Sex Education Season 3, Episode 8 recap: The Season’s End

Sex Education Season 3. Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley in Episode 8 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020
Sex Education Season 3. Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley in Episode 8 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020 /

The following article contains SPOILERS for Sex Education Season 3, Episode 8.

After a cliffhanger episode, Sex Education Season 3 comes to an end with some tough goodbyes yet plenty of room for stories to tell in the fourth season.

Read our recap for Sex Education Season 3, Episode 7 HERE.

The first half of this final episode was dedicated to the dysfunctional family of Otis, Ola, and Jakob waiting for Jean to get out of surgery after hemorrhaging during childbirth. Eric comes to lend his love and support, and Otis definitely needs it.

Ola looks to just be in shock about the whole thing while Jakob is keeping his cool and staying optimistic. The three of them eventually meet the new baby, but Ola flees the hospital. After hours in surgery, Jean is ready for visitors, and everything looks to be going well.

Sex Education Season 3. Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn in Episode 8 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020
Sex Education Season 3. Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn in Episode 8 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020 /

After giving her some time, Jakob reaches out to Ola, and the two have a heartwarming talk about their relationship and the dynamic they are in. Ola is worried that she put out bad vibes into the world, which caused Jean to have her medical problems. She is also worried that her dad will like his new family and put Ola to the side since she reminds Jakob of his old life and the pain that comes with it. Jakob scoffs at this idea and assures his daughter that he only sees joy when he looks at his daughter.

Sex Education Season 3, Episode 8: Fallout of Moordale’s open day

The day after the open day, all of the sixth form students are brought in to be told that the school’s investors have pulled their funding. Therefore, the school board has decided they are selling Moordale, and it will be shut down. This means our favorite students are will need to find a new school by the end of the term to ensure they will be able to attend university. What this means for a potential next season is yet to be seen, but I am looking forward to seeing what it means.

Because she was likely fired or she quit, Hode Hadden was seen at the hospital in the middle of the day and Otis just happened to run into her. The two have a wonderful and eye-opening conversation, and Otis lends his help to his former headmistress about her struggles with getting pregnant.

While they are talking, Jean is going for a walk and overhears his son doing something that he is really good at and enjoys. Back in her bed, Jean and Otis discuss the severity and weight that comes from therapizing people. Otis explains that he understands this responsibility but still wants to feel like a kid while he can. This sets up the plans that Otis and Maeve have been making to open up the clinic again so they can go back to helping their fellow students.

After Jean begins her recovery process, Otis demands Eric leave him so he can go and work on his relationship with Adam. Eric meets him at Moordale, and then they both walk home. Adam tries to salvage the relationship with denial statements such as it didn’t mean anything to Eric and asks if they can just forget it.

Eric admits even though he feels bad, the kiss did mean something. The two eventually break up because the two are at different places in their lives. Although I am heartbroken by this breakup, it is hard to argue how much it makes sense. Eric has found himself and knows what he wants, but Adam just is not at that place yet.

Adam is understandably upset, but fortunately, his identity is not all about his relationship with Eric, and he has found happiness in something else. This other enjoyment outlet comes from doing dog show competitions with his adorable Madam. Adam does so well in his competition, and he is also lucky enough to have his mom and his teacher Miss Sands attend his show. Although he does not earn a place on the podium, the judges said Adam and Madam had the best first outing out of anyone. While this is not a medal or trophy, it is still a wonderful accolade to have.

Episode 8 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020
Episode 8 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020 /

Throughout the episode, Maeve is approached by her mom with enough money to attend the Gifted and Talented program over in the United States. However, her life is finally going right with a stable home with Anna and Elsie along with finally getting together with Otis, so why would she change that?

Except Aimee decides to not be a people pleaser and tells Maeve to go to the States so she can excel with her academics. There’s just one more thing she has to do, and that is to tell Otis she is leaving. As she is leaving her former home, she runs into Isaac and tells him he wants to stay friends. Isaac is tentative but focuses on he just needs time first, and Maeve understands.

Back as House Milburn, Otis and Eric are trying to finish the treehouse before his mom brings home his little sister Joy. As they look to have finished or at least done enough for the night, Maeve arrives to break the news. She starts off by saying she changed her mind, which is the WRONG thing to say to someone you just started dating, but what she has changed mind about the United States.

This means they are putting a pause on their new relationship before it really gets started. Otis does not fight it because he knows Maeve is right in this decision, and I think it is a blessing disguised as heartbreak. Otis will have a lot to do as a new older brother and also look after his mom. The episode and third season ended with Maeve making her journey to the US.

Although a fourth season has yet to be announced, I am very happy with how this season came to a close. Stay tuned to find out my biggest takeaways from the third season and also what I am hoping for if and when a fourth season graces our screens.

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Sex Education Season 3 is streaming now on Netflix.