On Christmas Eve, after being left behind at the train station by Rue, Jules attends her first therapy session. Jules cites Rue as the only person she believes loved her for who she truly was, but admits feeling resentful over the burden of having to preserve Rue's sobriety by being constantly available to her. Flashbacks reveal that Jules' mother was recovering from addiction during the events of season 1, but was hospitalized as the result of a relapse after overhearing Jules admit she cannot forgive her for abandoning her as a child. Jules' therapist observes that Jules' complicated feelings about Rue closely resemble those she has about her own mother. Jules further confides that she is still in love with "Tyler", the fake online persona Nate used to anonymously communicate with her, despite knowing that her conception of their relationship is a fantasy. Jules tells her therapist that she is contemplating going off her hormone replacement therapy due to her evolving notion of her own femininity, which she believes she has only expressed in terms of male desires of womanhood. Upon returning home, Jules receives a surprise visit from Rue, who says she is on her way to meet Ali. Jules tries to apologize to Rue for leaving her, but Rue simply wishes Jules a merry Christmas before abruptly leaving. Jules breaks down crying in her bedroom.
This is it. One of the best Euphoria episodes. I have been very skeptical of Jules's character before and her relationship with Rue, but now I get it. I feel like we really needed this episode to see how complex her character is. Such a layered character and brilliant writing. I loved how this episode acknowledged how good and bad Rue and Jules are to each other. Hunter Schafer is a class act! Mesmerizing performance and so happy to see she wrote the episode as well.
- Jan 23, 2021
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