American Horror Story

Season 2 Episode 8

Unholy Night

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Dec 05, 2012 on FX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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: You keep your hands off her!
      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

  • Allusions

    • 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 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 reindeer-in-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.