Tears were shed, but explanations were given. I’ve always known that something a bit deeper than what they were letting on was going on in Effys mind, so I’d rather that they call this episode “Effy” as opposed to “Freddie”. Sure, it made an odd connection to the bitter tale of his mother’s fate, and I loved his grandfather, who seemed like such a sweetheart. But I have to ask, what did Freddie learn from this episode? To let go of the one thing he loves in order to move on-come on. Cook’s already learned that. Perhaps he finally grew to respect and love his father, but I don’t recall any sign of that except for the big hug in the hospital. And as much as I wanted to cry for him, the only sorrow and fright I felt was when he found Effy in the bathroom-that’s when the waterworks got turned on. It’s probably because I’m biased and Team Effy all the way, but I think that Freddie’s overall behavior, in the end, was prick-like. He could have done better. He shouldn’t have run. That just pissed me off.
“You’ve made me weak” explained Elizabeth Stonem to her enamored lover, Freddie McClair. I realized then how much I agreed with this statement, how right on it was. Throughout all the time that I’ve known Effy on Skins, she’s been solid as a rock and the most independent, fiery character. This episode, aside from the end of her episode in Series 3, was the first time I’ve ever seen her as a really venerable person, and it was the first time I’ve ever noticed that her iron shell of an epidermis get sliced through to show what’s happening deep on the inside. And I think that it’s all Freddie’s fault.
I love Effy. I can’t say the same for Freddie, and I have to admit that I feel like he’s doing something wrong. I hate him for running away from Mrs. Stonem, who has also been as fortunate as Effy to have a part in all four seasons. Perhaps that’s why I feel so much more attached to these characters, they’ve been with me for the past three or so years. I really think that Freddie needs to be there for Effy, as much as he may think he doesn’t. She’s obviously suffering from something more complex than anyone had ever let on. Or maybe not.
I know I’ve said this many times, but I’m going to say it again. EFFY NEEDS TONY. If they could just bring Nicholas Hoult back for one episode-even just three minutes of screen time-I’d be content with everything. I don’t need anything else, but Tony’s return would just prove to me that everything with Effy is going to be alright. He’s all she needs. He’s all the show needs to make this season a successful one. But I know it’s not going to happen-who am I kidding? He’s too busy working in A Single Man alongside Colin Firth to give a damn about Skins. But his presence would really be the nicest touch to the Effy episode.
The thing is, I had no idea that any of this was coming. I wish that the writers had let on that something was really going on with Effy, because everything was all peaches and cream in the previous episodes this season. I couldn’t imagine anything like this happening. I mean, I’ve always known that Effy was a bit loopy, but she’s always been able to control herself, as well as those around her. I honestly blame Freddie for everything that’s happened to her, and I also blame Effy for letting herself give in to the overbearing devotion and attention that Freddie gave to her. She can do it alone.