SO MUCH, you guys. Where to begin? I guess with how the Angel of Death has arrived at Briarcliff, summoned by suicidal schizophrenic Miles and played with heavily powdered grace by Frances Conroy. She spends the rest of the episode visiting various characters in their moments of death or near-death. Like Grace, who tells the nuns who revived her that they should have let her die. Her hemorrhaging was from a forced hysterectomy that Dr. Arden insists he didn't perform. Devil Eunice seems to honestly believe he did, which means La Diabla has no idea about the whole aliens part of the story.
Back at Hostel 1963, Sylar Thredson rapes Lana in his basement -- during which Lana is visited by the Angel, but she resolves to fight on. So when Thredson changes his mind and decides that rape is bad but murder is better, Lana manages to get the better of him and escapes into the night. But when the car you flag down is being driven by William Mapother, you know you're fucked. He's some kind of misogynist crusader at the end of his rope, and when he shoots himself while driving, the car crashes with Lana in it and she wakes up in Briarcliff. There, she tries to tell Sister Eunice about Thredson's murders and Kit's innocence, but La Diabla already knew that. She placates Lana but keeps her locked up.
Meantime, Sister Jude, still freaking out over Sam Goodman's body, realizes that Sister Eunice is both a murderer and possessed. But Devil Eunice has set the motel room up to look like Goodman was investigating Judy Martin's crimes, so she can't go to the police. Instead, Devil Eunice leaves Jude a bottle of whiskey and a razor to kill herself with. Jude is visited by the Angel for what turns out to be the third time in her life. She says she's finally ready to lay it all down and accept death, but before she does, she visits the family of the girl she ran down fourteen years prior. Only the girl survived! This seems like a sign.
Kit attacks his public defender at the police station and escapes (how? He just does, okay?). He races back to Briarcliff, as he's heard that Grace was near-death. He's followed through the secret tunnel by one of the Creatures, however. Kit finds Grace in the kitchen; a nun finds them and screams for help; the Creature finds the nun and tears her throat out; Kit fights the Creature and disembowels it; Frank comes upon the scene and, with orders to shoot on sight, fires his gun; Grace dives in front of the bullet, taking it in the chest. Finally ready, Grace accepts the Angel's kiss and dies.
Featuring a mash-up of Constantine, Legion, Angels in America and Wings of Desire, as performed by Frances Conroy; Dreamgirls, as performed by Jessica Lange and Sean Patrick Thomas; and the opening scene of the Buffy episode "Dirty Girls," as performed by Sarah Paulson and William Mapother.
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Hey, here are two nuns we haven't seen before. Young and pleasant and happy -- what are they doing at Briarcliff? They're amiably discussing Lilies of the Field as they enter the medical ward for morning rounds. Their first patient is Grace, who is barely conscious and burning from fever -- still from the alien encounter, it would seem. They pull back the covers to see blood covering Grace's lower half and the bed. Coupled with the fact that the last time we saw Grace she was ALSO bleeding from vaginal area, it gives the impression that nothing's been done to help her in a while. The young nuns score more points with me as they opt not to call Dr. Arden about it, calling him a "butcher." While they try to revive Grace themselves, the camera cuts to another angle and we see an older woman, dressed all in black, with very pale skin and a veil. She's played by Frances Conroy, who was so fantastic on the show last year. She reaches out to Grace and Grace (who in actuality is still unconscious) reaches back and says "I'm ready." Suddenly, Frances unfurls two giant black, feathered wings, places a gloved hand on Grace's face and pulls down to kiss her. Before that can happen, however, one of the nuns pounds on Grace's chest and re-starts her heart. She's awake now. The dark angel is gone. "You should have let me go," she whispers, in tears.
After the credits, Devil Eunice pays a visit to Dr. Arden, who's tending to his plants and herbs. Eunice throws some very measured shade at the good doctor, alluding to his shitty "all-thumbs" care for his patients. He's all, "WTF" so she starts in on him about Grace and how he obviously must've botched her sterilization procedure, considering she nearly bled out in the infirmary today. For once, Dr. Arden's "I don't know what you're talking about"s are honest. He knows of no such sterilization procedure -- he never performed one. Eunice doesn't believe him and says, "All of her girl parts have been scooped out." Inelegant phrasing aside, Eunice isn't lying either. We seem to be at an impasse. Arden objects to both Eunice's insinuations and her tone. "As the head of this institution, I demand to be spoken to with at least a modicum of respect." She nearly laughs in his face: "You really think you're in charge?" He slaps her in the face. Mistake. See, Devil Eunice doesn't need to curry Arden's favor anymore. He's already installed her as Sister Jude's replacement. "You touch me again," she warns, "you will die." He moves to strike her again, this time with a backhand, but she uses her Devil powers to throw him across the room without even touching him. She looks down at him, on the floor, shocked and likely bruised and says she hopes this has clarified the chain of command. She's always been in charge.