Wednesday night, Cooper and the rest of the “murder club” are at a coffee shop in downtown San Diego. Kris, Maeve, and Ashton are there too; Addy asks why Bronwyn picked the location, which is a little bit out of the way, but Bronwyn insists there’s no special reason. Cooper, who has only been out in public with Kris a few times, is still struggling with how to carry himself now that he’s out; he is afraid to be affectionate in public.
The “murder club” is broadening their horizons and deepening their connections as they bring siblings and lovers into the mix in order to gain some camaraderie—and some outsiders’ perspectives.
Bronwyn lays out a folder containing information about Simon—he was depressed, he paid two kids to stage an accident, he had a “creepy online persona,” he was fighting with Janae, he had a thing for Keely, and used to be friends with Jake. Cooper adds that Simon deleted Cooper’s original About That post, but Bronwyn corrects him, stating that they don’t yet know for sure that Simon was the one who did that.
There are many things that the Bayview Four have learned about Simon in the weeks since his death, but there are still huge chunks of the puzzle they don’t yet understand. As they work together, though, they get closer and close to uncovering the truth.
The group turns to a folder about Jake next—when they’re adding information about him, Ashton speaks up to explain that Jake is a total control freak who ruled Addy’s life for years. As Bronwyn writes this down, the front door opens and Eli enters the shop. He intentionally walks past the “murder club,” but when he catches sight of the beautiful Ashton, he stops to introduce himself. He tells the rest of the group he can’t talk to them and heads up to the counter.
Bronwyn has brought the group to this coffee shop in hopes of catching Eli—her motivation is revealed when he walks through the door, and yet he insists he can’t have any part in helping them or even acknowledging them.
Bronwyn asks Ashton to take Sam Barron’s contact information up to the counter, where Eli is ordering a drink; she does so, but comes back with the envelope still in hand, explaining that Eli said Sam already called him—and the kids should mind their business. As the group turns back to the files in front of them, Kris speaks up. He points out that it would be pretty much impossible for anyone who wasn’t in the room to have killed Simon. If none of the Bayview Four or Mr. Avery did it, that only leaves Simon himself; Kris points to the notes in the folder which indicate that Simon was, according to Janae, depressed. Everyone realizes the possibility that Simon committed suicide.
When instructed to mind their own business and turn their thoughts inward, the “murder club” complies—and quickly, with Kris’s help, comes to a major breakthrough. As they begin to understand that perhaps a simple but unlikely solution is the answer to their mess of problems, their collective wisdom—achieved through the ability to look past stereotypes and make important connections—is on full display.
Bronwyn follows this line of thought—Simon wanted to be at the center of everything, but was hugely unpopular. He was “obsessed” with making a “huge, violent splash at school,” and she speculates that perhaps framing them all for murder was “his version of a school shooting.” Kris speaks up again—if Jake wasn’t Simon’s killer, he must be his accomplice. Cooper marvels at Kris and Bronwyn, the “brains of this operation.”
As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, everyone understands that Simon’s impulses were darker than they ever could have imagined. He wanted to center himself as a victim and a martyr, despite all the cruelty he’d perpetuated in his lifetime, and all the hateful things he really thought about his peers.
Addy emotionally protests that Jake wouldn’t try to hurt her—or any of them—and Ashton tells everyone else that the two of them have had enough for the night. She gathers her things to take Addy home, and Addy apologizes for getting emotional. As Addy and Ashton leave, Maeve laments that Addy’s right—what their group is speculating about does sound kind of impossible. Kris points out one more sticky note, about Janae, suggesting that she might be a way to get proof.
Though Addy has seen just how vengeful and cruel Jake is, she still doesn’t want to admit to herself that he’s capable of such horrible things. Addy would rather deceive herself and rely on stereotypes—at least where this one person is concerned, as the alternative to applying her new knowledge to Jake is too terrifying.
After Bronwyn and Maeve leave, Kris and Cooper finish their drinks and gather up their things to leave. Outside the coffee shop, Cooper envelops Kris in a deep embrace and kisses him; he apologizes for not being more affectionate, and the two hold hands as they walk down the sidewalk.
Cooper has at last decided to throw caution to the wind and fully embrace his and Kris’s relationship—he is no longer afraid of being judged, and just wants to live an authentic life.
In jail, Nate reflects on how hard he’s trying to make himself invisible and keep his mind off the world outside—and the people in it—who are “better off forgetting [he] exist[s.]”
Nate has been forced to hide away from the world, but continues to retreat further into himself the longer he’s imprisoned.