'Euphoria' Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: Save Your Sorry For Later, Rue

Euphoria Season 2 has crossed the halfway line with the arrival of Episode 5 and fans finally got the Rue-centric episode we've all been waiting for. For one hour, Emmy-winning actor Zendaya puts on an award-worthy performance as relapsed addict, Rue Bennett who goes to frighteningly extreme lengths to get her fix.

Not only is Rue in serious self-destruct mode in Episode 5, but she also has no issues with seriously hurting the ones who love and care about her the most. Rue has done so much damage with her relapse that her cries of "sorry" fall on deaf ears. Worse, it also seems like her apologies only come in her state of desperation. Newsweek has the full recap of Euphoria Season 2, Episode 5 below.

Euphoria Season 2, Episode 5 Recap

Rue's Breakdown

The first 15 minutes of Euphoria Season 2, Episode 5 are excruciating to watch as Rue suffers a complete breakdown. Fuelled by withdrawal, anger, and desperation, Rue lashes out as her mother Leslie (played by Nika King) and younger sister Gia (Storm Reid) after her mother questions her about doing drugs.

Rue seemed to think her younger sister told on her for "doing a little bit of a weed", a lie Rue thought was clever to cover up the reality she was taking opioids again, but she could not be more mistaken.

In the end, it was Jules (Hunter Schafer) who had told Rue's mother about Rue's relapse after Elliot (Dominic Fike) told her the truth in Episode 4. Rue is so wrapped in her addiction, she cannot see Jules's action as anything other than betrayal.

Not only does Rue berate her family, insulting her mother's parenting and blaming her for her drug addiction, she also told Jules she regretted ever meeting her and, with pure evil in her face, told Jules there is nothing between them and even calls her a "vampire", accusing her of "sucking the life out of everybody."

After trashing the family home in search of the $10,000 suitcase of drugs she agreed to sell for mysterious drug lord Laurie (Martha Kelly), Rue learned her mum and sister had flushed all of the drugs down the toilet, causing her to spiral even more. Instead, this time, she didn't get more violent, she retreated inwards and became always childlike, crying out she was "sorry" and begging for her mum and dad's help.

As Rue, sobbed, Leslie eventually managed to convince her to get in the car and head for the hospital, but Rue's change of mind was all too good to be true.

Cassie Get's Caught and Rue Runs

As Leslie drove to the hospital, Rue (who was tactically sitting in the back seat), began to speak of taking her own life. As she monologued in the back of the car, she suddenly switched into a full panic realizing exactly where she was heading. Rue proceeded to run out of the car onto the busy road, almost being killed by the oncoming traffic.

With her family unable to catch her and Jules and Elliot (Dominic Fike), quite rightly, nowhere to be seen, Rue headed for Fez's (Angus Cloud) home for somewhere to stay and to get her next drug fix. When Fez didn't answer, she headed for Lexi's (Maude Apatow) home, her childhood best friend.

Experiencing the hell of withdrawal, Rue turned up under the guise of not feeling well and needing to use their bathroom but Lexi's mother saw right through Rue's act and called Rue's mother. In the meantime Rue was upstairs, stealing some of Lexi's jewelry to sell in order to make back the $10,000 she owed to Laurie.

As Rue's mother and friends stage an intervention, Rue made the twisted choice to turn the attention to Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) who innocently offered Rue support and advice to take her recovery "one day at a time."

Sitting in a pool of sweat on the stairs, Rue turned to Cassie and asked: "How long have you been f****** Nate Jacobs?" Rue then confessed she saw Cassie and Nate (Jacob Elordi) kiss in his car just after New Year, giving her best friend and Nate's ex-girlfriend Maddy (Alexa Demie) all of the ammunition to completely lose it at Cassie.

Audiences may have noticed, Cassie didn't actually admit to sleeping with Nate but Maddy can obviously sense when her best friend is lying.

It is a shame audiences didn't get to see the fallout play out fully between Maddy and Cassie but hopefully, the aftermath will feature heavily in Episode 6.

Meanwhile, as all of the attention turned to Cassie and Maddy, and Cassie runs up the stairs, Rue also seizes the opportunity to make a quick exit and she wasn't even sorry. She needed an escape and nobody could catch her.

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Zendaya as Rue in Euphoria Season 2. Eddy Chen/HBO

Rue's on the Run (again)

After fleeing Lexi's house, Rue tries Fez's address once again. Finally, Fez answers the door and invites Rue in but he is quick to chuck her out of his home when he catches her going through his drug stash.

Unable to see that Fez is trying to protect her, Rue verbally abuses him and pushes him against the wall. "Hell no, not today" Fez shouted back and pushed Rue out onto the street as she cried out "I'm sorry", leaving her completely alone.

Rue then headed for the home of the woman Maddy babysits for and stole her jewelry and about $2,000 in cash. She did get caught, but thankfully managed to make it out alive as the husband hadn't been quick enough to pull the trigger on his gun.

With nowhere to go and experiencing the wretched symptoms of withdrawal, Rue wandered the streets eventually bumping into the police, who quite rightly, seemed suspicious of her, especially when she threw up all over the pavement.

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry in her pockets and $2,000 in cash, Rue made another run for it but this time, it's from the police. She successfully evaded them but ended up at Laurie house, the last person she should be visiting in her fragile state.

On arrival Rue apologized to Laurie, but she is only sorry she got caught out. Lori remained calm the entire time, fully aware Rue will never be able to pay back the $10,000 she owed.

Laurie looks after Rue and as Rue begs for something to numb the pain of withdrawal, Lori gave her an injection of morphine, knocking Rue unconscious.

Before Rue was given the morphine, Laurie subtly threatens Rue with other ways she can repay her debt. Lori explained Rue is lucky she is a woman as women "still have something people want" when they don't have money. Is Laurie thinking about selling Rue for sex may be the only way to make back the $10,000?

It isn't explicitly clear but when Rue woke up the following morning to find herself locked inside (padlocks and all) Lori's home with several other people who presumably have failed to pay their debt, it is very obvious Lori has something dark in mind for Rue.

Luckily, Rue was able to escape the hell-hole of Lori's home via an open window but with $10,000 in debt, it will be very surprising if Rue gets away lightly.

By the end of Euphoria Episode 5, Rue is still on the run. However, there is a glimmer of hope she made it home after all. As the episode draws to a close, Rue's mother is seen at home.

It almost looks like she is waiting for something and as she hears their front door open, she frantically calls out "Rue?" but did Rue make it home? Find out next week on Euphoria.

Euphoria airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.

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