American Horror Story: Asylum Season 2 “I Am Anne Frank Part 2” Review – And Bloody Face Is….

American Horror Story Season 2 Episode 5 I Am Anne Frank, Pt. 2

I don’t even know where to start with this episode of American Horror Story! All I know is that things are crazy, people are getting lobotomies, and the aliens are back. … Or maybe they never left, I’m unclear, however – American Horror Story was spot on tonight with the creep factor turned up to eleven.

Last week a new patient arrived at Briarcliff and threatened to turn the entire asylum upside down with her accusations of Doctor Arden actually being a Nazi. She also called herself Anne Frank, and showed Sister Jude some pretty convincing evidence that she had been captive in a concentration camp where Arden was experimenting.

This week, Anne is forced to answer for shooting Arden in the leg, and surprise, we find out that she’s not Anne Frank at all. Her husband shows at at the asylum to take her home, but shows Sister Jude pictures of “Anne” (aka Charlotte) and her son, and Dr. Thredson overhears and diagnosis her with postpartum psychosis. Needless to say her husband doesn’t care for that too much, and convinces Sister Jude to release her into his care. She does and then Arden returns and threatens to press charges against Jude and force her out of the Asylum.

It’s a good thing Arden has Sister Mary Eunice cleaning up after him – she moved poor Shelley out of his lab before anyone could find her. Shelley somehow finds her way out of the woods behind Briarcliff and scares the bejeesus out of some school kids and their teacher. We have no idea what happens to her after that, but I’m thinking it can’t be good.

While all of this is going on, Kit confesses to murdering his wife and the other women so Dr. Thresdon will recommend that he stay admitted into Briarcliff instead of being sentenced to death. Grace ends up being abducted by aliens (?) and meets Alma who tells her not to fight against whatever the hell the things are doing to her. Cut to Kit finding Grace in the common room bleeding as the cops burst into arrest him.

Thresdon helps Lana escape and brings her into his apartment for the night until they can go to the police to expose Briarcliff. Only thing is, Thresdon has other plans for Lana, which she discovers after being in his home for approximately 6.7 seconds. I’ll keep this as spoiler free as possible and save my thoughts on that particular story line for the review on November 28th when American Horror Story: Asylum returns to FX.

Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with the horrid thought of Anne getting her lobotomy, Sister Jude leaving Briarcliff (and heading to a bar among other seedy things), and Arden being Hitler’s right hand man judging by that picture in Anne’s study.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? I really think this was a turning point for the sophomore season of American Horror Story. If you weren’t into it from the start of this season, episode 5 really pulled no punches and made parts of season one look tame. A good old fashioned ghost story would be a welcome break right now from the murders, mutations, and needles in the eye. Let me know how you’re liking season 2 so far!

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