|Series 9 Episode 16|
A Bolt from the Blue
|Release Date||12th February 2014|
|Created By||Ann McManus and Maureen Chadwick|
|Previous episode||Series 9 Episode 15 (Out of Bounds)|
|Next episode||Series 9 Episode 17 (Nowhere to Run)|
A Bolt from the Blue is the sixteenth episode of Series 9.
As he is about to leave for Edinburgh to be interviewed for his university bursary, Kevin collapses in class. He has had a stroke and requires an operation, though he does pull through. Gabriella sees Nikki and Hector arrive at school together and reveals that they are having an affair. Nobody believes her - except Vix, who breaks up with Nikki as a result. Dynasty has an interview to join the police, whilst Lula has an offer from Strathclyde University, but there is bad news when her mother Cecile tells her that they face deportation. She goes to see Audrey, who determines to do all that she can to help her.
Chalky makes a return to Waterloo Road to lend support to Kevin ahead of his bursary interview, but events take a dire turn when Kevin unexpectedly suffers a stroke. Nikki tries in vain to hide her betrayal from Vix, and Audrey vows to support Lula when she’s threatened with deportation.
Kevin is a bag of nerves as his university bursary interview looms, despite the legendary Chalky arriving to lend his support. Kevin’s anxiety gets the better of him, and he and Dynasty bicker over their very different ideas about the future. Before they can reconcile, Kevin suddenly collapses and is rushed to hospital, sending shock waves rippling through the school.
Full of regret, Nikki frantically tries to cover up her one night stand with Hector, but when a vindictive Gabriella finds out, she sets out to destroy Nikki’s relationship with Vix.
Lula’s overjoyed to be offered a university placement, but her excitement is cut short when her family is threatened with deportation.
- Laurie Brett as Christine Mulgrew
- Victoria Bush as Sonya Donnegan
- Angus Deayton as George Windsor
- Georgie Glen as Audrey McFall
- Vanessa Hehir as Sue Lowsley
- Melanie Hill as Maggie Budgen
- Zöe Lucker as Carol Barry
- Richard Mylan as Simon Lowsley
- Leon Ockenden as Hector Reid
- Heather Peace as Nikki Boston
- Naomi Battrick as Gabriella Wark
- Mark Beswick as Darren Hughes
- Rebecca Craven as Rhiannon Salt
- 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
- Joe Slater as Lenny Brown
- Kirstie Steele as Imogen Mulgrew
- Kane Tomlinson-Weaver as Harley Taylor