A self-confessed ‘selfish’ party girl strikes up a surprising bond with a go-getting pensioner in this week’s Old School for Lazy Kids.
In the 5Star show, 21-year-old receptionist Caitlin, from Warrington goes to stay with retired teacher Joan, 78, who lives with her two dogs in Gloucester.
At first, the two women’s personalities clash, with Joan left shocked by Caitlin’s confession that she can’t iron, spends every weekend partying and never cooks or cleans up at her parents’ home.
However, the younger woman – who admits to being obsessed with her phone, and has had cheek and jaw fillers to look more like a Kardashian – says she thinks older people don’t do anything but sit around and knit.
But they eventually put their differences aside, and forge a bond while Joan speaks about losing her husband of 55 years, Teddy, in 2011.
While she felt ‘relief’ that he was no longer in pain after a long illness, she admits that after his death, she would drive down the road by her house, and feel the urge to beg people to be her friend, as the loneliness was a lot to bear.
Self-confessed party girl Caitlin, 21, from Warrington appears on tonight’s Old School for Lazy Kids, where she learns life lessons from a retired teacher
Joan, 78, from Warrington who was born in 1941 and raised in post-War Britain describes herself as a go-getter and a fervent feminist
‘It was really really hard to see him suffering,’ Joan says, recalling her husband’s last moments.
She describes how she was by Teddy’s side, along with her daughter and son-in-law when his carer told him that he wouldn’t ‘see the weekend’.
Teddy received an injection and never recovered consciousness, but Joan says he knew she was by his side.
A doctor told Joan that hearing was ‘the last thing to go,’ and that Teddy could probably hear them.
As the two women start to get to know each other, Joan opens up to Caitlin about her late husband Teddy, who died in 2011
Caitlin (pictured), from Warrington, admits she does not help around the house and doesn’t know how to iron
At first, Caitlin (pictured) is not impressed by Joan’s questions about housework and self-esteem, and communication is hard between the two women
Joan is shocked to learn that ‘lazy’ Caitlin doesn’t know how to iron and puts her to the test immediately
Caitlin struggles to iron and eventually Joan points out she made more folds than there were on the t-shirt initially
Moments later, as Joan was alone by her husband’s side, her son came to Teddy’s bedside to bring his mother’s tablets, making quite a lot of noise.
‘And at that point [Teddy] stopped breathing. It was like he knew I wasn’t alone,’ she says.
‘I’m grateful for all the years we’ve had together,’ she says, adding that she’s learned to accept the good with the bad.
Caitlin also has to clean Joan’s bathroom, but only does half of the job by wiping down the inside of the shower
The two women eventually grow closer as the episode goes on, and start sharing confidences about their lives
‘I met my husband when he was 15 and I was 16,’ Joan explains, ‘ at the local youth club opposite us.’
‘He was quiet and he was good looking and after about a year, he gave me a love bite and my mum saw it. She emptied my dinner out on my head and she said “you’re not going out with that man anymore,”.’
She and Teddy continued dating in secret and ended up spending their life together.
Now that he’s gone, she can’t see herself on a dating app and doesn’t understand why young women like Caitlin do it.
‘Joan, if you looked up single in a dictionary, you’d find a picture of me,’ Caitlin jokes.
The young woman then explains she meets men through friends of friends or while on night outs.
Before they met, Caitlin, a receptionist, was obsessed with her phone and the number of her Instagram followers
Joan doesn’t understand why Caitlin wears as much make up as she does and believes she does it for male attention
‘I’m not so old that I don’t know about vibrators and things like that,’ Joan cheekily adds, ‘so you get what you want where you can.’
An embarrassed Caitlin starts to look away and to blush as Joan lets out a hearty laugh.
The new-found friendship is surprising to both women, who, at the beginning of the episode, lived worlds apart from one another.
Caitlin works a full-time job as a receptionist, but is selfish when it comes to helping around the house. Meanwhile, retired teacher Joan is a go-getter who was raised in post-war Britain.
Caitlin’s father notes that his daughter doesn’t do much around the house and will only look after her own belongings
Caitlin spends most of her time on her phone and is obsessed about her Instagram followers.
At 21, she’s had work done on her face, including cheeks and jaw fillers. She’s inspired by the glossy lifestyle of Kim Kardashian.
‘My makeup routine is a nightmare,’ she jokes, adding she regularly has to maintain her hair, her lashes and her nails.
‘I live for the weekend. I get all my friends together and we go out for drinks and then be out until 8am on Saturdays,’ she says. ‘You won’t see me again until Sunday night.
‘I do cook but only for myself, I don’t cook for the house,’ Caitlin admits.
Cailin, who still live with her parents says they accuse her of treating their house ‘like a hotel,’ to which she usually replies: ‘Yeah, I’ll give you a zero on TripAdvisor if you carry one.’
Caitlin has an epiphany while walking Joan’s dogs. As she has to catch up with the two canines who have run away, she realises that Joan wants her to learn about responsibilities
Joan, a fervent feminist, struggles with the idea that young women like Caitlin still present themselves as ‘sexual objects’ in order to attract men’s attention.
Meanwhile Caitlin thinks the elderly spend their time knitting and going to church.
‘I may be like this outside,’ Joan said, ‘but inside I have energy, I have life and I don’t want to be discredited or discounted.’
When the young woman goes to live with Joan, the latter is shocked to find that Caitlin doesn’t know how to iron and is useless around the house, too.
But she warms to her when Caitlin makes sure to take care of Joan’s dog, who runs away at nightfall while on a walk.
The incident is also a wake-up call for Caitlin, who realises her host is trying to teach her responsibility.
Old School for Lazy Kids airs on Wednesday at 9pm on 5Star.