What a night for horror. The show’s second Halloween-themed episode plunges deep into the power of Satan with this horrifying take on demonic possession. Satan might occupy the deep end of the pool, but there was plenty of evil to go around. The episode begins in the modern-day Briarcliff with Teresa (Dewan-Tatum) at the mercy of Bloody Face. See you later, Adam Levine. Jump to 1964 and a series of frightening revelations slowly unravel.
Wendy (Duvall) is feeling the guilt and pain of allowing Lana to regretfully join the ranks of Briarcliff, but soon finds she won’t really live to regret it. Bloody Face introduces himself to Wendy in what looked like a thumb of the hat to Psycho, and gains another victim. Seriously, if the window is open on a cold October night; someone is going enter your home and kill you. Bank on it.
After a note detailing Lana’s stay is found in her pillowcase, Sister Jude approaches Dr. Arden in a much warmer fashion. Now “convinced” that the Good Lord works His will through the miracle of science, the two agree to a little electroshock therapy for Lana’s determined mind. Enter psychiatrist, Dr. Oliver Thredson (Quinto), a skeptic and true man of science who quickly changes his mind regarding the barbaric nature of exorcism.
Frightened and concerned parents venture to Briarcliff after their son exhibits signs of something unholy. Jed (Devon Graye) is the most obviously possessed person I’ve seen in years, and it is this shit. This kid isn’t messing around as he quickly develops the crazy eyes and pitch-shifted demon voice. A cursed glance propels the priest fatally into a wall and it goes downhill rapidly. Through a flashback, the demon reveals some of Sister Jude’s past as a sleazy lounge singer with a staggering 53 cocks sucked record. This demon was putting it all out there. He mentions her red panties she wears to bed and that she can’t keep her hands off herself at bedtime. Oh, sweet Sister Judith, how repressed and sick you truly are. Lange is on fire this year – big shocker. Jed is doped and his host dies. As the boy breathes his last breath, the crucifix falls off the wall and crashes on the ground. A moment later the demon has passed to its new host, the innocent Sister Mary Eunice. This should prove her burgeoning relationship with Dr. Arden to be interesting. I loved the scene where he tempts her to take a bite of the caramel apple. That wasn’t lost on me. Duh, we get it, religion is important this season.
During the Satanic related power outage, Lana and Grace (Brochere) hatch a plot to ditch Briarcliff, but Lana expresses hesitation when she learns Kit will be escaping with them. Lana alerts the guards and Kit takes the fall for the plot to bolt. Sister Jude certainly enjoys whipping people; with every sting of the cane, you can see her punishing herself for her prior sins. Nice turn, AHS.
There’s a lot going on in tonight’s episode. We learn that our resident nympho, Shelley, is just in there because she openly enjoys sex. We learn that color is going to play a part in this season as well. Red certainly marries itself to Sister Jude. We found that Dr. Arden has some power issues and a surprising sexual preferences. Tonight, it was for a hooker to dress up like a nun a show him her “mossy banks”. Gross and gross. I don’t know why that of all things wigged me out, but it struck a chord. I can see where Arden’s urges are leading already – to a presumably disturbing or fatal sexual encounter with the no longer herself, Sister Mary Eunice. This show loves to present to you what happens the characters give in. There’s always consequence in AHS, and people are constantly giving in.
So, what are your thoughts thus far? I’m caught in the headlights again. I’m living for Wednesdays at this point. Is Dr. Arden going to be the gruesome Bloody Face? His photo library wasn’t lacking was it?