Waterloo Road: Every day’s just another last time

 

(Series 7, Ep.6) I write this through a fog of tears, having just watched last night’s episode. Oh my good lord, that was emotional. My usual defence mechanism when it comes to sad things on  telly or films is to picture the actors all surrounded by camera people and sound people and so on, but I got so absorbed in Sam’s story that I forgot to do that. The result is not a pretty sight.

My cynical side should really have been spending the time ticking off the cliches: final visit to the seaside; attempting to bequeath your boyfriend to your best friend so they can share their grief; going to a funfair and actually winning a cuddly toy; realising that your biological father isn’t as important as the man who’s always there for you and who loves you. But my cynical side wasn’t working, and I’m filling up again, because it was all played out with such sincerity and sensitivity by the main players, and of course particularly Holly Kenny, who’s been an absolute star as Sam.

Her death was gentle and quiet and happened while Rose held her and Tom dozed next to them. “It’s okay – she’s alright,” said Rose. “She’s alright now.” “I fell asleep,” said Tom. “Oh, so did she, Tom. She just went.”

Oh-oh. I’m going again. Let’s move swiftly on to the light relief, which was happily provided by Jodie Prenger (of I’d Do Anything fame) playing Linda, a PR lady Karen had drafted in to try and rebrand the school. “Whoever said you can’t polish a turd hasn’t met me,” she pronounced. She proceeded to try and polish the turd that is Waterloo Road by taking lots of carefully edited photographs. The Lovely Josh was deemed a bit too spotty to feature. “Hormones don’t sell,” Linda told Karen, who replied in her best frosty-knickers voice, “It’s a secondary school. Hormones live here.” Karen wasn’t happy with Linda’s make-believe portrayal of the school, particularly as she’d decided to feature caretaker Rob Scotcher as the face of the school: “Handsome! Dynamic! Trustworthy!” And back with his wife, presumably dashing Karen’s hopes of romance.

Meanwhile, horrible Miss Chaudery had called in the man from the education department, who is not happy with Karen spending money on PR people, and with her dallying with the site manager.

Next time: It’s the circle of life, isn’t it? This week we lose Sambuca, and next week it looks like nearly everyone is hearing the pitter patter of tiny feet. And I don’t mean Janeece in a new pair of heels.

Posted by PLA          (more Waterloo Road here)

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9 responses to “Waterloo Road: Every day’s just another last time

  1. BigBossyBoots

    We had to look up Holly Kenny on Twitter to double check she was alive and well… ‘Waterloo Road’ won’t be the same without her.

    • pauseliveaction

      Holly Kenny will be missed, but I’m quite relieved that Sam is gone and I can get back to my usual flippant tone when discussing Waterloo Road. I hope we can put our grief behind us and get into full caravan-exploding, wedding cake-destroying lunacy as soon as possible.

  2. BigBossyBoots

    Don’t worry, I’m sure it won’t be long before yet another pregnant pupil (teacher/school secretary) drops a sprog in a classroom (art gallery/school loo). I don’t know what they put in the water at Waterloo Road, but everybody seems to miss out the customary hours of first stage labour…

  3. Velocity Girl

    *insert my customary plaintive wail about Jo Lipsett here*

  4. WaterlooVamps

    It’s so sad, Sam was my favourite character and she anf Finn were perfect for each other.

    • pauseliveaction

      It was a really sad storyline, wasn’t it? The scenes with Finn and Sam at the seaside were heartbreaking. Holly Kenny is a brilliant actress.

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