I Know What You Did Last Summer Episode 3 opens with a spider-cam shot of an arachnid skittering down the ear canal of Johnny’s just lately severed head, and the previous soccer star’s free appendage turns into a operating bit in each dialog and its numerous places. (Johnny’s head finally winds up on the doorstep of the Wai Huna PD.) And it’s reassuring to see Summer season actually digging into the black comedy parts of its central conceit, as a result of it’s a secure wager that the flimsy Lennon impersonation gambit Alison has obtained occurring, supported with the inexplicable cooperation of her father Bruce, would undoubtedly be shortly revealed beneath regular circumstances. In different phrases, the entire sinister stuff occurring in Wai Huna not solely isn’t regular, it’s only a skewed reflection of actual life. And that features the O.G.s’ fitful makes an attempt to determine who is aware of what they did final summer time.
As soon as Alison sees Johnny’s head positioned on the accident website in a transparent violation of her chill, she gathers remaining O.G.’s Margo, Riley, and Dylan on the Snak n’ Stuff to check notes, which results in some macabre one-liners about their pal’s demise and never a lot else. Most of them nonetheless imagine it’s actually Alison messing with them, however for their very own causes. (Dylan, for instance, has change into a misanthrope, satisfied he needs to be punished for his or her crime due to his secret hookup with Lennon on the night time of the commencement occasion.) The actual Alison, for her half, takes direct motion and texts the stalker, asking for a meet. The blacked-out Tacoma that’s been on her tail out of the blue boils out of the comb behind Ohana, almost hitting her, however when Bruce later watches this happen on his safety cameras, his response is unclear. Perhaps he was distracted by the truth that his daughter did some phone-snooping and located a video of he and Police Chief Lyla having a handcuffed intercourse romp.
“How lengthy have you ever two been taking part in 50 Shades?” Alison askes her dad, and whereas Bruce admits his hookups with Lyla have been occurring for fairly a while, he additionally stresses that it had nothing to do with Alison and Lennon’s mother committing suicide. “Your mother was a sophisticated individual.” And we be part of Dylan and Riley within the oceanside cave, panning their iPhone flashlights throughout the names carved into its partitions. That is the place the twins’ mother died, and the names symbolize the cult members who died right here, too. However as but there’s no clear proof of the O.G.s’ heinous actions. And talking of heinous, Alison’s investigation into the mysterious texting stalker leads her again to the Snak n’ Stuff, the place the meals stand’s skuzzball proprietor Dale (Spencer Sutherland), who himself encountered the group on the street the night time of the homicide, is summarily elminated as a stalking suspect when he will get up shut and private with a slushy machine. Blue Crush taste, in the event you please.
The our bodies are piling up for Chief Lyla and her deputy, the eccentric Officer Cruise (Eric William Morris). The cops query Kelly Craft (Chrissie Match), who along with being Riley and her mother Courtney’s neighbor is the ex-wife of Coach Eric, who died alongside his new love Johnny. And whereas group texts, location pins, and consensual follows are pure types of communication for the younger O.G. ‘s, I Know What You Did Final Summer season has additionally begun to emphasise the blanket encroachment of digital churn and surveillance tradition into on a regular basis life. There’s Bruce, gazing silently at his Ohana safety footage. There are the cameras at Snak n’ Stuff, capturing Dale at work and Alison snooping round. After which there’s the dastardly digital layer to all of this stalking. “Who’re you?” Alison texts the stalker. “I’m you” comes again the cryptic, threatening reply, and an hooked up video clip reveals footage from the occasion and Lennon’s seduction of Dylan. The POV is seemingly bedside, however whereas it’s true they attached in Margo’s bed room, their flighty wealthy pal doesn’t look like the murderous stalker sort. So who has the motive, the tactic, and the digital savvy to achieve out and contact these buddies in the entire most intensely private methods? As Dylan drove by the cop store, making solely an informal notice of his pal Johnny’s decapitated noggin hanging out on the stoop, maybe he was asking himself the identical query.
Johnny Loftus is an impartial author and editor dwelling at massive in Chicagoland. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, All Music Information, Pitchfork Media, and Nicki Swift. Comply with him on Twitter: @glennganges
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