Euphoria: Season 1, Episode 3 “Made You Look” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Jules and Rue cuddling.
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While Kat is focused on this episode, Rue going from a blissful manic to an outright depressive state eclipses her episode.


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HBO
Director(s) Sam Levinson
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 6/30/2019

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Recap

Sexuality Is A Spectrum: Nate, Kat, Maddy, Jules

Nate is texting Jules a lot, and while Maddy doesn’t catch him doing so, and can’t find the app on his phone, she does see a whole lot of d**k pics which may not be Nate’s. Leading to her confiding in Kat and while Kat may push the idea sexuality is a spectrum, she isn’t the best at calming Maddy’s nerves.

Things On A Positive Swing: Kat, McKay, Cassie

McKay and Cassie are going strong after they spend a week together at the college McKay goes to. Heck, they even exchange saying they love one another. Leaving you hoping we aren’t building up to a big breakup or Cassie possibly getting pregnant.

But, trying to keep things on the up and up, we learn a lot about Kat this episode. For example, she is very much into fan fiction, and on Tumblr, she has 53K+ followers. Many of which came from her story about Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson being lovers. A post which got her 184,000+ notes.

Kat in her porn persona outfit.

Though, while popularity online is cool, what Kat really wants is the same popularity in person. Which, thanks to that unfortunate sex tape, she has obtained in a way. Well, maybe not at school the way she could want, but at least now people are noting her physical appearance is attractive. Leading to her making new videos and even finding herself with a fan. Mind you, one which is a bit offputting, but he pays to be humiliated by Kat and who can turn down hundreds of dollars? Especially when you aren’t working hard and may have found a career path.

You Can’t Do What You Did & Leave Me Like This: Jules, Rue, Ali, Fez

Rue is falling in love with Jules and, unfortunately, Jules doesn’t realize it. Making her falling for “Tyler,” accepting d**k pics, asking Rue to help her send semi-nude pics, all a bit much. Add in Jules threatening their relationship if Rue doesn’t stop doing drugs and getting mad when Rue worries about her safety, it really puts Rue on edge. After all, there is nothing worse for an addict to get clean for anyone than themselves.

Case in point: In the heat of the moment, Rue kisses Jules, and with her believing the feelings aren’t shared, she flies out of there. Now, mind you, she has been taking some of Jules’ dad’s pills, but not getting messed up as she once did. However, with feeling a tinge rejected by Jules, she wants real drugs from Fez. Problem is, after that situation with Mouse and the fentanyl, Fez intends to step back from Rue. Meaning, he does not want to be her dealer anymore, possibly even her friend, and she lashes out hard for him pushing her away like that. In fact, she reminds him that he is a high school drop out who seems to deal to kids and teens in the area exclusively, and is the reason she is so messed up.

But, with him cutting her off, and Rue not desperate enough to seek out Mouse, she instead calls Ali – someone who also goes to Narcotics Anonymous and clocks Rue for using again. Which, with him seeming like the last person who cares, and she won’t feel guilty around, she calls him. Leading to them setting a date to go get some pancakes.

Ali outside of NA waiting on Rue, so it seems.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Did Jules have dinner at Rue’s house yet?
  2. Taking note sexuality is a spectrum, should we consider Rue bi, pan, or just plain queer and move on?
  3. Has Rue’s mom dated, at all, since her husband died?

Highlights

Protect McKay and Cassie At All Cost

There is something too pure about these two, and I am so scared by Cassie’s episode, episode 7, something bad is going to happen. Be it a rape scene, McKay getting beaten up for being with a white girl, something that is going to be shocking and devastating. For there is just something which feels way too good to be true about these two.

Put Some Respect On Zendaya’s Name

I remember either Viola Davis or another actor saying they took roles to gain experience, whether the film, short, show, was good or bad. Yet, on her appearance on Desus & Mero, Zendaya noted that she waited and pursued through scripts sent to her since, while she loves to act, it isn’t like she is desperate for money either. Lest we forget, her income is diverse.

So the fact she chose this of all things? GENIUS! For whether we’re talking about Rue’s interactions with Jules, or that Fez scene, you’d think Zendaya’s come up was of a Natalie Portman or Dakota Fanning variety. Thus really pushing the idea that all of our low expectations for Disney alumni might actually be uncalled for. Unless Zendaya is just an exception.

How Devastated Fez Looked Denying Rue Drugs

Fez denying Rue drugs.
Fez: I’m sorry, but, you can’t be coming over here no more.

While Zendaya doesn’t suck all the air out of the room and make for a selfish scene partner, arguably her presence lingers even when she isn’t in a scene. Making it so, for many members of the cast, they are dealing with being in her shadow. There are two exceptions to this. The first one is Rez who, with his sad puppy dog eyes, nearly matches in silence the vitriol Rue has in her rage. Which is probably why Fez, for two weeks now, is the one people can’t wait to see featured in an episode.

Ali Calling Rue Out

I don’t want to be one of those people who make it seem lacking a father figure ruins a person’s development, but arguably Rue’s dad dying was a major catalyst. So with Ali coming into the picture, and representing exception #2, I can’t wait to see him be the father figure Rue lacks. Especially since this is kind of his redemption, for he isn’t raising his kids. So to see him bond with Rue, maybe become her sponsor, already is stirring up my emotions.

On The Fence

Rue Stole Kat’s Episode

While we learned a lot about Kat, I feel that Rue stole any and all of her thunder. Unlike the Nate episode, Rue wasn’t around and hanging back a bit, she was a full force like episode 1. Which does make me wonder, as we focus on the less volatile characters, or those who aren’t in Rue’s inner circle, will they be allowed the space they need to be great? Much less, considering many of the actors are nowhere near Zendaya’s profile, be allowed to have a moment so their star power can grow?

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Season 1, Episode 8 "And Salt the Earth Behind You" [Season Finale]The way Euphoria’s season 1 finale leaves you, it will make you wish you knew a top-level SAT word to surmise the conflicting emotions.
Director(s) Sam Levinson
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 8/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
Marsha Paula Marshall
  • The Winter Formal: Kat, Ethan, Cassie, Lexi, Rue, Jules, Nate, Maddy
  • Recognizing Something Is Wrong: Rue, Jules, Cal, Nate, Maddy, Marsha
  • When It All Falls Apart: Cassie, Rue, Jules, Gia, Leslie, Fez, Mouse, Suze
Season 1, Episode 6 “The Next Episode”Like Kat’s episode, so much goes on in McKay’s that he becomes a bit of an afterthought.
Director(s) Pippa Bianco
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 7/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
Daniel Keean Johnson
Frederick McKay Cranston Johnson
  • Raising A Football Player, Not A Man: Frederick, McKay
  • Tainted Love: Daniel, Cassie, Kat, Ethan, McKay, Rue, Fezco, Lexi
  • Like Father, Like Son: Jules, Nate, Maddy, Tyler, Rue
Season 1, Episode 7 “The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed”Cassie is focused on in this episode, and honestly, after all we’ve gone through, at this point, what tears are left to cry?
Director(s) Sam Levinson
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 7/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Rick Nat Faxon
TC Bobbi Salvor Menuez
Anna Quintessa Swindell
11-year-old Cassie Kyra Adler
Mary O’Neill (Fezco’s Grandmother) Brynda Mattox
Gus Nick Blood
  • Manic Depression Has Taken My Soul: Rue, Lexi, Fezco, Nate, Leslie, Mary, Mouse
  • Can A Boy Replace A Father’s Love & Attention?: Cassie, Gus, Suze, Lexi
  • Bottoming Out: Cassie, McKay, Leslie, Rue, TC, Anna, Fezco, Mouse, Jules, Suze
Season 1, Episode 5 "’03 Bonnie and Clyde"Maddy gets focused on this episode, and it becomes clear that no one has a healthy concept of love – and that could get someone killed.
Director(s) Jennifer Morrison
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 7/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Minako Sean Martini
11 Year Old Maddy Keilani Arellanes
  • What Is Love?: Kat, Ethan, Cassie, McKay
  • From A Broken Home To A Troubling Relationship: Cal, Minako, Maddy, Nate
  • (They/I) Can’t Be Your Everything: Ali, Jules, Rue, Lexi
Season 1, Episode 4 “Shook One: Pt II”Jules’ episode gives us a quick recap of her years up until 16 and leaves us worried if Nate, or even Cal, will make her into a statistic.
Director(s) Sam Levinson
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 7/7/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ethan Austin Abrams
Luke Will Peltz
Young Jules Clark Furlong
David John Ales
  • You’ve Been A Bad, Bad Boy: Cassie, McKay, Maddy, Nate, Luke, Kat, Ethan
  • Life Before Rue: Jules
  • Life After Rue: Jules, Nate, Cal, Rue, Gia, David, Ali
Season 1, Episode 3 “Made You Look”While Kat is focused on this episode, Rue going from a blissful manic to an outright depressive state eclipses her episode.
Director(s) Sam Levinson
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 6/30/2019
  • Sexuality Is A Spectrum: Nate, Kat, Maddy, Jules
  • Things On A Positive Swing: Kat, McKay, Cassie
  • You Can’t Do What You Did & Leave Me Like This: Jules, Rue, Ali, Fez
Season 1, Episode 2 “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”Nate and Kat get focused on, and Maddy to a point, as we dig deeper into East Highland and its many screwed up residents.
Director(s) Sam Levinson
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 6/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Kat Barbie Ferreira
Mouse Meeko
Cal Eric Dane
Tyler Lukas Gage
Lexi Maude Apatow
Suze Alanna Ubach
Ali Colman Domingo
Robert Bruce Wexler
Maddy Alexa Demie
  • A Fun Time Made Public: Kat
  • Drugs Are Bad, MMMKay: Gia, Leslie, Mouse, Fezco, Ashtray, Rue, Lexi, Jules
  • For The Love Of You: Cal, Tyler, Nate, Jules, McKay, Cassie, Maddy, Suze
Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]I want you to imagine the graphic nature of 13 Reasons Why and the realness of Skins (UK) turned up but with better performances, better characters, and more explicit scenes.
Creator(s) Sam Levinson
Director(s) Augustine Frizzell
Writer(s) Sam Levinson
Air Date 6/16/2019
Genre(s) Young Adult, Drama
Good If You Like Bad Behaving Teens Who Are REALLY Messed Up

Adults, Who Are Also Messed Up, Making The Teens Further Messed Up

A Lead Not Looking To Get Better Or Redemption

Just, In General, More Messed Up Moments & Characters Than Good People Living Happily And In Bliss

Isn’t For You If You If You Are Easily Triggered

Don’t Like Seeing Kids Do Drugs, Have Sex, And Get Messed Up

Want Characters, And The Lead, To Be “Likable”

Introduced This Episode
Rue Zendaya
Gia Storm Reid
Jules Hunter Schafer
Nate Jacob Elordi
McKay Algee Smith
Cassie Sydney Sweeney
Fezco Angus Cloud
Ashtray Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
Leslie Nika King

How Would You Rate This?

Negative Mixed Positive

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Protect McKay and Cassie At All Cost
85 %
Put Some Respect On Zendaya’s Name
95 %
How Devastated Fez Looked Denying Rue Drugs
89 %
Ali Calling Rue Out
88 %
Rue Stole Kat’s Episode
75 %
New Jersey native Amari Allah has been writing reviews, in a "Media Advisor" capacity since 2011 and has been touching upon television, movies, books, live performances, video games, and more ever since. Using a fusion of his varied knowledge of entertainment, partly gained from being a Communications major in college, his love for visual and written media, as well an ever-evolving respect for both creators and the consumers they sell to.