Scream Queens "Mommie Dearest" Review: Like a Candle in the Wind

Scream Queens S01E08: "Mommie Dearest"


I know I said last week was my new favorite episode but maybe actually THIS week's episode was my favorite? Jamie Lee Curtis kicked all the Big Bad's butts in one scene. Gigi cut vegetables. Niecy Nash turned up in a floral dress and fingerless gloves and took over KKT! I mean, it doesn't get better.

Since abandoning the chill and thrills for straight up LOLz, Scream Queens has his its stride and won my heart as a dark comedy that's one part Heathers and two parts American Horror Story: Coven, with a dash of Lifetime Movie tropes for ultimate campiness. Case in point: this week Gracie went digging for scoops with a very aggressive array of newsboy caps that shocked and challenged me as a viewer:


We also had Jamie Lee Curtis re-enacting her mother's iconic shower scene from Psycho. Imagine for a moment how many directors have tried to get Jamie Lee Curtis to re-enact the shower scene from Psycho. It's saying quite a lot about Ryan Murphy that she did it for him. And that he then allowed Munsch to easily dominate ALL THREE SERIES BIG BADS AT ONCE. JLC was doling out martial arts melee and comedic monologues with total elegance. 

This scene was a high watermark for the series and a tribute to how Curtis has made us love her prickly character. Really, the first time a murder had stakes for me was imagining Munsch out of my week to week. I never want to let her go!

So yes, our first mother reference was Jamie Lee Curtis re-enacting her mother's iconic shower scene from Psycho. Then the show took a turn toward Gracie trying to lock down that her mother had died at KKT and she was the bathtub baby. She really wanted to be that bathtub baby. I mean, the glamour, who wouldn't.

Anyway, since HER life was threatened, Munsch finally felt it was time to shut down the school lest the Red Devil strike again. LOL. Her candid selfishness was so refreshing and when she told off Grace about how she wasn't solving this mystery out of any altruism but to discover more about her personal history, my heart burst into song.

Meanwhile, the Chanels hired Henfield for $3 million to find evidence linking Zayday to the murders. While she was not successful at doing that, she WAS successful making hella fun of Sandals.

And also teeing up Candle Blogger for her best scene yet: protesting that Zayday was too cool to be a killer, then admitting okay maybe she had shared an anti-social anecdote. Then one of the Red Devils took her down mid-vlog...

... and turned her dead corpse into a human candle a la Lumiere via Beauty and the Beast.

Next: Flashback!

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Nov 14, 2015
"a dark comedy that's one part Heathers and two parts American Horror Story: Coven, with a dash of Lifetime Movie tropes for ultimate campiness"
Perfect description.

I did not know that Jaime Lee was Janet Leigh's daughter. That's quite a revelation.
I had figured that it was only a matter of time before there was a Psycho homage on the show. But I did not think that it would be Munch in the shower. Every day that you learn something new is a good day.

The Scotland Yard bit was hillarious. Not quite Python, but you're right, there was a slight whiff of it.

My favorite character is Chanel, because she is over-the-top awesome.
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Nov 14, 2015
LOVING this show! Everybody is amazing, could do with less of No. 5 though. Boone as Wakeen was the best, fallen in love with Nick Jonas again.

P.S. I always thought the name Breezy Eslin in the credits was somehow linked to Abigail Breslin (alter ego?), turns out it was candle vlogger.
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Nov 14, 2015
Kung-fu Dean Munsch was badass!!!
"I saw that movie 50 times."
It was good to see Denise!!
"You make me wish I was a serial killer just so I could knock off your black ass next."
Not the candle vlogger!! I liked her!
"I feel like angels are flossing my buttcrack."
"Your underwear is probably relieved to be touching actual human genitals."
"Close your eyes and picture the largest number you can imagine." "1 million dollars."
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Nov 13, 2015
Respect to JLC. Nuff said!!!!
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Nov 13, 2015
Munsch had so many opportunities to unmask the Devils. The part that bothers me so much is just how unrealistic is it for someone to not unmask a mystery (wo)man. I get that it would end the show but geez.

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Nov 13, 2015
There's only been mention of one bathtub baby so how do we know Gigi didn't come upon a baby not related to the Kappa house? It would make sense that Dad knew Gigi from before but then she wouldn't have covered up that phone call last episode. I buy him not wanting Grace to know the truth about how bad her mom was and maybe he just doesn't recognize Gigi.
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Nov 12, 2015
Earl Grey is the other Red Devil killer, the one in love with Zayday.
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Nov 12, 2015
Delightful!!!

Jamie Lee Curtis rocked - once again!!! The bathroom scene was powerful!

It was a very good episode!
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Nov 12, 2015
Okay, theory time!!! Bear with me, it's kind of long:

I suspect that Jennifer is NOT actually dead. She and Boone are the two babies/ killers. Her death seems staged just like Boone's was; both surrounded by candles and propped up on a table, very similar. Both didn't even flinch when they saw the red devil. I think Gigi kinda helped to get Candle Blogger into the sorority; remember it was Gigi who helped Dean M. come up with the idea to force KKT to allow anyone who wanted to rush to do so, effectively allowing Jennifer/Candle Blogger the oportunity to join, which she most certainly would have been denied otherwise. Also, maybe she has a candle fetish because she grew up in the the old hags house on Shady Lane with no electricity. She was probably the one who lit all the candles early at the haunted house when chad and Hester found all the dead bodies before the party started. There has been foreshadowing/ references to candles being a part in a handful of the kill scenes so far (like candles lit at the bottom of the shrine that was made to frame the cleaning lady to be killed) etc. And finally, the ant farm scene referring to the mother ant controlling her colony was a reference to Gigi being the HBIC of murder, calling the shots and the Red Devils (a.k.a. Jennifer/Candle Blogger and Boone) following her orders and doing her bidding.
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Nov 13, 2015
That's brilliant and would totally make sense except Jennifer didn't see the red devil--he stabbed her from behind--and I think it would be hard for a rather portly girl to move like a red devil.
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Nov 13, 2015
But she was making a video on her computer. She was looking right at the computer and when the RD was standing hehind her, why didn't she react?
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Nov 12, 2015
No idea who the last killer is. I probably won't miss Candle Blogger much, but at least she wasn't as annoying as deaf Taylor Swift. I was a little surprised that think they gave her such a nice send-off, with all the candles around the ol' oak tree, instead of just shoving her body in the pantry, like they did with the maid and Chanel no. 2. My favorite characters are Denise and Earmuff Chanel. The line about a whore's bath with wet naps killed me.
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Nov 12, 2015
I'm saying Denise Hemphill ain't gonna spend another night sleeping in the Secure Enforcement Solutions Patrol Car, giving herself a whore's bath every morning with a handful of Wet-Naps when there's a perfectly good bedroom upstairs that nobody is using just 'cause some dumb ho got murdered in it.
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Nov 12, 2015
"First of all, I'm an American; I don't have to understand anything." Emma Roberts is just running away with this show.
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Nov 12, 2015
My favourite character is Chad. He's a scene stealer, and everytime he is on I find myself in tears of laughter. There was not enough Chad in this episode! Hence, it wasn't one of my favourites, although of course, Jamie LC was amazing.
I'd say a close 2nd favourite is Chanel #1, I just can't wait to see what she will do each episode, it's always over the top and just awful and I love it.
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Nov 12, 2015
Dean Munsch is awesome! And I was so excited when they did Janet Leigh Psycho's scene.
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Nov 11, 2015
Much better episode than the crap last week. This show is only exciting when you consider the potential of ALL these storylines fully making sense at the end or combining into one huge finale. BUT!! if you've seen Ryan Murphy's other shows you'll know he is terrible at ending his multi-threaded storylines. So fingers crossed, but i don't know you guys......
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Nov 11, 2015
I know I don't fit the demographic as a 50 year old woman, but I do love this show.
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Nov 11, 2015
Indeed the best episode by far but that isn't really difficult as all the episodes after the opening 2 hours have indeed progressively gotten worse. Of course there are a few stand out moments peppered about the series so far, indeed.
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Nov 11, 2015
My favourite line of the night: 'Will you please stop peppering your speech with indeed.'
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Nov 11, 2015
I legit thought you said "Babies: sexier than cops? Be honest" and had to re-read it like 5 times to figure out WTF was going on. But to andwer tne actual question, yes, pretty much anything is sexier than cops these days....well, except for maybe babies.
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Nov 12, 2015

bobby

n, pl -bies
1. a British policeman
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Nov 12, 2015
I know what a bobby/bobbies are, thanks, but I'm slightly dislexic and had to do a tripple take before I finally read it right.
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Nov 11, 2015
I'm enjoying this show much more than I thought I would. It was Deaf Taylor Swift's tragic death that gave me a thirst for revenge. Oh, and rent-a-cop girl is pretty funny.
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Nov 11, 2015
I didn't find this episode nearly as funny as usual. I do love all of the characters though and I think the acting is spot on for the genre! I never have any trouble making gifs either! I just wish there was less Grace and more Chad and Denise!

If anyone is interested, check out my own photo review/recap here: http://mikeydislikesit.com/scream-queens-mommie-dearest-review/

Also, THIS:

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Nov 11, 2015
By the time the Third devil-person appeared, I was expecting to see that the whole scene with her kicking butt was a nightmare sequence.

I should have known though... this show is off-the-walls hilarious so of COURSE it actually happened :-)
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Nov 11, 2015
My favorite character, far and away, Chad. In fact I was kind of bummed he wasn't in the episode more, but there was a good amount of my second favorite person, Niecy Nash. I wish that they didn't feel the need to make the leads so straight, Keke Palmer (don't want to guess at the spelling of her character) and Grace in particular are just drags whenever they're on screen, there's no zip, no pop, they get none of the amusing dialog that makes the show good. I wish writers would get it out of their heads that characters have to be boring and without any defining characteristics or flaws to be sympathetic, it's not only a sin this show is guilty of but a great number of shows, films, and other pieces of media.
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Nov 11, 2015
This show is so hilarious. I don't care that the characters are being way too nonchalant about the serial murderers (like, who would ever spend even one second alone?). I second the entire idea of Niecy Nash just spitballing insults at the other characters for an hour. Would watch always.
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Nov 11, 2015
I have grown super tired of the writers on this site ending their statements with question marks? It's lazy writing.

Jamie Lee Curtis is having so much fun in this show and I am having even more fun watching her? She edges out Nash, narrowly, for being the best thing about SQ?

I have no idea who the killers are? I'm just along for the ride and enjoying every second of it?

Best line of the night was the McDonald's thing on the 911 call?
(Now see, isn't that question mark thing after statements annoying?)
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Nov 11, 2015
as far as who the killers are. well boone and gigi are in on it and boone wants to get rid of gigi.

my top 2 suspects:

1. pete
2. the dad

3rd possible suspect is chad radwell.

also..how have i let myself become so invested
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Nov 11, 2015
I agree with all of those, esp numero 1, Pete.
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Nov 11, 2015
WAKEEN. FENNIX.
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Nov 11, 2015
Loved that fight scene with dean munch kicking some ass.

loved denise returning and just laying down the law


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Nov 11, 2015
Dean Munsch vs Justice Scalia and Two Red Devils. It hardly seems fair. I think my favorite line was Dean Munch punching one of the Res Devils in the shower saying she saw that movie like a hundred times. This is such an underrated show.
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Nov 11, 2015
Yeah, the opening fight scene was awesome. That, and Chanel getting owned by Denise. And Grace slapping Chanel across the face. The bitch totally deserved it. Also liked the "compliment moment" scene between Chad and Chanel. Hilarious!

I'm betting (okay, not really betting anything...) that Boone is Red Devil #1 and Chanel #6/Hester is Red Devil #2. Let's see how this plays out.
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Nov 11, 2015
great episode, dean munsch and denise are killing it :)

Lily, I don't understand why you think that Grace and Pete are related? Grace's mum and childhood were finally explained and she is not bathtub baby (and therefore not a girl from the picture with Gigi). I think that Gigi is holding baby devil A (Nick Jonas) and devil B (Chanel 6?)
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Nov 11, 2015
Awesome! I hope they don't cancel it, so many people don't understand this show.
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Nov 11, 2015
Denise Hempfield was back doing her thing this episode and it was amazing!
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