TV: ‘American Horror Story’ soars again with Halloween episode

By Meryl Gottlieb | | @buzzlightmeryl
American Horror Story airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

After last week’s indecisiveness, I lost some faith in American Horror Story — after all Ryan Murphy created it, and we all know how much he likes to mess with his fans.

However, tonight’s episode removed any doubts I had. Last season, the Halloween episode is what truly pulled my interest for the show, and this year is no different.

So I was wrong (and boy did that hurt my ego): Leo (Adam Levine) did not die. Instead he saves Teresa (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) from Bloody Face — or so we think. As they try to escape, two Bloody Faces surround them, and one shoots them both dead. Then, both take off masks! One, Cooper (Blake Sheldon), expresses sorrow for the murders, but the unidentified other is overjoyed – but not for long because another Bloody Face (whom they are not in cohorts with) comes towards them…

Right from the start, we can see something is off with Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), and we soon figure out that she is possessed by the demon that killed Jed (Devon Graye) in the last episode.

Throughout tonight’s episode, Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) is haunted by her past, specifically the girl she ran over when she was drunk. She receives a newspaper with an article about the girl’s death, sees the girl’s glasses and even hears the girl’s voice. Her sanity is unwinding, and it is remarkable to watch. Jessica Lange is perfection.

Sister Jude is suspicious of everyone – Sister Mary Eunice, Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) and Dr. Thredson (Zachary Quinto) – as to who is her tormentor.

Dr. Arden brings Kit (Evan Peters) in and accuses Kit of spying on him. Arden believes the bug from Kit’s neck – the one from the aliens – is some sort of device from the people that hired Kit to spy on Arden and his work (paranoia much?), bringing in more evidence that the ones doing the treating should be the ones receiving the treatment.

Now I know Satan is possessing Sister Mary Eunice, but I really liked her in this episode. I mean who doesn’t love a good demonic possession? Like you wouldn’t have wanted to adopt Damien? Well, all right… But you have to admit that tonight, Lily Rabe shined.

Anyway, a patient called “the Mexican” knows that Sister Mary Eunice is possessed, so Sister Mary Eunice kills her – Sweeney-Todd style – and feeds her to the creatures outside.

Sister Mary Eunice then proceeds to seduce Dr. Arden, prompting him to throw a fit once again. Seriously, I do not like him, but more on this will come later…

Lana (Sarah Paulson) asks Dr. Thredson to take a message to Wendy (Clea DuVall). He accepts and goes to Wendy’s house – finding a scene that is eerily similar to the descriptions of the crime scenes from the Bloody Face murders, prompting both Thredson and Lana to question if Kit truly is Bloody Face like everyone assumes. Finally!

Shelley (Chloë Sevigny) approaches Grace (Lizzie Brocheré) about joining her and Kit on their second attempt to escape. Shelley also reveals information about Grace’s past: She lived in Paris until she was 9 years old. How riveting, I know!

Good news: Briarcliff is having a movie night.

Bad news: Just about everything else that happens that night.

Starting off this crazy train is Sister Jude, who has just drank an entire bottle of wine for the first time in 15 years. Then, she wanders around the halls, haunted by the sounds of the girl she killed while some “creature” scurries in the darkness behind her.

Tonight, we finally get to see what creatures Arden has created. Initially, they just reminded me of Kreacher from Harry Potter, but then came later scenes, which threw out that image altogether.

Arden has his own share of insanity when he takes the red lipstick that Sister Mary Eunice was wearing earlier in the episode and puts it on the white statue in the center of the asylum, so now neither the statue nor Sister Mary Eunice is pure anymore. In a fury, he shoves the statue, and it shatters.

Grace, Kit and Shelley sneak out of the movie, but Lana notices. She meets up with them and begs the group to let her come so she can get to Wendy. Grace is still upset about the betrayal, but Kit sympathizes with her and allows her to join.

Shelley stays behind to distract an orderly so the group can continue on in hopes of meeting up with them soon. After she is done with him, she tries to run to the tunnels (where the group is planning to escape) but runs into Dr. Arden.

Arden takes Shelley and attempts to rape her. However, she says something no man ever wants to hear – figure it out because I am not explaining this scene (it was disgusting enough to watch let alone write about) – so he hits her.

When Shelley wakes up, she is on Arden’s table – WITHOUT ANY LEGS! That was his punishment for her – as if calling her a “whore” everyday and hitting her wasn’t enough. Arden is going to be my Hayden (Kate Mara, season one) for this season. By the way, I hated Hayden.

Grace, Lana and Kit make it outside, where it is fiercely raining– the “nor’easter” theme of the episode. They make a run for it but find the Mexican … and the creature that ate her. And so, a chase ensues that forces the group to run back into the asylum. I knew that was way too soon!

It is revealed that some patients escaped during the movie, but they have the wrong people in mind. Sister Jude believes the Mexican and Shelley escaped despite the fact that she walked by Grace, Kit and Lana, who were all sitting – soaking wet – in their seats.

I understand you’re drunk, but come on. Anyone with eyes could see they were outside.
Let’s also establish the coincidence that tonight’s episode “Nor’easter,” which is actually a large-scale storm that is similar to a hurricane, fell right in the middle of all the Sandy chaos. Curiouser and curiouser.

Did Ryan Murphy plan Sandy? Tell me your thoughts @buzzlightmeryl.


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