This episode opens in a nice outdoor scene, just a short distance from where the misfits are sitting, with a young woman saying, “I was a nasty slut. I went with so many boys and girls - girls and boys at the same time. I took part in disgusting perverted unnatural acts. I was drinking and taking drugs. I used bad language all of the time. I called my mom a fat bitch but I’m not like that anymore. I’m a good person.” Nathan listens to the entire testimony and quickly declares it is not normal. Alisha then tells the story of a woman riding a gear stick, while the others watch completely disturbed. Kelly asks Simon about his friends, but before Simon can answer, Nathan interjects, “I believe that is generally referred to as the pedophile ring.” When Simon says he is not a pedophile, Nathan responds, “Oh yeah, you’d screw your own sister for a slice of cheese.” Simon is truly a creepy individual and I like that at least someone is calling it out, but I’m not convinced that Nathan should be the one to do it.
Two of the group members are leaving and Nathan calls them over to ask, “why are you all dressed like retards?” Of course, not a single character bothers to call him out on his ableist language. Though this is par for the course for Nathan, if they are going to have him say such things, then they need to have someone calling it out, because it gives the appearance that what he said wasn’t at all problematic. Curtis says, “he used to be a right head case, this is weird,” in reference to the young man that Nathan stopped.
In the community center, the misfits realise that their probation worker is missing. Simon tries to cover by saying that Sally has gone on holiday to Greece, but they are not buying it. Nathan believes they should call probation headquarters and get them to send someone down there to supervise them. Alisha and Curtis make eye contact and that is enough to send them off to fool around. Nathan starts to play with a soccer ball and kicks it at Simon’s head, causing Simon to get up and throw a box at Nathan’s head. If looks could kill, Nathan would have dropped dead right then. Simon leaves, but as he gets to the door, Nathan kicks the ball at him again, with Kelly whining, “don’t Nathan.”
Rachel, the leader of a group called Virtue, is in bathroom washing up, when she hears Curtis and Alisha going at it. When they leave the room, Curtis is adjusting his clothing and Alisha goes to look at herself in the mirror. Rachel asks Alisha if she has any shame and calls her a slut. “You think having sex with boys will make them respect you? If you behave like a slut, they’ll treat you like a slut,” Rachel says. Alisha calls her a freak and then Rachel uses her powers on Alisha and says, “you don’t need to behave like this, you can do so much better.” I do not like the slut shaming that has been rife throughout this episode.
In the locker room, Simon and Kelly are getting ready to go, when Kelly says, “you just need to ignore Nathan he’s a dick. He doesn’t care what anyone says to him and he thinks it’s the same for everyone.” Simon replies, “me and you, we’re not like that.” Kelly tells him that she will get Nathan to back off him. As Kelly listens in on Simon’s thoughts she hears, “I did it for you, for all of you. I did it to protect you.” When Kelly asks Simon what he means by that, Simon replies, “nothing.” I think it’s great that Kelly reached out to Simon; however, if she was really all that concerned about Nathan’s behaviour, she should have said something in front of the entire group. Nathan deserved to be told off quite a long time ago. In fact, what he did to Simon pales in comparison to some of things he has said and done.
Simon leaves and goes to look at Sally’s body, which he has tossed in a freezer. She is covered in frost and her eyes are open. He touches her cheek as if to caress her. Yes, it is possible for Simon to become even creepier.
Nathan is on the phone chatting with a sex operator and is interrupted by Pete, who wants to know if he has seen Sally. Simon, Curtis and Kelly are rolling around in wheelchairs when they see Pete leave. The wheelchair thing is common on Misfits, which to me seems very disrespectful. They are not toys, or rides, they function as the legs of someone who is disabled. Curtis asks what Pete is doing there, and Kelly asks who he is. Curtis says that Pete is a cop, and then Alisha walks by in a plain matronly like dress with a smile on her face. Curtis approaches Alisha to ask her what is going on with the makeover and she repeats Rachel’s words, “if you dress like a slut, people will treat you like a slut.” She claims to want to sort her life out because of the shame she feels for all of the drugs, drunk driving and masturbating in front of Curtis. When Curtis reminds Alisha that she enjoyed it, Alisha responds, “I shouldn’t be masturbating in public toilets. I’m saving myself until I am ready to make a proper commitment.” Curtis asks if the group they saw yesterday did something to her and says, “this isn’t you,” when Alisha invites her to one of their meetings.
Nathan is rolling a spliff with headphones on when Rachel approaches him to say that doing marijuana can lead to epilepsy and mental illness. When Nathan does not respond, she tries to use her powers on him, but because he cannot hear her, he is unaffected. He lights up his joint right in front of her and says, “nice cardigan,” before walking away.
Curtis is in the bathroom with Simon, Kelly and Nathan, and he tells them that Alisha is saying weird stuff and has been talking about saving herself until she is ready to make a proper commitment. Nathan says, “it’s a sad day for all of us when a bird like that decides to pull up her knickers.” Curtis of course objects because Alisha is his girlfriend. Curtis is convinced it has something to do with the group Virtue, which they saw the day before. Simon says that it’s the storm, because anytime anything weird happens, it’s always the storm. Nathan want to know when Simon grew “a set of balls.” Simon answers, “I’ve always had a set of balls, you’ve just never seen them.” Of course Nathan could not let that go and had to throw in some homophobia,”that’s about the gayest thing I have ever heard,” he retorts. Nathan has no purpose other than to be offensive in every single conversation. He is essentially an equal opportunity bigot. Anyone who is not White, straight, cisgender, male or disabled is who he targets week after bloody week. Kelly breaks in to say that they have to figure out what is going on with Alisha.
That night, Curtis is walking when he sees Alisha. He is suddenly surrounded by members of Virtue and held against his will. Creepy Simon is looking at videos of Sally before erasing them. Nathan is making his bed in the center when Kelly approaches with pizza. She asks him why he gives Simon so much grief and Nathan says that he is just screwing around. When Nathan asks if she is in love with Simon, Kelly smacks him upside of the head. Personally, she should have hit him a few more times and even harder. Nathan calls her touchy and promises to leave her boyfriend alone. They begin to talk about powers and Nathan says that he doesn’t believe he has one, because you cannot improve upon perfection. When Kelly finds the sock he uses to clean up with after masturbation, she is rightfully disgusted. She asks how he gets laid and Nathan admits that he gets girls really drunk. Uh huh, so drunk I’m sure that he can take advantage of them. I wonder if he realises that doing this is not only predatory, it’s rape? If someone cannot give an enthusiastic consent because they are drunk then it is without doubt rape.
Nathan and Kelly go to steal some booze, when Curtis is escorted in by Virtue all tied up. Rachel uses her power on him and then pins him with a ribbon. The next morning, Simon is watching as Virtue burns drugs and dildos of all things. Kelly and Nathan show up and tell Simon that the group got Curtis the night before. Rachel is interviewed for television, where she says that her group is trying to encourage self respect, respectful behaviour and respect for the law. When Rachel is asked if she has a message for all of the young people watching, she turns to the camera, taps into her power and says, “you don’t need to behave like this, you can be so much better.”