Here it is. The final Skins Rewind for series 1. What’s in store for the finale? Anwar’s 17th birthday party and a whole lot of relationship drama. And lingering stares from across roadways. And trucks. And unexpected musical numbers.
If this episode doesn’t cement your love for Skins, nothing will.
The finale begins with a nice little montage, set to Frederick Knight’s “I’ve Been Lonely For So Long“. It establishes everything that will happen this episode.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Essentially unrequited feelings will be requited and Jal has been a figment of your imagination. Everyone’s story lines work themselves out separately before the gang ends up at Anwar’s Rocking Disco Party. Here’s how it goes down.
Maxxie and Anwar
Anwar’s birthday dream (gross) gets interrupted by his best friend Maxxie calling. Just in case you thought Maxxie and Anwar’s friendship was on the mend post-their Russia trip, here’s a reminder that it’s not. Anwar won’t tell his conservative Muslim parents that his best friend is gay so Maxxie refuses to come to his birthday party.
Even though this is the series finale, it is mostly an Anwar-centric episode. We’re introduced to his rear end, parents, sisters, and extended family, all of whom love a good party. Except his dad. Who wants to spend the day working and praying instead of celebrating his son’s birthday? Buzzkill.
That night Maxxie lingers outside the event hall and watches his best buddy from afar while Anwar sulks inside. Anwar’s dad is very concerned that Maxxie is not there and questions why Anwar fought with his best friend, the most wonderful tap dancer. And this rocking disco party is hardly what Anwar wants for his birthday. Even if a girl who is not his cousin throws herself at him. He misses Maxxie so much that when he hooks up with said girl, he begs Maxxie to come to the party. (That’s actually quite precious.)
Cue one of my favorite scenes from Skins ever. Anwar finally tells his dad that Maxxie is gay and his father barely cares. Mr. Kharral delivers this great speech: “It’s a fucking stupid messed up world. I’ve got my god, he speaks to me every day. Some things I can’t work out so I leave them be. Okay? Even if I think they’re wrong because I know one day he’ll make me understand. I got that trust. It’s called belief. I’m a lucky man.”
Just like that, Maxxie and Anwar can continue their bromance/romance/likely careers as buddy cops without a care in the world.
Sid and Cassie
Over in Sid and Cassie land, they are writing each other letters that profess many thoughts and feelings. Sid’s letter is kind of sweet. He “feels like singing” when he sees Cassie. (Foreshadowing!) But he doesn’t know that Cassie is shipping out to Scotland, a magical land where everyone is happy. I know this because Cassie said so and because Tilda Swinton is Scottish. (The Swinton is magical.)
Nothing ever goes right for Sid. He races to the clinic to profess his love for Cassie wearing his singing dog shirt (memories of episode five!) and board shorts. He looks crazy and arrives just after Cassie escapes to have one last day in Bristol.
Cassie leaves her goodbye letter in Sid’s room but she wants to head to one last place before she leaves for good. Where is she going? Anwar’s party? Meanwhile, Tony rescues Sid (more on that below) from the clinic and they set off to find Cassie.
Chris is having a terrible day; probably the worst day of the entire gang. He learns about Angie’s fiancé. (A psychology teacher who lies and hides her issues? Shocking.) His misguided romance is (finally) coming to an end and Chris is no match for Merve. She once gave Merve genital herpes and that’s a sign of real love.
Later, after Chris trashes Angie’s apartment, the two talk. Chris doesn’t want things to end but Angie needs time to work things out… with Merve. In sum, Merve was gone, Angie screwed around, and Chris got schooled. Pun intended.
Tony, Michelle, and Effy
Since Effy’s Great Drug Ingestion the week before, she has been sent to the posh school to be straightened out. Tony and Michelle have are not speaking, even though Tony keeps calling her. Michelle seeks out the non-talkative Effy for advice… or just so she can hear herself talk. Michelle reiterates every point made in the previous 8 episodes: Tony only cares about Effy and Michelle can’t trust him to tell the truth. Blah, blah, blah.
Fortunately Sid managed to get himself locked in the looney bin and only Tony is capable of getting Sid out. This prevents Tony from being too weepy. He and his sidekick Effy, the drug fiend, have stolen Sid’s dad’s car (again) and set out to help Sid get Cassie back.
Seriously. What was she up to before the party scene? There could have been at least a courtesy shot of her playing the clarinet. She hasn’t even done that since episode 3.
And then everyone arrives to the party
The big group gathering this episode is Anwar’s party. Everyone slowly trickles in to the big event. Michelle and Jal arrive first. Jal gets whisked away to the dance floor by Posh Kenneth. Michelle sulks in a corner. Maxxie and Anwar make up. Chris joins the party. Sid and Tony roll up looking for Cassie. Tony hands Sid the letter Cassie left him and Sid scampers inside.
Tony lingers outside the party with Effy, who repeatedly calls him a wanker for not making things right with Michelle. Tony then spots Cassie lingering across the street and redeems himself by playing matchmaker; he gives Cassie Sid’s letter.
Inside, it wouldn’t be Skins party without a fight. Chris stole Angie’s engagement ring and Merve wants it back.
Angie dumps Merve, maybe revealing her real feelings for Chris. Who knows. What’s important is the goofy fight that follows. No one messes with the Skins gang. Maxxie and Anwar are quick to beat up Merve’s goons with Jal landing the deciding shot. Sid, unfortunately, gets head butted and Chris is just giddy because he thinks Angie loves him.
Michelle, by the way, has been crying in the bathroom the entire time. Then Tony calls to apologize. He’s standing in the middle of the road, pouring his heart out to Michelle and promising to change when…
Tony gets hit by a truck. It’s this incredibly shocking and emotional moment that suddenly transitions into the coolest thing Skins has ever done. Break into song. The first season of has quite an emotional build up. Even though seeing Mike Bailey sing “Wild World” is bizarre at first, it oddly works.
And with that, the first season of Skins ends. Michelle and everyone else at the event is oblivious that Tony just got hit by a car. Who knows what is up with Chris and Angie. (Not that I really care.) And Sid and Cassie find each other. Somehow it all works.
Odds and Ends from “Everyone”
Best Line: “Better get changed mate. You don’t get the girl wearing bermuda shorts, now do you?” Tony, to Sid.
Best Song: Frederick Knight’s “I’ve Been Lonely For So Long”
Best Fashion Choice: I do love Sid’s “I’m crazy in love” look.
Best Parental Moment: Mr. Kharral arguably has the single greatest speech delivered by
Random Thought: I wish their relationship was developed more. Effy could probably help Michelle get over herself.
My Final very important thought on Series 1: The original Skins generation has the best cast but not necessarily the best plots. (Fighting words.) But if you don’t love the First Generation by the end of the series, then you are dead to me.
This is the final Skins Rewind for Series 1. Catch up on all previous episodes here. I’ll start Series 2 next week.