American Horror Story - Freak Show, Episode 7 - Rotten Tomatoes

Test of Strength



Critic Consensus: While the season's suspense is building nicely, "Test of Strength" is basically a filler episode that does nothing more than tease future tragedy.

Episode Info

The women rally against Dell. Meanwhile, Jimmy has a strange encounter with Dandy.


Heather Langenkamp
as Female Toulouse

Critic reviews for Test of Strength

"Test of Strength" may have mostly been power plays and backstabbing, but it was tight, focused and really helped Dell feel like a more present character.

January 21, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

As much as the episode benefits from a more singular focus, as opposed to the scattershot plotting of last week's offering, there are certain inconsistencies.

January 21, 2015 | Full Review…

It's possible the real "test of strength" referenced in this week's American Horror Story: Freak Show title is whether you can watch the last five minutes without covering your eyes.

January 21, 2015 | Full Review…

"Test of Strength" feels like a series of barely-connected vignettes, to catch us up on what everyone has been up to.

January 20, 2015 | Rating: 6.6/10 | Full Review…

It's an hour-long game of chicken, coming close to chloroforming Eve and braining Jimmy, but backing off at the last second.

January 21, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

The body count on Freak Show has been relatively light thus far -- certainly compared to the resurrection-happy Coven. Are we just being set up for a huge mass-murder of lead cast members in the back half of the season?

January 21, 2015 | Full Review…

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