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A young teenage girl, Zoe Benson, accidentally kills her boyfriend with a genetic affliction that traces all the way back to the witches of the Salem witch trial. Zoe is taken against her will to a girl's school in New Orleans where she and others are to be trained in their gifts. However, the headmistress' mother, the Supreme, is seeking a way to maintain her youth and will go to any lengths to do so.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: 3ATS01
Airdate: Wednesday October 09th, 2013
Special Runtime: 75 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Eleven) Oct 14, 2013
UK (FOX) Oct 29, 2013

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (12 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Angela Bassett
As Marie Laveau
Gabourey Sidibe
As Queenie

Guest Stars
Jamie Brewer
As Nan
Grey Damon
As Dalton

Co-Guest Stars
Ameer Baraka
As Bastien
Maureen Brennan
As Tour Guide
Raeden Greer
As Pauline LaLaurie
Scott Jefferson
As Louis LaLaurie
Margaret Lawmon
As Newscaster
Ashlynn Ross
As Marie Jeanne LaLaurie
Jennifer Lynn Warren
As Borquita LaLaurie
David Dahlgren
As Chief Magistrate
Haley Drogo
As Sorority President
Lucy Faust
As Mercy
Arabella Field
As Nora Benson
Henry Frost
As Frat Boy #2
Raion Hill
As Bus Driver
Kurt Krause
As Charlie (Charlie Taylor)
Armal Perkins
As Contortionist
Morgan Roberts
As Frat Boy #1
La'jessie Smith
As Slave Boy
Ash Taylor
As Director
Ben Wisdom
As Preacher
Main Cast
Sarah Paulson
As Lana Winters (S2) / Cordelia Foxx (S3)
Evan Peters
As Tate Langdon (S1) / Kit Walker (S2) / Kyle Spencer (S3)
Lily Rabe
As Sister Mary Eunice (S2) / Misty Day (S3)
Emma Roberts
As Madison Montgomery
Denis O'Hare
As Larry Harvey (S1) / Spalding (S3)
Taissa Farmiga
As Violet Harmon (S1) / Zoe Benson (S3)
Frances Conroy
As Myrtle Snow
Kathy Bates
As Madame Delphine LaLaurie
Jessica Lange
As Constance Langdon (S1) / Sister Jude (S2) / Fiona Goode (S3)


New Orleans in 1834, and Madame Delphine LaLaurie hosts a party. She introduces the potential suitors to her daughters, Marie Louise Pauline, Marie Louise Jeanne, and Marie Delphine Lopez, nicknamed BoRouita. Delphine assures them that they have many talents, although her youngest Pauline's talent hasn't yet revealed itself. Pauling flirtingly suggests that it might be in the boudoir and her mother simply says that they'll find out on her wedding night...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Iron ButterflyIn a Gadda Da-VidaFiona dances and uses drugs

Episode Quotes
Delphine: My youngest, Pauline, well, her major talent has yet to reveal itself.
Pauline: Perhaps my talent is in the boudoir, Mother Dear.
Delphine: I guess we'll find out on your wedding night, mon petit.

Zoe: It's a cliche, but like all cliches, it's the truth. Your life can change overnight. Or in a moment.

Zoe: So apparently I'm a witch. It runs in my family, but it doesn't show up in every generation, or in every girl. Like my cousin Amanda. She's just bulimic. We read about the Salem Witch trials in, like, fifth grade. Guess I should have paid more attention.

Cordelia: Look, why don't you just go away? I don't want you here. How else do you want me to say it?
Fiona: You're still angry, I can tell.
Cordelia: My God, you are the Supreme.

Fiona: You teach them to cower. and to hide in the shadows. Well, there are no shadows, not anymore. Do you really think with Twitter and Faceback that a witch does anything at all she won't be videotaped and turned into some viral freak show like a dog who says "I love you"?

Cordelia: Where are you going?
Fiona: Out. Don't wait up.
Cordelia: I have half a mind to enchant the locks after you leave.
Fiona: Don't make me drop a house on you.

Kyle: Thought you looked thirsty.
Zoe: Is that your superpower? You can sense dehydration?
Kyle: One of them.
Zoe: Ah. Frat boy, right? I think frats are full of fascists.
Kyle: I don't mind being reduced to a stereotype, but I'm on a scholarship.

Zoe: When the levees broke, the people of New Orleans were tested. Those who stayed, stayed for a reason. With that came a sense of purpose and community. That's what happens in a crisis. All the bullshit falls away, and what's left is so raw and vulnerable. It's agony to let other people see you so exposed. It takes a huge amount of trust, and for most of us, that trust was shattered long ago. But, like it or not, we need each other. And we need each other desperately. My mother was right. The world isn't safe for a girl like me. But maybe I'm not safe for the world, either. And since I'll never be able to experience real love, might as well put this curse to some use.

Cultural References
Madison: Jesus, Sabrina, relax.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003) is a sitcom featuring Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina Spellman, who discovers she has inherited magical abilities. She lives with her two aunts and Salem, a warlock transformed into a black cat.

Fiona: And you're never gonna become great women of our clan sitting around here at Hogwarts under the confused instruction of my daughter.

Hogwarts School of Magic is where most of the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling take place.

Fiona: Don't make me drop a house on you.

In the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) and the movie adaptation (1939), the Wicked Witch of the West is killed when Dorothy's house falls on her.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRyan Murphy  |  Brad Falchuk
Executive ProducerBradley Buecker  |  James Wong (1)  |  Jennifer Salt  |  Dante DiLoreto  |  Brad Falchuk  |  Ryan Murphy  |  Tim Minear
Co-Executive ProducerAlfonso Gomez-Rejon  |  Douglas Petrie  |  Jessica Sharzer
ProducerAlexis Martin  |  Joe Incaprera
Co-ProducerJames Williams (2)
Production DesignerMark Worthington
EditorBradley Buecker
CastingRobert J. Ulrich  |  Eric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Meagan Lewis
Unit Production ManagerJoe Incaprera
First Assistant DirectorRon Rapiel
Second Assistant DirectorChris DeAngelis
Music EditorDavid Klotz
Music SupervisorP.J. Bloom
Costume DesignerLou Eyrich
Key GripKenny King
Camera OperatorAndrea Rossotto  |  James Reid (3)
Set DesignerAdele Plauche
Set DecoratorEllen Brill
Location ManagerVirginia McCollam
Transportation CoordinatorRandy Kinyon
Property MasterBeau Harrison  |  Luci Leary
Construction CoordinatorJerry Henery
Production Sound MixerBruce Litecky
Script SupervisorChristine Lalande
Production CoordinatorChris D. Menke
Script CoordinatorCrystal Liu
Post Production SupervisorTodd Nenninger
Supervising Sound EditorGary Megregian
Re-Recording MixerVicki Lemar  |  Joe Earle
GafferJohn M. Magallon
Director of PhotographyMichael Goi
Stunt CoordinatorJim Henry (1)
Art DirectorAndrew Murdock
Assistant Production CoordinatorSofia Hujabre
Main Title ThemeCesar Davila-irizarry  |  Charlie Clouser
Production AccountantScott Cohn
ScoreJames S. Levine
Department Head HairMonte C. Haught
Casting AssociateEric Souliere
Department Head Make-upEryn Krueger Mekash
Assistant To The ProducerSara Stelwagen  |  Jessica Meyer  |  Devon Quinn  |  Matt Solik
Special Effects CoordinatorDonnie Dean
Special Effects Make-upChristien Tinsley
Producers' CoordinatorJennifer Wright (1)
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