- For the episode transcript, see here.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
Seventeen-year-old Rue returns home from rehab with no plans to stay clean. She meets Jules, who's new in town, at a party at McKay's house. Nate gets in McKay's head when McKay takes an interest in Cassie. Nate and Maddy, who have broken up once again, attempt to make each other jealous. Meanwhile, Kat is pressured to lose her virginity.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Narrated by main character Rue Bennett, the show begins with a look at her past life and descent into depression, with an increasing reliance on drugs and alcohol as she reaches her teenage years. The summer before Junior year was spent in rehab but she had no intention of staying clean, going to ask Fezco and Ashtray for drugs. After getting out, Rue then continues to do drugs before we cut out and follow Nate as he drives along, taunting Jules on her bike.
Jules happens to live in the suburbs but is new to the neighbourhood, finding solace in her friend Kat whom she texts after trying to find a hook-up with a stranger for the night on her phone. Her text to Kat then jumps perspectives to Kat, Maddy, and BB as they prepare for the upcoming party.
Later, Rue arrives home late with her Mum berating her for leaving. She's forced to do a urine test to prove shes clean but before she does, she heads to her friend Lexi's house to get a fresh sample.
Jules then hooks up with a married man while Nate starts his party. A group of topless guys huddle around Chris McKay’s phone, sharing nudes of Cassie which causes him to feel uncomfortable and awkward. Later that night though, he hooks up with Cassie and things get heavy, leading to him becoming rough and choking her; a nod toward one of the themes of the episode around substituting intimate sex for imitating porn.
As we jump back to Rue, we see her taking drugs before stumbling out into the hallway, the hallway rotate in a full 360 degree angle while she scrambles up the walls and ceiling before touching the ground again. She stumbles downstairs but the camera defiantly steers away from her, traveling into a room with Kat and three boys smoking weed. Struggling to fight against peer pressure and ridicule, she tells the boys she's not a virgin and she's pressured into taking her top off.
Nate then calls off the party upon seeing his ex hooking up with someone else but when he enters the kitchen again, he sees Jules, who has just arrived, and decides to take out his frustration out on. He begins to intimidate her and make her back up against a wall, threatening to hurt her until Jules grabs a nearby knife and turns the tables on Nate, eventually slashing her own arm and smearing blood on Nate before introducing herself to the onlooking crowd, which includes an impressed Rue. The two formally introduce themselves as Jules departs the party and head to her house together to spend the rest of the night.
Eventually, the party ends and Nate arrives home near dawn. As he climbs up the stairs, we are shown the picture that was in the phone lock screen of the man Jules had sex with: the married man was Cal Jacobs, Nate's dad.
Credits[edit | edit source]
Cast[edit | edit source]
Starring[edit | edit source]
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Quotes[edit | edit source]
- "I was once happy. Content. Sloshing around in my own private, primordial pool.Then one day, for reasons beyond my control, I was repeatedly crushed... over and over by the cruel cervix of my mother, Leslie. I put up a good fight, but I lost, for the first time, but not the last"
- Rue narrating her own birth.
- "I don't remember much between the ages of eight and 12. Just that the world moved fast and my brain moved slow. And every now and then, if I focused too closely on the way I breathed... I'd die. Until every second of every day, you find yourself trying to outrun your anxiety. And quite frankly... I'm just fucking exhausted"
- Rue about her life with anxiety
- "I just showed up one day, without a map or a compass..."
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- While he's driving past Rue, Nate shouts out "I'd do it for Rue!" before throwing up the Three Finger Salute from The Hunger Games.
- In a flashback by Rue explaining how she didn’t remember much from ages 8-12, the boy that pushes past her is young Nate Jacobs.
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Soundtrack[edit | edit source]
|Intro Song: "Hold Up" by Beyoncé.|
|Symphonies (Dada Life Remix)||Dan Black ft. Kid Cudi||UN||EUPHORIA Trailer|
|Can't Get Used to Losing You||Andy Williams||Rue feels those two seconds of nothingness that she's been craving for as flashes back to her childhood.|
|Brighter Tomorrow||Soul Swingers||Weeds (Music from the Original TV Series), Vol. 4||Rue spots Nate buying drugs.|
|Once Again||Stratus||Nate and McKay discuss the party their throwing then he run Jules off the rode.|
|I'm Gone||Jozzy, Tommy Genesis||Jules gives herself an injection then dresses for her night out.|
|Narcos||Migos||Culture II||Nate and the guys prep for the party as they discuss Cassie.|
|Cocky AF||Megan Thee Stallion||Tina Snow||Rue gets a ride with Kat, Maddie and BB.|
|I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)||Jamie xx ft. Young Thug, Popcaan||In Colour||Rue does a bump of coke then heads into the party; Nate and Maddie attempt to make each other jealous.|
|New Level||A$AP Ferg ft. Future||Always Strive and Prosper||Kat hangs out with a guy and the McKay twins.|
|Run Cried the Crawling||Agnes Obel||Aventine||Rue helps Jules clean and treat her wound; Chris and Cassie sleep in bed together; As Maddy sleeps, Kat awake scrolls her phone; Nate arrives home.|
|Snowflake||Jim Reeves||End credits.|
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See also[edit | edit source]
"Pilot" • "Stuntin' Like My Daddy" • "Made You Look" • "Shook Ones Pt. II" • "'03 Bonnie and Clyde" • "The Next Episode" • "The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed" • "And Salt the Earth Behind You"