(Series 7, Ep.7) Sambuca Kelly’s time at Waterloo Road will not be forgotten, as she’s been given a beautiful memorial of a little tree with a tupperware box of pens buried beneath it. They were her pens. Sniff. Poor little Denzil has taken to carrying her bright pink hoodie around in his bag (it smells of her), but it was appropriated by a new girl, Scout (Katie McGlynn). We know Scout is trouble because she has greasy hair and she’s good at maths. Both of these attributes make her stick out a mile in a school where you can slump glassy-eyed in front of Grantly Budgen all day long, but you must have shiny hair while you do it.
In a scenario which would have Jeremy Kyle frothing at the mouth and spitting out the words “Why didn’t you put something on the end of it?” every five minutes, Aiden Scotcher has succeeded in getting not one, but two of his fellow classmates pregnant, apparently in the same week. It’s not the first time he’s done it, either – we’re led to believe that this is why he left his previous school.
He may be firing on all cylinders in the reproductive department, but as a person he’s a cringeing, oily little worm who runs crying to his mummy when he messes up. When Vicki told him she was pregnant, his first question was “Is it mine?” Her reply was that she and Ronan were “always careful,” which I think sums up the contrast between Aiden and Ronan nicely. Not only is Ronan always careful, but even though Vicki has broken his heart he was still willing to take the fall for her when Aiden stole an exam paper so she wouldn’t fail it.
Robson Green thinks that Aiden’s lack of spine mainly comes from his mother, who runs away whenever there’s a problem. She ran away again, horrified by the idea that she could be about to become a double granny. Robson Green thought this meant he could get back together with Karen, but Karen had other things on her mind. She could possibly be about to become a granny herself, as daughter Jess is also in the family way. Karen didn’t take this news terribly sympathetically: “Crying won’t fix it!” she snapped at her whimpering daughter, who’d taken the sensible step of using waterproof mascara. If only she’d been as well-prepared contraceptively as she is make-up-wise.
I did miss a week of Waterloo Road, so I’m now wondering whether I missed Karen messing up most heinously. The man from the local authority has deemed WR to be a failing school, and Karen to be a failing head – but what, specifically, has she done? Was it just about the murderer who was allowed to semi-strangle Finn Sharkey? Surely in the very long list of Waterloo Road cock-ups, that’s not the worst thing that’s ever happened? It’s all seeming a bit like a clumsy exit storyline for Amanda Burton. We don’t want her hounded out for being incompetent. We want her to go in a blaze of glory in an exploding caravan. Well I do, anyway.
Posted by PLA (more Waterloo Road here)