Viewers have a lot of questions ahead of the June 15 Cruel Summer finale, the biggest of which is still: Did Jeanette see Kate? The entire season has been a nonstop rollercoaster ride filled with twists, turns, and plenty of ‘90s nostalgia, but Episode 9 made it seem like Jeanette (Chiara Aurelia) was actually telling the truth, that she never saw Kate at Martin’s house, this entire time. Still, this is a mystery thriller after all, and if I’ve learned anything from watching this show, it’s that you shouldn’t relax until it’s all over. Even though it looks like Jeanette is heading into the legal battle against Kate with the truth on her side in the Season 1 finale, that doesn’t mean you can quit your detective career quite yet...
Warning: Spoilers for Cruel Summer Season 1, Episode 9 follow. The June 8 episode gave viewers — and the cast — quite a shock. Titled “A Secret of My Own,” Episode 9 showed Kate (Olivia Holt) and Martin Harris’ (Blake Lee) relationship unfold while she was his prisoner. Despite Kate telling the police she didn’t really know Martin when he captured her, it turns out Kate was involved in a romantic (although non-consensual, since Kate was underage and being groomed) relationship with him for six months. It wasn’t until Kate tried to break up with him on Christmas that Martin locked her in the basement.
But before that happened, Jeanette broke into Martin’s house on Christmas Eve and left a major piece of evidence behind: her necklace, the one Kate handed in to the police to prove Jeanette was in Martin’s house when she was being held captive.
When Jeanette saw Martin out shopping, she decided to — once again — sneak into his house. As she went to unlock the door, Kate ran and hid on the stairs, not wanting to be seen. Jeanette walked around the house and picked up a snow globe — yup, the same snow globe Mallory (Harley Quinn Smith) now has and that Jamie (Froy Gutierrez) heard on that mysterious voicemail — before hearing a sound upstairs. Startled, she quickly ran back outside, snow globe in hand, and fled on her bike. When Kate walked downstairs, she saw Jeanette’s necklace — which must have fallen off when she rushed outside — and pocketed it, keeping the whole thing a secret from Martin.
While it *looks* like Jeanette didn’t see Kate that night, Holt said there’s “100%” still more to [Kate and Jeanette’s] story. “It's interesting, the dynamic between the two of them,” Holt told Entertainment Weekly on June 8. “In the finale, seeing them walk through what both of their truths are is going to be really fascinating for everybody to witness.”
The finale’s promo makes it seem like Kate and Jeanette finally confront one another, so maybe this means viewers will get to find out once and for all what actually happened. Regardless, Lee — who plays Martin Harris — said a lot of questions will be answered in the finale. “Truly up until the last scene, there are surprises, he told Entertainment Weekly. “You'll see more of Kate and Martin in the basement and what happens after, the lead-up to her being rescued.” Plus? The truth about the mysterious Annabelle will finally be revealed.