You can watch this ep with English subtitles on this Youtube playlist here.

Today, I should make clear that in general I have no intention of recapping Jo's scenes where Olli isn't there. Partly because I'm lazy, but also because it's mostly just him mourning and trying to come to terms with moving on from Sam, which even I find it hard to snark about. You can't even make ugly jokes about someone who's grieving, it's frowned upon. So shipping them with their younger brother at their time of greatest distress is probably right out. All this is me saying that there were some cute scenes between Jo and Tim in this episode (and the last, actually) but I'm not touching them. As a rule, you can simply assume that anytime Jo is off-screen (and/or off-recap) he is crying and whimpering while rocking back and forth in the foetal position.
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He's composed himself in time for his shift at the hospital to start though, where he meets a certain someone in the lift. He tries to start a friendly conversation with Olli about their disparity in leg-to-torso ratios, but Olli is still grumpy because of the catastrophic self-defence course incident.
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Jo is shocked and hurt to find out that Olli has rearranged his check-up appointment with one of Jo's colleagues, instead of with Jo himself. Which is fine, except HE TOLD YOU THAT IN YESTERDAY'S EP, JO. Jesus Christ, there are soaps about goldfish where the characters have a longer memory span than this. Olli tells Jo that he's sick of Jo acting like a total nutcase, and won't even let Jo explain why - a new low, Jo, because ordinarily Olli will eagerly listen to the problems of people he completely despises.
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Sneakily, Jo is able to orchestrate another chance with Olli, by trading a shiny Charizard, 400 Pogs, and the glamour model in Bay 6 with his colleague for the chance to treat Olli's headwound.
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After winning he Most Petulant Patient Of The Year Award (presented by Sue Barker), Olli is ready to leave. Jo tells him that whatever happened between them, Olli should still carry on learning self-defence so he can protect himself, and then tries to tell Olli about Sam...
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But in the end he can't, and just tells Olli that he didn't sleep well that day and he makes toddlers look like they cope with overtiredness well. Funnily enough, this doesn't exactly assure Olli that Jo isn't a lunatic so he leaves, and Jo chases him out to the lift to have a second go.
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Wisely he decides actions speak louder than words this time, and just kisses Olli instead. (Two comments: a) this kiss was much hotter in the slighting shortened version in the Preview, and b) Mickey Hardt is shorter than Jo Weil, so how come when they kiss it often looks like Mickey is aiming slightly too high?) But then Jo runs away straight after.

At home, Olli is in bed with Sascha. Or, on the bed with Sascha. I always get those pesky prepositions confused.
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Nominally, Sascha is trying to fix Olli's lamp, but really this is a classic VL girl talk. If it were Olli and Bella, Bella would be stroking Olli's hair, but Sascha is too manly for that so he has help Olli screw things into his worn out hole (hiya, [ profile] haruhiko :-* ). Olli laments about how Jo is giving him mixed signals. Mixed, fucked-up signals. Meanwhile Sascha does that thing where, you know like if a few weeks before Christmas you go shopping with someone and they constantly say things like "oh, that's really nice, I love that *wink wink*" so you know what to buy them? Well, Sascha does that, but instead of suggesting Christmas presents he's telling Olli what the atmosphere should be like for when they have sex. Inside a lift with flickering lights is the info we have so far, if anyone else wants to make a seduction attempt, because Olli is too busy thinking about Jo to notice any of this.
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Sascha fails to fix the lamp, and he tells Olli that he will either need to get used to the flaws, or to buy a new lamp. Obviously this is meant to be a metaphor for Olli's relationship with Jo, but it's not a very romantic one, because obviously Olli should just buy a new lamp and not put up with the broken one. A broken lamp has no redeeming features. Broken Jo arguably does. Unless Sascha himself is offering to be the new source of illumination in Olli's life...

Jo turns up in No Limits to talk to Olli. He says he knows he's a bit fucked up, but he'd like to keep shagging Olli if that's okay.
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Olli tries to get a little more commitment out of Jo, but without saying "I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU" and scaring him off. Jo's not ready for a relationship, but he'll settle for something more casual. Olli agrees.
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Of course Olli's definition of casual seems to be "not getting married yet" and Jo's seems to be "just having lots of sex", but I'm sure that won't cause any problems later on.
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The next morning, Sascha gets to watch them say goodbye at the door.
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And then he has the pleasure of listening to happy Olli excited about how he's managed to persuade the man he's in love with to occasionally eat with him, rather than just fucking him. Sascha is slightly suspicious about this turn of events, either out of friendly concern or raging jealousy, depending on your view point.
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But really nothing can dampen Olli's mood today.
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He's in lurve.
ext_129544: Heath Ledger (sascha :: 緑)

From: [identity profile]

Lolllll thanks for the shout out, I love that you put that in hahahahaha. XD <33 And hmm, Sascha should have stumbled upon that building where Alexa had Ansgar tied up and ~gone to town, I seem to remember the lights flickering a lot there. ;D I'm sure both of them could have found some use for him and Sascha P. did say he'd like a storyline with a Lahnstein... XD

I actually started low-key shipping Jo/Tim in my head during those grieving scenes, oops haha. I blame Tim for being so cute/concerned. :3 Maybe if that happens and Olli still wants a dose of Helmke we can finally get some Frank/Olli action #LisbethWho

And yeah I did notice Mickey kissing Jo kind of "above" his lips more than once. I hope it's just awkwardness and not a deliberate acting choice? (Probably one instance in which I'd've wished they'd paired Olli with a younger man, I think a younger man would have had less reservations about liplocking for TV. Or maybe Mickey or Jo had a cold and it's not about that at all, who knows.) I liked the little grumpy head turn Olli does when he realizes Jo's about to clean his wound/touch his face. Like a little kid. XD

I do choose to think Sascha is at least a little jealous. Mostly 'cause I've had a few straight (?) guy friends in the past who were slightly disappointed when crushes I had on them faded. XD

I wonder how many Pogs Andi would go for? Hopefully more if you assure the buyer he's housetrained XDDDD
ext_129544: Heath Ledger (sascha :: grün)

From: [identity profile]

Lolll! Good catch, I'd forgotten about this. (probably tried to block it out of my mind XD)