Fresh Meat (Channel 4) Review Series 2 Episode 7

In the last episode before next week’s second series finale, Fresh Meat still doesn’t seem overly concerned with setting things up for explosive ends, with only Josie and Oregon heading towards any resolution in their respective storylines.

The former is continuing on her impressive downward spiral, heading to the betting shop when all of her housemates think she’s attending dentistry lectures. She’s caught out by Kingsley, who thinks along with Vod that she’s descending into life as a gambling drug addict, but Heather finally lets the cat out of the bag when things go too far. Poor Josie has had an awful time of if this year, but most of her bad luck has stemmed from her awful behavior in the first series, and it’s hard to sympathize with such a self-destructive character. It seems we’ve left the last seven episodes with her sitting alone or crying into Kingsley’s arms (this week, a mixture of the two), and I hope the finale lends her something to root for.

Heather, meanwhile, continues her mission to control Kingsley by entering him into a battle of the bands. In real life, this would seem like the action of a caring and supportive girlfriend, but the character is so darn unlikeable that I just read it as another attempt to make him needy and dependent on her. Told by an abrasive Vod that his weird on-stage neck spasm distracts from him music, however, he recruits Oregon to be the front-man. As different as they are, this doesn’t go well, and Kingsley leaves the band before they even get to play one gig. With this continue to be part of Oregon’s storyline or be forgotten about like so much else?

Her and JP’s storylines are, again, alarmingly similar to what’s gone before. With one of their friends out of university with ME, Ralph tries to enlist an eager JP for their exclusive dining society, Stowaways. There’s the usual initiation rituals (defecating into a glass at a Chinese restaurant; smoking a pipe full of pubic hair), before a girl they’re both into turns up. Despite being ‘shotgunned’ by Ralph, JP goes after her anyway, and she doesn’t take it well when they’re discovered. Oregon’s also found out this week, as an innocent lunch with her boyfriend and his dad (small Shales and big Shales) turns very awkward. I really wish we’d see an Oregon storyline without a member of the Shales family.

Howard and Vod are shorted once again, with Vod crashing a poetry reading and unwittingly killing the writer with an alcoholism relapse, and Howard mourning the loss of Sabine from the house. Yes, the newest addition to the house has now moved out, and Howard’s obviously heartbroken. It being the week before the finale, I guess that she’ll be making a return next week for one final tryst, but I could be wrong. Upset that the others’ noisy and rude behavior has run her out, Howard takes advantage of the fuse box in his bedroom. Whoever controls the power, controls the power, after all.

What did you think of the episode? Will Oregon ever get out of this mess? Will there be more than one romantic reconciliation in next week’s finale? Let us know in the comments.

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