It’s Halloween at the C.U.R.E. Institute and no one is safe from The Green Meanie. Spoilers ahead in my Scream Queens recap for episode 204, “Halloween Blues”.
We begin, literally, in Chanel Oberlin’s throat as she screams to mourn the death of beloved Chad Radwell. Yes, Chad is really dead and I’m not okay. Chanel is lying with Chad’s body in the morgue dressed up in her Jackie Kennedy costume from last year. She doesn’t understand why no one else is peeing in random places to mourn Chad’s death, which she believes is “a major event in our nation’s history.”
Munsch is increasingly concerned that the hospital will get shut down because now people who are not patients are getting killed. I would think if anyone was killed in your hospital that would be a problem. Munsch wants to cure their first patient and Denise makes a very good point that they have cured patients but they all are killed right before they leave. Then Denise makes everyone leave the room so she can follow FBI protocol and examine Chad’s body by herself. That’s not sketchy at all. But Denise was actually going against FBI protocol, she just wanted to be with her “sweet boo.” Just when this couldn’t get any weirder, Denise is curious about rigor mortis and how hard certain parts of Chad’s body has gotten. The flashback of the two of them role-playing Brokeback Mountain is everything. Denise finally leaves but not before running her hand of Chad’s crotch, not once, but twice.
In the basement, Munsch learns that the FBI granted Hester’s transfer to the hospital. She questions Hester on why the pattern of only killing patients has been broken. Hester doesn’t give a straightforward answer but says that massacres tend to happen in this hospital during Halloween and this year was going to be a doozy. To find out who the killer is they need to throw a Halloween party with the staff as bait. Hester is desperate to get out of her cell and wants to be let out for Halloween party. Now, obviously, this would be crazy because Hester would definitely try to kill people if she was out of her cell, but you know it’s going to happen.
Chad’s will is being read to Chanel, Munsch, and Denise who is still wearing her Mrs. Chad Radwell costume AKA Chanel’s wedding dress. Unfortunately, the entire Radwell family was on their way to the hospital to try and stop the wedding in the family’s 747 when the plane crashed killing them all. So now Chad’s will determines where all of the Radwell family fortune goes. That does not seem like a smart decision. Apparently, Chad changed his will the day he died leaving everything to Munsch and the C.U.R.E. Institute “for reasons that are well-known to her.” Well, I wasn’t expecting that. What is Munsch up to? Chanel then gives us her second huge scream of the episode – a long drawn-out slow mo scream as she gets on top of the table and jumps onto the lawyer attacking him.
Chanel-O-Ween is back and more gruesome than ever. Chanel wants to make it clear that she actively hates her fans and is now sending gifts from the hospital biohazard bins and morgue. I loved this Taylor Swift parody in Season One and I think I love it more even now. You would expect that getting a gift of “rancid lipo fat” or “diseased whore hearts” would be terrifying and off-putting but not for these Chanel fans. They love their gifts and they love Chanel.
At the C.U.R.E. Institute, Chanel is being treated for a rash on her arm. Brock believes she has a viral infection caused by high-stress situations that weaken the immune system. That’s what being targeted by serial killers can do to you. Brock gives Chanel a solution of colloidal silver to treat her rash and it ends up doing so much more. Chanel wakes up the next morning and discovers that her skin has turned blue. On the bright side, Number 5 tells her she can go as a blueberry or Smurfette for Halloween.
It’s the night before Halloween and the hospital is gearing up for the lamest party ever. While Denise is hanging up severed limbs as decorations the lights and music suddenly turn off. She is looking around with a flashlight when The Green Meanie appears behind her. The killer gets his knife stuck in the wall and Denise runs away. She starts to throw apples at the killer then pulls out her gun and starts shooting but The Green Meanie gets away. After this confrontation, Denise goes down to visit Hester to tell her she will be released for 24 hours on Halloween. Oh, this is not going to end well.
In Munsch’s office, Chanel barges in accusing Brock of poisoning her with the colloidal silver. Brock doesn’t understand how this could be happening and thinks that someone tampered with the mixture of the solution. Apparently, this reaction is incurable (just like every other case in the C.U.R.E. Institute) but Brock is determined to find a cure. Well, after the party, his ear hair laser removal treatment, and going to the dry cleaner. Chanel wants Brock arrested for assaulting her with silver and probably murdering Chad. Munsch tells Chanel that Brock has an alibi – they were having the “jiffy stiffy” together right before the wedding. Why do older women keep taking Chanel’s men? Well, according to Munsch it’s because she “insists on Snapchatting during sex.”
In the midst of her anger, Chanel storms away and sees someone in a really creepy Ivanka Trump costume. This person doesn’t talk back to her and mimes slashing their throat. “Ivanka” throws an IV stand at Chanel and starts chasing her down the hallway. Just when you think the demise of Chanel Oberlin is eminent, Chanel throws her heel at “Ivanka” and gets away. This person then unmasks themselves and reveals it’s Hester. It turns out that Chanel #5 was going to be Ivanka Trump for Halloween and her costume is missing. Once again, Number 5 is accused of being the killer and denies it. Chanel #3 tells her she can’t go to the Halloween party and if she comes Chanel will kill her.
The Halloween party is finally here and Munsch reminds everyone that they “are not here to have fun” but to draw the killer out. When they are discussing their costumes, “Ivanka” shows up and then Chanel #5 is also there dressed as Ivana Trump. She thought that Ivanka and Ivana were the same person and says “who names their kid after their wife, and just adds a random letter?” You make a very good point there, Number 5. Suddenly, the elevator dings and in come tons of patients all with severe psychosis and vomiting. Everyone was bobbing for apples at a Halloween party, so Brock believes the apples were poisoned. Zayday disagrees and wants more time to talk with the patients.
Elsewhere, Chanel and Denise are using a Ouija board to summon Chad. To know that it’s really Chad and not “the gas lighting bitch Chanel #2 who’s currently getting motorboat in hell by Genghis Khan”, Chanel asks for the name of his goat he secretly keeps at his house. He answers correctly then Chad embodies Denise to talk with Chanel and is about to tell her who killed him but then Zayday interrupts them.
Chanel #5 is carrying IV bags alone in the hallway and “Ivanka” shows up once again. She pulls out a knife but Number 5 thinks it’s Chanel so she keeps rambling. Then, The Green Meanie comes up behind Number 5 and stabs her in the back, so severely that blood is coming out of her mouth. Please don’t take Chanel #5 away from us.
Zayday is talking with a patient from the party saying she ate an apple but didn’t go bobbing for apples. She tells them she noticed someone dressed in a slimey, green swamp costume at the party changing the water the apples were in. The water was poisoned with DMT, the active ingredient in a hallucinogenic drug but, thankfully, no one died from this. But why would the killer do this if it wasn’t to kill a bunch of people? Zayday concludes that he wanted a to create a distraction for the hospital staff.
Chanel #5 is still alive but fighting for her life when she calls out for help and Denise finds her. The Green Meanie was there waiting and throws a bowl of punch on Denise and starts shocking her with a defibrillator. And another fan-favorite bites the dust. Bye Denise, I will miss you so very much. The episode ends with Number #5 still calling out to Denise as she continues to bleed out.
In other Scream Queens news, Ryan Murphy recently did an interview with E! News saying, “Every episode now, someone major is getting killed off,” Murphy reveals. This is not good news at all. Now that Chad and Denise have been killed, who is going to be next?
What did you think of “Halloween”?