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This is one of my favorite subtle sub-character moments of MMFD. Bidwell could have gone with the path of least resistance, having all the characters take the drugs Chop brought to the rave, but he didn’t. He layered in a variety reactions to deepen the gang’s dynamic. This is an example of the detailed thought that went into series 1. While everyone else takes a pill, Izzy starts arguing with Chop about wanting one but he tries to regulate her choice (not anyone else’s), meanwhile Finn discretely says “no” and the panning movement of the camera captures how quickly he treats the offer as a distraction from and not augmentation to his experience. From my perspective, none of this is a commentary on drug use. However, I appreciate they show characters making different choices (for undisclosed reasons) with confidence. 

The acceptance and openness we see the gang extend to Rae we also see extended to Finn in this moment. It may seem minor, but it reinforces faith in the gang itself (e.g., their treatment of Rae isn’t a special consideration of her as a character, rather more of who they are as a collective). In most teen settings, someone who said “no” would be ridiculed or teased, but that doesn’t happen at all in this scene (even in a good-natured friendly way between the boys). Finn also doesn’t flinch, he’s certain. I like how the show, even in small moments, highlights the importance of making choices best for yourself. Beyond the therapeutic value I value (so highly) between Rae and Kester, it’s the sub-plots like this one that keep engaging me deeper and deeper into the characters’ lives. While their screen time might have been shorter, the moments written for each of these characters were deliberate (at least in series 1, series 2 had some pretty debatable moments in terms of how deliberate they actually were). 

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