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Headshot
Season 2, Episode 17
2x17
Air date January 28, 2012
Written by Michael Scott
Directed by John Esposito
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"Headshot" is the seventeenth episode of the second season of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series. It first aired on January 28, 2012.

Summary

In this homage to/modern-day retelling of The Picture of Dorian Gray, a teen ice cream shop worker named Gracie Wilde leaps at the chance to enter TeenTeen magazine's Prettiest Face contest, but the excitement of the contest and Cassandra's coaching are turning Gracie into a cutthroat diva who will do anything to win -- even if it means giving up her soul.

Plot

Gracie Wilde is working at an ice cream shop when Cassandra Hobbs, who is a scout for "TeenTeen" magazine, offers her a photoshoot. Gracie says that she can't afford it, but Cassandra doesn't mind and says, "It's all about the desire."

After the photoshoot, Gracie's usual sweet behavior changes into a diva & her photo on her phone starts changing into an ugly photo. She cheats on her mid-term and her friend Dylan ends up getting suspended instead of her.

A girl named Flynn also gets a free photoshoot from Cassandra which makes Gracie jealous, so she puts Red Dye #5 in Flynn's smoothie, causing Flynn's face to break out in hives.

Gracie's friend Lexi is disgusted over Gracie's behavior and leaves the debut to see the models on Cassandra's wall change from pretty to ugly. Soon, Lexi discovers that Cassandra is The Devil who steals the souls of any teenage girl who wants to be known as "the prettiest face in the world" even though Cassandra claims that all she does is offer encouragement & says that Gracie and the other girls on her wall are secretly shallow & cutthroat because they didn't turn down the offer by deleting their headshot.

As Gracie is chosen as the new face of "Teen Teen" magazine, Lexi deletes Gracie's ugly headshot from her phone in an attempt to bring Gracie back to normal.

In an end narration, Lexi reveals that Cassandra was right: Gracie had the power all along to walk away from being famous. Because she didn't, Gracie's beautiful face now hangs on Cassandra's wall while her new and permanent face is uglier than the one that was on her cell phone.

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Trivia

  • Julia Sarah Stone previously played Sally in the season 1 episode "Best Friend Forever."
  • Ariel Winter, who portrays Gracie in this episode, also appeared in the season 1 episode "Fear Never Knocks" as Jenny.
  • Nicholas Elia previously played Ari in the season 1 episode "Catching Cold."

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