So last night's Skins episode was the penultimate one for this cast, and this time we were given a little insight into the mind of Cassie. And lets face it, we've kind of needed that this season, as she's become more messed up and less likeable. As always I really want to know what you all thought of Cassie's episode too, so make sure you leave some comments as you read my thoughts and let me know!
- First off, how amazing was the soundtrack to last night's episode? I loved it. Check out the Skins Music Guide from the production team for further info on it.
- Joe Dempsie's performance as Chris was fantastic, through and through. The myriad of emotions he let out through his eyes really portrayed Chris as the multi-layered character the scripts describe. I was blown away. And Hannah Murray put in her best performance to date also, without a doubt. Especially in the final scenes.
- So, Chris was seriously ill after his hospitalisation at the end of episode 8, but discharged himself so he could chill at home. All his friends rallied around in varying degrees – Anwar ate his grapes, Tony offered him a spliff, Jal was scared, but Cassie was 100% there for him.
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- RIP Chris!! Oh so sad, even though I did know it was going to happen. I guess we're going to have to say goodbye to them all next week as the series ends, but I'm still teary about the fact my favourite character died. Did you shed a tear?
- But lets rewind a little, who else is curious about Chris's impression of Mick Hucknall from Simply Red?!
- Sid and Cassie were still having major problems, mainly due to Sid's ridiculous inability to stop mentioning Michelle. He's always been fairly oblivious, but come on! No wonder Cassie's still so unhappy.
- Jal was mostly absent from this episode, which was so sad as it was Chris's final one. Chris asked Cassie to tell him again about Jal not leaving his side at the hospital, as it gave him more hope that she loved him. So sweet and sad. And he felt so bad for not telling her he was ill, that broke my heart a little.
- I really laughed when Cassie sent Sid in to change Chris's groin bandages despite the fact she's already done them. Chris headbutting Sid gave me a much-needed giggle. Although perhaps not the best thing to do when you have a hereditary brain illness?
- That crazy disco sequence in Cassie's rescheduled A-level exam was a little insane.
- Vanilla with spaghetti and meatballs? Cherries and nuts in the Smash? That meal Sid prepared for Chris, Tony, Michelle, Sid and Cassie sounded hideous! Bless Chris though, he just chowed it on down happily whilst the others picked at it.
- And it was at the meal that Chris found out something was up with Jal – offscreen she told him she was pregnant and that she wasn't sure she wanted to keep it. When he spoke to Cassie about it the next morning it was obvious he wanted the baby even though he said "I'm not really qualified to be a dad. I don't know what they do." He just looked heartbroken. Meanwhile, Jal had disappeared off to the recalls for her music college auditions.
- Chris's Mum returned, albeit briefly, and hinted to Cassie that the reason she had left was because she knew this illness would take Chris from her. Chris didn't see her, and didn't even find out she'd visited. But he was inside crying when Cassie got back into the flat, proving how much of a front he was putting up.
- Quote of the episode: Cassie to Chris "You're right about Adam Sandler – he's quite sweet if you keep the sound down." True words.
- And then it happened. Chris was excited about the Monkey Man t-shirt Cassie had shoplifted for him, and when he was gushing "I can't wait to show...." he realised he couldn't remember his girlfriend's name. Jal. He got dizzy, Cassie panicked, and then he died. From the sound effects I'm guessing Cassie called an ambulance, and then she packed her things and left...
- ...for New York! A great place to escape to if you ask me. She ended up meeting a seen-it-all NY cabbie who she managed to soften, before ending up in a cafe and wangling her way into staying at a guy named Adam's apartment to stay. But he left her too, and she ended up alone in NYC, running through the streets.
I'll leave you with Chris's final message.... to God. It's an extra that hasn't been aired on TV, and takes place between episode 8 and this one. So yes. He's really gone.
Join with me and keep repeating – "It's only a TV show, it's only a TV show, it's only a TV show..."
The final episode's up next week, but as always, let me know what you thought of this one.
(Images courtesy of Channel 4)