American Horror Story: Asylum "The Origins of Monstrosity" Review: Holla Backstory (PHOTO RECAP)

American Horror Story S02E06: "The Origins of Monstrosity"

To those of you who celebrated America's most delicious holiday this week: Did you watch American Horror Story: Asylum with your family? How'd THAT go? Haha FX, you crazy for airing a new episode this week.

Anyway, whoa. "The Origins of Monstrosity" was definitely a downshift in intensity, right? It wasn't terrible; it was more like, after five episodes of extremely dense storytelling, we got a breather episode in which the writers decided to fill in certain backstories to prepare us for a turbo-charged endgame. (Hopefully?) While that makes sense from a season-outline standpoint (there needs to be a quiet before before the storm), nothing kills horror for me like over-explanation. One of my biggest horror pet peeves (aside from cat scares or dream sequences) is when we learn TOO MUCH about the killer's backstory or motives, particularly when those explanations are not very original or compelling. So, I'm just going to say it right now: Bloody Face's psychology kind of sucks? It doesn't matter that we now know his identity, I just wish that we didn't get the dumb "I miss my mother" explanation for what he does, you know? He'd be much scarier as an un-knowable, irrational enigma a la Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Instead they went the Ed Gein/Norman Bates route and I'm already kinda bored! Oh well. But while I found that particular backstory to be a bit of a letdown, I did enjoy delving into the pasts of Sister Eunice and also the Monsignor. Those backstories actually shed light on the characters in a way that didn't kill my interest in them. So while I had major problems with certain flashbacks, the episode still had a lot going for it.

May as well talk about it! Grab a leftover drumstick and pull up a chair!

Unlike the past few episodes, this one brought back the flash-forward cold open, this time with a voiceover (by Zachary Quinto! EDIT: People are saying it's NOT him. Oops!) of the real Bloody Face calling in the murders at the abandoned asylum. So now we knew that somehow Dr. Thredson was still alive 38 years after the events of the main storyline and he was NOT happy about the copycats. Also, he was apparently very strong and limber enough to hang THREE corpses from the ceiling all dramatic-like:

So yeah, that was an interesting turn of events! No cult of Bloody Face, just an angry, elderly slasher.

Meanwhile we met a new psycho-of-the-week, sort of a Bad Seed, Wednesday Addams type:

I appreciated the scene in which the psycho girl's mother tried to have her locked up, but Sister Jude hemmed and hawed about Briarcliff not being a very good place for children. But it was pretty obvious Sister Jude was really just totally over the entire institution.

Sister Jude really fascinates me. We know she has a capacity for empathy and also the ability to discern right from wrong, so there's this huge temptation to root for her to become a heroine of some kind. But then remember that time she forced Lana to have electroshock therapy just out of bitchiness? Or the time she whipped Kit with a barbed cane? Sister Jude is basically a monster! I just never know how I'm supposed to feel about her, and I mean that as a compliment to the writers.

Meanwhile in Dr. Thredson's subterranean murder lair, Lana woke up and discovered that he'd moved an entire bedroom's worth of furniture down there for her benefit. Also he was frying up some croque madame using, like, a hot plate or whatever. So there she was in a serial killer's basement and she was already living a better life than me.

Anyway, while Lana tearfully ate her breakfast (eat-crying is the best!) Dr. Thredson helpfully explained what had caused him to become a repulsive monster... Aaaand it wasn't that interesting! Basically he was an orphan who missed his mother and skinning women alive was his way of feeling closer to them.

Plus, it came with some super creepy flashbacks. Like the first time he shirtless hugged a cadaver:

Unfortunately that dead lady was TOO dead, so he then resorted to kidnapping women, skinning them alive, then turning their faces inside out and wearing them over his own. Not a great hobby, in my opinion. But the twist of this sequence was that apparently Dr. Thredson viewed Lana as a mother surrogate whom he may actually keep alive. Lana was just chill like that apparently.

So even though Sister Jude decided that Anne Frank had been crazy, the Nazi hunter (who, it should be pointed out, was named SAUL GOODMAN and was played by an actor from Breaking Bad) called and told her that Dr. Arden was definitely once known as an S.S. officer named Hans Grueber. ( Ryan Murphy <3s Die Hard almost as much as Breaking Bad!)

Meanwhile across town, the little-seen Monsignor was called to a hospital to deliver last rites for some legless creature that had been discovered on a playground.

Even though he seemed to be a latchkey asylum director at best, he still immediately recognized the patient: It was Shelley!

So then we got a flashback to how exactly the Monsignor came to know Dr. Arden:

(Not trying to start any rumors did the Monsignor set off anybody else's gaydar in this flashback?) But yeah, upon converting the former tuberculosis ward into an asylum, the future monsignor learned that Dr. Arden had been undertaking experiments on human immune systems, and the monsignor insisted he continue developing his mad science in exchange for giving him tons of credit and helping him to become pope. Or whatever! Ugh, ambitious priests are the worst.

Then Shelley died (POOR SHELLEY!! Heaven just got a little sexier.) and it seemed like the Monsignor had had a HUGE change of heart about the ethics of Dr. Arden's science.

He was so mad he pulled the most badass priest move possible:

He rosary-whipped Dr. Arden's record player!! Oh my gosh, drama.

Unfortunately, his righteous anger didn't last long:

And boom! The b-mail card. Dr. Arden sure knows how to play hardball. It was hinted that the Monsignor had secrets (which MAYBE had to do with that second priest he was chillin' with in the flashbacks?) but it is probably just as simple as "I've been doing bad stuff on your watch and you'll be in troubz."

Okay, I loved this scene: After the psycho girl's mother abandoned her there (fair enough), the girl spent some quality time with Sister Eunice.

And they really got along! They just got each other, you know? I loved when Sister Eunice casually mentioned "I'm the devil" and the little girl wasn't even fazed. It was almost touching! Anyway, the interesting part of this scene was that although Sister Eunice was definitely possessed by a demon, it wasn't like the demon took over, it was more like the demon joined up with with Sister Eunice's personality and she still considered herself to be the original Sister Eunice, just with more bad girl 'tude.

In an explanatory flashback to explain how frightened and squeamish Sister Eunice used to be about sex, we got one of those in-movies-only horrifying prank situations where a group of friends brutally terrorize another person all in the name of being funny (but it's not funny at all and is actually just plain assault). So in this case they told Sister Eunice they'd all go skinny dipping but when it came time to drop their robes, they all had bathing suits on and she was just as naked as a jaybird. (What is a jaybird?) So that's why she became a nun! Cool story, sis.

Part of Dr. Arden's blackmail involved forcing the Monsignor to fire Sister Jude.

She did not take it well, but deep down I bet she was STOKED. Just my theory though.

Kit used his one phone call to call Dr. Thredson at home and tell him that he'd been sent to REAL prison under mysterious circumstances.

Haha oh, Kit, you lovable idiot. Dr. Thredson definitely used tricky language to deny that he'd done anything wrong, but Kit didn't buy it. Uh-oh, I bet Kit is just one alien-assisted prison break away from getting revenge on this dude. Except Dr. Thredson is apparently still alive in 2012 so who knows?

Anyway, while he was on the phone, Lana was furiously trying to saw through her chains and she almost did! But when Dr. Thredson came back in the room she was all sweaty and jittery from the effort and he immediately found her out:

Nice try, girl!

So then Sister Jude was packing up and left the room for a bit, and Sister Eunice started trying on her underwear and thrusting her pelvis at a crucifix. Typical demon stuff.

That's when the phone rang and it was the Nazi hunter, so Sister Eunice impersonated Sister Jude (!) and then decided to take care of business (business = murdering elderly Nazi hunters):

While that was going on, Sister Jude was offering a drink to her worst enemy:

As it turned out, she was really just trying to get his fingerprint so that the Nazi hunter could 100% confirm that Dr. Arden was once called Hans Grueber. Alas, it was too late:

Better call Saul... an ambulance! Before he died he gurgled something about how a nun had killed him, but it wasn't clear if Sister Jude understood him. Too much gurgling, probably.

Meanwhile both Sister Eunice and Dr. Arden opened up to each other:

He finally admitted that he had indeed been a Nazi and then he started whining that he had been denied recognition for all of his awful experiments, etc. And also Sister Eunice kissed him and it got even more awkward. Which, considering it was a scene where an old man whined about Nazi hunters just being a bunch of haters, is saying something.

Meanwhile, in a cute turn of events, the psycho girl murdered her entire family.

And in Dr. Thredson's basement, he decided that Lana needed to die for trying to escape, so he put on his mask and started sobbing and it was all a lot to handle

But using some quick thinking, Lana realized all she had to do was start calling him "baby" and act all maternal and whatnot. And it worked!

But whoops, that's when he started breast feeding:

YIIIIIKES!

The episode ended with the investigators nosing around the modern day crime scene and realizing that dead Adam Levine probably had had a ladyfriend in there somewhere. But she hadn't been found yet!

And that was because...

She was alive and in Dr. Thredson's old basement! And Bloody Face needed a new pashmina! Or something, who knows? Either way, I'm guessing at this point she probably just wished they'd gone to Maui.

So yeah, this episode was more like homework than a party. Still well-written and enjoyable, but it would've been more fun if we'd all been marathoning the entire season in one sitting and could immediately start watching the next episode. But as a standalone, it was kind of grim and academic. Also I wish Bloody Face had a more interesting explanation (or better yet, NONE). But I am not trying to tell American Horror Story what to do. Let your freak flag fly, show! I trust you.


QUESTIONS:

... Will you miss Shelley?

... What is the Monsignor's secret?

... Does it ruin the suspense to know that Dr. Thredson will survive at least another 38 years?

... Should Sister Eunice start a mentoring program for evil children?

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SS oficer Hans Grueber...LOL. Somebody get John McLean on the phone.

"Sister Jude really fascinates me. We know she has a capacity for empathy and also the ability to discern right from wrong, so there's this huge temptation to root for her to become a heroine of some kind. But then remember that time she forced Lana to have electroshock therapy just out of bitchiness? Or the time she whipped Kit with a barbed cane? Sister Jude is basically a monster! I just never know how I'm supposed to feel about her, and I mean that as a compliment to the writers."

Two season in a row and two very memorable characters. Yes, it's a compliment to the writers, but the greater nod has to go to Jessica Lange. Some fantastic work.

"That's when the phone rang and it was the Nazi hunter, so Sister Eunice impersonated Sister Jude (!) and then decided to take care of busines"

Lily Rabe doing the best Jessica Lange doing a Boston accent impression EVER!
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I totally recognized the 911 call right away as being Dylan McDermott. Yay!
LOVED the bonding between Sister Mary Eunice and Psycho Girl.
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FWIW- Current day BF is not thredson, its dylan mcdermott.
Also, the torture basement didnt just move to the asylum. This is a movie being made in current day "based off of" the 1964 BF and blaircliff.
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The Bloody Face in the last scene is not Zachary Quinto. It is a more slender (body)hair-less figure. Remember, the BF that went after the 3 imitators wore a black neglige! Mrs. Bloody Face? Did he come to an understanding with Lana and turned it into a family affair? Bloody Face jr.?!
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I didn't notice what BF was wearing. Was he/she really wearing a negligee??
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Yes, I rechecked. Under the black coat, over the denim shirt!
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I'm surprised Shelley was alive for so long after everything she went through.
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is it me or the very last Bloody Face has a feminine figure?
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1. I will miss the possibility of Shelley, I was really hoping since she was able to request Anne Frank to kill her, she might be able to tell something of what is going on (and related to this, I would think that Lana should say to Oliver, you know what I would appreciate sweetie, a typewriter or a pad of paper and pencil so I can start organizing our thoughts and work on a freakin weapon!).

2. I actually won't be surprised it is merely keeping Arden's secrets, sort of a dramatic version of the church keeping pedophilia a secret.

3. So, I am going to assume you aren't serious and we can more ponder on how impressive Dylan McDermott's impression of Zackary Quinto was and wonder if he is in fact the child of Olivier and Lana...ewww..

4. It would be impressive, and oddly it might keep the murder count down and out of the mayhem realm.
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I'm too last to read the comment to see if anyone else posted this, but why were there 3 bloody faces hanging up? We only saw two guys take off their masks. Where'd the third guy come from? Are we just supposed to go with it? I dunno, I'm hoping there's more to this.
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I have a feeling that third one walking toward them wasn't BF, just another friend (at first I had thought that BF had dressed Leo up as one and hung him up).
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There were two, but they talked about a third friend that was with them.
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There definitely were 3 BF imitators. The one killed by the newly weds and the two who took off their masks.
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I think next seasons program will occur in outer space.Aliens abducting all the regulars. Please!!
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I'm starting to think Ryan Murphy has mom issues or something, last season with Tate now this season lol.
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Forgot to mention.....my new mystery/head-scratcher for this week is that while I agree with you who recognized Dylan McDermott's voice, I also don't think the modern day bloodyface at the end would have been him. I didn't necessarily pick up on the "It's a woman" things that some of you did--although it certainly could be--but it sure didn't seem to be D.M.'s body type or size. Interesting.
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I'm not saying this is the reason, I'm just throwing this out there...Hitchcock used something like twenty people to film the shower scene in Psycho. None of them were the guy who played Norman Bates (his name has run away from my mind right now). He didn't want people to be able to figure it out based on body size. Now, again, I'm not theorizing that for AHS. I'm just saying.
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After finally getting to see this week's ep, I'm with you Dylan McDermott folks....that voice was definitely his. As far as the review and the disappointment with the bloodyface backstory.....meh, I don't mind the mommy issues thing. It's not the story I minded, but I did feel like it was presented in a kinda cheesy way. The lines for that whole sequence just didn't seem that well-written and the whole exposition felt kind of rushed. Way out of sync with AHS's usual horrifying slow-reveal details of doom. And honestly, if that's my only complaint about a show 6 episodes in, I'm a happy viewer. One scene that I felt could've been written/directed better....no biggie. This show does far more things correctly than most other shows out there. But....I've GOT to hook up my old TV and quit watching AHS on this 120 Hz TV. Camera effects don't seem to have caught up to viewing technology, and these crazy-good new TVs--that make videophiles like me feel like we're watching a stage play, or aware that they're actors on a set as opposed to feeling like it's a window into another world--are great for some things, but it's seriously sucking the horror vibe out of AHS for me. Just a note for any other videophiles out there....you might enjoy this show more on a more "old-fashioned" HDTV :)
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I think the asylum has the same supernatural properties as the house in season one... when you die, you can just kind of get back up, because in dying, you get stuck there forever. Cause, uh, remember when Adam got stabbed like 40 times in the chest and had his arm ripped off... But then just like, got up and saved his wife? Maybe, somehow, Bloody Face (Dr,T) is going to end up back on the property of the asylum, and get killed? I can't see him being an old man chilling in an abandoned building and just hoping some young women come along for him to skin?
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Really It's my favorite..
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1964 - 2012 is 48 years, not 38...
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Nazi Hunter, tio Salamanca in Breaking Bad. Not Saul Goodman.
Enjoyed the episode. Found the backstories to add depth.
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Saul is the lawyer. "Better call Saul" is his marketing phrase for customers and the name of an episode in Breaking Bad. He needed to have called Saul to save his life!!
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I will never look at Chloe Sevigny the same again. I just watched her uncensored scene in the movie brown bunny and OMG!!
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Wow, what a let-down. I loved this episode and was psyched to read a proper review. Instead I got the whole synopsis explained to me by a twelve year old girl.
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What? Price does the best recaps. You lack a sense of humour.
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I lack most things BUT a sense of humour. It's just that one of the best episodes from one of the best horrorshows ever made in modern times deserves a serious review, not a half-assed recap that doesn't seem to give the show the respect it deserves. Although - if this was a recap of Suburgatory or Glee price would have nailed it. I guess my beef is that this recap is labeled as a review, although it couldn't be further from a real critique by someone who respects the genre enough to not ridicule it.
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My point is Price ridicules everything, it's part of his humour, he doesn't try and take himself so seriously. If you want an analytical critique than this probably isn't the right location to get one.
(that sounds a little more harsh than I intended, I don't mean to offend)
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Are you unfamiliar with the way Price writes, or am I missing something?
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Oh Karl, I'm sorry you didn't like the review, and I'm sorry if you felt my question was insulting to you. I just really love the way Price writes, and I thought most people did too. At any rate, as Mad Pac pointed out there is a review on EW that is much more in depth. It is quite good. I recommend you read it; it might be more what you had in mind. Again, I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings. It's good to meet you; I haven't seen you on the boards before. I look forward to your feedback on the EW article.
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Yes, I am unfamiliar with Mr. Price. But I can't see how that is relevant, the points I'm making above are just as valid no matter who wrote it.
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OMG! I think I know what happened to Pepper! She disappeared the night of the storm. We know that the aliens were afoot that night because Sister Jude saw one. I think the aliens kidnapped our poor little Pepper!
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Would've been nice if we could've seen a glimpse of her when Grace got abducted. As it is, it just seems like the writers forgot about her. I'm sure they haven't, but we're not even getting any teasers about her plotline right now.
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She wasn't in the scene with Grace because she was in the alien bathroom, peeing.
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I will definitely miss Shelley a lot! Her story felt like one of the most heartbreaking ones to me, and has made me really uncomfortable to watch her suffer, precisely because of it.
The Monsignor is definitely gay, it showed quite clearly in that flashback when he first met Dr Arden and was accompanied by an unknown young priest, who also gave the same vibe...I thought that was what Dr Arden was insinuating, when he reminded the Monsignor about the things he knows...
As for the present-day bloody face - was it just me who noticed how young his body looked? I mean, the visible parts - his arms and his posture - it didn't look like some 70 year old murderer...So it made me think of other things...Like maybe this could be the good doctor's spawn from his new surrogate mummy? It's a long shot, but why not? We'll see.
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The modern Bloody Face's voice is from Dylan McDermott, not Mr. Quinto.
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Hey, mad-pac
I didn't know you watched this show. You changed your avatar.
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Mad-pac, Thanks for the advice. It was interesting, but I have to admit I have always hated reading about Harlowe's experiments. I believe they were cruel, and it hurts my heart every time I think of them. IDK, I don't think anyone other avatars are changed. Maybe it's because you log in from your facebook account. I'm not on facebook, so I don't have that problem.
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Something is wrong with this website. I didn't change it myself. It must be my Facebook picture. I can't see any icon here.

Yes, I think it's a great show. I also recommend reading the EW review. It's less hilarious but VERY insightful.
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As for the ever elusive Pepper,I have this feeling she dragged Shelly out of the woods,leaving her where she would be found and get help.Why do I think this? With AHS anything is possible..plus,I just have this gut feeling Pepper has been a busy girl.Lastly..It seems we have seen everyones background in a flashback,how they became what they are except Kits. Parents? Siblings? Tragic childhood memory? Ummm.....and why did BF choose Kit to frame?This season is like a drug induced hallucination ..and...I'm loving the Trip so far!
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Umm, you got something wrong in your review, Thredson / bloodyface made Lana a croque-monsieur with the tomato soup . A croque-madame would have had a fried egg or a poached egg on top . #nitpicking
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While that's true, Thredson identified it as a croque madame. So, the error was his.
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YES, typeB Thredson does say croque-monsieur twice, I always watch each episode 3 times to catch things I might have missed, and I remember the sandwich scene for some reason LoL
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@anny Haha! I was just saying that, fellow nitpicking friend.

@smorbie Dr. Thredson said croque monsieur twice.
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"What is the Monsignor's secret?"

The obvious one is that he's been allowing Dr. Arden's experiments. Why do you think he has another one?
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They made a point to say that there was obviously something the Monsignor was hiding as well, preventing him from exposing Dr. Arden's experiments.
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Yes, but he's been hiding the fact that he allowed Dr. Arden to experiment on the patients. So he can't expose Dr. Arden without exposing himself. I don't see why there needs to be *another* secret. Maybe it was in the exact choice of words in that scene, but I'm too lazy to rewatch it.
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I thought it was a pretty boring episode. Certainly the worst of the season. I would have wanted something more to come from the Shelley story. It seemed like the demon left her near that school to ensure that she would be seen. Why did it want her to be seen? The serial killer's back story was really boring.
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Is anyone else really enjoying Zachary Quinto in this role? Maybe I just like him as the messed up serial killer! Knew she would be his "mommy"! Can't wait to see more!
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I am enjoying all the performances immensely. It is a wonderful cast, and a show with move curves than a roller coaster
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Different strokes for different folk. I thought it was great, yes, Thredson's back story is cliche but I thought Quinto sold it well enough to make it believable. I really can't think of one thing to criticize about this episode.
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BTW - I think Pepper might be chilling with the mutants in the woods! :-)
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Is it just me or did anyone else notice that 2012 Bloody Face has femine curves? I'm thinking that Bloody Face 2012 might be the little psycho girl all grown up.....
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Except, she herself would be in her late 50's or possibly in her 60's. She probably wouldn't be able to overpower anyone either. It really was a good theory, though. I liked it. But I'm going back to Dylan McDermitt's being the spawn of Lana and Thredson.
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But then why does the new Bloody Face have such feminine curves?
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I thought the same!
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VERY interesting theory! That would be cool.
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It could be like a mentor/mentee thing going on. After all he is about 70 plus now.
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Dylan McDermott was on the phone. His voice is very recognizable.
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But then who was on the phone?
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OMG, you complained way too much about Thredson's background! Good grief, what did you think it was? Sorry to be blunt, but you never once tried to imagine why he was freaky? Maybe you don't watch Criminal Minds, but I went to mommy issues a long time ago.

And, let's remember this is a horror show, so let's consider the possibility that the current Bloody Face is a ghost?
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So here's to our dear Pepper
who's wandered far from home
You always seemed so content
I can't believe you're gone

Maybe you got hopelessly lost
on your quest to pee
Or maybe you have wandered off
To join Ryan Murphy's Glee

But I don't watch that show
So I may never know
I only hope you found the bathroom
Because you really needed to go
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I agree I don't think Dr. Threadson is Bloody face.
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I meant the Future Bloody Face.
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I love this season, far better than the first. I just hope they don't leave loose ends like the baby and the Pope's Box in season 1.
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Is it just me, but I am 99 percent sure that the Bloody Face in the future is definitely not dr Thredson?? I think something in the past will turn someone into the next generation of Bloofy Face, maybe Kit. ?
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Ooo...could it be LANA?? all screwed up from being with the killer for maybe Years and Years?/
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I don't think it's Kit. I believe Dylan McDermitt will be introduced as the new Bloody Face, and the son of Thredson and Lana. But you have to feel sorry for poor Kit. He's still so clueless as to what has happened to him, that he called the man who set him up to ask for help.
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Love the idea that future bloody face is Lana and Thredson's kid!
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That might be just so. I think Kit is catching on that something is wrong with the doctor.
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What a waste of an incredible actress, Chloë Sevigny is just awesome, Hit and Miss is great, its a shame they didnt knew how to use her talent in this show.
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I agree totally! I looked forward to watching "Shelly" for the whole season.
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It's funny how the most "dull" of American Horror Story's episodes has more content than many other show's most intense episodes!
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I didn't think it was dull at ALL. I thought it was tremendously exciting.
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I think that's why "dull" was in quotes. It wasn't dull really just compared to the other episodes this season. And I agree it was very entertaining.
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True! I don't know why people are saying it isn't that good! There was nothing boring about it!
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Oh wow, it does sound like Dylan McDermott on the phone.

Maybe the Monsignor has killed more people, and not just Shelley.
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There is something about Sarah Paulson that scares me. The fear in her eyes is so real-like that it translate to me as a viewer. It's effortless.
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She is fabulous, isn't she? Man, Thredson, Lana, Eunice, Arden, Lange, what a cast! They all deserve Emmy's.
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Thanks for the photo recap.

Btw, it was a croque monsieur, not madame.
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What Price is referring to is that instead of Ham and cheese, it was "Wendy" and cheese.
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Thanks Speedroc, but,,, yuck. I'm all grossed out now. I had forgotten her girlfriend's name was Wendy, and was thinking somehow everyone was referring to the hamburger chain. What can I say? I'm an idiot.
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Guess I was being too technical, since a croque madame would have an egg on top. I don't think I'd want to see Wendy's egg. :/
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smorbie, croque monsieur is the french term for grilled ham and cheese. What many (and I agree) are speculating is that the sandwich consisted of the skin/meat of Wendy, with cheese instead of ham.
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Yeah...I kinda though he would feed her human meat. But why wouldn't he have told LANA and she would go all disgusted and throwing up and etc? So at the end of the day, I think that was just a NORMAL sandwich :))))
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Sorry to be stupid, but I don't know what that means.
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I thought the show was great! Scary and full of drama and explanations.
I think Thredson will decide he needs to be reborn. Naturally because he's a psycho, that will mean sex with Lana and a pregnancy. He will either kill her afterwards or keep her chained up so their son, the future Dylan McDermitt, will grow to hate her and vow to carry on the family name and business. The current killings and chaining of the woman are his first and his announcement that he is here.
I didn't think the priest was gay, but since priests are always depicted as evil and depraved, he may be. I thought he was just young and naive, excited about having an opportunity to do so much good. It is in this vein that he was swept about by Arden's theories about his ability to save people who are ill. At some point we know he found out about Arden's nazi -ness and was apparently already in too deep to stop it. I think he strangled Shelley with the rosary to prevent her from rallying enough to talk. He realized he was now as big a monster as Arden and tried to stop him, only to have Arden blackmail him. Who knew you couldn't trust nazis?
I think Sister Jude has always tried to do her best, but her self loathing has colored her methods. If I were she, I would look upon my reassignment as a promotion rather than a firing. But that's me.
It makes sense that Eunice was hiding out from life as a nun rather than trying to serve God. A person who is a Christian can't be possessed because Jesus is living in his heart. Therefore, when the demon left the boy (after being sneezed out, lol), he went into the person who was already a nonbeliever.
Does anybody know what the person is whispering over and over during the title sequence?
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Great with a bit of backstory, but I hope that's not all of it when it comes to Dr. Thredson. I don't find it very believable the way he changes from behaving so rational and normal when he was at Briarcliff, and then going totally crazy once he got out of there. I would have found it more believable if he behaved sort of the same as bloody face, as he was when he was at Briarcliff. With sort of a cold but "rational" approach to his killings. He seemed like a cold psychopath when we first found out he was Bloodyface, but then he went totally insane. But what do I know, maybe that is how it works..
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That's not unusual for psychopaths. Ted Bundy was a law student and a well respected person in his circle.John Wayne Gacy ran a successful business. They know how to compartmentalize the crazy.
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That was a great episode! Ok, not the best one so far, but a necessary episode. Just loved Sister Eunice's talk to the little girl. Can't wait for next week's.
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Can we all just agree that this season is better than the first one, at least so far?

The first season was fresh, shocking and different. But at the same time it had a lot of moments just for the sake of shock but without substance, and as a result it led to unintentional comedy. The characters just roamed around one house and were homicidal or not depending on their mood. The first season was great and I really liked it, but at the same time it was kind of a pastiche of horror moments.

This season, however, the plot is much more solid. Yes, it contains a lot of horror clichés too - the producers have readily admitted to using them - but I think they are woven together better that during the first season. This season it just more believable than the first, if one can use the word "believable" when talking about supernatural themes. The characters this season have much more of a past and a purpose than during last season and they are more interesting. The events are more meaningful for the plot this year too.
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I agree! This season is more exciting, mainly because there are more characters to root for than the first season!
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The present day Bloody Face is not Thredson! The body in the last photo is not that of a 70+ years OLD man! It may be Thredson's son/nephew!
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We still ask the question... WHERE THE F*@K IS PEPPER? Haha. But no really, she only popped the loo and hasn't been back since.
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I have this fantasy that the writers of the show read these forums and that they are all surprised that we are so concerned about her whereabouts since she was such an incidental character.
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Oh Price...MATH isn't at all your favorite subject, right? Because 2012(present day)-1964(when the story takes place)=48!!! So it's 48 YEARS LATER!
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It was a boring episode and ZQ was the only thing that kept my interest. He is love and Lana/Thredson scenes are fun to watch. I too thought that was ZQ's voice!!! Mr Peterson, you better change the 3rd question. :P
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Loved the review!
One thing though, I think in the end scene, the modern bloodyface looks a hell of a lot like a woman. Just the way he/she moves, the posture.
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Are we sure that it is Dr Thredson who is alive and doing all the killing 38 years later? If he is, he is looking very young for a 70 year old man. Maybe it's his son or his protege...
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I enjoyed watching Zachary Quinto acting crazytown banana pants so much I barely noticed how trite Bloody Face's back story was! Just more of that, please. Also- maybe the reason Bloody Face is still young and murderous in 2012 is because Dr. Arden tried his 'immortality' experiment on Thredson and it worked!? I'm calling it now. It's still Thredson in 2012 and he's immortal. Crazier things have happened (in AHS, not real life).

I'm also very torn over Sister Jude. Obviously she's pretty sadistic and she killed that kid that one time, but also she really hates Nazis and she thinks evil experiments are wrong. So, I think I'll start rooting for her on a trial basis.

Also the monsignor definitely killed Shelley, she didn't just go gently into that good night.
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I found his performance chilling. He was quite frightening. I would have been eat-crying too if I had been there.
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