Hey everyone it’s a bottle episode! It took me far too long to remember that’s the phrase you use when an episode of a TV takes place primarily in a single location. In this episode of Scream, almost all of the action takes place in the locked down high school, after the bloody reveal of Jake’s body at the end of the last episode.
And yes I’m super behind on this. I’m about to gear up for a whole bunch of Scream watching back to back which I can’t imagine is going to do the show any favours. This episode though is maybe my favourite one the show has produced so far.
The idea of keeping the action centralized to the school, and largely within a single room at the school, works well as naturally suspicious would start to grow as time went on. With nothing to do but sit around and speculate over who is capable of murder, it isn’t surprising that the situation quickly escalates. Especially because they are all high school students who don’t exactly shy away from being overly dramatic, judgmental assholes.
Nowhere is this clearer than in the latest appearance of Haley, the awful girl from the season premiere who thought it would be hilarious to play a prank on Audrey that involved her being chased by someone dressed like the serial killer who almost murdered her. Hilarious. Haley ensures she doesn’t lose the reign of Biggest Piece of Shit by calling out Emma (one of the rare times I feel sorry for her) and insinuating she is involved in the murders and saying her whole family is crazy. Thankfully Emma slaps her in her stupid face, which is an incredibly satisfying moment. As much as I’d like to believe that high school kids wouldn’t be this shitty to one another in the wake of a murder, I can’t. I went to high school. It would totally go down like this.
In addition to the Haley slap, Emma also gets bonus points for her reaction when the killer arrives when she’s locked up in one of the classrooms. Instead of cowering, she yells “Not this time!” and smashes the window with a chair, ready to get shit done. It’s a small moment but at least it insinuates that she’s an actual character with growth instead of the completely blank slate she has been up until this point. Of course when she gets out into the hallway the killer is nowhere in sight, so we may have to deal with the “it could all be in her head” nonsense for a little while longer.
I have some mixed thoughts about the final act of the episode. Audrey has been suspicious of Gustavo for several episodes now, despite Noah insisting he can’t be the killer because he has briefly expressed liking horror movies a couple of times (sound logic). Audrey’s suspicions are pretty understanding considering this guy spends most of his day silently lurking in the corner while drawing brutal photos of the corpses of Audrey and her friends. Here, she catches him doing it in the middle of everyone in the room. Dude…what are you doing?! How could you ever think “yeah this is probably fine”?! She calls him out in front of everyone, he gets the shit kicked out of him and his tablet is smashed. I mean that sucks but…you probably shouldn’t draw dead people right after a murder has been committed by a suspected copycat serial killer. Once again I’m not sure if the show wants me to like any of these new characters, but so far Eli, Gustavo and Haley all seem like pretty terrible human beings.
Outside of that, little has changed. None of the relationships on this show feel interesting, with Kieran and Emma continuing to champion for the title of TV’s most boring couple. Though at least Kieran himself is proving slightly more interesting with the reveal that he keeps a gun and his locker and is willing to snitch out Emma (who has found Jake’s cell phone in her backpack) almost immediately. Noah makes up with Zoe but I can’t say I’m too interested in what they got goin’ on either. Thankfully Noah makes an intriguing discovery at the end of the episode (one I’m surprised happened this early in the season) that has me once again very curious to see how this all plays out.
Killer prediction – The ghost of Piper and the whole thing plays out like the ending to a Scooby Doo episode.