American Horror Story season 9, episode 2 recap: Mr. Jingles

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984 -- Pictured: Zach Villa as Richard Ramirez. CR: Kurt Iswarienko FX
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984 -- Pictured: Zach Villa as Richard Ramirez. CR: Kurt Iswarienko FX /

American Horror Story: 1984 throws us for a loop with the Night Stalker, Mr. Jingles, and a man that can’t seem to die.

American Horror Story: 1984 this week wasn’t quite as exciting as the season 9 premiere, but it still has promise nonetheless. Remember the guy named Jonas that got run over last week, and then murdered? Well, he’s back this week, and it doesn’t make sense right away. It gets weirder when the Night Stalker shows up and ends up murdering Jonas again, who comes back to life again. Uh, what?

It’s unclear why Jonas keeps coming back to life, but the seeds of an explanation have been planted so it’s a matter of time (I hope). The backstory here is that Jonas was at Camp Redwood the night Mr. Jingles went on a killing spree and died that night. So, he’s a ghost? Margaret seems to think so.

Speaking of Margaret, she scares the crap out of me. Leslie Grossman does an amazing job here, and she has me convinced that Margaret is a creepy and shady character. This is confirmed when the Night Stalker, aka Richard Ramirez, finds his way to her after being hurt.

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Not scared in the slightest bit, Margaret starts tending to his wounds while he goes into some graphic detail about his childhood. His mom poisoned him before he was born due to working in a factory surrounded by chemicals, and then was witness to murder throughout his life.

Margaret seemed to embrace Richard and the idea that he was brought into her life for a reason. They were united by God according to her, and their trauma will link them together. Something tells me Margaret is a lot weirder and dangerous as we’ve been led to believe. For all we know, she’s the actual murderer!

While Margaret and Richard talked about their lives, Brooke was talking about her tragic past that included her jealous fiance killing himself and the guests at their wedding. Montana was eager to make Brooke feel better so she shared stories of her own, and then proceeded to try and make out with Brooke. Interesting, but typical American Horror Story.


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Let’s talk about Xavier for a moment. We heard him talking to someone on the phone last week, and in this week’s episode, we learn who he was talking to. It was some guy named Blake for whom Xavier had recorded an interesting video and gotten paid for. Now, Blake wants him to record another and despite insisting he’s not gay, Blake pressures Xavier about it.

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Instead of offering himself for the video, Xavier directed him to the other counselors and set up a peephole for Blake to check them out. Awkward, weird, and creepy–super creepy. Sadly for Blake, looking through that peephole would be the last thing he would get to do because someone murdered him–with a jab right through the back of his skull and through his eye.

Where are things going to go from here? I have no freaking idea, but I hope that the season stays interesting. Please?

Be sure to tune in every Wednesday on FX to watch new episodes at 10 PM EST!