Editor's note: this post contains spoilers for the season two finale of HBO's Euphoria, "All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name."
Breaking news alert: Cal Jacobs loves him some Kylie Minogue.
So A LOT happened in the recent season two finale of HBO's popular and chaotic teen drama series Euphoria, and while there's a lot of stuff (most of it heartwrenching) to get into, one brief moment of levity came when it was revealed that Cal Jacobs loves to blast pop icon and LGBTQ+ ally Kylie Minogue's music when hanging out with his queer besties.
It all happened when Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi) confronted his father Cal (Eric Dane) for the first time since he came out to his family and left them after years of being in the closet.
To give some context, in the third episode of this season, entitled "Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys," viewers got to finally learn the tragic backstory of Cal and how before becoming a strict, toxic, and demanding father/husband in a loveless marriage who illegally video tapped his anonymous sexual encounters with strangers in motel rooms for years, young Cal (Elias Kacavas) was just a regular teenage boy living in the suburbs, spending nearly all of his waking time with his best friend Derek (Henry Eikenberry).
Though he's your typical, straight-presenting, All-American '90s jock who has a thing for hooking up with his classmate Marsha, in the episode we learn that Cal and Derek's connection is more than just platonic, and that culminates in the two dancing and kissing each other in a dim-lit bar with INXS playing in the background during a night on the town to celebrate their recent high school graduation. But a combination of the social conventions of the time, his own equally demanding and toxic father, and the fact that he got Marsha pregnant at a young age drove Cal into the closet, forcing him into the miserable life that viewers have come to know from Cal.
Fast forward to episode four, "You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can," and adult Cal is fed up with his life, and decides to finally come out of the closet to his family, berating them in the process before leaving his home to go live his new out-and-proud life.
Sounds all good, right? Sorry, but not quite.
Fast forward even more to this past weekend's finale, and while we do get a small glimpse of Cal hanging out with a bunch of fellow queer friends, the moment of communal bliss is cut short when Nate decides to confront him and seek revenge, revealing that he secretly kept all of Cal's illegal recordings on a flash drive that he turned into the authorities. While the scene is very heavy-handed, viewers did notice that while Cal was just hanging out, he was blasting Minogue's international 2001 hit "Can't Get You Out of My Head" out loud...
...and as expected, Gay Twitter erupted in laughs when it all unfolded.
Say what you want about Cal, but you can't say he has bad taste in pop divas!
Euphoria is now streaming on HBO Max.