The C.U.R.E. Institute hosts a much-needed blood drive and The Green Meanie is revealed in episode 206 of Screen Queens, “Blood Drive.” Spoilers are ahead in the Scream Queens recap.
Scream Queens Recap: Blood Drive
Air Date: November 22, 2016
We begin with Dean Munsch educating the hospital staff on blood that is acceptable and unacceptable. Apparently, the only blood supply available at the hospital is blood from the murders that has been mopped up and put into bags. One blood bag even contained a mouse. Gross. On a positive note, this has really helped Chanel #3 get into recycling. As a result, from this blood shortage, they are going to have a blood drive. Certified phlebotomist, Chanel Oberlin is very excited to finally get a chance to “flex her phlebotomy muscles.” Chanel even offers up a slogan for the blood drive, “we’ve lost a lot of blood, so donate yours.” That’s a great thought but maybe not the best message to send, Chanel.
Meanwhile, we finally get a glimpse at Ingrid Hoffel’s backstory and the character’s connection to the first season of Scream Queens. Her maiden name is Bean, as in Agatha Bean the housekeeper of Kappa Kappa Tau whose faced was fried off by Chanel. Yeah, Nurse Hoffel is seeking revenge for the death of her sister and only took a job at the C.U.R.E. Institute to get close to the Chanels. She doesn’t want to kill them (yet) but wants to make their lives hell, mainly by calling The Green Meanie tip line and saying the Chanels are the killers. Thankfully, another serial killer popped up to make her job a little easier. Hoffel announces that the blood drive will act as a contest, with the employee that gets the most blood winning a paid trip to Blood Island. Turns out, Blood Island is a remote jungle that has giant flesh-eating spiders. Uh, thanks for that visual.
While Zayday is taking Chanel #5’s blood, she has a revelation that might help them find the baby in the belly. We get a nice science lesson this week that a person’s blood type and Rhesus factor is inherited from their parents. If everyone in the hospital donates blood and they learn Jane Hollis’s (wife of the guy that was dumped in the swamp in 1985) blood type, they reduce their list of suspects.
Brock and Chanel are heating up again, but before they “exchange any bodily fluids”, he wants her to get a full, 217 page, STD check. Brock says he is only doing this because he cares so much for Chanel, which she totally falls for and agrees to get tested. When the results come back, it’s less than ideal. Chanel basically has every STD under the sun complete with a real crab floating in her sample. Munsch tells her because of this, her blood has to be removed from the blood drive. Unfortunately, this puts Munsch in the lead and goes against Hoffel’s plan for revenge. In an amazing slow-mo run, Munsch takes Chanel’s lead away from the board keeping track of the blood drive. This scene is so extra, but so necessary at the same time.
Hester finally re-emerges standing over Chanel’s bed with a huge knife. She’s bored sitting around their apartment all day and when she gets bored she starts “to think of ways of how to murder people!” Because that’s normal. Chanel confesses to Munsch that Hester has been living with them. Munsch agrees not to turn them into the police because Chanel knows about Denise being put in the cryogenic freezer. In order to keep Hester from killing more people, Munch gives her a job at the hospital. To stay out of her basement cage, Hester has to be successful at diagnosing and treating patients.
Hester’s first patient is Brandon who is dressed like a vampire. Brandon tells them that he is actually a vampire, like his skin blisters in the sunlight, he hates garlic and everything. He even has a guy at the Red Cross that gets him blood. Later, we see that Hester believes she has found a cure for Brandon who is suffering from non-acute porphyria, which is incurable. This disease causes some serious vampire-like symptoms, but it is not the reason for Brandon wanting to drink blood obsessively. Hester’s plan is to use aversion therapy and have Brandon drink blood until he’s sick of it.
All the Chanels are gathered to give blood, with Number Five on her ninth pint of blood in the last two days. Chanel is basically holding them all hostage to ensure that she wins the blood drive and a vacation with Brock aka Dr. Hot. One of the extra Chanels can’t believe this blood drive is being treated as so important when there’s a serial killer on the loose, but Chanel #5 offer up some wisdom. “Once you’ve been targeted by your first serial killer, you sort of just realize that walking around constantly terrified isn’t gonna help anything at all.” Chanel #9 is the only one not hooked up to give blood because she is terrified of needles. She literally runs out of the room, meaning that Number Five has to give even more blood.
Elsewhere, Zayday is actually being productive and goes to visit Jane in hopes of getting a blood sample. Zayday claims it would be for the blood drive and she can take it at her house, “like Dominos for blood.” Jane doesn’t fall for this and makes a great point that it wouldn’t be like Dominos because instead of getting pizza, Zayday “would be taking blood from my body.” If only Zayday brought a pizza with her it would have really helped her argument.
Chanel really doesn’t want to lose the blood drive, so she goes to another blood drive where she steals multiple pints of blood. Seriously. Once she goes to put it away, she discovers all of the blood she previously collected is gone. Chanel sees a blood trail on the ground and follows it to Brandon’s room in the hospital. Hester made a plethora of blood infused foods using Chanel’s collections from the blood drive. Munsch tells her to stop with this crazy treatment and to find another way by morning or she’s going back in her cage.
Chanel is desperately trying to find more blood and forces Number Nine to donate, she even ties her down. Being that Chanel is a phenomenal phlebotomist, Chanel #9 successfully starts giving blood. Chanel sees Brock and leaves to tell him that Munsch manipulated her blood sample so the results were not right. Brock insists that he doesn’t want to do anything with her until he knows she’s completely healthy, which would need to be proven.
While Chanel is preoccupied with Brock, The Green Meanie bursts into the room where Chanel #9 is giving blood and starts to prepare more needles. Nurse Hoffel comes in but tells the killer to carry on and that she wants to work together. The Green Meanie is revealed to be … Cassidy Cascade! The baby in the belly is indeed The Green Meanie or at least one of them. Cassidy hasn’t killed every victim but he doesn’t know who the other killer is. Hoffel warns him not to touch the Chanels so she can handle them herself. In their first murder collaboration, they kill Number Nine by draining all of her blood. Teamwork makes the dream work!
When they find Number Nine’s body, Munsch thinks Hester killed her because she needed the blood for Brandon. Hester is still feeding, a now unwilling Brandon, blood so I guess she helped him with that problem. Hester is actually using Chanel’s blood, which she checked and it’s clean.
Nonetheless, with Chanel #9’s blood, Chanel has won the blood drive. She doesn’t want when she realizes she’s not flying on a chartered plane, so instead asks for the cash equivalency to go somewhere else. Nurse Hoffel didn’t really think this through and maxed out her credit card in order to pay for this trip so she has nothing else to offer. Better luck next time, Hoffel!
The episode ends with Chamberlain finds out that Jane’s blood type is O positive, as was her husband’s, meaning the baby in the belly would also be type O negative. We then see Cassidy changing the label on his blood donation with Brock’s. Because he is now the prime suspect, Brock’s killer hand starts to get angry and smashes a table. Finally, Cassidy gifts a Green Meanie costume to Nurse Hoffel and now there is a total of three Green Meanies roaming the hospital.
Stay tuned for next week’s episode where Chanel is in grave danger and includes more of Brock’s serial killer hand.
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