The castmates compete in a horror-themed challenge. One castmate takes the leadership role of her team, and someone else's conscience begins to bother them due to their suspicious actions. This leads to them to quit from the competition, even though their team won the challenge, saving two others from potential elimination.
The episode opens with the castmates relaxing and enjoying not having to compete in any kind of challenge. Some of them are playing "Go Fish," and eating some stolen sandwiches. Duncan and Justin are kicking a soccer ball back and forth, with DJ being asleep between the two, blissfully unaware of the game. During the game of "Go Fish," Izzy demonstrates her skills in card shuffling, annoying Harold.
Izzy thinks she's so cool. But did she spend three whole entire summers at Magic Steve's Magic Camp? Allow me to demonstrate my mad magic skills by producing the Ace of Spades! Oh, ha. Hey, how did that get in there?
All of the cast members are surprised that the sandwiches are so delicious. Beth tries to perform a trick that she calls the "egg salad firework," and when she throws the sandwiches in the air, Owen steals them.
While DJ is dreaming, his dream flashes back to the night before, where he was preparing the sandwiches for the team. Chef appears, reminding him that they both are part of the alliance to make DJ a man and the winner, and Chef is to take half of the million. Back with the castmates, Lindsay and Beth fantasize about having a girls' free day if there is no challenge, but Heather interrupts them by reminding them that they're here to compete, and the quicker she can get rid of everyone else, the better.
You see those little bumps back there? Those are totally a spine. I am not a follower. Like at cheerleading, I'm right in the middle of the pyramid. And when all my sisters and I decide on something, like where to go shopping or whatevs, I'm always the third vote. That's not... oh. Well, I can change! Uh, if that's okay with you guys.
The castmates are called over to the fake mountain by Chris, so he can reveal the next challenge. Once they arrive there, Chris's screams are heard before he falls out of the sky, and is impaled on a spotlight. He appears to be dead, before it's revealed to be a stunt prop. The real Chris shows up and announces that the challenge's theme is horror films. After everyone screams about Chris's stunt, Lindsay notes that Beth didn't scream like the others. Beth tells her that she cannot scream due to a faulty tonsillectomy from one of the doctor's earrings getting stuck on her tonsils. Back at the challenge, each team has to select a "scarer" from their team to scare the members of their team, with the rate of the scream being shown on the scream-o-meter. The Screaming Gaffers all agree to choose Duncan for it because he did great in the acting challenges before, and he would make a great scarer due to his personality alone, but Chef forces them to go with DJ as the scarer.
Arms are good. They throw things, feed you things, there's something to put in your sleeves. And if there's one thing I learned in home ec class, always listen to the dude with the knives.
Meanwhile, the Killer Grips argue with each other over who should be the killer. Justin wants to be the killer because the mask would protect his face from damage, whereas Izzy wants to be the killer because she claims that her 'scary faces' even creep her dog out. However, Owen disagrees and continues to claim that Izzy is cute, which annoys her. While Lindsay tries to get everyone to go with Beth because she can't scream, Beth is distracted by Justin and the mask. Owen then rambles about how Izzy is cute and never scary, prompting Izzy to glare at Owen. While no one answers Lindsay, she finally shouts that Beth would be the killer and this is final.
Can I just tell you that felt so delicious! It was almost better than being pretty! ... Well, almost.
The challenge begins with both Harold and Justin standing in the forest setting, and both DJ and Beth set to scare them. Beth tries to scare Justin, but as he doesn't want his pipes to be strained, he does not try very hard to scream. DJ is pushed by Chef, and he bumps into Harold and puts on his mask, making Harold scream. Harold's screams were the loudest, which causes the Screaming Gaffers to win the first round.
The next round involves scaring one of the teammates in the outhouse. The victims are Leshawna and Lindsay. Leshawna thinks that being scared in the outhouse is the most inappropriate thing ever, and Lindsay states that she is not going to pee on camera as she did last season. When DJ goes in to scare Leshawna, he realizes that she is sitting on the toilet and is immediately embarrassed, apologizing to her for intruding. She angrily tells him to do the scene and scare her, and so he growls softly and claws at her with his hand, which causes her to laugh at DJ's feeble attempt, as the entire outhouse shakes. However, when Beth runs into Lindsay's stall, she scares her so much that she pees herself and screams twice. Beth then tells Lindsay that it was her and she stops screaming. Beth and Lindsay score a point for their team.
The tie-breaking round is the couples round, in which both "killers" go after the couple, who are making out. The couples are Owen and Izzy, as well as Duncan and Heather. Owen and Izzy are excited about the scene, and start making out in front of Chris, but Duncan and Heather are horribly disgusted. Once Chris mentions the incentive of a million dollars, they hesitantly and briefly kiss and recoil almost immediately, both visibly shaken, with Heather commenting on how Duncan "tastes like street," and that she may never recover. When both "killers" try to scare the two couples, neither couples are scared because Duncan and Heather are still grossed out by the kiss, and Owen and Izzy are too busy making out to be scared. Chef then comes out with a mask and chainsaw and scares Duncan, Heather, and DJ. This stunt scares DJ so much that he passes out. After a show break, everyone is surrounding the shocked DJ to see if he is still alive.
In DJ's dream, he is in the clouds and sees his mother. He runs to her, but she gives him a disapproved look and tells him she didn't raise a cheater, before she slaps him. He returns back to consciousness on the where he is being slapped by Heather, who is trying to bring him out of the shock. He requests to speak to Chef, but Chef is talking with the producers, getting disciplined for messing with the challenge. Chris then sets them up for another challenge, in which the Killer Grips' challenge is to stay in the craft services tent and try not to get scared for the rest of the night. Afterward, Chris tells them a fake story about an old movie lot guard who mysteriously disappeared. They are given devices to detect where the ghost of the guard is. Chris then comes out of a tent and informs the Screaming Gaffers of their challenge: scare the Grips out of the tent using any items available. Before the night ends, Harold tries to scare them with a floating object trick, but it doesn't work.
Duncan makes some fake blood and rigs it to seep from the windows of the kitchen. The Killer Grips are terrified of the blood and attempt to leave the tent until Lindsay points out that it smells like ketchup. She forces Owen to taste it, proving it is ketchup, allowing them to stay in the tent.
During that time, everyone on the Killer Grips notes that Lindsay was being a bit bossy. Meanwhile, the Gaffers try to think of something else to scare the Grips, and everyone turns to DJ, for he hasn't been helping out with the other tricks. DJ claims that he doesn't want to scare the Grips, as his Momma doesn't like him scaring people, but the Gaffers force him to cooperate. DJ's plan was to scare the Grips with the ghost of the guard. Heather dresses up as the guard, and added with some spooky voices (provided by Leshawna), complete darkness (Duncan turns off the power) and Harold suspending Heather above the Grips, scares everyone (except Lindsay) out of the tent. Lindsay tries to tell everyone that the ghost detecting devices were still not going off and therefore it was just a prank, until DJ throws a fork that sets off the device and sends Lindsay screaming into the night. Once the Killer Grips were gone, DJ walks toward the hanging Heather and sees the 'conscience momma' telling him that he did a bad thing and she would never forgive him.
At the Gilded Chris Ceremony, Justin and Lindsay are in the bottom two. As Chris is about to name the contestant who receives the last award, DJ abruptly confesses about his illegal alliance with Chef and votes himself off the show. Chef tries to talk to DJ, only for DJ to scold him in front of everyone and then prepare to leave. Before leaving, the rest of the cast realized that he is the one who's been making the recent delicious food. All the castmates want DJ to stay, with Justin even saying that they should have Chef voted off. However, DJ wants to clean his conscience and getting voted off will fix everything that he did with Chef, hoping it will make his mother proud. Once DJ enters the Lame-o-sine, Owen tries to stop the vehicle because he wants DJ to stay with the castmates and make food for them but fails. Chris signs off the show while holding Owen's face and telling him that in the next episode they will face the most horrible thing ever, Chef's cooking. Owen then drops to the ground and pukes on Chris's shoes as the episode ends.
|Clé Bennett||Chef Hatchet/DJ/DJ's mother|
|Stephanie Anne Mills||Lindsay|
|Elimination Ceremony 5:|
Izzy, Beth, Owen
On Wednesday, mom and I will go to the petting zoo. She likes the ducks because they have honest faces; I like the bunnies 'cause they don't bite. I hope she's not as mad at me in real life as she was in my dream. I did the right thing in the end, isn't that what matters? So I lost out on a million bucks, I still have my integrity ... Well, with everyone who didn't watch the show, I guess. As for the people who did watch the show, maybe I can bake them my famous cinnamon buns.
Still in the running
- This marks the first time in Total Drama history where one team wins the challenge, but ends up losing one of its own members anyway.
- This episode marks the first time in Total Drama history in which a contestant has quit the competition.
- In DJ's dream, it is revealed that his initials stand for "Devon Joseph."
- Beth reveals that she cannot scream due to a botched tonsillectomy.
- This episode ties with "Celebrity Manhunt's Total Drama Action Reunion Special" and "So, Uh This Is My Team?" (Pahkitew Island) in featuring the most characters voiced by Clé Bennett, with three.
- Izzy reveals she has a dog, making her the fifth contestant to own a dog.
- The others are Lindsay, Noah, Owen, and Duncan.
- This is the first episode of the series in which Gwen does not appear or is mentioned by the remaining castmates.
- This is the second horror-themed challenge in the series, which continues the trend of each season having one. The others are:
- This is the only horror-themed challenge in Total Drama that doesn't have an obvious threat that the contestants must survive, and instead consists of a series of challenges based on the horror genre.
- Several elements from "Hook, Line, and Screamer" appear again in this episode.
- The shot where all of the other castmates are looking down at DJ mirrors a similar shot where most of the other remaining castmates looked down at Geoff.
- The hockey mask is once again used to scare the castmates.
- The chainsaw makes a return appearance, once again being wielded by Chef Hatchet.
- Izzy and Owen once again make-out before the "killer" approaches them.
- DJ is once again eliminated in a horror-themed episode.
- This is the second time Lindsay is saved from more likely being eliminated due to an irregular elimination.
- This is also the second time in the series that someone offered to be eliminated instead of someone else.
- The first is Duncan offering to take Gwen's place in "The Chefshank Redemption." However, this is the first time that it actually happens, as Duncan admitted that he was just kidding in the aforementioned episode.
- The music from Cody's dream in "The Big Sleep" is heard during DJ's dream.
- The port-a-potty that Leshawna and Lindsay sit in during the challenge is the same one later seen in "The Aftermath: IV," where the jury must cast their votes for the season's winner.
- While waiting for Beth in the outhouse, Lindsay mentions having unintentionally urinated on camera last season, referring to her gag in "Search and Do Not Destroy."
- In the confessional, Harold accidentally pulled out a picture of his humilation from "If You Can't Take The Heat..."
- The episode's title is a parody of the 1999 horror film, The Blair Witch Project.
- Additionally, the scene featuring a close-up of Harold's face with a runny nose is a reference to a particular scene as well.
- Similar to "Hook, Line, and Screamer," this episode contains many parodies/references to famous horror-themed movies:
- Halloween: Some of the original theme plays towards the end of the first challenge, when DJ is about to scare Harold. Also, the "killers" wielded giant kitchen knives similar to the signature weapon of Michael Myers. Also, Beth's point of view through the eyes of the mask is similar to when a young Michael's point of view was shown in the beginning of the film before and after he committed his first murder. Notably, the couch scene where Michael attacks Laurie was re-enacted as part of the challenge.
- The Amityville Horror: The blood tactic that Duncan used to make the walls look like they were oozing blood.
- Ghostbusters: The ghost-reading devices that Chris gave the Grips is similar to the P.K.E. Meter used by the Ghostbusters to track down the ectoplasmic signatures of ghosts.
- Friday the 13th franchise: The hockey mask worn by the killers is a reference to Jason Voorhees' hockey mask (which first appeared in the third film in the franchise).
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The chainsaw that Chef uses to scare Heather, Duncan, and DJ.
- Ronnita the Rent-a-Cop is a reference to 6teen, in which it is Ron the Rent-a-Cop.
- Lindsay says that Owen must have "SNP." She likely meant ESP, an acronym for extrasensory perception.
- When Lindsay calls Heather "some eggs Benedict," she likely means to compare her to notorious traitor, Benedict Arnold.
- Duncan calling Harold "Harry Houd-weenie" is a reference to renowned illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini.
- Beth states that she can't scream due to a faulty tonsillectomy, but in various episodes before and after this one, Beth can be heard screaming. Some examples include:
- "Monster Cash," where she is heard screaming while running from the Monster with DJ, Gwen, and Trent.
- "3:10 to Crazytown," in which Chris shot his gun and Beth screamed out of fear and annoyance.
- "The Princess Pride," where she screams in happiness after being informed that Chris will start selling Princess Dolls of herself.
- When DJ confesses that he started an illegal alliance with Chef, Chris seems angry, but in the recap of "Riot On Set," Chris seems to already know about the alliance.
- Also, when DJ quits, all of the Killer Grips are shocked. This is strange, as Izzy knew of the alliance between DJ and Chef in "The Aftermath: I."
- When Chris faked his own death, it was impossible for Chris to get where he was and have a hole the size of what he had, due to the light being much larger than the pole.
- Owen states in this episode that he hates Chef's cooking. However, he has displayed admiration for Chef's food in previous episodes.
- The sandwiches DJ made disappear after he throws the spoon at Chef.
- Lindsay is absent at the beginning of the episode when the camera shows a full view of all the castmates, and only appears after Beth returns.
- When the camera zoomed out to show Justin and Duncan playing soccer, DJ's mouth is slightly off.