Written by Phil Redmond. Tx 12th February 1980
Fund-raising for the Outdoor Centre continues and culminates in a tug-of-war between the pupils and the staff.
But the most interesting part of the episode is the confrontation between Pogo and Karen. Pogo’s at his most obnoxious here – breaking the toast-rack that Karen made in woodwork for no other reason than he felt like it. For a character who’s later usually positioned as a positive one, it seems an incredibly mean and spiteful thing to do.
Karen gets her revenge though as she enlists the help of some older girls to steal Pogo’s trousers! No, it’s not a particularly sophisticated storyline, but it’s amusing nonetheless. Thanks to Miss Mooney’s prompting he does get them back though.
Elsewhere, Mr Baxter continues to victimise Benny because he chose to play for the district, rather than the school team. Michael Cronin’s always good value as the belligerent sports master, especially during the cross-country run which sees Tucker, Alan and Benny decide to take the bus, rather than complete the course in the usual way. You would have thought that by catching the bus they would have been amongst the first to finish, but they end up being the last, which is rather odd. But for once they manage to outfox Bullet, which is a rare victory for them.