December 6th, 2012
11:35 AM ET
[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the December 5 episode of FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum."]
You just knew the holiday episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum" was going to be twisted. Wednesday night's edition certainly didn't let anyone down there.
But it also moved the plot forward quite a bit instead of being a one-off episode.
Ian McShane guest-starred as Leigh, a man who had a bone to pick with Christmas and who went on a murder spree on Christmas Eve while dressed in a Santa suit.
After he was sent to the asylum and went on a rampage the year before, Sister Jude canceled Christmas from there on out.
With Sister Mary Eunice in charge, the holiday season was back on, but of course it all served to help the devil settle a few scores.
Mary Eunice brought this bad Santa out of retirement, and a loyal Dr. Arden lured Jude back to the asylum, thinking she was going to drive the devil out of Mary Eunice.
After Mary Eunice killed security guard Frank, who threatened to blab about what happened to Grace, she sent serial killer Santa in to take out Jude. Yet one should never underestimate Jude, who grabbed a letter opener at the right moment and killed "Santa."
Just when you thought the Bloody Face storyline was not going to be mentioned here, Lana - convinced that he was still on the loose - broke into an office to call the authorities. Instead, she was cornered by Dr. Thredson.
Luckily, Kit was moved into the same room with her earlier, and she told him about Bloody Face's true identity. So, Kit arrived in time to knock out Thredson.
Kit talked Lana out of killing Thredson, because Kit needed him to clear his name.
In the meantime, Dr. Arden was wheeling Grace's body in the death chute, when he was suddenly overcome with the white light - a.k.a. the "aliens" - and Grace's body disappeared.
Another solid episode this week, and it didn't get too distracted by bad Santa's doings. For a moment there it looked like Arden had seen the light and was going to team up with Jude. It's probably for the best that didn't happen, though Jude is on her own at this point against Mary Eunice.
I'm still most interested in where the Lana-Thredson storyline will go. And I'm not sure about all of this.
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