American Horror Story: Asylum "I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)" Review: Making a Murderbaby (PHOTO RECAP)

American Horror Story S02E04: "I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)"

At this point, should we ever really be shocked by anything that American Horror Story chooses to show us? Obviously going over the top has been part of this show's DNA since its very conception, but what truly sets the series apart from the horror films to which it constantly pays tribute is its willingness to dabble in truly tasteless, tactless, and straight-up weird creative decisions. Season 1 featured a pig-headed slasher, a gimp-suited ghost rapist, the fatal hit-and-run of a girl with Down Syndrome who was wearing a "pretty girl" mask, and a scene where Connie Britton casually consumed a raw brain of indeterminate origin. Yet for me its most outrageous element was the inclusion of the Black Dahlia—and not that fact that it made America's most famous murder victim a character, but that it had the audacity to suggest her murder was related to the fictional Murder House in which the main characters resided. I mean, do what you will with fictional characters, but it's a whole other thing when you muddy the waters of an actual case. This is not a complaint, mind you; I admire audacity in most forms. It's just that American Horror Story clearly knows that there are diminishing returns when it comes to gore, rape, and jump scares, so to keep us on our toes it tramples freely into seemingly sacred territories. For example, ANNE FRANK. Yes, THAT Anne Frank.

This week's episode, "I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)," echoed Season 1's inclusion of an actual murder victim, but upped the ante big time. Seriously: ANNE FRANK. According to AHS:A, the world's most famous Holocaust victim was possibly not only alive and well in 1964, she was also possibly getting herself thrown into Briarcliff Asylum so that she could possibly point a finger at Dr. Arden whom she possibly met at AUSCHWITZ. Yes, that's in all-caps because AMERICAN HORROR STORY U CRAZY MURDERBABY.

This episode began shortly after Sister Jude's drunken, alien-encountering meltdown during last week's "Nor'easter." Roused from her presumably very elegant beauty sleep by the night watchman, she was told there'd been a self-committed patient of undetermined European descent. Guess who it was?

LOLA! No, just kidding, it was just a character played by the same actress, I know how acting works don't worry. But yeah, anyway, Franka Potente! She is great. I am going to go watch Run Lola Run RIGHT NOW BRB.

In other news, Shelley's ordeals continued. Now she was all broken out and her stumps looked sweaty. On the plus side, Dr. Arden hinted that whatever he was injecting into her temple might make her immortal? It's unclear to what extent that statement was a metaphor, but either way I took that as being a silver lining to an otherwise annoying situation.

Speaking of annoyed, Kit came into the bakery in order to bum out Grace. Apparently Dr. Arden had been a busy bee lately and had tortured HIM too.

But instead of injecting reverse-acutane invincibility serum into Kit's skull, Dr. Arden was poking around in his nether regions looking for that one robot bug. Typical late nite activities. After Kit explained all this to Grace, she did that thing where you tell a friend your problems and they try to one-up you with problems of their own? In this case she tried to cheer Kit up by talking about the time an axe murderer killed her family.

There was a scary moment during her flashback where she hid from the axe murderer in a closet only to find a pile of mom!

So yeah, that was not a good night for her. Hopefully Kit would now appreciate his situation better.

Here is a character who now totally confuses me:

I guess I had assumed that Dr. Thredson was skeptical of the practice of locking up gay people, but in retrospect he was only skeptical of shocking their brains. Fair enough. But also last week it was clear that he believed Bloody Face was on the loose still, yet this week he decided that Kit was still locked up for a good reason? Anyway, here he was offering to help Lana get out of the asylum, but in order to do so she had to undergo actual anti-gay therapy. Or something. At first I thought this was a wink-wink situation, but then it wasn't? Was this a good guy or a bad guy now? I'm confused! (As always.)

Later on in the common room, the mysterious European brunette was writing in a makeshift diary (which caused Lana to swoop in and be a hater about it) when she suddenly went ape-poopoo at the sight of Dr. Arden.

The orderlies dragged her away, and that's when she dropped the bombshell: SHE WAS ANNE FRANK! And she remembered Dr. Arden from Auschwitz because she was Anne Frank and she'd personally been in Auschwitz! Anne Frank!

Or claiming to be Anne Frank, anyway. But I chose to immediately believe her, and I wasn't alone. Even Sister Jude seemed eager to believe Anne Frank, especially after some particularly plausible flashbacks were shown:

[NOTE TO CASTING DIRECTOR: A+++]

As Anne Frank told Sister Jude, Dr. Arden operated by a different name back then, but he'd randomly select girls (or better yet, twins!) for "treatment" but they'd always return broken and abused.

At first Sister Jude halfheartedly disputed Anne Frank's story, but like I said, the combination of Anne Frank's detailed account plus Sister Jude's passionate hatred for Dr. Arden made the whole story much more convincing.

The tattoo helped also.

Anyway:

See what I'm saying? So now Dr. Thredson believed Kit wasn't an insane killer, he was merely a murderer who had gotten fed up with all the racial injustice in America. I didn't get it either. So many leaps of logic and weird reasoning.

I gotta say, hadn't Dr. Thredson witnessed enough questionable things at this asylum to safely doubt Kit's guilt? I don't know. I officially hate him now. Is he Bloody Face? I hope so.

The conversation really rattled Kit, and it was clear he'd suddenly come to suspect his own sanity. Fortunately he was able to let off steam by pounding some dough.

Whoops! Briarcliff's hottest couple were caught in the act!

You know you're in trouble when a NUN THAT IS POSSESSED BY A DEMON gets to pick out the cane for your caning. In this case Sister Eunice surprised no one by picking out the cane wrapped in BARBED WIRE. Because that is the type of cane that nuns like to keep on hand. Nun fact.

Sister Jude was not happy about their bakery fornication and she expressed her disapproval with the best line of the episode/season/world: "Are you purposely trying to make a murderbaby?" Haha TOLD. But I will admit my stomach turned a bit when she proposed that both of them be surgically sterilized. Yikes! That didn't seem fair. But anyway, before the presumably unpleasant caning got under way, Sister Jude was summoned to Dr. Arden's office where two detectives were grilling him about the hooker he'd roughed up.

This was great because I liked the notion that a lady of the night went to the police and they took her seriously, but also I liked how much Sister Jude enjoyed seeing Dr. Arden get SO busted. It particularly raised her eyebrow when the detectives reported that the hooker had found BDSM pornography AND Nazi memorabilia on Dr. Arden's dresser. I didn't recall seeing Nazi stuff during that episode, but then again my brain was once eaten by Connie Britton. But yeah, suddenly Anne Frank's story was MUCH more plausible to Sister Jude.

It seemed like the whole middle part of this episode was just backstory and montages and whatnot. So here we got Lana fantasizing about her life after the asylum, bragging about all the wonderful inmates she lived with (including a man just jerking off a ton) and all the ordeals she put up with in order to get the scoops. By this reasoning she realized she should just agree with whatever Dr. Thredson wanted to do to her in order to be released.

The scene that followed was the most outrageous combination of campiness AND heartbreaking realism this show has featured yet. Campiness because LOL OBVS, but also this gayness-aversion therapy seemed like a very real thing that used to be forced on people. I am so grateful to be living in 2012 and sitting in such a position of privilege that I can just look at scene like this and laugh, you know?

So yeah, after pumping Lana with a puke-inducing serum while making her look at pictures of sexy ladies, Dr. Thredson followed that up by bringing in a naked dude and forcing Lana to jill-off while fondling the dude's bathing suit area.

What a scene! So weird and unpleasant and sad and hilarious! Also #butts

Elsewhere, Sister Jude approached the rarely seen monsignor and attempted to tell him that she had reason to believe Dr. Arden was a former WAR CRIMINAL.

Unfortunately, her story was not helped by the admission that her #1 source was a woman claiming to be Anne Frank, nor the fact that Sister Jude had gotten wasted in front of everyone recently. But most of all her story was not helped by the fact that the monsignor was clearly a SHADY VILLAIN. He proved as much after drunk-shaming Sister Jude right out of the room, then picking up the phone to tell Dr. Arden that everyone's onto him and he should be more careful or whatever. I knew it, you handsome devil but mostly devil!

Sister Jude sought advice from her mother superior, and the mother superior was pretty rad! She too expressed frustration with the church's patriarchy and generally gave Sister Jude the kind of pep talk that might send her down a path of becoming more of a heroine? Fingers-crossed!

Another thing that demon Sister Eunice did to cause trouble for everyone was she showed Kit Grace's official records, and they offered quite a different take on her alleged crimes. Then when Kit confronted her with this new info she immediately 'fessed up.

Yeah, it was pretty much what we all suspected: Grace definitely killed her family with an axe.

I mean, this was obvious to me mostly because they couldn't ALL be wrongly accused right? But aside from being a major boner-killer for Kit, this revelation also seemed to push him over the edge into believing that maybe he too was guilty of what he'd been accused of. Then, in a truly great scene, he sobbed and pled with Sister Jude that maybe he'd been mistaken.

But the thing was—and maybe I'm reading too much into it—it seemed as though Sister Jude was already at a place where she'd come to doubt a lot of things going on around the asylum, and perhaps his earnest plea for answers convinced her more than ever that he probably wasn't guilty? How juicy & conflicting!

I'm definitely hoping that Sister Jude somehow becomes the heroine of this story and perhaps her conversion has already begun. Either way, she still seemed downright empathetic to Kit's pleas and it was nice seeing this fleeting moment of humanity between them.

What a lot of people may not know about Anne Frank is that she can and will pickpocket the gun directly out of a detective's holster if she needs to!

So after getting manhandled and thrown into Dr. Arden's lab for a bit of monsignor-directed "cleanup", Anne Frank did what so many of us had been fantasizing about ever since reading her diary: She pulled out a gun and shot a Nazi!

Interestingly enough, Dr. Arden never admitted to being who she claimed he was ("I'm from Scottsdale!"), so this episode still wanted us to question whether Anne Frank really was Anne Frank or not, but still: I loved this part.

But uh-oh, watch out Anne Frank!

OMG Shelley you look terrible girl! Honestly, we've all been here though, right? All rolling around hissing on the floor in our unmentionables with our stumps flyin'. I'm this way before I get my coffee in the morning!! Arrrghh! Love coffee. No just kidding. Shelley's a mutant now. I'm just going to go out on a limb (or stump) and say that Dr. Arden is not the best doctor. I just don't think he's doing very good work. Whoever will be writing up his annual job evaluation should definitely include mutant Shelley under "Needs Improvement."

You know what, this episode was fun but not excellent. The main reason was it was a "Part 1" so it was a lot of setup and character work—which is great when you're marathoning it, but felt very unsatisfying on its own. So, yeah. It was fine.

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK ANNE FRANK!!


QUESTIONS:

... Dr. Thredson kind of sucks right?

... Is Sister Jude headed for redemption?

... Is Grace less cute now that we know she's a maniac?

... WHERE IS PEPPER??

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"ANNE FRANK. According to AHS:A, the world's most famous Holocaust victim was possibly not only alive and well in 1964, she was also possibly getting herself thrown into Briarcliff Asylum so that she could possibly point a finger at Dr. Arden whom she possibly met at AUSCHWITZ. Yes, that's in all-caps because AMERICAN HORROR STORY U CRAZY MURDERBABY."

When AHS integrated Black Dahlia into their story, I instantly felt mad respect. Absolutely fantastic. Now, they're going to one up the churchbell sized balls of last season to integrated Ann Frank?!? AHS, I think I love you a little.

"What a scene! So weird and unpleasant and sad and hilarious!"

Speaking of respect, Sarah Paulson...you've got mine. Conceptually, that scene was over the top and hilarious. Paulson's acting made it unpleasant and sad. Truly hard to watch, which in a show full of similar scenes which are easy to watch because they're so ridiculous, that's a high compliment.
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Personally I didn't find the conversion therapy funny or camp at all, possibly because I couldn't help imagining myself in her place. I did think it was a brilliant scene though, and I thought that in regards to this (not the Bloody Face/Kit issue, because he dies seem to change his mind on that very strangely) Dr Thredstone's attitude makes sense. He's a psychologist in an era that calls homosexuality a mental illness; Lana shouldn't be in an insane asylum or subjected to electro-shock; on the other hand, he believes that she is ill and that it's his duty to make her well. He only later realizes what she knew all along: that (at least in her case) there is no cure.



What really is brilliant about the scene, however, is the sickening horror I felt watching it. Most of the show is focused on supernatural or extremely cliched horror themes. This doesn't detract from the show itself; the writing is clever enough to do something interesting and unique with those themes, but set against this background is the conversion therapy - which is still happening in some conversion camps in America today. This horror story is horrifyingly real for anyone who has been told that they need to be cured of who they are. For me it was the scene of the show so far (baring in mind that I have not seen the first series).
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Did not see the hilariousness of the aversion/conversion therapy. Sad, disturbing, unpleasant, painful, all of it. Nothing funny about it.
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the younger version of dr.Arden is played by James Cromwell's son himself... amazing resemblance explained
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Since this show kind of teases the next season before-hand. Does anyone else think that a concentration camp might be where next season is set or would that be too depressing and/or too real of a place to make crazy, ridiculous things happen.
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I would hate to see it go there. That's not just tasteless; it's sacrosanct
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I've got to say, I'm loving this season way more than last. Last season I felt like AHS operated in waves of "really good" and "mostly set-up" but I've been really enjoying every episode of this season. Obviously this season is completely different from last which is why not everyone is going to like it but that's what I love about it. I feel confident that next season will be something entirely different that we haven't seen before.
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I liked the episode and the gritty character development scenes. I like the drama and intrigue and while not horrific in a spooky sense, the atrocities committed against fellow human beings was horrific!
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I agree with the comment below that this is not so much American Horror Story as it is American Depressing Story. At this point, I'm rooting for the Aliens and the demon to figure out by season's end that they basically have nothing to do because the Asylum doesn't need their help, leaving a note saying "Sorry, going somewhere else, this place is MESSED UP, even for us."
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I agree... most of the horror of the story this season is the sick human behavior, mostly between the staff of the asylum. The aliens and the demon kinda feel okay next to them.
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This show is all over the place and introduces new concepts ridiculously fast. I cannot tell if this show is great work all around or an episode of Jackass that has gone off the deep end. I guess either way I am getting entertained.
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Hey, where can I get the "Dominique" CD or mp3? I want to play it continuously on my iPod.
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Sadly, I believe this is from the soundtrack of the Singing Nun. I now hang my head in shame that I think that might actually be true.
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It is true. Does anybody know what the song is about?
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I answered my own question. It's about Saint Dominique. Here are the English lyrics:

In English:



Dominique -inique -inique went about simply,

a poor singing traveller.

On every road, in every place,

he talks only of the Good Lord,

he talks only of the Good Lord.



Knowing it's about a saint, I now hate that I hate the song so much.
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OK, next episode if Dr. Arden appears making soup for the patients, THEN we can be really sure "Anne Frank" was right about him.

With this show anything is possible.

In a final battle between the Devil and evil godless aliens, who would win? And on which side would mad Nazi scientist doctor be? What if the Demon possesses one of the aliens? So many questions... Food for thought...
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Zachary Quinto has such a remarkable presence on screen that I find it hard not to like him. AS for Dr. Thredson's methods, either he believes that the only way to get Lana and Kit getting out the asylum and Kit evading the death penalty was for them to admit their "crimes" so he was working with what he had, doing what he could. Of course this is the 1960s, and people though Earth was flat back then, so the good doctor was working with the scientific assumptions that were valid at that time. Or he's the real Leatherface and he's toying with the patience.

the only way i'll be happy is if Sister Jude burns in alien hell at the end of the season. No redemption for her.

Yes, Grace is even curter. Beautiful fiction twisted girls (not sure of the adjective order here) are so much more attractive for some reason.

OK, I have to say this. AHS is not necessarily scary. But it gets disgusting at times. Is Ryan Murphy trying to operate an aversion therapy on us? And it's heavy drama. I didn't feel scared about what's happening with the patients. I felt sad and sorry for them.
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1. Well based on other online discussions, I am totally now convinced that Dr. Thredson is Bloody Face (and it actually has nothing to do with the Lana treatment, I actually think that was a legitimately considered form of treatment in 1964 and I think he was really trying to get her, well, if he is BF, to be a place where she fulfills his victim roles). I am a little concerned, though, that we will only learn next week who 2012 BF is and not 1964 (I read this theoretical discussion that 2012 is actually the filming of a movie that really kind of seemed, I don't know, possible). But seriously Thredson, when you are sent to look for someone, that person isn't home and should be and then you find a not small blood stain in the house...the cops is who you call, you don't go ruffling through possessions to find a picture. Then that whole interaction with Kit, my first reaction was, close, but not quite. And then I kept thinking there was something odd about the crimes (and sadly, the cop to Sister Jude had to point out the likelihood that a car mechanic versus a surgeon or someone trained like that, say a psychiatrist, would have the skills).



2. I think Sister Jude is looking for redemption, and saw Kit as her clear patch to it. I am not sure she will be able to achieve it.



3. She confuses me, like was the rest of her story true?



4. I know and that she is suddenly not listed in the missing patients.
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They all seem to have forgotten the three missing patients. They weren't discussed at all last week.
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Forgot to mention: didn't yelloweyeddeamonfromsupernatral say the police had Ann Frank involuntarily committed because they didn't want to deal with her after her bar fight?
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I was thinking that Dr. Thredson was closet gay and wanted Lana to lie about being cured and he would sign the paperwork saying "Yep I did that". Now I think he's just like most psychiatrists back then: anything that's not "normal" is a mental disease. That is a let down which is why I'm hoping for a twist.

I would love to see Sister Jude be the hero, or maybe try to be the hero and Monsignor turns out to be Bloody Face (worst nickname ever) and kill her

I would start to question my sanity if the person giving me a pep talk every day and trying to help me break out 'cause she believes my innocence had Lizzy Bordened it.

Pepper is stuck in the bathroom.
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Didn't he say he didn't think there was anything wrong with Lana? Then she pointed out that her "condition" was listed as a diagnosis, and his treatment suggestions flowed from there.
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I'm not really the type that freaks out with horror, but the part where Lana gets curing therapy, that felt uncomfortable. I thought of my gay/lesbian friends and if something like that would happen to them. That's actually scary. Glad I live in the 21st century.. Even though it's still not accepted all over the world. At least in my country it mostly is.
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I'm not sure about this episode, previous ones were much better. It was a bit slow for me.
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butts. I wonder what the cute butt guy is in there for?

Dr. Thredson is, I believe just trying to get her out; and I think she should just lie about being cured. I thought that is what he was getting at.

SIster Jude: hopefully she will see that alien thing when she is sober.

Grace was never cute.

Pepper pee! I'm a little worried about her.

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Oh, and I agree. Dr. Thredson makes absolutely no sense. The first time we see him and he makes a diagnosis about Kit after talking with him, he says that he thinks Kit is clinically insane. Then, last week he's all like, "It doesn't seem like they've caught the real killer yet" after he visits Lana's lover, and then this week he tells Kit, "No, I'm pretty sure you're not insane and you definitely did it." Wtf? Someone's a little wishy-washy. No, Dr. Thredson is definitely becoming a more suspicious character.
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I'm glad that you mentioned that Pepper seems to be missing. It took me watching the episode twice and then watching the rerun of last week's episode when we see Pepper go to the bathroom and never come back for me to realize, "Oh shit, something happened to Pepper!"

Also, this episode didn't start the way it has been, with the modern-day nympho-couple and Bloody Face. Wonder what's happening with them?
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The couple is dead having been shot, stabbed, and had limbs ripped off by the two kids pretending to be Bloody Face. Then the kids met Bloody Face personally. I'm pretty sure they're dead too.
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I was confused why it didn't start with modern day, but since the couple is dead, maybe they thought they could skip a week?
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Am i the only one that thinks that having Zachary Quinto's character performing anti-gay therapy on Lana is creepy and ironicly awesome, since you know the guy IS gay. As for the rest, not the best episode but still true to its own spirit and still great freaking TV. Jessica Lange is just glorious as always. Great cast, great gutsy show. (no pun intented ...... or maybe)
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Is the actor gay or is the character gay? Cause I think the character is supposed to be straight. He appears to be attracted to Lana. And the therapy was just so bad. What did he mean putting a picture of her late girlfriend in there, and then saying "I thought you'd like it." He thought she'd like to throw up to it?
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Sarah Paulson, the actress who plays Lana, is also gay in real life, so I guess it's pretty creepy for her as well.
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I'm pretty sure there's a meta message there.
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Dammit Price, you are making me want to watch this show. DAMN YOU!



Firstly. Did all of this really happen. Are they really doing all of this. Now I am not watching yet, but thus far, from your reviews and watching the first episode we have several horror genre characters or a close facsimile here is the current this as I understand it. Add any if I missed some.

1. aliens

2. Serial killer that kind of reminds you of leatherface that may or may not be immortal and kind of has some similarities to Frankenstein's monster

3. Evil doctor/Dr. Frankenstein/Nazi concentration camp Doctor.

4. Satan,

5. Possessed individuals.

6. Psycho nun.

7. Mutant monsters,

8. And now Lizzy Borden.

Did I miss any? Oh yea, dumb Scream like teenagers that kill people.

Damn you Price. You have me almost interested in watching this, I am sure you make it seem better than it actually is. But just out of sheer morbid curiosity as to whom in the Horror genre they are going to incorporate next. Dracula? The Wolfman? The Mummy? That creepy wet girl from The Ring? Who. This is like the 21st century version of "The Monster Squad" but dumber and more sex (one of my favorite movies by the way)

I could get into the various historical inaccuracies as to how that couldn't be Anne Frank and how the Tattoo was bogus. And how the Doctor she probably thinks she is couldn't be the Doctor she thinks he is. But I feel it would be nit picky and some of the more staunch defenders of the show would whine.

As for Sister Jude, I am pretty sure she is irredeemable, lets see she is a drunk who did a hit and run on a girl with glasses and now takes pleasure in torturing lesbians and people she doesn't like. But by all means, root for her.

However, just based on the sheer amount of horror genre things in the show right now. Has it been given any thought or discussion that this is all someone's dream. That would explain all of the things including the inclusion of "Anne Frank".
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Yes, you forgot Anne Frank, a chronic masturbater, a psychotic retarded person
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I liked seeing that Sister Jessica has a bit of decency too.

Have you seen the actress that plays Pepper? I found this: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/features/article_1706572.php/American-Horror-Story-Asylum-exclusive-Naomi-Grossman-s-amazing-transformation-to-Pepper
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The young Dr Arden, is James Cromwell's son. He actually suggested the casting.



From an interview with Ryan Murphy (EW magazine)



Where did you find the younger version of James Cromwell?



That's his son! When we were casting that part, James said, "Well you have to f****ing cast my son he looks just like me." He walked in and indeed he did. We cast him on the spot. You can't beat the synchronicity and luck of that. James' son looks exactly like him at that age. It was perfect.
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Yeah, as a standalone episode this one just didn't do it for me. I shoulda known this one wouldn't be on par with the rest so far when it opened without the current story of BloodyFace LOLing at the corpses of Mrs. Tatum and Maroon 5. I kinda like the continuing storyline each week of BloodyFace terrorizing the modern world in the abandoned asylum.



Also inactive this week: Aliens and Demons. More actions by these villains = more horror = better show. Not a BAD show, just made me mad that an hour had passed and it felt like more should've happened this week. I guess Anne Frank was supposed to be enough.
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"Jill-off" is awesome! gotta remember it.

was not naming grace "Llzzie" a missed opportunity?
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The actress who plays her IS named Lizzie! Coincidence? Yeah, probably...

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I do not watch this show (I am very easily scared/grossed out), but I will read every single one of these recaps. Love you Price.
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I must say I loved the inclusion of the Anne Frank storyline, and suddenly it explains a lot about Dr. Arden (if we should still call him that). I think it is a very brave move by AHS to include real life stories as well, and personally I loved the Black Dahlia subplot from the first series. And for all we know, Anne might be lying. But even then, with all of these experiments that Arden is performing on the patients, it is highly likely that he was involved in one of the concentration camps in Europe. I can't believe that I didn't think of that before this episode. And there's no doubt now that Arden is creating these zombie/cannibals that roam the grounds, and Shelly is almost converted, and if Arden is to be believed, they could easily still be roaming the place in the present day and one of them was behind the door and ripped Adam Levine's arm off.



This season just keeps getting better and better, and it was great to finally delve into Grace's story. The first telling was genuinely terrifying, especially the scene in the cupboard. And to answer your question, no she isn't any less cute because "we know she's a maniac" because she isn't a maniac. She killed her father who was sexually abusing her and her step mother who refused to do anything about it. I don't really call that maniacal behaviour, but a glorified form of self-defence. Did she take it too far? Yes, but you try being in her position and see what you would do.



Yes, I do believe that Sister Jude is heading towards a form of redemption. I love the fact that the first episode did everything possible to make us hate and despise her, but suddenly we're starting to cheer for her and learning she may not be all bad.



I found it interesting that you now hate Dr. Thredson following this episode. I thought he did everything in his power to come across as nice and compassionate. He knows that Lana and Kit are not crazy. If we can turn Lana straight then she gets out. But if Kit is revealed to be sane he gets executed. For the sole purpose of keeping him alive, Thredson wants Kit to believe he did it and that he is crazy, that way he won't get executed. But having said all of that, because he is coming across so nice and compassionate, he is clearly evil, and possibly Bloody Face. I found it too convenient that he just happened to have a photo of Lana's girlfriend. Yes, he could have grabbed it when he visited the house, or it could be part of his collection of all the girls he has killed.



Now we just need to see more of Joseph Fiennes. Now that we know that he is aware of Arden's past and kind of in support of it, he is the next character we need to delve into. So far he's almost been non-existent, but I believe he holds the key to everything, and it will be great to see how his relationship with Sister Jude develops as her perfect image of him will start to crumble (assuming of course she starts to find out more about him).
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I would hate to see Bloody Face be the Monsignor because it is such a cliche to always make the Christians the bad guys. Making the psychiatrist a demented killer is also a well-worn trope.
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The "therapy" scene was as hilarious as disturbing and fully established Thredson as a scary villain. How often did they had to shoot that scene? They must have bursted into laughter like a hundred times!

Brilliant review, I'm amazed how easy Price is pulling something like that from his sleeve - "dickmatized"! Thanks a lot Price!

- well if he's supposed to be good he sucks ... as a new devious villain he rocks!

- IF she gets there YES

- maybe even more? It's Lizzy Brochere!

- making out with JFK? I'm sorry. I liked John John.
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I've been wondering about Pepper myself. They seem to have just forgotten her.
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So i have a crazy theory.. k so WHAT IF Arden is that Nazi and the Monsignor is one oft he twins he took to do experiments on, and the other twin is bloody face? we never really knew what happened to the twins.. if there is something in the show that for sure cancels this out, feel free to chew me out! lol
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that sure is an interesting theory.
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I like where you are going with that. Interesting theory! Or perhaps his twin is one of the creatures in the yard, which is why he has Arden there experimenting on other patients - an attempt to help or assist the creature twin...
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Why is nobody mentioning the song in the common room it's hilarious everytime it's comes on i keep laughing for like 2 minutes that i forget i'm watching a horror show.
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I don't laugh because I'm groaning---afraid that song is going to get stuck in MY head. It is unwanted just as any Justin Bieber/Niki Minaj (etc, etc) song.
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it was actually sung by an actual nun "soeur sourire" , from Belgium I think. She then left the clergy and tried to have a singing career, but it failed and in the end she committed suicide with her lesbian partner...I think it adds up to the irony and the creepiness of this choice

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Singing_Nun
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I'm not bothered by the "using real people" thing. The Twilight Zone did an amazing episode including Hitler.
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