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|The Inbetweeners episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Gordon Anderson|
|Written by||Damon Beesley & Iain Morris|
|Produced by||Christopher Young|
|Production code||1:2 (2)|
|Original air date||1 May 2008|
|Running time||22 minutes|
"Bunk Off" is the second episode of the first series of The Inbetweeners. It first aired on 1 May 2008 on E4, along with the first episode. When first broadcast, viewing figures slumped down to 321,000. This episode follows the boys as they bunk off school for a day.
The episode starts with all four of the boys congregating in a local park where they reluctantly participate in a game of Frisbee on the insistence of Will, who claims their ulterior motive for spending time in the park is to become acquainted with girls. Will attempts to throw his frisbee to Carli and her friends, but ends up hitting a disabled girl in the face, for which he strenuously apologises. Following this, a brief chase ensues in which Mark Donovan (the school's bully and Will's rival) and several of his friends pursue Will and Simon (Jay and Neil had run off moments before). The boys later decide to play truant from school the next day. The following morning, Will goes to Simon's house, where Simon phones the school and poorly impersonates his mother to inform the school that he and Will will not be attending. However, the call is put through to Mr. Gilbert, their head of sixth form, who informs Simon that he has seen through this impersonation. Regardless, Will and Simon meet up with Jay and Neil and Will manages to buy alcohol from an off-licence (despite being underage) whilst wearing a suit belonging to Simon's father.
The boys head back to Neil's house and begin drinking. Neil's dad returns with a friend, and a drunken Will abuses him about his alleged homosexuality by inventing the term "Bumder" (a "cross between a bummer and a bender")- claiming in his narration to have regretted stating such comments in retrospect. Neil's dad is understandably furious, and Will, Simon and Jay are thrown out.
Simon then becomes desperate to admit to his childhood friend Carli D'Amato of his romantic admiration towards her. Will, Jay and Simon commute to Carli's house and, after some convincing from Will and Jay, Simon sprays "I love Carly D'Amato" on her driveway in spray paint, only to be embarrassed when Carli and her friends turn up. However, when Carli sees Simon's friends laughing at him for his elaborate gesture, she invites him to visit. Simon arrives later that evening, with Will accompanying him to babysit Carli's younger brother. Simon and Carli have a conversation in her kitchen, where Simon drunkenly requests Carli perform sexual acts on herself, before vomiting in her kitchen and eventually over her younger brother, after Will had scared him by drunkenly describing acts of terrorism to him, before both Will and Simon are thrown out. The duo head back to Will's house, where they are confronted by their parents as well as Neil's father, regarding several of the dubious acts they had performed. Simon claims that Neil's father touched them inappropriately, before Will's attempts to justify their actions by claiming to be alcoholics causes the adults to break out in uncontrollable laughter.
The following day, the boys reunite at school, with Simon and Will informing Jay and Neil of the events they were not present to witness, which the two draw amusement from. The four boys are confronted by Mr. Gilbert, who is indifferent towards Neil and Jay's truancy (sixth formers do not legally have to attend school) but he is angered by Simon's fraudulent attempts to impersonate his mother over the phone, for which he is aware Will was complicit. As Will's closing narration that highlights certain events of the episode is displayed, the episode ends with Will and Simon sitting outside the headmaster's office.
- Simon Bird as Will McKenzie
- Joe Thomas as Simon Cooper
- James Buckley as Jay Cartwright
- Blake Harrison as Neil Sutherland
- Emily Head as Carli D'Amato
- Greg Davies as Phil Gilbert
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