Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU FX for making episode 11 of American Horror Story: Asylum, Spilt Milk so unbelievably delicious! Such an improvement on last week.
Firstly, we discover Bloody Face Jnr. (Dylan McDermott) sucking down a hash pipe while waiting for a hooker to arrive. And about the only thing I can say about that scene is: “Baby needs colostrum.” *shudders*
Next we have the battle of the daddies as we are taken back to olden day Briarcliff and Dr. Thredson (Zachary Quinto) battling wits with Kit (Evan Peters) in order to find the missing confession tape. Pepper (Naomi Grossman) is on to Dr. Thredson though – no surprises there. Then Kit and Grace (Lizzie Brochere) are given a chance to discuss her recent demise and resurrection. Kit proposes to Grace, she accepts and then the Monsignor (Joseph Fiennes) throws a spanner in the works by giving their newborn son, Thomas, to a representative from St. Ursula’s for Lost Children. Well that went to hell in a handcart pretty quickly.
Now, while we are on the subject of babies, let me just go off on a random tangent here…
What is Kit’s baby in the grand scheme of things? And why is Kit so special? With the whole Angel of Death (Frances Conroy) and Sister Mary Evil-nun (Lily Rabe), is it possible that Kit could be seen as the representation of Jesus? And if not, then perhaps as the father of Jesus? (Does that make him God?) With these thoughts in mind, are the aliens really just angels like the Angel of Death? Of course, once Kit’s other child to his dead wife comes into the equation, I start to lose it as far as this idea goes. Is that child just a back up? Or are they throwing in the biblical tale of Cain and Abel just for good measure?
Anyway, back to the recap…
Mother Claudia (Barbara Tarbuck) DID believe Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) and is now attempting to rescue Lana (Sarah Paulson). *claps hands together in glee* Along with her patient record file, Mother Claudia provides an outfit for Lana to escape in. There is a short moment there, after Lana hands over the confession tape, that I wonder if this is a double cross. However, the scene segues into this great moment in the episode where the music and the drama blend together to create something magical – I ACTUALLY got goose bumps! So Lana is coming down the stairs (in this cool split screen section so we can see both parts of the story as they unfurl) and Dr. Thredson is being all nasty to Kit. Kit sees Lana and distracts Dr. Bloody Face while she makes a getaway.
Things now get a bit art house. We find that it is some time into the future and Lana is confronting Dr. Thredson with a gun at his house. <insert annoying monologue here> Before we we can anticipate an escape (due to the monologue) there is joy because the time blips are back! YAY! It all gets a but crazy here (entirely on purpose, I’m sure) as we flit between the present day Bloody Face Jnr. and his parents of yesteryear.
It goes something like this:
Time flashes forward. Ew! Johnny Morgan (Dylan McDermott) has milk on his chin…Next we find out what happened to poor Wendy (Clea DuVall). Just when we thought adult booby time was gross, enter…Necrophilia. Double Ew!…Enter more of Johnny Bloody Face and his mummy issues…now the cops are arriving. Are you going to shoot Dr. Thredson Lana? Or yourself?…Flashing lights…Lana shoots Thredson.
Time stops changing and we are left with Lana chatting to some of her friends about what has happened. It seems lucky Lana got off a murder charge by claiming self defence. She is also quite the hit with the press and her (gay) friends have to disappear out the back, rather than get caught associating with the rampant lesbian that caught Bloody Face.
Sister Jude is still stuck in Briarcliff. It seems she is not doing a very good job of playing crazy either. After she snaps and confronts the Monsignor, he has her placed in the same cell as Killer Santa. She is now left and forgotten (and somehow legally dead). The Monsignor is turning into one nasty cookie. It’s a hat I like to see him wear. Blabbering weakie doesn’t do him any justice.
While the imagery of this episode is just exquisite, there does come with it the sad sense of closure approaching. So we find Kit getting his release papers. He is free to go, but he haggles a bargain with the Monsignor to get Grace released also (since she actually has a legal death certificate and all). We can say briefly hello to happy little family as Kit takes Grace and Thomas home. It gets a bit awkward though when he finds his (presumed dead) wife, Alma (Britne Oldford) and their child there also…
Lana goes for her abortion. To cut a long story short, she can’t go through with it. After a montage of death and Bloody Face images, she calls out:
“No more death. No more!”
Guess we knew that was coming…
But then she goes to the police and wants to expose Briarcliff even more. It seems she has a long file of people who have gone missing from Briarcliff. (Of course she doesn’t know Pepper is no longer missing.) She wants a warrant issued to speak to Sister Jude and get her out of there. When it is issued though, we find the Monsignor has a convenient little story about how Sister Jude hung herself days earlier. He then tries to pull a guilt trip on Lana for not attempting this stunt early, claiming it just may have given Sister Jude something to live for – Bastard!
We end this episode with the discovery that Lana has given birth to Bloody Face Jnr. and plans to give him up for adoption. Surprise, surprise, the baby is allergic to baby formula and Lana has to breastfeed him to calm him down.
And so the flashbacks begin…
So what did you think of this episode? Did FX do a good job? Or is it too little too late? Any ideas or theories on what will happen in the last episodes?