We finally return to Briarcliff four years after Lana and Kit’s releases. Jude is still very much alive, but she is being referred to as Betsy Davis now, as Jude is also legally dead. Her hair is atrocious and her fashion sense has fallen by the wayside. I guess four years in an insane asylum will do that to a person. Although it really doesn’t take more than 30 seconds to run a comb through one’s hair and I think we’d all rather see the return of the nun’s habit so we can stop looking at Jessica Lange’s chicken legs.
Monsignor Timothy approaches Jude with news that he is finally leaving Briarcliff for greener pastures. The Church has sold Briarcliff to the Commonwealth, who will be using it for overflow of criminally insane patients. He has been appointed Cardinal of New York. Finally, New York! He’s getting away from crazy people! I think he may be in for a shock.
The Monsignor seems contrite for all of the hell that he has put Jude through, and promises her that she will be receiving her release. Jude is ecstatic and trusts that the Monsignor will come through on his promise. Pepper questions whether he is being forthright, but Jude says she saw something in his eyes. My guess of what she saw in his eyes, though, was the awakened spirit of a Priest who is now in charge of the entire New York diocese. He can finally fulfill his priest destiny to molest multiple altar boys, a possibility that never existed at Briarcliff. Plus, he can take in a few Broadway shows on his days off.
“Do my eyes suggest that I want to take in a matinee of ‘My Fair Lady’ or ‘Hair’?”
A few weeks pass and the Monsignor’s promise to Jude goes unfulfilled. Jude gets increased irritated at her false incarceration. She makes trouble for herself with some of the new patients/inmates, including one that looks a lot like the Angel of Death, if the Angel of Death was a butch lesbian with a sick Boston accent who stabs randoms in the common room of insane asylums. Jude isn’t ready to die yet (really?) and fights her new bunk buddy, the Angel of Death, at every turn.
Jessica Lange hasn’t fought off this many unwanted sexual advances since she filmed “Cape Fear” with Nick Nolte
The final straw is Jude returning to her cell to find her new roommate in the top bunk. Jude loses it and attacks her bunk buddy, who is revealed to not be the Angel of Death at all. Jude is clearly losing it and seeing the Angel of Death where she is not. She is sent to see the new head of Briarcliff. We learn that Jude has had seven roommates in five months time, and has not hit it off with any of them. Clearly, four years in an asylum would be a drag on anyone’s social skills.