This season of Scream Queens is truly savage.
Last week, we lost Chad Radwell (Glen Powell), and we barely had enough time to fully grieve before losing another major character.
After one insane Halloween party that was derailed by a bunch of very sick Lin-Manuel Mirandas (which we'll get to in a minute), FBI agent Denise Hemphill (Niecy Nash) met her end, thanks to the Green Meanie, a bowl of punch, and a defibrillator.
We should have seen Denise's demise coming, since tonight was quite the Denise-centric episode. She was in serious mourning mode after the death of her former lover, Chad Radwell, and we even got flashbacks to some of their roleplaying sessions—including one confusing night of Brokeback Mountain reenactments.
We guess the silver lining to all of this is that now Denise and Chad can be together forever in the afterlife, which is nice for them.
It's also possible that Number 5 (Abigail Breslin) won't live much longer, given the fact that she was nearly stabbed by Ivanka Trump, and then was actually stabbed by the Green Meanie, and left to die on the floor. Denise had been attempting to save Number 5 when she was killed, so now we'll just have to wait and see who's next to walk into that deserted hospital hallway.
Elsewhere tonight, Chanel (Emma Roberts) was accidentally turned blue by medicine given to her by Brock (John Stamos), and the hospital put on a Halloween party that was so of the moment that we could hardly keep up with the references.
Hester (Lea Michele) (who was let out of her basement cell for just 24 hours) dressed as Ivanka Trump, while Number 5 dressed as Ivana Trump, thinking that Ivana and Ivanka were the same person (been there, Number 5).
Cassidy (Taylor Lautner) rocked the bleached hair as Ryan Lochte. Zayday dressed as the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis, and Brock was the script of Batman vs. Superman, aka a bloody mess. Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) was Hamilton, which went nicely with all the Lin-Manuel Mirandas that came with the other Halloween party that arrived to get help with being poisoned from apple bobbing.
Meanwhile, Chanel was a smurf, and Number 3 was dead, so she could get used to the concept, but we have a feeling that many Halloween parties this year are going to look an awful lot like the one we just saw on TV.
While we're going to miss Denise, we had better get used to these losses. It doesn't sound like they're ending any time soon.
"Every episode now, someone major is getting killed off," Ryan Murphy told E! News before the episode. "This week we have literally, and I'm not going to tell you who, but a fan favorite character bites the dust, so people will have to tune in to see who that is. It's a shockaroo, taken too soon, RIP."
Shockaroo is right.
Scream Queens airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.