|Nor'easter, I am Anne Frank part 1, I am Anne Frank part 2|
The episode was very good from start to finish - we got to see a glimpse of possessed sister Mary Eunice, who killed a patient with scissors and tried to seduce Dr Arden. Mad and distraught after innocent sister Mary acted like a "whore," Arden wrecked a statue of sister Mary. As all of this was going on, Sister Jude fell of the wagon and got drunk, overwhelmed by everything that was happening in the Asylum. Then, completely drunk she introduced the movie in one of the finest scenes Jessica Lange has given us in the show yet.
As three inmates - Shelley created a distraction and was captured by Arden - were trying to escape they encountered Raspers in the woods and went right back to the Asylum. I suppose electro shock therapy is not as scary as mutated zombies trying to eat you. And Shelley...don't ask. In what was revealed in the season's most messed up ending yet, we found out that Dr Arden cut off her legs.
|Dr Arden and Shelley in I am Anne Frank part 1|
Sister Jude is inclined to believe Anne as detectives came to talk to Arden about a prostitute who found disturbing photos and yes - Nazi memorabilia - in his office. While Sister Jude is digging, Arden is still experimenting on poor Shelley. We also find out that the Monsignor is protecting him, as he calls him to take care of any "house cleaning he has going on". The first part's most shocking scene featured conversion/aversion therapy on Lana, when Dr Thredson, with her permission, tried to "cure' her of being a lesbian. The scene was hugely uncomfortable to watch and when it inevitably failed, Thredson told Lana that they are leaving Briarcliff, giving her hope, for the very first time.
Meanwhile, Kit and Grace (so far the most boring story arc in the season) grew closer together, so close in fact that they had sex and got caught. Sister Jude wants to sterilize them, while sister Mary Eunice, possessed by Satan, seems to want to protect Kit. Grace reveals her story and the reason she is in Asylum - her step sister accused her of killing her father and stepmother. Later on it is revealed that Grace killed them after all - her father molested her and her stepmother didn't do anything to help her. So Grace chopped them with an axe. Kit doesn't stop caring for her though, saying that he understands why she did it.
|Lobotomy scene in I am Anne Frank part 2|
While Grace is waiting for her procedure she is attacked...by Aliens. Wherever that is she is taken to, she meets Kit's wife Alma who appears to be pregnant. We see quick flashes of what is going on, and what seems to be some weird surgery the aliens are doing on two women. Ryan Murphy said it is important that the aliens came for Kit's women right after he had sex with them. Are they doing something to the babies? Or are they merely making sure the women got pregnant? Does the Satan know and that's why he doesn't want anything happening to Kit? Do I even care about this story arc? No, I do not.
Meanwhile, Dr Arden manages to convince fake Anne Frank's husband that lobotomy is necessary. So he performs procedure in a very cool scene, inter cut with Sister Jude getting wasted and hit on in the bar. The episode had this really cool thing going on whenever we see "home video" style footage of Anne (aka Charlotte) and her husband and how she went nuts and started to pretend she is Anne Frank. The ending of the episode is that Anne is now a perfect housewife and lobotomy was a success. The very last thing we see it the zoom in on the board that has the photo of young Arden in Nazi uniform.
|Lana in Bloody Face's liar (I am Anne Frank part 2)|
The most exciting part of the episode was by far what was going on with Lana and Thredson. They successfully left the asylum, but for a moment Thredson was stopped by the guard. He told him he never worked there. Red flag number 1. He took Lana to his apartment instead to the police station - red flag 2. He didn't let her make a call - red flag 3, ding, ding, ding! By then I think everyone knew that Lana's predicament have now became a very graphic and creepy version of 'from bad to worse". Thredson is Bloody Face.
And sure, right after that he turned on the lamp that was made out of human skin and had nipples. Then he offered Lana a mint (on the side note - who the fuck offers someone a mint when they are drinking red wine? Skinning psycho, apparently). Lana excused herself, trying to get out and ended up in his "workshop" filled with flayed skin and tools. And then trap door, bam! Lana has found herself in some sort of Saw/The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo bathroom/basement/liar, chained to the floor, with Wendy's rotting body next to her and with all sorts of tools on the wall.
|Lana and Thredson in the "workshop" (I am Anne Frank part 2)|
I must say, though, that I'm very happy Quinto is playing the villain. He is such a gifted actor and he plays psychos really well. Bloody Face, who is apparently based on three different serial killers, one of whom is obviously Ed Gein (the crafts he made out of pieces of his victims), seems to be such a great villain. He trapped Lana because he wants her to tell his story and apparently in the coming episodes we will get to see what that story actually is via flashbacks.
What makes his character really interesting is that he is not just some crazy wacko who can't keep his shit together for even a brief moment- he is a master manipulator who can hide who he is very well. He is also an actual psychiatrist - in the phone conversation with EW Quinto confirmed that Thredson got all the training and the credentials. The fact he said to Lana that they will continue her "therapy" and the fact Ryan Murphy not only wrote the next episode but also said that the next one is "the darkest episode" yet leads to one conclusion. Thredson will make Lana eat Wendy.
Charming, isn't it?
|Lana and Thredson in the promo for next episode|