Katie, I can’t stand this. I’m a person. I’m not you.
Sophy says: What are you trying to say, Emily? Katie’s not a person??? Rude.
Rin says: lol get off your high horse Emileh.
Sophy says: I love how Katie looks so weary and sheepish. And I love that Emily pulls her strap up. Or is she pulling it up? Frankly, I’m astonished at her hypocrisy. ILLEGAL!!!
Rin says: /shakes head. Upsetting. But yes omg, such an adorably loving act from sister to sister.
Although at this point, one of the students shouts, ‘Kiss her!’ and JFC. What IS IT with you English and your Incest. It’s just hand in hand isn’t it?
Rin says: Emily takes off her dress in front of everyone and before I can say, ‘WHOA Emily, it’s not that kind of ball!’ it appears she’s wearing some more clothes underneath. Shoot.
She takes off her shoes as well which makes for the cutest shot later on. And then ta-da, we have twins, but individualist twins.
Sophy says: LOOK AT HER LITTLE FACE. Oh God, so cute. And the way she’s holding up the shoe just makes me think she’s about to say “Katie, I just don’t like shoes, okay?” and then Rin will run up and be all ‘OMFG RIN/EMILY OTP!!!!!’
And oh gosh, I just got the symbolism of that. At the bus-stop she’s shoeless because she’s too broken up to even bother to find them before running away from Naomi. But at the end of this episode? She’s shoeless by choice – and Naomi is by her side by choice also. Love.
Rin says: FFFFFFFFFF JFC THIS SHOW. GUHGUHGHU I LOVE THIS SHOW.
You have to understand, Katie. I love you, and I’ll never really leave you. But I can’t fix this.
Sophy says: LOOK AT HER LITTLE SCRATCHES. What? They’re cute.
Rin says: Since there was no Tony/Effy this gen, there could have been a real lack of that sibling dynamic. Luckily I think Katie and Emily, and the Fitch’s, filled that gap which I so loved from gen 1. Especially in S4, I came to love them even more. Do I need to remind you?
We need to recap that recap. Badly.
Sophy says: Agreed. I think my whole commentary on that scene was just keyboard mashing. Lazy.
I like girls. No, I like a girl. No.. I love her. Ok? I love.. her.
Rin says: The crowd gasps and one bystander even shouts, ‘I knew it!’ and I’m like, please. What gave them away? The kissing in the halls or the stolen glances from day one?
So this is it. The moment when it’s finally said out loud. It’s not just about girls, it’s about a girl. And it’s not like, it’s love. And sometimes I like to think that that was always the case. Their biggest fears were never about liking girls and everything that comes with that, it was about one person, Naomi, and one person, Emily, and their shared love. In my head, Emily follows shortly after Naomi on account of the whole, ‘I think I was 12’ deal. They didn’t know they were gay at 12, but they knew of a girl at school who, for whatever reason, they loved.
“You know when you’ve just met someone but straight away you feel as if they’re going to be your friend? Who knows why? Past life, physiognomy.”
And that feeling. That was what they each held on to and couldn’t understand for 3 years of silence, until Naomi plucked up the courage to talk to Emily. Which may have been something along the lines of, ‘May I borrow a pen? Mine’s run out of ink.’
And then everything that happened from then on just proves that you had been right in that first moment.
A random house party, a slightly intoxicated chaste kiss in the garden. And before you knew that it had happened, you knew that you had wanted it to.
Oh christ, same fucking form.
I want to kiss you now.
You liked that.
You make me feel like a better person. Less alone, less lonely.
If I said no, would I regret it?
Wriggling in tents and picking leaves out of hair.
I love you too.
Sophy says: Oh… oh. It’s like a poem, isn’t it? So much of this show and this ship is like a poem that sometimes I just can’t take it.
And gosh honestly. Kat is just such perfection in this scene. The way she says that last her, and the look on her face… it’s like this mixture of resignation and determination and sadness and hope and silent pleading and guhhhh.
Rin says: DUCK FACE NAOMI! Quack..quack..quack.
Glasvegas – It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry starts to play and dear lord, could there be a better song for this moment? No. The answer is no.
Sophy says: The song choice is almost cruel in retrospect. But then in extra retrospect it’s… still cruel. But deliciously so. Because Naomi and Emily get their happy ending when all is said and done, so yeah, the irony of the title hurts, knowing what’s going to happen over the summer, but it doesn’t hurt in the way that would make me want to hunt the Skins music head down and pelt him or her with CHE awards.
And meanwhile can we just take a moment to revel in the yearning that’s going on here. Emily is practically begging Naomi with her eyes – please, please, please let this be the moment.
Rin says: Emily lets out one final, ‘Okay?’ and Katie responds with an affirming ‘Okay.’
And how long has Naomi had her arm stuck out like that for? Nerd.
Sophy says: THE HAND. Naomi’s reaching out and there’s no catflap in this room full of people, and I think right now Pandora is so jealous she’s about to start crying. Aw.
Rin says: Ann-Hog.
Sophy says: Oh God. We need a poll at some point. Some kind of Ann-Hog/Mandeh face-off.
Rin says: As Emily goes to claim her prize, the other students start to SLOW CLAP. And Jesus, I do love a good slow clap.
Sophy says: I love this school. They’re all like ‘Lesbians! Hells yeah!!!’
Rin says: That’s because it’s the school that Bryan Elsley built. They have a portrait of him in the principal’s office.
Rin says: As they exit, we get this shot of Panda where she’s basically holding on by a thread. Naomi and Emily got their happy ending (for now ), so what about her?
Sophy says: What about her indeed. Bitches are going to steal her cheating plotline next year, the least they could do is share their happily ever after masquerade…
Rin says: Oh and, you don’t really think we’d go a whole recap without one of these, did you??
Sophy says: Rinscope? What would I do without you. I like how you got that random asian in there too.
Rin says: omg, you always make everything so racial. MAYBE HE’S THE NORMAL ONE AND EVERYONE ELSE IS WHITE AND RANDOM.
Sophy says: SEE? THIS RIGHT HERE? HAPPY LESBIANS PUT EVERYONE IN A LOVIN’ MOOD. Thomas is all ‘omg Naomily OTP’ and immediately moseys on over to Pandora to make up. All he has to do is say her name and smile like that – like he used to – and she knows this is it – he’s going to give her her chance. So she says “Please, can we start again?” and then she starts to stutter about promises, and before she can get onto the evils of surfing and turfing or even work in the word ‘whizzer’, he says “Hello. I am Thomas. So glad to meet you.”
MY HEART. IT’S FUCKING MELTING LIKE AN ICECREAM IN HELL.
Oh these two. They are such a major coulda, shoulda, woulda for me.
Rin says: How did you get ice cream in hell? Or maybe that’s what they do. Give out free ice cream to only have you see it melt right in front of you again and again and again. Bastards.
Rin says: I hate Effy. There, I said it.
Sophy says: If Tegan were here right now, Rin, she’d be saying “Not as much as me, dude. Not as much as me.”
Rin says: NAOMTRANCE!!!!!!! Or is it a naomxit? Either way, it’s one of the best ones.
And guh! The height difference has never been more adorable with Emily barefoot and Naomi in heels.
Their playful dialogue makes me swoon. Emily repeating Naomi’s earlier use of ‘eventful’ and they’re both just so happy walking out of the Love Ball, hand in hand, just as it should be.
Sophy says: I think Emily took her dress off so she wouldn’t clash with Naomi’s tartan. And also in preparation for sexytime.
Rin says: They totally went behind the middle school and tried to get each other pregnant. Lol noone told them.
Fingers don’t ejaculate.
Sophy says: Oh God. Way to top everything gross I’ve said ever.
I love you too.
Rin says: ESIOHAGSEOIHNGWEJDMXPOGJVAMSEOPHGMRSIHASEGPWNEGVPOAWNDIAFXNGASE
It’s too much.
Sophy says: You see I love how simple this is. How pure and uncluttered and just freezeframe, Naomily OTPage.
And I love that this is such a mirror of the last scene of that other finale that we’ll be recapping next – these two, walking away from a catfight and a catflap and off into the new world they’ve made for themselves, the way Cook/Freddie/Effy will sail away – home, maybe – into a future that’s uncertain, but better, they hope.
And of course it’s not better, not for any of them. There’s a world of misery waiting round the corner, and Emily, darling, if you think your heart got broken at any point this year, I’m more sorry than I can say… but you aint seen nothing yet. And Naomi? If you think you’re scared now, I’ve got one word for you: Rooftop.
But can we just please forget about that now and bask?
I just wanna bask.
Rin says: OMG CHOSEN
Also, look at the little smirk on Emily’s face! She can only be thinking one thing.
Bestiality. Not a fan.
Sophy says: Oh jesus christ. NAOMI PLEASE STOP WADDLING
Rin says: YOU LOOK LIKE A TORTOISE.
Also, that’s totally how they should have walked out of the Love Ball.
Sophy says: I would have stood up and applauded even taller and louder. These girls. Supercalla.
Rin says: I like how Naomi and Emily are both kind of roughed up…it looks like they went patrolling with Buffy.
Also, I didn’t get this macro at first. Which made me really unhappy and told me that I really have to rewatch Buffy.
Sophy says: YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED. And I love that there are so many ‘He who laughs last’ caps of Cook to choose from. He never lets me down. ♥
Sophy says: You know how people are always complaining that there’s no Naomily in this episode? Rophy is here for you, whingers! Just. You. Wait.
Meanwhile my pants have left the building.
Rin says: YOUR PANTS CAME OFF? This is new territory.
Sophy says: My pants are always coming off. I just don’t feel the need to tell all and sundry about it, unlike some people.
Rin says: Gawd Effy, if Freddie/Katie bothered you that much, why did you take a picture of them with you? Silly.
Sophy says: We all know which half she’s going to keep. Just sayin’.
Rin says: And she put it in her wallet to bring out at dinner parties to show people her ‘only one.’
Rin says: Okay, with the winking eye, he kind of looks like the face on the trophy.
I actually can’t stop staring now.
Sophy says: HAHAHAHAHAHA. Winking-Bryan is the best Naomily Stan ever.
And you know what? I almost want Jamie to actually, for real work lightning into gen 3. Just because.
Well, Rophites. What a delicious hour of television this was. As a final thought, I’ll leave you with an excerpt from my notes for this episode that I think it sums things up nicely…
I LOVE YOUTOO
Rophy says: Amen.