Premiered: December 6, 2020
After Jules (Hunter Schafer) leaves Rue (Zendaya) at the train station, Rue begins using drugs again. On Christmas Eve, she meets with her sponsor Ali (Domingo) at a diner where the two speak about addiction, love and the future.
There’s little action in this episode. Rue and Ali remain in a booth for the majority of the duration. Ali’s life experience helps him speak about what the future can hold, though the unflinching Rue has a more pessimistic look at things.
Domingo, who gets a majority of the dialogue, entrances with the wisdom coming out of him, but you still get the glimpses of a broken man.
Final say: Stellar writing and delivery. ★★★★★