Sunday, February 8, 2015


Welcome to my first blog post about American Horror Story: Asylum! Please watch this video first!

This is a summary of the pilot episode, "Welcome to Briarcliff" from American Horror Story: Asylum (as mentioned in the video).

The episode opens with a pair of newlyweds, Leo and Teresa (played by Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan Tatum) exploring the now abandoned Briarcliff Manor. This is part of their honeymoon trip in which they visiting the 12 most haunted places in America. Briarcliff, originally a tuberculosis ward turned into an insane asylum after the Catholic Church bought it in 1962. The most famous resident at Briarcliff was the serial killer Bloody Face. 

While there they hear a noise and start to investigate. Leo sticks his hand through an access panel, a takes a picture, something flashes, and screams ensue. He pulls away from the door only to see that his arm has been ripped off.

The show goes back to 1964 where most the show is set in. The scene opens with Kit Walker getting
ready to go home when his friend Billy shows up with a couple of other men. They ask to borrow his gun to scare someone, but Kit refuses. He returns home to his African American wife No one is aware that he is married because he wants to keep her safe. While the wife is making dinner, Kit notices a light outside. He goes out thinking that it is Billy, only to see a white light in the sky and hears his wife screaming. He runs inside the home to see the place is destroyed. A ear splitting noise begins that makes the windows shatter. Things start flying to the ceiling and then Kit is yanked up.

It cuts to journalist Lana Winters talking to Sister Mary about doing a story on the bakery at Briarcliff. We are introduced to Pepper, one of the inmates who apparently drowned her baby and sliced its ears off. Sister Mary leads Lana inside to see the asylum and meet Sister Jude. While Sister Jude and Lana are talking, Sister Jude tells about Shelley, an inmate, and Monsignor  whose phrase is the three P’s: productivity, prayer and purification. 

Sister Mary interrupts to tell Sister Jude that Bloody Face is arriving at the asylum. We see Kit
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Walker, come in, the accused Bloody Face. Once he wakes up after being sedated, Kit tries to explain to Sister Jude that he saw monsters but she does not believe one words he says.
In the common room Kit meets the various residents of Briarcliff including Shelley and Grace whose warns him not to turn off the music or it could cause trouble. Kit gets into a fight with another resident that causes Sister Jude to blow a very loud whistle and him to be put into solitary confinement. Grace go to visit Kit in solitary confinement where both discuss how they both did not do the crimes they are accused. 

Sister Jude and Dr. Arden butt heads about how he runs his laboratory. Sister Jude questions where the missing patients are and Dr. Arden insists they are dead and cremated. She does not believe anything he says and is determined to find out what he is hiding. 

The next scene cuts to Lana Winter talking with her girlfriend Wendy about how she wants to write an article about Briarcliff but her boss wants her to stick with writing in the cooking column.

Monsignor Howard and Sister Jude have dinner together where she asks where he found Dr. Arden. He tells her not to worry about him and that science and faith can exist together. We see Sister Jude fantasize about Monsignor only to realize that he is still talking about them working as a team. While this is happening Lana runs into Sister Mary out in the woods where previously she and Dr. Arden were talking about how hungry are the presence in the woods. Kit gets taken in by Dr. Arden for reasons we do not just yet.

The episode flashes back to the present where Teresa is trying to find a way out of the abandoned Briarcliff. She finds a tunnel which she goes through and the scene goes back to 1964 seeing Lana and Sister Mary going through the secret tunnel. Sister Mary runs away after feces is thrown on here face leaving Lana alone. She goes and hides in a cell in hopes of not being caught by Sister Jude.

Kit, now with Dr. Arden asks why he is doing this to him and begins to experiment on him without any anesthetic. Kit recalls his abduction experience and sees his wife Alma. Dr. Arden finds an implant in Kits neck.

Sister Jude scolds Sister Mary for allowing Lana into the asylum. Sister Mary insists that she punishes her but Sister Jude tells her to get herself together and does not have the time for her. 

We see Lana Winters restrained because of trespassing and that will be staying for some time to receive “treatment.” The scene cuts to Sister Jude visiting Wendy where she questions her relations with Lana. Sister Jude threatens to expose their relationship if she does not sign the custody papers. Wendy gives in and releases Lana over to the asylum. 

Sister Jude smells a fowl odor in one of the solitary cell to see that Dr. Arden is cleaning it up. She questions if someone was living in here and what he was doing. The scene flashes back to the present with Leo lying on the ground in same cell that Dr. Arden was cleaning. The episode ends with Teresa running down the secret tunnel in which she encounters Bloody Face.  

To see more reviews for American Horror Story: Asylum visit the Rotten Tomatoes website. 

Works Cited

American Horror Story: Asylum." Rotten Tomatoes. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Feb. 2015. 
"American Horror Story: Asylum." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2015. 
"Asylum (story)." American Horror Story Wiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2015. 
"List of American Horror Story Characters." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2015. 
"Welcome to Briarcliff." IMDb., n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2015.


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