Sex Education Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: Patriarchy


The following article contains SPOILERS for Sex education Season 3, Episode 6.

Sex education Season 3 is now entering its home stretch with Maeve and Otis knowing how the other is feeling and plenty of other stories reaching their climax (pun intended).

Read our recap for Sex education Season 3, Episode 5 right HERE.

This episode begins with a backstory about Lily’s erotic origins and how her mother tries to stop her daughter from following this passion. Lily’s mother says “good girls” don’t talk about sex and tries to push Lily away, which obviously fails.

These days Lily’s latest erotic story is published in the local town gazette and of course it dates back to Moordale Secondary. Hope arrives on campus that day, after reading the periodical, to a school board member in his office. This interaction and pressure from the Moordale school board sets up much of Hope’s actions and the rest of the episode.

Sex Education Season 3, Episode 6: Otis and Maeve Fight … Again

Because he’s head over heels in love with her, Otis tries to talk to Maeve about their kiss and the future of their relationship. The first The episode’s heartbreak (blatant foreshadowing) comes from the only phrase Maeve said when she said, “I love Isaac,” and my heart sank. This couple’s timing never lines up, and as much as it gets on my nerves, I hope the end justifies the means. Their conversation is ultimately interrupted when a school-wide assembly is called.

Sex Education Season 3. Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley in Episode 4 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. © 2020 Sam Taylor / NETFLIX

Hope is on stage with three chairs and announces that a rebranding will be initiated before an open house where the press will be invited. To make sure her students don’t go against her core disciplinary beliefs, Hope sets up a new punishment system. She brings up Cal, Lily and Adam, and the next heartbreak occurs.

Cal is punished for trying to keep his identity in New Brunswick, Lily is punished for writing “dirty” things, and Adam is punished for throwing poo out of the bus window (even though it was technically Rahim). They must all wear literal signs that explain their wrongdoing, as well as return their phones and not be able to converse with their students.

This whole scene is thick with tension, and it made me very uncomfortable. This is reinforced when Jackson and Rahim attempt to challenge this style of traumatic punishment. The punishment of Hope’s sign and the fact that some people are starting to express their discomfort helps me establish my theory that Hope will experience a possible fall, but more on that later.

Following this horrific assembly, Maeve receives a call from Isaac stating that Elsie is missing and that it was her mother who took her on her visit. Otis accompanies Maeve so she can help him, which leads to the love triangle being together for the first time in season three.

Otis and Isaac try to help each other, resulting in frustrations for Maeve and the cop, so the three of them go out and Isaac finds out that Maeve and Otis have been kissing in France. The three of them go their separate ways, and it looks like Otis has once again messed up his relationship with Maeve. Later, Maeve reaches out to Isaac, and Otis almost reaches out to Maeve before thinking twice, and this episode ends with that love triangle still up in the air.

Sex Education Season 3, Episode 6: Fallout of Hope’s Punishment

Lily and Ola had their first major fight as a couple, and this is the episode’s next heartbreak. Lily is trying to cope with her sign punishment when Ola arrives and tries to apologize for her part of the origins of the argument in France. Lily is delivering the speech of a lifetime here that you all have to look back on.

After years of being alone and thinking that she would be laughed at if she expressed her interests, Lily explains that she has finally found someone she can trust in Ola. But now that Ola has pulled away a bit and people have laughed at her for the published story, Lily feels like an outcast again. After being probably the only real and honest person in Moordale, except maybe Eric, seeing Lily shut down is so nerve-racking.

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Because it is illegal to be gay in Nigeria, we are witnessing an overpowered Eric for the first time. After trying to stay in touch with Adam, who has now lost his phone thanks to Hope’s punishment, Eric feels isolated in his family’s country. He has to lie to everyone about his sexuality until he finds out that the wedding photographer, Oba, is a gay man.

The two start talking, get along, and Oba convinces Eric to come to an underground nightclub where gays can be themselves. For a second, we’re tricked into thinking that Eric might be facing yet another hate crime, but those concerns are quickly dispelled.

Oba shows Eric a fun and enjoyable time, which gets them to kiss, and that’s it. I imagine tonight will come back to bite Eric because he cheated on Adam, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to see gays and other people find a way to be themselves in a repressed nation.

Finally, there’s my favorite story, and that’s all about Jackson, Cal, and Viv. At the start of the episode, we see Cal stand up to Hope and call out their headmistress for pitting non-binary people against each other as she pitted two black students against Jackosn and Viv. After the assembly, Jackson and Cal start trying to plan what to do at the forum, but it’s scheduled. What is not expected, however, is the interaction between Viv and Hope.

Sex Education Season 3

Episode 3 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. © 2020 Sam Taylor / NETFLIX

Hope shows her true personality and admits to Viv that she uses Viv for publicity since she is a black girl and the chief girl. Hope gives Viv some tools for a presentation at Sparkside’s new open house, which I’m sure will go so good for Hop at the end.

This reunion ends with the headmistress expressing how she doesn’t care about the students’ issues at Moordale to the point that she won’t even attend the forum. Viv secretly records the principal sharing her bold remarks and sends them out to the entire student body. I am sure to convince many of them to attend the student forum.

Viv has now put her own interests aside because she sees how harmful Hope is to her fellow students. Although it took her a lot longer to see this, I’m very happy to know where this recording is going, as well as the presentation Viv will be making to the media and the city press.

Sex education Season 3 is now streaming on Netflix.


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