|Season One, Episode Four|
|Air date:||October 6, 2015|
|Written by:||Brad Falchuk|
|Directed by:||Brad Buecker|
Haunted House is the fourth episode of the first season of Scream Queens, and the fourth episode overall. This episode was directed by Brad Buecker and written by Brad Falchuk. It officially aired on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 on Fox.
As Halloween approaches, Chanel creates a devious plan after Zayday makes a shocking announcement. Meanwhile, Grace and Pete pay a visit to a mysterious woman with ties to Kappa's past. Also, Hester grows closer to Chad, Denise continues her search for the Red Devil killer, and Dean Munsch does everything in her power to keep Wallace University open.
The episode opens with Chanel talking about Chanel-o-ween, where she gives some of her 752 Instagram followers presents. Some footage shows the girls receiving their present with their reactions being filmed. Some of the presents include a box filled with blood, a box of moths and razor apples.
Detective Chisolm is interviewing Cathy Munsch, asking if she saw the Red Devil entering the house or not. Wes and Gigi argue that she's the killer. Denise rushes into the house and tells everyone about the attempted murder of Caulfield and says when they get fingerprints from the chainsaw that they'll find them to be Zayday's.
Grace and Pete drive to a trailer which is owned by Mandy who tells them about what happened 20 years ago. In a flashback to 1995, Mandy and her sorority sisters are forced to wear hoods while Cathy drives to a location to bury Sophia. While digging, Cathy says they should leave the university immediately and never contact each other again. They then throw her body in the hole. Back in the present, Mandy says one of the sisters killed herself, another was institutilized and another made it into FOX News. She then reveals that the bathtub baby is a girl.
At The Grind, Earl tells Zayday that he heard that she was running for president and gives her advice. Later on in Kappa, the Chanels and the pledges are carving pumpkins, when they reveal to Chanel their pumpkins, Zayday announces she's running for Kappa president against Chanel by putting the phrase "YES I CAN" on the pumpkin, which angers her and makes her vow vendetta. In her closet, Chanel, Chanel #5 and Chanel #3 decide to have their own Pumpkin Patch.
Back at Mandy's trailer, Mandy is seen watching a horror movie when someone knocks on the door, she turns the volume down, grabs a baseball bat and opens the door to find no one there. Soon she hears knocking all around the caravan from outside. She paces around the inside of the trailer. She turns on the light and while looking in the mirror she sees the Red Devil behind her and they pull out a knife and she is heard screaming.
At a graveyard, Chad is seen unzipping his pants by a grave when Hester appears behind him, stopping him. Chad says he has an obsession with dead bodies. They both talk about their passion for death and soon Hester starts to seduce him. He asks for them to do it on a grave and she says it's not scary enough and says he might be lucky if he gets a text saying which scary location they should meet at.
In Wes's class, the class is watching another horror movie and afterwards Grace appears and confronts him about the bathtub baby and asking if her mom was Sophia. She says if she finds out he's the killer, she'll never speak to him again before leaving. When leaving the building, she receives a text from Pete to meet him at 53 Shady Lane. When she arrives, Pete scares her and soon Earl and Zayday scare him. When Grace asks what they're doing there, Zayday says she's having the haunted house charity there. Denise appears, startling them and says the house is haunted and she and Pete tell them the story of 'The Hag of Shady Lane', the former resident of the abandoned shack, who took care of the bathtub baby in 1995.
Assuming Zayday is responsible for the murders, Denise refuses to allow Zayday to throw the party, but later backs off when Zayday reveals that she knows Denise was a former Kappa reject, and thus a possible suspect. In the university cafeteria, Chanel and her minions are handing out flyers for their Pumpkin Patch and when they run into a guy named Tommy who they feel insulted by and soon beat up after Hester kicks him in the "balls" and is called a bitch by him.
That evening, Hester and Chad meet at the Shady Home to have sex, until Hester finds Ms. Bean's body, which they think at first is a wax replica.
That is until Hester puts her finger into her leg and they soon realise that it's her real body and start screaming and running and end up running into the bodies of Shondell, Aaron Cohen (Coney), Chanel #2 and Mandy. At the university cafeteria, Chad alerts everyone about the bodies in the haunted house, but that only encourages them to go. At the haunted house, Zayday is kidnapped by the Red Devil. In the end, Gigi is revealed to be the 'The Hag of Shady Lane', wailing and moaning like the myth says it did.
Special Guest Stars
- Jennifer Aspen/Grace Phipps as Mandy Greenwell
- McKaley Miller as Sophia Doyle
- Chelsea Ricketts as Amy
- Anna Grace Barlow as Bethany Stevens
- Jeanna Han as Sam
- Jim Klock as Detective Chisolm
- Anna Margaret Collins as Coco
- Deneen Tyler as Shondell Washington
- David Simpson as Aaron Cohen
- Isaiah LaBorde as Tommy
- Kimani Bradley as Rick
- Mariana Vincente as Christina
- Abbie Gayle as Tisha
- Heighlen Boyd as Rondi
This episode was watched in its original premiere by 2.97 million United States viewers. This episode received mixed reviews from critics. LaToya Ferguson from The A.V. Club gave the episode a D+ and cited "With [the previous episode], it looked like the show would slowly improve as the season went on. So watching Haunted House is like watching the erasure of that improvement, simply by being an even bigger mess than the show started with in the pilot". IGN's Terri Schwartz gave the episode an 8.4 out 10, saying that "Scream Queens might have gotten heavy-handed with the exposition in its fourth episode, but it still delivered some exciting twists and remains a joy to watch".
Patrick Sproull from Den of Geek said that "Scream Queens remains engrossing television and Haunted House greatly improves things by spicing up the core mystery. [The episode] was moreish and had me itching for the next instalment more than ever before. Caralynn Lippo from TV Fanatic gave the episode 3.75/5.0 stars and said that Haunted House "was a bit of an uneven hour but had its share of laugh-out-loud moments and memorable performances", and praised the performances of Keke Palmer and Glen Powell.
- This is the first episode that features a recap at the beginning.
- This episode is the first part of the three-part episode Halloween special. Pumpkin Patch and Seven Minutes in Hell are the other two.
- The order of the Red Devil victims who appeared in the Shady Lane house is: Ms. Bean, Shondell, Coney, Chanel #2, and Mandy. Tiffany's body was not in the sequence because it is seen in Hell Week that an ambulance is taking her body after her death.
- According to Mandy, one of the sisters made it to Fox News; which is, ironically, the sister channel to Fox (which airs Scream Queens)
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