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I Am Anne Frank: Part 1

I Am Anne Frank: Part 1
StoryEpisode
Asylum4
204 'Anne'
First broadcastNovember 7, 2012
Written by
Directed byMichael Uppendahl
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"I Am Anne Frank: Part 1" is the fourth episode of Asylum. It premiered November 7, 2012.

Synopsis

A new patient claiming to be Anne Frank exposes Arden's past. Kit learns why Grace was admitted to Briarcliff.

Plot

Frank escorts Sister Jude to the cell of an unidentified woman who was brought to the asylum after she was arrested for assault. Sr. Jude learns that the newcomer was enraged by an off-hand anti-Semitic remark. Upon further questioning she defiantly begins whistling a tune.

Meanwhile, Arden continues his experiments on Shelley, including an injection of something he says might make her live forever.

Grace and Kit discuss his latest probing by Arden who is desperately searching, with the aid of X-rays, for the missing micro-bot. Grace shares her story at Kit's urging.

She awoke in the night to a home invader who axed apart her father and step-mother and she discovered the dismembered parts in a closet when she tried to hide. Her step-sister accused her of their deaths.

Lana is questioned by Thredson about her whereabouts during the movie, since he knows that she, Grace, and Kit tried to escape. She recalls Kit's warning not to tell anyone about the dead inmate. Thredson thinks Lana shouldn't be with the rest of them, and he offers to treat her homosexuality in hopes that she can be released. She insists that there is no treatment.

In the common room, the unidentified woman writes on a sheet of paper[1] to one Kitty[2] regarding her stay. Lana warns her to hide her pen, or risk solitary. Arden enters, and she recognizes him as a doctor from Auschwitz. She attacks Arden and as she is hauled away claims that she is Anne Frank.

Sister Jude questions the woman's claims. "Anne" says that her savior was an American soldier, who widowed her during reemployment in the Korean War. She concealed her identity to inspire others as a martyr.

Thredson reveals that he thinks Kit is neither guilty nor insane, and is willing to lie to save him, under the condition that he stops deluding himself of the trauma induced abduction fantasy. Thredson believes that Kit killed a librarian (Donna Burton, January 16th) and a secretary (Allyson Reidel, March). On the night of Billy's confrontation at the garage he killed Alma out of societal guilt and created the abduction fantasy as an overlay.

Anne reveals that Arden is Hans Gruper, an SS doctor that seemed gentle at Auschwitz, bribing women and children with sweets. With a coin toss, he would "save" women, who would come back sick, if at all.

In the med line, Lana fantasizes about being rewarded by Columbia University for her six-part expose' on the atrocities of the asylum. In her speech she credits the other inmates for their inspiration and says that she did what she had to do to get out. She consents to aversion therapy.

Kit wonders if he made up his abduction experience. Grace tries to convince him of his sanity. Grace doesn't care if he's a killer, and they have sex on the kitchen counter, where they are discovered by Frank(?).

Sister Mary Eunice chooses a cane from Sr Jude's closet. The elder nun is impressed by the improvement in her demeanor. Grace wants to get the caning over with, but Sr Jude intends to sterilize them. The two are separated, and Sr Mary Eunice leaves Grace's file for Kit to read.

Detectives Byers and Connors of the Wasaugee Homicide Squad are questioning Arden about his assault on the prostitute. They mention that she found Nazi memorabilia and bondage porn. After Arden leaves in disgust, they also question Kit's surgical skill in being able to skin and decapitate.

Thredson is administering an emetic to associate nausea with lesbian imagery and a patient, Daniel, will be a male heterosexual positive role model for her. Thredson engages Lana to masturbate at the visual and physical stimulation of Daniel's genitals. She is nauseated again, and Thredson knows that aversion / conversion will not work with her.

Sister Jude relates the mounting evidence of Arden's Nazi past to Msgr Howard. He dismisses her vendetta against Arden and her endorsement of Anne's story. He also says he knows she's been drinking. He urges her to pray and reflect. In Arden's lab, where Shelley struggles, Howard calls and tips Arden off that they are on to him and that he should get his affairs in order.

Sister Jude tells her Mother Superior that she has slipped off the wagon as they stroll through the woods. She also relates that she thinks Arden is a war criminal. The Mother Superior suggests that Sr Jude go over the Monsignor's head, but Sr Jude will have none.

Sister Mary Eunice and Carl lead Kit to a cell across from Grace. They haven't castrated him yet. He confronts her about her file. Grace was molested by her father, and she killed her step-mother for trying to keep her quiet as well as her father.

Lana is visited by Thredson in the day room. He couldn't sleep, and was sorry that he tried the controversial therapy. He brings her a photograph of Wendy. He swears he will leave with Lana at the end of the week.

Kit asks for a confession with Sr Jude. He says, as God knows all, that He knows if he killed Alma. Kit himself doesn't know, but thinks he must have. He wants to be forgiven, and will confess any and everything he's done.

Anne is trapped with Arden in a lab. Anne pulls a gun which she secretly received from the police on Arden, and she shoots him in the leg. He throws her the key, and she finds Shelley on the other side of the door, begging Anne to kill her.

Featured Characters

Daniel

Daniel
AHS S02E04 Daniel
Portrayed byCasey Wyman
Species
  • Human
Asylum

Daniel is a deaf and mute boy in Asylum. He was to be played by Chris Zylka, but has been recast. He is now played by Casey Wyman. He is among the inmates in the common room upon Kit's first visit and cheering his fight with Spivey.[3] Daniel is brought in by Dr. Oliver Thresdon to help with Lana Winters's aversion/conversion therapy.

Rudy

Rudy
AHS S02E04 Rudy
Portrayed byJohn Lee Ames
Species
  • Human
Asylum

Rudy is a patient at Briarcliff Manor. Sister Jude's caning has intensified his already compulsive masturbation.

Martha

Martha
AHS S02E04 Martha
Species
  • Human
Asylum

Martha is a troubled woman at Briarcliff Manor that spends much of her time banging her head against the wall.


Quotes

  • Arthur Arden: "You wanna know what goes on in here? You're about to find out!"
  • Shelley: "Kill me."
  • Anne Frank to Arthur Arden: "You were there... In Auschwitz! Nazi murderer! You Nazi schwein! Murderer! Nazi schwein! Don't you remember me, Doctor? I am Anne! Anne Frank!"
  • Anne Frank: "But nobody was lucky in Auschwitz..."
  • Arthur Arden: : "I was never in Auschwitz; I'm from Scottsdale!"

Notes

  • Like episode four from last season, this was the first of a two-part episode.
  • This is the first episode of the second season to not show present-day events.
  • This episode takes place on the 5th November in 1964. As heard in Anne's voice-over.
  • James Cromwell's real-life son, John Cromwell, plays the yonger version of Arden in the black and white flashback scenes. 

Gallery

Raised Questions

  • Dr. Arden was really an SS doctor?
  • Kassie is Anne Frank anyway?
  • Is Kit telling the truth?

References

  1. Dated October 15, 1964
  2. Kitty is one of many names to whom Anne Frank would address her diary entries
  3. Episode: Welcome to Briarcliff