She attends a sex addicts’ meeting, where she anticlimactically discovers she’s not a sex addict, and meets Charlie (Peaky Blinders' Joe Cole) – someone with whom she can express her explicit thoughts. She also seeks her near-one-night-stand Amber (Niamh Algar) to apologise for her behaviour… and to ask whether that website internship is still available.
Charlie (Joe Cole) is a nice recovering porn addict
Meeting Charlie gives Marnie a new burst of confidence. He's a character that's immediately loveable and the dialogues between them are so nicely crafted; balanced between awkward and curious. He’s a recovering porn addict, but a really nice one without an ulterior motive (often having to assure her that he’s not chatting her up) and proves easy to confide in.
Marnie is still exceedingly awkward and needs to exert all the nervous energy somewhere, often waving and saying ‘Hello’ to break the silences. This is especially funny during her apologetic meeting with Amber, who clearly takes no shit. Niamh Algar’s hilariously hard-nosed performance rivals that of Clive’s, and watching them act alongside each other is a comedic delight.
We're dropped into Marnie's (Charly Clive) constantly perturbed psychology
Along with Kirstie Swain’s emotionally involving script, Aneil Karia’s direction drops us firmly into Marnie’s constantly perturbed psychology. We feel everything she feels, though her orgiastic visions are spare compared to last week. We feel the strong stares from others around her, the overwhelming pressure to be 'normal', and the horrible realisation of misunderstanding something simple. It’s a constant, on-the-edge experience.
But Marnie is resilient and, despite fumbling through so many situations, she’s strong in her struggle through the nervous dark. And in this episode, Charlie provides her with some light that could help her deal with what she has, and with who she is.
Pure airs on Wednesdays at 10pm on Channel 4. All episodes are available to watch on All 4.
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On 06 Feb 19, 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM