In American Horror Story: Cult 7×03, Ally and Ivy deal with Ally causing the death of an innocent man – as well as drama surrounding their new neighbors.
Read on for our recap of American Horror Story: Cult 7×03, “Neighbors from Hell.”
At the end of last week’s episode, Ally killed a colleague of her wife’s, mistaking him for a home invader. At the beginning of American Horror Story: Cult 7×03, the power outage is still underway. Both Ivy and the police reassure Ally that she doesn’t have to worry: It’s a clear case of self-defense. She didn’t know who the person was, she couldn’t have recognized Pedro, and she had to defend herself and her son. Poor Pedro was already a suspect in the killing that happened at Ivy’s restaurant, so the police are quick to let this case go.
The Hispanic community is not so quick to do the same, though. Ivy and Ally see people standing outside the restaurant with signs, accusing Ally of murder. Due to Pedro’s death, the tension in the community has risen once again. On top of that, Ally finds her neighbors Meadow and Harrison waiting for her, accusing her of being a racist executing people of color.
Amid all the shock over Pedro’s death, the police discover another mysterious murder. A couple was found dead in their house, each sealed inside a casket. Inside the house, police also found a smiley face painted on a wall. This is the same image found inside Ally and Ivy’s previous neighbors’ house – the neighbors we know were killed by a group of people wearing clown masks, but who the police think died due to a classic case of murder-suicide. And the press is already all about a possible serial killer on the loose…
The next day, Ivy forces Ally to confront Winter. Ally accuses Winter of having abandoned her the night she shot Pedro, but Winter justifies her choice by saying she freaked out. When Ivy defends Winter, Ally apologizes and matters seem to be resolved. Next, Winter says she found an ad outside the house that was planted as a joke to annoy Ally and Ivy. Ally knows immediately who it was: the neighbors.
The next day, Ally speaks with her therapist, Dr. Vincent, who suggests she immediately file a police report. Ally tells the doctor that she wants to go and clear things up with the protesters and make them understand she is not a racist. Vincent strongly advises her against it: People are angry, and she is a symbol of that anger.
As American Horror Story: Cult 7×03 continues, Ally approaches the protesters, who surround her car and won’t let her talk. Suddenly, Kai appears and makes them go away. He tells Ally that he will take care of her, and wishes her a nice day. Ally is speechless.
When Ally and Ivy come back home later that night, they find Oz and Winter with a guinea pig. As one would expect, Ally has a phobia of pets too, so she and Ivy never let Oz have a pet. Winter tells them that the guinea pig was a present from the neighbors, and Oz is very upset when Ally tells him he can’t keep it. In fact, Oz tells Ally he wishes she would just go away.
Later on American Horror Story: Cult 7×03, Kai meets with Meadow. He tells her to be honest and admit what she’s afraid of, so she reveals that Harrison has a “friend” now, and the two of them whisper and share looks in her presence. She thinks he’s turning against her and is afraid of being left alone. Kai tells her that she needs to prove everybody wrong – she needs to be strong for herself.
The next day, Ally, Ivy, and Oz spend some time together as a family. Ally tells Oz he can keep the guinea pig, obviously making her son very happy. When they come back though, their short-lived happiness is shattered when they find a smiley-face symbol painted on the door of their house. Inside the house, the poor pet is dead.
Ally storms over to the neighbors’, sure that they’re responsible. When she finds them, she punches Harrison and accuses them of harassing her and her family. When Meadow denies the accusation, Ally proceeds to tell them that if they try to terrorize her family again, she will kill them both.
Following Ally’s punitive mission, she, Oz, and Ivy are walking back to their house when they notice the same smiley face again. This time, it’s painted on the wall of the neighbors’ house. Ally thinks they probably painted it themselves.
As Ivy brings Oz back home, Ally notices a truck that has passed by their street several times already, usually at night. This truck leaks creepy green fumes all around the neighborhood, and Ally thinks it’s something toxic. She sees the truck stop right in front of her house, and a man comes out of it. When she confronts him, she realizes he’s wearing a clown mask. Ally faints, and the man sprays more of the green fumes all over Ally’s garden.
In the meantime, Kai speaks with Harrison, who says he’s afraid he’s going to have to spend the rest of his life with Meadow. He admits he wishes she were dead.
Back at Ally and Ivy’s, the two have called the police. Ally explains to the police officer how she thinks everything that’s happened is the neighbors’ fault, and the man asks Ivy if Ally has ever shown any sign of psychosis. He also receives a phone call informing him that the symbol painted outside their house appears to be authentic, so police will have to surveil their house from now on.
Shortly after, Ivy and Ally find Oz trying to hide what he’s watching on his computer, and demand he let them see. It’s a video that shows Ally taking a bath while Winter is right next to her. Ivy obviously doesn’t like what sees and accuses Ally of having an affair with Winter. She even threatens to leave the house with Oz.
As Ivy is about to leave, the police stop in front of the neighbors’ house. Harrison is screaming and covered in blood. When he sees Ally, he starts to scream even more, accusing her of having killed Meadow. The police arrest him. When Ally and Ivy turn back to check on Oz, he’s nowhere to be seen. Finally, they realize he went inside the neighbors’ house, where there is blood everywhere and a smiley face painted on the wall.
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