Surviving high school is ridiculously tough, whether you’ve got a psycho killer running around or not. But on Tuesday night’s episode of Scream, “Exposed,” Emma’s high school career got significantly worse when she had to return to school after a video of her sexual exploits made the rounds faster than someone can actually say the word viral. Being that she is only person who can even partially understand what Emma is going through (this school is certainly big on the video leaks), Audrey is the only person who can even try to comfort her. But it’s not going to be so easy, especially with Will running around trying to convince Emma he didn’t tape her first time, like the biggest creep in the world. In fact, he immediately pins it on Jake. Didn’t take long for that bromance to end.
But “Exposed” doesn’t put all of its energy on Emma’s ultimate embarrassment. We also get more reveals and a new name at the top of our suspect list. But of course, first our murderer has to have a little more fun at Emma’s expense, by taping a photo still from her video in her locker with the words “Just like your mother.” Classy, murderer. Real classy.
Now that we’ve got a few bodies on our hands in Lakewood, and Tyler is clearly not the killer, Sheriff Hudson is definitely under some heavy scrutiny. He’s not getting his job done and Mayor Maddox has to save face (while he’s still got one). So without consulting his new chief of police, he brings in a new character to the mix: Detective Lorraine Brock from the State Police Special Task Force, and from the moment we see her smarmy smirk, we know she shares an intimate past with Hudson, or Hud as she calls him (a.k.a. the most unoriginal nickname of all time). Maddox tells Hudson that Brock’s going to be taking over the case and to add insult to injury, Brock utters this totally condescending line: “Don’t take it personally hun. There’s just been a loss of confidence in you lately.” Um… How does one not take this personally? Hudson gets relegated to enforcing the curfew rather than assisting on the case and he leaves in a huff, understandably so.
Because Scream is not a subtle show, the kids are back in class with Mr. Branson where he is teaching them all about the themes of hypocrisy, misogyny, and female oppression laid out in the The Scarlett Letter, a novel that should be on drinking games involving any TV show or film that is at least partially set in a fictional high school. Jake, being the ever bad boy, asks why this book matters during all the “cyber bullying, gifs, and mayhem going down,” and Mr. Branson replies that it’s now more important than ever. Cue the cyber bullying as Emma and everyone else in the school gets sent a gif of her leaked video.
Emma attempts to rise above the douchebaggery of her fellow students giving herself and Will a hard time by reminding people that all they should be caring about are the friends they’ve lost with an upcoming candlelight vigil. But Kieran, who is suddenly back in school after he mysteriously “had to drive up to Bloomington to deal with insurance stuff” for his mom’s accident (which is definitely a lie, right?), comforts Emma with one simple sentence: “People are dicks.” Truth brother. Sometimes that is absolutely accurate, especially in high school. Oh, and he also uses the opportunity to put the moves on Emma a little more. Can’t tell yet if that’s creepy or if it works considering Emma is definitely feeling it. Both, I guess?
Emma tells Kieran that she thinks the killer planned for her sexual adventures to leak around the school and that she’s terrified every time the phone goes off. And to help her get over that fear, Kieran later takes Emma for some target practice and offers her a gun for her protection. Again, creepy or not? This guys is definitely dancing all over that line.
Audrey and Emma visit the memorial for Nina, Tyler, and Riley. Emma apologizes to Audrey for the absence in Rachel’s memorial and is then made to suspect Audrey’s motivations for liking Rachel by Piper. I still don’t fully get Piper’s inclusion in the show. At this point, Gale Weathers easily inserted herself into the story line of Scream and made several enemies in the process. So what’s Piper’s endgame? Could she be getting close to Emma and trying to throw a wrench in Emma and Audrey’s friendship for the story?
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