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'Skins': Episode seven 'Alo' recap

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Season 6, episode 7 | Aired Monday, Mar 5 2012 at 22:00 GMT on E4

Don't say Skins never tackles the controversial. This week's episode, which - spoiler! - saw Alo accused of being a paedophile, could easily have been a ridiculous farce.

But actually, it was surprisingly believable, and also gave us a chance to see both Alo wrestling with his future, and Mini struggling to tell him he's about to become a father.

Skins S06E07: 'Alo'

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Alo's path to accidental paedophilia felt like it unfolded naturally - upset over Mini, and with Rich's encouragement, he chats up a girl on a night out, before taking her out for a lovely date in the woods.

In hindsight, all the signs are there - even Alo thinks Poppy's a bit weird when she offers to show off her handstand. But it's not like Skins hasn't had slightly odd characters before, or that no older people have childish characteristics. Instead, while Alo's smitten, Poppy's ideas - playing chase, dancing in her underwear - seem quirky rather than a sign that she's too young.

Skins S06E07: 'Alo'

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It's only really when he sees the posters on her wall and her school uniform - sadly after having sex with her - that he realises that she's only 13. And though he tries to do the right thing and break up with her, that only makes things worse - furious at being scorned, Poppy gets the police involved and claims Alo groomed her.

That's when things really start to unravel for Alo, and in a magnificent fashion. He's released from jail on bail, but he's suspended, shunned on social media, and gets misspelt graffiti ("peedo") sprayed onto his van. Only Rich stands by him, but Alo's in such a bad place that he even ends up running away from him.

Skins S06E07: 'Alo'

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It's only when Dewi comes to find Alo and makes him think about facing up to his responsibilities that things start to turn around (slowly). He goes to see Mini, but she uses the charges against him as a convenient way to keep him at arm's length.

Alo desperately declares his love for her, refusing to give up, and though she has her hard "mean girl McGuinness" face on, when he leaves she's reduced to tears. In a very cute little moment, a hiding Franky tumbles out of the cupboard and counsels her sobbing friend to tell Alo about the baby.

Skins S06E07: 'Alo'

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Alo's attempts to get Poppy to drop the charges have largely failed, mainly thanks to her furious father (Poppy herself realises pretty soon that she shouldn't have made the allegations, even if she doesn't understand the full implications). But when she invites him to meet her parents - awkward enough at the best of times, right? - she admits that she made it all up.

Still, Alo can't help but be honourable - or perhaps he's learning that he has to grow up. And when Poppy's parents begin arguing violently and she's left in tears, he steps in and admits that he slept with their daughter, though he reiterates that he had no idea that she was underage.

Skins S06E07: 'Alo'

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Beaten up by Poppy's father - perhaps reduced to his most vulnerable - he retreats to the playground, where Mini finds him to finally offer him some comfort. And it seems that she's about to tell him about the baby, too - but she's interrupted by Poppy, who calls to reveal that her mother kicked her dad out, and he's agreed to drop the charges against Alo. When Alo hangs up, Mini's crept away and disappeared.

Like I say, this episode of Skins could have become a ridiculous, over-the-top waste. Instead, it saw Alo finally beginning to think about growing up and accepting what adulthood means instead of running away (I liked the part where he realises that his actions now will affect his life ahead, as he talks to Rich about how the allegations will follow him for the rest of his life).

And all that alongside the really intriguing storyline of Mini, who still can't bring herself to tell Alo about the baby - even though he has declared his love for her and promised to be there for her. What a surprisingly emotional and engaging episode - what did you think?

What's the skinny?
  • When Alo dropped Poppy off after the rave, I thought: "He surely shouldn't be driving after the drink and drugs." Turns out that would be the least of his worries...
  • "I don't give a s**t, mate. None of the s**ts. I've got no more s**ts for that girl."
  • Poppy seemed to shrink as soon as Alo found out her real age - impressive camerawork, I guess.
  • Mini's face after meeting Poppy at the rave was brilliant.
  • "I was like a West Country wh*re... f**kable as long as no-one found out." Poor Alo!
  • "I woke up this morning and I was normal!"
  • "When she says no she really means yes." "Sounds a bit wrong."
  • Franky's attempts to mediate the Alo-Mini situation were cute.
  • That longing glance between Alo and Mini when he passed her back the pen... wow.
  • "'He told me I could play with his puppy... but he didn't mean his pet'."
  • "People say they can't run away from their problems - they just weren't running fast enough."
  • AmsterDamage Tours. Amazing.
  • "You slipped, fell, and molested a preteen girl?"
  • I actually really enjoyed the scene with Alo and Mini in Mini's bedroom - "You can't treat me like a bitch and expect me not to fall in love with you." Also: "I know you're afraid, terrified of being alone. Guess what, I'm not your dad."
  • "You should see the other guy. He's totally fine."
  • Is Alo going to find out about the baby? I genuinely thought Mini might tell him at the end of this episode...
What did you think of the episode? Leave your comments below!

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