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Chris leaves the Campers alone in the camp as a psycho killer with a hook for a hand hunts them down... which turns out to be Chef.


  • Action Girl: Gwen is at the top of her game in this episode, kicking a real serial killer in the face.
  • Adults Are Useless: Subverted. Chris and Chef make them think that they left the campers stranded in the island with a killer, when it was really a set up for the challenge. Once they find out that Gwen is alone with a real killer, they rush to help her... only because Chris doesn't want a lawsuit.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of slasher movies.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Duncan invokes this when goes to confront Chef-disguised-as-the-killer. And then played absolutely straight when the real psycho shows up when Gwen is eating in the lodge.
  • Answer Cut:
    • When Heather says that they are always being watched (since it's a reality TV show), we see Chris in a tent full of cameras, confirming this.
    • Heather also tells Chris to make sure that the show takes place at a summer camp if he wants to freak them out in the slightest. Chris says that he tried, but they were all rented for the summer.
  • Asshole Victim: A non lethal version, but Gwen urges Heather not to have a shower while in a horror movie challenge, but proceeds to leave her alone and lets her get caught by Chef.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Initially, the story about an escaped serial killer was used as a lead-in to a horror movie-themed challenge. Only for the actual serial killer to show up and cause a Mass "Oh, Crap!" from everyone.
  • Birds of a Feather: Gwen and Duncan find out that both love "Bloodbath 2: Summer Camp Reign of Terror". Then Heather mocks them about it.
    Heather: Aww, looks like Gwen and Duncan have more in common than bad fashion sense.
  • Bowdlerise: In the American version, Gwen's reaction to Duncan setting her chart on fire is changed from "Holy crap!" to "Oh man!"
  • Bring It: The pretend-killer confronts Leshawna in the main lodge while she's snatching up brownies. After a few seconds of consideration, Leshawna tells him that she's got 16 years in the projects under her belt and to bring it. She doesn't even look at him when she challenges him and while she gets to make an escape, she is eventually captured. Once she reaches the surveillance tent, Chris compliments Leshawna for her fortitude.
  • Cactus Cushion: While running from a serial killer, Owen trips and falls a long way down a cliff. He hits various objects that are as painful as they are out-of-place during the descent, among which a cactus.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody listens to Gwen's warning about the Slasher Flick Rules, which is why they all got off the challenge. Actually, Duncan did, but proves himself to be equally Genre Savvy by waiting for everyone to run off so he can be the Final Guy who takes down the killer. Had Gwen not had to deal with a real killer, he would have been the winner.
  • Chase Scene: Discussed while Owen and Izzy are escaping from the killer. Owen points out that the route to the camp seems longer than when they entered the woods, to which Izzy explains that slasher flicks tend to make the chasing longer for the action.
  • Continuity Nod: Duncan has his Hook Hand from "The Sucky Outdoors" to freak people out again.
  • Conversational Troping: Duncan and Gwen have a Scream-esque breakdown of horror movie tropes, even including rules of what not to do during a horror movie.. which of course everyone breaks.
  • Cosmetic Horror: DJ is terrified when he sees Heather in a facial mask and shaving her legs.
  • Covered in Kisses: When Izzy and Owen make out in the woods and they get interrupted by the killer, Owen emerges from the bushes covered in kisses.
  • Deadly Bath: After Heather ignores Gwen's warnings, the former attempts to take a shower, only to be caught by Chef.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Gwen's brief of the first three rules.
    Gwen: Okay, rule one: Don't go off on your own. Rule two: if you do go off in your own, never go into the woods. Rule three: If you do go into the woods, never ever make out in the woods, or you will die in the woods! (Pause) Where's Izzy and Owen?
    Duncan: Breaking rules one through three.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Leshawna's reaction to the challenge after being caught by Chef.
  • Dirty Coward: Izzy didn't take well when Owen offered her to the killer while he escaped. It took her a couple of episodes to forgive him.
  • Dwindling Party: Contestants are slowly picked off one by one. Duncan reveals he was exploiting this. Knowing the rules, he waited for everyone else to get picked off so that he could have the final showdown with Chef.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The whole remaining cast, including the jerks, is scared of the actual killer, even when some of them have done cruel things.
    • Subverted during the first time, as Chris and Chef were faking it, and the latter was just behind the fake killer, but played straight the second time.
  • Faux Horrific: Heather's face mask and leg razor are this to DJ, which costs him the challenge.
  • Final Girl: Duncan and Gwen, the only two campers to make it to the end of the challenge.
    • Duncan managed to make it through until he faced Chef as the killer.
    • Gwen, on the other hand, faced off the real killer.
  • Genre Savvy: Both Gwen and Duncan were very aware of the Slasher Flick tropes.
    • Gwen stablished the rules about staying together, not going into the woods, not making out while a killer in on the loose, and which type of characters would be the first ones to get killed to try surviving the night.
    • Duncan, on the other hand, was aware that the killer was part of a challenge theme, so waited until he was the last one to face off the Killer, banking on the Final Guy being the challenge's intended winner.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Upon being traumatized by Heather's appearance, DJ runs all the way to the victim tent. He stops running upon arrival, but not screaming until Izzy slaps him back to the present.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Leshawna is the only one yelling at the film, while averted by Heather looking bored, and Gwen and Izzy having fun with it.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When the cast is watching a horror movie killer hack up his victims with a chainsaw, the projector light flashes red several times as gory sounds come from the screen. Gwen and Duncan still think it was pretty tame, compared to a different in-universe horror movie, Bloodbath 2: Summer Camp Reign of Terror.
  • Group Hug: DJ gets one from the rest of the campers after he's eliminated, even Heather joins in.
  • Halloween Episode: The Episode was originally aired in Canada on November 4th, 4 days after Halloween, while it aired in the US on October 9th.
  • The Hedge of Thorns: While running from a serial killer, Owen trips and falls a long way down a cliff. He hits various objects that are as painful as they are out-of-place during the descent, among which a thornbush.
  • Hockeymask And Chainsaw: The Escaped Psycho Killer with a Chainsaw and Hook and Chef (who was imitating him) wear these as they hunt down the campers.
  • Hook Hand: The killer has a chainsaw and a hook. After Gwen accuses him of having a fake prop, he proceeds to show her his stub full of scabs.
  • Ignored Expert: The Genre Savvy Gwen acts as this throughout the episode, trying to help everybody, but simply being ignored.
  • Impact Silhouette: After encountering Heather in a face mask in the communal washroom, DJ breaks through both the door and the wall.
  • Improbable Weapon User: When fighting Chef as the killer on the dock, Duncan throws a wooden chair, a canoe, a life jacket, a surfboard, and a live fish at him. When Chef gives him a weird look after being hit in the face by the last one, Duncan says, "What? I ran out of stuff to throw."
  • Kick Chick: Gwen kicks the Killer on the chin, out of fright.
  • Lampshade Hanging: After throwing the fish, Duncan sheepishly admits he ran out of things to throw.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Given all the horrible things Heather did to Gwen this season, Gwen leaving her behind, and her getting caught can easily be seen as Gwen getting payback on Heather for her actions.
  • Lovable Coward: DJ. Even thought he wasn't the first one off the Challenge, he still was eliminated for running away without even encountering the Killer. In the end everyone including Heather gave him a Group Hug before his elimination.
  • Makeout Kids: Owen and Izzy decide to make out in the woods.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everyone at the tent reacts this way when the real killer is in the mess hall with Gwen.
  • Modesty Towel: Heather gets caught by Chef while trying to take a shower, and Chris lectures her on why it's a bad idea to take a shower in a horror movie.
  • My Car Hates Me: In-universe example. The cast watches a cheesy horror movie where a teenage couple is trying to escape from a serial killer, but their car won't start, which gets them killed.
  • Named After the Injury: The Escaped Psycho Killer with a Chainsaw and Hook has a hook that covers his missing hand. He briefly shows Gwen what his arm looks like without the hook.
  • Nice Day, Deadly Night: Chris lets the players watch horror movies until night time in preparation for a prank challenge designed to make the campers think they're stuck on an island with a hook-handed murderer (played by Chef) on the loose. Everyone but Heather falls for it and then the stakes get raised when an actual hook-handed murderer makes it to the island.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Both Gwen and Duncan are the only ones having fun with the movie and they mention the most gruesome gore scenes from their favorite Slasher flick. Izzy as well as she jumped for joy when the killer in the film escaped.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Everybody gasps when it looks as if Chris has left behind his hair gel.
  • Overly-Long Gag:
    • Owen falling off the cliff onto a variety of things including a cactus and a dynamite plunger, followed by Izzy after who intentionally jumped and hit the exact same objects on the way down.
    • DJ screaming and running away from Heather lasts a solid 30 seconds. At one point, he is seen screaming underwater.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: It's fairly obvious that Chef is the one behind the mask of the killer for the challenge. At least until the real killer shows up.
  • Pet the Dog: Heather has three in this episode:
    • First, she tries to calm DJ down after he sees her face mask.
    • Second, she is genuinely concerned for Gwen's safety when she realizes she's with a real killer.
    • Finally, she joins in DJ's group hug when he's eliminated.
    • Chris also has one when he gives Gwen the immunity for beating an actual killer. He could have just let Duncan keep the immunity, but instead gave it to someone who never technically encountered Chef, but did encounter the real thing.
  • "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody: Heather also gets "killed" after she ignores Gwen's warning to not take a shower while a psycho is on the loose.
  • Pun-Based Title: The title is a play on the phrase "hook, line, and sinker".
  • Pushed at the Monster: Owen pushes Izzy at the killer to save himself when the two are cornered by him. It turns out to only be Chef in disguise, but Izzy's rightfully angered at Owen for this action and this damages their relationship for a while.
  • The Real Remington Steele: Much to Chris's surprise there's an actual Psycho Killer With A Hook For A Hand at the camp.
  • Sassy Black Woman: When encountering Chef, Leshawna first sassed at him before attempting to fight back and get away. Chris laughs at this while eating brownies with her.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After everyone kept ignoring Gwen's warnings, she finally had it when Duncan left her alone.
    Gwen: Duncan? Dun- Argh! You know what? I'm going for a sandwich!
  • Serial Killer: The main challenge was surviving the night with a "Killer with a Chainsaw and a Hook" on the loose. Turns out that, besides Chef being this, there was also a real killer out there.
  • Sex Signals Death: Parodied and Downplayed as only "Death by Make out". Izzy and Owen are the first "victims" out of the challenge, since both went into the woods to make out.
  • Shipper on Deck: DJ and Duncan give Owen a thumbs-up when Izzy happily jumps into his arms.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Most of the concept of the episode appears is be tied to the Friday the 13th franchise in its concepts and jokes: The summer camp setting, the hockey mask worn by the killers, the killers' imitate the peculiar "breathing" and habit of chanting words before the kill.
    • The mentioning of the scenes where the killer kills the couple making out, the fact that the supposed killer is the camp's cook, the scene where Duncan throws various items at the killer who isn't affected by them at all, Duncan confronting the killer near the lake and defeating the killer using the killer's own weapon all come from Friday the 13th (1980). Additionally the movie being watched in the beginning looks similar to the movie.
    • The concept of a mentally unstable killer escaping prison could be a reference to Michael Myers, the main killer of the Halloween franchise.
    • The use of a chainsaw as a weapon and the outfit worn by both killers, most prominently the dirty apron, both come from the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise.
    • The killer's hook is a homage to the hook worn by Ben Willis in I Know What You Did Last Summer.
    • Gwen's speech on how to survive is a nod to Randy Meeks' speech on the various rules to survive a horror movie in Scream, including the rule of couples making out alone being the first to die.
    • The idea of Chef impersonating a masked killer is similar to Roy Burns in Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning who impersonates Jason.
    • The contestants being unaware a challenge is in progress combined with the way Chris watches from the monitors is similar to the television prank show Punk'd. Owen and Heather both directly reference it by saying Chris "punked" them.
    • Heather being attacked in the bathroom while taking a shower is an obvious homage to the shower scene from Psycho.
    • Duncan's confessional before he faces off with the "killer" is a reference to The Untouchables.
    • Owen exclaims "Great balls of fire!", a reference to the a song by Jerry Lee Lewis.
    • The scene where Gwen is in the lodge where the real killer appears is similar to the scene Loomis and Michael meet in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.
  • Slasher Movie: With references to every Slasher film ever to have existed. See Shout-Out above.
  • Spanner in the Works: The real killer proves to be this for Duncan and Chris. Gwen believes he is an actor and part of the challenge, but Chris is utterly terrified when he realizes that Gwen could be killed, (though this is motivated to prevent a lawsuit). Similarly, Duncan would have been guaranteed immunity if the real killer had not shown up, as he had managed to beat Chef in a fight and unmasked him, but thanks to Gwen fighting a real killer, she ended up with invincibility.
  • Third-Person Person: Izzy and Owen for the whole episode.
  • Throat-Slitting Gesture: Heather does not believe that there's truly a serial killer running around on the island and goes off alone to do some personal grooming. Izzy, who is well-acquainted with horror movie clichés, declares that "the bossy, mean chick" just sealed her fate. For effect, she slides her finger across her throat while making a slurping sound.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Heather doesn't care for the horror movie challenge and goes off to take a shower. Chef, in the role of serial killer, attacks her there and is frightening enough that all Heather can do upon arriving at the victim tent is to sit down, grab her knees, and rock herself back and forth without blinking.
  • Vader Breath: Chef plays a hockey mask-wearing serial killer and in that role breathes heavily. It's on occasion the first clue he's nearby.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: After the real killer gets kicked in the face by Gwen, he simply tells her off for kicking him, and just walks away.
  • Vocal Dissonance: After Gwen kicks the killer in the chin, he's revealed to have a very nasal and squeaky voice.
  • Walk, Don't Swim: DJ is horrified by the sight of Heather with a facial and runs off screaming to the surveillance tent. On his way, he falls from a cliff into the water and just keeps running and screaming until he reaches the Dock of Shame and resumes running and screaming on land.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: DJ over Geoff wandering off when he was supposed to stand watch.


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Owen's Cowardice

Total Drama Island - Ep 19 (Hook, Line, and Screamer): The campers are put in a impromptu challenge where a "killer" stalks them and they must survive. Owen and Izzy end up separated together and are found by said killer. And, like any good horror film, one of them shows their true colors in the heat of life-threatening danger.

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