Waterloo Road Review: The school’s revolving door policy continues as Morag and Kevin are introduced but Madi leaves
Over the last two weeks we’ve seen some fairly big names leave Waterloo Road and tonight another character leaves the school for good.
To counteract this departure, two new characters are introduced tonight to make up the numbers and hopefully stick around for a while before they inexplicably leave midway through term. We are led to believe that our first new character, Morag Murray, has been at the school since the beginning of the term although we are only meeting properly for the first time in this episode. We see that she lives in a shack in the middle of nowhere along with her brother and father the latter of whom is a freegan meaning that he is opposed to society controlled by consumerism.
Things don’t bode well for her when he finds out that Lorraine’s bench design project, which Morag has entered, has a cash prize, eventually getting Morag to destroy the bench herself as a sign of her love. Morag’s life starts to get worse throughout the day as her supposed best friend Lula mocks her for not having a mobile phone, while she is also unable to join in with the chat about last night’s episode of Eastenders. The good old reliable Tom Clarkson jumps to her aide and together they make a new bench for he to enter into the contest. As luck would have it the competition coincides with Morag’s father taking Michael up on his invitation to tour the school, however he realises that she gets her determination from him.
Morag eventually gets selected as one of the finalists, alongside Harley and Connor; her explanation of what her bench represents goes down so well that she is selected as the winner. The only problem is that Lorraine then announces that Morag will get an extra £1,000 on top of her university fees and this causes her father to snap.
While the group are in Michael’s office the school has to be evacuated which gives Morag’s father the opportunity to steal the prize money before he then stands on his daughter’s bench and distributes the money to the greedy students. This leads Morag to confront her bullying father and tells him that she wants the decisions in the home to be more equal, something that he eventually agrees to. I really enjoyed this introduction to the Morag character and thought the conclusion was well-handled as it allowed her father to see her as a more forthright young woman. Mhairi Anderson was excellent as Morag especially in the more emotionally charged scenes. I do feel though that Niall Greig Fulton, who played Morag’s father, was a bit over the top in his performance as he came across as a little bit of a caricature at times.
Our other new pupil is Kevin Skelton, a young man who is very smart but doesn’t let his schoolmates see it, as he’d rather go under the radar. The first introduction to Kevin is when he tries to correct the grammar in Scout’s anti-bullying campaign, before almost hitting Chalky and Audrey with a drinks’ can. Later though, it seems as if Chalky spots his potential, especially when he talks about parabolic curves, however Kevin doesn’t want to flaunt his intelligence and acts up in Chalky’s maths lesson. As luck would have it when Chalky goes for his interview to be a foster carer, Kevin is also there and the pair bond over Sudoku leading me to believe what direction this story is going in. With Chalky wanting to foster and Kevin needing a foster parent surely the two will eventually unite with the former unleashing the potential in the latter.
With Morag and Kevin entering the school we also see the revolving door of Waterloo Road letting out another pupil in Madi. Yes as it is revealed early on in the episode, Madi has applied for a job as a cabin maid on a cruise ship, something Sian’s not best pleased about. As the argument between Madi and Sian lasts throughout the day eventually the science teacher relents realising that there may well be more to life than just academic study. Personally I’m not quite sure why Madi was re-introduced to the show as she’s not really done that much since coming to Scotland a few weeks ago and in all honesty I don’t think anything would’ve changed had she not come back.
Christine’s drinking storyline was relegated to the sidelines last week however it’s back with us again in this episode as Connor realises his mum hasn’t marked any of the Year 12 coursework that was due back. Wanting to cover up for his mother once again, Connor sets about marking the papers but for some reasons gives everyone an A making both Imogen and Audrey suspicious. Audrey confronts Christine over the marks only for her to hit back at the history teacher before going to Michael to lodge a complaint believing that Audrey is attacking her teaching ability. Connor later discovers that his mother is drinking again and his anger translates itself into arson as he attempts to set the benches alight. Connor is only thwarted by Tom who discovers the white spirit poured over the benches but not who was responsible however I’m thinking it’s not long before the truth comes out.
Finally we see that Michael and his father Billy are bonding though Billy is still suffering his renewed relationship with his son seems to be making him healthier. As Michael presents his father with the research that Sian conducted about new treatments Billy refuses to look claiming that his son’s return was all he could ask for. He then asks Michael to help him die though we’ll have to wait till next week to find out if the last two episodes of this run will be based around a euthanasia storyline.
Overall this was an enjoyable episode which introduced two new characters who both have plenty to offer in terms of upcoming stories. Morag’s debut was handled well while I’m also interested in how the relationship between Chalky and Kevin will develop over the next couple of weeks. On the other hand I thought there could’ve been a bit of build up for Madi’s exit as last week she really wanted to stay with Sian but tonight she couldn’t get away fast enough. At the end of the day though I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised as Waterloo Road does currently seem to operate a revolving door system and I think bets should be placed on which pupil you think will be leaving next.
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