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American Horror Story

Season 2 Episode 8

Unholy Night

39
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 05, 2012 on FX
AIRED:
8.8
out of 10
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  • BAD SANTA

    American Horror Story: Asylum "Unholy Night" Review: A Very Briarcliff Xmas (PHOTO RECAP)

    This week's exceedingly nasty Christmas-themed episode was light on plot and heavy on shocks.

  • Episode Summary

    While a killer Santa stalks the sanitarium, Sister Jude battles Satan himself and Arden enters the Death Chute.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Characters I hate

      10
      Ugh, I hate the Dr. Arden character. Lusting after Sister Mary Eunice all the time. Another character I hate - the Monsignor!
    • Asylum.

      9.0
      Really i cant wait for Arden & Sister Mary Eunice to get there's no doubt Thresdon as well, but realistically the storylines for this are endless. Fantastic episiode, i was missing Frances Conroy. I hope she comes back.
    • just awsome!

      10
      this was really great episode, the Santa's customes and his character was great.

      and especially, i remember sister Jude's saying, "I am a god's

      well, that makes her special, even though she was loosing the fight,

      and that kind of spirit, makes this show more than just a "Horror show".

      so i can't wait to see sister Jude's revenge and Exocism!
    • Unholy Night

      10
      Unholy Night was a spectacular and fantastic episode of American Horror Story: Asylum. I really enjoyed watching because the story was Christmas themed and had some great story lines and phenomenal character development. It was awesome watching Sister Jude re-enter Briarcliff to face off with the Devil. I liked how Arden went to Sister Jude for help with Sister Mary Eunice and how he had an Encounter of the 3rd Kind. I liked how every thing else played out as Lana tried to help Kit realize Thresdon is a threat to them both and the Killer Santa is released only to be taken down by the ever faithful Sister Jude. The ending was suspenseful and I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
    Zachary Quinto

    Zachary Quinto

    Dr. Oliver Thredson

    Joseph Fiennes

    Joseph Fiennes

    Monsignor Timothy Howard

    Sarah Paulson

    Sarah Paulson

    Lana Winters

    Evan Peters

    Evan Peters

    Kit Walker

    Lily Rabe

    Lily Rabe

    Sister Mary Eunice McKee

    Lizzie Brochere

    Lizzie Brochere

    Grace Bertrand

    Chris McGarry

    Chris McGarry

    Mr. Lancaster

    Guest Star

    Lara Harris

    Lara Harris

    Rhonda Lancaster

    Guest Star

    Jennifer Holland

    Jennifer Holland

    Nurse Blackwell

    Guest Star

    Fredric Lehne

    Fredric Lehne

    Frank McCann

    Recurring Role

    Britne Oldford

    Britne Oldford

    Alma Walker

    Recurring Role

    Barbara Tarbuck

    Barbara Tarbuck

    Mother Superior Claudia

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Susie: Why are you here. Christmas isn't for six days.
        Emerson: (posing as Santa) That's what you get for letting Rudolph organize your calendar.

      • Emerson: So I'm gonna tell you what Santa's going to leave under your tree tonight. He's going to leave a little terror. A little rape.
        Susie's Father: Who said anything about her? You know the difference between that Santa Claus and me. He only comes once a year.
        Emerson: Who said anything about her? You know the difference between that Santa Claus and me. He only comes once a year.

      • Sister Mary Eunice: That mean old Grinch tossed out all our ornaments. So, we'll need to improvise. Mr. Deakins. You wear dentures, don't you?

      • Frank: Doctor, I've been thinking...
        Arden: You want to be careful, Frank. That can be dangerous.

      • Sister Mary Eunice: I know you were a petty criminal, thrown in jail for shoplifting a loaf of bread, and while you were in there, the jailers went caroling in the cell block, and five men held you down and took your virginity. Well... the first one did. The others took your dignity, and your self-esteem, and... most importantly... your Christmas spirit.

      • Sister Mary Eunice: Now... I have work to do, and you're either with me, or you're against me. And if you're against me, even God can't help you.

      • Emerson: Are we having fun yet? Have you softened up enough to receive the light? Except it won't be God... and, actually, it won't be light.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Mary Eunice: Well, I say... "Bah humbug."
        Referencing the famous line of Scrooge in Charles Dickens' 1843 novel, immortalized on stage and screen. It tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

      • Mary Eunice: That mean old Grinch tossed out all our ornaments.
        Referencing the c Dr. Seuss story and subsequent television adaptation, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Grinch is an unpleasant grouch who hates the holidays, and resolves to steal Christmas. When he steals all of the holiday presents and food but almost loses them over a cliff, his heart "grows three that day" with love and he finds the strength to save them.

      • Mary Eunice: We are watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
        Referencing the Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Rudolph is a young reindeer born with a nose that "shines so bright." The other reindeerin-training mock him until it turns out that his nose is so bright that it lets Santa fly safely through heavy fog. A sequel was made in 2001.

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