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.
Critic reviews for Test of Strength
[Murphy] just keeps recycling everything over and over again, only changing the names and the backdrops each time to give the illusion that each season is fresh and new.
"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.
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.
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.
It's an hour-long game of chicken, coming close to chloroforming Eve and braining Jimmy, but backing off at the last second.
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