(Series 8, Ep. 19) I tweeted earlier this week that whoever thought of Barry Barry’s name was a genius. It’s memorable, it’s funny and it instantly labels him as Somebody. It describes him and defines him – everything he does is about not only living up to being A Barry, it’s about living up to being The Barry.
So when Sian went against him in supporting Kacey about her gender issues, Barry just couldn’t let it go. She’d also insulted his male ego by calling him a boy, so his revenge had a sexual element. Actually, it could have been a lot worse – he broke into her flat and managed to creep around fairly easily while she was in her underwear and in the shower – but Barry Barry isn’t evil and he has his own moral code, so all he did was to steal a photograph of Sian and Michael Byrne kissing, and a pair of her knickers.
After that it was a simple matter of taunting her – which Barry does most effectively. Because she wouldn’t be working at Waterloo Road if she had anything resembling teaching skills, she handled the sudden appearance of the photo all around the school all wrong by trying to humiliate him in a sex ed class, but it was Sian who ended up getting most wound up and she slapped him. Hard.
That’s the sort of thing that’ll get you dismissed, although Kacey and the other class members did their best to protect Sian with the old “I’m Spartacus” routine, each of them saying they’d slapped Barry (as if they’d dare). It was no use – Sian resigned, because she’d slapped Barry, or because she realised she still had unprofessionally cuddly feelings for Michael Byrne, or a mixture of both. It was really sad to see her go, because Jaye Jacobs is lovely and because she always will be The Radiant Donna from Holby as far as I’m concerned. Before she left she got the Barry family to at least start to accept Kacey’s gender agenda before she left, just to underline what a loss she’ll be to the school. The entire weight of pastoral care has now fallen back on the shoulders of poor Tom Clarkson, who looks more tearful every week.
Elsewhere, there was a ludicrous story involving a mobile phone game that Kevin and Chalky had devised, that despite looking like a poor version of Pac Man was so darned addictive that everyone in the school was playing it. Cockney Lorraine spotted a money-making opportunity and before you could say “Duncan Bannatyne wants to drill down into the details” she’d made Kevin an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Jane Beale found out about Pale Connor and Emo Imogen being engaged. She wasn’t thrilled – there’s enough misery in her life already, without losing a son and gaining an emo. So in the face of opposition the whey-faced couple have decided to get married straight away. And Scout’s useless mother turned up and wasted no time in getting drunk and being parked in a spare room at the school boarding house. That’s not going to end well.
Posted by PLA (more Waterloo Road here)