(Series 7, Ep.16) Finn Sharkey has managed to put his heartbreak over losing Sam to one side. After a short wobble when grief made him steal cars and drive them round the playground, he’s back on the dating scene with a spring in his step. Sadly his choice of new girlfriend is Trudi Siddiqui. While it’s true she’s beautiful and smart, she has one big drawback. Her brother is a nutter. He’s also the only prefect in the school, but that’s Michael Byrne’s idea of giving the lad responsibility. Does this make Tariq Siddiqui the head boy by default?
For a while, a nice little bromance was brewing between Tariq and Finn, but this only held for as long as Tariq remained blissfully ignorant about Finn’s designs on his sister. They even went out together to do a spot of revenge beating up of some lads who’d stolen Madi Diamond’s phone. En route to the beating up (Tariq knows jiu jitsu, you know. Like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix, only Keanu didn’t learn it in a Young Offenders Institute) Tariq admitted that Her Majesty’s Pleasure hadn’t been all that pleasurable. Finn already knew this, as Trudi had told him Tariq spent most of his sentence crying down the phone to his mum.
You just knew it would be about five minutes before that news got out (Ronan Burley, I’m disappointed in you), along with the news about Trudi and Finn, and Finn ended up on the wrong end of a spot of jiu jitsu himself.
Grantly observed at the beginning of the episode that the school playground was like “the Jeremy Kyle holding pen.” He had a point, you know. As well as all these muggings and beatings, we had Emily James (who’s gone bad following her sister’s imprisonment for killing their dad for sexually abusing her) picking up an older boy so she could snog him and nick his wallet at break time. She was only trying to cheer up Scout, who was convinced that Phoenix had another girlfriend because he kept looking at his phone. A nice bar of chocolate would have been a simpler plan.
Phoenix, whose only interesting features are his name and his hair, because he’s otherwise the very definition of bland, wasn’t texting another girl. Of course he wasn’t. He was looking at the video of head teacher Michael Byrne wielding a stick in the general direction of the bloke who stabbed him, who got run over seconds later. Poor Michael Byrne. He was convinced he was going to be arrested, then the car driver turned out to have been drunk so it looked like he was going to get blamed – but then this inconvenient little video was emailed to him. As a consolation, it looks like Sian Diamond is, implausibly, finding him irresistible. I know her husband has Botox and is a useless lump, but would a fabulous woman like that really look twice at weasel-faced Byrne? When there’s Tom Clarkson wandering around aimlessly with his big blue eyes and his animal magnetism?
And, talking of animals, there was a silly sub plot involving Linda Radleigh’s lost rabbit.
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