TV Recap: Scream Queens, ‘Black Friday’

Written By: Tommy Tracy

SCREAM QUEENS:  Cast Pictured L-R: Lucien Laviscount, Glen Powell, Nasim Pedrad, Nick Jonas, Billie Lourd, Ariana Grande, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Skyler Samuels, Diego Boneta, Keke Palmer, Oliver Hudson, Lea Michele and Niecy Nash in SCREAM QUEENS which debuts with a special, two-hour series premiere event on Tuesday, September 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Matthias Clamer/FOX.
Photo Credit: Matthias Clamer/FOX.

Warning: Full Spoilers Ahead

Finally, the ridiculousness of Scream Queens is back in full swing and I couldn’t be happier. With all the filler we’ve gotten the past few weeks (albeit, funny filler), it was nice to see an episode with pace again and that’s exactly what “Black Friday” did.

Chanel and Grace finally agree on something; Dean Munsch is the killer and she needs to die. If this is true still remains to be seen but this sets up a series of hilarious ways of trying to knock of Munsch, none of which work. She’s essentially an unstoppable machine and is even compared to one Michael Myers. I’ll let that reference just sit there for you to figure out.

SCREAM QUEENS: Jamie Lee Curtis in the "Black Friday" episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Dec. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patti Perret/FOX.
Photo Credit: Patti Perret/FOX.

Meanwhile, journalist Pete is trying to get into Grace’s pants (because horror logic) but she’s having none of it (horror virgin logic). Pete understands but for some strange reason goes to Wes to talk about his lack of sexual accomplishments with Grace. I’m not father but I’m sure that’s not the best conversation piece. Pete also flips a complete 180 by packing up all his belongings and taking part in a very strange phone call that we’re not completely clued in on. Is he the Red Devil killer? Sure looks that way from the way the scene plays out but that’s got to be a red herring, right? The story implicitly states that there was one boy (Boone) and one girl. So unless one of them is a woman (I wouldn’t be shocked, actually), this “Pete is the killer” thing doesn’t work for me.

The rest of the episode is filled with some really clever and out there jokes. Chad Radwell of course kills it in his small and under utilized scene but any scene with Chad is one I’m invested in. He reveals that Boone and Pete were actually friends (and maybe more) and reads off Boone’s incredibly homosexual will which gives Pete all of his belongings; lube, passwords and…other things. Chad then invites him to join the Dicky Dollar Scholars and then challenges him to a duel. Priceless.

Photo Credit: Patti Perret/FOX.
Photo Credit: Patti Perret/FOX.

But, sadly, this episode is not perfect. I understand that next week is the finale (can’t wait) but did we really need another episode without a meaningful death? Sure, the girls tried to kill Munsch and it was nice to see Grace and Zayday actually be ruthless for once but seriously, devoid of horror. The Devil does manage to knock off a new police officer with an arrow but that’s the only one.

“Black Friday” was a very good episode, returning to the short roots of what this show is all about. The KKT girls were hilarious, Munsch was on point and Chad was Chad, so I was thrilled. Some nice references to earlier episodes, Dawn of the Dead and even a small Dr. Giggles joke were truly appreciated.

Rating: 9 out of 10

 

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