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Cook 

Cook is remanded in custody following the GBH charge but he is later released,with an electronic tag,to live with his alcoholic mother Ruth and adoring younger brother Paddy. He is also ... See full summary »

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Cook is remanded in custody following the GBH charge but he is later released,with an electronic tag,to live with his alcoholic mother Ruth and adoring younger brother Paddy. He is also expelled from college for the assault. Appalled to learn that Ruth had sex with Freddie,he steals her car along with Paddy and trashes it. However,he becomes alarmed to think that Paddy may turn out like him,admits to selling the drugs to Sophia and,taking the rap for Naomi,he gets sent down. Written by don @ minifie-1

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James Cook: I just... He just... Freddie, man. I just couldn't stand the way she was fucking looking at him... And I was thinking, 'Why does everybody always get to piss on me?' Everybody always fucking pisses on me... My fucking mum. My fucking dad is a fucking tosser, and no one gives a shit. Everyone's just in it for them fucking selves.
Duncan: Grow up.
James Cook: Everybody's just...
Duncan: So fucking what?
James Cook: So fuck off! I fucking smashed the shit out of that kid! I fucking kicked the shit out of him and I enjoyed it, okay! I ...
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23 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Simply put, this is one of the best if not the best episode of Skins ever. It may be hard to place it at first, but the subtleties of Jack O Connell's performance make you love Cook and add dimensions to his character that we did not even know were possible.

Let's not try to sugarcoat it, Cook was a dick all of series 3. There was no other side to his character at all besides his screwed up love story with Effy, and his featured episode was just to show how crazy he truly was. This episode however, does something I didn't see coming the first time and add layers to his character. They are so wonderfully done by Jack O' Connell and by whoever recommended these movements (writer, director, etc.).

I've mentioned this twice now, so I'll get to examples. We still see Cook being an asshole, such as his line to his little brother "never say sorry, you're not a pussy are ya?" There are others, like him wanting to plead not guilty, and then expecting his apology to the kid he kicked the crap out of to be enough (although an apology from Cook to a stranger could be considered something out of the ordinary for him as well). But then, Cook does these little things like that big breath before entering the common room at the school, as if to get himself back into character. There's the look he gives to his little brother after seeing him jump on the car, suggesting that he actually realizes the damage he's done and that this kid isn't as screwed up as he is just yet. The stuff at the end with Naomi also qualifies, and the actual innocence he showed with his mom at her art showing was so surreal. Did you ever think we would see Cook associated with innocence after seres 3?!?

The scene in the office trumps everything however, and might be my favorite scene in the show's history. Cook is finally admitting all his wrongs, and has finally reached his breaking point with his ways. It's not like he didn't deserve it, but everything Cook said about everyone "pissing: on him was 100% true and the way it was acted out and written made you feel heart broken for him. How is that possible when Cook probably deserved everyone to "piss" on him? He then gets yelled at to explain why he his the kid. In the best way Cook can, he explains that all he wanted to do after feeling heart break was hit someone, and the way O' Connell depicted it all this was nothing short of phenomenal.

After that, Cook sacrifices himself for nothing really besides Naomi's peace of mind and doing something right for once. The look in on Cook at the jail and his trial, plus the conversation with Effy and her head nod at the end suggest that Cook finally found closure in something he had done and was not going to get "pissed on" anymore.

Cook appeared to be a simple douche of a character with his wild style and his love thing with Effy, but we saw many different sides of Cook in this episode. With that in mind and the style of the episodes in this show, that's why I believe this was one of the best episodes of this show and an instant classic.


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