This week's episode of Skins was the first one where we got a particular insight into one of the new characters, and this second episode focused on Cook, played by Jack O'Connell. We also found out a little more about the other members of the gang, and got some hints about where some storylines were headed before a brand new castmember is introduced next week!
Mackenzie Crook, best known for The Office, guest-starred as gangster Johnny White, who will have more dealings with the gang in future episodes. So, without further ado, here's my thoughts on last night's episode.
- It was Cook’s 17th birthday, and he invited "half the college" to his uncle’s pub to witness a night Cook believes will go down in history. Unfortunately no-one else was as entertained as he was, maybe because he'd drunk so much already.
- I enjoyed the cut between Cook shouting "Let's go f*cking mental!" and then the gang sat round the table in little party hats singing "For he's a jolly good fellow..."
- Also, I'm still wowed by JJ's magic tricks. If I had a friend who could do magic that well then I'd always be entertained!
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- It's clear that excess is Cook's middle name. He sings loud, drinks all the time, the 8am spliff of the first episode kinda sums it up, and when Emily brings him a huge cake for his birthday he eats it all in front of them, right there in the pub.
- I want to like Cook, I really do. I love Jack O'Connell and the character definitely has elements of the much-loved Chris about him, but he was a little bit too much this episode. It was understandable when Freddie told him he'd had enough of him, because the kid is insane. I think this could have been proved with a little less vehemence, but I have faith that as the series progresses we'll get even more of an insight into why he drinks all the time, I suppose his drug dealing landlord Uncle gave us a hint into his upbringing.
- They all head off to the engagement party that Freddie's sister is at, where Cook proceeds to flirt outrageously with the bride to be. In the form of a song form. A very confident song . Which makes her gangster dad rather angry.
- So, I smell a love triangle a-brewing, what with Effy and Freddie looking at each other in the pub, and Freddie's shocked reaction to the fact Cook slept with Effy on the first day of college. Who will she end up with? Neither?
- Pandora proved how dippy she was when after watching the others snort the drugs, she swallowed the rest of the bag. Oh dear.
- I laughed out loud at Johnny's speech at the engagement party, with the cheesy music in the background. As his daughter's fiance is part of a rival gang, he said he hoped they could now get along, "Still f*cking each other but in a good way."
- Naomi leaves the party before it all kicks off, and asks Emily why her sister thinks that she's gay, hinting that Emily is. I'm looking forward to finding out the backstory on these two.
- Meanwhile, JJ had his first ever kiss in a brothel. Cook is really not a good influence.
- After torturing the tied-down Johnny a little in the brothel, the gangster taunts Cook about his mum which ends up with him almost hitting terrified JJ in a rage. Poor JJ, he's just trying to be a good friend.
- I thought that one good thing about all the noise for the majority of the episode was that the moment of quiet where Cook was just sat in Freddie's shed waiting for him was all the more interesting and poignant.
- Freddie's so so worried Cook's trying to get himself killed, with the drinking and the gangster fights. There were a couple of sweet moments between them in the shed.
- And the episode ends like it began with Cook singing loudly while walking down the street, and it's definitely not the last we'll see of Johnny, who pops up in the preview for next week's episode!
So, what did you think of this week's episode? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!