With the show's second season just hours from being released, what better time is there than right now to give yourself a Sex Education season one recap? The first season of the hit Netflix original series came to the streaming service on January 11, 2019, and just a month later, a second season was announced. A lot of time has passed since we last caught up with the characters, so let's take some time to go over what we learned.
One of the main characters of Sex Education is Otis (played by Asa Butterfield), an awkward teenage boy who has trouble masturbating, due in part to his overbearing and intrusive sex therapist of a mother, Jean (played by Gillian Anderson).
When it's revealed to the school that Otis' mom is indeed a sex therapist, he's approached by a student named Maeve (Emma Mackey), who's known as the school's bad girl/social outcast. Maeve has had the idea of starting up a sex clinic for students, where Otis can follow in his mother's footsteps and give advice to his struggling peers on their sexuality and relationships.
Otis agrees to join Maeve on this new business venture, but it isn't long before he finds himself falling for the pink-haired bad girl.
Unfortunately for Otis, Maeve already has an ongoing friends-with-benefits situation with the school's head boy and captain of the swim team, Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling). As time goes on, Jackson finds himself developing real feelings for Maeve and ironically, he turns to Otis for advice on how to ask her out.
Because of his own feelings, Otis gives Jackson bad advice in an attempt to sabotage the romantic gesture, but to the surprise of everyone, Maeve agrees to date Jackson, leaving Otis in the dust.
Luckily, Otis has his best friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) to help him get through this emotional time. When he's not consoling his BFF, Eric spends his time playing the french horn, which eventually lands him a spot in a swing band, where he meets Lily (Tanya Reynolds), a fellow band member who writes alien erotica in her free time.
When Eric invites Lily over to his house to help him catch up on the swing band, she takes it as an invitation to have sex — not realizing that Eric is, in fact, gay. Lily later finds out that Otis is a virgin like her, and offers to sleep with him, but he initially refuses.
Later in the season, a nude photo of one of the sex clinic's clients is sent around the school, causing Otis and Maeve to join forces and uncover who sent the photo. The investigation takes longer than planned though, causing Otis to miss his yearly birthday tradition with Eric — a trip to the movies to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
After taking the bus alone in drag, Eric has his phone and wallet stolen and is assaulted by two homophobes. He then calls Otis' mother to pick him up, and when his best friend arrives home, the two get in a huge argument, putting their friendship on pause.
Without Eric in his life to guide him, Otis makes the decision to take Lily up on her offer for sex, but the attempt ends with Otis having a panic attack. All hope is not lost though, as Otis is later asked out by Ola (Patricia Allison), the daughter of his mother's handyman (and soon-to-be boyfriend), Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt).
Eric is also dealing with his anger but in a much different way. He begins dressing more conservatively and eventually finds himself suspended and serving detention for the rest of term after lashing out at the swing band's instructor.
Another key character in the series is Adam (Connor Swindells), a student of Moordale who also happens to be the headmaster's son. Adam has a reputation for being a bully, and one of his main targets is none other than Eric.
After causing problems at school, Adam's father threatens to send him off to military school, sending his son into a spiral of bad behaviour that only gets him in more trouble. Near the end of the first season, we even see Adam instigate a physical fight with his father.
Also around the same time, Maeve's older brother Sean (Edward Bluemel) returns to town after having gone missing for quite some time.
The show's finale is wrapped up at the school dance, where Otis and Eric (who shows up dressed in full drag) rekindle their friendship. Unfortunately, there's also plenty of relationships that fall apart on the same night.
Jackson and Maeve get into a fight when he accuses her of having feelings for Otis, which she admits to. Subsequently, Jackson begins skipping swim practice, and Maeve takes the fall for drugs that were sold by her older brother at the dance.
Eric and Adam, who are both serving detention, find themselves in a physical altercation one day, but the fight quickly turns into sex as it's revealed to the audience that Adam has been repressing his homosexuality.
Unfortunately for the two of them, there's no chance of a relationship forming as Adam's father has followed through on his promise of sending his son to military school.
The first season comes to an end as Maeve walks up to Otis' house to talk about her feelings, only to find him kissing his new girlfriend, Ola. That same evening, Otis discovers that he's finally able to masturbate.
Season two of Sex Education is coming to Netflix tomorrow, January 17. You can check out the trailer below.