(Series 7, Ep.18) As this blog’s good friend @kopitron pointed out on Twitter last night, there really should be a race track installed around the perimeter of Waterloo Road, the number of vehicles that get nicked and driven off at high speed there.
This week it was the two-wheeled scooter thing belonging to Phoenix, and it was “borrowed” by new boy Freddie Jackson. Freddie’s issue (you’re not allowed to attend Waterloo Road unless you have an issue, unless you’re a non-speaking extra) was that he’d had a heart transplant. It was a classic case of a boy who’s been wrapped in medical cotton wool for years wanting to be “normal,” so he didn’t bother telling PE teacher Jez Diamond about the heart transplant till he keeled over while playing football.
It’s often the case that a vehicle gets stolen when there’s a visiting dignitary, and they don’t come much more dignitary than the very regal Jane Asher (formerly Paul McCartney’s girlfriend and Joseph Byrne’s mum in Holby, but at different times in her career). She represented a Big Company which had the power to grant a lot of money to Waterloo Road, or not. You kind of knew the verdict would be “not,” what with boys collapsing on the football field and stealing scooters, the head teacher turning into a gibbering idiot during a presentation because he’s being blackmailed by one of the pupils, two girls (Scout and Emily) bobbing off for the afternoon to steal vodka and get tattoos and Finn and Trudi using the school debate to work out their personal differences. It was mesmerising stuff and could only have been improved by Ronan Burley taking to the stage to reprise his stripping routine.
Linda Radleigh turns out to be a bunny boiler of the highest order as well. Having spied Sian and Michael’s secret liaison at the end of last week’s episode, she’s getting her revenge by dropping not-so-subtle hints about them to anyone who’ll listen (mainly to Jez, and she mustn’t be too subtle with Jez – he doesn’t strike me as that bright), keying Michael’s car and leaving him a rather pretty wreath in a box on his desk. No wonder he’s all jittery. Sian told Jane Asher that Michael “Goes the extra mile for these kids” – but will the extra mile be round the bend?
Posted by PLA (more Waterloo Road here)