Waterloo Road (2006) s06e04 Episode Script

Series 6, Episode 4

You don't get it.
I don't want this baby.
Well, I think it's make-your-mind-up time, don't you? Are you saying you could never feel the same way? That is exactly what I'm saying.
I'm more concerned about our daughter than I am about your sordid little affair.
It's over.
With Maria.
All right, bro? Still meeting at yours for poker tonight? Yeah, course.
We've got a warm-up here at lunch as well.
I could come before the others.
Practice card counting.
Yeah, cool.
Why not? Guess who? Morning, boyfriend.
Are you avoiding me? I haven't seen you all week.
No, I've just been busy, that's all.
You can make it up to me tonight, yeah? Er Cos my parents are away, so I was thinking we could get to know each other better? I've got plans with Finn, actually.
So you'd rather spend your night with him? Er, no, course not.
Good, cos it's not like he can offer you what I can, is it? And I've been saving myself for someone special, Josh Stevenson, and I think that's you, so you don't let me down, yeah? Karen, I meant what I said about making things work.
I know it's not going to be easy and I know I screwed things up, but I do want it to work.
Well, we're going to need each other's support more than ever today, aren't we? It'll be fine.
I promise.
I'm sorry.
No, I'm sorry.
Bit soon, eh? Yeah.
Butthanks for the effort.
Oh, check him out.
Yeah, he is pretty fit.
Better get in there before someone else does.
Morning, ladies.
Connor? Dad, erm, I don't need a lift home tonight.
I'm going to go to Vicki's and have tea there.
I'll deal with this.
No, dinner at ours, remember? Dad.
No excuses, Jess, you'll be there.
You all right? Er, no, not really.
It's my precious sister's so it's pretty much all my parents can think about.
Sorry, Jess.
We're having a stupid party for someone that probably isn't even alive any more, like it's the most normal thing in the world.
It's worse than a funeral.
Look, I'm always here if you want to talk, you know.
Morning.
I was wondering if it might be worth going out for dinner tonight, try something a bit different.
Well, we always celebrate Bex's birthday at home.
It's tradition.
Why change that? Yeah I know, I just worry that the kids might start to find the whole party thing a bitmorbid.
Morbid? It's the one time of the year where we get together as a family, in our own home, to remember her.
I think that's important, don't you? Of course.
Whatever you think.
It was just a thought.
Right then, ladies.
Quick warm-up, straight into a match.
Year 12s to kick off.
Yes, Mr Clarkson.
THEY WHOOP AND CHEER Check the skills on that Connor, boys.
Yeah, not bad, that, mate.
Not bad.
You signing for the team, then? Could have done with you a while ago.
Maybe.
See if any of you boys are up to standard.
Where'd you learn skills like that? Coleview.
My last school.
Yeah? My brother used to play there.
Says they've got a homo on the team.
THEY LAUGH Right.
That'll be me, actually.
THEY LAUGH You being serious? Yeah, why? You never said.
I didn't think I had to.
It's not a problem, is it? Er, no, we just Well, you don't look like a gay, do you? What do you want me to do? Print it on a T-shirt? Is that why you left Coleview, then? People giving you grief? No, just moved home, didn't we? Believe it or not, some people don't have a problem with it.
Whoa.
I know.
Gay and good at football.
Who'd have thought it, eh? You can't trust anyone these days.
Might have had an easy ride at Coleview.
I doubt he'll get the same here.
I don't know, mate.
With skills like that he might just get away with it.
Oh, Mrs Fisher, Mr Kirby's here to see you.
Pleased you could make it.
Four-week review, as promised.
Well, hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised by the progress they've made.
Being impartial, I think you'll have your work cut out.
I've worked in education long enough to know I can offer my children a better education.
Let's see how they're settling before we draw hasty conclusions.
Sharkey! Use your players.
Tom, sorry to interrupt.
This is Mr Kirby, Jonah's dad.
Nice to meet you.
Come to see how he's settling in.
Well, see for yourself.
Proving to be a little dynamo on the wing.
Nice one, Jono! And as for Connor, settling in like a dream.
Yes! Well done, Connor! That's more like it.
Jonah seems to have found his niche.
Yeah, well, we'll see.
Come on, Josh, get stuck in.
Here.
Shoot! Shoot! Josh! Josh, you flaming idiot! Well done, mate(!) You screwed the pass up.
What? Course you did, you poof! Oi! What? Who are you calling poof? Me? What? Come on, then.
Come on, now, calm it down.
What's going on? All right, listen up, guys.
If anyone here thinks that's just a bit of harmless name-calling, then think again.
Because there's zero tolerance towards homophobic language like that in this school, OK? It's all right, Miss Fisher, honest.
No, it's not all right, Connor.
It's abusive and bullying and it's gone unchecked for far too long.
The bench.
I'll deal with you later.
Anyone found using that kind of language again will be fast-tracked to a third strike, which means exclusion.
You got that? Let's go and see how Ruth's settling in.
Right, come on.
Back on the game now, yeah? It's heartening to see Jonah's fitting in, but he was never going to have as hard a time as Ruth, was he? Ruth could do just as well if she wasn't so resistant to being involved in life in the school.
But who can blame her when her own father isn't prepared to lead by example? Let's not be naive about this, shall we? Ruth's abilities will always single her out for bullying and discrimination.
The large peer-group situation of state education only serves to exacerbate that.
So you're prepared to see her unique and potentially ostracised for her whole life? Of course not.
This school doesn't have the softly-softly approach to bad behaviour it once had.
I operate a three-strike policy.
We give them their chances, but if they don't reform Easily said in principle, but We can debate the pros and cons all we like but it's meaningless unless we actually ask Jonah and Ruth about what they're feeling themselves.
Cess? Hi.
Listen, Iappreciate things have been a bitawkward the last couple of weeks.
That's one way of putting it.
I don't think that's a reason for us to avoid each other.
No, erm, you're right.
I'm sorry.
Hey, I've still got some photos and letters of Maria's that she might want back.
I could post them to her myself or Put them in an envelope and I'll drop them off next week.
You haven't spoken to her, have you? I just want to make sure she's all right.
As well as you can imagine.
I don't know what you expected.
No, no, no, course not.
Tell her I asked, yeah? Tell her yourself if you have to.
I'm done doing your dirty work.
Connor? About what happened with Josh I'm sorry, Mr Clarkson, I didn't mean to, it's just It's him that should be apologising.
He was way out of line.
I don't know what got into him.
No worries.
It's just football, banter.
Never thought it'd be anything else.
Good, but I want to reassure you that we don't tolerate it in this school, ever.
It's nice of you to say, but you don't have to worry about me.
I can look after myself.
Thanks.
I'll talk to you when you're changed.
You played well today, mate.
Cheers, man.
I try.
Probably give you a run for your money at poker tonight.
What? No, we don't need any more players.
The table's full.
It's cool, bro.
We can fit one more in.
Why not? As long as some of your boys don't mind me being there.
No, ignore him.
He's just jealous cos he can't make it.
Joshey's got a hot date with Lauren tonight.
THEY CHEER THEY CHATTER AND LAUGH That's funny, she usually likes to be in here during her break.
Hardly the socialisation you promised.
Hardly the fair chance you said you'd give her, either, as she spends most of her time catching up on e-mails and extra work you've been sending her, apparently.
What can I say? I'm finding it hard to let go.
So why did you drop out of mainstream education if you're so motivated to make a difference? I spent my entire career climbing the ranks from secondary teacher to university lecturer, and all I saw was the same government interference and tedious bureaucracy at every single level.
It crystallised for me that I wouldn't waste my children's lives or futures in the same flawed system.
Now, don't get me wrong - I loved my job, I loved teaching.
I just didn't see it working the way it could do.
Whoa, slow down, mate, what's up? Nothing.
You've been acting weird recently.
What's the matter with you? Just let me in, mate.
Ah, getting a bit of cold feet, are we? Something like that, yeah.
Josh, what are you doing? Josh, what's up? I've got something to tell you.
Mate, we all get stage fright the first time.
It's only natural.
It's not stage fright.
I just don't fancy her, at all.
It doesn't matter.
Still a lay, innit? It's not that simple.
It is.
You've pulled a desperado.
Cool! Finn, you're not listening to me.
You're not listening to me.
Chances like this don't come round all the time.
You need to make the most of them.
Finn Look, you just need to grow a pair and get on with it, OK? What?! Finn.
Finn! Finn! Finn! Finn! Oi! Oi! What's up with him? I don't know.
I want a word with you, about what you said to Connor.
It's totally unacceptable, Josh, and you know that.
Not now, Dad, please.
You did it in front of Mrs Fisher, which makes us both look bad.
You're really lucky to escape without a strike, Josh.
Josh! < Jonah? Have you seen Dad's in school? Come to rescue us, finally.
Some of us don't need rescuing, I told you.
Well, I do.
I hate it here and as soon as he sees that he's going to take me out.
Grow up, Ruth.
Dad just wants us to succeed, whatever we do.
Do you not get that? As long as we keep our noses clean, we're staying.
There's nothing he can do about it.
He hates us being here.
You're deluded if you can't see it.
Well, he didn't look too fussed when he watched me on the pitch just now.
Really made up, actually.
He's happy if we are.
Just stay out of my way and don't try and sabotage it for both of us.
Hi, lads.
I'm not too late, am I? Where's Finn? I don't know.
Right each stick 20p, yeah? Doesn't look like you were good at keeping it a secret.
Oh, for What are you doing? In.
In.
In.
Poker tournament.
What's it look like? Warm-up for tonight.
Why don't you run along, leave the grown-ups to their game? Er, I think I can probably handle myself, actually.
I've got some cash.
I mean, it can't be that hard to pick up.
Yeah? You reckon? All right.
Put your money where your mouth is.
Show us what you've got, eh? Finn.
Don't talk to me, Josh.
Finn, please It was a mistake.
Damn right it was a mistake! Touch me again and I'll kill you.
Finn.
Don't touch me! I was just messing around.
Please! You stay away from me! Have you got that? Oh, Finn! I said stay away from me, you creep! CROWD: Fight! Fight! Fight! Finn, get off me! Finn! Oi, what are you doing?! What the hell's got into you? Cooler.
Both of you.
Get to your class, Lauren, please.
You each get dealt two cards each, yeah? Have you got that? Yeah.
All right, shall we play? You'll learn it as we pick up.
Yeah, easy.
I'm taking all her pocket money off her.
HE LAUGHS Right.
SHE MOUTHS In.
In.
In.
Haven't got a chance this time! Nah, mate.
Beginner's luck! She's absolutely wiping us out! Well, get in then.
That's it, I'm over.
Take two! Aw, please! Folded.
Nightmare.
Not got much left to bet with, you.
Proper hustled us, then.
Me and my dad studied body language for ages when we were doing psychology.
You can tell when someone's bluffing, easy.
He does that ear-touching thing when he's nervous.
He kept looking to the left when he raised you.
You couldn't even look me in the eye and you kept playing with your tie.
Well done, little girl.
Looks like you've your uses after all.
There you are.
Ruth? What's going on? Erm, we were playing poker.
I won.
What have you got there? That's no concern of yours, Janeece.
Well, it is if you're using the school copier.
And I'll have to enter it into my little log book.
OK How about you enter this in your little log book? It is none of your business, OK? Or I will report you for invasion of privacy.
PHOTOCOPIER WHIRRS We can wait all day if we have to, but someone's going to tell us what's going on.
Him, I'd expect the silent treatment from, but you?! You practically lived at ours over the summer.
I think you owe me a little bit more respect.
Well, that's why I'm not saying anything.
If you want to know what happened, ask Josh.
Finn! Josh? I haven't done anything.
He's totally lost it, he just attacked me out of nowhere.
You're the one who's lost it.
Pretending to be my mate then putting your tongue down my throat.
Liar! What? Your son tried to kiss me this morning, that's what! He's lying, Dad! Why can't you just tell them, Josh? Just tell them what a little gay you are? Hey, that's enough! You can't talk! You're the one always sucking up to Connor! Hey, hey! Enough! Oi, sit down! Whatever's gone on, there's no excuse for that kind of behaviour.
You heard what Mrs Fisher said this morning - zero tolerance.
Now whatever Josh has done to upset you, you do not lie.
Why would I lie about him trying to kiss me!? Why would I do that? There's no excuse for you attacking him like you did.
You can have a detention at lunch and one after school for your troubles.
See if you're so keen to pick fights then.
And just be thankful it was us who caught you and not Mrs Fisher, because anything like this happens again, Finn, and you WILL be excluded - do you understand me? Now go on.
Just wait there one second, Josh, please.
What's all this nonsense about you kissing him? I don't know what he's on about.
Seriously, Dad, he's been acting jealous ever since I got with Lauren.
I think he probably fancies her as well.
Probably trying to split us up.
Right, well you keep your distance from him.
I don't want to have to keep you out of trouble again today.
Now, go on.
There will always be kids like that who will mess things up for the rest of them.
I've taught enough of them to know that.
That's the one thing we agree on.
I'm as opposed as you are to one pupil disrupting the needs of others.
I've got 600 of them to look after.
Well, now you've got 598.
I'm not going, Dad.
I don't want to.
Fine.
Stay if you want to.
At least one of you has the common sense to recognise a bad thing.
Look, it was HER hustling us.
She's not the precious, little innocent Ruth you think she is, Dad.
She picked up the game so quick and no-one forced her to join us.
SHE wanted to.
Something new to learn, isn't it? And, yeah, I might have enjoyed it, what can I say? I was applying the skills YOU taught me to a real life situation, just like you told me.
Ruth! What? You want to take that away from me as well? Besides, it's about time I started having some fun round this dump.
Made some money too while I was at it.
Can we talk about this now in my office, sensibly? So did you manage to get any more sense from Josh, then? Oh, just some daft falling out over Lauren, apparently.
Are you sure that's all it was? What? Well, you know kids can often experiment with their sexuality at this age, it's not uncommon.
It was a complete wind-up, Charlie.
You heard what Josh said.
And you believed him? Well, I know my own son.
And I know he's not that way inclined, OK? OK.
If you say so.
Proper dodged a bullet with the poker game there, Sharkey.
Fisher rumbled it, didn't she? Blew us all out.
How come you and Josh didn't make it? Did you get a tip-off? We're not mates any more.
End of.
Why, what happened? Thought you two were well tight.
Not any more.
You two had a lovers' tiff? The only gay boy round here is him, do you get that? All right, don't have to take it out on me.
Did he touch you up? Did he tell you that? No.
He tried to kiss me this morning, if you must know.
Now I'm getting done for it.
No way.
He'll do the same to you if he gets half a chance.
I want you to spread the word and warn everyone.
No way is he getting away with this.
See how easy it is for him to deny it when the whole school knows what a liar he is.
CHATTERING WOLF WHISTLING Morning, guys.
Are you all right? Yeah, are you? Yeah.
And you, Sam, good, yeah? Yeah.
OK, last week's modular assignments.
Finally got your grades back.
And clearly some of you need to work on your periodic tables, never mind your genetics.
Congratulations, Jess.
That's a really good effort.
Keep that up and it'll be an A next time.
Thanks, Sir.
Not so great for you I'm afraid though, Vicki.
Look, is everything OK? It was just I know you've had trouble balancing schoolwork and home life in the past, yeah? No, it's fine.
Honestly.
I just wasn't concentrating.
OK, only you need to try a bit harder next time, yeah? What happened there, Vic? I thought you were all over this.
You try looking after your sick dad and aceing your coursework at the same time.
It's not like I can take short cuts to getting good grades like you can.
What are you on about? You know I worked really hard for this.
I seen you leaving his flat the other day, Jess.
I know there's something going on between you two.
Both quiet, please, girls.
Anything that important, you can share it with the rest of the class.
Tina, need to work harder next time on that.
Listen, I'll talk to you about it later, yeah? Could you just not tell anybody, please? MISS FISHER: You are clearly an accomplished teacher and passionate about your children's education, but why not use that passion and drive to try and fix the problem rather than attack it? Are you suggesting I return to state teaching? There is a vacancy here if you want it.
Well, think about it, Marcus.
Why limit your talent to Jonah and Ruth? Jonah is clearly settled here, Ruth is heading that way.
So you could continue to oversee their education and help me out with all my other kids at the same time.
Will you give it some thought? KNOCK AT DOOR Oh, sorry to interrupt, Karen.
Can I have a word with you about Vicki MacDonald? You get back to me when you've made a decision? In your seats, please.
Chapter four.
Not A Picture Of Dorian Gray again.
More like A Picture Of Josh Is Gay by Oscar Bender.
What was that, Amy? Any more comments like that and you'll be straight to Mrs Fisher, do you understand me? Why are you saying that? Turns out you kissed a boy and made him gay.
Josh tried to kiss Finn this morning, did you not hear? The whole school's talking about it.
Josh? Quiet, please, just get on with your work.
Look how red he's gone.
It MUST be true.
So what if he did? There's not a problem, because it's not true, is it, Josh? Why am I getting all the grief when HE'S the gay one?! Josh, Josh, Josh! Get on with your work! Whatever you saw, you've got to promise me you won't tell anyone.
Tell them what, Jess? You've not even told me, remember? OK, erm, it was a one-off, yeah? And it happened before I knew he worked here.
So you did? You slept with him? Oh, I don't believe this.
Vicki, please, just don't say anything! Why? He's a pervert, and everyone should know.
It was a mistake, OK, and it wasn't his fault either.
I told him I was 24.
So? He'll lose his job, Vicki.
What do you care? He's not YOUR responsibility.
So for me then? My mum WOULD kill me if she found out.
You promise me that it's over? Look, of course I won't tell anyone.
I just don't want to see you getting burnt again, Jess.
Look, you've learned your lesson, yeah? Yeah.
Dad, what's the conclusion, are you getting us out or not? Erm We're still in negotiations at the moment, love.
Maybe Maybe give it another week, yeah? Hey, hey, hey, whatever happens, I will always be here for you.
OK? That will never change.
Come here.
Off you go, OK? Have a good day.
HE SOBS Sorry, mate, I'll just It's not true what they're saying.
Oh? I'm not gay.
I didn't say you were.
But you were thinking it.
Same as the rest of them idiots.
Is this why you had an issue with me this morning? If something is going on, mate, I've been through similar.
You know I can always help.
Nothing's going on, mate.
Don't worry yourself.
You don't have to make this harder than it needs to be.
It's not worth the heartache, mate, believe me.
I'm nothing like you, will you leave me alone?! Josh? What's going on? I think you need to ask your son that.
Josh, what are you playing at, mate? Nothing, I just You know that by acting like this you're making things worse for yourself.
I am trying to help you, Josh.
But I don't see how I can do that if you're going to make things difficult for me.
Is there something else going on here that I should know about? He wasn't lying, Dad.
I did kiss Finn this morning.
So it's true What they were saying in the class? What You think you might be gay? No, I don't think so.
No.
Well, then why would you do something like that? I mean, what were you thinking? It was just a joke.
I was just messing, honestly.
Anyway, I've got a girlfriend, haven't I? I can't be gay.
Right.
Well, maybe you should concentrate on kissing her .
.
and not messing around with one of your best mates.
KNOCK AT DOOR Do you have any spare lever arch files, please? Is this for your surrogacy questionnaire? You left the originals on the photocopier.
I thought you were trying for your own baby.
Why do you want to mess around with this nonsense? I have told you, Janeece, it is none of your business, OK? There's some ugly freaks there, I don't know how you can do it.
Janeece! What!? It's true.
Finding another woman to have your baby with your husband's sperm.
That's just weird.
Yes, yes, it is, actually.
But you know, we don't all have the luxury of choice, some of us just have to make do with what we've got.
We can't all knock out babies that we don't even want like they're going out of fashion.
How you deserve to get pregnant when I can't Ah, it's beyond me.
WOLF WHISTLING Lauren.
What's all this crap about you kissing Finn then? I don't know, he's completely lost the plot.
Really? So is that why stormed out of class when everyone was talking about it? No, it's cos I don't like being called gay.
Whatever.
Let me make it up to you.
You said you wanted to get to know me better, right? Yeah, but Why wait until tonight when we can have a warm-up now? Lauren, where the hell do you think you're going? Where's it look like? To enjoy myself.
And what about what everyone said earlier? Do you seriously think you can trust him?! It's lies, he told me.
Why do you care so much anyway? It's not like you were looking out for me earlier, is it? There he is, Georgie Peorgie's dad.
It wasn't the girls your lad's been kissing and making cry.
Grantly! You know better than to pay attention to pupil gossip, Grantly.
It's not funny to joke about a pupil's sexuality, Grantly.
Yeah, especially when it's not true, which it's not.
So drop it, you got that? Whatever you think you've heard, you're wrong.
Do you understand? Easy, Tom.
You'll start to sound no better than this dinosaur if you carry on like that.
Listen, Josh is probably hearing all kinds of crap from the students without getting it from the teachers as well.
It was just a joke.
You wouldn't joke about someone's skin colour.
What? It's racist.
And joking about someone's sexuality is homophobic.
And it's all unacceptable now, Grantly.
We've moved on a bit since the '80s.
Josh'll be going through hell right now.
He needs all the help and support the school can give.
Come on.
What's wrong? Nothing.
Look, this was your idea.
You don't want to, do you? I do, it's just Just what? What was this to you, just some sort of experiment? I can't do it, I'm sorry.
Whoa.
What's going on? Josh? Cooler.
Now.
I've been looking for you.
Mr Mead mentioned something about your grades slipping in the last couple of weeks.
Oh, so he's grassing me up to everyone now, is he? No, he's showing his concern as your teacher.
Which is a concern that I share as your head teacher.
It's my job to make sure all our A-level students are on track to achieve the highest grades possible, and at the moment you seem to be falling short of that.
Is there something going on at home we can help with? No, nothing's going on, Miss.
I just didn't put enough effort into my last assignment.
I'm sorry, it won't happen again.
Well, if you need extra tuition, will you please ask? Myself and Mr Mead are only here to help.
Is everything OK? Lauren, Lauren, what's happened? Nothing, he just wasn't the person I thought he was.
Look, if he is gay, I wasn't the one that turned him.
You got that? Yeah, we was only messing about.
I just can't believe how stupid I was.
I really liked him.
I thought he could be my first.
He doesn't deserve you, all right? MR STEVENSON: I don't believe this.
What was he playing at? Would it have anything to do with these rumours about him and Finn by any chance? Tom? They weren't just rumours.
He did kiss Finn, he told me this afternoon.
I tried talking some sense into him, but What if he is gay? How do I deal with that?! Tom.
Ah, c'mon, Charlie, don't play the bleeding liberal with me.
You can't pretend you'd be OK if your lad was kissing boys.
I'm OK with the gay thing, but when it's your own flesh and blood Tom, you can't behave like this.
You have to be OK with it.
You're his dad.
You need to talk to Josh and deal with it, don't you? I've tried that.
Honestly? What if I don't like what he tells me? You deal with that as well.
And you get over yourself because you can't keep running from this, Tom.
Josh will be doing enough of that himself and you are meant to be the grown-up.
You try and bury things or ignore them and they only get worse.
Could even drive him away for good.
And believe me, you really don't want that to happen.
I learnt the hard way.
All right, still joining us for the poker? Definitely a spare place now that wet blanket's been knocked out.
I think I'll pass, actually.
I think I can do without people who can treat their best mates like crap so easily.
Leave it, Ruby, they're fine.
They're not fine.
The place is a tip.
DOORBELL RINGS That'll be them.
Let's go meet the mums.
Take a seat, make yourself comfy.
I don't quite know what the protocol is for this kind of thing, but, er I picked up on quite a lot of proofing errors in your application.
Does dyslexia run in your family? Well, just the obvious questions, really.
Where do you come from, what's your background? Have you suffered with depression, addiction, high blood pressure in the last five or ten years? Not an easy decision for either party, I guess it's just a case of finding the right mix of personalities that, you know, gel.
Would you have a problem doing an IQ or lie detector test, at all? Well, there's one last applicant left, so, well, it isn't over yet, is it? Surprise! Josh, what's going on, mate? What's with the stuff? I'm going to my mum's.
You don't have to worry about me any more.
Look, don't be daft.
You don't have to do that.
I can't go back to school and it's obvious you don't want anything to do with me.
Look, Josh, just talk to me for a second.
We tried that.
A fat lot of good it did us.
All that crap you said about not treating people differently for their sexuality.
You can't look me in the eye cos I kissed Finn.
Do you expect me to jump for joy? No, but a bit of help and support would be nice.
You're supposed to be my dad.
You remember? I'm sorry, Josh.
I should have been there more for you, but I just I can't stand the thought of you with another man.
Don't exactly fill me with joy at the minute.
I didn't ask for this any more than you did.
So is that what we're saying, then? That you are I don't know.
Don't know what I'm supposed to be, any more.
What I'm supposed to think.
All I know is that I kissed Finn and I wanted to.
And I wanted him to kiss me back.
So if that makes me gay, then, I'll just have to deal with it, won't I? And if you or anyone else can't .
.
I'll just have to do it on my own.
You don't need to go anywhere.
I want you to stay here with me, please.
You're my son and I love you, I just I can't promise it's always going to be easy, that's all.
Well, whatever happens you're going to have to start coping a LOT better than what you did today, cos if you can't, I won't be staying round for any second chances, next time.
JANEECE: It's funny, that.
I always thought you would have lived somewhere bigger.
Oh, check that out.
My mum's got one just like this.
She had it off a boot sale.
I seriously doubt that.
It's an antique.
Crisps are for serious-minded applicants only.
I am serious, you can't snub me.
And you couldn't have thought I was that bad a candidate with my application.
Oh, please! You filled in this with a false name.
I still got a baby though, haven't I? I mean, you clearly want one bad enough to go through this, so have mine, solve two birds with one stone.
Look, I'm being serious, Rube.
I know I was a bit off about the surrogacy thing earlier, but I never knew how desperate you was.
I'm not that desperate, thank you.
That is enough entertainment for one evening, go on.
Hang on, Ruby.
Can we just have a word out the back? One minute? All right, Vicki.
Is everything OK? Yeah, fine thanks.
You're still here? Oh, is this about extra tuition? It's probably a bit late for that, isn't it? Didn't seem to be a problem in the past.
Only I heard you're not too shy about giving one-on-one to students these days.
I'm sorry, what are you talking about? You know what Jess is like.
Can't keep her mouth shut any more than her legs.
Don't worry.
Your secret's safe with me.
Just make sure you start helping me out with my grades in the future, yeah? Vicki This way, you get to help me out with any problems I might be having in my private life and I'll make sure I keep quiet about yours.
Have you completely lost your mind? No, I just think that it's an option worth considering.
Well, Ruby, the truth is that you've never exactly been sold on the idea of surrogacy, have you? And it's not exactly as if we could afford it.
If I couldn't bear the thought of a baby that was only half ours, how am I going to be with one that's 100% Janeece's? Because adoption is the only real option we've got left and this is the offer of a newborn baby right on our doorstep.
You see, nature's only a small part of the equation.
It's 100% ours when we're raising it.
# Pour me a heavy dose of atmosphere # Cos I'll doze off safe and soundly # But I'll miss your arms around me # I'd send a postcard to you, dear # Cos I wish you were here # Go on then, Harry.
It's your turn to make a wish.
Anyone got anything they want to say? Err, yeah.
This is weird.
Jess.
It's all right, Charlie.
Jess is entitled to her opinion.
Why do you think it's weird, darling? Well, because she isn't here and she's not coming back so I don't understand why we have to have these stupid vigils for her Jess! No, Dad, you're no better.
You think the same as me so I don't know why you're pretending you don't.
Is it so wrong that I want your sister to come back? That I hold out hope for her? Yeah.
Because it's all you ever talk about, you crazy old You swamped her when she was here and now she's not, you're swamping us.
You can hardly blame her for leaving.
Jess is right.
There's just no point to this, any more.
I'm sorry, Karen, but I've tried to act like everything's all OK, but, you know, it's just not.
You might not be ready to move on, but the rest of us are.
Nothing any of us try and do is ever good enough for you.
And then we just keep coming back to all this.
Charlie.
I'm sorry, Karen.
I need to get some air and I don't want to talk about this.
DOOR SLAMS It appears I may have been a bit hasty dismissing your offer, Janeece.
And obviously, it is not the surrogacy that we planned, but perhaps we could come to some kind of agreement.
Though I presume it's not going to be for free, is it? I mean, just bear in mind that I'm on a teacher's salary.
I don't want your money, keep it.
All I wanted was for the baby to have a proper family, that's all the payment I would have needed.
You know what, shove your money, shove your stupid arrangement! No, Janeece No, oh, God Oh, I'm so sorry.
I didn't mean to offend you.
It's just the most amazing thing that you're prepared to do for us.
I suppose this means you need to start being more nice to me from now on, yeah? Well, I think that calls for a drink then, yeah? Just a soft drink for her.
Well, I'm going to have to keep a closer eye on you from now on, aren't I? That's my baby you're going to be having, yeah? Am I just expected to be the part-time lover or is this another goodbye? I'm sorry.
I thought she might change once she'd found out, but everything's just the same.
And maybe I didn't want it to change.
I just need someone I can talk to.
You know, honestly.
And I know that's not her any more.
DOORBELL RINGS If we do it this time, Charlie, we do it properly, and you need to tell her.
Yeah, of course, it's just finding the right moment, isn't it? Hello? Karen Fisher, Charlie's wife.
Karen? Call me naive but I thought you'd be at least 15 or 20 years younger and a hell of a lot prettier.
I presume he's here? Yes, I'll I thought you and I could have a word first.
But my kids are in bed.
I'm not here to cause trouble.
I've come to tell you that can have him.
And I wish you well and I hope you have better luck with him than I did.
I'm so sorry this has happened, Karen.
Really.
It was never meant to come to this, I wanted him to tell you.
Well, he wouldn't.
He's a coward, he doesn't have the bottle and that's something you'll have to live with.
Would you mind if I just said goodbye? Karen.
I should have done that the first time I found out.
Karen Save the crap, Charlie.
I've packed a bag for you.
I think that's about it.
What about the kids? Leave them to me, I'll handle it.
I won't mention the affair, I'll find some other excuse for the separation that won't make you look like such a coward.
And work? I'll see you tomorrow, bright and early.
I never thought I'd be teaching in a place like this.
Oh, here he is, sweet boy Stevenson, looking for a new boyfriend now I'm not interested? Your mate, Vicki, she knows about us.
Don't worry about it, yeah? I'll sort it.
Me and Maria have been talking about me maybe moving in to her place.
Very sensible.
Look, Karen Karen.
I'm getting out of Rochdale for good.
Thanks to your dad it looks like I'm going today.
I took this job so we'd see more of each other.
I came here so we wouldn't! Get in the car.
Calm down.
You're my son, get it? You're not taking that boy anywhere! Who's going to stop me? Looks like that's going to be me.