears.

Plot

1994

The doorbell rings at the house. Constance answers, and it is the Los Angeles SWAT team. A shooter has opened fire at Westfield High. There are students hiding in the library and despite barricading the door, Tate manages to get inside. He executes them one by one. Tate is sitting on his bed, waiting. The SWAT team trains their scopes on him, and he mimes putting a gun to his head.

2011

Violet searches for Westfield High School's massacre online and finds the victims, and Tate's picture as the shooter. Violet frantically searches for her mother, but finds Constance waiting in the kitchen. Constance has deduced that Violet has found the truth about Tate and the ghosts. Constance introduces medium, Billie Dean Howard. Violet is skeptical. Billie Dean is there to help Tate move on, explaining that there are two types of ghosts: 1) Those who want to avenge their violent deaths and 2) those like Tate who don't know that they are dead. Constance explains that that is why she wanted Tate to see Ben therapeutically. Constance and Billie Dean want Violet to help them get Tate to move on to the beyond. In order to convince Violet, who is still skeptical both of ghosts in general and Billie Dean's abilities, Billie Dean passes on a recollection from Mary, Violet's dead grandmother.[1] On her deathbed Mary had said to Violet "They don't understand you", referring to Ben and Vivien.

Vivien rubs her pregnant belly while a cello plays. It's a dream. Vivien presses the panic button. Luke has checked out the house, and it's safe. He is understanding of Vivien's insecurity from Ben's infidelity, as his wife left him for another woman. Ben has moved out, but is back now for a therapy session in his office. Luke mentions Hayden "must've hopped out at a stop sign" and leaves. Ben has to work at the house, although Vivien wants him gone. She's angry and disgusted by him. They come to a working arrangement.

Violet is cutting her wrists again with Ben's razorblades. She imagines herself cutting her throat in order to kill herself. In that instant she sees a vision of Tate, who asks her whether she is scared now and then disappears.

Ben's new patient Derrick is terrified of urban legends, and it is paralyzing him. Particularly "Piggy Man": A pig butcher from Chicago in 1893, who wore a pig mask while slaughtering them. The pigs tore him apart after an accident; his former customers were dismembered. He can be conjured by anyone saying "Here Piggy Pig Pig" into a mirror.

Violet enters to talk to Ben, and she's beside herself. She says that "the darkness is eating her up". Ben believes she is talking about the break up of her parents, Ben and Vivien. In reality she is struggling to cope with her newly found knowledge about Tate's actions, his death and the realities of ghosts. As he comforts her, Ben unknowingly calls Violet by Vivien's name.

Vivien is looking for Nurse Angie (who quit) while Moira cleans. Constance enters with a gift of sweetbreads (raw organs) for Vivien to eat for her pregnancy. Moira, as she prepares the food, tells Vivien that Ben will cheat again.

Ben works with Derrick again, using successive approximation in the Harmon's bathroom. Derrick tries the "pig call", and a bloody Gladys appears in the tub, believing she is meant, since she is overweight.

Vivien is getting an Amniocentesis.

Violet sees Leah at the deserted swimming pool which is now used as an unofficial skate park. Leah warns Violet that the devil is real, and talks to her about the book of Revelation and the Red Dragon. Neither of them is sleeping. Leah offers Violet some of her sleeping pills.

Violet is in the library and sees the plaque of the massacre victims. A teacher (seen previously) in a powered wheelchair calls her a sicko, but after Violet explains her connection, the teacher discusses the incident with her. She wants to know why Tate did it. He thinks Tate just wasn't a good person.

Vivien has bad news for Moira. Moira thinks the news is about the baby; instead Vivien is firing her, because there's no money to pay her. Moira agrees to work for free. Constance dropped by earlier with more gifts: raw brain. Vivien cautiously digs in, and enjoys it.

Violet comes home and sees a shadow move of Tate. Following him to the basement, she encounters the ghosts of Troy and Bryan, Gladys, Fiona, Dallas, and Charles Montgomery. She runs upstairs to her room. There, Tate had put her iPod on for her and wrote "I love you". Terrified and confused about her feelings, Violet attempts to commit suicide by overdosing on the sleeping pills Leah gave her. Tate finds her and drags her to the bath tub, trying to revive her, crying. He makes her throw up some pills by putting his fingers down her throat.

Ben is in session with Derrick. Derrick has met a woman. Ben challenges him to confront his issues in order to be able to start a relationship.

Vivien finds Angie in a church. Angie has turned to Catholicism after claiming she saw the Antichrist in her womb. Vivien believes the woman is insane.

Derrick calls the Piggy Man in his own bathroom, and ironically dies when an overweight robber hiding behind the shower curtain believes that Derrick is aware of his presence and calls him a piggy and shoots him in the head.

Constance parlays with Billie Dean, who thinks Addy is mad at Constance. Constance says she has one last thing to say to Addy. Addy says through Billie that Constance should have treated her better. Constance apologizes to a (potentially not there) Addy, and tells her how proud she was of her and her beauty. Addy says she knows and is grateful that Constance "didn't get her to the lawn at the old house". Addy is afraid of Tate now that she knows the truth. Back in 1994, Constance wants to talk to Tate, but Tate goes for a hidden gun under his pillow and is riddled with bullets by the SWAT team in response. An officer asks the dying Tate why he did it. Tate tries to say something, but dies before he can.

Violet had borrowed a book on birds from the school library that Tate took out previously in order to understand him. The school teacher who got shot had told her that Tate used to read books on birds. She finds Tate's name on the register. Tate appears and asks her if she's going to tell her parents about the overdose. He confronts her on how distant she is to him now, and wants to know if she wants him to leave her alone. He admits he is in love with her and will stand by her decision. Violet calls him to her and they lie down in her bed, in the same room in which Tate died, both exhausted.

Featured Characters

Derrick

Derrick
Derrick
Portrayed byEric Stonestreet
Species
  • Human
Cause of death
  • Shot during a home burglary (Piggy Piggy)
Appearances
Murder House

Derrick[2] is a guest character. He is a patient of Ben's who possesses an irrational fear of urban legends. He mentions to Ben that while growing up, he was constantly bullied by his brothers. He’s meek, timid, scared, defeated.[3]He doesn’t have the confidence and courage to look in mirrors at all because of the Piggyman legend. To help Derrick conquer his fears of Piggyman Ben urges him to carry out the Piggyman ritual in front of a mirror. Derrick agrees to do so at his own home and successfully manages to utter the final Piggy. Ironically, he dies in the bathroom when an overweight burglar hiding behind the shower curtain mistakes the chant as a deliberate insult and shoots Derrick in the head. His partner chastises him for murdering Derrick and the two flee.

  • Derrick, while trying 'Piggy Piggy' in the bathroom at the house, unknowingly summons Gladys.
  • Derrick died in exactly the way he was afraid of but it was due to a home burglary, not the Piggyman.


Mary

Mary
Mary
Portrayed byLinda Porter
Species
  • Human
Cause of death
  • advanced age (Piggy Piggy)
Appearances
Murder House

Violet's late grandmother, appearing in a vision facilitated by the medium Billie Dean Howard.

Mr Carmichael

Mr Carmichael
Carmichael
Portrayed byTom Gallop
Species
  • Human
Occupation
  • Westfield High Librarian
Appearances
Murder House
  • Was disabled in the high school shooting.


Angie

Angie
Angie
Species
  • Human
Occupation
  • Nurse
Appearances
Murder House
Angie is a guest character on American Horror Story. She is a nurse who is a lot more than she seems.

Episodic Appearances

  • "Halloween: Part 1" - Angie assists Vivien and Ben when Vivien begins to feel contractions. Angie questions the pregnancy timeline since the baby is much larger than it should be at eight weeks. Peering further at the ultrasound, she faints.
  • "Piggy Piggy" - Angie has now converted over to Catholicism, exclaiming to Vivien that she saw the Antichrist in her belly. Vivien, who believes the woman is crazy, leaves the church but Angie recites various Bible verses as she does so.

Guest Stars

Quotes

  • Constance Langdon: "It's hard to keep good help."
  • Leah: "The Devil is real. And he's not a little red man with horns and a tail. He can be beautiful. Because he's a fallen angel, and he used to be God's favorite."
  • Billie Dean Howard: "I see it all the time. The dead can hold a grudge better than most Scorpios."

Notes

  • Denis O'Hare (Larry Harvey) is credited but does not appear.
  • The SWAT team was provided by Sigloch, a company of mostly US Marine Corps and US Army vets that reenact fighting for movies.
  • After Vivien eats a brain, Derrick gets shot in the head, an ironic twist on the Piggyman legend.
  • Vivien’s consumption of raw meat is reminiscent of scenes in the film Rosemary's Baby , (directed by Roman Polanski, husband of Sharon Tate at the time of her murder) which actress Connie Britton says was “a big inspiration” for Ryan Murphy.[4]
  • Violet almost died twice already in the exact same bath tub, saved by Tate (the previous time at the hands of Fiona).
  • Taissa Farmiga mentioned filming the bathtub scene in the November issue of Nylon magazine, saying that it was hard to film, but that it felt like an accomplishment afterwards.[5]
  • In the episode[verboten] Halloween II, goth girl Steph said that Tate asked her whether she believed in God. This is revealed in "Piggy Piggy" not to actually have occurred. Tate did not speak to Stephanie at all before killing her.
  • In Tate's fantasies about the school shooting he wears a black hoody, a Prussian blue American Civil War Union soldier coat and grim reaper make up. His hair is slicked back. In reality, while he did wear the Civil War coat, he also wore a Black T-shirt and had his hair like he normally does, without any make up.
  • In AHS, to avoid paying licensing fees to Google, the search engine of choice is called RoundSearch.
  • Similarly the LA Times is called LA Tribune on the show.
  • The bird book that Tate took out and that Violet takes out to retrace his steps is a reprint of John James Audubon's "Birds of America" (1827), in the edition by Roger Tory Peterson (called the "Baby Elephant Folio"). This book currently costs $ 185.
  • In the scene in which Tate is shot by the SWAT team, two books are visible: A copy of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House", the play on the horrors of marriage. In Violet's room there is an actual doll house in its stead. The other book is "Water's Edge: Domestic Politics and the Making of American Foreign Policy" (1979) by Paula Stern. This book is a history and critique of the Jackson-Vanik amendment, further pushing Tate's intellectual/deep thinker credentials.
  • In another ironic reference, similar to the "Don't get stuck in high school" monologue, Tate says to Violet "I don't know what I've done".

Theorized References

Theorized references are references that fans strongly suggest there is a connection there, but there is no proof/information/confirmation from an AHS cast member at this time it is a reference.

  • The bird book is a reference to the 1988 film Beetlejuice in which the character Charles is obsessed with bird books as well.
  • Jeff Jensen, a writer for Entertainment Weekly, suggests the title of the episode as well as the Pigman legend itself is a reference to the song "Piggy" by Nine Inch Nails, recorded in the home of Charles Manson victim Sharon Tate. ("Hey pig piggy pig pig pig/All of my fears came true.") Tate's name is a reference to Sharon Tate, as was his "Helter Skelter" and Bianca's murder. The title score was recorded by a member of Nine Inch Nails.[6]

Gallery

Videos

Tate vs SWAT02:27

Tate vs SWAT

Tate vs. SWAT

References

  1. Stack, Tim, "'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on Vivien's blood-craving baby and next week's 'most sexual episode' yet -- EXCLUSIVE" | EW | 9 Nov. 2011. <http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/11/09/american-horror-story-ryan-murphy-piggy-piggy/>.
  2. Spelling confirmed in FX's behind the scenes video
  3. http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/11/09/eric-stonestreet-american-horror-story/
  4. Tim Stack (November 9, 2011). 'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on Vivien's blood-craving baby and next week's 'most sexual episode' yet -- EXCLUSIVE. Entertainment Weekly. “There’s a little bit of a homage to Rosemary’s Baby where she ate the liver.”
  5. Smith, Caitlin | "Something Wicked" | Nylon | Nov. 2011. | p. 119/120 <http://www.zinio.com/reader.jsp?issue=416196386&o=ext>.
  6. Jensen, Jeff, "'American Horror Story': Sympathy For The Devil. Or Not." | EW | 10 Nov. 2011. <http://tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/american-horror-story-piggy-piggy-episode-6/>.

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