Euphoria: Why Is Nate Cal's Biggest Regret? Theories
3 Theories For Why Nate Is Cal's Biggest Regret on "Euphoria"
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Family can be tough, but it seems like no television family is quite as tough, complex, or screwed up as the Jacobs family on "Euphoria." Episode four of season two is filled with so much drama that it is honestly hard to keep up. Rue, Jules, and Elliot rob a store, and Cassie throws up on all of her friends, but somehow the roast that Cal Jacobs delivers to his family is the hottest tea served all night long.
Cal Jacobs's Monologue From "Euphoria" Season 2, Episode 4
As Cal lingers in the entryway of his home standing in his own piss, he basically tears his entire family apart. One of the most complex lines of his monologue however, is that his son Nate is his biggest regret. "Living a double life? Not my biggest regret. You are," he says, pointing at Nate. He goes on to say,
"Nathanial, your whole f*cking life's a secret. A mystery. Who knows about you? I have lived with you, I have raised you, I am your father. I know nothing about you. That's not true. I know that you're angry. I'm so sorry I f*cked you up with my double life. OK, maybe I took mine to the extreme, I'll admit that. I have a problem, but the reason I have a problem is this family. That's why. I'm not allowed to form an emotional connection, and I'm an emotional guy. You f*ckers backed me into a corner. But you know what? I think you set me free. So, this is farewell."
The whole monologue is a lot to take in, but the line about Nate being Cal's biggest regret is very striking since his older brother, Aaron, was the baby who prevented him from being with his first love, Derek. Honestly, Cal doesn't really seem to like Aaron very much either, so Nate being his biggest regret says a lot, which means there must be more to it.
Why Is Nate Cal's Biggest Regret on "Euphoria"?
As with most things on "Euphoria," there's probably more to Cal saying Nate is his biggest regret than what's on the surface.
Cal Sees Himself in Nate
One possibility for why Cal feels so strongly about Nate is he recognizes how similar the two are. Nate is a narcissist and an abuser; he is seemingly incapable of love, and we see that through his relationships with both Cassie and Maddy. From what we've seen, he doesn't feel loved by the people in his life, and he doesn't genuinely love them back, a sentiment Cal can relate to, at least in the case of his family ("I'm not allowed to form an emotional connection, and I'm an emotional guy," he says in his monologue). In the first season, we even learn Nate doesn't like his own mother. After Cal had such an intense love with Derek, he's disappointed that Nate won't love anyone in that way. The twisted, dark parts of Cal live so strongly in Nate.
Cal Regrets the Impact He Had on Nate
Cal's regret toward Nate may be more about how his own actions and behavior impacted the way Nate turned out. Nate does not live an authentic life, and Cal may think he contributed to that. As he says in his monologue, "I'm so sorry I f*cked you up with my double life. OK, maybe I took mine to the extreme, I'll admit that." Eric Dane, who plays Cal, seems to agree with this theory. "I would like to say there's resolution between [Cal] and Nate. I think that his biggest regret is that he failed miserably with his son," Dane told "Entertainment Tonight." "I do think Cal's going to get the opportunity to become a better parent. And I think that's what Nate wants. He wants a father."
Nate May Have Something to Do With the Jacobs's Missing Youngest Son
A fan theory about why Nate is Cal's biggest regret is even darker than mine, if you can believe it. TikTok user @sophdoingstuff's theory has to do with the third brother in the Jacobs family portrait. "What if Nate killed [their] younger brother?" She goes on to explain that he may regret "what Cal made Nate," as in what type of person he is, and what he is capable of. "Cal is the whole reason that Nate is the way he is. And we know that Nate is aggressive."
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So far, there's no proof of this theory, but it's an intriguing one! Fans will have to continue watching "Euphoria" to get more insight into Cal's feelings about Nate.