In this episode of I Know What You Did Last Summer, secrets and lies rise to the surface as relationships are scrutinized and more pressure is put on finding the killer before they strike again. This episode in particular answers a few burning questions and raises even bigger ones, and leaves the audience reconsidering everything they believed to be true thus far.
After the murders of Officer Doug (Eric William Morris, Golden Boy) and Harold (Dann Seki, Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.) at “Allison’s” funeral, Lyla (Fiona Rene, Stumptown) is up against the entire town to try and get any information that could lead to the killer. With nothing to go on except community speculation, especially from her mother, she decides to start by interviewing those that could have been associated with the victims in any way, including Johnny (Sebastian Amoruso, Solve), Coach Eric Craft (Duncan Kamakana, Hawaii Five-0), and Dale (Spencer Sutherland, Afterlife of the Party), which makes sense why all four of the squad were questioned.
Before the interrogations, however, the rest of the group were out doing investigations of their own. Allison† (Madison Iseman, Annabelle Comes Home) was busy trying and failing to access Lennon’s (Madison Iseman, Annabelle Comes Home) now defunct OnlyFans account, as well as determine who the mysterious Fred Phillips is and his association with her sister; it should also be noted that during her questioning, she asked the questioning officer what OnlyFans is, which should have been the immediate red flag that Allison† was hiding something because there’s no way she wouldn’t know what OnlyFans was even vaguely.
Speaking of, it’s strange that Bruce (Bill Heck, Locke & Key) seemed genuinely unsure whether or not to believe Allison† when she explained that Lennon had used her name as a way to cover herself if she was ever found out. While this may just be indicative of their strained relationship or his inability to truly believe his dead daughter was truly so different than who he believed her to be, this could also mean that Allison† may not be telling the entire truth, as Margot knew about Lennon’s porn account, but treated the OnlyFans account as new information, truly believing it to be Allison’s. Either this means Lennon kept even more secrets, or Allison may have had secrets of her own, either before that graduation party or after.
Meanwhile, Margot (Brianne Tju, Light As a Feather) has been struggling mentally and emotionally, the opening scene being the infamous mukbang she had referenced to Johnny in the second episode, her various references to Trisha Paytas culminating in a rather uncomfortable display that informs the later scenes of her hiding an entire garbage bad filled with junk food and Mei (Sonya Balmores, Inhumans) confronting her about binge eating in the bathroom, which was apparently an issue they had tried to address previously.
It’s this tension that leads her to spending time with Riley (Ashley Moore, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping), Allison† being dissuaded by Bruce from getting too close to Margot, as he knew Margot was in love with Lennon back when she was still alive, and doesn’t want the cracks in the facade to show. Unfortunately, his advice seemed to be a self-fulfilling prophecy as Riley and Margot began to discuss how different “Lennon” has been since returning for the summer, with Allison’s† behavior doing nothing to dissuade their curiosity and unease.
The biggest revelation, however, was with Dylan (Ezekiel Goodman, Rat Bastard) who had gone to the cave to carve Allison’s name into the wall as a form of closure, only to run into a blood-covered, knife-wielding Clara (Brooke Bloom, The Sinner) who ominously tells him there’s no redemption for him, and that she remembers him from before, which leads him to correctly determine that she had seen them that night, though they still needed proof to confirm she’s been the one behind the murders.
It’s because of this need for evidence that, after Clara goes in for her own round of questioning, the group breaks into her home to snoop, despite both Margot and Riley pointing out how dangerous and crazy it is, as well as how they’re breaking every single horror movie rule in the book by being so careless and impulsive, though their cries go unheard by Dylan and Allison†.
While Clara’s house is strange, it’s still very nice and charming, as Margot had pointed out, with lots of glass, plants, and other nature-related decorations. It’s the area out back, however, that really gets the horror movie going.
Unseen and fairly inaccessible from the outside, the quartet go and sneak onto the property of the cult, all the buildings now dilapidated and abandoned, save for a few still in use by Clara, though all the buildings still have the various items that had been there when they left.
While searching, Margot tried to confront Allison† about her recent behavior, as well as the feelings she’s constantly been trying to convince Lennon that she has, though she’s brushed aside yet again in a move completely in character for Lennon, so props have to be given for Allison’s† accidental brilliance there.
However, because of this Margot is even more convinced something is up, though Riley backtracks from their earlier conversations and tells Margot that she’s the one sounding paranoid and that she’s just reading too far into things. While it’s true that Margot is currently not in the best mental, emotional, or even physical state—as she was in a potential serial killer’s hideout at the time—she technically wasn’t wrong that Allison† had something to hide.
The main key finds during this excursion were the photo album and the spider shed.
The photo album had various pictures of the cult in its prime, Allison† having mentioned earlier in Clara’s house that she wasn’t sure the cult was all that bad; clearly, she hadn’t done any research into cults despite it’s close connection with her mother, since cults are notorious for always being great places to begin with, and always seeming far more ideal for those within it. The most important aspects of the album being the pictures of her father getting married to Clara, revealing that he’s been lying to her the entire time when it came to what he knew, which drives an even bigger wedge between them than before; it seemed she wasn’t the only one keeping secrets.
The spider shed had been found by Dylan and Margot, which was far more ambiguous. Mei had been taken on to assist the town’s medical examiner as she still has connections with her Ivy League medical school. It’s through these connections that they discover the spiders found in Johnny’s head were not native to Hawaii, nor could they have survived in its climate, which immediately reveals that whoever killed Johnny had imported the spiders and kept them in a cold space until they could be used. While it’s not verified that the space they were in was cold, nor if the spiders were even the same ones, the blue lighting in the shed implies that these spiders are the same ones that had been planted in Johnny.
All signs generally point to Clara as being the killer, but there were a few loose ends that may mean it’s not necessarily the case. While she’s definitely not wholly innocent, she may not be responsible for the murders, or at least she isn’t acting alone. Her story is still kept under wraps, though it’s clear there’s more to it than simply being related to the cult, what with her relationship with Bruce becoming even more complicated than initially implied.
Bruce himself was put through the ringer in this episode, flashbacks to the graduation party following him and his interactions with Allison and Lennon at different times, with him being frustrated with Allison for being so forthright and refusing to pretend for the sake of social niceties, and then fighting with Lennon who threatens to reveal a secret of his to Allison that would change everything.
It’s this latter dynamic that has the most impact on the episode, as it has so much information, yet almost none at all. Until this point, it’s been believed that Lennon was Bruce’s favorite, though it seems that their closeness was due to her keeping a secret for him rather than a genuine connection Lennon had with him that Allison hadn’t. Even more so than this mysterious secret—a secret that most likely relates to him once being married to Clara—is the relegation of why Lennon had even been in the road to begin with.
This sequence was actually heartbreaking, as Bruce and Lennon had been on their way home when, in a fit of rage, she climbs out of the car, Bruce telling her that she should walk home to try and blow off some steam. Their last words were in anger, with Lennon telling him that after she tells Allison the truth everyone was going to hate him and he’d be left all alone, and with Bruce seeing his daughter standing in the middle of the road through the rearview mirror, his last words telling her he’d see her at home.
There are always so many layers and angles to the characters and relationships in this show that it’s never clear how the audience should feel about certain ones, as the show doesn’t lead them to a certain conclusion, rather giving information and letting the audience determine how they should feel and who they should root for. It’s fascinating and makes for such layered scenes where everything has multiple meanings depending on who the focus is on.
This is Allison† and Bruce’s first episode where they didn’t have a true sit down heart to heart where they seemingly told the other all the truth that they had—though Allison† had already kept certain information from him—as instead she refused to communicate since he would just lie, which made for a great twist in the narrative, with Allison† now staying over at Margot’s and Bruce all alone, as Lennon had predicted he would be.
With the final scene being an unknown woman crying for help next to a bloody machete, and Dylan, Riley, and Clara all unaccounted for, this episode leaves the audience with far more questions than answers and the stakes higher than ever, and was an overall great episode.