American Horror Story Asylum: The Coat Hanger (12-13-12)

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Another solid episode of “American Horror Story Asylum” this week, but I can’t help but wonder what is going to happen with the alien storyline… I really don’t like it.

This is going to be short and sweet, but filled to the brim with spoilers, so if you don’t want to know what’s going on, you should have looked away already.

Dylan McDermott makes an appearance at the beginning and end of this episode, which provides a nice bookend for this weeks storyline. If you haven’t read all the spoilers floating around online, then I’m going to spoil it for you, he’s the modern day Bloody Face, and actually the son of Lana and Dr. Thredson. Yup, that’s right, Dr. Thredson is apparently not very careful when he rapes his victims; either that or he never expects them to live long enough to give birth. Lana finds out she’s pregnant and doesn’t want to have anything to do with Dr. Thredson’s rape-child, so she decides to take matters into her own hands.

As the title of this episode would indicate, she does what is necessary to rid her body of the demon spawn of Thredson… by using a coat hanger. Only we find out later in the episode that she wasn’t as successful as all the blood made her believe. Sister Eunice, and the demon inside of her, are able to detect the baby still has a heartbeat. I’m not quite sure how far along Lana is in the pregnancy, but I didn’t think it was more than a couple weeks. Now, I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure it takes a little more than a couple weeks for a fetus to develop a heartbeat, but like I said, I’m no doctor, so I’ll leave the doctoring to Thredson. This is the main aspect of the episode this week and by far the most interesting part. There is a small part that deals with Sister Jude now being a patient at Briarcliff and her promising to break Lana out, as well as the Santa Claus guy she tried to murder, drowning the monsignor. And with that bit out of the way, it just leaves Kit and Dr. Arden.

Dr. Arden saw the aliens that Kit has been talking about and has a theory about them. He believes that they need Kit for some reason and they may be able to draw them out if Kit is on the brink of death. He doesn’t think that the aliens would let Kit die, so he wants to essentially kill Kit to bring them out. Having nothing to lose, and the desire to see his wife again, Kit agrees to Dr. Arden’s crazy idea and is strapped down the table. Chemicals are injected directly into his heart which will essentially kill him long enough for the aliens to show themselves, however we don’t see any aliens. Once Kit is on the verge of death, there are  a bunch of flashing lights behind a door. When Dr. Arden opens this door he finds Grace and that weird little girl from the very first episode, sitting on the floor; Grace is 9-months pregnant… but no aliens. And that’s it. We don’t see anything else from this end of things, no aliens, no wife, no explanations. I really don’t find this part of the story all that interesting, or at least the alien side of it. I do like the Dr. Arden being a Nazi part of things, but all this Roswell stuff is just a little too far out there. I know the show isn’t really based in reality, but pretty much everything that’s going on is kind of plausible in reality…. not the aliens though.

So aliens aside, Dr. Thredson, who was being held captive by Lana in a storage closet, manages to escape with the help of Demon-Sister Eunice only to be found strung up from a cross in the asylum’s church… or at least I think that was him, it could have been the monsignor… I couldn’t tell (someone wanna help me out here?)

At the very end of the episode we flash forward to Dylan McDermott having murdered the therapist that he told his secret to, thus rounding out the episode. It was a solid episode, I like how things are starting to make sense in terms of how Bloody Face was in the present time, and obviously not a huge fan of Maroon 5. I’m glad to know that Thredson isn’t some supernatural being that doesn’t age and continues to kill… That would have been worse than the aliens. Maybe the entire season is taking place in the head of someone and the aliens really aren’t real… maybe none of it is… who knows. Only a few more episodes left and hopefully we’ll have all of our answers.