11/9 (American Horror Story)

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"11/9"
American Horror Story episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 4
Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Written by John J. Gray
Production code 7ATS04
Original air date September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)
Running time 51 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
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"11/9" is the fourth episode of the seventh season of the anthology television series American Horror Story. It aired on September 26, 2017, on the cable network FX, the episode was written by John J. Gray, and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton.[1]

Plot[edit]

November 2016[edit]

On Election night; Gary (Chaz Bono) was handcuffed at the grocery's basement by Ivy (Alison Pill), with the help of Winter (Billie Lourd), as her retaliation against him after he crudely groped her during their heated argument at the presidential rally between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton that day which prevent him to cast his vote until the post-election. Upon discovering his sister's involvement with Ivy; Kai (Evan Peters) tracks him at the basement and after listening his pleading for freedom, hands a hacksaw to Gary who severed his chained hand with it. At the local polling place for the election; the attendees who took their respective votes were Ivy with her wife Ally (Sarah Paulson), Winter and her friends, Dr. Vincent (Cheyenne Jackson), the Wiltons (Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman), Beverly Hope (Adina Porter), her cameraman R.J. (James Morosini), and Beverly's rival Serena Belinda (Emma Roberts). Kai carries Gary who had amputated his hand to the polling booths, after both he and Kai vote Trump, Gary emerges from the booth and raised his freshly severed stump in exclamation.

The day after the election, Harrison, by request, becomes Kai's personal fitness trainer. Kai presents himself as an application developer with a strong interest in politics. Harrison's boss, Vincenzo "Vinny" Ravoli (T.J. Hoban), degrades him by making him clean up semen in the steam room. Later, Kai openly masturbates in a shower stall and assures Harrison that he'll clean up after himself. Harrison returns home one day to discover from a despondent Meadow that the bank has foreclosed on their house, they argue over finances and Meadow unsuccessfully attempts to seduce him. Kai consoles Harrison after Harrison divulges his financial dilemma; in the midst of yet another semen clean-up, Harrison is enticed by Kai to stand up to Vinny. Harrison pins Vinny under barbells, crushing his chest and breaking his ribs, he finishes him off with a dumbbell to the head. Meadow catches Harrison and Kai in the act of dismembering Vinny’s body. Harrison introduces Kai to Meadow as "someone to believe in".

December 2016[edit]

After recruiting the Wiltons, Kai soon turn his attention on Beverly who was committed to a psychiatric rehabilitation center thirty days ago when she attacked a teenager in a fit of rage after being interrupted in her live broadcasts by male bystanders interjecting "grab her by the pussy". Kai finds her who slashed car tires of her boss and news anchor Bob Thompson (Dermot Mulroney) who depose her reports in favor for Serena's. Kai outlines his plan for world domination and offers her "equal power". To convince the reporter; Kai and the Wiltons, donned in clown costumes designed by Meadow, murdered Serena and her cameraman Cole (Bill Parks) while filming a local pet adoption event. When Beverly confronts them, she declares her allegiance to Kai as well as R.J. after the former admits his responsibility which allows Beverly to republish her live broadcast on Vinny's murder.

Reception[edit]

"11/9" was watched by 2.13 million people during its original broadcast, and gained a 1.1 ratings share among adults aged 18–49.[2]

The episode has been critically acclaimed, on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, "11/9" holds a 100% approval rating, based on 16 reviews with an average rating of 8.19 out of 10.[3]

Tony Sokol of Den of Geek gave the episode a 4 out of 5, saying "The episode may not be enough to convert new fans to American Horror Story: Cult, but to those preaching to the choir, the Kool-Aid is refreshing." He particularly praised the presence and the development of Peters' Kai Anderson; but also Lourd's performance as Winter, describing her as a "master mind manipulator".[4]

Kat Rosenfield from Entertainment Weekly gave the episode a B+, and appreciated that it was a break from the character of Ally and her "hysterical screaming breakdowns". Morever, she praised Adina Porter and her acting skills, saying "she's the best thing to happen to this cast since we lost La Lange"."[5] Vulture's Brian Moylan gave the episode a 4 out of 5, indicating a positive review. Like Rosenfield, he praised Adina Porter, calling her a "genius", but also the plot twist of the third act of the episode.[6]

Matt Fowler of IGN gave the episode a 8.3 out of 10, with a positive review. He said "[this episode] revealed crucial backstory and a fun twist that could greatly alter the story going forward, it was staged nicely, separated into three acts—with the third providing a new element that helps add texture to the entire season. It was also fun to watch the "cult" of Cult actually form, and to see some of the side characters be real(ish) people outside of the facade they put on for the sake of Ally and Ivy."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMERICAN HORROR STORY - (#704) "11/9"". TheFutonCritic. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 27, 2017). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.26.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ "American Horror Story: Cult - "11/9"". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ Sokol, Tony (September 26, 2017). "American Horror Story Season 7 Episode 4 Review: 11/9". Den of Geek. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ Rosenfield, Kat (September 26, 2017). "American Horror Story: Cult recap: '11/9'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ Moylan, Brian (September 26, 2017). "American Horror Story Recap: Fake News". Vulture.com. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ Fowler, Matt (September 26, 2017). "American Horror Story: Cult - "11/9" Review". IGN. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 

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