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The Coat Hanger



Critic Consensus: "The Coat Hanger" boasts controversial themes, effective scares, well-played justification of the illogical, and noteworthy performances all around.

Episode Info

Lana finds herself in another desperate situation. Meanwhile, Sister Jude is framed for murder, and Dr Arden approaches Kit with a bizarre proposition.


Jessica Lange
as Sister Jude, Sister Jude Martin
Sarah Paulson
as Lana Winters
Evan Peters
as Kit Walker
Lily Rabe
as Sister Mary Eunice, Sister Mary Eunice McKee
Zachary Quinto
as Dr. Oliver Thredson
James Cromwell
as Dr. Arthur Arden
Joseph Fiennes
as Monsignor Timothy Howard
Ian McShane
as Leigh Emerson
Frances Conroy
as Moira, Woman
Barbara Tarbuck
as Mother Superior Claudia
Mary-Pat Green
as Nurse Hicks
Cyd Strittmatter
as Nurse Braxton
John Pleshette
as Magistrate
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Critic reviews for The Coat Hanger

Perpetual man-baby Thredson is back on the loose, so mommies, padlock your chastity belts.

August 30, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I have to say, this was probably the most delightfully sacrilegious episode of AHS yet. We had a baptism after fairly graphic abortion and, just to wrap things up, a live crucifixion.

August 30, 2016 | Full Review…

As always, we truly have no idea where it's going to wind up, but as the season starts to head into the home stretch, we find all our earlier complaints and eye-rolling to be fading away.

June 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The performances on American Horror Story are so well done across the board, but Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson stood out tonight.

August 23, 2016 | Rating: 4.6/5 | Full Review…

Per usual, The Coat Hanger was an episode that featured fantastic performances (welcome back Mr. McDermott!) and demented subject matter that never reaches excessive amount, because in American Horror Story: Asylum, there is no such thing as excess.

August 23, 2016 | Full Review…

The main surprise continues to simply just be this show's trashy audacity, and "The Coat Hanger" found new and gross (and wonderful) ways to keep us gasping.

August 23, 2016 | Full Review…

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