Having Howard get the wrong idea with Vod, after spending an entertaining afternoon teaching her how to correctly tackle a buffet (including use of a "transporter" to steal noodle), was an interesting direction to take. I was pleased to see Vod treated the situation with more maturity than you'd perhaps expect, trying to gently let Howard know there's no chance of them starting a relationship (which you perhaps wouldn't expect from her forthright character), and Howard edged out of the two-dimensional weirdo category he's been stuck in until now. I'm just surprised more hasn't been made of the Howard vs JP antagonism that was so funny in Episode 1. Hopefully their childish hostility will resurface.
As I said, the other storylines weren't substantial enough to have much feeling about. But I've come to adore Nixon's facial expressions as lovable Josie, which flutter through a dozen emotions with almost every sentence, and consequently boost the scripts tenfold. She's so delightful, you just want to see her get with Kingsley (which is this show's "Ross and Rachel" situation, really). I don't have much to say about JP and Kingsley's subplots, beyond how excruciatingly bad Kingsley's performance was for his class (despite an apparently solid idea to give an interpretation of the pain he feels about the wall that separates him from Josie every night).
Overall, Episode 3 was another enjoyable hour from Fresh Meat. It was noticeably less funny, with fewer memorable lines of dialogue, but the performances are so winning I can forgive a great deal. As I've been saying from day one, you're just guaranteed a good time watching these actors play these characters, and writer Penny Skinner certainly delivered the show's best dramatic moment with Oregon beginning a consenting affair with a married man.
Still the best new British comedy in a long time, for me. How are you enjoying it?
- Good to see Dan (Robert Webb), the geology teacher who still wants to think he's "one of the kids", hasn't been forgotten about after one episode. I was expecting him to be a fun guest appearance to please Peep Show fans, but it looks like he's a bigger part of things.