One of the most remarkable things about Scream the TV series is how low its body count has been. There are seasons of Veep that’ve boasted a higher death rate. But since a horror series still has a minimum requirement of suspense and stakes, every episode of Scream needs to include at least hints of violence, or at least something murder-adjacent. That’s why Jake’s murder lasted three commercial breaks, and then the discovery/abuse of his corpse occurred over multiple episodes. Scream is nothing if not willing to capitalize on the shock of one murder for as long as possible.
This week, “Jeepers Creepers” ended with one of the more stomach-churning acts of violence on the show yet, but it was an act clearly meant to prolong a death rather than provide a quick shock. It was almost as though Noah’s earlier reference to the torture porn of the Saw franchise was foreshadowing! Yep, you heard that right. Scream the TV series CAN be meta sometimes. (Let’s forget the fact that torture porn arose as a response to the teen slashers that Scream re-popularized in the late ’90s. In other words, torture porn killed slashers. More foreshadowing?)
Anyway, let’s talk about “Jeepers Creepers”!
We began with a brief montage of each of our characters dealing with the emotional fallout from Jake’s death. And as you can see, everyone handled it differently. For example, Brooke almost cut off her own hair with a pair of scissors but decided to take her rage out on a pillow instead.
Audrey kicked a bag. Very Enough.
Noah recorded another podcast, which, if we’re being honest, podcasts are really just self-therapy in the guise of entertainment, right?
And Emma dealt with her grief the old-fashioned way: By accepting a phone call from “UNKNOWN.” It was the killer, and he or she was in the mood to taunt our Final Girl. But she was not super happy about it and really gave him or her a piece of her mind. Which in this case was a befuddled stammer. Better luck next time, Emma.
At this point Kieran dropped by to apologize for being sorta lame all the time but specifically the day before when he kinda-sorta ratted Emma out for possessing Jake’s phone. She seemed pretty eager to forgive him, but that’s just sort of what it’s like to be in love, probably. Easier to just keep the kinda-lame guy than to have to go through that whole flirtation phase again with someone new. You know?
So now that Emma is 100 percent informed about the existence of a new killer (halfway through the season), she was ALL ABOUT figuring out who it was. So next thing we knew, she was barging into Noah’s bedroom in order to eyeball his murder board. But she was alarmed to discover that Audrey was now his “prime suspect.” Uh, but here’s a question: Is Noah extremely stupid? Like, should he be in a facility somewhere? His main piece of evidence was Audrey’s stolen phone, and yes he found an animated .GIF of her crouching beside Jake’s corpse, but did he also not notice that the .GIF was part of an all-caps text convo with THE ACTUAL KILLER? Worried about Noah’s brain.
Especially when he decided to start stalking Audrey and she immediately spotted him. But don’t worry, he saved the situation by pretending he was bike shopping.
I don’t know either.
Though Noah had declined to explain to Emma exactly HOW he’d come to the conclusion that Audrey was the “prime suspect,” he did decide to text Audrey’s photo to the murdered hotel clerk to see if he’d recognized her. He hadn’t, because he’d been murdered, but obviously the killer (who was currently hanging out with the clerk’s long-dead body) took the opportunity to trick Noah into “meeting up” at an abandoned carnival at nighttime. And, again, because I am pretty sure Noah is not a genius, he didn’t question the idea. Sounded like a good plan.
NEXT: A not-so-shocking rebound