Sex Education Season 3, Episode 2 recap: Moordale’s makeovers

Sex Education Season 3. Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong, Connor Swindells as Adam Groff in Episode 2 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020
Sex Education Season 3. Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong, Connor Swindells as Adam Groff in Episode 2 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020 /

The following article contains SPOILERS for Sex Education Season 3, Episode 2.

If you need to catch up, you can find Sex Education, Season 3, Episode 1’s recap here!

Moordale’s semester is back from summer break, and the drama has already begun. The ratty and old bathroom where Otis hosted his sex clinic was torn down. Adam is becoming more comfortable with his sexuality. The new Headmistress is looking like she will be a problem for our favorite British students.

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Sex Education Season 3, Episode 2: Relationships evolving

Now that Ruby and Otis are official and public with their relationship, the untouchable is taking some liberties with the former sex therapist’s fashion and style. Ruby tears apart Otis’ wardrobe (after spending the night with school in the morning) and even gives her new boy toy clothes. She also makes him shave off that excuse of a mustache which I was not too bothered about.

I know the two of them are at different places in the social hierarchy of Moordale Secondary, but the two grew a connection as themselves, so why can’t Otis stay the same person. I imagine this will be one of the significant factors in this young and naïve relationship, and I think Jean sees that as well. Even though Otis stood up for himself regarding his wardrobe and their relationship, I do not think these two are endgame.

Adam and Eric have a compelling arc throughout this episode. Classic Adam is back, not sharing with words, but the new and improved Adam is around to deal with his anxiety and overthinking. These two lovers agree to have sex but can’t find a good time and place to do it.

When they finally do, Adam shuts down. This is not because the sex scares him, but it’s because he does not want to be on top with Eric. After an unannounced visit and late-night talk with Otis, Adam finds a way to communicate his thoughts and feelings without all of his anxiety. This would also assist Adam with asking for help with his education, and I loved all of it.

Sex Education Season 3. Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong in Episode 2 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020
Sex Education Season 3. Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong in Episode 2 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020 /

Sex Education Season 3, Episode 2: Baby Fever

Last episode, we saw Jean finally tell Jakob about their baby, and the Swedish handyman decided he wanted to be involved in raising the child. In this episode, we saw Jean and Jakob begin their co-parenting journey, which, naturally, led to the two of them hooking up and starting their romantic relationship again.

The last bombshell of the episode that Jean will be asking Jakob and Ola to move in during the pregnancy and beyond will undoubtedly lead to chaos. Considering Ola is kind of (rightfully) mad at Jean for cheating on her father and Otis dumping her, I have no idea what to expect with these four living under the same roof.

Probably the most satisfying thing in the entire episode, and a contender for the entire season, was when the sniveling twerp Isaac came clean. As I have made perfectly clear whenever I have the chance to, Isaac is one of the most scummy people on this show, and that is saying a lot.

But after Maeve finally feels close enough and trusts him to let her guard down, and after an emotional night with her mom and half-sister, Isaac spills the beans about the voicemail he deleted from Otis. This leads to Maeve cutting him off and will likely lead to more barriers being put up in her everyday life.

Sex Education Season 3, Episode 2: The times they are a-changing

The biggest changes being made are those to the school of Moordale Secondary. First, we see a yellow line painted on the ground throughout the hallways, which we find out are to encourage (and enforce) single-file walking throughout the building. Then the maroon and yellow lockers are painted over with gray and darker gray, along with all of the charismatic graffiti and doodles sprinkled around the campus.

All of these changes are thanks to Hope Haddon and her leadership style. Viv finds out that Hope has been doing this since before Moordale, and for some reason, Viv is onboard with all of it and excited. She ropes in a disinterested Jackson, who has not had the best experiences with Hope so far, and the two of them are now volunteering to help enact Hope’s vision for Moordale.

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Sex Education season 3 Photo Courtesy: Netflix /

The final scene of this episode is so well done in every aspect. After reading some more of Jean Milburn’s book, Hope decides to crack down on everyone’s fashion in her school and announces a dress code and uniform will be put in place. Considering what students from any clique wear at this school tend to be on the more flamboyant side, it is a shock and heartbreaking moment.

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This grouped with the drive-by warning from Rahim and “Sound of da Police,” being the show’s closing song, was all beautiful. I think a story that could be something special is that regarding Jackson, Viv, and the newcomer Cal (who subtly drops in their pronouns after Jackson calls her “she”). The three of them and Hope’s changes will be some great storytelling. I can feel it.

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Sex Education Season 3 is streaming now on Netflix.