So Maxxie (Gay Skins Kid) and Anwar (Muslim Skins Kid) are good friends and both are content to let the slight gay tension linger between them until suddenly Anwar isn't anymore: On a school trip to Russia, he has an abrupt influx of homophobia. Then Tony has an abrupt influx of homophilia. And Maxxie isn't having any of it.
Maxxie cuts to the heart of the issue very quickly: Anwar is a terrible Muslim. Sure, he prays five times a day, but he doesn't really know why or to whom he's doing it. And that's as far as his adherence goes--he drinks and takes drugs and swears and (later in this episode) fucks a Russian (and presumably, given her wardrobe, non-Muslim) girl. So why does he feel like the one belief he has to stick to is hatred of homosexuality? Good fucking question, Maxxie.
Unfortunately Anwar follows Maxxie's logic in the wrong direction, concluding that he has to become a better Muslim in all ways (this is after he samples that Perestroika Pussy, of course). It ends up being a pretty bleak message about children raised in religion: Anwar chooses to be a Muslim simply because he can't fathom anything else.
Meanwhile, Goofball Teacher puts the moves on Angie, and Chris is there to rescue (and then finally fuck) her.
And Anwar has that brief fling, with a Friends-quoting Russian girl--and I don't know how well-versed you all are in the world of Friends, but her exclamation that "We were on a break!" totally slayed me. Elsewhere, Jal and Michelle seduce like, an entire police department, and Maxxie befriends an old Russian lady who shares her blunt wisdom.
- Michelle catching Tony trying to put the moves on Maxxie. But something tells me Tony is going to find a way to make it not seem awkward. That guy is awkward-proof.
- Sid's monologue after Anwar leaves him to deal with an angry Russian. (You still have nobody to blame but yourself, Sid). Setting anything in Russia should require a few scenes of intrigue, right? I like the headfake toward that trope--Sid as the worst fucking spy in the world. First he can't get the drugs out of his ass and then, after valiantly taking a bullet for Anwar, he leads the angry Russian guy right back to him.)
- Angie telling the other teacher to fuck off. Weirdly satisfying.
- Maxxie giving Sid another much-needed proverbial smack upside the head after showing him a sketch of Cassie. "You made her look beautiful," Sid says. "She IS beautiful," Maxxie corrects him.