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The ending of Euphoria Season 1 left all fans — myself included — wanting more from Angus Cloud‘s sweet-yet-terrifying drugdealer, Fezco. Fez played a huge part in the first season, especially in protecting Rue (Zendaya), and his final scenes of Season 1 didn’We are optimistic about his character. Luckily, the return of Euphoria focuses on Fez, finally giving the character the cold open he’s deserved all along. Congrats, Euphoria nation: you finally got the Fez episode you’ve been waiting for since Season 1 debuted. It was only three years that it took to get it.

If you can’t recall where the first season left Fez and his “little brother”A little refresher: Ashtray (Javon Walston). In short: He’s in deep shit. That’s all thanks to Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi), who anonymously reported him and his overflowing drug stash to the police. Angered by Fez after he’s threatened for treating Rue and Jules (Hunter Schafer) poorly, Nate makes matters worse — as he is wont to do — by completely upending Fez’s entire life. With little in the way of an alternate option, Fez heads to Mouse’s (his dealer) supplier, robbing him in order to pay back the drug kingpin and clear his name.

Now it’s time to move on to Season 2. Remember those adorable child actors who played each character? Fez finally gets a one-man show! Mason Shea Joyce plays his younger self, a spitting picture of Angus Cloud. But he’s not really the center of attention in his cold open. Instead, it goes to his grandmother Kathrine Naducci (Kathrine Narducci), the one who raised him after his father, an abusive man, was murdered. Only one minute into Euphoria Season 2 and we’ve already seen both female and male genitalia; one memorable shot of full-frontal male nudity comes as Grammy shoots Fez’s father while he receives oral sex. If it wasn’t clear before, Euphoria is back in full throttle.

Fez’s kick-ass grandma takes him in, since his mother is out of commission and his father is, well, dead. She teaches him how hustle drugs, instead of just being a grandma. He soon becomes a math genius. That doesn’t stop him from dropping out later down the line. Fez is still treated less like a servant by Nana, despite all this. Fez has been a true professional since the beginning.

Fez is not afraid when a baby arrives at the house. “Sup?”He asks his new babbling friend. Ashtray is a child who snorts cigarettes from an ashtray next to his sink bath. Everything is going alright for Fez, even if his life doesn’t seem like the perfect portrait of a child’s normal sunny days.

Until: one day, Fez’s grandma whacks him in the head with a crowbar on accident while she’s beating up a handful of creeps. After a few weeks, Fez blacks out. Matters become even worse when his grandmother collapses one day, leaving Fez with a terrible choice — either he call 911 and inherently reveal their drug stash, or he doesn’t, risking her life. He decides to drive her to the hospital. This decision will cost his grandmother her life. Fez, Ashtray and their children are now on their own.  But they still have each others. This comes in handy amid the ongoing Mouse situation; Ash decides to intervene and just kill the kingpin & co. with a hammer.

This drops us off in the present day. Today is New Year’s Eve. Rue, clearly high out of her mind, can’t help but cause a ruckus in the backseat of Fez’s car. While he’s mature enough to ignore her antics, Ash grows tired of her pretty quickly, snapping at her to focus on more serious affairs than drugs: drug dealing. They roll up to their new supplier’s place, which is aptly placed in a darkened alley, and meet some guy with his arm candy. Neither Rue or this other chick, Faye (Chloe Cherry) are supposed to be at the drug deal, so they’re tossed in the backseat of Fez’s car together to keep everything on the DL.

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They don’t keep everything on the DL. Faye does heroin while a nervous Rue observes, but the pair are found later by the supplier’s posse. Worried they might be wearing wires, the guards demand that everyone (except Ashtray, for obvious reasons) strip down and prove they’re not wearing anything. Rue can’t do it. She pleads with the screaming man, saying that she’s still in high school, but he slams her into the shower and forces her to disrobe.

It’s time to get on with business. Fez apologizes for all the hoopla. Fez was greeted by Laurie (Martha Kelly), the supplier. She asks where Mouse is — no comment from Fez — but doesn’t push for further information after she realizes she’s not going to get any. And, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Fez gets a new stash of drugs. We can all take a deep breath…

…until we can’t anymore, because now it’s time for a big party. What happens when you throw a big party. Big drama. Maddie (Alexa Delio), Kat (Barbie Ferreira), Jules and Hunter Schafer arrive, and Maddie makes an emergency run to the bathroom. On her way, she’s approached by Lexi (Maude Apatow), who can’t find her sister Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) after a big fight resulted in Cassie breaking out and running away. Maddie’s too pressed to deal with this. She needs to pee. She clomps her little heels on over to the bathroom and starts banging her wonderfully-manicured hands against the door. Who’s inside?

More on that later, because we cut to Cassie’s storyline. She’s meandering through a convenience store on the side of the highway, eventually selecting a roll of powdered donuts before making her way to the parking lot to drunkenly eat them. Her night is not going well, but luckily, a knight wearing shining armor appears. It’s none other than Nate Jacobs, the devilishly handsome devil himself. He rolls up to Cassie to buy beer and then offers her a ride to the party, where she left her sister. Cassie: you absolutely should not get in that car. Don’t do it, girl.

But she persevered. Cassie hops in Nate’s passenger seat. This isn’t going to end well, is it?

An intoxicated Nate then risks Cassie’s life, driving at around 100 MPH as he chugs a beer with her, all before railing her in the bathroom at the party. The pair are in the heat of the moment, until — BANG BANG BANG. Someone must go to the toilet. Who is it? Maddie’s shrill voice breaks the tension between the two, and Cassie, who’s supposed to be Maddie’s best friend, panics. Is there no other bathroom in this house. Maddie, perhaps you should seek another wash closet if it’s that bad.

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In the room next door, or somewhere else in the party, we get an ominous look at Rue, who has somehow acquired Faye’s heroin-loaded Altoids case. It will take five years to watch this party unfold.

Okay, let’s get back to the Maddie/Cassie/Nate dilemma. Nate pushes Cassie into the tub, and Cassie sobs. Maddie accuses Nate of taking a dump without washing his hands! The party. She makes a hasty retreat to the bathroom as Cassie hyperventilates in a nearby tub. But there’s no toilet paper. Why not check under the sink? Maddie grabs a bath towel and wipes her face. She tosses the dirty rag into the tub — right onto Cassie’s face.

Rue meets Elliot (Dominic Fike) back at the party. Rue approaches him, and he snorts some drug from the dryer in a backroom. Rue pleads with him to share his goodies. Jules, concerned that Rue’s ex might be getting high in the midst of all the revelry, tries to track her down. But Jules can’t locate Rue in time, and Rue starts to feel her heart slowing down. Could it be cardiac arrest She panics, unable function, and asks her confused new friend for help. He obliges. Rue’s heartbeat returns. All is well. It’s sort of.

You thought the drama in the bathroom was over? You are wrong. We return to where Maddie was harmed and Maddie continues to talk to Travis (Demetrius Flemory Jr.) in his bathroom. There are many people waiting to use the bathroom, girl. You were once a member of the line. Be kind! Things still aren’t looking great for Cassie, whose phone slipped out amidst her frantic hiding. We know Lexi is going to call us, but then suddenly, it’s BZZT. BZZT. The sound of her phone’s vibration against the tub pulsates through the entire bathroom, alerting Travis and Maddie of her presence.

Right when we think Cassie is BUSTED, Maddie’s flippant personality saves the day. Travis (unfamiliar with Maddie’s friend group) peeks into the tub and exclaims that there’s “some girl”I fell asleep in the tub. Maddie doesn’t care. She wants to dance and they split towards the middle of the party. After all, if Maddie did end up finding her pal hiding in the bathroom, couldn’t Cassie just fib about passing out in the tub? Perhaps you could make up a story about McKay (Algee Smith), hiding in the bathroom.

Speaking of McKay — he finds a finally-freed Cassie meandering around the party, pulling her aside to DTR in another room. This episode has Cassie being swept into an emotional storm. The couple eventually decide to call it quits. Cassie’s on the market, if Nate’s looking to make things more serious. (I sure hope he isn’t.) Because after McKay exits the room with Cassie, he’s confronted by the brooding hulk, who prods him for info about his sex life with her. Weird.

Rue and Jules have another heated conversation when they finally meet somewhere within the thumping walls at this NYE party. Even though Rue hasn’t confessed anything, Jules can sense something’s up with her companion, and she asks Rue when she relapsed. Jules is made to feel very guilty by Rue’s explanation that it was the night she was alone at the train station.

Fez is taken by Lexi and is engaged in frank conversation. The pair chat about God, religion, drugs, you name it — it’s a bizarre combo that’s pretty cute. Fez has more in his mind than just flirting to Lexi. Ash is told by Fez to start the car. Something’s coming. And that something is New Year’s! The party explodes with celebration. The fireworks of celebrations produce a dreamlike sequence: Rue confesses to Jules her long-held feelings. They kiss, but it might be made up in Rue’s head.

Fez has been making passionate eye contact all night with Nate, in addition to his sweet chat with Lexi. After midnight strikes, the tension was finally broken by the pair who had a friendly conversation over drinks in the kitchen. They both acknowledge their long-standing feud and share their red solo cups.

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But then Fez is bashing Nate’s head in, hitting him in the jaw over and over again until Jacob Elordi’s chiseled face is an unrecognizable heap of blood. Fez is taken from Nate and Maddie and Cassie pick up the pieces. We’ll have to wait a week to find out if Euphoria just pulled a And Just Like That by killing off a main character in Episode 1. This seems to be a growing trend.

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Some stray strands of tittle-tattle we’re expecting to hear more about in the episodes to come.

Lexi and Fez: It’s a bizarre combo that just works. This is it. We’re definitely going to get more scenes with these two.
Jules and Kat: Jules apologizes to Kat in the middle of the episode for not being a more supportive friend. She admits to being a little narrow-minded and vaguely refers to her close-knit relationship with Rue. These two treasures must be closer!
Nate & Cassie: This trailer teased it, so we can expect more of this match made in heaven as the new episodes begin dropping. Why was Nate so curious about McKay and Cassie’s sex life? Seems like he’s obsessed with her. Gross.
Elliot, the new kid: Dominic Fike made a grand debut in Episode 1, amid a flurry other drama. Rue started their relationship. He doesn’t seem like a good influence, per se, but neither was Jules, really. He will he be able to get in between them? Who will we root? Rules or Relliot
Travis: If I could only wish for one thing, it would be for Travis to stick around for future episodes of Euphoria Season 2. This kid is a baller! I want to see more of him. Maddie needs an energetic weirdo like Travis, but not Nate.

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