- For the episode transcript, see here.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
On Halloween, Rue worries about her reliance on Jules, while Jules starts exhibiting concerning behavior. McKay questions his future in football. After a weird night with McKay, Cassie spends some time with Daniel. Business is booming for Kat as she continues to push Ethan away. Nate comes up with a plan to get his life back on track.
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McKay during his upbringing dealt with intense pressure from his father. This leads him to the cusp of going pro, but he eventually realizes that he is one of many aspirants and that his odds of making it to the NFL were slim. However, tensions brew as McKay has issues with the way Cassie dresses which opens up a rift between them that only seems to be growing.
Meanwhile, Kat starts webcamming properly and making a good amount of money from it. Ironically, she heads to the Halloween party dressed as a nun while Rue feels left out as the only sober one, sensing that something is off with Jules. The way she conveys this sickening knot in her stomach is really well written and throughout the episode we see through her sober lens the damage this is doing her.
With Nate’s reputation completely shattered, he finds solace in Maddy, hooking up with her while keeping an eye on everyone else from a distance. He then continues his crusade to besmirch Jules’ reputation by printing out topless photos which he later uses to blackmail her.
Back at the party, Rue patches things up with Fezco but all eyes are on Cassie as she starts dancing with Daniel. Her and Mckay’s relationship is in a strange place and via a flashback we see him jumped by his roommates midway through having sex with Cassie, thrown on the floor and humiliated. As he uncontrollably sobs in the bathroom, Cassie texts Lexi and tells her what’s happened. Composing himself, McKay arrives from the bathroom again but this time the romance is all but gone between him and they engage in an uncomfortable and hard to watch sex scene.
In the present day, Cassie takes the Daniel upstairs and things begin getting heavy, just as McKay walks in the front door to the party. Dressed as an angel, Jules stumbles outside and falls in the pool prompting Rue to go and save her. She spouts out lines from Romeo and Juliet while Cassie has second thoughts about cheating on McKay. As she refuses his advances, he throws down some seriously harsh words, telling her she’s not interesting and wishes her good luck with her boyfriend.
A musical montage then kicks in as we see all our characters in various emotional states before seeing Nate head to Tyler’s to give him a proposition. He’s going to confess to choking Maddy and to make matters worse for him, Jules is in on the act too to give this statement some depth. Given she has incriminating photos held against her, Jules doesn’t have much of a choice despite the policewoman telling her false evidence could lead to 7 years in prison. As it happens, this incident with the police and Tyler actually happened prior to the Halloween party as Nate shows up with Maddy, much to the disdain of Jules who looks on from a distance.
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|“||Although she feeds me bread of bitterness, And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth, Stealing my breath of life, I will confess I love this cultured hell that tests my youth. Her vigor flows like tides into my blood, Giving me strength erect against her hate, Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood. Yet, as a rebel fronts a king in state, I stand within her walls with not a shred Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer. Darkly I gaze into the days ahead, And see her might and granite wonders there,Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand, Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.||”|
|— Young McKay reciting America by Claude McKay as he trains with his father on the football field.|
|“||I feel good, I think it'll last forever,... but it doesn't.||”|
|— Rue narrating as she stands at Jules door to pick her up|
|“||Although I joy in thee, I have no joy of this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden, Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be Ere one can say “It lightens.” Sweet, good night. This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.||”|
|— Jules reciting Romeo & Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2 to Rue while swimming drunk in the pool|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- During the scene in which Rue and Lexi intimidate Troy, Rue enlists a bunch of supposed friends she made in rehab, the names she mentions are actually just characters from The Wire.
- Both Rue and Jules Halloween costumes are the outfits Romeo and Juliet wore in the 1996 film William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, respectively.
- Their costumes, as well as the Romeo and Juliet quote Jules recites, hint at her feelings towards her relationship with Rue and possibly foreshadow its outcome.
- The title of this episode is a reference to the Dr. Dre song and single "The Next Episode" featuring American rapper Snoop Dogg from his 1999 second studio album 2001
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|Demanding Excellence||Labrinth||Euphoria (Original Score from the HBO Series)||Young McKay growing up; McKay playing football.|
|McKay & Cassie||Labrinth||Euphoria (Original Score from the HBO Series)||Flashback of McKay and Cassie's relationship.|
|I Only Have Eyes for You||The Flamingos||41 Original Hits from the Soundtrack of American Graffiti||Cassie walking thru school with voiceover about "He like the way she dressed...", Daniel introduces himself to her in front of staircase, Laying in bed together, cut to Title Card.|
|Professor Finessor||Bali Baby||A3c Volume 8||Cassie drinking at Daniel's party when he recognizes her costume as Alabama Worley. REPEATS back at party as they chat about the movie "True Romance".|
|The Turk||Pigeon Hole||Cassie arrives at the party with McKay in the "11" football jersey. Another girl holding cup screams in doorway as they arrive.|
|Tempo||Lizzo (feat. Missy Elliott)||Cuz I Love You||Kat dancing in her room with mask on for her webcam. Montage of her 4 webcam regulars.|
|Bubblin||Anderson .Paak||Jules, Kat & Rue at the Halloween party. Jules & Kat start doing tequila shots immediately.|
|Nate Growing Up||Labrinth||Euphoria (Original Score from the HBO Series)||Montage of Nate printing photos of Jules; Nate checks in on Maddy and Jules.|
|Chain||Lolo Zouaï||Montage of Maddy & Nate in hotel room every friday night.|
|151 Rum||J.I.D||DiCaprio 2||Troy talks to Gia as Rue & Lexi (dressed as Bob Ross) watch from the stairs, Kat takes a shot, Cassie dancing. Kat gets asked about what happened at the carnival.|
|Body Baby||xanprincess||A3c Volume 8||Rue apologizes to Fezco on the patio by the pool, they talk.|
|Just Me and You||The Dreamliners||Best Things in Life||Cassie dancing at the party in slow motion as Daniel approaches. Kat watches. Cassie goes to hotel room with McKay.|
|Inside-Looking Out||The Animals||Animalization||Cassie dancing with Daniel when they disappear into a bedroom. Kat gets taken to the bathroom. Jules comes outside and jumps in pool while Rue & Fezco are talking.|
|Love Surrounds You||Ramsey||Ramsey||McKay arrives at party looking for Cassie. Rue storms thru party after being in pool with Jules. REPEATS as McKay wanders thru party trying to find Cassie who is upstairs kissing her.|
|Fell in Love||Victoria J x Dre Nello||A3c Volume 8||Lexi tells McKay that Cassie went home and is probably sleeping, he recognizes her as Bob Ross.|
|Smalltown Boy||Bronski Beat||The Age of Consent||At the party, montage of Jules staggering around, Kat making out in bathroom, Lexi chases after Rue as she leaves party, Rue is crying, Cassie goes home & drinks, McKay talking to his dad.|
|Gangster||Labrinth||Euphoria (Original Score from the HBO Series)||Nate and Maddy arrive to the party.|
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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"