November 1st, 2012
10:34 AM ET
[Editor's Note: If you don't want to know what happened on the most recent episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum," stop reading now.]
You've gotta give "American Horror Story: Asylum" credit for being consistent in its inconsistency, just as it was last season.
After last week's excellent episode, Wednesday night's outing was a frustrating step back.
Take the opening scene, which brought us back to the present day in the asylum. After Bloody Face repeatedly stabbed Adam Levine's Leo, he went after Teresa, who was soon rescued by the armless, but apparently indestructible, Leo. Teresa then stabbed Bloody Face repeatedly.
As the two made their getaway, they met up with a second Bloody Face, and as they were cornered by two of them (Leo's not the only indestructible one around there, clearly) they were gunned down.
The two under the Bloody Face masks revealed themselves as .... a couple of teenagers we've never seen before. Well, that was anticlimactic. But then they realize they didn't rip off Leo's arm. It would seem that was the "real" Bloody Face, who showed up right on cue.
Back to 1964, Sister Jude freaks out when she gets a 15-year-old newspaper referring to the girl she hit with her car - the event which drove her to become a nun. Jude spent the rest of the episode haunted by that incident, so we didn't get our usual over-the-top performance from Jessica Lange this week.
Instead, that role went to Lily Rabe as Jude's new tormentor, Sister Mary Eunice - a.k.a., Satan... from hell!
In no time at all, our possessed nun went from threatening to ridiculous. She attempted to seduce Dr. Arden, killed a suspecting patient, and wanted to watch the end of the asylum's special movie presentation of "Sign of the Cross," because she wanted to see Christians being killed. Because she's the devil, you see.
(Speaking of which, Dr. Arden's scene with a statue of the Virgin Mary won't win too many fans in the religious community.)
In the meantime, Kit (who it turns out may very well be telling the truth about the aliens), Grace and Lana plotted another ill-fated escape from the institution, which only served for them to discover Sister Mary Eunice's dead victim, and to meet up with a few of Dr. Arden's bloodthirsty, freakish creatures hanging out in the woods.
Sister Mary Eunice is almost a sideshow compared to Dr. Arden, the real villain of this season (it would be far too easy to assume he is Bloody Face - quite likely the killer is an experimental victim of Dr. Arden's). As the episode came to a close, a dazed Shelley awoke to see Dr. Arden staring down at her, hours after he assaulted her. His latest surgical endeavor brought new meaning to the term "cutting you off at the knees."
Like I said, there were far too many "seriously?" moments in this episode, not that it didn't have more than its share of disturbing moments. Hopefully next week will put the show back on the right track.
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