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Reactions to ‘Euphoria’ Season 2 Episode 7

As far as everyone knows, not much happens in the course of Lexi Howard’s semi-autobiographical play, which takes up most of the penultimate episode of Euphoria Season 2. Lexi, as herself, debates the importance of social status within the high school hierarchy; compares her late-blooming breasts to her sister’s much larger possessions; smokes weed for the first time; and, well, she’s growing up in a world that, she feels, is leaving her behind.

The themes of her production reflect the themes of Euphoria herself. The plot is also unfocused, even ridiculous. Example: Lexi’s game appears to conclude Act 1 with Ethan, as the Nate Jacobs-inspired “Jake”, spinning against a set of dumbbells with an accompanying chorus of shirtless jocks. In a sweaty fog machine-induced haze, they scream, jump, bow and wag their tongues at Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero.” Is such a display narratively nonsensical? Absolute. Is it also wonderful to look at? Well, why else are we here?

Given the subject matter, most of Episode 7 works as a retrospective. The camera slides between past and present, reality and near-reality, as stand-ins for real characters (in the play, Cassie is “Hallie,” Maddy is “Marta,” Kat is “Luna,” Rue is “Jade,” and so on). ) imitate Lexi’s core memories onstage.Offstage, the real Lexi is intoxicated with directing, snapping at a tearful opponent and threatening to fire her lightman, although we can assume—since this is high school theater after all—he’s a volunteer.

Occasionally, without warning, real director Sam Levinson’s eye returns from the performance’s aesthetic whirlwind to ‘reality’: we learn, for example, that Fez and Lexi’s burgeoning flirtation has hardened into romance. Jules and Rue haven’t spoken to each other since the intervention. Rue’s little sister, Gia, isn’t doing very well — she earns D’s in school, goes to detention regularly, and doesn’t sleep. Kat has once again fished out her cat ears for cam sessions, while Cassie is even more obsessed with seducing Nate, who has some very disturbing nightmares about his father’s own sexual tendencies.

Meanwhile, Custer drops by Fez’s humble home for a dangerous conversation. Faye knows he intends to cooperate with the police, and so it seems with Ashtray, who puts a boxcutter in his pocket as he slides into an armchair next to Custer. But Fez, scooping up a bouquet of roses for Lexi in the other room, seems blissfully ignorant of the foreshadowed violence. All we know is this: Hours later, he’s still not sitting in the chair Lexi saved for him. By the end of episode 7, we’re not sure if he’ll make it in one piece.

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The camera flashes between scenes and settings as Lexi relives happy moments, such as dancing with her father, and devastating ones, such as ‘Marta’ temporarily moving in while her parents argue at home. At one point, Cassie, agitated by her doppelganger’s portrayal of her romance with Nate, leaves the theater to comb her hair in the bathroom mirror with her fingers. She stares dead-eyed as she puts a fake smile on her lips. She tries again. Once again. Not once does it look convincing.

The only onlookers who seem to enjoy their fictional selves are Rue and Suze, Cassie and Lexi’s mother. Perhaps Rue is all too aware of her shortcomings to view her image as anything less than flattering, while Suze is elated by her presence in Lexi’s memories. When Ethan storms onto the stage for his song “Holding Out For A Hero,” they both unleash a cry of joy — arguably Rue’s first since her drug addiction. That’s not to say Ethan doesn’t deserve such praise. No one else could make a character of Nate Jacobs so sympathetic, simply through the bravado of a theater kid.

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Unfortunately, Nate is not a fan of the homoerotic display, nor of its implications. In a spectacular pot-meet-kettle scene, he tells Cassie that her sister’s play is “homophobic,” and concludes his complaint with an order: “Pack your shit.” Thanks to Lexi hovering a little too close to the sun, Cassie is adrift, left without the lover she sacrificed everything for. But you can bet she’s holding her rage tight; her rabid breathing against the theater window makes that abundantly clear.

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Euphoria Episode 7 concludes with a simple “to be continued…”, the hallmark of television series that seek to provoke an already rambunctious audience. Despite Lexi’s (and Levinson’s) best intentions, the finale has huge tracts of ground to cover to finish this season with a satisfied fanbase. We just have to hope there’s a real hero ready to show his face.

Lauren Puckett-Pope Associate Editor Lauren Puckett-Pope is an associate editor at ELLE, where she covers news and culture.

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