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'American Horror Story: Asylum' Recap: 'Unholy Night'

Lisa McGrath Lisa McGrath
December 13th, 2012 10:56am EST

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Unholy NightJude pleads with a nun to get her back into Briarcliff: “God has a plan for me to be a soldier in his army.” When she tells Jude she’ll do what she can, she gets a call that Jude has a visitor. When Jude walks out, she’s surprised to see Dr. Arden. He tells her the two got off on the wrong foot because of their “strong personalities.” Arden tells Jude she was right about Sister Mary, but came here without her knowing. Jude notices that Dr. Arden is afraid of Sister Mary and tells him to go to hell. Arden pleads, insisting he doesn’t believe in God but believes in angels and begs for Jude to help him. Jude, seemingly convinced, says she’ll do it – for Sister Mary, not for Arden.

It’s Christmas time at Briarcliff. The Monsignor walks around, greeting the inmates. He even brought a star for Sister Mary to place on the tree. The Monsignor explains the Christmas tree is what they’ve been missing here at Briarcliff. On the other side of the room, we see Lee dressed up in his novelty Santa suit. Arden and Monsignor talk, insisting they should put they’re differences aside. When Monsignor calls Sister Mary a treasure, Arden agrees. When Frank places the star on top of the tree, Lee attacks him. Frank hits him back, foiling Sister Mary’s plan of taking Frank down. Lee’s attempt falls unsuccessful and he’s taken back to solitary. After he’s put away, Sister Mary comes in and slits Frank’s neck with a scalpel. Lee watches this scenario play out, laughing, bringing a smile to Sister Mary’s face.

Kit dreams up a scene: He arrives in his house with a Christmas tree for him, Alma and their unborn child. Seconds later, Grace appears in Alma’s place. Kit dances and kisses her instead. Kit wakes up from his dream with Lana over his bedside. Lana slowly realizes nobody knows the two are in Briarcliff. Lana insists they have to get out of this place, explaining Dr. Thredson murdered all those people, not Kit. She explains to him that Thredson got on his case to get him to confess to those crimes so he wouldn’t take the fall.

Lana wanders around and eventually finds a phone in Briarcliff. As she begins to place the call, Dr. Thredson appears, telling her he’s in mourning since she left. Thredson confesses he cleaned up everything so there’s no remaining evidence to go off of in his house. When Lana calls him insane, Thredson grabs her and covers her mouth, informing her this is the start of an all new Bloody Face. Kit makes it to Lana in time, slamming the door into Thredson, causing him to pass out. Lana insists they have to kill Thredson, but Kit disagrees, pleading with Lana that he’s the only thing standing in the way of him and the electric chair. Lana later tells a tied up Thredson: “One day I’ll bury you.”

Arden goes to retrieve Sister Mary for Jude, who’s in her old office awaiting their face to face meeting. When she hears the door open, she’s surprised to see Lee instead of Sister Mary, who’s outside with Arden. The two lock the door, leaving Jude alone with the deranged killer. Arden tells Sister Mary he hopes this act proves his loyalty to her. We hear Jude pleading for help, screaming for Arden to open the door. Arden instead leaves the scene, insisting he has “more pressing matters to take care of.” Inside, Lee throws Jude against a wall, leaving her helpless. We flashback to the days when Jude used to whip him in this room. Instead, the roles have now reversed, allowing Lee the opportunity to get Jude back. He pushes up in her face, but Jude grabs the scalpel and stabs him.

Dr. Arden heads downstairs to tend to his pressing matters, which include preparing to burn Grace’s corpse. As he’s pushing the cart down the long path, Arden has his first extraterrestrial experience. When he finally finds the strength to get back up after this eerie situation, he’s stunned to see that Grace’s corpse is gone.

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