Euphoria Season 2: Episode 1 Review and Recap

Season 2 episode 1 of Euphoria comes in hot and heavy with twists and turns.

A struggling Rue sits alone.

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A struggling Rue sits alone.

Grace Helzer

HBO Max’s Euphoria follows the troubled life of 17-year-old Rue, a drug addict fresh from rehab with no plans to stay clean. Those involved in Rue’s life include Jules, a transgender girl searching for where she belongs who also has sparked a complicated relationship with Rue, Maddy; a beautiful girl who is troubled by the past abuse of her ex-boyfriend, Nate Jacobs, Nate, a jock whose violent anger issues mask his own insecurities; Cassie, whose beauty tends to lead her to some bad decision making; Fez, Rue’s drug dealer/close friend; and Kat, a body-conscious teen exploring her sexuality.

Season 1 leaves viewers with a bone chilling cliff-hanger. Rue is shown in her room after leaving Jules at the train station; she snorts Oxycodone, proving a relapse after her three month struggle of being clean. Season 1 was full of shocking plot twists accompanied by emotional scenes which allowed viewers to relate and connect with all characters.

In season 2, viewers got an insight as to who Rue’s drug dealer/friend, Fez, really is. Fez was abandoned as a child, left to live with his “gangster” grandmother. Fez’s childhood is nothing like your ideal childhood that is filled with love and care, rather Fez is exposed to drug abuse, brought to drug deals, and even watches his grandmother shoot multiple people at a young age. When Fez’s grandmother has a stroke and falls into a coma, Fez is left to take over her business- buying and selling drugs- before he even enters highschool.

After the intro is played, the show picks up on New Year’s Eve with Cassie and her sister Lexi on their way to a party. Lexi and Cassie get into a heated argument and Cassie exits the car, left on the side of the road. She wanders off to a gas station where Nate Jacobs finds her, picks her up, and takes her to the party with him. Things quickly heat up between the two and as they continuously flirt on the ride over.

Upon arriving, the two find themselves in the bathroom and as things begin to get heated, Maddy, Nate’s ex and Cassie’s long time friend, bangs on the door insisting Nate lets her in. Shortly after, we see Rue not only high off Oxycodone but try both Cocaine and Heroin. Rue’s drug abuse quickly catches up to her as her heart rate drops to a deadly 56 BPM. In fear of going into cardiac arrest, Rue calms herself down and eventually recovers.

On the couch at that same party, Fez and Lexi begin to hit it off. After Fez announces his abrupt departure from the party, Lexi begins to notice he looks extremely suspicious. Fez gets up, grabs a bottle, and breaks it on top of Nate’s head. As Nate falls to the floor, Fez jumps on top of him and repeatedly punches him in the face, knocking him unconscious.

The episode ends with the scene of Nate unresponsive with a blood covered face. Viewers get an insight into the next episode as well as the entire season as viewers are shown Nate in a wheelchair in the hospital, the school participating in a play, Rue causing a deadly car accident as she jumps into the middle of the road, Rue’s mother appearing to be a former drug addict, and lastly Rue and Jules appearing to be back together.

Overall, season 1 was an insane roller coaster of emotions that kept viewers on the edge of their seats and season 2 appears to intend on exceeding all expectations.