Jack, Andrew, and Kim have organised an Open Day as a last ditch attempt to impress the LEA and keep Waterloo Road open. Andrew is amazed when Steph brazenly swans into school in French fancy dress and furiously quizzes Jack – how can they expect to change the school if they employ teachers like Steph? Jack is forced to reveal that Steph threatened to report him for sexual harassment when he tried to sack her. She’s got him over a barrel and she knows it! Now it’s up to them to make the best out of the situation. Steph is in desperate need of an intensive refresher course in how to discipline her pupils and Jack has decided that Andrew is the man to teach her!
Chlo is terrified when she hears that Holly has woken from her coma and in a panic, rushes straight to the hospital to find out what she can remember of the crash. Chlo heaves a huge sigh of relief when Holly reveals that her last memory is of Donte driving and Chlo sitting in the passenger seat. She can’t remember that Chlo climbed into Donte’s lap. Meanwhile, Clarence tries his best to persuade Donte to sign a statement that implicates Chlo. Donte is reluctant – he loves Chlo, he doesn’t want to get her into trouble – but in the end, he realises that he has no choice.
Openly gay pupil, Rory Brears is incensed that homophobic bullying is allowed to go on at the school and in an attempt to highlight the problem; he decides to start a petition. On a day when he’s being scrutinised by the LEA, this is all Jack needs! After Grantly finds Lewis and his gang in possession of some of Rory’s gay men’s magazines, Jack decides that it’s time to call Mrs Brears in to discuss the problem. However, any chance he had of quietly sweeping the issue under the carpet evaporate when Mrs Brears backs her son 100% and joins him in circulating his petition. Luckily for Jack, LEA Inspector, Heather Davenport, thinks the petition is a marvellous idea and congratulates him for making an effort to battle homophobia. As he observes this, Lewis decides that it’s time someone taught Rory a lesson and head-butts him in full view of Kim. She drags him straight off to the cooler.
Grantly is supposed to be supervising the cooler, but he’s late, and this provides Lewis with the ideal opportunity to corner Kim. He’s aggressive and suggestive and Kim begins to panic. Worried by her absence, Andrew sets off in search of her, eventually finding her in tears in her classroom. He immediately guesses that Lewis has done something to upset her, but he’s completely unprepared when he discovers just how out of control the school bully is. Jack is incensed when he hears about what’s happened and decides to give Lewis a dose of his own medicine. After throwing desks around the cooler and frightening Lewis half to death, he orders him out of Waterloo Road… for good.
At the pub, Heather congratulates Jack on all of the hard work he’s done at Waterloo Road, but she’s unable to put him out of his misery regarding the potential closure of the school because the decision is still being made. Jack’s disappointed, but not for long. Heather has had enough of talking shop and decides that she and Jack should get to know each other on a personal level. Unfortunately for Jack, Steph disagrees and brings the rest of the teaching staff along to spoil the atmosphere.
Izzie is fed up with Tom’s excuses and insists that he tell Lorna about their relationship. Tom decides to bite the bullet and asks Lorna out for lunch. Lorna has convinced herself that the lunch date could be the start of them getting back together, and she’s stunned when Tom asks her for a divorce. Later, Tom and Izzie find that they are alone together in the drama room and are unable to resist their mutual passion any longer. But Lorna is just around the corner and about to get a terrible shock…