JJ — Part 1

Sophy says: These credits shots are so cool. They’re way too cool for JJ. I don’t care that magic tricks are his thing. Stop trying to reason with me. I hate JJ. I HATE YOU. GO AWAY.

Rin says: I like his shirt. And you call that magic? He has nothing on this illusionist..

Sophy says: YOU’LL NEVER MEASURE UP, JJ. Seriously, Effy has more chance of out-gaying Naomi and Emily put together. (As in literally joined. As in they’re having sex when Effy tries to out-gay them.)


Rin says: This is special. Really really special.

Sophy says: LOOK AT HIS LITTLE HANDS! BATTING THE FOOD AWAY!!! This is how you get goop all over your face, JJ, sigh.


Rin says: Why was there so much food in his room. I don’t keep food in my room. Then again, apparently I have some crazy ass ideas about what’s right and wrong in particular rooms of the house.

Sophy says: I occasionally have toast in my room. But no actually usually it’s already in my tummy by the time I get up the stairs. So I occasionally have crumbs in my room :D

I feel sorry for that Hamster. It must have suffered. Cruelty to animals, JJ? Really? As if the ukuleles weren’t enough.

Speaking of music, can I just take a moment to say that if the musical number in JJ’s s4 ep is satan, the Debussy theme running through his s3 ep may very well be the lord almighty.


Sophy says: Ah, misc. condiment on the face. A fine tradition, started by Sid, carried on by Cook…

Rin says: Somehow I don’t see some fit and mysterious girl coming up to him, and telling him it’s ‘sweet.’



Rin says: I quite like this wall, it’s a bit Memento meets Alice’s Chart. I DON’T WATCH THE L WORD AND I’M NOT GOING TO.

Sophy says: One day you’ll cave. I know it. And I’ll probably come tumbling after.

OH LOOK, IT’S A CRAZY PERSON’S WALL. I wonder if JJ ever found out how much he and Effy have in common??? I gotta say, I think it was kind of selfish of Freddie to burn that cray-cray collage in 405 before JJ had a chance to take a look and get his Jeffy hopes up again.

Rin says: LOL. I’m not going to cave and watch The L Word. NEVER. I like my lesbians sparse and young, thank you very much.


Sophy says: JJ’s watch tells him it’s time for ‘Headfuck’. Which I think is pretty special.

Rin says: Aw England, with its overcast skies and their pretty little town houses, all in a row. AND THAT STREET LIGHT. Look at that streetlight! *giggles*

Sophy says: IS MR TUMNUS NEARBY??? IS HE???

Enquiring Mandehs wish to know…

Rin says: All the warmth just went out of the room.


Sophy says: “Gay Jay Gay Jay Gay Jay” yells the small and very unpleasant boy, and I can’t help thinking ‘Well you’re the one with the long hair, jewelry and man-boobs.’ And then I think about how I just said a small boy had man-boobs and I want to crawl into a dark, confined place and stay there till I forget.

Rin says: And then I think of that Simpsons scene where Homer chases around Uder with a towel screaming, ‘That kid’s got bosoms!!!’ ‘Don’t make me run!!! I’m full of chocolate!’

Sophy says: HAHAHAH and on that note, I’m going to launch into some srs bsns. “Gay-J.” It’s on the wall. It’s the neighbourhood kids’ favourite tune. Cook thinks it’s a term of endearment. Gay-J is all over this episode, and according to the chart it’s code for weird, unusual, special.

I find this very interesting given that JJ is about to spend most of the rest of the episode bonding with Emily ‘You’re Gay.’ ‘Yes.’ Fitch. And they’re not just going to be sharing a smoke and, I don’t know, listing their top ten Tegan and Sara songs. No. They’re going to be discovering things about themselves through each other. Emily is going to discover that her sexuality doesn’t define her – that yes, she’s gay, but she’s a lot of things. JJ is going to discover that his autism doesn’t define him – that yes, he’s a bit weird sometimes, but weird is unusual and special too, and at the end of the day, he’s as “normal” as half the other people on the show.

That’s what the writers are going for, anyway. I don’t know if I can condone this JJ is normal and/or special business. Like, I don’t know if I physically can.



Rin says: I once made a model airplane (for a design project) and I was way over my head. That shit is serious! I didn’t have the right glue, nor the right paint and at all times I just felt like a giant with giant hands. It was horrible :( My plane turned out really sad and pathetic and I had to change my whole idea…..*rocks back and forth* …did I just reveal a weakness?

Sophy says: AHHAHAAH OH RIN. HOLY SHIT. I know someone who will love this part of the recap.

I love the way JJ seeks comfort in his model planes and finds it in the store owner, who listens to him and tries to cheer him up with missiles on special offer. This is all a bit reminiscent of Cassie and Alan – the doctor is absolutely useless, but the guy you spend time with on the way to the doctor? He’s more of a therapist than the actual therapist – because at least he has that all important giving a shit part of the job down.


Rin says: Psycho Support. Although I’m more partial to this fail!sign than I am to ‘a cocks specialist’ in 406.

Sophy says: Psycho Support is way better. Everything in this episode is way better than everything in 406. FACT.

I’m slightly appalled that we didn’t use that second cap in a macro. But maybe we have standards???


Rin says: I’ve never had to weigh myself on one of those, in fact I don’t think I’ve actually seen one of those in real life. Why do they use those over the ~standard type of scales?

And Skins continues its trend of horrible horrible head doctors. Seriously, I don’t think they’ve had one positive experience portrayed on the show with a head doctor.

Sophy says: This is true. I was grinning and bearing the pervasively negative representation of mental health professionals, but the one with the baseball bat kind of tipped the scales into Wrong.

Speaking of scales…

Rin says: Wow, I didn’t see THAT one coming.


Rin says: More drugs. That’ll work.

Sophy says: lol STUN.

So anyway, what happens in this scene is basically this: JJ tells the shrink that he wants people to listen to him. The shrink promptly fails to listen to him. JJ says he’s been worrying. The answer to that is “Just don’t.” JJ says he’s been getting into rages and I think to myself STOP TRYING TO HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH ME RAGE BLACK-OUTS ARE SOPHY OF ROPHY’S THING.

Um. JJ says he’s been getting into rages and the shrink’s response is “Don’t do that.” JJ lets slip that he loves Effy and I giggle because honestly has he even had a single conversation with her up to this point?

And don’t tell me it’s okay because he really just means he likes her or is attracted to her. Words matter to me, okay? (Almost as much as they matter to David Mitchell.) I’d tell JJ to be more careful in future, but I know that he’s not going to be, and I’m going to be giggling again shortly.


Rin says: TAKE YOUR STUN FTLOG. Quick!!

Sophy says: The way the music comes in with him kicking the bin is fabulous.


Rin says: Oh wait, here’s something that’s surely better than any drug. A lovely friend in the form of Emily Fitch. JJ tells her he usually doesn’t see people he knows in this place, because ‘normal’ people don’t come here. And I love it.

I have to say Emily, I am really liking your outfit in this episode. *smiles bashfully*

Sophy says: I wish you could buy Emily-patches. What a cure-all they would be.

Rin says: I would wear 54 at all times.


Rin says: They compare drugs and maybe for the first time, JJ doesn’t feel so alone in this part of his world.

Sophy says: Emily says she just dropped by for a spot of therapy to help her be more honest with people. Only Emily Fitch would be honest enough to want to be even more honest. And I’m wondering, also, whether she wasn’t also looking for advice on how to handle Naomi’s dishonesty – maybe she thinks if they can tell her how to open up, she can pass that knowledge on to Naomi and they can get on with living happily ever after.


Rin says: Emily got a bit of counselling so she can be more honest with people. Because she just would, wouldn’t she? She’s clever and brave enough to know when to ask for help.

And this episode is so good in showing who Emily is outside of the Naomily bubble.

Sophy says: I want to be inside of the Naomi bubble.

Rin says: That is why God invented the acronym for Too Much Information.



Rin says: 3:1 ratio of Emily to JJ. Seems pretty fair, y/y?

Sophy says: Half a JJ might have been enough…


Rin says: ROFL. That Emily Fitch…she holds a force she can’t contain.

Sophy says: Yeah, idk what got into her there. Maybe she’s just trying to secure her special lady’s s4 episode? She heard about the ukuleles? She hates babies, idk?

Rin says: Maybe it’s rude to stare.


“I want to have sex with girls.”
“Right.”
“Yes, I like girls. I like sex with girls. I like their rosy lips, their hard nipples, bums, soft thighs… I like tits and fanny, you know. There, I said it and now…”

Rin says: Emily wants to have sex with girls. NOW NOW. I thought you were trying to be more honest with people. We all know you only want to have sex with one girl. And it’s not Megan Fox.

:)

Sophy says: I find it amusing that Emily’s big official reveal is to JJ, one of the few people who actually already knows – or at least suspects.

The speech is just wow. I love that they went there. That once again, they didn’t gloss over the fact that when Emily says she’s gay she doesn’t just mean she ~likes girls, she means she wants to sex them up good. Too many shows shy away from the lust component when depicting lesbian relationships, and it often smacks of that old misogynistic chestnust ‘It’s just that they’re afraid of sex.’ Skins knows better. It knows that Emily Fitch may be cute as a button, but she’s a lusty button, thank you very much.

Rin says: Emily Fitch: The Lusty Button. BRB writing screenplay.



Sophy says: Oh FFS. We were going so well JJ and then you had to faint because someone told you something “shocking” that you already knew. Emily expresses my feelings about this pretty well when she says “Oh fucking hell.”

Rin says: ’tis true. If there was a time to faint, it would have been after witnessing them kiss. At least that’s normal.

….RIGHT??? RIGHTTT?????

Sophy says: Why do you think I carry salts with me at all times???



Rin says: Right there with you Emily.

Sophy says: How could you bring Lara and the baby into this. Not to mention the… ukuleles. How. Could you.



Rin says: HAhaha, this is like what happens when you have that POP candy and soft drink. That was the best. :)

Sophy says: I have never tried this. I don’t want to ever try this.


Rin says: FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF I die for that second cap and I don’t even know her name.

…wut.


Rin says: It’s almost like a flip-book.

Sophy says: Emily’s vomit sound-effects are hilarious. If Kat actually produced those, colour me impressed.

And lol it looks like they’re spraying a hose behind her.

Rin says: That’s probably how they did it. Or a squishy bottle.


Rin says: Next thing you know you’re going to be telling me that it was purely coincidence that Mandeh is first introduced in JJ’s s4 episode.

Sophy says: It’s a cult. It’s a fucking cult and JJ is at the heart of it I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.


Sophy says: haha! She looks like such a little damsel in that first cap.

JJ looks sort of… dead. It’s like his cold, stiff, lifeless body is about to be swung over Emily’s little shoulder. And for the record? The chipmunk is not smiling.

Rin says: No it would not be smiling that’s for sure. It’d be cursing baby Jesus.

GAH, she’s so adorable in the first cap.



Sophy says: Lol. At least he didn’t pass out.

Rin says: Okay, so… Emily doing this reminded me of that Friends episode… The One With The Football, so I googled to see if there was a gif.

*Shakes head sadly*

DO NOT GOOGLE “PHOEBE FRIENDS FLASHES BOOBS”

Sophy says: I immediately googled. At work.

DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK



Rin says: Gosh that view is so gorgeous. This is probably where they film all of those bench scenes too.

Sophy says: TWO CASSIES ON ONE PAGE. This is as it should be.

Anyway, Emily tells JJ he needs to ask for the things he wants, and I have to say it’s a really great message. It’s something I only realized recently myself – and I’ve been around… a long time. The message: Sitting around wishing people would give you things isn’t going to get you anywhere. You have to ask. And sometimes you have to insist. At the core, I think what Emily is saying is that there’s no shame in valuing yourself, in looking people in the eye and saying “I deserve this.”

And if you’ll excuse me I’m going to file this part of the recap under ‘How To Be More Like Emily Fitch’.


Rin says: I suddenly feel like I really want to paint our house door a primary colour.

Sophy says: I love that she goes with him. I love that boosting people, helping them to be the best they can be, isn’t just about Naomi for Emily, it’s in her nature.


Rin says: I laugh when the first thing Karen does is ruffle his hair. YOU GO KAREN. And seriously, Ems. How many CHE awards do you want to win for christs sake. And still, she’s so modest and humble.

We could all do with a bit of Emily Fitch in us. *bows down*

Sophy says: Which bit?

:)


Rin says: Skins. Needed moar Karen/Emily interaction.

Sophy says: Needed moar Karen full stop. I find it interesting that she’s so aggressive when she thinks it’s Katie. I guess their inner HBICs already clashed?

Rin says: Needed moar Karen/Katie.


Rin says: It’s like the doors are celebrating Christmas!!!

Sophy says: lmfao! Skins needed a Christmas episode! Cook would totally dress up as Father Christmas. You know it’s true.

Rin says: Haha oh my god, do want.


“Does everybody know each other?”

Rin says: IS KAREN WEARING JEAN SHORTS AS A TOP? IDEK.

Sophy says: I… I’m just… staring. And staring. In bewildered awe. My face kind of looks like JJ’s right now.


Rin says: I am never getting past the 2nd frame of this macro. Never ever ever ever. And nor do I want to, I like it there.

Sophy says: Oh Sophia. Just because Freddie will accept your attentions in exchange for info doesn’t mean it’s going to work on everyone.


Rin says: WHY DOES JJ LOOK UPSET????

Sophy says: OH LOOK. IT’S A PLOT DEVICE DISGUISED AS A COUPLE.

I actually think there’s a reason JJ looks upset though. Freddie’s getting laid. Later he’ll see that Cook is getting laid (in case he didn’t already get the memo.) His friends are fighting and he’s in the middle. They’re having all the sex and he’s just scurrying between them feeling impotent and virginal. It’s actually quite well set-up, what with JJ walking in on both Freddie and Cook, thereby putting sex and the lack of it in the spotlight leading up to his deflowering-by-lesbian at the end of the ep.


Rin says: Hah, I think it’s awesome that his bed head is a fireplace.

Emily is all, ‘WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME???’ /porcelain skin

Sophy says: She didn’t tell you because you didn’t tell her Emsy. How do you like them apples?

Meanwhile, I’m fairly sure that ‘Sweet Jane’ wasn’t playing when I watched this scene on the dvd, because I would have noticed and congratulated Freds on his choice of sex-music.


Rin says: And Katie talks about how she was too busy putting in this black hair extension and curling her hair to tell her.

Sophy says: lol, Freddie looks so sheepish!

Rin says: Sometimes I think you just say things to provoke me.

Sophy says: FUCK. I’m in love. I need to crop this and make it my icon. Forever.


Rin says: Oh Freds. RIGHT UNDER HIS NOSE!!! THIS ENTIRE TIME!!!

Sophy says: FFS Freddie it’s not always about you!


Sophy says: JJ lets the cat out of the bag on the whole Emily’s gay thing.

Rin says: JJ YOU ASSHOLE. WHY. WHY. WHY.

I guess this is one of the instances where JJ is used as a cheap way to get ~secrets out.

Sophy says: They use him for this shit way too often. It makes it hard to take him seriously.


Rin says: FFFFFFFFFFFFF I MISS YOU FITCH’S SO DAMN MUCH. You better be all up in that movie, so help me god.

Hi Jack Thorne.

Sophy says: Hi.


Rin says: Om nom nom nom nom.

Sophy says: Thank God Karen lost Sexxbombs and turned her back on her dreams. Now the shed can start being itself again.


Rin says: I included a ridiculous Freddie expression just for you Sophy! <3

Do you think they made Luke shave his chest for this series, and then told him to let himself go for series 4? Seriously.

Sophy says: HAHAHHAAHAHAH. His chest looks like a blackberry patch.

Um.

JJ wants Freddie to listen to him more – “Doesn’t it matter what I think? Because I think it should matter more, you know,” he says. And it would JJ, maybe it really would if you actually had something to bring to the table beyond ‘Be nice to Cook because I don’t want to grow up.’

He goes on to show that he has understood absolutely nothing of the issues between Cook and Freddie, or, which is less entirely implausible, that he is willfully refusing to understand them. No, JJ. Freddie is not breaking up with Cook “just because of a girl.” This is something that has been building since the start of the series, something you’ve doubtless borne witness to since Skins was a glint in Elsley and Brittain’s eyes. Effy is the weapon, not the war.

Freddie has a bit of a hissy fit and says exactly what JJ doesn’t want to hear – he has to pick a side. Not very Dr Phil of him, but I can see where he’s coming from. Frankly, if a close friend of mine saw another close friend of ours punch my dead father’s photo, I’d damn well be expecting him or her to take my side about it – at least in the short term.

JJ didn’t. JJ followed Cook. JJ spent the next episode running merrily around after him while Freddie was alone and pretty fucking miserable. Looks to me like he already picked a side, and maybe that’s why Freddie isn’t really in the mood to have a heart to heart with him right now.

On another note, Ollie plays this scene so well. You can literally feel the sweat beading on his palms as he tries to hold firm, stay calm, plead his case, ask.



Sophy says: Oh look, it’s JJ’s ‘ism’. I guess now I have to be all PC and no longer mock him for be –


Rin says: HAHAHAHAHHA I CHOSE A RANDOM PLACE TO PUT THIS IN, VIA THE MEANS OF HTML, AND THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST INAPPROPRIATE PLACE EVER. I’M GONNA LET IT PLAY.

Sophy says: Foiled!


Rin says: I love this scene. It’s short and there’s no dialogue, but it really does well to show how JJ’s condition has been a lifetime of worry for his mother.

And that second cap, JJ just wishes he could be normal for his mother. That’s all he wants.

Sophy says: This is very, very sweet. It shows, without fanfare, how much JJ means to his mum, who actually might be the only decent parent on this show??? And it shows how much she means to JJ, who so clearly wishes he could just clean all this mess up for her, throw all the papers and pill-boxes away, be happy to make her happy. This scene is small and crucial. The emotional punch of the episode rests squarely on its tender shoulders.


Sophy says: Pills, pills, pills! But JJ is not shimmying. Oh no. He has the pursed lips of a determined man.

Rin says: I see Frankenstein.


Sophy says: Why are his eyes so blue and yet I don’t find them pretty?????

Are ukuleles really that destructive???

Rin says: The research is still being done. I mean. Who can really say?

Sophy says: At any rate, Cook calls to invite JJ to a party that night – as we shall find out later, he wants him to be his look-out when he buys drugs. He remembers that JJ had an appointment today, and I’m thinking that’s pretty sweet until what happens next happens and I want to absolutely barf. Cook hangs up, or he thinks he hangs up. He’s a little distracted see, because he decided to give JJ a call mid-shag. He huffs and puffs and tells his mystery companion “I love that barmy fucker. Everyone’s gotta have a friend who’s a twat and who’s not going to try and finger your pussy-candy.”

Okay first of all, pussy-candy? Seriously?

Second… JESUS CHRIST. Anyone who talked behind my back like that? Off  the Christmas card list. Permanently.

Which I suppose wouldn’t be too disappointing for them since I’m too lazy to actually send out Christmas cards, but still. It’s the principle of the thing.



Rin says: I LOVE THIS PART. I wish there wasn’t such a stigma about accepting candy from strangers, otherwise I have a theory that the world would be filled with a lot more free candy. And that my friends, is what a perfect world would look like.

Sophy says: I… love JJ. When he does this. I mean I really love him. I’m going to blame it on the Debussy, la la la I can’t hear you.


Rin says: Just get a haircut. PLEASE.

Sophy says: lmao, this was so brilliant. This whole exchange was like an odd little poem, a symbolic representation of JJ’s journey in this episode – he embraces his weird, unusual, special. He stands up for himself. And at the end of the day some people do listen. At the end of the day he’s happier for it.


Rin says: This is my favourite macro of the recap, ffs. EMILY IS DOING A FFS. I can’t refuse such greatness.

Sophy says: OH EFFY. Stop breaking my heart :((


Rin says: I know JJ! How rude of Effy to surprise you by being naked in her own room while you entered without permission.

Or maybe he just spotted the head in the fireplace.

SERIOUSLY THAT IS THE CREEPIEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE.

Sophy says: It would be creepier if it was Sophia’s head. Where is that manip??? We’re off our game, seriously.

And I seriously love this set-up. Effy alone in her room, naked and hunched over, the music so loud it’s almost an attack, the repetition of ‘Please don’t leave me alone’ ringing in her ears… It was just strange when I first watched it. In the context of 405 it’s downright chilling. And pretty fucking amazing.


Rin says: Okay, you guys need to trust me on this one. Look at the lights in the second cap, now scroll up and down quickly.

Trippy!!!!!

Aint this just the most sophisticated recap your eyes ever did see? :D

Sophy says: My browser is too much of a bitch to let me do this.


Sophy says: Effy is appalled and says “JJ” and “What the fuck.” twice over. JJ says he’s sorry, that the door was open and he came upstairs because he got “worried.” “About what?” Effy asks. And JJ starts to say “I thought you might have…”

If that’s not foreshadowing, I don’t know what is.

Meanwhile all you Freffy shippers and Ceffy shippers can stop your bickering. JJ clearly understands Effy the most.

Rin says: Oh yeah, cause that’s going to make everyone feel better. Yep. WELL DONE. It’s Jeffy people. It’s JEFFY.


Rin says: That’s just wrong.

Sophy says:

What I am getting from this is that the only way JJ can touch himself is to drug himself first. Which is very, very sad. And somewhat understandable.



“Please leave them alone, Effy.”
“Who?”
“I don’t mean to be rude but, Cook, Freddie and me… they’re the only friends I’ve ever had, and you’ve basically ruined everything, And I’d like you to stop now please.”

Rin says: I actually think the mango juice thing is really cute. And this whole exchange between Effy and JJ is nice. Well not the part where he just blurts out that he loves her, that’s a bit awkward, but I love Effy’s “Well, everybody loves me.”

Sophy says: The “Well, everybody loves me” is utter perfection.

And I liked the mango juice bit too. I even liked the way Ollie delivered the line. It was cute! I liked it! JJ, WHAT THE FUCK.

Anyway. JJ asks Effy to stop coming between Freddie and Cook, and, well, I agree with the sentiment JJ, but only because she should stop messing with both of their hearts, not because Effy is the problem between the two of them. It doesn’t matter how many times you say it, it’s not going to make it true.

Although… maybe it is going to make it true. Because this is more or less the point at which the writers begin to turn Cook/Effy into a romance and shove all of the messier, more interesting things going on between Freddie and Cook under it. Thanks a lot, JJ. I was really enjoying watching a triangle that wasn’t about ‘Oh noes, we both like the hot girl’ and you had to go and ruin it with your damn incantations!!! Stick to pulling rabbits out of hats in future please!

*cough*

Having said that, the way he asks her to ‘stop now please’ is very sweet and makes me feel for him. FUCKING HELL SDLFKJSDKL.

I find Effy rather less sweet when she says she “can’t do that.” JJ asks why not, and she doesn’t have an answer. Or not one she can share with the class anyway.



“Thanks for loving me.”
“No problem.”
“I’d like to be your friend.”

Sophy says: Upon rewatching in the context of the series as a whole this episode has given me one of my favourite Effy moments of all time. ‘Thanks for loving me’ breaks my heart. ‘I’d like to be your friend’ drops the pieces on the floor and stomps on them tenderly.

Rin says: I know right, and she uses small voice and urgh. My heart.

JJ REACTS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. And here we go ladies and gents. We give way too much credit to the Fredster for his headshake when this exists in the world.

Sophy says: FUCK. How did this one fly under the radar? Amazing.



Sophy says: Annnnd the mystery woman is Pandora. Fail.

I’m disgusted with Pandora, because Thomas is a dear, sweet, lovely person and he doesn’t deserve this crap from his girlfriend. I’m disgusted with Cook because the aforementioned Thomas saved his ass out of the goodness of his heart, and this is the thanks he gets? Really?

Also, ew. Thanks a lot, Skins, for burning the extremely unattractive image of Cook in his y-fronts and socks sticking his hand up Pandora’s skirt into my brain.

Rin says: URGH. WHY did they ruin the Panda/Cook dynamic in 304 by trying to keep it going. It really felt like they were trying to make things as ~scandalous as possible, which no. Unnecessary and gross.

Sophy says: Exactly. JJ/Emily works because it’s a one time thing and neither of them loses their dignity over it. I wish so hard that they had gone that route with Cook and Pandora.


Rin says: FUCKING STOP FAINTING.

Sophy says: JFC. Apparently JJ is more fond of the y-fronts and socks look than I am.


Rin says: CHRIS LOVES FISH. COOK EATS FISH. Chris would be shaking his head at such a fish eater staying in his old quarters.

Sophy says: OH CHRIS. I take comfort in the fact that he at least didn’t eat any fish in your room. That we know of.

JJ confronts Cook, and I love and adore the way he says “If it’s so wrong, why don’t you stop it?”, the way he cuts through Cook’s diversions and insists that he hasn’t answered his question: “What would be so bad about stopping?” It doesn’t work though. All he gets out of Cook is “Fuck other people” and some garbled nonsense about how screwing another man’s woman amounts to seizing the day, culminating in “Look at me, J, what else have I got?”

Which… um… the ability to be a decent person if you so chose?

Finally JJ snaps and yells at Cook that he should care about him…



Sophy says: So Cook gives him a hug and some comforting words. And JJ falls for it like a sucker, but hey Jack O’Connell is a very good actor and Cook is awfully adept at being adorable whilst being a dick. Still, if I were JJ I’d be kind of stuck on ‘Everyone needs a mate who’s a twat’ and possibly not so responsive to cuddles.

Cook then gives him the same ultimatum Freddie gave him, although it’s less of an ultimatum than an assumption – “Fuck Freddie. It’s just me and you now.” (Now come and be my look-out while I buy drugs – for my benefit, because you have no need or use for said drugs.)

Rin says: JJ was hoping for a kiss like Cookie gave Freds. YOU CAN SEE IT IN HIS EYES!

Sophy says: Seriously, that’s the triangle, right there. JJ loves Cook, Cook loves Freddie, Freddie loves Big Britt Tits.



Rin says: 500 cops come out at them, so they make a break for it. Unfortunately Cook didn’t get his drugs, and well, it’s not a party without drugs so JJ starts to suggest he take some Veritaserum.

I fucking love the colouring in these caps too. DSAGJAEOHJ:ERJ. PRETTY BLUES/GREENS. TEALS IF YOU WILL.

Sophy says: Agreed, they are beautiful. And lol, truth drugs. I wonder what will come of this…

I’m seeing cucumber sandwiches on a fine summer morn… Cook, Freddie and JJ prancing through fields wearing straw hats and picking wildflowers for their three Effies back home???

Rin says: My head wouldn’t explode at three Effies. Just saying.

Sophy says: Mine might.



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43 Responses

  1. Kat
    Kat at · Reply

    It’s a rat, not a hamster. I think. ‘Cos it looks like my rat. :3

    Three Effies would be the death of me. Just saying.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      LOL, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you don’t mean that in a good way ;)

  2. Brit B
    Brit B at · Reply

    Need moar JJ/Emily friendship plzkthanx. Oh god, Sophia hitting on Emily is so so wrong, I’m disturbed on a number of levels. And FAMILY GUY! Yes. I don’t care that it’s just a picture, I get super excited whenever someone mentions FG. Makes me feel good to know that people out there know that the place I live actually exists…

    Also there’s a new fic on FF.net called Halfway Valentine and I didn’t write it but it has all the Skinsies as study abroad students in Japan and Effy and Thomas are American, and Karen and Freddie are French, and Cook is Irish, and Pandapops is Swedish, and there is a distinct lack of Katie but she and Emily are both still British and JJ is Aus, but none of that matters becomes NAOMI IS AN AUSSIE TOO. I read that and died. Literally, I’m typing this from beyond the grave. An Australian Naomi is physically too hot to contemplate. I’d explode, happily and with a tear of joy like Rin did last episode.

    That is all.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      lmao, Rophy is torn. We’re pleased to have Naomi on our Aussie team, obvs. But JJ… we’re trying, we really are, but… :((

  3. rach
    rach at · Reply

    hahahahhaha sophia’s head on katie’s body. and the vomiting in such appropriate places. and sheep freddy. and keffy.
    Love.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      Sheep-freds is the best ♥

  4. bobb
    bobb at · Reply

    the fact that u opened this up with Arrested Development means it can be nothing but epic! not a big JJ fan but u seem to make this ep sooo much fun! Freddie as a sheep = priceless/never ending lols. also ill be 1st in line opening night og Emily Fitch: The Lusty Button!

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      First in line, huh? We’ll be watching…

  5. Trinh
    Trinh at · Reply

    i’ve only seen this episode once, so i’d forgotten how pretty emily looked in this episode.

    lol at effy with naomi’s pic on top of her fireplace.

    i scrolled up and down quickly and saw the trippy lights. it was cool. but then i kept scrolling up and down and now i feel dizzy.

    also, i laughed when i saw that there were only 2 pages to this recap.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      lmao, we may like the episode but it’s still JJ’S EPISODE. 2 pages is plenty.

  6. blondie
    blondie at · Reply

    Effy’s t-shirt macro…oh…the lols. Just give up Effy. You can never match up to that fiesty Campbell.

    And Sophia/Freddie? Just wrong…on so many levels. Yet also right and hilarious!

    I’m glad you guys are so objective about this episode, because looking back on things on a whole it was actually very good. It had a whole lot of character development on nearly every front (which is what a lot of the other episodes lacked) and we got to see some secondary friendships being formed. ie. JJ/Emily and Naomi/Effy (putting ‘The Gayest Race’ aside lol)

    Onto the next page :)

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      Sophia has that knack of being so wrong she’s right ♥

      And yeah, Rophy may not appreciate JJ generally, but we can’t deny this ep was one of the better ones of the season!

  7. Shoegazer
    Shoegazer at · Reply

    “PHOEBE FRIENDS FLASHES BOOBS”
    I did not google that. True story :D

    Um, yeah anyways

    http://i47.tinypic.com/2416r74.gif
    http://i50.tinypic.com/11uukk4.gif

    Naomi & Emily playing sports like that? It’s happening.

    1. anat
      anat at · Reply

      OMGaAHahahAHAHhahahahahaha!!
      U are a saint for saving us “innocent” folks the trouble of finding those vids! Plus i’ve never seen that episode.. which is pretty bizzar since we have Friends reruns on reruns over here lol.
      And if Naomily were to play sports that way i would def have the Chandler reaction ;))))))

      1. Sophy
        Sophy at · Reply

        Naomily playing sports would be the cutest.

        Someone write me a Naomily-play-football-in-the-park fic right now.

    2. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      lmao, Rin will love you for those gifs.

  8. Angie
    Angie at · Reply

    I don’t understand food in one’s bedroom.

  9. bridget
    bridget at · Reply

    “Emily Fitch: The Lusty Button.”

    Yes…  and we all know how much Naomi loves buttons.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      She seriously, seriously does. Those earrings were always like a mating call.

  10. M
    M at · Reply

    mandeh’s a dementor!
    i just feel like i’ll never be cheerful again: (

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      haha oh M! *hugs*

  11. M
    M at · Reply

    hahaha, i almost read “lusty button” as “lusty bottom!”
    that little button is a feisty top, isn’t she? haha, well, AT LEAST a switch.
    oh, dear. yes, i’m stopping now.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      I’m sure her bottom is lusty too.

  12. M
    M at · Reply

    nice! which *bit* of emily fitch? :D
    i’m not gonna be pervy, i’d like the brave bit.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      haha!

  13. Kim
    Kim at · Reply

    Can you guys write me a ‘How To Be More Like Emily Fitch’ post? I want to learn.

    1. anat
      anat at · Reply

      YES definitely count me in on that! i feel like that could be a very valuable lesson for life :)

    2. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      That’s a very good idea, Kim. *puts it on the Rophy list*

  14. diggablu
    diggablu at · Reply

    So Freddie shagging Sophie ruled the world( and I reckon he fully would of too ’cause he’s a little bit easy), and Emily truely is the best of us all.
    Gotta disagree with you on the Panda/Cook thing though(won’t give them a shipper name ’cause lets never ship this). While yes, it does suck that they went passed the sweetness of 304, must we be reminded that Skins tries its best at “keeping it real” and in reality people lose their dignity to fuckwits all the time.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      Freddie’d be like ‘um what, what’s happening, oh! Sex. I’m having it. *shrug*’

      Yeah, I just wish it hadn’t been Panda, because… I love her. They should’ve had JJ be the humiliated asshole. Hrmph.

      1. diggablu
        diggablu at · Reply

        If Cook “willywaggled” JJ then Cook would be the one losing his dignity to a fuckwit…that’s waaay worse.

  15. M
    M at · Reply

    i don’t know if you realize what a pioneer sophia was:

    http://www.afterellen.com/blog/emilyhartl/styled-out-shred-your-shorts

    i made the second comment: )

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      haha! Very special.

  16. Lauren
    Lauren at · Reply

    The Effy tshirt marco was pure genius.
    God I love you two :D

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      We love you too! :)

  17. Alexandra Ellen
    Alexandra Ellen at · Reply

    Mega lols at the effy t-shirt macro. :)
    I will say I said exactly the same thing about the L word as you, then watched one episode and now can’t stop! Help! Please! lol x

  18. heather hogan
    heather hogan at · Reply

    Mandy in Narnia is like Death Eaters in Hogwarts. (That sentence has so many capital letters it looks like a news headline.) Anyway, you know what I love? I love that you guys have found the perfect balance between roll-in-the-floor LOLs and narrative deconstruction. It’s genius. YOU’RE geniuses. It makes me feel so happy inside.

  19. uber
    uber at · Reply

    lol I just noticed that that Mandeh in Narnia manip is titled “notgoa” Awesome.

  20. Gins
    Gins at · Reply

    Emily automatically going for the tits thing to calm JJ down. I love it. I LOVE IT. I aspire to be the kind of lesbian Emily is. Not one fuck. NOT EVEN ONE. Blasphemy. Thank you, Emsy. You inspire me constantly.

  21. Gins
    Gins at · Reply

    ALSO YOU DID IT AGAIN
    THE FUCKING EFFY CAP
    IT’S 1:46 IN THE MORNING and I laughed loudly for at least a good solid minute. I just feel so horrible for Effy. Her plans to be the gayest are always, always foiled.
    f(oiled)
    f(oil)ed
    (OILS)

  22. ohwowlovely
    ohwowlovely at · Reply

    I’ve seen some but not much of The L Word. You should watch Sugar Rush, it’s amazing and they’re younger and it’s kind of Skins-ey. (Skins-like?) It’s adorable.

    I think those scales are more percisley accurate. Though I’ve never even seen one in all my years of psycho therapy, I’ve been weighed but just on normal scales, only bigger versions of what you’d have at home.

    For a second I thought the sign was actually meant to be psycho therapy/centre whatever it was, lol.

    I want to be in an Emily bubble please.

    I forget the rest of what I was thinking/gonna say. Emily Fitch does that to me…

  23. ANoelle
    ANoelle at · Reply

    I really hate the way that Skins portrays mental health professionals. I’m glad you guys picked up on that.

  24. Berita Terbaru
    Berita Terbaru at · Reply

    Cek langsung disini Berita Terbaru terhangat dan terpercaya

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