This post is dedicated to analyzing and picking the most important scenes of 5x5 “Nick.”
This episode deals with issues of identity, truth, action vs. inaction, and also empowerment. Nick is a sweet character who has been sold a pack of lies by his father about what it means to be a man. Nick has thrown himself into his Dad’s philosophy and is trying to be that macho man rugby player, but there is so much more to Nick than that. This episode is about Nick finally getting to the point in his life where he actually WANTS to be more than that and wants his father to stop being a cunt.
Both of Nick’s episodes in Series 5 and Series 6 examines the relationship that Nick has with his brother and how Nick is a guy who easily conflicted. Both episodes Nick feels so intensely that he snaps. Also in both episodes there are themes of escapism until his emotions get to a level that no amount of narcotics could drown the feelings away.
Nick is a sweet guy who cares deeply and is conflicted about the kind of man he wants to be.
Here are some of the most important scenes of this episode and also one amusing scene as well.
1. Rich Explains Nick to Grace
This interaction made me laugh hysterically. Especially after Rich says this he adds a sarcastic “obviously” at the end. Besides the snark and Grace’s genuine confusion this scene represents something important to Nick’s character. Nick doesn’t fit in with the gang and the gang openly mocks him. This is the first time in a long time that Nick has felt mocked and while this is happening his brother seems to be easily accepted by this group of friends. Nick is the outsider and Matty is easily one of them.
2. Breaking Stuff
I love this scene. Sean Teale did amazing with this scene. This was Nick’s breaking point. All the bullshit. All the pretending. All the bad feelings he felt about himself and the things around him. They all build up inside of Nick and after being rejected by his father he snaps. Taking a golf club to his father’s things. This was the scene that made me realize that there is something more to Nick that Nick has so much more to give besides being fake. This was real and this was raw.
3. Swings with Franks
I loved this scene. Nick is sitting there after messing up on so many different levels. Then Franky, the girl whom he posted horrible pictures of around the school sits next to him. He speaks with such honesty about how he knows he can act a dick sometimes and that he doesn’t know why he does it. Then Franky tells him that he is not a complete Dick. Nick is at a crossroads when he is sitting with Franky. He can run, he can fight, or he can go back to being the person he was. Nick has to decide what he wants to do. With the help of Coach Pooter Nick decides to stand up to his Dad and start thinking about what he wants.
A great episode.
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