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Waterloo Road: Teachers – when will they ever learn?

(Series 7, Ep.26) When you go for a job as a teacher at Waterloo Road they sit you in front of the interview panel with a cup of tea and a custard cream and they ask, “What do you know about boundaries and the pupil/teacher relationship?” If you shrug your shoulders, look blank and fill the ensuing awkward silence by dunking your biscuit in your tea – you’ve got the job. I swear that’s the only explanation for the entirely thick behaviour Jez Diamond displayed this week – has he not learned the lessons of Ms Montoya and Jonah, or Chris Mead and [insert name of just about any female pupil here]?

Guest Pupil of the Week was Mercedes, who runs as fast as the car that shares her name, at least over short distances. PE teacher and ex footballer Jez was thrilled to be able to mentor such a promising athlete, but it ended in tears when she twisted her ankle during a so-called “fun run” (those two words should never be found so close together in my opinion). Despite numerous WR pupils jogging past who could have summoned Tom Clarkson in his little red car, Jez decided the only thing for it was to help Mercedes limp back to her conveniently adjacent home. Where of course she pounced on him, and of course her brother came back and Drew Conclusions, and Jez got suspended.  Mercedes is a nice girl and fessed up that she hadn’t really been molested by the Diamond geezer, but he has to stay suspended anyway, for being a daft chump. And Sian dumped him, too.  Continue reading

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Waterloo Road: Where’s Pious Kim Campbell when you need her?

(Series 6, Ep.8) I never thought I’d say this, but I’m missing Pious Kim Campbell, and I think the school is missing her as well. In every episode this series there’s been at least one person in need of her finely-honed student support skills (by which I mean her ability to peer intensely at them while beating herself up about not picking up on their problem earlier in the episode).

This week it was the turn of Vicki MacDonald and her lovely eyebrows to suffer in the name of entertainment. Father in a coma following a stroke, mother God knows where, living in a hostel with a hostile room-mate, it was no wonder Vicki’s schoolwork was suffering. The ace up Vicki’s sleeve was that she knows all about what went on between Deputy Head Chris Mead and headmistress’s daughter Jess Fisher; hence she was in a good position to blackmail Mr Mead to adjust her grades when she fluffed an exam.

The scriptwriter piled on the misery for poor Vicki – her classmates found out about her homelessness and were less than sympathetic. I found this a tad implausible – for example Ronan Burley only a few weeks ago was sticking his neck out to do the right thing for his girlfriend, and then stood up to his thug of a father, but was quite happy to be horrible to a girl because she was living in a hostel. Then Vicki was thrown out of the hostel when her nasty room-mate framed her, and then her dad died.

Sitting alone and miserable in a cafe, things looked bleak for Vicki, until the nasty room-mate turned up and gave her some good advice – she should turn to the people who cared about her. Vicki called Jess, who turned up with Chris Mead to get her and take her to a much nicer hostel that Chris knew about.

While all this was going on, Grantly’s wife Fleur (who has Alzheimer’s) was convinced strangers were trying to steal her “nice things.” Grantly is doing his best to help her by himself, labelling everything, leaving meals for her, but it’s obviously not enough. She ended up attacking him thinking he was a burglar, and running out into the road and almost getting run over. It’s clear she needs more help than Grantly can provide, but as she begged him not to put her in a home, he’ll try to carry on.

Ruby Fry is the only person who knows about Grantly’s situation, but she was preoccupied this week with looking after baby Poppy. As predicted, though, Janeece is starting to regret giving Poppy up to the Frys. “Just between us,” she whispered to the baby, “I’m calling you Cheryl.”

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Waterloo Road: Who your friends are

(Series 6, Ep.6) This week’s Big Issue on Waterloo Road was drugs. Only it wasn’t, really. It was really about friendship, loyalty and doing the right thing.

Amy (who is turning into a right cow) brought some drugs into school. Sam Kelly, who is very anti-drugs because of having an alcoholic mother, decided to get the drugs from her and hand them in. To do this, she borrowed money from Spanish teacher Francesca. It all got very complicated with the real weed being substituted for sage, Sam being accused of all sorts and Karen getting really angry with everyone, particularly the decorative yet useless Francesca. It all worked out in the end when Lauren did the right thing and supported Sam instead of nasty Amy.

Meanwhile, my opinion of Ruby Fry has been completely turned around by this episode. In one of the saddest storylines WR has ever tackled, Grantly Budgen’s beloved wife Fleur has Alzheimers. Ruby found her in the cookery cupboard after she wandered barefoot and in her nightclothes to bring Grantly a clean shirt. Ruby was absolutely lovely – by the time Grantly arrived she was gently washing the mud from Fleur’s feet and found her some shoes to wear. Grantly is refusing to accept any help from the authorities, because he believes in “in sickness and in health” and thinks it’s his duty to cope. Ruby said she’d drop by and bring some cooked meals and do the laundry. Bless her.

We left Grantly and Fleur watching television. She turned to him and said, “Grantly, when can we go home?” His reply was simple but spoke volumes about their situation. “We are home,” he said. Sad, sad, sad.

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