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The Skag Boys, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Mother Superior - Narrated by Renton.Mark and Simon (aka Sick Boy) are watching a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie when they decide to go buy heroin from Johnny Swan (aka Mother Superior) since they are both feeling symptoms of withdrawal.She initially feigns indifference but then breaks down without even realising it.It is also revealed that Mark had a catatonic younger brother who died several years before.Growing Up in Public - Third person narration following Nina, Mark's cousin.Nina is with her family after her Uncle Andy's recent death.
Characters are often introduced without backstory and without any initially obvious connection either to the core group of characters or to the junkie and lazy lifestyle.
They cook up with Raymie (who kisses Sick Boy on the mouth) and Alison (who states about heroin "That beats any meat injection..beats any fuckin' cock in the world..."). A short (less than a page) piece comparing his high to an internal sea, while noting: "more short-term sea, more long-term poison".
After being informed that he should go see Kelly, who has just had an abortion, Renton instead eagerly returns home to watch the rest of his movie. The First Day of the Edinburgh Festival - Narrated by Renton.
Mark wants to comfort his friend, but is unable to form the words and simply cooks a shot for himself in order to deal with the situation. Mark's mother is knocking on his door while crying. He feels guilty about letting her down, but continues to use drugs anyway. After a painful argument with his girlfriend Carol, Second Prize meets Tommy in a pub, and Tommy confronts a man who is openly punching his own girlfriend.
A sobbing Lesley asks him to also cook her up a hit, which Mark does but makes sure he injects himself before her, stating the action "goes without saying" and proving the harsh truth that no matter what, junk comes first for them all. They are shocked to find the woman supports her abusive boyfriend instead of her would-be liberators by digging her nails into Tommy's face, inciting a brawl.