Series 3, Episode 8
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Centric Character(s): Effy Stonem
Original Airdate: March 12 2009
Written by: Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by: Charles Martin
Episode chronology
"Katie and Emily"

"Effy" is the eighth episode of Series 3 and the 27th overall.

This episode primarily focuses on Effy Stonem and her relationships with both Freddie Mclair and James Cook and how her decisions have caused a huge rift and impact on the entire gang.


Effy's dead inside. She doesn't feel anything anymore, not even when she and Cook are having sex. She's also lost her Queen Bee status to Katie. Effy tries to get her mums attention but she doesn’t listen. Effy goes to see Freddie only to find Katie with him in his shed. Katie tells her about a party at Gobbler’s End and asks her to drive but Cook’s not invited. Cook turns up at Effy’s to find out she’s not there and that he’s been dumped. At a petrol station the gang run into gun-wielding poachers who intimidate them. The gang settle in at Gobbler's End and actually start enjoying themselves, except Pandora. Effy notices and tries to help and shows the gang some magic mushrooms she’s picked and soon the attentions back on her. Katie warns Effy to stay away from Freddie. Cook then crashes the party and tells everyone that he slept with Pandora and that Effy loves Freddie and not him, so Katie runs off. Effy starts tripping and runs off into the woods and finds Katie who messes with her head as revenge. Katie then attacks her so Effy hits her over the head with a rock. Effy walks off, leaving her unconscious, and sleeps with Freddie. The next morning the gang can’t find Katie. Back at home Effy gets a phone call from Freddie telling her that Katie has been found. Effy goes to the hospital only to be shunned by everyone for what she did. Effy then wakes up in a stolen car which Cook is driving out of Bristol.

Music Featured in "Effy"[1]

Note: The music tracks listed below only refer to the music featured in the episode's initial airing. Many of the music tracks featured in this episode have been substituted for alternative tracks either for the BBC America airing or for both the US and UK home media release of Series 3.

Ashley Chambliss – A Little More Of You
Esser – Satisfied
Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot
Portishead – Machine Gun
Susan Cadogan – Nice and Easy
Lacrosse – You Can’t Say No Forever
Fat Segal Tiv Knife
Esser – Love Runs Out
Fat Segal Carl Gustav
Travelling Band – Only Waiting
The Fall – Spoilt Victorian Child
Gang Gang Dance – Princes
High Places – Banana Slugs
A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Rage
Fat Segal Different Gravy
Joy Division – She’s Lost Control
Fat Segal - Darren
Fat Segal - Byrd
Bon Iver – Woods
Alela Diane – The Rifle
Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
Maps – When You Leave