Is this the beginning of the end for Jeannette and Mallory's friendship?
In this exclusive clip from the June 1 episode of Cruel Summer, Jeanette (Chiara Aurelia) finds herself clashing with BFF Mallory (Harley Quinn Smith) over the former's fixation with Kate Wallis' scrunchie. As fans of the show well know, Jeanette took custody of the hairpiece from Martin Harris (Blake Lee) and promised to give it back to Kate (Olivia Holt).
Clearly, she's yet to do that as Mallory has totally called her gal pal out on her obsession. Furthermore, the clip indicates that this is the start of Jeanette's transformation into a popular girl. How? By ditching her braces, of course.
"Welcome Jeanette Turner to life without braces," Jeanette's other best friend Vince Fuller (Allius Barnes) comments.
Refusing to get in on the celebratory mood, Mallory asks, "Are you seriously still carrying around Kate's scrunchie?"
A defensive Jeanette then claims she's only still wearing it to remember to give it back to Kate. Of course, Mallory isn't quick to believe this statement.
"That's what you said when you wore it to the mall, and to the movies, and to the roller rink," Mallory hits back, "As if we'd ever just run into Kate Wallis. It's weird, Jeanette."
Doubling down, Jeanette responds, "You're making it weird."
Thankfully, Vince is there to diffuse the situation, begging his pals to stop talking about the "contraband incident."
Almost simultaneously, the girls comment "Fine" and "We're stopping." Things become bleaker as the trio prepares to enter the first day of school.
Mallory states, "Well, kids, today summer dies and in its place this bulls—t."
Before long, the friends are greeted by Vice Principal Martin Harris (a.k.a Kate Wallis' kidnapper). "Welcome, it's gonna be a great year," he says with an eerily chipper smile. "Let's go inside."
SPOILER: It will not be a great year for the students of Skylin High School.
Watch the scene play out in the exclusive clip above.
Cruel Summer airs 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT Tuesdays on Freeform.