Previously on AHS: I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)
WHO WE MET
- The Problem Child: Jenny Reynolds (played by Nikki Hahn)
- The Newest Detective: Detective John Grayson (played by David Gianopoulos)
The Origin of Bloody Flace
It always comes back to the parents, or lack thereof, when we look at the origins of psychos. This makes Thredson’s journey to becoming a murderer pretty standard (abandoned and lacking basic emotional connections), but I found it kind of cool that he really is a psychiatrist and didn’t just pose as one at Briarcliff. He’s like a special kind of crazy!
He chose Lana to be his replacement mommy because she met the age requirement (33 years old) and he saw something special in her. Unfortunately, Lana gets caught trying to escape, which blasts Thredson back to reality, and he prepares to kill her. What followed next was one of the creepier scenes from this season, with Lana again re-convincing Thredson that she’s his mother and him nursing like a baby. She’s relatively safe, for now. Whether she makes it to the end of the season should be fun to see, especially since we know the AHS writers have no problem killing major characters.
Arden’s Tuberculosis Experiments
Knowing that Dr. Arden’s TB experiments are done in the name of medical discovery makes him the least scary of the “bad guys” this season. Sure, he’s a former Nazi. Yes, he does horrible things to Briarcliff patients. But he’s trying to create an immune booster and these people are simply the
collateral damage human volunteers. In his mind all of this “human waste” is being used for the greater good. How admirable.
We learn that the Monsignor didn’t know what was happening, which really means he knew something bad was going on but since he didn’t see it he could pretend it wasn’t all that gruesome. I couldn’t quite tell if Arden has something else on the Monsignor or if this was his big secret, but either way, he gets to continue his experiments at Briarcliff.
Sister Eunice kills Mr. Goodman and with that, Arden’s tracks are covered. Unless there is more we don’t know, I view Arden, as well as the Monsignor, as the most expendable at this point. In the context of this season they are merely bad people and not quite evil or even supernatural.
Little Jenny Reynolds
A little girl who kills people is abandoned by her mother at Briarcliff. Sister Eunice helps her escape. She kills again. The other minor stories this season (e.g., the possessed farm boy and “Anne Frank”) have been part of the larger story, but I don’t see how this was. I’m not complaining; the last thing this story needs is another mystery to figure out. However, I have to ask: what was the point of Jenny Reynolds? Did this story have some relevance that I missed? Is the tall, bearded-man in the brown jacket real or was he merely a figment Jenny makes up as an alibi for killing her friends and family?
- “You can scream all you want. Obviously the basement is soundproof.” Something about Zachary Quinto’s emphasis on ‘obviously’ here really made this line for me.
- This episode made me crave croque monsieur.
- Tossing in a psych study (the Harlow studies) was a nice touch, but what else happened to Arden at that orphanage.
- I can’t tell if they’re saying Hans Grouper or Hans Gruber, so I’m going to just call him Hans from now on.
- I really wish they would have started the movie-style flashbacks in the first episodes. Waiting until now is just distracting.
- Sister Eunice’s brief red lingerie rendition of “You Don’t Own Me” was creepy and hot, simultaneously.
- Given all that we know, Arden and Thredson are both just as likely to be the Bloody Face in 2012.
- Can Kit please get more than a phone call next week?!
- Speaking of next week, the preview for ‘Dark Cousin’ looks amazing.