“Skins” Retro Recap (3.06): “Naomi”


At home, Gina has kicked everyone out except Kieran, and Naomi says again how she really did just want a little peace. She asks what Naomi wanted to talk about this morning and then gets really real, really fast.

Gina: Did I ever tell you how angry I was when I found out I was pregnant with you?
Naomi: Is this going to cheer me up? Because I need cheering up, OK?
Gina: I’m getting there. I’d met the man of my dreams. I wanted to travel the world, f–k on every beach in India, be in love, and then I found out I was pregnant.
Naomi: I can only apologize.
Gina: And you know your dad turned out to be a shitty little prick and it was all a little bit rubbish — until you made my life complete, and rather f—–g wonderful.
Naomi: I did that?
Gina: I wasn’t expecting it. The people who make us happy are never the people you expect. So when you find someone, you’ve got to cherish it.

And that’s the final "this is about me, but really about you and Emily" thing.

And oh, Naomi’s face, to know she made her mum’s life better just by being a part of it. To know she was enough all along. And Gina, sweet Gina, she knew the morning she met Emily exactly what Naomi had found. My favorite line in the amazingly absurd Skins novel is when Gina says: "Don’t be so angry, Naomi. It’s only love."

Grouper’s "Heavy Water" leads Naomi "we’ve only ever had three conversations" Campbell straight to Emily’s door, and Naomi’s is so open and expectant and terrified as she tries to see Emily through the glass after she rings the doorbell. "I’m not going to open the door. My face is all … puffy. I’ve been crying … a bit," Emily says. No more lies. And Naomi just wants to see her, see her and have her make everything OK the way she always makes everything OK. "I don’t care," she says, and when Emily doesn’t budge for the first time ever, Naomi just sits down on the other side of the door. She can’t stay, but she can’t go. Like every day of her life since Emily Fitch invaded it.

Naomi: [crying] I do want someone … need someone … you were right.
Emily: [crying] … and?
Naomi: And when I’m with you I feel like I’m a better person. I feel happier. less alone, less lonely.

Emily Fitch, pushing so gently. Always so gently: "…and?" Then, the best moment in the history of space and time and TV happens. Emily reaches through the cat flap and Naomi grabs her hand like exactly what it is: the one thing in the world that will keep her from drowning.

Naomi: But it’s not as simple as that, is it? Being with someone?
Emily: Isn’t it?
Naomi: No. I mean, I don’t know. I mean, I don’t think so. I mean … can’t we just sit like this, for a bit.

: Yeah. We can. For a bit.

Again, the contrast. The click and snap of their perfect fit. Naomi can’t let go of her fear. Emily can’t let go of her hope. And then, one last time,Thorne and Gupta tap into that Donald Newlove idea that all dialogue is between self and the soul: "Yeah. We can. For a bit."

Emily can’t wait forever, but she’s brave enough to wait for now. Brave enough for both of them. Brave enough to hold on, just a little longer.

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