American Horror Story Asylum Recap – Episode 7: Dark Cousin

The Angel of Death (Frances Conroy) in Episode 7 of FX's American Horror Story

Dark Cousin

So we are now introduced to the Angel of Death (Frances Conroy). Sister Eunice (Lily Rabe) refers to her by the name Shakai – which (after hitting Google) is the one of God’s other names. Now, having found this out, the meaning of the episode shifts. At first, with her being referred to as the Angel of Death, we see her as a bleak character that is inherently bad. Now, I am wondering if my assumption that Sister Eunice is good, is in fact wrong?

This Angel of Death appears to many characters in episode 7 of FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum. Some grapple with her arrival, while others welcome her. Sister Jude even jokes with her (“You should never trust a drunk.”) However, it appears she is first summoned by a mental patient who is working in the kitchen of Briarcliff. (Hmmmm, mental patients working with sharp implements – what could possibly go wrong with that?)

Shakai - the Angel of Death. Written on the wall in blood in Episode 7 of FX's American Horror Story: Asylum

Besides the whole Angel of Death story line, we have short breaks of Grace (Lizzie Brochere), Kit (Evan Peters), Dr Tredson (Zachary Quinto), Lana (Sarah Paulson) and Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) – but STILL no Pepper (Naomi Grossman)!

Grace and Kit

Grace (Lizzie Brochere) nearly bleeds to death in Episode 7 of FX's American Horror Story: Asylum

Grace has had  a botched sterilisation performed. We discover that Dr Arden (James Cromwell) is NOT the surgeon. Once he finds out though, he insists on making Grace well again in order to maintain his reputation (with the outside world apparently, none of the patients would vouch for him in a pink fit!)

So who performed the surgery?

Kit is trying to convince the authorities that his wife is still alive and therefore he couldn’t possibly be Bloody Face. Once he is alerted to the fact that Grace is unwell, he clops the detective over the head and jumps out the window. (“Please sir, I’m innocent, just ignore the fact I’m about to violently clobber you…”)

Grace seems to be grappling with the fact she can no longer have kids and holes out down in Briarcliff’s kitchen. (Why are they letting the patients down there?!) Kit breaks into Briarcliff and finds Grace moping about. He wants to rescue her, but they are interrupted by a staff member and a freak who is attacking her. The security guard gets involved and attempts to shoot Kit (thinking he’s the bad guy). Grace jumps in front (to save him or to kill herself is anyone’s guess) and gets shot. Needless to say, she welcomes Shakai, the Angel of Death.

Sister Jude

Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) in Episode 7 of FX's American Horror Story: Asylum

Sister Jude is having a meltdown in this episode. As a result, we get a flashback to 1949 – the day after her hit and run. We find out how she comes to join the nunnery and more of her back story as to why she is an alcoholic.

After much deliberation, Sister Jude decides the Angel of Death can take her, but not before she confesses her sins. So, off she trots to the parents of her hit and run victim – only to find she didn’t kill the little girl, merely breaking a few bones. It seems Sister Jude has a reason to live now – and Sister Eunice has not a leg to stand on!

How will Sister Jude get out of the Angel of Death’s kiss now?

Lana and Dr. Thredson

Lana (Sarah Paulson) in Episode 7 of FX's American Horror Story: Asylum

So Dr. Thredson had sex with Lana after breastfeeding off her. (Is anyone else still feeling dirty after last week’s “Baby needs colostrum” line? Yeah, me too!) Now he feels guilty – well couldn’t see that one coming – NOT! And then Dr. Thredson gets angry – another yawn moment.

The Angel of Death pays Lana a visit while Dr. Thredson is out of the room and offers her a pain-free way out. Lana picks life – and then has to immediately fight for it as the bad doctor returns with a dirty big needle to knock her out so she can’t feel the pain of death he will inflict on her!

Go Lana! Not only does she manage to turn the tables and stick that needle into Thredson, but she chokes him with her chain too! Whoops though – he’s not dead!

But Lana escapes – straight out of the frying pan and into the fire though. Enter Tom Cruise’s creepy brother William Mapother. Lana makes a dash for it [insert dark night and lone highway here] and throws herself in front of the only car for miles around. Before you can assume it is Thredson driving, Lana jumps in and discovers just how horrible life can be. The driver is suicidal and hates women to boot!

As a result, Lana ends up injured and back in Briarcliff.

What do you think is in store with the next episode?

Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) in Episode 7 of FX's American Horror Story: Asylum

Now, I mentioned earlier that I think Sister Eunice is actually good. Let me expand on this theory. Sister Eunice is placed as very obviously the bad guy, yet the spirit that possesses her appears at a time when everything is going to the crapper in Briarcliff. Perhaps she is there to find (and eradicate) Bloody Face and Dr. Arden?

While the Shakai theAngel of Death, made me think that perhaps Sister Eunice is really and truly the bad guy, she makes a comment to the security guard (after Lana confides in her) that Lana insists Kit is innocent. Now Lana didn’t actually say Kit was innocent, only that Dr. Thredson was a murderer. A slight mix up of words here, but I think it might be significant further on down the track.

Anyone else got any conspiracy theories regarding American Horror Story: Asylum?


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2 Responses to American Horror Story Asylum Recap – Episode 7: Dark Cousin

  1. anabbloggin says:

    Well, angels can be a little crazy and twisted too, even if they do work for the good side. Some fall, some don’t, and some dance ever so slightly above the middle line… from the stuff I have read, and films, and such. I find it all very interesting.

    As you can see in your link “Thus the Name Shakai represents God’s power to limit Creation’s natural tendency to expand endlessly.”. This does not mean she is evil, she is AIDS, the is Myxomatosis, she is hunger, the plague… Just doing her job. Good thing the respected those that did not want to go yet though… I need Jude to do some more work around the “house”.

  2. mrszoomby says:

    Good point Ana. I agree, that what we consider ‘bad’ isn’t necessarily ‘evil’ just that’s the way society generally perceives it 😉

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