This episode was almost too much for me. Almost. I've managed to weather all the rape and murder and mayhem and terrible New England accents, but titling an episode "Coat Hanger" and then essentially dangling the upcoming DIY abortion in front of us like some kind of twisted enticement almost turned me away. Like I said, almost.
So let's start with the present day. Dylan Face seeks out a hypno-therapist to help him conquer his addiction. To, you know, killing. So he goes to Dr. Catherine Martin, overly helpful daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, who breastfed her through toughened nipples, but that's neither here nor there. Dylan doesn't take long to confess his true fixation and says that he started killing after he found out who his real father was: Oliver Thredson.
Back in '62, surprise, Devil Eunice informs Lana that she's pregnant. Lana immediately goes to Kit and renews her application to kill Thredson ASAP. Kit still needs to not get the electric chair, though, so Lana first gets him Thredson to confess, which Kit secretly records. She does so on the threat of harming Ollie's unborn baby inside her, but once his confession is on tape, she tells him she went through with the coat-hanger procedure last night. And now that he's confessed, she prepares to kill him, and she's kind of too into it, as a concept. But when she shows up to finally do him in, she finds he's escaped. Then Devil Eunice finds her and informs her that the abortion didn't take: the child lives in her belly, and it's a boy.
Finally, last week's encounter in the tunnels has made Dr. Arden a true believer in the aliens, and he tells Kit so. He also has formulated a theory that the aliens keep abducting women Kit has impregnated (Alma, Grace) because they're studying him. He further theorizes that the aliens will fight to keep Kit alive. So, logically, Arden's plan is to put Kit at the brink of death, to goad the aliens into saving him. Even more logically, Kit's response to this is, "SURE! What time?" So Arden injects Kit with a drug that stops his heart, the aliens show up, Arden leaves the exam room and ends up stumbling upon Pepper (who I never realized hadn't returned since Movie Night and was probably abducted too) and a naked and hugely pregnant Grace. Pepper is now incredibly erudite and Grace incredibly serene. She places Arden's hand on her belly, and he looks like he might be having a religious conversion.
Meantime, Sister Jude wakes up in restraints and a patient's gown and is informed that she killed someone last night. Not Leigh Emerson, though. He survived. Sister Jude killed Frank, though. Or so say Leigh, Devil Eunice, and Dr. Arden, and of course Monsignor Howard buys it all. So Sister Jude is now once again Judy Martin, and an inmate at Briarcliff to boot. She tries to make amends with Lana about everything, and puts her money where her mouth is by breaking the "Dominique" record. R.I.P. you gorgeous singing nuns.
As for Leigh, he's convinced that idiot Monsignor that he's a repentant, redeemed, and rehabilitated man. Howard, papal robes dancing in his head, decides to baptize the former (?) monster and thus reap the credit for the man himself. He gets exactly what he deserves, when Leigh shoves his head underwater and nearly drowns him, and probably a little more than he deserves when Leigh CRUCIFIES HIM TO THE CROSS IN THE BRIARCLIFF CHAPEL.
The trendy bamboo curtains in the office and sensible yet stylish cardigan worn by the therapist clue us in that we're starting off in present day. Far from the nightmarish ruins of Briarcliff (though how far we don't know), we're sitting in on a counseling session. The therapist is played by Brooke Smith, beloved (by me, at least) character actress, best known in horror circles as Catherine Martin, girl in a hole in The Silence of the Lambs. The patient ... oh, hell. The patient is played by Dylan McDermott, who we already know has been the voice of the presumed Bloody Face 2k12. I'm making a vow not to get used to Brooke Smith, is all I'm saying.
So Dylan's name is Johnny Morgan, and he's come to Dr. Catherine Martin, hypnotherapist, she thinks to quit smoking. But no. He just heard she was good at curbing compulsions, which is what he needs. He's kinda rough-looking, now that we get a good angle on him: scraggly beard, neck tat, unshowered most likely. He says he wants to "stop," though of course he's vague about what it is. "The first time I tried it, it was scary, but it felt amazing," he says as she makes her notes. His foster family kicked him out for "it" and he bounced around the system until he learned to hide "it." Dr. Catherine Martin thinks "it" is masturbation. "It" is actually skinning animals, which Dylan Face tells her in a super annoyed tone of voice, like she's an idiot for not figuring it out. She looks nervous but presses on.
"Did you know that killing animals is a predictor for psychopaths?" he asks. He says he learned this when he was in prison for armed robbery. It was there that he also researched who his real parents are. Dr. Catherine Martin tries to beg off at this point, saying she may not be qualified. He yells at her that she HAS to help him, as "the thoughts" have been harder to ignore since he found out who he was. Those thoughts tell him to re-trace his roots. He's now renting the house where his father lived. Those thoughts tell him to hurt women, to skin them. At this, we get a flashback to poor Mrs. Channing Tatum, as he skins her alive. He doesn't have the easiest time doing it, however, and in the office, he tells the doctor that he doesn't have the same skills as his father. He made a mess. He wonders if it's too late. "To turn yourself in?" Dr. Catherine Martin asks, hopefully. "No!" he snaps at her, "to go to medical school!" Ah, of course. He laments that he'll never live up to his father. See, his real name is Thredson, not Morgan. "I'm the son of Bloody Face." Oh shit, Catherine, not again.