Skins (series 3)
|Skins Series 3|
DVD cover art for the third series of
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Original release||22 January – 26 March 2009|
Skins is a British teen drama created by father-and-son television writers Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain for Company Pictures. The third series began airing on E4 on 22 January 2009 and ended on 26 March 2009. This series sees the introduction of a new cast; it follows the lives of sixth form students Effy Stonem, Pandora Moon, Thomas Tomone, James Cook, Freddie McClair, JJ Jones, Naomi Campbell, and twin sisters Emily and Katie Fitch.
- Kaya Scodelario as Effy Stonem (9 episodes)
- Lisa Backwell as Pandora Moon (9 episodes)
- Merveille Lukeba as Thomas Tomone (6 episodes)
- Jack O'Connell as James Cook (9 episodes)
- Luke Pasqualino as Freddie McClair (10 episodes)
- Ollie Barbieri as JJ Jones (10 episodes)
- Lily Loveless as Naomi Campbell (9 episodes)
- Kathryn Prescott as Emily Fitch (9 episodes)
- Megan Prescott as Katie Fitch (9 episodes)
List of episodes
|Title||Featured character(s)||Directed by||Written by||UK viewers
|Original air date|
|20||1||"Everyone"||Everyone||Charles Martin||Bryan Elsley||0.877||22 January 2009|
The episode starts with Freddie skateboarding through Bristol and meets up with his best mates Cook and JJ before college. Their world collides with Effy’s, and Cook is intrigued, however, both Freddie and JJ are equally smitten. Identical twin sisters, Katie and Emily, prepare for their first day; as per usual, Katie walks all over her sister Emily. Once at college, Effy and Katie clock one another immediately, whilst Effy’s best mate Pandora tells Effy she wants to lose her virginity "asap". The college issue a number of rules to stop bad behaviour. Cook tries to charm the girl sitting next to him but instead winds her up. Naomi doesn’t suffer fools gladly and grasses Cook up. Effy issues smitten Freddie, JJ and Cook with a challenge to be completed by the end of the day. The winner will get to ‘know her’ better. Katie meets Effy and confesses she didn’t fancy her brother Tony like everyone else did and then warned her of Naomi who she believes is a lesbian. Cook breaks the rules and his reward is sex with Effy in the nurse’s office.Note: First appearance of Effy, Pandora (as major characters), Cook, Freddie, JJ, Katie, Emily and Naomi.
|21||2||"Cook"||James Cook||Simon Massey||Jamie Brittain||0.916||29 January 2009|
|Cook invites the gang to his uncle Keith's pub to celebrate his seventeenth birthday which he believes will be a drink-fuelled event. The reality is that the gang are still trying to strengthen friendships. The girls decide to leave after Pandora throws up. Cook persuades them otherwise, promising drugs. Freddie gets a call from his sister Karen who is at her friend, Kayleigh’s, engagement party. Cook rounds the gang up and they head over there uninvited. Cook flirts with Kayleigh. Cook gets hold of drugs some of the gang take them. Cook ups the tempo with his antics, angering Johnny White, Kayleigh’s father and a Bristol drug lord. Cook gets beaten up and the party turns into a riot, so the gang decide to leave. Cook then drags JJ to a brothel after an argument with Freddie. There they find Johnny White. Cook taunts and injures him and nearly hits JJ in the process. Johnny vows to kill Cook next time he sees him. Cook then goes to see Freddie to discuss what happened.|
|22||3||"Thomas"||Thomas Tomone||Simon Massey||Daniel Kaluuya & Bryan Elsley||0.857||5 February 2009|
Thomas arrives alone in the UK from the Congo. His family are due to join him in a few days. He finds an abandoned flat on an estate, but little does he know that local gangster Johnny White is his new landlord. Thomas then meets Pandora and Effy at a bus stop. They head back to Effy’s where she discovers her mum having an affair. Johnny White pays Thomas a visit and demands money. Pandora invites Thomas to her Aunt Elizabeth’s for tea and scones. He soon discovers the tea is made from marijuana and offers to sell it to get the money to pay Johnny. The gang agree to help Thomas by selling at a party which turns out to be Johnny Whites turf. After escaping, the gang gives the money they've made to Thomas but Johnny and his cronies turn up. Johnny turns and notices Cook, he walks over to him and reminds him of the threat he made (he would kill Cook when he saw him again) and snatches the chain from around Cook's neck that Cook took from Johnny in the previous episode. Before Johnny can beat Cook, Thomas steps in and challenges him instead. Thomas wins the challenge by eating chillies. The gang decide to celebrate, but Thomas’s mum turns up, and appalled by the ensuing party, sends him back home. The episode ends with Pandora being consoled by her Aunt Elizabeth.Note: First appearance of Thomas.
|23||4||"Pandora"||Pandora Moon||Simon Massey||Georgia Lester & Bryan Elsley||0.915||12 February 2009|
|Pandora wakes up in Effy’s bed to discover Anthea watching over them. While they are eating breakfast, Jim's boss turns up and Jim finally finds out about wife is having an affair with his line manager. Effy runs away and is followed by Pandora who tells her she’s having a birthday party, they then bump into Katie and her boyfriend. Effy and Katie go to Pandora’s house where Pandora’s mum stipulates there are no boys or alcohol allowed. Katie then mixes MDMA into the brownies which they are making. Naomi and Emily arrive and they have a heart to heart. Everyone pretends they’re having fun, except Effy. Effy and Pandora’s mum eat some brownies, which ends with Pandora’s mum being carried into her bedroom to sleep it off. Cook and JJ turn up so Cook decides to break in and ends up getting locked in a wardrobe. Pandora and Effy end up having an argument leaving Katie in the middle. Emily and Naomi kiss which is seen by JJ and later by Katie. Katie’s boyfriend and the rest of the Bristol Rover’s turn up. Effy goes to Pandora’s mum’s room to apologise but ends up having sex with Cook. Freddie turns up to rescue a 'locked on' JJ and makes Effy feel bad for leaving Pandora. Pandora then ends up having sex with Cook after everyone has left. The next morning Effy oversees Cook leaving Pandora’s house and realises that they have slept together so Pandora tells Effy some home truths. Thomas then turns up.|
|24||5||"Freddie"||Freddie McClair||Charles Martin||Ben Schiffer||0.913||19 February 2009|
Freddie's sister Karen is in the Search for the Next Sexxbomb competition and Freddie thinks it’s wrong that she’s using the fact their mother’s dead to win. After all of the problems that Freddie has been through, during a family talk, Karen's actions causes Freddie to lose his temper, and therefore he pulled Karen's pants down, revealing the sexy, tiny pink underwear. He then finds Effy in his garden wanting to see his shed. Cook and JJ then turn up talking about Anwar, ruining the atmosphere. In college Naomi realises that Freddie loves Effy. JJ tells Freddie that Cook wants him at his uncle Keith’s pub quiz but Freddie tells JJ that he’s had enough of Cook and heads to Effy’s. He witnesses her parents breaking up and then Effy rejects him. Freddie comes home to find out his shed’s being turned into a dance studio for Karen. At the pub quiz Freddie finds out that Cook slept with his sister. Freddie confronts Karen but ends up getting punched by his dad. He then decides to tell Effy how he feels. Freddie then starts to support his sister in the competition but she loses because Cook, angered that she had taken Freddie's shed to use as practice, had encouraged everyone in his uncle's pub to vote against her. Freddie goes to see Effy but discovers she’s with Cook.Note: Thomas is absent from this episode.
|25||6||"Naomi"||Naomi Campbell||Simon Massey||Atiha Sen Gupta & Jack Thorne||0.957||26 February 2009|
|Naomi wakes up with a random person’s foot in her mouth. At college, Emily is waiting for Naomi but Naomi avoids her. The Head of Roundview informs everyone they are holding an election for student president. Cook then challenges her, if he wins the election she has to sleep with him. Naomi gets home to find Emily waiting for her. The next morning Naomi wakes up in bed with Emily and Naomi leaves without telling her. At college Freddie tells Naomi that he and Cook are no longer friends and admits he loves Effy. Naomi's teacher Kieran then kisses her but she rejects him. Naomi and Emily go on a bike ride and end up having sex but the next morning Naomi leaves her again and finds Kieran in bed with her mum. Cook wins the election. Naomi and Cook share a kiss and nothing else. Naomi’s mum kicks everyone out of the house and talks to her about love. Naomi then goes to see Emily and they end up holding hands through a cat flap.|
|26||7||"JJ"||Jonah Jeremiah "JJ" Jones||Charles Martin||Bryan Elsley||0.997||5 March 2009|
|JJ keeps getting into rages. He explains this to his doctor, who prescribes him more pills and not very good advice. He meets Emily who is also at the doctors and admits she’s having counselling as well. Emily advises him to just ask for the things he wants and offers to help him. So they go to visit Freddie only to discover him and Katie having sex. JJ then tells Cook how he feels over the phone but overhears him having sex. Thinking it is Effy, JJ goes to see her, and finds out Effy hasn’t seen Cook for days. JJ then sees Pandora leave Cooks dorm room. After running away from the police at a drug raid, JJ offers Cook some pills. At one of Thomas’s club nights Naomi realises that Effy loves Freddie. Freddie rescues Cook from getting beaten up and Cook reveals who Effy really loves. Emily then offers to sleep with JJ as a once in a lifetime offer. At breakfast JJ’s mum watches him and Emily talk about the night before and she realises he’s going to be ok after all.|
|27||8||"Effy"||Effy Stonem||Charles Martin||Lucy Kirkwood||0.864||12 March 2009|
|Effy's dead inside. She doesn't feel anything anymore, not even when she and Cook are having sex. She's also lost her queen bee status to Katie. Effy tries to get her mums attention but she doesn’t listen. Effy goes to see Freddie only to find Katie with him in his shed. Katie tells her about a party at Gobbler’s End and asks her to drive but Cook’s not invited. Cook turns up at Effy’s to find out she’s not there and that he’s been dumped. At a petrol station the gang run into some poachers who scare them. The gang settle in at Gobbler's End and actually start enjoying themselves, except Pandora. Effy notices and tries to help and shows the gang some mushrooms she’s picked and soon the attentions back on her. Katie warns Effy to stay away from Freddie. Cook then crashes the party and tells everyone that he slept with Pandora and that Effy loves Freddie and not him, so Katie runs off. Effy begins to have a bad trip and runs off into the woods and finds Katie who messes with her head as revenge orders her to stay away from Freddie. Katie then attacks her so Effy hits her over the head with a rock in defense. Effy walks off and sleeps with Freddie. The next morning the gang can’t find Katie. Back at home Effy gets a phone call from Freddie telling her that Katie has been found. Effy goes to the hospital only to be shunned by everyone for what she did. Effy then wakes up in a stolen car which Cook is driving out of Bristol.|
|28||9||"Katie and Emily"||Katie and Emily Fitch||Charles Martin||Malcolm Campbell & Bryan Elsley||0.957||19 March 2009|
Katie won’t leave the house so Emily has to pretend to be her and sit Katie’s exams. Naomi tells Emily that she’s going to Cyprus over the summer alone to work things out. Emily asks Naomi to go to the love ball with her but Naomi says no. Thomas finds a broken hearted Emily at the bus stop and proves to be a true friend. Back at home Emily tells her family she’s gay but they pass it off as a joke, so Emily tells Katie some home truths. Naomi turns up at Katie and Emily’s the next morning and their mum tells her to leave Emily alone. Katie and Emily go shopping for dresses for the love ball. They bump into Freddie and JJ. Katie finds out Emily slept with JJ and decides to tell Naomi and warns her not to come to the love ball. Naomi decides to go to the love ball after all. Katie and Naomi fight which is overheard by Emily. Emily and Katie then start to fight just as Emily is about to punch Katie she stops herself and tells her and the whole ball that she loves Naomi. Emily then takes Naomi’s hand and they walk away. Thomas and Pandora also decide to start a fresh.Note: Effy and Cook are absent from this episode.
|29||10||"Finale"||Effy Stonem, James Cook, JJ Jones and Freddie Mclair||Simon Massey||Ben Schiffer||0.972||26 March 2009|
Effy and Cook are in self imposed exile from the rest of the gang. Effy is fed up of running but Cook reveals they’ve arrived where his dad lives. Cook and his dad decide to celebrate in the pub. Meanwhile in Bristol, Anthea bumps into JJ and they talk about Effy. Effy is dancing in a pub while Cook asks his father what he thinks of her. But a stranger starts dancing with Effy, and Cook starts fighting with him. Effy calls Freddie. Freddie and JJ turn up and Cook challenges them in a race. Whoever wins gets to keep Effy. JJ ends up winning the race, so he gets them all in a room to sort out who Effy actually loves. Her eyes linger towards Freddie so Cook storms out. Effy and Freddie then end up having sex. Cook asks his dad if he can leave town with him on his boat but his dad ends up threatening him. Freddie hits Cook's dad over the head before he can hurt Cook. Freddie asks Cook for his permission to be with Effy but Cook won’t and explains he still loves her. Effy, Cook, Freddie and JJ decide to drive the boat back to Bristol. Cook's dad wakes up and Cook pushes him off the boat. The series finishes with Freddie asking "What do we do now?"Note: Pandora, Thomas, Katie, Emily and Naomi are absent from this episode.