Cook is a character that I have a bit of a love and hate relationship with. In this episode I went from thinking he was filled with excuses to feeling proud of him for finally taking responsibility for his actions (though later—he escapes). I think that there are many things you can look from Cook though. One of the things you can learn is to be brave and take chances by watching him take life by the balls. The other you can learn is that when you convince yourself “you don’t give a fuck” and start to feel sorry for yourself…you really can be capable of destruction.
Before I get to the favorite scenes I also wanted to say that I absolutely adore Cook’s little brother Paddy. Cook was really sweet to him. Though I think that Paddy showed Cook that his little brother was starting to act like him. At first he enjoyed it and then he started in my opinion to become scared. Paddy I think showed Cook that he needed to stop. For at least a little bit.
With that let me get to my two favorite scenes of the episode. Both of these scenes are very character driven and philosophical scenes.
1.) Naomi and Cook talk on the hill
Naomi and Cook have a wonderful friendship. They find themselves on the hill looking out upon the world as two lonely people who feel guilty. This scene also made me appreciate Cook a little more. I think that Naomi speaks the truth about Cook he really does live harder and tougher than anyone. It is also the first time that Cook really understood that even though he does life life hard he does end up hurting people. It was good to hear him say it out loud and acknowledge it. Because in the beginning of the episode it was Cook trying to blame everything on everybody else from his parents to his friends getting the girl. It was nice to see him actually take ownership.
“You just live a bit harder than everyone else does. You splash about. You wallow in it. Like you can’t lose a moment.” - Naomi
“The thing is you splash about…other people get wet. I don’t give a fuck or anything it’s just…you get a bit you know.” - Cook
2.) Cook and His Lawyer (The Last scene with them)
This scene was a bit of a continuation of the scene before. Cook snapping and admitting something instead of blaming and feeling sorry for himself. In this scene the lawyer took the role of Cook (who usually gets the other characters to snap and reveal truths) it is instead Cook this time. This scene blew me away and Jack O’Connell acted his ass off. Eventually true feelings surface whether you like it or not.
“Well its easier ain’t it? Blaming all your shit on everyone else? Well, come on, then, why don’t you tell me something have done? That you did…all by your shitty little self?” - Lawyer
“And I was thinking, why does everyone get to piss on me? Everybody is always fucking pissing on me. My fucking Mom. My Dad is a fucking tosser. And no one gives a shit. Everybody’s just out for them-fucking-selves.” - Cook
**I want to thank frankybluerichards for making the lovely gifs in this post.