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Katie Fitch

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Portrayed By:
Megan Prescott
Created By:
Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain
First Appearance:
"Everyone" (episode 3.01)
Last Appearance:
"Everyone" (episode 4.08)
Cause/Reason:
Last appearance of the "second generation"
Centric Episode(s):
"Katie and Emily" (episode 3.09)
"Katie" (episode 4.04)
Family:
Emily Fitch (twin sister)
James Fitch (brother)
Jenna Fitch (mother)
Rob Fitch (father)

Katherine "Katie" Fitch is a fictional character in the television series Skins, and is played by Megan Prescott.

Her real life twin Kathryn Prescott plays her on screen twin Emily Fitch.

CharacterizationEdit

Katie is Emily Fitch's twin sister, who she is older than by a few minutes. While they were young, they developed their own cant-style language (twin talk) that only they understand.

She states the difference between her and Emily:

"I have an identical twin called Emily. We have learnt that even though we look the same, we are different and in order for people to be able to recognize this, we must be real, we must be ourselves, not each other." — Katie

Katie is initially presented as being very manipulative and very outspoken, seemingly using people for her own gain. However as the series progresses, Katie begins to show a different side of herself; she is actually very insecure and afraid of being alone, thus she tries to cover this up by acting nasty towards everyone and attempting to control every aspect of her sister's life. Later, once she has toned down the aggressive side of her personality, she becomes a strong source of support for her sister and many of her friends.

During most of the third series, she is very distant from the gang as her quest for popularity made her isolate herself. She especially despises Effy, Naomi and Emily- the former two because they represent something entirely beyond her control, the latter because Emily begins to defy the role she has placed her in. She begins sleeping with Freddie, partly because she likes him, but partly because she wants to get back at Effy and be the gang's new queen bee. She seems shaken by her sister Emily's homosexuality and initially denies it by trying to control her, but she eventually learns to accept it.

During the fourth series, Katie becomes close friends with Effy, Thomas and Pandora, and re-establishes her friendship with Freddie- although, as in the previous series, she does not get on well with Cook. Although she briefly clashes with Emily again (for different reasons) they remain close to one another to the finale. She has become a much nicer person, and even she and Naomi are much more friendly than they were in the previous series. Although she has become a better person, she still has kept her outspoken personality, most vocally standing up for Kanye West during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Controversy.[1]

Character HistoryEdit

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Katie in Series 3

Series 3Edit

In "Everyone", Katie is first introduced as being very confident, wanting to shed her sister and establish her own individuality even if it means trampling on her sister to do so. It's so bad that even Effy mentions to Emily that Katie treats her like "a doormat". Katie reveals that she had never been without a boyfriend since she was seven- in stark contrast to her sister (who has never had a boyfriend, since she is a closeted lesbian). She is also very rude to Naomi, making homophobic comments whenever she is around, because she thinks that Naomi had forced herself on Emily during a party the previous year (not knowing it was Emily who initiated it). She continues to make these kinds of remarks for the next three episodes, although Naomi repeatedly insists to Katie that she is straight. Katie is also seldom seen without her footballer boyfriend Danny Guillermo, who is often feeling her up- which she does not seem to mind, despite the irritation of her sister and friends.

In "Thomas", Emily finally tells Katie the truth about how Emily was the one who initiated the kiss between her an Naomi, blaming it on the MDMA she took. (but later confessing otherwise to Naomi herself)

In "Pandora", Katie more or less overthrows Pandora's pajama party (with some collaboration from Effy) by spiking her mothers' brownies with MDMA. She later sees Emily and Naomi kissing in the jumping castle leaving her quite shocked. She shows some regret for ruining Pandora's party after Danny crashes the place with dozens of his friends.

In "JJ" it is shown that Katie has started a sexual relationship with Freddie McClair; when Katie and JJ walk in on them, JJ accidentally reveals Emily is a lesbian. Katie immediately begins cross-examining her sister, trying to get her to deny it (not realizing Emily has already slept with Naomi on at least two occasions)

By the events of "Effy", Katie has become the Queen Bee of the school due to Effy's listlessness, something she loves to rub in Effy's face; Effy does not actually care about her queen bee status, but is jealous of her new relationship with Freddie. Wanting to be even more popular with the gang, Katie brings up the idea of going on a group camping trip (however, she is quite annoyed when Effy is invited). Oddly enough, while she will not allow Cook to be invited, she seems to have no problem with Naomi there (even when she shares a tent with Emily) Everything seems to be going in Katie's favor, until Effy brings out some shrooms that she had found. This makes Effy popular again with the gang, much to Katie's chargin. Throughout the night, she feels like Freddie's feelings are waning (most likely because eveyone except her is soon high), and she is always swooping in whenever Effy and Freddie do so much as laugh together when she repeatedly tries to display their relationship to Effy, Freddie responds whenever she seeks affection, but at least part of his enthusiasm is due to the shrooms, and he refuses to stay away from Effy.

When an uninvited Cook crashes the party, Katie seems to be the only one that liked him being there, because she was able to remind Freddie about Cook's relationship with Effy. Later that night, she follows Effy into the woods (not knowing that Effy is high). she confronts Effy about Freddie, and after pleading with her (asking Effy to please give her Freddie as that is the only thing she has); she attacks her, telling Effy that she will never take Freddie away from her. Effy, starting to experience a bad trip, freaks out and hits Katie in the head with a rock, knocking her unconscious. The next morning, the gang realizes that Katie is missing but assume she just went home early (given her unhappy mood the night before).

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Katie with her twin sister Emily (left.)

Katie is eventually found and taken to the hospital, where she wakes up and tell the gang what Effy did to her (but not about her own involvement), thus turning everyone against Effy; for once, even Emily takes her side. With Effy gone, Katie feels that she no longer has to worry about threats to her social position. However, this triumph is short- lived; perhaps suspecting that Katie did not tell the entire truth after Effy dissapears, her friends soon drift away from her again, and when she realizes that Freddie still loves Effy, she dumps him.

Due to her injuries, she stays home from school during "Katie and Emily", and Emily secretly takes her A-Levels in her place; only Naomi and JJ see through her disguise, both having slept with her.

Later, Emily, tired of Naomi being afraid to leave the closet, comes out to Katie and her family; however Katie frantically tries to deny it, remarking that Emily isn't gay just "stupid" and that she is making it up because she can't compete with Katie. Emily retorts by pointing out how badly Katie's last relationship turned out, calling her a 'loser' and reducing her to tears, although she quickly apologizes for it. The next day, Katie insists they must go to the prom together, making no mention of Emily's homosexuality. She corners Freddie in the store and attempts to see if there relationship can be salvaged. Sensing that his feelings for Effy cannot be put aside, she instead demands that he be her date to the ball as compensation; when she volunteers JJ to be Emily's date, Freddie accidentally reveals to her that JJ had sex with Emily (although this was a gesture of pity by Emily). Armed with this knowledge, Katie pretends to be Emily in order to meet Naomi and tells her to leave Emily alone, as she could not not a lesbian because she slept with JJ (which Naomi did not know happened).

With Emily and Naomi's romance on the rocks, Katie decides that she and her sister will go on a double date to the school dance as planned, seeming to have fully dominated Emily again. When Naomi shows up at the dance and rebukes Emily for not telling her about JJ, Katie goes after her and forcefully confronts her and repeats what she said before, not knowing Emily has heard the entire conversation. Furious, Emily attacks Katie and they crash into the dance, with Emily gaining the upper hand through sheer fury. Instead of punching Katie, however, she helps her up. Emily tells her that she is gay and in love with Naomi, something that Katie needs to accept. Katie pauses for a moment, and then responds with a quiet "okay."

Series 4Edit

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Katie in Series 4

Katie is first seen at a rave being hosted by the club that Thomas works at, and witnesses the suicide of the girl Sophia. She also has a new boyfriend, Sam who she declares is "totally hung".

During "Emily", Emily, who is unable to handle her mother's intolerance towards her daugther's sexual orientation, decides to move out and live with Naomi. This decision causes Katie to panic, and begs Emily to stay, even using their special language and offering to back her up. Emily, although torn, still decides to move out, leaving Katie upset.

During the events of her episode, Katie is working with her mother as a wedding planner. Their client is Brandy, a stereotypical WAG. When Katie missed her period for a second month, she visits the doctor, thinking she is pregnant, only to discover she is experiencing a premature menopause and is infertile. In shock, she breaks up with Sam and heads home, only to find out that her family are due to be evicted after her father Rob’s ill-spending. Her mother Jenna finds out that he had been hiding the notices and they get into a fight, with Jenna threatening divorce.

Katie goes to Brandy’s hen party, but is obviously not having a good time, made even worse when Brandy annouces she is pregnant. Meanwhile, Brandy's friend Candy is quite rude to Katie, attempting to treat her like a servant and rubbing her relationship with Danny (Katie's exboyfriend) in her face. After a confrontation with Brandy, Katie runs into Effy and Freddie. Still wary of Effy, she rebuffs a friendly teasing. Candy demands that Katie get her cigarettes, but Katie retorts scornfully. Candy pushes her into Freddie's crouch and makes fun of her. Katie gets into a fight with Candy, tripping her and breaking her nose, getting her barred from the club and gets her and her mother fired.

She and Effy have a heart to heart at the docks, with Katie acepting Effy's hand of frienship and telling Effy that she wanted a perfect normal life, but "doesn't know who I am anymore"; Effy replies, "I thought you were 'Katie Fucking Fitch'." Walking home the next morning, she finds out that their house is getting reposessed. Only being able to take as many items as they can stuff into their car, they find themselves out of options. Katie brings up the idea of temporarily living with Naomi and Emily (something her mother is extremely uncomfortable with) while their father Rob immediately goes to look for atlernative housing and work. Despite her resentment towards both Katie and Jenna, Naomi allows them to stay, much to Emily's anger, who decides to flaunt her relationship with Naomi in front of her mother now that she has her at her mercy. During a BBQ party that day, Emily gets drunk and high and makes out with another girl as an act of punishment to Naomi, leading Naomi to admit to the group she slept with Sophia and sold her drugs, causing the strain on her relationship with Emily. Emily then lashes out at her mother, bringing her to tears and causing her to run out. Katie is appalled by her sister's behavior and slaps her across the face and walks out.

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Katie in series 4

Later, Katie is taking a bath and Thomas accidentally locks them inside. They start to kiss, but Katie breaks down, telling Thomas about her condition, something she has not told anyone else. She also asks him to tell her if people really think she is a bitch, feeling that no one really likes her at all. Thomas qualms her fears by telling her that she is honest and "just Katie", something that everyone likes. She then hesidently asks Thomas if he thinks she is beautiful. Thomas then deduces that Katie is afraid that because she cannot bear children, no man would want her. He tells her that she is beautiful and that any man would be lucky to have her; she tells him that Pandora is stupid not to have forgiven him by now. They agree to be friends and end the afternoon with a strong friendship in place. Katie then consoles a crying Emily (who is ashamed of her actions) and the Fitches go get Jenna, who had walked back to their old house. Katie enters first, telling her mother about her condition, then that she can't be her mother but that they all love her. Her mother and father reunited, the Fitch family eats dinner on the floor of their former house. While her parents and her little brother James move into the new appartment, Katie decides to stay at Naomi's a little longer to see if her sister and friends can manage.

During "Freddie" Katie is seen at Effy's "goodbye" party, annoyed and stating that she doesn't party with goths. Later, she is seen being a dancer on a float during the Judgement Day parade. Seeing a freaked out Effy, she pulls her out of the crowd, comforts her, and gets Freddy's attention, as Effy was unable to calm herself down. She later accompanies Effy and Freddie to visit his grandfather. She notices Effy had been gone a long time and goes to check on her. When she can't open the bathroom door, she runs and tells Freddie (who goes and breaks it down to reveal that Effy has slashed her wrists).

She is seen only briefly in "Effy", celebrating with the gang on recieving their A-Level scores. When Effy dumps Freddie (and leaves the gang), she comments to him in a shocked voice that Effy dumped him again.

In "Everyone", Katie (along with the rest of the gang) thinks that Freddie has run away, not being to deal with Effy's problems, not knowing her counselor J.T. Foster killed him. Katie goes to visit Effy (along with Pandora). They sing a song in honor of Effy's return to the gang (which Pandora composed). Later, Pandora is seen to be cold to Katie, who she is jealous of due to Katie spending a bunch of time with Thomas (not knowing it is Thomas' plan to make Pandora jealous so he and Pandora can get back together). Later at Naomi and Emily's house, she overhears Thomas "teaching" Katie french for a job interview.

However, unknown to them Pandora aced the rest of her A-Levels, including French thus could translate what Thomas was saying. Thomas, not knowing Pandora could understand him, was teaching Katie how to say dirty things in French, thus Pandora concluded that he didn't want her anymore and left in tears.

Katie meanwhile, thinking Thomas was flirting with her, finally understanding what Thomas was teaching her, tackles him and they wrestle a bit, until she impulsively kisses him. However, she soon stops, calling herself a "dozy bitch" and realizes that Thomas was only being friendly and she misinterpreted that for something romantic. Thomas apologizes, telling her that he thinks she is beautiful, but she isn't Pandora.

Later, she, Emily, and Thomas meet up with the rest of the gang at Freddie's shed party to celebrate his birthday. When they walk in and see Cook, JJ, and Karen playing Aces of Truth while Effy is napping, Katie is annoyed because she thought it was going to be a more upbeat party, telling them she "got all dressed up". However, with Naomi's confession of love to Emily, to party really becomes upbeat. She is last seen having a really good time at Freddie's shed with her sister and the gang.

It is unknown if she will be attending University the following fall, as she told the gang that Thomas was helping her learn French for a job interview.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.e4.com/skins/series4/character-blogs/katie.html

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