|Series 9 Episode 10|
Happy Ever After
|Release Date||7th November 2013|
|Created By||Ann McManus and Maureen Chadwick|
|Previous episode||Series 9 Episode 9 (Father Figure)|
|Next episode||Series 9 Episode 11 (Bad Girl)|
Happy Ever After is the tenth episode of Series 9, and the last episode of the first part (Autumn Term) of Series 9.
On his wedding eve, and with his interview imminent, Simon is overwhelmed when he finds Robert has bought him and Sue a house, and he reacts badly to single parent Avril Mack's complaint that her son Stevie is being bullied for his stammer by a vicious girl gang. Christine bravely details her own domestic problems with Connor in an effort to find out underlying home difficulties with the Macks, and Simon is sufficiently impressed by her candour and bravery that he stands down from the headship candidacy, endorsing Christine, who - with unexpected support from Imogen's mother - wins the permanent headteacher post. The theft of Kacey's travel fund is discovered, and Nikki prepares to make up the money herself, but Kacey discovers that her own brother stole it and exposes him in front of the school, as a result of which Carol kicks him out and Kacey flies to the United States as planned. Sue and Simon get married, and decide to elope, leaving the other staff to enjoy their - and Christine's - celebration.
In this episode, Barry Barry gets disowned by his family after they find out that he stole the money that was raised by the school to fund Kacey's travel to America for boxing training.
At the start of this episode we see Stevie Mack getting bullied by Lisa Brown and Shaznay Montrose because of his stammer. Christine Mulgrew gets her son Connor to speak to Stevie in front of his mum about her alcoholism. We also see Simon Lowsley getting accidentally punched in the face by Stevie during the latter's fight with Lenny Brown.
- Laurie Brett as Christine Mulgrew
- Victoria Bush as Sonya Donnegan
- Angus Deayton as George Windsor
- Georgie Glen as Audrey McFall
- Vanessa Hehir as Sue Spark
- Melanie Hill as Maggie Budgen
- Richard Mylan as Simon Lowsley
- Heather Peace as Nikki Boston
- Carl Au as Barry Barry
- Mark Beswick as Darren Hughes
- Rebecca Craven as Rhiannon Salt
- Brogan Ellis as Kacey Barry (Last appearance until S9E19)
- Grant Gillen as Stevie Mack (One-off appearance)
- Caitlin Gillespie as Lisa Brown
- Je'Taime Morgan Hanley as Shaznay Montrose
- Tommy Knight as Kevin Chalk
- Marlene Madenge as Lula Tsibi
- Abby Mavers as Dynasty Barry
- Shane O'Meara as Connor Mulgrew
- Joe Slater as Lenny Brown
- Kirstie Steele as Imogen Mulgrew
- Kane Tomlinson-Weaver as Harley Taylor