Euphoria Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys

Euphoria Season 2 Episode 3 ‘Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys’ is now out. Sam Levinson wrote and directed the one-hour episode. The series stars Zendaya, Angus Cloud, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Hunter Schafer, Algee Smith, Sydney Sweeney, Javon Walton, Dominic Fike, Eric Dane, Maude Apatow.

The synopsis for Euphoria Season 2 Episode 3 reads, “Rue pursues a new business venture, Cassie settles into a routine, and Cal finds a target.”

Euphoria Season 2 Episode 3 Recap Contains Spoilers

Euphoria Season 2 Episode 3 starts with Rue narrating Cal Jacobs’ college life. Cal and his best friend Derek were inseparable as friends. They both had girlfriends and used to share everything about their sex life. After graduation, the boys head to a bar to celebrate together. They dance and share an intense kiss. However, the next morning, Cal’s life changes when Marsha calls him and informs him that she’s pregnant.

Presently, a high Rue dances to Bobby Darrin’s Call Me Irresponsible song in her house. Her actions in the kitchen baffle her sister Gia who asks, “Are you high?” Rue tells us how to handle/defend ourselves when someone catches us having drugs. She gets into Annalise Keating mode and shares ‘How to Get Away With Being a Drug Addict’. As an excuse, Rue tells her beforehand sister that she plans on doing weed. Gia and Rue have an intense fight. Gia calls her sister selfish. Rue tells her that it is just an idea, and she doesn’t plan on doing it.

Later, Rue tells Jules that she’s doing weed and blames it for not informing her about Elliot. Jules says she doesn’t like Elliot because he wants to have sx with Rue. Rue laughs at Jules’ claims and says that they are not true. Rue takes Jules to Elliot’s place to ask him if he wants to fck Rue. Jules asks a series of questions to Elliot where they also count the number of men they’ve slept with. During the interrogation, we learn that Elliot’s sexuality is fluid. “I don’t like you,” says Jules. Elliots responds by teasing Jules for wearing a binder on her chest.

Euphoria Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys

The girls leave Elliot’s apartment and ride their bikes home. Cal’s car passes on the same road, which makes Rue uncomfortable. Cal is on his way to meet Fez to ask him about the disc. Cal ends up telling Fez, Ashtray and Faye that he slept with Jules and “accidentally” recorded it and wants the disc back. Fez is shocked to hear all this information that Nate provided him. He questions the father-son equation of how they screw people’s lives together. Cal is shocked to hear everything and decides to leave. Oh, by the way, Ashtray points a huge gun at Cal and also hits in multiple times on the head till he bleeds!

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HBO’s Euphoria Season 2 Episode 3 now takes a dark turn. Lexi is looking forward to sharing a story for the play in high school. Rue shares how Lexi also saw herself as an observer. She always used to think of her family drama as a TV show. All the people in her life are actors who are playing a part. But with time, people drifted away, and Lexi started writing stories. Cassie is still obsessed with Nate. She wakes up at 4, takes 3 hours to get ready and is excited to see Nate in college. Every day he ignores her, which makes her restless. One day, she dresses up like Maddy, and Nate just looks at her for a second.

Even though Nate ignores Cassie in high school, they still have sex in his car and room. Lexi’s play ‘Okhlahoma’ gets approval at high school, and auditions begin. In the washroom, Rue, Maddy, and Kat question Cassie’s dress. They all assume she’s auditioning for the play. An angry Cassie ends up yelling (confessing) about how she’s in love with Nate, they’ve been sleeping together and how she betrayed Maddy. As we wait for everyone’s reaction, it turns out she said all this in her head. In reality, Cassie just ignored what others said about her clothes.

Ethan and Kat have dinner with his parents. Ethan’s mom asks Kat, “Tell us about yourself?” Kat goes into panic mode and seconds later says she’s still figuring out. Ethan’s mom gives an awkward reaction which freaks out Kat. At high school, Ethan auditions for Lexi’s play and gets selected. He texts the same to his girlfriend Kat, who is unbothered.

Rue, Jules and Elliot get along together and play truth and dare. Later, Rue develops a business plan to sell drugs. After Fez pays no heed to her plan, Rue meets Laurie. She tells Laurie that some of her friends in high school will sell drugs. Laurie is impressed with Rue’s plan and gives her drugs worth $50K. Laurie hands Rue a big bag full of drugs and warns, “If you screw me, I’ll have you kidnapped and sold to some real sick people.” Laurie tells Rue that she always finds a way to get back her money.

Euphoria Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys

Rue attends a Narcotics Anonymous meeting and takes the suitcase along. Ali is suspicious about the bag and asks Rue’s what’s in it. Rue gives rude answers. Ali tells her not to blow him off as she does to her parent. Rue rudely answers that no one asked him to be a parent. Her answer angers Ali, who tells her that if she crosses that line again, they’re done. Rue says that if she crosses the line, will he hit her! At night, Rue opens the suitcase and is blown away to see so much drugs. She starts taking some of it.

At the same time, Elliot and Jules talk about Rue is not sexual. Elliot calls Rue asexual and how Jules is sexual. Jules is flattered by the compliment. The episode ends with Cassie waiting for Nate at the usual meeting spot. However, he ditches her and goes to meet Maddy instead with flowers.

Euphoria Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: Final Thoughts

Today’s episode was of one hour but so much happened that it feels like an entire series. Cassie really needs professional help to stop obsessing over Nate. She’s not only ruining her friendship with Maddy but ruining her life and crushing the little confidence and respect she has for herself. Like Cassie, Rue also needs help because all she cares about is drugs. But she hurts everyone who tries to help her. So we don’t know what will happen with her this season.

The episode was hard-hitting, intriguing and very serious. Even the humour in between felt like a hard hit on the head. Too much is happening that’s making us curious to see how the characters will ruin their and other people’s lives in the coming episodes.

The episode is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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Euphoria Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: From Cal's past to Rue's growing obsession, the series got a darker.

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