Scream Queens 2 Recap – Episode 4 – Snake Charmers

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You’ve got a little something on your teeth.

Nope, still there.

We open this week’s Scream Queens 2 with the rest of the house learning that Karlie has left. Their mourning is brief and poignant:

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Allison interviews that she knows what Jamie’s talking about when it comes to her angry face. “But I don’t know how to fix it” she says. “Don’t do that,” seems to be the easiest way how. I hope that she discovers that by the end of the episode.

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For this week’s challenge, Jaime says they have to be “drop dead sexy,” while playing a classic horror film character. This sounds like a great challenge for someone like Sarah, whose stills have been awesome, but whose scenes have been less than. The winner gets a guaranteed call back, and a spread in Fangoria magazine. Here to help coach is B-movie legend and Fangoria editor Debbie Rochon:

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Sarah says that before coming to the house she bought lots of issues of Fangoria and studied the pictures really hard. This may explain why her stills have gotten more compliments than her acting from the judges, but for this challenge, this is perfect preparation.

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Unfortunately for Allison, she has to dress as the mom of a possessed child. Moms are, in general, not styled to be sexy. So while the other girls get “their t**s up, and their asses out, and their stomachs showing.” She gets…

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A “potato sack”. “I like dressing slutty. That’s like my thing,” she laments. As far as potato sacks go, this is very slutty, though.

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Christine doesn’t know how to look sexy, but with some encouragement, she at least looks crazy. And crazy is kinda sexy. [Editor's note: It's cool, too.]

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Jessica is told to look less sexy, and more dangerous. The trick? Turn that syringe from a phallic symbol into a stabbing symbol.

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Gabby gets Psycho, and gets a flesh-colored bodysuit to wear. This seems conservative, even in 1960.

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The other girls say Sierra’s overacting in her scene, but I say she is over-wigging.

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Tai is supposed to be a sexy Bride of Frankenstein, an oxymoron if ever there was.

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Sarah, as predicted, looks “like art” in her shots, according to Gabby. So she gets the callback and the spread. I hope she inspires a future Scream Queens 3 contestant.

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Before letting them go, Jaime says Sierra and Christine will get makeovers. Not all the girls, just Sierra and Christine. Sierra is grateful (the wig they gave her for her photo shoot must have been a clue), but Christine is less so. Because makeovers for just some of the girls? Not the biggest confidence boost.

Cutting her hair could affect Christine’s mental health as she interviews, but she’ll do it if it shows how dedicated she is to Scream Queens. Or to acting. You have to change your appearance quite a bit in movies, or so I’ve heard.

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Notice that Sierra is there to comfort. This is a pattern for her.

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On their return to the house, we learn that, of course, Christine’s red hair was simply made bigger and redder. Sierra gets a shorter bob.

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…which she doesn’t seem excited about until….

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Homa lays eyes on it. It’s Homatime!

“He’s just so powerful and talented. Just thinking about it I get all…flustered,” Sierra interviews. Hot for teacher? Seems so. It’s good, because this week’s class is a lesson in seduction. Homa asks the girls to make margaritas, but to make them as sexy as possible. Nothing’s hotter than frozen fruit and salt right?

Some girls are excited by today’s class, while others are terrified of having to seduce Homa.

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Jessica is first, and her natural sexiness can’t overcome an uncooperative lime.

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Christine’s bedroom eyes mostly look sleepy.

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I think Sierra wanted to gently suck on a lime, but instead she looks like Marlon Brando at the end of the Godfather.

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Maybe she gets panic attacks, but Sarah is pretty confident in her sexiness. She goes up to Homa and puts a (lime? salt?) covered finger in his mouth. Too bad there’s no 3-D in the world that allows actresses to stick their fingers in the audience’s mouths.

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“What I just saw is seven girls pretending to be sexy,” Homa says. And what I see is Homa pretending to be annoyed.

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He tells them to not be slutty, but to be sensual, and “subtle.” What makes a girl look sensual? Hair flipping. It’s the key to sexiness. Perhaps someone should have told Sierra before she chopped her long hair off.

With Allison he’s more specific: “Relax your face.” Her face looks like a girl being forced to act sexy for a serial killer. It’s totally sexy! If you are totally a serial killer!

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They send this guy to deliver the scripts for the Director’s Challenge. He’s got moves, observes Christine, even if he doesn’t have hair. Again with the hair!

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For the director’s cut, they will have to do a sexy scene with a snake as their co-star. The story involves a stripper who is part reptile, which makes several other things about this scene hard to stomach. Tai is scared of snakes, which makes it hard for her to picture making this “sexy.” But, as she has a few times this episode, Sierra steps in to comfort her.

First up is Jessica, who smartly uses the snakes movements as cues for how she should move her body. Sierra, nice girl that she is, notices how good:

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Gabby gets hung up on the technical aspects, moving before her cue.

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Snake charmers:

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Because of her dance background, Allison predicts she’ll “f***in’ rock this bitch.”

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But her eye movements and expressions get in her way again:

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We learned last week that her predictions aren’t very accurate.

Tai considers this her fear challenge: she doesn’t like showing skin, and she doesn’t like snakes. Though her performance is shaky, it’s not because of the snake. So her fear was conquered, even if the scene wasn’t.

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Back at the house, Christine tells Gabby that the other ladies were making fun of her performance. “I want to be liked. I want people to like me,” she says. It’s an adorably naïve statement. But she picks herself up and confronts the other ladies:

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The other girls (including Allison) demure, but Tai steps up to argue. But Gabby’s nonconfrontational manner makes this a nonfrontation, though I think Tai comes off looking like the cattier girl.

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Jessica, Gabby and Allison are on the List to stand before Jaime, Tim, and Homa.

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Jessica gets leading lady, because, as Tim simple says “You’re a star.” A part of it? She takes Tim’s re-directions and improves her performance.

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And now for two ladies that have trouble with this:

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Gabby is called out for her tendency to go into “Gabbyland,” i.e., forget all cues and direction and meander about. Some weeks she’s great. Other weeks, she’s gone.

Allison’s problem is her expressions. As the judges say, her body movements are great, it’s just her twitches.

Allison doesn’t cry much, but hearing Homa tell her what her issues are, breaks her down.

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Allison gets the axe. Before you pity her too much, remember her reason for why she deserves to stay: “There’s a lot of girls upstairs who are a lot uglier, and suck way more than I do.” Aim high, Allison, aim high.

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