Laura: "I'm really glad I made you."
Abby: “Me too.”
superb! Everything about this episode flowed seamlessly. Several of the
long running storylines came to a head, the main arc objective is now
clear, and for the first time since season three, the show feels whole
again. Which makes it all the more galling that we only have five
The way Howard Overman
threaded together the Abby and Greg reveals, juxtaposing the tragic with
the insanely comedic, was seriously brilliant. One minute I was
cringing/laughing at Greg singing 'The Power of Love' to Finn, the next I
was almost in tears at Abby's distress over Laura's rejection. And it
just kept on going: for every other laugh there was a beautifully
crafted chunk of pathos to cap it—a forty five minute loop of laughter,
sadness, wince and repeat.
Abby's story was
particularly satisfying. No wonder she had no memories—she never
existed outside of Laura's mind. Natasha O'Keeffe did a great job
tonight. I rarely single her out as an actress because, up until now,
Abby's been such a background character. Enjoyable, often amusing, but
serving virtually no function. Tonight, Howard Overman gave O'Keeffe's
character flesh, and she milked it for all it was worth.
Abby seemed happy with being a lesbian. Her connection with Laura made
her feel whole again. Then the memories came flooding back, and it all
came crashing down. There was more than a whiff of Shelley's 'The Modern
Prometheus' about Abby's transition from lesbian with acute memory
loss, to imaginary friend brought to life. Abby's distress at losing her
creator was oddly moving. I was a tad miffed that Laura and Abby
decided to call an end to their relationship. Admittedly, it
was verging on the incestuous, but they were just so cute together. At
least Abby can live her own life now and start making her own memories.
too to Shaun Dooley—every scene he was in was either hilarious (the
sherbet 'aciiiid' scene), soul bruisingly awkward (any scene in which he
sang), or just plain creepy (the Kit Kat sharing moment.) Pushing him
over the guardrail was probably Finn's biggest display of power to date
(evidently tripped and amplified by the threat of imminent butt-secks.)
Luckily for Greg, his death wasn't permanent. Was that because the fall
wasn't enough to kill him, or because he secretly possesses a
super-power too? Maybe he has an ability similar to Nathan's old
invulnerability power. Is there more to come from Greg, I wonder?
twatting the semi-dead Greg with a shovel, and then whipping out the
unconscious probation worker's wanger and sending him careering into
Jess' car was comedy gold—unless you happened to be Jess. Alex and Rudy's reaction to Greg's death was perfect. Absolute
indifference. Rudy even stuck a sombrero on him. No respect at all. The
burial scene was likewise bizarre, with Rudy smoking a fag whilst wearing a
Mexican hat, and Alex popping wheelies in a wheelchair—it was just so
irreverent. I think I'm starting to warm to Alex. Finally the gang have a bona
fide hard man again.
Rudy Two, despite hardly being in tonight's episode, made a significant contribution to furthering both the episode and
main season arc. Not only did he help Abby come to terms with her newly
created status, he also somehow managed to put Sam on the path to
hero-dom. Instead of using his power to escape danger, Sam used it to
save Rudy. If Rudy is the guy in the black coat, then it looks as
though the rest of the season will focus on Rudy recruiting his own
brand of shoddy X-Men. I wonder who the other two will be.
Maybe it is time for those with powers to start using them for good. Any other TV show would have done this from the beginning. Misfits has taken five seasons to get there—and for a show about superpowers, it's baffling how seldom they're used. But Misfits
has always been about the characters: the horrible, disgusting,
fucked-up, beautiful characters. After tonight's episode, I'm really
going to miss this show. It's beginning to feel like something special
—I loved that the Swingball had a secondary purpose of killing Scary.
—Good luck cutting your forearm with a pair of nail scissors. Every pair I've ever owned wouldn't cut through butter.
—Abby and Laura engaged in lady sex was right up there on the discomfort
scale with Alex and Finn's horror inducing episode one knobfest. Some
things just don't need an audience.
—It looks as
though Howard Overman is set on pairing Jess with Rudy One. Rudy may be
unable to admit his feelings to himself, but Rudy Two knows better. Jess
even laughed at one of his utterly shite gags.
about Abby pairing up with Rudy Two? Both new creations, both uncertain
of their place in the universe. You think? Shall we start calling them
Abby: "Hi, I'm Abby, and I'm a lesbian."
Rudy: “For the love of God, can a ridiculously handsome man not do anything in peace?”
Laura: “What are you doing?”
Abby: “I climbed in through the window. I was going to wait until you'd had your wee. If it's a shit, I'll be outside.”
Laura: "You're crazy."
Abby: "I'm how you made me."
Greg: “I am so full of love. I can't hide it any more. I can't.”
Finn: “So he wakes up and thinks he's crashed the car drink driving?”
Finn: “That could work.”
Rudy: “We should get his cock out.”
Alex: “Any particular reason? Or do you just want to give it an airing?”
Rudy: “For the comedy, innit? You know... it's always better. Come on. For the comedy.”
Alex: “That works for me.”
Jess: “That's my fucking car!”