I'm Convinced Euphoria Is Just a TV Show Written By Lexi Howard

Episode 3 introduces the certainly Emmy-winning This is Life.
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I didn't think that I'd be here tonight, comparing Euphoria to WandaVision, but hey! Here I am. Let me explain—in our recap of Season Five, Episode Seven, of This is Life. Kidding. Of course. But we'll get to Lexi All Along in a moment.

Season Two, Episode Three of Euphoria, "Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys," makes like Marvel and delivers the show's most meta episode yet, which is saying a lot. We're guessing Sam Levinson took a recent trip to MoMa, by the way. In the episode, we see Professor Rue return to the classroom (with the help of her new TA, Elliot) to deliver a lecture/sermon/stand-up bit on how to get away with doing drugs. Speaking directly to us, the viewers at home, Rue remarks on our penchant for escapist TV—and that Euphoria ain't it. The especially self-aware moment comes when we hear the HBO static crackle in the background. Later on, Lexi, who is definitely not making Oklahoma!, reveals that she imagines herself as the creator of an autobiographical TV show, This is Life. This brings us a hilarious, imaginary behind-the-scenes montage of her own show, where Rue remarks, "Yeah, it's about love... and friendship... and about when, you know, you're younger... everything just feels more permanent."

Gotta love Levinson poking fun at his own show. Anyway. I have a theory about This is Life. Let's get to a few thoughts about the episode first.

You knew it was coming: Cal Jacobs gets the cold open spotlight this week. After another (!) sports montage, we learn that Cal was falling in love with his wrestling partner/best friend, until his girlfriend became pregnant with Nate, most likely. As for the three best friends anyone could have—Rue, Elliot, and Jules—it looks like Euphoria just might be teasing a developing romantic relationship between Elliot and Jules. Couple that with Rue's drug scheme that will certainly turn very, very bad, and Euphoria continues to prep the runway for a fall even more crushing than Rue's relapse at the end of Season One. Also, Rue, be nice to Ali! Colman Domingo is too much of a national treasure.

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In other miscellaneous Euphoria news and happenings, the show continues to toss Nate, Maddy, and Cassie into a love-triangled pressure cooker, Rue might be dating a pillow, and we already said that Ali deserves better, right? This episode, admittedly, did feel like somewhat of a setup episode, amping us up for more fistfights, loud music, dicks, and dream sequences down the line. But this is Euphoria after all, a world that does sometimes feel like a beautiful escape to the viewers at home, anxious to know what comes next. We'll hang for as long as Rue will have us.

All right, before we go. The theory. I'm only half serious (maybe three-quarters serious), but what if Euphoria is a show written by a 40-year-old Lexi, who grew up to be a TV show-runner? Think about it. In Episode Three, Euphoria tells us that Lexi has long collected crumbs from the batshit drama going on around her, incorporating it all into her playwriting. But since we get the whole This is Life shindig, it's not a stretch to think that Lexi could try TV writing someday. And, if she did, don't you think she would find rich material in her drug-dealing, never-not-partying, near-murderous high school days? Plus, on a more serious note, her best friend struggling with addiction? Sounds possible, if you ask me. Or maybe Euphoria just has me in a meta mood.

FromEsquire US

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