Fox’s Scream Queens is finally back and with an all new setting and storyline for Season Two. Spoilers ahead!
Editor’s Note: Sarah Charles is TV Source Magazine’s newest staff writer. She will be covering all things Scream Queens.
The season two premiere begins with a cold open on October 31, 1985 at a Halloween party for hospital staff at Our Lady of Perpetual Suffering. They all seem way more into partying than actually responding to their patient’s call buttons, which is on point for this show. Then we see a wife of patient going into the party looking for a doctor for her dying husband (Side note: it is probably important that the wife of this dying patient is pregnant, presumably with this season’s killer but more on that later). We find Dr. Mike (Jerry O’Connell) wearing basically a green version of The Red Devil costume from Season One and he’s not sold on actually doing doctor work but agrees to help. Dr. Mike gives the patient a sedative to prepare him for surgery but instead dumps his body in the rancid, green swamp next to the hospital. There were rumors of a monster living in the swamp, The Green Meanie, which is probably where Dr. Mike got his costume inspiration. Dr. Mike leaves his costume on the body and gets back to the party because that’s the important thing here.
Back in 2016, it’s been two years since the Kappa House murders and a lot has happened. We pick up in the same hospital, now called the C.U.R.E. Institute, where the incurable are cured. We see the gorgeous Dr. Brock Holt (John Stamos) and Dr. Cassidy Cascade (Taylor Lautner) strutting their stuff down the hallway to meet their first patient, Catherine Hobart (Cecily Strong). She has Werewolf Syndrome and was once arrested by a dogcatcher. Seriously.
Enter Dr. (Dean) Munsch who now owns the hospital and believes she is a real doctor after receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh that they stripped from Bill Cosby. Munsch gives a TED talk and decides her new cause in life is going to be reforming America’s health care, so she creates the C.U.R.E. Institute which stands for Caregivers United in Restorative Ideology. The hospital is entirely funded with her own money (which is insane if think about it, even with her publishing fortune) and she is interested in hiring only the best doctors to work there.
But what have the Chanels been up to, you ask? The Chanels had a Netflix documentary series (think Making a Murderer) that made them a national obsession. It turns out, Hester did not get away with murder! Denise Hemphill was able to get Hester’s confession on tape after she was confused on what double jeopardy really meant. And thanks to their Netflix doc, “Entrap a Kappa Kappa: Murder on Sorority Row,” the Chanels were set free.
Zayday got through the rest of her undergrad in a year and a half which is super impressive, but also makes sense because she wanted to get away from everything that had happened. She is now working three jobs to pay for her first year of medical school and sincerely wants to help prevent other people from dying. So sweet. Dean Munsch says she wants to pay for Zayday’s tuition in exchange for her to come to work at the C.U.R.E. Institute, saying it will count towards her residency. Zayday is initially concerned, as she should be, but Munsch replies that she has a “very personal, deep-seated reason for wanting to see the hospital succeed.” Because that doesn’t sound creepy or anything.
Back at the hospital, Zayday meets Brock and Cassidy for the first time and asks them how they ended up there. Brock was working at the Mayo Clinic when Munsch had seen his Playgirl spread, “10 Hottest Doctors,” when he was hired and Cassidy actually sought out Munsch after wanting to be a doctor and seeing her TED talk. If this all wasn’t weird enough, Brock was the recipient of the world’s first hand transplant after getting his hand ground in a garbage disposal! Cassidy, on the other hand (pun intended), is literally freezing to the touch. Both of these guys really don’t seem like the best doctors that there is but they will do.
Zayday begins working on Catherine Hobart’s case, when in walks Chamberlain Jackson, the friendly neighborhood candy striper. He easily upsets Catherine by waving around razors, calling her “Hairy Mary,” and giving her a lollipop to Catherine’s response, “there’s no way I can eat that, it will just stick to me.” This scene isn’t all that important to the episode but I found it hilarious!