‘Scream Queens’ recap: It ain’t over till the Red Devil sings

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‘Scream Queens’ recap: It ain’t over till the Red Devil sings.

Well, pledges, we have reached the end. Scream Queens wrapped its freshman season on Tuesday with a two-hour season finale addressing a number of burning questions, one of the biggest being: Who is the remaining Red Devil?It’s been quite a bloody season at “Scream Queens’” Wallace University, which has been terrorized by a serial killer — make that a trio of killers.

The identities of the killers in “Scream Queens” haven’t really mattered since about the third episode, when it became clear that the show was mostly interested in milking caricatures and seeing how many pop-culture references it could cram into every hour.After countless gory deaths, red herrings, and one unspeakable lawn mower mishap, the Fox series’ Season 1 finale aired Tuesday, Dec. 8, as Hester (Lea Michele) was shown to be the season’s mastermind, having worked in tandem with Pete (Diego Boneta) and Gigi (Nasim Pedrad). Of course, Pete wasn’t exactly innocent: Once he discovered Boone’s involvement, he got caught up in his mission — and paid the ultimate price himself. Michele, 29, tells Us Weekly that she had no idea Hester was the killer until she received the season’s final script. “I was excited!” she says of finally getting the big news. “It was so funny because, throughout the whole season, everyone was like, ‘Do you know?’ And I was like, ‘No!'” the actress says. “And we honestly didn’t, and it wasn’t until that final episode, and I was like, ‘Oh, my god.'” Michele, who says she was convinced that Wes (Oliver Hudson) would be the killer, was at a press event with series creator Ryan Murphy when she learned that Hester would be the culprit.

Bathtub Baby), but in a season full of suspicious sorority sisters, devious deans, and peculiar parents (not to mention more than a few red herrings), there really was no way of knowing for sure how it all would end on Screams Queens. Pete finally confesses to Grace (Skyler Samuels) that he witnessed Boone (Nick Jonas) killing Shondell and stayed quiet about the murder to enact his revenge on the Greek system. Neckbrace (Lea Michele) — who had been giving everyone plenty of reasons to suspect her — Grace devised a plan to have her father (Oliver Hudson) sleep with Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) so that she and Zayday (Keke Palmer) could hack the dean’s computer and find out more about Hester. When Hester’s records proved to be very obviously fake (her transcripts note that she attended the fictional Sweet Valley High), Grace and Zayday have reason to believe she could be the baby in the bathtub.

Here, Michele talks to Variety about playing the killer — and what it means for a potential Season 2. “I’m really feeling like a job well done for 2015,” says Michele. “I wrapped up ‘Glee.’ I’m happy to have another season of a successful TV show under my belt. The first hour featured an apology tour by Chanel No. 1, some dissing of Nickelback and a can’t-scrub-it-from-my-mind scene in which Grace’s father, wearing only his briefs, seduced Dean Munsch.

Is everything fine?” He’s like, “Yeah, you get away with it.” I got to go home a few days later to New Orleans and read the script and got the whole breakdown. Unfortunately, just as he is about to name the second killer, the Red Devil emerges from Pete’s closet and stabs him to death, then knocks Grace unconscious before she can rip off the killer’s mask. Let’s just put aside the psychological damage to each and every one of them that were just looking for a place to belong — and instead spend months being verbally abused about being a pound overweight or not having the right pair of Air Jordans. 104 deaths and counting since 1970.

Desperate to make the others believe she’s still innocent, Hester stabbed herself in the eye with Chanel Oberlin’s (Emma Roberts) shoe and framed Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin) for it. What Chanel doesn’t expect is for her hateful email to be forwarded to all of Wallace University by her Red Devil sister and then picked up and mercilessly covered by mainstream media, causing a outcry of hate towards her. Pete was going to turn him in but ended up buying all of Boone’s anti-Greek-system rhetoric — ultimately agreeing to help him off a couple of people as long as Boone ensured Grace’s safety. Devastated by her fall from power, she decides to end it all by killing herself the way Cleopatra did: with an asp — seriously, she orders an asp online.

Hester’s devilish turn only further emphasized the creative leap Michele took on Scream Queens – which marked her first major television role since Glee ended in March. Over the course of the horror comedy’s first season, Michele has had a chance to show a bit of a markedly different side than she did as earnest underdog Rachel Berry.

And so it was that Pete killed Roger (or was it Dodger?) and Boone and Gigi. (He had to squelch the source of the savagery, after all.) He was also the one in the mall who took a crossbow to Chanel’s shoulder, as revenge for some Clan of the Cave Bear role-playing gone wrong. However, when Pete wasn’t busy masquerading as one of Wallace University’s angels of death, he was investigating the identity of Boone’s twin by surreptitiously DNA testing the Kappas. Throw your own opinion in the comment section, but I’ve seen enough; what was occasionally cute and witty once would be hard-pressed to be either a second time. In the Chad Radwell episode with the family, “Thanksgiving,” there are moments where Hester seems sympathetic to Chanel (Emma Roberts), like when Chanel defends Hester and herself to the Radwell family.

I do, however, want to see a spinoff show, “The Radwells Plus Eight.” In the second hour Tuesday we saw the overprivileged Chad and the daffy Denise, who had become lovers, decide to break up. Long story short, Hester’s mother was the Kappa member who died after giving birth to Hester and her twin brother in a bathtub during a party; none of her awful sorority sisters would call for help. All right.) Now, Screams Queens isn’t afraid to let its references show, and tonight’s episode was no exception, blatantly recalling through Chanel’s leaked “missive of all missives” the Delta Gamma incident of 2013. The four of them rush back to the Kappa house to find Chanel No. 5 (Abigail Breslin) distraught that her Tinder swipe was a fake and Hester with a stiletto heel through her left eye. Hester takes on an entire new persona of being quirky and socially awkward — and yes the neck brace was just a disguise — to infiltrate the Kappas and the Chanels’ inner circle.

The final Greek life dig comes courtesy of Chanel, the pure evil Kappa president, as the three Chanels go to trial and are pronounced guilty of murder, sentenced to a life in an all-female insane asylum. Which ended, of course, with a reference: “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” the Simple Minds song identified with “The Breakfast Club.” Reference-dropping, apparently, is the new originality. Which is explained when the girls pull off part of his disguise to reveal a pizza delivery man with dynamite strapped to his chest, muttering “She made me do it.” No sooner do the Kappas take cover than the pizza man (and his precious pie) are blown into a million little pieces.

In the end, Chanel is even voted president yet again. “And now here we were, about to spend the rest of our lives trapped with a bunch of mentally unstable women totally divorced from any sense of reality and therefore capable of anything,” Chanel said via voiceover. “From the second we stepped foot in that asylum, I knew we were going to feel right at home.” And when you do find out that she didn’t actually kill anyone — she only killed Pete, but he was murdering people — she sort of makes that her way out of getting out of this with her hands clean.

While Chanel decamps for an image-rehabbing apology tour (first stop: Melanie Dorkus’ house), Grace hatches a plot to, essentially, pimp out her father and his righteous playlist to Dean Munsch for an afternoon to distract her long enough so she can look into the Chanels’ permanent records. She says Chanel No. 3 has been working with No. 5 all along but doesn’t remember it because she has a second personality named Dirty Helen, and Hester even has a psychologist’s note to prove the diagnosis — girl is an evil genius.

But I started to think, ‘Well, I could be related to [Nick] Jonas.’ I thought, ‘Maybe I’m related to him and I’m the other baby, but that I was left for adoption and I had nothing to do with anything.’ That’s what I thought was happening. After No. 3 is also arrested, Hester moves on to accuse Chanel Oberlin of being involved in the murders as well and even purchasing all the murder weapons at the home improvement store — the security footage of this is just Hester in a Chanel wig, but it looks convincing enough.

After announcing that Chanel committed all this murder just to off all the undesirables from Kappa Kappa Tau, Hemphill has no choice but to put all three Chanels under arrest. The duo narrowly succeed, and the gang rushes back to KKT in time to find Hester lying on the ground with a high heel stuck in her eyeball — and her finger pointed at No. 5. One moment that stood out the most to me was when I had the knife in the Thanksgiving episode, and it said in the script, “Hester comes in devilishly, holding a knife, saying that it was easily going to cut through roasted flesh” or something like that. Because we flash forward, to winter semester rush, where president Zayday, vice president Grace, and treasurer Hester are greeting a new class of pledges.

Hopefully Emma Roberts will be back for sure, too. (As for everyone else), it depends on how many gift baskets to Ryan Murphy Productions people can send in time. It was late at night, [and] it took us two days to film, so when that was done, even though it wasn’t the actual wrap of the show, it felt like the wrap to me.

That, coupled with the fact that our ear-muffed friend is Charles Manson’s daughter, is enough for Denise to slap a pair of police-issued bracelets onto No. 3, as well. Hester saves her biggest fish for last: Chanel, whom she impersonated at a home-improvement store buying an ax and a lawn mower for all security cameras to see. (Insert well-oiled-machine joke here.) Anyway, Chanel says she won’t be taken alive, but as she runs for it, a bevy of stripper-cops-turned-real-cops grab her and cart her off to jail. But for me, just knowing [co-creators] Brad [Falchuk] and Ryan [Murphy] and Ian [Brennan] so well, I really thought that if it were me, then I would get some kind of feeling from them.

The highlight of which is Chad and Denise’s short-lived romance. “We were chasing waterfalls,” Denise tearfully tells Chad as she leaves him for Quantico. I feel like there were so many people along the way in the process of Glee who wanted to go out and spread their wings, wanted to go out and do other things, and I love Ryan and think he’s where it’s at. You love them in films and you know great things about them, and then you meet them and they’re even more incredible than you could have ever imagined. Unfortunately, she was raised surrounded by so much craziness and so much evil, with Gigi being so depressed and so angry and then growing up in such a wacky place.

Ryan, Brad and Ian did an incredible job of enlisting such a great group of actors and actresses who really understand how to handle that balance of comedy and yet that intensity. And having played the same character for over seven years on my previous show and then coming to this and really getting to stretch my muscles and do totally different work was unbelieveable. I think it’s really easy for people to have just seen me as one character, and once people heard a few of those one-liners in Scream Queens, that definitely was no longer an issue.

I can’t be here without you.” We really bonded in this experience together, and I’m so grateful, because I’ve been a fan of hers for so many years.

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