Sophy says: Okay so Naomi told Emily not to look and so of course Emily does. What is her fascination with Naomi’s forbidden closet of mystery?!
I’m going to give a CHE award to that second cap there. How Emily manages to make perving adorable I will never know.
Rin says: She has her little elf ear out, that’s why. OH and like. No clothes.
Sophy says: lolol, oh Emily, you’ve gotten locked on again. Perhaps you and JJ can discuss this in the next episode and he can, like, pass out or something.
Rin says: ROFL, she really does get locked on. I just can’t believe she completely turns towards Naomi and walks towards her. It’s like she’s being possessed by a demon……..THE LUST DEMON.
Sophy says: Well, I have always said Emily is pretty damn lusty. LUSTY. ♥
Sophy says: Naomi knows Emily is watching her. I’m convinced by Lily’s shoulder-blade-acting that she can sense those brown eyes raking over her bare skin with unabashed desire. And so she turns, slowly, too slowly really, and she is half-solemn for a moment, half-solemn and half-bright, for a split second she has that look on her face that you get when you’re about to kiss someone and it’s a really big deal.
Rin says: “shoulder-blade-acting” omg I died. And then I died again at ‘eyes raking.’ I just laughed to Sophy about shoulder-blade-acting over Yahoo and she told me she was serious. And then she told me it was something this infamous dancing teacher (who’s she’s been going on and on about for weeks) was the one who told her about it. Ffffffs.
Sophy says: I WANT TO FOLLOW HER THROUGH ALL THE LANDS SHAKING MY TAMBOURINE AND GAZING ADORINGLY.
Sophy says: But the kissing can wait – for now. Because now it’s time for Naomi’s response to the fact that Emily was checking her out when she absolutely flirtatiously asked her
to check her out not to. Giggling. Giggling, and, as we shall see directly below, touching.
Yeah Naomi. When I’m “annoyed” about naked people perving on me while I’m naked, I usually go up and touch their naked body too. Always does the trick?
Rin says: Yeah, and somehow have on matching underwear. These girls are the worst lesbians ever.
Sophy says: I think there might be another CHE award going on in that second cap. Jfc. And yeah, you know what we were saying earlier about Naomi’s body being special, well… Emily’s is pretty special too and… Rinscope, please…
Rin says: I’m sorry I can’t hear you over all this nakedness, so I’m just going to leave this here.
Sophy says: It wasn’t really necessary since they were the only people in the frame, but yeah…
Rin says: WHO ARE YOU? IT IS ALWAYS NECESSARY.
Sophy says: I know Rin, I know. Tail/legs.
Sophy says: Okay now this is an interesting detail and I can’t wait to see what my over-analytical pal Heather Hogan makes of it. As she pointed out in her last recap, the lake scene in 305 was like a baptism for Freddie and Effy, a single, shared event that made them both new. And so it is for Naomi and Emily in 306. But it’s a little bit different this time, because Naomi pushes Emily in. In the Freffy scene Freddie is absolutely driving the action, which is good and clever and very much a part of his storyline. But here, whilst Emily is the one unceremoniously stripping down and setting things in motion, it seems like Naomi is pushing too – literally. And maybe that’s because really, Naomi may be afraid, but she’s not seeing Horizon-Sophias. She may be wary, but at the same time… this is what she’s been wanting for four years. This is all her wildest, wettest dreams, handed to her on an Emily-shaped plate. And so there are parts of her that want to run and hide, sure, but there are also parts of her that just want to dig in.
That wound up sounding a bit gross?
Rin says: I was already laughing so hard at ‘wettest dreams’ and then you just went so far over the line with ‘dig in.’ Sometimes I underestimate you, and I’m not sure why.
Sophy says: SHE HOLDS HER NOSE. SHE. HOLDS. HER. NOSE. I mean, it’s probably a good idea health-wise when you’re jumping into somewhat murky untreated water, but regardless of that IT’S JUST SO CUTE. And so lame. Sometimes I don’t think people appreciate Naomi’s lameness enough. IT’S SO ADORABLE.
Rin says: Oh I appreciate it enough, believe me.
Sophy says: AIR-BORNE NAOMI! ♥
Rin says: One of my favourite types! ♥
Rin says: Always present. Always smiling. Always ready.
Sophy says: Jesus. Fucking. Christ. In the back of a Cadillac.
Sophy says: That first cap is so beautiful and yes, I’m a bit a of a wanker and so yes, I’m going to say it’s symbolic. Water falling from its highest point into a wholeness that will raise it up again, time and time again, no matter what’s happening in the rest of the world that isn’t busy being a waterfall. That’s love. That’s the kind of love Naomi and Emily have.
Rin says: Are you sure you’re not deflecting because you have this insane fear of waterfalls/sprinklers?
Sophy says: No, no, it’s okay. I can handle them on TV. As long as I sit far enough away from the screen.
Sophy says: This just looks so cosy and quaint and European. It reminds me a bit of camping with my friends in the south of France when I was a teenager. Except it was fucking cold so we weren’t looking adorable with wet hair and woolly jumpers and bare legs. And also none of us were in love since we were twelve so there was no girl-on-girl action.
But let’s not dwell on the things we can’t change.
Naomi asks if “Em” is alright in the most deliciously casual way. Emily is busy lighting the spliff and gives her a mildly incredulous look for an answer.
Rin says: You are aware that you just mentioned that you were 12 years old and now every single Naomily fan is thinking that you fell in love with someone on one of these ‘camping’ trips.
Sophy says: AHAHAHAHAHAH I MEANT NONE OF US HAD BEEN IN LOVE SINCE WE WERE 12. Excuse my grammar, geez.
Sophy says: That second cap is one of my favourite Emily caps ever. And it’s not even a CHE candidate. I mean, well, wait, it is cute, because it’s Emily Fitch and she’d be cute holding a bloodied cleaver above her head, but yeah… it’s mostly just sexy. And it’s making me think she should get another trophy for sexiest human ever, because ffffffffanning myself.
AT ANY RATE, MUSTN’T DWELL.
When Naomi doesn’t get an answer to her “You right, Em?” she pushes, waving her hand in front of Emily’s face and adding an adorable attempt at a valley-girl “Hellooooo”. And it’s sweet, because it’s a marker of Naomi’s internal anxiety – she wants Emily to like her, and deep down, even though we don’t really know it until 408, she’s terrified that she won’t. Naomi is terrified all the time that Emily is going to realize she made a mistake – that she’ll decide that Hey, wait a minute, Naomi isn’t that pretty, or that clever, or that funny, or that all-round special, I don’t want her after all. So she’s nervous in the silences, throwing twigs on the fire, swigging the vodka, asking if Emily is okay, scrambling for a sign that this isn’t going to fall apart on her.
And that’s when Sexiest Human Ever looks up at her and says “You know that’s the first time you’ve asked me something.”
Rin says: I bet everyone’s surprised that you’re the one doing most of the fanning of ones self.
The way she waves her hand out and says HELLOOO all ridiculous-like… I just. Fall in love. Again and again.
Sophy says: Emily Fitch makes me swoony. And mushy. I can’t help it
Sophy says: “What, today?” Naomi asks. “Ever,” Emily replies. And in that moment I’ve never loved or admired Emily Fitch more. And I have never wanted to get the girl so badly.
Naomi doesn’t quite know what to say to that. So she just tells Emily to answer the question, since it’s such a cherry-popper. Is she alright?
Rin says: “And I have never wanted to get the girl so badly.”
AND YOU WONDER WHERE PEOPLE GET THE IDEA TO SHIP ROPHY? Srsly. You’re just as bad as this other couple I know who just keep throwing logs on their ghey fire.
Rin says: I want to know how you teleported me back to the 19th century to join you and Sigmund.
Sophy says: Maybe I teleported Sigmund. And myself. Maybe I teleport myself all the time.
Sophy says: Emily plays. “No,” she says. “I’m having the worst time of my life. Weather’s shit. Company’s even worse.”
Don’t worry, Naomi doesn’t get offended. After all, in Naomily world it’s always opposite day. Like every time Naomi says she’s not gay, Emily is just all ‘O rly, awesome, let’s be gay together!’
Meanwhile I could die for those two caps. Because Emily is just the coolest dude in school in this scene, she is smooth, she is tough, she is fucking Danny Zuko, and Naomi is just pretty much in awe. Basically she’s just doing a full body in that second cap.
Rin says: Emily’s face in that first cap, omfg so adorbs. I LOVE EMILY BEING SMOOTH AND PLAYFUL. Naomi will show pretty soon that she likes it too.
Sophy says: Emily says it’s peaceful, Naomi agrees. And there’s the theme: peace, the thing Emily gives Naomi and the thing she steals from her in the same breath. And I can’t help being reminded of Effy and how the shed seemed like a good place to hide but wasn’t, of the water-park, which is her peaceful place, which is also the place where Freddie finds her, the place where they are made new, the place where her madness is set in motion.
Have I mentioned how much I love it when Skins storylines interconnect thematically? *mentions*
Rin says: What I love in all of this is how at ease Emily is. I mean we talked about how smooth she is being, but jfc, she’s just like. NOT AT ALL nervous or weird or awkward, and she’s sitting on a rug with no pants on with her hunny. I just. Emily Fitch is amazing.
Sophy says: She’s in her element! No-pants and Naomi is her element.
Rin says: prod fire / drop stick / hold hand
I HAVE TO LEARN THIS MOVE.
Also I love how the first shots of her covering Naomi’s hand with her own is mostly blocked from the audiences view. As if to say, this is their moment and theirs alone.
Sophy says: ffffff, theirs alone!
Sophy says: Emily throws another twig on their little fire, and when she covers Naomi’s hand with hers in the next beat, the symbolism is clear. And when Naomi looks down at their joined hands and allows herself a flicker of a smile? My heart falls out of my chest.
Rin says: *picks it up and puts it back in* You need that Sophy
NAOMI SMILING TO HERSELF AT EMILY. I JUST DIE. DIE DIE DIE.
Sophy says: I adore the choreography of this scene… the way that after the hand-holding they both, without words, turn away from each other, back to back and smiling and a little bit shy.
Rin says: I never really thought about how it’s actually really awkward for both of them to turn away from each other, but it just works.
It’s like they just told each other for the first time, ‘Hey, I really like you.’ and now they’re embarrassed. And giddy.
Rin says: Um. Naomi. Yeah. Marry me with that hair please.
Sophy says: The wet hair on both of them is just… guh.
But yeah, Rin, let’s be real: You’d marry her with ramen.
Rin says: I’d tell her she could wear her hair ‘ANYWAY YOU LIKE’
Sophy says: Emily suggests they do blowbacks, which is something Naomi has never tried. She insists that being “all-seeing” she knows that it’s shit. Emily insists she give it a go – “Everything once” – and Naomi mock-sighs and delivers one of my favourite Skins lines “Oh Fuck it. Go ahead and disappoint me.”
Now I loved that line at the time, because it’s just so ridiculously flirtatious and because Naomi is just so obviously not going to be disappointed by anything that gets Emily’s lips near hers. But in the context of 408 it’s even more amazing. Because that’s Naomi unconsciously speaking her deepest, darkest fear – that Emily will disappoint her, that she will let her down the way Kieran let her down, the way her father let her down, the way her mother, for all the goodness in her heart, lets her down too.
Oh Naomi. “Get her before she gets me” really isn’t going to work out so well for you.
But at least you didn’t do anything really stupid, like packing a bag or something. Thank God!
Rin says: Nah, she only fucked the dead girl. She’s safe!
The way she finds herself amusing and then Emily has a brief smile too. (THEY WOULD BOTH DESCRIBE EACH OTHER AS FUNNY.)
“Go ahead and disappoint me,” would have to be one of my favourites too. Oh Naomi, she couldn’t disappoint you if she stapled a cement mixer to your clit and stood on your tongue.
Rin says: Naomi just watches her in complete AWE. Naomi you’re a goner.
Sophy says: It’s a good thing Emily forgave her, because you just know she has totally ruined her for other women. No one is ever going to measure up. Ever.
Sophy says: I think spliff-lighting Emily is insanely hot. Naomi agrees.
Rin says: I agree with Naomi. Cause JAY EFF CEE I just. I. I WANT TO PUT HER IN A GLASS CAGE AND MAKE HER LIGHT SPLIFF AFTER SPLIFF AFTER SPLIFF. DON’T BE WORRIED, THERE’D BE VENTILATION HOLES.
Sophy says: *strokes chin* I believe I know of such a glass cage. I shall inquire with the owners about vacancies *strokes chin*
Sophy says: Naomi’s face in that first cap? That has to be one of my favourite faces of all time. Of anyone. To me it’s like she’s melting inside. Literally thawing in the firelight and becoming someone softer, someone less afraid, someone who will let it be absolutely obvious that she’s in love just by the look on her face. It’s a serene expression, a peaceful expression, and I wonder if this is what Dream!Effy had in mind when she told Freddie to “just be”.
Rin says: I can’t process it. My brain physically does not have the wiring.
Sophy says: The first cap is absolutely amazing. In the firelight and with the green jumper on Naomi’s eyes almost look green. And the contrast with the red of Emily’s hair? The perfect alignment of their bodies so that a perfect half of Naomi’s perfectly entranced face is showing? Guh.
And oh, oh, oh, here it comes. The song of the scene with its killer opening line that says everything Emily’s lips are too busy to sing. Didn’t think you would trust me…
When I watched this the first time it was on the DVD and trust me, that is one instance where they failed with the replacement music. Then I got my care package from Rin (♥) and watched the original and it was so much more amazing with ‘Believer’ accompanying it that it was almost like watching a whole new scene.
Rin says: YES. I love how half her face is being dissected by Emily. So exact and perfect.
BELIEVER. It’s definitely up there as one of my favourite Skins music moments. And it’s my favourite Naomily song.
Sophy says: I love and adore the way Emily reaches up and pressed her hands to Naomi’s neck, because it’s practical maybe, it’s an embrace definitely, and it fits so perfectly with the fact that when Naomi lifted her hands just before, for a brief moment it seemed inevitable that she was going to cup Emily’s face and kiss her already.
Rin says: Um, their eye contact? Yeah, kills me deader than dead. I never saw that! That when Naoms is giving her serene face (couple caps above) and her hands are being brought up to Emily’s face… it definitely looks like there could have been a kiss there.
Sophy says: Well I never fully appreciated the eye contact going on here before. Just… omfg.
Sophy says: Emily smiles, and I think it’s fair to say, judging by the cap that is coming, that Naomi is not disappointed…
Rin says: She smiles and is all light with her mood, AND THEN SHE SEES NAOMI’S FACE and it’s like a tonne of puppies have been dropped on her head. Things are about to get very serious Emily Fitch.
Sophy says: DEAR GOD. Nobody ever try to tell me Lily Loveless isnt’ talented again pls thx. That face. I just… it’s saying everything at once – everything Naomi can’t put into words yet. ‘You’re lovely and I love you, I want you and I don’t want to hurt you but I’m scared that I will, I’m scared that I will because I’m scared you’ll hurt me.’
Rin says: This face (and the one before the blowback) is the one where I was saying to Sophy that even the most acclaimed and experienced actors can’t always get there. It looks more honest and real than if it was actually honest and real.
Sophy says: It’s moments like these that tell me Lily has the potential to be a Winslet or a Blanchett. Mark my words.
Sophy says: One of the most iconic shots of the whole show for me. The way Naomi is leaning forward with this kind of tender akwardness, her hands left behind like she shouldn’t ask for too much…
And Emily sits still – she doesn’t rush, she doesn’t reach – not because she doesn’t want to, obviously, and not because she’s afraid of scaring Naomi off with her eagerness, not anymore – it’s too late for that now and they both know it… Emily stays still because this is the moment. This is the moment when all the lies she told about Naomi kissing her are going to come true.
Rin says: In the heat of the moment I exclaimed to Sophy, ‘IT’S PROBABLY MY ALL-TIME FAVOURITE TELEVISION KISS.’ To which she was like “Oh Rin, ” but I DON’T CARE. I’ve loved a lot of ships in the past just as much as I love this one, but none of them have have come as close to ruining me as this one did.
And this was the start of it all.
Sophy says: I DID NOT OH RIN YOU. I was as supportive of your obsessive adoration as ever, thank you very much.
Rin says: This is when Sophy ran away from the recap, flailing her arms about proclaiming that it was just too hard and she simply could go no further. And I can see why, because right now the only concrete thought going through my brain is to keyboard mash. Mash mash mash. And maybe then you’d be able to understand that I can’t form the right words, because Naomi and Emily, they scramble my brain. It’s okay though, because my thumping heart is telling me that you get it.
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Rin says: Naomi finally stops thinking and just acts. Acts on that want she’s been harbouring for a few good years, because she’s realised that if she is ever going to really have anything, she can’t just sit back and let things keep having her. She needs to be the one to make it happen.
And this is where Sophy’s comparison of Naomi and Freddie really works. In fact, Naomi almost looks like a boy.
Sophy says: A REALLY REALLY FUCKING HOT BOY WHO’S A WOMAN
Rin says: All that practice paid off. And by that I of course mean how they were locked in a room with the director as he ~ choreographed. Awkwarddddd.
Sophy says: THOSE FIRST TWO CAPS. Naomi could almost be weeping and it KILLS ME.
Rin says: The background is so picturesque it almost looks fake. Like those backgrounds they put up for you to pay money and take a photo in front of.
Sophy says: ROPHY WOULD PAY TO TAKE A PHOTO IN FRONT OF THAT BACKGROUND. Standing side by side. Smiling for the camera. With our hands on our hips.
Rin says: Like this?
By the way. I named it ‘promphoto.jpg’
Sophy says: Now Emily is taking control again, and there’s this amazing, amazing shaky exhalation when she takes it one step further and kisses her neck, and honestly, Naomi, you may as well look Heavenward, because Ems has been doing a lot of studying with her box of fannies, and you, my friend, are a goner.
Rin says: Emily’s been holding back but now she can’t help but take the lead.
I can’t help but do this.
Rin says: Emily keeps checking Naomi’s face, making sure she’s alright, and she doesn’t let go of Naomi. “Hey, I’ve got you.” she’s saying. She’s right there with you Naomi, and she’s not going to let you fall. Naomi clasps on to Emily, and it’s awkward and there are hesitant pauses and it’s the only way I’d want it to be.
Sophy says: THE WAY SHE IS LOOKING AT HER IN THAT FIRST CAP ALL LIKE… LIT-UP AND IN LOVE. I CAN’T TAKE IT.
Rin says: “Say something.”
The bashful little smile and needing to hear something from Emily. She doesn’t care what she says really, she just knows that she needs it.
Can we go somewhere? Anywhere.
Sophy says: I love the way this ties in with ‘You right, Ems?’ at the start of this scene… because we all think Naomi is the one being wooed here, right? So Emily is the one who should be nervous. She’s the one who should be worrying and wishing and wondering whether the kissing worked… On a less brilliant show than Skins “Say something” would be her line right now. But it isn’t. It’s Naomi’s. Because Naomi is always afraid. Naomi has been afraid since she was twelve. Because she plays her cards close to her chest, but she is playing. And she needs to know, now, that she’s not going to lose. She needs to know, now, what Emily is thinking.
Rin says: “I’m all about experiements, me.”
And it couldn’t be further from the truth and by that 3rd cap, she can’t even pretend to believe it herself.
Sophy says: It damn well isn’t true. This isn’t an experiment. Emily isn’t Naomi’s fucking experiment! Where are her fucking shoes???
Sophy says: Oh GOD. DEAR GOD. She looks so pleading. So weary and defeated and so much like a soldier at the end of battle, on her knees and begging for mercy… Naomi’s face, no her whole body in this scene is saying “Do what you will with me, it’s done, I am yours.”
Rin says: I’m going to need some time to reflect. YES MORE TIME. Two weeks is not enough time to reflect on these caps. It just isn’t.
Sophy says: Emily sees it. She sees the surrender and takes a moment, an awed and shining moment in which Naomi is beautiful and laid bare (only emotionally, but give her a moment, haw, haw) and completely and utterly hers.
Watch Emily watching Naomi. Watch her learning new things from the look on her face. This is how Emily knows Naomi so well. She pays attention.
Rin says: She’d do much better in her A levels if Naomi was a subject.
Sophy says: I love the way Emily smooths her hair down after she takes her jumper off. It’s a beautiful little touch – “Oh, check the hair, yep, good to go with more kissing.”
Rin says: Oh Ems, you’re more than pretty enough. You really have no idea just how much Naomi thinks so.
Sophy says: Ahhh, the way Naomi launches herself at Emily again, like she’s everything, like she’s food and water and shelter and band-aids on scraped knees and sunshine coming through the window in the morning – everything.
Rin says: It was so good that they kept the frame only on Emily for a bit so we couldn’t see Naomi. We held our breath with Emily, until Naomi rushed back into frame and kissed us. I MEAN EMILY. I MEAN NOODLE SOUP.
Sophy says: Again, the longing on her face is exquisite.
Rin says: I really like Emily’s tshirt.
Rin says: Naomi pushes Emily onto her back. Ready to put into effect everything she’s learnt about salads.
Rin says: Emily quickly takes the reigns back, rolling Naomi onto her back. Explaining that the oils don’t actually go on salads Naomi. /eyeroll
Sophy says: HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH. I swear I was going to say something clever here. But now I’m just loling. All gone.
Rin says: Try and tweet that Lily is like a dead fish now. GO ON, I DARE YOU.
Rin says: The second cap is one of my favourites. I just kind of wish I knew how Emily was ~positioned. Like kneeling or sitting up on Naomi’s lap? THESE ARE IMPORTANT THINGS, THE PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW.
Sophy says: NEEDS MOAR CAMERA ANGLES.
Sophy says: This is absolutely amazing. Eye-contact the moment her shirt is over her head.
Rin says: I love Naomily and their keeping undy-wear on whilst sexing. Kinky.
Rin says: Um. Yeah.
Sophy says: Um, Rin, I’m pretty sure at least some of Naomi’s undy-wear… is about to come… off.
Rin says: Okay I get as awkward as the next person (probably moreso lol) about watching Emily giving Naomi a happy….. but I still managed to include 5 caps of it. Hmm.
I have to make this joke. I’m sorry. It’s a Naomgasm. THERE I SAID IT. *runs away giggling*
Sophy says: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA. I know I complain about the lack of Naomtrances in certain episodes. But I think I really should be complaining about the lack of Naomgasms.
Sophy says: idek what this skirt is about. I mean, I know Naoms has this fascination with floral prints. But the length and the cut… it just seems so, so, so un-Naomi.
Rin says: Naomi is leaving Emily to wake up alone in the woods, but her skirt is what you have a problem with?!?!
Sophy says: I know right. Shallow.
Rin says: ffff so content and happy. Poor Emily.
Sophy says: Oh my heart
Rin says: I’m a little scared right now.
Sophy says: I’M SHAKING AND CRYING. AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY.
Rin says: WHY ARE HER SHOES ON, WHY?! WHY IS SHE SLEEPING WITH SHOES ON?
Sophy says: BAHAHAHAH. She must have put them back on after sexy-time, because…
Rin says: She’s using them as a pillow?! D:
Rin says: “TWICE? You’re gonna do this to me twice. Naomi, no! You fucking….stop right now!”
“WHAT?” NAOMI. Come on. You may not have much experience with like, any type of relationship, but even you know this is deeply wrong and hurtful.
Sophy says: She’s in complete denial right now. I wouldn’t be all that surprised if she suddenly covered her ears with her hands and sang “La la la!”
Can I just note that her skin and hair look amazing and luminous in this scene?
Rin says: “Don’t you dare leave me in your bed again.”
Good writing is ghuuuuud.
Sophy says: I love that she’s outraged. I love that she’s not just sad, she’s fucking angry and rightly so!
Sophy says: And this is the moment, which we’ll flail about over the page… if I hadn’t already been in love with Emily Fitch… I would have been now…
Rin says: I really want both of their jumpers.
We’ll talk more about the speech on the next page! It needs its own section!