Much like the Rue chapter, most of this hour takes place in two parts, this one between Jules and a therapist played by Lauren Weedman. After a tonic intro in which memories of his time with Rue play out in Jules’ tearful eyes fixed on Lorde’s “responsibility”, the conversation really kicks off. But the interruptions increase: from flashbacks to her time with Rue, she continued the craze for “Tyler” (Nate’s online character), and even the drama with the return of her addicted mother into her life, further revealing this. that Jules was going through in the first season. There are times when this chapter feels like it’s trying to do too much in terms of storytelling – the joy of watching Zendaya and Colman Domingo bounce off only in conversation for an hour was one of the strengths of “Part 1” – but the inconsistency grabs where Jules is in his life, his feelings going a hundred miles an hour since the break-up with Rue. A first meeting with a therapist is often to start it all on the table, and Jules reveals a lot about herself through the stories she chooses to tell about the connection between her and Rue, her and her parents, and her and her online partner. How are these connections different? How does Jules hold back or give himself differently?
“Part 2” begins with Jules discussing gender as a construct, telling her therapist that she is considering stopping hormone therapy. How much of our identity is what we choose to present to others and how much is internal? The discussion revolves around when people instantly judge other people based on how they look and how Jules has conformed to a self-formed perception of femininity for so much of his life. The theme of image versus reality continues in the memories of Tyler, the online lover who turned out to be Nate (Jacob Elordi), and how real that passion became to her, but never has been real in the physical sense. All of this is the prelude to a discussion of how Rue eliminated all the need for identity and judgment, truly seeing Jules in a way she had never felt before.
As she was in the first season, Schafer is emotionally raw in a way that feels completely genuine. She nails all the emotional backflips that she’s still dealing with without sinking into melodrama. Weedman is good but not considering the kind of juicy part of his that Domingo was in the first hour, and that hurts the process a bit, and yet Levinson and Schafer make up for it by opening up the episode more to flashbacks and others. characters, including John Ales as the father of Jules and Elordi. There are revelations in the final scenes about Jules’ mother and even an encounter that might make people want to go back and see Street Time in a new light.