Euphoria Season 2 Yearbook: Rue’s Inferno

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“Euphoria” is known for focusing on the body, but this whole scene takes place from a distance, with Rue a blurry form in the bathtub. Instead, the camera focuses on Laurie’s morphine bottle and needle, which lie within easy reach on the edge of a cupboard. When she finally injects Rue — which was clearly her plan all along — the girl sinks underwater and into a dreamlike state.

It’s not Rue’s life that flashes before his eyes, but more precisely his life with his father. We see Rue as a baby, lovingly rubbed in the bath. She is seen in the hospital, kissing the sprouted glass when her father introduces her to her little sister. We see her at her memorial, looking so young, reading the words she scribbled on a piece of paper in her pocket. “You said as long as I lived, you would be with me forever,” she cried. “I miss you, dad. I miss you until I close my eyes.” If the moment in the car put an irreparable crack in Gia, then this seems like the moment Rue first came undone. Everything she’s done since has been in response to that melting pot of pain.

It would have been a fitting end to the episode, but “Stand Still Like The Hummingbird” won’t let go. Thankfully, his final moments offer some relief. Rue wakes up in a room where the windows don’t open. There is a padlock on the front door. She breathes heavily as she creeps across the floor, careful not to wake Laurie’s family. Just as Bruce (Melvin “Bonez” Estes), the sadistic dude we met in Episode 1, begins to wake up, she sneaks out another window and into the night.

Rue hobbles down the road as the streetlights come on. The episode ends with his mother at the kitchen table, calling his name as the front door opens. As the credits roll, Albert Hammond’s words play us: “It never rains in California / But girl, don’t they warn you? / It’s raining, man, it’s raining.” It’s certain.

Resources:

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, help is available. Visit the Addiction and Mental Health Services Administration or contact the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

If you or someone you know has mental health issues, please contact the Crisis text line by texting HOME to 741741, call National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit National Institute of Mental Health website.

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