American Horror Story: Asylum: "I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)" Review: A Bottle in Front of Me (PHOTO RECAP)

American Horror Story S02E05: "I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)"

Here's how amazing this second season of American Horror Story has been so far: At the end of this week's episode I was shocked to discover it was only Episode 5! We are not even halfway through the season! Yet everything about "I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)" felt like the penultimate episode before a finale. Seriously, almost all the characters have experienced arcs that on any other TV show would indicate an imminent endpoint: Shelley's a mutant, Sister Jude had a one-night stand, Sister Eunice is a demon, Dr. Arden is a war criminal, Lana has already escaped from the asylum, Dr. Thredson is Bloody Face, Kit's going to real prison, Pepper is STILL missing. This season has been jam-packed with reveals, twists, reversals, setbacks, victories, and game-changers. I am not calling into question AHS's ability to continue moving the story forward (it's definitely earned the benefit of the doubt in that respect), but how exactly can the show keep topping itself like this? It frequently leaves me astounded, and that's never been more true than with this episode, an hour of TV that was not only compelling and terrifying, but one of the most beautifully filmed episodes of any TV show I've ever seen. Not a hyperbole. Despite its full embrace of low-culture tropes, "I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)" verged on high art. SO GOOD. (No really, don't even bother reading this recap if you haven't seen it yet. Watch the episode! Drink in its beauty! Bask in the glow of Golden-Age Television!)

Okay now pull up a chair (the one beside the nipple-lamp) and join me for a photo recap, will you?

The episode began with a stunner of a one-shot steadicam scene in which Sister Jude donned civilian attire and paid a visit to a local Nazi expert played by...

Tio Salamanca! I'm sorry, I know actor Mark Margolis has had a long, fruitful career of playing roles that didn't involve wheelchairs and bicycle bells, but I don't care. German accent or not, he will always be the grimacing Mexican invalid from Breaking Bad to me. So yeah, anyway, Tio Salamanca agreed to help Sister Jude determine whether or not Dr. Arden was a war criminal or not.

Speaking of which, the resolution to last week's loaded gun of a cliffhanger involved "Anne Frank" dragging a wounded Dr. Arthur into Sister Jude's office and waiting for her to get back so that Anne could tell on Dr. Arden for making slut-mutants (slutants?) in his lab. But there was one flaw in Anne's plan:

The 'not looking behind you' part. Oh well!

Things went from bad to worse for Anne once Sister Jude finally returned. For instance, a man claiming to be her husband showed up and explained that Anne Frank was actually just some housewife who was dealing with postpartum depression by pretending to be a famous Holocaust victim. What was super unsettling was that his explanations came complete with nausea-inducing video explanations:

They seemed to be filmed on archaic videotape technology and were underscored with theremin, heavily implying falseness, and, I don't know, brainwashing? These were not trustworthy flashbacks in my opinion.

Anyway, because apparently every woman's weakness is her biological clock, Anne immediately agreed to go home with the man once he showed her a picture of herself cradling a child. Basically, she did not believe she was his wife, but once a possible baby was in the equation, she was ready to follow him.

Meanwhile, Dr. Thredson was hassling Sister Jude about the rumor that she intended to surgically sterilize Kit and Grace.

Her response was the best:

Meanwhile Kit and Grace were still in solitary confinement in neighboring cells. I loved how artily framed these scenes were. Like, this first shot of Kit was just begging for this:

Anyway, I liked the artistic touch that they felt like they were near each other despite being on opposite sides of a cement slab:

At that point Sister Eunice the Demon Nun arrived to grant Kit a reprieve from castration.

Unfortunately Grace wasn't so lucky, so she responded by having a pretty funny freakout montage. I liked this shot the best:

And that was BEFORE the aliens arrived to abduct her!

It made perfect sense that Grace wasn't all that scared of being abducted. Her stay in this asylum had NOT been a vacation so far.

Meanwhile Lana and Dr. Thredson continued to arrange their hasty exit.

But not before Dr. Thredson fitted in a last-minute therapy session with Kit. Now, there is a good chance—a veritable certainty!—that I didn't have the brainpower to understand this bit, but somehow Dr. Thredson convinced Kit that (a) he had definitely killed his wife, and (b) he should admit to it on tape so that he could somehow be set free? I don't know, it lost me. Anyway, Kit definitely "confessed" on tape to killing his wife, so that was a bit of a blunder in my opinion.

Especially because in the very next shot we saw her all up in a UFO lookin' naked and pregnant (and seemingly high)!

Grace was there too, but she was not having nearly as much of a chill time. What followed was a quick-cut nightmare montage of the aliens being total dicks to her.

OWW!

Anyway, back to Sister Jude. The Anne Frank situation had totally knocked the wind out of her sails, so she phoned Tio Salamanca and called off their Nazi hunt, AND THEN Dr. Arden limped in and started getting on Sister Jude's case for having believed Anne. He was throwing around threats and everything.

Sister Jude pretended she wasn't intimidated, but it was clear she was definitely feeling power slip from her fingers these days. Poor Sister Jude! (Just kidding, she's mean.)

At this point we learned what had happened to Shelley after Anne Frank first found her. Sister Eunice the Demon Nun had dragged Shelley out of Dr. Arden's lab, but she didn't do a very good job of hiding her, so then the next day a whole playground full of children encountered Shelley as she grunted her way up a stairwell.

Poor Shelley! She did NOT deserve this, you guys. All she wanted to do was get her freak on with some sailors. Now she was getting screamed at by children because she was legless and in her unmentionables and had adult acne. Was there an Oprah in the '60s? I am crossing my fingers that some saintly talk show host will swoop in and give Shelley a restorative makeover, you know? She deserves it after all she's been through.

Guess which creepy husband realized that crazy ladies tend to not be great mothers?

Yup, Anne Frank had been re-committed! As we learned in additional off-kilter flashbacks, Anne Frank was a bit of a baby strangler. Oh well! Fortunately, Dr. Arden was feeling helpful:

Yup. Anne Frank was about to get a raw deal here.

An emotional centerpiece for the show (and a moment that should guarantee Jessica Lange ANOTHER Emmy) was when the main guard dude informed Sister Jude that Lana had gone missing (with Dr. Thredson) and Sister Jude realized that basically everyone was escaping now.

This caused her to reflect on her life, tell a long, confusing story about a baby squirrel, and then conclude that she's not cut out for this sh*t. The whole speech was truly great. Like most of AHS, it straddled the line between pathos and ridiculousness, but still evoked genuine emotion. Jessica Lange is truly a national treasure.

What followed was a fairly upsetting montage in which Sister Jude de-nunned herself back into Trampy Judy intercut with Anne Frank getting her frontal lobotomy.

YIKES/SEXY!

Meanwhile Dr. Thredson brought Lana into his home so that she could readjust to society. Or something. The whole situation was shady right off the bat.

First of all, his apartment was littered with red flags:

For instance, his lamp-with-nipples used a dark stitching that clashed stylistically with his mod-nouveau design scheme.

Secondly, what kind of maniac eats mints THAT BIG? Those mints are too big!

Thirdly, his crafting room was severely lacking in organizers, labels, and hot glue guns. Fourthly, the trap door:

So yeah, as it turned out, Dr. Thredson was Bloody Face! He liked to kill and skin ladies and use them for crafting! Also he had a tiled room under his home where the frozen corpse of Lana's girlfriend was chillin' on the ground.

You know, Lana has had a really bad week, let's be honest here. Maybe journalism is not the best job to have?

Things were also not going well for Kit.

He got arrested for confessing to murder on tape. Crazy, right? Off to REAL jail for Kit! His next prison's bare butt policy remains to be seen.

Oh, but guess who suddenly believed Kit's story now? Grace! But that's probably because she was abducted by aliens and returned to the common room with a bloody crotch and a poor memory. Probably not gonna help him much on the witness stand, girl.

Meanwhile Trampy Judy woke up from her sittin' and spinnin' session and pulled a coyote ugly basically. Don't wake up that trash heap!

For her part, "Anne Frank" had been sufficiently brain damaged into believing she was an ordinary, pearl-wearing housewife and mother. But, it should be pointed out, she did not lose her German accent.

Also, there was the matter of a certain photo still pinned to her cork board:

Whoops! Looked like Dr. Arden to me! Standing right behind Hitler! I guess her flashbacks weren't necessarily unreliable? I appreciated the vagueness of this final twist: Was Anne Frank actually Anne Frank, and the victim of a brainwashing conspiracy and/or illegal lobotomy? Or was she actually just a crazy housewife who came into possession of a photograph and correctly identified Dr. Arden? Either way, this dude seems like bad news to me. Not trying to be controversial, it's just a personal opinion, but I think Dr. Arden is up to no good. And while I'm at it, I don't think Dr. Thredson is a very good guy either. I said it.

Jeez, what an episode. I truly loved it. Bad things, big reveals, extraordinary filmmaking. How is it that we still have EIGHT episodes to go? I am not complaining, I'm just simply amazed. This show!


QUESTIONS:

... Was Anne Frank for real or not?

... Should Lana's entire ordeal serve as a warning to aspiring journalists?

... Will Shelley ever get the restorative makeover she so desperately deserves?

... I ask you again: WHERETF IS PEPPER?

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I have to admit I didn't realize Dr. Thredson might be Bloodyface right up until that point where he told the gaurd he never worked at Briarcliff. That's when I started smelling fishies. I mean I knew he was too good to be true but still...awesome scene in his apartment with Lana/Sarah Paulson acting and reacting perfectly to the cues.
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Not bad but I still miss season 1 like hell.. is there any series like that? Because AHS 2 is something completely different
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In the Dr.Ardens/Nazi flashbacks,He takes a liking to two dark headed twin boys (I'm guessing fraternal) ..I think they are BloodyFace and the Monsignor ,hence how BF can just roam around and do what He wants inside the asylum without being questioned.So Daddy Nazi Dearest raised those boys,and they witnessed his "medical" experiments..,i think theyre working as a threesome and all three are batshit crazy. As for Kit,did anyone notice,both women he had sex with,were abducted by the Aliens ASAP? We know nothing really of Kits background, even when Grace plays truth or dare,and goes with truth about why she is really there and how terrible her parents were,Kit shares nothing about His life or upbringing. Also,Kits due to be thrown back into the looney bin,because after what Grace yelled,he's never going to shut up about Aliens now! Plus in an interview given before the show started,Ryan Murphy,stated Kit is the Hero in this seasons show... I have also considered since "Ben Harmon" has a guest role this season (think current Ben,reminiscing about His youth,before he packs up his family and moves to the Murder House). And that the Harmons were from the same state in which the asylum is located, perhaps He was born and raised there.He always hinted at a troubled, dark past in season 1 and being raised or born in such a place would explain that and also might make one want to cure those inflicted with mental disorders. Hence Bens profession and he would have been born around 1964...If Kit gets anyone pregnant,the baby could be Ben..lol...I love this show,but God it makes my head hurt! Nothing is ever as it seems.... LESS -
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Yeah I definitely picked up on the fact that both the chicks Kit slept with were beamed up pretty quick. I think (and I'm not alone here) that Kits an alien who doesn't remember who he is or thinks hes human. I think maybe they cut the baby out of Grace and put her back at the asylum, while Elma they decided to let the child be born. Or perhaps they were doing some other procedure to Grace to actually ensure the childs survival I'm not sure. I bet it will end up tying back to Dr. Arden somehow because theres a lot of rumors about the Nazi's having contact with ET'S. Although with this show you never know. You may be correct about Thredson having some tie to Arden and the Monsignor. I've been wondering when the Monsignor was going to have some larger part in all this besides popping his head in and out once every 3 episodes.. So Ben Harmon has a cameo huh? Do you know by chance what episode he's set to appear in? I'd be excited to see him for sure.
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Im not sure what episode Dylan McDermott (Ben Harmon) will be in,they are trying to keep it hush hush...I know Ryan Murphy said the stories wouldn't be tied together,but with AHS,you never know..lol...Plus I just think its more than a coincidence that the Harmons, Are from the same state the asylum is in AND Ben works in the same field of medicine that was practiced there.As for Kit,I don't think for a second the Aliens will leave him in jail,not to many chances in an all male prison to make aliens babies or whatever he's doing!...He's gonna end up back at Briarcliff.You know its funny,we've seen everyones background so far,as to how they came to be what they are.but Kits....makes you wonder....
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What are your thoughts now that its been (pretty much) determined that the voice of the future bloody face that calls the police is in fact Dylan McDermott?
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This is a classic case of Nazi alien demonic abduction!
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Great ep. James Cromwell deserves his very first Emmy win for his portrayal of nazi terrorist/officer Dr. Arden.
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I agree. He's one of the finest actors out there. He seems to be evil personified here. Well, of course, he's not evil enough of Lily Rabe, but really, when you are the devil, who is evil enough for you?
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Also, can I buy a Bloody Face mask now for next years Halloween?
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Knock yourself out
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Speaking of Pepper: Today I found out that Pepper looks like Schlitzie. Check Wikipedia or your favorite image search engine.
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Pepper must be inspired in Schlitzie, as a tribute.
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HILARIOUS!! Very well written!
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I know this show is not perfect, but I am obsessed with it none-the-less. This recap runs a close second to the show, and I now have it bookmarked and wait for it as expectantly as I wait for the episode. If Dr. Thredson's plan is to frame Kit so that he can escape punishment, then the flaw seems to be, once Kit is in jail, he (Dr. Thredson) will have to give up his hobby, or at least completely change his MO. Also, remember this story is set in the past, so there may be some clues to what happens/happened in the newlyweds synopsis of what makes Briarcliff a notorious haunted spot. In other words, if Thredson was BF and it was made known (because Lana wrote his story, for example), don't you think the newlyweds would have mentioned it? Though, they didn't mention Kit by name either...they also didn't mention any Nazi Dr. experiments either. The fact that none of these things happened doesn't bode well for Lana. I loved Sister Jude's story, and the lesson that God's failure to answer, is in fact, his answer. "I am disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means no"
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Okay, I was responding to someone and suddenly opened the door to a bunch of questions....do we believe the aliens are real or not? I don't (at this point). So, if they didn't...what did Kit seen in the opening of this season? I am back to he witnessed something and his mind snapped, but I wonder....did he or Thredson see each other? Did he do something to Kit (like whatever that little robot thing was) and come to the institution to assure himself that Kit didn't recognize him, and decided to play some games while he was there? Like we are going to relive Sister Jude's roaming of the halls and while she sees the alien again, we see BF in a slightly different mask. Or, Thredson was rushing around getting Kit's confession (when technically, didn't he have all day to do that since it looked like the morning when Kit left his cell), I wonder if maybe he screwed with Grace too. Just my ponderings after a very tiring day.
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1. That was one thing about the Anne Frank story that got to me. I was stuck wondering if she was or wasn't. If she was then her actions were perfectly sane, if not then she's insane. Maybe she did live in the camps with her and took on her identity or was just as they said a mother suffering after having her child. As a friend pointed out to me Anne Frank's records were rather public even her ID number so her associating that persona as her own is possible. All I know is that now we have a clear understanding of who and what Dr. Arden is. The mad doctor was cool but mad Nazi doctor is just scary.

2. My first thought about Lana when she fell through that trap door was doing those cooking articles or whatever it was doesn't seem so bad now does it? But yes Lana does serve as one huge warning to everyone...if you're going to be an investigative reporter do a little more research and you know investigate things before you go rushing into them.

But really in her case and just about everyone else they seem to lack a lot of common sense. Sister Eunice is acting weird, no one really seems to care. The guards slip up and people disappear so it's Jude's fault because she was in charge, but how does that work. People are missing did anyone actually look for them? Also did anyone actually check to make sure that Dr. Thredson was really the court appointed doctor? Did Lana ever think of why he took such interest in her? And Kit with that tape recorder...all in all people are so naive.

I'm sad to see what happened with Sister Jude with Dr. Arden, she was the queen of loopholes and power. He bitches that Annie got a gun and was released, she could have easily pointed out that it was for the husband to decide if she stayed or went. But still this was a great moment of seeing how easily she could stray from her strict ways from something like that.

3. Shelley- someone mentioned the idea of season 3 revolving around a caravel. Would love it as long as it can stand apart from that HBO Caravel show and if it happened Shelley would be one of the attractions. If not I hope that she isn't gunned down by the police and instead if somehow able to communicate with them where she came from and thus Dr. Arden will be exposed in some twisted plan by the demon possessed Eunice.

Really I don't know what the demon was doing in the guy it came in but now it's just so evilly playful and taunting, I guess killing and eating the livestock isn't as fun as messing with the heads of people.

Pepper, dare we say that she is smarter than she was portrayed? That she escaped or is hiding out in the kitchen with her precious bread? I am hoping that she escaped and when Shelley was dumped in the woods she carried her off into town to go into hiding together.
Or as said above in the 3rd season she joins a caravel and is part of the 'freak show'.
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The candy dish is made of human skull.
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I'm just gonna say it guys. I did not like this episode as much as the previous three. Maybe it's because I've been on to Dr. Thredson since Nor'Easter and I spent this episode screaming "don't do it Lana!" at the television or maybe the creep factor was just raised too high for my liking but it wasn't as enjoyable for me. I still liked it, just not as much.
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I think that is basically how I felt too (he has been my # 1 suspect since that episode too). It usually is the problem with two part episodes I find though, there is like an exciting half hour in each of them and the rest of the time is either set up or establishing where we go from here. I did find the actual reveal of BF exciting because we knew by that point and it was the same as any horror movie where you are yelling at a character, don't go in there!!
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This show does not disappoint on any level. The acting, directing, writing are superb. Shocking, in your face, brilliant.
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Fantastic episode, cinematography a little too artsy for my taste but just a little.
Insane review, Price killed me with his red flag nr.2. Sure, THE MINTS ARE TOO BIG! LOL.
I totally love that they didn't lift the secret about Anne Frank's identity, hopefully it stays that way!
Dominique, - inique, inique ...
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I think KIT is an alien who thinks he's human and his peeps are now trying to get him back, perhaps Alma his wife is an alien too.
That's why the aliens are now in the asylum and will probably follow him to prison too.
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Yet another good idea...you're just full of em today! lol
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So....the aliens just returned Grace to the common room? This doesn't set off any alarms with the personnel, since she was supposed to be locked up in solitary confinement awaiting a tube-tying? Did they just forget about her "procedure" and and that she was locked up? Won't they notice the crafty alien work if they do a medical procedure on her? I'm confused about all that.

Also, Dr. Thredson is bloody face......okay, not super surprised, but I think there is still a huge piece of his story arc to go, which should fill up the remaining episodes nicely. Because let's assume that Thredson is the modern day BloodyFace terrorizing Adam Levine and the BF imitators. That BloodyFace is supernatural (seems to be)....strength to rip an arm off (as noted by the imitators), and survived multiple stab wounds to the heart and gut by Mrs. Channing Tatum. But 1960's Dr. Thredson seems to be just a regular psycho killer. So something more must happen to him. Could be any number of things at this point. Aliens change Thredson somehow, demon possesses him, Dr. Arden turns him into a live-forever mutant....any of those things could account for him being freakishly strong and hard to kill in the present day.

Total tangent....just got my first TV with 120 hz specs, and I notice the picture quality makes it feel like you're right there with the actors. It looks more like footage of behind-the-scenes "How They Make This Show" kind of stuff than the regular look and feel of a TV show I'm used to. It added up to making AHS very not-scary this week, just due to the visual effect thinning the line of reality and story-telling that my imagination must not cross in order to be told a good story and properly scared. Watched Sherlock last night with the same result....The actors seem to be RIGHT THERE, and that just feels wrong somehow....like the picture is better but the effect is cheaper. Might have to go back to watching AHS on the old TV.
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It could be but I'm not so sure about Thredson's superpowers: we don't know what ripped Levine's arm off and the stabbed bloody face was fake as there were 3 killers masked as bloody face. The real one appeared later with a real human flesh mask. On the other hand Thredson would have to be in a really good shape to be that tall and strong in his 70's, so Arden's super drug OR the demon is a valid call!
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Someone suggested that what we have seen is a bad movie being made about BF. That sounds about right and would explain the overacting when the couple first entered the building.
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Ok, I didn't realize that the BloodyFace from the first intro was supposed to be the 3rd imitator, although I do recall the second two saying something about Adam Levine and his gf killing their friend. I thought the first BloodyFace's mask was the same mask that the real BloodyFace showed up with when he killed the imitators, and thus I thought he was the real BloodyFace. If you are correct and the first guy's mask was not real human flesh, then I am mis-remembering and need to watch it again. Also, the the second two guys used guns, whereas the first one used attacked with a knife. So I thought the imitators were just trying to scare people with a bad mask and then shoot them. But you could be right, and I misunderstood the story-line for those intros.
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Judging for how crazy Asylum is I doubt Dr. Adler would stop at tube-tying. I suspect Grace was going to have radical hysterectomy. Not to mention he would probably change her into a mutant.
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I think what we saw was a mix of the alien "abduction" (if they actually took her somewhere or just visited) and the procedure. Perhaps she mixed them both up in her confused state.
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You know I hadn't thought of that...about the procedure already having been done too and it all getting jumbled like that..hmm..interesting..you may be onto something there..
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No, the personnel didn't think any more about it than they do the disappearance of Shellie, the Mexican, or PEPPER.
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Guess that all goes towards explaining why Sis. Jude needs to be fired.
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1. No, I oddly because he is serial killer, suspect that Thredson was right that she just suffered from that psychosis and instead of instantly killing her child, she just disassociated and just recognized Arden from the picture.

2. Perhaps more to Lana to question her first instincts (i.e., totally convinced Kit was BF and not taking the opportunity to escape with him and Grace that first time, and then never questioning why this guy would be willing to risk his own license and whatnot in helping her escape).

3. Probably not exactly, but I am guessing she can still somewhat talk and write and I think we saw the end of Briarcliff when the teacher contacts the authorities.

4. Hate to say it, but maybe she did follow them outside and just got caught up by those post Shelley Arden experiments. Or they choose her as their queen.

Can I just say, I am now obsessed with the idea that AHS 3 will be set in a traveling circus/freak show ultimate battle of good vs. evil tribute to Carnivale (heck, I bet you could wander over to the White Collar set and get Tim McKay to randomly cameo).
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I think Jessica Lange should get an Emmy just for he Southie accent.
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"Hurtful" - just awesome.
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First of all, Price - AHS is yet another show I've started to watch after reading your recap - shame on you! Second thing - it amazes me everytime how you change horror into a comedy. "Alien pregnancy pact?" was the funniest picture of this review.
Poor Lana - in last episode she was forced to masturbate while molesting some nude guy. And now Syler is forcing her to necrophilia. Ewww!
Poor Grace - she is now new Dana Scully (minus the FBI thing and medical degree). Why did the aliens return her? They didn't like her? She was no suitable for breeding purposes? Also the bleeding - did she miscarriage an alien baby or was it simply the result of aliens playing doctor? Will the aliens return for her? So many questions and only one Grace to answer them.
Poor Anne Frank - Everytime I see Franka Potente in AHS she reminds me of "Anatomy" - a german post-war horror movie about Nazi starring Franka Potente as medical student. I strongly recommend it. It's a shame Anne got lobotomized. However she seems happy now.
Poor Sister Demon - she got so little screen time this episode.

Questions:
1. Does it really matter?
2. Never ever go voluntary into a asylum / prison - you may never go out. It should be a warning for everyone not just aspiring journalists.
3. Shelley is pretty toasted now unless they give her a role in The Walking Dead.
4. She is peeing?
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Does anyone know where the armless, stabbed, shot Adam Levine & wife storyline went? Like, what was the point of that when it hasn't been in the last two episodes at all...
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No, but I think we are still supposed to be obsessing over that one, especially now that we know that BF is a person who, well, lets say he is exactly Zackary Quinto's age, so it clearly can't be him (he'd be 83). So who could that third guy be (and maybe he is with the other two, maybe not). I actually think the whole thing is this gigantic distraction (like it is a movie or something) where we will feel foolish we were concentrating on it so much that we never really talked about the other things we have no answers for? Is Sister Mary Eunice really possessed? Are there really aliens floating about Briarcliff? Or even back in the BF story line...did Thredson kill Alma or is she alive? And if he killed her...did Kit witness it? And what on earth of Kit's backstory is real? We were treated to some scene where he was in the bedroom and she was not and when he looked for her, she was gone.
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I'm pretty sure it ended around the time Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan were shot to death by the fake Bloody Face and then the real Bloody Face showed up. There probably will be resolution with the Blood Face in modern day storyline but I'm not sure Adam Levine/Mrs. Sexiest Man Alive will be involved.
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Haha yup, think they're pretty much done... Or are they ;) haha
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Patience, Kara, all questions will be answered in time.
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It just seems very random at this point! Like, I was going with it, and now it's just gone. I did like one person's theory that Bloody Face is still around because of whatever immortality serum Arden is working on. But it's kinda lost me at this point. Plus I'm actually disappointed Thredson was Bloody Face, because I thought that the episode where he went to Lana's place and knew something happened to her gf, but somehow the cops weren't notified or anything. So I'm REALLY hoping there will be an even bigger twist than that. Which definitely happened last year. So I'm trying not to doubt, especially with 8 episodes left!!
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THE best episode to date!
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I must admit, one the things I looked most forward to after an episode of American Horror story is your review. You somehow manage to make an increasingly depressing show into something humorous.

That said:-
1. I think Anne Frank might not really be Anne Frank but she could be someone from Auswitch or at least have another life, how many good housewives you know can pickpocketed a gun out of a policeman's holster?
2) I really do hope most aspiring journalists fare better than Lana. Or we will have bones of journalists buried all over the world next to some demented serial killer who loves nipple lamps.
3) uhh...
4) Pepper must have followed the others and escaped through the zombie/flesh-eating/monsters forest. Maybe she looked/acted like one of them and have a femur as her weapon. Next stop, Dr Thredson's house to play the superhero character.

Have you noticed that there are no #butts on this episode? Lol
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Loved this episode much more than the previous one.
I was hoping you'd expain what Thredson told Kit to make him confess, but is looks like nobody understood that.
Loved the Ed Gein reference - this was it, right? Dr. Thredson's hobby I mean.
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Thredson told Kit that he (Kit) was not crazy, but had, in fact, committed all the Bloody Face murders. He said if Kit would confess to him that he would tell the court that Kit was insane and could not be held accountable for his crimes. The confession was supposed to be private, just between the two of them. He told Kit it would help him remember if he just imagined how he had murdered the people. So Kit made a bunch of stuff up and said it into the recorder as part of his deal with Thredson. Thredson then told the police Kit had confessed and was not insane. The police arrested Kit to take him to real jail as opposed to an institution and Bloody Face was free to kill.
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Oh, OK. THat's kind of a strange reason for Kit to confess, but I see...
And sorry about all the typos, this new small comment form is distracting :(
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This episode was EVERYTHING. But I must admit: I miss my darling Pepper!! HA! And Jessica Lange continues to amaze me. The woman is ridiculous!! I vote for season 3 to take place with a travelling circus!!
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No, I honestly don't think Anne Frank was real. Although a very interesting twist in the plot, it was also very far-fetched.

Not ALL journalists... just ones who investigate horrible asylums filled with demons, aliens, Nazis, and horrible zombie creatures who have really bad acne.

Unfortunately for Shelley, I do not think so. Honestly, I think that the pleasantly plump elementary school teacher will call the cop, and that a swat team will go to the school and shoot that slutant dead, a fate she will welcome with open arms. (possibly)

As for Pepper, I am sorry to say, that our favorite patient of the Asylum has escaped. Remeber that night of the storm? The whole "PEPPER PEE!" thing? And how they couldn't find her afterwards? Pepper was apparently the only one crafty enough to get away from that horrible place. But that's okay, I am sure we will see her again. AHS:A wouldn't just get rid of that kind of character who has it going on in all of the right places.
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This contains so much random stuff. It's fun to watch though.
It's interesting to watch a show with this premise considering I've been to psychiatric hospitals and things haven't changed as much as people might think.
Luckily electroshock therapy is done under anesthesia, and horrible methods like lobotomy is a relic of the past.
The only things I find scary about this show are the ideas and the fact that people actually thought this way in the past and still do some places in the world.
I don't get bothered by all the murders, rape, cutting of body parts and whatnot, but I did get bothered by Lanas "therapy session" last episode and the mixture of religious and scientific reasoning for doing such things to people.
I've just always been more scared of ideas than actions when it comes to horror films.
Except if the actions involve children. Then I will turn it off (guess my maternal instinct is active even though I have no children yet).
The whole Anne Frank thing is a little ridiculous but not offensive. I don't think we will get to know the truth about that. Some things should always be left open to interepretation.
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So now we have an AHS version of X-men gone wrong, The Exorcist, Aliens, Saw 1/2/3/4/100 and Nazi-movies. Maybe this show is a (sick) dimension of Once Upon a Time. LOVE IT!
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This episode was ridiculously disgusting and horrifying and was a brilliant example of how this show has EVERYTHING.
Seriously, what is there left for Season 3?!
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SUMMER CAMP! (i'm crossing my fingers for that, anyway)
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Great episode. I kinda feel sorry for the Eunice-Demon. It shows up in the asylum, thinking it's the big bad and is going to create a waking nightmare for all those present, only to realize that place is already effed up beyond imagination. It's constantly being one-upped by the other residents and walking in on horrifying stuff. I bet it just realizes at some point it's got nothing to do there and makes a grumpy exit.
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Reminds me of that old Don Henley song "Garden of Allah" where in the liner notes it says "a song about the devil showing up on earth and leaving sad because he realizes he has nothing left to do."
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I loved how Sister Eunice said, "you're being released from solitary. YAY."

Dr. Thredson did seem too good to be true.. And played by Zachary Quinto. So it makes sense he's the bad guy.

It was cute how a couple of those boys were amused as they were screaming at Shelley's hideous appearance. :)
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Well she was in her underwear. That tends to make kids giggle.
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BEST SHOW ON TELEVISION... I learn so many dark secrets about myself (and this fictional 1960s).
And Jessica Lange now has 2 episodes for the Emmy win... 5 episodes in
...Chloe Sevingy for best guest..?!?!

Of course, that monologue will be performed by millions in auditions staring now.
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I doubt the whole Anne Frank thing will even be clearly answered (I mean in the show), and it's probably for the best; it leaves you wondering (and hence liking it more) as well as at the same time ending a potentially offensive story arc. And it was very well done, I might add.

I have been up and down in terms of whether or not the second season of AHS is better than the first, and I still can't answer. Part of me likes how season one seems more linear as a whole, centered of course around the family, but as has been said by other posters we don't know where season two is going yet, and I have full confidence in the writers/directors that they'll show us the light.

One thing that I love about this show more than ever, and I think more this season than in the last, is the fact that good pretty much never wins, despite you playing back the scenes in your mind and thinking they might change at the last minute. Was Kip saved? no! (not yet, anyway.... errr! There I go again!). Will Shelley be saved and legs grow back? not if kids and screaming teachers have their way. Will Lana be the victim of Bloody Face? looks like it. Was Dr. Arden foiled in the end and exposed for what he was? not at all. In fact, he got his way and lobotomized the main threat (and it's not just the photo at the end that left a question mark over Arden's head, but also the fact that the Monsenieur in the previous episode stated that 'they are on to you, Arden! If you have any house cleaning..." etc.).
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Fantastic episode, I'd call it a game-changer, but let's be honest.. we don't really know what the game IS yet, hmm? Although when I saw what was under the trap door, all I could think was.. are they reusing the set from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (U.S.)?
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Thredson told Kit that maybe if he heard himself say what he did in his own voice he would be able to believe it, that's how he tricked him into confessing on tape. It was confusing, I'm assuming you just lost focus for a moment and missed him saying it because whether it makes much sense or not there was a relatively legitimate and mostly believable reason given.
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I will have to take your word for it.
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I'm not necessarily saying it made a whole lot of sense but they did give a reason.
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This Show is Amazing and this episode is one of the best so far! I agree with your review in that it felt like we were getting closer to an ending but the fun has only just begun!
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I do agree that this was a great episode, but the camera angles and whole cineatography of this whole episode kinda made me sick.. way too many closeups and off center shots. So I'll have to disagree with you Price! I felt the director was trying to hard t make this an art piece, but it felt very amatuer film school.. I will give te director credit for the beautifully shot scene of Kit and Grace in their cells, touching but not really touching. I love the way that was shot! But as always your reviews make me laugh! Loved the parts about the red flags lol Another red flag shouldve been that giant window shade he had in the middle of the room!

1. I wanna believe that Anne Frank was real, cause i totally agree his flashbacks were hecka sketchy! if this were modern day i wouldve sad that picture of her and the baby was photoshopped!
2. I took one journalism class in college and hated it for this very reason! Im too lazy to be playing around with serial killers..
3.How rude for that teacher to go run screaming! she couldve left her a coat to cover up with! Shelley mustve been so embarrased to be out in her unmentionables
4.I dont know! but i miss her smile
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My Anne theory (btw #teamanne): her "husband" was also a nazi. In aushwitz, they did terrible experiments, so they could've brainwashed her into thinking she wasn't Anne frank, but she regained her memory, and now she's acting like she doesn't know, but you saw that smirk. She is Anne.
Poor Lana.... Life sucks sometimes.
Imma miss Shelley. Don't think she's coming Back
And pepper better be back. She's my fave (besides everyone else)
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Ok, First, damn you Price, you peaked my interest with your last recap. And I actually watched the episode. And it pains me to say that is was all right. Not great by any stretch of the imagination, but it wasn't bad.
Dr. Thredson had to be bloody face. One of the main characters was bloody face and he was the logical choice. First it had to be a guy, no offense ladies, but bloody face had to be strong and tall. And in the 60's even athletic women couldn't have pulled that off. Dr. Arden, didn't need to be bloody face because he has an asylum full of people to experiment on. If he wanted to flay people he had ample amounts to do so with. It wasn't Kit for obvious reasons, one, aliens, two, aliens, three, he seems to actually like women. So that left Dr. Thredson, who didn't really belong there and needed a reason aside from Kit to be on the show as much as he was. It was a decent reveal even if it was suspected. Lana is kind of dumb, she kind of does things that are stupid because she can't think further than a step ahead. I need to get into the asylum to figure this all out, kidnapped. We need to escape, ah bloody face might escape. We need to escape part deux, ah monsters. And then Thredson came and well she of course trusted him because didn't he just make her vomit all over the place by touching a guys junk. So naturally we should trust him. Now does she deserve what is about to happen to her. I am not sure anything is going to happen to her. Thredson said he needed her to write his story. He has obviously been doing this for a while and wants he story told. So my guess he is going to do his thing with her girlfriend, let her go and then disappear. Or get admitted to the asylum where he has spent the last few weeks finding out all the secrets so that he can disappear.
The natural question arises, how could he still be bloody face in modern times? Well I believe Arden told Shelley when he injected her with the monster goo juice that she might live forever. So perhaps Thredson building off of Arden's formula perfected the juice. And thus can live forever and is apparently impervious to being stabbed. Either that or he sold his soul to Demon Eunice.
Eunice is by far my favorite character, if only because I love the christian mythology and the prideful and narcissistic beliefs that their myth characters take part in their lives and the demons and satan wants to possess them. I love a good possession story and have studied a bit of it at university. It is fascinating. But over all demon Eunice just cracks me up. Brings a 15 year old paper to jude to get her to fall off the wagon. Drops monster shelley at a school yard. That crap is hilarious. She is the shining star of the show. And I so wish the whole show would have been about her. It would have made it tons better.
As for the rest with Kit and Grace. Aliens man, what are ya gonna do.
Questions.
No, Anne Frank died in Bergen-Belsen in March of 1945 from typhus. As seen by witnesses and confirmed by her own father. Likely Anne (charlotte) had some kind of post pardem dissociative identity disorder and became obsessed with Nazis, had probably read Fraulein Frank's diary and thus developed her as an alternate personality. Then going over the pictures and stories that came out after the war, subconsciously saw Arden's photo and connected him to whom he was. Because I doubt the real Anne ever met the Dr. And the name of the Dr whom she called him was none of the leading Dr's doing the medical experiments. But I digress.
No just dumb journalists.
No, Shelley went bye bye. There is no more Shelley in there.
With the Rats? Aliens. Maybe Pepper is the one behind this all.
Again not a bad episode. I have to say that at least this season is better than last season. Though not by much.
However I want to know when there is going to be a Demon Eunice vs Alien fight. That just seems like too much fun not to happen.

Again Price, damn you for your good recaps, leading me to watch the show.
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Mate thought an episode of AHS was okay? That's a bigger twist than anything on tv right now.
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Well in TV's defense, the last couples years have been kind of lame in regards to twists. But yea the episode was okay. I know, I know, it shook me up a little bit too.
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Whoa whoa whoa hold up. You don't hate this show anymore? What is even happening??
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It is your recaps Price. I am not saying I like it, and the whole of the plot is so widespread that it is ridiculous. But I don't actively hate it. I might have to go back and watch some of the episodes that I have missed. But yea it wasn't bad. You might want to thank Lily Rabe's take on a nun possessed by satan. Because that is kind of what drew me in. I still don't think it is scary in any way and is more a take on the different neuroses of various characters and how they interact. Last year was woefully crappy. It all came down to a kid with mommy issues and a mommy that wanted to be someone at all costs. And little about a demon house. It was a soap opera with no likable characters with any shred of intellect. But this season, it is just so freaking absurd that it becomes watchable. Barely.
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This show has it ALL: an Ed Gein-style serial killer, a Lizzie Borden-style ax murderess (with a heart of gold!), a Dr. Mengele-style Nazi doctor/mad scientist, CHUDs!, a horny, alcoholic nun, a demon nun, demonic possession in general, the Singing Nun, alien abduction, a nymphomaniac, persecuted lesbians, a woman who thinks she's Anne Frank and later becomes a lobotomized Stepford wife, interracial marriage, a chronic masturbator, a Nazi hunter, and a pinhead! Did I miss something?
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Daww you missed Pepper.
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Pepper is the pinhead...although that term is insensitive. Microcephalic is the correct term. Sorry.
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WE ALL DO
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That mask is so disturbing!
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