Keeping work and home separate was never going to be possible for Waterloo Road’s ambitious new Head Teacher Karen Fisher (Amanda Burton) – especially when her promiscuous daughter Jess and bulimic son Harry are pupils at the school and her cheating husband Charlie is on the staff. It’s Jess who gives Karen the biggest headache in this episode, which sees the school launch a sex education programme that includes a confidential emergency contraception service. That means the frisky, hormonal teens can get their hands on condoms and the like. And that’s great news for Jess. Having had her wicked way with Deputy Head Chris (before he realised she was his new boss’s daughter), she’s now moved on and needs the morning-after pill. Chris finds out and is concerned, but Jess thinks this means he cares about her. It doesn’t, but he is in a very difficult and delicate position... And sex is the main subject for others at the school. Ronan and Sarah are freaking out because their condom broke while they were doing the deed; Janeece reveals to Tom she doesn’t want to be pregnant and Charlie admits his affair, but tells Karen he’ll stick with their marriage if she will (what a guy). Meanwhile, Josh and Lauren are getting very close but, when they kiss, it’s not Lauren that Josh has his eyes on...
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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.