SCREAM QUEENS 1×06 Debriefing: “Screw That, Evil Harrington”

SCREAM QUEENS:  Cast Pictured L-R: Lucien Laviscount, Glen Powell, Nasim Pedrad, Nick Jonas, Billie Lourd, Ariana Grande, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Skyler Samuels, Diego Boneta, Keke Palmer, Oliver Hudson, Lea Michele and Niecy Nash in SCREAM QUEENS which debuts with a special, two-hour series premiere event on Tuesday, September 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Matthias Clamer/FOX.

Another week, another batch of murders. A slumber party turned bloody in the sixth episode of Scream Queens, as a Kappa and two Dickeys lost their lives at the hand of the Red Devil. This episode did not have much in the way of plot progression, but I imagine the rest of the season will be full steam ahead!

I Hate You All :

The episode picks up immediately where last week’s left off. The Kappas are getting ready to vote for the next president of Kappa House by dropping marbles into a mahogany box. Seems legitimate. Chanel tasks Jennifer with tallying the votes because she appears to be a “Rain Main” type. But when Jennifer seeks clarification on the voting logistics, Chanel immediately regrets her decision. She now thinks Jennifer may be “one of those idiot savants, who’s heavy on the idiot and light on the savant.” The candle vlogger  is highly offended, going into a spiel about how in a different time she would have been considered a “daydreamer” or “quirky.” “Like a young Zooey Deschanel.” I honestly have no idea what her point is here. But A+ for passion. She’s a victim of her time.

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Emma Roberts, guest star Breezy Eslin, Billie Lourd, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, guest star Jeanna Han and Lea Michele in the "Seven Minutes In Hell" episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patti Perret/FOX.

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Emma Roberts, guest star Breezy Eslin, Billie Lourd, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, guest star Jeanna Han and Lea Michele in the “Seven Minutes In Hell” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patti Perret/FOX.

As “luck” would have it, the votes were tied. Kappa bylaws state that in the event of a tie, the two shall “rule” together. Zayday is thrilled, but Chanel is just not having it. She goes off on another one of her whiny rants about how unfair life is, and then decides that Chanel Number 5 is actually the one to blame for the outcome. She points a finger at all the girls, but apparently Number 5 is the “most idiotic and the most weird” so Chanel blames her more than anyone for not finding a way to ensure her presidency lives on. And with that, Chanel storms up the stairs like a petulant child.

I Voted For Zayday

Numbers 3 and 5 check up on Chanel who is maniacally laughing in her closet. Does she have a bedroom? Does she sleep in the closet? I I know I have seen a tease of a bed somewhere beyond the closet. But I wouldn’t be shocked if she slept among her haute couture. Or maybe she doesn’t sleep. That said, Chanel apparently voted for Zayday. She faked the whole scene downstairs, except for her confrontation with Number 5. Chanel still believes her to be “useless.” Poor Number 5. If she is the killer though, she certainly will have an enjoyable time offing Chanel.

Chanel’s rationale is that “you never ever want to be the boss in a time of extreme crisis.” She assumes she will be safer laying low. This is all an “elaborate plan to save a life.” Hers. Chanel returns downstairs to implement “Phase 2” of her “Chanel Dies Last” plan. She gives Zayday the key to the storage room, which is the holiest room in the Kappa House. Only the president has the key. And with that, Chanel announces (as publicly as possible to whoever may be listening elsewhere) the new acting president: Zayday Something!

Kappa House Is Having A Slumber Party!

Grace comes in all wide-eyed and enthusiastic about the great change Zayday is going to enact in Kappa. Zayday’s first order of business is to stop everyone from getting murdered by a serial killer. After deciding that the killer must be connected to the Kappas in some way, Zayday proposed a slumber party. “There are two things that always happen at a slumber party:  someone experiments with lesbianism, and secrets are revealed.” Grace thinks it’s a perfect idea, and adds that they should play a big game of truth or dare to get the information flowing.

Zayday announces her plan to the rest of the group. Chanel tries to fight it, but Number 3 thinks it sounds fun. Mostly she just wants to play spin the bottle. In fact, she demands it (as she glances longingly as Sam). “We’re having a slumber party. And before we do anything else, we’re playing spin the damn bottle!” The Kappas vote, and it’s decided. They are having the slumber party. Chanel is still confused as to why they are playing spin the bottle. “There aren’t any dickeys here!” She’s right on that.

PANTY RAID!

Meanwhile over at the DDS house, the Dickeys are being their usual charming selves. Poor armless Caufield is chugging canned pasta? I wasn’t sure that was actually a thing. But anything goes with Scream Queens, I suppose. Chad is so proud. Earl Grey wants to have an intervention with Chad. There’s a “nasty rumor” going around that he slept both Dean Munsch and Denise Hemphill. Chad definitely doesn’t deny it. He seems pretty satisfied with both escapades. But the Dickeys agree that “it’s super weird” that he sleeps with so many “old people.”

Chad acknowledges that they are right, and he decides to shift his focus to popular girls- for himself and the good of the house! He pledges to concentrate on his relationship with Chanel. Everyone seems pretty satisfied with that. And the Dickeys are ready to party. Earl Grey heard there was a slumber party at Kappa House, so he proposes a “panty raid.” Off they go.

I’m Charles Manson’s Daughter

It’s spin the bottle time, and almost everyone is still extremely perplexed as to why they are playing with no males in the house. It’s finally Number 3’s turn. She silently prays that the bottle lands on Sam so that she can explore her “confusing conflicting feelings.” At first it lands on Grace, but she gets a re-spin and gets to kiss Sam. Aw.

Number 3 follows Sam into the bathroom. But their discussion was a bit different from what I expected. Number 3 reminisced about her failed love affairs over the years. And while Sam was interested in “exploring” (I’ll keep it G-rated here), Number 3 puts the kibosh on them ever being more than “Alibidibuddies” It’s too dangerous.  Poor Sam looks defeated.

Guess It’s Just A Matter Of Time

Jennifer and Sam have discovered that all the doors and windows to the house have been locked. The house is armed, and the girls are trapped. Grace thinks it’s her dad being overprotective, but Chanel is positive that it is the killer. Of course it is. Chanel reveals that she had the entire house turned into a panic room (since Jodie Foster’s panic room in Panic Room was small and gross). Added bonus: there’s no kill switch. Creepy Hester chimes in and posits that the only reason the killer would lock them all in the house is to pick them off one by one. “That’s what I would do.” Seriously, what is up with this chick? Cue the power outage.

Chanel calls Chad in a panic. Panic in the panic house.  I’m sorry but I can think of a few thousand people I would call in a crisis ahead of Chad. Before Chad is willing to go and “save” Chanel, he has to get some things off his chest. He confesses his sex-capades with the dean and Denise. He won’t apologize, but Chanel seems to be okay with it. So Chad Radwell is on the way! She declares her love for him. “I love you too, sort of.” Oh those two.

Chad climbs a ladder to the upstairs window in a semi-heroic move. Chanel is standing there.  “Save me and I’m yours forever.” That causes Chad to hesitate, and he requests that she takes it back. She does, and tells him she’s his “for an amount of time that is appropriate.” He is placated by her retraction, and proceeds to break the window. At that moment, the Red Devil makes an appearance outside. So the brilliant Dickeys all climb the ladder to crawl inside the otherwise-locked house. Now, this seems pretty intelligent to me. Clearly, RD is going to make his/her way inside because the endgame seems to be to kill off all the Kappas. So let’s all just go make ourselves fair game. That said, RD claimed another victim even before entering the house. Poor Caufield. I actually believed that after surviving a double amputation a few weeks ago, he would escape the rest of the series unscathed. Chad figures they should give him the “dignity” of watching RD ax him to death. What is wrong with these people?  RIP.

Grace is having an anxiety attack of her own. She thinks that maybe this whole ordeal is too much for them to handle. Perhaps they just need to leave school. YES Grace. You are certainly not my favorite, but that would be the intelligent thing to do. Though I’m sure she will be talked out of it in about 30 seconds. And I am right. Zayday calls her panic a “crisis of faith.” She spouts off a relatively inspirational quote. And then tells Grace to “pull it together and let’s go play this game of truth or dare.”

I Get Knocked Down

Zayday lays out the rules of the game for the group. “If you choose truth, you have to tell the truth. And if you choose dare, I dunno. Maybe you’re hiding something.”  After a bit of an outburst from Chad about lying during truth or dare (He misses his “sweet bro, Boone,” and Caufield. But not Dodger), the game can commence. The game starts out with an attempt by Chanel to torture Number 5 with a “truth.” Sam then picks truth and Grace asks her to divulge Number 3’s deepest darkest secret. Number 3, fearful that Sam is going to expose her “weird” feelings for her, tries to blurt it out first. But Sam actually reveals the “fact” that 3’s father is allegedly Charles Manson. This is apparently a much more substantial betrayal, as Number 3 is furious. She dares Sam to go to down to the “creepy Kappa House basement” and take a nap in the bathtub.

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Guest star Jeanna Han and Billie Lourd in the "Seven Minutes In Hell" episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Dietl/FOX.

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Guest star Jeanna Han and Billie Lourd in the “Seven Minutes In Hell” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Dietl/FOX.

Meanwhile, the rest of the gang is taking a break. Chad has made a playlist called “Douche,” which starts off with “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba. If nothing else, this show has the most glorious music. Number 3 storms off to speak to Sam in private. Sam feels awful about betraying her trust, but actually wants to divert the conversation to Number 3’s “feelings.” All Number 3 feels is “rage and pissed-offedness.” She ushers Sam into the basement, and unknowingly (or was it?) signs her death warrant. Unsurprisingly, the Red Devil is waiting down there. Sam asks RD to please reveal his/her identity before killing her. “I knew it. I knew it was you.” Did you, Sam? WHO IS IT?! Well anyway, Sam gets a bag tossed over her head and suffocates. Even if she screamed, no one could hear over the musical stylings of Chumbawamba, and the party happening up above. RIP.

Seven Minutes

Hester confronts Chad in the kitchen. After their previous encounters in the graveyard and haunted house, Hester believes them to be the next “It Couple.” Especially since Chad had texted her saying that same thing. But he claims that Hester did not “hear the context” of his text. Chad basically tells her that he doesn’t believe it is going to work out between them. But Hester never takes second place, and she doesn’t stop until she gets what she wants. A little chilling. Chanel comes in interrupting the duo, though I do not think this is the end of that conversation.

Next on the slumber party agenda is a rousing game of Seven Minutes in Heaven. Chanel and Chad are up first. Chanel interrupts their “making out” session with her confession that she wants to be exclusive. Surprisingly, Chad isn’t opposed to it. Mainly because she’s rich and gullible. And Chanel is charmed by his idiotic declaration. Chad hesitantly makes a “pinkie pledge” to Chanel to be monogamous, but who knows how long that will last. Knowing Chad, probably 47 minutes.

As Number 5 takes Roger into the closet for their turn in “heaven,” everyone else rushes down to the basement in response to Hester’s screams. She has found Sam lying dead in the bathtub. Chanel determines that if all the doors and windows are locked, then the killer must be inside the house. Chanel accuses Hester of being the killer, as she was the one who discovered the body.  Hester volunteers to have someone follow her around for the rest of the night or until someone else dies to prove that she is not the killer. She nominates Chad. But Chanel is not having that. “Screw that, Evil Harrington.” Favorite quote of the night, as I adore All About Eve. And it is actually a perfect descriptor for Hester.

You’re So Rich And Hot

Number 5 and Roger are in the closet, and Roger confesses that he is not all that torn up about losing his brother. As he tries to teach Number 5 his secret language (which he used to speak with Dodger), the Red Devil comes up behind him and shoots him a dozen times in the head with a nail gun. And then he/she proceeds to walk away. So clearly, for some unknown reason RD is sparing the Chanels. For now.

The group barges into the closet where they find Roger looking a bit like an acupuncture session gone very wrong. Chanel claims that this makes Number 5 look pretty guilty. While Chad believes that there are two killers. Probably the smartest idea he has come up with thus far. Chanel proposes that it could be both Hester and Number 5. Though I have to disagree with that hypothesis. Chad discovers a trap door in the closet, and determines that there must be a secret tunnel system in the house. Zayday and Chanel are going to go check it out. It’s the only way the Red Devil could have gotten in and out of the house.

As it turns out, the tunnels look more like Grand Central Station than anything else. Chanel recounts the history of the Kappa presidents to Zayday as they walk down the corridor. Just then, the Red Devil appears with two axes, and proceeds to chase the co-presidents down the hall. Zayday falls, but does some pretty stellar choreography to avoid being axed. Eventually she is cornered by RD. Just as he is about to make his move, Chanel hits him over the head with a lamp and the two girls escape. They have also found RD’s way in and out of the house. Zayday is touched that Chanel came back for her. But for Chanel, it was a selfish attempt to keep their numbers up. She is in it to survive.

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Keke Palmer and Emma Roberts in the "Seven Minutes In Hell" episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patti Perret/FOX.

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Keke Palmer and Emma Roberts in the “Seven Minutes In Hell” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patti Perret/FOX.

Deal

Finally, we get a Jamie Lee Curtis scene in this episode! Dean Munsch walks arm and arm with the cop, as Grace recounts the deadly events of the slumber party. The dean is actually relieved that she can announce to students and parents that as long as they are in no way affiliated with anyone from Kappa House, they are safe to resume school activities. I love her enthusiasm.

Wes comes in and tries to force Grace to leave campus with him. But like the fool she is, she refuses. She wants to stay with her “sisters.” He is less than thrilled and walks out without another word.

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Skyler Samuels and Oliver Hudson in the "Seven Minutes In Hell" episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patti Perret/FOX.

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Skyler Samuels and Oliver Hudson in the “Seven Minutes In Hell” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patti Perret/FOX.

Number 5 and Number 3 are bonding over their losses. Number 3 declares that she’s simply in love with love. I know every character is a walking stereotype, but I couldn’t help but love her admission. It felt refreshing. Sam dying taught her that next time she feels love for someone she is going to tell them. “It’s like her final gift to you.” Number 5 is more hysterical, getting worked up over possibly never finding a guy who likes her again. “I’m a freak.” But Number 3 is there for her. She builds her up, and they make a pact to outlive Chanel. All hail 3 and 5.

Chanel gathers the remaining girls together to give them all gifts. The night has brought them closer. Maybe. She gives them all a custom designer set of pink nunchucks. Just what every girl wants. Chanel pledges that from that night on, they won’t lose any more sisters. “We are going to take the fight to him.”

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Guest star Breezy Eslin, Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd in the "Seven Minutes In Hell" episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patti Perret/FOX.

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Guest star Breezy Eslin, Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd in the “Seven Minutes In Hell” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patti Perret/FOX.

 

But Zayday doesn’t want to address that yet. She wants to have a “kick ass dance party.” Obviously. Why think about the killer when you can dance to a classic Modern English song. The show cuts out with a last glimpse of the Red Devil looking in on the party.

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Keke Palmer, Emma Roberts and Skyler Samuels in the "Seven Minutes In Hell" episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patti Perret/FOX.

SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Keke Palmer, Emma Roberts and Skyler Samuels in the “Seven Minutes In Hell” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patti Perret/FOX.

This concluded the Halloween arc of the show. Though this episode did not actually feel very Halloween-y to me, it was still fun. It was almost a bottle episode. I was sad to see Sam go, though her character probably could have been so much more than what it was. We also didn’t see much of the adults, and I really yearned for some entertaining scenes with Denise and Dean Munsch.

When the show returns after the World Series, it looks like we are going to learn more about Gigi’s involvement in this whole killing spree, which I’m definitely looking forward to seeing. There are not too many episodes remaining, so I think the show will amp up in its last few weeks. More reveals, more killings, and more wonderfully quotable dialog.  See you after baseball!

“Body” Count Thus Far

  1. Ms. Bean
  2. Chanel No. 2
  3. Deaf Taylor Swift
  4. Shondell
  5. Boone (Not Dead, but assumed dead)
  6. Coney
  7. Mandy
  8. Dodger
  9. Caulfield (Missing Arms Dude)
  10. Sam
  11. Roger

Final (Random) Thoughts and Questions:

  • Still no idea who the killer could be. I imagine Gigi is not actually putting on the Red Devil suit. Everyone seems so guilty but so innocent at the same time.
  • Are there two killers? The only time we have seen two Red Devils was in the street with the Dickeys.
  • Where’s Boone?
  • What is Hester’s deal? She is a little too crazy to actually be the killer.
  • The music selection is still so excellent. Even if the show had no additional redeeming qualities, I would watch for the music.
  • Why is Number 2 coming back in the next episode? Flashback?
  • Glad 3 and 5 are sticking together. They are better together.
  • Does Grace’s mom have anything to do with this whole mystery? I feel like it has to.
Marla has been passionately and disturbingly obsessed with television since she was in diapers. She lives and breathes all things TV, and attempts to watch anything and everything. Unfortunately there are just not enough hours in the day. She definitely has her top favorite shows, the identities of which will become painfully obvious if anyone stumbles upon her social media pages.

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