Yes this season has been a southern-fried soap at heart, but whenever AHS sprinkles these moments of sheer humanity into its cauldron of turmoil, it always lands like a sucker punch. Sorry for all the mixed metaphors but poor Pepper!!
"Orphans" presents the strongest profile of a character that I can remember on the show and the result is a touching, beautiful look at one of AHS's side characters-one who is so much more than we thought.
Freak Show really ramped up the bloodshed in the previous episodes but things slowed down a bit in the winter finale, "Orphans," which upped the emotional stakes for the last bit of the season by revealing several characters' backstories.