"The Origins of Monstrosity"
Series American Horror Story
Season 2, Episode 6
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Air date November 21st, 2012
Writers Ryan Murphy
Director David Semel
Producers Bradley Buecker; Dante Di Loreto; Mark Douglas; Brad Falchuk; Alexis Martin Woodall; Tim Minear; Ryan Murphy; Jennifer Salt; Jessica Sharzer; Chip Vucelich; James Wong
Starring Zachary Quinto; Joseph Fiennes; Sarah Paulson; Evan Peters; Lily Rabe; Lizzie Brocheré; James Cromwell; Jessica Lange
Episode guide
"I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)"
"Dark Cousin"

"The Origins of Monstrosity is the sixth episode of season two of the American television series American Horror Story and the eighteenth episode of the series overall. It was directed by David Semel and written by Ryan Murphy. It first aired on the FX Network on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 10:00 pm. In this episode, Oliver Thredson, having only recently revealed himself as the serial killer known as Bloody Face, kidnaps Lana Winters and tortures her in his home. Sister Jude Martin continues investigating Doctor Arthur Arden's history with the Nazis with the intent of exposing him for his past crimes. More information about Arden's experiments are revealed as well as his relationship with Monsignor Timothy Howard. Meanwhile, a young girl named Jenny Reynolds is admitted to Briarcliff Manor and it is believed that she may be harboring psychopathic tendencies.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is production code number: 2ATS06.
  • Actress Lizzie Brocheré is credited in this episode, but does not make an actual appearance.
  • Actor David Sipe is uncredited for his participation in this episode.
  • Final appearance of Shelley; dies in this episode.
  • This episode includes archival footage of Wendy Peyser from previous episodes.
  • This is the first and only appearance of Jenny Reynolds.

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  • Oliver Thredson: You can scream all you want, no one will hear you. Obviously the basement is soundproof. Believe me, girls with bigger sets of lungs than yours have tried before.


  • Oliver Thredson: A mother's touch. Skin to skin contact. That's what I was craving, that's what I was missing. My whole life. But she smelled of formaldehyde. And her skin, even after I removed it, was cold. And stiff.



  • Doctor Arthur Arden: Another mess to clean up, Mr. Spivey? You seem to have mistaken the broom closet for the playground where you used to expose yourself to innocent little boys and girls.
  • Spivey: No, never the boys, Doc. I had my standards.


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  1. Credited, but does not appear in this episode.

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