Written by Dawn Kamoche and Ariella Blejer
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Camille Preaker wakes up, fully clothed, next to a naked Detective Richard Willis. She leaves his motel room and heads home, where she confronts Amma Crellin about running away during Calhoun Day. “Not that I’m the best to give advice on getting loaded, but after yesterday, you should slow down,” advises Camille.
Later, the police pull a bike out of a lagoon on Preaker Farms. Bob Nash is called to the property to help identify the bicycle in case it belonged to his daughter Ann Nash. He recognizes it as hers and breaks down. Adora Crellin, called to the scene by Chief Bill Vickery, comforts him.
Meanwhile, Camille drives to Ashley Wheeler’s home to interview her about Ann. There, she covertly watches Amma — laying out by the pool with Kelsey and Jodes — and John Keene taunt each other. Amma suggests John rub her down with suntan lotion, and then demands he stop watching her. John claims he likes to keep his eye on her. Camille makes her presence known, and Ashley arrives soon after.
Camille attempts to interview Ashley about the murders but gets frustrated and turns off the recorder when Ashley won’t answer her authentically. “You were wasting my time,” Camille says. “I was trying to protect John,” Ashley responds. “He’s already been hurt enough.” She then admits she doesn’t think John killed the two girls.
After Camille leaves Ashley’s, she talks to Richard on the phone and discovers they found Ann’s bike — the case’s first material evidence. When she gets home, she confronts Adora for not telling her about the bike. Adora gets offended: “I’m your mother, I’m not a source,” she says. Camille goes inside and Adora tells Alan Crellin she wants Camille to leave. She asks him to let her know he feels the same way.
Back in her bedroom, Camille listens to her conversation with Ashley, who says she thinks the killer did it “for popularity.” St. Louis Chronicle editor Frank Curry calls Camille; she points out: “Everybody thinks that a man is behind this so no one’s looking at the women.” Curry thinks there’s a good reason for that: “Women don’t kill like that — that violent.” Camille counters with, “Until they do.”
Following her phone call with Curry, Camille waits on the front porch for her ride to Katie Lacey’s house for an afternoon with friends from high school. While waiting, Alan tells Camille she’s going to have to leave “if these conditions don’t approve.” He claims Camille is making Adora sick by constantly reminding her about Ann’s and Natalie’s murders. When Camille defends herself, Alan compares her to Adora’s mother, Joya. “Joya would come into her room in the middle of the night and she would pinch her,” he says. “She just liked to hurt people.”
Camille appears unmoved and promises she’ll be leaving soon. She sees her old friend Angie waiting in the driveway and gets in the car. They arrive at Katie’s house. Once there, Camille bumps into Kirk Lacey. He apologizes for “what happened” in high school. “That day in the woods, what we did to you — I have daughters now and it makes me sick,” he says. “That a bunch of football players would pull a train on them at the end of a big game?” Camille responds. Kirk admits that day has haunted him, and Camille tells him to forget it.
Richard wants to learn more about why Camille was at rehab, so he finds Jackie O’Neill at the bar and waits until she’s drunk enough to talk about it. Jackie doesn’t know much, except that Camille checked herself out early after her roommate killed herself.
While driving Camille to the convenience store after the get-together, Becca admits she noticed the word “cherry” carved into Camille’s leg when they were in high school. “That makes sense,” Becca says. “We were so shiny, luscious on the outside. But on the inside, there’s this dark pit.”
Camille goes inside the store to get some liquor. As she’s paying, Amma and her friends bang on the windows. They are visibly intoxicated. Amma pressures Camille to get in the car with them. Camille eventually obliges and also gives in when Amma pressures her to take oxycodone.
They all arrive at a house party, where Amma drags Camille into the “V.I.P. room.” There, Amma and her friends play a game they call Rolling Roulette, which involves passing a tab of ecstasy from tongue to tongue until it dissolves. Amma kisses Camille and allows the drug to dissolve on Camille’s tongue.
Vickery and Richard meet at a diner to talk about the case. Vickery tells Richard one of the workers at Preaker Farms claimed he saw John Keene dump the bicycle in the lagoon.
Back at the party, Amma leaves with Camille. The two roller-skate back home. Amma admits she’s constantly bored and acts the way she does as a result of that. Amma spins in circles and Camille joins. They hold hands and spin together until they crash to the ground.
Amma suggests she sleeps in Camille’s room that night. As they sneak inside the quiet house, Amma looks at the dollhouse and says she wants to throw it down the stairs.
Once the two are in Camille’s bed, Amma lifts up the back of her sister’s shirt and traces her skin. “Do you ever feel like bad things are going to happen to you and you can’t stop them?” Amma wonders aloud. Adora peeks in at them through a crack in the door, then closes it.