Series 2, Episode 8
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Centric Character(s): Jal Fazer
Original Airdate: March 31 2008
Written by: Daniel Kaluuya
Directed by: Simon Massey
Episode chronology

"Jal" is the eighth episode of Series 2 and the 17th episode overall.

This episode primarily focuses on Jal Fazer and her relationship with her family (including her estranged mother), her boyfriend Chris Miles, and her friend Cassie Ainsworth.


Jal attempts to tell Chris she is pregnant but considers having an abortion without telling him. A-level examinations are approaching and the gang focuses on them. Jal’s dad wants Jal to concentrate on exams and dump Chris. Meanwhile Chris has rented a house with Cassie, and wants Jal to move in. Michelle is embroiled in Spanish revision so Jal tells her she is pregnant in Spanish. Michelle does not understand and instead walks off with Tony. Jal tells her family she is pregnant. Her father demands she acts quickly. Jal’s mother makes a surprise return to instruct Jal to have an abortion. Cassie finds out Jal is pregnant and suggests she tells Chris. Jal attends her music audition and it goes well. She goes to Chris’ to confess her pregnancy but Cassie is there and informs Jal that Chris has been rushed to hospital. He has been keeping a secret too. The nurse tells Jal Chris is going into surgery because there is a blood clot on his brain. The condition is hereditary, because his brother died of the same thing.

Music Featured in "Jal"[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 2.

Althea and Donna - Uptown Ranking
Dizzee Rascal - Jus a Rascal
DJ Assault - Ass n Titties
Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up Look Sharp
Eluvium - Genius and Thieves
Pat Kelly - How Long
Gregory Isaacs - Objection Overruled
Stage Coach - School Day
Herve - La La Land
Fat Segal - The Glitters
Aqueduct - Five Star Day
Mad Professor - Your rights/My rights
Tommy Evans - Ophelia
Fat Segal - The Glitters Part Two
Fat Segal - Cradle
Eluvium - Genius and thieves
Carl Maria Von Weber - Clarinet Concertino
Althea and Donna - Uptown Ranking
Stars of the Lid - Requiem for Dying Mother Pt. 1
Low - Sunflower
The Uniques - My Conversation