Former Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett (she played Jo Sugden) joins the cast as alcoholic pupil Shelby, who struggles to concentrate during an exam after spilling her secret stash of booze. Knowing that she's failed, Shelby suggests to Madi that they go to the pub to celebrate her 18th birthday. Meanwhile Alan Dixon is at Waterloo Road to conduct a review for the Local Education Authority, but things aren't looking good for the school when he sees what state Shelby and Madi are in - Shelby just so happens to be Alan's daughter, you see. Janeece takes drastic measures to dig herself out of a financial hole, Finn falls further under the Murray gang's influence and Michael receives an interesting offer from a former pupil.