What was the best way to cure someone of ungodliness and demonic activities in the 1960s?
If you guessed "burn them," you're wrong. That was more 1450s-1700s. If you guessed a good-old fashioned exorcism, you're right! (I don't have any prizes, so you'll have to settle for this wonderful recap.)
The victim in this episode is a teenage boy named Jed, who tore open the body of one of his family's barn animals and ate its heart (He probably just wanted to be Edward Cullen for Halloween).
Sister Jude (unsurprisingly) is the one who recommends an exorcism to the boy's parents.
"Good boys gone bad is my area of expertise," she says. "Great success in curbing the chronic masturbator."
We see repeatedly how Sister Jude tries to wipe the Earth of impure things and use the alibi of doing God's work as an excuse. But she really does get off on the torture.
Last week I mentioned how Zachary Quinto was conspicuously absent from the season premiere. This week he made his introduction as Dr. Oliver Thredson, who is assigned the task of determining whether Kit is fit to stand trial or if he is insane.
His diagnosis of Kit: acute clinical insanity. Telling a psychiatrist aliens abducted you and killed your wife is usually a good way to make them think you're nuts.
Dr. Thredson clashes with Sister Jude throughout the episode and recommends a mental evaluation of Jed instead of an exorcism. But the psychiatrist surrenders easily and actually ends up assisting in the exorcism.
He seems to carry a heavy conscious. Dr. Thredson confronts Sister Jude about her inclusion of abuse and malpractice instead of treatment.
"It's a madhouse, doctor," she responds. "What did you expect? Let me remind you that your job here is to write a recommendation to the court regarding the sanity of one patient. So I suggest, you do your job and let me do mine."
Ironically, Sister Jude is banished from the exorcism room. "Your work here is done," the priest says. "This is no place for a woman."
She reminds him she's stronger than the average woman, which may be true but that's much easier to say when she's the one administering the whipping and shock therapy.
Eventually the object of her lust, Monsignor Timothy Howard, requests her returned presence and she gets a welcoming from Jed. "It drives you crazy, does'’t it? To be the smartest person in the room, with no real power because of that smelly clam between your legs?"
The demon rails off Sister Jude's life story, sharing that the holy nun has had 53 sexual encounters and that she used to sing and dance at a local establishment.
But those actions are nothing compared to the following bombshell the pale, mutant-like Jed offers us.
Sister Jude was involved in a late-night hit-and-run while driving drunk. The accident killed a young girl.
After hearing this, Sister Jude slaps Jed silly. It's nice to see her use something other than her whip.
I'd like to say it was the brutal assault of Sister Jude that killed Jed, but it was more him going psycho afterward and being sedated by Dr. Thredson that resulted in a cardiac arrest.
Sister Mary Eunice faints, the demon presumably jumping to her body. Hopefully we'll get to see more of the demon trash-talking Sister Jude from his newfound form.