After Jean makes a cringey appearance at school, Otis tries his hand at pleasing Ola -- and advising a hapless teacher.
Jean is now fully committed to the task of reinventing the school’s sex-education program despite Otis’ deep reluctance.
Otis is focusing on his relationship with Ola because, while they’re taking things slow, he still wants to please her after their disastrous hookup in the previous episode. Thus, he’s been researching fingering on the internet, landing on a technique he’s sure will work. Unfortunately it does not. Ola can’t bring herself to tell him the truth, faking her way through what appears to be a really awkward bout of poking.
Maeve has been having a hard time settling back into school, in part because she’s been enrolled in a “brains of the future” program that intimidates her, and in part because her affection for Otis is coming out in the form of deep resentment for Ola. Maeve and Ola face off at the fair, playing BB gun target-shooting which Ola wins. Later on, Ola tells Lily about Otis’ poor fingering technique.
Eric ends up sharing a strange Ferris wheel ride with new student Rahim, who Otis thinks is pretty clearly interested in him. But Eric isn’t sure because, while Rahim is very attractive, the intense stares and blunt jabs about how “only boring people get bored” are off-putting. However, when Rahim openly talks about anal sex later, Eric begins to see that perhaps Otis has a point.
Mr. Hendricks asks Otis if he has any advice for his own adult sex issues and Otis awkwardly offers up the suggestion of rehearsing Emily’s desired dirty talk so that he can get comfortable with it. Lily tells Otis that he’s bad at fingering.
After the fair, Ola’s avoiding Otis, and so Otis turns to Ruthie, the lesbian he helped with her own sex issues last season, for advice on vaginas. The answer, she graphically reveals with the help of a peeled orange, is to communicate with your partner to find out what feels right to her.
After sitting in on one of Colin’s classes, Jean is not impressed with his sex knowhow as a whole, and tells Headmaster Groff that she plans to spend the next few weeks getting to know the students and their needs better.
Military school isn’t the easiest place for Adam, although he likes the part where he’s been separated from his father, and he also makes a couple of friends who help him with his fancy rifle-dancing maneuvers. Unfortunately, when Adam catches said friends enjoying a mutual wank-off, they plant pot on his bunk to get him expelled. Adam’s now back under his father’s thumb, with the warning that if he steps one foot out of line, he’s out on the streets.
- Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn
- Gillian Anderson as Dr. Jean F. Milburn
- Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong
- Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley
- Connor Swindells as Adam Groff
- Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson Marchetti
- Alistair Petrie as Mr. Groff
- Mimi Keene as Ruby
- Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs
- Chaneil Kular as Anwar
- Tanya Reynolds as Lily Iglehart
- Patricia Allison as Ola Nyman
- Mikael Persbrandt as Jakob Nyman