Speaking of living subjects, Dr. Arden's experimentation on Shelley rendered her unable to breath properly and last episode, the creature was terrorizing school children.

Monsignor Timothy Howard visits Shelley in the hospital and does both of them a favor by ending her miserable existence.

The condition of Shelley surprises the Monsignor and a flashback of his first encounter with Arden shows us Howard may not be as bad as we were led to believe.

Monsignor Timothy Howard had good intentions when he allowed the asylum to be run by Arden or Hans Gruper or SS Nazi or whatever his name is these days. 

Arden promised the monsignor that his experiments were for the greater good and that they would help prevent future disease.

At the time, Arden was treating cases of tuberculosis.

It wasn't until the monsignor saw Shelley that he saw the truth. Presenting the truth didn't go so well in a conversation with Arden.

"Briarcliff is a receptacle for human waste," Arden tells the monsignor. "Each patient, the perfect example in evolutionary failure."

"Have you lost your mind? Why on Earth would you do this?" answers Howard.

Dr. Arden wins the argument by reminding the monsignor the men are in a joint agreement. If Arden goes down, so does little Timmy.

Arden uses that to his advantage to turn the monsignor against the other person majorly affected by the pact between the two men ... Sister Jude.

Never can say goodbye

Sister Jude is abruptly fired by the monsignor and told that she's been recommended to run a home for wayward girls in Pittsburgh.

The news stuns Sister Jude, but she decides to be a good sport by sharing a glass of wine with Dr. Arden before packing her belongings.

Not one to go quietly or live up to her holy standards, Sister Jude slips drugs in Dr. Arden's drink as a parting gift.

Final thoughts:

Arden tells Sister Mary Eunice, "I'm not a monster. I'm a visionary." He also says his creatures are being designed to rival weapons being created by opposing nations.

What kind of nation is going to be threatened by legless creatures with stubby arms that can barely see or breathe?

What we learned:

Mommy issues give you a license to kill, at least if you're Dr. Thredson.

Some former Nazis are exceptionally gifted at using blackmail as a means of manipulating others.

Sister Mary Eunice refuses to let anyone bring down Dr. Arden. She kills Sister Jude's private investigator Sam Goodman (Arden calls him the Israeli Sherlock Holmes) and she hid Shelley when Sister Jude was poking around the laboratory. I'm still trying to determine what motivates the possessed Mary Eunice and what she's trying to accomplish at Briarcliff. 

What to expect next week:

A character resembling the angel of death pays visits to Grace and Sister Jude.

Next week's preview showed Sister Mary Eunice throwing Dr. Arden around. It's time for her to stop playing nice with Dr. Arden.

Lana will try to survive another week in the basement of Bloody Face. Her livelihood will depend on her ability to keep playing house.