This one’s a Lexi show! The new “Euphoria” season 2, Episode 7 puts up the play that Lexi has been writing for days. The play is based on Lexi’s life and her experiences. Be it her friendship with Rue or her relationship with her elder sister Cassie, Lexi bares her feelings in this one. In the episode, the space oscillates between the stage and the actual events that took place.
Here’s what went down in the fiction within the fiction.
Act 1 – Beginnings
We go back to the day of Rue’s father’s memorial service at her house, where Lexi finds the grieving teen snorting crushed pills in her bedroom. Lexi reads her a poem, “Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower” by Rainier Maria Rilke. As the drugs kick in, the camera pulls back… and we realize that we’re now watching the dramatization of this scene in Lexi’s play, called Our Life, in which Rue is a character named “Jade.” The real Rue — as well as the rest of their social circle — watches from the audience and slowly has the same realization that Maddy comes to as she whispers, “Wait, is this f–king play about us?!”
Throughout the hour, we see Lexi checking the crowd for Fez’s face; she’d saved a seat for him, and he’d said he’d be there. But the show rolls on, and no Fezco.
Act II – Confrontation
As the show continues, we get flashbacks to Lexi and Cassie’s childhood that are both happy (the whole family dancing in the living room) and sad (Lexi crying when her father was so messed up that he should not have driven her and Cassie home from getting ice cream, but he did). We see the night that Maddy stayed at the house as her parents were splitting up, when Cassie comforted her friend as she cried.
We then cut to Cassie’s bathroom (these scenes are not in the play) after Rue tells the group about Cassie and Nate. Maddy bangs on the door crying and saying how Cassie has ruined their friendship.
Cassie’s plot appears to be a cautionary tale about ditching all of your friends for one person they all mutually hate.
Rue’s narration then comes in again to update us on her and Jules. She says she hasn’t talked to her since the intervention, even though she still sees her in school. Both of them are awkward, though neither seems angry with one another. In the bathroom in between class, Jules seems like she’s about to cry.
We then see Rue sitting with her mother who tells Rue that she’s given up; if Rue wants to do drugs and die, she’s no longer going to exert energy to stop her. Rue thinks this is funny but is ultimately hurt by her mother’s defeatism. Her mother explains how Gia is doing poorly in school, and if she must choose between losing one daughter or two, she’s going to focus on Gia. Rue says she understands and concedes that as she approaches 18, she will have to look after herself.
Meanwhile, Fez and Ashtray seem to be in danger as Faye’s boyfriend, Caster, visits them.
Act III – Resolution
The play came to an end with a dance number. It was obviously about Nate and his gym buddies. These are the men who end their sentences with “no homo” to confirm their sexual orientation at any given time. Nate was always repulsed by homosexuality. The fact that his father was not heterosexual always made him uncomfortable.
In the last dance, the play portrayed Nate and his friends involved in visibly homosexual acts. The phallus took center stage as the men danced their hearts out. The dance attempted to humiliate a man with such toxic traits, and it was successful in offending Nate. Nate clenched his fist as he watched the dance. He left the treater, and Cassie followed him. He blamed Cassie, as Lexi was her sister. He asked her to leave his house as soon as possible and left the corridor. Cassie was heartbroken and angry at the same time. She looked at the stage with hateful eyes.
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