'American Horror Story: Asylum' recap, 'I am Anne Frank, Part I'

Briarcliff has a new patient and she claims to be the infamous Anne Frank who died during the Holocaust. Only she didn't die, she says. She continued her life in America so her martyr status would open the world's eyes to the injustices occurring in Germany.

Now she's in Boston beating up anti-Semites.


The woman does have a mark on her arm to prove she was held in a concentration camp. So she may be being honest, or she just knows a good tattoo artist.

With so many asylum patients claiming they didn't kill their families and fabricating false stories (more on that later), it's hard to tell who is telling the truth.


For Anne Frank, Briarcliff Manor may be an upgrade to Auschwitz, but it's a dangerous place with Dr. Arden running around.

The patient claiming to be Anne Frank outs Dr. Arden as a former Nazi. She says he would flip a coin to determine which girls to "treat" in Auschwitz. Then he would bring them back to camp poisoned.

Sounds like the lovable, great humanitarian Dr. Arden that we've come to know.

Adding to the evidence of Arden's criminal activity, the call girl he nearly killed reports him to the authorities.

The poor doctor has to take time away from dismembering Shelley to defend his reputation to two homicide detectives.

"This is utter hogwash," Arden says before walking away. "I have no idea what I'm even being accused of."

That response seems to satisfy the detectives, who were probably in a rush to get back to their homes in time to catch the newest episode of "Bewitched."

No need to check the forest full of man-eating zombies or the store room hiding a patient who looks as if her face were dipped in acid.


Speaking of which, Shelly's days as our favorite nymphomaniac are numbered.

Nobody in the asylum seems to care where she is, or even notices she's missing. Every time Dr. Arden touches her, she becomes less human.

"Am I gonna die?" Shelley asks the doctor.

"Not exactly," says Arden. "As a matter of fact, after this, you'll probably live forever."

Inside man
Dr. Arden being a Nazi isn't surprising, but it comes as a revelation for Sister Jude, who confronts Monsignor Timothy Howard about Dr. Arden's possible Nazi involvement.

Sister Jude finally has something other than hatred to pit against Arden, but the monsignor doesn't bite on the nun's attempt to rid her asylum of the doctor.


"Sister, this obsession with Dr. Arden has to stop…You'd rather see Nazi war criminals in our midst than look in the mirror," Howard says, pointing out her drunken incident during movie night.

Sister Jude leaves the room and we find out that Howard and Arden are in cahoots.

"They're on to you Arthur," the monsignor warns. "If you have any housekeeping to take care of, I suggest you do it now."

The modern-day Adam and Eve
A guard catches Kit and Grace getting physical and tells Sister Jude. Naturally, she isn't happy with the two trying to make a "murder baby" in her asylum.

Plans to create a race of Bloody Face serial killers from the offspring of two mentally-unstable lovers – failed.

Sister Mary Eunice shows Kit files describing Grace's family killing spree, just after she lied by telling Kit an intruder killed her family.


It was Grace who killed her father for abusing her and her stepmother for allowing the abuse.

That upsets Kit momentarily. Then he seemingly realizes he'd rather get back to making love with Grace in the kitchen than sitting in a dank prison cell.

Free bird
Lana has seen her share of torture recently, both physically and verbally. In an aversion therapy treatment session with Dr. Thredson, she volunteers to get help, which leads to psychological torture.

Thredson wants to help Lana escape, but to do this requires she touch herself while massaging a man's genitals.

Rest assured this is to help Lana become normal and be deemed fit to leave the asylum. It is not for the purpose of helping Thredson to live out a sexual fantasy.

That is, unless the fantasy includes watching Lana vomit several times during the process.


Anne's got a gun
This isn't the Anne Frank I remember from reading her diary.

The new patient pulls a gun on Arden after he brings her to his lab for questioning. She gets one shot into his leg, before opening a door where she hears screaming.

"Kill me!" Shelley screams to Anne.

That leaves us with two girls, one gun and a scumbag doctor fending for his life.

Final thoughts:
How is it possible that no one has noticed Sister Mary Eunice is not herself? She went from a pure, unassuming, catholic girl to a vulgar, master manipulator overnight.

Sister Jude even praises her, saying "I don't know what's gotten into you lately sister, but it's a decided improvement."

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If that improvement includes getting Sister Jude drunk again and angering Arden, I'm all for it too.

What we learned:
Kit may have entered the asylum sane, but he may be going crazy. He pleads with Sister Jude for forgiveness, not for getting lucky on his work shift, but for possibly killing those innocent women. He no longer knows what to believe.

Monsignor Timothy Howard knows about Arden's past and is a likely contributor to the doctor's actions. The leadership of Briarcliff is corrupt at every level. Could the monsignor also be killing people for Arden, using the identity of Bloody Face?

What to expect next week:
Look for more details to develop about the relationship between Arden and Monsignor Timothy Howard. Anne Frank is a threat they will look to eliminate.

Sister Mary Eunice will be Arden's ally in keeping his activity from the prying eyes of Sister Jude and the police.

Shelley might soon be one of the creatures in the woods.

Mark Consuelos' character Spivey should be getting more air time soon. So far, we don't know much of anything about his character except that he's supposed to be a badass.


Lana has been resilient in her efforts to escape Briarcliff, but her freedom seems too good to be true. Dr. Arden or Sister Jude will stop Dr. Thredson from releasing Lana.