‘Our Life’: Lexi’s quest for vengeance

Sophie Borislow, Contributing Reporter

The most important unspoken sibling rule — “no one can make fun of my sibling, besides me” — is put to the test in the penultimate episode of “Euphoria” season two, “The Theater and Its Double.” 

As the second season of “Euphoria” raged on, audience expectations were raised weekly. However, Lexi’s production of “Our Life” left viewers in both horrified and delighted states of shock. 

Lexi hid the truth of the play by telling her friends she was directing “Oklahoma!”; she and Ethan had unsurprisingly gone unnoticed as they prepared to put on this outrageous yet brilliant production of Lexi’s memories and experiences. The play displays emotional moments in Lexi’s life, such as her realization of Rue’s development of drug abuse and her father’s sudden absence. 

Ethan and Lexi are undoubtedly the more reserved characters in “Euphoria”, but they both come out of the shadows through Lexi’s brilliant directing and Ethan’s award-winning performance. 

Lexi is able to recreate these moments of her life with alarming accuracy, astounding the audience with her large production numbers — to be specific, the homoerotic football dance number to Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero.” 

Although it is beautifully conveyed onstage, it is no shock that the subjects of the play did not respond well to their lives being put literally under the spotlight. The moment of realization is authenticated in yet another iconic Maddy line: “wait, is this f–-ing play about us?” 

The play was daring, something Lexi had been hiding for too long. However, things turned awry when Cassie took to the stage. She condemned Lexi for her choice to present her life onstage, but Cassie seemed unaware that her recent actions were no less under the spotlight in real life. 

Cassie had lost her friends and support systems as a result of her actions with Nate, leading to a long-awaited fight between Maddy and Cassie. As harsh as it may have seemed, this was certainly a wake-up call for Cassie — a time for her to reassess her actions and relationships. 

There is definitely debate over the morality of Lexi’s play and putting traumatizing and private matters onstage. However, Rue seemed to appreciate the message that Lexi was conveying, even if she had to expose emotional moments to achieve it. Not only that, but Lexi’s mom also seemed to be the production’s biggest supporter, as her reactions mirrored that of the mom in “Mean Girls.”

“Our Life” is a cautionary tale of toxic relationships and the absence of youth. Lexi and her peers are forced to confront their actions and view them from an audience’s perspective; hopefully, it will encourage them to reflect on how instability corrupted their youth. 

Although Lexi’s concern for Cassie was portrayed in a questionable manner, Lexi was acting in her sister’s best interest — only wanting the best for her but not knowing how to go about it. 

As for Lexi herself, it was delightful and invigorating to view her in a way that she only dreamt of herself: full-fledged director, theater kid and a powerful actress. She had been hiding in the shadows her entire life, and this was her time to show her peers how pivotal she can be. 

“Our Life” pushed boundaries and captures the essence of the show perfectly — creating art unapologetically. 

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