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Penny Dreadful First Look: Patti LuPone Gets Creepy as Vanessa's Teacher

How does she know Vanessa's mom?

Hanh Nguyen

What the heck is a cut-wife?

We'll find out on Sunday (10/9c, Showtime) when Penny Dreadfulintroduces guest star and Tony winner Patti LuPone as the cut-wife, a creepy woman who lives in a lonely cottage on the moors.

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Remember the last time we had a flashback episode about Vanessa (Eva Green)? Yeah, that was an unpleasant yet eye-opening journey into her messed-up psyche. This time around, she'll learn how to handle her mysterious powers from the cut-wife. But first, the two will have to get along, and judging by the sneak peek above, that won't be anytime soon.

Hmm, what exactly is the cut-wife hinting at about Vanessa's mum?

Penny Dreadful airs Sundays at 10/9c on Showtime.

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