• In the seventh episode of Euphoria Zendaya was portrayed in a tangential sequence as a hardened detective.
• It also recalled an iconic sequence It is always sunny in Philadelphia .
• The sequence served as a larger representation of the ups and downs associated with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Those who have seen Euphoria have probably noticed a pattern: The show feels married to no particular format, artistic pattern, or any structure. Sure, we get a lot of the same visual styles and the music generally seems to come from the same package. But from erotic one-direction fan-fiction anime sequences to a teaching seminar on the art of a dick pic, the show is always ready to break a tangent at any given time. In the last episode, a weird rue slipped into a tribute to a hardened, chain-smoking detective, but it also reminded one of the most memorable sequence: It's always sunny in Philadelphia.
Yup. When Rue went into the old crime investigation mode to find out why on earth Jules Nate would help out of the trouble, she started smoking a lot of cigarettes and pacing up and down. Perhaps ̵
It's not just Zendaya / Rue's suspenders and cigarettes in the tangent that come to mind in Philadelphia's lavishly illiterate – it's the mannerisms, the intensity and the lamentation. Jump to 1:45 in the video above and watch her hectic energy as she knocks on the bathroom door and describes her memory of the night in question with Jules.
Compare that to … oh, every moment in this absolutely incredible work by Charlie Day:
That's a miracle. We've talked a lot about how impressive Zendaya's work was in Euphoria but the role of the Humphrey Bogart-like detective, sometimes Charlie Day Energy, really works on a different level.
One more note: The episode also made Rue wonder if she was suffering from a previously undiagnosed bipolar disorder or not. Where the episode showed her depression in the form of 22 consecutive episodes of Love Island and did not even leave the bed to go to the bathroom, the depiction of her mania was a caffeine-and-cigarette-fired, hard-boiled detective an inspired choice. There is never an obvious way to depict a mental illness, but Euphoria made another bold decision, and it feels really good and has paid off.