Dead of Summer TV Review | Episode 8

Hello! Another episode has premiered and it is time to discuss it! Now before we get into the spoilers, you should probably already know what this show is about. Its a horror show on Freeform that is phenomenal. That is pretty much all you need to know. Its set in 1989 and crazy shit goes down in this summer camp. If you’re uncomfortable with sacrifice and the topic of satanism, this probably isn’t the show for you, but if you are totally okay with that sort of thing, feel free to watch the show. You will not be sorry. I gave this episode a 99%. This episode did shed some light on a mysterious character on the show, in my humble opinion, but not enough for me. I wanted more! Which is a good thing.

That is the end of the non-spoilery section, so if you haven’t seen this show, you should leave or you will get spoiled for the events of this eighth episode. If you have seen this episode, keep reading and we can discuss it!



Amy Hughes: This episode took an interesting turn with her character. She is now being possessed by Malphas, a demon who was successfully raised and is inhabiting ‘the vessel’, meaning Amy. She was definitely behaving a little odd for the entire episode, and it is going to be interesting to see how they try to save Amy and make Malphas leave her body.

Joel Goodson: Joel wanted to believe it was over, but knew it wasn’t. He tries the entire episode to help Jessie and Garrett expose “Amy” as Malphas. It was a really stupid move on his part going towards Amy and now he is dead. So there’s that. This cast list just keeps getting shorter and shorter!

Alex Powell: he is the one person throughout almost the entire episode that has complete faith that Amy is Amy and not Malphas. Until, of course, everything at the end happens. Now I think he will be a powerful tool in bringing Amy back to herself within the next episode.

Blair Ramos: He isn’t seen prominently throughout the episode, but he does repair his relationship with Drew

Jessie Tyler: she knows that Amy is actually Malphas and is willing to do anything to expose this. This has nothing to do with how cold to Amy she was at first. We definitely got to know Jessie in this episode since it was telling her story and it just made me want to know more about her. It really showed how she loved her mom and wanted to create a life for herself.

Cricket Diaz: in this episode, she is definitely still dead, but she tells Jessie that the only way to save camp is to go get Holyoke’s bones and throw them in the lake. If she doesn’t, everyone will die.

Drew Reeves: He also takes a backseat in this episode, but we really see how much he cares about the kids and Blair in this episode.

Garrett Sykes: While he cares about Amy, he is willing to let go of his belief that all of this is over and it was just a group of crazy satanic people and was willing to help Jessie in exposing Malphas.

Deb Carpenter: We don’t get much from Deb this episode, but we definitely see how much she cares about the counselors, the kids and the whole camp.


The episode starts off with a flashback from a few months before camp when there’s a huge party at Jessie’s house that her mom threw and her mom is doing drugs with some guy named Carl. Later in this scene, we see her mom tell her to go for the college interview, but for that night to have some fun. Back in present day, there is a meeting with Deb where she talks about how she is shutting camp down. At the lake, Amy thanks Jessie for saving her and there is a complete solar eclipse.

During this eclipse, Cricket talks to Jessie and tells her to go get Holyoke’s bones and throw them in the lake or everyone will die. During a game with the kids, Jessie tells Amy about what happened at the lake and Amy thinks it was not Cricket, but Holyoke. Amy goes and talks to Joel, saying they need to look out for her.

Jessie is walking with Garrett and he says that a solar eclipse was a sign that a demon had been awoken inside of a vessel, meaning Amy. He then said they had to kill her. In another flashback, Jessie drives to the interview after her mom never shows up to take her, is very late, but convinces them to let her do the interview anyway. Back in present day, Jessie still wants to throw Holyoke’s bones in the lake. Deb comes up to Garrett and Jessie and says Amy will be fine and there was another solar eclipse in 1970.

Joel is caught by Alex grabbing things to burn down Holyoke’s cabin. When he is pouring the gasoline over the cabin, the door opens, he goes inside, and it is shut behind him. This is good, though, because he finds the book that explains everything with the demon. Jessie sneaks into the morgue and finds and takes Holyoke’s bones. Joel finds Jessie and says the Demon’s name is Malphas. Jessie says he is inhabiting Amy. To test this, Garrett, Joel and Jessie present Amy with holy symbols and Malphas’ name and she appears to pass. They are interrupted by Alex who states what they are doing and gets Amy out of there.

When Jessie is at the lake, Cricket visits her again and says that it was a trick and Amy is still possessed. Jessie turns around during this and sees Malphas. In another flashback, its revealed that Jessie got into the college and just has to stay out of trouble. Back in present day, Amy goes up to Alex and asks him to take her to Eagle Creek; he accepts.

Jessie runs and throws Holyoke’s bones in the lake. Joel and Jessie end up at the time and place when Holyoke’s followers die. It is revealed that they were murdered by masked figures and Holyoke was framed. They go into the cabin and talk to Holyoke who said that he needed to show them the truth. He said the demon was still inside of Amy and they need to bring her to the cabin; he can save her. Men then come and take Holyoke away.

When they get back to present day, they tell Garrett everything and that they need to work with Holyoke. They then meet with everyone else (minus Alex and Amy) and tell them what happened. Deb comes with them to get Amy. Garrett looks at the satanic map and says Eagle Creek is the fifth point, meaning someone is going to die there. At Eagle Creek, Amy kisses Alex and they starts heavily making out when she pulls out a knife.

In another flashback, it is revealed that the reason Jessie has the DUI is because her mom made her switch seats with her in the car when they were in an accident, thus ruining her chance at college. Back in present day, Amy has a knife to Alex’s neck when everyone gets there. She show the burn mark from the cross that Jessie put in her hand, indicating that she really is Malphas. Alex gets away, so she stabs Joel in the neck. Garrett shoots her multiple times and she gets up, so Holyoke grabs her and takes her back to the cabin.

When she wakes up, she is tied to a chair in the cabin. The episode ends with Amy screaming and Holyoke saying, “Let us begin.”

My Thoughts:

Wow, this episode was intense. This was the episode that I was waiting for. All I wanted to do was find out more about Jessie and why she was so cold to Amy in the beginning. And now I do know some of her story, but there is so much more I want to know about her. Aside from that, I did not expect Malphas to be inside of her. I did realize that it wasn’t over, but this did blow my mind a little bit. The acting was on point, the writing was on point and the cinematography was really cool and excellently done. And now I am so freaking excited to see the next episode!

And that is the end of this review. What was the most interesting thing that you learned about Jessie in this episode? Comment down below. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.



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