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American Horror Story: Welcome to Briarcliff

In 1964, Sister Jude runs the Briarcliff Sanitarium with an iron hand. But things may go beyond her control when the sanitarium physician conducts secret experiments on their most recent inmate: a gas station attendant nicknamed Bloody Face who decapitated and skinned three woman.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 2ATS01
Airdate: Wednesday October 17th, 2012

Director: Bradley Buecker
Writer: Tim Minear

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Oct 30, 2012
AU (Eleven) Jan 21, 2013
NZ (FOUR) Jul 07, 2014

Special Guest Stars
Chloë SevignyChloë Sevigny
As Shelley

Guest Stars
Adam LevineAdam Levine
As Leo Morrison
Jenna DewanJenna Dewan
As Teresa Morrison (as Jenna Dewan Tatum)
Clea DuVallClea DuVall
As Wendy Peyser
Mark ConsuelosMark Consuelos
As Spivey
Britne OldfordBritne Oldford
As Alma
Joe EgenderJoe Egender
As Billy

Co-Guest Stars
Mark EngelhardtMark Engelhardt
As Carl
Naomi GrossmanNaomi Grossman
As Pepper
Gloria LainoGloria Laino
As The Mexican
Henry G. SandersHenry G. Sanders
As Willie
Casey WymanCasey Wyman
As Daniel
Marc AdenMarc Aden
As Dad (as Marc Aden Gray)
Main Cast
Sarah PaulsonSarah Paulson
As Lana Winters (S2) / Cordelia Foxx (S3) / Bette and Dot Tattler (S4) / Hypodermic Sally (S5)
Evan PetersEvan Peters
As Tate Langdon (S1) / Kit Walker (S2) / Kyle Spencer (S3) / Jimmy Darling (S4) / James March (S5)
Jessica LangeJessica Lange
As Constance Langdon (S1) / Sister Jude (S2) / Fiona Goode (S3) / Elsa Mars (S4)
Joseph FiennesJoseph Fiennes
As Monsignor Timothy Howard
Lily RabeLily Rabe
As Sister Mary Eunice (S2) / Misty Day (S3)
Lizzie BrocheréLizzie Brocheré
As Grace Bertrand
James CromwellJames Cromwell
As Dr. Arthur Arden


The Present..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Chad & JeremyA Summer SongKit and Alma, after sex
The DriftersThere Goes My BabyKit at the gas station

Episode Quotes
Shelley: Do you think I'm full of shame and regret for what I've done now, Sister? You could shave me bald as a cueball and I'd still be the hottest tamale in this joint.

Sister Jude: Shelley was brought to us having been given the preposterous diagnosis by a psychiatrist comparing her to a wood nymph.
Lana: You mean a nymphomaniac?

Sister Jude: Mental illness is the fashionable explanation for sin.

Sister Jude: This is not a meat locker. Here, you will repent for your crimes to the only judge that matters: the Almighty God.
Kit: There is no God. Not a God who would create the things I saw.
Sister Jude: Your story about little green men? That won't do here.
Kit: They weren't human. They were monsters.
Sister Jude: All monsters are human. You're a monster.

Arden: When the monsignor brought me out of retirement to run Briarcliff's medical unit, we made a gentleman's agreement.
Sister Jude: Curious, since only one of you is a gentleman.

Cultural References
Sister Jude: You've seen Song of Bernadette?

The Song of Bernadette is a 1943 drama about the real-life Saint Bernadette Soubirous, who saw visions of a "lady in white" at Lourdes.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRyan Murphy  |  Brad Falchuk
Executive ProducerDante DiLoreto  |  Tim Minear  |  Brad Falchuk  |  Ryan Murphy
Co-Executive ProducerJennifer Salt  |  Jessica Sharzer  |  James Wong (1)  |  Bradley Buecker
ProducerChip Vucelich  |  Alexis Martin
Associate ProducerMark Douglas (1)
Production DesignerMark Worthington
EditorJoe Leonard  |  Bradley Buecker
CastingCarol Kritzer  |  Eric Dawson  |  Robert J. Ulrich
Unit Production ManagerChip Vucelich
First Assistant DirectorMichael Amundson
Second Assistant DirectorFrank Tignini
Music EditorDavid Klotz
Music SupervisorP.J. Bloom
Costume DesignerLou Eyrich
Key GripKenny King
Camera OperatorCharles Schner  |  James Reid (3)
Set DesignerPhilip Dagort
Set DecoratorEllen Brill
Location ManagerJohn Agoglia
Transportation CoordinatorThomas A. Gordon (1)
Property MasterScott Bauer
Construction CoordinatorAnthony Lattanzio
Production Sound MixerSean Rush
Script SupervisorGabi Endicott
Production CoordinatorEric Kovtun
Script CoordinatorCrystal Liu
Assistant EditorLaurie Thomson
Supervising Sound EditorGary Megregian
Re-Recording MixerJoe Earle  |  Doug Andham
GafferJohn M. Magallon
Director of PhotographyMichael Goi
Stunt CoordinatorTim A. Davison
Production SupervisorJames Williams (2)
Art DirectorEdward L. Rubin
Assistant Production CoordinatorMatt Woodall
Art Department CoordinatorKrystal Pertsch
Main Title ThemeCesar Davila-Irizarry  |  Charlie Clouser
Production AccountantScott Cohn
ScoreJames S. Levine
Department Head HairMonte C. Haught
Casting AssociateEric Souliere
Department Head Make-upEryn Krueger Mekash
Assistant To The Executive ProducerSara Stelwagen  |  Jessica Meyer  |  Devon Quinn
Special Effects CoordinatorSteve Galich
Special Effects Make-upChristien Tinsley
Assistant To The Line ProducerJennifer Wright (1)
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