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Did Jeanette See Kate On 'Cruel Summer'? Hear Me Out...

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Did Jeanette See Kate On 'Cruel Summer'? Hear Me Out...

Told through three timelines, Freeform's Cruel Summer tells the story of Kate, a popular pageant queen, who is kidnapped by her new assistant principal Martin in 1993. The following year, Kate is rescued, to find that she has essentially been replaced in the social hierarchy by one-time wallflower Jeanette. By 1995, Jeanette is the most hated teenager in America. Did Jeanette really know where Kate was on Cruel Summer, as she claims, and do nothing to free her? Or is Kate just mad that Jeanette fell in with her friends and boyfriend while she was suffering?

Right now, the show teases that there may only be one real explanation: Either Kate or Jeanette is lying. However, with the show alternating perspectives between both girls, it's hard to think that the series will paint one of them as the villain and the other the good, honest heroine.

My theory? Perhaps the explanation is incredibly simple: They both believe they are telling the truth.

In the first episode, Jeanette and her friends Mallory and Vince sneak into what they learn later is Martin's new house — it's part of their plan to have an epic summer, by completing a series of dares off their checklist. Jeanette goes into the basement — where we know Kate was ultimately held captive — and finds part of the wall is covered in mirrors. She stares at the mirrors for a moment, then turns back to find her friends.

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