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American Horror Story: Asylum "Dark Cousin" Review: Love Angel Music DEMON (PHOTO RECAP)

American Horror Story S02E07: "Dark Cousin"

I don't want to speak for my fellow man and particularly not people as intelligent and well-rounded as you guys are, but my attention span is the worst these days. I don't remember anything and that sometimes includes my phone number and parents' faces. But you know what? I decline to blame myself. No, I blame television. It has ruined me! At some point television delicately hammered an ice pick into my eye socket and now here we are. I only like loud, shiny, or shirtless things and everything else just coasts over my head like so much electronic fog. But that's probably the reason why I love American Horror Story with the type of fervent passion to rival the— See, I forgot where I was going with that. Oh right, American Horror Story's brilliance: It's basically custom-made for modern audiences! Limiting serialized storylines to 12 episodes. Re-using faces in a way that doesn't necessitate prior knowledge of former characters. Lots and lots of horrifying imagery that shocks and jolts but somehow isn't a total deal-breaker. Yeah, despite the terrible state of my very smooth brain, American Horror Story still casts a long shadow. I think about it so much! I remember it, even. It's just that kind of show.

And WHAT a show it was this week. "Dark Cousin" was immediately one of my favorite ever episodes of AHS the second that guest-star Frances Conroy appeared onscreen as a goth geisha and unfurled her feathered wings. YES. Everything about her dark angel character was inspired, plus we were treated to an episode full of some of the most elegant pathos this side Tilda Swinton's filmography. Plus an absolutely outrageous guest star scene! Plus a shocking death even! A lot to like, basically. Let's talk about it.

We began in Grace's room where she was NOT doing so well after her alien abduction hysterectomy. (They don't do a very good job, it turns out.) That's when the Angel of Death appeared:

Despite Grace openly welcoming the dark lady's kiss of death, some pesky nuns ended up reviving Grace and she forced to live to die another day.

Meanwhile Sister Eunice was quite done palling around with Dr. Arden, and for some reason was now on his case BIG TIME.

She was mad at him, something to do with botching Grace's sterilization and Sister Eunice being all annoyed about covering it up. Didn't matter, because that was when Dr. Arden got slappy.

After slapping her once (to almost no result) Dr. Arden tried it again but then something awesome happened:

Sister Demon made him do the MAD SCIENTIST SLIDE!

So good. It's ABOUT TIME we saw some of those demon powers come into play. Up until this moment the extent of her demon-hood had been just doing some crotch thrusts at a wall crucifix and also just giving everybody 'tude. But now we knew: She will push a mad scientist across a room if need be.

A character we'd never met before was given a hearty scene in which he dealt with the voices in his head by carving up his wrists on a meat slicer. It was a truly awful thing to see! The weird thing was that he fell into a fugue state and then scrawled blood on the wall in Aramaic, and that seemed to really rattle Sister Demon.

Then the angel of death appeared and finished the guy off, but then was interrupted by Sister Demon:

Apparently the demon was a "dark cousin" of the angel of death, a fallen angel, as 'twere. Also we learned that the original Sister Eunice was still inside trying to fight her way out, but the demon was stronger. So they WERE separate entities. I'm still kind of confused about how those two entities were sharing a brainspace, but whatever.

Meanwhile at the local prison for non-crazy people, Kit was trying to talk his way out of being tried for mass murder. But it wasn't going so well because Donna's dad from That '70s Show was being a real ball-buster.

Fortunately Kit was a quick thinker and happened to have a three-hole punch handy. Sorry, Donna's dad from That '70s Show!

Elsewhere Lana was not having a great day.

When we'd last left off Dr. Thredson was just trying to make her his mom, but as it turned out he was feeling pretty Oedipal (which is Latin for mom-humpin'). Anyway, after that he decided that they didn't have enough sexual chemistry during the rape and he needed to kill her. Which would've been cool with the angel of death (who was chillin' nearby), but Lana decided it wasn't time to kick the bucket just yet.

That's when Lana hit him in the face with a picture frame, strangled him with a chain, and then pushed him onto a table before running outside into the night.

Fortunately someone picked her up!

Unfortunately that person was a crazy person (Ethan from Lost!) who ranted about how all women were terrible and then started waving a gun around (which made Lana nervous because of the angel of death in the backseat).

Fortunately he just wanted to shoot himself.

Unfortunately the car was still moving.

Poor Lana! She was suddenly back in Briarcliff and probably daydreaming about getting into a new profession. DeVry, night school, whatever it took.

Then we picked up where we'd left off between Sister Jude (a.k.a. Judy the tramp) and Saul Goodman. He was still dying, basically. But he DID whisper something about a nun having murdered him, so at least there was that.

I loved that after murdering him with a mirror shard, Sister Eunice had planted a bottle of Jude's favorite booze knowing FULL WELL that it would prevent Jude from calling 911. She needed to get her buzz on BAD.

So then we got an extended flashback sequence from 1949 in the days after Judy's hit and run accident. After holing herself up in her room during a drunken stupor, Judy's foxy boyfriend came over and kicked her out of their band and also dumped her, so Judy decided to pack up her things and go sleep in her car in front of a nunnery. The next morning would change her life for at least 15 years:

So yeah, that's how that happened.

Meanwhile in the present day, Sister Eunice phoned the murder scene and 'fessed up to the murder (so now Sister Jude was 100% apprised of the demon situation), and also told her she'd left her a straight razor for suicidin'. (Thoughtful!)

Next thing we knew, Sister Jude was in a diner bathroom carvin' her arm all up. This made me GASP:

Except...

Her suicide was only a fantasy! Man my heart was racing so bad, you guys, seriously. Jessica Lange cannot be killed off! It's not allowed!

Back at her booth, the angel of death wanted to know why Jude was always summoning her all the time. And what happened next was one of the best scenes/monologues of any television show ever?

I mean, look at Jessica Lange here. Now imagine she's saying some of the most tragic, poetic stuff about the nature of existence ever written. SO good I don't even want to ruin it with a joke. These two actresses are such legends. #alltheawards

So after that Jude decided she had an important mission: To somehow contact the parents of the girl she believed she'd killed. But here was a shocker:

The girl was never killed!

I was kind of shocked too because according to the newspaper clipping we'd seen, the girl had gone missing after the accident right? For like 6 days? I don't know. Whatever happened Jude did a great job of never following up on this story over the course of 16 years, so honestly this misunderstanding was pretty much her fault. (Well, in addition to boozing while driving and hitting the girl in the first place). But still. Kind of a cool turn of events for Sister Jude (if also a terrific example of a life squandered in a nunnery).

Meanwhile back at Briarcliff, Kit broke in to help break Grace out.

But that's when things got UNSANE.

First a nun caught them trying to leave. It all got worse from there:

Yeah all that happened in about 20 seconds, and 5 of those seconds were intestines spilling out of the mutant that Kit disemboweled. (Someone better scrub that kitchen, very unsanitary.)

Alas, it was finally the end for poor Grace. Her story arc had been completed a few episodes back so it was only a matter of time, but this final shot of the angel of death finally giving her the dreaded kiss was still packed with poignancy. Poor Grace!

And poor mutant! A shocking and disgusting ending to be sure, but in true American Horror Story fashion, it was also pretty devastating. For me this episode was one of the greats of the whole series so far. Beautiful, haunting, nauseating, disturbing, offensive, all the things we modern TV watchers need to sustain our— Wait, what was I saying? I can't remember. Ooh a shiny thing...

BYEE


QUESTIONS:

... Seriously, where is Pepper?

... Is Sister Jude gonna invade Briarcliff with switchblade and a grudge?

... Will Lana ever catch a break?

... Who should murder whom: Dr. Arden vs. Sister Eunice?

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Looking back in retrospect, as good as some parts of this episode were...this is where season 2 set off down the ramp to jump the shark.

"Frances Conroy appeared onscreen as a goth geisha and unfurled her feathered wings. YES. Everything about her dark angel character was inspired, plus we were treated to an episode full of some of the most elegant pathos this side Tilda Swinton's filmography."

Welcome back Frances...but let's not get carreid away. Tilda's in a whole other class of elegant pathos

"A character we'd never met before was given a hearty scene in which he dealt with the voices in his head by carving up his wrists on a meat slicer. It was a truly awful thing to see! The weird thing was that he fell into a fugue state and then scrawled blood on the wall in Aramaic, and that seemed to really rattle Sister Demon."

Which was clearly just a bad excuse to get the angel of death and demon in the same room. Boo!

"...but as it turned out he was feeling pretty Oedipal (which is Latin for mom-humpin')"

HA!

"That's when Lana hit him in the face with a picture frame, strangled him with a chain, and then pushed him onto a table before running outside into the night. Fortunately someone picked her up! Unfortunately that person was a crazy person who ranted about how all women were terrible and then started waving a gun around. Fortunately he just wanted to shoot himself. Unfortunately the car was still moving. Poor Lana! She was suddenly back in Briarcliff"

"Alas, it was finally the end for poor Grace. Her story arc had been completed a few episodes back so it was only a matter of time, but this final shot of the angel of death finally giving her the dreaded kiss was still packed with poignancy. Poor Grace!"

And that right there is the moment AHS:A left the ramp and took flight. For as there are moments that will be great, any readers coming after me...know this, things are about to get f*cked up around here...and by AHS standards, that's saying something.
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Price, me loving ur awesomely funny Photo Recaps. But seriously, stop whining about Pepper! I don't want to see that boring freak!!!
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I love your review. I laughed so much on your stuff. I look forward to your stuff. It reminds me a lot of the Lost unwind that I loved greatly. You always make great sense of it all with humor. Love it, dont stop.
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Your Review Sir Made Me Laugh in a Good Way
Your Review Simply is Amazing
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As always, reading your review right after seeing the episode is always a treat.
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Frances Conroy as the Angel of Death was PRICELESS! She literally stole the show. Beyond captivating. Big fan. There's a certain classy subdued quality to her quiet misdemeanor both on Season 1 & 2. Amazing actress ! You go flap those black swan wings of yours girl and send them home for Thanksgiving with your feathered KISS!
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Was this the first episode without that song playing? I don't remember hearing it in this episode
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'I don't remember anything and that sometimes includes my phone number and parents' faces.' - and everything u said - me too!! totally
are aliens building an army of kits babies?

u seem to remember pepper really well..
sister jude will become a true gods soldier once she forgives her self. so yeah weapons and asskicking is very possible
lana wont catch a break. she needs to get crazy enough to make her rape baby into a serial killer
demon! demon!
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Did Angel of Death kiss mutant-canibal too? If no, wouldn't that be prejudiced? I'm guessing yes. But if she didkiss mutant-canibal, NVM - she's an Equal-Angel-of-Death.

I'm mad at myself about apparently falling asleep and missing the French-Stabby girl getting abducted by aliens? Was the skitter around when it happened?
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O.M.G. I thought The Walking Dead's "Killer Within" would be the only great thing this TV season. And I was soooooo wrong...
1. My heart jumped a bit the moment Frances Conroy appeared, and then came the wings and I was in awe.
2. Then the flying mad scientist was one of the thing I've been waiting since the demon possessed Sister Mary Eunice.
3. Then came "The Incredibly Sad and Unfortunate Events in Lana's life and struggles."... what a sad sad girl she is.
4. And OH MY HEAVENS with Sister Judy and The Angel of Death's booth scene. I SUDDENLY FELT THE URGE TO MAKE A STATUE OF JESSICA LANGE AND JUST HAIL HER. WOW!
5. And Finally, might be the end scene but most definitely not the weakest., The KISS of Death. (me wondering what would happen if a dementor and the angel of death made out.)

BEST EPISODE OF AMERICAN HORROR EVER!!!
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Poor Lana... but hey, WHY hasn't she killed him?!?!?! Just cut off his head, done. But noooo, she had to run away...
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Exactly my thought. At least she could have chained him.
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Dylan McDermott has confirmed that he IS the modern day Bloody Face, though it's not really a surprise. He should have masked his voice too.
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I give up watching this series. It is so good that the weekly delay between episodes is unbearable and the commercials are too distracting. It's one-day delivery from Amazon the moment released. Hurry, hurry.
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I just love this recap! It's a great way to unload some of the stress/fear/whatever after watching an episode of AHS: Asylum! Totally funny.
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It's official. I don't care what anyone else says - this show is freakin' genius!!!!
Three words - Lily. Rabe. Emmy.
It would appear from this ep that the aliens are real (seeing as how Dr. Arden didn't perform the hysterectomy) Nevermind Arden vs Eunice. I'm looking forward to an demon vs alien showdown! Although I'm not sure exactly where the aliens fit in if it was bloody face murdering all the women... I guess this means that all the aliens did was kidnap Kit's wife, mess with Kit's brain and body, then scoop out Grace's lady bits. It would appear that they are a bit obessed with Kit.
Wehn I first read the theories about dylan McDermott's character being the child of Bloody Face and Lana I thought it was bit far-fectched but now anything goes!
Is Bloody face dead or just drugged up?
Seriously love this show - it's entered a realm of kitsch that only True Blood and TVD have dared to tread!
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Price, the newspaper clippings were obviously altered. If Sister Demon can sling a nazi around the room without touching him, she can manufacture a couple of fake headlines.
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the best episode by far from this season,mind blowing...it had EVERYTHING..loved the angel of death..beautiful
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Another Fantastic and Awesome Episode!
I couldn't believe the bad luck Lana had.
Sister Mary Eunice exerts her dominance in the hierarchy at Briarcliff which was amazing!
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Angel of Death and Dr. Arden need to hook up, Six Feet Under style.
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I think Sister Jude will return to Briarcliff, but as a patient instead of head b in charge!

Those waitresses were calling Briarcliff on her and she was talking to the invisible Angel of Death at that restaurant. Plus the fact that Dr. Arden and the Monsignor would jump at the chance to silence her with a diagnosis of insanity so no one would believe her about the Nazis. Add that to the fact it's the 60's and she's a woman, and she's a goner.
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The previews show her in her habit
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Damn. That's what I get for never watching the previews- I think they're too spoiler-y!
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I've tried to stop watching them also, but I usually haven't even blinked yet by the time they show the coming attractions for AHS.
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Great episode & great review! I really enjoyed both.

Disclaimer: I really enjoy Price Peterson's work & I'm not trying to start anything, but...

You had a problem with women being (faux) hit on television programs awhile back, in the instances of Revolution and also the episode of New Girl where Jess gets punched. Yet you just kind of joke about and gloss over the fact of a woman getting raped in an episode of television.

I'm not saying you should be outraged by it because it's television & we know it's all fake, but a rape seems a more egregious offense for you to be up in arms about than just a woman being punched. I guess my point is your feelings about these two separate instances of harm coming to women seem uneven to me, given their differing treatments.

Before I start getting flamed, I DO NOT APPROVE OF VIOLENCE TOWARD WOMEN in real life, but we all watch things in which we need to suspend disbelief and if a woman gets punched in a show or movie I don't say "YEAH! A chick got punched!" I just accept it as part of the story and don't get offended by it because I know it's fake.
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Great episode even if I feel like I lose a few IQ points every time I watch this show. There is so much going on it is hard to wrap my brain around it all. It feels like a soap opera gone horribly wrong but somehow all those wrong turns make it right.
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Ok this episode was just hilarious. Just when you thought it couldn't get more stacked full of mythical things. Then comes the angel of death. Thus adding to the pile of ridiculousness along with a deranged serial killing doctor, aliens, monsters, nazis, Anne Frank, the French Lizzy Borden, satan, etc.

Again Eunice was the best part. Her as the devil is just hilarious. Lily Rabe delivers it so well.

Lana, for as smart as she thinks she is. That girl is dumb. Let's not kill Thredson, lets escape into a car with a suicidal man. I don't want to say that she kinds of brings it on herself. Because that is wrong, but she kinda does. At some point she is going to have to realize that her instincts are wrong and she should do the exact opposite.

The biggest laugh of the night was Sister Jude. All of this, all of her being a witch (not a real witch, but I am surprised that isn't in there either) in a habit. A cruel person that kidnaps lesbian journalists and deserves every bad thing that happens to her. All of it was because she was too stupid to keep checking the paper to see whether the kid she hit was still alive or not. That was the funniest thing of the whole story.

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She either has been eaten by Arden's experiments. Or she is with the aliens, or she is an alien. The alien was around that night when she disappeared. So that is the natural choice of her fate.

Sister Jude is kind of a joke now. If Eunice is satan as she claims to be. Or just an evil angel going along with the christian myths of demons. Then I think she is a bit much for Judy. As much as it pains me to say this. I can't wait to see what Eunice comes up with for Jude next. I hope it is something particularly inventive and cruel and results in her death.

Lana is way too stupid to catch a break.

Well if Eunice is Satan or a Demon I would say she murders Arden. Maybe the Aliens murder her.
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I like the 'Pepper is an alien' theory. i thought she was just chilling with the mutants, but I like your theory better. :-)
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Poor Lana, I kept saying "Can't she catch a break?" the whole ep and as soon as she flagged down that car I knew the driver was going to just make things worse.
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Um..did anyone else kind of tear up at various points of this episode? I did and felt a little foolish, it was not an emotion I am used to with AHS.

I have a weird theory that I hate but is feeling comfortable...sigh..Kit is an alien. But he doesn't know. The weird viewpoints he gets occasionally are when his brainwashing or whatever starts to break down. He is being monitored by his people. They don't want hybrids. They try to fix it. They were too late with Alma (hence casting for biracial twins) and moved to quickly with Grace. The aliens are concerned about the situation Kit finds himself in but they are waiting for their opportunity. This seems only likely because the demon possession seems to be happening. Sigh...I really don't like this theory.

1. I know, perhaps she has become the queen of Arden's freaks which is why one had enough thought to follow Kit.

2. I wonder, I hope she takes some time to investigate first and perhaps to take advantage of the nun habit to try to be somewhat covert since if she is careful, she will be able to find some allies in Briarcliff (heck, Lana was already looking for her).

3. I think she actually might, I just hope that she is able to get to Kit before Oliver gets to her so someone will have her back. I think she will be happy to find a real ally in Jude. I am not sure she gets out of Briarcliff (because I sense we are on our way to a murder spree) but you would think someone has to and why not her as someone who can really communicate what went on.

4. Well, I have almost no doubt that Eunice will kill Arden. Arden is ultimately a coward and will let himself be used by her until he is useless.
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First of all I had to rewatch last episode because a lot of you where certain it wasn't Sylar but in fact the voice of Dylan McDermott - and you know what? I think so too."Imposters" sounded more like McDermott, it's hard to describe.
With a billion things happening per hour it's almost impossible to remember specifics just with a dream.Way to go Lana and Kit! First the worst escape ever followed by the worst rescue-mission ever.This show, right? Crazy... I think when you watch AHS marathon your head is going to explode. Are there any cases reported lately? Anyone? Sister Eunice? No? Good.
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as I am too faint hearted to watch the show but creepy enough to wonder about it, I follow it through Price's recaps.. and let me tell you, I feel like I am having just as fun as you guys do.. Price, this a great example of how rich and tasty a tv review can be written; seriously you never cease to amaze me with your verbal skills..
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I'd say just go ahead and watch it. I put off watching it too after my friend was going on and on about how fucked up AHS is and how she couldn't watch it after dark cuz it was too scary, but honestly I don't think it's very scary. And this season's more about weirdness than scariness, it seems.
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I'm finding it terrifying.
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funnily enough. I am finding this season waaay more horrific than last season. Just to put this in context for you guys - I have been watcing horror movies since I was kid! and thought I was desensitived. But the horror in this season feels more visceral. Supernatural horror is creepy and all but limbs being removed, peolpe being transformed into mutants, people being subjected to hysterectomies against their will and rape. This is hardcore. what the heck are they gonna do next season??????
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I kind of agree with that. This season is more "depressing" than anything. There's some sick, awful stuff in it, but it mainly has just served to cast a light on how effed up people can be, even though there are supernatural elements to it. From what I remember of last season, that felt a lot more like being about "freaky" and "horror." Last season often freaked me out. This season just makes me sad for the human race. I think that's what they're going for, but it definitely two different feels from last season to this one.
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Do they live in a town with no police station or hospital? Why did Shelly crawl her way out just to get in the hands of the priest? And Damn, Lana? Escapes with a psycho, ok, but then gets away (sidenote, why didn't she f'n kill him??) then lands in a car with another psycho, then lands back in psych ward with demon nun!!!!! I love AHS, but this episode felt ridiculous, except for any scene with angel of death, she was flipping amazing, and of course, jessica lange!
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Shelly was in a hospital but was dying, so the doctor called for a priest to kill her, erm, I mean give her the last rites. I figured a BOLO was out on Lana, the Mexican, PEPPER, and Shelly, so when Lana showed up at a hospital, unconscious, and was released, it was to Briarcliff.
Jessica Lange was absolutely brilliant last night. I cried when she was talking to the Angel, and cried again when she discovered Missy was alive. She is incredibly wonderful in this role. It's impossible not to feel empathy for her.
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Felt the same about Jessica Lange!! But I rolled my eyes and said Jeez when the world's most unluckiest woman (Lana!) woke up at Briarcliff, too much shitty luck for one person!
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Well, it is a horror story. Can you imagine anything more horrific than escaping, going through all that, and then waking up in the same place from which you escaped. It was like the ending of a Twilight Zone. I thought it was great.
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This is what I've been noodling over lately, Pepper is not at Briarcliff because of her birth defects or her decreased mental capacities. She's there because she killed her family but couldn't be tried or held accountable because of her mental problems. So she's a fugitive as much as Kit was. But no one's looking for her. It's like she ceased to exist. I'm still thinking she's caught a ride with the aliens.
And BTW, the aliens were smart enough to figure out interstellar travel, but didn't know to wash their hands before using their fingers as scalpels.
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Haha, I always call him Sylar too - Anyone seen him not be psychopathic in anything?
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Why do you call him that?
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Sylar was the name of the villainous character he played in the TV show "Heroes".
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Oh, thanks. I kept seeing that name. I didn't watch Heroes. Despite my presence on this site, I really don't watch that much tv.
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He is good as the unstable, ready-to-snap-at-any-moment character. But for the record he wasn't a psycho as Spock in J.J. Abrams "Star Trek" remake.
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I'm not a Trekkie and I've never seen the prequel - so for me Zachary Quinto will always be Sylar. He's the perfect psycho.
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Ahh yes. I'd forgotten about that... If it wasn't a prequel it would have been very tense watching him play Spock
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I do prefer Supernatural's Death, but this angel was pretty awesome too
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AHS is a show written with ease - it's incoherent, everything is just piled up, something is more clichéd, something less. The end product is an extremely fun show (and an episode like this), but the plot devices they are using are just over the fucking top (yes, even for a "horror monster slasher sc-fi" show this has turned into).

Just like with Revenge, it seems like there's is no endgame, just a lot of super interesting scenes, costumes, dialogues/screams, and torture scenes. As I said, this is extremely easy writing, you don't grow to care for the characters (except for the newly introduced Angel of Death and of course sister Mary Eunice), you don't really care for the long-termness of the stories, hell, you just enjoy the hell of a ride!
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I think that is what Price ment. It's the tv equivalent of a shiny thing.
Love Price's reviews btw. So funny.
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Lana is pregnant with Dylan McDermott. Book it.
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Yeah I was thinking the same thing once that scene hit. If so I wonder if the kid will become the next BF.
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Awesome episode. Bring back Pepper! Wonder where she is. hope we will get some flashbacks when she comes back where she was peeing all this time. so bloody face is going to get away with it, i don't think dr. arden and demon eunice will tho, sister jude will do something about that. the rest, lana kit etc will just be beamed up or something.
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Oh and Death was totally awesome, when those wings opened I got goosebumps.
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I didn't like this episode or the one before it. I'm not not entirely sure why. They just felt wrong somehow, and didn't particularly interest me. Some specific things I didn't like in this one:

* The crazy guy in the car.
* That Lana woke up in the asylum instead of on the road, in the ambulance or in the hospital. (How long was she out? Would a hospital release her before she wakes up for the first time?)
* That Kit got back to the asylum only to get the french girl killed. (That's not necessarily bad writing. I just didn't want to see any of that happen).
* The random and pointless story of that guy who cut his hand and died. (Since he died, we're probably not going to find out what made him write in ancient aramaic).
* The reason why the angel showed up (Lana summoned her? How? Why does she also visit people who *didn't* summon her?)
* That the aliens had "scooped out" the french girl's lady parts.

Seriously, why would the aliens do that? To make Dr. Arden look incompetent? That's really the only reason I can think of. If they don't even care enough about her health to stop the bleeding before they put her back, why put her back at all? So that no one would know that she had been taken? Hey aliens, if you don't want anyone to know that she's been gone, you need to return *all* of her body parts.
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I'm beginning to buy into the theory that Kit himself is an alien and the aliens are trying to prevent any hybrids from being born. They should really look into a vasectomy for him.
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Those aliens do seem intent on snatching up his lady friends... I'm listening! Or maybe they want his hybrid babies up on their spaceship and they've still got Grace's unborn baby up there in an alien incubator.
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Maybe. Alma was shown alive and pregnant after all.
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No doubt about it, Lana was having a bad day, escaping from BF only to end up with a suicidal guy in a car.
The Angel of Death can hear the plaintive cry of the troubled soul eager to end it's time on earth. That's why she said she comes to the sweet cries of the sad souls, and comes with no judgement, just love and understanding. I thought that was actually very sweet and loving.
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I mean its. Hands outraced my brain when I was typing
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The summon the angel of death by thinking about offing themselves. Sister Jude knew her so well because she's a super troubled lady.

The guy who cut his hand summoned her and wrote her name on the wall in blood - Sister Mary Eunice recognised the name and freaked out because she's the devil and doesn't like angels so much.
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I think the guy who cut his hand summoned the Angel with his tormented cries, not by writing her name. I think he wrote the name of Mary Eunice's demon and that's what freaked her out.
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If she just visits every person on the planet as they're thinking about dying, then there wouldn't be any suicides in the world. No one would ever jump in front of a train if they can just say "yes" to her. So I would guess that she's usually doing something else, somewhere else, and that someone or something is making her work *this* town for the moment.

I suppose that the writing on the wall could be explained by the fact that her presence makes people aware of things they weren't aware of before, like who she is and what she can do. I guess the temporary knowledge they receive includes how to write her name in ancient aramaic.
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No, the people still do the act, she's just there to receive and escort their soul.
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@tnetennba: good point. I'm still confused, though, on if the death angel is supposed to receive all the dead people's souls, where was she when, for example, the demon killed the Mexican? Wouldn't she have shown up then and the demon (possibly the Devil) would've seen her then? Or does she only come to kiss people who WANT to die? That would make more sense, I guess. I need to rewatch the ep, but I guess she only appeared to kiss the people who were wanting to die....not everybody who dies.
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@2muchbadTV: It's possible that she came to him *before* he wrote it, and that this is what temporarily gave him the knowledge of how to write her name in ancient aramaic. I guess he declined her offer and she left. Then he immediately wrote down her name and forgot all about it.
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But it still leaves unresolved why she came when the suicidal guy wrote her name on the wall and the demon knew somebody had summoned her that way, but yet she still comes to lots of other people who want to die WITHOUT them writing her name. I agree, for now it's a plot hole.
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Just a small correction. It's Sam Goodman, not SAUL Goodman.
That's Bob Odenkirk on 'Breaking Bad'.
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Oh just let us pretend that they're related! Saul's dad? And Saul Jr didn't want to take up the family biz of Nazi hunting so he became a lawyer, much to his father's disappointment. Obviously that's what happened.
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I don't want the Lana & Dr. Thredson relationship to end! Wished they further explored the whole mommy thing maybe manipulate control him? But no, they had to ruin it with a futile escape - but luckily i think she will encounter him next episode!
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Yeah, I thought that would have been interesting too.
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Was the nun that got killed in that movie the devil inside? I haven't seen it but I saw a poster and she looks like the nun on the poster.
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OMG there are more than 2 nuns at this asylum!! That was crazy.

OT but related- My nana once told me about when she did her nurse's training at an insane asylum run by nuns in the 50's, and it sounded TERRIFYING! It wasn't haunted or possessed or even for the criminally insane, but still. The nurses all had to live there and she said they'd stay up all night playing cards to distract themselves from all the patients screaming scary sh*t all night long. I think she must have told Ryan Murphy the same story and he just added aliens.
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Trust Ryan Murphy to steal an old lady's stories.
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The great trick "AHS: Asylum" is pulling off is packing SO MUCH STUFFS in one single episode, and making us beg for more when the hour is done. I seriously what so frustrated when the ending arrives, but still said out loud "Holy crap!, so many things happen!"

Crazy-ass writing by Tim Minear (can that guy ever go wrong when it comes to the supernatural?) and, OMG, what an acting performance by Mrs. Lange - once gain, she managed to makie a complete despicable character compelling and, there I said, human... Man, I'm so hot for her right now. Such a great actress. And you know who else kick ass? Frances Conroy, of course! Her Lady Death was spot-on - not evil at all, just doing the work the Lord created her to do. Love that scene between her and Sister Eunice (hey, yet another great performance, this time by Lily Rabe! Actresses getting it down in "AHS"!), the demon not being able to be near an entity similar to it, but not at all twisted. Love it.

Hey, let's keep praising some players: so sad to see Lizzie Brocheré gone now, but frankly am happy to see Grace out of this clusterf*ck - poor kid really deserved some peace. And glad to see Sarah Paulson sticking around, but, man oh man, she should have took the way out - really don't know why she keep fighting. That rape scene... also made me vomit. Hands down, the most disturbing thing I've seen out of that show (part of me is quite happy I'll never be OK with seeing rape on screen. I'm done with horror stuff, but this... never will be.) Sister Jude not killing that kid - BIGGEST TWIST OF THE SEASON. Just floor me, even though I kept asking myself "who's baby is that?", cause it would make no sense that those two old folks who had a newborn almost 12 years after losing their daughter.

By the way, Price: the black musician who kicked Jude out of the band wasn't her boyfriend - did you miss her saying "Always wanted to know how it would be like with a colored man"? Gotta said, the slight racism in that situation made me laugh out. Love it, "Asylum"!
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This episode seemed comparably tame compared to the previous one. Maybe because the Angel of Death manages to be one of the most normal things in the show. Amazing episode nonetheless, and makes me miss Frances Conroy. She needs to be a regular character next season. I also loved the scene where Sister Jude realizes that the girl she hit was not dead. Hopefully, she'll be ready to kick ass and retake Briarcliff. Poor Lana, she's just been through everything this season. I somehow think that Pepper is responsible for everything: the aliens, the Nazis, the demon, and Bloody Face. Everything can be traced back to her. I haven't figured out how, but Pepper is the answer to everything.
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LOL!!! It's really saying something when the Angel of death is the most normal person on the show. how do Ryan and the writers get away with shit like this? I don't know but I like it! I lie the idea that Pepper is responsible for everything, but I'm not sure. If you think of her counterpart in the first season. (Jessica Lange's character's daughter) she didn't last too long....
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I was just thinking about Pepper's disappearance during the storm when the aliens paid the asylum a visit. So far I just been thinking that she might have been abducted or somehow managed to go with them, but now I'm wonder if Pepper was a plant, an alien spy working for them the whole time. Or maybe she's one of them in disguise.
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Maybe. It does seem they want us to forget her for some reason, doesn't it?
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Yeah, a character disappearance like that can only be two things. 1) crappy, neglectful writing, or 2) they want us to forget her for a later twist. It's AHS....I know which one I'm leaning towards.
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Sister Mary Eunice is so amazing - turns out I < 3 the devil. I really like the fact that she does seem to be legitimately the devil as opposed to just some random demon.

I loved the rapport Sister Jude and the Angel of Death had - Amazing scene, amazing actresses, amazing show.

I was super stressed out for the whole episode - Maybe Sister Jude would kill herself - Lady's got issues and some seriously legitimate reasons for offing herself.

Oh and the dad of the hit and run victim is completely clued into what's going on here and is totally going to get all up in some revenge.
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Oh yeah, Dad knew exactly who she was and what she had done.

BTW, the choice to dress her in green for that scene instead of her customary black, was a good one. It softened her features and made her look sweet and vulnerable.
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Maybe Dad is going to go on a Nun killing spree - with his thinking being, they must have all done awful things to force themselves to become nuns.

Yes I agree green was a good choice.
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I'm afraid every time the angel's wings popped out I immediately thought, 'Teehee it's an angel boner.' Special place in hell I know.
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I love that you're now writing caps for every episode. Also, I'm surprised to see that you're not absolutely screaming BULLSHIT at Lana Banana finally escape from a crazy, to then land back into the hands of another crazy. C'mon, that was such a stupid plot twist! They should've given her some time to breathe before scaring us with the prospect of her ending up back in the asylum! I think they need to have at least 1 character successfully escape from the asylum & I don't mean Shelly style.
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Yup, I was annoyed by that too. Especially because as soon as you see that actor behind the wheel it's like 'well, that dude's crazy!'

And now that she's back at Briarcliff no one's even going to believe her! Ugh. You 60's people and Bloody Face deserve each other.
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ofc, it was Ethan :P
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Loved this episode!! I'm so addicted to this season! I officially admit that it's better than the first one! It keeps me on my toes and on the edge of my seat the whole time!
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Nah. Bad attitude isn't the most we'd seen from Sister Demon. She did kill the Mexican. And of course, the demon ate some animal hearts and played with Sister Jude's mind before jumping into Sister Eunice. But this was a great ep. My only complaint is that it finally crossed my threshold of believability that Lana was "rescued" by yet ANOTHER insane person who immediately turned on her and got her wrecked (and it didn't even show how she got back to the asylum....like, did 1960's paramedics drop off auto-crash victims at mental wards instead of hospitals? But, this IS American Horror Story. I guess that's sort of the point, that things pretty much constantly turn out in the worst way possible for all the characters. As for your questions....

1. Pepper was last spotted during the nor'easter, seeking to relieve her bladder. I therefore conclude she's in the alien ship, peeing.
2. Dunno, but that sounds good to me.
3. No. Once I saw Ethan from Lost I knew Lana's character was eternally screwed. She could be amongst kids at the world's greatest candy store, and she'd wind up mysteriously allergic to one of the sweets and it would nearly kill her then somehow put her back in the asylum.
4. Sister Eunice kills Dr. Arden. Thredson kills Sister Eunice (only the host body) and the demon jumps into him. Aliens abduct Demon Thredson and ironically cut all Thredson's skin off. Then the demon possesses the aliens and makes them commit mass suicide, and then the death angel kills the demon, just becuz. Did I leave anyone out?
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OMG! Best episode ever!!! Love Love Love!
Got to say though.. Lana! Why would you not kill Thresdon?!? So close girl..
I loved all the guest stars this episode! All from some of my faves! That 70's Show! Lost! Six Feet Under!
Price! I was like you.. totally freaked when I thought they killed off Sister Jude! But I will miss Grace.. too soon :(
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Yeah that got to me too. This is the guy that killed her girlfriend, framed an innocent man, the whole reason she went into that hell-hole, tried to make her straight, raped her and tried to kill her.

If that didn't piss her off enough to want to kill him than think of her potential investigative journalistic career! If she had printed the story on Kit being the killer and was wrong she'd have to print a retraction of all things publicly admitting that she was wrong. Kill the bastard!

As for that guy in that car I kept watching and listening to him thinking "Please don't reveal yourself to be Shelley's husband."
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I think she believed she had killed him. She'd given him the shot and strangled him. He seemed to be gone.
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Seriously! There were all those serial killer tools down there, it would have been so easy! But in my heart of hearts I was soo relieved she didn't kill him- Quinto as an insane killer is just too awesome to end after 2 episodes.
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Oh Lana. Lana, Lana, Lana. There is plenty of time to escape AFTER you kill the homicidal maniac!
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Ugh! I meant Thredson.. fast typer...
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