'Euphoria' Season 2 Episode 6 Review: A little bit of Cassie and Nate sprinkled over a lot of Rue

'Euphoria' Season 2 Episode 6 Review: A little bit of Cassie and Nate sprinkled over a lot of Rue
Zendaya as Rue in a still from Episode 6 of 'Euphoria' Season 2 (HBO)


The first few episodes of season 2 of 'Euphoria' focused on other key characters and saw Rue (Zendaya) stepping away from the spotlight. That pattern was broken with Episode 5, which saw Rue struggle with her addictions and lash out at close ones. It was all Rue and her arc was seen as the heart of the HBO show. She also lights the fuse that blows Cassie, Maddy, and Nate apart by getting Cassie to confess that Nate cheated on Maddy with her. Titled 'Stand Still Like the Hummingbird,' the episode added more layers to the already-layered show that 'Euphoria' is. 

Episode 6 of 'Euphoria' Season 2 starts with Rue going through intense throes of withdrawal. Leslie, her mother, supports her as she fights to get better and find the right help for Rue. Rue also makes amends with Ali, her sponsor. Ali also gets Gia to go easier on her elder sister. We get to experience a warm moment or two as Ali breaks bread with Rue and family, talking about her recovery among other things. Parallelly, we get to see Cassie, Nate, and Maddy deal with the aftermath of Nate's infidelity. Nate also has to handle things at home with his father leaving. There are some lighter moments in Episode 6, especially in the scenes where Nate and his mother talk about things over drinks but the conversation also leaves him with a lot to think about. 


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On Cassie's end, she tries to justify her side to her family only to be countered with some valid points that irk her. At the same time, we also get to see how Maddy wants to respond to the whole issue. The part where she coldly and calculatedly considers killing Cassie for the betrayal is truly chilling because you can feel the urge in her voice. The Cassie-Nate-Maddy angle ends with Nate pulling a gun on Maddy and telling her that it's over between them. He goes on to take Cassie home after she agrees to move in with him. 

Episode 6 of 'Euphoria' Season 2 ends with Leslie reaching out to health facilities, hoping they'll take Rue in only to be rejected. As the season moves toward its end, it looks like a safe bet to make when we say that we feel like we'll get to see more of Rue and hopefully her recovery.

'Euphoria' airs Sundays at 9 pm ET on HBO.

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