Written by Frances Galleymore. Tx 27th March 1985
So Claire and Stewpot’s on-off-on-off, etc relationship now seems to be on again. I’m somewhat sorry that we didn’t see the scene where she agreed to have him back, as that would have been fun to watch. Has anything changed? Well Stewpot’s still making excuses when Claire attempts to arrange an evening out (this time he claims he has to help his father decorate the bathroom) so maybe not. Surely he can’t still be juggling two girls, and both of them incredibly stroppy as well ….
I do feel a little sorry for Paula Ann Bland during this run of episodes, as Claire doesn’t really have anything to do except express disapproval at Stewpot, so she spends her time as a rather shrewish character with little light or shade.
But this does give us a lovely scene as Annette crashes into Stewpot, Claire and Precious and blithely arranges a date with him. Claire’s response? “Stewpot, you’d better not have chosen that tarty little fourth-year with the raggedy hair before me. ‘Cause if you have and you do see her on Friday night then you won’t be seeing me again.” This gives Mark Burdis another chance to give us his best hangdog expression (something he’s had to do an awful lot this year).
The on-off-on-off relationship between Zammo and Jackie is now once more lurching into the off position, thanks to Zammo’s jealous and controlling nature. Banksie invites Jackie to join him, Loop, Fay and Jean-Paul on a visit to the old Brookdale school. She wasn’t sure, but after Zammo told her not to, it’s not hard to imagine the outcome ….
They decide to bunk off, which means that Fay spends the time in a highly stressed manner. She may not quite be the goody-goody now she’s hooked up with the louche Jean-Paul, but she still knows right from wrong.
It’s odd that none of them seem to consider the possibility that there may still be a caretaker on site (if there wasn’t, why would there be a television set and a kettle?). Of course there is (played by the wonderful Derek Deadman) which means there’s a short comic chase. “Blast! Flipping kids!”