The beloved seaside home has already been purchased by a beautiful household with three children and “a poodle combine” and Aunt Julia is hurrying issues alongside, demanding that Jeremiah and Conrad hand over their keys. She is able to head again to Boston, however her child Skye tries to make her rethink. After hanging out with their cousins for a number of days, Skye realizes they really just like the seaside, the city, and even this facet of the household, regardless that their mom didn’t really feel that means. It’s clear that Julia is damage by recollections of Cousins Seaside; Skye thinks she’s simply promoting the home to substantiate that she by no means belonged right here. Whereas Julia proceeds house, Skye chooses to remain behind.
A flashback takes us to the notorious “shitmas,” a.ok.a. the shitty Christmas that tore Julia and her sister Susannah aside. On the time, Julia shared that she overheard her stepmother asking her dad how lengthy Julia could be round sulking, as a result of she wished her to depart. Susannah refuses to imagine the information and doesn’t empathize along with her sister, making a wedge between them.
With this being their final evening on the home, Stomach decides to throw an enormous get together to offer the place a correct goodbye. It’s an homage to Susannah, who as soon as threw a Gatsby-like rager the primary time she went to the home after her dad died. Conrad approves.
Jeremiah, nonetheless, is having bother accepting that that is the tip. He tells Stomach that this home is his protected place, the place he at all times goes to in his desires. Stomach cheers him up by pushing him into the pool, and so they splash round as Taylor Swift’s “Delicate” performs. Whereas lounging on pool floats, they begin to maintain fingers, however Stomach is summoned to a provide run with Conrad. Jeremiah joins in. In the meantime, Taylor FaceTimes with Milo within the kitchen, proper in entrance of Steven, who responds by being tremendous annoying and stealing her telephone.
First cease on the provision run: the liquor retailer. After each Conrad (along with his barely satisfactory Guam ID) and Jeremiah fail to safe some alcohol, Stomach succeeds by asking the store cashier, Jumper, for a favor. All she needed to do was say their home was on the market and he wheeled out circumstances of booze to their automotive. She additionally will get slushies for herself and Jeremiah however not for Conrad, who seems to be a bit of jealous. He takes a sip from Stomach’s cup in a not flirtatious means. (Additionally, did you notice that Jenny Han cameo?)
Subsequent cease: shopping for Celebration Metropolis decor on dad’s emergency Amex. (Oh to be a white boy with a belief fund.) In a single aisle, Stomach addresses the elephant within the room: She apologizes to Conrad for a way she behaved at Susannah’s funeral and never being there for him. Conrad clears the air, explaining that when Stomach discovered him alone with Aubrey, he was truly having a panic assault and Aubrey was the one who discovered him—however he needs it was Stomach. Jeremiah catches the tip of their dialog, suspecting one thing is happening.
Skye may be getting some motion too. They accompany Cam Cameron to his home to get a soundboard and audio system for tonight’s festivities. On their quest, Cam reveals that he and his mom are very shut as a result of his father left shortly after his sister died. Their tight bond makes him frightened about leaving for school, and it’s why he didn’t apply to that esteemed whaling internship program, regardless that he actually wished to. With this system’s boat set to dock on the town subsequent week, Skye encourages Cam to pursue his desires. When the group reconvenes on the home, Skye asks Stomach and Taylor for recommendation for his or her first kiss. Stomach, who has kissed each boy on this crew in addition to Steven, says the kiss with Jeremiah was surprisingly “actually, actually sizzling.”
Lastly, it’s time to get together. Stomach glides in carrying Susannah’s curler skates, trying very on-theme in an cute ‘70s-inspired look—voluminous hair, pastel eyeshadow, and patterned biker shorts. Sadly, she slips in her wheeled footwear and falls into Jeremiah’s arms, and he whispers into her ear, “You don’t want to harm your self to get my consideration.” (That sound you simply heard was me screaming.) Throughout the room, Steven remains to be pushing for Conrad and Stomach to finish up collectively. His personal focus might be on Taylor tonight, as his season 1 girlfriend Shayla is not going to be exhibiting up. (She’s in Ibiza.) He has no concept Taylor’s boyfriend Milo has simply arrived.
Outdoors, Skye and Cam replicate on their regrets. Cam doesn’t wish to remorse lacking the whaling internship, so he’ll—because of Skye’s help—get on that boat in any case. Skye, additionally feeling daring, kisses Cam.
Steven clears the ground and will get Taylor to affix him in a synchronized dance they used to do as children. By the tip of their quantity, Steven admits he has had emotions for Taylor for some time. “However now you’re my favourite individual,” he says, holding her as he waits for her response. Earlier than she will communicate, Milo butts in and fights Steven. Their tussle interrupts not simply the get together, but additionally Jeremiah and Stomach’s near-kiss within the subsequent room. Taylor ends the brawl when she breaks up with Milo in entrance of everybody.
Some excellent news: Skye will get a textual content from their mother saying the seaside home purchaser has agreed to let the Fishers lease the place for one week each summer season. Stomach and Jeremiah are glad they’ll be capable of return, however Conrad received’t settle for that. (He doesn’t wish to pay different individuals to stay in his household’s home.)
Jeremiah calls out Conrad for giving up—not simply on the home, but additionally on Stomach. He factors out how Conrad begged for his blessing to be along with her, however when issues bought robust, Conrad threw the entire relationship away. Stomach doesn’t wish to be used as a pawn on this argument, so she leaves. Jere used to look as much as Conrad, however now he simply sees him as a coward.
Conrad finds Stomach drunk on the seaside and tries to get her inside, however the encounter turns right into a tearful, drunken confrontation. If Stomach had recognized that Conrad wished to be along with her so badly—evidenced by his begging Jeremiah thus far her—then she would’ve fought more durable for his or her relationship at promenade, at Susannah’s funeral, and past. However Conrad thought she already knew. (These children simply want to speak higher!) “I assumed that we liked one another,” she says. “We did,” he replies. “I suppose not sufficient,” she solutions. Cue Taylor Swift’s “Snow on the Seaside.”
Steven and Taylor are on barely higher phrases as he comforts her post-breakup. She was touched that he may bear in mind her center identify when although Milo couldn’t. (That’s a fairly low bar, however do you!) Lastly, she kisses Steven.
By the tip of the evening, the home is in disarray, persons are spray portray on partitions, somebody breaks a window, and Stomach’s wasted. The one factor she will do is go to mattress and name her mother sobbing: “Mommy. I want you.” Stomach reveals that she’s on the summer season home–whoops, she beforehand informed her mother she was at Taylor’s place, however nevermind that. All Stomach desires is for Laurel to “simply come and repair it.” Who amongst us hasn’t made such telephone calls to our moms in determined occasions?
Erica Gonzales is the Senior Tradition Editor at ELLE.com, the place she oversees protection on TV, films, music, books, and extra. She was beforehand an editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. There’s a 75 % likelihood she’s listening to Lorde proper now.