Scream Queens: 02×05, Chanel Pour Homme-icide (Review/Recap)

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It’s been a rather long hiatus for the FOX horror comedy series Scream Queens, but, after the massive cliffhanger, we learn the fate of officer Denise and Chanel #5.

Recap: “Chanel Pour Homme-icide”

As the episode begins, Chanel, #3, Zayday and Dean/Dr. Munsch rush to their aid (Chanel credits a Sense8-style connection with her fellow Chanel) and are more torn up about Denise and another patient’s murder than #5. In typical #5 fashion, she’s ignored until they finally contact police and place a nearly-deceased Denise in a cryo-sleep tank, courtesy of the Radwell fortune — but I’m just happy to know Chanel #5 is still alive and (mostly) well. Munsch continuously stresses her desires to keep things hidden, but the media and police investigation actually gave the C.U.R.E. Institute more publicity and patients than ever before.

The Chanels decide that with more “less attractive” people around, they could, in fact, utilize that to their advantage and find new Chanel pledges to do their bidding (as well as the unfortunate hospital duties they have). Zayday begins to become suspicious of candy striper Chamberlain and takes her concerns to Munsch, who didn’t even know how he was on the staff. She tells Munsch he claims to have come from a Craigslist ad, and she responds by saying, of course, a liar with a voluntary position geared toward women (and finally acknowledging it’s no longer a job) should be considered as the new killer.

Zayday later finds Chanel #5 in the loft the girls live in, when #5 informs her that Chanel removed her from ICU to have her accessible to insult. Zayday uses the opportunity to say she’ll take care of her injuries but asks for her companionship in return while investigating the pregnancy and murder of 1985. Chanel and #3 begin the quest to find other Chanels (one with face paralysis, one who is especially tall, and another a male fan who writes Chanel lesbian fan fiction…) using the pledges as a way to sacrifice others to ensure their survival. In the middle of the chaos, Dr Brock, #3 and Dr Cascade help a woman who transitions through accents — leading them to do the same. (Best referred to as what happened to Madonna.)

Chanel wanders the hospital hallways and hears the eerie moans of a woman, eventually finding Hester hiding out in a room. Chanel asks her what and why she’s even there, leading Hester to announce she’s “psychotic and a sociopath and allergic to gluten”, which is a line that reminds me why I enjoy Hester so much. Hester tells Chanel she has heard about the new recruits and explains she has missed her — wanting to be asked back regardless of her attempted murders. Chanel makes the executive decision to do so, thinking it is best to have the insight of a psychotic murderer as an ally. The other Chanels don’t warm up to the idea as easily until she tells them it’s best to kill off “annoying twink”, but it’s settled on “moebius girl”, instead, at the request of #3.

Zayday and #5 locate documents that track down the woman whose husband was killed Halloween of 1985, teaming up to seek out answers. When they go to her house, #5 only succeeds in offending her repeatedly but discovers that her husband was African American — making Zayday wonder if Chamberlain was the child. As the others discover why a patient fluctuated through different accents, they couldn’t help but recreate accents subconsciously through actors in films, coined “Madonna syndrome.” After Munsch observes the behavior of Nurse Practitioner Hoffel, she is called to her office to be fired for her bad attitude and drug addiction. She, initially, denies the allegation, but an unexpected rant about it being her best friend and lover confirms the comment. In order to save herself, Hoffel divulges that she knows Munsch has a terminal illness and blackmails the hospital owner to keep her position and threaten Munsch’s reputation.

The Chanels (new and old) gather at the hospital for a slumber party with pillow fights and makeovers — but mainly to use a sacrifice of the weak to keep them alive from the Green Meanie. (The meta awareness is completely real.) They send one of the new girls to the morgue for an Hermes choker, but Chanel Pour Homme (the obsessive “twink”) tries to find it for himself and is murdered by the Green Meanie. The next step from Munsch is to bring a few more Chanels into the fold but to find Hester, and she has her suspicions that the girls are hiding her from authorities. Within moments of joining, the group is attacked, and another new Chanel loses her life, making the group of girls down to four. The last scene of the episode shows Dr. Cascade arrive to the home of the woman from the 1985 murder, revealing that he is the son of the deceased patient wronged by the entire staff all those years ago.

Overall Grade: 7.5/10

The fact that Chanel #5 survived was a pleasant way to resolve a looming concern the last episode presented. I was also delighted to watch Hester rejoin the Chanels for some of the best comedic moments to come from the four girls. I’m not completely sure where the series is headed with the plot mystery, but they continue to provide characters that I enjoy watching and root for to survive the comedy/horror series.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

– New Chanels are always welcomed, even if it’s as temporary placeholders to be killed.

– Dr. Cascade was an early suspect in relation to the murders, but I don’t believe he is the killer.

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

Scream Queens: 02×03, Handidates (Recap/Review)

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After a week hiatus – Scream Queens returns with Chanel #5’s shot at love failing miserably. Chanel begins to question if it’s possible that #5 is the murderer, but they decide its best to cover up the murder because of the hospital’s fleeting reputation. As they dump his body and #5 says goodbye, Chanel points out her boyfriends corpse barfs – poor girl can’t catch a break. The Chanels and Munsch head back to the asylum for details on the killer’s identity, however Hester continues with 80’s workout tape demands as a well as a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas. Munsch decides she doesn’t need to fulfill Hester’s requests for the simple fact that a text from Chad states he knows the identity – not so trustworthy source, but let’s just go with it.

Chad’s suspect is none other than Dr. Brock, the MD with a hand transplant. Brock makes it known that Chad’s arrival coincides with the killer, pointing fingers back and forth while Chanel says she won’t simply back any wealthy guy who shows interest. Next we see a new case that invokes a sexual quest to stop a woman from continuous orgasms and #3 tells Dr. Cascade that she was never graced with her own. She compares it to not living, which Cassidy Cascade admits he died in high school, coming back from a post-kegger death that inspired him to become a doctor. Yes the logic is asinine, but that’s what makes #3 attracted to him and the scenario hilariously strange. (He now thinks his purpose is to make #3 feel alive.) Elsewhere, Chanel and the others follow a moisturizer lead from Hester that takes them to a nurse’s home – a nurse who survived the massacre of ’86.

The nurse acknowledges a connection to the doctor killing a patient in ’85, also sharing that he believes the killer is a girl based on a phone call from a mysterious voice threatening his life. Munsch is almost positive that there is a connection between the past and present murders, believing the hospital is the real reason behind the motive.  With their current information, they narrow it down to a 30 year old man who could be Chad, Cassidy or even Chamberlain. In order to solve the case of ridiculous amounts of orgasms, a steamy yoga session between #3 and Cascade solves the problem but ensures their strange connection. Chad feels threatened by Dr. Brock’s feelings for Chanel, causing him to propose to his college “sweetheart” which she immediately agrees to with Brock staring humorously/eerily from a distance.

With the very, very rushed wedding approaching, Chad admits he wants to semi-change his womanizing ways to please his fiancé. That is until he admits it could fizzle in a few months – classic Chad Radwell. With Zayday and #3 as bridesmaids and #5 as a ring bearer, the bizarre quick paced wedding is almost here! At the hospital, the new patient is cured of orgasms but a slow-motion blade is tossed, decapitating her and injuring Chamberlain… Leaving Zayday unharmed. Zayday and Denise are unable to pry answers from Hester who says “it’s too late” transitioning to the wedding as Chad is nowhere to be seen. That is… Until blood drips down on Chanel’s dress when Chad falls through the ceiling covered in blood and sending the others into a screaming frenzy. RIP Chad, we will all truly miss you.

Overall Grade: 8/10
This episode had some comedic filler moments, but Chad brought his classic comedy elements for one last time. The show is beginning to suggest that we could be seeing more former main characters meet their untimely demise, upping the bloodshed of Scream Queens once again.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

-It was nice having you for as long as we could Chad, you will be missed.

-Chanel joined #5 at losing her supposed shot at love.

-Cassidy and #3 are the only remaining pair with some adorable attributes and making it likely he is the killer or sure to die.