Sitcom about teenager Will (Simon Bird) who unwillingly moves from a private school to a suburban comprehensive where he makes three new friends, Simon, Lee and Neil, none of whom are cool or credible.
Joseph "Joe" Thomas (born 28 October 1983) is an English actor who stars in the E4's comedy ...
Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas) becomes good friends with Will after initially avoiding him. His first task of the new term is showing Will to his classes – a task assigned by the head of sixth form, Mr Gilbert. Simon is the oldest of the group and was the first to learn how to drive, having passed his practical test (in dubious circumstances) before Christmas. His father bought him a small, yellow Fiat Cinquecento Hawaii – Simon, his friends and others think the car is highly embarrassing and a horrible colour. It lost its passenger side door due to a reversing incident at Thorpe Park, but in series two the door has been replaced, albeit with a red one. Moreover, the most unfortunate feature of the car is that it has a tape deck. His parents briefly split up for an episode of Series Two, but they had reconciled by the end of the episode. Simon has a crush on his childhood friend Carli D'Amato since she was eight, an interest which becomes more apparent throughout the series. Despite many pathetic attempts to show her his feelings – such as spray painting "I Love Carli D'Amato" on her driveway – for a long time she did not reciprocate, partly due to having a boyfriend, but in the final episode of the second series: "Exam Time", Carli seemed interested in Simon after she split up with her boyfriend and they end up kissing while studying for A-Levels at Simon's house. Carli agreed to meet Simon at the local pub for a post-exam drink, but when she arrived it was revealed she had reconciled with Tom, her boyfriend. In Series 3, Simon takes part in the school fashion show, but embarasses himself and Carli when he walks along the catwalk in Speedos with his bare testicle visible. In Series Three, Simon begins dating Tara, with whom he went to a concert and smoked marijuana. In 'Will's Dilemma' he is seen receiving a handjob from Tara at Neil's party (this was after Neil had given consent, loudly saying "Don't spunk on the sheets!" in an elderly relative's presence). Simon is perhaps the most neurotic of the group, especially when in discussions with his family, where he frequently overreacts to gentle goading and even kindly advice. In the last episode, the boys play a phone game where they have to send embarrassing messages to anyone on their phonebook. Simon later receives a text back from Carli that leaves him with a smile, which suggests she feels the same way as Simon, and shows there is more in store for him and Carli. His car is left in a lake in the last episode with the "honk if you want a blow job" sticker on the back. Simon never gets his car back.
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