Euphoria Season 2 Episode 5: Who is Derek? And Where is He?

Euphoria Season 2 Episode 5 Updates: After much speculation and anticipation, we finally got to watch the fifth episode of ‘Euphoria’ season 2 but found out that Cal’s big revelation does not come up again in this episode.

Instead, episode 5 is entirely about Rue being a chaotic mess. But we can’t really stop thinking about Cal and his teen romance with the mysterious Derek and the huge impact that left on Cal.

‘Euphoria’ is one of the most talked-about shows now. The series is sitting in the forefront and is an adaptation of the Israeli miniseries by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin. With love, sex, drugs, trauma, identity crisis, friendship the show is jam-packed and offers an intense stressed-up portrayal of a group of high school students struggling with life. At the center of all is Rue Bennett who is a teenage drug addict and has recently come out of rehab.

Rue, also serving as the series’ narrator, is played by the young and talented Zendaya. Other members of the ensemble cast are Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elrodi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Algee Smith, Sidney Sweeney, Colman Domingo, Javon “Wanna” Walton, Austin Abrams, Dominic Fike, etc. Eric Dane plays the older Cal whereas Elias Kacavas and Henry Eikenberry play the younger Cal and Derek respectively.

Episode 4- ‘You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can’ reveals a lot about one of the main characters of ‘Euphoria’ Cal Jacovs to the extent that some people have started to like even the predator a little. He has been attributed with the only gay love story of the series, that also a tragic one.

Euphoria Season 2 Episode 5 Was released on HBO Max On Sunday 6th February 2022. And Euphoria Season 2 Episode 6 will be released on the 13th of February 2022.

Who is Derek?

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Cal dangerously drives his jeep to the bar where twenty years ago he and Derek kissed. Cal was a young wrestler in high school and Derek was his close friend. But Cal had some more than friend feelings for him which he never expressed. Eventually, both of them had girlfriends and dated. At first, Derek seemed to have no romantic feelings for Cal, but one incident at the bar changed everything.

After graduating Cal and Derek go to a bar and in the end, they end up kissing. But before their kiss could try into something else, Cal wakes up to receive a call from Marcia who announces that she is pregnant. After that Cal and Derek never get together.

Where is Derek now?

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The separation of Derek and Cal contributes largely to the characterization of Cal. It is possible that the fact that Derek was able to embrace his identity strongly unlike Cal may have rendered the latter to be so bitter.

Though the tragic love story as a part of Cal’s past does not justify his predatory attitude of present-day, it at least gives him a chance of redemption. And to answer the question of where Derek can be now, we have multiple answers.

Despite this week’s Cal-centric episode, season 2 of ‘Euphoria’ does not yet disclose what happened to Derek after he is separated from Cal. But we get many things from Cal’s hallucination. After arriving in the bar, Cal dances with a stranger with slow music and imagines he is Derek. He begins to playfully wrestle with him as he used to do with Derek which leads to his being dragged out of the bar.

Returning home Cal proceeds to urinate in the foyer. He talks about being forced to live a double life and reveals his sexual attraction towards men and transsexuals. He also calls out the hypocrisy of his family as Marsha hides love letters from another man, Aaron’s porn habits, and Nate’s elusiveness.

After loudly revealing the toxic secrets of his family, Cal storms out with a family photo hung on the wall and it seems as he himself says that he had been set free.

But shall we be able to see more of Derek? Or where he maybe now?

It is possible that like the third Jacobs kid of ‘Euphoria’, the story arc of Cal and Derek will be ignored in the plot. Because Derek may have already moved on in life and he will never show up.

But given the fact that Cal in his hallucination envisions Derek and says “I thought I lost you” is a hint that maybe he has not completely lost him. Maybe there is a chance that Derek will come back in Cal’s life and revive the relationship that broke even before being built.

Also, as ‘Euphoria’ loves to explore more about Cal, a revival of his lost love is quite possible and will help him to change the impression that he created till now. If all goes well, they might receive similarly tragic and intense stories like Rue and Jules.

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