Madison and Behold arrive at the Murder House after successfully purchasing the house as a regular straight couple named Mr. and Mrs. James. Upon entering, the pair performs a ritual to force the ghosts out of hiding. After it is complete, the ghost of Gladys walks past the doorway, confirming that it did in fact work. They also witness a pair of young girls, who appear to be on fire, running down the stairs.
Downstairs, Tate Langdon vents to Ben Harmon about their therapy sessions and how he needs his help to get Violet to talk to him as she constantly ignores him. Ben reminds Tate of his past mistakes and how they're valid enough to make Violet choose to ignore him. Behold and Madison interrupt the session, much to the shock of Ben and Tate, as the ghosts cannot be seen unless they choose to be. Madison explains that they came to the house to ask the residents questions concerning Michael. Tate warns the witches that they've made a mistake coming to the house.
A red ball rolls down the stairs and after Madison picks it up, she is attacked by Beauregard Langdon. Behold is going to use magic to save her but he is stopped by Billie Dean Howard who manages to distract Beau by throwing his ball. She explains that she's a friend of the house and its residents. A voice can be heard coming down the stairs, which is revealed to be Constance Langdon.
Madison and Behold tell Constance that they have come to Murder House to learn about Michael. Constance makes a deal with them: if they get rid of Moira, she'll tell them all about Michael. Madison has Behold torn down the gazebo to dig up Moira's bones. While digging, Behold hits the skull of Hayden. They take the collection of limbs to Moira and she hugs Madison in gratitude. Moira wants to be buried at the same cemetery that her mother Molly is buried in. Moira reunites with her mother's ghost and confesses to her that she killed her, asking for forgiveness but Molly thanks her daughter for putting an end to her agony. They both state that they have finally found peace and move on together.
The two witches sit with Constance in the kitchen as she recounts her story. She starts from the beginning. After Vivien gave birth, Constance took Michael from the house and raised him as her own son, believing she had been given a new chance at being a mother after the death of her four children. Shortly, however, she began noticing violent psychopathic tendencies in Michael, beginning with the killing of small animals to eventually murdering his nanny at the age of three. One day, she entered Michael's bedroom to discover he had aged ten years overnight and now had the appearance of a teenager. When Michael tried to strangle Constance in her sleep, she consulted the help of a priest, only for him to be murdered by Michael. With her dreams of motherhood shattered, Constance returned to the Murder House and committed suicide by overdose.
Behold and Madison approach Ben, who no longer speaks to his wife Vivien and frequently spends his time masturbating while crying. Ben tells the two that after Michael discovered that Constance had killed herself to be free from him, he attended therapy sessions with Ben. A father-son relationship developed between the two. However, Michael slowly grew more and more dark after meeting and being rejected by Tate. Ben witnessed Michael mutilating the ghost of Elizabeth Short, as well as not only murdering two new residents, but permanently expelling their spirits from existence. Ben, realizing Michael's capacity for evil, ended their sessions.
The ghost of Vivien Harmon appears and reconciles with Ben, explaining that she could not forgive him for connecting with Michael, realizing now that he didn't have a choice. She reveals to Behold and Madison Michael's true nature, reciting a passage from the Book of Revelation about the Beast from the Sea.
One night, as Vivien explains, a group of Satanists arrived at the house, consisting of Miriam Mead and another cardinal (Naomi Grossman) and headed by Church of Satan founder, Anton LaVey, who had faked his death in order to meet Michael. The Satanists kidnapped a young woman from a bus stop and brought her to the house where they performed a Black Mass, with LaVey removing the girl's heart for Michael to consume. A demonic shadow appeared and Michael announced that he is one with his "Father." After a rain of blood and hail descended, Vivien attempted to murder Michael. Before he could destroy her, she was saved by Tate, allowing Michael to leave the house. Vivien tells Behold and Madison that Michael Langdon is not a warlock but the Antichrist, the prophesied abomination that will bring about the Apocalypse.
Madison and Behold pack up. Madison must tell the council what they've learned. Behold says that he never would've backed Michael if he knew what he truly was. As they leave, Madison spots Violet crying in the hallway. She talks to Violet about Tate and reveals that Tate saved Vivien to her. After she leaves, Violet calls for Tate and they embrace. Outside, Behold calls Madison a softy. She says at least someone got a happy ending. Behold claims that there won't be one unless they find a way to stop Michael.
They get into a black car and, as they leave, Madison telekinetically closes the iron gate.
Rose LangdonRose Langdon is a character in Apocalypse portrayed by Raina Matheson.
While Constance was disclosing Michael's story to Behold and Madison, Rose comes into the kitchen and reminds her mother that it's almost tea time. Constance apologizes for being forgetful and walks away with her daughter.
- It is possible that Rose was either born without eyes or had them gouged out via unknown means at some point, resulting in her death from blood loss and/or infection. Given that Constance stated in Murder House that three of her children with the exception of Tate had physical deformities, it is plausible that Rose never had eyes to begin with and may have died as a result of this deformity.
Satanist CardinalAn unnamed Satanist is a character in Apocalypse portrayed by Naomi Grossman.
- Madison (to Constance)
What do you want?
To remove that insufferable cloudy-eyed ginger from these premises, permanently.
You want us to fire the help?
Well, if you really do have witchcraft at your disposal, then why don't you just abracadabra that goddamn bitch out of my afterlife, huh? Bless me with some peace and quiet.
- Madison (to Billie)
Who the hell are you?
- Billie Dean Howard
A friend of the house and its residents. They don't take kindly to strangers.
You ain't dead?
Oh, honey, I'm one of the few live ones they let come and go.
- Billie Dean to Constance (about Madison and Behold): "They're witches, Constance. It's magic, not marriage that connects them."
- Behold (to Madison)
I never would have fought for Michael to be Supreme if I had any idea about who he truly is. We just wanted a leader. But he is clearly not that.
- Madison (to Violet Harmon about Tate Langdon): "This house used him as a vessel to create something way, way worse. My guess: any evil inside Tate left with Michael."
- This episode marks the return of many former cast members reprising their roles from the first season after years of absence: Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon, Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott as Vivien and Ben Harmon, Sam Kinsey as Beauregard Langdon and Mena Suvari as Elizabeth Short.
- This episode marks Sarah Paulson's first directorial debut. This makes her the second member of the Cast Repertory to direct an episode, with the first being Angela Bassett.
- Billie Dean refers to the Montgomery family, who were former residents of the house, during her first encounter with Madison and Behold. It's a subtle nod to the popular theory that Madison is related to Charles and Nora Montgomery.
- This episode reveals Rose Langdon as Constance's fourth child, who was mentioned throughout the Murder House season but never seen until this episode.
- Adina Porter, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman and Cheyenne Jackson are credited but do not appear.
- It is revealed that Billie Dean can not only detect ghosts and vampires, but also witches, and states that she can sense that Madison and Behold are connected by magic.
- The Murder House is revealed to be sentient to some degree and is resistant to magical powers, cancelling out abilities such as telekinesis. Behold alleges that he is powerless in its depths, although strong spells can still work in it, as displayed by the spell he and Madison used to reveal the house's ghosts.
- It is also revealed that, like the Hotel Cortez, the Murder House exists atop a "portal to Hell", thus explaining that all of the murderous rage felt by both the living and deceased in the home was the influence of the Devil.
- The Devil shows up for the first time in the Murder House in the form of a demonic shadow, standing behind Michael when he consumes a young woman's heart sacrificed in his honor by Satanists.
- Constance Langdon comments that it is hard to find good help - a statement she made in the episode "Piggy Piggy" from the first season.
- It is definitively confirmed that Michael Langdon is not a warlock, and that Vivien is aware of his true nature as The Anti-Christ.
- Behold mentions the burning of sage, in order to deal with ghosts in the Murder House - something that Constance suggests Vivien to do then in the pilot episode, after giving her a packet of it as a present.
- Is Madison Montgomery related to Charles and Nora Montgomery?
- How did Rose Langdon die? What happened to Rose Langdon's eyes?
- Why do the spirits in the Murder House refuse to give any information about Michael to Madison and Behold? Are they scared of what he'll do to them?
- Heidi Klum and Seal - mentioned by Madison while criticizing herself and Behold as an unbelievable couple.
- Amityville - Madison said that the Murder House is an "Amityville reject".
- Miss Cleo - Madison asked Billie Dean if she's a "shitty Miss Cleo".
- Paramount, Stage 7 - Madison wants to be buried there to haunt the place where she was sexually harassed by a producer.
- Ted Bundy - Constance mentioned the serial killer and rapist while describing Michael's behavior.
- Jeffrey Dahmer - Constance mentioned the serial killer and rapist while describing Michael's behavior. A fictional Dahmer appeared in the fifth season, Hotel, during the Devil's Night.
- Book of Revelation - Vivien quoted verses from the apocalypse. Specifically, 13: 1 and 13: 8. Anton LaVey cited verses 16:12-13.
- The Omen - During the virgin sacrifice scene, one of the Satanists screams "It's all for you, Michael!". This is a direct reference to the movie, which also detailed the violent influences of the Devil's son.
- Church of Satan - an in-universe representation of the congregation and its founder, Anton LaVey. The depiction is, however, purely fictional and in line with the Hollywood idea of satanism rather than actual beliefs.
- ↑ SpoilerTV.com - American Horror Story - Apocalypse (806) "Return to Murder House"
- ↑ What You Should Know About Tonight’s Episode of AHS: APOCALYPSE “Return to Murder House”