Get Committed: The Angel of Death Strikes Twice on American Horror Story: Asylum
Sarah Paulson | Photo Credits: Prashant Gupta/FX
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Wednesday's episode of American Horror Story: Asylum. Read at your own risk!]
The beginning of the new year is always so full of hope and it seems even American Horror Story: Asylum caught the optimistic spirit. Well, as much as Ryan Murphy's twisted drama can without straying too far from the aliens, Nazis, demons and gore that have defined this season.
After Arden (James Cromwell) successfully revives Kit (Evan Peters), he neglects to mention that the aliens not only came, but delivered a pregnant Grace (Lizzie Brochere) back to Briarcliff. But Arden's latest secret plot is somewhat foiled after Pepper, who's been put in charge of protecting Grace, refuses to tell him what's growing inside the knocked-up inmate. Is it an alien? Kit's unborn child? The ghost of Christmas past? On this show, anything's possible!
We also learn that while aliens might be technologically advanced, when it comes to humor they are light years behind (knock-knock jokes, really?).
In a somewhat surprising turn of events, it turns out that after the last episode's cliff-hanger, the Monsignor (Joseph Fiennes) remains alive! Instead of bringing him eternal peace, the Angel of Death (Frances Conroy) made him a regular Blues Brother, instructing the Monsignor to take care of the Devil living inside Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) in the name of God. Too bad her advice that the Lord would protect him through the rosary turned out to be nothing but empty words.
Murphy then continued his attempt to turn into the television M. Night Shyamalan with yet another twist: Dr. Thredson (Zachary Quinto) is back at Briarcliff and set to resume treatment of Kit and Lana (Sarah Paulson) in his new full-time position. Ruh-roh!
Fortunately for Lana, the diabolical doc promises to keep her alive at least until after their unborn child finishes breastfeeding because — as we know — baby needs colostrum.
Next up, Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) gets her Carrie Matheson moment when Arden and Eunice team up to administer a little extra-strength electroshock therapy. The "treatment" leaves the former nun so scrambled even Lana takes pity on her.
Cue the song and dance number.
No really. That's what happens next.
Murphy gives us a glimpse inside Jude's mind as she performs "The Name Game" for the Briarcliff inmates, complete with the mashed potato and — gasp! — a smiling Kit and Lana. Yes, this really might have been the strangest AHS: Asylum moment yet (and that's saying a lot).
After witnessing Sister Eunice take the Monsignor's virginity (somewhat by force), Arden heads out to the woods where he finally shows that even experimental Nazi doctors have hearts. He stands up to Eunice and kills off (all?) his monster children, though he still lacks the conviction to kill himself.
Eunice and the Monsignor then have a sass off, leading up to the very anticlimactic moment when the Devil loses control of Eunice's body for enough time to allow the Monsignor to throw the possessed nun over the third-floor railing. Waiting for just this moment, in swoops the Angel of Death with her fatal kiss to take away the lives of Eunice and the Devil.