Test of Strength
American Horror Story Freak Show



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics 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.

Cast & Crew

Jessica Lange
Elsa Mars
Kathy Bates
Ethel Darling
Sarah Paulson
Bette & Dot Tattler
Michael Chiklis
Dell Toledo
Angela Bassett
Desiree Dupree
Evan Peters
Jimmy Darling
Emma Roberts
Maggie Esmerelda
Celia Weston
Lillian Hemmings
Jyoti Amge
Ma Petite
Bubbles Arrigo
Erika Ervin
Amazon Eve
Mat Fraser
Paul the Illustrated Seal
Skitch King
Rose Siggins
Legless Suzi
Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk
Executive Producer
Dante Di Loreto
Executive Producer
Tim Minear
Executive Producer
Jennifer Salt
Executive Producer
James Wong
Executive Producer
Brad Buecker
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Test of Strength

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

Jan 21, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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?

Jan 21, 2015 | Full Review…

From the second "Test of Strength" begins, it is clear that someone is going to die.

Jan 21, 2015 | Full Review…

American Horror Story sets its own conventions each season, but then it is constantly smashing them. It never gets us complacent enough to really shock us out of our complacency.

Jan 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

God this episode was dull.

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

[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.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

"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.

Jan 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 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.

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

"Test of Strength" had some great moments and some time-wasting moments but overall I'm still glad that AHS: Freak Show exists and remains unpredictably maddening and/or wonderful from week to week.

Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Obviously, the show still needs time to recover, but I have faith they'll get there- sooner or later, that is.

Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…