‘American Horror Story’ 2.03 Recap: “Fire, Sex and the Death of Christians… What Fun!”

So, if I have this right, despite getting stabbed repeatedly in the chest, Adam Levine wasn’t killed off in the previous episode of ‘American Horror Story’, but he does get killed off this week? Maybe. This show is confusing.

The framing story in episode ‘Nor’easter’ opens with the one-armed Levine jumping in to save his wife from the evil Bloody Face. The two of them manage to kill the psycho, only to encounter not just one but two more Bloody Faces who promptly shoot the couple dead (presumably). It turns out that these nutjobs are thrill-killers and copycats just imitating the original Bloody Face, who then shows up for real to off them too. Craziness!

The remainder of the episode flashes back to the 1964. A “big fat storm” is heading for the asylum. (What timing! The episode aired just after a real hurricane hit New England, almost as if the network had planned it.) Sister Many Eunice, now possessed by a demon, gleefully plays mind games with Sister Jude and Dr. Arden. She also kills an inmate who can tell she’s possessed, and feeds the old Mexican woman to the “creatures.”

Lana passes a note intended for her girlfriend to Dr. Thredson. When Thredson tells her that he suspects her girlfriend was killed by Bloody Face while Kit was incarcerated, Lana finally begins to believe that Kit may be innocent. Desperate to escape the asylum and find out what happened to her girlfriend, she hatches a plan with Kit, Shelley and Grace to sneak out while the rest of the patients watch a movie. Shelley (Chloe Sevigny) sacrifices her freedom for the others by staying behind to distract an orderly. Unfortunately, she gets caught by Dr. Arden (James Cromwell), who tries to rape her. Failing at that (Shelley taunts him about having a tiny dick), he knocks her out and amputates her legs. That’ll teach her!

The others make it outside in the storm, only to get chased back indoors again by Arden’s creatures, who appear to be some sort of cannibal mutants.

While all of this is going on, Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) gets piss drunk to drown out memories of the little girl she killed in a hit-and-run accident. Searching the darkened halls of the asylum for the missing Mexican woman, she encounters (or believes she encounters) an alien. WTF?!

With this episode, I’m finally starting to warm up to the show’s second season. The episode brings the crazy aplenty, and also has a very effective creepy atmosphere. I like the way that evil Sister Mary Eunice is coming into her own as a character, and Jessica Lange is particularly good as a tormented drunk. The clips shown from the Cecil B. DeMille epic ‘The Sign of the Cross’ also really make me want to watch that movie now.

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