By Michael Slezak
June 29, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

So, yes, I’m still watching CBS’ banished-to-Saturdays thriller Harper’s Island becauseI’m (choose one) stubborn/masochistic/loyal like that.Yet while the beauty (and frustration) of Harper’s Island has been that I haven’t really gotten attached to any of its numerous vaguely sketched, about-to-be-butchered characters — and therefore don’t have my Saturday night ruined when said butchery occurs — all that changed late in the June 27 episode. (DVR users: There are spoilers ahead!) You see, ever since the engagement-ring bar-brawl scenea few weeks back, I’ve kind of started falling for vacuous Chloe and foppish Cal.And I kinda thought they were going to make it off the island alive, where their gooey-eyed love could blossom and grow until something wealthier/hotter came along forever. But, alas, it wasn’t meant to be. And when John Wakefield ran that sword straight through Cal’s torso, and sobbing Chloe responded by declaring “You can’t have me,” right before plunging herself to a watery grave alongside her betrothed, I felt thisclose to teary-eyed. Or maybe it was just the red-pepper flakes I had shaken onto my pizza. Tell me I wasn’t alone in mourning Chloe and Cal, PopWatchers. And with the dynamic duo now dead, is there anyone else left on the island who’s worth caring about? Holla back in the comments section below!

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