Cruel Summer is probably one of the most nail-biting series made in 2021 so far, and it is only going for its first season with the fourth episode. Here we are about to do a recap from last night’s episode of Cruel Summer season 1, episode 4. But before that, let’s take a deeper look at what the show is about. This can be seen very nicely in the example of the thriller series “Cruel Summer”, which has already premiered in the United States by Freeform but is to be available internationally this year via Amazon Prime Video.
The creator Bert V. Royal (“easy to have”) tells of the history and effects of a kidnapping in the fictional Texan town of Skylin. It connects two girls who were initially completely different. The highlight of the matter: The perspective between the two young people changes from one series to the next. And what’s more, the plot jumps back and forth between a specific date in 1993, 1994, and 1995 in each episode.
With this entry, the series co-produced by actress Jessica Biel defines its own basic principle. From now on, we move again and again between the three-time levels, which are marked by Jeanette’s change in style and the special color scheme.
Cruel Summer Synopsis
On June 21, 1994, after waking up, Jeanette did not look into the faces of her family members but into that of her friend Jamie Henson (Froy Gutierrez), whereby the colors are now a little more subdued. Visually, the protagonist has changed a lot. Her hairstyle is sleeker. Your tooth correction has had its day. And her sleeping top is much more body-hugging than last summer.
A year later, the morning of the birthday suddenly looks very different. The scenery is bathed in an oppressive, cool blue. Jeanette looks emaciated. Her father calls her out of bed in a harsh tone and informs her that her lawyer (Nicole Bilderback) is waiting for her. Shortly afterward, there is talk of a complicated case that will shortly be heard in court.
Step by step, in the first episode, we are served new appetizers, from which a rough plot construct can be put together: The disappearance of the attractive and popular Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) in the summer of 1993 keeps the tranquil Skylin in suspense. When the missing person was found alive in 1994, and her kidnapper was killed in an exchange of fire with the police, there was a great relief in the small community.
Jeanette, who fished her boyfriend Jamie after Kate’s kidnapping and traded her once best buddies Mallory Higgins (Harley Quinn Smith) and Vince Fuller (Allius Barnes) for Kate’s closest confidante Tennille Peterson (Shelby Surdam) and Renee Talbot (Aaliyah Muhammad), the news, however, appears to be unsettling. No wonder, as Kate bursts out a little later in a TV interview with a monstrous accusation directed against her.
Cruel Summer Season 1 Episode 4 Recap
Basically, Kate (Olivia Holt) recovers from the trial and prepares her defense. In doing so, she finds friendship from an unexpected side. An important first meeting takes place during the Valais family’s annual hunting excursion.
In 1995, Kate finally relates the story of Annabelle to everyone that was taking the trip with her. This includes her mother, stepfather, and friend Mallory. She also learns that Joy has accused Mallory of pasting the note on their door. Initially, Annabelle presented herself as Kate’s surrogate donor. In her own interpretation, her mother invited Martin to the trip and made him a part of their exclusive social circle. The neighbors around seem jittery pf their existence as they learned that they have to testify during trials.
If Annabelle turned out to be real, she might be another victim of Martin’s that was never found before. This episode shows that Martin had put some kind of drug on Kate’s food at one point when she’s eating. When she regained consciousness, she discovers that the room was filled with provisions. However, it is possible that Martin abducted another victim from the outside while Kate is in there too. The supplies were there for their use. If that’s considered a possible take, he must have killed her first and then disposed of her body shortly after. But the mystery aligned when Kate was rescued, as she was alone in Martin’s basement with no one but herself.