American Horror Story held off on scares this week for an episode delving into the psychology of the evil. In “Origins of Monstrosity” Bloody Face’s mommy issues and Dr. Arden’s true past are revealed.

The Players:

  • Director: Michael Uppendahl
  • Writer: Jessica Sharzer
  • Cast: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Lizzie Brocheré, James Cromwell, Jessica Lange

Episode Title: “Origins of Monstrosity”

This week, AHS focused on the the origins of the evils and introduced new minor horrors. The minor in question is a little girl who’s abandoned at Briarcliff when her mother suspects her of murder.

The Good:

  • Evil Children: When a young girl is dropped off at Briarcliff, Sister Jude turns her away. She wishes Briarcliff had a children’s ward, but can’t accommodate the child. However, Sister Mary Eunice lets her possession shine, and encourages the Bad Seed to keep being herself.
  • Dr. Arden the Nazi: Dr. Arden’s Nazi past is confirmed this week, but before Sister Jude can get proof to the Nazi hunter, Sister Mary Eunice beats her to the punch. She murders the hunter!
  • Sister Jude Plays Dirty: Sister Jude is on her way out of Briarcliff (or so it would seem after her firing this week), but she’s not one to go out with a fizzle. Are we about to see what she’s really capable of.
  • The Lovers Return: For the first time in weeks, AHS took us back to the present and the lovers. The police have finally arrived on the scene, finding Leo and the imposter Bloody Faces, but not wifey. It looks like Bloody Face still needs a mother figure, even in 2012.

The So-So:

  • Bloody Face’s Mommy Issues: If we’re supposed to invest in Bloody Face as the major villain, we need to believe in his horror. Last week, we learned that Dr. Thredson is the man behind the skin mask, and this week, we learned what makes him tick. The answer: He was abandoned as a child and craves a mother’s touch. It’s a little anticlimactic to say the least.


“Origins of Monstrosity” was a slow burn after an explosive game changer. But it was just what AHS needed. The story lines have been spiraling out of control and finally some of the loose ends are being tied up.

Rating: 8/10

American Horror Story: Asylum airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

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