CRUEL SUMMER - Freeform's “Cruel Summer” stars Chiara Aurelia as Jeanette Turner, Harley Quinn Smith as Mallory Higgins, Froy Gutierrez as Jamie Henson, Olivia Holt as Kate Wallis and Allius Barnes as Vince Fuller. (Freeform/Frank Ockenfels)

It’s still spring, but Freeform is looking ahead back at a Cruel Summer with Tuesday’s two-hour premiere of the twisty psychological thriller.

The series takes a nostalgic time-hopping approach to its storytelling: Episode 1 is told from Jeanette’s point of view on June 21, 1993 (and ’94 and ’95), while Episode 2 flips to Kate’s POV on June 26 during the same three years. Now that we’ve established the show’s timelines, let’s recap in chronological order:

1993 | Jeanette (Tell Me Your Secrets‘ Chiara Aurelia) is an awkward, braces-sporting teen celebrating her birthday with her best friends Mallory (Supergirl‘s Harley Quinn Smith) and Vince (PEN15‘s Allius Barnes), who buy her a “You Go Girl!” necklace as a last-minute gift. Jeanette’s mom (Grey’s Anatomy‘s Sarah Drew) remarks that it looks cheap — but it proves to be very important. (More on that later.)

Jeanette spots her beautiful, popular schoolmate Kate (Cloak & Dagger‘s Olivia Holt) at a mall kiosk and awkwardly pretends to be shopping at the same stand.

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