After a life-changing experience, a young man is admitted into a notorious insane asylum, while a local reporter is determined to get the full story.


Bradley Buecker


Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Quinto ... Dr. Oliver Thredson (credit only)
Joseph Fiennes ... Monsignor Timothy Howard
Sarah Paulson ... Lana Winters
Evan Peters ... Kit Walker
Lily Rabe ... Sister Mary Eunice McKee
Lizzie Brocheré ... Grace Bertrand
James Cromwell ... Dr. Arthur Arden
Jessica Lange ... Sister Jude Martin
Chloë Sevigny ... Shelley
Adam Levine ... Leo Morrison
Jenna Dewan ... Teresa Morrison (as Jenna Dewan Tatum)
Clea DuVall ... Wendy Peyser (as Clea Duvall)
Mark Consuelos ... Spivey
Britne Oldford ... Alma Walker
Joe Egender ... Billy


Briarcliff, a former tuberculosis hospital, is now an insane asylum run by the Catholic church. The year is 1964, and the asylum houses some seriously disturbed individuals. The day to day administrator is Sister Jude Martin who works under the general supervision of the director Monsignor Timothy Howard. Her chief nemesis however is their in-house medical officer, Dr. Arthur Arden, who is frequently seeing patients in the night - patients who die and are disposed of immediately. Briarcliff's latest patient is Kit Walker, aka Bloody Face, an accused serial killer of several young women but is unable to stand trial due to insanity. Sister Jude is tough as journalist Lana Winters learns when she starts poking around the place. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. See more »


At the very beginning, Leo Morrison is seen using a Leica M7 camera, taking a few photos of his wife in rapid succession. The Leica M7 is an analog 35mm camera, where the film needs to be advanced manually after each shot using the the film advance lever, making the taking of photos in rapid succession impossible. See more »


Sister Jude Martin: Here, you will repent for your crimes to the only judge that matters: the Almighty God.
Kit Walker: There is no God. Not a God who would create the things I saw.
Sister Jude Martin: Your story about little green men? That won't do here.
Kit Walker: They weren't human. They were monsters.
Sister Jude Martin: All monsters are human. You're a monster.
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References The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) See more »


Voices of Light: V. Pater Noster
Performed by Anonymous 4, Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic & Steven Mercurio
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Good start to the new season
9 April 2021 | by mistermann-34736See all my reviews

First off, so glad they kept the same opening theme song from season 1, absolutely love it. The only thing is, I am not sure if I like the way the camera is always wobbling in some scenes yet, I find it a little distracting but imagine I will get used to it. This episode really got me interested to watch the rest of the season, much more so than season 1 episode 1, which I still enjoyed none the less.

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Release Date:

17 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to Briarcliff See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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