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American Horror Story: Unholy Night

Sister Mary Eunice uses a mental patient who dresses as Santa Claus and kills to eliminate those who threaten her. Meanwhile, Arden seeks out an ally and Lana seeks out Kit.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x8
Production Number: 2ATS08
Airdate: Wednesday December 05th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Dec 18, 2012
AU (Eleven) Mar 11, 2013
NZ (FOUR) Aug 25, 2014

Special Guest Stars
Ian McShaneIan McShane
As Leigh Emerson

Guest Stars
Fredric LehneFredric Lehne
As Frank McCann
Britne OldfordBritne Oldford
As Alma
Barbara TarbuckBarbara Tarbuck
As Sister Claudia
Jennifer HollandJennifer Holland
As Nurse Blackwell
Chris McGarryChris McGarry
As Mr. Lancaster
Lara HarrisLara Harris
As Rhonda Lancaster
Tehya ScarthTehya Scarth
As Susie

Co-Guest Stars
Al PuglieseAl Pugliese
As Santa
Cole SandCole Sand
As Son
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)
Zachary QuintoZachary Quinto
As Dr. Oliver Thredson
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


A mother takes her son Christmas shopping and he goes on and on about the presents he wants. They leave a coin for the Salvation Army Santa outside, who tells the boy to be good and maybe he'll get the coonskin cap that he wants. The mother realizes that the store is closed and they leave to find another one. The Santa begins to pack and a man emerges from the shadows and says the boy will be disappointed if he doesn't get the cap. The Santa figures that the boy will either thank his mother or blame himself, and the man rants about how Santa is blameless no matter what. He then shoots the Santa five times...

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Episode Quotes
Susie: Why are you here. Christmas isn't for six days.
Leigh Emerson: That's what you get for letting Rudolph organize your calendar.

Leigh Emerson: So I'm gonna tell you what Santa's going to leave under your tree tonight. He's going to leave a little terror. A little rape.
Father: You keep your hands off her!
Leigh Emerson: Who said anything about her? You know the difference between that Santa Claus and me. He only comes once a year.

Sister Mary Eunice: That mean old Grinch tossed out all our ornaments. So, we'll need to improvise. Mr. Deakins. You wear dentures, don't you?

Frank McCann: Doctor, I've been thinking...
Arden: You want to be careful, Frank. That can be dangerous.

Sister Mary Eunice: I know you were a petty criminal, thrown in jail for shoplifting a loaf of bread, and while you were in there, the jailers went caroling in the cell block, and five men held you down and took your virginity. Well... the first one did. The others took your dignity, and your self-esteem, and... most importantly... your Christmas spirit.

Sister Mary Eunice: Now... I have work to do, and you're either with me, or you're against me. And if you're against me, even God can't help you.

Leigh Emerson: Are we having fun yet? Have you softened up enough to receive the light? Except it won't be God... and, actually, it won't be light.

Cultural References
Sister Mary Eunice: Well, I say... "Bah humbug."

Ebenezer Scrooge made this saying famous while deriding Christmas in Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol (1843)

Sister Mary Eunice: That mean old Grinch tossed out all our ornaments.

In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch is a green-furred misanthropic creature who hates everyone, and hates Christmas. At the end, he steals the townspeople's gifts and food but when he almost loses it over a cliff, his heart grows three sizes because of his sudden compassion, giving him the strength to pull it back.

Sister Mary Eunice: We are watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Rudolph is the young reindeer with a bright red glowing nose that guides Santa's sled when he has to fly through heavy fog. He was featured in a 1964 Rankin-and Bass special.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRyan Murphy  |  Brad Falchuk
Executive ProducerTim Minear  |  Dante DiLoreto  |  Brad Falchuk  |  Ryan Murphy
Co-Executive ProducerJames Wong (1)  |  Jennifer Salt  |  Jessica Sharzer  |  Bradley Buecker
ProducerChip Vucelich  |  Alexis Martin
Associate ProducerMark Douglas (1)
Production DesignerMark Worthington
EditorAdam Penn
CastingRobert J. Ulrich  |  Eric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer
Unit Production ManagerChip Vucelich
First Assistant DirectorCarol Green
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
Production Sound MixerSean Rush
Script SupervisorGabi Endicott
Production CoordinatorEric Kovtun
Script CoordinatorCrystal Liu
Assistant EditorJohn Petaja
Supervising Sound EditorGary Megregian  |  Andrew Dawson
Re-Recording MixerDoug Andham  |  Joe Earle
GafferJohn M. Magallon
Director of PhotographyMichael Goi
Stunt CoordinatorTim A. Davison
Production SupervisorJames Williams (2)
Art DirectorAndrew Murdock
Assistant Production CoordinatorMatt Woodall
Key Makeup ArtistKim Ayers
Art Department CoordinatorKrystal Pertsch
Main Title ThemeCharlie Clouser  |  Cesar Davila-Irizarry
Production AccountantScott Cohn
ScoreJames S. Levine
Department Head HairMonte C. Haught
Casting AssociateEric Souliere
Key HairstylistNatalie Driscoll
Department Head Make-upEryn Krueger Mekash
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDevon Quinn  |  Sara Stelwagen  |  Jessica Meyer
Special Effects CoordinatorSteve Galich
Special Effects Make-upChristien Tinsley
Assistant To The Line ProducerJennifer Wright (1)
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