Fresh Meat Series 3 Episode 7 (Channel 4) Review


We’re finally getting somewhere with the third series of Fresh Meat, with this seventh episode bringing us back to some of the anarchic joy that the first two years of the show had in spades. JP is going off the rails, Kingsley and Josie are back on even footing when it comes to ruining their relationship, and Howard’s finally getting something to do. This doesn’t quite erase the feeling of disappointment that has accompanied the rest of the series, but it comes quite close.

Most of the action comes from the birthday party Candice decides to throw for Howard, the party Howard throws for himself in protest and the pretentious garden party that Oregon throws to promote her campaign for student president. The best episodes of Fresh Meat are the ones that bring everyone together, often in the house, and this is a prime example of what can happen in a single-location episode of a show with such a strong ensemble cast.

But it’s the JP and Kinglsey hour by the end, and the highlights of the episode are all to do with their new rivalry. With Kinglsey and Sam staying in contact after their flirtation during last week’s sit-in, JP decides that the only course of action he can take is to attempt to kill his housemate in increasingly sneaky and creative ways. At the same time, Josie is seeking refuge with the disturbingly clean next door neighbours and an inconvenient invite for Heather stirs up old issues.

We all knew that Kingsley’s numerous love affairs this series would untangle his happy(ish) relationship with Josie, and it’s come right on time. Does this mean that they’re done before they could even get started? Knowing Fresh Meat, the writers aren’t done with this couple yet (and probably never will be), and the saga will probably go on until the end of time. More interesting is the effect this turn of events had on JP, who is a bit of a broken man at the end of the episode.

While I’m not entirely sure if we’re supposed to feel sorry for him or think he got what he deserved, I guess we’ll pick a side next week. His fight with Kingsley is probably the best thing to come out of this year’s run of episodes, and it’s something that could potentially change up the dynamic for future series.

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