Scream Queens: 02×04, Halloween Blues (Recap/Review)


Scream QueensWith Scream Queens killing off a fan favorite last week, we begin the fourth episode (and Halloween special) with Chanel reeling from the loss of her soon-to-be husband in her former Jackie Kennedy blood-splattered costume. When anyone tries to discuss the murders or something remotely non-Chanel, she’s quick to remind us this is her day (when isn’t it a Chanel day?). Denise arrives to investigate and make it known she still had deep feelings for Chad, citing their Halloween-time romance that peaked during a Brokeback Mountain reenactment. For this Halloween, Denise says she will dress as his bride and investigate the murder — or will die trying.

Denise and Munsch go to the imprisoned Hester for advice on catching the killer, who then offers the idea that perhaps they should throw a Halloween party like 1986 and lure the “Green Meanie” out. Before any other plans can be established, the former dean is called to meet with the others for Chad’s will — because, apparently, the entire Radwell family also just died in a plane crash. (They were killed on their way to stop the wedding to Chanel.) It is revealed that he left the Radwell fortune to Munsch for undisclosed reasons, causing Chanel to slow-motion assault the attorney by leaping on top of him throwing a few punches in a broke-based rage. So how does Chanel decide to deal with her animosity? How about another round of Chanel-o-Ween!

Similar to the spoof on last year’s Taylor Swift gifting, Chanel starts out with a letter to show how crappy her year has been (disowned, dead fiancé, financially broke) beginning her gift giving of gross medical items to her “fans”. When we resume to her current state, Chanel gets a stress rash that Dr. Holt prescribes medicine to — turning Chanel a Smurf blue. Denise begins setting up the decor for a hospital Halloween extravaganza but is distracted, as the lights are cut and the Green Meanie lurks. He makes his move to kill Denise, but her supposed Quantico training and Red Devil experience keeps her alive for their first official encounter. The prior events change Denise’s mind about Hester being temporarily released for information, giving her 24 hours of freedom (with an ankle monitor) and a Jason Voorhees costume. (The scene debating his popularity and the mix-up between Michael Myers and Mike Myers is near perfect.) As the night comes to a close, it is said that Hester will provide them with the murderer’s identity for having some holiday fun.

Chanel finds Denise sometime later wearing her wedding dress, as stated earlier, and the two begin a debate of who loved Chad more (and the apparently minuscule notion of who the killer is). How can they come to an understanding? Cue the ouija board for answers from the undead — that’s always a sure bet. Before that can take place, Chanel learns Dr Holt has been sleeping with Munsch, and Chanel decides to leave the hospital before the killer arrives after having continuously bad luck. As she tries to leave, she’s attacked by someone in an eerie Ivanka Trump costume that gets Chanel stabbed in the leg, but she fends her off when she pelts her with a heel and escapes. The Trump family member is revealed to actually be Hester, taking her chance at getting revenge on Chanel. When Chanel tells the others, they point out that Chanel #5 prepared her own Ivanka Trunp outfit (hers was Ivana, but the mix-up is both understandable and common). Because of the costume similarities, the other Chanels are certain she is the killer and threaten her life if she bothers to attend the party.

The Halloween costumes include Isis (God of Egypt, not the terrorist faction), Ryan Lochte, a ghost, Hamilton and the script for Batman V Superman (a “bloody mess”). Despite the festivities, the true goal is to find the killer — and #5 arrives in her Ivana Trump costume right beside Ivanka Trump, but they can’t figure out the identity because a dozen costumed patients who enter seemingly poisoned while bobbing for apples. As they try to figure out the cause, Chanel and Denise finally try to contact Chad in the afterlife — where he admitted he actually loved Denise more for their sexual rendezvous. Chanel doesn’t take kindly to the news but tries to learn the identity of the murderer and is frustrated from being interrupted by Zayday.

Chanel #5 gathers supplies for the patients; however, her luck takes another sad turn as Hester aka Ivanka prepares to kill her. The only thing that stops her from finishing the job is the sight of the Green Meanie behind #5, so he stabs #5 in the back and leaves her for dead with Hester casually walking away. Can I just mention that both killers really need to leave #5 alone? I believe she’s had enough bad luck for a lifetime. Elsewhere, the hospital staff determines the partygoers were drugged with a hallucinogenic (as a distraction), and Denise stumbles across the near-dead #5. The killer is still around and tosses a bowl of fruit punch on her, “ruining her Khaleesi costume”, and uses a defibrillator to kill our favorite security guard turned police officer Denise Hemphill. Scream Queens is clearly making rounds by taking out key characters in the series, so I can only hope that the Chanels will be able to survive the bloodbath.

Overall Grade: 8.5/10

With the characters being killed off consistently, this season really continues to top itself for a body-count, adding to the horror elements of Scream Queens. Conversely, the comedic tones of Scream Queens is as steady as ever if not more aware of its best attributes.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

– RIP Denise Hemphill. Will any television police officer ever live up to be as epic as you?

– Chanel #5 is one of Scream Queens‘ best characters, so I sincerely hope she doesn’t die (horror rules state you must see the death for it be real anyway…).

– Hester as Ivanka Trump was the cherry on top of a fantastic Halloween-themed episode


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