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"Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys" is the third episode of the second season of Euphoria, and the thirteenth episode of the series overall. It was released on January 23, 2022 on HBO and HBO Max.[1]


Rue pursues a new business venture as she helps forge a friendship between Jules and Elliot. Cassie settles into a routine, while Lexi pours herself into mounting a school play. Maddy considers getting back together with Nate, and Cal finds a target.


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Guest Starring



Directed By

Written By

  • Sam Levinson

Created By

  • Sam Levinson

Executive Producers



Director of Photography

Production Designer

Edited By

Music Composed By

Casting By

NY Casting By

Choreography By

Unit Production Manager

  • Will Greenfield

First Assistant Directors

Second Assistant Director

Costume Designer

Supervising Editor

  • Julio C. Perez IV

Associate Producer

Music Supervisors

Sound Designer



  • The title of this episode is a reference to the Robert Rauschenberg painting of the same name from 2000.
  • The musical/play “Oklahoma!” is mentioned and is a reference to the 1943 play by duo Rodgers and Hammerstein which in turn is based on the 1931 play by Lynn Riggs, Green Grow the Lilacs. It is also set in the early 20th century in the state of the same name.
  • This episode possibly takes place around January 18-25, 2019.
    • In the bathroom scene where Cassie has her "meltdown", she states she hooked up with Nate three weeks and 3 days ago, which was Monday, December 31, 2018, the Season 2 premiere.[2]
  • The series grew 41% in viewers from the previous episode. The episode drew 3.6 million viewers across all HBO platforms on its premiere night, marking series high viewership.[3]


Song Artist Album Scene
Mystify INXS Kick (Remastered) Young Cal picks up Derek and they go to wrestling training.
Never Let Me Down Again Depeche Mode Music for the Masses (Deluxe) Cal and Derek drink milkshakes.
The Look Roxette Look Sharp! (Extended Version) Marsha and Cal go to the drive-in movies.
Chains of Love Erasure The Innocents Cal tells Derek about Marsha and Cal’s dad walks in and tells Derek to leave.
Lips Like Sugar Echo & the Bunnymen Echo & The Bunnymen (Expanded; 2008 Remaster) Cal and Derek party with their girlfriends.
She Sells Sanctuary The Cult Love Marsha and Cal hook up.
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over Lenny Kravitz Mama Said Cal and Derek spar at wrestling and sneak out to go to a bar.
I Can Dream About You Dan Hartman Streets Of Fire Cal and Derek drink shots at the bar.
Never Tear Us Apart INXS Kick (Remastered) Cal and Derek kiss.
Call Me Irresponsible Bobby Darin Oh! Look At Me Now/Hello Dolly To Goodbye Charlie Rue sings and makes herself food while Gia watches.
Effigy (I'm Not An) Ministry With Sympathy Cal drives by Rue and makes eye contact.
10k Day Fleacoo 10k Day Rue tells Fezco about her plan.
Como La Flor Selena Dreaming Of You Cassie, Maddie, and Theo sunbathe and talk about Nate.
Emotions Brenda Lee Emotions Cassie and Nate hook up and talk about their secret relationship.
Hand In Hand Devin Norris Kat has dinner with Ethan and his parents.
Gangsta Nation Westside Connection Terrorist Threats Rue riders her bike with her suitcase of drugs.
If Jo Stafford Rue leaves NA; Maddie babysits; Elliot and Jules hang out; Nate texts Cassie he can’t meet and goes to see Maddie.
Watercolor Eyes Lana Del Rey Watercolor Eyes (From “Euphoria” An HBO Original Series) End credits.


See also: Category:Images from Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys