A group of patients plan an escape from the asylum during a violent storm.



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It's Halloween and a major storm is expected in the area. Sister Jude decides to have a movie night in an attempt to calm the patients. She is being tormented by someone who knows about the auto accident she had before becoming a nun and sends her a newspaper clipping about the accident dated 1949. She turns to the bottle, a problem she had previously overcome. Meanwhile, a possessed Sister Mary Eunice wreaks havoc in the asylum, killing one of the patients and makes sexual advances to an incredulous Dr. Arden. Shelley thinks the storm is the perfect cover to escape but is intercepted by Arden who has a permanent solution to her trying to escape. Written by garykmcd

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31 October 2012 (USA)  »

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2 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode begins with a framing device scene set in the present—In the asylum, which is now abandoned, the front man of the band, Maroon 5, and the front man from Slipknot get into an argument over which is better: nu metal or pop rock.

It comes to blows and the Slipknot guy tears off the Maroon 5 guy's arm. Unhappy about this, Maroon 5 tells Slipknot that nu metal is pop rock with scary masks. Faced with the truth, Slipknot gets all pissy, takes out a gun, and shoots Maroon 5 in his stump. This ruins the façade of slasher-monster guys—they never exercise their constitutional right to bear arms. Then Slipknot removes his mask to reveal the face of the Maroon 5 guy.

The viewer's face explodes from the meta-ness of it all, and the show cuts to the opening credits.

The story shifts to the 1960s, where the asylum is open and being run by two nuns (Jessica Lange, and her assistant, who is possessed by a demon who likes movies with sex and violence). I'm still kind of confused about this because the sixties seems too "modern" for people to generally think that religion is a good way to cure the insane (Jessica Lange believes mental illness is the same thing as sin).

Later, the patients watch a movie, which seemed like it was a bad idea because I'm pretty sure they were all committed due to having attention deficit disorder. It is also revealed that a few nun-extras help run the asylum as well.

Chloë Sevigny, who is a patient, takes advantage of the commotion during the movie to make an escape attempt. She does this by reprising her role in the highly entertaining 2003 Vincent Gallo movie, Brown Bunny, and using oral pleasure to convince a guard to pretend like he didn't see her.

Unfortunately, she then runs into the old guy who married Ruth Fisher on HBO's Six Feet Under, who has become less friendly since his show ended: he believes the Jews and the Communists are out to get him . He also enjoys lobotomizing murderers, which seems to turn them into the People Under the Stairs.

He's also really into rape, and since Chloë was committed for being a sex fiend, this gives the classy people who run the show an opportunity to provide commentary about the crime: She shouts, "rape," but since she is a giant slut, the old guy from Six Feet Under responds, "That's rich coming from you." But ultimately he can't get it up, because he's old, you know? Chloë finds this very funny. Old guy does not. He knocks her unconscious. She wakes up to discover that he has amputated her feet.

I'm glad there's a show that treats women with respect that isn't afraid to face sensitive issues (like the differences between pop rock and nu metal) in such a subtle manner.

--TV Snorted My Brain

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