“Skins” recap (1.08): The Indifference Convention

 
 

Her first order of business as a friend fixer is to oversee Abbud and Tea’s couples counseling. He’s pissed that she slept with Tony. She’s not really feeling the remorse this week, all, “I screwed him, OK? And it was terrible. But there’s something in him I can’t help wanting.” Abbud points out that she also screwed Michelle in the process, which was a really shitty thing today because not only is she one of Tea’s best friends, Tea is a lesbian. Tony overhears her say that, of course, and so he smirks a little bit from the doorway. (Not too much, though, ’cause he’s still sporting some serious bruises from that time Michelle destroyed him with her fists of steel!)

Daisy’s second order of friend business is to fix Stanley up with Cadie. ‘Cause he was such a good influence on her before, what with the driving her to overdose and all that. The important thing isn’t that Cadie is awesome at basketball or that Daisy convinces her that her new boyfriend is a troglodyte. No, the important thing is, as always, Britne Oldford‘s masterful delivery of this line: “I just pretend the ball isn’t a real ball, but, like, a globe of superheated energy, and the net is God’s waiting room.”

Daisy’s family business is a little more complicated. Her dad breaks up her trumpet lessons and tells her she won’t be going to trumpet camp on his watch. (Because, see, Daisy’s mom left them when she became a famous musician and he’s still a little bitter.) Daisy decides to fix Abbud’s problems by sleeping with him, but that plan gets thwarted when they go to her place and find her sister in the throes of a drug-fueled rager. She’s a rapper, by the way; she’s kind of awesome. Daisy wails on her about “What is this? an indifference convention?!” and then a pile of laundry turns into a pile of Eura, and Daisy calls over her friends to help her clean things up for once.

Her dad’s upright piano got smashed, so the just cover it back up and clean around it. That’s kind of a problem when he decides to sell the piano to pay the rent. He says he’ll take Daisy’s trumpet camp piggy bank now, but she decides not to try out for the program anyway. Her pop finally realizes he’s doing that age-old failed artist thing of projecting his failure onto the whole entire world, including his kids. And because Daisy is the most awesome thing you’ve ever seen, she buys him a piano with her trumpet camp savings account.

It’s actually a cool scene at the end. He says he needed the money to pay the rent, and she says, “Rent, Dad?” In the way that only an artist would understand. Poetry is the opposite of money. She sits beside him on a piano bench and they play a duet for the first time in a long time.

I need more Daisy in my life. I need a second season.

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