Waterloo Road: You can’t go slapping Barry Barry

barry barry waterloo road(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.

barry sian slap waterloo roadAfter 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.  

sian waterloo roadThat’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.

lorraine waterloo roadElsewhere, 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.

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8 responses to “Waterloo Road: You can’t go slapping Barry Barry

  1. remotecontrolled (kopitron)

    Gonna most certainly miss Sian 😦 Definitely my favourite teacher at the moment (apart from Tom and Grantly obviously). Christine is vaguely growing on me now she’s not a raging alcoholic but her jealousy routine was slightly OTT over a relationship that happened years ago. Only thing I didn’t like about this episode was I think they played with Sian’s character a bit too much but they rescued it towards the end. Thought the play between her and Barry was great – akin to Pious Kim Campbell and Lewis scenes in S1 which I thought were brilliantly done – right level of creepiness shaking through to otherwise solid foundations (even if you don’t like PKC). Also though the Barry’s came round very fast after the whole thing. Do think all 3 of the kids are very good actors though – ‘mon the scouse!

    On a side note, did anyone else wince towards the end expecting a Waterloo Road-esque truck slamming into Sian’s car as she pulled away?

  2. holbylover819

    I thought Mrs Mulgrew was being a bit, nay a lot, hypocritical “Hitting a pupil gets you instantly dismissed but being drunk in class is a completely different circumstance.”
    I didn’t want Sian to go. 😦

    • remotecontrolled (kopitron)

      Haha! That’s so very true! I know – I am devastated at that one. Really hope they get in a similar teacher next term.

      • pauseliveaction

        I think they should get Luke Roberts (Joseph Byrne off of Holby). There’s not enough Luke Roberts in my life at the moment and he could play The World’s Most Beautiful Science Teacher.

  3. Martin Rosen

    Out of interest who took the photo of Sian and Michael Byrne kissing?! It is surely not one they would take themselves with a delayed camera.

    • pauseliveaction

      Good point, Martin! Maybe it was at a party or something, if you can imagine such a thing as Michael Byrne at a party.

      • Martin Rosen

        Did they / would they have ever gone to a party together?

      • remotecontrolled (kopitron)

        Were they not meant to have been uni friends or something – when they dated? I must admit I thought it was a bit of a self-indulgent photo to have taken.

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