American Horror Story is back with a vengeance this week with the most badass broad at Briarcliffe: Anne Frank. While most of us thought Anne tragically died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp just weeks before its liberation in 1945, Ryan Murphy‘s fictional Anne survived the camps and headed to the states with an American liberator with whom she fell in love. Frank apparently published her diary in the 50s, but couldn’t reveal her true identity because “the 15 year old girl had to stay martyred.” By identifying herself as Anne Frank, people assumed she was crazy and sent her to the asylum.
Anne doesn’t need to look too far for Nazi retribution. Apparently, Dr. Arden has much more to hide than being a mad scientist, pervert, and murderer. He was also a Nazi – which explains how Arden learned his cruel experiments. Not only does Anne remember him from Bergen-Belsen, but the prostitute who kicked Dr Arden at his house also discovered Nazi plans along with his disturbing photos of tortured women. Anne witnessed Arden, or Hans Gruber as he was known at the camps, choosing women from the barracks to be the recipients of his barbaric examinations.
Let’s just step back for a second. Can anyone get lower than Arden? If you’re having a bad day or are feeling bad about yourself, just remember things could be worse. At least you’re not Dr. Arden! At the end of the episode, Anne and Arden find each other together at last in his doctor’s room. She pulls out a pistol and shoots him in the leg, deservedly.
Murphy’s Anne Frank could be taken right out of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards , a Jew who is ready to seek justice on her Nazi oppressors. She is strong, convinced of her principles, and isn’t afraid of holding a gun. Anne famously said in her diary, “It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” In Murphy’s world, this innocent 15 year old has given way to a nihilistic woman who knows that evil can truly exist in people. And by people, we mean Dr. Arden.
Last night’s episode of American Horror Story: Asylum exposed many repressed truths of our favorite characters. Sister Jude’s haunted past continues to unravel, and Sister Mary Eunice has had a sexual awakening that cannot be tamed. This was all set amid the backdrop of a storm that was “supposed to affect the entire Eastern seaboard.” That certainly hits a bit close to home this week for us this week with Sandy. Did Ryan Murphy know something before the rest of us? Anyway, since this episode begins to reveal the subconscious of Sister Jude, Dr. Arden and Sister Eunice, there were plenty of juicy, unfiltered quotes. Here are 10 of our favorite lines of the episode, showing that much of the “crazy” isn’t just restricted to Briarcliff’s patients.
“You have quite a suspicious mind, sister, bordering on the delusional. Or maybe it’s just a form of projection. A defense to protect your own guilty conscience.” — Dr. Thredson on beginning to decode Sister Jude
“You can swear all you like, Mr. Walker, but I will get to the truth. In here. We have all the time in the world.” — Dr. Arden while he’s experimenting on Dr. Walker
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Last night’s American Horror Story was full of what we’ve come to expect from the show: a butt shot or two, lots of blood, creepy babies and everybody dying. (Everyone that is, except Constance. How is that crazy b*tch still alive?!) We’re not even sure if we like the show or not. It’s kind of like egg nog — so delicious that it’s kind of gross but we can’t.stop.drinking.it. And while AHS is beyond wacky and sends us into eye roll spasms at times, the acting is what keeps us coming back: Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Dylan McDermott, Mena Suvari, Kate Mara, Burn-face Dude (the amazing Denis O’Hare), and the two Moiras (Frances Conroy and Alexandra Breckenridge) all rock the sh*t out of some of the weirdest characters ever created. But our two favorites out of this amazing crop of talent are Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga, who play troubled ghost-human (and then ghost-ghost) teen lovers Tate and Violet.
Gleeks go crazy! Everyone’s favorite musical/show, Glee, has already been picked up for a third season. Its first season wraps up on June 8. Peter Rice, who is the Fox Networks Group Entertainment Chairman (the channel on which the show airs), said, “In just one year, Glee has transcended the television landscape and emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon,” so it figures that they’d want to keep the motor running.
The creator of the series, Ryan Murphy, seems rather happy. He added, “It’s been a whirlwind year — from shooting the pilot to performing at the White House to the concert tour that began last week — and yet we all feel like we’ve just begun this amazing musical journey. We think our Gleeks worldwide are going to love what we’ll have in store for them in seasons two and three.”
There’s also high praise from the Queen herself, Madonna! Her episode won such smashing reviews that another Madonna-centric piece is being planned. She commented, “I thought the Madonna episode of Glee was brilliant on every level. The dialogue and the entire script was genius. The entire cast was amazing. They’re all so talented. I especially loved Sue Sylvester [Jane Lynch] and Kurt Hummel’s [Chris Colfer] characters. Ryan Murphy did a great job bringing all these elements together.” Well, if Madge has given her blessings, then they’re onto something!
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Look’s like Madonna loved doing Glee! Creator Ryan Murphy – wonderfully forthright that he is – had said, “She thought it was brilliant and she’s so pleased. Her daughter got to watch it with her and loved it. [Madonna’s] a smart cookie. I mean, that introduced her music to an entire new generation.”
She is a smart cookie, because Murphy’s confirmed that Madonna is coming back to Glee. There are rumors swirling that Madge might make a cameo in the episode too. Murphy replied, “I can’t say. But she’s sort of the muse of our show. She loves the show and has supported it. She gets that the show is about arts education and so she’s very supportive about that.” So the first episode was called “The Power of Madonna,” which was perfectly apt. We wonder what they are planning to call this one: More Power to Madonna? Madonna loves Power? Okay, we’ll leave you to it.
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