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Scream Queens recap: Season 2, Episode 5

Officer Denise Hemphill’s fate is sealed, and one of the doctors may be behind the Green Devil mask

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Scream Queens

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

The unimaginable fear has come true: Det. Denise Hemphill has died. The rest of this recap should be dedicated to the hilarious rise and fall of a security-guard-turned-FBI-pro. However, like a double-edged sword, other stuff happened that we simply cannot overlook. Taking Hemphill’s knack for sleuthing in stride, we must push forward and complete our mission the uncover the Green Devil.

Apart from the downright heartbreak over Hemphill, Chanel #5 sustains her machete wound, forcing her to hole up in the ICU to properly assess the internal damage. Of course, she’s later moved to the Chanels’ apartment so Chanel can use her for a punching bag in the midst of so much horrifying turmoil. The other not-so-lucky Halloween partygoers are taken out Hannibal-Lecter style, strewn up on the ceiling like decorations. Dean Munsch is concerned over the fresh and high body count, but in her own crazy way, her greater concern is the fate of the hospital. Her luck isn’t completely gone, though, as she learns the press has driven every individual suffering from a strange disease to the C.U.R.E. Institute. Just like that, the medical business has turned around and is busier than ever.

With such an illustrious reputation as its new label, the hospital, led by Munsch, has to dial back on who’s allowed to perform medical procedures — which means Chanel and her followers are no longer fit to do anything more than clean bed pans. Dr. Hawful loves this new role for the girls and gives them some additional and colorful tasks to do, including extracting sperm from a comatose man to prove he’s the biological father of a child. This annoys Chanel to no end, much like every other form of manual labor, but her greatest fear now is making sure more Chanels don’t die. Her plan to combat this is to recruit more followers, and she pulls them directly from the remaining hospital patients.

Before we go any further, we need to talk about Tristan. Apart from being the no. 1 fan of the entire Chanel franchise, he’s also a budding fiction writer who uses his imagination to put the Chanels in precarious and sensual situations as much as possible. Chanel isn’t afraid of him, despite his mysterious means of acquiring her personal phone number, so he becomes one of the essential members of the gang. The overall plan to use the new recruits as bodyguards is coming along nicely, at least until Chanel #3 comes down with the accent syndrome.

A United Nations representative is one of the most recent patients, and her afflictions are far from normal. Every new sentence is delivered in a different, yet spot-on accent by the UN employee — which isn’t exactly a terrible skill to have in her line of work, but does come with problems. Unbeknownst to Dr. Holt, Dr. Cascade, and Chanel #3, they’re all subtly taking on the same traits. Holt, being the handsome genius he is, concludes this phenomenon must be called “Madonna Syndrome,” due to the singer’s similar issue.

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