Effy Stonem is the one character from Skins that is the most cryptic. For a good while, we never heard a single word out of Effy. Just a few hand motions and side glances here and there. This is why she became such an intriguing character. We knew, right from the start, that she wasn’t just any ordinary and stodgy teenager. She had a thriving character, but it was just going to take a bit more teasing for us to figure it out.
But we quickly learned that Effy would be much more complex than we could have thought..
Effy didn’t get much of the lime light as the rest of the generation one cast. In fact, we really didn’t focus on her much at all–or ever hear her utter a word–until her titular episodes. In the series one “Effy,” Effy disappears and Tony is tasked with finding out what happened to her. It was no secret that Tony and Effy had a close relationship–and he cared about her more than anyone else.
What was interesting about “Effy” is that the latter part of her disappearance and subsequent intoxication was all a planned ruse by someone seeking revenge whom Tony had offended. Throughout this episode we learned a lot about Effy’s character. She enjoys frequent partying and is very much like Tony. She might not be as scheming but she too has a darker and more emotional side to her that we didn’t get to learn about until the second series.
The second series proved to exceptional for Effy because we got to see her character grow in a more prominent position. After Tony’s accident, Effy took on a more care-giving role for him and was the main influence on Tony’s recovery. But though Tony was recovering, Effy seemed to begin to take on drug use and abuse more prominently. With their father away on “business” and their mother effectively useless, Effy took on many roles around the house helping everyone out, but it didn’t seem that she tried to help herself. But the introduction of Pandora “Panda” sent a shock through Effy. We don’t know much about her prior friends, but we could tell that Panda had an impact on Effy. Panda liked her for her–not for her cavalier partying lifestyle. It seemed like Panda kept Effy grounded.
Effy’s story didn’t end with the rest of generation one, however. Not only was she one of, if not, the most prominent characters in generation two, but she also returned for a two-episode part of the final series of the show. I won’t get in to her role in generation two, as that would warrant an entirely different discussion altogether.
Effy might have been a rather minor character in the grand scheme, but she exhibited a slow growth that ultimately set her up for her prime in generation two. Something that I think was a smart move on the creator’s part.
Check back next Friday as I discuss another Skins, generation one, character.