Last night's Skins focused on Jack O'Connell as Cook — who I think is the show's strongest acting talent — and gave us a lot more insight into his background. We met his selfish artist mother, his little brother and watched him as he prepared for trial after he got into a huge fight in episode three. Check out my recap of the episode, with spoilers, under the cut!
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- Paul Kaye played his rubbish lawyer, Duncan, and Cook pleaded not guilty at the start of the episode. He was released on bail with electronic tagging order which means he has to stay with him mum.
- She's obviously wealthy, drinks all the time, is selfish... and looks after Cook's little brother too.
- Cook doesn't realise that he hurt JJ during the fight, and when he goes to college he asks him about his injury. While he's there he's expelled as he was arrested.
- Sophia, the girl who died in the club in episode one, is still on his mind.
- Duncan says Cook has no case — his defence is that people messed him up. He's placing blame elsewhere.
- Cook goes to his mum's gallery and sees her newest pieces. Freddie's name is on one painting depicting her past sexual partners.
- We find out Cook sold his mum's wedding rings to buy dope and that's why she threw him out. She says he wanted to be thrown out of the house.
- Cook confronts Freddie and he says Cook's mum gave him a blow job at his 15th birthday party.
- One thing I've loved about this new cast is the way Ollie Barbieri, Luke Pasqualino and Jack O'Connell play the bond between the three boys. I think it's fantastically acted and showed through a few times in this episode.
- Cook's mum tells him he's like an infection, ruining their lives since he came back, so Cook takes his little brother and drives away, breaking his curfew. They destroy his mum's car.
- He takes his brother to Naomi's house and while he sleeps they go outside to chat in another brilliant scene. She says life means more to him than anyone else, that he wallows in it. She gets him.
- Cook took the decision to tell the police that he gave Sophia the MDMA and it was just him. He protects Naomi, who actually sold her the drugs.
- Effy visits Cook in the cells and tells him that she loves Freddie.
- In the end Cook pleads guilty to beating up the other boy. He's remanded in custody to be sentenced in two weeks.
I thought this was a great episode that really proved Jack O'Connell is a fab young actor. What did you think of him and the developments this week? Let me know!