And yes, based on what I watched for roughly 42 minutes, I’d say it was.
Loved the intro.
It’s a few days before Christmas, 1962. A one Mr. Lee Emerson is a psychopath who kills a red kettle, bell ringing Santa Claus in front of a closed grocery store. He takes the suit and breaks into a suburban home where he befriends a little girl who hears a noise and comes downstairs. She greets him and acknowledges that Santa has a massive blood stain on his chest. He’s playing with the electric train encircling her FABULOUS aluminum Christmas tree. He ends up killing her mom and dead after tying them up with Christmas lights. What happened to their daughter–the one with the badly feigned New England accent we’ll never know.
And I had to laugh at all the double entendres he offered his victims, one he threatened to rape, both he made clear he would kill:
- The difference between that Santa and me is that he only comes once a year
- Come on, there’s always at least one big ticket in Santa’s sack.
A year later, we’re invited to a Christmas party-slash-photo op in the Common Room at Briarcliff. Mr. Emerson is there with the other inmates and yes, he’s shackled. Apparently, Mr. and Mrs. Suburbia and Santa Claus weren’t the only people he killed. There were 15 murder others that night. Sister Jude is ramrodding things and making it clear she wants Emerson in the photo–front and center–to assure residents in the area that he’s in custody. Well apparently, ‘thems fightin’ words” to this mass murderer. He then does his best Hannibal Lector impersonation and bites the face and neck of one of the orderlies. For his actions, he’s sent to solitary confinement somewhere in the bowels of Briarcliff.
Speaking of bowels, Dr. Arden admits his Nazi past during an interesting session with Sister Satan. He offers her a large pair of ruby earrings. She goes gaga over them. The devil loves anything red, dontcha know. She asks where he got them; if they’re a family heirloom. He tells her no, they belonged to a wealthy Jewess in one of the camps who kept the jewels hidden by swallowing them over and over again…even to the point of digging through her own feces to find them….only to swallow them again She didn’t want the Nazis to have them. Well, she ends up dying of intestinal sepsis and internal bleeding. Seems all those jewels wreak havoc on a human G.I. tract. This little tidbit doesn’t bother Sister Satan in the least.
But the fact that she greedily accepts the present–in spite of its horrific past—concerns Dr. Arden. He realizes that this isn’t the Sister Mary Eunice he once fantasized about. No this…this thing in a nun’s outfit is evil and with his past, he ought to know. He meets with Sister Jude who’s been banished from Briarcliff. He realizes they need to join forces to fight Sister Satan. And yes, both Arden and Jude know that the devil is inhabiting the young novice’s body. But this only proves to be a scheme to prove the ex-Nazi’s loyalty to Sister Satan and the power pact they have between them. You know—world domination. You can take the boy out of the Reichstag, but can you ever take the Reichstag out of the boy????
In fact, in an earlier scene, Sister Jude sneaks back in to Briarcliff and bends over Sister Satan and holds a straight razor to her neck, telling her that if she kills Mary Eunice she’ll free her soul and banish Satan back to hell. Sister Satan says that’s crap and that all she can do is cane the devil out of Mary Eunice. All of a sudden, the cabinet door opens and several stage hands who are off camera, throw canes at Jude’s hunched over butt.
Another funny scene takes place in the Commons Room. Sister Satan is hosting a Christmas party for the inmates. There’s a tree but because of Sister Jude’s hard assitude, there are no ornaments. So Sister Satan improvises. She cuts bows off female inmates heads–hair still attached. She uses empty pill boxes….even one inmate’s dentures. Festive.
Meanwhile, Lana discovers Kit is in a bed next to hers in the hospital. She tells him that she was kidnapped by Threadson and he’s the real Bloody Face. If you remember, she’s still recovering from a massive accident two weeks ago and of course ,he was injured battling one of Dr. Arden’s in the kitchen last week. Remember, one of the guard’s shot Grace who jumped in the way to take a bullet for Kit who’d escaped from jail and returned to Briarcliff to rescue her. She was recovering from an erstwhile hysterectomy at the hands…er uh…at the ‘tentacles” of space aliens which apparently, also inhabit that bullshit barn of horrors. All guards were given a ‘shoot on sight’ order.
As for the dead creature, all we know about him or it, is that one of the guards is having a bout with conscious and feels the cops need to be called in. He references one of them–dead in last week’s attack–hidden away in some room. Dr. Arden says nah, don’t involve any outsiders. So, now we know he’s going to die which he does–later–because Sister Satan slashes his neck and plans on blaming it on Emerson the Killer who she allowed to play Santa Claus at the part in the Common Room. He’s sitting there, an inmate on his lap. he propositions her. Something about getting savage with each other and sucking something. Sister Satan then sigs him on Sister Jude who came back to Briarcliff as a ruse to kill Sister Satan.
As for that part of the story, just as Emerson is about to rape Jude (he’s already beaten the crap out of her) she finds a letter opener on the desk and jabs him in the neck. He bleeds out and keels over. But does he die? Not sure but I do know this much: irony of ironies, what Jude did will all but ensure that she ends up an inmate in her own asylum. Revenge is a bitch.
Lana sneaks into an office and finds a phone to call the authorities and in the process, is found by Dr. Threadson who learned of Lana’s post accident whereabouts in a news story. He’s about to strangle her when Kit suddenly bursts through the door and bops him on the head. Lana insists she needs to kill him but Kit says no, he needs Threadson alive because he’s the only who can prove he didn’t kill his wife or anyone else. They tie him up. As the scene ends, Lana says one day, “I’ll bury you”,.
Lastly, Threadson is seen escorting Grace’s body (that child has been on ice for a week!!) down the Death Chute when suddenly, he hears an ear-piercing noise and bright lights. He passes out for a flash and VOILA!!! Grace’s body is gone. They aliens already have her uterus. They came back for the rest of her.
A couple of things to note: Lana is seen earlier heaving up her lunch in a bed pan…only thing is, she tells the nun/nurse she hasn’t eaten. I’ll ask the obvious question here. The one we all have: could she be pregnant??
WITH THREADSON’S CHILD???????
And could Dylan McDermott (who thanks to a preview of next week’s AHS, we learn will make an appearance), be Bloody Face, Version 2.5??? A few episodes back, the opening scene included several murder victims all strung up in the rafters of the current dilapidated Briarcliff. It included a phone call made to the cops. Someone saying that he’d been a ‘bad boy” and that imposters are dead at the old asylum. The voice sounded like Mr. Mac and if that’s the case, that would sure answer that timeline question we’ve all asked about Bloody Face then and Bloody Face now.
With Dylan McDermott as The Son Of Bloody Face, that would explain how the maniacal acts are still being perpetrated more than 50 years later.
We shall she, kiddies. We shall see.