'Euphoria' Had Its Golden Shower Moment

Eric Dane talks about letting years of Cal Jacobs' fermenting toxic masculinity culminate in one powerful piss.

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Eddy Chen/HBO
Eddy Chen/HBO

It was inevitable that Cal Jacobs (Eric Dane) would reach a breaking point on this season of Euphoria. On top of harboring a lifetime’s worth of shame and anger, he found himself caught in the crosshairs of the double life that he’s kept from his family. Now that he’s aware that the tape of his violent encounter with the underaged Jules (Hunter Schafer) is out of his hands, and his son Nate (Jacob Elordi) disappointed him by failing to remedy the situation, Cal began to desperately wrestle control over the situation himself. All that ended up getting him, though, is beat up by teenage drug dealers and pushed to the edge.

After trying and failing (like father, like son) to salvage his reputation as a seemingly perfect suburban dad, Episode 4 revealed all there was left for Cal to do was to finally accept his identity and, apparently, pee all over the entryway of the Jacobs’ house in front of his family. “I thought it was brilliant. I couldn’t wait for the scene,” Eric Dane recalls when he first read the script for the episode, titled “You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can.”The golden Cal Jacobs moment comes after a night of excessive drinking that forces him to face his past and who he is head-on. (Episode 3, “Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys,” also revealed the extent of his repression and deeply lonely life.) After drinking at home and belittling Nate, who he bizarrely calls “the big swinging dick, Mr. Big Balls,” he drives under the influence to a bar where his best friend from high school Derek (Henry Eikenberry) admitted that romantic feelings between them were mutual. He’s overwhelmed by his emotions, due to both the heavy drinking and the fact that he hasn’t been back to the spot in 20-some years-the last time he was at that bar was the night before he learned that his then-girlfriend, now-wife, Marsha was pregnant. After dancing with a younger man, who he fantasizes is Derek, and attempting to pick a wrestling match like the two might’ve done in their teens, he gets kicked out, only to drive home and continue his belligerent behavior by letting it rain once he walks in the door.

Eddy Chen/HBO
Eddy Chen/HBO
Eddy Chen/HBO

“It was fun and freeing [filming the scene],” says Dane. “I tried to stay as present as I could so I could keep it as loose as it could be.” And he definitely did keep it loose: Cal literally walks in circles, peeing all over the hardwood floor, and has to be told by Marsha (Paula Marshall) multiple times to put his penis away once she comes out of her room and finds him.

Being one of the only other people in the scene, Jacob Elordi says, “It was one of those times where I just stood there and this man came through the door, and from the fucking get, it was like you had to stand back and watch because he had it by the fucking balls and just moved through it.”

In order to prepare for the scene, Dane says he spent all day talking to Elordi, Marshall, and Zak Steiner (who plays Aaron Jacobs), who were “super supportive.” Although the scene is hysterical-especially with lines like, “I’m a man. I’m an animal. I’m a motherfucking Rottweiler,” which he says after he’s marked his territory-it’s ultimately about a man pleading to his family to understand how alone he feels, and admitting to himself what an awful person he’s become. Of course, he doesn’t do so gracefully-pointing out his children’s flaws, blaming them for not letting him exhibit any emotion, and just generally being nasty-but it’s certainly Cal Jacobs like we’ve never seen him before.

Eddy Chen/HBO
Eddy Chen/HBO
Eddy Chen/HBO

After they wrapped shooting the scene, Elordi says, “I went home and I called my mom and I was like, ‘I am pretty sure I just witnessed one of the great performances of our time’ … I sat back and was like, ‘I think today I’m incredibly lucky to have stood here and seen that happen in front of me.'” Even now, he’s still not over Dane’s performance. “It’s something I’ve thought about from the whole season. There’s a couple scenes I’ve thought about, but this one you’re watching something special, and that’s a real treat.”

In a show like Euphoria that constantly leaves you aghast, it’s definitely a standout moment, right up to when Cal calls the puddle he’s left something his kids can remember him by and says, “You dickwads can draw straws and see who cleans it up,” before walking out the door. After years of bottling up his feelings, an uncapped energy radiates throughout the scene-culminating into one powerful, toxic piss.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Sadie Bell is the entertainment associate editor at Thrillist. She’s on Twitter and Instagram.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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