Meanwhile, back in New Jersey, Johnny is on the phone with someone and is clearly flipping out. He goes into…I don’t know. A warehouse? Maybe? And we see the now-familiar blood on the floor with the sliced-open head wound. Before a mannequin can show up to kill Johnny, though, Sam shows up and whisks him away into a side room, immediately lining the doorway and windows with salt. He wastes no time in breaking it down for Johnny.
Sam: It’s a ghost trying to kill you for being a dick. You’re lucky you were the most suspicious interview of all time.
Johnny’s looking completely freaked out, but Sam’s irritated. He mutters that he should’ve known this would happen and then tells Johnny, “I don’t have time for the big speech. Brass tacks, Rose is back. What did you do?”
He tells Sam it was a stupid joke and Sam kind of glowers at him and repeats, “What. Did. You. Do?”
Okay, so I just have to say that this whole scenario for why Rose was a ghost was just sad and mean. Heart-breakingly mean. I’ve been the shy girl. The quiet one. The one that no one asked out. And what those boys did to Rose was just…cruel.
Also? It kinda reminded me of the Kevin Bacon movie Stir of Echoes. Which also creeped me out.
Anyway, Johnny tells Sam that he and the other two Dead Guys made Rose think she had a secret admirer. They hid notes and little gifts in her locker at the factory, that kind of stuff. He said he didn’t think she had ever been asked out and thought she was pathetic. They eventually lured her to a secret location. I think the thing that panged me the most is that as he’s recalling it, Johnny says, “She was so excited.”
I knew right then how it was going to end but…ugh. It was just so sad.
Rose enters the house — looking very pretty and dressed up — and approaches a candlelight dinner with the figure of a man seated at a chair with his back to her. She touches the man on the shoulder…and it’s a mannequin. The three guys break out of hiding laughing at her. She tells them to go to Hell and tries to leave, but one of them grabs her arm to stop her. She pulls away, stumbles, falls and cracks her head open on the edge of a coffee table. Dead.
Johnny starts to call the cops, but his friend stops him and says there was only one option. So, they bury Rose in a clearing in the woods. Johnny tries to tell Sam that he didn’t touch her, it wasn’t his fault. Sam, looking rather dangerous and angry, says, “Look me in the eyes and tell me none of it’s on you.”
Which, of course, Johnny can’t. So, Sam goes to find the body and tells Johnny to stay where he was until Sam tells him all is well. Says it’s getting off easy.
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