Flying Poop, Shrooms + More: Sex Education Season 3 Packs It All in One Crazy School Trip
We talk to Asa Butterfield and gang about Season 3!
(SPOT.ph) Anyone who has ever watched an episode of Sex Education knows that Moordale is unlike any other high school (especially when compared to Philippine high schools). And the latest season is here to prove just how wild it can get—even when they’ve got a new headmaster trying to rein things in. Yup, Sex Education Season 3 has Otis (Asa Butterfield) having casual sex, Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) discovering feminism, the arrival of their very own Umbridge-esque headmaster, and even that voicemail from Season 2 coming back to light.
The third season dropped on Netflix on September 17. There are a lot of things fans have been waiting for—okay, not a lot, it’s really just for Otis and Maeve (Emma Mackey) to finally get their shit together and kiss—and we got to talk to the series’ stars about one episode in particular that just delivers. Haven’t binge-watched the whole season yet? Minor spoilers lie ahead!
The Sex Education Stars Talk About That Insane School Trip in Season 3
“I think one of my favorite scenes that we shot in Season 3 was in episode five during the school trip,” says Butterfield in a roundtable with SPOT.ph. “It involved some flying feces, and a very angry Frenchman, and Jim Howard, who plays Mr Hendricks, being on absolute fire.” Confused as to what was going on in that specific episode? We’ll set the scene.
Okay, so Season 3 has the gang facing some new challenges. Jean (Gillian Anderson) is pregnant and Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt) is back in the scene. Otis (Butterfield) and Ola (Patricia Allison) have to deal with the new arrangements—while Otis continues his affair with Ruby (Mimi Keene). Yup, the old Otis would never believe all the casual sex either. Maeve gets a chance to study in the U.S. while also getting closer to Isaac (George Robinson) who, BTW, we haven’t forgiven for Season 2.
Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) and Adam (Connor Swindells) are stepping up their relationship, and Eric heads off to Nigeria for a family event for a bit. Aimee is in the process of coming to terms with her sexual assault in Season 2 and becomes a feminist in a very Aimee way. Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) gets a crush on non-binary student Cal (Dua Saleh), Viv (Chinenye Ezeudu) gets a new school role while trying to figure out sexting, and Lily (Tanya Reynolds) hits a crossroad with her love for writing alien erotica.
And while all that is happening, a new headmaster in the form of Hope Haddon (Jemima Kirke) flies into Moordale all deceptively cool and new-age. She promptly does her best to “de-sex” the school, and the changes go way beyond those snazzy school uniforms you saw in the trailer.
The shift really comes during a school trip to France which happens in episode five, exactly the bit Butterfield talks about! The Moordale gang go and visit battlefields in France from the World War, which means they travel in a single bus all together—a recipe for absolute craziness. Best part? In charge of them are science teacher Mr. Hendricks (Jim Howick) and English teacher Ms. Sands (Rakhee Thakrar), two very, erm, Moordale teachers.
“Jim, he just has an ability to just make something so much. It's just so funny that we were doing it and it was taken quite a while because everyone just couldn't stop laughing,” shares Keene during the roundtable. Hendricks takes the lead in the scene in question after some, well, flying feces comes up during the trip back home, and the poor teacher has to do his best to find out who did it while fielding an angry Frenchman. It is easily one of the funniest things to happen in Sex Education, which is saying a lot for a series that’s full of wacky moments.
Turns out, both Butterfield and Keene remember that shooting day being very cold. Most of the scene had them outside the bus dealing with the aftermath of the flying feces. “It was possibly one of the finest days I've ever had on any set, despite it being absolutely freezing,” says Butterfield.
As for the magic mushrooms, well, Gatwa couldn’t handle how those play into the bus sequence either. “The whole of the France stuff was hilarious. Like the whole poo sequence,” he says while laughing. “Jackson and Cal freaking out on the bus, all of that, I can’t wait for the fans to see that.”
Eric wasn’t even on the school trip—he was in Nigeria where a different type of non-poo related crisis occurs—but it looks like Gatwa was on-set to catch the laughs! Howick was definitely the main reason that the bus scene worked so well, and it looks like he was working his magic even behind the camera. “It was an onslaught. You couldn’t catch enough air to laugh,” says Gatwa.
“He was just coming up with new things every second,” adds Wood. “It was just painful because we’re really trying not to laugh, and then he’d come in with a brand-new joke and it would be like ‘What are you doing to us? Whyyyy?’” she says cheekily.
Wood also points to episode five as one of her favorites from Season 3, but adds that seven and eight are also special in her heart. “If you need a cry, that’s [where] you can find it. You can find that catharsis in the last two episodes.” Plus, once the season hits episode five, it just takes on even bigger turns for the story. “I love the first few episodes, but I think from five onwards, it really just goes to new levels, it gets so exciting,” adds Wood.
Clearly the cast had about as much fun filming the “poo sequence” as you probably had watching it! Now, we don’t know about you but the only other scene that was better than that one was the one right after. After a certain two students conveniently end up stranded. If you know, you know!
Sex Education Season 3 streams on Netflix on September 17.
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