Waterloo Road: Twisted firestarter

(Series 8, Ep.4)  Connor and Imogen, the James Dean and Natalie Wood of Waterloo Road, didn’t have an easy week this week. There’s Connor’s mother (Jane Beale) for starters. Being an alcoholic is one thing – Rose Kelly was an alcoholic but she was fairly charming with it and used to smile a lot – but Jane Beale is a nasty piece of work. I’m not sure if we’re supposed to believe that it’s all the fault of the drink and she’d be a shining example of maternal cuddliness if she was sober, because we haven’t seen her sober yet. She’s perfectly horrible to Connor and was also perfectly horrible to his new girlfriend Imogen. Connor’s go-to strategy for dealing with his mother seems to be arson, and this week it was a bit of fire-setting in the WR basement. Guess who put the fire out? Tom Clarkson, of course. Everybody’s hero. It was Connor who got the blame, which was fair enough because he was to blame, but where’s Pious Kim Campbell when we need her to (a) be on top of arson and (b) spotting a cry for help when she sees one?  

But back to the star crossed lovers. Imogen had a secret which she eventually trusted Connor enough to reveal to him. She’s deaf and wears hearing aids. Of course Connor didn’t mind, because he thinks she’s lovely, so that was alright. Imogen had a far bigger problem in the form of her mother, exercise guru to the stars (school owner Lorraine Donnegan, anyway). Not only did she have a dodgy taste in leotards, she also had a borderline dodgy fancy for schoolboys, in the form of Angus. I mean, totes embarrassing!

Meanwhile there was some business about Michael Byrne and his father. Sian was trying to get them reunited, but I still can’t bring myself to give a hoot about Michael Byrne, so I have no idea whether she succeeded or not. I was busy looking at the comments on Twitter, where opinion seemed divided between those who thought Waterloo Road was well past its sell-by date and those who were harbouring rude thoughts about the actors who play Connor and Angus.

Next time: Janeece’s Cheryl gets chickenpox. Frankly that sounds a bit too plausible for Waterloo Road.

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7 responses to “Waterloo Road: Twisted firestarter

  1. Notch another one up for implausibility; you can’t start a fire that way! For a number of years cigarettes, by law, have to be wraapped in fire-retardant paper. If you don’t keep puffing on them, they go out! It was bought in to stop people going to sleep with a fag on and the house burning down.

  2. Dreamer

    Um…who’s Angus?

  3. remotecontrolled

    Arson thing was just weird, dunno how it’s even a cry for help from Connor.
    Totally agree about Michael Byrne, he’s hardly our Jack. Still think WR has gone a little back to basics (the basics when they became crazy at least). I’d stick with it anyway though. God bless Tom Clarkson! Jane Beale is terrifying! Is it just me or is Harley a shoe-horn for awkward new female characters though? He’s still never really had a storyline.

    • pauseliveaction

      Harley’s a bit like Denzil in that respect, and we know what happened to him. He’s now a memorial tree.

      • remotecontrolled (kopitron)

        Hmm…it’s true – it’ll probably happen when they move the the kids to Wales. If a welsh actor takes over from Byrne Harley better beware!

  4. WaterlooVamps

    Aw, I really love Conor and Imogen, and when he didn’t mind that she was deaf…well, aw! So cute! Angus and Imogen’s mum…ugrh. Maddi could do so much better.