Melissa: 'You have no idea what it feels like to be a woman.'
was hoping that with Nathan gone, Howard Overman would spend more time
rounding out the show’s characters, and tonight’s episode did
just that. For Kelly, Simon and Alisha, community service has been
something of a blessing: it’s given them a sense of purpose, some much
needed self-worth, and a unique (if twisted) camaraderie. For Curtis,
however, it’s been a real step backwards. Before his drugs conviction,
he was the only misfit whose life wasn’t an unmitigated disaster. He was someone with real talent. He had a future. In short: he wasn’t a misfit at all.
stand corrected over what I said last week about Curtis’ power being
the worst ever. True, it’ll probably never save lives, but without it,
Curtis would never have been able to put his failed athletics career
behind him. Packing up his trophies was Curtis’ way of moving on. It
wasn’t that he’d failed, he’d simply accepted the need to channel his
energies in something more productive. Running was the only thing he
was ever good at, and his confidence was grounded in his identity as an
athlete. Without it he was a rootless tree. Yet his experience with
Emma made him realise that perpetually mourning his failed past was
turning him into a self-centred, seething pit of negativity. It was
time to set his sights on a more achievable goal.
weird superpower also gave him the opportunity to experience women
from a completely new perspective. Despite being tall, dark and
handsome, Curtis’ sexual prowess has evidently been somewhat lacking.
Trust Alisha to give it to him straight. I loved watching her mimicking
his technique. That was a pretty graphic demonstration of his
inadequacies. Thankfully, his ability to change into Melissa, gave him
an unprecedented opportunity to test his sexual chops—by trying them out on himself. Only on Misfits, right?
really enjoyed Kehinde Fadipe's portrayal of Curtis. As well as looking
physically similar to Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, her mannerisms and
sullen glares were spot on. It was interesting, too, to see how
vulnerable Curtis is when he’s Melissa. As a man, he's more than
capable of handling himself—as Melissa, he was subjected to all manner
of unwanted sexual attention. He was groped by Shaun, almost raped by
Mark... I'm not sure what to call what Rudy did. Not exactly the sort of situations we'd expect to find Curtis in.
Is it coincidence that all three
of our male misfits now have alter egos? Simon has Superhoodie as his
arse-kicking other half, Rudy can split himself into two people, and
Curtis has Melissa. Melissa explaining to Simon the intricacies of
her/Curtis' relationship with Emma was my favourite moment of the
episode. ('Are you a lesbian?') Even knowing what had transpired, the dialogue still
took some wrapping your head around. Emma finding Melissa's dress, and
then thinking the worst, was played out to maximum emotional and
comedic effect, although the ending did catch me a little by
surprise. I expected Curtis to bust in on Emma and Mark having sex,
thus ruining any chance of a reconciliation. Instead, Curtis turned up
barely in time to prevent a roofied Emma from being raped. Heavy stuff,
indeed. Shame we didn't have Curtis' exposed tallywacker to lighten
the mood second time round.
For the second week in a
row, Rudy was gifted with the funniest lines. His 'for a bloke, you’ve
got a lovely pussy' comment, could only have come from the pen of
Howard Overman. Rudy truly is disgusting. Despite
possessing Nathan’s say-what-you-think attitude, he has none of his
natural charm—making his unappreciated sexual advances all the more
inappropriate. I confess, I’m a little perplexed by Rudy at the moment.
Nathan’s wicked humour and sleazy approach to life were linchpins of
the show—they gave it its unique flavour, and excising them completely
would've meant a significantly lesser show—yet transferring them into another character isn't quite working for me. It’s too easy to hear Nathan saying half of Rudy’s lines.
looks as though Kelly will be getting a love interest this season: the
enigmatic Seth. Let’s face it, anything has to be better than Nathan
or a gorilla. Kelly's superpowers appear to stretch beyond the confines
of rocket science. She was able to understand the electronics of a car
engine just by looking at it, which suggests there’s a life outside of
rocket science should she choose to pursue it—but who is Shannon
Speers? Seth's ex-girlfriend? His sister? If only Kelly had the ability
to see into the future. Maybe soon, though... especially now Seth owes
her. I feel a power change coming on.
Despite being a
weaker episode than last week’s in terms of action, this was a terrific
character piece for Curtis. He hasn’t had an episode to himself since
season one, and this was another strong outing in terms of his
development. Last week was Rudy’s story, tonight it was Curtis’ turn,
and next week looks set to revolve around Simon. If the trailer's
anything to go by, it looks like a good 'un, too.
—I guess there was some Karma
involved in Melissa getting perved by Rudy whilst unconscious. Curtis
did a similar thing to Kelly in season one—except, he went nowhere near as far.
—Where did Curtis learn all those girly dance moves?
—I found Melissa trying to pee into a sample bottle hilarious. It’s a
precarious business when you’re a man—for a woman, the process must be a dozen times harder.
—Will Emma stick around, or was she a one episode deal only?
—Simon's ability to see into the future is evidently beyond his
control. He doesn't get to choose what he sees. That's good to know.
—I counted a total of three absolute nightmares. Firstly, being told to
your face that you’re crap in bed; secondly, menstrual blood leaking
through a pair of pristine white pants; thirdly, finding out the girl
you’re about to have sex with is actually a man.
—Did Rudy actually drink out of an ice bucket?
—I loved that Rudy went from showing concern, to kissing Melissa, to
going down on her—all in the space of about three seconds. Did we
really need to see him choking on one of her public hairs? About as much
as we needed to see Curtis' todger, I suspect.
—How creepy was Shaun hitting on Melissa?
Rudy: 'The toilets are out of order.'
Melissa: 'So you piss in the sink?'
Rudy: 'Yeah, I was going to piss in, like, a bottle or the vending machine,
but this seemed more civilised. I am not a complete caveman.'
Seth: 'What do you know about cars?'
Kelly: 'Well, I know about electronics, cos I’m a fucking rocket scientist, aren’t I?'
Melissa: 'Take your fucking hand off my arse, before I break it.'
Shaun: 'My mistake....lesbian!'
Rudy: 'Ho-ho-ho! That were brutal, weren't it? That were like watching
someone fist a baby lamb. She just took a huge shit in your mouth.'
Rudy: 'I am definitely in there, mate. And the nice thing is, she's seen my cock, and she's still up for it. So...'
Kelly: 'How comes she's seen your cock?'
Rudy: 'She caught me pissing in the sink. It's all worked out very nicely.'
Simon: 'So who's with Emma?'
Melissa: 'No one! She thinks I’m fucking myself.'
Rudy: 'For a bloke, he’s got a lovely pussy.'
Kelly: 'I think you've got your period.'
Shaun: 'No one needs to see that.'
Curtis: 'You've never heard the saying "no means no"'?
Rudy: 'You didn't say no, you said, "suck my nipples"'.
Rudy: 'You never look a gift horse in the mouth, do you. That's one fine looking gift horse you've got there.'