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19 April 2010 @ 08:17 pm

... Let's not deny it. I cried... you cried, we all cried. Maybe me just a little bit more than anyone, lol. Hell, I cried when I wasn't supposed to be crying (the writing was really disjointed and way too melodramatic this series, it kind of made you want to sob for the show.) It's a little embarrassing, crying in front of your PC with family members looking on, but that's why we love Skins. Below are the scenes in Series 4 that had me tearing up to full-on bawling on first watch in the order that they aired:

01. 4X02 "EMILY" - "We were special!"

Naomi: I'm sorry! I'm so sorry!
Emily: You ruined it. You don't want anyone to care. I could be dead in a second... everything's so fragile, didn't you realize that? We were special!
Naomi: I was scared!
Emily: You're always scared.
Naomi: Emily! EMILY!!!

NAOMI AND EMILY YOU BREAK MY HEART. The acting in this scene was straight up phenomenal. I never thought for a moment that Emily was going to pull a 'Sophia' and jump off the building, but Naomi completely got it, how extremely delicate and messy and ugly love is, how it could push you 'over the edge,' how it pushed Sophia, and it's absolutely breaking her, to know that she pushed Emily to that dark place as well. Emily's little heartbroken, "We were special," guh, I was GONE. Then Naomi calling out to Emily hysterically at the end. She wanted to save a part of herself, for herself, but didn't know she'd lose Emily in the way she had gone about doing it. Love is the complete and absolute giving of yourself, and she was too scared to let Emily have all of her. This scene never fails to tear me up. Props to the girls for giving the scene what it needed to work. Lily was a hot mess, from being absolutely cold, to desperate, to guilty, to apologetic, then back to full on desperate, wanting Emily to understand why she'd done it, hoping that the sorries would be enough, realizing just how big of a mistake she'd made. And Kat, the heartbreak, the anger, and the sadness, and her withering delivery of, "You're always scared," tired of putting up with Naomi's crap and refusal to just fully commit to her feelings, all of it an echo of Emily's frustration in Series 3, only this time, she's really had enough. This scene is probably the top tearjerker of Series 4 for me.

02. 4X03 "COOK" - "Why does everybody get to piss on me?"

Duncan: Well, it's easy, innit? Blaming all your shit on everyone else. Well come on then. Why don't you tell me something that you have done, that you did, all by your shitty little self.
Cook: Last year... I stole my best friend's girlfriend, just because I could. And I fucked her mate, best mate, multiple times, just because I could.
Duncan: It's chicken feed, James.
Cook: Huh?
Duncan: What is this Oprah? Tell me something fucking worthwhile! COME ON YOU DICK!
Cook: I just wanted to fucking crack someone.
Duncan: Alright.
Cook: He just- Freddie, man. I couldn't stand the way that she was fucking looking at him. And I was thinking, "Why does everybody get to piss on me?" Everybody always fucking pisses on me. My fucking mum- My dad is a fucking tosser and no one gives a shit. Everyone's just out for their fucking selves-
Duncan: Oh grow up-
Cook: No one gives a shit-
Cook: SO I FUCKING SMASHED THE SHIT OUT OF THAT KID! I fucking kicked the shit out him and I fucking enjoyed it! I enjoyed, 'kay?

JACK O'CONNELL WAS UNBELIEVABLE IN THIS SCENE. The crying just came naturally, no awkward, constipated, scrunchy faces, he just started tearing up as he spoke, his voice gradually losing all of its bravado and just becoming raw. Jack wasn't Jack acting as Cook, he was Cook in that moment. And Cook the character just let it all out, just how jealous he is of Freddie, just how badly he wishes that it was him who Effy had feelings for, and how he's got two shitheads for parents, and does anyone ever give a shit about him? No one gives a shit that no gives a shit about him, so Cook just retaliates, decides this Shanky kid is the world and just makes him the target of his anger and frustration, decides to take something back from a life that just keeps taking and taking from him. Duncan doesn't let Cook get away with it, though. Duncan for a full three minutes becomes the HBIC of Skins, and just fucking cuts through Cook's self-pitying crap, makes him realize that his life maybe shit but his actions are his own and no amount of 'woe is me' is ever going to justify any of the fucked up shit he does. The actors had great chemistry! I wish we saw more of Duncan later on, he would've been a great father figure for Cook.

03. 4X04 "KATIE" - "I just want a mum who loves me, no matter what."

Katie: Mum. Mum, I can't have children. I went to the doctor's yesterday, and they said there's nothing they can do. I wanted to tell you, but... you were too busy shouting. It's all about you. I don't want to let you down, but you let me down. I really needed you, and you weren't there.
Jenna: My baby girl.
Katie: It doesn't matter mum. The house, and the money, I don't want it. I'm not going to be you. I just want a mum who loves me, no matter what.
Jenna: I do love you no matter what. I'm so sorry.
Katie: Yeah, well we love you mum. So appreciate us. Stop trying to push us away.

Finally Meg is given material that allows her to shine! The entire episode, Katie is just a fucking pillar. After finding out that she can't have babies, she just puts on a brave face as everyone's shit piles up all around her: their house being foreclosed on, working for a shit client, the fact that her family is homeless, the strong possibility of her parents divorcing, and getting a front row seat to the deterioration of Naomi and Emily's relationship. Throughout it all, she was there for her mum, her little brother, her dad, and her sister. She tried to reach out to Emily, then to her mum, but didn't get the support or the shoulder to cry on until the very end where she just breaks down and lets go of the HBIC-ness for a moment and allows herself to be weak. Katie's always been tough as nails, so seeing her vulnerable and in pain was beautiful and heartbreaking. Way to rock the scene, Meg... and make me reach for the box of tissues.

04. 4X05 "FREDDIE" - Freddie finds Effy in the bathroom.

Are words really needed? :'( When Freddie was trying his hardest to break down that bathroom door I did not know what to expect. The small pool of blood on the floor and Effy laying there motionless, legs all askew like a broken doll, made my heart ache. I got real teary-eyed when Freddie started crying and closed his hand over Effy's slit wrist and was yelling for somebody to help. Truth be told, I didn't think the episode was the greatest (felt a bit clichéd, and Effy seemed to unravel way too fast, in my opinion, I couldn't see the trigger) but Luke's acting sold me on this scene. It felt like he was reliving a nightmare and he really thought he could save Effy all by himself if he just tried hard enough.

05. 4x08 "EVERYONE" - "I'd die for you."

Naomi: I've loved you from the first time I saw you. I think I was twelve. It took me three years to pluck up the courage to speak to you. And I was so scared of the way I felt, you know, loving a girl. But I learned how to become a sarcastic bitch just to make it feel normal. I screwed guys to make it go away, but it didn't work. When we got together, it scared the shit out of me because you were the one person who could ruin my life. I pushed you away. I made you think things were your fault. But really I was just terrified of pain. I screwed that girl Sophia to kind of spite you for having that hold on me. And I'm a total fucking coward because I got... these, these tickets to Goa for us three months ago. But I couldn't stand... I didn't want to be a slave to the way I feel about you. Can you understand? You were trying to punish me back, and it was horrible. It's so horrible, because... really, I'd die for you. I love you. I love you so much, it is killing me.

This scene was a little awkward, let's be honest. Not because of the acting or anything, but the fact that Naomi had to make a fight for Emily in front of everybody. But in the end, I think that made sense. I could totally imagine Naomi standing outside the door of the shed, anxiously debating whether or not she should pull Emily aside to talk, but I think the moment she went in she just thought it was now or never and rolled with it. Naomi was rambling and not making much sense but it was endearing, to her hear go on about just how much she loved Emily and how much it really did scare her, the depth of that love, and how she had to prove to herself that it wasn't consuming her or eating her whole. I think this was similar to how Effy told Freds that he drove her mad. In the end, love is supposed to be obsessive and crazy and a little bit unhealthy. Naomi's "I'd die for you," and how her voice broke, oh Lily you kill me! Normally, something like that would just scream cheese fest but I bought it, Naomi really would die for her lobster! And the at the end, the way Naomi was looking at Emily, patiently yet desperately, and then Emily smiled and then she smiled and then Emily hugged her, the kiss between them so hungry and also, so so happy, cause seriously when was the last time they kissed!? It was perfect. Bravo Kat and Lils!

06. 4X08 "EVERYONE" - Freddie's Impromptu Birthday Party.

Em. I'm probably the only one who got teary-eyed here. The thing I love about Skins is the amount of footage we get for every little scene. If you go back and go through episodes frame by frame, you discover little treasures like a smile you didn't see, or a character looking at someone for about a half-a-second with an expression that meant something. Watching this, the scene went by so fast. Everyone was just being so fucking cute and interacting with each other, showing us that they are actually friends. We got some Katie/Cook, Pandora/Effy, Thomas/JJ, Emily/Naomi, and just everyone getting pissed, probably dancing to more Kylie Minogue, and KAREN! Letting loose! The final shot with the picture of Freddie, JJ, and Cook as the three musketeers got a couple of tear drops from me. This scene was equivalent to generation 1's talk about school and grades around the fire after Chris's funeral. It was the last scene they would all be in together before they all went their separate ways and it was sad, because we didn't get enough scenes like this, everyone was just caught up in their little bubbles of drama, and FREDDIE WAS MISSING and he really didn't have to be.

There were other scenes that had me going as well, honorable mentions include Freddie running away from the hospital, and burning all of Effy’s shit including his picture with Cook coming around to comfort him, FREDDIE GETTING WHACKED (WTF SHOW), every time Emily cried (which seemed to be every episode, poor bb), but these scenes had me crying or being teary on second/subsequent viewings. Apologies on being a little verbose! LOL, I just love expounding on my Skins that much.
Adair7adair7 on April 20th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
I cried for all of these moments too. I don't like Naomi much, and I really don't like what they did to Emily this season, but when those two have scenes together, the water works start no matter what.

Freddie's birthday part made me tear up because it was the last episode with the crew that finally felt right to me and that it was sad that he wasn't there, even though he was an emo little pansy. Good scene, that.

And I cried with laughter at Cook's Kylie dance.
Adair7adair7 on April 20th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
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cosmiclove: effy and cookkarencita03 on April 20th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
amazing job really this picspam is stunning and I agree with many of the scenes especially number 1 that scene role my heart
cosmiclovekarencita03 on April 20th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
I mean broke not role LOL
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♠♠♠♠: pr.sweetkandykanemel on April 20th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
Skins can get me so emotional sometimes. all these scenes were definately tear jeakers

But the Cook/Duncan was so freakin amazing. I agree that Jack did a fantastic job
pulpvintage: what else have i got?pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
IKR. Skins is the reason I cry at least once on a weekly basis. I don't know if that's a good thing or not, lol.

Cook/Duncan was all kinds of awesome. I was kind of picturing Duncan visiting Cook in prison and all, checking up on him from time to time, showing Cook that for once someone actually gave a shit. Em. But Skins completely steamrolled over Cook's character development after his ep. D:
daisy1992 on April 20th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
i cried heaps during these scenes as well!
lovely picspam
pulpvintage: because it was always me.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
Glad to know I wasn't the only one! ;)
Thank you for perusing! <3
spaceteeth.annieohhhhyes on April 20th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
beautiful job!
pulpvintage: eye of the tigress.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
ty!!! <3
Ethiorockergirlethiorockergirl on April 20th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
Thanks soo much for doing this. I totally agree with the first two, especially #1. My God, that scene killed me. This may sound crazy but I kind of felt like my heart was ripped out. I rarely cry for tv shows, so kudos to the directing and definetly the acting from Kat and Lily, they were phenomenal. As far as the others, they were great too but I never cried for them.
pulpvintage: the world will see what you did to me.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
I've probably watched that scene over ten times, and it still gets me teary-eyed. Lol, I've always been the one to cry at sappy, really cheesy romance movies, so it's no surprise to me that I actually welled up for the rest! :P
Hillaree thee manatee: ceffyforeverrr.lovatolover on April 20th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
I cry every single time I watch 4x03. Jack O'Connell, man. "I'd die for you" always gets me, too.

Brilliant picspam. :')
pulpvintage: everybody always fucking pisses on mepulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
4x03 is my favourite episode of Series 4 totally not biased. Jack O'Connell just went through a whole spectrum of emotions, and was amazing from start to finish. I'm really excited to see whatever he's in next!

"I'd die for you," - Totally wasn't expecting Naomi to say it, and that's why I teared up!

Thanks you for perusing, bb! <3
Ellehellolover on April 20th, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
Omg the Cook scene...probably one of the best scenes (writing, acting, everything) I have ever seen. Jack O'Connell is too fucking amazing. Duncan and Cook did have great chemistry, didn't they? I wish we could have gotten more of that too. Great job on this picspam, it's wonderful!
pulpvintage: everybody always fucking pisses on mepulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
IA. It was perfect storm of excellence! No matter how good the script is, it's always the actor's job to sell it, and both actors really played of eachother and did the material justice! Can't wait to see more of Jack's work!

Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment! Glad you liked it! :D
Eugeniamaeuis on April 20th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
This is beautiful. The one that got me the most was Katie's scene, Meg was incredible there.
pulpvintage: i don't know who i am anymore.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)
Meg really should have been given more screentime, considering just how little we really knew her character in Series 3. Totally agree that she was stellar in that scene.

Thank you! Happy you thought it was beautiful! <3
i'm just a child of nature. ☀: • | freddie yeah bitches danceaqualung on April 20th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
this is so saddening (and fabulous) and the coloring is gorgeous. :)
pulpvintage: eye of the tigress.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)

Thank you, bb!!! <3
markeymarkeymarkeymarkey on April 20th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
I also felt embarrassed in that final naomily scene just because Megan was watching them the whole time. Agree exactly with your thoughts and lovely pic spam :)
pulpvintage: i will break that divide.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
LOL, IKR!? Including everyone else who just so happened to be in the shed. Thank you for reading me rambling, hahaha, ecstatic you liked it! :)))
dammit, jim: Skins [Karen McLair]imadoctornotalj on April 20th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
GORGEOUS PICSPAM. I was tearing up during Freddie's Impromtu Birthday Party and after that last shot with the Three Muskateers? I totally fucking lost it. So, yeah, you totally weren't the only one. And Katie's entire episode hit me emotionally in a way that I never could have expected. Great picks! ♥
pulpvintage: i don't know who i am anymore.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
I was tearing up during Freddie's Impromtu Birthday Party and after that last shot with the Three Muskateers? I totally fucking lost it.

Omg, I'm glad. I was welling up, and thought to myself, wow you're such a sap, lol! The freaking directors or whatever just had to put a shot of that three musketeers picture in there!

Meg just endeared Katie's character to me with that episode. It was impossible not to feel for her at the end given what she went through in a little under 48 hours. :(

Thank you so much for dropping by! :))
avoidskimmilk: Freddieavoidskimmilk on April 20th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
The roof scene gets me everytime! The "I'd die for you" scene not so much... not Lily's strongest acting IMO.
I was never really a fan of Freddie, but I cried like a little bitch when he found Effy in the loo... LIKE.A.LITTLE.BITCH

Great post :-)
pulpvintage: the world will see what you did to me.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
That roof scene is classic! Years from now, skins fans will be referring it to it, comparing future scenes to it, lol, it's that affecting. Funny enough, I only started noticing exactly how weak the acting was in the Emily/Naomi reunion scene after watching it a couple of times, hahaha, but I had to put it up there cause it did make me tear up the first time.

I wasn't really a fan of Freds either! More a fan of Luca, but yeah, the way he just lost it and the music and the blood, I too was reduced to a little snivelling bitch, lol.

Thank you for perusing, bb!!! :)))
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fangtastictastefangtastictaste on April 20th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
I don't remember which of this moments made me cry, but I definitively cried during at least one. You picked the scenes right, the heart breaking ones, and I was close to crying reading your post !
pulpvintage: i will break that divide.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
Awww, I didn't want to make people cry, lol! When I had to choose the scenes that made me cry, I had to do a rewatch, and all of them got me teary-eyed all over again! Thank you for commenting, <33
Leigh: skins // naomi/emily // just the drugscanon90 on April 20th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
Great choices!

I cried at all of the above as well, but the ones that make me full on sob, even after repeat viewings, are #1 and #4. They're heartbreaking to watch, and I'm even getting teary eyed just thinking of them now.
pulpvintage: the world will see what you did to me.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
I don't even know how many times I've watched that roof scene, lol, but the strength of the acting there just really gets me going everytime. Ironically, I've only ever watched the f/e bathroom scene twice, just cause it's so damn sad. :(((

Thank you so much for commenting! :)
pennylane101: pic#99586022pennylane101 on April 20th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
the only scene that made me really cry was the final scene of 4x04 with the entire fitch family in the kitchen
pulpvintage: the world will see what you did to me.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
I loved that scene too! I think seeing them as a family though, together and happy and hopeful, after what they had just gone through had me beaming like an idiot I actually stopped crying. I'm a little strange like that I guess? Lol. :X
Ana: Skins - Emily - Rooftopmors_amor on April 20th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
This picspam was beautiful and I loved reading your comments. I think you really got those scenes. Those are really some the most emotional moments in S4, and was this season really dramatic.
Makes me wish Freddie's death would have been done in a different way so I would have cared more for that moment.

The #1 is also the one that got me the most, and I gotta say the actress who plays Sophia did a great job with the voice. Her telling the story was already breaking me and then what came after was just really the most heartbreaking thing.

More than Katie's scene with her mum, the part that really got me was when the rest of the family joined and the music started playing. They were there as a family but for some reason it got me. I never cared for the adults on Skins, but I wanted the Fitches to work things out and then seeing the 5 of them, it wasn't perfect and they all had a lot to work out, but it was hopeful. I love that ending a lot.

Other emotional scenes I could mention... Emily/Rob in her episodes, the hug, the crying, the "I hate her", Rob's speech, it's all amazing. Cook/lil bro when the kid is yelling for him in the end, Effy looking for Pato...

Edited at 2010-04-20 01:06 pm (UTC)
pulpvintage: eye of the tigress.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
I'm so happy you enjoyed the picspam, and it surprises me that people have actually read through my inane rambling, thank you!!! <333 The season really was dramatic, a tad too dramatic one might say, lol, because I don't recall even weeping this much in Series 3! And Freddie's death completely came out of left field. I felt like it was done for the sake of being edgy, all shock value, and no follow through. It didn't feel like to me the writer thought very much of the aftermath or how it would shape the rest of the series (considering there was only one episode left!), just did it to get a reaction out of people, lol. That's why I totally didn't care either the first time I saw it. It was all just too preposterous to believe! Once I realized that we really lost Freddie though, the scene made me cry later on, lol.

Sophia was really heartbreaking! I think what really got me about that scene too was Naomi not knowing what Emily was looking at. And then when she saw Emily start crying, Naomi lost it too, cause she knew that Emily finally knew. UGH, it's getting me all teary-eyed just talking about it, lol!

Those scenes are all pretty good actually! I also remember tearing up later watching the scene where Effy is under her bed, being comforted by Freddie.
besmartplaydeadbesmartplaydead on April 20th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous picspam and so, so true. Every scene mentioned had me in tears/almost in tears but for my lack of sensitivity, lol.
pulpvintage: i don't know who i am anymore.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Glad you thought the picspam was gorgeous! <333 Hahaha, you and me should totally see sappy movies together. At least then, I wouldn't be the only one crying and/or being laughed at, lol! ;)
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Ollie (Olivia): Cookieohsemantics on April 20th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
Beautiful picspam--I especially agree with the first three, they definitely got me bawling.
pulpvintage: i will break that divide.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D When it comes to casting, I have faith in the Skins crew, cause the actors really delivered on those scenes!
Kay: VIivorymint on April 20th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Such a beautiful spam here :)
That Cook and Duncan scene has got to be my favorite. Soooo brilliant.
pulpvintage: everybody always fucking pisses on mepulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D

Cook's episode in Series 4 is the only episode I can watch repeatedly, all the way without stopping or skipping. And Duncan was one of the few adults introduced in the show that I've actually liked!
+Kaylabreakingsilence on April 20th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
That Cook scene is just gaaah.
pulpvintage: everybody always fucking pisses on mepulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
It renders one speechless and incoherent! *nods*
another one bites the dustthe_seventhday on April 20th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
I only cried like a bitch with the roof scene, Katie with her mum and Freddie finding Effy, because that was too much for me, the other were a little lame (I'm not a Cook fan LOL). Anyway, amazing picspam!
pulpvintage: eye of the tigress.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
I got three out of six, so it's not bad! :P Lol, yeah, the "I'd die scene" was weaker compared to the roof scene in terms of acting. Cook's an acquired taste, I know, so no beef! :P

Thank you so much for dropping by! <3
Elvirasort_of_lovely on April 20th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
LOVE THIS! ♥ I don't think I've ever cried as much as I did on the FE bathroom scene.
pulpvintage: everybody always fucking pisses on mepulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)

There was a part where the music started to swell and you couldn't hear Freddie screaming for help anymore though you could see his mouth open. I don't know, man, lol, it just got to me. :(
laley_loverlaley_lover on April 20th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Number 1 man, number 1. Ill never get over that roof scene. Cooks scene too got me a little teary.
pulpvintage: the world will see what you did to me.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
That roof scene has powers stronger than an onion, I swear to God, lol. It doesn't matter how many times I watch it, I sniffle everytime. :'(
Stephaniest_ep_h on April 20th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
All of these made me cry too. Heck, I'm crying again just looking at this picspam. Love this <3
pulpvintage: eye of the tigress.pulpvintage on April 21st, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
Awww! :P Thanks for dropping by, bb! Glad to know I wasn't the only one! ;)