Welcome back and let's get straight into it, folks. As always,
there are copious **SPOILERS** within the following recap, and I do
suggest that you watch the episode first on BBC iPlayer if you
didn't watch it already. And roll opening credits....
At the lovely spacious Glaswegian flat, Lexy is stretching away
in her lycra, because she really enjoys running now. Tess is
watching her and listening to Ed reminisce about waking up in her
co-star, Nora's, arms. He's now seeing Nora in a romantic sense
(not just a visual one), we can assume from this bit, and Tess, his
buddy, is probably being sidelined. Also, as we know, Tess doesn't
like Nora, as Nora is ghastly.
Then Sam and Lexy are running up that hill, Kate Bushlike. Ooh
there is thunder in their hearts, at least there is in Lexy's. Lexy
kind of asks Sam out, to a wine tasting, while they take a
breather. And then at the flat a minute later Tess kind of asks
Lexy out, to a roller disco thing. Why is asking people out so
difficult, people? It probably shouldn't be that difficult is the
answer to that question. And yet sometimes it is. It's because we
fear rejection, I expect, and the crippling self-doubt that
rejection often prompts. But I digress even sooner than usual.
In other news, Sadie's written an article that she's going to
try to get published, as you do. No really, I do actually do that.
She's printed it out on paper and is putting it in an envelope.
Interesting approach, Sadie, but frankly whether her approach is
via paper or email is to her mind somewhat irrelevant as "I fucked
the editor," she reminds us. Her deadpan delivery is a joy, as
ever. I have to say, much as I like Ruta, I find Sadie's chirpy
Machiavellian thing preferable to Frankie's seemingly bottomless
self-loathing and misery. Let me spell it out: Frankie often made
me feel a bit sad.
Now Sam's at work and quickly solves the case of the missing
stapler (It's in a desk drawer! Watch your back Agatha
Christie). Then her police partner Ryder tells her they have
released Cat's stuff that she had on her at the accident scene and
I scream a bit inside, silently. Cat's phone was the last thing she
was looking at - with the text from Frankie on the screen. If Sam
sees that, she will know some facts, including the fact that Tess
knew about the cheating. Sick-making.
Hospital banter. No Strings Attached (technically her name is
Bea) looks mildly jealous that Lexy has asked Sam out. Then a
mystery man turns up to see Lexy (she is paged to go and see him)
but he vanishes before she gets there. The stalker plot is thicker
than porridge now.
Sadie turns up at Minus 21, the mag run from a library. The
editor, Lauren, has just threatened to demote someone to the post
room for sending a work experience person to pick someone up from
the airport. Ridiculous! Lauren, you will not get away with this
breach of whomever it is's employment contract! Having done her
Devil Wears Prada bit, Lauren then tries to get rid of Sadie, who
says "You weren't all that" anyway, ever so slightly dismissively,
and leaves her probably brilliant article on how ice is formed
there on a desk.
Tess and Hugh discuss the difficulties of asking someone out,
which is possibly today's Lip Service theme, and is the theme of
some people's real lives also. Nora gives Tess some posh Champagne,
which suggests Ed is turning her into a nicer person. If anyone
could do it, it would be Ed, who is a kind and patient man.
A rollercoaster scene at work for Lexy follows as Sam agrees to
the wine tasting via telephone but then someone's broken into her,
Lexy's, locker. There's a note. An 'I know' note. Really? We are
heading into Sarah Michelle Gellar horror territory now.
Sadie is working as a hot waitress, wearing a French maid type
outfit with tiny hat also. Somehow she makes this look amazingly
on-trend. I'm going to make a prediction: this look will be huge on
the lesbian scene by this time next week. And if it's not, it
bloody well should be. Can you imagine popping in to Candy Bar in
Soho and everyone (I'm talking customers, not just staff) is in a
French maid outfit? Seriously, this needs to become a thing.
Anyway, at work pushing a cheese trolley Sadie sees the Minus 21
editor, who is there to apologise. Hmmm. Or does she just really
like Stilton, I wonder cynically. What is wrong with me, fellow
viewers? I need to learn to trust again; Cat has really done a
number on me.
From cheese to wine-tasting. Sam and Lexy smirk at the
wine-tasting coach. They take the piss out of him like naughty kids
at a school assembly, as if they hadn't chosen to be there.
Then we see that Sadie the Glitch and Lauren the Editor are
'together'. Not a one-time thing at all then.
More wine, please! Sam and Lexy are drinking wine and laughing.
Lexy tells Sam about the weird shit at work - the paging, the 'I
know' note, etc. Sam tells Lexy she thought Cat was cheating, but
that she now thinks she wasn't cheating. Then Sam has another panic
attack just after Lexy tells her she doesn't have a GF. These two
need each other, clearly. Sam needs a doctor for her attacks and
Lexy needs a cop to catch her apparent stalker. Lexy puts her hand
on hyperventilating Sam's stomach and they have a rather exciting
moment. No kiss as yet, however, kissing fans.
Suddenly Tess is roller-skating. Then Sam does something crazy
and gets a Danish. She also tells Lexy to keep a stalker diary.
Back at the flat, Tess is waiting and wants to go skating with
Lexy, but it is not to be. One problem post the excitement of
Episode Two, when Cat died, is that now things seem, well, a bit
slower. With Frankie gone too, much of the urgency has gone. Death
makes breakfast Danishes of us all, or something like that.
At rehearsals, it seems that yes, Ed has made Nora nice.
Back at Glasgow's finest luxury cheese restaurant, "the brieeee"
is this week's "Begonias!" (oh Cat, I do miss your lovely face and
accent!) Cheese is nice, but Sadie prefers narcotics. Then there is
a very nice moment when a pig slash customer complains that the
wine's corked and she drinks some wine straight from the bottle at
his table to check. Ha. Sadie is great.
At home, Sam chucks out Frankie's bit of wood. Moving on, it's
for the best.
And about a second later, we're back with Tess. She thinks Lexy
accepted her half-offered invite, but I fear she did not. Funny
scene at hospital where Lexy does some detective work to find out
if Sexray has been to Morocco and is gay or not. He has and he is.
Maybe, finally, Dr Love will get his end away with said Sexray.
Unrequited lust/love is an ongoing theme here, just as it so often
is in real life, but I must strongly resist letting this recap
become my memoirs.
Sadie, who is planning to sleep with the editor once again,
graciously quits her job at the world-class cheese restaurant,
stealing some cheese as her parting gift. Her quitting speech is
well-delivered, heartfelt even.
Oh!!!! Sam's come to collect Cat's things. Here's that urgency
back again. I think I want to see Sam punch some walls.
Sadie meets Minus 21 in a hotel. She's going to go to the Minus
21 party later. That second fact is actually established after
another bit with Sam, but I'm going to write it here. There is way
too much leaping back and forth between scenes right now for my
liking. Let the tension build uninterrupted, I say.
Sam's got the shattered phone, and finds the bracelet with 'F/C'
engraved on it that Frankie gave Cat what seems like a hundred
years ago. Sam plugs the phone in and then chucks it about and
starts to check the old CCTV footage. I suspect everyone watching
wants her to find out the truth and kick off. Or is it just me?
Minus 21 party. Enter Sadie. Wine.
Lexy, you stupid oblivious stupid. She still can't see that Tess
is totally into her. Wine. Oh Tess. There are only a few things
more painful than someone you really fancy saying "Go out, have
fun. You might meet the woman of your dreams." It is like a kick in
the teeth and a punch in the stomach and maybe a slap in the face
all at the same time. The moral of this story is, I think, this: if
you like someone, take a risk and just bloody say it. Life is
short; seize it by the throat and ask someone out for some cheese
or roller-skating now, today, while you're living and breathing and
able and can. Will any of us take this implied advice, viewers?
Pff. Maybe. Or maybe we'll just wait and see if she asks us first.
Yeah, that's the best plan.
Scary, scary moment when Lexy gets a call, ostensibly from the
bank wanting to confirm her address and once she does say her
address he goes quiet. Nightmare scenario, and beautifully creepily
Sam, still watching the CCTV, sees Cat leave the building after
she, Sam, had left. Oh Sam; this way lies nothing good.
Tess has been set up with a make-up artist from a TV show called
Cardiac Care. "I didn't tell [Tess] about the time you threw beer
over that ugly fat girl," says Nora to Tess' date as they settle
down to get to know one another. Tess recoils a bit. Date giggles.
"Typical me!" she says, clearly oblivious to the fact that throwing
beer over someone and thinking it's alright to refer to someone as
an "ugly fat girl" are not great qualities to be known for. Her
lack of awareness means this is very funny, as is the bit when
non-smokers Nora and Ed nip out for a ciggie to leave the ladies
alone, ignoring the fact that (as Tess points out), yeah, they're
non-smokers. I guess even non-smokers deserve a lovely ciggie break
once in a while. Love it.
Sam watches CCTV some more and sees Cat go in to Frankie's. We
are juggling comedy (Tess) and serious drama (Sam). It's good
stuff, but I'm getting a trifle seasick dashing between scenes.
Must remember to get some Dramamine in before next Friday's
episode. And maybe salsa, for dipping.
At the schmoozing party, and Sadie's bag is full of melted
cheese. She meets a very nice woman in the toilets and it turns out
it's the editor's cuckolded wife. Yes, the wife of the woman she is
sleeping with. You know, if I had a pound for every time this has
happened to me, I'd have zero pounds.
Speaking of having no money, I wonder if Frankie's in New York
now, and if so, what she's doing.
It's getting very creepy as suspicious Sam spies on dead Cat and
is caught by Ryder who says he'll pretend he didn't see her doing
this illegal thing. Lexy, home alone in the near dark for some
reason, simultaneously begins her stalker diary. Sam continues to
spy on Cat via the old CCTV. Thing is, Frankie's already left town,
so what's Sam going to do? Jog to NYC to confront her, followed by
lycra-clad Lexy? I guess that's not the point. She just needs to
Tess' awkward date continues, amusingly, with her mildly
obnoxious date being quite keen on her. Also, Lauren the editor
sees Sadie chatting with her wife at the party and is
understandably freaked out. The wife then hires Sadie to work in
her art gallery. To thank the wife art gallery owner, Sadie has sex
with Lauren in the office once again. Why is Sadie doing this? I
don't really understand why you'd make your life so needlessly
Meanwhile, gorgeous Tess goes back home with her date, who wants
to role play highwayman and princess. Princess Tess is soon not
into this one bit and fakes illness, so Lexy is called in to
investigate the tingling in Tess' upper now thigh. Cute. Date
leaves and Tess and Lexy collapse in a fit of sisterly giggles.
The fun times are to be shortlived, however, as a bit later,
upset Sam turns up at Tess and Lexy's. She is angry as hell with
Cat and Frankie. In her anger and grief she kisses Lexy who says
she's not into it and has to push her off. Is this irony? I don't
know any more. Regardless, Sam leaves. This is not the kiss we were
hoping for between these two, but it's all we have time for as the
I've really enjoyed this, and am looking forward to seeing where
the next episode takes us. What did you think?
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