First Day
Season 1, Episode 1
Air date 1st May 2008
Written by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris
Directed by Gordon Anderson
Episode guide
Bunk Off

First Day is the first episode of the first series of The Inbetweeners. It first aired on May 1st, 2008 on E4.


Will arrives at his new school as he can not continue to have private education as his mother has not got enough money. However, his mother explained to the school he was bullied. He goes for a meeting with the other new kids otherwise known as 'The Freaks' and Mr. Gilbert. Will is forced to wear a Big Green Badge. He arrives at his class where he insults Mr. Gilbert without realising he is standing behind him! Mr. Gilbert tells Simon to look after Will despite the fact Simon does not want to.

As Will walks around the school, people begin to call him names (usually referring to the fact that he carries a briefcase) and Simon tries to avoid spending time with him. He decides to go to the toilet where he listens to Simon and his friends Jay and Neil talk about sex. Mark Donovan, the school bully, walks in and tells the three boys to go away. Donovan and his friend spot Will's feet in the cubicle and realise he's doing a poo before proceeding to take photos of him on the toilet which they display all around the school.

We then see Will's mother and the boys comment on how attractive she is - a common feature throughout the show. Will invites himself along to the annual first day of term student gathering at a local pub despite Jay and Neil's protesting.

On arrival at the Pub, Will meets up with Jay, Simon and Neil. They try unsuccessfully to get served and later find out that they are in the wrong pub. After reaching the right pub, Simon is snubbed by his crush Carli D'Amato. Will gets frustrated that he can't get served & tells the barman that everyone in the pub is under age, leading to them all being kicked out. Mr Gilbert walks in when everyone is kicked out. Outside Mark threatens to kill Will and Simon seems to be coming round to the idea of being friends with Will.


Actor Role
Simon Bird Will McKenzie
Joe Thomas Simon Cooper
James Buckley Jay Cartwright
Blake Harrison Neil Sutherland
Greg Davies Mr. Gilbert
Emily Head Carli
Henry Lloyd-Hughes Mark Donovan


  • This is the first appearance of Big John.
  • In a deleted scene, you will met the headmaster.
  • (Goof) In the pub scene, Steve isn't relevant to the plan since Jay's fake ID says he's 18+, so he could buy the carvers and the drinks for the rest of the group.