"Unholy Night"
Series American Horror Story
Season 2, Episode 8
American Horror Story 2x08 001
Airdate December 5th, 2012
Writer James Wong
Director Michael Lehmann
Producer 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
Previous "Dark Cousin"
Next "The Coat Hanger"

"Unholy Night" is the eighth episode of season two of the American television series American Horror Story and the twentieth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Michael Lehmann and written by James Wong. It first aired on the FX Network on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 10:00 pm. In this episode, a murderous Santa Claus named Leigh Emerson is admitted to Briarcliff Manor after having killed a local family after losing his "Christmas spirit". Sister Mary Eunice decides to decorate the common room for Christmas and has the patients help with Christmas Tree ornaments. Lana Winters and Kit Walker finally get the upper hand on Doctor Thredson and chain him up. Kit needs him alive however to prove his innocence. Doctor Arden prepares to dispose of Grace Bertrand's body, but has a shocking visitation.

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  • Production code number: 2ATS08.
  • Actor David Hutchison is uncredited for his participation in this episode.
  • This is the second and final appearance of Nurse Blackwell. She appeared last in "Dark Cousin".

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  • The title of this episode, "Unholy Night", is taken from the Christmas carol "O Holy Night" by Adolphe Adam in 1847.

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



  • Mary Eunice McKee: 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.


  • Mary Eunice McKee: 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.

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