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'American Horror Story: Asylum' recap, 'The Name Game'

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It was a busy night for the Angel of Death on the latest episode of "American Horror Story." 

The last time we saw the merciful Angel, she was coming to Monsignor Timothy Howard’s rescue after he was nailed to a cross. But she didn’t come to relieve the monsignor of his life.

“You have more work to do,” she tells him. “The devil is at Briarcliff and the nun has to cast her out.”

Instead the monsignor casts the devil out himself by throwing the demonized Mary Eunice three floors to her death.

“I’m tired of fighting,” the real Mary Eunice cries out. “I want to let go.”

“I’ll take both of you,” the Angel replies.

The Angel of Death had one more body to claim after Mary Eunice, except there was no body.

Dr. Arden decided to relive his Nazi days by latching on to the body of Mary Eunice as she slowly rolled into a crematory oven.

It was a fitting death for the devil and its pawn. Let’s retrace the series of events that led to the demise of two of the show’s central characters.

Crazy train

Sister Jude’s endured a fall from grace the last few weeks. After Mary Eunice catches her former mentor with a cucumber in her cell used for “diddling herself,” Mary Eunice sentences Sister Jude to electroshock therapy.

The treatment leaves Sister Jude dazed and confused. The nun walks up to a jukebox installed by Mary Eunice and turns on the song “The Name Game” by Shirley Ellis.

With a strange mix of singing and dancing, the scene that ensues is show creator Ryan Murphy’s attempt of merging his “Glee” creativity with “American Horror Story.”

Thankfully Sister Jude walks away after singing “Lana banana” three-hundred times, just before Dr. Oliver Thredson can make his grand entrance by rejoining the Briarcliff community.

Mean mistreater

Sister Mary Eunice hires Thredson as a full-time Briarcliff employee and he gets right to work by blackmailing Kit.

Thredson shows Kit the miracle of Grace and their newborn child, prompting Kit to surrender the hiding spot of his confession tapes.

“There’s an impulse in you that runs deeper than your murder complex and that’s your savior complex,” Thredson tells Kit.

Unfortunately for Thredson, Lana gets to the tapes first and replaces them with a children’s book.

The bad news for Lana is that she will soon be trading in that book for “Raising future serial killers for dummies” since her abortion attempt was unsuccessful.

Thredson realizes that he can’t murder Lana because he wants her to birth their child and he can’t kill Kit because Lana says so. Rules were meant to be broken, so I doubt this is the last we will see of Thredson’s knife.

Kit and Lana still cannot turn Thredson in to the authorities while they’re in Briarcliff, so Thredson’s plan to rape Lana continues to reap benefits. 

Polar opposites

Speaking of rape, Sister Mary Eunice gets a little friendly with Monsignor Timothy Howard as she takes his virginity while he’s bound to a bed.

If you can’t have Rome, make a deal with the devil. The monsignor won’t be the next pope but he did get to enjoy the devil’s temptations.

Dr. Arden watches Sister Mary Eunice force herself on the monsignor. In a jealous fit, he walks into the jungle to feed his monsters. Mary Eunice follows and Arden proclaims his sadness, saying “there is no us.”

“The experiment is over,” Arden tells Mary Eunice as he begins shooting creatures.

Arden tries to pull the trigger on himself but can’t. It’s hard to believe this sobbing doctor was helping Mary Eunice plot murders just a few weeks ago. 

Sympathy for the devil

Everyone in Braircliff knew by now that Mary Eunice was the devil. The only person to express grief over her death was Arden and he was arguably a bigger threat to the Briarcliff residents as  the possessed nun.

I foresaw many deaths for Arden and they all involved other characters exacting their revenge or the woodland creatures eating him alive.

But I didn’t see Arden committing suicide in a furnace. Well done, Ryan Murphy. 

Final thoughts

Pepper grew a pair of cohunes in this episode, proclaiming her role as Grace’s caretaker while challenging Arden. Pepper used her intellect and wit to annoy Arden, particularly with this joke:

“Knock, knock. Who’s there? Arden. Arden who? Arden you the quack who’d make a better duck?” 

Pepper may not have a career in stand-up comedy ahead of her, but she’s made herself useful by protecting Grace.

With Arden and Mary Eunice gone, things look to get brighter for the tortured and abused patients of Briarcliff. Kit and Lana have the edge over Thredson and Sister Jude has no reason to be submitted to further shock therapy.

What to expect next episode

The monsignor tries to send Kit and Grace’s miraculous baby into the fiery oven, while Lana brainstorms alternative methods of abortion.

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