thoughts on american horror story: dark cousin

Previously on AHS: The Origins of Monstrosity



The Kiss of Death

Miles, a patient at Briarcliff, is having a battle royale with the voices in his head (“Somebody’s got to be the hero, so why not you?”), which prompts him to slice his own wrists. His suicide attempt fails and when Sister Eunice comes to check on the hoopla, she sees some ancient Aramaic written on the wall in his blood. She assumes Miles has summoned Shachath (the Angel of Death). Although the thing that inhabits Sister Eunice appears uneasy with the arrival of its “dark cousin”, the Angel is neutral and doesn’t seem like much of a threat.

Several of the ladies had brushes with death, but ultimately Grace was the only one who died. It wasn’t the alien invasion, which ripped out her lady parts, but the bullet shot by Frank the guard. Grace was given just enough time to save Kit before she received her kiss of death and left this season’s horror story.

The Saga of Sister Jude

Missy Stone isn’t dead, which means Sister Jude spent all that time with a heavy soul for no good reason. It seems that after the accident, Missy went home with no more than a few broken bones. I’m assuming that because Sister Jude went right into her new life as a nun she didn’t follow up on the accident; clearly she didn’t even bother to read the obituaries or send flowers to the family for their loss. With that weight lifted, Jude is still saddled with indirectly causing Goodman’s death.

Sister Eunice has framed Sister Jude for the murder, but this little plan only works if Goodman was investigating a crime that we now know Jude never committed. If Sister Eunice did this just to get Jude to commit suicide then she failed twice. Also, if the thing that’s possessing Sister Eunice is satanic, why is it so steadfast on destroying Sister Jude? She’s hardly an innocent and she doesn’t even know that Eunice is possessed…so what’s the major reason for getting rid of her?

Lana’s Escape

Poor, poor Lana. Somehow she went from being Thredson’s mommy stand-in to being whatever the heck role he has her playing this week. It’s unclear how/why Thredson went from seeing Lana as “mommy” to “patient” so quickly. This whole thing made me as confused as he is deranged. Now I’m all for Thredson being crazy, but I can’t tell if his lack of consistent insanity is a brilliant storytelling technique, or an unnecessary way for the writers to include rape scenes and other things that further torture Lana and do nothing to move the story forward.

Alas, Lana doesn’t wait around for Thredson to kill her and has a great escape. I cheered, and then I felt foolish for thinking it would ever be that easy with so many episodes left in the season. Instead of running into the night and never having to go back to dark basements and insane asylums again, Lana runs right into the arms of a hardcore he-man woman hater. She really should have been tipped off by his blasé attitude to her getting in the car, but in all the excitement, I can see how she was just happy to be somewhere safe. The driver shoots himself in the head, the car crashes and Lana wakes up at Briarcliff. Poor, poor Lana thought she was safe, but now she’s back in hell and the devil (aka Sister Eunice) will probably have Thredson on the way in the first few scenes of the next episode.

Other Bits

  • “Don’t look so frightened, OK, I don’t want to hurt you. I want this to be as painless for you as possible, so I will give you a choice; I can either cut your throat or I can strangled you, I don’t believe in guns.” – More great delivery by Zachary Quinto
  • Why did we need to see the guy from Save the Last Dance kick Sister Jude out of the band? We already knew she was at a low point in her life, did they really need to add that in there?
  • Until Kit was attacked, I’d forgotten about Arden’s monsters in the forest.
  • Speaking Kit, he’s going back to jail…right? Even if it’s proven that he’s not Bloody Face, he still killed his lawyer.
  • I’ve decided to bet on who makes it to the final episode of the season: Kit
  • On a note unrelated to this specific episode [SPOILER ALERT] Dylan McDermott is returning to the American Horror Story universe as the modern day Bloody Face. This could be amah-zing.
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