Euphoria Season 1 Episode 5 Recap
In the previous episode of HBO’s Euphoria, Nate tried to choke Maddy after embarrassing his family at the carnival and revealed himself to be Jules’s “Tyler”. In Euphoria Season 1 Episode 5, Nate’s actions had consequences as Maddy refused to see Nate’s actions as abuse.
Maddy once loved performing at pageants, but after a scandal that didn’t involve her, Maddy’s mother pulled her out. She strived to do nothing in her life like the women to whom her mother gave pedicures. Maddy believed that Nate loved her, and despite hooking up with other guys during their breaks, she loved him.
Monday after the carnival, Maddy went to school in a turtleneck and was feeling the after effects of the molly she took. She didn’t look well, and when she was unresponsive in class, Maddy’s teacher called the paramedics. They noticed the bruising on her neck. The principal asked around and called Maddy’s and Nate’s parents to school. Maddy’s mother insisted on pressing charges despite her daughter’s protests. Nate was suspended until it was resolved and was kicked off the football team.
Nate ignored texts from Maddy. She fought with her mom and pointed out her distant relationship with her dad. Through McKay and Cassie, Nate finally got in touch with Maddy. She met him at the motel, and they embraced.
Cal worried that he and his wife were called to the school because of his tryst with Jules. When he found out they were there because of Nate, he asked Nate if he did it and if he admitted it. Nate denied hurting Maddy. As they walked out, Nate and Cal both noticed Jules with Rue on their way out.
Just like with Jules, Cal met with Minako at the motel. Cal wasn’t in the mood and confessed that he worried that what he was doing and keeping it secret was hurting his kids.
“Because of You”
Jules hadn’t told Rue about Nate. Rue asked Jules about how many men she’d been with, while Rue’s sexual history wasn’t quite as impressive. Her mother, Leslie, asked Rue if they were in a relationship. She approved, though wanted Rue to take things slowly. At her NA meeting, Rue confessed that she hadn’t been sober and was lying to them. However, meeting Jules made her want to be sober. Ali asked her what would happen if they were no longer close, and it scared her.
At the roller rink, Lexi and Jules talked to each other about how well Rue was doing. Lexi attributed it to Jules.
Kat didn’t tell Ethan why she was upset with him. Instead, she got Johnny_Unite_USA to buy her things she wanted. Kat went back to the mall where she met up with the guy who rang her up during her shopping spree. They hooked up briefly in his car after she stopped him from trying to get to know her.
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