And Salt the Earth Behind You is the eighth and final episode of the first season of Euphoria, and is the eighth episode of the series overall. It was released on August 4, 2019 on HBO.

For the episode transcript, see here.

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In the Season One Finale, it's the winter formal at East Highland. Rue attempts to repair her relationship with Jules and stands up to Nate. Cassie and Maddy reevaluate their relationships.

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This episode begins right at the heart of the drama, following Rue as she tackles her kidney infection. She refuses to take Vicodin and blissfully revels in the lack of responsibilities she has in hospital while recovering. Life is good. Of course, this is fleeting at best as Rue is sucked back into her teen angst as Jules tells her about her time away and they both curse Nate Jacobs together.

It’s the night of the Winter formal at school and most of the teens prepare excitedly for the big night. We see each of them getting dressed up at home, including Fezco who dons a hooded jacket and eyes himself in the mirror before leaving with a loaded gun. Beautifully poetic narration from Rue’s Mum colours this portion of the episode too, discussing symmetry and balance, as we cut (presumably) forward in time.

At the Winter formal, Nate and Maddy are seen to be angered at each other, again, and begin to dance with other people to spite one another. It is revealed that a few nights before the formal that Nate and Maddy had non-sex, where Nate could not get an erection. This awkward situation escalates into an argument, with Maddy bringing up the photos of penises on Nate's phone and his confusion about his own sexuality. Nate rebuffs her and storms off. She later finds a DVD hidden between a book, steals it and watches it. We don't see what is actually on the DVD (probably Cal's sex tapes), but it has Maddy shocked and speechless. Later, Nate asks Maddy to dance and in the midst, she tells him that they may not be destined for one another and they should break up, to which Nate only responds, "I know."

Kat finally comes clean to Ethan about how she feels. They decide to leave together while Cassie and Lex wish them the best.

Rue catches up with Nate soon after and threatens him, telling him he can mess up his life but Nate bites back – telling him she doesn’t know everything about Jules. Nate knows exactly how to hit her where it hurts though, digging in to her own insecurities around her best friend and lover. This inevitably leads Rue and Jules to talk, as she asks whether she’s in love before deciding to leave town together.

As the episode reaches its crescendo, we cut between various characters as they hit breaking point. Cassie has an abortion, Rue and Jules tell each other how they really feel while Fezco robs a high-ranking official. As he stacks wads of cash into a bag, unbeknownst to him the man’s son watches on from the hallway. It turns out the robbery was essential – a play to square things with his dealer before ending in bloodshed.

Before Jules and Rue can leave town, Rue has second thoughts, deciding this isn’t the life for her. She says her goodbyes and watches as the train leaves the station – both metaphorically and physically. After her stint with drugs, everything appears to be coming into perspective for Rue and one final montage sees her understand the damage her drug addiction has had on her family. However, this happens to be a double bluff as the final scene of the episode sees Rue return to a life of drugs, beginning her slippery slope all over again.

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  • Meeko as Mouse
  • Janice LeAnn Brown as 6-Year-Old Rue
  • Brynda Mattox as Fezco's Grandmother
  • Bruce Wexler as Robert
  • Caleb Coffee as Young Kid
  • Evans Forde as Wealthy Man
  • Anthony S. Johnson as Doctor
  • Chuck McCollum as Surgeon
  • Evan Michael and Mel Fair as Football Announcers
  • Jarrett Austin Brown as Friend
  • Roy Lee Jones as Man In Waiting Room
  • Rebecca Lee as Hospital Nurse
  • Stevvi Alexander as Nurse
  • Kamilah Barrett-Forster as Station Employee
  • Ryan Bertroche as Random Hot Guy

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Song Artist Album Scene
A Song for You Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway Montage of Rue and family after Jules leaves. Rue's dad dies, family fights, Rue puts on her dad's hoodie.
Stay Flo Solange Knowles When I Get Home Jules dressing up Rue for formal.
Queen Of This Shit Quay Dash Queen Of This Shit When Rue & Jules leave the bathroom after the awkward kiss proposal to go dance!
Loner Kali Uchis Por Vida Maddy and Nate slow dancing and maddy suggesting they break up
Euphoria Jungkook (BTS) Love Yourself: Answer Kat and Ethan talking
Blow the Whistle Too Short Blow the Whistle Rue and Jules dancing.
Dangerous (Oliver Remix) Big Data Song playing at Winter Formal.
Mi Gente J Balvin, Willy William Mi Gente (Moska Remix) Song playing at Winter Formal.
My Body Is a Cage Arcade Fire Neon Bible When Cassie is getting an abortion, ice skating scene, Fez is robbing that guy.
All For Us - from the HBO Original Series Euphoria Labrinth & Zendaya All For Us Rue lies on her bed after relapsing. Musical dance.

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