'Cruel Summer Episode 5 Recap': Plus New Burning Questions


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The Freeform TV series Cruel Summer Episode 5 recap covers July 29th in 1993, 1994, and 1995. Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) and Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia) crossed paths at the local county fair. Plus, Kate ran into assistant principal Mr. Martin Harris (Blake Lee) again before she ended up locked in his basement. As Skylin High takes over the carnival, more questions arise for fans of the Jessica Biel produced teen psychological thriller.

In 1993, Kate worried more about her mother cheating on her father and then ended up walking around the fair alone. Meanwhile, Jeanette prepared for her date with Gideon at the county fair. While on a ride together, she talked about her popularity. They also chatted with Mr. Harris and played the game he was running. However, when the popular girls confronted Jeanette about being at the fair with Gideon, she pretended not to know him and ran away.

Later in Cruel Summer Episode 5, Kate Wallis ran into Mr. Harris at the county fair, too. She played the carnival game by herself, and the assistant principal gave her a stuffed bunny and tickets for winning (against no one). He also admitted that he noticed her at the garden club party and mistook her as one of the other adults.

When Mr. Harris saw Jeanette walking by again, he scolded her for leaving Gideon and told her to apologize. She noticed that the adult was holding Kate’s scrunchy, so she offered to return it. At first, Mr. Harris was hesitant to give it up. As the girls headed to their rooms in 1993, Jeanette smiled with the scrunchy and Kate with the stuffed bunny.

In the 1994 Cruel Summer Episode 5 recap, things got tense between Jamie (Froy Gutierrez) and Kate. Jamie insisted to Kate that he wanted to be with her and not Jeanette. He called Jeanette a “psycho” and lied about kissing her. He admitted that he met up with Jeanette but continued to lie about kissing her. So, she broke up with him.

Meanwhile, Jeanette headed to the county fair with her brother, Derek Turner (Barrett Carnahan). While she wondered if Jamie and Kate might be there, Derek warned her to stay away from both of them. She disregarded his warnings and planned to track down Kate to clear up the misunderstanding about the rumors.

In another Cruel Summer Episode 5 scene, Jeanette’s dad came home to find his wife, Cindy Turner (Sarah Drew), drunk before 5 p.m. because someone spit on her car at the movie store. When he went to rent a movie, he met Angela Prescott for the first time and she accidentally hit his car. (She’s the bartender he’s dating in all of the Cruel Summer Episodes in 1995)

Back at the fair, Jeanette chased Kate and Mallory Higgins (Harley Quinn Smith) through the funhouse, begging to talk. Kate got lost, panicked, and had a terrifying flashback of Mr. Harris. Meanwhile, Jeanette’s brother told her to leave both Kate and Jamie alone and try being “geeky Jeanette” again.

In 1995, Jeanette met with her lawyer, Denise (Nicole Bilderback), again.

“You need people to remind the world, on the record, that you are a human being with a heart and a soul,” Denise told Jeanette. [You need] people who believe you. Vincent Fuller was great.”

She also suggested bringing in Mallory; however, Jeanette shot that idea down right away.

“I’m your gun for hire, Jeanette, but I need you to feed me the bullets,” Denise added.

Jeanette asked if her father was still on her side, and he responded with more questions. He admitted that “being on her side” cost him his job, his reputation, and his family, but he’s still on her side.

Jeanette’s father’s girlfriend, Angela, took Jeanette to the bar where she works later on in Cruel Summer Episode 5. They bonded while singing karaoke together. However, Jeanette panicked when she began enjoying herself. Angela told her she needed to let down the walls of the fortress around her.

Meanwhile, Kate and Mallory ran into Jamie at the county fair. They dunked him at the dunk tank. Then Kate caught a drunk Jamie stealing the county fair banner. He also finally admitted that Jeanette kissed him while they were in the park last summer. Jamie also apologized to her and told her she was right. 

Later, Mallory and Kate headed to the graveyard and buried the bunny that Mr. Harris gave her. She took a shovel and brutally beat his grave marker.

Who is Annabelle? Cruel Summer Episode 5 did not go into anymore details about the mystery girl. However, Kate wrote the name several times on a sheet of paper. Could the stuffed bunny be Annabelle?

Why is Jamie sitting outside Jeanette’s house in most of the 1995 scenes? We still don’t know what else happened between them.

Who is lying? Did Jeanette see Kate at Mr. Harris’ house and fail to report it? Or, is Kate lying because Jeanette stole her life?

Hopefully we find out more when Cruel Summer Episode 6 airs on May 18, 2021. The Cruel Summer Season finale concludes the series on May 25, 2021 on Freeform, and next day on Hulu.

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You know the drill by now: Episode 5 takes place across three different years on July 29, as the town of Skylin gears up for the county fair. In ’95, the town’s latest summer extravaganza isn’t stirring up good memories for Kate — she’s still seeing Martin everywhere, and furiously scribbles “Annabelle” over and over in her notebook while listening to a therapy session in which she reveals she had an “exceedingly normal” encounter at the fair two years earlier. She still has no idea who sent the “liar” letter to her, but when Mallory arrives with the news that Jeanette is supposedly sitting in the fair’s dunk tank to raise money for her legal fees, Kate has somewhere else to channel her rage.

Jeanette may not actually be in the dunk tank, but Denise and Greg are at their wit’s end with her, as she bites back with defensive sarcasm whenever the adults talk strategy. Jeanette needs people to remind the world she’s got a “heart and a soul,” people who are fully on her side, if she wants to stand a chance in this trial. And apart from Vince and her family, she’s running out of options. Back in ’93, 15-year-old Jeanette is also struggling to let someone in: her and her friends’ summer bucket list requires that each of them go on their first date, and since Mallory and Vince already crossed it off with a double date, she’s left to entertain geeky out-of-towner Gideon.

Then everyone is off to the fair, an occasion that never seemed to rub anyone the right way to begin with. When Kate finally works up the courage to confront Jamie about secretly kissing Jeanette in ’94, he immediately resorts to gaslighting. Even after Kate admits she followed Jamie to the park after the garden party, he insists, “We both know your memory’s been shaky since the trauma.” Yikes! She dumps him, but Kate’s fair-going is somehow about to get even worse.

Jeanette has dragged Derek along to help her confront Kate in one last-ditch effort to stave off total social suicide, and just so happens to find her as she’s entering a funhouse hall of mirrors. As Jeanette tries in vain to reach Kate within the funhouse, their reflections begin to swap as they flit around each other, caught in a maze that looks way too much like Martin’s basement mirror. I’ve theorized about how both Jeanette and Kate could be telling the truth if Martin had a two-way mirror that allowed Kate to see Jeanette in captivity without Jeanette ever seeing her. This episode opens and closes with a split screen of the two girls posed in front of their bedroom mirrors, so if this ends up being the big twist, the clues are already laid out in plain sight.

But the worst fair attraction of all? Martin running a ’93 game booth. On their date, Jeanette and Gideon run up to play, but she’s soon confronted by Kate’s two best friends, who ask if that’s her geeky boyfriend. So a humiliated Jeanette ditches poor Gideon in her first firm step toward shedding her skin for the popular crowd by ’94. Later, when ’93 Kate has been abandoned by Jamie and one of his asshole school friends, she approaches Martin’s booth on her own. He repays her for her gaming finesse with a pink stuffed rabbit, commenting that when he first saw her at the Garden Club party, he briefly assumed she was one of the adults and decides to hang onto a scrunchie Kate left behind at the booth.

Back on Kate’s therapy tape, her therapist asks if she’s familiar with the concept of grooming —it’s wild to think about how, just a decade earlier, Freeform was romanticizing Aria and Ezra’s relationship on Pretty Little Liars. And when Martin angrily admonishes Jeanette about leading Gideon on toward the end of the episode and begrudgingly gives her Kate’s scrunchie to return, you don’t need hindsight to guess at his disturbing intentions.

Back in ’95, Jeanette is still struggling to find any other allies as her trial looms. She ultimately finds one, but it’s not who she expected: Remember Angela, Greg’s bartender girlfriend from the pilot? She’s clearly been listening to him vent, and has arrived in hopes of getting on Jeanette’s good side once and for all. Cruel Summer is still doing a pretty impressive job of juggling its three timelines for maximum dramatic effect, but hopefully this moody protective exterior Jeanette has built for herself will crumble soon —lines like “I’m your gun for hire, but you need to feed me bullets” and “If you never leave the fortress, it’s a prison” are a starkly cheap contrast to the sophisticated YA drama we know the show is capable of pulling off.

Still, it’s rewarding to see Jeanette finally drop her guard for a second to sing along to “What’s Up” by 4 Non-Blondes before collapsing under the weight of just how thoroughly her adolescence has been stripped away from her. Aurelia is masterful at pulling off the tonal shifts in each timeline, and hopefully her days of delivering stilted teen angst dialogue will soon be behind her.

Cruel Summer is clearly building to some sort of catharsis beyond the girls’ petty, trauma-filled rivalry with one another, especially as they’re forced to reckon with what moving forward would even mean. As Jeanette is forced to find new allies, Kate is frustrated to find that seeking revenge doesn’t provide the closure she thought it would. When her and Mallory arrive at the fair, she dunks Jamie instead of Jeanette. He finally gives her a proper apology for lying the year before, but he’s so beaten down by guilt that she can’t help but feel pity for him. And when the girls break into the cemetery, Kate’s guttural screams as she smashes Martin’s tombstone only feel like the beginning of a larger reckoning.

In Episode 5’s eerie closing moments, ’93 Jeanette and Kate perch in front of their bedroom mirrors to practice conversations: Jeanette’s attempt to befriend Kate, and Kate’s flirtation with Martin, respectively. They’re sweetly awkward moments made all the more devastating knowing what happens to them after they’re encouraged to pursue adulthood and acceptance in the few shitty avenues that seem available to them as teenage girls. Funhouse mirrors, indeed.

Cruel Summer episode 6 preview: Release date, time and plot

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Freeform and Hulu’s Cruel Summer has been one of TV’s must-watch shows since it arrived.

The series began with a two-hour double bill on April 20th, 2021 and fans have been left well and truly hungry for more.

But just when is episode 6 of Cruel Summer set to release on Freeform and Hulu and what will the episode entail?

Cruel Summer arrived on Freeform with a two-hour premiere on April 20th, 2021.

The series, which is set simultaneously in 1993, 1994 and 1995, tells the story of Jeanette Turner a nerdy wannabe who is befriended by Kate Wallis, the most popular teen in their small Texas town.

However, not long after the pair meet, Kate goes missing without a trace and is feared dead.

Jeanette’s fortunes change dramatically after Kate’s disappearance as she takes the missing girl’s place as the most popular teen in town before eventually becoming a social outcast.

As well as airing on Freeform, fans can also catch new episodes of Cruel Summer online via Hulu on Wednesdays.

Episode 6 is scheduled to arrive on Hulu at 6:01am ET and 3:01am PT on May 19th.

Episode 6, titled An Ocean Inside Me promises to be a pivotal one for Jeanette as the synopsis reads:

“A new deposition threatens Jeanette’s case. A discovery causes Cindy’s suspicions about her own daughter to reach new heights as her relationship with Greg becomes further strained.”

That’s right, according to Cruel Summer’s IMDb page, the series will feature a total of 10 episodes, a series length that is becoming increasingly popular in the world of TV today.

Providing one new chapter arrives each week from April 20th, and that there are no more two-part specials, Cruel Summer will likely continue airing weekly on Freeform until June 15th with the finale hitting Hulu a day later on June 16th.

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Olivia Holt Is Held Captive at an Idyllic Dallas Colonial in Freeform’s New Drama Series ‘Cruel Summer’

Hollywood Reporter 11 May, 2021 - 04:41pm

Holt's character Kate Wallis is a prisoner inside this four-bedroom 1938 house in Dallas' Preston Hollow area in the show.

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Cruel Summer, the latest offering from actress-turned-producer Jessica Biel, is taking Freeform by storm! The Hollywood Reporter reports that the premiere of the ‘90s-set psychological thriller ranks as the network’s “most watched series debut ever.” With a fluid timeline and narrative, killer retro soundtrack and gripping central mystery, it is no surprise audiences are flocking to watch.

The engrossing story begins on June 21, 1993, the 15th birthday of self-proclaimed “nerdy” high schooler Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia). As the dynamic timeline flips and flops between 1993, 1994 and 1995, we see Jeanette transform — first into the most popular girl in town after the former queen bee, Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt), goes missing and Jeanette seemingly and seamlessly takes her place, and then into the most hated woman in the world upon Kate’s return almost a year later when it is revealed that Jeanette knew of her whereabouts but told no one.

Portrayed from the points of view of both leading ladies, Cruel Summer, which airs Tuesday nights on Freeform and is available for streaming the following day via Hulu, is a dizzying ride of endless twists, turns and shifting sympathies.

Set in the fictional small town of Skylin, Texas, the production was actually lensed throughout Dallas and its environs. A few of the local spots used include The Charles E. Struwe Building at 617 W. State St. in Garland, which plays Skylin Realty, where Jeanette’s father, Greg Turner (Michael Landes), works. The Interskate Roller Rink at 1408 S. State Highway 121 in Lewisville is where Jeanette spends her 16th birthday, aka “the best birthday ever,” in episode one. Also in Lewisville is the Music City Mall at 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway, where Kate and Jeanette run into each other in the same episode. And the Turner family’s ranch-style residence can be found at 13735 Sprucewood Circle in Dallas’ Far North neighborhood.

The real star of the show, though, is the picturesque Colonial where Kate is held captive by Skylin High assistant principal Martin Harris (Blake Lee). Said to be at 324 Huntington Road, in truth the sprawling estate can be found at 6306 Deloache Ave. in Dallas’ affluent Preston Hollow area. Built in 1938, the impressive pad features four bedrooms and five baths in a sprawling 6,745 square feet.

Though the exterior of the residence, which was last listed for sale in 2019, is quite classic and traditional, the interior is largely a mix of old meets new. Behind the handsome brick-clad facade sit numerous luxe spaces, including formal living and dining rooms, the latter with wainscotting and crown molding, the former with a fireplace, and both tinged with a light blue. The updated combination kitchen/den offers beamed ceilings, cabinetry galore, a large island with bar seating and a stone fireplace.

Upstairs, the spacious owners’ suite comes with an adjoining library (which appears to have been vacuumed to within an inch of its life for the 2019 listing photos) complete with a wet bar, a tiled fireplace and wall-to-wall oak paneling and built-ins. The immense main bath boasts a steam shower, a central Jacuzzi tub, marble and travertine accents and both separate vanities and commodes.

The stunning master closet is one for the record books! Custom-built, the massive chamber is bigger than most apartments with the amenities to match including hardwood flooring, cedar woodwork, skylights, multiple ceiling fans and window seating.

The home’s real showpiece, though, is the soaring great room. Designed by architect Richard Drummond Davis, the grand two-story space is capped by vaulted ceilings that tower 30 feet above the French-Brown hardwood flooring below. The adjoining walls are cloaked in stately oak paneling, with French doors and a cast stone fireplace lining one side of the room and a walk-in bar with a Sub-Zero fridge and freezer stationed at an opposite corner. An entertainer’s dream, the handsome enclave looks more like a hotel lobby or luxe ski lodge than a room in a private home.

The pad, which sits on 0.46 acres, was listed for sale in June 2019 by Ebby Halliday Realtors for $1,950,000. The price was then cut $100,000 in September before the listing was ultimately removed the following month. If the MLS images are any indication, the residence was vacant during its time on the market, making it the perfect spot for the filming of Cruel Summer, which got underway in early November of that year.

The property has been at the forefront of the four episodes of the series that have aired so far, initially popping up in Cruel Summer’s premiere, titled “Happy Birthday, Jeanette Turner.” It is at the attractive home that Jeanette and her friends check off the first item on their summer vacation bucket list — playing hide and seek in an empty house. At the time, the pad had just been sold to assistant principal Harris by Jeanette’s realtor father, which is how the teens managed to procure entry. As we come to learn, the dwelling is also where Kate is later held captive for the better part of a year by Mr. Harris.

The actual interior of the house also appears on the show, though the mirrored basement that becomes Kate’s prison was likely just a set — and not a very happy one, at that. As Holt told Collider, “The basement set was not a really inviting, friendly set. It was actually very terrifying. I think everybody on our crew felt that. When they saw on the call sheet that we were gonna be filming in the basement that day, everybody’s energy was a little bit different.”

The home’s actual basement sounds like a much more serene spot. As the listing notes, the 1,187-square-foot space, which can be utilized as “a bedroom, game room or exercise room,” has a “walk-in wine cellar, spa bath and cedar closet,” definitely not amenities Kate had access to during her horrific ordeal.

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Chiara Aurelia Says Finding Out How Everything Comes Together on Cruel Summer 'Is Worth the Wait'

PEOPLE 11 May, 2021 - 02:55pm

"I was playing along from script to script all the way," the 18-year-old tells PEOPLE. "We got a little bit of backstory from our creatives to inform the choices we were making episode by episode, but definitely not enough to know what was going on. There's so many different characters and everyone has their own mystery and their own story; Even if you understood a little piece, you've definitely not seen the big picture yet. It is worth the wait, I promise."

Aurelia said she was excited at the idea of revisiting the '90s in Cruel Summer, which takes place from 1993-95.

"The fashion is amazing," she says. "I currently have a pair of the chunky Steve Maddens that I've been wearing everywhere since we started filming."

The actress says her castmates got "super, super close" while shooting and admits that between takes "we did have some serious prank wars."

"I have a scarring video on the last day of filming of Olivia [Holt] jumping out from behind a curtain. She waited behind there for 25 minutes to scare me, and screamed at the top of her lungs. I jumped out of my skin across the room with everyone watching," Aurelia continues. "We had a fun time."

And of course, the cast embraced the show's namesake song, Bananarama's 1984 hit. "We listened to lots of that song in the course of filming," Aurelia says.

Due to COVID-19, executive producer Jessica Biel couldn't be physically on set often, but Aurelia says the mom of two remained "super involved in the process."

And while the role was nothing short of a dream come true, Aurelia admits that she didn't even think she'd get the part.

"I initially got the script in 2019. I remember reading it and being so excited by it, but not really thinking it was something I was going to end up working on," she admits. "I imagined they were going to cast someone older or someone different. I just kind of went in going, 'We'll see what happens.' Then the more time I ended up talking to the creatives getting a better idea of Jeanette and what the story was going to be, it was an amazing collaborative process, and here we are."

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The New Mexico native hopes to be back here once more for a possible season two: "Hopefully, I'll be spending this next summer with the Cruel Summer cast again.

Cruel Summer airs Tuesdays (10 p.m. ET) on Freeform.

How Many Episodes is 'Cruel Summer' Season 1 on Freeform and Hulu?

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 11 May, 2021 - 08:43am

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The Freeform drama Cruel Summer debuted on April 20, 2021. Since then, the psychological thriller between Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) and Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia) sucked viewers in quickly. After Cruel Summer Episode 4, viewers aren’t closer to finding out who is telling the truth. Instead, more questions keep arising. So, how many episodes are left in the Jessica Biel produced teen drama?

Throughout Cruel Summer’s first four episodes, fans found out more about what happened to Kate Wallis. Assistant Principal Martin Harris (Blake Lee) didn’t only abduct the popular 16-year-old girl. First, he spent time getting to know her at her family’s annual hunting trip. Kate’s mother, Joy Wallis (Andrea Anders), invited Mr. Harris along because he helped her get home safely after drinking an entire bottle of champagne one evening. 

In 1993, Jeanette Turner considered herself “nerdy” with crimped hair, glasses, and braces. However, in 1994, she transformed into one of the popular girls, dating Kate’s boyfriend, Jamie Henson (Froy Gutierrez). Jeanette has new friends in ’94 who happened to be Kate’s best friends before she went missing. In the Cruel Summer episodes in 1995, she was one of the “most hated” girls in America. 

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After Kate escaped in 1994, almost one year after she went missing, she made a statement to the police and on National Television. She alleged that Jeanette Turner saw her in Mr. Harris’ home but did not alert the authorities. The police could not charge Jeanette since there wasn’t any evidence of this claim. Instead, in 1995, Jeanette sued Kate for defamation of her character. 

Oddly enough, Jeanette’s former best friend, Mallory Higgins (Harley Quinn Smith), befriends Kate Wallis. The two girls become inseparable. In Cruel Summer Episode 4, Kate accused her parents of accomplices to her abduction, and fans wondered, “Who is Annabelle?” Kate talked about this mystery girl several times and said she met Annabelle before her rescue.

Is Cruel Summer on tonight, May 11, 2021? The next episode of Cruel Summer, “As the Carney Gods Intended,” airs on Freeform on May 11, 2021, at 10 p.m. EST. However, episode 5 does not drop on Hulu until the next day, May 12, 2021. 

Episodes air live every Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST on Freeform. Then the new episodes are available on Wednesdays on Hulu.

Cruel Summer ends with episode 7, “Happy Birthday, Kate Wallis,” on May 25, 2021. So, the series wraps up in only seven episodes. Since the series began with “Happy Birthday, Jeanette Turner,” it makes sense that it wraps with the birthday of the other teenage girl. Hopefully, all of the numerous viewers’ questions are answered with the following three episodes on Freeform and Hulu.

Why CRUEL SUMMER Should Be Your New Pulp Mystery Fix - Nerdist

Nerdist 10 May, 2021 - 11:01pm

Cruel Summer, unlike its often bonkers Freeform cousins, is almost totally character driven. Yes, the multi-timeline format is inventive and the 1990s setting is fun. But what makes this show work is that these aspects are foremost used to illuminate the series’ characters. Here are just a few reasons why you need to make this smart thriller a summer obsession of your own.

Cruel Summer takes place across three distinct time periods in a way that should feel cheesy but doesn’t. The story uses each year to expand its larger mystery and deepen our understanding of its characters. The result is a ton of surprises, unveiled in such a way that even the most outlandish twists feel earned. 

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