|Season One, Episode Five|
|Air date:||October 13, 2015|
|Written by:||Brad Falchuk|
|Directed by:||Brad Falchuk|
Seven Minutes in Hell
- “And remember, Chanel Oberlin is above the law.”
- —Chanel Oberlin
Pumpkin Patch is the fifth episode of the first season of Scream Queens, and the fifth episode overall. The episode was written and directed by Brad Falchuk. It officially aired on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 on Fox.
With Halloween just days away, Dean Munsch makes an announcement affecting the campus and, specifically, Chanel's plan to throw a pumpkin patch party in support of her Kappa Kappa Tau presidential campaign. Meanwhile, Grace and Pete lead a search party for a missing friend, which steers them closer to the Red Devil than ever before, and Chanel #3 and #5 learn what life would be like without Chanel.
PlotThe episode opens with The Chanels organizing Chanel's pumpkin patch with Chanel demanding for the maze to be a replica of the maze from The Shining (a horror movie) to the party organizer, Cliff Woo. In her closet, Chanel announces her's and the other's costume for Halloween and assigns costumes for her minions, which annoys Chanel #5 and starts a small fight with Chanel giving #5 the choice of dressing up as Mary Todd Lincoln or going out the door, #5 walks out.
In Kappa house, Dean Munsch announces she's closing the university campus and institutes a curfew on Halloween night, canceling Chanel's pumpkin patch party. Chanel decides to break the rules and changed her party to 00:01 of November 1st. In the kitchen, Hester walks in and sees #5 is making toenail cookies and says she has a plan to destroy Chanel. They both then walk into Jennifer's room where she's reading an email to Dean Munsch. They convince her to join by saying Chanel has a closet full of candles she throws out after using once, she sees some in her closet and, somewhat angry, decides to joins them in their plan for revenge.In a class, Chanel is seen cheating on a test and when calling her dad to get the teacher fired, Detective Chisolm walks in and tells her she's under arrest for the murder of Ms. Bean. Chanel is then seen handcuffed and being put into a police car with the Chanels and Jennifer watching as she is taken away.
In the Red Devil's lair, opens a door in the ground with Zayday below and she starts shouting before the door is closed. In prison, Chanel is seen talking with three female prisoners, one of them who is a fan of Chanel, says she loved the severed hand she got for Chanel-o-ween the previous year, a police officer then yells to her from above that her bail has been paid. It's revealed that Chanel 3 and Sam bailed her out.
In Munsch's office, Cathy and Denise talk about their experience with sleeping with Chad until Grace, Pete, Gigi and Wes barge in and talk about their search for Zayday. Cathy says she hired an investigator from Secure Enforcement Solutions, which is Denise, which makes everyone groan.Chanel walks into her closet and is outraged to see #5 wearing Chanel's Halloween costume, Jackie Kennedy. Chanel reveals that Hester and Jennifer told her everything, that #5 was the one who told the police about what Chanel did to Ms. Bean. #5 says Hester is trying to frame her, Chanel threatens to stab her in the eye socket with a pick but says it'd be great if the Red Devil sawed her head off. And as punishment, she forces #5 to light all of the pumpkins with her two boyfriends, Roger and Dodger at night.
The Red Devil appears with hedge shears behind #5 when she's lighting a pumpkin, she screams and Rodger and Dodger run out of the maze and they both see the Red Devil and they all run into the maze. Dodger ends up getting killed, Rodger and #5 manage to get out and escape.
Grace, Pete, Wes, Gigi and Denise find The Red Devil's secret lair, where the Red Devil turns the power off leaving them in total darkness. Gigi, however, manages to taser The Red Devil, when the power turns back on, Denise runs to the others to tell them. But when they find Gigi, she says the Red Devil got up and hit her in the head with a baseball bat and escaped down a laundry chute.Back at Kappa, Chanel tries to call the presidential election early due to Zayday and Grace's absences, however, Zayday appears and tells them what happened. The Red Devil let her out of the hole, gave her roses and presented her with her favorite food before she stabbed the Red Devil in the hand with a fork and escaped. Grace then returns and is happy to see Zayday. They then all get ready to vote. Later that night, Gigi meets with the Red Devil, chastising him for the sloppiness of the Zayday incident, and telling him to murder an unknown male, revealing that she is the mind behind Red Devil's moves.
- This chart is for characters that survived or have an unknown status after an attempt of murder by the Red Devil.
|Chanel #5||Survived being chased by the Red Devil in the hedge maze.|
|Roger||Survived being chased by the Red Devil in the hedge maze.|
|Denise||Attacked by the Red Devil in their lair.|
|Gigi||"Attacked" by the Red Devil in their lair.|
Special Guest Stars
- Breezy Eslin as Jennifer
- Evan Paley as Caulfield Mount Herman
- Aaron Rhodes as Roger
- Austin Rhodes as Dodger
- Jeanna Han as Sam
- Jim Klock as Detective Chisolm
- Roy Huang as Cliff Woo
- Mikki Val as Millie
- Jency Griffin as Eva
- Kenneth Kynt Bryan as Maria
Pumpkin Patch received mixed to positive reviews from critics. IGN's Amber Dowling gave the episode 9.0 out of 10, saying "The second Halloween installment of Scream Queens wasn’t as spooky or gruesome as last week’s “Haunted House,” but it served to move the plot along via Chanel’s arrest and Gigi’s big reveal." Genevieve Valentine from The A.V. Club gave the episode a C+ and cited "The show cribs from the best; in this episode, it spends quite a bit of time on The Shining and Silence of the Lambs. But both of those became iconic because of their careful craftsmanship and deliberate pacing, neither of which carries over The episode’s big reveal—that Gigi is in league with the Red Devil—means nothing. I expect; Scream Queens isn’t interested in creating a horror story if it can manufacture some water-cooler camp instead."
- Hester is assigned Ida McKinley, as a Halloween costume. Lea Michele previously portrayed Rachel Berry in Ryan Murphy's, Ian Brennan's and Brad Falchuk's 'Glee', who attended William McKinley High School.
- This episode reveals that there are many cameras around Kappa.
- When confronting Chanel #5 about ratting her out, Chanel refers to Hester by name. However, immediately after, when #5 refers to Hester by name, Chanel gets furious with #5 for not calling Hester 'Chanel #6'.
- Chanel reveals she has cameras in #5's bedroom and claims she has 'eyes everywhere', implying she has many cameras around Kappa; if she did, she would have video footage of either the Red Devil's identity or of the Red Devil's whereabouts/murders.
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