Okay, forgive me if this week I'm going to start from the end and work my way backward. ;)
Absolutely loved, loved, LOVED the scene with Kev at Asbo's flat. As much for what it begins to peel away from what the hell is going on exactly at Churchill Estate as for both Jamie and Taron Egerton being just utterly brilliant in their performances. Kev's nervous laughter when he realizes (albeit falsely) that Asbo's got an alibi, Asbo breaking down after his mum scolds him. Boooooyyyyys. *sniffle* Oh, and by the way... ASBO'S MUM, wot?! Beautiful work there from Sophie Stanton. She's shot straight up my list of favorite characters.
Side note: Sadly we have a confirmation that the baby Kev tried to rescue died. But it really made sense to wait to confirm that until now, as it's an emotional grace note both in that scene with Kev as well as Asbo confronting Gog at the club. (More about HIM in a bit...)
Loved pretty much all of Little Al's stuff this time out; starting to prove his mettle and developing some interesting dimensions. It's in his plotline that I think LK's explorations of masculine behavior is most successful in this ep; on the one hand, you've got Kev as a sort of pseudo father figure, whose approval Little Al is just longing for even though he acts pissy about it. (No accident it's Kev whose cheers he hears loudest when he's trying to get up off the mat; meanwhile, Asbo seems to also view Kev in a kind of paternal light. And we still don't know what the deal is with *his* actual father...) Yet on the other, you've got Little Al still floundering in his own efforts as a father; his heart's in the right place, even when he can't bring himself to be crooked. And he isn't really thinking about the full picture when he turns up to see his boy with a bashed up face and just scares the poor kid. But he's tryin', he's tryin' his best. And he did come through on that tower, dammit. :)
The show's definitely starting to jump time a little bit, it feels like at least a couple weeks have passed since ep. 2. There's absolutely no way I could see Mal confessing a few days later, but if he had a fortnight or so for it to sit on him and he was pissed enough. Speaking of Mal: "I don't know what's wrong with me...": interesting, if brief, moment of clarity there. You know what would be a really smart, pointed development? If Mal actually realized what's "wrong" with him is he's a sex addict. I mean, that IS what he is, no?! And you can get help for that, buddy, just like any other addiction.
Related note: Julia (Trish's sister) isn't working for me the way she should. I'm fine with her being pushy and sexually aggressive (there are plenty of male horndogs on TV, why not a woman for a change?), and it's nothing to do with Sinead Matthews, who is fine. She still feels, to me anyway, too much of a broad caricature and part of that (at least in this ep) might be down to how much her actions mostly move other characters along *their* progression. When she takes over a scene, it felt a bit of a shoehorn. If there's a truth there, it's that plenty of people have train wrecks who give shitty advice for siblings but they're still family. ("It's not like he's going to leave you in his state, anyway" - oh shit off, Sissy! And now she's for keeping secrets when last episode it was OMFG, you have to tell him?)
Oh, ziggity zig zig Ziggy. "Nice work, Germaine Greer." *snort* QUEEN. Queen of White Watch. Pippa's just great and the dynamic she has with the rest of the watch is unlike a lot else I've seen on telly which is part of why I'm loving her so much; she is 100% one of them, except when she's not. If it were any of the others who had caught onto Mal/Trish early on... hang on, no none of them would have. That's the point. Stoooopid lads. ;)