Chanel #2 visited from beyond the grave to drop some truth bombs on Chanel, and her appearances (among other things) contributed to making this one of the best episodes of Scream Queens so far.
Scream Queens Season 1 Episode 7 gave us what I'm sure many viewers were waiting for: a Jamie Lee Curtis showcase. Granted, I could have personally done with about four times more Dean Munsch and twenty times less Grace/Pete buffoonery, but that's just my personal taste.
Here's the brief rundown of important plot points:
- Confirmed: Gigi is a killer, working with at least two other lackeys.
- Dean Munsch is also a killer, having killed her ex and framed her ex's cute, much younger girlfriend Feather.
- Chanel suspects that Grace and Zayday are the killers and has gathered the Chanels to investigate them.
Seriously, though, this was a pretty fantastic installment all around. After my complaints about Scream Queens Season 1 Episode 6 feeling a bit lagging, I was thrilled to see ACTUAL plot developments in "Beware of Young Girls."
And not the fake-out, red herring kinds of plot developments either! Amazing.
Chanel #2's body was discovered, leading to a fantastic ghostly/Prunex-induced hallucination/confrontation and some of Chanel's very best one-liners of the season.
As soon as Chanel #2's parents learned that their daughter's dead body had been found, they went on a cruise to celebrate. That's how much they hated this dead bitch!Chanel
After the actual worst funeral ever, the Chanels decided to have a little communion with the dead over some delicious duck-sauce cotton balls. They basically observed the same rationale as with Truth or Dare night. "We put our fingers on the planchette and promise not to move it." Fool-proof, am I right? Some airtight logic there, ladies.
Dead Chanel #2, or in all likelihood one of the Chanels, spelled out that Chad was cheating on Chanel. Mystery planchette-mover also accused Chanel of being the killer.
All signs point to Hester/Chanel #6. We already know that she wants Chad for herself and to usurp Chanel's position. Via the Ouija board, she was able to suggest that Chad was cheating (in order to get between Chad and Chanel) and by pointing the finger at Chanel as the killer, she was easily and convincingly able to introduce the idea of killing Chanel before she kills them.
It was actually a pretty great plan, especially when you're dealing with tremendously gullible people like the Chanels. Can't argue with a ghost guessing the number of tampons in your purse!
Why do you have NINE tampons? How big is your cooch?!Chanel
Facial reaction game was super strong among all of the Chanels, particularly Lea Michele and Abigail Breslin. Hester's reaction to Chanel's jab at her excessive tampons as well as her expression of validation when Chanel knew what a "sugar party" was – both were great moments. Hester is still annoying, but Lea is killing it.
Finally, the conversation between dead/hallucinated #2 and Chanel was kind of a weirdly heartwarming pep talk. Beyond that, #2's "fun facts about hell" tidbits were seriously classic lines.
Chanel #2: Also! Zero dinosaurs.
Chanel: There's no dinosaurs?
Chanel #2: No. As soon as I got there I was like, "Where are the dinosaurs?" And they were like, "We know. Jesus broke in and stole them."
Can you say "peak Ryan Murphy"? Because I think we've reached it.
Meanwhile, we learned that Gigi is 100%, without a doubt, one of the murderers. As vague as they were being about it before, they were as overt and clear about it as possible now.
That phone conversation she had with the other killer was particularly interesting because she was full of venom and harshness and the person on the other line seemed to be hesitant or doubtful.
Also, it seems as though Gigi is not one of the people in the actual Red Devil costume. She referred to "you guys" when speaking on the phone with her accomplice, so best guess is that Gigi is the head honcho and has at least two minions handling the actual murders.
When Wes asked Gigi who she was talking to, she said "family drama," which is too specific a line to have been a simple throwaway.
Theory: Gigi and her accomplice(s) are related to dead 1995 Kappa girl. Maybe Boone is her brother? Or something? Or maybe Pete. Pete does look slightly more like Gigi than Boone does.
Anyway, enough guessing. I'll say that I'm as crazy about Nasim Pedrad playing creepy-crazy Gigi as I was about her playing quirky-silly Gigi. She is really fantastic at the whole ever-so-slightly unhinged thing.
Oh, I get it, hon. And I'm very touched. Not in my -- not in my head. Touched in my heart.Gigi
Gigi also effectively averted attention from her murdering ways by turning oh-so-guillible Grace and lapdog Pete towards Dean Munsch and the Feather McCarthy drama.
Was it just a weird coincidence that Dean Munsch killed her ex immediately after Gigi tipped off Grace about the Munsch/Feather issue, or are the two women in cahoots? (HASHTAG CAHOOTS!! Oh, Denise, we miss you.)
Jamie Lee Curtis, as mentioned, really had her chance to shine this episode. Feather's flashbacks of the Dean appearing in the corner of a frame, dead-faced and dressed identically to Feather, were all hilarious.
Was anybody surprised that the Dean actually did kill her ex? Yeah, me neither. Poor silly little Feather.
Hey, did you spill ketchup in the shape of an arrow on the floor?Feather
Another great Dean moment was her awkward arrest by dopey Detective Chisholm. The guy is such a tool and the entire way he kept apologetically explaining why she was a suspect was just priceless. The way she kept calling him on his bluff until his back-up showed up was also hilarious.
As terrible as Chisholm is at being a detective, Grace and Pete are that much worse. The Dean manipulated them so easily, what with the bologna speeches and the promises of information about Kappa baby. Get a clue, Grace and Pete!
- Chanel #2's funeral scene was yet another fantastic callback to the movie Heathers (Heather Chandler's funeral), when each of the mourners stood over the coffin and had a brief inner monologue addressing the deceased.
- Chanel #3's spooky, communing-with-the-dead voice was hilarious. How on earth does Billie Lourd manage to remain so deadpan in all of her scenes?
- Tavi Gevinson (Feather) is a fantastic screamer. Like, she's noticeably fantastic at shouting and/or freaking out in general. Those solitary confinement glimpses? Goosebumps. So good.
- The music in this episode was just tops. Such lovely, fitting choices.
- Why no Zayday? I don't understand. Couldn't she have tagged along with Pete and Grace? I'd have preferred more Zaydayisms over Grace and Pete smooching.
- The Dean's awful drawing skills.
- Not a fan of Grace/Pete scenes (may have mentioned that once, twice, or forty times) but the way they reacted when Pete accidentally shattered the glass while trying to gracefully bust open the door to the crime scene actually made me laugh out loud.
Thoughts on "Beware of Young Girls"? Who was your MVP this episode, and why was it Dean Munsch? Remember to watch Scream Queens online if you've missed anything and be sure to share your thoughts by commenting below!
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