Jules often uses dating apps to meet men. One of them, whom she met in the pilot, went by “DominantDaddy”; the two met at a motel, and a hard-to-watch sex scene ensued. It turned out that “DominantDaddy” was the father of the high school football team’s toxic star quarterback, Nate (Jacob Elordi), who has serious anger management and daddy issues. (Nate discovered his father’s collection of sex tapes, many of which involved younger partners, when he was 11-years-old.)
Shortly after, Jules developed an online relationship with “Shyguy118,” who said his real name was Tyler. She fell in love with him, but she was disappointed to discover later that she was being catfished by Nate the whole time. After countless unfulfilling hookups and encounters, Jules realized that she had built her entire womanhood based on what she thought men desired. Shortly after, her relationship with Rue became less strictly platonic. And shortly after that, she fell for a mutual friend, Anna (Quintessa Swindell), during a weekend excursion to the city. She told Rue in the finale that she was in love with them both.
After a video of Kat’s first time having sex was distributed online, she soon figured out that she could make a lot of money from webcam sessions with older men who paid her to degrade them. The experience taught her that “men are pathetic,” as Rue described it, and Kat brought her online dominatrix persona offline as well. She discovered a newfound sense of power in making herself more visible, not less.
But in the process, she closed herself off from some genuine people, including her primary love interest, Ethan (Austin Abrams). In the season finale, Kat apologized for being rude to him and they made up as he told her, charmingly: “Is one of us going to get hurt? Yeah, probably. But I’ll do my best to make sure that it’s me.”
Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) is a good-hearted girl with a rough past that continues to haunt her. Her boyfriend, Chris McKay (Algee Smith), a freshman football player at a nearby college, loves her. But he keeps his distance publicly in an effort to minimize the taunting from the local jocks, like Nate, over the many leaked nudes they’ve seen of her online. The couple clearly have trust issues, and Cassie never told him that she made out with her classmate Daniel behind his back, twice. But she did tell McKay about her pregnancy with him, and in the finale, she got an abortion.