Well, the only thing that could get much crazier on American Horror Story: Coven is adding music star Stevie Nicks to the cast of characters as herself. "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks" has a lot going on, including a visit from the voodoo loa Papa Legbas, but what's surely the stand-out aspect of the episode is Nicks belting out a couple of her songs accompanied only by piano, Misty Day fainting at the sight of her.
Nicks plays herself in Coven, as though she's aware and friends with all of the witch ladies including Fiona. What does this say about Nicks, we might ask? No matter - the cameo is sort of a stunt from Ryan Murphy, and it works without really needing to make a lot of sense. She's there, we accept it, kind of like everything else that ever happens in Coven.
Even though the title of this episode features Nicks, she's not the point of this episode. Coming back from the holiday break, Coven has to deal with the mass murder of most of Marie Laveau's voodoo witches thanks to Hank and his father's witch-killing company. Marie Laveau is shattered, and she runs to Fiona for help. If the show has been attempting to characterize Marie as a badass voodoo goddess, it has failed pretty miserably - her fall from power isn't as much of a surprise as it should be, because throughout most of Coven she's seemed less powerful than even the younger witches of the coven.
But at least "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks" cements the notion that Fiona and the coven will band together with Marie Leveau to take on an even bigger threat to witchhood - the witch-killing company. Fiona casts a spell on some mice in a maze to bring down the Delphi Trust: they're targeted by the SEC, and everyone sells off their stocks in the company meaning a 50% loss. It's a pretty easy solution, but it's clear the company is down but not out.
In other events, everyone seems to think Misty Day is the new Supreme, so naturally Madison decides to kill her by shoving her in a coffin and burying her in a mausoleum. Cordelia's messed up because Fiona takes out her frustrations on her; likewise, Fiona is concerned about dying and attempts to do anything to get everlasting life - including summoning Papa Legbas, a voodoo demon who can grant immortality for a stiff price.
Papa Legbas is played by Lance Reddick, and he's the most fascinating aspect of Coven that I've encountered in a while. I'd watch a whole season devoted to Papa Legbas; the mystery of his ways is so eerie in this episode that I think there's a lot more that AHS could do with him. Alas, he's really only in "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks" to take Nan to the afterlife, and I'm not sure he'll be back.
Still, this episode was jam-packed with tons of crazy stuff that's sure to intrigue and confuse. That direction I talked of in the last episode, "Head," has diverged quite a bit though. Where "Head" seemed to set the course for the rest of Coven, "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks" throws things again - weirdly, we seem to be moving away from a conclusive finale, but I'm sure Coven will be plowing through events to wrap things up.