I continue to be happy that I stuck with Skins past the first episode, though maybe not as happy as I was last week. This episode focuses on Jal, and this time it REALLY focuses on her. I mean, we get a little bit of classic Skins gang antics:
And a lot of development on the Sid/Professor Mustache plot (more on that in a second but spoiler alert: it is probably resolved!) but otherwise Chris (the artist formerly known as Knit Cap Skins Kid), Gay Skins Kid, Muslim Skins Kid, and most notably Cassie are more or less shelved entirely for the duration. NEEDS MORE CASSIE! But we meet Jal's family: her successful rapper/producer father, his dipshit Ke$ha-like girlfriend, and her (Jal's) aspiring rapper brothers. Who are very funny. At first I was like, "are they terrible rappers or am I just racist?" But they're terrible rappers!
And in the end, her brothers are pretty great people who rush to their sister's defense when Professor Mustache finally strikes. Not that they seem to do a lot of good, but it's the thought that counts.
Hahaha BUT ANYWAY PLOT SUMMARY: Jal plays the clarinet, and she's headed to some kind of big competition for young musicians. We very quickly see that she's done this entirely on her own. Her best friend is too busy banging her boyfriend to care, her father is willfully unsupportive, and her school is hilariously (in a dark way) condescending.
But right before the big event, Mustache and one of his henchmen (he has henchmen, I guess) corner Sid and Jal in an alleyway. Mustache lashes out by destroying Jal's clarinet. And for a minute you're like, oh no, she won't be able to compete! And then her father yells at her for some reason but it turns out he is only doing it to set up the fact that he bought her a new one? And then you are like "Oh, her father is a rich musician, what was I worried about?" And then she goes to the competition and it cuts to black right before she plays the first note, which would be super effective were it not the exact same way the last episode ended. Just sub a clarinet for the burger. ("Just sub a clarinet for the burger."-I used to work at the Hard Rock Cafe and this wouldn't have been a totally insane request given the price of those burgers HEYOOO.)
Oh, and before that Jal's dad tracks down Mr. Mustache and (probably) kills him!!!
Other than that, the only thing this episode did was finally endear me to Tony, who unwinds around Jal in a way he won't allow himself to do when Tony and Michelle are around.
Also, Tony's sister makes a brief appearance, in which she seems weirdly elated that her brother is getting some action? It's creepy. She makes a blowjob gesture and then has this weird, far-away smile. I was skeeved out.
Don't be so weird, Tony's sister! So, Janis, I guess!