|Episode no.||Series 3|
|Original air date||21 October 2016|
|Running time||61 minutes|
|Awards||See awards section.|
"San Junipero" is the fourth episode in series three of British science fiction
The episode is set in a beach resort town named San Junipero, where introverted Yorkie (
The episode has received critical acclaim, with critics rating it highly in comparison to other episodes of the show. Many critics believed it to be one of the best television episodes of 2016. It won two
In 1987, a shy woman named Yorkie (
The next week, Yorkie returns, looking for Kelly. Wes advises her to "try a different time." Yorkie eventually finds Kelly in 2002, but Kelly rebuffs Yorkie's advances. After Yorkie leaves, Kelly follows and confesses that she is dying; Kelly had avoided Yorkie because she feared developing feelings for her. The two have sex again, and Yorkie reluctantly tells Kelly her real-life location so that they can meet.
It is revealed that San Junipero is a
During Kelly's next visit to San Junipero, Yorkie asks her to stay full-time. Though Kelly does not believe in an afterlife, she plans to die without being uploaded to the simulation. Kelly's husband Richard chose to die in the same way because of the untimely death of their daughter, Alison, at age 39. Yorkie and Kelly argue, and Kelly leaves in her car, which she crashes on purpose. Yorkie runs after her and catches up just as Kelly disappears, her visiting time over for the week.
Time passes, and Kelly decides that she is ready to enter San Junipero. She is euthanised and buried alongside her husband and daughter, and inside San Junipero, she happily reunites with Yorkie.