'American Horror Story'

Dr. Arden's medicine makes Kit's heart stop beating. Eeesh. (FX / December 13, 2012)

The Pretender

Monsignor Timothy Howard has an ambitious vision to become pope and a grand plan to help him gain the spot in Rome. The strategy requires the monsignor to convert Emerson into a born again Christian.

"I just want to serve and make a difference in the world," the monsignor says.

Emerson agrees to live a new life, led by Christ, and the two men celebrate amidst a pool of water.

That life lasts about five seconds after the baptism, as Emerson nearly drowns the monsignor before pinning him up on a cross, half-clothed.

The monsignor has a penchant for trusting homicidal felons and former Nazis, so it's hard to feel sympathetic for the guy.

The one person who does feel sorry for Howard is the Angel of Death. As the monsignor begs for help, the angel gives a simple reply: "I'm here."

Space Oddity

Dr. Arden retraces his steps to where Grace disappeared and realizes that both women abducted (Grace and Alma) had adult relations with Kit before vanishing.

That's a bad resume for any bachelor, but Kit has bigger problems after agreeing to a near-death experiment that Arden hopes will draw out the aliens.

All goes according to plan as Arden's medicine causes Kit's heart to stop beating. As Kit convulses and consequently dies, a vast white light spreads across the asylum. Arden follows the white light to a pregnant Grace, alive and cared for by Pepper, the weirdest inmate in Briarcliff.

Final thoughts

Emerson had a unique take on his one-night killing spree that ended the lives of 18 people. 

"Because of what I did, there are 18 more people in heaven," he told a judge examining Frank's murder.

If he made it to heaven, Emerson would probably "forgive" his 18 victims like he did Sister Jude, for putting him away in Briarcliff.

I'm still waiting for one of Briarcliff's resident evil lunatics (Emerson, Thredson, Dr. Arden) to betray Sister Mary Eunice.

Thredson junior's psychiatrist should have run when she heard the words "skinned" and "animals." She got her own visit from the Angel of Death, as we see both the psychiatrist and McDermott covered in blood.

What we learned

Thredson and Lana will breed a future Bloody Face. Even in death, Thredson will haunt Lana.

Sister Jude got tired of the song "Dominique" playing non-stop. She really is prepared for change in Briarcliff. 

What to expect next episode

The monsignor survives Emerson's assault. Sister Mary Eunice said she wanted to "save souls all the way to Rome," so her alliance with the monsignor looks to continue as long as she can use him to spread evil.

There will be no new "American Horror Story" next week. The show will return Jan. 2.