With just two episodes left, last night’s American Horror Story tied up some of its biggest storylines. Season one alum Dylan McDermott returned as Oliver and Lana’s baby boy, who has some serious mommy issues. Like father, like son?

The Players:

  • Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • Writer: Brad Falchuk
  • Cast: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lizzie Brocheré, Jessica Lange

Episode Title: “Spilt Milk”

Lana and Thredson had their long-awaited showdown, while we jumped to the future to spend quality time with their offspring. Plus, Grace, Kit and the aliens finally got a little attention.

The Good:

  • Long Live Lana: If American Horror Story: Asylum has a hero, it’s plucky reporter Lana Winters. We’ve been rooting for her all season. This week, her fighting days finally came to a (relative) end. She escaped from Briarcliff, thanks to a good word from Sister Jude to Mother Claudia, confession tape in hand. On the outside, she was able to expose Briarcliff’s secrets – even though she wasn’t able to get it shut down. Can we get a “Go, Lana!”
  • Thredson Meets His End: The moment that had audiences cheering was Lana’s final showdown with Thredson. With the police on their way, Lana showed up at his house with a gun, and after listening to a sexy (by Thredson’s definition) story about his necrophiliac romp with Wendy, shoots him in the head. Another “go, Lana” would be appropriate right about now.
  • Bloody Face, Jr.: Perhaps the one Lana moment that doesn’t deserve applause is her decision to forgo her planned abortion and bring Thredson’s demon spawn to term. In the present day, Johnny Thredson (McDermott) is keeping busy by killing newlyweds and breastfeeding from/beating prostitutes. His mommy issues are clearly established, but we don’t know what happened between him and Lana to spur them.
  • Lies About Sister Jude: Although Sister Jude is proclaimed to have taken her own life, we all know what’s really up. She’s being held in solitude, hopefully to emerge for one last show of badassery before the finale.

The So-So:

  • The Aliens Kit and Grace (and baby make three) are set to settle down and have a happy family together now that his name is cleared. Unfortunately, those pesky aliens are causing trouble again. Grace claimed to have seen Kit’s wife, Alma die when they were both with the aliens, but when they arrive home Alma’s with a baby that also appears to be Kit’s. The alien plot just gets more and more convoluted to no apparent end. How are they going to wrap this one up?

Overall:

The writers can’t seem to tie up one loose string without fraying three more. What’s going on with Bloody Face Jr.? Will we ever find out the aliens plan? Is Alma real? Is Grace a liar? Do you see where we’re going with this? Despite an explosive, fast-paced episode, we still end with more questions than we started with.

Rating: 8/10

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

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