American Horror Story: Season 2, Episode 2

Tricks and Treats (24 Oct. 2012)

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An exorcist is summoned to Briarcliff to help save a troubled farm boy. Sister Jude's darkest secret is revealed.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Peyser (as Clea Duvall)
Cynthia Potter


A new doctor, Oliver Thredson, arrives at Briarcliff assigned by the courts to examine and report on Kit Walker. He's appalled by conditions he finds there and the fact that they still use electroshock to treat homosexuality. His view of how medicine is practiced is seemingly confirmed when a new patient arrives and Monsignor Howard decides that an exorcism is called for. In flashbacks, some of Sister Jude's life prior to becoming a nun is revealed. Meanwhile, Lana continues to be a threat and Sister Jude convinces Dr. Adler to give her shock therapy in the hopes it will affect her memory. Lana makes a plan to escape with her new friend Grace but it doesn't go as planned. Also, Dr. Adler engages the services of a prostitute but she can't quite seem to meet his requirements. Written by garykmcd

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Lana Winters: I think it's just through that door.
Kit Walker: Grace.
Grace Bertrand: Come on. Lana knows a way out.
Lana Winters: No. He can't come with us. Get away from us.
Kit Walker: I read what you wrote about me. I'm not a killer or a psychopath.
Lana Winters: You're a liar. Get away from us.
Grace Bertrand: Stop. I'm not leaving without him.
Lana Winters: I am not setting him loose so he can kill again.
Grace Bertrand: You're wrong. We'll go find the way out ourselves.
Lana Winters: [shouting] Help! He's escaping! The killer is escaping! Help me! In the hallway! He's trying to get out!
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Horror supermarket: delicious!
28 October 2012 | by (Conflans-en-Jarnisy) – See all my reviews

What a pleasure! What a pleasure to watch a show with a plot which is so much fun! Scenarists must have been giggling like little girls as they wrote it. Imagine that: Little Riding Hood becomes Snowhite, Shock Corridor meets The Exorcist. And Doctor Moreau hires a hooker. Add just a nuance of Halloween, Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre and you have the best horrific show you can imagine. So good, in fact, that horror movies may have to find new ways to scare people in the future. AHS is the sum of it all. A no brainer punch in the belly. A real treat. This second episode of season two owes a 10. At the very least. For a little hour, you will laugh, you will frown, you will simply be perfectly entertained. What can you ask for more? This episode is a classic. Don't miss it; American TV has rarely been so good and daring. How do you spell "masterpiece"?

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