'American Horror Story Asylum' recap, 'The Coat Hanger'

Dr. Arden's medicine makes Kit's heart stop beating. Eeesh.
Dr. Arden's medicine makes Kit's heart stop beating. Eeesh. (FX)

What is it about guys named Morgan turning into serial killers?

First there was Dexter Morgan and now Johnny Morgan, the modern-day Bloody Face, played by Dylan McDermott. At least Dexter saves his dark passenger for deserving victims.


As Johnny tells a psychiatrist about his experience skinning cats and his compulsions to hurt woman, we learn that Johnny Morgan isn't who he said he was.

"You see, my name isn't Morgan," he tells the psychiatrist. "My name is Thredson. I'm the son of Bloody Face."


Child of mine

So who is the lucky victim knocked up by Thredson? It's Lana Winters and she's not too happy about carrying the spawn of a mass murderer.

After Lana hears the news, a coat hanger is the only remedy for what ails her. But the abortion attempt is unsuccessful.

Lana and Kit concoct a plan to trick Thredson into giving a confession. This involves Lana confronting the sociopath and telling him about the baby while Kit hides in the corner with a recorder.


"This monster you planted inside me, I'm getting rid of it," Lana says. "No baby should have to know that his father is Bloody Face."

"You know I have great determination," Thredson pleads. "I can change."

We get a nice explanation of Thredson wanting to kill one of his victims because her "skin was fuzzy like a peach" and he "wanted to feel it."

That's change you can count on. Thredson probably envisions father-son bonding time as the kind of day that revolves around dissecting birds and skinning cats.

"I always wanted to know what it was like inside the mind of a killer," Lana says, thinking the abortion worked. "Now I know."

Lana and Kit get their confession, but Thredson has the last laugh as Sister Mary Eunice frees the doctor and tells Lana, "Your attempt to murder this child was unsuccessful. And I know something else. It's a boy."


Monsignor Timothy Howard brings a guest to see Sister Jude. The fallen nun is the newest Briarcliff patient after testimony from bad Santa, Dr. Arden and the monsignor paints her as Frank's killer.

Speaking of our favorite deranged Santa, Ian McShane, he's Sister Jude's visitor. This time he's ditched his festive outfit to prove his holiness.

"He has something to say to you," says the Monsignor. "And I think you'll find it more medicinal than any pill."

McShane's character, Lee Emerson, has a message for Sister Jude: "I forgive you."

Sister Jude doesn't pay much heed to Emerson but she does apologize to Lana and promises to free the soon-to-be mother from the confines of Briarcliff.

The Pretender

Monsignor Timothy Howard has an ambitious vision to become pope and a grand plan to help him gain the spot in Rome. The strategy requires the monsignor to convert Emerson into a born again Christian.

"I just want to serve and make a difference in the world," the monsignor says.

Emerson agrees to live a new life, led by Christ, and the two men celebrate amidst a pool of water.

That life lasts about five seconds after the baptism, as Emerson nearly drowns the monsignor before pinning him up on a cross, half-clothed.

The monsignor has a penchant for trusting homicidal felons and former Nazis, so it's hard to feel sympathetic for the guy.

The one person who does feel sorry for Howard is the Angel of Death. As the monsignor begs for help, the angel gives a simple reply: "I'm here."

Space Oddity

Dr. Arden retraces his steps to where Grace disappeared and realizes that both women abducted (Grace and Alma) had adult relations with Kit before vanishing.

That's a bad resume for any bachelor, but Kit has bigger problems after agreeing to a near-death experiment that Arden hopes will draw out the aliens.

All goes according to plan as Arden's medicine causes Kit's heart to stop beating. As Kit convulses and consequently dies, a vast white light spreads across the asylum. Arden follows the white light to a pregnant Grace, alive and cared for by Pepper, the weirdest inmate in Briarcliff.

Final thoughts

Emerson had a unique take on his one-night killing spree that ended the lives of 18 people.

"Because of what I did, there are 18 more people in heaven," he told a judge examining Frank's murder.

If he made it to heaven, Emerson would probably "forgive" his 18 victims like he did Sister Jude, for putting him away in Briarcliff.

I'm still waiting for one of Briarcliff's resident evil lunatics (Emerson, Thredson, Dr. Arden) to betray Sister Mary Eunice.

Thredson junior's psychiatrist should have run when she heard the words "skinned" and "animals." She got her own visit from the Angel of Death, as we see both the psychiatrist and McDermott covered in blood.

What we learned

Thredson and Lana will breed a future Bloody Face. Even in death, Thredson will haunt Lana.

Sister Jude got tired of the song "Dominique" playing non-stop. She really is prepared for change in Briarcliff. 

What to expect next episode

The monsignor survives Emerson's assault. Sister Mary Eunice said she wanted to "save souls all the way to Rome," so her alliance with the monsignor looks to continue as long as she can use him to spread evil.

There will be no new "American Horror Story" next week. The show will return Jan. 2.

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