In keeping with the pace that this series has historically preferred, tonight's episode included one major character introduction, two semi-major character deaths, electroshock therapy, demonic possession, exorcism, a second demonic possession and a possible new suspect for the identity of Bloody Face. Gotta keep up!
So Adam Levine and Clea DuVall are both dead before the credits roll each murdered by Bloody Face, though decades apart from each other. Wendy's death, by the way, confirms that the Bloody Face killings continue despite Kit's incarceration.
Back at Briarcliff, Zachary Quinto arrives as the court-appointed psychologist tasked with determining whether Kit is sane enough to stand trial. Grace wants Kit to fake insanity and avoid the Chair, but Kit would rather just escape. Meantime, Lana gets caught taking notes about her mistreatment and Sister Jude doesn't want any record of Briarcliff's sins residing anywhere, even in Lana's memories, so she submits Lana to electroshock. Lana's in a daze after that, but she can still remember the secret tunnel of Sister Eunice's and after Grace shows her some kindness, Lana says the both of them should escape. Grace wants Kit to come with them too, but Lana refuses to allow a serial killer of women back into the wild.
In more serialized news, worried parents bring their horse-mutilating son in for examination and while Dr. Quinto sees a medical problem, Sister Jude and Monsignor Howard see differently and call for an exorcism. In their defense, his eyes did start glowing amber and all. After some faith-vs.-science debate, the exorcism is ON -- but Sister Jude and her delicate feminine sensibilities are asked to leave the room. During an intermission, however, she enters the room with the demon, who proceeds to taunt her while filling the rest of us in on Jude's past as a WWII good-time lounge singer AND secret hit-and-run murderess. When the exorcism resumes, the power goes out, the boy dies (bummer) and the demon leaps bodies into Sister Eunice… though no one seems to notice.
Speaking of whom, Eunice's weirdly paternal/sexual interactions with Dr. Arden catch the eye of Shelly the Nympho, who makes a pass/monologue at Dr. Arden herself, only to be brusquely shot down by the good (?) doctor, who despises whores. Except: kidding! He totally loves prostitutes, especially when they come over for dinner, don't swear too much, dress up as nuns, and allow him to hog-tie them and photograph them on his bed. This week's particular whore finds Arden's secret stash of snuff Polaroid's and bites Arden's shoulder to make her escape. Better luck next time, you rapey old possible Bloody Face!
Oh, but back to the exorcism: when the power goes out, Lana tells Grace this is their shot to escape. But Kit sees them making a break for it and Grace refuses to leave him behind. If Lana won't take him, Grace and Kit will go by themselves. Seeing this, Lana makes the hugely difficult decision to deep-six her own chances of escape and holler to the guards that the woman-killer is trying to escape. The next day, Sister Jude tells Lana she respects her courage and as a reward, she won't get caned but will have to watch Kit and Grace get twenty lashes each. At the last minute, Kit confesses to coming up with the escape idea and thus assumes all 40 lashes himself. Chivalrous little cutie.
Featuring The Exorcist as performed by Zachary Quinto, Jessica Lange, Joseph Fiennes and company; Psycho, as performed by Clea DuVall; and I Know What You Did Last Summer, as performed by Jessica Lange.
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Previously: Adam Levine and Mrs. Channing Tatum went snooping/sexing around in the abandoned Briarcliff Manor asylum and Adam got his arm ripped off for his trouble. Mrs. Channing made a break for it, but she ran directly into the bug-eyed, flesh-masked serial killer known as Bloody Face. (BTW, I haaaate that it's "Bloody Face" and not "Bloodyface," and I can't quite pinpoint why.)
Currently: we pick up right where we left off last week, with Mrs. Channing screaming at the sight of Bloody Face. He stalks her in classic Voorhees fashion, plodding along while she races and yet he's gaining on her somehow. She ends up back at Adam Levine, who by this point has passed out from blood loss. (Like, nice job with that tourniquet, IDIOT.) When rousing him doesn't work, she tries to drag him into one of the many dark and foreboding rooms. But, skinny little twink that Adam may be, he's still too heavy for Mrs. Channing to lug, and Bloody Face catches up with her. He yanks Adam back and she does the only sensible thing amid the screaming: she locks herself behind a door. She can look out the peep-hatch of said door, however, so she's able to see Bloody Face stab Adam repeatedly in the chest. He looks up at her and she shuts the hatch, leaving her alone in the dark, with this monster-or-person-or-alien pounding from the outside. Cool honeymoon.
The pounding on the door turns to knocking as we're sent back to 1964. Wendy is fretting over several glasses of wine with the Massachusetts chapter of the All the Lesbians I Know Society. The redheaded one (Barb) tells Wendy not to open the door, as there's a killer of women on the loose. The one with the butchier haircut (Lois) says they caught that guy and locked him up. Locked him up in Briarcliff, Wendy reminds them -- with Lana. She's in a really bad way about Lana and says she has to recant her statement. Lois reminds her that recanting a sworn statement won't be easy. She then gets up to answer the unceasing pounding at the door, which turns out to be little trick-or-treaters. They're a night early for Halloween, though nobody makes the effort to call it "Devil's Night," which seems strange. Wendy starts crying that she doesn't have any candy; like, pull it together, lady. One of the kids, from behind his mask, says that's okay -- they'll come back tomorrow. Adorable! After they leave, Wendy continues to break down, but she resolves to wake up tomorrow and set things right about Lana. Lois asks her if she'd like her to stay the night, and from the way Barb raises her eyebrows there seems to be some amorous intent behind her offer. Wendy politely turns her down, saying she's just going to shower and then right to sleep. Cut to a record player playing "Wishin' and Hopin'" while Wendy starts up her shower. The camera travels about the house, where it honestly seems like Wendy opened up every single window before showering. The POV turns to the bathroom, with Wendy obscured behind the shower curtain. Very Psycho. The curtain gets pulled open -- but it's a fake-out, as it's only Wendy exiting the shower. Still, all those windows are open and as she exits the bathroom, Wendy gets the feeling she's not alone. She goes to shut one window, but as she reaches the doorway, through the beaded curtain comes Bloody Face '64. "I'm a schoolteacher," she pleads. "The children -- they won't understand!" Those end up being her last words, as Bloody Face slashes us into the credits.