AIRDATE: January 31st 2008
Written by: Ann & David McManus
Just before the start of school, Michaela White and her friends bully Shane Warwick into stealing from an open car window. Shane's reluctant and the girls are just about to give him what for when Jasmine rounds the corner on her way to school. Without stopping to think, she intervenes, roughly handling Michaela in order to rescue Shane. Once at school, Jasmine reports the incident to Tom who ends up firmly caught in the middle, he wants to support Jasmine, but she's lost her temper with a pupil and may have crossed over the line. Tom is concerned when Shane denies Jasmine's claims that he was being bullied and accuses Jasmine of assaulting Michaela! Jasmine's horrified when she realises that Tom may doubt her word, and even worse, has involved Rachel.
Eddie arrives in his 4x4 gas guzzler to much condemnation from Mika - how many herds of wildebeest and mountain tracks does his have to negotiate in Rochdale? Seeing an 'in' with Mika, Brett wholeheartedly agrees with her and, when she accuses him of hypocrisy, declares he's going to ditch his own jeep. When the pick-up truck arrives to take it away, Mika can't hide her delight. Brett's ears prick up when Mika announces that she's going to start cycling to school, only thing is, her bike's a wreck. Maybe she could start using her mum, Izzie's old bike? Brett offers to help her fix it up. He'll pop round after school so that they can make a start.
Rachel is worried. There's still no sign of Hordley's builders and he's refusing to answer her increasingly desperate calls. Just as she is beginning to despair, Hordley strolls into Rachel's office. He wants to take her out to dinner and explain why he blackmailed her. How can she refuse? He's got her over a barrel. On his way out of the building, Hordley runs into Steph who manages extract a pledge of £2000 towards the school's funds. Later, Steph passes on the good news to Rachel who takes it all with a pinch of salt - £2000 eh? That'll just about cover the cost of the huge cross-channel phone bill Steph has racked up sweet-talking Claude, her French businessman. Steph assures her that it'll all be worth it when the money starts to flow.
Jasmine runs into Michaela in the corridor. Before she can stop herself, she's telling Michaela, in no uncertain terms, what she really thinks about her. In response, Michaela persuades one of her cronies to punch her in the face. Later, she appears in Rachel's office, sporting a cut on her cheek and claiming that Jasmine punched her. Eddie doesn't believe a word of Michaela's story, neither does Union rep Grantly who quickly points out that the written statements given by Michaela and her gang are all identical - they've even misspelled the same words! Faced with Michaela's angry father, Rachel feels she has no choice but to take formal action. Despite Eddie's protests, she suspends Jasmine with immediate effect.
Mika is clearly unhappy when Tom invites Davina back to the house for pizza, but Chlo talks her round. If anyone deserves a bit of happiness its Tom, especially after everything he's done for them both since their mother's death. Later, as Tom, Davina, and Chlo settle down in the living room, Mika and Brett start getting closer in the kitchen. Sensing that the old chemistry is back, Brett makes a point of telling her what a fool he's been and asks what he needs to do to deserve a second chance. Mika doesn't even have to think about her answer, she wants commitment, but not quite in the way Brett thinks. If he's so determined to prove himself, then he can help her get rid of Eddie's 4x4.
Blissfully unaware of Mika's animosity, Eddie meets up with Jasmine in the pub. He's stunned when she tells him she's resigning and tries to get her to change her mind. He's sure that one of Michaela's cronies will buckle under pressure sooner or later. However, he's in for a huge shock when Jasmine reveals that she used to be a bully herself. She knows from her own experience that Michaela and her gang will never crack...
(All information taken from Official Waterloo Road Website)