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Series 9 Episode 16
A Bolt from the Blue

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Episode number 176
Release Date 12th February 2014
Created By Ann McManus and Maureen Chadwick
Producer Simon Meyers
Director Rick Platt
Writer David McManus
Credits See List
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.

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