Season 1, Episode 1
Air date June 30, 2015
Written by Jill E. Blotevogel
Jaime Paglia
Jay Beattie
Dan Dworkin
Directed by Jamie Travis
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Hello, Emma
"Everyone has secrets, everyone tells lies, and everyone is fair game. Until there's no one left."
Noah Foster to Riley Marra
"Pilot" is the first episode of the first season of the television series, Scream. It is directed by Jamie Travis and was written by Jill E. Blotevogel and co-written by Jaime Paglia. It aired on 30th June, 2015.


After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer.


After posting a shaming video online of classmate Audrey Jensen and Rachel Murray kissing, Nina Patterson is dropped off at her parents mansion by her boyfriend Tyler O'Neill. While Nina is home alone, Ghostface impersonates Tyler and taunts Nina with video clips and text messages sent from Tyler's phone. Nina's relaxation in the hot tub is interrupted when Tyler's severed head is suddenly thrown into the hot tub. Nina screams, scrambles out of the hot tub and hides behind a tree to try and call 911 with Siri, but the phone calls Pottery Barn instead. She runs to try and open the doors, but when running to the third door, in the reflection, Ghostface appears behind her and slashes horizontally across her back, causing her to scream. Nina then attempts to flee but falls in the process and is then grabbed by Ghostface and has her throat sliced from ear to ear and she is thrown in the pool to die. A close-up of her phone shows her mom is trying to call her and we see a close-up of Ghostface facing the camera before the title appears.

The next morning, Emma Duval is studying with her boyfriend Will Belmont before having breakfast with her mother Maggie, who works as the coroner in the town of Lakewood. Emma teases her mother about Maggie's possible romantic connection to Sheriff Clark Hudson. At George Washington High School, Audrey commiserates with her friend Noah Foster about the "Audrey's Face Suck Extravaganza" video. Emma and Will discuss the video with their friends Brooke Maddox, Riley Marra, and Jake Fitzgerald. In Language Arts class, Emma and her friends take notice of new transfer student Kieran Wilcox, who recently moved to Lakewood. Nina's parents return home and the mother discovers her daughter's dead body in the pool and screams in horror.

Word of Nina's death makes it to school. One rumor regarding the killers identity suggests that Brandon James has returned to Lakewood. Serial killer history enthusiast Noah tells the story of how Brandon James, who had a caring older brother named Troy, was a teenager with Proteus syndrome who died 20 years earlier. Brandon had fallen in love with a girl named Daisy, but when she became frightened by his appearance following an unmasking at the school's Halloween dance, a group of drunken jocks beat him. Brandon then killed five students. Cops later shot Brandon during an arranged meeting with Daisy on the pier. Daisy is revealed to secretly be Emma's mother Maggie.

The students learn that Tyler is missing and is suspected in Nina's murder. Emma and Will discuss the situation with their friends. In an effort to renew their former friendship, Emma invites Audrey to the party Brooke is throwing as a memorial for Nina. Will and Jake have a tense confrontation with each other over a secret involvement they had with Nina. Language Arts teacher Seth Branson tries unsuccessfully to end his affair with Brooke. Back at home, Emma finds a package on her doorstep addressed to Daisy. Emma's mother plays coy about the name on the label. After Emma leaves with Will for Brooke's party, Maggie opens the package and finds a note that reads, "Emma looks just like you at that age" along with a bloody animal heart.

Because of the commotion surrounding her shaming video, Audrey's unexpected arrival at Brooke's party creates an initially awkward moment. Audrey and Emma later bond while having a poolside conversation. Riley takes an interest in Noah. Maggie calls Sheriff Hudson about the anonymous package and reveals to him that Daisy was her family nickname. Maggie fears that a cycle of murders could be happening again. Clark promises to track down Emma's father Kevin. Noah continues discussing Brandon James, Nina's murder, and teenage horror tropes while partygoers drink around the fireplace. Brooke hints that Will and Nina had some sort of connection and Emma realizes that Will slept with Nina. After confronting Will, Emma walks off alone and finds Kieran in the greenhouse. Kieran explains the family circumstances that brought him to Lakewood. Kieran and Emma end up kissing.

Brooke investigates a light turning on in the garage, she finds one of car doors open. When she goes inside to get the key and close the door, she hears the sound of a knife and starts to run out the garage and runs into Will, who then threatens her to never come between he and Emma again. Having previously passed out, Noah regains consciousness to find himself stripped to his underwear and alone on the pier. Noah goes into the lake and is pulled under the water.

Kieran rescues Noah. Noah insists that someone grabbed him and pulled him beneath the waters surface. Kieran drives Emma home and the two of them see Sheriff Hudson speaking to Maggie in the doorway. Kieran reveals that the sheriff is his father. Ghostface stalks Audrey as she visits her girlfriend Rachel.

At school, Sheriff Hudson asks Noah to come to the station for questioning regarding Brandon James. Riley and Noah continue flirting with each other. Emma visits Audrey and admits that she was with Nina when the shaming video was recorded. Ghostface taunts Emma over the phone as she walks home. As Noah continues explaining tropes to Riley, Jake is revealed to have secret video of Nina on his computer, Audrey is revealed to have a picture of Brandon James unmasked, and Noah is seen hiding a bloody wound on his forehead.


Main Cast

Special Guest Star

Recurring Cast


  • The term 'Pilot' is traditionally used in the entertainment industry to identify the first episode of a television series.
    • The title of the episode was alternatively called "Red Roses".
  • The episode was watched live by 1.03 million viewers.
    • This episode has the highest viewer count in the whole series.
  • This was the first episode in the series where Emma received a call from the killer.
  • Zoë Vaughn was first mentioned by Riley Marra in the episode.
  • This episode marked the deaths of Nina Patterson and Tyler O'Neill.
  • Tyler O'Neill is the first character to be killed off-screen.
  • Nina Patterson is the first character to be killed on-screen.

Body Count

Featured Music

Series of screens on phones, tablets, computers of two girls making out.

Tyler’s car pulls up with Nina; she’s focused on her phone.

Nina enters and greets Sage. Nina talks to Sage, puts on bikini and gets a Snapchat image of her changing.

Nina texts to and from Tyler. Nina screams and tries to call 911.

Brooke, Will and Emma talk at a party. Audrey and Noah enter and as Brooke approaches, Audrey leaves. Kieran arrives.

Emma joins Audrey by the pool.

  • Bertie Blackman – “Beams

Riley approaches Noah and asks about his picture in the paper.

Noah, Riley, Jake, Kieran and others discuss slasher movies.

Emma, Will, Brooke and Audrey talk about Nina.

Brooke and Riley talk and Riley notices lights on in the garage. Noah, Riley, Jake and others sit and talk by the fire.

Emma enters the greenhouse and finds Kieran alone. They talk and they kiss.

Kieran pulls up at Emma’s house and they see Sheriff Hudson with Maggie.

Audrey talks to Rachel on the phone. Killer is watching them from the shadows.


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Behind the Scenes


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