Effy (Skins series 1)
|Episode no.||Series 1
|Directed by||Adam Smith|
|Written by||Jack Thorne|
|Original air date||15 March 2007|
"Effy" is the eighth episode of the first series of the British teen drama Skins. It was written by Jack Thorne and directed by Adam Smith. It aired on E4 on 15 March 2007. It is told from the point of view of recurring character Effy Stonem and her brother, main character Tony Stonem.
It's Jim Stonem's birthday, but he is still as bad-tempered as ever. He tries to make a rude joke about their turkey dinner and becomes angry at Tony's snide remarks. He only quiets down when his wife, Anthea, requests that he and Tony don't argue in front of Effy. The family give up on playing a board game as the instructions were translated poorly into English from Korean. Effy takes the board game upstairs and melts some of the pieces with her lighter. She pretends to go to bed but sneaks out to go partying.
Tony fondly watches her leave and pretends to be a sleeping Effy when their parents check on up them. When they leave, he tries to call his friends but they are all ignoring him in favor of Michelle. Fed up with being alone, Tony goes out into town. Meanwhile, Effy goes to a party with her talkative friend, Julie. She flirts with a boy named Spencer and shares an E with him. The group is caught by the police and they are all arrested. When Tony goes to bail Effy out of jail, he is told that someone pretending to be her brother already bailed her out. Tony sees Effy getting into a van and chases after her, but is attacked by guys with masks.
Worried about Effy, Tony goes to Chris's and requests to speak to Sid. Sid agrees to help him and they steal Sid's dad's car to look for Effy. As they drive, Sid briefly sees Cassie around the city a few times. Meanwhile, Michelle and Jal walk around town and they bump into Josh, who attempts to reconcile with her. However, Michelle orders him to leave her alone.
Effy and her friends go to a party where she meets Josh. Josh calls Tony and reveals that he is with Effy. He offers to meet them at a point, but when Tony and Sid arrive, no one is there. At the party, Josh injects Effy with drugs and she finally speaks on screen for the first time before passing out.
As they wait at the meeting point, Tony admits to Sid that he manipulated Michelle to break up with Josh. Sid is disgusted and they two get into a brief fist fight. Sid calls him a selfish monster and leaves. Tony is picked up by a stranger on a motorbike, who offers to take him to Effy. Sid calls Cassie and they meet at a fast food restaurant and make up.
Tony is taken to Josh's club, and calls Michelle to tell her where he is. In turn, she calls Sid to inform him of Tony's location. He decides to find Tony, but Cassie is hurt that he is leaving her again. Tony goes inside the club and finds Josh and a drugged up Effy. Josh breaks Tony's flip phone. He offers to call an ambulance if Tony has sex with Effy. Tony refuses and cries and pleads for Effy's life. Josh reveals that he simply wanted to humiliate Tony as an act of revenge for Tony sending nude photos of Abigail to Michelle from Josh's phone. Sid arrives and takes Tony and Effy to a hospital. At the hospital, it is revealed that Josh injected Effy with clean, pure pharmaceuticals.
Jim and Anthea arrive at the hospital and assume Tony supplied Effy with drugs. However, Sid defends Tony. Tony thanks him and tells Sid that he is finished with being self-centered and wishes to become a better person.
- Kaya Scodelario as Effy Stonem
- Nicholas Hoult as Tony Stonem
- Mike Bailey as Sid Jenkins
- April Pearson as Michelle Richardson
- Hannah Murray as Cassie Ainsworth
- Joe Dempsie as Chris Miles
- Mitch Hewer as Maxxie Oliver
- Dev Patel as Anwar Kharral
- Larissa Wilson as Jal Fazer
Arc significance and continuity
- Tony is isolated from the group since his breakup with Michelle and it becoming known that he cheated on her with several girls.
- Effy's partying and drug usage come into light causing Jim and Anthea to send her to private school.
- Effy has her first piece of dialogue of the season.
- Tony begins to seek redemption and begins to change his personality for the better.
- Michelle begins talking to Tony again.
- Sid and Tony reconcile.
- Tony confesses to sending the pictures from Josh's phone.
- Your Heart is So Loud by Colleen
- Keep Loving Me by The Draytones
- Knife by Grizzly Bear
- Reprise by Grizzly Bear
- Sheepdog by Mando Diao
- Lake of Roaches by Wolf Eyes
- Ancient Delay by Wolf Eyes
- Fully by Gescom
- Under Me Sensi by Barrington Levy
- Hammer Without a Master by Broadcast
- Angry by Skream
- Colourful by Skream
- Close Your Eyes by Micah P. Hinson
- Subbass by Fat Segal
- 0800 Dub by Skream
- Interchangeable World by Gescom
- Burned Mind by Wolf Eyes
- For Lovers by Pete Doherty
- Black Vomit by Wolf Eyes
- Dragonfly by M. Craft