American Horror Story

Welcome To Briarcliff

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 10/17/12
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  • Episode Description
  • An insane asylum plays host to a deranged serial killer who stalks the borders between insanity and reality.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Adam Levine

    Leo Morrison

  • Jenna Dewan

    Teresa Morrison

  • Clea DuVall

    Wendy Peyser

  • Sarah Paulson

    Lana Winters

  • Mark Consuelos


  • Photos (5)
  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Disappointing

    By mobilehead, Jan 29, 2013

  • American Horror Story? Uh, Nope...

    By dietcoke88, Oct 25, 2012

  • Better than the finale

    By adzam22, Oct 23, 2012

  • The little engine that could but didn't because it got pulled over for DUI

    By byronsdrom, Oct 20, 2012

  • Meh...

    By meemee2000, Oct 19, 2012

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Shelley: Do you think I'm full of shame and regret for what I've done now, Sister? You could shave me bald as a cue ball and I'd still be the hottest tamale in this joint.

    • Sister Jude: Shelley was brought to us having been given the preposterous diagnosis by a psychiatrist comparing her to a wood nymph.
      Lana: You mean a nymphomaniac?

    • Sister Jude: Mental illness is the fashionable explanation for sin.

    • Sister Jude: This is not a meat locker. Here, you will repent for your crimes to the only judge that matters: the Almighty God.
      Kit: There is no God. Not a God who would create the things I saw.
      Sister Jude: Your story about little green men? That won't do here.
      Kit: They weren't human. They were monsters.
      Sister Jude: All monsters are human. You're a monster.

    • Arden: When the monsignor brought me out of retirement to run Briarcliff's medical unit, we made a gentleman's agreement.
      Sister Jude: Curious, since only one of you is a gentleman.

    Notes (4)

    • Zachary Quinto is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Music: There Goes My Baby (The Drifters), A Summer Song (Chad & Jeremy)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: October 30, 2012 on FX
      Sweden: September 29, 2013 on Kanal 9

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for¬†Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.

    Allusions (1)

    • Sister Jude: You've seen Song of Bernadette?
      Referencing the 1943 movie based on the life of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, and based on a 1941 novel by Franz Werfel. Bernadette who saw visions of a holy lady while a young girl at Lourdes.

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    • mattgus Oct 18, 2012

      the 1st thing i noticed was that the overall tone and feel of the series had changed for me dramtically. as soon as we are introduced to the asylum in 1967 we see how vulnerable the victims of the stories are and how the people with the keys are sadistic and demented. the finesse' in the writting as to how some come to Briarcliff is not far from the truth for countless many. that makes this all the more frightening ,but in a differant way than just a goast story. the chip and incident that brought bloddy face to Braircliff has a decidedly science fiction edge which is new and confounding, while we still wonder about what supernatural goings on are waiting for us...but still mostly the horror for me that is laid out so difenitively in episode one is the horror that we humans are capable of. that is always so much more frightening. less palitable for me,harder to watch for obvious reasons(fantasy and monsters of the mind aren't real)this is, in a much bigger way than in sea one,or so we are lead to believe. so instead of a goast story with bad people we have a hostle like atmospher with people that are so sadistically evil we don't want to know they exist...there may be a differant audience for season 2? either way as we expected it is acted,directed,written and executed with all the talent we are use to...

    • blackmage8472 Oct 18, 2012

      Right now the theme, at least in my opinion shows progressive versus conservative thought and the true darkness found in both sides. You have the conservative Jessica Lange nun who is horrified by the idea that the scientist might be abusing his patients but has no problem with locking up someone for revenge and using blackmail. On the other hand you have the progressive thinking scientist who appears to be possibly another Mengele. So science fiction versus religious demonic lore.

    • nilla_chelle01 Oct 17, 2012

      And do you think Adam Levine will transition well from singer/reality judge to actor?

    • nilla_chelle01 Oct 17, 2012

      Adam Levine acts on television for the first time in this season. Which The Voice judge would you want to see guest star in AHS?