The world is a scary place—especially for teens. And HBO’s Euphoria continues to unravel the underbelly of high school, complete with dating apps, anonymous online relationships, and so many dick pics.
In the latest episode, Zendaya’s Rue leads an entire Dick Pics 101, offering a tutorial of how to take and send solicited pictures of your penis. Like the show as a whole, this scene operates on a responsible basis, with Rue clearly only discussing solicited dick pics (which she says only make up about one percent of all dick pics sent).
Of these solicited dick pics there are only three categories: “Terrifying,” “Horrifying,” and “Acceptable.”
She then outlines some things to look out for in the background of the scene: “Uncapped deodorant touching the floor. Horrifying. Jug of lotion. Terrifying. Dirty fingernails. Horrifying. A medieval sword. Run for your life fucking terrifying.”
Which brings us to the very rare acceptable dick pic.
The episode then cuts out of the tutorial to Jules and Rue eating lunch. Jules is showing Rue a dick pic that she just received from Nate, who she met anonymously on a dating app.
Rue admires the dick pic and says: “Wow. Okay, so his penis is the size of an Evian bottle. Well the lighting is nice. His room is clean. He looks well groomed. I’m beginning to understand how you feel.”
It’s actually very useful information for anyone out there preparing to send a solicited dick pic. And that’s part of what makes Euphoria such a unique show. For all the headlines it makes about showing drug use and nudity and sex and so much more—this show does its due diligence to actually distinguish the difference between right and wrong.
This is an example of how the show champions responsible behavior in a funny way. But often in Euphoria things can be horrifying, too. When Rue’s little sister find her overdosing on the floor, we see the terrifying effects of drug use. And later in the episode, Rue meets a man outside of her AA meeting who chastises her for speaking to the group while on drugs. He reminds Rue that her 13-year-old sister must be fucked up after finding her dying on the floor. It’s these moments that illustrate Euphoria‘s real intent to at once show the world in which our teens currently exist and also give them a way out.