Ahead of it’s return for a second season of deliciously campy satirical slasher madness on Tuesday, September 20, a look back at the first star-studded season of Scream Queens

Synopsis:

At Wallace University, Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) dislikes sorority Kappa Kappa Tau and its leader Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts). In fact, most people who don’t feel the need to join the sorority recognize Chanel for the obnoxious snob she is. But their rivalry gets a whole lot messier when the legendary serial killer The Red Devil returns in his/her bright red garb, offing sorority sisters one by one.

RIP Chanel #2

RIP Chanel #2

EPISODE 1 — “PILOT”

In flashback, we see a woman giving birth in a sorority house bathtub. The woman dies…

When the Wallace University chapter of Kappa Kappa Tau is threatened with closure, national president Gigi Caldwell (Nasim Pedrad) convinces the Dean to allow it to stay open, as long as they agree to let in anyone who applies. This creates an influx of pledges that the house’s entitled leader, Chanel, considers beneath her—as well as lowering her status on campus and causing her boyfriend, Chad (Glen Powell), to dump her. In an attempt to scare off pledges, she creates a prank using a deep fryer, but ends up killing the maid instead. The sisters hide the body in a shed. Grace (Skyler Samuels), an intrepid school reporter and Kappa member, teams up with fellow investigator Pete (Diego Boneta) to find a way to take down the sorority house, meanwhile, the maid’s hidden body mysteriously disappears.

And serial killer the Red Devil, linked to a series of murders decades prior, kills two girls from Kappa Kappa Tau, including Chanel #2 (Ariana Grande), Chanel’s chief underling…

EPISODE 2 — “HELL WEEK”

The pledges are persuaded to move into the sorority house, and are assigned a security guard, Denise (Niecy Nash). Grace’s father Wes (Oliver Hudson¬¬) starts working at Wallace University in an attempt to protect her, while Grace and Pete are beginning to be romantic in the midst of their investigation. Grace finds a room of secrets in the sorority house. Turns out a woman gave birth in a bathtub and then died (as seen in the pilot). But it also turns out the baby was never found, and that Dean Munsch may have had a hand in covering up the incident. Grace finds a Red Devil costume in Pete’s closet, and becomes convinced that he is The Red Devil killer and the baby from that sorority bathtub.

The Red Devil kills more people: Denise’s bodyguard partner, as well as Boone (Nick Jonas), a social elite and Chad’s best friend. But in the morgue, The Red Devil meets with an alive Boone, who apparently faked his death…

EPISODE 3 — “CHAINSAW”

Chanel anoints Hester (Lea Michele), an energetic pledge with a neck brace, as Chanel #6 in an attempt to restore some order to the sorority. The Dickie Dollar Scholars, the elitist golf frat on campus, manages to get in a fight with The Red Devil, but two Red Devils confront the group, both with chainsaws. A Dickie Dollar guy gets his arms sawn off.

Zayday for President!

Zayday for President!

EPISODE 4 — “HAUNTED HOUSE”

Zayday (Keke Palmer) runs for presidency of the sorority, and throws a haunted house party to kick off her campaign. Grace and Pete find the only surviving person from that night with the bathtub baby, Mandy (Grace Phipps). She says that Dean Munsch ordered the girls to bury the body, and took the baby to parts unknown. Also, the baby was a girl, not a boy. The Red Devil shows up later and kills Mandy. Meanwhile, Hester and Chad hit it off and head to the Shady Lane Shack to have some romantic time. But when they get there, they find the body of basically every murder victim in the show. Grace sees this as a cue to investigate a woman known as “The Hag of Shady Lane” who used to live there. It turns out that this woman was raising the bathtub baby in 1995.

We learn that the “Hag” is in fact Gigi…

EPISODE 5 — “PUMPKIN PATCH”

Chanel, in an attempt to take back momentum from Zayday in the sorority election, organizes a pumpkin patch party. But Dean Munsch shuts down the campus and creates a Halloween curfew. Meanwhile, Hester tells the cops that Chanel killed the deep fryer maid, and pins the ratting out on another member. Upon her release from a very short stint in jail, Chanel throws the pumpkin patch party regardless of the curfew. Dodger (Austin Rhodes), one of a pair of Dickie Dollar frat twins, is killed by The Red Devil while lighting pumpkins. Later, Grace, Gigi, and some others manage to find The Red Devil’s secret lair, but he escapes before his identity can be revealed. The sorority holds its vote for who will be president, but the results will have to wait for another episode. And Gigi appears to be meeting with The Red Devil…

EPISODE 6 — “SEVEN MINUTES IN HELL”

In a tie vote for sorority president, Chanel concedes to Zayday in an attempt to maintain power with the other girls. Zayday wants to organize a slumber party in celebration, but apparently all the doors and windows in the building have been locked from the outside. Chanel asks Chad and the rest of the Dickie Dollar crowd to come save her, but The Red Devil strikes again. During a game of Truth or Dare, Sam (Jeanna Han) is sent to the house’s bathtub, where the Red Devil kills her. The other twin Dickie brother is killed with a nail gun.

Feather wouldn't hurt a fly...

Feather wouldn’t hurt a fly…

EPISODE 7 — “BEWARE OF YOUNG GIRLS”

After Chanel #2’s memorial service, a Ouija game suggests that Chanel killed her. Chanel’s underlings plot to take her out as a result, but Chanel is visited by #2 in a dream, warning her of the plot. Chanel forgives the girls of their murderous plans, as long as they help pin The Red Devil murders on Grace and Zayday. Gigi gets Grace on the trail of Feather McCarthy, an ex-sorority sister who ran away with Professor Munsch (Dean Casnoff), Dean Munsch’s now ex-husband. Professor Munsch is murdered and Dean Munsch is arrested. Grace and Pete find DNA evidence of Feather (Tavi Gevinson) doing the killing in exchange for Dean Munsch’s willingness to help them in their Red Devil investigations.

Police Detective Chisholm suspects that Feather is also The Red Devil and has her placed in an institution. However, in flashback, it is revealed that Dean Munsch killed her ex-husband and framed Feather…

EPISODE 8 – “MOMMIE DEAREST”

Dean Munsch is attacked in the shower by two Red Devils and a third person in an Antonin Scalia mask, but manages to escape. The dean gives Grace the name of the woman who died giving birth in the bathtub: Sophia Doyle. Grace and Pete go to the insane asylum, and find out that Gigi was raising another child in addition to the bathtub baby twenty years ago. The Red Devil kills sorority sister Jennifer (Breezy Eslin) and campus is closed indefinitely. Boone is working out in the gym in a disguise. He gets on a phone and tells an unseen person that Gigi shouldn’t have used a stupid Antonin Scalia mask, and needs to be taken out…

No!

No!

EPISODE 9 — “GHOST STORIES”

Chanel announces that she is going to Thanksgiving at Chad’s family compound. Hester is upset and fakes a pregnancy so that Chad has to admit that he’s been sleeping with her. Boone returns to campus, and hits on Zayday. She rejects him and says she likes Earl Grey (Lucien Laviscount). So Boone stabs Earl. Dean Munsch tells Grace that Sophia “bathtub baby” Doyle had two children, and Boone is the male child. Boone lies in wait to kill Gigi, but is killed by a Red Devil instead. Chad decides to invite Hester to Thanksgiving, since she is the mother of his child. But Chanel’s minions trick her into revealing the pregnancy to be a hoax, and Chanel pushes Hester down a flight of stairs…

EPISODE 10, “THANKSGIVING”

Chanel goes to show Chad the body of Hester, who she just threw down a flight of stairs, but the body is missing. Dean Munsch uses Thanksgiving at the sorority house as a way for the girls to suggest their theories as to who the Red Devil is. Meanwhile, Chanel and Chad’s family dinner at Chad’s family compound is interrupted by Hester’s surprise appearance. During dinner, Pete reveals that Grace’s father, Wes, was Boone’s biological father, and in all likelihood is the father of whoever the Red Devil is.

Kicked out of Chad’s house, Chad, Chanel and Hester get back to the sorority just in time for dinner. But instead of a turkey on that platter, it is Gigi’s severed head…

EPISODE 11, “BLACK FRIDAY”

Chanel and her underlings go Black Friday shopping but are attacked by The Red Devil and Chanel is wounded. Wes, Pete, and Grace go to the police to report Gigi’s death, and it turns out the entire police force was fired and Denise was appointed Chief of Police. Chanel presumes Dean Munsch is the killer and plots to kill her in revenge for her wounds. But the dean escapes poisoning and being put in a cryogenic stall. Pete and Wes find out that Gigi was the assumed name of Jess Meyer, the sister of a girl who killed herself after her involvement in the bathtub baby cover-up. Grace confronts Pete, who is desperate to flee town, and says she wants to have sex with him. But Pete says that he doesn’t want to Grace to lose her virginity to a murderer…

The face of the fall girl...

The face of the fall girl…

EPISODE 12 — “DORKUS”

Pete confesses to Grace that he is in on the Red Devil scheme, and killed Boone among others and was Chanel’s attempted killer. He offers to tell Grace who the other Red Devil is, but he is stabbed and killed. Elsewhere, after a viral e-mail makes her look bad, Chanel contemplates suicide. Zayday instead convinces her to turn her life around and do good. Chanel attempts this by apologizing to Melanie Dorkus (Brianne Howey), the Kappa president preceding her who burned her skin in a tanning accident. But instead of apologizing, she tries to stab Dorkus with scissors, convinced she is The Red Devil killer. Grace and Zayday intervene, saying that Hester is the killer. They return to the sorority house and find Hester with a stiletto heel in her eye. Hester tells everyone that Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin) did it…

EPISODE 13, “THE FINAL GIRL(S)”

A glimpse into the near future, with sorority president Zayday, vice president Grace, and treasurer Hester running a tight ship for Kappa Kappa Tau. Dean Munsch is a best-selling feminist author, and is in a relationship with Wes. Chad sets up a foundation for his dead friends. We see from Hester’s point of view that she was The Red Devil killer and she totally got away with it. She wanted revenge on all the people that hurt her mother, Sophia of the bathtub, and faked scoliosis so people could be distracted from what she was actually doing. Dean Munsch finds out, but Hester blackmails her into silence with the murder of her husband and the bathtub baby cover-up.

Hester stabbed herself in the eye with the stiletto from last episode to implicate Chanel #5, and convinced the Chief of Police Denise to charge all three remaining Chanels with being the killers. The Chanels are found not guilty of the crimes, but Chanel insults the jury, and they decide to change their verdict. The Chanels are sentenced to life imprisonment in an insane asylum.

The girls manipulate their time in the loony bin and have a fun time. But one night in her asylum room Chanel is woken up by The Red Devil, brandishing a knife…

 

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JASON LUNA

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