The Summer I Turned Pretty: Season 2/ Episode 4 “Love Game” – Recap and Review

As the kids continue to attempt to appeal to Aunt Julia, Laurel encounters a familiar face which makes going to New York worth it.

Julia (Kyra Sedgwick) getting real tired of her nephews

General Information

This section Includes information about the Director, Writer, and Cast.

Release Date (Prime Video) July 21, 2023
Director(s) Isabel Sandoval
Writer(s) Scarlett Curtis
Previously Noted Characters and Cast
Cleveland Alfredo Narciso
Laurel Jackie Chung
Julia Kyra Sedgwick
Steven Sean Kaufman
Taylor Rain Spencer
Belly Lola Tung
Skye Elsie Fisher
Conrad Christopher Briney
Jeremiah Gavin Casalegno
Cam Cameron David Iacono

Plot Recap

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What They Need Is The Strength Of Vulnerability, Not Just Strength – Cleveland, Laurel

Laurel selling her book is a task—one which doesn’t lead to Nnotable traction. But, lucky for her, Cleveland shows up, mainly for her, not to hawk his own book. He gives her the advice and permission she won’t give herself to be vulnerable with Belly and maybe even herself. Also, he asks her out on a date which she gladly accepts.

Buying Time And Enjoying The Day – Julia, Steven, Taylor, Belly, Skye, Conrad, Jeremiah, Cameron

From what it seems, to buy some time, Steven may have messed with the A/C. No one can prove it, Taylor is the only one who accuses him, but it seems likely, and Julia, between all these kids making her seem like a villain paired with the A/C going out, she is tired, stressed, and wants all the kids out the house, even Skye. This opens the door for Skye hanging out with their cousins and friends, and while they originally plan to be a sour puss, especially considering how Jeremiah and Conrad talk about their mom, they warm up to everyone.

Skye (Elsie Fisher) wishing the family got together before this
“Skye (Elsie Fisher) wishing the family got together before this,” The Summer I Turned Pretty, “Love Game,” directed by Isabel Sandoval, 2023, (Prime Video)

This especially becomes true as Belly, Taylor, and Skye compete against Steven, Conrad, and Jeremiah, with Cam Cameron as referee for many of them. Now, Belly ultimately loses, which brings up many good feelings and memories, but also reminders of how Jeremiah has always been there and her crush on Conrad often led to heartbreak.

Some examples include Conrad taking Belly to the Boardwalk when she was 13 and her thinking it was a date or quality time between them, but he really just wanted an excuse to see a girl. The same summer, Jeremiah, when Belly was sick, stayed at the house with her, and they joked and had a good time. On top of that, this summer, after Belly loses to Conrad’s team, Jeremiah joins her on the Tower of Terror ride and even holds her hand. Pushing the idea that they may not have only healed their friendship, but maybe those old feelings might also be coming back.

Belly (Lola Tung) thinking about how Jeremiah has always been there for her
“Belly (Lola Tung) thinking about how Jeremiah has always been there for her,” The Summer I Turned Pretty, “Love Game,” directed by Isabel Sandoval, 2023, (Prime Video)

Bamboozled – Julia, Conrad, Jeremiah, Skye, Belly

While it was assumed that the Fisher boys and Belly won the first round and bought themselves time, that isn’t the case. When they return to the house, it seems Aunt Julia had the house emptied. There is no furniture, no pictures, just a bare house, and let it be clear, it isn’t known if Skye was aware this would happen or not. However, episode 5 could certainly begin with questions being asked.

Collected Quote(s)

The friends that helped me the most were not the ones who tried to get me out of the hole. It was the friends who climbed down into the hole, sat with me for a bit that really made things better.
— Cleveland

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How Skye Is Being Used & Built Up

Here is the thing, Skye missed out on a lot because Susannah and Julia were having issues due to their shared father. It isn’t made clear what exactly was said or happened, but with Skye giving us details, they have become an asset. Also, they help create a bridge to Julia.

It wouldn’t make sense for Julia to tell her nephews what issues she had with Susannah or paint her as anything less than a saint. However, Skye, being young and not having anything to lose, could say what Susannah did, didn’t do, co-signed, or swept under the rug to maintain a fantasy. But, even beyond them being a mouthpiece for Julia, they are interesting as an individual.

I mean, with them being non-binary, like their actor, it does throw into the mix the need to question what can happen as these relationships develop. You know how the Fisher family seem to all hone in on Belly, so imagine Skye liking them too, or even liking Steven! Now, granted, whenever characters are made for the sake of inclusion, they can be one note in terms of personal development and just made to be useful for others, but who knows? Maybe Skye can give us something different and not be the type of inclusion people are happy for just because they aren’t used to seeing themselves on screen.

Laurel and Cleveland

Laurel (Jackie Chung) opening up to Cleveland
“Laurel (Jackie Chung) opening up to Cleveland,” The Summer I Turned Pretty, “Love Game,” directed by Isabel Sandoval, 2023, (Prime Video)

What we will always appreciate about Lauren and Cleveland is that they are a low-key couple who have a distinct place on a show like this. Cleveland can be part of the mix, talk to Conrad, but just as much be with and there for Laurel and present us a lowkey, functional relationship that doesn’t have drama.

This isn’t to say I want a spin-off or anything like that, for this isn’t that type of couple. However, seeing two people without the type of drama the teens harbor like it is gold is a nice palette cleanse.

On The Fence

Steven Still Not Confronting The Brothers About Being Collateral Damage

I think I’m going to give up on the idea of Steven getting justice. He was there for Conrad, who was happy he calmed him down through a panic attack, and maybe this all will be written off as boys being boys. They aren’t going to really confront feelings or anything like that, just sweep things under the rug and move on – even with the potential of the past repeating itself.

More From The Series
Previous Episode – Episode 3 “Love Sick” Check Out The Character Guide Next Episode – Episode 5

FAQs

Answers to some questions you may have regarding this episode:

Why Is The Episode Called “Love Game?”

Due to Belly and Conrad playing at the Boardwalk which holds some of Belly’s memories regarding him, as well as Jeremiah.

Julia (Kyra Sedgwick) getting real tired of her nephews
The Summer I Turned Pretty: Season 2/ Episode 4 “Love Game” – Recap and Review
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Isabel Sandoval, Scarlett Curtis, Alfredo Narciso, Jackie Chung, Kyra Sedgwick, Sean Kaufman, Rain Spencer, Lola Tung, Elsie Fisher, Christopher Briney, Gavin Casalegno,David Iacono,Prime Video
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How Skye Is Being Used & Built Up
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