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Series 9 Episode 5
Crossing the Line

Episode number 165
Release Date 3rd October 2013
Created By Ann McManus and Maureen Chadwick
Producer Lizzie Gray
Director David Innes Edwards
Writer Paul Farrell
Credits See List
Previous episode Series 9 Episode 4 (Text Rated)
Next episode Series 9 Episode 6 (Grantly's Perfect Poetry)

Crossing the Line is the fifth episode of Series 9.


George fails to show for work and Christine visits his house, finding him drunk and self-pitying, though she makes him attend school. He has a run-in with Connor, who, as punishment, is made to attend the Home Economics course, where he does very well. Christine realises that George's grasp of Mandarin is poor, and sends him on an evening course. Barry Barry demands more money from Sue to help her keep order, so she confesses everything to Simon, who threatens the boy, whilst Dynasty, having finished with Kevin over his kiss with Princess, manages Kacey and gets her a fight. The Browns' estranged grandfather, Laurence, a former regimental sergeant major, arrives at the school after a message from Audrey and wins over the pupils with stories of his service experience. However a spiteful Lisa sees him as the enemy and steals his medals. Audrey persuades her to return them and, although Laurence leaves, it is on good terms with his grandchildren, who opt to stay at Waterloo Road.


Audrey has sussed out the twin’s plan to scam her out of money, and calls in their estranged grandfather for back up. George is devastated over Princess’ exit and Christine finally clicks he can’t teach Mandarin without her. Meanwhile, Connor discovers hidden talents in the Home Economics class.

Audrey is disappointed to find that the twins were behind an attempt to scam her online, and calls their estranged grandfather Laurence, a retired regimental sergeant major, in a bid to straighten them out.  However, she doesn’t bank on him actually turning up at the school, and the very uncomfortable reunion that follows.

Laurence begins to win over the other pupils with his tales of the war, and though Lenny starts to warm to the idea of his grandfather being back in their lives, Lisa reacts badly and launches an attack on Laurence. When Lenny sides with his grandfather, Lisa balks and makes off with Laurence’s most precious possessions – his war medals. It’s up to Audrey to track her down and reconcile the family before Lisa’s pride splits them up for good.

Meanwhile, George is left reeling after Princess walks out on him and turns to the bottle to cope. When he eventually turns up to school, Connor notices he’s too hungover to teach and demands Christine take action. Christine twigs that without Princess, George’s grasp of Mandarin is non-existent, and she furiously delivers him an ultimatum.

Elsewhere, Connor stumbles into a Home Economics class, and, finding a newfound talent, contemplates cooking as a new career path. Christine isn’t pleased and dismisses the idea as foolish, causing yet another fight between mother and son.

Main cast




  • Clive Russell as Sergeant Major Laurence Brown (One-off appearance)