'American Horror Story: Asylum' recap: 'The Coat Hanger' gives new meaning to redemption

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On the Dec. 12 episode of " American Horror Story : Asylum," "The Coat Hanger," redemption played a key role for many of the core characters. Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) was front and center, however Lana (Sarah Paulson), Kit (Evan Peters), and Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) also got their fair share. Even the present day Bloody Face (Dylan McDermott) appeared to want to change. But in the end, it was Monsignor Timothy (Joseph Fiennes) who learned the most valuable lesson. So what happened? Read on to find out.

Warning: This article contains spoilers.

Born again

So after last week's struggle with Sister Jude, it appears that deranged Santa Leigh Emerson (Ian McShane) is alive and well, and blaming the whole thing on Sister Jude (courtesy of Sister Mary Eunice). Sister Eunice (Lily Rabe) now has everyone believing Jude killed Frank, and that she cornered Leigh in her office. The most affected by this is Timothy, who puts Jude in Briarcliff as a patient in hopes of treating her. He also believes that Leigh is on the road to redemption, and after a creepy forgiveness session with Jude, Timothy attempts a baptism. You don't have to be a psychic to know where this was going, but suffice it to say that this story ended with the reappearance of the Dark Angel (Francis Conroy). Is he dead? Not quite, but it looks like it might be Timothy's last days.

One of the more hard-to-believe points in this season is the monsignor's naïvety. Sure, he has morals (shady as they may be) that might keep him in the dark, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that something isn't right. Bravo to Ian McShane, who saved this storyline, especially during his exchange with Jude. It was hard to keep the snickers down as he proclaimed his forgiveness, especially since we knew he was lying through his teeth.

Baby daddy

Mary Eunice calls Lana into her office and gives her news that many already speculated: She's pregnant. Lana does not take it very well, especially considering who the father is. She takes a hanger from the laundry (hence the title of the episode) and tries to solve the situation herself. Later, she goes to visit Kit with her plans to kill Thredson (Zachary Quinto), but Kit convinces her to keep the 1960s Bloody Face alive long enough to get a confession. Lana knows just how to do it, announcing her pregnancy to Thredson, who is pleased with the news.

After she threatens to kill the baby, Thredson talks, and Kit gets it all on tape. Lana makes a promise to go back and kill Oliver, but her plans are thwarted after Mary Eunice lets him out. Poor Lana, not only is her attacker on the loose again, but she is still pregnant.

Sarah Paulson really pulled out all the stops in this episode, making Lana the tough heroine we all knew she could be.

Unlikely duo

After his run in with the bright light, Arden goes back to inspect the corridor and finds odd footprints. He now believes Kit's story and devises a plan to bring them back. Whether or not he truly wants to help Kit is unclear, but he desperately wants to know what these creatures went. They succeed in bringing the aliens back, but not before Arden finds a very much alive (and pregnant) Grace being comforted by Pepper. We knew Grace wasn't gone for good, and now we have another piece to this puzzle. It doesn't help fans figure out what is going on, but at least we are one step closer. Also, how great was it to see Pepper again, but this time speaking normally. Was she taken by the aliens, too? If she was, what exactly happened to her? Or maybe she is one of them?

New leaf

Jude, now a patient, sees that her treatment of the patients was not exactly in their best interest. After apologizing to Lana, Jude declares that she has changed and is going to do everything she can to get the former reporter out of there. Lana, of course, is skeptical, but Jude decides to show that she means business by smashing that cheerful record that plays over and over again. Lana is impressed, and a new bond is formed. Jessica Lange really deserves credit for the way she has made Jude evolve over the course of the season. At first she seemed like a typical villain, but now the audience is actually rooting for her to succeed.

Son of a killer

The new Bloody Face is seeking help but perhaps not in the way that normal people do. Though the backstory seems to fit, it is still quite possible that Johnny Morgan is not Thredson's son. Yes, he was an orphan, and yes, he had a strange hobby of skinning cats as a child, but he found the information about Oliver on the computer. That could very well make him just another copycat, though one who feels that he is the real deal.

What did you think of "The Coat Hanger"?

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