Critic Consensus: A deeper look into the sad story of Pepper makes "Orphans" one of the more heartfelt episodes of Freak Show.
Critic reviews for Orphans
Now Freak Show-which originally had more of that Coven-style celebration of "otherness"-has boomeranged back into the dour and joyless air of Briarcliff.
With "Orphans", as it sometimes has in the past, American Horror Story zeroes in on the rarely seen sincere side of its characters, and the results are oddly affecting.
The Pepper stuff didn't add anything to the main carny chaos. It just made the episode a bit better than it would have been.
"Orphans" presents the strongest profile of a character that I can remember on the show and the result is a touching, beautiful look at one of AHS's side characters-one who is so much more than we thought.
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