Season 1
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June 28, 2016 - August 30, 2016
"Best summer of your life"
"This place is not just a place"

This article contains episode summaries for Freeform's Dead of Summer.

Season Summary







01Patience 05How to Stay Alive in the Woods 08The Devil Inside
02Barney Rubble Eyes 06The Dharma Bums 09Home Sweet Home
03Mix Tape 07Townie 10She Talks to Angels
04Modern Love


Dead of Summer 1x01
See main article: "Patience"

Original air date: June 28, 2016

Written by: Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis & Ian Goldberg

Directed by: Adam Horowitz

Plot Synopsis: Camp Stillwater is about to reopen after being closed down for years. Deb, the new owner, has thrown her heart, soul and life savings into renovating the camp she loved as a child. She isn’t the only one excited to return as six former campers — Alex, Jessie, Cricket, Joel, Blair and Blotter — join her as counselors hoping to experience the freedom that camp brings now that they are older. Not part of the old crew, Amy is not just new to Camp Stillwater, but to camp in general. While Amy tries her best to fit in with the already tight group, Drew is content to be left alone. As everyone settles in and prepares for the campers' arrival, Amy is the first to get a feeling that something is not right with this idyllic summer camp.

Recurring Guest Stars: TBA.

Barney Rubble Eyes

Dead of Summer 1x02
See main article: "Barney Rubble Eyes"

Original air date: July 5, 2016

Written by: Ian Goldberg

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Plot Synopsis: The campers arrive to Camp Stillwater and quickly Alex and Blotter realize one of their new charges, Anton, is going to be a handful. With the tendency to wander off into the woods talking to himself, Alex and Blotter think the shy kid just has an imaginary friend. But when Anton starts talking about "the Tall Man" and communicating cryptic messages to them, they begin to wonder what lurks in the woods around Stillwater. Meanwhile, flashbacks show how Alex got his "if you want something in life, you have to take it" attitude.

Recurring Guest Stars: TBA.

Mix Tape

Dead of Summer 1x03
See main article: "Mix Tape"

Original air date: July 12, 2016

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Mick Garris

Plot Synopsis: The summer is off to a rough start for the counselors at Camp Stillwater and a night away in town is a much-needed break. Both Cricket and Jessie see the free time as an opportunity to make headway with their crushes, but when one of them goes a little too far the evening takes a dangerous turn. Stuck covering the campers while the rest are in town, Blair and Joel use movie night as a way to make their own romantic overtures. Meanwhile, flashbacks show why Cricket's plans to attract Alex's attention include insulting graffiti.

Recurring Guest Stars: TBA.

Modern Love

Dead of Summer 1x04
See main article: "Modern Love"

Original air date: July 19, 2016

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Tara Weyr

Plot Synopsis: With a string of unfortunate events plaguing the start of the summer at Camp Stillwater, Deb decides to push up the masquerade ball to try and revitalize the morale. But as the campers begin the preparations for the ball, the counselors start to compare notes of the strange occurrences they have encountered. With too many weird things taking place to be a coincidence, Alex, Cricket and Amy are determined to get to the bottom of what is happening. As their investigation turns towards Deb, Joel finds himself in a tricky situation. Meanwhile, flashbacks feature Drew who is being haunted by his past.

Recurring Guest Stars: TBA.

How to Stay Alive in the Woods

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See main article: "How to Stay Alive in the Woods"

Original air date: July 26, 2016

Written by: Kay Reindl & Erin Maher

Directed by: Norman Buckley

Plot Synopsis: Deb and the counselors take the campers on an overnight camping trip deep into the woods for an unforgettable experience. As everyone is pitching tents and trying to find the perfect marshmallow roasting stick, Joel grows uneasy about what is happening at Camp Stillwater. Meanwhile, flashbacks feature Joel.

Recurring Guest Stars: TBA.

The Dharma Bums

Dead of Summer 1x06
See main article: "The Dharma Bums"

Original air date: August 2, 2016

Written by: Richard Hatem

Directed by: Michael Shultz

Plot Synopsis: Everyone is shaken by the latest dark events that have transpired at Camp Stillwater. No longer able to ignore that something seriously wrong is happening, some of the counselors decide to take drastic measures to get answers. Also searching for answers, Deputy Sykes gets a tip from the past the he may be on the right path. Meanwhile, flashbacks feature Deb.

Recurring Guest Stars: TBA.


Dead of Summer 1x07
See main article: "Townie"

Original air date: August 9, 2016

Written by: Richard Hatem & Ian Goldberg

Directed by: Mairzee Almas

Plot Synopsis: As the counselors and Deputy Sykes put together the pieces of what is happening at Camp Stillwater, Sykes knows that something has to be done to stop it. With the help of Deb and the counselors, he comes up with a plan that will hopefully end the attacks before someone else gets hurt... or worse. Meanwhile, flashbacks feature Deputy Garrett Sykes.

Recurring Guest Stars: TBA.

The Devil Inside

Dead of Summer 1x08
See main article: "The Devil Inside"

Original air date: August 16, 2016

Written by: Steven Canals and Richard Naing

Directed by: Mick Garris

Plot Synopsis: As Deb, Deputy Sykes and the counselors all try to come to grips with what took place at Camp Stillwater, a sense of calm finally comes over the camp. But with so much having taken place, can the summer really be saved? Meanwhile, flashbacks feature Jessie.





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