In the ‘Scream Queens’ recap for the season 2 debut, the Chanel’s return to help out at Dean Munsch’s hospital but it doesn’t take long until the body count rises…
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
Following a murder-filled debut season, ‘Scream Queens’ season 2 got off to an eerily similar start with a story set in 1985 at a hospital aptly named “Our Lady of Perpetual Suffering”.
It’s there where the scene unfolds very much like season 1 as a group of doctors and nurses are celebrating Halloween rather than tending to their patients.
Doctor Jerry O’Connell — or Dr. Mike as he’s called on the show — is pulled away from making his special drug cocktail to tend to a patient who is slowly dying thanks to excess liquid in his lungs. The patient’s pregnant wife demands that the doctor helps him before he expires, but the physician along with his lead nurse are much more concerned with dancing to “One Night in Bangkok’ rather than dealing with an annoying patient.
Does this sound familiar yet?
After some convincing, Dr. Mike says he will save the man’s life as he sends his wife out to the waiting room while he works his magic. Sadly, Dr. Mike has no intention of saving the patient and instead renders him unconscious with an injection before rolling him out into a putrid, decaying swamp behind the hospital. There, Dr. Mike drops the body into the murky waters while telling his nurse that he’ll just claim that he did the procedure and the man checked himself out of the hospital. If his wife complains, it’s just her word against theirs.
Before he leaves, the doctor covers up the body with his own Halloween costume — a devilish mask and green cape — as the nurse remarks a story about a creature that used to haunt this swamp known as “The Green Meanie”.
The body disappears into the water and flash forward to 2016 — welcome to ‘Scream Queens’ season 2.
The Sickness and the Cure
Following a whirlwind tour of success that included a book being published and her face on the cover of “Time” magazine, Dean Cathy Munsch has turned her attention to the healthcare industry where she plans to eradicate the age old problem of doctors only treating illnesses instead of curing them.
So she purchases a hospital — yes, the same one from 1985 — and opens the CURE facility where she hires doctors to actually cure diseases rather than simply treating them. Dr. Brock Holt and Dr. Cassidy Cascade lead the staff along with Zayday Williams, who she brings into the fold after the former sorority girl got into medical school following the horrific start to her college career at Wallace University.
Together, Doctor Dean Cathy Munsch — she was given that doctorate after the University of Pittsburgh rescinded the one they gave Bill Cosby — along with doctors Holt and Cascade as well as medical student Zayday set out to cure the incurable diseases one case at a time. The first patient is stricken with an affliction that causes her to grow excess hair on every part of her body aka werewolf-ism.
Sadly, Dr. Holt and Dr. Cascade are quick to give up because this problem starts at the chromosome level so there’s really no way to fix her. Zayday promises to find a solution and asks the patient to stay for another week while they work on it.
Meanwhile, Zayday can’t help but notice that there’s an abundance of wiener working at this hospital and she asks for some more girl power to even things out. So Doctor Dean Munsch comes up with a plan to add a few more females to the staff.
Entrap a Kappa Kappa
Doctor Dean Munsch’s plan involves the addition of three new medical trainees — aka Chanel Oberlin, Chanel No. 3 and Chanel No. 5.
It seems after they were convicted and put into a mental institution, a Netflix “Making the Murderer” style documentary was done on the Chanel’s — called Entrap a Kappa Kappa — — where ace sleuth Denise Hemphill recorded a confession from the real Red Devil killer Hester Ulrich, who thought she was off the hook thanks to double jeopardy. Sadly, double jeopardy only applies if she had been tried and acquitted of a crime so the story ends with Hester getting put into the loony bin while the Chanel’s were set free.
Back in the real world, the Chanel’s struggle to find acceptance and after their rich families cut them off, they have no choice but to find real jobs. Chanel Oberlin ends up working at a blood bank, Chanel No. 3 mops up the leftovers at a male fertility clinic and Chanel No. 5 works as a receptionist at a dental clinic.
That is until Doctor Dean Munsch offers them all residency at her hospital instead.
So the Chanel’s team up with their former Dean and they move to the hospital where they will “ghost” the doctors on staff and learn how to treat and take care of the patients as they follow them around.
Chanel Oberlin isn’t all that excited about the job until she meets Dr. Brock Holt as he exits the shower on her first day at the hospital. Dr. Holt is an extremely talented surgeon who graduated from Harvard, but after a horrific garbage disposal accident during the Super Bowl a couple of years ago, he was forced to get a hand transplant.
Now Dr. Holt’s hand seems slightly possessed and the CURE institute was his final chance to practice medicine.
So after spending some time with Chanel late one night, the two of them figure out that the hairy all over patient is actually suffering from a really bad diet where she’s introducing far too much Vitamin D into her system and it’s spiking her testosterone. That is what’s creating all the excess hair. So Dr. Holt prescribes a drug that will react in the patient’s body the same way men lose hair later in life. A day later, the patient has lost all the excess hair — as well as the rest of the hair on her entire body.
It’s a minor detail after the Chanel’s give her a full makeover and she’s feeling like a million bucks. A job well done by the Chanel’s! Except Doctor Dean Munsch still doesn’t seem all that impressed and they’ve certainly managed to get under the skin of the head nurse and administrator — Nurse Hawful (played by Kirstie Alley).
Still, the hairy girl was saved and that means Chanel Oberlin and Chanel No. 3 are going to celebrate by taking Dr. Holt and Dr. Cascade out on dates. Meanwhile, Chanel No. 5 will be forced to work the graveyard shift because there’s no one left for her to date anyways.
The Green Meanie
That night, Chanel No. 5 decides to help the hairy now hairless girl out with a relaxing bath where she can moisturize and the wayward Chanel will also enjoy a late night bath in one of the hydrotherapy chambers. Sadly, Chanel locks them both inside the chambers with no way to escape but it’s all OK — she told the candy striper named Chamberlain to come get them out in an hour.
Unfortunately during this time, a person in a green devil costume — just like the one Dr. Mike discarded at the start of the episode — shows up and hacks off the hairy girl’s head. A moment later the killer stares down Chanel No. 5 and swings the blade as the scene fades to black. Did Chanel No. 5 survive?
Tune into ‘Scream Queens’ next Tuesday night at 9pm ET to find out.
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