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Scream Queens recap: Ghost Stories

Pour one out for Earl Grey.

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Scream Queens

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Emma Roberts, Lea Michele
Comedy, Horror

Never have I ever wanted a TV novelization more than The Collected Ghost Stories of Denise Hemphill. Girl needs to put down those handcuffs and pick up a pen right this minute! Of course, her tales — meant as a form of aversion therapy for the frightened Chanels during their last night in KKT — owe much (if not all) to other sources. For instance, her legend about the Kappa, an amphibious monster that pulls unsuspecting pee-ers into the toilet and drowns them, has roots in Japanese folklore. And the Red Cape? Yep, a Japanese urban legend. But I’d still buy the audiobook.

Not a compelling ghost story? Dead Gay Boone. After being recognized by No. 3 when his Joaquin Phoenix beard fell off, Boone manages to convince the ear-muffed coed that he is a spirit. And he pulls the same ruse over on Chad, telling him that if only he can get Zayday to fall in love with him and have sex with him then he can come back from the dead. What is this pre-occupation Boone has with Zayday? More on that to come.

For her part, Chanel isn’t so much struggling with ghosts as she is a talisman: the Radwell silver turkey wishbone necklace. It’s basically the family’s version of a letterman jacket but with the added bonus of green bean casserole and sweet potato pie (i.e. an invitation to the family’s Thanksgiving feast at their Hamptons compound). And, to sweeten the deal, every Radwell girlfriend (save one) who’s been gifted the necklace ends up with an engagement ring by Christmas. Chanel has competition for the invite, though, in the form of No. 6. Once again in her neck brace (because her spinal column is collapsing), No. 6 shows up in Chad’s dorm room while he’s vacuum-packing his clothes (he didn’t minor in luggage sciences with an emphasis in packing theory for nothing) to demand an answer as to why she wasn’t invited. Aside from the Hamburglar breath and Pooh belly, Chad says it’s mostly because she’s poor. But what Hester lacks in riches she makes up for in cunning, devising a fake pregnancy scheme to score a first-class ticket to the Radwells.

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Meanwhile, all of the ghost stories that the girls have been telling start to happen in real life. Denise, for instance, goes to the bathroom and is faced with a red roll of toilet paper and a blue roll of a toilet paper. Before she makes up her mind, though, the Red Devil crashes the stall and attacks. But that Denise Hemphill is not going down without a fight and manages to throw off the killer and run to safety. No. 5, for probably the 19th time, declares that she’s had it, packing her bags and driving away from Wallace. Except, No. 6’s Meathook Killer story (otherwise known as High Beams) comes true, and when No. 6 pulls over, the Red Devil emerges from the backseat to kill her truck-driving savior. She speeds back to campus. Chanel’s response: “Please attempt to get attacked in a fresh and exciting way.” 

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