Finally, an edge-of-your-seat episode. After laying some groundwork last week, the stakes were raised in Scream’s third episode.
There were a couple big reveals after last week’s episode brought back Emma’s dad for the first time in the series (outside of a hallucination). Emma’s father returned to town because he was receiving emails from Emma’s friend Riley, saying that he should come back to Lakewood because Emma needed him.
Riley, of course, was killed early in the first season in one of the most heart-breaking scenes. I was personally crushed when Riley was killed before Noah had a chance to lose his virginity.
The second reveal is that Seth Branson, the teacher falsely accused as the killer in the first season and who was having an affair with Brooke, is in Lakewood and he never left. After calling Brooke from a blocked number, he runs into her at the movie theater and tells her he sees her all over town and avoids her so she doesn’t see him. Brooke points out how creepy saying “I see you but you don’t see me” seems.
Some of the more suspenseful scenes ended up as false jumps, but it was finally an episode that kept viewers not only interested, but caught up.
The episode picked up where last week’s left off, in the storage locker with Audrey discovering Jake’s dead body. Audrey removes the note from the killer to her and returns in the light of day with Noah. When Noah opens the locker the body is removed, and there is no evidence of much foul play, besides a camera inside the locker.
This leads to the next tense scene. Back in Noah’s room he’s attempting to upload the media from the camera. Audrey knows that if there’s anything on there her association with the killer will be exposed, so she finds a book end and holds it in a threatening manner behind Noah’s back, but when the camera is found to have nothing on it, she puts the weapon down? Would Audrey really crush her best friend’s skull in his own bedroom in broad daylight?
Emma was involved in her own drama. Believing her father had left her a message at the coffee shop (doesn’t have her number), she goes to meet him at his hotel only to find his room empty, except for the newspaper clipping she’d seen in the farmhouse laid out on the dresser.
Unbeknownst to Emma, the killer, who earlier murdered the desk attendant at the hotel who Noah had interviewed about Piper’s accomplice, was hiding in the bathroom.
Emma almost went into the bathroom, but left the hotel when she heard a commotion outside. It turned out to be her drunk father beating up a bouncer who refused to let him in to the bar next door. The killer had called Audrey and with a video of Emma in the hotel room and Audrey panicked, calling the police, who promptly arrested Emma’s dad, thinking the 9-1-1 call was about the fight.
This was the best episode of the season so far. The body count hasn’t yet piled up like last year, a surprise for a “sequel,” but there’s definitely something building. There could still be a disappointing reveal of the killer, some convoluted explanation of a new character somehow knowing details of Emma’s past, but as of now the “whodunnit” is a fun mystery.
On top of texting from Jake’s phone or a clone, there’s some more tech hacking, with Emma’s dad receiving emails from a dead girl’s account telling him to comeback to Lakewood.
After a clean second episode, Eddy, the hotel attendant who claimed to have seen Piper’s accomplice, was killed in the room Emma’s dad had been staying in. Blunt force trauma from a wine bottle knocked him down, and the corkscrew finished the job.
Seth Branson – The former high school teacher called Brooke from a blocked number and later revealed he’s been around town, never having left. We never got a full explanation of who exactly was involved in the season one cyber spying, but the software was installed on the teacher’s homework listserv. The surveillance camera that was streaming and not recording in the storage locker, and the voyeuristic tendencies of Audrey’s stalker play more in to this theme. Branson heard that Jake and Brooke had broken up, and only Audrey and the killer know Jae is dead. The biggest piece of evidence against Branson is he was alone with Piper when she broke him out of prison, and there’s no way of knowing what she divulged to him. Audrey shot Piper on the dock before she could reveal one last surprise to Emma and her mother, but she very well could have told Branson. Finally, the fake phone voice just sounds a lot like Branson’s. Of course, all this evidence is probably misdirection, but the most compelling case through three episodes is against Branson.
Branson is at the movie theater when it seems like the killer is in the hotel bathroom with Emma, but the timeline could be easily manipulated. Or there are two killers, which is something I hadn’t considered yet. The first two films had two killers, although three and four’s were solo.
Emma’s dad – Audrey tells Emma she thinks the timing of his return is a little suspicious. We find out he has a drinking problem and actually attacked Emma’s mom before he left the family, but he’s drunk, packed up and getting in a fight across the street while the killer is hiding the bathroom.
Sheriff Miguel Acosta – The sheriff was rather dismissive when he found out Emma’s dad had been receiving emails from a dead girl’s account. Having been killed with her phone in hand at the police station, Acosta would have access to it, and therefore her accounts, even if it stayed locked up in evidence. It is also revealed that Acosta left Lakewood after the “Brandon James mess” and was friends with Emma’s father in their high school days.
Zoe Vaughn – not a lot of hard evidence against the new cast member who is showing romantic interest in Noah, but she tells Brooke she’s “obsessed” with Noah’s podcast and we know the killer is active on the message board of his show. Trying to get close to Noah could also be a ploy to get closer to his best friend, Audrey. Zoe was at the movie theater with Noah and Brooke and Branson while Emma was at the hotel, but again, there could be a killing duo, or timeline manipulation.