American Horror Story: Asylum "The Name Game" Review: Dance the Pain Away (PHOTO RECAP)

American Horror Story S02E10 "The Name Game"

How terrible were the holidays, am I right? All that relaxation and mirth and familial companionship and good food and cozy weather. The worst! Haha okay the holidays weren't terrible, fine. I was playing a prank just now. But here is a LEGIT complaint about the holidays: No new American Horror Storiez? Like, don't come at me with Santa Claus foolishness unless he's got a loaded gun and a taste for murder. Don't show me a Christmas ornament unless it's in the shape of Pepper's head. And WHERE WERE ARE ALL THE BUTTS? Fortunately we're back to the January grind because this week we received the best holiday present of all: "The Name Game," certainly one of American Horror Story's best ever episodes, but in my opinion also one of the best episodes of any television show ever? Yes. Rhetorical question because YES. I adored the ever-loving heck out of this episode and now let's talk about it for a few minutes!

The question posed by the previous episode of, "Yo Doc, you gonna wake up Kit?" was answered when he immediately plunged a syringe into the poor dude's sternum. Welcome back, Kit! Except when he asked Dr. Arden if his descent into the afterlife had indeed summoned the aliens, Dr. Arden was a real lying jerk about it.

So yeah, as far as Kit knew, he'd just willingly had himself murdered for nothing.

But anyway, yeah, not only was Grace back and super pregnant, she was basically ready to burst. Dr. Arden being Dr. Arden, he was pretty eager to start doing evil things to her and/or the baby, but Pepper was not about to let that happen because she is an alien cop now or something.

I love that Pepper was super-well spoken now (and if anything kinda condescending?) because the aliens fixed her brain but not her face, nose, ears, hands, or hairdo. I mean, don't get me wrong, I kinda missed the old Pepper's personality (but don't worry, Old Pepper would be back in a MAJOR way later), but I also appreciated learning that Pepper had been wrongfully convicted of murdering a baby when her brother had been the one to do it. First it was like, "Phew, my precious Pepper ain't no murderer" but then I was like, "OF COURSE she didn't murder anybody." 99% of these inmates are innocent! The only person who legally deserved to be at Briarcliff was Grace and even she must've had a pretty solid reason for axe-murdering her family, you know?

Anyway, yeah, Dr. Arden was prevented from hurting Grace when Pepper told him off good and then aliens knocked a scalpel out of his hands and then he started crying.

So, bad news: The Monsignor was still alive. Here he was getting a foot rubdown from a demon.

But in a flashback we saw the highlight of his conversation with the Angel of Death Geisha.

And that's why she let him live: To take down Sister Eunice. But because the demon nun could read minds, he just blocked her by petting his rosary and flashing an uncomfortable smile:

But when I think about it, Sister Eunice wasn't ALL evil. Like, for instance, getting a big jukebox for the common room was a sincerely thoughtful gesture!

Better than that dang record Sister Jude played on repeat-1. Speaking of ol Judy, she was now THE BEST. Just lounging around chain smoking like a tired tramp, just flashing people looks and ashing cigarettes in their general direction.

LOVE her now. Love that instead of trying to maintain a semblance of grace or authority, she went immediately into badgirl mode. Jessica Lange has seriously never been foxier.

Ugh, this guy. After mysteriously excaping from his lightly guarded supply closet prison, suddenly Dr. Thredson was back to terrorizing Lana and Kit.

These poor people. All they want is a nice relaxing day in the common room chillin' to the soothing sounds of yammering crazy people. But nope, in barges a noted serial killer to tell them that even though he can't murder Lana until she's birthed and breastfed his progeny, it's still GAME ON BUDDY.

Here was an old trick Sister Demon learned from her former boss: The ol' plant-a-cucumber-and-accuse-an-inmate-of-busyfingers trick! But again, note Judy's 'tude here... She did not give an EFF.

Except, her 'tude might've gotten her in trouble here because...

Ouchhh! More electroshock therapy forced upon an innocent person! I know I've said it before, but this is not a very good asylum. It was one thing when Sister Eunice defied Dr. Arden's orders and turned up the juice far too high and in plain sight of all the nurses, but also—and maybe I don't understand how electricity works—but don't touch her head when you are electrocuting it a ton? Like I said, I don't know, I really don't.

So anyway, the Monsignor had taken the death angel's words to heart and attempted a spontaneous exorcism on Sister Eunice. But it didn't really work because she flipped him around and sexed him ALL UP.

She did him, she did him good. I don't know how to tell you guys this, so I'll just be blunt: The Monsignor was no longer a virgin. But the Monsignor's crotchal area wasn't the only thing to have been effed over...

Dr. Arden was watching from the doorway looking super bummed! Poor Dr. Arden! Haha just kidding, he is a Nazi.

So then Judy walked back into the rec room and she was BUZZED! No she was not drunk, I was just making a pun about electroshock therapy which is a terrible thing to have happen and I'm already sorry about it. But yeah she couldn't talk much and it tugged at the heartstrings of a certain plucky reporter.

The simple question of whether Judy knew her own name sparked the best TV scene of 2013 and I don't even care what happens for the other 363 days of this year. We're done. Pack it in. Because THIS WAS THE BEST:

A full-color, choreographed song-and-dance number (sung by Jessica Lange!) in which she played "The Name Game" with all the residents' names! It was so truly amazing. THIS WAS ME DURING THIS SEQUENCE:

I loved it so much, you guys. I've watched it thrice. Hold up brb... Four times. Sorry wait... Five times. I can't stop and I will never stop. Perfect. I think it's because in the usual tension and release of typical entertainment American Horror Story is usually NO RELEASE EVER. But here it was, in full technicolor glory. To see smiles on Kit and Lana's faces put tears in my eyes. It's astonishing how much you need to see things like this and not even know it. Sure it was all a hallucination, but even the tiny touches (like the inclusion of the late The Mexican) just seemed packed with meaning. And did I mention it was straight-up FUN? Not a lot of that on this show. It's not something I'd been missing necessarily but it turned out I really needed it. Anyway, yeah. EMMYS.

Meanwhile in the back yard, Sister Eunice was trying to convince Dr. Arden to give Judy a full-on lobotomy but he hated her for sexin' the Monsignor and plus he just wanted to be left alone so that he could feed human flesh to his mutants and then murder all of them with his Nazi glock.

So yup, right then and there Dr. Arden closed off that whole 'mutants' plotline. Bye, you terrible creatures.

Between killing his darling creatures and also Sister Eunice being a virginity robber and also the aliens slapping a scalpel out of his hands, Dr. Arden had reached the end of his tether. Pretty soon he was threatening to shoot himself in the eyeball, but of course he didn't. Oh well.

Sister Demon was NOT impressed.

So anyway, now that the Monsignor had been dickmatized (wait, is it the other way around, how does this work?) he realized the error of his ways and approached Judy in the bakery. She was still too buzzed to do anything but clumsily paw at bread dough, but he spilled his guts to her and asked her what he should do about the demon lady. Luckily Judy was able to muster a few choice words for him:

Because, dude? You're still technically in charge here. Yeah, there's a demon on the loose but maybe make a few phone calls? Fire her at the very least? I don't know and it didn't matter, because the Monsignor took Judy's suggestion of "kill her" surprisingly seriously!

After Sister Eunice tried once again to become the Monsignor's papal concubine, he rejected her and she got super mad and yelled in his face and then he pushed her over the balcony:

And then she died! Well, after one last visit:

The angel of death was like, "I got room for two" and apparently killed Sister Eunice PLUS the demon, which was very thoughtful of her.

So yeah, wow! Sister Eunice DIED! One of season's big villains was crossed off an ever shortening list of nightmare adversaries. There was some discussion about how to handle her remains—the Catholic church frowns upon cremations—but the Monsignor was easily convinced by Dr. Arden that maybe former demons should get the flame treatment. And so it came to pass that Sister Eunice would be cremated.

Meanwhile Dr. Thredson was poking around in Dr. Arden's lab and came upon Grace totally giving birth.

It must be a hell of a thing to know that you are a slasher killer and you still are not the weirdest thing going on in an asylum. Dr. Thredson ended up keeping a level head about the undead-and-suddenly-pregnant Grace giving birth and tried to use it as leverage against Kit.

The details of this situation were hazy, but I think Kit was so touched by his new daddy status that he agreed to tell Dr. Thredson where the secret tapes of Thredson's confessions were being kept. Something like that. Look, I'm not Wikipedia okay? I'm just a guy.

But whoops! The tapes had been stoled and instead there was a book and Lana was there with a smirk on.

She was standing UP to this guy and I was glad about that. Get him, girl. Get him, then get that scoop!

In the common room Judy was still trying to regain her brain strength by struggling to remember everybody's names. But then Mother Superior came in and Judy started ranting about the Monsignor becoming Pope and that he liked her cooking, stuff like that.

So, yeah, not presenting herself very well basically. But towards the end of Judy's frazzled rant, she became lucid enough to implore Mother Superior to help free Lana. Which.. Aww! And now their shared plotline comes full circle... Lana's villainous captor became her savior! Hopefully. Because maybe Mother Superior is secretly a shapeshifting Clayface type character and we don't know it yet. I know this is Episode 10 but this show can't be finished introducing new villains right?

So this scene was as great as it was surprising. Dr. Arden, preparing Sister Eunice's body for cremation, only to hop on top of her and ride into the flames WITH HER!

WOWOWOW! Two of the show's biggest villains just BURNT UP. Now, yeah, last episode had a death fakeout, so maybe next episode will see a two-headed fire demon emerge from that furnace and REALLY make trouble. But for now, this was a poetic and disturbing closure for two very evil characters. Great ending. Great episode. Great season. Great show. Great golden era.

BRB GONNA REWATCH THE DANCE SEQUENCE AGAIN.


QUESTIONS:

... Which Pepper is better, Old Pepper or New Pepper?

... Did Grace's baby look deformed or do ALL babies look deformed?

... Is this really the end for Dr. Arden and Sister Eunice?

... Is "The Name Game" still stuck in your head?

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"But when I think about it, Sister Eunice wasn't ALL evil. Like, for instance, getting a big jukebox for the common room was a sincerely thoughtful gesture!"

Leading up to BAR NONE, my favourite AHS scene and possible contender for favourite scene ever

"maybe I don't understand how electricity works—but don't touch her head when you are electrocuting it a ton?"

What did I say about silly questions?

"So anyway, the Monsignor had taken the death angel's words to heart and attempted a spontaneous exorcism on Sister Eunice. But it didn't really work because she flipped him around and sexed him ALL UP."

I know it's completely wrong and beyond a double standard, but I couldn't help giggle through most of this rape scene. I'm blaming it mostly on the fact that the Monsignor is a deplorable human being and deserves whatever he gets.

"The simple question of whether Judy knew her own name sparked the best TV scene of 2013 and I don't even care what happens for the other 363 days of this year. We're done. Pack it in. Because THIS WAS THE BEST. A full-color, choreographed song-and-dance number (sung by Jessica Lange!) in which she played "The Name Game" with all the residents' names! It was so truly amazing."


SO glad I'm not the only one who thought so. I don't know if BEST! SCENE! EVER! is hyperbolic or not...but I said it! It's not quite enough to make me buy into some of the craziness that's happened of the absurdities to come...but it's enough for me to give a pass to AHS no matter what happens from here on in.

Though with that and the cremation of the good doctor and demon corpse {sigh} comes American Horror Story: What the F*ck Just Happened?!?!?
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So much poetic justice this episode... Judy getting electroshocked, the Nazi ending up in an oven.... Price's recap was fantastic but he missed one joke, though: during the baby delivery scene he missed making a reference to "Dr. Pepper". :-)
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That scene where Judy was trying to remember everyone's name... :'(
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I recently ran across this site and this review in particular and...oh man! You are hilarious! I spent the weekend going back over your previous photocaps of AHS and TVD, and let me tell you, I am hooked! Sir, you are quite entertaining, and I shall be returning with regularity to read your reviews. Love it!
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Just to let everyone know. I will be leaving the community due to a bullying incident on another thread. I will log in to read Price's reviews for the rest of AHS this season, but I will no longer be posting or be an active member of this community. I enjoy Tim and Price's reviews; they are always good for a laugh, and I have enjoyed discussing the show with all of you.
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Don't let a bully run you off. You have a right to your opinions just like everybody else. Keep posting!
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Thank you. Upon reflection, I agree. I will just be very careful about what i say from now I just thought this was a safe community, and was shocked and kind of scared to realize that it isn't. But I do enjoy the site, and I enjoy talking with most of you. Thank you so much for your encouragement.
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This is one of the best episode ever and Jessica Lange and Sarh Paulson shined. Season 2 has a more complex woven stories than the first one but definitely cemented in this episode that it got better.
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Damn... :) One of the most entertaining reviews of anything I've read... Great job! Made me sign up here JUST to tell ya...keep up the good work! And yes...best AMS episode evah, and the 'Glee' interlude was AWESOME!
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Sister Judy was awesome!! The singing scene was brilliant....love it!!!
So glad that the Demon sister and the freaky doctor are dead!!!
This was the first episode since season 2, that i really enjoyed it!!!
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It's very rare that I read an article that makes me laugh so hard that my housemates come in to join the fun. This was probably one of the funniest (yet so true) reviews I've ever read. And the images killed me even more. You're a genius. That was all.
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That dance sequence was GREAT. I'm loving this season so much more than last.
Qts: Both Peppers are equally awesome.
All babies look deformed after being born (something about the heads being misshapen in the birth canal).
They can't be dead already, they have to come back somehow.
Kit-Kit-Bo-Bit-Fonananana-Fo-Fit-Fe_Fi-Mo-Mit--Kit!
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As always I love your recaps....
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Oops, also gotta say 2 more things: 1) The photo with Pepper captioned "You are cordially invited to step to this" made me laugh out loud. 2) Kit is so much more likeable than Tate. I spent most of last year wanting Evan Peters to die. Well, die harder than he already was, and more permanently. This year he's way more of a character I can get on board with.
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Grace isn't the only inmate that legally deserved to be in Briarcliff. Don't forget evil Santa Clause, although I guess you can make the case he deserved to be on Death Row instead of at Briarcliff.

Thing I did not understand: The demon hopped from the kid into Sister Eunice early on, so why didn't the demon just hop into somebody else while the Monsignor was killing her with Too Much Fall. Why was the demon so helpless? Kill the host body, yeah, but the demon being so contained and unable to leave the body suddenly? That's not very demony and feels like a plot hole or at least an inconsistency to me.

The Name Game song sequence was epic. It was so happy and out of place for AHS, and because of that I think it achieved something really beneficial for the show; contrast. AHS is usually so dark and it just stays that way. But when we're afforded a rare opportunity to contrast the norm with something happy (and visually bright, to boot) it made the snap back to reality all the more jarring and depressing. And of course, I'm on record numerous times as saying that AHS this season is much more about "depressing horror" rather than "BOO! Did we getcha?"
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I wondered the same thing at first. Then I remembered a Denzel Washington film called Fallen. Where the demon could only survive for a short time and travel a short distance outside a host. In AHS there was no-one near Sister Eunice's body so I m going to give the writers the benefit of the doubt and assume it was the same kind of deal.
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I bet the demon is inside the Monsignor now
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During the fall Sister Eunice was lucid.
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10 bucks says Ryan Murphy came up with the music number scene all by himself.
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The guys from AHS have the balls to do whatever they want and that's why it is so awesome. I'd have never imagined a musical sequence like that on AHS... and it was simply awesome! They have demons, monsters, serial killers, ALIENS... and they can still take some time off to just... dance!
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First of all - your recaps give me life. Second of all - my face looked like Pepper's throughout the whole Glee-crossover part of the episode too. Best EVER! I'm hoping we get an AHS themed episode of Glee soon with ghosts and the end of Finchel forever... but I digress. I loved it - I think it really is the end of Arden and SisterME - and my big guess is that Johnny McDermott isn't really Thredson and Lana's son - he's Kit and Graces and it's all a big giant alien conspiracy. Maybe. I'm going back to the Name Game.
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I'm still betting on Kit being an alien... and that's his alien baby.. That's why both of the girls had accelerated pregnancies..and why they protect Kit. I think they would have fixed Kit if Arden hadn't.
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For as much as I loved the musical number (the most weirdly brilliant and brilliantly weird thing I've ever seen on TV), my favorite scene of the ep was when New Pepper was snarkily putting Arden in his place. THAT WAS FANTASTIC! New Pepper FTW!
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I really thought ‘The Name Game’ was best episode yet! I’d like anyones opinions on the following.... What if Sister Mary Eunice is not dead, as we are lead to believe and as Dr Arden is burning alive trapped in the Crematorium, her eyes open and the ‘demon’ within her survived because she conceived after the rendezvous with the Monsignor... Well, the women in this show are very fertile! And the Aliens are lurking... Hence the multiple ‘bloody faces’ we see in present day. Could they be the evil offspring of Lana, Grace and Sister Mary Eunice?? Just putting it out there!??
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I could get on board with that, except for the Death Angel probably didn't leave loose ends with her "cousin," I'm thinking. If the Angel of Death hadn't kissed her and said she was taking them both, I'd be looking for a Demon: The Return, before the season was over. As it is, my guess is the demon is done. Would be fun for the demon to come back and confound the Death Angel though.
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Season 1 was MUCH BETTER! I was really expecting alot more of this season. This episode barely kept my attention. I don't get excited to see this every week, all the religion stuff was a bit much. I would liked if they focused on ALIEN aspect of the show.
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I knew Ryan Murphy would come up with a way to combine the quirkiness of Glee with AHS! I loved the dance number! The whole episode was top notch in my book. I can't wait to see how the last two episodes play out.
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there are THREE more episodes, giving ample room for more plot developments.
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For me, this episode felt more like a good filler. Not one of the greatest moments in TV history.
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Really? So many important things happened. I don't tend to think of that as filler.
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Idk, I think I expected more from the mutants plotline.
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Yeah, that whole plotline was kind of a disappointment, huh? Maybe it's only purpose was to show that Dr. Arden was a Frankenstein type dude doing unnatural things. Maybe the un-dead mutants were strictly for his characterization and not a plot device in and of themselves. That's the best I can figure.
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Yeah, looks like that... but it would have been waaaay more awesome (awesomer? lol) if they had developed this plotline.
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Brilliant episode. The Name Game "euprohic" scene, brilliant. I can't wait to see how AHS will play out. This has been an amazing season so far. LOVE THE RECAP!
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The song and dance routine was the only bad 3 minutes of both seasons so far.

It was terrible and completely out of place for the series, i went and made a sandwich during its 3 minutes of the self indulged out of place glee fest.
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I agree. It was too long for my taste.
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I know I'm not the only one screaming from the rooftops that this is one of the best shows on TV.
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I hear you from your rooftop. Can you hear me. This is a show that never goes where I expect it. It never fails to surprise. It is never boring and the acting is top notch all the way through. I just love this show!
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There should be a question mark after "can you hear me". I'm having a rough typing day.
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The Name Game scene has to be one of the weirdest and most awesome thing I've seen on television ever. I was also really weirded out by the new Pepper who is now fixed? Or controlled by aliens? Who knows? Yes, the baby did have a funny head. Could it be because it has alien DNA? I half expected Mary Eunice to sit up on that slab and push Arden into the flames with her mind then cackle an evil laugh. Corny, yes, but would have worked in this show.
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That's a normal baby head post delivery. Baby heads are actually really weirdly squishy, because the cranial bones haven't all been fused together yet, which takes about a year or so.
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I kept waiting for her to open her eyes.
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I love your review of our show! Not only do you get all the plot points right, but you present them in an entertaining fashion. And the screen caps are great! Kudos for putting in this kind of effort! All of us at AHS are committed to doing the best, groundbreaking television we can, and it's nice to know that all that effort is appreciated.
Michael Goi, ASC
Director Of Photography
"American Horror Story: Asylum"
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well then... you are probably the best director of photography working on the small screen today. i mean the art direction and cinematography on your show is fucking superb, and because many tv viewers don't look at how well composed shots are usually, you don't get recognized as often as you should. while the acting and writing is pretty fantastic, in my opinion it's always been the striking images and the way they unfold the story and themes that drives the show. keep doing beautiful work, and keep doing interesting work.
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Michael, you and the entire team are legends. I can't believe how good this show is and it's an absolute pleasure to write about it (and/or put dumb words over gorgeous still frames). Thanks sincerely.
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Sir your show is amazing and your are an incredible DP :)
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Then to you I should say that the scene with Mary Eunice falling to her death was absolute perfection. The pose of sacrifice, the look of peace on her face, and the position of her clothing was quite brilliant, and oddly beautiful
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My only complaint about the review, was you missed a bit. Eunice apparently fought back and resurfaced... just as the Monsignor killed her.

At least I think she resurfaced, and that it wasn't yet another demon trick.
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No,s he came back. She wanted him to kill her to give her peace.
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Worst. Review. Ever.
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Worst. Comment. Ever.
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Elaborate, please.
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Even I kinda enjoyed "the name game". And I normally hate any musical/singing/dancing segments.
And BTW I called it when I assumed that the aliens have HUMOR and were laughing hysterically about Dr Arden and his scientific attempts - thanks for confirming that Pepper!
Pepper is the best - now more than ever!
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I don't know if it's been mentioned... but the Doctor mentioned how the demon had infected every cell within Eunice... and then a minute later is wiping drool off the corpse's face with a napkin / cloth.

Could he have been harvesting cells? Maybe he put something into play before he incinerated himself, or someone will find the cloth and it will possess them or something.
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I noticed that, but didn't think it through. Interesting hypothesis.
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First, because I usually love the comments from you all more than other places...I am going to call the setting of next season as a Freak Show that has a Carnivale element that takes place more between the 'ben' character and the daughter character and then I get distracted with the continuing phrase...one of us, one of us, one of us...ew, creepy..

1. I liked the new Pepper just because I like how this season seems to be ending on a girl power stretch (and that Kit is there pet boy).

2. Well, I think it was likely one of those real baby dolls that they perhaps put too much make up on and then the glowing light really distorted it. But seriously, couldn't we have made the baby a girl so we don't have the question come up that Johnny Morgan is anyone other than Oliver and Lana's child. I am seeing a dragged out story of him discovering he is actually the biological child of Kit and Grace and a) because Kit is his father is why he wants help and b) maybe his mother's way of murdering is easier to do.

3. Since it is Episode 10, yes. I think why all that was interesting, Bloody Face is the bad guy and this is a series where the battle has to be between humans.

4. No, but that was fun, and it was fun seeing our heroes as happy people for a minute.
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@Llostris, I also thought the baby was odd looking. I have a feeling the baby is Addie (S1 Adelaide) in this sequence. The series is brilliant plain and simple. Jessica Lange is the BEST ACTRESS, she absolutely is more deserving of any award.
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Absolutely. The scenes of her after the electroshock were heartbreaking.
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She absolutely rocked it. Amazing actress. Next week "The Golden Globes" I hope she wins, personally, I have watched all the actresses nominated and Jessica is leaps and bounds above the rest. Claire Danes was also brilliant this season of Homeland.
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The more I look at that baby the more I'm convinced it's a monster which will bite off Grace's breast when she will try to feed it.
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Ugh that's a horrible thought, I would think that of Lana and Thredson's unborn son. Did they say if the baby was a boy or girl? I can't remember hearing it.
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As far as I remember they didn't specify the sex of the baby.

As for Lana and Sylar's son I think he will start from skinning a teddy bear.
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While the "name game" was certainly impressive, with smiling Lana and Kit, that was amazing. I must add that I was extremely touched by Jessica Lange's talk with the Mother Superior. That was perhaps the best acting I had seen in this show by far.

Oh and the questions:
New Pepper is actually rather hot. btw it was Pepper's brother in law that killed the baby, not Pepper's brother.. would just like to point that out.

Grace's baby really does look all deformed, the colour and the head shape is very strange.. but I am surprised that Dr. Threadson didn't catch that (seeing that he is a doctor and all)

I doubt that it will be the end of Dr Arden and Sister Eunice, how can a demon die from a fall?

Love the "Name Game" but mostly because of the dance number, Jessica Lange is such a talented entertainer



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1. Not to be mean (well…just a tiny bit), but the actress playing Pepper looks worst than the character, so I’m glad the alines didn’t fix her :D and her sister’s HUSBAND killed the baby (NOT her brother) ;
2. Thredson pretty much suggested to Kit that he would kill Grace and/or the baby if he didn’t tell him where the tape is (because he OBVS didn’t know abt the Alien prottective shield crap);
3. OMG…Oliver Thredson is my favorite character! I just love him! I know Lana will outbest him, but I’m really rooting for HIM :D! I know…I have a problem…but I totally don’t care! I would love it if we find out present-day bloody face is not his son, and that Lana actually kept the baby and he is a normal person :D!
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Best episode of AHS ever.

re: commenter (007intraining) noting "South Side of Chicago" and the 1967 anachronism:
Richard Speck nurse murders were in late 66/early 67...hmmm...yet I think Salem or New Orleans is more likely. Probably New Orleans...as Salem would have to be really costume-y, and that narrows the demographic interest, IMO. Not as relatable to general viewing audience. I just hope it is not about vampires. Please...not vampires or zombies.
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The dance number for the "name game" is by far the best i've seen in a very long time. Jessica Lange is simply amazing and well the whole scene just made me PVR that scene to watch over and over and over again lol.

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I was grinning like an idiot during the whole song. And I'm glad Arden is gone, I can't stand seeing Cromwell playing an evil character. To me he'll always be the farmer in Babe or Zefram Cochrane.
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Yes, part of me was waiting for Arden to say "that'll do, pig, that'll do."
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I love him in anything.
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Another fantastic episode. I loved it - here is why:

1. The Hallucination Dance Scene. It was almost like a musical episode. I was happy to see Lana smile for the first time since she was admited to the Asylum.

2. Monsignor and Sister Demon. First she took away his virginity and then he killed her. Sister Demon's flight was one of the best tv death scenes I've ever seen. I'll miss you Lily Rabe. I hope you will return to AHS in season 3.

3. Grace becoming a mom of an alien hybrid. I think her baby looked a bit plastic.

4. Lana showing Sylar who's the boss now. Finally she has the upper hand.

Questions:

1. New probably.
2. Something is definitly wrong with this baby's head.
3. Who knows?
4. Nope.
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I often wondered how a woman could realistically rape a man. It was horrific to me to see her do that.
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I guess you haven't seen "Come Play Wiz Me" episode of Desperate Housewives then?
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No. I didn't watch that show.
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We're going to be Pope, we're getting married, he likes my cooking, I'm a rare bird. Ahhh Jessica if that doesn't work out I'll let you cook for me.
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Ravish Me Red, Ravish Me Red, Ravish Me Red,
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Season 1 of AHS only became great in my opinion when it started to close its plotlines, now this season is doing it too, and it's amazing.

And now I actually believe what I (semi-jokingly) said during last weeks episode, that the Grace/Kit child will grow up to be Dylan McDermott.
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Firstly I dont think I'll ever get that song outta my head. Secondly this is possibly the most amusing blog/review I've read in ages, props for the Pepper meme. Thirdly if anyones ever watched the first season, you know to never count ANYONE out. New Pepper much better, Love that she served it up to Arden...lol
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If Sister Mary Eunice is dead then what is that scene in the previous trailer showing her walking in the forest and screaming in her lingerie?
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Price please address to this question~
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Good question
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i loved the choreographed song-and-dance number and Jessica Lange is amazing
and seriously i can't stop watching it !!!
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The name game is still stuck in my head. Those mutants kinda have hipster-haircuts. I love both Peppers, Pepper is awesome! Telling Arden off like that, whiejeeee! AND dancing old-pepper style in the name game. Lana finally getting stronger is also nice character development.
Jude and monsignor's talk in the bakery was actually really touching. He's the one that put her there basically and now crawling back to her to ask her help. Jude not being able to answer, I think it was very emotional.
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I finally got rid of the name game song. I watched an episode of Good Luck Charlie. That song hangs out in my head for weeks after I've heard it.
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It's true. That was one of the most heart wrenching moments of the show. He had lost so much and really needed help from the old, strong Jude. BTW, I loved the way he called her Jude. It was just a elegant scene with so many levels to it.
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So glad you said that Price. My thoughts immediately after watching the episode were "well... that was the best episode of any television program ever" and we're not even at the finale yet. So YES I agree, even if it was a rhetorical question. BONANA FANNA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Oh, dear, oh, dear...what a great episode! Isn't it weird how the mind adjusts? If at the very beginning of the season I used to be all tense and uncomfortably cringing at certain times, now even the most gruesome moments elicit a reaction more similar to "aww, typical sister Demon/Dr Arden", rather than being startled or disgusted. Those guys grew on me so much - it's like having a twisted, dysfunctional tv family.
Awesome episode, and when the song stunt started, my first thought was "I can't wait to read the recap!".. :D
I loved the way Pepper put Dr Arden in his place, so eloquent and confident - at some point I even started wondering if she didn't deliberately conceal her lucid mind under the mask of "retarded" because of her appearance. People are quick to jump to conclusions based on a single look, so it wouldn't have been too hard. But anyway, that is not as important as the other mind-blowing wrap-up of a storyline - Sister Eunice and Dr Arden both dead in one go.
Ok, maybe I have had more than my fair share of horror movies and books, so my expectations are somewhat twisted, but when sister Eunice was lying on the bed prepared for burial, I was SURE that she will open her eyes again...I was mentally prepared for that up till the very last scene and even afterwards...All my instincts were screaming: "This is too easy", so no, I don't think this is the end for sister Eunice and the good doctor.

I am so glad the holiday fuss is over, I've missed my weekly fix of favourite shows!! :)
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We got both Peppers which is a good thing. I loved "The Name Game." I can't believe we lost so many big bads with episodes still left.
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So, I was just catching up on all the episodes, but did anyone else notice (and this is from quite a few episodes ago) that the grown up girl that sister Jude hit (the girl with the blue dress) it's the same girl who got murdered in murder house last season. In the nurses uniform. I like that little tie-in.
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