‘Cruel Summer’ Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: “The Plunge”

Like many teen shows, the central axis for drama on Cruel Summer is the love triangle between Meghan, Isabella, and Luke.

Luke’s birthday hangs over both of the July timelines: in 1999, Meghan is hellbent on throwing him an epic 17th birthday extravaganza

and the amount of time and effort she puts into the affair is noticed by more than just Luke himself;

and in 2000, his 18th birthday is mired by his death and his family and friends try to grapple with the loss.

At his 17th birthday, Luke has been freshly broken up with by Isabella after Meghan confessed her feelings to her at the end of the last episode

Luke’s 18th birthday looks a bit different: after his body was discovered, Meghan and Isabella are the two prime suspects with motives.