The series follows 13 guests, including one who is secretly the "killer," living in a Beverly Hills mansion named Rue Manor. They are guided by the butler, Giles (Gildart Jackson) who also acts as the show's host. Within the show's fiction, the guests, along with Giles and two maids, are trapped by the killer within the house grounds until they determine who the killer is. An early episode shows that Giles is wearing an ankle monitor that forbids him from leaving. The killer sends messages to Giles to relay to the surviving guests, informing them of their situation and cryptic instructions for determining his or her identity.
Each episode, at least one guest is "murdered" (through staged events by production) by the killer. After the shock of the event, Giles offers the remaining guests an opportunity to search one of three areas (usually the crime scene, the last known whereabouts, or the morgue containing the victim's body) to discover clues about how the murder was carried out. Guests are free to select which area to search. Afterwards, the guests are given an opportunity to talk to each other and trade information about what they have found in order to piece together the crime. Guests then participate in a riddle challenge that leads them in a competitive search through the mansion. The guest who is able to complete the challenge receives an additional clue that may greatly help in solving how the murder was committed. Guests are given limited opportunities to congregate, where they can share, withhold, or lie about whatever information they find from their investigations and riddle challenges; at all other times, guests are isolated from each other. For the most part, the killer is as unaware of upcoming deaths and challenges as the other guests.
Later, guests are individually taken to a private room where, in monologue, they describe to the unseen killer how they believe the murder took place and make an accusation as to who the killer is. However, each elimination is actually based on the guests' performance on an unaired written quiz that objectively assesses the accuracy of their theories. During dinner, Giles presents a message from the killer. The message states which guest had the most correct theory and is subsequently spared from being the killer's next victim. The message then fully explains how the murder was completed. After this, Giles hands an envelope to each remaining guest. Those receiving cards with the word "Spared" performed well enough to advance to the next episode. The lowest-scoring guest, along with at least one other low-scoring guest (including possibly the killer) will receive a card with the word "Scared." The killer will then eliminate the lowest-scoring guest(s) by "killing" him or her, in turn setting up the murder to be solved in the next episode. In the finale, the contestant that survives to the end and unmasks the killer will leave the estate with $250,000.
|Player||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Finale|
WON The player won Whodunnit.
R-UP The player was the runner-up.
Spared The player performed well enough to escape the killer's attention.
Scared The player was marked for possible elimination, but survived.
Killer The player was revealed to be the killer.
Spared The killer singled the player out as the strongest performer.
Scared The player was eliminated.
|Player||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Finale||Accusations
Each "murder" is listed under the episode in which its events are investigated, although brief footage of each murder (except for the first) is shown at the end of the preceding episode to reveal who was eliminated.Edit
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|01||"High Voltage"||July 26, 2013|
The thirteen guests are welcomed to the Rue Manor by the butler, Giles. After a brief meet-and-greet, the guests split up to explore the house, but race back when they hear a shattering of glass. They find Brandon's "dead" by a broken fish tank in the house's foyer with exposed wires from a nearby lamp electrifying her body.
Investigation: The investigation covers three areas, with the following clues identified by various guests:
Riddle challenge: The guests are each given a key that has imprinted on it "13:17" and the image of two crowns. This turns out to refer to the bibicial verse 2 Kings 13:17, which starts: "Open the east window." The guests find one of the panes of glass missing at the eastern window of the main room, along with a three-digit number engraved in the window frame. This turns out to be the code to a combination lock on a garden storage bin outside, visible straight ahead from the window. Opening it reveals a crowbar and a slingshot. Joey is the first to find this clue, though several guests are with him at the time.
Solution: The killer severed the wire on the lamp by the fish tank and removed a pane of glass from the main room. The killer then used a crowbar to break into Brandon's room while she was showering and wrote the message on the mirror in the bathroom, and then waited outside for her arrival. Brandon saw the message upon leaving the shower and headed downstairs. Once Brandon reached the fish tank and turned her back, the killer fired a pellet through the open window at Brandon's neck. Brandon was killed on impact, falling forward into the tank, damaging the glass, and then falling back onto the rug. The crack on the tank shortly gave way, but allowed the killer time to hide his tools in the garden bin. The water from the tank splashed over Brandon's body and the nearby carpet, and the spliced lamp cord electrified the area.
Best Theory: Nasia
Scared: Mark and Shan