- For the episode's transcript, see here.
Rue tries to get clean for Jules and chaperones Gia at the carnival. Jules encounters Cal with his family – and finally meets Tyler. Cassie and Maddy, annoyed at their boyfriends, decide to do molly together. Kat hangs out with Ethan until she misreads a situation.
We begin with a look at Jules' past. As a child, she was tricked into staying at a psychiatric ward by Amy Vaughn, her mother. A gorgeous shot involving blurred imagery in the corners of the frame follows, where we see Jules' body image problems beginning. This unfortunately leads to her finding solace in cutting, before we see her age through the years, eventually catching us up to where we are now – with Jules in love and Rue by her side as her friend.
As we cut back to present day, we find Ali and Rue discussing how she feels. Ali compares her obsession with Jules to a drug addiction.
We then move to the carnival where all of our characters are hanging out, where we see an impressive one-shot scene that effortlessly moves between each of the teenagers. Nate ridicules Maddy's provocative outfit, Kat and Jules scream on the Ferris wheel in the distance, and Fez and Ashtray set up shop.
Nate tells Maddy to go home and get changed before the camera swings wildly across to Rue and Jules, who lock eyes and run up to one another, embracing in a long hug. Jules tells Rue things aren't weird between them, despite the kiss, and Rue breathes a deep sigh of relief.
Meanwhile, Cassie feels humiliated when McKay tells Cal that they’re not dating. McKay tries to explain to her why he said that, but Cassie storms off and runs into Maddy. Both frustrated and sick of boys, the two decide to do MDMA together.
Jules tells Rue that Cal is the man she's been sleeping with, which is met with an incredulous laugh from Rue. Rue explains to her that Cal is Nate's father and a very powerful figure in East Highland. Rue doesn’t believe that the two hooked up until Jules approaches the chili stand he's working at and things get awkward. As the two discuss the night's events, Rue receives a phone call from Leslie who tells her Gia isn't answering her phone.
As classical big band music dominates the audio channels, Rue and Jules rush around the crowded carnival to try and find Gia. Fireworks illuminate the sky while Cassie loudly and publicly orgasms on the merry-go-round, high on the molly she took earlier in the night with Maddy. Meanwhile, Maddy confronts Nate over the pictures on his phone in an alleyway, leading to Nate choking her in anger.
Rue eventually does finds Gia, who is hanging out with a group of guys including Roy and Troy, and smoking weed. Seeing Gia become a mirror image of Rue at that age is a harsh reminder to Rue of how damaging drugs can be on a family. She texts Jules to let her know that Gia is safe, and as Jules receives the message, Cal approaches her and pleads with her not to ruin his life. Bewildered, Jules states that she had no intention to do so, much to his relief.
While Rue and Gia head home together, Jules meets up with "Tyler" for the first time, where Nate reveals himself. Jules, believing it was all a joke, attempts to leave. Nate reveals his true intentions as Jules tries to reject him: if she exposes his father's affair, he will use the photos Jules sent to him and get her in trouble for distribution of child pornography, causing Jules to be registered as a sex offender, which would ruin her life. Jules stands her ground though, accusing him of being the same as his father. Nate leaves with one last warning, leaving Jules both heartbroken and afraid.
Jules heads over to Rue's house for a sleepover, telling her the meet up went array but not elaborating. In bed, the two embrace and Jules kisses Rue. A stylish, horizontally rotating shot then ensues, showing Rue and Jules at various moments: from the carnival, at school, and during their first sleepover together.
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|“||You wanna do molly?||”|
|— Maddy to Cassie when she finds her by herself at the carnival suggesting how they can have fun[src]|
- The title of this episode is a reference to the 1995 Mob Deep song of the same name, from their album The Infamous.
- It was previously the highest rated episode on IMDb, with a 9.2 rating, until "Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door".
|Forever||Labrinth||Euphoria (Original Score from the HBO Series)||Opening scenes, Jules' backstory.|
|So Alone (tentative title)||Labrinth||The father of Jules ask her why is she smiling; opening title sequence (INTRO).|
|New Generation||The Universals||Fezco and Ashtray preparing his food truck for the carnival.|
|Euphoria Funfair||Labrinth||Euphoria (Original Score from the HBO Series)||At the carnival.|
|Following Tyler||Labrinth||Euphoria (Original Score from the HBO Series)||Jules buys chili from Cal.|
|In My Dreams||Anohni||Paradise||Jules & Nate in park.|
|The Lake||Labrinth||Euphoria (Original Score from the HBO Series)||Nate threatens Jules.|
|I colori di dicembre (From "Don't Look Now")||The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra||Jules and Rue kiss while they're in bed together. End credits. (aka "Laura's Theme" composed by Pino Donaggio)|
- See also: Category:Images from Shook Ones Pt. II