Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for Scream Queens. Proceed with caution if you have not watched yet.
Quit playing games with our hearts, Scream Queens! Seriously, we’re still processing the death of the beloved Chad Radwell, and now we have to cope with losing Denise Hemphill! While we’re secretly hoping she’s living it up with her best friend Shondell (who hopefully doesn’t have a knife in her throat anymore), and on again, off again flame Chad, it’s sad to see her violent exit. To find out what led to her unfortunate demise, and who else’s head was on the chopping block, keep on reading.
Before we dig in, let’s have a moment of silence for Chad and Denise.
You know who didn’t have a moment of silence? Chanel. “Halloween Blues” picked up right after Chad fell through the ceiling during the middle of his own wedding. As expected, Chanel isn’t taking the loss well. In the short period of time between Chad’s death and the beginning of the episode, Chanel dug out her old Jackie Kennedy costume so that she could mourn in style. On top of that, she showed how distraught she was by peeing in plants, and ranting about how she was the only one who cared about Chad.
But that isn’t exactly true. While she was composed during Chanel’s meltdown, Denise was a wreck as soon as she was left alone with Chad’s dead body. As she stood there above him, she recalled how she used to role play with Chad when they were lovers (i.e. acting out Brokeback Mountain). To honor him, Denise decided to dress up as Mrs. Chad Radwell.
Garbed in Chanel’s wedding dress, Denise, joined by Dean Munsch, went to speak with Hester about the murders. Hester has already made it clear that she knows who the Green Meanie is, but she won’t tell Munsch and Denise who it is unless they agree to let her free for the big Halloween party happening at the hospital. Because the killer is probably among their ranks, and prone to kill on the holiday, Hester suggested they lure him/her out with a party. Of course, the duo ignored her request (…for now).
After meeting with Hester, Munsch and Denise had another important business matter to attend to: the reading of Chad’s will. With the rest of the Radwells tragically deceased, the inheritance was passed down to Chad, which was then passed down to whoever the will named. Chanel was ready to accept the disgusting amount of money when it was revealed that the fortune was actually going to Dean Munsch and the C.U.R.E. facility. Everyone aside from Munsch thinks that decision is shady as hell, and incredibly suspicious because Chad had the will amended the day he died.
Without that huge chunk of change to worry about, Chanel had more time to focus on Chanelloween. A spoof on Taylor Swift’s famous “Swiftmas” video, Chanel uses her free time to hand out disgusting gifts to her fans, and send them charming letters like “You know I loathe you, right?” This isn’t the first time Scream Queens has parodied the video, but it was still hilarious.
The fun came to an unfortunate end when Chanel got some sort of viral or bacterial infection. To treat the skin problem, Dr. Brock gave her a medication that wound up turning her skin blue. The good news is, now she has an instant costume. As the other Chanels suggested, she’d make a great Smurfette.
That wasn’t the only mishap that happened last night. While Denise was in the middle of decorating, she found the Green Meanie lurking about, waiting to kill her. But if one thing that’s certain by now, is that Denise Hemphill is unstoppable thanks to her Quantico training. After Denise’s run-in with the Green Meanie, Chanel decided it was the perfect time to contact him through a spirit board. Denise was game, and they got to it. When he finally contacted them, he (using Denise as a vessel) and almost revealed who the killer was.
Now that Chad’s ghost isn’t here anymore, the only way Denise is going to get information is by releasing Hester from her birdcage for a few hours (without telling anyone else or asking questions) during the Halloween party. In addition to Hester (who wound up wearing an Ivanka Trump mask), the party was filled with several new faces… which all happened to resemble Lin-Manuel Miranda in the Broadway show Hamilton. The batch of unfamiliar faces all apparently became sick after the Green Meanie showed up to their party and switched the apple-bobbing water that was tainted.
As expected, the influx of Hamilton-garbed people was a distraction for the Green Meanie. Towards the end of the episode, Chanel No. 3 narrowly escaped from her doom (as far as we know?) and took a massive knife to the back. Unfortunately, Denise heard No. 3’s shout for help and investigated. After putting up a good fight the first time, Denise wasn’t so lucky this time. The Green Meanie brought Denise to her knees after using a defibrillator on her. At the moment, the final fate of both Denise and Chanel No. 5 is up in the air.
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