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Euphoria special: Rue spends her Christmas Eve in a diner with Ali

While fans will still have to wait several months for the second season of Euphoria to begin in earnest, HBO Max debuted the first of two special episodes early on Thursday night.

The special episode, entitled Trouble Don’t Always Last, aired on Sunday night, though it debuted early on Thursday night on HBO Max.

Emmy-winning actress Zendaya returns as Rue, as she celebrates Christmas in a rather unique manner, following a relapse after Jules (Hunter Schafer) left her at the train station at the end of the Season 1 finale.

Euphoria special: While fans will still have to wait several months for the second season of Euphoria to begin in earnest, HBO Max debuted the first of two special episodes early on Thursday night

Rue relapse: Emmy-winning actress Zendaya returns as Rue, as she celebrates Christmas in a rather unique manner, following a relapse after Jules (Hunter Schafer) left her at the train station at the end of the Season 1 finale

Rue relapse: Emmy-winning actress Zendaya returns as Rue, as she celebrates Christmas in a rather unique manner, following a relapse after Jules (Hunter Schafer) left her at the train station at the end of the Season 1 finale

The special episode begins with Jules asleep, as she’s woken up to several kisses from an ecstatic Rue.

‘Don’t kiss me, I just woke up,’ Jules protests, as she worries she’ll be late for a presentation, but Rue insists she’ll be fine.

Jules says she’s ‘f***ing nervous’ and that she can’t ‘f*** this up,’ before saying she needs to listen to some music to clear her head.

Kisses: The special episode begins with Jules asleep, as she's woken up to several kisses from an ecstatic Rue

Kisses: The special episode begins with Jules asleep, as she’s woken up to several kisses from an ecstatic Rue

No kisses: 'Don't kiss me, I just woke up,' Jules protests, as she worries she'll be late for a presentation, but Rue insists she'll be fine

No kisses: ‘Don’t kiss me, I just woke up,’ Jules protests, as she worries she’ll be late for a presentation, but Rue insists she’ll be fine

A topless Jules, wearing only underwear, heads to the open bathroom as Rue watches her brush her teeth and get ready.

Rue comes up behind Jules and says, ‘Whatever happens I’m damn proud of you,’ as Jules gets dressed and goes over her fashion designs.

When Jules leaves, Rue takes some drugs from a stash between her mattress and boxspring and goes into the bathroom to get her fix.

Topless Jules: A topless Jules, wearing only underwear, heads to the open bathroom as Rue watches her brush her teeth and get ready

Topless Jules: A topless Jules, wearing only underwear, heads to the open bathroom as Rue watches her brush her teeth and get ready

Proud: Rue comes up behind Jules and says, ‘Whatever happens I’m damn proud of you,’ as Jules gets dressed and goes over her fashion designs

Proud: Rue comes up behind Jules and says, ‘Whatever happens I’m damn proud of you,’ as Jules gets dressed and goes over her fashion designs

Proud: Rue comes up behind Jules and says, ‘Whatever happens I’m damn proud of you,’ as Jules gets dressed and goes over her fashion designs

Stash: When Jules leaves, Rue takes some drugs from a stash between her mattress and boxspring and goes into the bathroom to get her fix

Stash: When Jules leaves, Rue takes some drugs from a stash between her mattress and boxspring and goes into the bathroom to get her fix

She crushes up the pulls and snorts it with a pipe…. When we see that she’s actually in a restroom diner, as she goes back to her booth where Ali (Colman Domingo) is eating.

Rue tells Ali that she’s ‘doing really good actually,’ saying she’s found an ‘amazing balance’ and she’s doing well.

She adds that she put too much on Jules, thinking it was ‘crazy’ and ‘weird,’ adding she ‘made her the point, but she’s not the point, I’m the point, you know.’

Ali: She crushes up the pulls and snorts it with a pipe…. When we see that she's actually in a restroom diner, as she goes back to her booth where Ali (Colman Domingo) is eating

Ali: She crushes up the pulls and snorts it with a pipe…. When we see that she’s actually in a restroom diner, as she goes back to her booth where Ali (Colman Domingo) is eating

Amazing balance: Rue tells Ali that she's 'doing really good actually,' saying she's found an 'amazing balance' and she's doing well

Amazing balance: Rue tells Ali that she’s ‘doing really good actually,’ saying she’s found an ‘amazing balance’ and she’s doing well

While she keeps trying to convince Ali, he’s not buying it, saying that he knows she’s high right now.

Ali says she’s going to be struggling with her issues with the rest of her life, and while she thinks sobriety is a weakness,’ Ali thinks, ‘your sobriety is your greatest weapon.’

She asks if she can tell him something, but she doesn’t want him to report her or anything if she gets dark.

Ali knows: While she keeps trying to convince Ali, he's not buying it, saying that he knows she's high right now

Ali knows: While she keeps trying to convince Ali, he’s not buying it, saying that he knows she’s high right now

Dark: She asks if she can tell him something, but she doesn't want him to report her or anything if she gets dark

Dark: She asks if she can tell him something, but she doesn’t want him to report her or anything if she gets dark

She tells him that while sobriety might be her greatest weapon, drugs might be the only reason she hasn’t killed herself.

After Ali tries to interject with some of his wisdom, she dismisses Ali with a ‘whatever man,’ he goes off on her, saying that she’s not tough, he’s tougher and she doesn’t know anything about living life.

He asks her why she relapsed, and why she called him, and she says she honestly wasn’t trying to relapse, but she ‘had some pills for emergency purposes.’

Only reason: She tells him that while sobriety might be her greatest weapon, drugs might be the only reason she hasn't killed herself

Only reason: She tells him that while sobriety might be her greatest weapon, drugs might be the only reason she hasn’t killed herself

Tougher: After Ali tries to interject with some of his wisdom, she dismisses Ali with a 'whatever man,' he goes off on her, saying that she's not tough, he's tougher and she doesn't know anything about living life

Tougher: After Ali tries to interject with some of his wisdom, she dismisses Ali with a ‘whatever man,’ he goes off on her, saying that she’s not tough, he’s tougher and she doesn’t know anything about living life

Emergency: He asks her why she relapsed, and why she called him, and she says she honestly wasn't trying to relapse, but she 'had some pills for emergency purposes'

Emergency: He asks her why she relapsed, and why she called him, and she says she honestly wasn’t trying to relapse, but she ‘had some pills for emergency purposes’

‘So you never stood a chance’ Ali says, and she says no. Ali asks if she wants to get clean, and she says no.

‘You’re not a drug addict because you’re a piece of s**t. You’re a piece of s**t because you’re a drug addict,’ Ali says.

He explains to her that she didn’t come out of the womb as a piece of s**t, and the worst part of the disease of addiction is they don’t see it as a disease.

No chance: 'So you never stood a chance' Ali says, and she says no. Ali asks if she wants to get clean, and she says no

No chance: ‘So you never stood a chance’ Ali says, and she says no. Ali asks if she wants to get clean, and she says no

Disease: He explains to her that she didn't come out of the womb as a piece of s**t, and the worst part of the disease of addiction is they don't see it as a disease

Disease: He explains to her that she didn’t come out of the womb as a piece of s**t, and the worst part of the disease of addiction is they don’t see it as a disease

He tells her that there are people like him who understand she’s not a bad person, and thinks she might be a good person underneath ‘all this chaotic bulls**t.’

He reveals they are eating pancakes on Christmas Eve, when she asks if he has daughters, and he says they’re in different places in the country.

He tells her he was clean for 12 years, but he relapsed for a year and a half, and now he’s had seven years of sobriety since.

Daughters: He reveals they are eating pancakes on Christmas Eve, when she asks if he has daughters, and he says they're in different places in the country

Daughters: He reveals they are eating pancakes on Christmas Eve, when she asks if he has daughters, and he says they’re in different places in the country

Good person: He tells her that there are people like him who understand she's not a bad person, and thinks she might be a good person underneath 'all this chaotic bulls**t'

Good person: He tells her that there are people like him who understand she’s not a bad person, and thinks she might be a good person underneath ‘all this chaotic bulls**t’

He tells her that his real name is Martin before he converted to Islam, as Rue says, ‘You don’t look like a Martin,’ which he agrees with.

She says she struggles with ‘DNA shit,’ and while she can agree she’s powerless over drugs, but Step 2 is what she has problems with (look up Step 2).

He thinks she doesn’t think there are things more powerful than her, and she lists a Mack Truck, the ocean and any song from Otis Redding.

Converted: He tells her that his real name is Martin before he converted to Islam, as Rue says, 'You don't look like a Martin,' which he agrees with

Converted: He tells her that his real name is Martin before he converted to Islam, as Rue says, ‘You don’t look like a Martin,’ which he agrees with

‘The impact that Try a Little Tenderness had on the world is more than I can give,’ when Rue says she doesn’t believe in God.

‘You might not believe in God but God believes in you,’ when she brings up her dad, asking if he died because he didn’t believe in God.

Ali says that wasn’t what he meant, but Rue says her dad’s purpose was to raise her and her sister, that was his purpose, but he’s dead.

Rue: 'The impact that Try a Little Tenderness had on the world is more than I can give,' when Rue says she doesn't believe in God

Rue: ‘The impact that Try a Little Tenderness had on the world is more than I can give,’ when Rue says she doesn’t believe in God

‘Ali, if you’re about to tell me he died for a reason, I will literally walk the f**k out,’ she tells him. ‘He died because he died.’

Ali admits he doesn’t have all the answers and he won’t pretend to, and no person can see the chain reaction of how things happen and it will always be a mystery.

‘Why are you, Rue Bennett, sitting here? I don’t know. But here we are. So what now?’

Mystery: Ali admits he doesn't have all the answers and he won't pretend to, and no person can see the chain reaction of how things happen and it will always be a mystery

Mystery: Ali admits he doesn’t have all the answers and he won’t pretend to, and no person can see the chain reaction of how things happen and it will always be a mystery

‘I dunno, maybe I’ll start a revolution like Malcolm X or something,’ though Ali says revolutionaries are no longer radical.

He adds everyone is fighting one revolution after another, but they happen so fast there is no chance to implement change.

He says he went to get some new Nikes and he saw a sign saying ‘Our people matter,’ and he said it felt good.

Matter: He says he went to get some new Nikes and he saw a sign saying 'Our people matter,' and he said it felt good

Matter: He says he went to get some new Nikes and he saw a sign saying ‘Our people matter,’ and he said it felt good

He said he looked down at the sneakers and he saw the price – $139.99 – and he said, ‘I thought you loved me, Nike?’

He said that he saw people taking pictures with the sign, when he realized that Nike doesn’t give a f**k about anyone.

He adds a real revolution is a ‘complete decimation of a way of living,’ and a reconstruction where you have to create a new God, something greater than yourself.

Realized: He said that he saw people taking pictures with the sign, when he realized that Nike doesn't give a f**k about anyone

Realized: He said that he saw people taking pictures with the sign, when he realized that Nike doesn’t give a f**k about anyone

‘You’ve gotta believe in the poetry, because everything in your life will fail you, even yourself,’ Ali tells her.

He warns her that her only hope is a revolution, but a ‘real revolution, inside and out,’ though she has to commit to it every single day.

Ali goes outside to smoke a cigarette, telling Rue he’ll be right back, and when Rue checks her phone, she sees a message from Jules saying ‘I miss you.’

Message: Ali goes outside to smoke a cigarette, telling Rue he'll be right back, and when Rue checks her phone, she sees a message from Jules saying 'I miss you.

Message: Ali goes outside to smoke a cigarette, telling Rue he’ll be right back, and when Rue checks her phone, she sees a message from Jules saying ‘I miss you.

She plugs in her earbuds and listens to a song, while Ali makes a call outside. Surprised when the person picks up.

He says he’s not trying to guilt trip, but he wishes the person a Merry Christmas, asking if her sister is there.

‘Tell her I love her and I miss her very much,’ he says. He says he’s ‘getting pancakes with a kid I sponsor,’ when someone names Rashad answers the phone, likely his grandson.

Call: She plugs in her earbuds and listens to a song, while Ali makes a call outside. Surprised when the person picks up

Call: She plugs in her earbuds and listens to a song, while Ali makes a call outside. Surprised when the person picks up

Call: She plugs in her earbuds and listens to a song, while Ali makes a call outside. Surprised when the person picks up

Ali is filled with joy as he continues the conversation while Rue keeps listening to the song inside.

Ali tells Imani that he feels like he’s in an old movie like It’s A Wonderful Life before wishing her a Merry Christmas.

He goes back to the booth and sits down opposite Rue, who asks what she’s supposed to do about Jules.

Joy: Ali is filled with joy as he continues the conversation while Rue keeps listening to the song inside.

Joy: Ali is filled with joy as he continues the conversation while Rue keeps listening to the song inside.

Ali turns to the waitress Miss Marsha, asking how long she’s been clean. She says, ’17 years, by the grace of God.’

She says she never thought she’d be able to say that, when Ali asks if she thought about dating while trying to get clean.

She says she didn’t have the energy to do both so she focused on being clean, as Ali asks what she’d say to someone who doesn’t have hope.

Miss Marsha: Ali turns to the waitress Miss Marsha, asking how long she's been clean. She says, '17 years, by the grace of God'

Miss Marsha: Ali turns to the waitress Miss Marsha, asking how long she’s been clean. She says, ’17 years, by the grace of God’

Miss Marsha says she remembered the words, ‘Trouble don’t last always,’ as she asks if she has any more questions while counting her tips.

Rue says she still blames Jules for all this shit because she was clean and she was gonna stay clean.

She says that he doesn’t know what she did to her, saying she cheated on her when she was sober, and Ali said he didn’t know that.

Trouble don't last: Miss Marsha says she remembered the words, 'Trouble don't last always,' as she asks if she has any more questions while counting her tips

Trouble don’t last: Miss Marsha says she remembered the words, ‘Trouble don’t last always,’ as she asks if she has any more questions while counting her tips

Blames: Rue says she still blames Jules for all this shit because she was clean and she was gonna stay clean

 Blames: Rue says she still blames Jules for all this shit because she was clean and she was gonna stay clean

Cheated: She says that he doesn't know what she did to her, saying she cheated on her when she was sober, and Ali said he didn't know that

Cheated: She says that he doesn’t know what she did to her, saying she cheated on her when she was sober, and Ali said he didn’t know that 

Ali thought they were just friends, asking when they talked about being in relationships.

She says that she told her she loved her, and Ali jokes that he tells his barber he loves him.

Rue says she loved her and trusted her, but she lied to her and manipulated her. She says Jules wanted her to run away with her but she didn’t have her medication.

Friends: Ali thought they were just friends, asking when they talked about being in relationships

Friends: Ali thought they were just friends, asking when they talked about being in relationships

Manipulated: Rue says she loved her and trusted her, but she lied to her and manipulated her. She says Jules wanted her to run away with her but she didn't have her medication

Manipulated: Rue says she loved her and trusted her, but she lied to her and manipulated her. She says Jules wanted her to run away with her but she didn’t have her medication

‘I didn’t think she was actually gonna go, you know, leave me? Which kind of set something off in my head,’ Rue says.

Rue adds people make all these kinds of promises, like how her mom said her dad will be all right, or how Jules and her will be together forever, ‘but she ditched me because she met another girl.’

‘It made me think about how everyone lies. It’s not even the lies that hurt. It’s just you’re not ready for someone to leave. Maybe this is punishment for me being a piece of s**t my entire life,’ Rue says.

Entire life: 'It made me think about how everyone lies. It's not even the lies that hurt. It's just you're not ready for someone to leave. Maybe this is punishment for me being a piece of s**t my entire life,' Rue says

Entire life: ‘It made me think about how everyone lies. It’s not even the lies that hurt. It’s just you’re not ready for someone to leave. Maybe this is punishment for me being a piece of s**t my entire life,’ Rue says

She tells Ali she has ‘hit my mom in the face,’ and she picked up a piece of glass and threatened to kill her.

‘Drugs change who you are as a person,’ Ali says, and Rue claims what she did is unforgivable, but Ali says he’s done worse.

Ali tells her that ‘forgiveness is the key to change,’ though Rue still can’t get over what she did, adding it was ‘f***ing terrible.’

Threatened: She tells Ali she has 'hit my mom in the face,' and she picked up a piece of glass and threatened to kill her

Threatened: She tells Ali she has ‘hit my mom in the face,’ and she picked up a piece of glass and threatened to kill her

Ali tells her to look deeper, and she says she was violent to someone she loves, and that just means it’s who she is.

When he asks if she’s OK with it, she says no but she still did it, she says it’s ‘s****y and cruel and my mom doesn’t deserve it.’

Rue says not all human beings threaten to kill their mom, and he agrees it’s extreme, but he thinks her telling herself it’s ‘unforgivable’ without wanting to change.

Deeper: Ali tells her to look deeper, and she says she was violent to someone she loves, and that just means it's who she is

Deeper: Ali tells her to look deeper, and she says she was violent to someone she loves, and that just means it’s who she is

Unforgivable: Rue says not all human beings threaten to kill their mom, and he agrees it's extreme, but he thinks her telling herself it's 'unforgivable' without wanting to change

Unforgivable: Rue says not all human beings threaten to kill their mom, and he agrees it’s extreme, but he thinks her telling herself it’s ‘unforgivable’ without wanting to change

She asks what he’s done that’s so terrible, and he says, ‘A lot,’ and asks why she wants to know. She says she sees him as a good person and she can’t imagine him doing something terrible.

He tells her he lived in a house where his dad beat on her momma, and ‘every night I’d dream of ways to kill her,’ though one day she eventually leave him.

He said that no matter what he did, he would never be as bad as his dad. He adds he got married with two daughters, and it got physical, beating his wife in front of his daughters.

Bad dad: He said that no matter what he did, he would never be as bad as his dad. He adds he got married with two daughters, and it got physical, beating his wife in front of his daughters

Bad dad: He said that no matter what he did, he would never be as bad as his dad. He adds he got married with two daughters, and it got physical, beating his wife in front of his daughters

‘I spent 30 years of my life thinking about how to kill my dad for doing something I did to my wife,’ he says.

He tells Rue that drugs changes every principle and there is ‘no force stronger on Earth than that last fix.’

‘The longer you do drugs, the more you’re gonna lose, not just the things you love, but the things you value about yourself,’ Ali tells her.

Fix: He tells Rue that drugs changes every principle and there is 'no force stronger on Earth than that last fix'

Fix: He tells Rue that drugs changes every principle and there is ‘no force stronger on Earth than that last fix’

He asks if she still thinks he’s a good person, and she says ‘Yeah,’ and he adds, ‘The thought of being a good person is what makes me trying to be a good person.’

He says his daughter would disagree with Rue that she’s a good person, when Rue says that she ‘doesn’t plan on being here that long.’

‘I love talking to you, I do, and I agree with almost everything you say and I understand it, but I just don’t plan on being here that long,’ Rue morosely tells him.

Being here: 'I love talking to you, I do, and I agree with almost everything you say and I understand it, but I just don't plan on being here that long,' Rue morosely tells him

Being here: ‘I love talking to you, I do, and I agree with almost everything you say and I understand it, but I just don’t plan on being here that long,’ Rue morosely tells him

Ali says he gets it, because they are living in ‘dark times’ and there’s ‘not a lot of hope out there,’ adding he misses the ‘beauty’ of doing drugs.

Rue adds, ‘The world is just really f***ing ugly and everyone just seems to be OK with it. I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t even want to witness it.’

Ali tells her that those questions are a ‘large part of what makes this life worth living,’ adding she doesn’t want to be a part of it because she cares about ‘the big things in life.’

Ugly: Rue adds, 'The world is just really f***ing ugly and everyone just seems to be OK with it. I don't want to be a part of it. I don't even want to witness it'

Ugly: Rue adds, ‘The world is just really f***ing ugly and everyone just seems to be OK with it. I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t even want to witness it’

Worth living: Ali tells her that those questions are a 'large part of what makes this life worth living,' adding she doesn't want to be a part of it because she cares about 'the big things in life.

Worth living: Ali tells her that those questions are a ‘large part of what makes this life worth living,’ adding she doesn’t want to be a part of it because she cares about ‘the big things in life.

She doesn’t care about the small things that ‘kill curiosity and keeps us all from looking deeper.’ He says he loves talking to her because they talk about ‘the real shit.’

He says if she isn’t going to be here much longer, ‘how do you want your mom and sister to remember you,’ as Rue looks like she’s on the verge of a breakdown.

She answers, ‘As someone who tried really hard to be someone I couldn’t.’

Tried: She answers, 'As someone who tried really hard to be someone I couldn't'

Tried: She answers, ‘As someone who tried really hard to be someone I couldn’t’

Ali holds her wrist and says he has faith in her,’ and she asks why,’ and he says he’s not sure as they share a joke that makes them both laugh.

They get up from the booth and get into Ali’s truck as he drives her home as she looks out at the scenery as she sits in the passenger seat, morose as ever, as the final shot is set to an orchestral cover of Ave Maria as the episode comes to an end.

It isn’t known when the second of Euphoria’s two special episodes will air, or when production will begin on Season 2 of the hit series. 

Joke: Ali holds her wrist and says he has faith in her,' and she asks why,' and he says he's not sure as they share a joke that makes them both laugh.

Joke: Ali holds her wrist and says he has faith in her,’ and she asks why,’ and he says he’s not sure as they share a joke that makes them both laugh.

Ali's truck: They get up from the booth and get into Ali's truck as he drives her home as she looks out at the scenery as she sits in the passenger seat, morose as ever, as the final shot is set to an orchestral cover of Ave Maria as the episode comes to an end

Ali’s truck: They get up from the booth and get into Ali’s truck as he drives her home as she looks out at the scenery as she sits in the passenger seat, morose as ever, as the final shot is set to an orchestral cover of Ave Maria as the episode comes to an end

Special episode: It isn't known when the second of Euphoria's two special episodes will air, or when production will begin on Season 2 of the hit series

Special episode: It isn’t known when the second of Euphoria’s two special episodes will air, or when production will begin on Season 2 of the hit series


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