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AHS Asylum S2E4 Recap: I Am Anne Frank Part I

American Horror Story Asylum, S2E4: I Am Anne Frank, Part 1

Original Airdate: November 7, 2012

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

 

Raise your hand if you woke up last Thursday morning and checked to make sure your legs were still attached.  Hey, you never know….

1964

A woman with no ID enters Briarcliff in the middle of the night.  She’s on a psychiatric hold and it’s easier for the police to dump her there than deal with her.  Sister Jude, who had been awakened and is wearing her robe, wants to understand what set the woman off.  Apparently she was in a bar and an anti-Semitic joke set her off.  She has blood on her coat, but it isn’t hers.  Sister Jude is sympathetic to what happened to “her people” in the War and asks if she lost someone.  The woman starts whistling.  She looks like she has a secret, but she’s not telling just yet.  Sister Jude orders her to be locked up for the night.  Her treatment will start in the morning.

Dr. Arden is up late.  He’s preparing a syringe full of something sinister.  You can just tell that he’s up to no good.  Poor Shelley struggles on the exam table.  She wants to know if she’s going to die.  Dr. Arden laughs.  “After this, you’re probably going to live forever,” he replies, injecting her in her temple.  Shelley screams.

In the kitchen, inmates prepare the dough.  Kit asks Grace for a cigarette and she sees his face.  “Arden?” she asks.  Indeed, Dr. Arden roughed Kit up during his search for answers.  Where did the little mechanical bug go?  He took lots of x-rays.  But Kit is more interested in Grace’s story.  She tells him about waking up in the middle of the night in her family’s farmhouse.  There’s a noise.  She goes down the hall to see a man murdering her father.  She manages to run down the stairs and into a closet.  The murderer runs out of the house looking for her, and then Grace turns around to see that her stepmother had been chopped up and placed on the shelf.  Grace tells Kit that she lost her father and stepmother that night, and her stepsister the next day.  Her stepsister didn’t die, though; her stepsister and her lover conspired to kill the family and blame Grace so that they would inherit the land.  The police wouldn’t believe Grace no matter how many times she told the story.  She talks about how she misses the farm and misses riding the horses, because riding made her feel like she was flying.  “You’ll fly again,” Kit reassures her.

Dr. Thredson asks Lana where she went during the movie.  He tells her that he’s not going to tell Sister Jude anything, but he observed her to be gone and then she reappeared with Kit and Grace.  We flash back to movie night and see that he’s watching the trio as they leave the day room.  Kit tells the two women that even if Shelley made it out, no one can know that they tried again.  Returning to the present, Dr. Thredson admits that Lana is not a threat to society and she shouldn’t be locked up.  Lana smiles.  “You head shrinkers are such hypocrites,” she says.  She criticizes the use of the Bible as a diagnostic tool, one that proclaims that her homosexuality is a disease.  That’s where Dr. Thredson wants her to know that he can help her. He knows why she’d try to escape and offers an alternative.  He doesn’t have much time left at Briarcliff, but he can take her on as a patient and prove that she has been cured, at which time they’d have to release her.  He calls her a fish out of water, gasping for breath.  She won’t last there much longer.  But Lana resists, telling him that she has been “this way” for as long as she can remember.

The new girl is sitting in the day room writing.  She talks about how the people in the asylum have been locked away to die, which differs from her experience (presumably during the War) when her people held hope of getting out.  In the asylum there is no hope.  Lana watches her write and approaches her, telling her that she’ll be thrown into solitary for writing.  She might need a friend.  The newcomer isn’t afraid, though, and she doesn’t seem interested in making friends.  As Lana leaves, Dr. Arden enters.  While he observes one of the inmates, the woman rises from the chair.  She shouts that he was there, at Auschwitz.  He stands there, stunned, and then he calls the orderlies to sedate her.  They drag her away, and that’s when she introduces herself.  “I’m Anne!” she cries.  “Anne Frank!”

Anne meets with Sister Jude.  Sister Jude says it will be a relief for millions of schoolchildren that she’s alive.  Anne Frank died in the camps before they were liberated.  Not so, says Anne.  She was too sick to tell her name.  When she regained her health she lived on the streets.  She met an American soldier from New Jersey who married her and brought her to the US.  He died in Korea in 1952, the same year her journal was published.  Sister Jude wonders why she never reached out to her father, but Anne replies that her father had started a new family, and her journal had so much power.  People saw what happened to her people through the work of a fifteen year old girl.  It would only have that power, though, if it remained in the voice of a fifteen year old girl.  So she didn’t say anything.  Sister Jude believes her story to be obscene, but Anne has a bombshell—the real horror is that Briarcliff is employing a Nazi war criminal.

Dr. Thredson has a dilemma.  He tells Kit that if he declares Kit sane, he will be sentenced to the electric chair.  If he says he is insane, Kit will face a life locked away at Briarcliff.  Thredson doesn’t believe Kit is crazy or evil.  He thinks society drove him to create this fabrication about aliens to cover up the heinous acts he committed.  Thredson is willing to lie to the courts to save Kit’s life, but Kit will have to spend the rest of his time with Thredson facing the reality of what he did.  Kit insists that he told the truth, but Thredson won’t hear of it.  Thredson is going to tell him what really happened.

Anne tells Sister Jude that Dr. Arden wasn’t known by that name back then.  She has a flashback to the concentration camps.  His name was Dr. Hans Gruper, and he was there when they arrived at Auschwitz on the trains.  She recalls seeing him stop two twin boys from getting off with the rest of the children, and she thought they were lucky.  As it turns out, no one was lucky.  He’d come into the women’s barracks and bring them candy.  He said that he wanted to help all of them but he couldn’t, so he’d leave it to a coin toss.  The women who left with him came back unable to walk, so damaged that they rarely lived long afterwards.  They’d been sworn to secrecy so no one ever understood what happened.

Thredson tells Kit that he married Alma in secret, and even though it was his greatest joy, he had to keep it a secret.  He posits that it was this secret that pushed him to release the strain by attacking the librarian in January, removing her skin and her head.  Was it because those things represent the things that society was punishing Alma about?  Her race and identity?  The same thing happened to a secretary outside of her house.  The night that Alma died, Kit claims that his friends came to his house.  He hid Alma, but the stress of having to hide her made him snap.  We see him throw Alma into a table and beat her into a bloody pulp.  Kit shakes his head, haunted by the portrait of a killer that Thredson is painting.  He insists that he didn’t do it.

Sister Jude shakes her head.  Dr. Arden is not a Nazi.  She says that Anne can’t possibly know that because she wasn’t there at the camp.  Anne thrusts her arm out and displays her tattooed ID number.  She knows where she has been.  But can Sister Jude say for sure that she knows where Arden came from?

Two orderlies dispense meds in the day room.  Lana approaches and then stops, hearing a voice in her head.  Slowly, the day room fades away and she’s accepting an award for her expose on the horrors at Briarcliff.  Though the day room is still all around her, she steps up to the podium, now resplendent in a colorful dress and makeup, and gives a speech.  She thanks the other inmates at Briarcliff whose stories broke her heart.  She talks about Martha, who was beautiful when she entered the asylum after her husband’s death but now spends her time bashing her head against the wall.  Then there’s Rudy, the chronic masturbator, whose habit got worse under the beatings he received.  No matter how they tried to break her spirit, Lana pushes on, even though they keep trying to make her forget what she has seen.  “She did everything she could to survive, and then she did what she had to to get out.”  That said, she marches into Thredson’s office and asks to start his treatment.

Kit punches his ball of dough.  Grace teases him about using the dough instead of taking his aggression out on Sister Jude, who ordered them to work double shifts.  Kit’s wondering if maybe he is crazy.  What if he imagined the whole thing because he doesn’t want to face the truth?  What is he? Crazy or sane?  Grace doesn’t care.  She has made a decision to stay with him.  They share a kiss, which leads to a passionate tryst on the countertop.  (Where exactly is their supervision??)  As they finish, the door opens and a guard walks in to catch them in the act.

Sister Eunice chooses a cane for Sister Jude to use on Grace and Kit.  The cane she chose, she says, is fitting for their punishment.  Sister Jude smiles and tells her that “she doesn’t know what has gotten into her,” but it’s an improvement.  Oh, Jude, if you only knew….  Grace wants them to give out their punishments and be done with it, but Sister Jude is concerned that these two are far too familiar with each other and are trying to create a “murder baby.”  Kit defends Grace, saying she was framed.  Sister Jude orders them both to be sterilized.  Frank the guard enters just as Kit tries to argue that they can’t do that to them.  He tells Sister Jude that two detectives are there to see Dr. Arden.  Sister Jude leaves, telling Sister Eunice and Frank to take Kit and Grace away while their paperwork is processed for their procedures.  Sister Eunice wants to take Kit, and she sends Grace off with Frank.  Sister Eunice has the eerie little smile on her face.  What is she up to? Once they’re alone, Sister Eunice removes a file from the cabinet and puts it in front of Kit.  As she leaves to give him privacy, she tells him that Grace isn’t as innocent as she claims to be.  He leans forward and starts reading.

Ever the curious one, Sister Jude bursts into Dr. Arden’s office pretending to need him.  The detectives rise to their feet.  Dr. Arden looks very uncomfortable sitting at his desk while she introduces herself.  They’re there to investigate charges brought upon the doctor by the prostitute that he’d attacked.  He insists that there is no case while we flash back to their odd evening together.  Arden doesn’t believe they even have a case against him, but they go on to say that the woman saw certain things—pornographic images, Nazi memorabilia—that make them want to look closer.  He dismisses them and leaves the room, but hearing about the accusation only heightens Sister Jude’s concerns about him.  It turns out that these aren’t vice detectives.  They’re homicide detectives, and there are things about the evidence that caught their eye.  They ask her about the charges against Kit Walker.  Does he really seem like he possesses the surgical skills necessary to remove a woman’s skin, or to cut off her head with precision.  Sister Jude’s eyes widen with alarm at the implications.

Lana sits in a darkened room with Dr. Thredson, who shows her image after image of women in provocative poses.  Lana finally is so overcome she vomits into a bucket.  He rubs her shoulder.  He’s giving her a morphine drip, which helps with this therapy to teach the body to be repelled by certain triggers.  He shows her a picture of Wendy that he brought from her house.  He tells her to say “when,” and she manages to hold on several moments before getting sick.  She asks for a few moments before he shows the next picture, but Thredson decides that they can stop this part of the treatment (aversion therapy) and move on to the next phase, conversion therapy.  He’s pleased with her progress and suggests that she might enjoy the next phase.  He brings in a young man, Daniel, who is willing (“honored”) to participate in her treatment.  She says she’s willing to do whatever it takes, which means that Daniel will take off his robe and she will regard his physique.  She’s afraid of him touching her, but Thredson says that she wants her to touch herself.  She complies, slowly, and he tells her to “focus on his genitals.”  She does.  Then he asks her to keep touching herself while holding Daniel’s “member.”  She manages this, but only for a few moments before she gets sick.  Thredson ushers Daniel out of the room and tells Lana that they don’t have time to delve deeper into the causes of her fixation.  They need to move on.  How many of you Thredson fans just fell out of your chairs?

Sister Jude informs Monsignor O’Hara that detectives were at the asylum to interview Dr. Arden about the prostitute.  She has reason to believe that he was a Nazi.  The Monsignor listens to her but believes that this is all part of the personal vendetta that she has against Arden.  When she insists that it’s the truth, he forces her to admit that the evidence comes from one of the inmates.  Perhaps this job is too much for her, he suggests.  She’d rather blame Nazi war criminals than look in the mirror to see the truth.  She says she’s only trying to protect their shared dream of building Briarcliff into a premiere treatment facility, but he drops a bomb on her.  He knows she has been drinking, and she was drinking on the night of the escape.  He tells her to pray on it to find answers to this dilemma.

Dr. Arden is working on Shelley when the phone rings.  It’s the Monsignor.  “They’re onto you, Arthur,” he says as Shelley writhes on the table.  “If you have any housekeeping to take care of, I suggest you do it now.”  Dr. Arden regards Shelley on the table while the Monsignor takes a long, reflective drag on his cigarette.

Sister Jude tells Mother Superior that she “slipped.”  The good Mother seems familiar with Jude’s story and tells her that God will present challenges all along the way.  It was He who left the carafe of wine on her desk.  Mother Superior suspects that Jude came to see her for other reasons, and she doesn’t seem surprised when Sister Jude tells her all about Dr. Arden’s transgressions and how the Monsignor doesn’t want to ask the difficult questions.  Men are like that, Mother Superior sighs.  They don’t like to be caught in these situations.  She urges Jude to talk to someone who can help, but Jude is reluctant to go behind the Monsignor’s back given that he was the one who helped her to find her mission in life.  Mother Superior disagrees, citing the fact that she was a broken woman when she arrived on her doorstep, but she always had a strong moral compass.  Sister Jude just needs to get back on track.

Grace hears a door open.  An orderly brings Kit to his cell.  Sister Eunice is with him.  Kit looks pale and sad and he doesn’t look over at Grace.  Once he’s locked up, Sister Eunice leaves, casting a long look at Grace.  Grace immediately asks if Kit is all right.  They haven’t cut his balls off, he tells her.  He demands to know why she lied to him.  Grace realizes that he knows what she did, and she asks if he wants to hear that she’s sorry, which she isn’t.  Then she tells the story of how her father used to come into their room at night and do things to her.  She told her stepmother what was happening but she kept Grace quiet by giving her candy.  Grace murdered her first, and then her father.  Her stepsister saw her murdering her father.  She asks if Kit is repulsed by her.  He tells her he admires her for what she was able to do.

Dr. Thredson seeks Lana out in the day room.  He tells her that he has felt sick for doing what he did to her.  He gives her the photo of Wendy and tells her that he’s leaving at the end of the week, and he plans to bring Lana with him.

Sister Jude is in a room with Kit, who wants to confess about his crime.  He wants to know if God truly knows everything.  Does He know whether or not he killed those women?  He can’t remember, but based on what everyone tells him, he must have done it.  He begs Sister Jude to forgive him.  She says that God forgives everyone who asks for it.

Dr. Arden drags Anne into his exam room.  She has brought all kinds of trouble upon him.  He taunts her, telling her that Anne Frank is dead.  As he locks the door, she pulls a gun on him.  She took it from one of the guards.  When he comes closer, she shoots him in the leg.  He falls to the ground but still taunts her.  That’s when she hears the noises coming from the next room.  She takes his keys and opens the door to find Shelley on the ground.  Her face is covered in blistering welts.  “Kill me!” she begs.

Well, my friends, this show has definitely taken off in a different direction now what we’re a third of the way into the season.  Where do we even start?  The scenes between Lana and Thredson were downright disturbing.  Is Kit pretending to go along with Thredson’s suggestions, or is it possible that he really committed those murders?  Is this really Anne Frank?  And what is Monsignor O’Hara’s connection to Dr. Arden?  As always, I want to hear your thoughts.  Where is the show going?  What more can possibly happen?  Leave your comments below!

AHS Asylum S2E2 Recap: Tricks and Treats

American Horror Story, S2E2: Tricks and Treats

Original Airdate: October 24, 2012

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

 

It’s not even Halloween and tonight’s American Horror Story: Asylum was full of tricks and treats.  You never know what you’re going to get with this show.  That’s what makes it great.  I have a friend who doesn’t watch a lot of television.  I told him to try American Horror Story last week, but when he asked what it was about, I found it difficult to explain.  Tonight’s episode proves that there’s no easy way to wrap up a description of the show in a neat and tidy little package.  It has a little bit of everything.  It’s insane.  Incidentally, his response last week was “how have I not been watching this!?”  I feel the same way.  The show is freaking amazing.

Music plays a very important role this season, particularly because the show is set in 1964, and so much of our American musical heritage comes from this decade.  Tonight I want you to think about Dusty Springfield’s song “You Will Be His.”  The whole notion of belonging to someone else—or being tied to someone else, or being possessed by someone else—is a theme that runs through the entire episode.  We’ll talk about this later on.

Present Day

Poor Teresa.  Not only was her husband’s arm ripped off of his body last week, now she’s alone in present day Briarcliff and Bloody Face is chasing her through the old Death Chute.  Not fun at all.  She returns to Leo and tries to drag him to safety, but Leo is going in and out of consciousness and can’t do much to give her a hand.  Sorry, I had to say it.  You know you were thinking it!  Bloody Face catches up to her, and she is forced to abandon her husband to save her own life.  She leaves Leo outside the chamber and locks herself inside.  (Is this a good idea?  Wasn’t something inside there?  Isn’t that were Leo’s arm is, with his phone?)  Teresa watches in horror as Bloody Face kneels beside poor Leo and stabs him repeatedly with something that looks like an ice pick.  Adam Levine fans, take note of the fact that our tortured hero isn’t dead….

1964

Wendy’s friends have gathered to console her.  She regrets sending Lana to Briarcliff and she’s even more distressed to find out that the serial killer known as Bloody Face has been sent to the same institution.  Her lover is locked in with the man accused of killing and mutilating all of those women.  She wants to recant.  She had been coerced into signing those papers.  It’s fair to assume that her friends know about her relationship with Lana.  Though they caution her against doing anything that could make the situation worse, they can clearly see that this has torn Wendy apart.  When someone knocks on the door, there’s a hesitation to open it.  Wendy watches as her more confident friend goes to answer the door, noting that the killer has been caught (here you can see that Bloody Face has truly caused a panic around town).  She opens the door to find several children getting a jump start on trick or treating.  They’re a day early.  Wendy, from inside the couch, starts to cry again.  She doesn’t even have any candy.

Later that night, Dusty Springfield’s voice fills Wendy’s house as she sings “You Will Be His.”  Wendy is in the shower.  Wendy’s windows are open and the curtains are blowing.  She has already smoked some pot to calm down.  Can you tell this isn’t a good situation?  Wendy walks through the house, noting the blowing curtains.  She goes through the beaded doorway and comes face to face with Bloody Face.  She begs for her life, citing the poor children who won’t understand their teacher’s death.  This has no effect on him.  Seriously, why haven’t people learned that you can’t leave your windows open?  Someone is bound to come inside to kill you!  But this is important—this means that Kit can’t possibly be Bloody Face if he is locked up inside Briarcliff and another woman is killed.  Make a note of that.

There’s a room search underway at the asylum.  Sister Jude explains to Lana that this is how they keep things in order.  Shelley says she has a cucumber in her room, but not because she’s hungry.  Frank’s initial search of Lana’s room comes up empty, but Sister Jude prompts him to check her pillowcase.  Lo and behold, she’s got a stack of notes she’s written to help her remember all of the atrocities she has witnessed.  When Sister Jude hears that she was denied her phone call, she asks if she intended to call the American Civil Lesbian Union, knowing that Lana isn’t speaking with her parents and she probably isn’t going to call the lover who committed her.  Frank the Guard chuckles.  Lana asserts that her editor knows that she’s there to do an article.  Someone will come looking for her.  And she doesn’t need her notes.  She has an excellent memory.  Sister Jude walks away.  “We’ll see about that.”

Oddly, Sister Jude goes directly to Dr. Arden’s office.  He’s not exactly thrilled to see Sister Jude, but he knows why she’s there.  It’s the reporter that has been causing her vexation.  Sister Jude believes that her memories are in the way of her treatment and her repentance.  She wants to know if electroshock therapy is an option.  Arden is surprised to hear that she’s changed her mind on a treatment that she previously found to be barbaric.  As it turns out, she prayed on it and decided that electroshock therapy is “just another tool in His tool chest.”  Read: she needs the reporter to shut the hell up and not remember any of what she’s seeing at Briarcliff.

Lana is taken into the therapy room and strapped to the bed.  (This is the same room that Leo and Teresa fooled around in)  Arden puts something in her mouth to keep her from swallowing her tongue.  To Sarah Paulson’s credit, you can see the sheer terror in Lana’s expression.  Dr. Arden invites Sister Jude to participate in the treatment.  Not one to back away from a direct challenge (he wants to see if she’ll do it or not), she consents to help.  She positions the electrodes on Lana’s temples and Arden turns on the electricity.  The lights flicker and Lana’s vision fades in and out.  Her body convulses.  Seriously, I’d like to know what sick fucker ever thought this was a good idea, let alone an acceptable treatment option for the mentally ill (remember, Lana isn’t mentally ill, they are trying to “cure” her lesbianism).  It looks horrible.  Even after the electricity goes off, her body is rigid.  Sister Jude’s eyes widen ever so much.  She doesn’t approve.  In fact, she looks a little sick.

Kit is escorted into the day room.  He tries to grab a cigarette but it’s taken away from him.  Now we’re all introduced to Dr. Oliver Thredson, played by the talented Zachary Quinto.  “It seems unreasonable to me that a man should be denied the right to smoke,” he comments, offering Kit a cigarette.  The scene alternates between Thredson and Kit talking to Thredson typing up his report.  Thredson’s charge at Briarcliff is to determine whether or not Kit is capable of standing trial.  We see photos of the mutilated bodies.  He postulates that perhaps his actions were the result of a breakdown caused by his illicit relationship.  Kit insists that he’s not crazy.  He didn’t kill his wife.  As mentioned in the police report, Kit asserts that his wife was taken by aliens.  She was alive the last time he saw her.  Thredson’s diagnosis: Acute clinical insanity.

Outside, Sister Eunice encounters Dr. Arden in the woods.  She tells him that the creatures had quite a “ferocious appetite” the night before. They tore the basket apart.  Arden promises to explain it to her in good time, but he wants to know if she has told Sister Jude.  She hasn’t.  It’s their secret.  Interesting that a nun is keeping secrets from her superior.  He offers a candy apple to Sister Eunice as a treat for helping him.  Her face lights up like a child, but she is hesitant to take it.  Sister Jude says that “sweets lead to sin.”  He insists, holding it out to her.  She finally accepts, biting it while he holds it.  You can tell that he’s manipulating her.  Is he attracted to her?  They walk back to the asylum.  Shelley watches from the window, noting the apple in Sister Eunice’s basket.

In the dayroom, Lana reflects on her shock therapy.  Her temples bear horrible burns from where the electrodes melted her skin.  She’s still taking notes as Kit walks in.  Her vision fades in and out while she watches him.  He goes and sits with Grace, who asks about his meeting with Thredson.  He couldn’t pull off the insane act.  The only option he has is to escape.  Grace knows that this won’t work and tells him as much.  Lana is listening.  She realizes that there is a way.  The tunnels.

Dr. Thredson catches up with Sister Jude, who is eager to know if she’ll have a bed opening up soon.  Thredson isn’t done with his report yet, but he wants to talk to her about the conditions in the asylum.  He has witnessed several incidents of malpractice and abuse.  And it’s unthinkable that they’re using electroshock therapy to treat homosexuality when the new model for treatment is behavior modification.  Sister Jude waves him away.  This is an asylum, after all.  What did he expect?  She reminds him that his job is to write a report for one patient—Kit—and he should leave her to her job.

She returns to her office to meet with a family whose son has been having trouble.  Jed is a good boy, his mother says, but lately he has been different.  Sister Jude assures them that she’s had great success with the “chronic masturbators,” but his mother says that this isn’t his problem.  That’s when Thredson interrupts, feigning ignorance at interrupting her meeting.  He offers his services and though Sister Jude tries to get him out of the way, Jed’s mother thinks having a doctor would be helpful.  Seventeen year old Jed has been acting strangely lately.  Thredson tries to blame adolescent hormones, but his mother says that he has been hearing things.  His father is afraid Jed will hurt them.  The day before, he found Jed in the barn speaking a language no one could understand.  He’d ripped their cow apart with his hands and was eating her heart.  He described it as “unholy.”  Sister Jude taunts Thredson, knowing that this is not a psychiatry case but something more suited for the Church.  They go to the exam room where Jed is seated on a bed in a gown.  His body is rigid and he tells his mother that he’s frightened.  She comforts him as Thredson comes closer, then he lashes out and everyone jumps way from the bed.  Jed starts speaking in tongue and his body moves haltingly, like he doesn’t have control of it anymore.  Thredson calls for the boy to be medicated.  Sister Jude’s expression says it all—she’s afraid.  This is much worse than she thought.

Grace and Lana are locked in the hydrotherapy room.  The hot water is burning Lana’s burns.  Grace uses a splinter she brought in to cut open the tub’s covering so she can get out.  “Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench,” she laughs.  She gets out and frees Lana from the tub, then she goes to the window and admires the view while Lana watches her.  She loves the view from the window, which suggests that she’s been there a while.  She certainly knows all the tricks.  Lana wants to know if she’s ever thought about escaping.  Grace doesn’t believe her until she tells her about the tunnel, but Lana doesn’t want to give up all of her secrets.  Grace will help her, but they have to take Kit.  That’s not an option for Lana, who sees Kit as a cold-blooded killer.  Grace tells her that she has seen many killers in Briarcliff, but Kit isn’t one of them.  She won’t help unless they can bring him.

Shelley finds Dr. Arden wrapping up a loaf of bread.  She taunts him about being out with the “Sister of Perpetual Virginity” and offers to show him her “candied apple.”  He shoves her out of the way, sickened by her.  She continues to taunt him, begging him to allow her to go outside.  She’s do anything to be out in the sun for a few minutes.  Now we get to hear why Shelley is at Briarcliff.  She’s had a sex addiction since she was five.  She ran away and fell in love with a jazz musician who married her, but as soon as they were married he went out and slept with every woman in town while she was at home alone.  So when Fleet Week came around, her husband found her in bed with two sailors.  Shelley claimed that she was doing her patriotic duty…so he had her locked in the nuthouse.  Arden has no sympathy for her at all.

Dr. Thredson tries to convince the family that Jed belongs in a hospital.  Sister Jude says that they have a specialist coming.  As it turns out, they have called in an exorcism specialist.  Monsignor O’Hara meets Dr. Thredson and requests his help at the exorcism.  The Church requires a medical doctor to be present during such rituals.  Old Father Malachai wheels himself in, happy to have a non-believer in the room.  It helps his game, he says.

Lana continues to make notes in the day room.  Grace warns her that she’s asking for trouble by continuing to write notes.  That’s all the more reason to tell Grace the secret now.  Kit steps in and swipes her notes as the guards close the day room.  He points out that they can’t find the notes on her, and anyway, can’t she trust him?  Lana replies that no woman should trust him.  Well, regardless, he has her notes as they’re all escorted from the room.  You can tell that this isn’t a normal procedure, as many of the inmates seem confused.

Father Malachai advises everyone in the room not to listen to anything that Jed says.  Thredson notes that his pulse is nearly non-existent.  Jed is writhing on the bed.  Father asks Sister Jude to bring his the “red book,” and then sends her out of the room.  This is no place for a woman.  She should be with the family.  This royally pisses her off and she argues that she’s stronger than they think, but Father insists that she lend her strength to the family.  The Monsignor sends her out, and she doesn’t argue with him.

Next we see Dr. Arden preparing a candlelight meal.  It turns out he has hired some company for the evening.  She arrives, all little black dress and blonde hair.  She seems confused that he wants to use her brief time with dinner, but he insists that he likes the buildup.  He pours her some wine and comments on the music.  She tries to play along but she’s clearly not as cultured as the not-so-good-Doctor.  She doesn’t drink during dates, though, nor does she kiss on the mouth.  She offers to dance instead, but he clutches a knife and insists that she sit down.  Now he seems angry and he starts talking about the dangers in her line of work, especially considering that there had been a serial killer on the loose.  She hacks at the meat with fury.

Back at Briarcliff, the two clergymen and Dr. Thredson try to work with Jed.  Jed starts addressing Dr. Thredson in a familiar manner, talking about how he ended up and that it was better that he had been given up.  This strikes a chord with him and he steps back.  How would Jed know this?  Jed’s power is growing, and in a fit of rage, he throws Father Malachai from his wheelchair and into the wall.  Monsignor O’Hara runs downstairs, telling the family that Jed is fighting.  He needs Sister Jude’s help to watch Jed while they tend to Father Malachai, who has received last rites.

Jed knows that Sister Jude is outside, and he starts thrashing about, calling for his mother.  Sister Jude goes inside to help him, which is exactly what he wanted.  He taunts her, referring to the fact that she’s the smartest person in the room but no one listens because of the “clam” between her legs.  He locks the door and continues to taunt her.  He knows that she’s wearing “red knickers” and he knows that she has a colorful past.

Now we flash back to an earlier time when Jude was a lounge singer.  She’s in a club full of military men.  She’s singing on stage, wearing a red dress.  When she tries to dance with one of them, he spurns her and it sends her into a spiral.  Perhaps that’s why she has so many issues with men.  But Jed isn’t done there.  He starts talking about the little girl in blue.  Remember that time when she was so drunk she didn’t know what was going on, and she was driving home…  Jude hit the little girl, and she was still alive.  She never even got out of the car.  Jed calls her a murderer, which sends her into a frenzy.  She launches herself at him, slapping him while he screams at her.  Thredson and O’Hara rush in and pull her off of him.  As O’Hara escorts her out, Jed says that she thinks of him when she touches herself.  He sends her back down to his family before going back inside.

The lights at Briarcliff flicker.  They try to sedate Jed but he’s beyond control.  The power shuts off, which causes the doors to open all over the asylum.  An alarm sounds.  Inmates start leaving their rooms.  Grace and Lana meet in the hall.  This is their chance to escape.

Sister Eunice calls for Sister Jude, telling her that the wards are open.

Kit finds Lana and Grace and tries to tell Lana that he isn’t a monster or a killer.  Lana won’t consider the possibility of his innocence.  She starts screaming for help, which brings guards running.  They capture Grace and Kit while Lana looks on.  The guards beat Kit into unconsciousness.

Jed has a final seizure and dies.  The cross above the bed falls to the floor as Sister Eunice faints dead away.

Back at Dr. Arden’s house, his prostitute is in the bedroom putting on a nun outfit.  As she reaches for the rosary, she notices a box on the dresser.  Inside is a stack of photos of women who have been bound and gagged.  She is horrified, and in her fear she knocks over the box.  Arden bursts in and realizes that she has seen the photos.  She tries to leave, but he forces her on the bed, asking if she took her panties off.  When he comes closer, she bites his arm and flees, presumably for her life.  Who knew that Dr. Arden had a thing for blonde nuns?

Sister Jude gives the sad news to Jed’s family.  They’re horribly distraught to find out that their son is dead.  The mother’s cries resonate through the asylum.

Dr. Arden visits Sister Eunice in the hospital.  She’s sleeping, and her bare thigh is exposed as she lies there.  When she wakes up, she tells him that she asked for him.  But she knows he has more important things to do.  And who will care for the creatures?  He sees her bare skin and gets distracted by her wide-eyed innocence.  I wonder if his fetish for blonde nuns came about before or after meeting Sister Eunice.  He orders her to rest, promising to return to check on her.  He pulls the covers around her and leaves.  When he’s gone, she whips the covers back off to expose her thigh, and the cross falls off the wall.

Lana sits in Sister Jude’s office.  She wants to know if she’s getting punished or not.  Sister Jude admits being surprised to know that Lana helped prevent Kit’s escape.  She tells Lana to open the door and see her surprise.  Behind the door are Kit and Grace.  Lana’s reward is watching them be punished, with the added reward of choosing which cane will be used to beat their bare behinds.  Grace initially chooses the smallest cane, but Sister Jude advises her to live a little.  She chooses a larger one.  As she moves to whip them, Kit tells Lana to stand up.  He wants to take the full punishment himself.  That’s forty lashes of the cane.  Grace is horrified to stand by and watch as Sister Jude starts beating him.  The last shot of the show is of Kit’s face as he feels the sting of the cane biting into his flesh.

Well, so ends episode two, everyone.  Remember that theme of possession I talked about?  Well, the way I see it, we have a few pairings going on in this show.  Leo belongs to Bloody Face.  Wendy belongs to Bloody Face.  Sister Eunice belongs to Dr. Arden.  Jed belongs to the demon inside him.  Sister Eunice now belongs to the demon.  Grace and Kit are tied together.  And Sister Jude is tied to Monsignor O’Hara.  Everyone at Briarcliff seems to be tied together somehow.

We learned a lot tonight about Sister Jude.  I wonder how you all received this information.  Is it surprising that she killed someone?  It will be interesting to see how she ended up as a nun.

I know my mind is still reeling from tonight’s episode.  I am eager to hear your thoughts!