Re-Watch Review: Derry Girls S1-EP2

Episode synopsis

S1 EP2 – Everyone is really excited when Sister Michael announces the school trip to Paris; Back at the Quinn house, Uncle Colm is visiting and the whole family are losing the will to live.


Nicola Coughlan…Clare Devlin

Louisa Harland…Orla McCool

Saoirse-Monica Jackson…Erin Quinn

Dylan Llewellyn…James Maguire

Jamie-Lee O’Donnell…Michelle Mallon

Siobhán McSweeney…Sister Michael

Tara Lynne O’Neill…Mary Quinn

Kathy Kiera Clarke…Sarah McCool

Tommy Tiernan…Gerry Quinn

Ian McElhinney…Joe McCool

Leah O’Rourke…Jenny Joyce

Tracey Lynch.. Fionnula

Kevin McAleer …Colm McCool

Best character

Every single episode I’m probably going to say I don’t know who to pick and then I’ll choose someone at random. For this episode I’m going to choose Sarah as the best character as she has some of the best lines. When she talks about roughing up the girls to make it seem like they’d been attacked was too funny.

Favourite scenes

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Best quotes and one liners

SISTER MICHAEL: On Monday morning, several of our year thirteens will face their GCSE maths resit. Now, I know how daunting resit examinations can be, so if anyone is feeling anxious or worried, or even if you just want to chat, please, please, do not come crying to me.

GERRY: Okay. That’s one portion of red fish, one portion of white fish, two bags of chips.

JOE: No, no, no, no. Two bags won’t be enough.

GERRY: Two’s plenty, Joe.

JOE: (carrying baby) Four. Four should cover it.

GERRY: Three, then. We’ll compromise.

JOE: I’ll compromise you through that window.

MARY: That’s enough, Da.

JOE: The tight bastard’s trying to starve us all, Mary.

GERRY: Okay. Four bags of chips then.

ORLA: And I want twelve chicken nuggets, a small battered hotdog, plenty of onions, plenty of…

ERIN: Get a move on, Daddy. At that chippy, it’s every man for himself on a Friday night.

ERIN: All right? Any joy with the trust fund?

CLARE: Nah. According to my Ma we’re actually quite poor.

ERIN: Aye, I think we might be as well.

MICHELLE: Where the fuck are we going to get the money for Paris now?

ORLA: We could sell our organs.

CLARE: We could. We could sell our organs. Or, and forgive me if this is a bit left field, but could we not, you know, get jobs?

MICHELLE: There are no jobs in Derry. That’s all you ever hear anybody say.

CLARE: So what are these? (walks over to notice board)

MICHELLE: I never really looked at this before. I just assumed they were all dead cat posters.

CLARE: Missing cat posters.

MICHELLE: If you’re an optimist.

CLARE: (scoffing) You weren’t like a thief in the night. You actually were a thief in the night. And you stole from Fionnula of all people. Fionnula! I once saw her punch a Rottweiler, Michelle! If she finds out about this, she’ll kill you!

MICHELLE: Ach sit yourselves down, have a wee drink!

CLARE: No, Michelle! It’s wrong!

MICHELLE: So are those ski pants Clare, but that didn’t stop you pulling them over your hole this morning.

Final thoughts and fun facts

I love how every single episode of this show is the girl’s getting into the wildest, most chaotic trouble possible. 

Getting food from the chippy, or fish and chips shop, on Friday night is a tradition in Catholic regions of Northern Ireland. This tradition stems from the long held Catholic practice of not eating meat on Fridays and eating fish instead. 

At the chippy Clare orders a fish supper, which includes a large piece of fish and chips on the side, and also a cowboy special. This last dish consists of chips and fried sausages with baked beans on top. Michelle orders a curry butty, which is bread with chips on top and lots of curry sauce on top of it all.

Orla wants to go to Paris to meet Nicole, whom she believes to be a real person. This is a reference to the famous Renault Clio advertisements that ran throughout the 1990s with the Nicole and Papa characters. I’m not actually old enough to remember these, but it’s such an Orla thing to do/like.

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