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Let's Celebrate Dylan McDermott's Triumphant Return to "American Horror Story" with a Ben Harmon Appreciation Post

By Courtney Enlow | Celebrities Are Better than You | December 11, 2012 | Comments ()


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It is upon us! He hath returned!

For those of you who watched "American Horror Story" last season, you were no doubt, as I was, completely enthralledembarrassedamused by Ben Harmon, the greatestworstbest character in the history of television, who reached amazingterriblefancy levels of awfulness at his chosen profession, fatherhood, husbandhood, affair-having and general common sense. But he had one very important skill: tearjerking.

With his return to the program tomorrow night, where he will presumably play (totally probable speculative spoiler alert) the product of this whole situation and the future/present (totally probable speculative spoiler alert) this whole situation.

But, for the moment, let's look back--not forward--at Ben Harmon. More like American Hero Story.

Oh, and needless to say, here be spoilers.

We love Ben Harmon because...

He's a caring and nurturing psychiatrist.

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He sees the bright side of having a dead daughter.

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In fact, he really is all about the silver linings of death.

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He's nothing if not observant.

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That's why he can't have a cupcake.

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No worries, Constance, he'll just have a banana.

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His towel-fighting skills are most impressive.

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But his mistress-murder-stopping skills are not.

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Call it tearjerking, call it crysturbating, whatever you want. Regardless, he goes through a lot of tissues.

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And, above all else, he makes fifty look GOOD.

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Welcome back, Benny.

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Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned


  • Kip Hackman

    That observant gif is easily the best thing I've seen all day.

  • Bodhi

    GodDAMN, Tate is sexy.

    I haven't watched S2 yet, is Evan Peters as psychotically gorgeous as he was in S1?

  • Brooke

    So, no recap for last weeks Christmas episode?

  • e jerry powell

    BOOOOOOOOTAAAAAAAY.

    That is all.

  • Brooke Michelle

    So ...is he appearing AS Ben Harmon? Or is the character someone else, played by DmcD?

  • Jerce

    Why is this so hard for people to get?

    Some of the CAST MEMBERS are the same as last season. The characters being played by the cast members are entirely different from last season. This season's ENTIRE STORY is different from last season's story.

    I don't mean to come down too hard on you personally; but Jesusdammit I am tired of explaining this to people over and over and OVER again. I must have had this conversation a dozen times over the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • R-Dawg

    I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

  • $27019454

    It's a message board. On the Internet. Chill. Also, sorry about your life.

  • Brooke Michelle

    Ok, you need to relax.I know full goddamned well that the PLAYERS were recycled. Sorry if your Thanksgiving was spent in the company of idiots, but I am not one of them.

    The article seems to suggest that MAYBE Ben Harmon from season one is the Bloodyface2 character. That's what I was asking.

  • Slash

    Seriously, every time I see him now, all I can think is ARCHER!

    And hell yeah, he is an effing great looking 50. Damn.

  • emmelemm

    The banana .GIF is impressive.

    And yes, Ben Harmon was the Worst. Psychiatrist. Ever.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Hannibal Lecter?

    Bill Capa?

    Whoever "treated" my father?

    I'm thinking SRL or comment diversion.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Well done :)

  • Anna von Beav

    Best. Post. Ever.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Dylan McMurderface!

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    Fifty years old! Fifty! Fifty? I. So. Would.

  • VonnegutSlut

    Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney?

    I'm going with Dylmot Mulrondermottey.

  • BWeaves

    Oh shit! Another couple of guys I thought were the same person.

    Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney

    Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon

    Javier Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan

    Ewan McGregor and Jude Law

  • This show is so fucked up and yet I can't get enough of it. I'm sure that's the whole point of the show. It's kind of like The Cabin in the Woods. It's showing us how fucked up we are that we like to watch this stuff all the while indulging us in that desire.

  • I can't recall the exact quote, and I'm not in a position to look it up at the moment, but one of the recaps of Television without Pity summed up the show perfectly (while talking about some kind of a ridiculous, over the top, probably outrageously offensive thing that happened) by saying that it's all about taking our classic stories and tropes and throwing them back in our face multipled by a hundred.
    I think that's exactly why I love it so much. No, it's not new. It's not intended to be. It's everything we love and hate about the stories we know thrown into a blender whether they belong together or not to come up with a big, tempting mug of hot cocoa with a big shot of arsenic.

  • Maguita NYC

    And that is exactly where genius enters the picture: The Expendables vs. American Horror Story. They both have the same definition of creative value, as you said it best, taking classics and tropes, then throwing them back in our faces multiplied by a hundred.

    With master skill and an eye for the spook-panache, you get American Horror Story. With egotistical-bullshit and an eye for the old-(semi)boner-killing sprees, you get The Expendables.

  • KatSings

    YES! I LOVE ALL OF THIS.

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