Euphoria season 2: Season 1 recap to refresh your memory before new episode airs

by 24britishtvJan. 9, 2022, 4 p.m. 33

A brand new season of Euphoria is finally back and, after the Covid pandemic put a halt on production for a while, fans are desperate to see what lies ahead for Rue Bennett and the gang.

The series follows a group of edgy high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, sex, and violence.

The network’s official season two synopsis reads: ‘Amidst the intertwining lives in the town of East Highland, 17-year-old Rue must find hope while balancing the pressures of love, loss, and addiction.’

If you still haven’t jumped on the Euphoria bandwagon, or are managing your episodes one by one, then look away now and continue as you were.

For those who watched all eight episodes of Euphoria and the additional Christmas special way back in 2019, and have binged it endlessly since, here is a recap of what happened in season one.

The whole series has Rue (Zendaya) at its centre, a 17-year-old drug addict who struggles to find her place in the world.

She serves as the narrator throughout the series and provides a thorough analysis of all the characters within.

The first episode shows her in rehab after her younger sister Gia (Storm Reid) finds her unconscious in her bedroom following an overdose.

Although she makes out to Gia and her mother Leslie that she’s sober and attending her Narcotics Anonymous meetings, Rue was getting access to more drugs from her dealer Fezco (Angus Cloud).

Rue’s personal issues stem from the loss of her father, while her drug use is linked to her severe anxiety. However, her outlook on life changed when she locked eyes on the free-spirited Jules Vaughn at a house party.

When Jules becomes aware of Rue’s addiction, she begs Rue to stay clean, and she agrees.

In the final moments of the finale, Rue and Jules made the spontaneous decision to start a new life in the big city, but Rue had a change of heart, and Jules travelled solo.

Jules’ departure later resulted in Rue’s relapse after three months of sobriety.

Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer) is one of the most compelling characters on the show.

Jules, who is transgender, is personally invested in Rue’s well-being and says she must stop doing drugs if she wants to continue their friendship, to which she agrees.

Unfortunately, due to her eccentric style, Jules is seen as the school outcast and made her an easy target. Her social status resulted in her hooking up with older men in the area, one of them being Cal Jacobs (Eric Dane) – a man who preys on young men and trans-women.

However, things take a turn for the worst when Jules starts obsessively texting someone under the name Tyler but was shocked to learn that it was actually Cal’s son Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi).

The revelation resulted in a downward spiral for the character, and it didn’t take long until Rue began to put two and two together. After a lot of drinking and wild behaviour, Jules blocks Nate out of her mind and focused on growing her relationship with Rue, and even encouraged her to run away with her.

Rue initially agreed only to start having doubts later, but an eager Jules left Rue on the train platform alone before heading off.

Cal is a man known for his real-estate ventures and everyone within the community thinks of him as a respectable figure in society… well, they couldn’t be more wrong.

His secret life is exposed when his son Nate walks into his study room and comes across several discs which contain the explicit material from Cal’s one-night stand with Jules, who is a minor.

Nate is horrified by what he sees, however, he takes it upon himself to defend his father after Jules and Cal meet again and he begs her not to say anything to anyone about their moment together.

And if that wasn’t complicated enough, Nate was briefly attracted to Jules but hated himself for it. During their heated confrontation, he called her ‘kind’ and ‘smart’ and told her that she deserves to be treated better than she has been.

East Highland’s designated bad b***h Maddy Perez and football stud Nate were the ‘it’ couple that paraded their business at every opportunity.

And while they were deluded into thinking they were true couple goals, their relationship was completely dysfunctional and toxic.

After learning about his father’s disturbing double life, Maddy quickly became Nate’s punching bag and was seen physically hurting Maddy as well as gaslighting her constantly.

However, despite all her close friends and family saying her relationship with Nate was abusive, Maddy believes he truly loves her and, according to Rue’s opening monologue on the second episode titled Stuntin’ Like My Daddy, Nate ‘gave Maddy flowers every day and really loved her, which Maddy reciprocated’.

In episode four, titled Shook Ones Pt. II, Maddy, who was unaware of the messages he had been sending Jules, questioned Nate about the explicit photos on his phone. This hit a nerve with Nate and he violently choked her and warned her to keep her mouth shut.

Despite everyone telling her to get out of the situation, Maddy believes that Nate loves her, and covered the marks on her neck with concealer.

What about Cassie Howard and Kat Hernandez?

Cassie Howard and Kat Hernandez also went through their fair share of drama in season one.

Let’s start with Cassie (Sydney Sweeney). On the surface she is your typical sweetheart, however, her obsessive need to people please landed her in unwanted situations, especially with guys who always took advantage of her.

Although she had a number of men wrapped around her finger, she found love with the school’s football star Chris McKay (Algee Smith).

Her romance with McKay hit a bump in the road after Cassie found out she was pregnant and due to the unbearable pressures of his father, McKay urged Cassie to terminate it.

Elsewhere Kat (Barbie Ferreira) went through a major identity crisis in the last season, after her insecurities with her body riddled the teen with self-doubt.

She used the internet as a form of escapism by entertaining older men with a dominatrix look and a cat mask to conceal her identity.

Fans were quick to spot, Ethan’s (Kat’s lab partner) feelings for her, however, she kept pushing him away out of fear of getting hurt.

In the end, the pair have a sweet embrace at the prom and leave as boyfriend and girlfriend.

The first episode of Euphoria season 2 premieres on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV on January 10.

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