Ok I’m convinced. This episode’s sheer weirdness and willingness to go down some very dark corridors and stay there made it entirely worthwhile. Enter new character Sketch – female carer to a disabled single mother, living in a deluded fantasy world where she and Maxxie are in love with each other. Maxxie of course doesn’t know this. Sketch sees her way in via new school play Osama: The Musical, and even Michelle’s role as lead opposite Maxxie can’t stop her…
Wisely even though the episode is about Sketch, Maxxie again steals the show. Hewer’s three butt shots have already escaped into every tabloid magazine in the country, and this time his acting held up against the impressive body. His gradual realisation of Sketch’s obsession, and his final response to it worked out very well. The dark humour of Sketch and Anwar’s closing sex session also counterbalanced the real darkness of Sketch’s abuse of her mother quite nicely. The gang all know she’s nuts, but she’s successfully inveigling herself into their lives anyway. Great drama – not so good for Maxxie, or Michelle, if this episode is anything to go by.
It was a bit overly dark in patches, but found some good moments which punctured it – Bill Bailey’s dog above all. Priceless. I’m going to keep watching I think.