Grantly has finally decided to return to teaching, and is gearing up for his first day back at Waterloo Road. However, when he arrives at the school gates on his first day, he suddenly begins to have big second thoughts and turns to Maggie with his worries.

To ease him back in, Christine asks him to help out with the National Schools Poetry competition, which seems like a really good idea. However, tempers are soon being raised when there’s a big misunderstanding and a bad-tempered Grantly wrongly accuses Harley of plagiarism.

Plus, it’s the day of Kacey’s first big fight and she’s dreaming of going all the way to the Commonwealth Games. However, bitter and jealous brother Barry Barry only sees an opportunity to make money…

And now that he’s no longer being paid to control her class, Barry also sets out to make Sue’s life as difficult as possible, and unable to cope, she turns to tranquilisers to cope with her classes.