WELL! Last time, I was kind of just like, "I get it." Today I am like "I get it." Because this episode was GREAT. Or should I say GR-EAT? No, I should not.
But then it's mostly just Cassie, dealing with (and not dealing with) her issues. It's a heartbreaking portrait of a kind of mental illness, but it's also oddly beautiful (this episode is just as slowly paced as the first, but it's a strength rather than a weakness here).
There's a graceful but still really big tonal shift, too. This episode is very deeply felt. And it is like, entirely due to this young actress, Hannah Murray. So much of the story is dialogue-free--it just plays across her face. Hannah Murray: remember that name!
There's a fucking SHOWSTOPPER of a scene in which Cassie explains to Sid how she manages to trick her parents into thinking she's eating dinner. She explains the process of the grift while she's doing it and still manages to pull Sid in, like she's doing a card trick. And the resolution of Cassie's plot--that she has been sexting HERSELF these reminders to eat because she wants herself to get better (and by extension, that she is really the only support she needs), is handled in an understated way--there's a Studio 60 episode that ends similarly, but it's overblown and silly (which is almost redundant when we're talking about Studio 60).
Meanwhile, Sid still has the drug dealer after him. Mustache shows up early in the episode, but so does a woman who is indicated to be the rich mom/Persian rug owner from the last episode. So I assumed it was just a little world-building. BUT THEN:
I bet we're in for some inspiring classroom scenes next time. O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN PLEASE DON'T CUT MY BOLLOCKS OFF CAPTAIN! Various other notes:
- Cassie, annoyed at the way Tony bosses Sid around, "accidentally" spills a drink on Tony's crotch. "That's not supposed to happen," he says. Is that a Britishism or does Tony see his life as like, divinely ordained? Is he God's own slut?
- The Skins gang has a philosophy teacher, Angie, who has big weird creepy Katy Perry eyes. And said eyes have been guiltily leering at Knit Cap Skins Kid (I'll figure out his name soon) for two episodes now. Shit's about to get very Mary Kay Letourneau in here.
- This show is very comfortable with less-than-perfect nude adult bodies. And that's kind of great? I don't know. I mean, I don't need to see Cassie's mom EVER AGAIN but I respect her putting herself out there.
So okay! We will do some more episodes next week (and of course we will return to the pages of Looking For Alaska). You should watch this episode, if you get a chance this weekend. It's on Netflix Instant and also apparently on YouTube here. Thoughts?