AIRDATE: March 6th 2008
Written by: Ann McManus
Having recently split from Davina, Tom is conflicted when Rachel asks him to mentor her teaching training. It's clear they both feel something for each other but neither will say what the other wants to hear. Frustrated, Davina decides to get in touch with an old flame who's been texting. At lunchtime, Donte spots Davina getting into a swanky car and is shocked when he sees that the driver is Jack Rimmer. Davina wants to know if there's still anything between them and his shocked when Jack announces that he's been offered a new headship in Dubai. How does she feel about going with him? Davina is lost for words, but agrees to meet him later that evening for dinner. Once Chlo finds out that Jack's back on the scene, she hatches a plan with Mika and Brett to get Davina and Tom back together.
Steph's hugely excited when Claude Legard, the French businessman she's been schmoozing, arrives at the school, hopefully carrying a large cheque for two new language labs. Claude is horrified to discover just how low the standard of language teaching is at Waterloo Road. Why aren't the pupils also learning German, Spanish, and Italian? And why are only a pitiful number of them continuing on to A' level? Back in Rachel's office, Claude stuns everyone by refusing to part with any cash. Waterloo Road needs inspirational teachers, not teachers like... well, Steph. Desperate to rescue the situation, Steph arranges to meet Claude for dinner that evening and make another pitch for his Euros.
Chlo and Maxine are still happily downloading essays from the Internet, unaware that Jasmine is beginning to suspect that there's widespread cheating going on. When one of her average students begins to submit outstanding work, she reports the matter to Grantly and is more than a little taken aback by his blase attitude. Still, he manages to convince Jasmine to leave the matter with him. Little does she know that he's already fully aware of the situation and willing to cover it up. Meanwhile, in the hope of getting the right response from Tom, Davina tells him that she's met up with Jack. Tom's pretty clear he's not about to get involved in a battle - if she loves Jack, she should go to Dubai with him.
Steph rolls up at Claude's hotel and immediately weighs in with a full-on seduction routine that fails miserably. Upset, humiliated, and angry, Steph leaves, but not before making it clear that all she cares about is the kids and is willing to go to any lengths to secure the new language labs for them. Back at school, insult is added to injury when Rachel sacks Steph as Financial Director. As Steph disappears to drown her sorrows at the pub, Claude turns up in Rachel's office. He's changed his mind. Although he didn't approve of Steph's methods, it's clear to him now that her heart was in the right place. Rachel is stunned when he presents her with a cheque for 30,000 Euros. Maybe she could use it to send Steph on a refresher course? As long as it's not to Paris of course!
Chlo and Mika's grand plan is foiled when Davina dismisses 'Tom's' note as an empty gesture. Unaware that their plan has gone awry, Mika and Chlo drag Tom along to a posh restaurant and then promptly disappear, leaving him a note telling him that his real date for the evening is Davina. Tom's livid and immediately phones Mika to give her a piece of his mind. Mika asks him what he's most angry about - her and Chlo's interference, or the fact that Davina didn't show. Spurred into action, Tom jumps into a taxi. Meanwhile, Davina and Jack are discussing the possibility of her joining him in Dubai. The romantic atmosphere is shattered when Tom turns up and, in front of Jack, tells Davina exactly how he feels about her.
Tom arrives home and heads straight for the fridge. He's swigging from a bottle of beer when the doorbell rings. Mika and Chlo are thrilled when they open the door and find Davina standing there. As Tom emerges from the kitchen, they make a hasty retreat. It seems that Davina has made her choice and she's choosing Tom. As Tom and Davina celebrate their new happiness, Stuart Hordley photocopies a stack of Rachel's press cuttings and prepares to send one to every member of staff at Waterloo Road...
(All information taken from Official Waterloo Road Website)