01x02 - A Smashing Good Time

Episode transcripts for the TV show "Cruel Summer". Aired: April 2021 to present.
A Chilling Tale of a girl who mysteriously vanishes and another one who takes over her life.
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01x02 - A Smashing Good Time

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Previously on "Cruel Summer"...

I like your purse.

- Thanks.

- It's my birthday.

Happy birthday.


- Hey.

- Hi.

- For you!


This is so sweet.

Thank you!

We should make a list of all the things we want to do this summer.

Item number one for the list, I think we should do something illegal.

- That sounds like a great idea...


- Come on.

Jeanette, where's your sense of adventure?


Okay, fine, but as long as it's not something immoral.

- They found Kate.

- Do they know who k*lled her?

- She's alive!

- Jamie!


Please listen to me, Jeanette, you need to go.

- I came as soon as I heard.

- Go!


- Oh, my God!

- Get her outta here, go!

Missing teenager Kate Wallis was rescued today.

Kate Wallis's alleged kidnapper was Martin Harris.

A few months after I was kidnapped, I was found by someone.

I thought that salvation was near.

You could have saved me, and you didn't.

Jeanette Turner, I hope you rot in Hell.

(computer modem beeping, buzzing)

(rock music playing)

Well, Katie Kat?

What do you think?

I appreciate the gift, Mama, but...

Is it a little too bright?

Oh, baby doll, you're as bright as a diamond no matter what you wear, so you may as well sparkle.

Now finish gettin' ready and get your little buns downstairs for step classes.

Yes, ma'am.

♪ Now I'm finding the words to say ♪

♪ But the springtime takes me so very far away ♪

♪ I love you ♪

♪ Forever ♪

♪ If it was raining... ♪

JOY: Kate?

Honey, Jamie and your friends are coming over later.

At least put some earrings on.

My friends?

Renée and Tennille, darling.

Don't be silly.




I guess your ears must have closed while you were...

While I was locked in a basement?

It's okay.

Mom will get it right back where it belongs.

Let me get a tissue.

(humming simple melody)

KATE: Smells like summer!

Come on!

- I love this song!

- (The Cranberries playing "Zombie")

- ♪ In your head ♪

- ♪ In your head ♪

- ♪ Head ♪

- ♪ In your head ♪

- ♪ Your head ♪

- ♪ In your head ♪

- ♪ Zombie ♪

- ♪ Zombie ♪

- Come on, come dance with me!

- ♪ Zombie, Zombie ♪

Boo, you're no fun!

♪ What's in your head ♪

♪ In your head ♪

♪ Zombie, Zombie ♪

♪ Zombie-ie-ie... ♪

♪ It's not you ♪

♪ Zombie ♪

♪ You're not... ♪

- ♪ Family ♪

- ♪ In your head ♪

♪ In your head ♪


♪ In your head... ♪

- (Kate humming tune)

- (ominous soundtrack echoing)

(humming continues)

(siren wailing)

(ominous soundtrack continues)

(siren fading)

(humming softly)

(humming grows louder)

- (country song playing)

- BILLY RAY CYRUS: Oh, come on!

INSTRUCTOR: All right, y'all ready to do this?

ALL: Yes!


All right, here we go!

So we're going up on the bench.

Let's go!

- Up, up, down, down.

- (country song continues)

Up, up, down, down.



Let's add some arms, shall we?

Up, up, out, out!

Up, up, out, out!

Up, up, out!



Keep it going, don't stop.


Yes, knees!

Yes, ladies!

Hand up.

Yes, ladies!

♪ Singing yippee-ayo... ♪ We're gonna add a twist to that choreography, if you like a challenge.

Here we go, and up!



- Yes, mama!

- All right, whoo!

Billy Ray Cyrus gets me all hot and sweaty, even when I'm not working out to one of his songs.

Mama, eww.

Oh, don't be such a prude, Katie Kat.

Motivation is motivation.

Besides, I gotta keep fit for your father, or he's gonna run off with one of his football fans, who just keep getting younger, I swear.

He would never do that.

- Could you even imagine?

- No, that'd be tragic.

That's right.

This town is not kind to divorced women, and then you and I would have to buy generic and go thrift shopping again.


- Joy Wallis!

- Cindy!

I love those highlights.

Let me guess.

"Easy Does It," shade A?

- I'm an R girl, myself.

- I wouldn't know.

Whatever potion the hair stylist whips up.

At the salon, of course.

Um, well, I have been trying for ages to drag Jeanette to these classes.

How fun was that?

Cool necklace.


I got it for my birthday.

From when I saw you.

Uh, when we...

when we saw each other at the mall.

That's right, I remember.

CINDY: So, I've got a great idea.

We should all go do a girls' day sometime soon.

I mean, that'd be fun, right?

We could splurge at the salon.

Oh, I don't know.

We have so many plans this summer, so...

A girls' day sounds like fun.

Yeah, we'll call you, okay?

Yeah, okay, come on.

We are not calling them.

They were just being nice.

Not a fan.

(water burbling)




- God, you're okay.

- What are you doing?

I came to check in on you.

What are you doing?

Taking a bath.

With your clothes on?



I was just thinking about all the things that I missed the past months.

Like what?



my favorite sweater, and taking warm baths.

So I put on my favorite sweater and I drew a bath and I got in.

How did it happen?

How did what happen?

You and Jeanette.

I'm not sure you really wanna hear about that.

I feel like I just disappeared and she took my place.

I feel replaceable and it's not a good feeling, Jamie, so I just wanna understand...


One day I was putting up missing person fliers...

and, um...

she offered to help.

I don't know.

She just kept coming around.

I heard you h*t her.

You h*t people now?

Who are you?

I'm your boyfriend.

Hey, I'm the same me.

I promise.

Do you wanna step out of the bath?



Jeanette's an impostor.

She didn't steal your life.

She tried to.

But she didn't.

You're here now.

You get to reclaim it.


Yeah, I'm here.

(TV theme song plays)

On "Chit Chat Tonight," joining the ranks of lady k*ller Ted Bundy is Martin Harris. It seems the assistant principal turned kidnapper's chilling charm is gripping America even from beyond the grave. The more we discover... Enough with that noise.

How was your day?

(clears throat)


Your body, your choice?

Uh, but ouch, it looks painful.

Okay, coming from the guy who dislocated his shoulder on live TV.

Well, I'd rather be tackled times than pierced.

You know me and needles.

I've been through worse.

You, uh, know your mother is gonna, uh...

- Shit a brick?

- Mm-hmm.

Here's hopin'.

So... how was therapy?

I may have skipped it.

- Honey...

- Daddy, come on.

It's just one session.

Besides, I'm so sick and tired of talking about Martin Harris and that stupid Jeanette Turner and my feelings.

I feel like they both suck, and that one of them is burning in hell and the other one's gonna join them soon enough.

I've been puttin' the police off for days now, Katie Kat, but they're gettin' frustrated.

We can face this together.

Can we drop the stale "mother-daughter bestie" thing?

I'm not interested in reviving it.

- Okay, you're still upset with me.

- You think?

But we have a second chance now.

We can go back to the way it was before.

I was so devastated when I lost you.

You remember the last thing you said to me before I went missing?

You know I didn't mean that.

Well, I certainly had a long time to wonder if you did.



ROD: Nah, she's not here right now.

But one of my daughters is.

You and I just have to play it cool, okay?

- ROD: At the Garden Club party tomorrow?

- WOMAN: Yes, of course. We can slip away for a few minutes.


It's just what I need right now, Candace.


God, I can't remember the last time we had sex.

- CANDACE: It'll be so good.

Thank you.
- Yes.

ROD: It's gonna be great.


See you then.


RENÉE: What else?

Oh yeah!

Kurt Cobain d*ed.


So sad.

TENNILLE: And River Phoenix.


So sad.

We're talking too much.

How are you, Katie Kat?

I don't know.

It's not like I have anyone to compare stories with.

Well, here's something you might be interested in.

Nan Rutherford said that Jeanette told Crystal Blankenship that she did see you and that you were chained to a wall and...

I was never chained to a wall.

She said Jeanette told her, like, right after it happened.

No, Jeanette Turner didn't tell anybody.

She had too much to lose if I was rescued.

Like my best friends who suddenly became her best friends.

We should let you rest.


kind of promised your mom that I'd convince you to talk to the police.

I'll talk to the police when I'm ready.

I want to give a statement with purpose.

JOY: I'll be two secs.

I just gotta put my face on.

Why isn't Daddy riding with us?

Oh, he's practicing for the ribbon cuttin' ceremony down at Hank Stevenson's new store.

Anything Hank can do to suck up to your step-daddy...

Well, won't that make him late to the Garden Club party?

Oh, he wouldn't dare.

He knows how important this event is.

Plus he gets to show off his arm candy.

Moi. Hey, um...

how well do you know Candace Johnson?

She seems nice enough.

How does she know Dad?

They're on city council together.

You wanna know some gossip?

She chased after your step-daddy right before we got together.

- (Joy chuckles)

- Really?

Well, he was a hot commodity, comin' out of the pros.

I think even Cindy Turner was thinking about ditching Greg for him.

But once he saw adorable widowed me and my sweet girl, he was hooked.

Is that why you don't like Cindy?

Because of Dad?

Oh God, no!

Anyway, I see Cindy just kind of... starin' at me.

It's like she wants to be me.

It's creepy.

That whole Turner family just seems so desperate.

Jeanette seems sweet.

All I'm saying is that the weird apple doesn't fall too far from the creep tree.

KATE: Mom, no.

So does that mean I'm destined to be just like you?


You should be so lucky.

I don't trust Candace Johnson.

Trust her?

With what?

It seems like she might still have feelings for Dad.

Oh, Katie Kat, her and the whole damn town.

Hey there, Scott!



Enjoy the party, ladies!

All right, then.

(classical music playing)

Hey, Ben, we need ice.

You got it.

HANK: (laughs)

Go on, tell 'em about the ' game.

Y'all must be sick to death talking about that ' game.

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

What am I, the queen of England?

Just give me the can, son.

Man, y'all see this boy carry our whole team to State?

Best damn quarterback since me!


I mean in this town, Wallis, not the big leagues, all right?

Here's to those who know me...

and love me anyway!


So, anyway, did I tell y'all we went elk huntin'?

(indistinct conversation)

(indistinct conversation)

- HANK: Hey.


- MARTIN: How you doing, Hank?

Hey, you boys meet the new assistant principal?

Wow, Rod Wallis?


I'm a big fan.

I used to wear your jersey all the time back in high school.

Always happy to meet a fan, and a new neighbor.



Welcome to Skylin, Martin Harris.


- Cool.

- Okay, come here.

Come here.

Now, come.

JEANETTE: Oh, my God!

How many of these do we need to get?

Hey, could I get six bags of ice?

JEANETTE: How much water do you think these are gonna hold?

Enough to baptize Hank Stevenson, here's hoping.

You guys go to my school, right?


It's the only school in town.

I guess you're right.

We're a grade below you.


Oh, uh...

Pro tip.

Shaving cream's a lot more fun.

That is a good idea!

- That is a very good idea.

- Oh, my God.

- We have to change it on the list.

- Okay.

- Where are we putting it?

- Put the shaving cream in the balloons.

JEANNETTE: Inside the balloons?

Do you have a pen?

(Jamie grunting)

Kate is all over the place, man.

Can you blame her?

No, but I just want things to go back to the way they were, you know?

You know that expression, like, "don't sh**t the messenger"?


Jeanette really wants to talk to you, dude.

Very bad idea.

I mean, don't you think you should at least hear her out?


I'm with Kate now.

Yeah, I get that, but there's a history between the two of you, and I've never seen you happier than...

What are you, like on her side now?


I'm not on anybody's side.

I don't even know what the hell is going on, but I think you might at least owe her a conversation.

One that doesn't involve you giving her a black eye.

Tell you what.

I'll meet up with her.

But I can't promise to play nice.

She have to worry you're gonna h*t her again?


But my words are gonna hurt a whole lot more.

It's weird.

It was a year ago today I set up that meeting.

And at that time, you believed Jeanette?

Can I ask... what's this all about?

I mean, is Kate suing Jeanette?

I can't disclose confidential information regarding the case.

But right now, we're just talking.

Got it.

So, do you think Kate's falsely accusing Jeanette?

I used to.

For a long time.

But by the end of last summer...

After Kate was rescued?


By then I didn't really know who to believe.

I still don't.


do you, in any way...

blame Jeanette for what happened to you?

Do you know what a Rube Goldberg machine is?

It's a contraption where you drop a quarter into a cup and that falls into stacked cards and that falls into a ball and so on and so on, until a result's achieved.

I think that's what happened.

So you do blame Jeanette?


Yeah, I guess I do.

(country music playing in background)

GREG: Well, that's weird.

The Wallises are going to a party right after their daughter was rescued.

What would the invite-only "kiss the Wallises' asses" party be without the king and queen themselves?

(with accent): It'll be a smashing good time.

Get outta here, you smartass.

Oh, hey, do you need me to pick you up?


It's gonna be a late night.

And now that I'm a high-school grad, I don't need permission.

- Boo-yah.

- (door closes)

(classical music playing)

(attendees murmuring)

Hey, bud.

- I tried to call you.

- Hey.

So what's going on, Tucker?

Why is everyone staring at me like I have an ass for a face?

Because you do have an ass for a face.

I have an ass for a face, your dad has an ass for a face.

What's happening, man?


Come on.

There's this rumor.

What rumor?

Is this about Tammy, who works at the DQ?


It's about Kate Wallis.

Kate Wallis?

What's that got to do with me?

There's this thing people are saying...

This is awkward.

Tucker, you're my best friend, man.

We used to blow up your Thundercats.

Talk to me.

Kate Wallis has told some people that...

your sister knew where she was kidnapped and didn't tell anyone.


You think my sister saw Kate Wallis in a basement?


Dude, that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

- Are you kidding me?

- I know.

But until this all bl*ws over, I think...

Let me just ask you, legit, okay?

Do you believe that?

Of course not.

I like your sister.

I like your whole family.

I'm sure there's a simple explanation for all this,

- but in the meantime...

- Wow, man.

It's fine.

No need to call security.

Dude, don't be like that.

No, I will be like that, Tuck, I will be.

MYRNA: Don't you think they're the sweetest couple?

That Jamie is so adorable.


You two couldn't be any cuter.

You remind me of me and Hank when we were in high school, before the beer belly and my stretch marks from Tucker.

MYRNA: I'll bet you and Jamie are Prom King and Queen this year!

BABS: (gasps)

Don't forget Homecoming!

I'll bet Kate's valedictorian soon.

She's gotta leave something for the other kids.

No, she does not.

Isn't it weird how this time last year everything seemed so perfect?

Wasn't it?

Nothing's ever perfect.

And parents can't keep you safe, no matter what they say when they tuck you in at night.


I'll keep you safe, okay?

It's cute that you think that's up to you.

Could you get me some water?

- Yeah, sure.

- Thanks.

(pager buzzing)

(water running)

_ (tap squeaks)

Here you go.

- Thank you.

- Yeah.

So, what are you doing tonight?


I'm just hanging out with the guys after the Garden Club party.

Well, if anything good came out of me being locked in a basement, it's having a good excuse to skip that bougie bullshit.


BABS: Have you, um, met the new guy?

- Martin?

- JOY: Oh, yeah.

- He's a looker, huh?

- BABS: Isn't he, though?

Do not tell Hank I said so.

Of course not.

Mama, can I steal you?


Excuse me, ladies.

What is that look, baby?

I was gonna say something earlier, but I just...

I didn't want it to be true.

What are you talking about?

I heard Dad on the phone with Candace Johnson.

He's having an affair.



Honey, that is not true.

Is this because of what I said after step class?

I was kidding.

No, no, Mom, I heard them.

I'm sure you heard something, Katie Kat.

But you just misunderstood.

No, no, no, no.

They're both inside right now, come with me.

Talking city business, I'm sure.

- Then come with me.

- No, Katie Kat!

You are making up stories and I'm not gonna stand here and listen to it.

Now, if you'll excuse me.

(muffled sound of woman laughing)

- (man talking indistinctly)

- WOMAN: Oh, my God.


- WOMAN: Yes, yes!

- ROD: So good right now.

(woman laughing)

CANDACE: And the rooms are so spacious.

- ROD: They look real nice.

- CANDACE: Gorgeous.

Katie Kat!

Come on in, quick.

Close the door.

She's gonna love this.

Your mama's one lucky woman!

You know Mrs.


Yes, from the city council, right?

And her phenomenal travel agency.

I'm surprising your mom with a romantic cruise next month.


Think she'll like it?

Oh, oh, she'll love it.

(Rod chuckles)

(classical music playing)

JOY: Well, he's much more than a hired hand.


KATE: Mama?

Mama, I'm so sorry.

- Excuse me.

- I jumped to conclusions.

I didn't mean...

Listen here, little miss.

When you make false allegations about sins like adultery, which could ruin this family as we know it...

that is very unflattering.

You're embarrassing yourself.

Now, run along.

As I very clearly stated, I do not wish to speak to you at this moment.

Hi, Tammy.

You're looking great.

HANK: It's time to introduce the one and only Joy Wallis!

(polite applause)


As a true daughter of Skylin, I can say with certainty that we are a town built on hospitality.

When I lost my first husband to cancer, the casseroles were endless and y'all's sympathy got me through.

And when my Rod moved to town, we welcomed him with open arms.

- (Rod chuckles)

- Okay, my arms may have been a little more open than most.


- Hi, baby.

- (scattered applause)

Some people have asked how Rod and I can be here, with our Katie girl being so freshly rescued.

The truth is, if I could muster the strength to get out of bed while she was still missing...

and there were days that I couldn't...

then I sure as hell can stand here with you all now that our girl is safe at home.

We had evil living among us, right beneath our noses, but now that evil is rotting in Hell where he belongs.

(cheering and applause)



I am tired.

But I can feel that when everyone looks at us, they're reminded of the monster that violated our sweet baby.

And I'm tired.

Of thinking about him and about the girl still living among us who could have helped my Kate but didn't...

I am tired.

So here's to us, to the "good guys."

- Cheers!

- Cheers!

Let us shine the bright light of Skylin hospitality on our newest neighbor, our new Assistant Principal, Mr. Martin Harris.

Hi, neighbor!


So grab some raffle tickets and let's have some fun tonight.





Nice arm, dude.

♪ The girl thinks she's the queen of the neighborhood ♪

♪ She's got the hottest trike in town ♪

♪ That girl, she holds her head up so high... ♪

- Hey, that's my bike!

- Who cares?

Go, go, go!

♪ Rebel girl ♪

♪ Rebel girl ♪

♪ Rebel girl... ♪

MALLORY: Come on, we have to go!

♪ Rebel girl ♪

Come on, let's go!

♪ You know I wanna take you home ♪

♪ I wanna try on your clothes, uh... ♪

Stupid kids.

(modem beeping, buzzing)

(tapping keys)

(clicks, computer chiming)

"I do not wish to speak to you in this moment, hmm-mm."

"I do not wish to speak to you in this moment."

SCOTT: Kate?


Mr. Jones.

Mr. Scott Jones...


Kate, what the heck are you doing here?

I'm drinking for the first time!

You want a sip?

There's none, I think.

Are you gonna call the cops?

No, I don't think your mother would appreciate that.

I thought my mama and I are best friends.

But I think she hates me.

She hates Cindy Turner.

She hates rap music.

Fatty foods and me.

You don't know what you're saying.

I think you should call the cops on me.

I think I'd be prettiest girl in all of jail.


(Scott sighs)

All right.

Let's get you home.

- Oh, easy there.

- No.

(swing creaks)

- Come on.

- Can we stop at Whataburger?

SCOTT: (chuckles)

We can stop at Whataburger.



Thank you for coming.

What do you want?

You know I didn't do the things Kate's saying I did, right?

- You know me.

- Yeah, I thought I did.

Just think about it, okay?

Kate's been through something awful and traumatic.

Something we can't even imagine.

Maybe she's not exactly in her right mind right now?

Coming back to find out her boyfriend's with someone else?

- Someone he's great with.

- Used to be.

Have you even considered that this is just Kate's trauma talking?

I mean, it's hard to know what's true and what's not after spending months in captivity and only a week ago seeing the guy that did it get sh*t to death...

in front of her?

I'm gonna ask you this once.

Did you see her?

Look at me.


Of course not.

I just don't know what to think.

You know I would never lie to you.


I would never lie to you, okay?

JOY: I put her to bed.

She's never done anything like this before.

I figured.


She and I had a little argument earlier, but...

Yep, she said.

I just don't know what's going on with her.

Drinking alone in public?


Ah, kids are kids.

Not my Kate.

I mean, not usually.

So, where is, uh...


Oh, he's down at the lodge with Hank and the boys.

Probably getting as shit-faced as his daughter right now.

This has been a day.


Hey, Joyce.

You're the only one who gets away with calling me that.

JOY: We have to be careful.

She's startin' to nose around.

(insects chirping)

(modem dialing)

(modem pinging, buzzing)

(The Cranberries playing "Zombie")

THE CRANBERRIES: ♪ In your head ♪

♪ In your head ♪

♪ Zombie ♪

♪ Zombie ♪

♪ Zombie ♪

- WOMAN: State your name, please.

- KATE: Kate Wallis.

You're ready to give a statement?


Very ready.

Go ahead and tell us about the day in question, Kate.

Jeanette Turner saw me while I was held c*ptive.

WOMAN: And when was that?

I don't know, I'm guessing December?

I didn't have a calendar or a clock.

Of course.

- And you say your friend...

- Not my friend.

I barely knew her.

MAN: But you're certain it was Jeanette Turner.

Greg and Cindy's little girl?

One hundred percent.

I even have proof.

If she wasn't there...

then how would I have this?

(shuddering, crying)


MAN: Are you okay?


No, I don't think I am.

One last question, Kate.

How well did you know Martin Harris before the abduction?

Not well at all.

MAN: Can I help?

No, I don't even know you.

I'm Martin.

I'm Kate.

Hi, Kate.

JOY: Are you trying to k*ll me?

Sweet baby Jesus.

What was that nifty phrase that the Reverend said to me when I was rescued?

"The Lord only gives you as much as you can handle"?

ANCHOR: A strange twist in the shocking story of Jeanette Turner, the young Texas woman accused of failing to report Kate Wallis missing last year, is that these two will now face off in a legal battle.

The defendant is Kate Wallis.

The allegation is defamation.

JOY: That vindicative, lying little worm is gonna sue us?

When we were about to move on?

ROD: This has to be a mistake.

JOY: When my daughter is the victim here?

We are the wronged party.

That Turner family is a Hellmouth, I swear.

ROD: Honey, we'll straighten this out.

Damn straight.

I'll have that anchor's job!

I was talking to Kate.

- Maybe no one saw the news.

- (phone rings)

ANCHOR: Storms across the Midwest have caused a series of blackouts...

Oh, God, Rod, call our lawyers.

Do something!

- (ringing continues)

- (couple arguing indistinctly)

(banging on door)

KATE: Open the door!

Open the door!

Open the door!

Open it!

Open the door!

Open it!

You can't hold me here.

Please open the door.

(muffled argument)


(hard rock music playing)

(modem buzzing)
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