Lorraine's personal trainer Sally has volunteered to help with a charitable rowing event being held at Waterloo Road school. However, it soon transpires that Sally is actually Imogen's mum, and Imogen is distraught that she will be mixing with her classmates. She's embarrassed by her mum's flirty way with boys and her skimpy attire, and it doesn't take long before Sally is making an impression on the young boys at Waterloo Road. Meanwhile, Gerard has gathered some press at the gates of Waterloo Road. With his arm in a sling, he's accusing Michael of attacking him at the pub. Even though he fell into a table, Gerard is trying to stitch up Michael so that more pupils desert Waterloo Road and go back to Havelock High. His plan begins to work, and half way through the day, thirteen pupils have been taken out of the school. Deciding to take action, Sian decides to pay a visit to Michael's father, Billy. She manages to persuade Billy to help Michael, but when Billy arrives at the school and tells his side of the story, Michael is adamant that he doesn't need his dad's help in dealing with Gerard's accusations. Connor then steals some vodka from mum Christine's bag. After noticing it's gone missing, she confronts him about it. He denies knowing anything about the missing alcohol, and she's furious with him. By lunchtime, she's shaking and looking unwell. Chalky asks if she's OK, but she's terrified of people finding out about her problem. When Michael speaks to her in his office, she tells him that Connor is an alcoholic and that she doesn't know what to do about him. But when Michael calls Connor in with her and says his mum's side of the story, Connor has the perfect opportunity to expose his mother for what she really is. But he bottles it and takes the blame himself. At a party, Imogen and Connor's relationship goes to the next level and they become a couple. But her good mood is shattered when mum Sally turns up with a date in tow. Eventually, Imogen and her mum make up and they promise to be better to each other.
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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