Sex Education season 2 recap: Everything you need to remember before season 3

Sex Education - Credit: Sam Taylor
Sex Education - Credit: Sam Taylor /

Sex Education season 3 isn’t far off with its Sept. 17 premiere on Netflix, but do you remember everything that went down in the halls of Moordale High last season? We highly doubt it but don’t blame you, after all, it’s been well over a year and a half since the last eight episodes in season 2 premiered on the streaming platform.

So in preparation for season 3, let’s take a refresher on what happened last for our favorite characters Otis and Maeve! Sex Education season three will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, September 17, so make sure you’ve caught back up before diving into the new season!

What happened in Sex Education season 2?

Season 2 of Sex Education showcased our favorite resident virgin-sex therapist Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield), in a not-so-favorable light, having his fair share of embarrassing and cringy moments throughout the season.

Despite repeatedly trying to do the right thing, Otis’ actions and behavior throughout the season end up with him hurting someone he cares for. From his alcohol-induced monologue in the middle of a party about Maeve (Emma Mackey) and Ola (Patricia Allison) to his immature behavior towards his mom’s Scandinavian beau Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt), the one thing Otis proved in season 2, is that he still has a lot of growing up to do in season 3.

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Sex Education season 2 recap

So here’s a rundown of what went down on season 2 of Sex Education.

Season 2 kicked off with Otis declaring the end of the sex clinic, determined to focus on his relationship with Ola… something the other students at Moordale High simply chose to ignore following a “chlamydia pandemic”.  While resident misunderstood, too-cool-for-school Maeve Wiley returned to the halls of Moordale, following her expulsion – (Remember: Maeve took the blame for her brother’s drugs at the end of season 1, which resulted in her being kicked out of school) – and came to terms with the fact that she still has feelings for Otis.

When Maeve finally confesses her feelings to Otis in a rare show of vulnerability from the usually tough gal, he rejects her, angry that she had waited until he was in a committed relationship with someone else, to finally tell him how she truly feels.

Despite Otis clearly still having feelings for Maeve, he ultimately makes some poor decisions following her confession, and in the end, he ends up heartbroken, being dumped by Ola – who realized she’s pansexual and has feelings for Lily (Tanya Reynolds)- and no longer friends with Maeve. To make matters even worse, after Otis gets embarrassingly drunk at his own house party, he wakes up hungover as hell, to find he’d unintentionally lost his virginity to Ruby (Mimi Keene), who admitted that “when [she’s] sad, [she] makes out with nerdy boys.”

While the drama between Otis and Maeve dominated most of the show, there were several other emotive storylines from the perspective of Eric Effiong (Ncutti Gatwa), Aimee Gibbs (Aimee Lou Wood), and Adam Groff (Connor Swindells) that offered new perspectives and real struggles that young adults encounter.

Sex Education season 2 ending explained

In the season finale, Otis leaves Maeve a critical voicemail where he confesses that he loves her and apologizes for everything he’s put her through this season. However, in an infuriating turn of events, Isaac (George Robinson) – Maeve’s new friend and love interest – erases Otis’s voicemail before Maeve is even made aware of its existence! Royally screwing up their long-awaited union.

Considering that Issac has deleted the message, it’s unlikely that Maeve will ever hear the voicemail, however, fingers crossed that season 3 will put the wrong right, and Otis will have the courage to tell Maeve what he said in the voice mail in person.

Check out the trailer for Sex Education season 3 below!

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