Just like Salt n’ Pepa- only white and untalented
The new head of Briarcliff, who is a licensed doctor and not a priest, fills in the holes of what has transpired over these past four years. Jude insists that she needs to see Monsignor Timothy, as he promised her release. Pepper can back up her story as she was witness. Jude is “friends with the pinhead”, but not “friends with reality”. The Monsignor became Cardinal two years ago, around the same time that Pepper passed away. Jude has lost track of time, and a hair brush. Jude tries to act like she has it together, but the doctor’s insistence on the real chain of events enrages Jude and she loses it again.
Alma is also now wondering around Briarcliff, having been convicted of murdering Grace. How a legally dead person kills another legally dead person is beyond my understanding of the Massachusetts legal system, but I’ll go alone. Kit pays a visit to Alma and asks if he will bring the kids next time, until she realizes that Briarcliff is no place for kids. It’s also no place for lead singers of Maroon 5 but few places are.
Alma seems broken and eventually dies in her sleep of natural causes. Kit comes to retrieve her body and will bury her in their yard. He notices Jude is still locked up and tries to talk to her, but she has lost her wits and doesn’t recognize him. Funny, because she said she was friends with pinheads earlier.
Also in 1968, Lana appears at a book signing for her new novel, “Maniac”, which details her time in Briarcliff and her time spent captive at the hands of Bloody Face. She is a well-known author now, and is being hailed a hero for her investigative reporting, writing and her work as a “feminist” (read: she’s still a big lesbian). Lana reads a passage from her book about Bloody Face bringing another victim down to the basement in which he held Lana. She starts to back away from reality, as Dr Thredson aka Bloody Face stands up and calls her a liar for interjecting events into her book that did not actually occur.
Then Wendy stands up out of the crowd and calls her out for referring to her as a “roommate”- glossing over their relationship as lovers. Lana argues with the both of them, saying she has creative license to bend the truth in the interest of getting at the core of what happened. These four years have changed Lana, as she clearly no longer seeks the truth but is after fame, notoriety and money.
I get called “roommate” a lot
During the book signing, Kit approaches Lana, who is happy to see him. The two have coffee and catch up, but Lana is insistent on talking about herself and her celebrity the whole time. She doesn’t ask a single question about Kit or his family. Kit shares with her that Alma had been sent to Briarcliff for murdering Grace, but Lana was already aware of this turn of events. Kit informs her that Jude is still very much alive, despite what Lana had heard from the Monsignor, and was locked away in Briarcliff. He inquires why Lana had not tried to rescue her, but Lana says she only gave up because she was told Jude was dead.