John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams Season 1 Episode 1 Recap

By Ricky Valero
Published: October 13, 2023
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John Carpenter's Suburban Screams Season 1 Episode 1 Recap


Although the acting was somewhat underwhelming, the story is compelling and mysterious enough to keep you watching.

John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams Episode 1 follows the story of a group of friends who accidentally summon the ghost of a local murder victim. As the friends try to communicate with the ghost things quickly turn weird and strange, causing mass chaos and a fitting start to Season 1 of the horror maestro’s original Peacock series.

The following recap contains major spoilers.

John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams Season 1 Episode 1 Recap

A man speaks about 1999 and details the neighborhood and how it felt safe to live in the town. We get a flashback as the man narrates what happened between him and his girlfriend. In the flashback, he awakens to his girlfriend going through his drawers in his house, searching for money to buy drugs. He finally broke up with her and moved on.

Later at a party, he makes his own Ouija board, and we see the group begin to use it. They begin to attempt to talk to spirits, and after Dan’s first “joke” of trying to spook them, the Ouija board starts to move on its own. It spells out a name, Kelly, and May suggests they stop playing with the board.

Who is Kelly?

After the girls dispersed from the room, May went outside rather emotionally. Dan said they had nothing to do with the latter part of the Ouija. May told Dan that she had a cousin, Kelly Fitzgerald, and they were really close when they were little. However, when she grew up she started to get into drugs, and they grew apart. Furthermore, she explained that she went missing a long time ago.

As a result of May telling Dan the story, Dan starts to wonder what really happened and suggests that they try the Ouija board one more time. So the four of them get back together to give it another try. They call out for Kelly again, and we get a flash of this girl in the water in a bag that causes Dan to vomit. Dan told everyone that he could see her drowning, and everyone said they started to feel like something more was happening.

Who does Kelly’s spirit attach herself to?

Although Kelly was May’s cousin, she has attached herself to Dan because he seemingly tries to help her. We see him go into the woods, where we hear Kelly whisper to Dan, “Help me.” He continues to try to do so until she somewhat overtakes his body, making him fall to the ground.

Dan spent months in the basement trying to talk to Kelly again but got nothing in return. In his attempt to reconnect with her, he returns to the woods where we see him get a flashback of what the men had done to Kelly. After seeing a medium, she tells Dan that Kelly’s spirit had an emotional connection with him and he needed to let her know she was murdered.

John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams Episode 1 Ending Explained

Upon returning to the woods and informing Kelly she wasn’t alive, she grabbed him by the body and threw him into the water. The following day, two guys find Dan, and he tells them to look over for her, and we see the red bag with Kelly’s body inside.

How did Kelly die?

After finding the body, the police reported that Kelly had passed away from a drug overdose. The men she was with wrapped her in a sleeping bag and put her in the river because they thought she was dead. However, Dan doesn’t believe that is what happened and says he won’t be able to rest until he figures out what happened to Kelly.

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