“He’s not picky.”
“I am! A bit. Well, not really.”
Rin says: Nick suggests that Alo and Franky hook up, and whoa whoa whoa! Nick, no! That just might be the one person I’m not shipping Franky with. In a sex way. It’s so completely absurd and everyone knows it, but that doesn’t stop Matty from being amused by the thought and egging Franky on.
Sophy says: Oh man, Nick has a horrible habit of saying things exactly the wrong way. I cringed at the way he made Franky seem like some kind of fundamentally undesirable last resort for Alo. That’s kind of why she’s looking the way she is in that last cap – that and the stark contrast with his brother’s attitude to her in episode one…
I get the impression that Matty was probably the first guy in Franky’s life to ever tell her point blank that she’s beautiful – not a “needs must” type of a girl, but a beautiful one.
And I think right now she’s really feeling the cruel irony of finding him again and finding out he’s now taken.
Rin says: After Matty suggests Franky go for it, Franky shoots him a look and OH MY GOD. Franky. Dakota. WHOEVER. Just, amazing. Really. I love her hand and her posture and just everything about it.
And the light on Matty in his cap is freaking glorious.
Sophy says: That look Franky gave him was incredible. And just… the whole shot. Her expression, the angle of her head, her hand… guh.
I love that Matty pushes, just to see what her reaction will be. And I think he gets exactly what he’s trying not to want from her.
Rin says: Nick seems very pleased by the idea and points out that they’d all be couples and could swing and shit, and Gross And in more ways than one, because on the one hand he’s joking, but on the other not really because he has a thing for Liv and actually still wants to have sex with her.
Liv is rightly skeeved by it all and excuses herself to the bar, to which Nick embarrassingly jumps up at the opportunity to help her out. And even worse, when Mini points out that he still has a full pint, he quickly downs it in one go just so he can have an excuse to go to the bar too. Oh Nick.
Sophy says: There was something really aggressive about that gesture. I mean, sure, Nick is pretty clueless and that’s what gives him 90% of his trouble socially… but he can’t be that clueless. Skulling the pint was most definitely a thinly veiled ‘Fuck you’ to Mini. Well, Nick, you’re going to get one RIGHT BACK. WITH NO VEIL AT ALL.
Throw it ‘oer my face!
Rin says: I wanted to include that cap of Mini just to show you how good Freya, (or possibly even the directors) are because that is attention to detail. The fact that she has her arm over her stomach speaks a lot for how insync Freya is with her character, because that little idiosyncrasy is something that is inherently Mini. It’s subtle and its small, but I appreciate those kinds of things because characters aren’t defined by one big thing, one shiny moment, it’s all the little things that make them human, make them real.
Sophy says: Totally wonderful.
Sophy says: So Nick goes up to try and start a conversation with Liv about her being with Matty and what that means for “us”, and it’s just painful, and honestly I kind of love the way Liv cuts straight through his bullshit and tells it like it is. Because Liv gets herself into a bit of a mess throughout the series – multiple messes, actually – but at the end of the day, straight-forward is who she is.
Nick is back in his less-than-noble mode and is painting Matty as a psycho again to Liv. She sees through it and asks him outright if he has a problem with the two of them being together. And that’s when he gets onto “us” and she is all BAM! there is no “us” and there never has been.
“Come on, we had good times.”
“We fucked… twice. And I wasn’t even fucking you. I was fucking Mini.”
I giggled so much. Behind my hands.
Rin says: HAHAHA I giggled too. It was so perfect. Like you can really only say that with completely platonic ships, and no one bats an eyelid.
Sophy says: Liv turns the conversation around to what matters – she reminds him that Mini knows what happened between them but she’s still with him. She thinks that’s fucked up… Nick doesn’t. Or won’t. He trots out his “better than ever” lie, and Liv flounces off with “If that’s what you think, then you two deserve each other.”
And they do in some ways. Because in some ways they are so similar – with their need to win, with their deep loneliness, with their capacity for denial. Mini and Nick are very much parallel characters, and that’s probably why they can’t work as a romance. They’re too alike. They’re too inclined to feed each other’s weaknesses.
Rin says: And the whole wrong hole thing is probably really hard to get over.
Rin says: Nick orders a plentitude of shots for himself and Matty and they go at it, shot after shot.
Nick is such a third wheel at the moment, even though his gorgeous girlfriend is sitting right opposite him.
Rin says: OMG FREYA EYE
They continue to take shot after shot and Nick has a really long and obvious perve at Liv’s chest. Which everyone notices, especially Mini. And oh Mini
Sophy says: That closeup of Freya’s eyes is insane. And I just love this whole sequence – how it’s all fun and games and totally not fun and games.
Rin says: Whoever could you be calling Mini???! Actually, I had no idea when I first watched it
SEBS FACE IN THE SECOND CAP IS THE CUTEST THING. SO SO CUTE. Laya too <3 ..OH OKAY, AND FREYA. EVERYONE IS CUTE OKAY.
Sophy says: OH MY GOSH THEY ARE SO ADORABLE. People complain that we didn’t see enough of Matty and Liv, but to be honest I don’t think we needed to. Time is tight in a 10 episode series of Skins, it’s even tighter with just 8. I’m quite able to extrapolate from their behaviour in Liv’s episode and imagine the cute little conversations they are having right here that are making them laugh so cutely.
Yeah, I had no clue. I didn’t anticipate her move at all.
Rin says: Every time I look at that second cap I snort. I just. There is something so ridiculously funny about it. Something to do with the way Freya is trying to sexy-dance with Rider while staring down Nick with a, ‘Oh yeah, that’s right, two can play this game’ face.
Sophy says: WELL PLAYED, MINULATOR.
The cap is hilarious. Just. Yes. It’s the contrast of the dancing with the srs bsns face. And I love that this dancing is completely ugly and manipulative and gross… we’re not up to letting go yet. That dancing will be different.
Rin says: No it’s not right Nick, but I really don’t think you’re in any position to say so.
Sophy says: God he is so sweaty and wrecked.
Rin says: YES YES YES! We’re starting to see the real Nick come out as Rider pushes him to his limits, calling Matty a freak and other unpleasantries. He thumps him on the nose and it feels like something that has been a long time coming.
Sophy says: Rider was dissing his brother and calling Liv a slut and getting his grubby hands all over Mini and it was all too much. I love that Matty tries to stop Nick from reacting and I love that he snaps anyway… I love that he swaps passive aggression for, you know, aggressive aggression. Because okay, violence is not the answer, etc, etc, but if anyone deserved a good thump right then it was Rider.
Rin says: Franky and Liv in red. They look good in red.
Sophy says: Pretty, pretty, pretty.
“Don’t….suddenly act like you care.”
“If you cared then why did you fuck my best friend?”
“Fuck you! Fuck you Nick.”
Rin says: I LOVED this exchange. Mini finally standing up to Nick and not putting up with his shit any longer. Not bothering with any more games because it’s just gone too far now, there’s no salvaging any of what they had, which really wasn’t much in the first place.
I loooove the way Sean delivers ‘I do!’ and ‘Mins..’ because it feels like he does care about Mini, and never meant to hurt her — but he’s just kind of a dick?
By the way, I’m dying for a Mini/Nick scene next series that ties up their relationship/history. I think it could be super sweet and super cute. And super fantastic.
Sophy says: FUCK YOU! NO VEIL!
This moment was such a relief for me, because just watching Mini try to pretend everything was okay when it was all fucked was exhausting. I can only imagine how it would feel to her. And just… finally she’s being real. Finally she’s breaking through. Most of the other characters experienced turning points within their episodes – as in they got to their lowest ebb and we experienced their rebirth… not so with Mini. She was in the ashes at the end of her episode. This is her rising.
I think Nick does care about Mini… it’s just that he’s not a full grown man yet. He doesn’t know how to manage the different sides of his personality and Mini gets caught up in the mess that is who-he-isn’t-quite-yet. I very much want at least one scene between Mini and Nick in the second series, because I think it would be really interesting to see how they interact once they’ve both grown up a whole lot.
Rin says: This is the scene from the trailer that I just knew I was going to love. I make no effort to hide my affections for Skins and its siblings, or even siblings on tv in general, I love them. And as soon as it was revealed that these two were brothers I was intrigued by what their dynamic and would be. Would I love them as much as I love Tony/Effy and the Fitch twins? The answer? They’re well on their way.
If we put things into perspective, it seems like Nick has had to be the ‘bigger’ brother, the better son, for quite some time now while Matty runs off and does his rebel-thang. But in this little rugby moment we see Matty start to take back some of that responsibility.
“Fancy throwing a ball?”
“Won’t your friends be missing you?”
“Come on. I can still beat you.”
It makes me conjure up images of a younger Matty and Nick, playing on the very same pitch they’re on now (how else would Matty know where to find him?), and Matty beating Nick time and time again. And that also being the reason Nick got into rugby in the first place and why he strived to be the best.
Sophy says: OH CHRIST THE VAMPIRE DIARIES DID THIS TOO. But see there it was shoe-horned in because it’s something good old American vampire brothers should do to work out their issues. Whereas here, again, it’s completely organic. It makes sense that Nick would go to the pitch. He knows that he’s fucked everything up because he’s gotten himself pissed, and the sensible thing to do would be to go home, drink a bottle of water, and go to bed, but he’s drunk, so instead he decides to bash his head against a brick wall for a while.
And oh I love that Matty follows him. Good brother
(Matty totally beat Nick over and over again at rugby until that day when he stopped growing and Nick was all Sucker!!!!!)
Rin says: Oh my god, he’s so cute with Nick. And I think it’s really moments like this that grounded Matty as a character, he’s just another one of these kids. I think Skins were a bit misguided in trying to market Matty as the ‘mysterious’ one — it put that into peoples minds that he’s supposed to be this mystical wizard-type character when he’s not. Not really. He walks. He talks. He shops. He sneezes.
He’s a member of this gen who does and wants the same thing as everybody else. He’s just a little different. Literally and metaphorically.
Sophy says: I haven’t seen Matty as particularly ~mysterious since we got to know him some more in the last episode. I think Franky still sees him as mysterious, but that’s another matter.
Sophy says: IF EVERYTHING JUST GETS STRIPPED AWAY
Rin says: Now if you’ll excuse him, he has to go save the world. A lot.
“Everything’s been fucking easy for you isn’t it? I’ve worked my arse off, I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do and you just… you walk back in like nothing happened and fuck up my life again!”
“I’m not the one fucking you up Nick!”
Rin says: Oh angst. I love you, never leave me?
I love that Nick is busy misguiding his blame onto Matty, whilst also pointing out the reason he’s feeling so miserable right now when he says, “I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do.”
Sophy says: Oh my gosh, this was such a tingly parallel to I’m not trying to ruin your life – Could’ve fooled me.
Also, can we take a moment to bask in the song choice for this scene? Kyle Lynd freely admits to having an ear-crush on The National, and we can safely say we have no problem with that.
“You’ve had a bad night because you chose to have one or is that my fault too is it?”
Rin says: YOUR SON NEEDS YOU, YOU BASTARD
Sophy says: Oh my gosh this was so painful. And it was more painful on repeated viewings actually, when I took the time to really absorb the coldness of it. I also love, love, love the way Sean delivered “I’ve had a bad night.”
And I love the matter-of-factness with which Mr Levan says that his client has died, the way he shoves any hint of guilt or grief under his hate on the authorities for questioning him about his motivational techniques that might be better described as abuse.
“Blame culture, that’s what’s wrong with this country.”
Oh Mr L. I don’t know what’s wrong with the country, but I know what’s wrong with this family, and it’s you.
“Dad, I need..”
“Fucks sake Nick! Grow up.”
Rin says: His face after Mr Moustache leaves is heartbreaking.
Sophy says: When you rewatch, knowing what comes later… this is the moment that you look at his face and wonder how long it’s been since his mother has held him and told him everything was going to be okay.
Rin says: If I wasn’t already sold on Sean (I was) this would have absolutely done it for me. I was floored by his performance during this scene, it was 100% real and I felt every little bit of frustration and despair. The build up was lovely and paced really well, I loved his breathing, the way he tightened his grip on the golf club. Guh. Glorious headfuck scene.
Sophy says: This is some of the best acting in the series. In fact it’s some of the best acting in the show. There was nothing false about him. He was completely lost in his character’s despair and that’s why the scene left me hovering above my chair in a state of cat-like readiness.
Rin says: The music for the build up was so freaking good, as its luminous and actually… dangerous. And as he lets out a scream and takes his first swing it abruptly stops so all we hear is the chaos Nick is causing.
IT’S FUCKING PERFECT.
Sophy says: His screams were amazing. Just. Wow.
Rin says: Cook/Sponge 4eva.
Sophy says: and eva and eva.
Rin says: When Matty finally gets home (it takes him longer because of his little legs), he tells Nick to go — because he doesn’t want Nick to get in trouble, because he knows exactly what Nick’s going through and knows he needs to just get away from it all.
Sophy says: Oh gosh I love this so much. That Nick comes home and does the exact same thing his psycho/misunderstood brother did a few weeks ago. And that Matty is there and sees it and understands and doesn’t judge and just tells him to go – get away from the destruction and the shit that will be raining down when his dad gets home. He’ll take care of it. Cos that’s what brothers do for each other.
Rin says: Nick makes a run for it and I feel like the last time we saw a Bristol street at night was when Cook went after Foster. I could be wrong though.
Sophy says: Oh Nick.
Rin says: HAHAAH. This is never a good idea. And I’ve totally done this to get into my own house after forgetting my keys. That and driving my car up really close and hopping on the boot. Creative.
I love it when he loses his shoe :X:X
Sophy says: This scene was so brilliant. Like. It managed to be really funny and really upsetting at the same time. And yes, it’s the best when he loses his shoe. Little details like that make it feel real.
Rin says: OUCH. JUST. FUCKING OUCH.
He’s lucky he didn’t break his back.
Whenever I think of someone breaking their back from falling, I think of Orlando Bloom. Is that wrong?
Signs I used to be a massive Orli fangirl
Sophy says: Take note, US Skins – that’s about the limit on how far you can fall and hop back up again. Kay? Kay.
I love Orlando Bloom. Because of Extras. Maggie/Orlando forevs.
Rin says: Liv finally comes out onto the balcony after hearing all the ruckus Nick is making. Nick starts coming out with all this, ‘You’re the only one who understands me!’ “I need you Liv!’ and ohhhh drunken Nick. You’re a mess.
Liv shuts him down immediately, which I adore her for. “No you don’t Nick. I don’t know what you need, but it’s not me.”
Sophy says: SEE. AGAIN. NO BULLSHIT. I love that about her so much.
Oh Nick, I think it should be pretty clear by now that she doesn’t understand you. And how could she? You haven’t really been making much sense.
Perhaps you should have offered to drink that bottle of vodka for her
Rin says: She tells him to go home, and her top with a flame heart is cute. And her pink socks!
Sophy says: I loved Laya’s acting in this scene. The way she made her hand gestures small, like she was trying to be quiet with them. Adorable.
Rin says: Um, this whole sequence is thoroughly upsetting.
I’m going to need to get my eyes cleaned, and I’m sending you the bill Bussetil.
Sophy says: This kind of broke my heart. Someone has some real mummy issues
Rin says: So now we’re back at the sex mother’s place and ew ew ew. Please hurry up and get it over with.
She’s not even a smart sex mother, like, she gives him cocaine and sex for free. YOUR POOR PHOTOGRAPHED CHILDREN.
Sophy says: THE SEX MOTHER OMG Oh Rin.
Rin says: Don’t pretend you weren’t all saying it too.
Sophy says: I wasn’t. I was saying she should guest star on Covert Affairs as part of the mole family from episode 2.
Rin says: She tells Nick she wants to feel something, and I guess that’s pretty much where Nick is at this point too.
So they go to the bedroom to feel stuff.
Sophy says: I absolutely love that he introduces himself as Matty… because that’s who he’s really becoming isn’t it? The Bad Brother. That’s him now. What he hasn’t quite yet realized is that the dichotomy his father has sold him doesn’t exist. He is who he is. Matty is who he is. No amount of bullying is going to change that.
Rin says: It’s all just so SKEEVY. I can’t.
Sophy says: Yeah I really can’t either.
Rin says: Sometimes it’s really hard to admit you’re wrong. I’m proud of you Mrs Thomas.
Sophy says: Always read the fine print.
Rin says: I wonder who’s photos they used. Scarred.
I love how by the end of it Nick is basically just laying there, not doing a thing except covering his face.
Sophy says: I can so totally feel his panic – because okay he was looking for a mother, but this is a little bit too much mother for comfort.
Rin says: There’s nothing I can say.
Sophy says: Rin is messed up.
Rin says: OMFG UNEXPECTED SCENE IS 100% FULLY WELCOMED.
A world of yes to Franky/Nick friendship.
Sophy says: I’LL SEE YOUR WORLD AND RAISE YOU ANOTHER WORLD.
Rin says: Apparently Franky lives just down the road from this FUCKING AWESOME PLAYGROUND. Would you look at that climbing thing to the left? Fffff, I want to play on that.
So they’re on the swings and it’s beautiful and reminiscent of Mini heading to the playground after she found herself lost and not knowing what to do. Nick offers Franky a swig of his vodka (cause you just know that’s what it is) which she turns down, probably because of the she’s-also-been-out-partying-all-night thing.
Sophy says: The swing-set parallel is ace. Because both of them are having difficulty growing up and letting go of what they’ve doubltess always thought they were supposed to be – always, as in, since they were very small.
“I think I managed to fuck just about everything up. You know that I’m…that, that, people think I’m a dick. And sometimes you know, I am. Sometimes I do things I know I shouldn’t and I do them anyway cause…fuck. Wh-Why do I do them?”
Rin says: And this is the turning point for Nick and it’s kind of amazing. He owns up to all the bullshit he’s put out in the past and it really feels like he’s going to stop. That’s he’s going to change.
I love that we get a shot of Franky after he says, ‘people think I’m a dick,’ and how she looks guilty because she’s one of those people, but she doesn’t do what 99% of people would do, which would be to lie and say, ‘No, no one thinks you’re a dick! You’re cool man.’ Instead she listens and lets Nick finish.
Sophy says: Once again, Sean’s delivery is outstanding. I find it so impressive how he manages both comedy and angst with such conviction.
“You’re not complete dick.”
Rin says: And she says the completely right thing to say and oh god I wish I had good writers for me cause I don’t think I ever say the right things.
And both of their smiles during this are so precious and awwwwwwww. Nick/Franky friendship forever please.
Sophy says: They both look so worn-out… and in my personal canon Franky has been wandering around alone for the past couple of hours as the sun comes up, feeling cheated and miserable and pining like a motherfucker.
I love that Franky knows just what to say… but also doesn’t. For me what makes this scene work so well is its ordinariness. The dialogue is kept down to earth and subtle – this is not about Stoned Wise One Franky coming in and dispensing life-changing advice… this is just a girl offering a bit of random kindness to someone who’s feeling lost. When she asks what he’s going to do now, it’s not because she has any idea what he should do. And when she walks away, that’s that… what he does next isn’t hers, it’s his. He owns it.
Nick’s episode isn’t really about friendship… the friends part of his journey is still to come. Right now he’s about sorting himself out and that starts with family – standing by his brother and standing up to his dad.
But still – here it is, a tiny seed. The first real kindness he’s received from anyone in the gang. And I love Franky so much for giving it to him.
Rin says: Franky asks Nick what he’s going to do next, but he’s not exactly sure so she leaves him to it.
There’s another very nice walk-scene which I couldn’t cap so I just had to gif it.
Sophy says: Beautiful. There’s so much energy and feeling in the way this is shot.
Rin says: Remember at the start when I said more on that later? This is the later: When Nick tells his coach that he hates rugby, it didn’t exactly make sense to me, because it’s pretty clear that he loves it. Until I thought about it more and I can 100% relate to how Nick was feeling when he decided to stop everything that was making him unhappy. When he’s listing all the things he hates, he’s just listing all the things that people expect and label him to be. The perfect son, perfect captain, perfect jock. The asshole who does the things that he knows he shouldn’t. They’re all just a part of this person he doesn’t want to be, but hasn’t really considered prior to this moment that he can change that. That he doesn’t have to live up to the expectations put upon him, and even though it’s scary to perhaps lose all the things, it’s always going to be much healthier in the end ’cause it means you get closer to just being.
And that’s why Nick is scrambling for the rest of the series, why he just hovers. He doesn’t know who he is yet — but on the plus, he’s not such an asshole, which makes him free to make friendships that will end up changing him for the better.
Also, I die for the way he says, ‘But I don’t hate you coach, and I wanted you to know that.’ It’s the sweetest thing.
Sophy says: To me quitting rugby was kind of like saying ‘Okay, I’ve got an allergy to something and I’m just going to cut everything out before I start adding things back in’. The boy needs a break from every kind of pressure. He needs his time to just-be.
The delivery of “And Rider. I fucking hate Rider,” was totally perfect and amazing.
And this dialogue I can’t… I felt this, really a lot:
“I hate too much at the moment, coach, and I need to… I need to stop.”
And yes. The ‘I don’t hate you coach’ qualification was lovely.
Sophy says: Coach asks what Nick is going to do now and he says he’s going to get his brother and they’re going to run away, which… wow. Isn’t that just exactly the conclusion Matty came to?
Coach tries to reason with him, telling him that “seeing an injustice” is “the easy part. What you do next is the hard part. It defines a man.” and it totally reminds me of The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.
I absolutely love that Nick doesn’t understand right away. I love that what he says next is “I can’t be happy in that house!” Because it’s completely human of him – the instinct is retreat.
But Coach won’t let it go. He shows Nick a photo of Nelson Mandela, explains to him that in order to reach true happiness we sometimes have to suffer – we have to be brave – we have to fight when it would be easier to lay down our arms.
Rin says: OMG WHISTLER. OMG BECOMING PART 1. OMG BUFFY
I love the complete contrast of the coaches advice to his fathers on what ‘defines a man,’ and how it’s not all about masculinity, strength and power, it’s what you do with what you’re given. And it’s not something you can only learn through a book.
Sophy says: Coach goads Nick into getting fire in his belly, calls him a coward so that he fires back a “Fuck you…” and as Nick leaves Coach gives us a smile that tells us everything we need to know about what he was setting out to achieve there.
Rin says: SRSLY. COACH POOTER SHOULD BE A LIFE COACH, AND NOT JUST A RUGGER ONE.
Rin says: “Luck boys.”
Christ, I could have kissed him for that.
He looks positively Matty-sized in that second cap!
Sophy says: I love that he wasn’t a prick to the team, even after being called a bottler. He stood up for himself. He did what he wanted to do. But he was still nice about it.
Sophy says: I adore the way he marches into the house, telling Matty to put his bag down. I adore the confirmation that Matty really was willing to take the fall and to take all the consequences that flowed from it for him. It’s unlikely that his father would have chucked the Good Brother out, even after such a transgression, whereas there was no way Matty would be able to get away with it… I love that we clearly saw how much Matty wanted to come home. And we clearly saw that he was willing to sacrifice that to protect Nick from harm.
Rin says: Matty willing to take the fall for Nick was the best
Sophy says: I love that Matty just stands back quietly as his little brother takes the floor. It’s like… he’s watching him grow up right before his eyes… watching him take the kind of calm, authoritative stand for them that he was never able to take on his own.
Rin says: While Mr Moustache is busy ranting and raving Nick cuts through his crap with a sturdy, ‘Shut up.’ And this is when you know shits about to get real.
“He’s got to you. I know you, Nick, and you wouldn’t have done shit if it wasn’t for him.”
“No! I wouldn’t have done shit if it wasn’t for you.”
Sophy says: Catharsis! We have it! Nick has finally figured out who the real villain of the piece is and there’s no going back to the way things were. The guy playing Mr L does a really nice job here – you can see the realization on his face – things have just changed.
Rin says: Sean continues to be amazing and restrained, where his performance is wholly believable. Every word is a struggle.
“None of this would have happened if you’d just… Fuck! Stop being a cunt.”
Sophy says: I loved that Nick was so wonderfully inarticulate and then so wonderfully blunt. Anything smoother wouldn’t have been real, anything less extreme wouldn’t have had enough impact. Perfect.
Rin says: Yes, the dialogue was spot-on in the realm of Nick. It’s completely the situation where he wouldn’t know what to say, and all he can do is use poetic expression.
“So, what, you… you’re ganging up on me now, are you?”
“Yeah. Yes, we are.”
Sophy says: I love that Nick is legitimately exhausted from that slim exchange. It takes a hell of a lot to stand up to someone like his father, especially when you’ve spent a really, really long time bowing down. I love that Matty doesn’t say a word – he’s not much of a talker, really, and this is his brother’s moment. This is Nick’s big moment.
Rin says: I like that all Nick’s father can do is walk away, that he knows he’s been ‘defeated’ at this point, and also maybe even accepting it. I get the sense that maybe there is a glimmer of hope for him, that he could possibly change. I like to think that anyway. FOR MY BOYS
Sophy says: Burn it to the ground, dance on the embers?
Rin says: I love the ambiguity. WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO?????
And lol-mygod, Freds and his mop-head. Ohhh so young.
Sophy says: It was kind of hard to watch this without flashing back to Freddie and Cook, as evidenced by the above macro, but yeah… lack of cuddles notwithstanding, this was a nice ending to the episode. Nice. And peaceful.
Rin says: OMFG YOU HAVE TO GO FURTHER :(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((
Sophy says: I love that the dad isn’t trying to stop them – he isn’t even daring to come outside lest he be thrust onto the pyre with all of his crap. It’s funny how power can shift in an instant, with the smallest push at the right time. Whether he likes it or not, this version of life is over for Mr Levan… and I’d like to take another look at him in series 6 if we can and see how he’s changed as a result.
Rin says: Ah yes! Would love to get a glimpse of that. See if my hopes turn out to be true.
And I adore adore adore the way they’re looking at each other here. You just know they’re going to be there for each other, no matter what. (eta. AHAHA. I only just read what Sophy says after this. We’re such soulmates )
Rin says: Okay so I was pretty blown away with Sean in this episode, and by just how much of a turnaround they managed to pull-off with Nick’s character. Like, it’s damn impressive? But I guess that’s what happens when you have such amazing writing, direction and acting.
The one thing I didn’t think they could get me to do was find Nick adorable, but oh my god you guys. Sometimes he’s just… his little face!!!
Sophy says: I honestly didn’t think they’d be able to make me love Nick. Understand him? Yes. Like him as a character? Maybe. Love him like I do? That’s a surprise.
I think I’ve said most of what I needed to throughout the recap but to sum up…
– I love that this episode was all about identity again. I can’t take how whiteboardy everything is. I just can’t.
– I love that it gave us the beginnings of a little friendship between Nick and Franky, because that kind of thing is what gen 2 lacked somewhat – the idea that some kind of connection was made between even the unlikeliest of friends.
– I loved the way the brothers were written, as people who despite their flaws and despite really difficult circumstances at home and in their love lives, would come through for each other no matter what.
– I loved the parallels between Nick and Liv and Nick and Mini, two girls who mean two very different things to him… both of whom he needs to get away from to start becoming himself.
– MINI’S CATHARSIS OMG.
– This episode was funny and sad at the same time – I mean, often actually at the same time – and that is my favourite, thank you very much.
– Terrific actors for the terrific characters of Daddy Levan and Coach Pooter.
5 for 5, Skins.
FIVE BY FIVE.
Sophy says: WITCHCRAFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111
Rin says: Srsly. Potions.
Rin says: OMG I AM SO EXCITED TO REWATCH THIS EPISODE BECAUSE OH MY GOD IT IS SO FUCKING GOOD.
LOOK, THEY’RE HAVING A SKIRMISH. LIKE, WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?
And christ almighty, I could keep that first screencap in my wallet and when strangers ask me why I have no pants on, I could show them it and they’d give a curt nod and no other words would need to be said.
Sophy says: IT’S ALO TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I KNOW RIGHT, I flipped out when I first saw this trailer because that first shot is too beautiful for my brain or belt to handle.
Rin says: LOL HIS BODY IS SO FREAKING LANKY. <33
Sophy says: OMFGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG THE MINI AND ALO SCENES IN THIS EP I CAN’T WAAAAIT.
Sophy says: They’ve made their bed.
Rin says: NOW BE ILLEGAL IN IT. Or not.