While Emily was begrudgingly tagging along with Nate while he perused scarves and jewelry for Jenna as a first-date gift, Nate picked up a pair of hoop earrings with what looked like little flowers on them. Emily immediately recognized them as the earrings she bought for Maya a week before she died. So far, so normal, right?
When Emily told Nate this, he said, “I know.” Emily looked perturbed, most likely wondering the same thing we were: How could Nate have known about the earrings if he hadn’t seen Maya the week she went missing? After all, Maya disappeared for about a week before her body was found. Was Nate lying about the last time he’d seen his cousin?
His explanation was that maybe he’d seen them in a picture or something, but that didn’t sit well with Emily or us. Adding to our suspicions about him, Nate made an offhand comment about how he would be trying to woo “the hottest girl in Rosewood,” i.e. Emily, if she were into guys.
That’s an incredibly awkward thing to say to the girlfriend of your dead cousin, especially in such a flirty way. Shouldn’t he still be grieving if Maya was, indeed, family?
The whole exchange made us wonder if Nate might be part of the plot to kill Maya. Maybe he’s the guy that Maya hooked up with at True North, and has been stalking her and Emily. Or maybe he’s on the “A” team, and he’s just hanging around to make sure Emily doesn’t learn anything that could point in their direction.
Share your own theories in the comments below, and tell us if you fully trust Nate or not.
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Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter@MollyFriedman.