Misfits: Sally and Simon, Sitting in a Tree

Misfits S01E05: “Five”

With confirmation that the superpowered Breakfast Club had something to do with her fiance’s disappearance, probation officer Sally pulled out all the stops on the train to Creepster-ville to get Simon to roll over on the others. It didn’t work out quite as planned, but really, do these sorts of things ever go as planned on Misfits?

She started out well enough; sensing Simon’s social anxieties and insecurities, she offered him the attention and care that he so desperately craved. She cultivated a romance in a matter of days, and just in case that fell apart, she had her Shygirl18 online persona waiting in the wings. So of course, when her deception came to the surface, Simon took it about as well as any other maladjusted mutant would and accidentally bashed her head in. Or rather, the door handle bashed her head in after he gave her a good shove. After all, she WAS trying to escape with a cell phone full of damning evidence and she DID seduce him AND slam his head into a lady’s room mirror. It’s all fun and games until someone gets murdered by an emergency exit.

Sally’s seduction was hard to stomach, not so much due to the age difference, since really, she can’t be that much older than Simon, and not entirely due to their authority figure/underling relationship (though that was certainly alarming), but really, I just didn’t want to see Simon get hurt. Out of all the ASBO kids, Simon might just be the least deserving of his punishment. Despite his hurt at being humiliated by a childhood friend in front of people he very badly wanted to accept, Simon still had to get himself good and drunk to go through with his plan to burn the guy’s house down. He made sure there were no humans at home when he tossed the flammables through the mail slot, and even though that doesn’t make his attempted destruction okay, it at least points to a sense of morality, of right and wrong. He ultimately abandoned his plan and put the fire out (by peeing on it—THERE’S a classic drunk idea) when he realized that there was a cat inside, rationalizing that it wasn’t the cat that hurt him.

Despite clearly being a few sandwiches short of a picnic, Simon has generally tried to be an upstanding member of society. The problem is that society doesn’t seem to have a place for him. So imagine his delight when Sally came along, took a real interest in his admittedly creepy (someone needs to talk to him about boundaries) films, offered him rides, drinks, dinner, and even the possibility of sex. I don’t think she could have gone about a crueler way of trying to turn Simon against the others and Simon’s final refusal to join Sally in selling out his ASBO mates, “They’re the only friends I’ve got,” speaks to both the depths of that betrayal and Simon’s continued search for acceptance. Despite his past experiences and the new heartbreak with Sally, Simon would still prefer to be a part of the world than not. While the fact that he considers Curtis, Kelly, Alisha, and even Nathan to be his friends despite their casual mistreatment of him is touching, it’s also a sad commentary on his desperation that he would be willing to accept so little.



NOTES


– When asked if he learned anything from his community service experience, Curtis answered, “Yeah, don’t get caught.” I know he mostly meant it as sarcasm, but really, that’s the best lesson you COULD learn, isn’t it?

– The third time is the charm. Or the sixth, seventh, and...how many times DID it take Curtis to finally break up with Sam? And do we think that’s the last we’ve seen of her?

– While Nathan and the mind-controlling baby was a cute distraction from Simon and Sally’s Worst Romance Ever, it felt kind of like a shoehorned plot just for the sake of getting some Nathan screen time. It was nice to see everyone teaming up to track him down after he kidnapped the infant, though. They even included Simon!

– Kelly and Nathan might just be the most sarcastic couple ever, after Scrubs’ Dr. Cox and Jordan. I like it.

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Strong episode with some realling good character development for Simon. The plot and what the characters do holds together pretty well (especially compared to the last time travel episode which seemed really artificial to me).



Simon probably should have been a bit more suspicious since he knew Sally was Tony's girlfriend. Given his social development though (or lack thereof) he response was still pretty believable.



I thought the baby story was interesting for 3 reasons. First, it seemed at first that hearing the baby might be Nathan's power - like exceptional hearing or the ability to hear people in trouble or something but that turned out to be a red herring. Second, the way the baby ends things was absolutely hilariously. It may have been the single funniest point for me in the whole 3 seasons. It wasn't extreme or overblown like some of the humour - it was just exactly spot on. Finally, the episode was striking in terms of some completely inconsistent and stupid things that happen later in season 2.
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I've been debating reading the comments for fear of spoilers since I've only seen what's aired so far on Logo...but I had to comment this week (and no, I haven't read comments)...



Simon...what a fucking creeper.
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Loved this episode. Such heartbreak for Simon. Seriously. I felt so bad for him this entire episode since we KNEW that Sally was just using him. She did it well, and it backfired. That sounds about right.



-For us "well adjusted" members of society, the best lesson you could learn is "don't break the law in the first place", but seriously, you could never ACTUALLY learn THAT from the actual community service. I think that is the best lesson that anyone could actually ever learn.

-I don't know, but I found that whole thing to be hilarious. Like Curtis wants to be a nice guy and he doesn't know how to control his power so he ends up having to break up with her 30 times because he can't help it. Hilarious at all the things he tried.

-I agree it was a teeny bit forced. But it involved a very cute baby boy wanting a daddy. So that justifies it all in my book.

-Hilarious. Even the whole cooking chicken nuggets thing was satisfactorily funny.
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See, if I find myself wanting to break the law, my takeaway is not that I should avoid getting caught, or that I should not do that thing, but that the law should change. If changing the law is too difficult, then the legal system should change.



"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. " - George Bernard Shaw
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Given the above though, we can draw inference: emotions are the very essence of unreasonable and yet you persist in rebelling against them. So who between the two of us is the reasonable and who is the unreasonable? Food for thought.
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Oh wow, I had forgotten about Curtis' attempts to break up with Sam until I read this review. That was epic. And when it culminated in Curtis taking Nathan's idiotic advice about using the speech from Spider Man-I died.

Poor Simon, yeah, but he's a tough one. He'll be alright, eventually.

Anyways, the last episode of Season 1 is epic, and then my favorite is Season 2, so you all have quite a bit of fun in store.
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Interested to see how you react to season three. Alot of people don't like it but personally it's my favorite so far. Can't wait for season four.
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Same. I so can't wait for it too.
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I think it's obvious why people don't like it. But business is business. And yes, it's still a great season!
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Awe. I love reading your reviews of this well-aged, still beautifully unique and brilliant show! My favorite comment of yours comes from your notes, and whether the Nathan subplot was shoehorned. :-) While it may not be the most important bit of information, it's still important. Keep watching! Keep reviewing! Can't wait for the next season.
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Aw, thank you! I can't wait either. I really enjoy covering this show. It's a really great blend of fun and seriousness.
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Not to be pedantic (yes, actually, to be exactly that), but you not only CAN wait, you are waiting. While all the episodes sit enticingly on Hulu calling to you, beckoning you, longing for your attentions..
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