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for Thursday 12th April.
bounces into the living room at the pub, and tells Stella he'll sort
out the cellar and then go and see Steve about getting his job back.
She tells him to forget the cellar, she doesn't want him doing any
more work at the pub, she can't trust him near the drink and the
money. She also takes his bank cards off him, saying it's all too
tempting for him.
the Platt's, David comes downstairs dressed in an old jumper and
jeans. Gail asks if all the stylists dress as scruffily as that. He
tells her that they do, and Kylie says she thinks he looks great.
Gail asks how much it costs for a cut at his place, and he tells her
it is a whole lot more than at Audrey's. Gail was thinking of making
an appointment, but Kylie tells her it wouldn't do much for his
credibility, his mum turning up. Kylie kisses him goodbye and says
that Audrey will regret sacking David. Gail says Audrey will regret a
lot before she's finished, when Lewis has taken her for everything
she's got, and she's glad the salon is still in David's name. He and
Kylie arrange to meet after work, and off he goes.
on the phone, and turns and asks Carla if she'll pick Simon up from
holiday club. He's been asked to go to a meeting. Reluctantly she
agrees, and when he's finished his call he asks her if it's a
problem. Carla points out that Simon won't be too pleased to see her.
“Well your his mum now, not Leanne,” says Peter (what planet is
this man on??) adding that she shouldn't let Simon see he's getting
to everyone's surprise, Sally walks back into the factory. Fiz is
glad to see her, but Michelle is rather frosty. Carla comes out of
her office, and before she can stop her Sally announces to them all
that she thought it would be a good idea to buy Frank's shares in
order to help Underworld get back on its feet. She's the answer to
Carla's prayers. The look on Carla's face doesn't seem to reflect
somewhat sombre Tommy and Tina return from his granddad's funeral.
Tommy tells her that she's got a big fan in his grandma. He's got
lots of regrets though, thinking that he should have spent more time
with Geoff. She tells him that his granddad must've been happy with
him or he wouldn't have left him all that money. Tommy's been
wondering what to do with it but he assures Tina he's not thinking of
Thailand any more.
goes into David's new place of work and is shocked to see him
sweeping up and being ordered about by the senior stylist. The
stylist, Aaron, turns round and asks if he can help her. Thinking
quickly she says she wants to make an appointment for right now. He
says he's free, but it's David she wanted. She's come to see if he
remembered her, he used to do her hair in Weatherfield. “So if
you're free?” she smiles. David hands the broom and coffee cup to
Aaron and escorts her to a chair.
is just leaving to go and see a solicitor regarding Simon. Stella
says she can't believe Peter is being so unreasonable. Leanne can, he
thinks his word is law regardless of what anyone else thinks,
including Simon. She goes off and Stella then turns to Karl who has
come back in, Steve is out so he's going to go back over there later.
He offers again to do the cellar but she tells him instead to go to
Frescho, and gives him a list and the money, saying she wants a
receipt and the change. Sunita has arrived, and she asks Stella if
she can go a bit early as Dev and the kids are due back. Stella says
she's sure she'll be glad to see them, but Sunita doesn't look quite
and Tyrone are outside the garage when suddenly Tommy pulls up in an
old, very beaten up camper van. They fall about laughing, especially
when he tells them he bought it as a surprise for Tina, he plans to
take her touring this summer!
has finished Kylie's hair and she pulls out a card to pay. Aaron
takes it from her and looks at the name – Kylie Platt! A row then
breaks out as Kylie protests that David is a brilliant stylist and
shouldn't be sweeping floors. She calls Aaron a poser and says that
David is ten times better. The result is that David is sacked and the
two of them leave. “Now what am I going to do?” asks David as
they step out into the street.
is in the taxi office, pleading with Steve for his job back. He says
he knows he was out of order, but it won't happen again. “What if
you'd had an accident?” Steve asks, and says he would be stupid to
give Karl another chance.
tells Sunita and Tina that she can't pay their wages until Monday,
but offers a sub of 30 pounds to Tina to see her through the weekend.
Sunita quietly asks if Stella's going to be all right, and Stella
says she will, but asks that she doesn't say anything to anybody.
and Karl come into the pub, and Karl tells Stella that Steve has
given him his job back. Steve mutters that he's short of experienced
drivers. Stella says that she'll be picking up Karl's wages. Steve
starts to laugh but soon realises she's not joking, and makes a hasty
exit. Karl asks Stella if she had to put the boot in. “I've just
had to tell my staff I can't pay their wages, so if you want to
compare notes on embarrassment, feel free,” snaps Stella.
in the hall putting on her coat to go home to greet Dev and the kids.
Karl comes out and tells her that he's going to try and make a go of
it with Stella, it's the least he can do after all the trouble he's
takes cakes to the factory workers and tells them she wouldn't blame
them if they were wary of her because of her involvement with Frank
Foster. Izzy pushes her cake aside and says she can't help thinking
back a month or two, Sally was singing a different tune then. Fiz
says Sally had her head turned, and Kirk says Frank fooled him too.
Just then Michelle comes along, but refuses a cake when Sally offers
and Kylie go into the Rovers. He wonders where he's going to get
another job from. Kylie points out that he owns a salon. It's his
business, not Audrey's, and he ought to be across there right now
bringing in younger clients. David reflects on this and then says
she's right. “So what are you going to do about it?” she asks.
brings a blindfolded Tina along to see the camper van. When he pulls
the scarf off, she stares, much to the amusement of Tyrone and Kevin.
“Am I supposed to know what that is?” she asks. He tells her that
in a few weeks it will be a mobile palace that can take her to all
the places her dad told her about. Tina is speechless. He tells her
they can travel round Britian and Ireland, even Europe if she wants.
They can do it in her dad's and his granddad's memory. She then says
that this is the most thoughtful thing that anyone has ever done for
her, and kisses him. Tyrone and Kevin look astounded.
comes out of the pub and sees Carla walk past on the other side of
the Street withc Simon, who she has obviously just met from school.
Carla's taking him back to the factory and says he can sit at her
desk if he wants.
the salon, Audrey gets a call from David who wants to meet her for
peace talks. She puts on her scarf while Maria tells her that she's
too soft. Audrey says she just wants all this nonsense to be over.
clipboard in hand, Sally approaches Carla and asks if she's had a
chance to look at the new ideas she put forward. Carla says she
hasn't as yet, but suggests she develops them further. Michelle can
barely contain her disgust and looks the other way. When Sally's
gone, Carla tells Michelle to look on Sally as rich auntie that you
have to put up with because of her money. Simon then appears, saying
that after school he usually has a drink and something to eat. Hayley
jumps up and takes him off for a hot chocolate. “How come Hayley
knows what to do with him and I don't?” mutters Carla.
comes rushing into the salon and tells Maria she's seen Ozzy running
loose in Viaduct Street. She tells Maria she'll watch the salon if
she wants to go and find him. Maria rushes off, and then David comes
in, locks the door and, grinning, kisses his wife!
and the children arrive home. Sunita has prepared a table of food for
the children and they tuck in immediately. Dev asks if anything has
happened while he's been away, but she tells him it's been boring. He
says the holiday was good but would have been better if she'd been
with them. He realises she was right, he takes her for granted, but
from now on things will be different, he's a changed man. “Don't
make promises you can't keep,” she says. He says he means it, he
loves her. He gives her a hug. “And I love you,” she says
down the street, Maria sees Audrey and tells her that Ozzy has run
off. Just then they see Kirk walking along with Ozzy on a lead. Maria
tells them that Kylie told her Ozzy was on the loose. “And David
didn't meet me in the Bistro,” says Audrey. She rushes over to the
salon but can't get in. She bangs on the door and asks David what
he's doing. “Reclaiming what's rightfully mine,” says David. “And
making sure Lewis doesn't get his hands on it,” says Kylie. Audrey
tells them not to be ridiculous but it's no good, they won't open the
door. Kirk offers to break the door down, but Audrey won't let him.
She says she'll be back tomorrow and they'll be out of there. As she
goes to leave Kylie calls her back. “Enjoy your retirement,” she
Welcome to another Friday night, where we begin in the salon. David and
Kylie are both asleep when Gail arrives with their bacon butties for
breakfast. She mentions Audrey’s high blood pressure and the stress they
must be putting on her but Kylie pooh poohs this. “Yeah, and shacking up
with a male escort will do her the world of good.” Owen arrives to
change the locks.
In the street, Leanne meets Ken and discovers that Peter hasn’t told him
she’s banned from seeing Simon.
Owen’s finished fitting the new locks but they don’t have time to lock
them before Audrey comes charging in, demanding to know why Owen didn’t
ask her. He manages to escape so Audrey rounds on David, telling him
he’s not only bitten the hand that feeds him but he’s swallowed it
whole. He’s destroyed 15 years’ worth of her blood, sweat and tears.
David protests that he’s trying to save the business for her.
Tommy’s in the VW Kombi van. It’s pouring out so much smoke I suspect
it’s the one we took round Europe in 1984 with a re-spray. Nick comes
over to the garage and tells Tommy you can smell the exhaust in Victoria
Street. Tommy plans to take the van on its maiden voyage, taking Tina
for a countryside run. Tyrone and Kevin laugh at the very idea. Tyrone
tells him it’s a money pit. “You said it was a death trap a few minutes
ago. Make up your mind!”
Peter goes to see Ken to ask if Simon can go there after school and for
his tea. Ken tells him he’s wrong to ban Leanne from seeing Simon but
Peter’s determined. He says Leanne’s been trying to turn Simon against
Carla. Ken points out that banning Simon from seeing Leanne won’t make
him love Carla any more.
Stella is on Leanne’s side. While she and Leanne talk, Karl says he’s
going out for a paper. On his way out, Sunita asks if he can bring up
some mixers but he points out he’s no longer working there. Neither of
them notices St Ella watching what’s going on.
Tommy and Tina are in the van. It doesn’t start first go but soon they
are off, to a barrage of heckling from Tyrone and Kevin. And as they
turn from the garage forecourt on to the street the engine farts and dies.
At the bistro, Audrey tells Nick and Gail and Lewis about the locks
being changed, against a background of Gail snarling at Lewis. Lewis
tells Gail she should show some respect to her mother. Nick is sick of
Audrey and Lewis leave the bistro with Lewis wondering whether they
should revise their holiday plans, but Audrey refuses to let David force
her into that. They meet Rita, who has been to the salon only to be told
that Audrey doesn’t work there any more. She doesn’t want her hair
touched by anyone else but Lewis says Audrey can’t do much with
premises. Audrey isn’t so sure about that – and she’s looking directly
at Mary’s motorhome.
In the Kabin, Mary’s busy putting magazines on the shelves and singing
that old Musical Youth number, Pass The Dutchie.” Audrey startles her
into silence and asks questions about the motorhome. Mary gets very
defensive. She’s got a perfect right to park it where it is. And of
course it’s got water and electricity. Audrey wants to hire it. “Are you
going on holiday?” asks Norris. “No, Norris, I’m going to work!” Audrey
Tyrone’s got his head in the Kombi’s engine compartment – a position
familiar to all Kombi owners (There’s no point in writing in – I write
from bitter experience and won’t be changing my mind). It seems Tommy
didn’t even look at the engine before buying the van. Tyrone thinks the
kindest thing would be to let it die with dignity. Tommy pushes past to
have a look for himself and just succeeds in spraying himself with oil.
Mary’s moved the motorhome to directly in front of the salon, which
brings Kylie and David out shouting about it blocking the salon’s light.
Mary gets out of the driver’s door, slams it shut and locks it, to
Kylie’s horror. She’s even more horrified when Audrey emerges from the
back of the motorhome and announces she’ll be using it as her own salon.
She’s even got her first customer, Rita. The two go inside the vehicle
and shut the door. David’s face is a picture but Kylie tells him: “One
punter who happens to be her best mate don’t mean nothing!”
In the pub, Stella takes Sunita aside and tells her not to worry about
Karl. She noticed how short he was with Sunita earlier. She asks Sunita
whether Karl has told her anything about what’s going on with him.
Stella knows there’s something. Sunita denies knowing any of Karl’s
secrets and Stella says Sunita must let her know if he gives her any
The bistro is so full that Lewis talks to Nick about the possibility of
expanding into the empty unit next door. Tommy and Tina arrive. Tommy
hopes to salvage the afternoon by treating Tina to a nice meal but
there’s no room at the bistro. Even when Tommy passes Lewis a folded
note there’s no joy. Especially when Lewis points out it’s a receipt for
Nuts magazine. Tommy scrabbles around for the tenner he meant to hand
over and makes excuses to Tina. “It was an old receipt . . .” But she’s
had enough and heads off to the Rovers for a butty.
Peter and Owen chat outside the betting shop. Peter’s unsure whether
he’s doing the right thing by Simon but Owen assures him that being a
Dad isn’t about popularity.
David is going on about whether celebrity hairdresser Nicky Clarke had
this much trouble with his family when Kylie, who has been keeping watch
through the venetians, spots something and drags him outside. The
something is Emily. Just as Audrey steps out to welcome her into the
motorhome, Kylie and David point out that Emily is in their appointment
book. Audrey points out she always does Emily’s hair. “Yeah, well, I
wouldn’t brag about it,” sneers Kylie, looking at Emily’s hair. “No
offence,” she tells Emily as an afterthought. But it’s too late. Emily’s
offended and moves towards the motorhome but Kylie grabs her by the arm.
Audrey grabs the other. “She’s mine!” There follows a tussle which only
finishes when Emily manages to escape, telling them she’s nobody’s and
“I don’t want my hair done by either of you!”
Ken arrives home with Simon but won’t let him have a treat before his
tea. Simon says “Mum” always used to let him have something when he got
in. He then becomes quite weepy and wonders what he’s done to upset
Leanne. He has friends whose parents have separated and they still see
both parents. Ken relents and sends him into the kitchen to get a
biscuit while Ken makes a phone call.
Kylie and David are depressed when they see another customer go to
Audrey’s temporary salon. Kylie says they have to attract a younger
crowd and make the salon funkier. David has to take ownership of it.
Simon’s reading Pinocchio when Leanne arrives. He hugs her very tightly.
In the pub, Sunita warns Karl that Stella knows there’s something going
on but not what. She thinks it might be best if she stopped working there.
David says farewell to someone – it’s a signwriter who has just put a
bally great “Under new management” sign on the salon’s window. Audrey’s
aghast but Kylie doesn’t think she’s getting the message. “This is our
The end of the first episode.
Friday April 13, 2012 8:30 p.m.
Written by: Chris Fewtrell
Directed by: John Anderson
Starting up where we left off in the last episode, Audrey is ranting at David and Kylie about the 'Under New Management' lettering on the Salon window. The row moves inside the Salon, along with Lewis who has just arrived. David tells Audrey that they are about to give the Salon a complete makeover, which upsets her all over again, and she accuses him of ruining her business. David retorts that he is not ruining it as much as Lewis would have had he been given half a chance. Lewis protests that he cares very much for Audrey, and has no designs whatsoever on her business.
Kylie joins in the attack on Lewis by telling him that she knows he is just upset because they have spoiled his little nest-egg. "It's MY nest-egg" pleads Audrey, but it falls on deaf ears. Lewis leads her outside to calm her down.
In the Rovers, Tommy is still taking a ribbing from Tyrone over his clapped out camper van. But Kirsty tackles Tyrone instead about still having the Pinup Calendar on display in the garage. Tyrone blusters that it belongs to Kevin, and that he's tried to get him to take it down, but he won't listen.
Tina appears, and Tommy apologises to her for the missed lunch. Tina is fine about it, and tells him she will let him off seeing as how his van has blown up. Tyrone then swings right back into old car jokes, like "why has your camper van got a heated rear windscreen?". Tommy has heard that one before, and tiredly groans "To keep me 'ands warm while I'm pushing it". Kirsty tells Tyrone to stop kicking a man when he's down, but Tommy assures them that he's not down, and that his campervan will rise again. "Just before it's dropped into the crusher", laughs Tyrone.
Back in the Salon, Kylie is in the process of hiring Owen to remove Audrey's sign from the window. He has a few misgivings about that, as he is worried about Audrey's reaction. Kylie assures him that Audrey has no say in the matter, and asks if he wants the job or not. Money is money, so Owen takes the task on.
David on the other hand is having an attack of guilt, and tells Kylie after Owen leaves that they are maybe going too far, because taking Audrey's name down will really hurt her. Kylie dares him not to go soft on her, and reminds him that Audrey sacked them both without a second thought for the child they have to support. David is still wavering, so she sticks the boot in, and reminds him that they are doing Audrey a favour by saving her from Lewis. Kylie presses on that they have to take it all the way if they are going to achieve anything, and that includes taking Audrey's name down. David is obviously going to cave in, but still has the decency to look a bit uncomfortable about it.
Peter arrives home to find the room filled with candles and dinner on the table. "Have we had a power cut?" he asks Carla. She sexily helps him off with his coat, and whispers that as Simon is having his tea over the road, she thought they might make the most of it. He is surprised to say the least that she might have gone to the trouble of cooking an exotic meal, but she admits she picked up a takeaway, but she has been keeping it warm, and by her attitude, I would say the food isn't the only thing that's a little warm either! Peter gets the message, and decides he is more than willing to take anything and everything that is on offer.
While they are preoccupied, Leanne is in her element playing a game of 'Guess Who' with Simon, who is obviously also in his element to have his Mum there. Leanne is no match for Simon, who beats her soundly. Ken then intervenes and suggests it's time Leanne was making tracks, she hugs Simon, and he begs her to please come back very soon. She promises to try.
On the way out, she asks Ken if she can see him again. Ken is not sure, as it puts him in such a difficult position, but tells her he will think about it. She thanks him for this visit, and kisses him on the cheek.
A shaken Audrey is finishing her drink in the Rovers, and Rita, who is there with Norris, asks her if she is feeling better. She replies that she would like to keep drinking to oblivion. She is still obviously hurt and angry about the 'Under new Management' sign, and can't believe her own family would treat her this way. Norris being Norris remarks that Audrey's family make the Borgia's look like the Walton's. Lewis shuts him up by saying this is just a hairdressing salon, not the papacy, which affronts Audrey, as she feels he is trivialising her problems. He assures her he isn't, but feels it is not important enough to risk her health for.
Rita agrees with him, and tells Audrey that she is on her side, and is all for her getting her salon back, but she must look after her blood pressure. Audrey agrees that if she was on a monitor right now, it would probably be sky high. She goes on to beat herself up about putting the salon into David's name in the first place, and remarks that people probably thought she was out of her mind at the time. Norris is in the throes of agreeing with her, when he receives a swift kick under the table, and Rita assures her that everybody knows she only did it to take care of her Grandson after she goes, and to give him some stability while she is alive. She goes on to assure her that it was a well meant gesture. Lewis agrees, and tells her she must stop blaming herself, as the blame lies solely with David and Kylie.
Stella is collecting glasses from the smoking area, and is holding up a glass in disgust. Sunita appears, and Stella asks her why men always have the compulsion to throw their fag ends into the dregs of their beer. (I have often wondered why they do that too, such a disgusting habit! My mother used to own a café, and know first hand that some throw them into the dregs of their tea too! Ugh!) Anyway, Sunita is not there to discuss men's bad habits, but to hand in her notice.
Stella wants to know why, and she replies that it's just not working out for her, what with juggling shifts with the kids etc. Stella counters that she knows full well why, she knows that it is because of Karl. Just as a stricken look comes into Sunita's eyes, Stella clarifies by saying she knows it was because of the way Karl had spoken to her earlier in the day, and she is not to worry, because she will mark his cards about that. She will not accept Sunita's resignation, saying she will sort it, and she really needs her to stay. Sunita finds herself agreeing to stay on.
Back inside, the subject is still David and Kylie round the table. Rita tells Audrey that she feels the problem lies more with Kylie than David, that she brings out the worst in him. (I don't know about that, he wasn't doing too bad on his own before he ever laid eyes on Kylie). Anyway, Norris agrees with Rita, and remarks that Kylie makes her sister look like Doris Day - in fact she is practically feral. LOL!! Lewis agrees, and remarks that she would have better table manners had she been raised by wolves.
Audrey is now sounding defeated. She admits she cannot go on cutting hair in Mary's campervan, as it is less than ideal, and that David and Kylie have the law on their side. Rita is not having that, and tells her that she has 'right' on her side, and everyone from round there agrees that all the time her name is over that Salon door.... (oh dear), Mary, who has appeared from nowhere, interrupts right there, and tells Audrey she has just seen Owen taking her sign down.
Audrey rushes across the road and is horrified to see her name gone from the window. No longer defeated, her dander is now well and truly up, and she declares that this is now all out war!
After the break a triumphant Kylie is serving up a brew to David, and they are speculating on what they will call their Salon. David suggests 'Plaits' (as in Platt's), but Kylie's not keen on that, for a start, she thinks it has to be spelled differently to their name, but is not sure, and besides, it sounds as if they would be catering to little kids. She would rather have something more sophisticated like 'KD Hair Design'. David's not keen on that, because it would make people think of KD Lang, and would probably only appeal to Sophie Webster. He doesn't get much chance to follow that train of thought any further because his Gran and Lewis burst into the Salon, virtual guns blazing, and ask the young dynamic duo what they think they are doing.
Kylie tells her they were just thinking about what to call themselves, and asks Audrey if she has any ideas. Now if this went out after the watershed, I think Audrey might had told her, but as it doesn't, she just says "Yes, I can think of plenty, lady!" Audrey is now screaming angry, and demands to know what they were thinking of to remove her sign. Kylie smugly tells her that it's not personal, but business. She goes on to tell her that Marks & Spencer probably kept their name after they snuffed it because it was history. but in Audrey's case, she's just history.
Audrey doesn't see the nail file in Kylie's hand, she sees a red rag, and blows her top. When David tries to speak, she shouts him down, and tells him that she has done more for him over the years than any other Grandmother would have ever done, and this is how he repays her. On a roll now, she removes her coat, grabs what looks like a large file, and starts to scrape off the 'Under New Management' sign from the window. Kylie shrieks that this is criminal damage and is going to call the police. David first tries to stop Kylie, then tries to stop his Gran, but Lewis blocks his way, as we can hear Kylie speaking to the police in the background.
Ken is getting Simon ready to go home. They are having a discussion about the size of Ken's nose, as to whether it is big or not. Simon declares that it is bigger than his, which Ken concedes, but wants to know if it is extra big. Simon decides that it kind of suits his face, and that people are unlikely to stop and stare at it in the street, so Ken has to settle for that. Simon is still bubbling happy about seeing Leanne the previous evening, but Ken decides he had better warn him not to mention it to his father. Simon can't understand why, and asks what he should do if Peter asks him what he has been doing. So Ken tries to explain that it would only be a white lie, and asks if he knows what that is. Simon certainly does, and asks if it's like a woman asking her husband if her bum looks big, and the husband tells her it's not. Ken smiles, and tells him that indeed it is something like that. Simon agrees, but tells him that it's a good job they are not like Pinocchio, or they would both have big noses!
Tyrone is still cracking bad campervan jokes in the Rovers, like "How do you triple the value of your campervan instantly?" Tommy has heard that one too, and groans "You fill it up with petrol". Kirsty is getting tired of hearing them and tells Tyrone to get some drinks in. Tommy immediately tells him that he will get them. Kirsty tells Tina that she has a good one in Tommy, that he has been buying their drinks all night, glaring at Tyrone and says it's a good job that she at least has been on orange juice. Tommy replies that the drinks are not on him, but are on his Granddad, and they all raise their glasses to Jeff.
Ken has Simon home now, and the latter has been sent to brush his teeth, while Carla has nipped to the factory for a file. Ken takes the opportunity of trying to get through to his son about Leanne. He tells him he should be doing what is right for Simon, by allowing him to see her. Peter is adamant that he just needs time to adjust, and will get used to Carla quicker if he is not being confused by seeing Leanne. Ken advises him that the lad has a very close bond with Leanne, and if he breaks that, he could be breaking a whole lot more. He asks why he is going down that road when he doesn't have to. Peter insists that it is necessary, but can't elaborate as Simon appears and shows him his clean teeth. Peter remarks that it's nice to see him smiling again, and that he will have to ask Granddad what his secret is. Ken looks guilty, but mutters it was nothing special, they just played a game. Simon, seems to be enjoying this game of lying, and tells Peter that he won. Peter asks "Did he give you a kicking eh Granddad?" Ken, mutters he supposes so, but looks uncomfortable when Simon mimes a growing nose behind Peter's back.
Back in the Salon, Audrey is still ranting and scraping away at the letters on the window. She tells Kylie that once she gets the Salon back, she will bequeath it to the Weatherfield Dog's Home in her will. (Now that would be a first, we have never had a dog groomers on the Street before! Hey! Now that could give Kirkeh a meaningful job! I really like that idea.)
Lewis offers to take a turn at the scraping, but Audrey turns him down, telling him she is finding it quite therapeutic. Kylie is angry, and wants Audrey to get over there and stop her, any way he has to. David tells her he can't get physical with her, as she is his Gran. Audrey bristles now every time he refers to her as his Gran, she wants no part of him, and tells him not to be so squeamish, as a punch in the face would be akin to an olive branch considering what he has done to her already.
Oh dear, Mr. Plod the policeman arrives, and wants to know what is going on. Kylie's version is that a mad woman is attacking her front window with her best nail file. Audrey's version is that she is removing the graffiti from 'her' front window. The officer tells Audrey to put the file down, which serves to raise Audrey's voice up yet another octave, and refuses, frantically scraping. He asks her name, and she squeaks "Roberts, it's Roberts, my husband used to be Mayor, and he would be turning in his grave about now". The policeman is not impressed with who her husband used to be, and tells her again to put down the file. Again Audrey refuses, and Kylie is chirping in the background that he should be arresting her, as she is obviously drunk. David is sitting looking very upset at the turn of events.
Even Lewis is now urging Audrey to co-operate with the police, but the officer has had enough of Mr. Nice Guy, and pushes him aside, and moves in on Audrey, demanding she hand over the file. He places his hands on her shoulders, which startles her, and she whips around, sending the policeman off his balance, and he falls into a tall cabinet, and goes down, cabinet and all. Oh dear, this is not going to improve his disposition is it?
Tina arrives home to find Tommy laughing his head off at a 10 pin bowling chimp on TV. She wants to know where the big TV set has come from, so he tells her he bought it for £600. Her flabber is totally ghasted, and asks if it brings them a brew in the morning for that price. She tells him there was nothing wrong with the old telly, and what was he thinking? He looks crestfallen, and tells her he thought she would be pleased. She explains that she is touched that he wanted to do something nice for her, but it bothers her to see him squandering Jeff's money on gadgets they don't need and rounds of drinks. She assures him that with her especially, he doesn't have to buy affection. He asks what is the good of having money if you can't spend it, and Tina replies that there are better things to spend it on. She then says "We, no I mean you should be making plans for the future". He tells her he liked it better when it was "We", and she replies that she didn't want him to think she was making plans for his money. He tells her that as long as the plans are being made for the two of them, he is fine with it.
Things have become pretty ugly in the salon now. The officer is pulling himself back together, and Audrey is apologising to him, telling him she really didn't mean to push him, that she just got carried away. He is not impressed with her explanation however, and tells her she can save her excuses for the station. Lewis tries reasoning with him, but it falls on deaf ears, and Audrey is charged with Criminal Damage and Assaulting a Police Officer. Kylie can barely keep a straight face, she is so delighted, but David at least has the good grace to look horrified.
Ken arrives at the Rovers to have a word with Leanne. He breaks the news to her that it was too much for him to watch Simon lying to his father, and he hates lying to his own son too, and feels they cannot have a repeat visit. Leanne is devastated, and begs Ken to reconsider. He tells her that he doesn't agree with Peter at all, but cannot be put in that position any more. Poor Leanne is left heartbroken.
Norris, Mary and Rita are leaving the Rovers, and spy the police car across the road. They of course are speculating on the turn of events, and Mary states that she will be so glad when it's all over, because the hair is getting everywhere in her home, says she picked up an apple and it was more like a kiwi fruit, but then gets a dirty look from Rita when she elaborates to say that the 'kiwi fruit' was mainly orange hair.
Just then they are shocked to see Audrey being led out of the Salon under arrest. As she is being bundled into the car, she shoots a glare of hatred in David's direction and tells him that this is the end of things between the two of them, from now on, they are finished! David turns to Lewis and begs him to tell his Gran he is sorry, that he didn't mean it to go this far, but Lewis gives him short shrift, saying the whole thing is his fault. Kylie immediately contradicts him, and tells David that none of it is his fault, all he did was stand up for himself, and she is dead proud of him. However, David doesn't look exactly proud of himself as he watches his Gran being driven away.
Written by Debbie Oates Directed by Durno Johnston
With a heavy heart, I bring you tonight's update. We shall finally
hear of the passing of dear Betty Williams.
We open at the end of the Street. There's a new sign on the unit in
the viaduct next to the Bistro and workers unloading gear. Nick
observes that it looks like a new bar, competition! Eva thinks he
should try to buy the place but he reckons it's too late. Nick sees
David and Kylie and calls out but David ignores him. Nick was hoping
to guilt trip David since Audrey has been at the police station
wondering if she's going to be charged. Across the road, Sunita is
helping Dev unload the car. Stella and Karl come out of the Kabin and
chat too Nick about the new bar's sign. Karl watches Dev and Sunita
laugh together over their task. Dev invites Sunita to a nice lunch.
They seem happy, much to Karl's chagrin.
In the cafe, the Barlow juniors are having breakfast. Simon asks Roy
what today's special is and is not best pleased to hear it's liver and
onions. He was looking for an alternative as to where to have his tea,
you see. Peter suggests having it at home but that's rubbish according
to our erstwhile food critic. He and Roy confer again, with Simon
suggesting Roy start with a new special. Carla offers to talk Peter
into letting the lad go to his granddad's for tea, basically as a
bribe to try to get him to like her. Peter sighs with frustration. At
another table, Tommy and Tina are talking about furniture placement in
the flat. Tommy comes up with a surprise, he wants to buy the flat!
Rita's been baking. She tells Dennis that Betty's son, Gordon, is
going to take her and Emily to see Betty so she's made a carrot cake.
Norris brings out a large carton of leftover Easter eggs, grumbling
about the overage stock. Leanne comes in just as Norris mentions
they'll have to be marked down to half price eventually. Rita lets
Leanne have one cheap now assuming it's for Simon. Leanne whispers it
is but will have to talk Ken into giving it to him as she's still
banned from seeing Simon.
At the police station, Audrey is done with the police. She's got off
with a caution and bickers a bit with the sergeant. Lewis is there to
collect her. Audrey feels humiliated and is in a bad mood and isn't
happy about having to plead guilty to get the caution.
In the salon, Kylie is putting up new photos. Gail comes in and asks
David to sort things out with Audrey. David is reluctant and would
only do it if Audrey backs down, insisting he's not going to sign the
salon over while Lewis is around. Gail points out it's all out of hand
and he needs to sort it out. David insists the salon stays in his
name. End of.
Tommy wants to take an early dinner to go to the bank. Jason greets
them and Tommy tells him about the mortgage and wants to buy the flat.
Jason is chuffed but snickers because he's covered the camper with
Audrey comes back to the salon. She turns down the loud music and
shouts at David and insults Kylie and threatens to get back what's
rightfully hers. She orders David to sign back the salon or else.
Ken is in the pub when Leanne comes in. Ken admits he hates to keep
her away from Simon but he's stuck in the middle. Leanne tells Ken
that she saw Simon at the playground looking really dejected and sad.
She's worked on his emotions and when Leanne presents the Easter egg
to him, Ken admits Simon will be at Number 1 after school and she can
give it to him then.
In another booth, Emily and Rita chat to Dennis about visiting Betty.
They're waiting for Gordon who comes in just as Rita gets up and walks
into him. Gordon looks shattered. Rita takes him to the booth to sit
down. It's clear he's upset and when Emily asks if something's wrong
with Betty, he breaks the sad news that Betty died in her sleep.
Gordon speaks softly. He'd been half expecting it for a long time but
it's still a shock. He tells them that they had a nice weekend
together with lots of laughs. Ken has joined them by now as well. He
relates that Betty was reading a childhood favourite book of his, Five
Children and It, and she was determined to finish it. She took it to
bed with her and when he went to bed himself, he noticed her light was
still on so he checked on her. She was there with the book open to the
last page, but was gone. He recalls how peaceful she looked and how he
sat there until it was light. Ken asks if the undertakers have been.
They have and Emily offers to go to the registry office with him to
register the death. Tina brings over a tray of drinks, on her, telling
them Betty was her mate, too. Rita, with tears on her cheeks, says she
will be missed.
Audrey is complaining to Nick in the Bistro about David. She makes a
valid point that even if Lewis is out for her money (he objects!) it's
still her money to decide, not David's. It's nobody else's business.
Nick tells them that Gail had a word with David who might be willing
to meet them half way but Audrey won't have any of it. Lewis has an
idea and leaves. Gail arrives, looking upset. Audrey starts in on her
but Gail finally interrupts her to tell her the news about Betty.
Rita and Dennis come out of the pub. Rita is still shaky. She tells
him about her relationship with Betty, the advice, the laughs, the
support. Rita sobs, hoping Betty knew how important she was to her
friends. Dennis is sure she did and it went both ways. He promises to
take care of her.
In the pub, Tina tells Jason about Betty and even he's a bit sad. They
chat a bit about Tommy buying the flat when Owen comes in looking for
Tommy. Seems the camper van is in the way and he needs it shifting
because it's in the way of a delivery. The new boss is going to be
Sunita has come in for her wages and Stella asks her if she can work
later and tells her that Betty was one of the first ones to accept her
in the pub. She reckons there will be a lot of people coming in once
the news really spreads. Sunita does have something to do but promises
to be back later after lunch with Dev. Stella makes a remark about a
woman always needing to have her own money in case her fella lets her
down, knowing Karl is listening from a booth nearby. She goes into the
back, leaving Karl and Sunita to talk. He thought she was quitting but
she couldn't and said she'll stay out of his way. He thinks he can
handle it if she can. He watches her go.
In the cafe, Norris is looking down, sad about Betty of course. Mary
makes a few ill thought remarks as per usual. Norris is upset and
feeling that as his older friends pass on, he feels his mortality
looming over his shoulder. Carla arrives for a sandwich. When Leanne
spots her she charges out, followed by Carla who tries to defend
Peter's stance on Simon. She does think Peter's right for the time
being though she also thinks once things settle down, Simon should be
allowed to see Leanne. Leanne isn't too thrilled with that idea.
Lewis has made a scurrilous sign propped up on the pavement between
the salon and the camper-van/salon, with "Amateur" and an arrow
pointing to the old salon and "Professional" pointing to the camper
van. Kylie growls and hisses a bit and runs back inside to tell David.
He pulls her back from property damage saying he's got a plan.
Down the road, Owen and Jason are supervising a breakdown truck in the
process of hooking up Tommy's camper van to be hauled away. Tyrone
shouts at them and argues with Owen but Tommy comes around the corner
just then, saying he's going to be able to get a mortgage. A car
drives up, Owen says it's the new gaffer. Tommy and Owen shout at each
other and the new owner of the bar gets out of the car. OhmyGod it's
Terry Duckworth! Owen promises things are being sorted. Jason doesn't
seem to recognize him and Tommy certainly doesn't. He and Terry
exchange words and Tommy shoves Terry. The two of them get into a
fight with Tommy getting the worst of it. Tyrone comes back around and
is stunned. "Terry???!!!" he exclaims. Tommy is surprised Tyrone knows
this "goon". Tyrone tells him, "Tommy, this is your dad!".
Written by Debbie Oates and directed by Durno Johnstone
The episode opens with Tommy picking himself up from the cobbles after being
knocked flat by his father. “Are you my Dad?” asks Tommy incredulously. But
all Terry cares about is getting Tommy to move his wreck of a camper van
which is in the way of the builders. When Fiz and Sally emerge from the
factory and catch sight of Terry they get short shrift from him. Terry
drives off, leaving Tommy standing bewildered on the street. He has to ask
Ty to confirm that it really was his Dad.
Gordon and Emily go into the Kabin. They’re in sombre mood having just
returned from registering Betty’s death. Rita is full of sympathy and tells
Gordon how Stella has suggested they all gather in the Rovers to have a
drink in Betty’s honour. Gordon’s concerned about them closing the shop but
Rita reassures him that people would far sooner be remembering Betty than
buying a newspaper.
In the café, Ty and Tommy are discussing Terry’s sudden appearance. Tommy is
desperate to see the good side of the situation and suggests Terry might
have intended to turn up and surprise him and then get to know him. Ty tells
him that if that’s the case, he’d run for the hills if he was in Tommy’s
shoes. At that moment Tina comes in and wants to know if what she’s heard
about Terry turning up is true. She asks if he was looking for Tommy and Ty
replies that he was looking for a scrap. “So are you, Tyrone” retorts Tommy
who is upset with the way Ty keeps putting his Dad down. He refuses to see
what a good-for-nothing low –life his father really is.
Leanne arrives at Ken and Deirdre’s for her secret rendezvous with Simon who
is thrilled to see her. Ken tells Leanne how he hates lying to Peter and
making Simon lie too but he agrees that Simon needs to see her. He goes off
to the pub for Betty’s drinks and tells Leanne that Peter isn’t due back
until seven but he’ll return by six to be on the safe side.
Rita and Audrey are on the way to the pub and Rita is lamenting the fact
that she didn’t go to see Betty the day before. As Audrey is in the middle
of trying to reassure Rita that she shouldn’t be so hard on herself as she
couldn’t see into the future she’s distracted by the sight of a sign outside
the salon. It shows an arrow pointing towards Mary’s camper van with the
word “Professional” and one pointing towards the salon with the word
“Amateur”. Lewis pops his head out of the van window to explain that it’s
his handiwork but Rita soon puts a dampener on his boyish enthusiasm when
she tells him the news about Betty. Audrey is close to tears with all the
upset and says that maybe she should simply call David and suggest they
start again but Rita is the voice of reason and tells her that she should
put all that aside for one evening and go and have a drink to Betty as
planned. The ladies head off for the pub and Lewis goes to move the sign but
not before Kylie comes running out of the salon shouting that he’s only
doing it so that he can then accuse Kylie and David of nicking his sign.
In the pub things are getting busy. Sunita arrives for her shift but there’s
no sign of Tina. Karl offers to help out but Stella tells him she doesn’t
want him near the bar. Then Steve asks if he can pull a few pints for old
time’s sake and Stella happily agrees. Karl doesn’t look impressed and
tells Sunita that Stella is treating him like the cabin boy on her ship.
Steve serves Ken and, while they’re talking about Betty, Steve remembers
that there used to be a lovely photo of her behind the bar when he lived in
Over at their usual table, Rita and the gang are also talking about Betty.
Emily reveals that, when she and Gordon went to the Register Office, he
mentioned that he was thinking of holding the funeral in London. Everyone
is totally shocked by this suggestion and, as Rita points out, Cyril is
buried near Weatherfield and Betty would certainly have wanted to be laid to
rest with him. Rita decides that they’ll have to raise the subject with
Gordon and the sooner the better.
Back in the café, Tommy is still trying to stick up for his Dad while Ty
tries to get him to understand how awful he really is. Kevin comes in
demanding to know why the garage has been abandoned and the tools have all
been left lying out for anyone to take. He can’t believe his ears when Tina
tells him it’s because Terry Duckworth has turned up. “Even more reason to
lock up the tools,” says Kevin, much to Tommy’s annoyance. When he looks
like he’s about to thump Kevin, Tina persuades Tommy to leave the café.
Outside Ty tries to tell Tommy he’s better off without Terry and to remind
him that Geoff and Doreen were like his parents. But Tommy isn’t listening
and Tina tells Ty that he has a right to sees his Dad. Ty insists he’s just
trying to protect Tommy but the row escalates and Tommy questions whether
Jack and Vera were really the saints which Ty makes them out to have been.
Tommy finally pushes Ty over the edge and, just as he’s about to hit him, Ty
reveals that Terry actually sold Tommy to Geoff and Doreen when he was a
Tommy and Tina are now back in the flat and discussing the latest
revelation. Tina tries to reassure Tommy that Jack and Vera were well known
for their tall stories but it has set Tommy thinking. He’s clearly wondering
if it could be true and recalls how Geoff and Doreen never had any money
when he was growing up. He reveals that the only time Geoff hit him was when
he threatened to go off and find his dad and how he was told that they had
sacrificed everything for him and that’s why they had nothing. He wishes
he’d thanked Geoff while he still had the chance. When Tommy tells Tina that
he needs to find out if it’s true that his dad sold him she tells him to
call Terry, pointing out that his dad won’t be around forever.
Sally, Kevin and Fiz walk into the Rovers together. They’re also discussing
the hot topic of the unwelcome appearance of Terry Duckworth. Sally comments
to Sunita that it’s unusually busy in the pub and she breaks the news to
them that it’s because Betty has just died.
Gordon is sitting with Rita and the usual suspects, reminiscing about his
mother. He’s regretting the fact that she didn’t live closer to him and
saying how much easier it would have been to see more of her if she’d lived
round the corner. They even manage to have a laugh about the abrupt way she
would sometimes speak to people. “She once called me an interfering weasel,”
chuckles Norris as the others exchange glances showing their agreement with
Betty’s sentiment. Emily then manages to steer the conversation around to
the topic of the funeral and suggests to Gordon that Betty would have wanted
to be laid to rest with Cyril. He admits that all he really knew about her
wishes was that she wanted to be buried rather than cremated and she didn’t
want people wearing black at her funeral.
At Ken and Deirdre’s, Leanne is making Simon a sandwich when Ken comes back
to ask if she’d like to pop over to the Rovers for a drink to Betty. She
replies that she’ll be going over later and then tells Ken she spoke to
Simon about Betty. She says he was quite upset but then adds that he’s
feeling very vulnerable at the moment. Just then they hear the front door
open but realise to their horror that it’s Peter and Carla coming back
early. Leanne just has time to grab her coat and hide in the kitchen. As
they’re chatting we can see Peter’s hand resting right next to Leanne’s bag
which she’s left on the side. Simon picks up on this so asks to go home. He
has to turn his whining up a notch when Peter offers to take out the rubbish
and heads towards the kitchen. Finally they leave and Leanne emerges from
her hiding place.
Out in the street Jason is explaining to Gary why Tommy didn’t know Terry
was his dad when he turned up earlier. Owen comes out and Gary asks whether
they’re short-handed on the new job. It would seem they are so Owen tells
him to get into the van and they’ll talk about it over at the yard. At that
moment Tina comes over and asks Owen if he has the number of the man he’s
working for. “Ask him yourself” says Owen as Terry steps out of the building
they’re renovating. He’s accompanied by a man who we learn is a councillor
but who asks Terry to call him on his mobile next time, not the office
phone. Quite clearly there’s something fishy going on.
Tina attempts to speak to Terry but when he tells her it’s not a good time
to talk she follows him inside the building. She tries to get Terry to
understand that Tommy wants to get to know him but he makes it perfectly
clear he wants nothing to do with his son. Just as she’s about to walk away,
Tina turns back and asks Terry if he sold his son to his grandparents. He
tries to laugh it off, gets nasty and then says of course he didn’t and
growls at her to get out before he calls the police.
In the Rovers Stella has found the photograph of Betty which was tucked away
in a cupboard. It gets passed around for everyone to admire. Gordon asks
for a copy and he’s told he can keep that one and they’ll get another one
made to hang behind the bar. He says they would run out of wall space if
they hung up pictures of all the barmaids who had ever worked there but Rita
gently points out that Gordon doesn’t realise how important his mum was to
them. They talk some more about how special Betty was and then raise their
glasses in her memory. Gordon turns to Emily and says that maybe she’s
right and that she belongs up in Weatherfield and should be buried there and
not down in London. He thanks everyone for being there and for sharing his
mum’s life and they raise their glasses again.
Out in the street, Simon is in a cheerful mood. Carla comments to Peter that
he actually made eye contact with her and Peter agrees that he’s brighter
than he’s seen him in ages. He asks Carla if she’ll now admit that he was
right and that keeping him apart from Leanne has obviously done some good.
Audrey comes out of the pub with Lewis and Rita and notices that the light
is still on in the salon. As she goes over, intending to have a chat with
David, Kylie emerges, accompanied by a policeman. He asks if she’s Audrey
Roberts and then serves her with a “first instance harassment warning”.
Lewis and Rita look shocked as the policeman explains that it means Audrey
can’t go near “Mr. Platt’s business” or to approach David and Kylie.
Despite Lewis telling her not to, Audrey signs the form and says she’s done
fighting. Rita tells Audrey she’s going to go and have a drink with her but
before leaving she turns back to David and Kylie to give them a piece of her
mind. She says that Audrey was about to go and see them to try and sort
things out and that that is what you do when a dear friend dies: you try to
fix things. David asks which friend and Rita tells him it’s Betty. “Ah
well, she were ancient, weren’t she?” observes Kylie. “Shut up, Kylie,”
Tina goes back to the flat where Tommy thinks she’s been to see Stella. She
explains she actually went to see his dad instead. Tommy wants to know if
what Tyrone said was true and Tina admits that she thinks it might be. His
instant response is that they should pack a rucksack and leave together on
the first ferry to France. Tina points out he can’t just run away. There’s
her job to think about for a start, not to mention Betty’s funeral. But
Tommy doesn’t want to listen to common sense and says that if she won’t come
he’ll have to go on his own. He says he can’t stay there, not now Terry’s
around. “I’m sorry Tina, I’ve got to go, soon as,” are his final words on
the update for Thursday 19th April.
and Tommy are chatting about their travel plans when Jason comes in
and asks if they're going on holiday. Tommy tells him it's more than
a holiday, they're going to take a year out and go travelling. “But
you are still buying the flat?” asks Jason. Tommy says he's sorry
but there's been a change of plan, and he'll talk about it later.
Then he rushes off to work. When he's gone, Tina tells Jason that
it's down to Terry turning up out of the blue, Tommy can't get away
is leaning on the back of the truck, reading the paper. “Oi you!”
Terry's dulcet tones ring out as he comes over and tells Gary to
start unloading. “The name's Gary,” says Gary, “and I only take
orders from my boss.” At that moment Owen gets out of the the
truck cab, and tells him that as far as the boss is concerned,
they'll get moving as soon as he gets the cash for the materials.
Terry expects Owen to buy the materials and he'll square up with him
at the end of the week. Owen insists he needs the cash up front, and
wants £500. Just then Tyrone walks over and asks why Terry has come
back, adding that Tommy was happy until he turned up. Terry starts
slinging insults around, and Fiz comes up and tells Tyrone to come
away. The insults get worse, but before it can really kick off Gary
intervenes as well, and Fiz leads Tyrone away. Owen repeats his
request for cash, and Terry says he'll have to go to the bank.
“Fine,” says Owen, “we'll be in the cafe.”
meets up with Tyrone and gives him a chocolate bar as a peace
offering. “Cheers,” says Tyrone. Tommy is mildly surprised, he
thought he'd be grovelling all day after the way he treated Tyrone
yesterday. Tyrone says it was all down to Terry, Tommy has nothing to
be sorry for.
the factory, Hayley, Sean and Fiz are reminiscing about Betty. Sally
comes along and wants to know why they've not started work, it's 3
minutes past nine. Sean tells her they're thinking about Betty, the
much-loved resident who died recently. Sally admits that it's really
sad, but she had a good innings and now they should get to work. Fiz
asks what's the hurry, Carla won't be in until dinnertime. Sally says
that just because Carla isn't there, it doesn't mean they can slack
off. Sean wants to know why Sally is giving them orders, she's just a
humble machinist like them. “Not for much longer,” says Sally,
“there's going to be some big changes round here.”
arrives back with the money. As Owen starts to count it, Terry
protests that it's all there. “Just as well to check,” says Owen,
“then there won't be any misunderstandings.”
the pub, Rita, Emily and Stella are also reminiscing about Betty.
Just then Gordon, Betty's son comes in. Stella gets up to get him a
drink and he sits down at the table. He tells them that there's so
much to do, he's been on the phone to the gas, electricity and water
companies. Emily says that often these things can be a distraction.
comes in and Stella calls Tina to serve him. As she pulls the pint,
she tells him that Tommy won't be around for much longer, they're off
travelling round Europe. He knows that Terry sold him and he wants
nothing to do with him. Terry then starts loudly insulting Tina, and
Rita calls over from where she's sitting. She tells Tina that she and
Tommy mustn't have anything to do with Terry, he's rotten to the
says that the next job he has to do is go to Betty's house and sort
out her things. Emily, Rita and Stella all offer to go with him and
help and he thanks them, saying he'd appreciate it.
in the factory, the workers are chatting as they work. Sally comes
out, all officious, and says she's going to suggest to Carla that
they split some of them up. “What, like at school?” says Hayley.
Just then Carla comes in. “What's going on here then?” she asks.
Izzy tells her that Sally is pointing out where they're all going
wrong with their lives. Carla then suggests they all take an early
lunch, and asks Sally to step into the office.
the pub, Terry is just finishing a phone call to someone, telling
them that they'll get their money. He turns to Stella and says that
he knows she's not a big fan of what he's doing down the Street, but
hopes they can be friends. “We'll see,” says Stella. Just then
Gary and Jason comes in, and Terry offer to buy them drinks, which
they accept. “And whatever you're having love,” he says to Tina.
“No thanks,” says Tina. Terry turns to Jason and Gary and gets
chatting. He says he understands that Tommy was going to buy the
flat, but now is going round Europe. “That garage must be paying
damn good money,” he says. “No,” says Jason, “it was his
granddad, Geoff, he left him the money.” Terry raises his eyebrows
and smiles. “Good for him,” he says as the cogs whirr in his
the office, Carla is tactfully trying to tell Sally to back off from
the workers, Hayley is the supervisor. Sally thinks Hayley is too
soft on them. Carla says Sally will be more valuable if she can work
on ways to expand the business. Sally already has ideas for
nightwear, dressing gowns etc. and rushes off to make coffee so she
can tell Carla all her thoughts. “I am SO looking forward to us
working together,” she tells Carla. “Me too!” says Carla,
feigning enthusiasm. When Sally has left the office, Carla sits down
and buries her head in her hands.
comes out of the pub and sees Tommy and Tyrone walking down the
Street. He rushes over. “How are you son?” he asks. Tommy tells
him not to call him son, he gave up that right when he sold him like
some puppy he couldn't be bothered looking after. Then he and Tyrone
turn and walk away.
and the ladies have arrived at Betty's house. Gordon says it's weird
to come in without his mother being there. Emily puts the kettle on
and they all set to work, with Gordon getting a little tearful. Rita
tells him there's no crime in missing her. Amongst her things they
find her mayoral medal of office inscribed “Elizabeth Turpin, Lady
bought a new picture frame with a photo of a baby in it. Sitting in
his car he takes the photo out of the frame and screws it up. Then
opens it out again and tears a corner. Then he puts it in his inside
jacket pocket, and smirks.
is working on her own in the pub and Karl quietly tells her he misses
her and she looks 'flamin' sexy!' Sunita looks mildly embarrassed,
but pleased. She's pulling pints for Gary, Jason and Owen when the
factory workers come in and it gets busy. Karl offers to help her but
she tells him she's fine, and she'll call Sean in if it gets too
and Tina are looking at a book about Italy when there's ring at the
door. It's Terry, come to talk. Tommy tries to shut the door but
Terry stops him. He says that Tina told him they're going off
travelling and he knows that since seeing him again he's handled
everything wrong. Tommy tells him he's handled the last 20 years
wrong, and Terry says he knows, but he wants the chance to explain. So Tommy lets him in and they go upstairs, where Tina is not pleased
to see him, and tells Tommy she wants Terry out – now! Tommy
however, wants to hear what his father has to say, and says he'll
make a brew.
at Betty's, Gordon goes off to take some things to the charity shop,
while Rita looks though some letters and papers. She's shocked to
find a letter from Annie Walker (an earlier owner of the Rovers for
those who don't know) saying that she wanted Betty to have the Rovers
when she died. Along with the letter is a copy of Annie's will
confirming this. “What does this mean?” asks Stella. Rita thinks
it means that Stella doesn't own the Rovers, Gordon does.
the Rovers, poor Sunita is getting more and more snowed under as it's
really busy. Karl offers again to help, but Sunita says she's under
strict instructions. She says she tried calling Sean but he's not
answering his phone. Owen then starts asking for jacket potatoes, and
Karl says it's ridiculous, he could at least sort out the food.
Sunita relents, but says he's not to go anywhere near the till.
tells Tommy that his mother had just died, he was grieving and had no
idea how to look after a baby. “So you sold him!” snaps Tina.
Betty's house, Rita, Emily and Stella are pondering the latest
development. Rita can't understand why Betty never said anything, but
Emily thinks she probably didn't want all the responsibility. Stella
points out that she did pay for the place, fair and square, and she
has enough money worries going on at the moment. She asks if they'll
just keep quiet about it for a day or two to give her enough time to
see a solicitor.
have quietened down in the Rovers, people are leaving, and Sunita
thanks Karl for helping. Just then his phone rings, it's Stella, and
Sunita looks very unhappy. As Beth approaches the bar to be served,
Sunita says she has to go and get some orange, and disappears out the
back. She hovers in the hall while Karl finishes his call, and then
flirts with him. He kisses her, as Beth starts calling from the bar.
She giggles and says she'd best get back. “To be continued...”
the flat, Terry is apologising to Tommy for lashing out, saying he
reminded him of the worst thing he's ever done, but now he's sorry.
There's a pause. “Is that it?” asks Tina. Terry says it is. Tommy
tells him it makes no difference, he wants him out. As he walks to
the door, Terry pulls out the crumpled photo and says it's all he's
ever had of Tommy, they sent it to him soon after he left, and he's
carried it with him ever since. He'd always wondered what his son
would look like grown up. “Now I know, eh?” says Terry. Tommy
stares at the photo for a few moments and then hands it back. Terry
heads off out of the door, leaving Tommy looking very thoughtful.
Here's the update for Friday, April 20.
The first scene is the bar of the Rovers Return. In the backgound we hear Karl, Stella and Leanne discussing arrangements for the day as the camera pans along the bar to a picture of Betty.
Tommy and Tyrone take breakfast in the cafe. Terry comes in, acting very friendly and suggesting he and Tommy have lunch together. Tyrone answers for Tommy and is not very welcoming at all. Roy and Hayley seems to have vanished. Terry complains about the lack of service and goes out. Tommy tells Tyrone that he managed to start the Kombi van.
In fact, he's moved it to outside Tyrone's front door, where Kirsty is disgusted to find she's been parked in. She's got an appointment with the midwife in 20 minutes. Tina offers to help guide her out but Kirsty ungraciously mutters that she can do it. She's sure Tommy's trying to wind her up and won't listen to Tina's protests that he isn't. Across by the salon, Terry watches with interest.
Back in the cafe, Audrey's annoyed at Betty asking for colourful clothing at the funeral. She'd rather wear black. Lewis and Roy both worry about whether or not to wear a tie. Roy says the cafe's going to be closed from midday. Hayley comes in. She's in a grumpy mood, hasn't been able to work out what to wear and thinks she's got a cold coming on.
In the pub, Leanne and Stella talk about the letter from Annie Walker, someone neither of them's ever heard of.
Deirdre's very annoyed at having to sponge something off Ken's jacket - he's still wearing it. Tracy tries to get out of going to funeral, claiming she barely knew Betty. Ken points out Betty was her godmother. But Tracy wants to go and buy a top that's in the last day of the sale. Ken and Deirdre both insist she come to the funeral.
Tina and Tommy discuss the van and Kirsty's reaction to his parking. He says he's changing his mind about going away over the summer.
Audrey arrives at Gail's with Lewis. That doesn't go down very well with Gail but Audrey tells her to wind her neck in, especially today. Audrey's also determined not to let "Bonnie and Clyde" get to her today.
At the site of Terry's new bar, Gary and Jason fill him in on the animosity between Tina and Kirsty.
Emily and Rita talk about the funeral. Mary has agreed to watch the Kabin so Rita and Norris can both go to the funeral, though Emily says Norris has been going on about Betty's paper bill. They talk to Stella about the letter from Annie Walker, telling her they feel obliged to mention it to Gordon. Stella seems a bit taken aback.
Out in the street, Terry wraps a hammer in cloth and attacks the van's bumper and front right headlight with it.
Eileen's hard at work but she feels like a holiday. Sally wanders past and picks up a piece of Eileen's work to inspect it, saying she's seen worse. The machinists ask whether she's just going to criticise what they do but she tells them she's head of strategy. They tease her about having the power to decide what kind of biscuits they have and she snippily tells them she also has the power to hire and fire. Carla heads off out and Michelle tells Sally that Carla's having lunch with one of their regular clients.
In the pub, Ken's reminiscing about Landladies He Has Known. Gordon wonders why his mother never took on the pub and Steve tells him she like to pull pints and then go home. Ken remembers when Betty managed the pub temporarily and thinks she quite enjoyed it, though she didn't get on with Fred Gee or Billy Walker. Deirdre wonders whether Gordon's the rightful owner of the pub but Leanne points out that an offer like Annie's doesn't stay open indefinitely. It's clear Betty turned it down. She thinks it's time they all went outside.
"Bonnie and Clyde" are in the salon. Kylie's quite happy peering through the venetians and sneering at David's relatives assembling outside the pub. He thinks they should go out to show their respect and they have a bit of a disagreement about it. He says he liked Betty and round her that's what you do when someone dies. Kylie agrees that Betty was all right "as far as old biddies go."
As more and more people come out to line the street, Gordon gets quite emotional. "She's coming now," says Emily as the hearse rounds the corner at the viaduct end of the street. As it moves slowly along we see all the watching faces from the viewpoint of someone in the vehicle. This slow view made me cry. The hearse pauses outside the Rovers.
In the bistro, Carla and her client are just about settled their business, in the manner of people who've been dealing with each other for a long time. But then Sally rushes in and seats herself between them, apologising for being late and introducing herself to Neil Trimbly as Carla's business partner. Carla tells her she's got everything under control and suggests it would be really useful if Sally could go back and keep an eye on the factory but Sally ignores her. She tells Mr Trimbly she's been looking at the previous orders and has some ideas. Has he ever thought of going for a different demographic? Has he thought of rebranding. Trimbly's not the most elegant name, is it? As Mr Trimbly takes offence, Carla mutters under her breath, trying to stop Sally.
Tommy and Tyrone discover the damage to the van. Tina arrives and is sure it's down to Kirsty battering her way out of the parking space.
Karl's sweet-talking Sunita as she tries to set out the food for the wake. He kisses her and is surprised when she tells him she can't risk being found out and she thinks they should call it a day. "Let's quit while we're ahead."
Tyrone inspects the damage to the van and argues that Kirsty wouldn't have done it. She arrives back from her midwife appointment (she needs to keep her feet up, she tells Tyrone) and Tommy and Tina accuse her of damaging the van. Tyrone points out there's no damage to Kirsty's car but Tina reckons someone in the police would know how to avoid that. She accuses Kirsty of playing the pregnancy card. Next thing, Tommy and Tyrone are grappling and have to be separated by Terry, who helpfully wanders along. Tyrone shouts at Tommy that the two of them are finished as mates. Terry smirks.
The end of episode one.
More of Betty's send-off in the second.
Friday April 20, 2012 8:30 p.m.
Written by: Simon Crowther
Directed by: Durno Johnston
We open with Tina, Tommy and Terry inside the flat. Terry is demanding Tina make Tommy a cup of tea, as he has had a shock. Tina retorts that he can do it! Terry's excuse is that he doesn't know where anything is. Tina decides the easiest route is to follow orders, and leaves the way for Terry to spout poison into Tommy's ear about how nasty Tyrone is.
Tina interjects that the fault is far more Kirsty's than Tyrone's, but Terry says that's no excuse, as he is siding with her over Tommy. Tommy tries to make excuses for Tyrone, saying that it is because she is carrying his child, but Terry insists that it is no excuse. Tina has to get back to work, so Terry tells her he will finish making the brew. I guess he has suddenly decided he can figure out where everything is. Tina actually thanks him for stepping in and protecting Tommy, little does she know.....
In the Bistro, Sally is still putting her foot into her mouth, and Carla is desperately trying to smooth things over, and brings the meeting to an end as quickly as possible. After the buyer leaves, Sally turns to Carla and says "I think that went well". Carla's response to that is to tell her that by rights she should make her pay for her own meal. Sally is taken aback and asks her what's wrong, that he had seemed taken with some of her ideas. Carla is furious, and tells her that she needs to learn to keep her mouth shut!
The topic of conversation in the Rovers is Betty of course, and Ken remarks that if they had three 92 year olds, they would be back somewhere between Louis 1X and Napoleon. (No, I didn't get it either, because you would have had to have had the 92 year olds consecutively, not all together!) They chuckle and tell him that Betty wouldn't appreciate hearing that. The banter and reminiscences continue with Emily recalling that she had found three aces hidden under the tablecloth one night after they had all been playing cards together. Rita confessed that it had been her who had placed them there all along, and had allowed Emily to think it was Betty for the last thirty years.
Kevin and Sally bump into each other on the street, and Sal asks if he went to the funeral. He tells her he was surprised he didn't see her there, so she told him she had a meeting instead. He then notices the garage is closed, and is not pleased about that at all. He hightails off to the pub to look for his errant partner and worker.
In the flat, Terry is still putting the boot in about Tyrone to Tommy. He is now accusing him of obtaining No. 9 under false pretenses. Tommy protests that he is sure it was all done above board, and that Tyrone bought it from Jack. Terry asks if he ever saw the paperwork, and plants the seed that Jack had been old and senile, and didn't know what he was doing. when he handed it over to Ty. He tells Tommy he is too naive and trusting, as was Jack, and makes out Tyrone is only everyone's best mate on the surface, but is doing the dirty underneath. (Ooh, I just want to slap that Terry upside the head!) Tommy is doing his best to defend Tyrone, but he is no match for Terry, who has an answer for everything, and none of the answers put Tyrone in a good light.
The smokers have retired to the smoking section, i.e. the back yard of the Rovers. They consist of Steve, Karl, Dennis and Lewis, and the only one of these three that I knew smoked was Steve, but I guess for this occasion the others do too. Dennis is nervous that Rita will find him smoking out there, and gets a ribbing from the others for being scared of her before they are even married. He denies fear, but Lewis is certain he is quaking. Steve brags that he was the one who wore the trousers in all five of his marriages, that nobody told him he couldn't smoke, or what time he had to be home. (Ooh Steve, I can see your nose growing from here!).
Karl nods wisely, and tells him he is the same, ha ha! Lewis on the other hand remarks that he quite likes being told what to do, that there is no fun in coming home late if there is no curfew.
Back inside, Tina and Tommy are discussing Terry. Tina can't help being suspicious as to why he is now all over Tommy, when he didn't want to know the other day. Tommy tells her he has offered him a job, overseeing the new project he is working on. Tina asks how much it will pay, but Tommy admits they didn't discuss that. He tells her that he is not planning to take the job anyway, as he is happy where he is. Tina figures it's not such a bad thing for him to get to know his father a little more anyway, and has definitely softened towards him now he has saved her boyfriend's good looks from a battering.
The men folk come back in after their show of rebellion against the wishes of their various women out in the smoking shelter. Only problem with that theory is that the various women had no idea where they were, and they were not about to tell them. Saved by the clinking of a glass, Ken stands up, calls everyone to attention and speaks on behalf of everyone there. He makes a very touching speech about how loved Betty was by everyone, and how very much she will be missed. He mentions how much Betty always seemed to enjoy life, how they could learn from her, and most of all, they will never forget her. Looking around the room at the faces who worked with and loved Betty Driver for so many years, you could see it was their friend and colleague they were saying goodbye to, every bit as much as they were bidding farewell to the character.
Ken then hands the floor over to Gordon, who tells them that he found some letters among his mother's things, one of which was only written the previous week, with instructions to be read at her wake. He read as follows:
"To my dearest friends, I wish I could be with you today, but unfortunately I can't. I hope that when you are listening to this, you are all sat in the Rovers with a drink in your hands, and a smile on your face. Some of you might not know, but I was born around the corner at No. 6 Tile Street, so you can see that in 92 years, I didn't get very far. I worked here for longer than many of you care to remember, especially you Ken, and you Emily. They hadn't even put a man on the moon when I started, but it seems like yesterday.
I've never been one for retirement, I've never even really liked holidays if you really want to know the truth, but how many people can you say honestly enjoyed their work? Not many I bet. I've been lucky, but the reason I carried on is I like you all. The landladies and landlords I've worked for like Annie and Bet, Liz and Steve, and many of the regular customers that I got to know so well. Steve McDonald's love life was always hard to keep up with, but I tried. I hope you eventually find happiness Steve. Dennis and Rita, I wish you both luck, who says you shouldn't keep trying. And as for Ken and Deirdre, I hope you finally realise you are both as bad as each other, and you may as well just face the facts, you belong together.
To everybody else who might be listening, I'll miss you.
Well, that's about all from me, I'll sign off now as my pen is running out. But listen, have a drink, don't be glum, and remember, as the old song goes, it's later than you think. All my love, Betty"
By the time Gordon reaches the end, there isn't a dry eye in the room, including Gordon's, and my own are pretty moist too if I'm honest. Steve raises his glass to Betty, and everyone echoes "To Betty", and drinks to her memory. We reach the end of part one with Gordon looking lovingly at Betty's photo on the bar.
After the break we see Audrey & Lewis leaving Betty's wake, and stop dead in their tracks outside the Rovers when they catch sight of the new sign up across the road. "David & Kylie's" right across the top of the shopfront of the Salon. You can almost see Audrey's blood pressure explode out of her ears as she grabs her mobile to call her solicitor.
Carla and Sally are having a brew in the factory, and are attempting to clear the air a bit. Carla apologises for being so abrupt earlier, but tells Sally she really didn't need her in that meeting. Sally digs her heels in though, and tells her that they have to treat each other as equals. Carla points out that the arrangement hasn't even been formalized yet, but Sally will not be fobbed off, and tells her that it has been agreed in principal.
Carla takes a big breath and tries to explain to her that she has to know the clients and treat them accordingly, and that her rabbitting on about sexy knickers and racier names for his company was not the way to treat that one. Sally protests that she is just bursting with ideas and that she should let her fly, and Carla says she understands, and she will let her taxi on the runway, but one step at a time. Sally seems pacified with this.
Peter arrives just then, and Carla tells Sally to go home. However, she still has the bit between her teeth and tells Carla she is happy to work late. Carla firmly tells her that she doesn't have to revolutionize the whole company in one week. Sally concedes, but threatens her with more ideas tomorrow. "Can't wait" says Carla weakly.
After she leaves, Peter tells Carla that he has a date for the custody hearing, and he is suddenly very nervous.
Back in the Rovers, the wake is still going on. Norris sidles up to Gordon, and tells him it was a wonderful service, that Betty deserved every minute of it, and that Betty was a wonderful person, and you just know he is up to something. Gordon doesn't know him as well as we do though, and thanks him sincerely. Norris goes on to say that Betty was an avid reader. Gordon looks surprised, but agrees that she liked a good thriller, the gorier the better. "Hmm," says Norris, "Newspapers too". (Oh you know what that little weasel is about to do don't you? He is going to ask him to pay Betty's paper bill ) Gordon hasn't cottoned on to this yet, and is going along with the conversation at face value. He tells Norris that his mother just loved the Weatherfield Gazette and devoured it from cover to cover, and if the paperboy should be late, there was hell to pay. "Did you say pay?" chirps Norris. Gordon patiently explains that he was referring to Betty being angry with the paperboy. Norris tries a different tactic and tells Gordon that Betty was always very prompt on paying her paper bills. "Was she?" says Gordon, "That's very good to know, now please excuse me, I have to thank the vicar." Gordon moves away leaving Norris deflated.
Audrey and Lewis are now in the Bistro, and Audrey is just hanging up from speaking to her solicitor. She apparently has told him that David bullied her into putting the salon into his name, and then changed the locks. Lewis is quite impressed that she can be so devious, but she defends by saying that if they can get dirty, then she will have to, and besides, she has had a drink. Lewis warns her that if she goes down that road, it could get very ugly, but she either stoops to their level like that, or let them win. It is left that the solicitor will issue an injunction in the morning.
Back in the Rovers, Gordon is handing an envelope to Sean, saying he has no idea what it's about, but that it has instructions on it to be opened only after Betty's death. We don't find out what's inside right away, because just then Stella arrives with drinks all round, which are on Betty. Apparently, she had arranged that before she died too. (Blimey, it's a good job Gordon changed his mind about having the funeral in London isn't it?) Gail chuckles that she doesn't think she has ever had a drink off Betty before. Deirdre laughs and tells her "Better late than never."
Sean is reading the contents of his letter, however what he is reading sounds very much like a recipe. Tina comes up and looks over his shoulder asking him what he is reading, and he immediately clutches the letter to his bosom and tells her it is top secret, that Betty has left him her recipe for Hot Pot - shhhhhh!
Rita is on her way home, and she is as drunk as a skunk. She suggests a game of cards with Emily, but I don't think Emily wants one. Mary is pushing Norris to try to get the paper bill paid by Gordon one more time, but this time he is reluctant, and tells her that sometimes the customer just gets away with it.
Tyrone opens the door of No. 9 to Tommy, who asks if he can come in and talk to him. Ty is short with him, but lets him inside anyway. Once inside, Tyrone is obviously still very angry at the way Kirsty was treated by Tommy earlier, and tells him that he wants no more of it. Tommy agrees, but tells him that he didn't come to talk about Kirsty, he came to give his notice, that he is leaving the garage as of right now. Tyrone is taken aback by this, but Tommy goes on to say that they have been very good mates, and he doesn't want to spoil that, so has decided to back off and give them some space. Right on cue, just as Tyrone seems to be regretting losing a mate, Kirsty's voice wafts down the stairs asking if Tyrone has got her hot water bottle yet. Tommy tells him to get back to her, and makes his exit.
Back in the Rovers, Gordon is now speaking to Stella about the letter to Betty from Annie Walker and tells her that it was addressed to his Mother, and whatever the legal implications might be, she had made her decision a long time ago, and as far as he was concerned, that was the end of it. Stella gratefully accepts the letter, and thanks him.
Everyone is leaving now, and Gordon says goodbye to Tina, who sincerely tells him that she had loved his Mum, that she was top. Gordon agrees with her, and looks fondly over at her photo again. (Here I go again with the waterworks!)
Tommy finds Terry in the location next door to the Bistro, and tells him he has made friends again with Tyrone, which doesn't please Terry, but then tells him he has quit the garage, and wants to take him up on the offer of a job. Now this does please Terry, he has his son, or more to the point, his gullible son with an inheritance.
Norris is all alone in the Kabin. He is bringing the paper book up to date by taking out his wallet, paying Betty's paper bill into the till, and you see him write 'Account Closed' against her name. Awwww, he has a heart after all.
Stella and Tina are speculating why Betty didn't take on the job of landlady all those years ago. Tina reckons it's because she was too smart, which affronts Stella a bit, but she goes on to say that there is no way she would want to be down that cellar at 6:30 every morning. She figures Betty managed to stay so cheerful because she didn't have the responsibility of running a pub. They talk a little more about Betty, about how hard it is going to be to take her name off the Rota, and out of Stella's phone, then Tina makes tracks for home.
Stella takes down one of the pictures on the wall, and hangs Betty's up in its place. Then as she switches off the lights and leaves, we hear Betty's voice saying many of her well known phrases, like "Anyone for 'ot Pot?" "You're not too old to get a thick ear lady!" "Hey, I've only got one pair of 'ands you know!" etc. Then the camera pans to her photo on the wall, which has underneath Betty Williams, Landlady, 1984 - 2012.
As the credits roll, that is our dear Betty laid to rest. I will miss her, and funnily enough, I will miss Gordon. It was so nice to bring Bill Kenwright, the original actor back without his on-screen wife, because that would have ruined it, she always hated Betty.
That being said, there were a few things about this episode that really annoyed me. Someone else has probably had a beef about this in an earlier update, but the biggest was the fact that they completely changed history by having that letter from Annie Walker bequeathing the Rovers to Betty. Annie didn't own the Rovers, and it wasn't hers to bequeath. Wouldn't have happened - couldn't have happened.
Secondly that they made our Betty into a thief by stealing glasses from the Rovers. She would never have done that, she would storm out in a huff at the merest hint that she might have been dishonest, she would never have stolen from anybody, and I think they did her character a disservice. If they did it for the humour, it went right over this fan's head!
Last annoyance was the photo of Betty placed on the counter, and later that same day hung on the wall. When it was placed on the counter, there was no wording underneath it. Later on, when it was hung on the wall, the matt had been cut and the wording had been added. Now I know we are talking St. Ella here, but surely even she didn't have time to get it done that quickly! In my opinion, if they had to add wording, it would have been far more fitting to put Betty Williams, Barmaid, 1969 - 2012 to reflect the many years of service in the Rovers, plus of course they should have had it under the picture all along for continuity's sake.
Written by Ellen Taylor and Mark Burt Directed by Ian Bevitt
It's morning in the garage and jobs are getting assigned but Tommy has
arrived to confirm that he's quit. Tyrone hadn't told Kevin because he
thought Tommy might have second thoughts. Tommy insists he's looking
to his future. He shakes Kevin's hand and leaves. Kevin asks Ty what
job Tommy's got but he doesn't know.
A car comes around the corner. It's Audrey and Lewis. Audrey is
nervous and wondering if they're doing the right thing. David is still
her family after all. They get out of the car and can hear loud music
emanating from the salon. They enter, turn it down and an argument
with David ensues. She gives him a letter from her solicitor detailing
an interim injunction order which says that David forced Audrey to
sign over the salon! The injunction means they can't keep Audrey out
nor can they do anything to harm the business.
Terry uncovers the new sign for the club and shows him the flyers
advertising it. He hands a box of those to Tommy to distribute around
and promises he can help interview some of the new staff later. Tommy
broaches the issue of wages but is knocked back, informed that it'll
be a profit sharing scheme. Tommy, (dumb as a rock) thinks that all
right then. Terry assures his son they'll make a great team.
Peter invites Carla out for a meal since Ken will be minding Simon.
Sally brings in an updated stock list which Michelle snatches out of
her hand. Carla has an email from Frank's solicitor asking her to
meet up. Sally is instantly cheered up, assuming it's about the shares
that she plans to buy. She scurries back to the shop floor, followed
by a dirty look from Michelle. Outside, Sally tells everyone the deal
looks to be happening. Peter offers to go with Carla but she's fine.
He leaves and Michelle starts to add her opinion. Carla stops her and
though she understands the problem, she doesn't have a lot of choice.
Leanne is getting ready to go out and pick up a few things for Simon.
Stella offers a lift and advice, be careful. Leanne says it's all in
hand. They go through the bar and say good bye to Karl who teases her,
thinking she's going shopping for his birthday present. Sunita asks
and is told Karl's birthday is Friday. Stella reveals that he's going
to be 49. Karl hints at a bluetooth car stereo which Stella dismisses
immediately. They leave Sunita and Karl to commiserate.
Tyrone is getting lunch in the cafe when Tommy comes in with flyers
for the club. Roy allows him to leave some (though doesn't look at
them first). Tyrone sees, though, and so does Norris and Tyrone
realizes Tommy is working for Terry. They argue and Tommy defends
himself, pointing out he and his dad are building something from the
ground up. Tyrone truthfully counters with "Terry Duckworth doesn't
build, he destroys".
Beth ask if anyone is interested in a pint at dinnertime. The girls
aren't up for it and Sally reckons it gives the wrong impression and
is taken down a peg or two for trying to act like management when it's
not happened yet. Izzy defends Sally for having a bit of ambition and
Sally lightly jokes that she'll always be the same old Sally. "That's
what worries us" cracks Beth as Sean hurries in. He's feeling down and
intimidated by having to be responsible for the hotpot recipe and is
avoiding Stella. Sean says Betty is a big act to follow and Fiz jokes
that Sean can't cook to save his life. Fiz and Beth try to buck him
Audrey is scowling over the lengthy cancellation list of her old
faithful clients. There's more bickering and Audrey, who doesn't look
well at all, tries to get them all to let it go. She explains that she
and Maria will handle the existing clients and David can bring in his
own new ones. A client comes in and Maria follows her to a chair.
Norris is griping about the club in the pub. Karl doesn't see the
problem and neither do Sean and Beth when they come in. Tommy and
Terry arrive and overhear some of the comments. Terry offers free VIP
memberships to friends and neighbours. Norris grumbles. A woman comes
in asking for directions and Terry introduces himself to her, Cherry,
who's come for an audition. She's brought her own music, turns it on
and starts strutting around the pub, winding a scarf around Norris and
undulating her bits against him. Stella comes in just then and is
horrified. She turns off the music and asks what's going on. Tommy is
also a bit confused but it's all clear once Terry admits it's not just
a late night venue, it's a lap dancing club! Jaws drop all around the
pub. (I suppose a seedy back street hole in the wall under a viaduct
After the break, Stella throws Cherry out. Terry defends himself, it's
a bar with dancers! Many of the punters have a very negative reaction
to something like that opening in their neighbourhood. Karl and Beth
don't seem to be bothered. Tommy does seem a bit put off but sticks to
the game plan even when Stella points out it's exploiting women. Terry
and Tommy take off and Stella gets ready to have a few words with
Sean. Beth, who nominally has come to support him, leaves him to it.
In the salon, David is waiting on the phone. When Maria asks if he's
really going to let it go to court, he points out that Audrey gave him
the salon, something he didn't ask for. He gets through to the vendor
and tries to cancel the fancy massage chair but Kylie takes the phone
out of his hand and says to bring it anyway. She hangs up and
announces there's no surrender. Yeah. right. David half heartedly
In the Bistro, Audrey and Lewis are having lunch complete with a large
glass of wine. Nick has rung the council about the lap dancing club.
Gail thinks Audrey and David should be talking rather than taking
legal action. Nick reckons Kylie is pushing all David's buttons. Gail
and Lewis bicker about David while Audrey rubs her neck and looks very
Norris has brought the news about the club into the Kabin. Scandal! He
says there was one in the pub earlier dancing. "She could have had
someone's eye out with the bust on her!" (and nearly did!) Norris has
organized a meeting in the Rovers later to sort out a protest
In the pub Stella shows Sean the last hotpot from the freezer. She
wants to know where the new batch is. Sean says there's technical
problems because technically he's not a good cook. Stella asks for the
recipe but Sean refuses to breech the confidentiality. She gives him
an ultimatum, hotpot by the end of the day or it's the high road. (I
don't think that's a legal reason for sacking someone).
In the factory, Carla has arrived back from the meeting and asks Sally
into the office. How to tell her? Carla gently says that Frank left
her all his shares so she doesn't need Sally's input after all. Seems
he never changed his will back after they broke up. Michelle smirks
from the corner. Sally is deeply disappointed and trying to hold it
together. Carla is very gracious about it and tries to assure Sally
that she's still a valued member of the team. Sally makes a few
general comments and goes outside quietly, leaving Michelle to do a
happy dance though Carla hushes her. Outside the girls see Sally's not
bouncing around and she's aware they're watching her.
In the pub the organizing committee is starting to gather members.
Even Tyrone says he's in when Kirsty reminds him that Tommy was vile
A fancy leather chair is being delivered to the Salon and Kylie
expounds it's virtues. Across the road, Leanne knocks on the front
door of Number 1. Swing back to the delivery truck and Audrey and
Lewis have returned from the Bistro and another argument ensues.
Audrey is not having that chair in *her* salon...more hollering and
carrying on. The delivery guy closes up the van and doesn't want to
get involved. Back across the road, Ken finally opens to door to
Leanne, apologizing as he'd been upstairs and didn't hear her when she
had knocked on the back door. Simon runs outside for a hug but
unfortunately they're seen by Peter!
Peter stalks across the street and pounds on the door, demanding to be
let in. Leanne says there's no point hiding, they're busted. Ken lets
Peter in. Peter tries to drag Simon out. Of course he doesn't want to
go but is no match for Peter who forbids both Leanne and his father
from seeing Simon.
Michelle and Carla talk about the good news. Carla can't get over
having a bit of good luck for a change. She thinks it's a new
beginning and she's going to do great things with the factory!
Everyone is squabbling in the salon. Gail arrives to add to the mix.
Insults, shouting, Audrey begging people to stop hollering. She's off
to one side and clearly not well and after things start to get
physical between Lewis and David, she collapses, her arms folded up
over her chest. David immediately calls an ambulance with a suspected
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The ambulance has arrived and they are ministering to Audrey. She’s
conscious but clearly in pain. Gail asks David to ring Nick and tell him
Sally and Kevin are walking companionably down the street together. Kevin
suggests he could go round and spend the evening with her over a take-away
and a glass of wine while Sally puts her feet up. “Go on then, why not?”
she responds. At that moment they see Audrey being carried out of the salon
on a stretcher.
David is asking whether Audrey will be alright but Gail just tells him to
get out of the way. Nick rushes over to find out what’s happened and gets
told Audrey’s had a heart attack. David can’t believe it when Lewis goes
with Gail and Audrey in the ambulance and he’s not allowed a look in but, as
Nick points out, he’s the last person their Gran wants to see. He tells
David and Kylie that it’s all their fault then refuses to let David get in
the car with him when he sets off to follow the ambulance to the hospital.
The only person who doesn’t look too bothered is Kylie who says that Audrey
will be fine because she’s as tough as old boots.
Peter is standing outside Simon’s bedroom door trying to convince him to
come out when he thinks he hears Carla coming up the stairs. However, it’s
Leanne and Peter tells her to get out. She tells him that she’s only come to
find out if Simon’s O.K. and, on hearing her voice, he comes rushing out of
the bedroom, flings his arms around her and asks if she’s come to get him.
She tells him that she’s sorry but she hasn’t and he runs to the sofa,
sobbing his heart out. Peter and Leanne start shouting at each other and
Peter tells Leanne it’s all her fault because she keeps winding up Simon.
She goes over to Simon to comfort him and tell him that she’ll see him
really soon before giving Peter a look of despair and leaving. When she’s
gone Peter tries to take over but Simon pushes him away and tells Peter he
wants him to get back with Leanne. Peter explains that it isn’t possible.
Simon says he’s been told by Ken that Peter has fallen out of love with
Leanne and then shouts at his Dad that he’s fallen out of love with him,
too. Peter tries to tell Simon that one day he’ll realise Peter tried to do
his best for him and with no one else there to comfort him, Simon falls
sobbing into his father’s arms.
Tina and Tommy are in the café when Norris comes in on the war path. Tina
doesn’t know what Norris is on about when he refers to Tommy as being the
son of Hugh Heffner so Tommy has to explain to Tina that he was going to
tell her about his Dad’s plans to have a few dancing girls in his club.
“Dancing girls, my eye,” retorts Norris. “They’re strippers, pure and
simple.” Tina is not impressed by this news and tells Tommy that it’s
exploitation. Norris informs Roy that there’s going to be a meeting in the
Rovers about it that evening but Roy is unable to go on account of the fact
that it clashes with the quarterly meeting of the Weatherfield Bat Fanciers.
Over at Sally’s, Kevin is pouring out two glasses of wine. Sally confesses
she was expecting to be on the Champers and Kevin tells her how sorry he is
that it didn’t work out for her, buying into the factory, and says that he
thinks that it’s Carla’s loss.
Back at Peter’s Carla arrives home. She’s in the mood for celebrating but
Peter tells her to keep her voice down because Simon’s in bed having cried
himself to sleep. He tells her how his Dad’s been letting Leanne see Simon
but Carla doesn’t seem that surprised and says she could see it coming a
mile off. Peter is really annoyed and sees it as a lack of support. Carla
says she thinks Simon needs to spend time with the people he loves but Peter
accuses her of siding with Leanne and Ken. He starts getting really nasty
and accuses Carla of disliking Simon. She tells him how unfair he’s being
and how hard she’s been trying but Peter’s on a roll. He looks her in the
eye and says that she doesn’t love Simon. Carla can’t tell him that she does
but she says she loves Peter and she really wants to love Simon. She tries
to get Peter to see that Simon has been better over the past few days since
he’s been seeing Leanne but Peter turns it back in her face, accusing Carla
of only wanting to palm Simon off on her.
In the hospital, Audrey is asleep in bed, wired up to a selection of
machinery. In a rather obvious statement, Gail observes that she looks
terrible. The doctor comes out to tell Lewis, Gail and Nick that Audrey has
had a heart attack but she’s stable. She describes the medical treatment and
explains that the next 48 hours are critical.
Back at home David is on the phone trying to get news of his gran but it
seems that nobody wants to take his calls. Kylie comes in with Max and tells
David that everyone will have their phones switched off. Once Max is out of
earshot David tells Kylie it’s all their fault that Audrey’s had a heart
attack. Kylie’s view is that Audrey was just as bad as they were but David
doesn’t agree. He tells Kylie he doesn’t care about the salon. He’s
genuinely worried that his gran might die and, if she does, he says it will
be as if he murdered her and he’ll never forgive himself. Which is quite a
character change considering he once tried to kill his own mother by pushing
her down the stairs.
In the Rovers Emily is telling Kirsty and Tyrone about a petition she’d
drawn up to try and stop Terry’s lap dancing club. Kirsty is sceptical that
it will make any difference as she’s sure there’s something dodgy going on
with the councillor so Emily tries to get Karl to sign it. He’s also not
keen but in his case it’s because he’s in favour of the club but Stella soon
puts him straight – if he won’t sign it she’ll do it for him. Emily sees a
couple more potential signatures when Norris and Rita arrive but Norris is
as unconvinced as Kirsty. He says they need to do something which will make
people stop and take notice. Kirsty agrees and says they need to take direct
action and start tonight. Stella is right behind their plans but Karl wants
to know who will be running the Rovers while she’s out fighting the cause.
“Not you, that’s for sure,” she tells him.
Over at Eileen’s, Sean is still struggling to perfect Betty’s hotpot recipe.
It doesn’t taste right but Sean can’t work out where he’s going wrong.
Marcus and Eileen offer to help but he’s not letting anyone clap eyes on the
secret recipe which has been entrusted into his care. He could live to
regret this decision after he pins the only copy onto the cooker hood and it
falls into the saucepan which is bubbling away on the stove.
At Peter’s flat he and Carla are busy apologising to each other after their
latest row over Simon. He says he can be such a prat at times and she says
no he’s not, even though any idiot with half a brain cell would agree with
him. Carla says perhaps they should have tried harder to stay away from each
other but Peter tells her not to say that as he believes their relationship
is the only thing which makes any sense. Then Carla finally gets to tell him
her good news that Frank has left his shares to her and the factory belongs
to Carla. When Carla tells Peter that she’s sure she’ll manage to win Simon
round in the end he tells her that there isn’t a man on earth who could
David arrives at the hospital, desperate to see his gran but he’s waylaid by
Nick in the corridor who tells him that Audrey hasn’t come round yet and all
they can do is wait.
At Eileen’s, Sean and Marcus are trying to rescue the hotpot recipe with the
aid of a hairdryer. Unable to get into the kitchen to cook her tea, Eileen
has had to resort of eating fish and chips. Sean is heartbroken because
Betty entrusted the recipe to him and now they can only read half the
Back at the hospital, Gail and Lewis are keeping a vigil at Audrey’s
bedside. Lewis reassures Gail that as soon as the effects of the morphine
wear off she’ll come round and his tender words make Gail realise that he
does genuinely care about her after all. Just as Lewis is telling Gail that
Audrey is a wonderful woman she starts to speak and says she could get used
to hearing this. She comes round slowly then tells them that she thought it
was the end. As Lewis takes her hand she says she’ll be fine as long as she
has him by her side and Gail looks at them, finally seeing their
relationship for what it really is.
Terry arrives back at Tommy and Tina’s, heads straight for the fridge and
helps himself to a beer. Tina has a go at him about the night club, but
Terry defends it by saying it will bring employment to the area in tough
times. “Employment with no knickers on,” says Tina. But Terry’s not the
slightest bit concerned about the views of the local residents. However,
the smug expression is soon wiped off his face when Owen arrives to tell him
they have a bit of a problem. When Terry asks what it is, Owen tells him
he’d best come and see for himself.
At Sally’s she’s just come off the phone from talking to Rosie. Kevin joins
her on the sofa and she tells him that Rosie didn’t win the reality
television show so she and the girls have decided to stay in London and get
a flat together. She’s feeling very down and says to Kevin that soon Sophie
will leave home as well so he tries to cheer her up by telling her that at
least he and Jack will still be around. Sally reflects on all the ups and
downs they’ve gone through together over the years and Kevin says that he’s
been the cause of the worst time and that what he did is the biggest regret
of his life. He tells Sally that he was so stupid and that if he’d only
stepped back and looked at how lucky he was and what he had he would never
have done it. Sally listens to all of this and then leans forward and
Over at the building site for the lap dancing club, Kirsty, Tyrone, Emily
and Rita are snuggled up in deckchairs ready for an all night sit-in. Rather
conveniently, Norris claims that he can’t stay as he has to do the early
morning shift with the papers. At that moment there’s a banging on the door.
Terry has turned up and he wants to know what’s going on. He sarcastically
asks if it’s a meeting of the knitting circle but he hasn’t reckoned on the
strength of feeling amongst Emily and her gang. When Terry tells Owen to go
and get a chain saw Emily shouts through the door that if he lays a finger
on them they’ll sue and Norris adds that they’ve organised an around the
clock sit in and that they have a rota and everything. Terry takes Tommy to
one side and tells him they have to get this mess sorted out pronto. If they
don’t there won’t be a night club. Delays cost money and he’s already deeply
Back at the hospital Gail is apologising to her Mum about everything that’s
happened. At that moment David comes bursting through the door. “Come to
see if I’ve croaked, yet?” asks Audrey but David looks really upset and
tells her that’s not true. He says he doesn’t want the salon and nothing
means more to him than his gran getting better. But Audrey isn’t having any
of it and refuses to listen, despite David’s desperate pleas.
“Get out of my sight. Go away, David. Go away,” she tells him as the titles
Toasted cheese mishaps, community flower wars, heads banged
on concrete, copious close-up buttock squeezing, coppers packing underwear
instead of heat and the Platts at war...another standard week was had by all in
The main item on the menu in Corrie’s big week (aside from
toasted cheese and toasted Lesley) was the culmination of the ‘Terry Duckworth
is still a rogue’ plot twist. As he ambled around the Street trying to get his
podgy paws onto Tirrone’s 9-grand, the only person with enough intelligence to
see through him was, rather worryingly, Tina, which says a lot for the
mentality of the other players in the storyline. With pantomime villain glares
at the end of every scene and his usual unpleasant charm on show throughout, it
wasn’t really difficult to figure out that Terry was less interested in a
relationship with his son than Sunita is in monogamy.
Nevertheless, braindead Tommy spent his week faithfully
taking on loan sharks that wouldn’t look out of place in a retirement home and
pilfering money from his equally idiotic friends to pay off his devilish dad.
This led to a rather painful experience (and an even more painfully executed
stunt) for Tina as she fell over and bumped her head lightly, before falling
asleep. This led to another trip to what must surely be a purpose built
hospital set for Corrie, seeing as it has had to accommodate so many storylines
Terry managed to get away with the loot as Tommy wisely took
the angle of asking the man who sold him to choose between him and money...an
ultimatum that would only ever have one result. Terry made off with the dosh and
Tommy is now at the mercy of Rick the loan shark, which can only mean weeks of
excitement for us viewers a la Joe McIntyre’s gripping saga...
Elsewhere, Lesley’s munchies for cheese on toast ended in
calamity as she was killed by a toaster, joining the ranks of bizarre Corrie
deaths alongside the likes of Anne Malone, Valerie Barlow and Edna the cleaner.
This gave Paul and Eileen the unusual opportunity to think of themselves and
they continue to argue over who is worse off. And the worst thing to come out
of Lesley’s selfish encounter with a toaster and tap water? Poor Eileen still
isn’t sunning herself on the beach abroad. Tsk. I nominate Lesley for next year’s
soap award for Villain Of The Year...
Lesley isn’t the only person ruining others’ fun. Tina’s
ordasity in being rushed to hospital put paid to a tryst for Siren Sunita and
Creepy Karl...but never fear, we were still treated to one or two glimpses of
his aged hands groping her suddenly pert posterior. Sunita’s behind is
featuring so much these days, that it has started to appear in the closing
credits. And the couple could hardly be less subtle as they sneak off to enjoy
extra marital encounters in the flat where Sunita was bound up and nearly blown
up. You’d think Stella might notice what was going on but she has so much else
on her plate such as Lesley’s death, Nick and Eva’s relationship problems and
The only real saving grace of this week was the glorious
return of Snobby Sally. I am relishing the prospect of her involvement in ‘Weatherfield
In Bloom’ Sally is a fantastic character when she is in this form so throughout
the misery of loan sharks, kitchen appliance deaths, infidelity and poor Eileen’s
lack of a beach holiday, there might still be something light hearted to look
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the update for Thursday 26th April.
Jack is howling when Sophie comes downstairs. Kevin tells her that he
and the baby stayed over – in Rosie's room. Sophie takes the baby
and says she'll take over now.
is sitting staring glumly into space. Gail is off to the hospital and
asks him if there's anything he'd like her to say to Audrey on his
behalf. David can't see any point, she won't listen. Kylie can't see
what all the fuss is about. Audrey's an old woman and old women have
heart attacks, she can't see why everyone is blaming David. “A
heart attack brought on by stress,” says Gail, suddenly all
'holier-than-thou' as if she never had anything to do with the
aforementioned stress, and goes on to add that this stress was
brought on by all the arguing over the business. Kylie says she
thought Gail was on their side. “You were wrong,” snaps Gail.
David eventually tells his mother to tell Audrey that he's sorry and
he hopes she's ok. Kylie tells her to tell Audrey the second bit but
not the first, from her. When Gail's gone, David starts wondering
whether to change the sign back, but Kylie thinks that will confuse
the customers. David just wants to show his gran that he's sorry.
and Kevin are enjoying a cosy breakfast and discussing Terry and his
new lap dancing club. Kevin can't understand why Terry would want to
open one round there. As Sally gets up from the table, Kevin tells
her he'll clear the plates. “Thanks, love,” smiles Sally warmly,
and then realises what she's said. “Er....thanks.”
at Eileen's, Sean is getting stressed. He's trying to make a batch of
Betty's hotpot from the old recipe, but it isn't tasting quite right.
Something's missing and he doesn't know what. Marcus is making
sandwiches for those who've camped out in Terry's proposed club.
Eileen asks if he's coming to work, but he tells her to say he's got
a headache and he'll be in later. She tells him to make his own
steps out through her front door as Beth is coming along. They look
across the Street and see Sally come out of her door, giving Kevin a
quick goodbye kiss on the doorstep. “Back in the old routine Sal?”
shouts Beth. Eileen wonders what's going on over there, Beth thinks
has gone to visit Audrey. With Lewis at the bedside, she's sitting up
and tells Gail that she's been given instructions about diet and
exercise. Lewis goes off to get coffee and when he's gone Audrey
tells Gail that he's been wonderful. She knows Gail still has doubts
about him, but she shouldn't have. Gail tells her that David is very
sorry and hopes she's feeling better. Audrey says she's glad to hear
it but can't forget what David did. Gail thinks Kylie might have had
a lot to do with it, and Audrey admits that she brings out the worst
in him, but there must have been something there already for her to
bring it out.
is fuming about the sit-in and, accompanied by Owen and Tommy,
marches up to the door of the future club and hammers on it. Emily,
Sean and Tyrone come to the glass window, and Terry shouts at them.
He says he could sue them and it's all going to get very expensive.
Tyrone shouts that he's glad Terry's dad is not there to see what his
son is doing. Emily reminds Owen that he has daughters and a
grandson, she's surprised at his involvement. He replies that he's
just a builder, it's bricks and mortar to him, nothing else. A whole
lot more shouts and insults are exchanged until Terry gives them one
hour, then he's calling the police. When he's gone, Emily asks Tyrone
if an hour is long enough. He says he's not sure, and pulls out his
is in the salon telling Maria and Kylie his gran is doing ok and
should be released from hospital soon. He thinks they should change
the sign back and he asks Maria if she can think of anything else he
can do that would help. Kylie butts in and reminds him that the salon
is still his, and he should be telling Maria what to do. Maria says
if he tries it she'll be out the door. “Off you go then,” says
Kylie. David tries to calm the situation down and tells Kylie he's
not bothered about who is right and who's wrong, he just doesn't want
any more of it. He asks Maria to take care of the appointment book
while he arranges to change the sign. Kylie is disgusted that all
this is going on just because Audrey has had a heart attack.
the pub, Stella is talking to Eva and Tina about the lap dancing
club. She doesn't want it on her doorstep, but then apologises to
Tina saying she knows her boyfriend is involved. Tina says that
doesn't mean she's in favour, and anyway, she doesn't think Tommy is
all that keen, he's just going along with it because Terry is his
dad. Just then Sean arrives with a big pan of hot-pot. He admits to
Stella that he had a bit of trouble with the recipe and doesn't know
if it'll be as nice as Betty's, it's as close as he could get. Then,
with a wan smile, he rushes off to work.
and Nick are visiting Audrey. They've been told that Audrey was
treated in time and her heart has suffered little residual damage,
she won't need an operation and she can go home in a few days.
However, she has to take the drugs she's been given and must rest for
at least 4 weeks. Lewis says he's going to make sure she does.
hour is up, and Terry and co. go back to the club premises. While
they're talking to the protesters through the glass, a police car
draws up and out gets Kirsty. Tommy tells Terry that it's no good,
she's Tyrone's fiance. “No,” says Kirsty, “it's PC Soames to
you.” Then she asks Terry what the problem is. He tells her this is
his property and he wants them out. Norris calls out that they've
been threatened with violence, so Kirsty tells Terry that if he
continues to behave in a threatening fashion she will have to arrest
him. Owen decides this whole thing is a farce, and leaves, followed
by Tommy, while Terry rants that he's going to get some proper
coppers. Kirsty says they'll tell him the same as her. “I'll be
back!” mutters Terry as he walks off.
sees Kevin outside the garage. “Would you like to come round
tonight?” she asks. He looks pleased and says he'd love to.
is on his way to the pub with Beth and Eileen. He's worried about the
hot-pot, he doesn't think it was very good. However, when they get
into the Rovers, Stella tells him that the hot-pot was excellent, it
went down very well and she could have sold twice as much. She tells
him that he'll either have to share the recipe with them or make a
new batch every day! Sean is puzzled. “It must have better than
what you thought,” says Beth. “It wasn't though,” says Sean,
is asking David and Kylie about Audrey, and whether she's up to
having visitors. She shocked when David says he doesn't know, so
David hastily says they're going in later.
at the bar, Terry, Owen and Tommy are discussing their situation.
Terry wonders if they can get to the back of the club premises via
the backyard of the Bistro. He thinks they can go in there at night
and scare all the protesters, they'll be fighting to get out. Owen
says he's not into scaring old ladies. “You're with me though,
yeah?” Terry asks Tommy. Tommy nods, but doesn't look too sure.
has a quiet word with Tina who admits to him that she tried the
hot-pot and it was horrible. She tells him she then added Betty's
secret ingredient – a bottle of stout!
is visiting Audrey. She tells her that she's told the customers that
Audrey is just having a few days off and she'll be back soon. She
also adds that David has had the sign above the salon replaced to
what it was. Lewis thinks that's really good, but Audrey says that
all of sudden it doesn't seem that important.
goes back to the club and tells Tyrone that she hopes Terry doesn't
take proper legal advice, because she doesn't think he would have a
leg to stand on. He says they're just trying to get people's
attention, that's all. She says she can't keep riding to the rescue,
and he hopes that if enough people are made aware, she won't have to.
is visiting Audrey, who confesses that she feels like she's had a
warning. She may not have many years left. Rita tells her to make the
most of what she's got.
and Kylie approach Audrey's room, but are fielded off by Lewis who
tells them that Rita is with her at the moment and she's not allowed
any more visitors – that's it for the day. He says he'll pass on
their good wishes. Kylie is outraged and tells David to see the game
that Audrey is playing, trying to make him feel guilty so he hands
the salon back. He tells her to leave it out, he's fed up with her
going on all the time. She snaps that he won't hear one more word
from her, and storms out.
arrives at Sally's and bring baby Jack with him. Sophie is delighted
to have him but Sally, although she says she's pleased to see him,
doesn't really look so sure.
by Tommy, Terry goes into the Bistro. He tells Eva he wants to see if
there's a way into the club through the back. She tells him there
isn't. He wants to see for himself and isn't happy when she bars the
way. He starts threatening her when Nick comes along and demands to
know what's going on. He tells Terry that even if there was a way
through the back, he wouldn't let Terry use it, because he's planning
on opening a lap dancing club right next to his restaurant. Terry
says he was going to give Nick free tickets. “Now you have insulted
me,” says Nick, “out!” When Terry's gone, Nick tells Eva that
if that 'scummy club' is opened, no-one will come near them, they'll
their meal, Sally asks Kevin if he thinks she's being a tease, asking
him to stay over and expecting him to sleep in another room. He says
he would have insisted in sleeping in another room. She smiles
flirtatiously at him and says she doesn't know what will happen
tonight then, because she's planning on asking him to stay over
again. She puts her hand over his on the table.
is ready and David calls Kylie downstairs. She comes down, but heads
for the front door. She tells him he doesn't want her advice or
support, so she's going. She's fed up with being told that everything
is her fault. “Well most of it is,” says Gail. Kylie asks David
if he heard that and if he's going to stand up for her. He says
nothing. “Thought so,” says Kylie and goes off out the door.
Here we are with another Friday's first episode and I have bad news - Sally is happy. Yes, she's making a fry-up and smiling. Kevin's happy, too, and Sophie wants to know what's going on. The only person not happy is baby Jack, who is crying.
David's getting Max ready for school and Max wants to know where his mummy is. David makes excuses but once Max is out of the room Gail tells David he'll have to tell Max the truth eventually. David says Kylie will be back by tea-time. He's going to work. The least he can do is make sure Audrey still has a business to come back to.
In the pub, Eva's worrying over what to wear. Karl comes in and is almost ignored by Eva and Stella. It turns out Stella has remembered his birthday but all he's getting is a card and some sarcasm. Eva says she'll treat them both to a slap-up meal at the bistro but not tonight because they're fully booked.
Out in the street, Terry's on the phone demanding that someone come to the site. Tyrone glares at Terry and Tommy as they pass the garage. When he goes into the garage, Kevin is sarcastic (yes, sarcasm is tonight's theme) about him taking time off from the protest to come to work. Sally, still happy (oh no!) bounces over to deliver cakes and pastries just as Kevin gets a call from baby Jack's childminder. She's ill and someone will have to collect Jack. Sally offers to do it since she's got the day off. She gives Kevin a quick kiss as she leaves and now it's Tyrone's turn to be sarcastic. Kevin's fallen on his feet and has got his own way again, Tyrone thinks.
In the salon, it's Maria's being sarcastic as David arrives late and Kylie's nowhere to be seen. David should be thinking of Audrey. "Remember her?" Maria asks.
Gail's outside her house when Fay and Anna come out of theirs, with Anna upset because Fay's scuffed her new shoes.
Also outside, Sunita greets Karl cheerfully. She's remembered it's his birthday and she wants to know why he's so glum. He tells her everyone at home is ignoring his birthday this year - part of his ongoing punishment.
Sally's got Jack in his stroller and meets Anna and Fay at the bus stop. I can't help feeling the timeline was out of whack in this episode. Sally's cooked a full breakfast, been to the cafe to collect sweet treats, delivered them to the garage and has been to the childminder to fetch Jack and come back and Fay's still waiting for the school bus. And Eva works in a business that is open until late. What's she doing getting ready for work so early? Anyway, Anna coos over Jack and tells Sally she must enjoy the thought of being a mum to Jack and doing all the childrearing again. Sally looks very thoughtful.
In the Kabin, a furious Terry tells Rita and Kevin that the "old biddy at the cafe" refused to serve him. Kevin's a bit sympathetic and Terry reckons it's because Kevin appreciates the artistic nature of the performances which will be staged in the club. Kevin says he doesn't think Sally would agree with him and so Rita and Terry discover that Kevin and Sally are back together. Terry's still trying to work out how to get the protestors out of the building site and asks Rita if she sells teargas. No, she doesn't. "And you know what? You're barred from here and all." She snatches the Gazette from his hands. "Get out."
In the Occupy Lapdance protest camp, Anna and Roy arrive with hot drinks for Norris and Mary. It's cold and Mary suggests they sing to keep their spirits up. Norris objects to We Shall Overcome and We Shall Not Be Moved. Anna says they need something with a bit of a tune. Mary launches into Onward Christian Soldiers but Norris objects to anything religious. Mary wonders what they can sing that's not chanty, not religious and that they all know.
Outside, Owen's arrived and he and Terry argue because Owen can't wait forever. Terry wants to smoke out the protest. Tommy hushes them. He can hear singing. The three of them press their faces up against the window in the door. There follows a moment so wonderful that I think you should all go to Youtube.com and search for "Coronation Street Bohemian Rhapsody" immediately! Mary, Anna, Norris and Roy perform Queen's hit, re-enacting the staging and lighting of the original video! The main difference is Roy doing his "Galileo" in a very Roy-ish resigned sigh, rather than singing. Totally, totally wonderful and I still smile when I remember it!
Tommy thinks it sounds pretty good but Terry's not impressed. He's calling Councillor Peake!
Sally's in the cafe with baby Jack and meets Fiz. Baby Hope has just had a vaccination and Fiz says she was more upset than Hope. She has a different view of motherhood and says Sally won't want to go back to the mess, the noise and the nappies.
As Owen drives away, we see Kylie heading for the bistro in the company of two young men. Eva tells her David is worried sick but Kylie doesn't care. She's going to the bistro to have a good time. One of the young men has his wealthy dad's credit card, so Eva needn't worry about them being able to pay.
Carla's now met Sally in the cafe. She hopes there are no hard feelings and she says she still respects Sally as a businesswoman and thinks Sally will be in business on her own before too long. Sally asks how she's getting on with Simon and Carla frankly admits she isn't. But eventually Simon will come round and then she'll be a mum - something she's actually looking forward to. Carla tells Sally that she'll know where to come if she ever needs parenting advice.
In the bistro, Kylie and the blokes are noisily downing shots. Eva tries to get them to go but they refuse and Kylie gets aggressive. Nick telephones for reinforcements.
Sylvia's started a list of people banned from the cafe. So far, only Terry's name is on it. Gail comes in for a sticky bun and asks after Fay. She tells Anna she couldn't help overhearing the earlier discussion between Fay and Anna. Anna is very short with her and slams her purchase down on the counter. Once Gail's gone, Roy asks Anna why she didn't treat the customer with politeness and respect. Anna says Gail was sticking her nose in. She tells Roy how hard it is struggling to make ends meet when all you want to do is spoil your daughter rotten.
Karl's on the switch in the taxi office. Stella comes in singing Happy Birthday. She's got him a present after all. It's a 2.99 pounds car-wash kit. He's lucky to get anything at all, she says. Karl sarcastically tells her to rewrap it and give it to him again at Christmas. Stella tells him he needs a reality check. "Because of you we can't afford anything and we'll be paying off your debts for years, so get used to it!"
Baby Jack is crying and calling for Daddy.
Kylie's dancing on the table. David (the reinforcements) arrives and orders her down, asking if she wants Max to see her like that and reminding her she's got responsibilities. Kylie tells him she stood up for him and all he did was throw it back in her face, so she doesn't have to do anything he says. David turns the music off and reminds her she's a mother and a married woman. Kylie says she thought being married meant she and David would stand side by side. But David says the situation with Audrey wouldn't have happened if Kylie hadn't pushed him. "If not for you, none of this would have happened." Wallop! Kylie socks him one and then Nick has to hold David back. Kylie warns David to stay away from her. She turns to leave with the two blokes, stopping them from paying and snapping that David can pay.
In the Kabin, Rita asks Sally about being back with Kevin. Sally's face crumples into tears. "I'm a horrible person," she sobs. "I've just made a terrible, terrible mistake."
For more of Sally being unhappy, wait for the second episode.
Friday April 27, 2012 8:30 p.m.
Written by: Joe Turner
Directed by: Ian Bevitt
Auntie Rita has taken a sobbing Sally into the back room for a brew, which cures all ailments as you know. Rita presses her to tell her what the problem is. Sally unburdens by telling Rita that while she loves Kevin, and wants to spend the rest of her life with him, the problem is Jack. She hates herself for feeling this way towards an innocent little boy, but every time she looks at him, she sees Molly, and Kevin with Molly, and all the pain of that union comes flooding back.
As an aside, while little Jack is indeed very cute, he has a bit of an unnerving way of looking at people out of the corner of his eye that makes him look a bit akin to the spawn of the devil. But I am sure he is a very nice lad despite that.
Sally continues that she knows that if she continues on with Kevin, it will mean she will be bringing Jack up, and will be his mother, and she is not sure she can do that. Rita tries to reassure her that it is early days yet, that she may feel differently as time passes. However, Sally tells her about the conversation she had with Fiz, that she recognised the love Fiz feels for Hope as being the same she felt for the girls when they were little, but she really doesn't think she can ever feel that way about Jack.
Rita tries to assure her that she has always been a great mother, and that she will be again if she just gives it time. But Sally protests that she can't stop the horrible thoughts that go through her head every time she picks him up, and how long should she wait for those to disappear? Will it take a week? A month? A year? She tells Rita that she can't live like that, and she can't be the mother he needs or deserves. She feels she has to make the decision not to take Kevin back because of it, even though her heart is breaking.
David arrives home and Gail questions him about Kylie. He fills her in on the row they had in the Bistro, and the fact that she has stormed off. Gail asks if she will be coming back, and what about Max? David is sure she will come back because of Max, because he knows she loves him. Gail is not convinced about that, and rightly points out to David that she has both left him and sold him before.
She can see how upset David is, and sympathizes with him. He tells her that he didn't mean any of this to happen, it all just got out of hand. He tries to justify it by blaming Lewis, saying he was just trying to protect his Gran. Gail points out that Kylie made it much worse by egging him on, but David tells her he is every bit as much to blame as she is.
Gail asks what his plans are now, but he really doesn't know what to do. So Gail suggests he thinks about whether or not Kylie is worth all this trouble.
Rita is still comforting Sally, who is telling Reet that she feels that Jack can read her mind - (Yes! That must be what he is doing when he looks at people sideways!), she thinks because of this he isn't comfortable with her, and it is the reason she couldn't calm him down earlier when he was crying in her living room.
Rita urges her to talk to Kevin about it, but Sally wants to know how she can begin to tell him that she can't stand to be in the same room as his son. Rita assures her they will work it out, they have worked their way through big problems before. Sally agrees to talk to Kevin, and Rita hugs her, and tells her she will always be there for her, should she need her.
Sunita has arrived at the Streetcars office with a big interesting looking gift-wrapped parcel for Karl. It's a car stereo, and she tells him it is Bluetooth, so he can plug in his MP3 player if he wants. Karl is thrilled and gives her a long lingering kiss in thanks. They are interrupted by Steve calling on the phone, so Sunita takes the cue to get back to the Rovers.
Kevin comes home and Sally is all fired up to speak to him about the way she is feeling towards Jack, however, he cuts her words off by asking her if she can take care of him a bit longer as he has a rush job on. She looks crestfallen, but tells him she will.
Kirsty has shown up in the future lap dancing emporium to feed the rebels with toasties. Just then their meal is interrupted by a banging on the door, and the police announce their arrival. Kirsty opts to be the one to speak to them, and after satisfying herself that they are really the police, she opens the door and tells them that it is a peaceful and legitimate protest. The officer begs to differ by telling her that it is an illegal protest, that they are trespassing on private property, and unless they leave immediately, they will all be arrested. Giving them two minutes to decide if they are going to leave, or go to prison, the policeman in charge, who happens to be Kirsty's boss, tells her that he expects her to convince them to come to the right decision.
Terry is unhappy with this method of removal, saying he was hoping for tear gas and tazers, but the police officer tells him it will be done his way. Discussion is going on inside, and the only two who want to stay and fight are Tyrone and Mary. Mary takes us into the break trying to get the others on side by raising the battle cry. "Who is with me?" she cries.
LOL!! Obviously nobody is, because after the break we see them leaving the fortress with their hands up. Although Kirsty does assure them they can lower them.
Mary is still militant though, and she tells Terry that the fight is not over, that they will not allow his sleazy enterprise to contaminate their community. Terry's response to that is to tell the policeman to lock her up first.
Kirsty's boss takes her aside and gives her a rollicking for getting involved in something like that. She tells him that she lives in the area, and it was a peaceful protest. He wags his finger in front of her nose, and tells her to make sure there are no more protests, no more hassle from Mr. Duckworth, and to make this problem go away.
Terry can't resist gloating to Tyrone about the fact he has won, so Ty tells him that he agrees with Mary, and he hasn't heard the last of it. Terry is not worried, and tells him that he has friends in very high places, and that his club will open no matter what they do.
Anna bemoans to Dev that now the excitement is over, it's back to the grindstone of trying to make ends meet. Dev tells her he was about to put a card in his window advertising for evening help, and asks if she would be interested. She tells him she will think about it.
Cue baby Jack looking sideways again, as Sally arranges his blankets. There is a knock on the door and a relieved Sally runs to open it, thinking it is Kevin come to take his baby. Instead however, it is Auntie Pam, and she is very agitated, as she has heard from Tyrone that Kevin and Sally are back together. Before Sally gets a chance to answer, she spots Jack, and figures that answers the question for her. Sally protests that she is just watching Jack as a favour to Kevin, as he had trouble with the child minder. Pam is hurt by this, because she has told Kevin he can call on them any time he needs help with Jack. She is terrified that if they are back together, Kevin will cut them out of Jack's life altogether.
She verbally attacks Sally, asking her if she has forgotten already what Kevin did to her with Molly, and Sal assures her she hasn't forgotten, and asks her where she received her information. Pam doesn't answer that, instead she asks her what she is thinking to allow Kevin back into her bed. She asks if he hasn't hurt her enough already. She points out that if he has hurt her once, he will do it again. Sally sucks a thoughtful tooth.
Rita drops by the garage and asks Kevin if he remembers what she had said to him this morning. Kev replies that he does, and he is determined he will not let Sally down again, that he has learned his lesson the hard way. Rita reminds him that Sally has had a lot to forgive to have come this far, and that she hopes it works out for them. Kevin agrees, and tells her he is not going to blow it this time.
Terry and Owen are inspecting the premises left by the squatters, and Owen is impressed that they have left the place in better shape than before they arrived. It is agreed that Owen will be back on the job first thing in the morning. Terry wants to know if the job will be completed on schedule, but Owen tells him that they have been put behind by the protest, and if he wants the date to be the same as before, it will cost him more money, and extra manpower. Terry agrees that it won't be a problem, but the club must open on schedule.
Pam is still having a go at Sally, telling her that Kevin is bragging to anyone who will listen that they are back together, and she is asking if that is correct, just as Kevin walks in the door. He asks Pam what she is doing there, and she snaps back that she could ask him the same question.
Sally explains that Pam has heard that they are back together, and has come round to express her disapproval. Pam tells them that there are only three people she cares about, the poor little baby, Tyrone and her Molly. Kevin tells Pam that he was going to invite her and Bill round anyway, and that whether she likes it or not, he has never stopped loving Sally, and they want to make it work. He goes on to say that No. 4 is the best place for Jack, because at least he is with a real family, when he says this, Sally averts her eyes. Pam replies that she supposes the plan is to shuffle them off, and they will never see Jack again. Kevin protests that it isn't the plan to do that at all, that they will always be part of his life.
Karl arrives home and Sunita is surprised to see him so early. He tells her that Steve has let him off early as it is his birthday. She asks if he liked his present, and he tells her he loves it, and now he always has a little bit of her in the cab with him. (Oh gag!) He then tells her he will have a pint pulled by the most beautiful woman in the bar before he goes through to see Stella. Sunita notes that as she is the only woman in the bar at the moment, she doesn't have a lot of competition. He banters that in that case he will wait until someone more beautiful than her enters the room. Just then the door opens and in walks Mary. "Still number one", Karl mutters to an amused Sunita.
Norris is looking for Rita, but nobody has seen her. Sunita lets them know that it is Karl's birthday, so Mary wishes him many happy returns. Anna appears, and Karl whispers to Sunita that she hasn't knocked her off her title either. Anna announces that she has just landed another job thanks to Sunita's husband, Sunita immediately puts her straight that Dev isn't exactly her husband. Anna tells Mary and Norris that landing this job will really help her to keep Faye in the manner to which she has never been accustomed to before. Mary is irritated that Anna's priorities have wavered from the cause at hand, and reminds her that they are running a campaign to keep smut off their streets, not a part-time employment bureau.
Karl appeals to Mary to suspend hostilities today at least, as it's his birthday, and suggests the three of them have a drink on him. Anna is more than happy to accept.
Gail and David are watching the telly when Kylie comes in, slamming the door behind her. She immediately announces she is only there to get her stuff, then she is gone. David asks if she received his texts, and is told she deleted them. Gail offers to make her some tea, and Kylie snaps that she doesn't understand her, one minute she is being accused of trying to murder Audrey, and the next there is tea on offer. Gail responds that she is doing it because she is still David's wife. Kylie looks at David and says "Hopefully not for much longer". she then flounces upstairs to collect her things.
Auntie Pam has gone now, so Sally badly wants to speak to Kevin. She suggests he sit down, and she will bring him a beer. He tells her he just wants a quick shower first, and then he kisses her tenderly, and tells her that she has been great today the way she stepped into the breach with Jack. He dashes upstairs leaving Sally speechless once again.
Kylie is now rushing back downstairs with not only a suitcase but poor little Max, who looks bleary eyed as if he has been woken up. Gail and David protest, and tell her she can't take Max with her. She replies that she can do just that, as he is her son. David suggests they sit down and talk it through, but she is not having any of it. She tells him that she knows how he and his whole family feel about her, and frankly she is happy to be out of it. Angry though she is, it is noted that her voice is wavering as she says it, and has tears in her eyes. David tells her he doesn't want her to go, and she replies that what he wants doesn't come into it. Gail asks her where she is going and how she is going to manage with Max. She replies that she only knows she is going as far away from them as she can, and since when does Gail care what happens to Max. Gail protests that she does care, and David tells her that he loves her. Kylie is totally confused by this, and accuses them of blaming her for everything, then when she runs for the door, they act surprised and tell her they care. She turns to David and asks him to say again that he loves her, he tells her he does. She tells him that she really loved him, and would have done anything for him, but when the chips were down he chose his Mum and his Gran over her, so now hopes they will all be very happy together.
With that, she turns and marches out the door with David running after her, begging her to come back home. She refuses, and tells him to leave her alone. He protests that he loves her and wants her to stay. She stops and tells him that to love her it's all or nothing, and he chose nothing, and that he should go back to his precious little family. He counters that she and Max are his family, but she replies that she has always been on her own, and always will be. With that, she leaves with tears running down her face, dragging Max along with her.
Kirsty is going over the events of the day with Tyrone. She can't understand why her boss would involve himself with a little incident like that, she feels that it goes much higher, and someone's palm is getting greased. Tyrone wants to know why, in that case, she told them to give up the cause, and is told it is because he is her superior officer, and he told her to. "That's how it works", she tells Tyrone. "He could have made things very difficult for me at work if I hadn't".
Kirsty is very suspicious, and then remembers that Terry had told Tyrone that he has friends in very high places. Tyrone wants to continue on and put a stop to Terry, and the investigator in Kirsty would love to get to the bottom of it too.
A nice and clean Kevin comes into the room, and Sally greets him with a beer, and an announcement that they need to talk about Jack. The camera pans to Jack, and he is looking malevolently sideways at them, (I don't want to be mean about a cute little child, but his stare really is quite off-putting). Anyway, Kevin wants to know why she wants to talk about Jack, as he had understood from her that he had been fine earlier. She finally manages to get the words out, that she feels little Jack deserves a proper Mum who can love him unconditionally, and she doesn't feel she can do it. He tells her he knows it is going to be hard, and that it will take time, but she replies that it won't work, it just can't work.
Sally goes on to tell him that she really does love him, but cannot love Jack, and cannot be his mother. Kevin tells her that she doesn't have to be his mother, but Sal responds that because he is part of him, she has to love him and be just that, but she can't. Crying now, she tells him that each time she looks at his little face, she feels sick inside, remembering the betrayal and the cruelty, which makes her feel so ashamed, and so much like a bad person. She goes on to say that she can't bear to have the little boy in the house, and if she can't have that, then she can't have Kevin either.
The credits roll with Kevin looking totally gobsmacked.
One from me and one from Karen tonight....
Written By Mark Wadlow Directed by Duncan Foster
Owen and the crew are waiting to be paid and no work is done until
that happens. Terry drives up and hands him a thick envelope of cash
and it's all hands to the deck. Owen needs more help. Terry phones
It's all very domestic at the Websters with Sophie holding Jack and
Sally and Kevin at the table. Kevin gets a long and informative text
from the child minder who's got glandular fever and will be off weeks.
What to do? What to do? Kevin hopes Sally will mind the baby but she's
already told him how she feels. He was hoping if she spent more time
with Jack, she'd grow to love him. He thinks they can sort it out but
she doesn't. He pours on the flattery but she's still reluctant even
when he asks if she still loves him, which, by the way she does, but
can't see how they can be together with this situation over their
Tommy arrives at the building site and is dismayed to find out his
father wanted him to help with the labourers but heaven forbid Terry
gets stuck in, right? He's off to meetings.
Tyrone and Terry exchange a few words on the street. Terry defends his
business plans and licenses as legit. Tyrone something fishy is going
on and knows Terry is and always was a lowlife. Terry brushes him off
but Tyrone persists in insulting him so Terry tells him not to push
Brian and Julie are heading down the street. It's the day of her 12
week scan and Brian isn't sure he's going to be able to make the
appointment. Julie's upset about that. He said he'd be a hands on dad
and he seems to find work more important. He promises he'll be a good
dad but.. but... She accuses him of uttering empty words of support
and walks away leaving him sputtering.
Anna is dismayed that Garry's working for Owen and can't look after
Faye that evening while she's working at Dev's. Mary is in the cafe
and offers her services. Anna is reluctant. She chats with Norris,
Emily and Mary about Sylvia's ban on serving the builders. Mary thinks
their energies should be focused on the Weatherfield in Bloom contest
as a more productive use of their time. Kirsty and Tyrone come in. Ty
has told Kirsty about Terry's menacing attitude. Unfortunately there's
no evidence Terry has broken any rules and Kirsty points out that
people do get permission to open such clubs. Tyrone refuses to throw
in the towel. Kirsty says she can't get involved and they should
contact their local councilor. Emily offers Deirdre as an advisor, she
"used to work for the local council" (I fear Emily is losing her
marbles. Deirdre spent some years AS a local councilor). Tyrone
gathers the troops to go find Deirdre. Off they go, bacon butties in
Sunita watches Karl washing one of the cabs with a flirtatious
admiring smile. Stella comes along and wants him to take her into
town. Music is blaring from the cab. He leaves the cab still half
covered in soap though has managed to clear the wind screen and gets
inside with her. She notes the new stereo straight away. He said he
got it off a cousin.
Deirdre seems to have forgotten her past as well, pointing out she was
only a PA for the council. Her friends want to know who would be in
charge of this sort of thing. Deirdre instructs them about the name of
the person in charge of special licenses but he's probably retired.
She also passes on a rumour that that person was on the take. Tyrone
immediately reckons Terry has bribed someone and they should storm
Town Hall. Mary thinks storming the garden centre is a better use of
their time and Norris doesn't think they can do much. Tyrone is
determined and it looks like he'll have to go it alone.
Kevin has recruited Pam to mind Jack for the day, pretending he
doesn't want to put too much on to Sally while they're trying to get
back together. Apparently Pam is going to use the Webster house as the
base for minding Jack rather than taking his things to hers.
Kirsty is cooking when Tyrone comes in ranting about bent councilors.
She doesn't think there's anything he can do even if he's right. He's
going to find something, some way, and he can't stand Terry getting
away with it and Kirsty realizes it's more about Terry than the club.
He agrees. Terry let Jack and Vera down over and over and he's
determined to expose him.
After the break, Mary is armed with a hanging basket of flowers for
Norris and Emily. Emily doesn't want to accept the plant. Mary is
expecting everyone to get involved and runs over to see if she can
borrow Owen's power drill to put up the basket herself.
Karl's cab comes around the corner, blasting Eric Clapton out the
window. Sunita is returning from a shopping trip. She's wearing 4 or 5
inch spike heels. Seriously? He gets out and thanks her for the radio
and told her the lie about it he'd told Stella. She wants to meet up
as does he but they have to be careful.
Kirsty advises Tyrone that he can't go into town hall with all guns
blazing. He tries to persuade him to help her. She's reluctant but
ends up agreeing as long as he does all the talking, not her. It won't
hurt to have a second set of eyes and ears at least.
Sally and Kevin are having a sandwich, sitting on the factory steps,
and talking about the "situation" when Pam comes round the corner
wheeling Jack in his pushchair. Sally goes back inside and Kevin comes
over to see them. Pam compliments him on his fathering skills. He
agrees he never did a lot when the girls were young but is really
enjoying this hands-on experience. Pam gets right to the point, how
does Sally like being a mum again. Kevin unconvincingly says she loves
it and is confident they'll be back together permanently. Pam says she
and Bill will help with Jack when needed. Kevin's got an idea and asks
her to take Jack overnight so he can take Sally out. Kevin says he'll
bring Jack and his things over later when Pam says she'd be delighted.
Julie arrives for her scan but Brian isn't in evidence yet. She
witters on about Brian being important then sits down to wait.
Gary's come in for the tea for the builders. Anna serves him but warns
against being seen by Sylvia. Mary is there and offers her services
again. Eventually Anna agrees, having no choice.
Julie is still waiting but Brian shows up. He moans about the parking.
They sit down to wait and chat. She's got her baby book there ready
for the scan photo. They are called in by a technician that Brian
Kevin tells Sally he's booked a table at the Bistro for them to talk properly.
Ty and Kirsty arrive at Town Hall. Kirsty advises him to stay calm and
is there on behalf of the neighbourhood and wants to object to the lap
dancing club when he gets to see councilor Peake. They arrive at the
reception desk. The receptionist puts him off for a minute and Kirsty
impulsively strides forward, flashing her police badge and takes over.
Peake isn't there at the moment and they are instructed to wait but
Kirsty sees Peake's office and slips inside.
The scan is underway. Julie is excited. Brian establishes that he used
to teach the technician who seems to be having trouble finding the
baby. Hiding, most likely. Brian continues chatting to her and Julie
admonishes him for taking the attention away from the task at hand.
And away from her. The technician excuses herself to consult with a
colleague. Julie is immediately worried and Brian reckons the woman
just doesn't know what she's doing. He tries to assure her but Julie
Kirsty starts looking around through the papers and plans on the
councilor's desk. She finds his car key fob, with a Mercedes logo on
it. She tries to access his email but it's password protected.
councilor Peake comes in! Followed by Terry Duckworth!!!
Written by Mark Wadlow and directed by Duncan Foster
Tyrone and Kirsty are standing in the councillor's office, looking guilty
but when he asks what they're doing in there and threatens to call the
police, Terry points out that Kirsty is the police. She adds that she's also
a Weatherfield resident and that they're very concerned at the prospect of a
lap dancing club being opened at the end of their street. The councillor
tells them to go through the proper channels and make an appointment but
Kirsty tells him not to try fobbing them off and that they want answers.
In the hospital, Julie is waiting anxiously to find out what the problem is
with her scan. The consultant radiologist comes in says he know she's
worried but asks her to bear with him for a few minutes.
Back in the councillor's office he's telling Kirsty and Tyrone that all the
correct procedures were followed but Kirsty points out that nobody they know
was consulted about the planning application. Ty wants to know what Terry's
doing there if they're not in cahoots but it seems he has a perfectly
legitimate reason as he claims he's made some small alterations to his plans
which he wanted to run past the council.
The radiologist is looking at Julie's scan and we can tell by his face that
it's not good news. He wants to go into his office to talk about it but
Julie gets worked up and wants him to tell her what's wrong. Without much
bedside manner he comes straight out and announces that she's not pregnant
and there is no baby. He's still keen to take her through to his office but
Julie is beside herself so he tells her there and then that the scan
revealed a growth on her ovary and that it could have caused a false
positive pregnancy test. Julie is, understandably, utterly distraught at
In the street Mary is standing on a chair outside Emily's house, wielding an
electric drill in a rather alarming manner, ready to hang their basket for
the Weatherfield in Bloom competition. Emily observes that it's a bit
sparse but we discover this is only the beginning of Mary's horticultural
odyssey as she reveals her plans for the window boxes and the back yard.
Tina comes out of Dev's shop and is really annoyed when she catches sight of
Tommy doing labouring work at the strip-club building site. She wants to
know where Terry's got to but isn't surprised to learn that he's not around.
Tina tells Tommy that she just doesn't like to see him getting used.
Meanwhile, Tyrone and Kirsty have arrived home. Ty's angry at the outcome
of their run-in at the council. When she doesn't speak, Ty thinks Kirsty is
annoyed with him but it turns out she's thinking. She tells Ty that although
she was initially sceptical, she's now certain that there's something dodgy
going on. In fact, she'd stake her career on it - or what's left of it
after today. As Kirsty says, when you've interviewed as many crooks as she
has, you get a feel for when someone's lying. The trouble is, she says,
even if she's right, how do they prove it?
At Anna's, Faye comes bouncing down the stairs to ask what time Gary's
coming over. Anna explains there's been a change of plan and Mary's coming
instead. Faye can't believe her mum is serious. When Anna tells her she
needs to be on her best behaviour Faye points out she can't do that or Scary
Mary might come again. At that moment Mary arrives and Anna almost has
second thoughts but Mary bundles her out of the door before fixing Faye with
a look and saying that she's sure they'll get on like a house on fire.
In the Bistro, Kevin is treating Sally to a meal out. As Sally drools over
the prospect of Sticky Toffee Pudding, Kevin flatters her by telling her how
slim she's always looked. She asks him if he's hoping to get lucky later
and then points out that they won't have the house to themselves as Sophie
will be there. Kevin responds by telling her that he's lucky every night
now that they're back together.
Back at Ty and Kirsty's they're still discussing the councillor. Kirsty says
he wouldn't be the first one to take a back-hander and that people like
Terry are always trying to cut corners and pay good money to get what they
want. When Kirsty says she'll ring an ex-colleague who once handled a
similar case he observes that she's really got the bit between her teeth.
"I could always . " begins Kirsty but when Ty asks her to expand she tells
him to forget it, it's too risky. She was thinking that she could always go
onto the computer at work to see what she could dredge up. Ty reminds her
that she's always saying that good coppers have got to go out on a limb
sometimes and that if she found something which led to him being arrested
then she would get Brownie points. "Yeah, and if I got caught I'd be for
the high jump" says Kirsty. "Can't you do it when nobody's looking?" asks
Ty. "No I can't," replies Kirsty, abruptly. "So don't ask me. "
Mary is laying down the house rules with Faye, the first one of which is to
put down her computer game and look Mary in the eye when she's talking to
her. We sense she means business.
Anna arrives for her shift at the corner shop, just as Dev is trying to
break the news to Sunita that Aadi has won a place in a golf tournament.
It's in Scotland, over a bank holiday weekend, and it will involve staying
over. Dev is pleasantly surprised when Sunita doesn't take much persuading
that they should be allowed to go, provided he does something for Asha to
make up for it.
In the Rovers Brian looks on in concern while Julie drowns her sorrows. As
she points out, there's nothing to stop her drinking as much as she likes
any more. Brian tries to make all the right noises but as well as the news
about the baby Julie is worried about the growth on her ovary. With
misplaced optimism, Brian tries suggesting that they may be able to treat
her problem with a couple of pills but Julie tells him it's wishful
thinking. "I'm glad I've got you," says Julie. "And you always will have,"
Kirsty arrives back home with several bags of shopping, including ten jars
of mussels in vinegar (just in case we need reminding that she's pregnant).
When Ty comments she was gone a long time, Kirsty casually mentions that she
called in at work and tried looking up Councillor Peak's name on the
computer. She starts by making out there was nothing on him but then
reveals that she remembered the details of the car he drives. So she did a
bit more digging and . bingo! The registered owner is none other than a T.
Duckworth. "What, he bought his car off Terry?" asks Ty, never one to be
quick off the mark. "Or he gave it him and they haven't reregistered it,"
suggests Kirsty. Either way, she tells Ty that Councillor Peak will have
some awkward questions to answer which is why one of her colleagues is round
there right now, paying him a visit. Ty is thrilled with this news and he
and Kirsty hug each other and dance around the room.
At the building site, Owen and his men are knocking off for the night.
Terry is in expansive mood as he describes his vision for the lap-dancing
club to Tommy. He tells him he wants it to be classy, which, in Terry's
eyes, is a club full of footballers and celebrities knocking back Champagne,
while their stretched hummers wait in the street outside. Tommy tries to set
him straight by suggesting it will be a magnet for undesirables. He tells
Terry there is another way they could do it. They could forget the
lap-dancing idea and turn it into a dance and music venue. Terry suspects
Tina has put ideas into Tommy's head and tells him to keep her on her toes
but he tells his Dad that he thinks the whole thing is a bit naff.
In the Bistro Kevin has been on the phone to Pam to check on Jack. He's in a
buoyant mood and wants to order Champagne to celebrate them having dinner
together like a happily married couple but Sally reminds him that the reason
they're having such a good time is that their massive problem is away for
the night. Kevin asks Sally if she really hates him that much. She replies
that she doesn't hate Jack at all, she likes him, but she can't be his Mum.
Kevin tells her that he's only just got her back and he's not going to let
her go again but Sally replies that it's not just about what they want,
there's a child to think about. "I'll give him up then," says Kevin but
Sally tells him not to say that, she knows he loves Jack to bits and she
doesn't want to hear him talking like that. Kevin is distraught at the
thought of letting Sally slip away again.
Owen goes into the corner shop and Anna looks decidedly nervous when she
sees who her first customer is. Dev leaves them to it and Owen asks if she
was headhunted by Dev or if she just wanted a change of scene. Anna
explains that she hasn't given her other job up but she wants to be able to
give Faye a few more treats. "Speaking of Faye, who's with her now?" asks
Owen as we cut to the scene at Anna's house. Faye is on her hands and
knees, shining shoes, while Mary hovers over her with a pair of rubber
gloves and a tin of polish.
At the Rovers, the beer barrel needs changing. Stella says she'll fetch Karl
but, quick as a flash, Sunita offers to go for her. She finds Karl in the
back room and casually mentions the fact that Dev and the kids are off to a
golf tournament, leaving her all alone in the house .
Out in the bar, Tommy is outlining his ideas to his father about an
alternative use for the club but Terry isn't buying it. He tells Tommy
that, once he starts to see a return on his investment, they can then talk
about a second club and he'll give Tommy carte blanche. At that moment, Ty
and Kirsty come in, eager to break their news. Just as Terry is telling
Rita, Norris and Emily that they're a bunch of nosey old cranks who should
move into the 21st century, Ty and Kirsty join in the conversation. At
first Terry looks confused when they start talking about the car he drives
and then the penny begins to drop. Reality sinks in when Kirsty tells him
that the police have just arrested Councillor Peak for accepting bribes.
Back at the Bistro Kevin and Sally are still discussing Jack. Kevin tells
Sally she's right, he could never give away Jack permanently. But there is
an idea forming in his mind. Pam and his dad have offered to look after Jack
any time, so why not make the most of their generous offer and make it full
time? Sally is understandably horrified at this suggestion and she certainly
doesn't want people thinking that she got Kevin to shunt Jack out of the
way. But he doesn't see it like that at all and seems to think there's
nothing wrong with dumping Jack with his grandparents so that he and Sally
can be together. Despite Sally's protests that it's a terrible idea, Kevin
tells her that he's still going to speak to Pam.
In the Rovers Terry is trying to convince the assembled company that all of
his dealings with the council have been completely above board but Kirsty
tells them that the police are doing a full investigation of all the
planning applications which Peak dealt with and says that if there has been
rule bending or arm twisting they'll find out about it. "I'll twist your
arm," threatens Terry menacingly when it becomes clear he's been rumbled.
"Does this mean it's the end of the club?" asks Norris. "It looks like it,
thanks to Kirsty," says Tyrone proudly. Norris decides to break the habit
of a lifetime and have a whole pint to celebrate. Emily joins him with a
large sherry and Rita quips that she'll drink the whole bottle.
Outside, Terry is marching furiously down the street. When Tommy catches up
with him, his father tells him that his mate's stupid, interfering wife's
blown it for him. "It's over. I'm done for. It's over," he tells Tommy
before climbing into his car.
the update for Thursday 3rd May.
is cooking breakfast for Kirsty, they're both pretty pleased at the
way things worked out. They hope that now Tommy will realise the
truth about his dad. Tyrone reckons they'll be pleased with Kirsty at
work, but she's not so sure.
finds his dad in the club premises. Terry reckons he's screwed now,
all down to that interfering cow.
workers are arriving at the factory, and Eileen mentions that she and
Paul are off to Cyprus for a week's holiday, they got a last minute
deal. Julie comes in, and they ask how the scan went, is there a
photo? Julie breaks down and tells them there is no photo because
there's no baby, there never was.
and Mary are staring at their hanging baskets and wondering why
they're not doing very well. Gail comes along and suggests moving
them to the back yard. Norris says he's not falling for that one, he
knows that Gail is entering Weatherfield in Bloom too.
at the factory, they're trying to comfort Julie and tell her that
most growths are benign. “But what if it's not?” says Julie, with
panic on her face. Eileen says that's why she must get it checked out
as soon as possible. Julie asks Carla for time off and then goes off
to the medical centre.
Matt looks at Julie's scan results and tells her that they'll have to
operate to check out the cyst on her ovary. As luck would have it
they've had a cancellation and can fit her in tomorrow.
goes to get Jack from Pam's. He tells Pam that he and Sally have been
talking and she's finding it difficult to accept Jack, he reminds her
of Molly. He asks Pam if she and Bill would consider having Jack to
live with them for a few months, until Sally can sort out how she
feels about him. Pam is shocked. “Are you serious?” she asks.
the doctor's surgery, Matt tells Julie that if the cyst has spread
outside surface of the ovary they will have to remove the ovary. She
wants to know if it will affect her chances of getting pregnant. He
tells her he's seen lots of women in her situation and almost all
have gone on to have children.
stunned Kirsty goes into the pub to find Tyrone. She tells him she's
been suspended again for all the things she did. She's been told that
she's jeopardised the police's relationship with the council and
brought the force into disrepute. She tells him her career in the
police is finished for good.
at Pam's, she's furious. She wants to know if this is Sally's idea,
but Kevin protests that it's his. “So we do all the donkey work
while you and her go out on the razz every night until she makes up
the Rovers, Stella and Tina are talking about Kirsty, and Tina says
she actually feels sorry for her. Just then Tommy comes in and is
delighted when he hears the news. He says it's her interfering that
screwed his dad. Kirsty overhears and comes over, telling Tommy that
his dad is a criminal. They then start shouting at each other until
Tyrone tries to get Kirsty to leave. She's furious that he isn't
backing her up, and storms out.
asks Kevin if he's thought what would happen if Sally never wants
Jack. Kevin says they'd have to think of something else. “So you'd
still choose her over him?” Pam is astounded, and asks Kevin to
think what they would say when Jack is old enough to ask why he
doesn't live with his daddy any more. Eventually Pam says that she'll
have to check with Bill, but yes, she will do it, she feels she has
no choice as Kevin isn't prepared to have him, after all, Jack is her
flesh and blood. It's a pity Kevin can't see it like that.
and Brian have called to tell Eileen the news. She's shocked and
sorry. Julie wonders if they should try and have a baby before she
has the operation, but Brian says they mustn't think like that.
calls on Terry and is amazed to find him packing. Terry tells him he
had no idea the councillor was bent and now he's lost all his money.
Just then there's a knock on the door and some men barge in and throw
Terry onto the bed. “Going somewhere, Terry?” asks one of them.
and Norris have bought various supplies to help their hanging baskets
along, when they see Gail planting flowering plants in her front
garden. She tells them she started them off at her mother's, the soil
is better there. “Is that allowed?” asks Norris. Gail says there
is nothing in the rule book about it.
heavies pin Terry and Tommy up against the wall, saying that their
boss wants his money back. Terry says he needs a couple of more
months, but they say it has to be paid by the end of the day
tomorrow. Tommy says he'll get the money. When they've gone, Terry
asks his dad how much he owes, and Terry tells him 10 grand. Tommy is
shocked, but says he'll give him the money. Tommy gives him a hug,
but smirks over his shoulder.
goes back to Sally's house and tells her that although Pam said
she'll have Jack, he can't bring himself to do it, he doesn't know
what he was thinking. “Where does this leave us?” asks Sally.
goes back home where Kirsty tells him that he got her the sack, she
knew she shouldn't have done it but he kept egging her on. She shouts
at him that he kept nagging her, and he didn't back her up when Tommy
had a go at her in the Rovers. Tyrone then tells her that he's spoken
to Carla. There's a vacancy at Underworld in packing, it's Kirsty's
if she wants it. “Well that solves everything,” she says,
sarcastically, “that's the answer to my prayers!”
and Sally are talking over their situation. He suggests that they
don't live together, but still see each other. “What, go on dates?”
asks Sally. She doesn't think that would work, and Jack would still
want her to be his mum. She says they will just have to be friends
because she can't find the love that Jack needs. He will be Kevin's
priority for the next 20 years and he needs to find someone who can
help him with that. They both get tearful and she hugs him, saying
she hopes it works out for him.
at Tyrone's, Kirsty is shouting that she's lost her career, her
vocation, and he thinks stuffing knickers into boxes will make up for
that. He shouts that he was only trying to help, and doesn't she
think she's over reacting? She has a soup ladle in her hand and she
lashes out with it, hitting him full in the mouth with it. He gasps
and when he takes his hands away there's lots of blood. She tries to
say she's sorry but he just turns and rushes out of the front door.
Hello. Excuse the ice-cream stains on this update but it's been very hot here.
We start at Tyrone's house where he's sitting in the dark with his face a terrible mess. Kirsty comes in and offers him breakfast and many, many apologies. "That doesn't mean it didn't happen. It doesn't mean I don't look like this!" Tyrone says bitterly. Kirsty says he knew she was under a lot of stress and should have known to give her a wide berth. Tyrone's horrified that she's putting the blame on him.
Out in the street, Tina tells Tommy they've got an appointment at the bank later. It's important that they invest their money wisely.
David opens a letter from the school about parents' evening next week. He doesn't even know where Max is. Gail sympathises about what Kylie's put him through but David says he just misses her.
Fay's in the cafe, getting a bit demanding, when Anna gets a text message from Dev asking her to work tonight. But who's going to look after Fay? "To quote John Inman, 'I'm free!'," says Mary. Fay is horrified and pleads with Anna to stop working at Dev's but she's packed off to school.
Kev and Sally exchange regretful looks as she passes the garage on her way to work. Sean tells everyone it's Maria's birthday and he promised her a bit of a party in the Rovers, but that seems wrong with Julie having her operation today. The others convince him that Julie would be in favour of the party.
Kirsty comes to the garage office and tearfully tells Tyrone she was upset, she wasn't thinking straight and a red mist descended. "I know that's no excuse. I've hurt you." Ty tells her that if he'd done the hitting he'd be a wife beater. "Just because you're a woman doesn't make it right. Get out. I don't want to look at you!"
Audrey and Lewis stop into the cafe and tell Anna how well Audrey is and that she's been instructed to take light exercise.
Julie and Brian are on their way to the hospital without any overnight bag at all as far as I can tell. They meet Marcus at the bus stop and talk about the surgery. There's an air of forced cheerfulness.
Owen, Gary and Jason are in the cafe. They sit with Tommy and Owen gives him a quiet warning and makes it clear that Terry owes him money and it's Terry's fault they now have no work.
In the Kabin, Emily's sneezing with the hayfever she's got from Norris's hanging baskets. Gail offers to bin them for Emily because Norris doesn't have a chance of winning and Norris calls Gail a cheat.
Marcus sits with Brian and Julie as they wait for her to be admitted.
Back in the garage, Tyrone asks about the situation with Kevin and Sally and Kevin counters by asking about Tyrone's face. Tyrone says he was getting down a box from the loft and it fell on him. Kevin says he's only got himself to blame for Sally not being able to cope with Jack. A relationship needs work and the only work he paid any attention to was in the garage.
Tommy goes to Terry's flat and gives the bad guys ten thousand pounds. When they've gone, Terry insists he'll make it up to Tommy. "I'll never let you down again, son." [Just like that other soap promise, "I won't tell a soul," we all know this is likely to be broken within the next few episodes!]
Fiz sits with Sally in the tea area and hears about her problem with baby Jack. Sally thinks she's not a very nice person. The other machinists watch but when challenged by Fiz they insist they were talking about Julie.
Julie's wearing a hospital gown and waiting with Brian cuddling her in her bed. She's given the forms to sign giving permission for both ovaries to be removed if necessary.
David and Maria are both doing clients' hair when Audrey arrives at the salon with a huge bunch of flowers for Maria. David tells her he's had the sign replaced. Audrey thanks him and says he can go now. A stunned David leaves.
Tyrone goes home and tells Kirsty he's been invited to help Maria celebrate her birthday. Kirsty asks whether anyone mentioned his injuries and he tells her he lied about it. He goes to run a bath.
Mary's reading aloud to Fay, claiming it's educational, though it sounds as if she's just reading the novel she was reading anyway. Fay pleads to be allowed out to play, saying she'll be huge and unloved if she doesn't get any exercise. Mary allows her out to play in the garden.
Marcus sees Brian waiting for Julie to be brought back from theatre. Brian cries as he confides that he was married before but it was nothing like this. Julie brings sunshine into his life.
Tyrone's back downstairs and Kirsty thinks he should go to Maria's party. They should lead more independent lives. Tyrone scathingly asks whether that means if they spend less time together there'll be less chance of her walloping him. His mother beat him but he's not a kid any more. He thought he and Kirsty were equals. Kirsty says he's a much better person than she is. The police were right to get rid of her and she shouldn't have taken it out on the man she loves. She says it would be easy to blame it on her hormones but the truth is she can't take the pressure. Tyrone thinks she's really repentent and asks her to come to the pub, too. They make a sort of peace.
Tina's really annoyed to see Terry arrive at the pub with Tommy. She instructs Tommy to go home and change his shirt and shoes ready for the bank appointment. Tommy confesses that there's no point. He gave the money to his Dad. "You did what?"
It looks as if Tina's about to explode but she's on a delayed timer and you'll have to wait for the second episode to find out whether she does.
That's the end of this one.
Friday May 4th, 2012 8:30 p.m.
Written by: Jan McVerry
Directed by: Duncan Foster
We open with Tina giving Tommy a rollicking for parting with his inheritance to pay his father's debts. Terry is butting in with interjections like telling her how quickly he will get it back with interest, but she is not convinced. Tina is angry at Tommy's stupidity, and will not be placated. She is on her way home to cancel their appointment with the bank. Tommy tells her just to postpone it, as Terry will be paying him back, she just shakes her head in disbelief and calls him a Muppet. Tommy is insulted, and tells her that if it had been her Dad, she would have done the same thing. She tells him that the difference is that her Dad had loved her, his didn't want to know him until he found out he had money. Her parting words are "Grow up Tommy, he's playing you like a fiddle and you still can't see it!"
At the hospital, Marcus and Brian visit Julie after her operation. Brian wants to know what the doctor has told her. She groggily tells him that he said the op went very well with no complications, and he was very pleased. Brian looks relieved for a split second, then reads the pain in Julie's face, as she tells him that they took both her ovaries. She tells him with tears rolling down her face that she will never be a Mum.
Terry walks into the flat and overhears Tina cancelling the appointment at the bank. He asks her why she thinks he came here to open his venue on this street when he could have gone anywhere. Tina replies that she is more interested in when he is going. Not put off, he continues that he came back there to prove something, and when he had made it big, he planned to show up at Tommy's house in Blackpool with a brand new Bimmer (BMW), Tina laughs sarcastically and tells him that she had plans to model for Armani too. He barrels on that the number plate of Tommy's car is already on order, and she can check, it's TD2. Tina replies that it's short for 'Total Dreamer'. (Now I am not sure whether I got this last bit right, I am not certain if Terry meant the car was for Tommy, or whether he was planning to just show up in his own BMW to show off. Hard to tell when the licence plate would have been the same, still I guess it makes no difference, it's not likely to happen either way.)
Tommy has arrived at the door, and stops to listen to what his father is telling Tina. He overhears him telling her that he is determined that one day he will show everyone around there, and his Dad if he is watching, that he can make something of himself, and sooner or later is going to make Tommy proud to call him Dad.
Tommy makes a noise to let them know he is arriving home, and Terry tells them he will get off as they have a party to go to. Tommy tells him there is no rush, and gives him a beer. Terry tells him that he wishes he could prove to him that he has changed, that he has grown up. Tommy replies that he has already proved it by not taking off and leaving him to deal with the lone sharks alone, and that's good enough for him. (Something tells me that the lone sharks are friends of Terry's, and that the money is being split as we speak, but time will tell if I'm right)
Back at the hospital Julie is putting a brave face on it for the staff. Brian knows it's an act though. Julie tells him she loves him, but that he should walk away, because even if they don't talk about it, the fact that she can't have children will always be there hanging over them. Brian is shocked, and tells her that he didn't even know he wanted kids until he met her. Julie goes on to say that she can't face a life where they will over compensate, with him buying her a puppy that they will treat like a child, and they will tell everyone that they relish their independent lifestyle, but inside she will know that there is something missing. Brian tries to reassure her that it won't happen because dogs make him wheeze, so she switches the vision to a cat instead. He tells her that he doesn't want to leave her, and while he doesn't deny that he is disappointed, there is some comfort in having their future mapped out. Having spontaneity, money in their pockets, having energy for each other instead of having it diluted by sticky hands and sleepless nights. He tells her that a future like that is not to be sniffed at, and Julie is listening, but has tears in her eyes.
Terry is taking his leave before the couple go out. Tommy asks where he is staying, and is told that he has a place over Oakhill way. Tommy guesses that he is sleeping in his car, and offers their couch, no arguments. Tina doesn't say anything, but if looks could kill.....
Tyrone and Kirsty are just coming out of No. 9 as David walks past. He spots Tyrone's fat lip, and makes a joke. Tyrone jokes right back, so David goes on his way without suspecting a thing. Kirsty, whom it seems has a bit of a conscience after all tells him she can't go through with their night with friends. However, Tyrone tells her that she can do it - for him.
Now of all the people on the street who are likely to talk to their flowers, who would you guess is just telling theirs that they are getting perkier every day? It's none other than Gail, who is lovingly watering her pansies with a rallying pep talk, overheard by Norris who walks away in disgust, telling her she is a 'New age ninny'. LOL!!
Fiz and Kevin almost collide pushchairs on the cobbles, and she asks how he is doing. He tells her he is not doing well, as he checked out the nursery she recommended, and was told that if his baby hadn't been registered by the 20 week scan, he stood no chance of getting in. They chat a bit more about the problems of finding good child care, then go their separate ways.
Norris is complaining to Stella that he has found lipstick on his glass. She replaces both glass and drink, but Norris is expecting to get it free for his trouble. Not likely - so he goes over to join Rita and Dennis in a huff. Dennis is affronted that he has only bought himself a drink, and not for the two of them, but Norris is too busy prattling on about service to customers to notice, so Dennis gets up to get theirs himself - I said Dennis gets up to get theirs himself - now that's a first isn't it?
Kirsty is making an effort at Maria's party by buying everyone a drink. However, her feeling of good will doesn't last long when Sean makes a remark about having to blow up all the balloons himself, and Maria tells him he should have said something as she would have helped. Sean responds that she is a little lacking in the lungs department, to which Maria replies (while adjusting her bosom) "I've never had any complaints before, eh Ty?" Diplomatically Tyrone responds with no comment, but you can see Kirsty is more than a little perturbed.
Mary is relishing beating Faye at cards, and the latter is not having any fun. Luckily Anna comes home at that point, and Faye rushes to get Mary's book, hands it to her, opens the door and tells her goodbye before Anna can get her coat off. Anna offers Mary money, but she refuses to take it, saying that she did it as a friend. Faye is more than glad to see the back of her.
In the hospital waiting room, Brian is sitting with Marcus, who tells him that he can drop the stiff upper lip now he is away from Julie, and should tell him how he is really feeling. Brian explains that prior to meeting Julie, he had undergone a vasectomy, that being surrounded by kids all day at school was enough. But now he does feel cheated. Marcus tells him it is fine for him to grieve, but Brian says he can't grieve for something that was never there. Marcus comes back that it's OK to grieve the loss of a dream too. Brian then tells him that their child would have been creative, thoughtful and full of joy. Marcus counters that is possible, on a good day, but on a bad day it also might have been a selfish, lazy brat. That the thing with kids is that you never know what you are going to get. Brian reminds him that he was the one who told him to grieve, and Marcus replies that he should, but not torture himself, because there are many other outlets for his love. Brian then asks Marcus if that is what he tells himself too, because he knows he wanted children of his own. Marcus can't answer that. So Brian goes on to ask him if it's true that if he whistles a happy tune, the ache will go away. Marcus replies that it will. "And what if it doesn't?" says Brian, leaving a thoughtful Marcus as we head into the commercials.
After watching Delia Smith cooking her asparagus, we head back into the Rovers where the celebration is still going on. A tipsy Maria is talking about the men she used to be attracted to, the wealthy ones with the fast cars that would provide her with designer handbags, and is telling Kirsty that she has come to realise now that loyalty and goodness is worth a hundred handbags. Kirsty is gritting her teeth, and smiling falsely back. Maria however is too drunk to notice and goes on to sing her brother Kirk's praises who is sitting at home babysitting Liam and Hope when he could have opted to come to the party. She then gets around to Tyrone, and tells Kirsty that she has a diamond in him, that he will never ever let her down. Kirsty, looking decidedly uncomfortable makes excuses to move away from her.
Tina, sitting with Tommy is sitting looking thoughtfully at Jason, who has latched onto a beautiful blonde girl. (Rosie who?) Tommy asks her what she is thinking, and she tells him she is thinking they should tell Jason that he has a new non-rent paying lodger in his flat. Tommy protests that it is just one night, but Tina figures different, that now he has his feet under the table, they will never be rid of him.
Rita & Dennis have decided to leave the revelry to the young and are heading home, with Norris right behind them. Suddenly he is speechless. His prize hanging basket has disappeared from outside Emily's door, and he is convinced it has been stolen. He immediately thinks the 'Rose Whisperer', Gail is the culprit, and heads over there in high dudgeon.
Before he gets there, Gail and David are sitting chatting, oblivious to the Weatherfield Warrior who is about to break down their door. David is reflecting on what a nasty piece of work he was as a child, but Gail suggests that it would be kinder to say he was 'troubled'. David goes on to say that he manned up when he met Kylie, and became a father to Max. They made him want to be a better person. Now if she has gone for good, he is afraid he might go back to being that person again. Gail assures him that she will be back, but David says they have to face it that she might not come back, and he is scared of what he might do.
Just then Gail hears a noise, and rushes outside to see Norris hightailing it back home, carrying Gail's basket of flowers in his arms. She tries to wrestle it off him, calling him a thief, but he informs her that she can have it back when she returns his. They are still arguing in the street when a sniffling Emily comes outside carrying the basket in question. She is not best pleased with Norris, and tells him that she is not only allergic, but could have him for assault, as she has hit her head on the culprit basket three times today, and wants them gone - all of them - now! Not only that, but she makes Norris apologise to a smirking Gail, which nearly chokes him, especially when Gail insists he apologises to her petunias too for being so rude to them. Rita, Dennis and Emily find this totally hilarious, Norris not so much.
David has just found one of Max's toy trucks under a cushion, and gazing at it, seems to make his mind up about something, and as Gail comes back in the front door, David is leaving out the back.
Tina is still nagging Tommy to tell Jason that Terry is staying with them, before he finds out for himself when he gets home. As he approaches Jason, he is introduced to the blonde lingerie model Jamie-Lee, (suddenly I feel old, she was probably named after Jamie-Lee Curtis, who is younger than me!). Jason is excited, figuring it has to be a match made in heaven, because her dad's name is Kevin, her mum's name is Sally, and her sister is a lesbian. Hah! Rosie's instant replacement and blonde with it! Tommy doesn't feel he can rain on Jason's parade, and leaves them to it.
Tyrone and Kirsty are about to make tracks for home. An even more tipsy Maria hugs Kirsty and tells Tyrone to look after her. Tyrone looks away and scowls. Back at the table, Tommy is trying to explain to Tina why he didn't break the news to Jason, and tells her that chances are, he will be staying with his new found soul mate tonight anyway. Tommy tells her to lighten up, they are there to enjoy themselves. Tina is still upset that the thugs might have turned on him. Tommy assures her that his dad would never have let that happen, that he's a different bloke these days. Tina is not convinced, and tells him that she is not a monster, but just trying to watch his back. Tommy tells her that his father didn't con him out of the money, that he offered it willingly, and that he only took it because he is desperate. He talks and she listens, and pretty soon he has her feeling sorry for Terry too, and they decide to go and get him so he's not alone in the flat.
Brian is watching Julie sleep, but she opens her eyes as he moves closer. She tells him she thought he had gone, and he assures her he is going nowhere.
We are back in No. 9 now, Tyrone is sitting on the sofa looking very troubled. Kirsty sees this and swears on their baby's life that she will never raise a hand to him again. She kisses him, and begs that they can put it all behind them and moved on. Tyrone agrees that he has hated the atmosphere between them, but there is one good thing to come out of it, that she and the baby can get to chill now without the pressure and stress of the police force. As they hug, you can see in Kirsty's eyes that she doesn't agree about the police force bit.
Hmmm, maybe my theory about Terry was wrong, because he is taking a threatening phone call from the loan shark. He is telling him that what he paid him today cleaned him out. He begs for a couple of weeks, which was obviously refused, so he asks for a couple of days instead. He tells him that he has a plan, that he knows someone who will bail him out, as he owes him from way back. As he says this, he picks up a framed photo of Tommy and Tyrone in happier days. The caller obviously agrees to a couple of days, and hangs up.
He then starts ransacking the shelves, not sure what he is looking for, but is interrupted by the sound of Tommy and Tina coming back. He hurriedly straightens everything up and throws himself onto the sofa in the nick of time. They invite him to return to the Rovers with them, to show a united front to the neighbours. Terry is pleased to accept. Tina notices her gold necklace on the floor, and picks it up wondering how it got there, but nobody seems to think anything of it as they head out the door and the credits roll.
Here is the first update in what ITV billed as their ‘Big
Week’ Opening in Tina and Tommy’s kitchen, Tommy is trying to talk out of his
dad leaving. Terry tells him that he needs to get away but assures him that he
will pay back every penny that he owes. Jason comes in and Tommy is forced to
give him the bad news that they are no longer able to buy the flat.
Dev is excitedly packing for Aadi’s golf trip, which Asha is
being dragged along to as well. As he and the kids look forward to their week
away, Sunita silkily reassures Dev that she will be fine on her own...
Paul is also packing for a holiday to Cyprus with Eileen. He
triple checks his luggage and Marcus advises him to stay calm. Paul responds
that he just wants everything to be perfect for Eileen.
There is an atmosphere between Kirsty and Tyrone still. She
has made sandwiches for him but he has already made his own lunch. Kirsty
suggests they sit down for some breakfast but Tyrone gives her the cold
shoulder and heads off to work. Kirsty picks up Carla’s business card and looks
Julie and Brian are being spoken to by the surgeon who
assures them that the operation went well but the growth found in Julie still
needs to be tested and they then need explore the best course of HRT so it may
be a while before she feels normal again. Julie says sadly that she can never
feel normal again anyway as she will never have children but she tries to perk
up and thank the doctor so she doesn’t seem ungrateful.
A car pulls up in the Street with loud music blaring out of
the windows. It passed Tina and Jason who are walking the other way and Tina
doesn’t she look twice...but she should as the car contains Rick the loan
shark, the man whom her father Joe was in debt to when he died. Gail clocks him
but doesn’t seem sure where she recognises him from. After banging on the door
of Seventh Heaven, Rick asks Norris is he knows where he might find Terry Duckworth.
Eileen is sitting with Julie in hospital and appears to have
cheered her up. Julie is trying to look on the positives and be thankful for
what she does have. She also says that she would have made a bad mum anyway but
Eileen tells her that that’s not true. Julie suddenly remembers that Eileen has
a flight and orders her not to change her holiday plans on her behalf. She’ll
be fine as she has Brian.
Rick knocks on the door and Tommy answers. He barges past
until he finds Terry, who demands to know who he is. Rick reminds him that he
owes a lot of money. Tommy says that it’s paid back, to which Rick laughs and
says it’s admirable for a son to take on his dad’s debts. He asks Terry if
Tommy knows just how deep in trouble he is.
David is asked Hayley if Becky has heard anything from
Kylie. Hayley says that she hasn’t but will let David know as soon as she has.
A nearby Steve also says he will get his cabbies to be on the lookout for
Eileen comes home to find a distressed Paul on the phone. He
comes off and tells Eileen that Lesley has managed to escape from the care
home. Eileen reminds Paul that they have a flight to catch but Paul says he has
to go to her as she has fled to their old home. He promises to be back in time
but Eileen looks doubtful.
Rick picks up a photograph of Tina and Tommy and asks Tommy
if that is his girlfriend. Tommy again asks him to leave. Terry says Rick isn’t
getting a penny and Rick tells them they are both making a big mistake. When he’s gone, Terry tells Tommy he has to
do a runner...he still owes £9 grand!
In the pub, Tommy is trying again to talk Terry out of
fleeing. He suggests that they still make a go of the bar but turn it into a
place for youngsters with live bands so it doesn’t compete with The Bistro or
The Rovers. Terry seems to think it’s a poor idea and he’d be better just
making a run for it. Tina however, comes over and thinks it’s a great idea.
Tommy adds that he has a few hundred left of his inheritance that he can
Sunita is asking Karl if he is working late. He replies that
he was planning a quiet night in and Sunita replies that Dev and the kids are
away if he fancies meeting up. Karl tells her that it wouldn’t be wise and
Sunita looks disappointed. Stella comes through and gives Karl his dinner money
for the day. As he leaves she asks Sunita if she’s okay and Sunita is cold with
Eileen is worried sick that she isn’t going to make the
flight. Paul eventually comes home but he has a hysterical Lesley in tow.
Eileen says that they might as well cancel the holiday but Sean tells her that
she can transfer to a later flight. Paul assures her that Lesley just needs a
while to calm down.
Gail is telling David that Audrey plans to return to work
soon. He asks if Audrey knows he is going to sign the salon back over to her
and Gail says she does but she is still upset. It won’t last forever though;
she tells David just to keep trying.
As Tommy is reeling off ideas for the new club idea to an
unenthusiastic Terry, Tina is asking Stella how much notice she would have to
give. Stella tells her none, although she would be sad to lose her. Excited,
Tina asks Terry for the keys so she can look around. She practically skips off
Karl comes into the taxi office, gloating that a rich punter
gave him a £30 tip. Steve assumes Karl is going to put it on a horse but Karl
replies he’s giving it to Stella.
Tyrone comes home to be told by Kirsty that she has taken
the job at Underworld. Tyrone thaws to her as she tries to talk about it
positively. She says she realises she has to accept change.
Rick watches Tina go into the empty club from afar and makes
a phone call.
Karl hears a race on the radio and looks troubled for a
while before pulling himself together and putting the money in Stella’s purse.
She comes through and assumes he is taking money out and he explains himself.
When she counts the money in her purse she apologises but he says it’s not her
fault, it’s his and he won’t be able to forget it, before storming out.
Paul is taking Lesley back to the home but she screams that
she doesn’t want to go. Paul tries to help her into the car but she starts to
struggle. As Norris watches from over the road, Paul pushes Lesley’s head down
to ease her into the car but she stumbles and falls to the ground, wailing. She
hysterically screams that he pushed her and Norris shakes his head and goes
back into the shop. Karl offers Paul help as he cradles a crying Lesley. Inside
the house, Eileen sinks to the floor and bursts into tears.
Karl goes along the Street and knocks on Sunita’s door. With
the cover story that he’s here on behalf of Stella to ask about some shifts, he
is in the house and they’re all over eachother before the door even closes.
Tina is looking around the empty club and hears someone come
in. She hears someone comes in and, assuming it’s Tommy, calls out that she has
so many plans. It’s Rick who answers though. He starts to taunt her about her
dad before telling her that now Tommy is in just the same amount of trouble.
Tina accuses Rick of killing Joe before telling him that she is not scared of
him. Rick smiles at her and calls in a set of heavies, leaving Tina’a escape
So what have we learned from this episode?
-Dev is always right
-Flying is no more difficult that running into a burning
-The following things need to be packed for holiday
according to Paul: Money, tickets, suntan lotion, passports, midge spray
-The following things need to be packed for holiday
according to Dev: tees, balls, gloves, sun-visor
-Eileen has a bad history with midges
-Firemen never break their promises
-Students don’t spend money
-Karl has a ‘Keep Stella Sweet’ Fund
-People always need knickers (Let the air get to ‘em I say!)
Question with the most obvious answer: “Why would you ignore
Spin off idea of the week: “I feel like I’m on the
Apprentice!” Terry (How great would that be??)
Understatement of the night: “It’s never dull for Kylie or Becky”
Logic of the night: “How fast can you even run? They’d catch
you in ten seconds.” Tommy to Terry
Ironic ‘if’ of the night: “If I was paranoid...” Kirsty to
Least believable claim: “I’ve got mates” Terry
Most naive husband: “You’re going to be hanging around this
house all by yourself.” Dev to Sunita. For all of five minutes maybe...
Person who most obviously doesn’t read spoilers: “We’ve got
all the good stuff to come Eileen” Julie.
Shortest Memory of the night: “That flat has good memories
for me” Tina to Jason on the flat, the same flat she lived in at the time of
her dad’s death, where she feared she was going to be raped by David, where she
suffered agoraphobia and where she collapsed. Good times.
Compliment of the evening: “That is a spectacular basket.”
Rick to Norris. And he was actually talking about a hanging flower basket; not
That’s all from me. More soon
Written by Mark Wadlow and directed by Alan Grint
This second episode of the week opens at the Seventh Heaven building site
where Tina is struggling between the arms of two heavies. Loan shark Rick
tells her she should take her negative energy and channel it into persuading
her boyfriend and his dad to pay what they owe him. Just when it looks like
things are going to get nasty, Tommy and Terry arrive on the scene.
At Sunita's, she's playing Karl like a fish on the end of a hook. When he
suggests they go upstairs she tells him that she has plans and that she
hasn't been sitting around waiting on the off-chance that he might drop by.
But just as Karl starts to look disappointed, Sunita seductively tells him
that if he were to beg she might just be able to clear a space in her diary
Back at the club, the heavies are still holding onto Tina and Rick reveals
that they've met before. When he mentions her father Tina gets really angry
and Terry commands them to get out. They tell him that it's lucky for him
that the have an appointment elsewhere but they make it very clear that
they'll be back. As Rick says, they should ask Tina as she knows just how
persistent they can be.
Paul and Lesley arrive back at Eileen's house. Lesley's nursing her arm and
Paul tells Eileen that it's only a sprain and it will be as right as rain in
a few days. "Will it now?" says Eileen testily before leaving the room. We
can hear the sound of angry banging and crashing coming from the direction
of the kitchen.
In the Rovers David is propping up the bar. Eva comes in and asks if he's
had any news from Kylie but he hasn't. She then turns her attention to her
mother who tells her that she sometimes wishes she knew when to keep her big
gob shut. Stella says that she'll tell her more later. Meanwhile, Kirk,
Fiz and Beth come in to the Rovers and Kirsty breaks the news to them that
they are about to be workmates. Beth makes it very clear she won't be
welcoming Kirsty into the fold on account of the fact that she doesn't mix
with coppers while Fiz does her best to be friendly and offers to buy Kirsty
a drink since she's now one of the gang.
Round at Eileen's, Paul's trying to pick up the pieces. He apologises to
Eileen and tells her that he'll take Lesley back to the care home and try to
change the booking for their holiday but Eileen tells him there's fat chance
of that happening as she takes out her frustration on a sink full of washing
up. As Paul tries to appease her, Eileen tells him that she'd had enough of
being at the bottom of the pecking order and she's reached breaking point
with the whole situation. At that moment Paul's phone rings. It's the care
home manager calling to say she's coming over. Eileen flings her tea towel
into the sink in a final display of frustration.
Tommy and Tina have arrived back at the flat and she's giving him an earful
about lying to her. He tries to explain that he's only just discovered
what's going on himself. Tina responds by asking if it's true that he and
Terry owe money to Rick. "Nine thousand pounds," states Tina in disbelief,
after Tommy confirms the truth. Tommy tells her that he thought they'd
cleared Terry's debts but it now turns out he owes Rick a whole lot more.
"You do know who this man is?" asks Tina. Tommy says yes, he's a loan
shark, so Tina then tells him he's the man who drove her dad to his death.
Back in the Rovers, Fiz is still trying to keep the peace between Kirsty and
Beth. Tyrone comes in and joins them at the bar. "Having a drink with your
new workmates? That's nice," comments Ty as Beth shoots Kirsty a look which
could kill at a hundred paces.
Tina is giving Tommy a few home truths about Rick the load shark. She tells
him how her dad was just about keeping his head above water until Rick
tipped him over the edge. Tommy tells her that Terry's debts are nothing to
do with Tina but she's really distraught as she explains how her dad's debts
were nothing to do with her either but it didn't stop Rick scaring the life
out of her and Jason. Tommy seems to think that he'll be able to protect
Tina but she tells him that he's making a massive mistake if he believes
that because he's underestimating what Rick is capable of. "Do you want my
advice?" asks Tina, with tears running down her cheeks. "Forget the macho
stuff and just cough up." Tommy tells her that they don't have the money so
she says that he'd better get it because Rick won't just go away; he'll keep
coming back until he gets what he wants.
Stella is telling Eva how she jumped to the wrong conclusion when she
discovered Karl putting money back into her purse. Eva isn't convinced that
he's changed his ways but Stella tells her daughter that she has to start
trusting him again and that he's got to believe she trusts him, otherwise
the'll be dead in the water. Stella goes to serve David but when she sees
the state he's in suggests he's had enough to drink. Eva takes over and
tells David that getting drunk won't help but he tells her he's celebrating
his freedom. "Tell you what, why don't you ditch Nick and come out with me?"
he slurs. Overhearing his, Stella asks what he's doing, hitting on her
daughter. Eva seems mildly amused but Stella tells David to get out.
Meanwhile, Ty and Kirsty are leaving the pub. He tells her she's going to
have such a good laugh, working with that lot, as he gestures towards the
Underworld gang. Kirsty doesn't look altogether convinced.
Tina walks in to the Rovers and, seeing how subdued she looks, Stella asks
her if she's O.K. She puts it down to the fact that Tina's just had a row
with Tommy and tells her that she had one with Karl earlier as well. Tommy
then comes in, also wanting to know if Tina's alright. She points out that
it's a public place so Rick can't get her there and Tommy offers to come and
fetch her later. "So is that how it's going to be?" asks Tina. "I'll need an
escort wherever I go?"
Pat, the care home manager, arrives at Eileen's. She asks her whether
they'll still make their flight, to which Eileen gives her a very curt no.
They go into the sitting room where Pat notices Lesley's bandaged arm. Paul
quickly explains she had a fall. Pat suggests to Lesley that they should
get her back home before apologising to Paul for any inconvenience they may
have caused. "Inconvenience!" says Paul incredulously. He points out that
his wife managed to leave the home, anything could have happened to her, and
he's furious. Pat tries suggesting they could discuss it when they get back
from holiday but Eileen cuttingly observes that they're no longer going away
on holiday as they've missed the flight. Paul starts ranting about the whole
situation but Lesley is looking distressed so he asks Eileen to take her
upstairs so he can talk to Pat.
At Sunita's, she's curled up on the sofa with Karl. She points out that it's
becoming a habit. They start to discuss their relationship and Sunita asks
Karl whether he would class it as an affair. They both agree that they're
with other people and they don't want to break up their relationships but
Sunita suggests that just because they're cheating on their partners, it
doesn't mean they shouldn't be honest with each other. Interesting bit of
moral logic, that. Karl observes that Sunita's very forthright and she
tells him that she doesn't want either of them to get the wrong end of the
stick and that if, at any point, either of them feels any different, they
should just say so. In the meantime she suggests they should just enjoy it,
rather than beating themselves up. Why do I sense that it will all end in
Terry is at the club building site, licking his wounds when Tommy arrives.
He tells his son that he was thinking about what might have happened if
Tyrone hadn't gone sticking his nose into his affairs. He apologises for
getting Tommy and Tina caught up in it but Tommy wants to know what they're
going to do. Terry tells him that Rick can't get blood out of a stone so
Tommy tells him how what he did to Tina's dad led to him trying to fake his
own death. Terry perks up at this idea. He tells Tommy he can't see any
other way out of the hole, unless he legs it but Tommy tells him he wants
him to stay and fight to get out of the mess he's in. He tries persuading
his dad that the club is a potential gold mine. "We'd be better torching
this place and claiming on the insurance," says Terry, his face changing as
he realises he could have just come up with the answer to his problem.
Paul is laying into Pat about the poor standard of care Lesley has received
from the home. She tries to reassure him that it was a one-off situation
which won't happen again but Paul tells her he'll be making a formal
complaint. Pat is adamant that they've followed correct procedure but Paul
accuses her of negligence. It becomes clear where this is leading when Pat
tells him that if he isn't satisfied with the level of care then perhaps he
should make alternative arrangements for Lesley. Yes, they're back to
square one. Paul isn't going to let Lesley go back to the home and, as Pat
walks out, she tells him he can go and pick up Lesley's things when it's
Back at the club site, Tommy is telling Terry it's a mad idea. He points
out that when Tina's dad tried to fake his own death he actually died and
that the insurers wouldn't just pay out, they'd send in a forensics team
first. But Terry tells him that some people do actually get away with it.
"Like who?" asks Tommy. "Me," replies his dad, going on to explain that he
once torched a car and got sent a cheque for two grand. Tommy shows a bit
of interest at this news so Terry expands on his idea, suggesting that if a
tramp was to kip down for the night and if he lit a fire to keep warm and if
he fell asleep, there are all these paint thinners lying around which are
highly flammable. Tommy thinks the idea is insane but Terry reminds him
that he's insured and if it worked, all their problems would be solved.
Outside the Rovers, Steve sees Karl and asks him how he got on with Stella.
Karl tells him it was as he predicted. He tried to change his ways but
Stella doesn't believe a word he says and she's treating him like a naughty
little schoolboy. He says he's being humiliated and if it carries on like
this something's got to crack. Steve goes inside the pub where Stella asks
him whether he's seen Karl. He fills her in on their exchange and makes
Stella feel even worse than she already does when he confirms that Karl
earned the fare legitimately and points out that he's only trying to get
back on the straight and narrow.
Eileen returns to her sitting room with Lesley in tow to discover the Paul
has sent Pat packing, which is more than they'll be doing with their
suitcases. The holiday's off and they're lumbered with Lesley once more.
As Eileen puts it so succinctly, "this is a right flaming mess".
And staying on the topic of flames, back at the flat Tommy and Terry break
the news to Tina about how they plan to torch Seventh Heaven to claim the
insurance money. "At least you can't accuse me of lying to you," says
Tommy, hoping for some reason that this might make Tina feel happier about
the whole idea. "Yes, but I can accuse you of being an arsonist," she comes
back at him. She tells Tommy he reminds her of her dad more and more every
day but it isn't meant as a compliment. In case she was in any doubt Terry
tells Tina their minds are made up. Tommy's only request is that she
doesn't tell anyone about their plans.
Hallo, good evening and welcome. I have been on break but I am back for
this one outing courtesy of BGT semi-finals, which means this is a
post-watershed update, it can therefore be gory, gruesome and
uninhibited and plain un-Corrie like. So I should warn you that panto
villain Duckworth T is around causing mayhem and there may be other
unpleasant people in the offing.
Tonight's action was written by Chris Fewtrell and directed by Alan
Grint, whilst all copyright resides with ITV Productions to whom many
We open in Jason's flat where T Duckworth (worthless father) is telling
Duckworth T (probably worthless son but we shall see) to put the kettle
on. Tina (four time winner of sexiest soap actress award) emerges from
the bedroom looking for her dressing gown - which Terry has used as a
towel. Terry tells Tommy how he is to go about setting fire to the
night club - he is to move the gas heater close to the dust sheets and
to ensure they catch fire and then to phone Terry who will be in the
Rovers establishing his alibi.
At Eileen's she and Paul are getting breakfast for Lesley who does not
want corn flakes - which is the only breakfast cereal available. Sean
asks Eileen if she is alright - she would prefer to be on holiday
looking out at the Med sipping orange juice with flip flops on her feet
(oddly something I am likely to be doing in the very near future,
assuming Greece does not go bust before I arrive). Eileen wants Paul to
take Lesley back to the home, smooth things over and get his wife
settled back. [Rarely I side with Paul here - any care home which is
capable of letting an individual walk out as Lesley managed should be
closed down - they are not providing the contracted care, there are no
excuses]. Eileen wants to know who is going to look after Lesley until
new arrangements are in place and she has a fair point; but should be
looking to find an immediate solution as it is not a perfect world.
Dev and children have returned from Scotland, it appears his son was
victorious in the golfing competition. Bored so moving on. Apparently
an albatross landed on the 14th [I don't understand golf - does it
show?]. Apparently he did not win by 8 goals but by 5 and 3. Get
another update writer if you feel it is important other than showing
that Dev seems not to care for the wonderful, beautiful, talented and
exotic Sunita [who by the way is probably more intelligent in real life
than the character being portrayed at present who has had a touch of the
wand of the personality transplant fairy in recent weeks]. Anyway it
appears there will be more golfing trips and Sunita is encouraging
attendance - even Dev suspects that she wants rid of him - although she
appears to be bursting out of her bra.
Jason is complaining about Terry using his after shave to Tina. And
Karl is chatting up Sunita at the back of the bar - they are thinking
about further naughtiness.
Tommy goes into Seventh Heaven and looks at the heater and the dust
sheets not relishing his part in the planned fire.
Eileen is on the phone to the insurers trying to recover the value of
her lost holiday, explaining about Lesley as the wife of the man she was
travelling with. The conversation does not go well and she tells them
to just forget it. She tells Lesley there is nothing to worry about it.
Lesley suddenly remembers past history when Eileen hurt her - and she
thinks Eileen caused the wrist injury. Lesley wants to go out so Eileen
goes to get her coat.
St Ella is still apologising for her misunderstanding and Karl accepts
it. At the gaming machine Terry is complaining it has stolen his money
and given no credit, ensuring everyone knows he is in the Rovers. Norris
rushes into the Rovers to say that there is a police car further down
the Street. Tina and Terry look at each other and she rushes out
because she knows that Tommy is about to start the fire. The police go
into Eileen's - they have had an emergency call about an assault on Mrs
Tina arrives in the night club and tells Tommy about the police car -
but Tommy says he has got set the fire because of his father.
And now an interval, following which there is a second factory scene in
which (as in the first one) Kirsty manages to antagonise the rest of the
workers through her attitude. You might think she is just a psycho
bitch from hell, but I am telling you that you could not measure her
attitude on a logarithmic scale without exceeding the powers available
many times over. Fiz tries to talk to her - explaining that she is riff
raff like the rest of them. Kirsty tries to explain but cannot snap out
of her long time approach to people - but I would like to think that
police rise above such things. Kirsty raises her "ex" who cheated on
her with her best friend. She has never told anyone before. Anyway it
seems that Kirsty really is warped. Fiz says she really must put her
past behind her.
The police are interviewing Lesley who cannot remember calling 999 - but
Lesley then remembers that Eileen is keeping her prisoner and hurting
her. Lesley screams that Eileen is doing these things whilst Paul and
Eileen try to explain the truth - the policeman needs to check with Dr
Carter but accepts the explanation.
Tina is telling Tommy that he must not do this to pay off the scumbag
debt collector. Tina makes it clear Tommy has a choice - her or Terry.
Tommy leaves and Tina moves the heaters away from the dust sheets.
The policeman leaves but Lesley rushes out asking the policeman not to
depart and making a scene all watched by Norris as he sweeps the
Sunita comes into the corner shop. Dev is depressed because the
business is in the red - he is simply not selling enough beans. Dev has
been thinking through things and they need to get a tenant in the flat
upstairs which has been empty since Amber left. Sunita agrees but tells
him not to be too hasty [as she now being a devious minx has had a
bright idea about potential uses for said flat]. She goes into the
office and phones Karl and tells him to meet her later.
Stella and Terry have a chat and it seems that Tina has not returned
from her break. Hearing this Terry rushes out. Tina is trying to phone
Tommy who is in Jason's flat, but he does not answer the call.
Tina leaves a message for Tommy - without the keys he has taken she
cannot secure the property so cannot leave it. R'Terry arrives wanting
to know what is going on. Tina tells him that today's fire has been
cancelled which fails to amuse him. Tina says she has managed to talk
some sense into Tommy. So Terry sets about moving things around so he
can start the fire. Terry grabs her, tells to stop interfering and to
keep her trap shut and gives her a good shaking. She goes to call the
police and Terry lunges for the mobile phone, there is some pushing and
shoving and then Terry pushes her hard and she goes down backwards and
hits her head on the floor and she is knocked unconscious. Terry looms
And your next update will be along shortly.
K Richard W
the update for Thursday 10th May.
phone rings. There's a message from Tina telling him to get round to
the club site, she can't leave as she hasn't got the keys to lock up.
He goes off round there and finds Terry just leaving, who suddenly
pretends to be all concerned, saying he's found Tina unconscious.
Tommy rushes into the club and bends over Tina's inert form while
Terry calls an ambulance.
agitated Paul rushes into Eileen's house and tells Lesley that she
can't go ringing the police and telling them that Eileen hurt her.
Lesley, however, has no recollection of ever ringing the police, and
says that Eileen hasn't hurt her. Paul goes into the kitchen and
rants to Eileen about the locals gossiping, especially Norris. He'd
like to do something uncomfortable to Norris with his broom!
the factory, the girls are wondering whether Norris was exaggerating.
Fiz is sure he was, whereas Beth isn't so sure. Just then, Sean
rushes in and says he's just seen Tina being put into the back of an
ambulance, but he doesn't know what's happened.
the hospital, Tina is being rushed along on a trolley, with a very
worried Tommy at her side. Terry is also there, and worried, but I
suspect for a rather different reason, as he is quick to ask the
doctor how serious is it and if she'll come round soon.
at Eileen's, Paul suggests they move house. Eileen says she can't,
her life is there – family, friends. He says they could move just
half a mile up the road, she could keep her job and still drink in
the Rovers. “What's the point?” asks Eileen. He says they would
have new neighbours who wouldn't know. They wouldn't be judged. He
says he can't see how they can make it work if they stay. “Maybe it
can't,” mutters Eileen.
the hospital waiting room, Terry tells Tommy that it was Rick who
hurt Tina, and that he told Terry that Tommy would be next. Tommy is
furious and pulls out his phone, he's going to call the police. Terry
tells him not to be stupid, what Rick could do next would be far
worse. He puts his arm round his son's shoulders and tells him that
they must just pray that Tina comes through it.
wants to go on her break, but Stella isn't keen to let her go because
Tina hasn't shown up and isn't answering her phone. In the end Sunita
says she'll go and knock on the door of the flat and see what's
keeping her. As she leaves the pub, however, Sean comes in and tells
Stella the news.
factory workers are in the pub, with Kirk saying he always wanted to
be an undercover copper. Tyrone comes in, saying he's been trying to
ring Tommy but getting no answer.
at the hospital, the doctor tells Tommy and Terry that Tina has a
bleed on her brain, so she's going to be sedated and monitored. Terry
asks if someone will be with her at all times. “Don't worry,”
says the doctor, “she won't be left alone, she'll have a nurse with
her all night.” When the doctor has gone, Tommy wonders what
they're going to do. Terry tells him they're going to ask Tyrone for
the money. Tommy doesn't like to ask him, after all he's got a baby
on the way. Terry points out that Tyrone's money was left to him by
Jack, it was family money, and Terry never got a penny. “Does that
sound fair to you?” he asks, adding that if anyone deserves that
money, they do – Tommy does. And he's never needed it more than
now. “Forget your pride, forget decency, knock on Tyrone's door
tonight, otherwise we're all finished.”
has taken Karl into the flat above the shop. He's worried at first
and asks if Dev is downstairs. She tells him Sophie is there, and
giggling, she starts taking her clothes off.
is holding Lesley's hand as they do a jigsaw puzzle in Eileen's
living room. Eileen is upset by this and suggests they admit defeat,
it's clear who he prefers. Two is company and three's a crowd. She
and Paul start snapping at each other, she tells him to take his
house off the market, get a carer, and forget he ever met her. “Stay
tonight but in the morning just go home,” she says.
opens the door to find Tommy standing there. “Is he in?” he asks,
walking past her into the house.
and Karl are getting dressed again, and she leaves the flat first,
saying that Stella told her to be quick.
the kitchen, Tommy asks Tyrone if he can borrow some money. Tyrone is
shocked when he realises Tommy wants £9,000 and asks what it's for
but Tommy won't say. He asks if Tyrone still has the money Jack left
him. “That's none of your business,” says Tyrone. Tommy points
out that Jack was his granddad. “Oh, so that money is rightfully
yours, is it?” snaps Tyrone. Just then Kirsty comes into the room,
so Tyrone says he's going to give Tommy a lift back to the hospital.
has arrived back in the pub, and she and Stella are just talking
about Tina when Karl comes in. Stella says he looks done it, and he
tells her he had a fare to Knutsford and the passenger wanted the
heating turned up. She tells him to go and get a bath and says she'll
bring him a beer.
the car, Tommy eventually confesses to Tyrone that he and Terry owe
money to a loan shark, and the loan shark attacked Tina. Tyrone is
furious and points out that this is all down to Terry. Tommy protests
that it's not his dad's fault. “Oh of course not. If Terry hadn't
shown up in Weatherfield, Tina would still be in hospital,” says
Tyrone, and tells him to call the police. Tommy says that if they
call the police then they're all finished, and Tyrone could pick him
out a nice funeral casket. “I just want him out of my life,” says
Tommy. “Yeah, and what about the loan shark?” snaps Tyrone.
comes in and tells Eileen that he's been back to Lesley's care home
and arranged for them to take her back, and after he's dropped her off in the morning he's going
to go to his solicitor's and arrange to get a divorce because
although he will still care for Lesley he wants Eileen to be his
and Tyrone arrive at the hospital and Tommy tells his dad that Tyrone
has agreed to lend them the money. Tyrone tells them not to say
anything to Kirsty, and Tommy promises they'll start paying him back
immediately. “Good,” says Tyrone, “cos I'm going to need it.”
Tommy tells Terry that Tyrone has to buy cots and prams etc. Terry
says if there's ever anything they need, they must come to him.
Tyrone can't see that ever happening. As Tommy and Tyrone go off to
see Tina, Terry stands and smirks.
“Contains scenes which include violence and distress which some viewers
may find distressing including dangerous activity which should not be
copied.” That’s the warning on this episode on the ITV website, along
with one that warns me to tick the box and confirm that I’m over 18
because it contains material that would normally be broadcast “after the
watershed.” (That’s not the name of another programme but the arbitrary
line drawn at 9pm which separates “adult” material from the rest) That’s
all fine, but this episode screened at 7.30pm on a Friday night . . .
As for the dangerous activity which we mustn’t copy, that’ll be having
anything to do with Terry Duckworth.
We open in the hospital where Tina is on a ventilator machine. As alarms
from the next bed distract the staff, Terry steps in and is about to
pull out some of the lines in Tina’s arm when Tommy appears by his side.
He tells Terry they might be bringing Tina round today. Terry urges him
to go and get the money, otherwise he might find himself in the bed next
to Tina’s. After all, Tommy’s seen what Rick can do. Terry assures him
he’ll get the money.
At Eileen’s, Marcus tries to persuade her to at least go out to lunch.
Otherwise she’ll just be wasting her time off. Paul and Lesley come in
with Lesley in a very good mood, singing away to the radio. Marcus goes
off to work and Paul corners Eileen in the kitchen to ask if she’s OK
and to promise her they’ll go on plenty of holidays. “Do you love me?”
he asks. Of course Eileen does. “Then marry me.” Eileen points out his
wife is in the next room, a living, breathing, singing human being. Paul
insists that he’s Lesley’s carer rather than her husband. He asks Eileen
to watch Lesley for a while so he can go and talk to a solicitor about
his legal position. “I need to know there’s some light at the end of the
Tommy weeps at Tina’s bedside and urges her to keep fighting.
Terry’s gone to the garage to demand the money directly from Tyrone.
Tyrone points out that he’s on his own and the banks aren’t even open
yet. He shows no fear of Terry and says he’ll go to the bank once
Kevin’s back from his lunch.
Nick and Eva leave the bistro together, discussing the chef’s wholesale
order and see David shouting in the street. Eva comments that he has no
shame and Nick demands to know what she means. She says it’s just that
David was hammered in the Rovers.
In that very pub, Karl and Sunita talk about the flat. Tyrone comes in
and tells Kevin he’s got an appointment and has to go – he’s locked up
Jason comes home to find Lesley in a snarly, angry mood, claiming “they”
have hidden something. Eileen tells him about Paul proposing. Jason’s
worried about her rushing into anything.
Anna sees Tommy in the cafe. He’s not hungry but she says that’s fear –
she saw the same before Gary went off to Afghanistan. But even if fear
makes him think he’s not hungry, he won’t be much use to Tina if he
doesn’t get something inside him to help him stay strong. Tyrone comes
in with a package and passes it to Tommy as soon as he can.
Lesley’s even more agitated now. Eileen’s on her own and tries to
restrain Lesley but is whacked in the face. They struggle out into the
hallway and Lesley lashes out again. Eileen instinctively flees out the
front door, her face covered in blood.
Tommy meets Rita and Dennis as they emerge from a black cab. They’ve
just been to see Tina and are surprised Tommy wasn’t there because the
doctors plan to start bringing Tina back to consciousness. Tommy
commandeers their taxi, heading for Weatherfield General. Terry sees him
and tries to give chase but with no success. Rita comments that wherever
Terry is there’s always trouble. When Terry hears that Tommy’s gone off
to the hospital and Tina’s being brought round, he also races off.
“Don’t try to pretend that you care!” Rita shouts after him.
Eileen’s sitting on Maxine’s bench when Jason finds her. Her nose is
bleeding and there’s damage to the bridge of her nose. He wants to take
her to A&E but she refuses. She does agree to go for a coffee, though.
“I can’t go back there just yet.”
In the pub, David empties his pockets and tries to order a whisky and a
lager. Stella shoos him away. She asks Sunita if she can hold the fort
for a while. Sunita tries to say she has to pick up the kids from school
but Stella persuades her to stay. Sunita says she’ll get Dev to pick
Eileen’s being fussed over by Anna and Jason. They assure her that
Lesley will be OK for five minutes. While Anna’s getting Eileen a cup of
hot, sweet tea, Eileen tells Jason that Paul’s a good man who’s just got
too much to cope with. She thinks everyone is judging her but says if
Paul was single she’d marry him tomorrow. Jason tells her that if she
wants to get married then she should.
Lesley remembers cheese on toast (probably because she had it for lunch
just now) and goes into the kitchen to prepare some. She picks up a
slice of bread and looks around, confused.
Terry’s at the hospital. He demands the money from Tommy, saying Rick’s
in the carpark and might be after Tina. “Give the money to me and you go
to Tina.” Tommy does. The medical staff are still keeping an eye on Tina.
David’s in the bistro now, emptying his pockets once again and once
again ordering a whisky and a pint. Eva points out that what he thinks
is a Euro is a carwash token. “You haven’t even got a car and it won’t
buy you a pint in here!” David demands a pint and Nick comes over to
order him out of the bistro. David accuses Eva of running crying to her
boyfriend and Nick demands to know what happened. “I want to know what
Dev finds Karl skulking by the pillar-box. He thinks Karl’s just trying
to avoid the temptation of the bookmakers at the other end of the
street. Karl asks if Sunita’s picking up the kids and Dev scurries back
into the shop saying, “Don’t tell her I forgot, OK!”
Nick shoves David out of the bistro and tells him he’s banned for life.
“Yeah, well, it’s poncey, overpriced and fake, just like Eva,” sneers
David. Whack! With one very impressively staged punch Nick knocks David
to the ground so hard that he bounces. David sits up spitting blood.
Karl’s in the pub hearing that Sunita couldn’t get away. He offers to
help out and she tells him Stella’s warned that he’s to keep his hands
out of the till. Karl wonders how he might keep his hands occupied.
Tommy’s at Tina’s bedside when she coughs and tries to remove the
Lesley’s remembered how to make cheese on toast. The bread’s in the
toaster and she’s dropping slices of cheese on top. She suddenly
realises that’s wrong. “No! No! Dirty! Dirty!” she snarls. She picks up
the toaster and puts it in the sink. Oops. Her hair actually stands on
end as the current races through her and she drops to the floor.
Tina’s awake and Tommy assures her she’s safe now. She has nothing to
fear from her attacker because he’s got the money, with Tyrone’s help,
and he’s gone. Tina thinks Tommy will miss “him” – though Tommy can’t
understand why he’d miss a loan shark. Tina puts him right. “It wasn’t
Rick who did this. It was Terry.”
Terry’s packing his stuff as quickly as possible.
Tommy’s racing home as quickly as possible.
Eileen gets home to find Lesley on the floor. It’s clear what’s
happened. She picks up the phone then flings it down and races to the
front door. Marcus is in the street and she calls him in. He takes a
quick look at Lesley and urges Eileen to call for an ambulance as he
The end of episode one.
Episode Update Friday May 11, 2012 8:30 p.m.
Written by: Carmel Morgan
Directed by: Alan Grint
This episode like the last one had a warning at the beginning stating that it might be disturbing to some viewers.
We open in Eileen's kitchen with paramedics working frantically on Leslie, Eileen and Marcus are looking on in horror. Finally they give up, and pronounce her dead. Eileen can't believe it.
Kevin and Jason are discussing the state of Tina's health. Kevin remarks that he just knows Terry is behind it, as wherever he is, there is always trouble. Jason tells him that Tommy told him that he was OK, and had changed. Kevin looks out the window for flying pigs.
Sunita and Karl continue their sickening sexual innuendos behind the bar, is it because I am old, or is everyone hating this storyline as much as me? I just want to step in and tell Dev and Stella just to get it over with.
Tommy bursts into the flat in time to catch Terry just before he leaves for pastures new. He verbally attacks him, and names are exchanged like "Scumbag" (Tommy), "Drama Queen" (Terry), but Terry doesn't look in the slightest bit ruffled that he has gone from hero to horror in the eyes of his son in the last half hour.
Marcus is outside on his mobile, leaving a voice mail for Paul, when of course, Stella happens to appear on the scene and asks him what has happened. He tells her, and she asks if there is anything she can do. Of course there isn't, but Marcus is scripted once again to tell her that she can go inside No. 11 and comfort Eileen, who is already being comforted perfectly well by Jason. Stella suggests Eileen go to the Rovers for a brandy, but she feels she can't leave Leslie. The police tell her she would be doing them a favour by leaving as CSI and CID are on their way, and she will be in the way. CSI ? I didn't know they had them in the UK as well as America. Who knew?
Eileen is persuaded, but she is terribly worried about how she is going to tell Paul. She is feeling so very guilty for leaving Leslie alone.
Nick and Eva are arguing in the Bistro, she is upset with him for hitting David, but he feels he had every right to teach him a lesson for hitting on his girlfriend. Audrey and Lewis appear and overhear part of the conversation. Audrey is shocked that Nick has hit his brother, and Nick tells her that he thought she would be pleased. Lewis chimes in that he is very pleased, but Audrey tells Nick that they are both too old for fighting. On learning that Gail is not at home, Audrey wants to go and check that David is OK, and won't be persuaded out of it, Nick decides to go with them.
Karl and Sunita are having a quick grope in the back room of the Rovers, and are almost caught by Stella, who appears with Eileen, Jason, Sean and Marcus and orders Karl to fetch her a large brandy. Sending Sunita off to look after the bar, she sits Eileen, who is now suffering the effects of the shock of it all, in a chair. She is still fretting about how she will ever tell Paul. Marcus explains to an inquiring Stella exactly what happened, and Eileen tells everyone that although Leslie could drive her mad, she really did like Leslie, she seems intent on getting this across to everyone, in case they should think she did it on purpose. They assure her they knew this, and Sean suggests she should see a doctor. She is having trouble breathing, and Stella tells her that she is in shock, and should drink the brandy. But Eileen tells them it's not her they should be worrying about, it's Paul. Leslie was his life, and she doesn't know how he is going to react.
The row between Terry and Tommy is still going on. Tommy finally gets Terry to admit that he was the one present when Tina hit her head, but Tommy is not pacified, because even if he didn't make the actual blow, he had left her for dead. Tommy tells Terry that he is still the same lowlife who sold him when he was a baby. Terry tells him that in another life, another place, they could have made a great partnership, and moves in and gives him a hug. Tommy takes the opportunity to remove the package of money from Terry's pocket. Terry's angry now, and demands he give it back. He tells him it's money that is rightfully his, as it had been his father's. He makes it clear that the loan shark is not going to see a penny of it, but he is planning a quick getaway. Tommy points out that Rick the shark will then come after him and Tina, but Terry tells him that they are too small to bother with. He then tries to grab the money back again from Tommy, who tells him (stupidly in my opinion), that it is either £9,000 in cash or a relationship with his son. Well, really Tommy, what did you expect. Terry took the money and was out the door quicker than you can say pantomime villain!
Paul drives up and Marcus is on the street waiting for him. He can see all the police cars, and wants to know what is going on, but Marcus draws him inside the Rovers.
Audrey, Nick and Lewis are in No. 8 looking for David, who appears from somewhere still drunk as a lord. David is very nasty to everybody, and Nick gets angry with him, and tells him that Audrey cares enough about him to want to check that he was alright. David apologises to her that he is still breathing, and Nick tells him to cut the persecution complex. Lewis urges Audrey to leave, as David will live to waste another day. As they are heading out, David sobers up enough to sincerely apologise to his Gran for everything, and tells her he doesn't deserve her. Audrey agrees that he doesn't, but they are stuck with each other as they are flesh and blood. She leaves, instructing Nick to make sure David eats something.
Paul has been told that Leslie is dead, and he is quizzing Eileen as to how it could possibly have happened, as she had been fine when he left. He doesn't appear to have noticed that Eileen has been obviously hit in the face as well. Just then the police arrive, and tell Paul that he is needed to identify the body. Eileen asks him if he would like her to go with him, but he just shakes his head and leaves. Eileen breaks down sobbing in Jason's arms.
David and Nick are having a heart to heart in No. 8, David is feeling very sorry for himself about everything, from losing Kylie, his job and his Gran. Nick removes his coat and starts to make him a sandwich. David tells him that he didn't know he cared. "Neither did I", says Nick.
The lads are leading Eileen back into No. 11, which is in darkness. Jason however manages to fix the blown fuse. Going into the kitchen, Eileen breaks down again, and says that Leslie must have been terrified. Jason assures her it would have been over before she knew it. Practical Sean puts the kettle on, that'll fix everything. She is beating herself up, mainly about how it is going to be for Paul. She feels he took her out of that home because they were not doing a good job, and she was no better. Well did she really expect to be? They were a whole staff of professionally trained caregivers, she was one untrained person.
Eileen agrees that she couldn't cope, that she had run out on Leslie. Marcus assures her that she did the right thing, instead of getting angry and lashing back, she removed herself from the situation, and that he would have done the same thing, anybody would. "Paul wouldn't", says Eileen, and she then starts beating herself up because she hadn't gone with him to identify the body.
Tommy is walking along the street at night, and his path is stopped by a car door that suddenly opens in front of him. It's Rick the loan shark who wants his money. Tommy tells him that it is half way down the M6, and it's no use coming after him, as he is skint. Rick tells him that there is no need for him to chase after his father, when he has a bird in the hand. Tommy protests that he has no money, but Rick tells him he wants his £9,000 back, and he will sort out the logistics of getting it out of him. He leaves telling him to say 'Hi' to Tina for him. (Oh please, can you say East Enders? I hate this storyline as well!)
Paul arrives home, and Eileen ships the lads off to the Rovers so she can talk to Paul in private.
Stella, Sunita, Karl and Norris are discussing the events of No. 11. Norris as usual is being his nasty self, and mentions that he has heard all the commotion going on through the walls, with them shouting at Leslie, and pushing her around. (He heard all that from Number 1? Amazing!) Anyway, he figures that once the funeral is over, they will be putting the bunting out and get on with their relationship, which is what they wanted all along. The lads arrive, and Norris asks if there will be a post mortem. Jason smacks him down by telling him he will get him a copy of it.
Paul is telling Eileen that Leslie looked very young, all the lines were gone from her face, and the look of confusion was gone, she was back to the girl he fell in love with. Finally he notices that Eileen's face is damaged, she tells him it's nothing, and he doesn't press her to tell him, he just goes back to reminiscing about the early days of his relationship with Leslie. Eileen is in bits listening to all this, at one point he looks at her and apologises, and tells her he knows she wouldn't want to hear all that, but then goes right back to talking about Leslie, and tells Eileen that when he saw her, he wanted to apologise to her for breaking their wedding vows, but couldn't do it. He is wracked with guilt that he had spent that afternoon speaking to a divorce specialist after all those years of caring for her, that he had let her down when she needed him.
David and Nick are still having a heart to heart. Nick is realising that all David's acting up is due to him missing his wife and his Gran. He tries to console him, but David is certain that Kylie at least has gone for good.
Eileen is trying to break it to Paul that she hadn't been in the house either when Leslie died. He gets the wrong end of the stick, and thinks that Eileen is just feeling guilty because she wasn't actually watching her, that she had been in another part of the house at the critical moment. Eileen finally shouts at him that she had been out of the house when it happened. Paul's eyes widen in horror.
Tommy is explaining to Tina in the hospital that Terry has gone for good, and so has the £9,000. However, he omits telling her the little detail that Terry is not going to hand the money over to Rick. She sighs with relief that the debt to the loan shark has been paid off. Little does she know that this storyline will drag on for some time yet. They are worried about how they will ever repay the money to Tyrone, but he assures Tina that he no longer has a dad, that she and Tyrone are the only family he has from now on. (What about Doreen, the Grandmother who brought him up then? Hmmph!)
The discussion in No. 11 has now escalated into a row. Paul has finally realised that Eileen walked out on Leslie, which allowed the terrible accident to occur. Eileen explains that it was because she had just been attacked, and that she did it to allow the situation to settle down. She explains that if she had known what Leslie was going to do, she would never have left, but she didn't. Paul is beside himself with guilt now, he tells Eileen that between them they killed Leslie. He storms out of the house and takes off in his car, with Eileen, who has run out after him, begging him not to go.
The credits roll.
Paul is looking exhausted and distraught as the episode
opens. Eileen tries to get him to open up but he can’t face talking to her. She
asks him if he blames her for leaving Lesley on her own but he walks out. Sean
embraces Eileen as she holds back the tears.
Jason is trying to make Tommy feel better about trusting
Terry. He likens the situation to Paul and says that Eileen never listened to
what people warned her either...now look at her...the scapegoat for Lesley’s
death. Jason is worried that Eileen will end up being the one blamed.
Eileen arrives in the factory and doesn’t want any fuss.
Michelle tells her that she doesn’t have to come in but Eileen tells her she’d
rather be busy. Beth keeps bringing the situation up but Sean orders her to
shut up. With Eileen in earshot, Beth comments that she doesn’t blame her for
coming into work...she’d have to get out of that house to stop the guilt eating
Audrey pops round to see Gail but it’s just David there. He’s
lying on the settee and refusing to go out. Audrey tries to talk things through
with him but he rejects her attempts so she leaves.
Tommy tells Tyrone how grateful he is for what he did.
Tyrone is sure that Tommy would have done the same for him. Tommy promises to
pay him back every penny and assures him that Terry is gone...Tyrone is his
only family now.
Eva suggests to Nick that they have a cosy night in tonight.
Nick reminds her that they did that just last night. Gail interrupts them by
moaning about David. Nick tells her that he probably just needs some space but
Gail thinks he should be out looking for a job. Nick suggests tracking down
Kylie but Gail thinks it best that she stays well away.
Karl wolf whistles Sunita as she walks by. Steve is about to
take a fare and Karl is upset as he was promised the next one. Steve says he’d
rather do this one himself and Karl discovers the customer is going to the
casino. Karl is offended and tells Steve he can be trusted before taking the
Sally is telling Izzy and Beth that she is taking part in
Weatherfield In Bloom. Jason comes in to the factory to check on Eileen. After
he leaves Beth tries to cheer her up and likens Lesley to a child. Eileen snaps
and says she knows what everyone is thinking...that she should never have left
a vulnerable woman alone. Michelle tells Eileen to go home and she walks out.
At the hospital, Tina is telling Tommy that they should
report Terry to the police but Tommy tells her that it would drag everything
back up again. Tina eventually agrees and says that at least she never has to
see Rick’s evil face again. Tommy agrees but looks guilty as he hugs her.
Norris tries to get some gossip out of Eileen as she walks
by and she shouts that she is sick of all of the gossip. At least she and Paul
know the truth. At that point the police pull up and ask for a word.
The detective is telling Eileen that she needs some more
information from her about the events leading up to Lesley’s death. Eileen
looks awkward as she waits for the questions.
Sally is looking for gardening magazines in the Kabin but
they’re not upmarket enough for her. Norris is annoyed that she has jumped on
the Weatherfiled in Bloom bandwagon. Sally tells him gardening comes naturally
to her as she’s native to Cheshire.
Nick is trying to fix Audrey’s computer. Meanwhile, Audrey
is arranging a table for two. Once again, Gail interrupts to talk about David
and asks Audrey to give him his job back. Audrey is not keen.
Rick catches up with Tommy and reminds him that he is in
debt. Tommy points out that it’s Terry’s debt but Rick informs Tommy that until
Terry turns up, Tommy has inherited that debt. His first task is to get his job
back in the garage. Rick warns Tommy to co-operate...or Tina might get hurt
Audrey, Nick and Gail are on a mission to stir David. They
all march in and Audrey tells him that she accepts his apology and is willing
to let him come back to the salon. David tells her he doesn't want to set foot
in there and Nick loses his temper and tells him to get upstairs, get smart and
go to the Bistro...he’s working there from now on!
Paul comes back to see Eileen being interviewed by police.
Eileen is telling police that she was just a friend at first as Paul couldn’t
cope with Lesley on his own. Paul decides to be open with the police and tells
them he was planning to get a divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour.
The detective is shocked and reminds him that the behaviour was due to illness
and Paul snaps and demands that she doesn’t judge him.
Mary races into the Kabin to inform Norris that there is a
magnificent display of plantlife in Sally’s front garden. Norris says there
wasn’t this morning and determines to see for himself.
The detective is asking about the allegations Lesley made
against Eileen and suggesting that she was in a good enough frame of mind to
make contact with police. Paul is telling her that this is ridiculous...he and
Eileen did everything in their power to care for Lesley. He reminds them that
he has just lost his wife and asks them to leave him to grieve. They warn him
that they may need to get in contact again.
Karl comes round to Sunita’s, having seen that Dev is at the
shop. She is awkward about letting him in as the kids are at home but he tells
her he’s in serious trouble...he’s lost £200 at the casino! She allows him to
Norris and Mary bash on Sally’s door and demand to know
where the flowers have come from. They accuse her of buying them from the
garden centre but Sally insists that she grew them in her conservatory. She
refuses to hear anything else from them and cheekily informs them she has
already cleared a space for the trophy.
Eileen tells Paul that she knows the police think it is her
fault...like he does. Paul doesn’t want to get into this but Eileen pushes him
and he snaps that he wishes he’d never met her. If he hadn’t then Lesley, the
love of his life, would still be alive. Eileen looks devastated...
More to come!
Written by Peter Whalley and directed by Noreen Kershaw
Paul and Eileen are still picking over the events leading up to Lesley’s death. Paul points out the obvious: he should be thanking Eileen for everything she’s done instead of blaming her. But as Eileen says, he’s unable to do that. It doesn’t look like they’ll be able to patch things up as Paul takes himself off for a walk.
Sunita introduces the children to Karl before they have a quick whispered discussion about her lending him the money. He promises to pay her back and that this is absolutely the last time it will happen – yeah, right – so Sunita reluctantly agrees. Only problem is, she doesn’t have the money in the house so she has to leave him to mind the kids while she goes off to the cash machine at the garage.
Over at the Bistro, Nick and Eva are giving David a crash course in the art of being a waiter while he does his best impression of a sulky teenager. They impress upon him the need to write everything down and smile while he’s doing it but, as Eva says, she bets he isn’t even capable of cracking a pigging smile. Nick is nearly tearing his hair out in frustration – he’s bending over backwards to help his brother but David is determine to be as obnoxious and ungrateful as possible and Eva can’t understand why Nick’s even bothering.
Back at Sunita’s, Karl is worried that the children might tell Dev that he was there but Sunita quickly comes up with a plausible story. She seems to be enjoying the subterfuge and tells the children that Uncle Karl will be looking after them while she pops out for a few minutes.
Tommy goes over to the garage to ask for his old job back but Kevin flatly refuses; he says the problem is that every time he sees his face he’s reminded of Terry. Tommy appeals to Ty to have a word on his behalf. Ty doesn’t reckon on his chances but Tommy says that he was hoping that it would enable him to start paying back the money that he owes him.
Eileen is slumped miserably on the sofa when Jason comes in. He wants to know if people have been talking about what happened and saying it was her fault. “The police came close,” responds Eileen and then tells Jason about their visit to the house. Jason is really angry, especially when he discovers that Paul seems to be blaming Eileen too.
Karl is sitting awkwardly with Aadi and Aisha while they fire a series of questions at him. He looks very relieved when Sunita finally returns. They disappear into the kitchen so that she can hand over the £200 and Sunita takes the opportunity to ask him if he’s thought any more about getting some help with his gambling problem. “I’ve got you, haven’t I?” he asks but Sunita has more professional help in mind. “You might have to cheer me up later,” says Karl suggestively before Sunita packs him off home.
In the Rovers Ty is trying to talk Kevin into giving Tommy his job back. Karl walks in and Stella says that she wondered what he’d been up to. He tells her that he’s been slaving away in his cab all morning and hands her the £200 to prove it. She asks him if he’s sure he didn’t just win it on a horse and he swears that he didn’t get it from gambling. After handing a bit back as pocket money, Stella tells Karl that the most important thing is that they’re honest with each other.
Jason comes in and sees Paul propping up the bar. He takes him to task over the way he’s been treating Eileen. Paul is too full of his own self-pity to think about how she might be feeling and he asks for another drink. Paul reacts angrily when Jason tells him he should make it his last and Jason grabs him by the collar. “Just remember what my mum’s done for your sake. Else I’ll be back to remind you,” threatens Jason before letting go of Paul and marching out.
Audrey arrives in the Bistro with a mystery guest in tow. Nick shows them to their table and the lady remarks that Audrey seems very well known in there. Audrey tells her that Nick is her grandson and then reveals that David is another one as he arrives at their table. This soon proves to be something she might have been better keeping to herself as he unceremoniously slaps the menus on the table and tells them he’ll be back in five minutes. Meanwhile we learn that Audrey’s lunch guest is called Carol, she’s on the Weatherfield in Bloom committee and that, as the ex-Lady Mayoress, they would like Audrey to be one of the judges. Just as Audrey is about to respond, David arrives back with the drinks which he plonks down so abruptly that it leads Audrey to comment that she’s not sure he’s cut out to be a waiter. Carol asks Audrey again if she’ll be a judge and, as if any persuasion is really needed, Audrey agrees.
Paul arrives back at Eileen’s. He’s in a foul temper and accuses her of sending Jason after him. She tries to protest that she didn’t but he has no interest in anything but how he’s feeling about Lesley’s death. Eileen tries to be sympathetic but when she moves towards him he just pushes her away. He thinks everyone will be saying that it’s what they both wanted and then asks Eileen if it’s true. She says it’s not and he knows that but he replies that what he knows is that he locked her away in a home when he knew she wasn’t happy. “Let’s be honest,” he says, “we both wanted rid of her.” Eileen simply looks at him in despair.
Back in the Bistro David’s been told to go and check that Audrey and Carol are enjoying their meal. “I only want to know if the grub’s O.K., I don’t want to know about all your aches and pains,” he growls. When an embarrassed Audrey says she hopes he doesn’t treat all the customers like that he tells her he doesn’t – he’s being especially polite because it’s her. Carol tells him that the food’s very nice, thank you, and his response to that is that she’s lucky.
Paul is asking Eileen what they should do – move, emigrate? He does most of the talking while Eileen sits there, obviously not knowing what to say. “I let her down,” says Paul. “By leaving her with me,” you mean, replies Eileen. Paul tells her he doesn’t know what he means. . He says that having the police there, going through everything, has made him see it through other people’s eyes. “Do you think that’s how it’s always been?” he asks. “Everyone thinking we’re evil?”
Audrey and Carol have now reached the end of their main course but David’s waiting skills haven’t improved. In fact, he’s so busy arguing with his grandmother for discussing his private life in public that he almost drops everything onto Carol’s lap. When Eva comes along to ask if everything’s alright, Audrey tells her she doesn’t think David’s really cut out for the job. David comments that’s the first thing she’s said that he actually agrees with, before taking the pile of dirty dishes and smashing them on the floor. “And you needn’t bother with a tip,” he calls over his shoulder as he marches out of the Bistro.
In the Rovers, Norris is discussing hanging baskets with Mary. He suggests they should have something different or unusual such as pansies or carnations but Mary doesn’t think they sound very exotic. However, Norris points out that the judges will be sons of the soil and allotment dwellers, so anything which isn’t a carrot will seem exotic to them.
Ty comes into the pub and Tommy offers to buy him a drink. Ty has some good news for him: he’s managed to persuade Kevin to give him his job back. Tommy’s delighted but Ty warns him that if there’s any more waltzing off, Kevin has said that will be it.
Back at Eileen’s, Paul is beginning to sound like a stuck record. He’s still going on about Lesley and tells Eileen he feels like he’s stuck with a terrible debt that he’ll never be able to repay. Eileen tries to suggest that everyone might feel like that when they lose a loved one but Paul denies this. He reminds her that he looked after Lesley night and day and now the whole purpose of his life is gone. “I’m beginning to see that,” says Eileen meaningfully.
In the Bistro, Eva and Nick are bickering about David and she says at that rate they’ll end up going home in different directions. She doesn’t mean it so is shocked when Nick says that perhaps it’s a good idea. He’s finding it a bit too much being together 24/7 and thinks it might be a good idea to give each other a bit of space. Eva grabs her bag and flounces out in the middle of the evening rush, telling Nick that it means he can have all the space he likes.
In the Rovers Mary overhears Audrey telling Stella that she’s beginning to regret agreeing to judge the Weatherfield in Bloom competition and laughing that her daughter is one of the competitors. Mary rushes over to tell Norris who immediately asks if she’s upset Audrey recently. Mary says Norris is more likely to have done that as he upsets everyone. She decides their only hope is to butter up Audrey. At the bar Ty tells Tommy he’s off home and Tommy promises Ty he won’t let him down this time.
We see Tommy making a call to Rick the loan shark. He tells him he’s got his job back at the garage and then asks him what it is he wants him to do.
We return to Eileen’s where she’s finally found her voice. She tells Paul that there are still three of them in the room. He replies that he has to grieve for Lesley and Eileen says that she feels like she’s in the way. She tells him he’ll have to go and grieve for Lesley elsewhere. “And then come back?” he asks. But Eileen says no because she’ll never be able to cope with it. Paul begs her and says he can’t cope with it on his own. “But you’re not going to be on your own, are you?” says Eileen.
Eva goes back to the pub where she pours her heart out to her mum about her row with Nick. She tells Stella that he said he doesn’t want them to have a full time relationship but he still wants them to work together. She says he makes her feel really cheap by wanting her to be available only when it suits him. Stella springs to her defence and says he should feel lucky to have a girl like her. When Stella says she has a good mind to go round and tell him herself Eva tells her no, so her mum says that she should do it then.
At Eileen’s Paul has packed his bags and is about to leave. Eileen says she hopes the funeral goes well. Paul tells her that he would say he’d be in touch but he knows Eileen wouldn’t want that. She replies that neither will he in a couple of weeks. As they stand on the doorstep he says that he hopes she’ll find someone she can be happy with and she replies that she already did. He swings his bag over his shoulder and walks away up the road as we see a close up of Eileen’s sad face.
the update for Thursday 17th May.
arrives at the Bistro in a huffy mood with Nick, who is acting like
there's nothing wrong. She thinks they had a big row, according to
him it was just a conversation. Within moments they're arguing again
and he walks out.
all doom and gloom over at Eileen's too. She reckons that there can
never be any future for her and Paul, Lesley's death will always hang
washing a car when Tina and Tommy arrive back from the hospital. A
disgruntled Kevin asks if Tommy's going to do any work today. Tommy
says he'll try and put a couple of hours in later.
meets David out in the Street. David apologises for his bad behaviour
yesterday. Nick says he's going into town and asks if David would
like to come too. David says he would so they head off.
the salon, Maria is struggling with the computer which has crashed. A
young man comes in and asks if she can fit him in. She says she
doesn't know because the appointments are all on the computer. As
luck would have it, this young man works in IT and has the computer
fixed in no time, and, even luckier Maria has no appointments booked so can fit him in straight away.
goes into the Kabin, and Mary immediately starts to try flattery as a
tactic for winning Weatherfield in Bloom. Rita starts to talk to her
about the wedding, and Norris comments that so far the groom hasn't
put a penny towards it. Dennis tries to say that he's helped with the
important things. “Like an engagement ring?” queries Norris. Rita
says they decided not to bother, they're not a couple of teenagers.
arrives at Eileen's house to get his things. Marcus lets him in, and
tries to tell him that it's all wrong and Eileen is beside herself
with guilt. “So am I,” snaps Paul, and says that it's too late
for him and Eileen. He picks up his things and leaves.
and David are sitting in a bar. David is miserable about Kylie. He
says he knows she can be gobby, but underneath she's kind, sweet, and
the smartest girl he's ever met. (Is this the same Kylie that we
know?) Nick suggests they go off and have some fun.
their flat, Tina tells Tommy she's proud of him for getting his job
back. She says she knows it will take a while for him to pay Tyrone
back, but at least he's back on the straight and narrow. Just then he
gets a text message from Rick, telling him to call. Tommy tells Tina
that it's from Kevin, and he has to get back across the road.
the salon, the guy who fixed the computer tries to pay for his
haircut. Maria won't accept it, so he offers to take her for a drink.
She refuses, but he leaves his business card anyway, in case she has
any more computer problems. Just as he's leaving, Marcus arrives and
is horrified when he learns that Maria turned down a date with him.
Eventually Maria says she'll give him a call.
spots a lap dancing club and persuades a reluctant David to go in.
Once inside, he tells David to go to the bar while he pays the
admission and gets them seats. However, he's shocked when after a
moment or two he spots Kylie chatting to the customers. He rushes
over to David, who has just bought two drinks, and drags him off out
of the club, saying he feels guilty about Eva.
arrives home and sees that Paul has picked up his stuff. Marcus asks
if she'd like a glass of wine, but she says she wants to go out, she
can't stand it in there any more.
is in the pub, assuring Emily that she will be completely impartial
when judging the Weatherfield in Bloom entries. Just then Mary and
Norris come in, and Mary asks if she can buy Audrey a drink. Audrey
accepts graciously and adds that they can get Emily one too. Emily
quietly reminds Audrey that she said she couldn't be bought. “I
can't,” says Audrey, “but I shall enjoy watching Norris try!”
is on the phone, leaving Dennis a voicemail message, wondering where
he's got to.
comes in then, with Marcus and Sean. Marcus gets a message from
Maria, saying she's got a date with the computer guy, tomorrow night.
Marcus tells Sean he's promised to babysit. Sean is put out. “But
that's my night off,” he says. Marcus tells him he can come with
him, they'll babysit together.
and David have arrived home and opened cans of lager. David is
miserable, Kylie's not coming back. Eventually he staggers off to
bed, and Nick calls for a taxi.
very morose Eileen is sitting in the pub with Marcus and Sean. She's
miserable there, but doesn't want to go home, that will just remind
her that he's gone. Sean points out that if Paul can't fight for
their relationship, then he's not worth it, she's better off without
him. “Fresh start, new hairdo,” says Sean. Eileen says he's
right, she needs a fresh start, so tomorrow morning she's going to
put the house on the market.
is just about to leave the pub, when Dennis comes in. He produces a
ring box, and there inside is a beautiful ring. He tells her it
belonged to his mother. “Elsie!” says Rita, but is reluctant at
first to accept it. He says it was the only thing he didn't sell when
he was on the streets, and he knows that Elsie would want Rita to
goes back to the club and confronts Kylie. He tells her that David is
in bits and wants to know how she could disappear like she did. Kylie
says that David gave her no choice, he told her that she caused
Audrey's heart attack. Just then the club manager tells her to get
back to work. Nick tries to take her arm and get her to leave with
him. The manager calls security, and the result of it all is that
Nick has to leave and Kylie gets sacked. Outside she shouts at him.
“You idiot! Now what am I supposed to do?” Nick tells her to
come home with him but she refuses, saying that David is better off
without her, and marches off up some steps. He follows her, and asks
where Max is. She tells him that Max stays with her friend and she
picks him up in the morning when she finishes, but now she's got
nothing to do but wander the streets until morning. “So thanks,”
she says. Nick tells her that David is lost without her, he misses
her and Max like mad. He tells her to get Max and come home with him.
She says she can't, Max is asleep and so is her friend. She doesn't
even have a key. He asks what she's going to do. She pulls out a
bottle of vodka and takes a swig. Nick suddenly makes a decision. He
tells her to come with him, and pulls her to her feet. “There's a
hotel up there, I'm not letting you walk the streets, I'm getting you
is clearing up at the pub when Eva comes back, and tells her about
the row with Nick and how he walked out. She doesn't know what he
wants. Stella says she must talk to him, and tells her to go round
there right now.
Nick is with Kylie in the hotel room, making her coffee and trying to
sober her up. His phone rings, it's Eva, obviously thinking he's at
home, and asking if she can come round to talk. He tells her he's
really tired, but just then Kylie blurts out that she misses David.
“What was that?” asks Eva. Nick tells her it was just the tv, and
ends the call. Eva's not convinced. She's standing outside his
building and sees that his lights aren't on. Kylie falls asleep on
the bed, and Nick settles into a chair.
very angry looking Eva marches back to the Rovers.
It’s Friday and as Nick opens the blinds in the hotel room, Kylie wakes
up, mascara smeared across her face, and has a bit of a moan. But she
accepts a cup of coffee, finds out that Nick slept on the hard upright
chair. Nick thinks she should speak to David but Kylie isn’t sure that’s
a good idea. But she agrees to at least talk to David once she’s
collected Max from a friend’s.
Eva, meanwhile, appears to be having bile for breakfast – she’s got a
face like thunder.
Dev’s quite pleased the twins will be away overnight because he and
Sunita can spend some time together. Sunita, however, points out that
she’s going out for a drink with an old school friend, Jody. Dev says
he’ll be fine on his own, then.
Tommy makes sure Tina’s set up for the day with a rug, magazines, lunch
ready for her. She appreciates the attention but tells him to get to work.
Kylie, Max and Nick share a taxi back to the street. Kylie and Max get
out and head for their former home while Nick sorts out the fare.
Inside the house, David’s got a sore head. Gail suggests that if he’s
feeling down (not that she’s saying he is, she says) maybe he should see
a doctor or someone about it. Maybe it would do him good to talk to
someone. And, yes, maybe get some pills. There’s a knock at the door.
David answers it and flings his arms around Kylie.
Eva’s going to work. Stella warns her not to go in all guns blazing,
though she says Nick will have her to answer to if he has been cheating
on Eva. Sean has apparently been summoned by Stella. She tells him she
needs more hotpots and insists he give up his lunch hour to do them.
Sean insists in return that it’s impossible to do a batch of hotpots in
Karl passes Eva in the street and wishes her luck. She purses her lips
and strides into the bistro. She asks how Nick slept and he says he got
a full eight hours. “Can we talk later – sort things out?” he asks her.
Eileen tells Marcus she’s not heard from Paul and doesn’t expect to.
She’s still determined to move away, though she doesn’t like the idea of
making him and Sean homeless. Julie bounces in, using her “emergency
key,” admires Marcus’s sandwich and says she’s come to see if Eileen is
OK. She also reveals that the growth they removed wasn’t malignant. She
assures them she’s fine and keen to get back to work.
Gail’s keeping an eye on Max while David and Kylie talk. Kylie brushes
off questions about where she was and how she got money to live on. She
tells him how hurt she was that he turned on her. They both agree
they’re sorry, though Gail pipes up and warns David not to take Kylie
back too quickly because there was fault on both sides. That does it and
David decides to take Kylie out to talk, leaving Max with Gail.
Sean’s made 30 hotpots and will now be late back from his lunch. Stella
insists that’s not good enough and he has to make some more. Sean points
out he’s already got a full-time job and his landlady is threatening to
move. “I won’t be bullied.” Stella accuses him of not being
professional, so he quits. “And if you think you’re getting that recipe
you’ve got another think coming!”
At the garage, Kevin’s a bit grumpy but Tyrone defends Tommy, saying
he’s as much a victim of Terry as anyone. Tommy gets a call from Rick,
who says he’s got a job for Tommy and arranges to meet him later.
David and Kylie go to the bistro, where Nick acts surprised to see
Kylie. Eva just acts nastily, calling Kylie a liability.
Underneath some arches, Tommy meets Rick who tells him a car will be
delivered to the garage later today. “I want you to put this in it,” he
says, handing Tommy a holdall. Tommy looks inside – blocks of cocaine!
Rick says, “you’re a face now, Tommy – one of mine.”
When Nick steps out to the cellar, Eva takes the chance to search his
jacket. She finds his wallet and the hotel bill. She puts on her coat
and leaves immediately.
Marcus and Maria are having a quiet drink when Sean flounces in, weepily
telling them he’s just flounced out of the pub. When Nick hears about
it, he offers Sean a job straight away. He’d like to put hotpot on the
bistro menu, he needs another waiter, there’s a big function on Monday
and Sean will only have to work evenings. See, all sorted. They really
should put the Corrie writers on to sorting out the economy! Sean
accepts the job, if only to see the look on Stella’s face when she finds
In the pub, Julie’s wittering on about weekend outings with Brian until
Eileen interrupts to tell her she’s thinking of moving away. Eva storms
in and shows Stella the hotel bill. She’s determined to prove he was
there with another woman and rings the hotel but the number’s engaged.
“What kind of hotel is engaged?” Stella knows exactly what sort of hotel
this one is – a dodgy one “and you only go there for one thing.”
Sunita has apparently called for a taxi and when Karl turns up they
begin this little charade of a taxi driver asking his fare where she’s
going. It turns out she’s booked the honeymoon suite at a boutique hotel
in Didsbury. “Put your foot down, driver, we’re wasting precious time.”
Eva manages to get through the hotel and makes up a story about leaving
her jacket behind when she stayed in room five with Mr Tilsley last
night. The receptionist checks and there’s no jacket been found. But
then she says Eva wasn’t wearing one when she came in last night. A
triumphant Eva tells Stella that this proves Nick was with another woman
Rick drops Tommy off right outside the garage and assures him he’s got
nothing to worry about. He says he’s a bit sorry for Tommy having Terry
for a father. Tommy takes the holdall and heads into the garage.
The end of episode one.
Coronation St Update Friday May 18th, 8:30 p.m.
Written by: Mark Burt
Directed by: Noreen Kershaw
Opening in the Rovers, Eva is sounding off to Stella about Nick, and what he was up to the previous night, or rather what she thinks he was up to. Stella tells her that there might still be an innocent explanation, but when she strings him up, she wants a front row seat.
Julie is very upset about Eileen selling up and moving away. She is pleading with her to reconsider, because she has just found out that she can't have a family, and now she can't face losing her sister as well. Eileen assures her she will be able to visit, but Julie is not satisfied with that. Eileen tells her she has no choice, she just cannot go on living in the house where Leslie died.
Tommy is making excuses to stay behind in the garage when Tyrone is leaving for the day, mutters something about looking over a mate's car for him as a favour. Tyrone offers to stay and help, but Tommy assures him that it's nothing much, and if it's more he will be sure to send him in Ty's direction.
In the Bistro Nick asks Kylie where David has gone, and she tells him he has popped home, as Max has apparently been playing up, and David had insisted on being the one to go. Nick tells her that David has really been missing Max, and her. Kylie replies that he (David) has been brilliant over everything. Nick says that they now have the chance of a fresh start, and Kylie thanks him again for giving them that chance, because without him they wouldn't have stood a chance, because as much as they love each other, they can't communicate to save their lives. As Nick gets up from the table, Kylie grabs his hand and tells him that she would still like to make it up to him as she is so grateful. Nick places his hand over hers and tells her it will be thanks enough not to let it happen again. Just as this little show of affection is taking place, Eva walks in right on cue, and if looks could kill, they would both be crispy bacon on the floor. Oblivious to Eva, Nick tells Kylie he will get them some drinks on the house. Eva pipes up "On the house?", and Nick glares at her and says "They're family". After Nick leaves, Kylie tells Eva that she has totally landed on her feet with him, Eva replies through gritted teeth that he is one in a million. David comes back just then, and they coo at each other about who has missed the other the most.
Maria arrives to find her date sitting at the bar in the Bistro, and they exchange pleasantries about how good each other look. Sean then appears at their elbow, working hard at being waiter of the year on his first night, which Maria finds somewhat amusing. As he is helping her with her chair, he whispers in her ear about how lush her boyfriend is, and that he looks like a keeper. Maria then orders a glass of house wine, and Tim orders a lager.
Tim tells her he is pretty nervous as he hasn't been on a first date in a long time. He goes on to say that he has just come out of a long term relationship, and that it got pretty messy. Our waiter of the year isn't doing so well as he serves Maria the lager and her date the wine, they exchange drinks, then make a toast to 'Onwards and Upwards'.
Audrey arrives at number 8, and realises Kylie is back when she hears Max calling down the stairs. She is not best pleased, but is not totally surprised that the bad penny has turned up again. She asks Gail if she has now thrown in the towel, and Gail tells her that she is making the best of it, because she makes David happy. She goes on to ask Audrey if they can't kiss and make up, to please have a cease fire.
The villain Tommy was expecting shows up with the car. When Tommy refers to the drugs he immediately gets a telling off, and a strong suggestion that he starts by calling it merchandise. He is told to pack the merchandise around the fuel tank and inside the door panels, and to call Rick before he has finished the job. Tommy agrees. To think everyone calls Kirk thick, he has ten times the brainpower of Tommy!
Maria and her new beau are making small talk over the meal, talking about things they like to do in their spare time, when he looks up and recognises the girl who has just walked in. He tells Maria that it is his ex-girlfriend, and that she can't keep away from him.
Eva is quizzing Nick behind the bar as to what he ended up doing the previous evening. Nick tells her that he met up with David, went to a few bars and chewed the fat. Eva asks what they talked about, and is told it was mainly Kylie, and there was only so much Kylie talk that he could take, so was home around 8 p.m. Eva replies "Aren't you a good boy, and there was me thinking you might have been on the pull", and she walks away glaring daggers into his back.
Over at the table, Maria is definitely feeling that an elephant is in the room, as Tim keeps looking over at his ex. She suggests they move on to somewhere else, but he tells her she means nothing to him, and tells her she is much better looking than his ex. This annoys Maria, and she tells him she would prefer it if he wouldn't compare them. Just then the object of the conversation walks over and accuses Tim of following her, she tells him that they broke up a year ago, and it's time he got over it. Maria's flabber is ghasted, and she questions why he told her they had just broken up, if it had been a year ago. Tim brushes the question aside, and tells her the time frame is not important. Maria then takes a closer look, and realises that the ex-girlfriend looks a lot like her, and asks Tim if that is the reason he asked her out. Tim replies that it's not a crime to have a type, and besides she has a much better sense of humour and better legs. That's it! Maria's had enough, and makes a quick exit leaving Tim to pay the bill.
Tommy is busy wrapping drugs in newspaper and stuffing them into the car that he has up on the hoist, when Tina appears out of nowhere and makes him jump out of his skin. She tells him that he wouldn't have been so surprised to see her if he would answer his phone once in a while. He tells her that he has been busy. She starts getting a little interested in the underside of the car he is working on, so he quickly pulls her away and suggests she goes home, puts some cans in the fridge, and he will bring a takeaway home shortly. She agrees to this and leaves, much to Tommy's relief. Hard to believe Terry is his dad, he's really not cut out for a life of crime, poor lad will have a nervous breakdown before this is over.
After the break in which we saw Martin Clunes making a few extra quid flogging home insurance, we see Maria running home in the rain, and being greeted by a very sympathetic Marcus, who has heard about her disastrous date in a text from Sean.
Stella is approaching the corner shop looking for Sunita, but is told by a sad looking Dev that she has gone into town with a mate, and is not expected back until late. St. Ella, who of course notices that Dev is not himself asks what is wrong, he tells her that he had been looking forward to spending an evening with Sunita, but that had fallen through. Stella tells him that if he is at a loose end, to pop into the Rovers later, as there is something she would like to run by him. I wonder who looks after the children at a moment's notice? Nobody ever seems to find it a problem going anywhere without their children on this street do they?
Sunita certainly doesn't have her children on her mind. She is far too busy in the posh hotel room burying her face into Karl's bare chest. You can tell they got the honeymoon suite, because there are rose petals all over the pillows on the bed, but they are both too busy to notice that.
Thankfully we quickly leave that scene and check out a conversation between Nick and David in the Bistro. Nick tells David that he has had a wakeup call, and not to blow it again. David agrees, and is determined to hang onto Kylie this time. Nick tells him to say they were at a bar last night if Eva should ask, and David says that he should tell Kylie the same. Eva is still shooting daggers at Nick behind his back.
Tommy runs up to Rick, and tells him that he is not happy that he has turned him into a drug dealer. Rick replies that if it bothers him that much, just call himself a 'Distribution Facilitator' if it makes him feel better. Tommy is under the impression that they are now even, but Rick brings him down with a slap by telling him that he has only knocked £250 off the slate of £9,000. A panicking Tommy protests that that wasn't the deal. Rick reminds him that they didn't have a deal, that he does in fact own him, and he will do as he is told. One of his very large goons appears to endorse that what Rick says goes. Rick leaves, telling Tommy that if he plays it cool, he just might make a few bob for himself as well.
Karl and Sunita are basking in the afterglow when they are rudely interrupted by a text from Stella asking where Karl is. Sunita is disappointed that they have to go back to face real life, but Karl doesn't seem too concerned about that, all the time he has her on the side to look forward to.
David and Kylie still have eyes only for each other in the Bistro. David tells her how happy he is to have her home, and she promises she will never leave again. He tells her how it upset him when she wouldn't even answer his phone calls, and she replies that she really thought he would be better off without her. They continue reassuring each other that they really love each other, and both want to make a fresh start. He leaves to use the bathroom prior to heading home, and Nick takes the opportunity of Kylie being alone to speak to her. He asks her if things are OK now with her and David, and she assures him they are. She takes his hand and tells him to stop stressing, as things are fine now. She is still feeling very grateful towards Nick, and tells him that he is fantastic. This show of affection doesn't go unnoticed by Eva, who looks as if she is chewing a wasp.
Dev is now in the Rovers and Stella is getting him to taste some hotpot she has made. He is not impressed, and only gives it a 7/10. She takes it away, and tells him she won't prolong his agony. He replies that it's not the hotpot that is making him so miserable. With a little persuasion, he unburdens himself upon St. Ella and tells her that since Sunita started working there, things haven't been the same between them, in fact she hasn't been the same. Stella tells him that is probably because things are not the same any more. Until then, Sunita's life had revolved around him, the kids and the shop, suddenly she has something that is hers and hers alone. Dev acknowledges this, and promptly invites her and Karl around for dinner on Monday night, saying that if the Rovers is so important to the lady he loves, then it's high time he got to know her colleagues. Stella agrees this is a good idea, and they shake on it.
Audrey's face falls in Gail's sitting room when she hears David & Kylie coming in the front door. Gail warns her to watch her blood pressure, but Audrey can't resist making a few snide remarks to Kylie when she comes in. In fact, she can't bear to be in the same room as Kylie so takes her leave in a bit of a huff.
As Audrey walks across the cobbles from Gail's house she spots Eileen standing outside No. 11 looking up at the brand new 'For Sale' sign. She tells Eileen she is very brave for taking the step to move away. Eileen tells her about the reaction she received from Julie, and Audrey is sympathetic. Eileen asks if there is anything wrong with hoping that the grass is greener, Audrey replies that there is no way of knowing if it is without checking it out for yourself. Eileen muses that just for once in her life, she would like a patch of green. Audrey nods, and says (almost to herself) that families don't always know what is best for you, they don't even know what is best for themselves half the time. They get onto the subject of Kylie, and agree that she is quite a handful. Eileen notes that for all that, it is not enough to make Audrey walk away. Audrey replies that she keeps waiting for the right time, but the right time never seems to come. This was a lovely exchange between two characters who are rarely put together, and it really worked. They bid each other a fond goodnight, Audrey walks away, then turns back and asks Eileen to let her know just how green the other side is, just for reference. Eileen smiles wryly and tells her she will.
Nick and Eva are closing up, and Nick asks Eva if she is coming back to his. She asks if that is an invite, and he replies that she wanted to talk, so they can go there to talk. He disappears into the back room to put the money into the safe, and she picks up his phone, and checks his texts. Seeing one from Kylie, she reads "Thanks again for last night xxx" Oh dear, that wasp is back in her mouth again, she grabs her things, is out of the Bistro and as the credits roll, we see her walking down the cobbles with tears streaming down her face.
One from me and one from Karen
Written by David Lane Directed by John Anderson
Eva's wallowing, her pity party in full swing. She is convinced that
Nick is having a fling with Kylie and presents the circumstantial
evidence to Stella and Leanne. Leanne mentions that she and Peter will
be in court later about the custody. Eva promises to make Nick pay and
makes Leanne promise to make Peter pay. Agreed? Sorted.
David and Kylie have found Nick in Platt towers using the washing
machine as his is on the blink. He's got a big event on that evening
at the Bistro and really wants it to go well. Since his waiter has a
broken ankle. David offers his services but is turned down. Kylie on
the other hand, offers and though she has no experience, Nick seems to
be amenable to it in the wake of her confidence.
Rick is congratulating Tommy on doing a good job hiding the drugs.
Tommy doesn't want to keep doing it but Rick assures him he will. He
drives off as Tyrone approaches. Tyrone sees Fiz in front of the
factory and calls over to her while Beth starts to slink all over
Tommy. He almost visibly shudders. Sean pulls Beth away. Tyrone asks
Fiz to sound out Kirsty about a potential birthday present. The
conversation ends before Kirsty approaches and Ty makes a joke about
Beth wanting to make a man out of Tommy. She takes custody of his
bacon barm for a bite but gives it back even though he offers it to
Dev is banging about in the kitchen and reveals to Sunita that he's
invited Karl and Stella to dinner. Tonight. She looks horrified. Dev
admits he's been wrong about her working in the pub and says he can
see she's different, more confident and he feels a bit left out. He
thought that if he got to be closer to Stella and Karl he'd feel
closer to her. She tries to talk him out of it, thinking some quiet
private time might work better but he doesn't want to cancel. She
In the Bistro, Kylie is setting up tables, while Lewis remarks that as
the mayor is attending the function, they may even get a notice about
it in the Gazette and it will do their reputation no harm. (cough) Eva
comes in and is not happy to see Kylie. She's snarky about it while
Nick defends Kylie doing them a favour. The women snipe at each other
and Nick pulls rank. Eva may have overheard Kylie say something about
her stint being the least she can do after what he did for her.
In the factory, tea break is underway. Sean is taking some time to
make up a batch of hotpot for the Bistro function tonight. Fiz, in
order to start up a conversation about birthdays, reads out her
horoscope from the newspaper. Fiz is a Libra and Kirsty is a Gemini
but says she doesn't believe in that stuff. She admits tomorrow is her
birthday but doesn't really like them and, when Beth suggests a party,
states she really *really* hates parties.
Nick is showing Kylie how to uncork wine. Eva observes them getting on
well together, with a frown. Stella arrives and asks if Eva has talked
to Nick yet. Eva turns a little greener and when Stella moves to tell
Nick a thing or two, Eva pulls her back, vowing that she will get her
revenge, no worries. Sean comes out of the kitchen and that gives
Stella reason to rant about the hotpot having a new home. It's simple
pub food and shouldn't be in a "poncified poncy place". Lewis tries
to smooth things over but Stella threatens them with her solicitor. As
she stalks out, Eva whispers that she knows how to exact her
Sunita and Karl walk down the road and she's trying to get Karl to
find an excuse not to come to dinner tonight. Stella carries over her
ranting about the hotpot as she catches up. Sunita pretends she's
looking forward to tonight. Karl and Stella proceed on to the pub
where Leanne is waiting for a lift to the courthouse. She looks ill as
she spies Carla and Peter emerge from the flat, stop, and kiss.
In the Bistro, Sean is nearly finished his work but he's worried about
Stella's legal threats. Nick rallies the troops to keep everyone happy
tonight. Go team. He even offers Kylie a full time job if it works
At the courthouse, Peter's solicitor tells Peter they can try to get
concessions from Leanne but Peter needs to be reasonable too and allow
Simon to spend time with Leanne or they won't be able to persuade the
judge to their side. Leanne and her solicitor arrive and it's clear
Leanne is ready for a battle when Peter makes sure to list all the
things he's got in his favour. They start to bicker, politely and it
descends into a row and Leanne throws at him the time he got drunk and
set fire to the flat. His solicitor's eyebrows raise alarmingly. I
don't think this is going to go well.
Karl tries to get out of the dinner party and says Steve wants him to
work. Stella seems disappointed and sighs as he moves away.
In the court room the judge asks if they have been able to work out an
agreement and asks Leanne why she brought the matter to the courts.
Peter interrupts before she can answer and spews another mouth full of
nasty about Leanne trying to put the boot in because he left her for
someone else. It's all spite. Leanne tries to explain Simon wants to
be with her. Peter points out he's Simon's father, who is she? That
lights off the old Battersby temper and she brings up his confessing
to a murder that he didn't commit. They shout and bicker until the
judge shouts them down. Leanne insists she doesn't think Simon would
be better with his father. The judge decides that they need a further
investigation and they'll review it again.
Tommy and Ty close up the garage. Tommy asks Tyrone if it's ok to do a
few more jobs after hours to help him pay off what he owes him.
Tyrone agrees. The factory girls come out and tell Tyrone that they
weren't very successful finding out any information from Kirsty.
In the Bistro, Guests are arriving. Audrey is one of them and is
sipping soft drinks to start off but is not best pleased to see Kylie
working there. Nick defends her and Kylie points out that Audrey
thinks she's sponging if she's not working. Nick turns to greet
another VIP and the Mayor who also gives Audrey, an old friend, a hug
and a line of flattery that makes Lewis look uncomfortably jealous.
Audrey, of course, laps it up. They all toast to a successful evening.
Eva mutters "Don't count on it"
In the pub, Tommy and Tyrone are playing darts. Tyrone thinks he'll
organize a surprise party for Kirsty, reckoning Kirsty is just shy. At
the bar, Leanne arrives and tells Stella it didn't go well and it'll
drag on longer. Stella has just got off the phone checking up on
Karl's excuse. Steve said it was ok for Karl to have the night off
apparently. Leanne reckons one of them is lying and Stella is pretty
sure it was Karl. She and Leanne both glare at a newly arrived Peter
and Carla. Stella makes a few snarky remarks but Peter insists they
stay. Leanne reckons Peter knows down deep that it didn't go as well
as he hoped in court but Peter plays it with confidence.
At the Bistro, a photographer is now present and taking photos of the
guests. Nick is all smiles and announces the starting course, hotpots.
Sean is one of the servers bringing out the dishes on platters. The
mayor invites Audrey to sit with him as his plus one. Lewis grumbles
about the flattery while David sits at the bar, as Kylie is gathering
drinks. The guests tuck into their hotpot. The mayor's flattery is
interrupted by all the guests sputtering and coughing. Audrey thinks
it's Kylie's fault but Eva pipes up and admits she's the one that
spiked the hotpot with extra hot spices. She thought Nick "Liked it
hot" and offers to cool him down, using the old soap cliche of a drink
over the head. Class.
In the pub, Marcus sits with Maria. He asks about Tim and they giggle
over the disastrous date. Maria thinks she should just give up on men.
Marcus offers to find her a fella. Karl comes in and is confronted by
Stella who asks why he lied. He says he doesn't really like Dev so he
made up an excuse. She wants him to put up with it for one night for
Sunita's sake. He can't get out of it so he agrees.
Nick shouts at Eva who snipes about revenge being much better served
very hot. She tells everyone that Nick slept with Kylie. Kylie
vehemently denies it. Eva presents her evidence, including the hotel
bill. David's hackles rise. Nick admits to the hotel but can't really
explain. The evidence is enough for David to launch himself at Nick
and the photographer is gleefully shooting lots of frames of the
ensuing all out fight. Oh dear. Looks like the Bistro is definitely
going to be featured in the Gazette. And it's reputation will be
cemented. Not in a good way, methinks.
Written by Martin Allen and directed by John Anderson
David is going ballistic in the Bistro. Nick is reluctant to tell him
about what happened in the hotel so Kylie steps forward and admits
they spent the night together. But without waiting for any further
explanation, David grabs a conveniently-placed fire extinguisher and
before any of the large crowd watching can stop him – not that anyone
in their right mind would want to get in the way of David when he’s
riled – he rushes out into the street and smashes the windscreen on
Nick’s car. Kylie pleads with him to believe her that Eva’s got it
wrong and nothing went on between them while Lewis tries the
gentlemanly approach, pointing out that whatever’s happened, smashing
up Nick’s car is not going to help the situation.
Sunita’s checking her phone in vain for a message from Karl while Dev
is busy worrying about which type of wine glasses to put on the table
for their dinner party.
Out in the street Ken is asking Leanne how the court case went. She
tells him that Peter is refusing to budge and wants total residence
for Simon and, on top of that, she bumped into Brian who told her that
he’s playing up at school again. Just then Peter and Carla come along
and Peter gets all aggressive, accusing Leanne of getting her side of
the story in with Ken first. Ken tries to raise the subject of Simon’s
behaviour at school, sending Peter into defensive mode. Ken suggests
they should try to sort things out between them and bypass the
solicitors for Simon’s sake. Carla says that isn’t such a bad idea and
Ken suggests they should meet to talk about it later in the Rovers.
All the customers have left the Bistro (probably not surprising) and
Nick sits down with David and Kylie to talk about what happened. He
explains about the night he and David went to the club, how he saw
Kylie, didn’t tell David in case he was embarrassed by what she was
doing and went back later. Kylie takes over telling the story at this
point and tells David how she and Nick had a row and he took her to
the hotel. Nick explains that he spent the night in a chair to make
sure she didn’t do a runner but then Eva rang him at the hotel, knew
he was lying when he said he was at the flat, and put two and two
together. David wants to know why they didn’t tell him but Nick
points out he wouldn’t have believed them and Kylie says it just
seemed easier to keep quiet. David doesn’t look convinced so Kylie
swears on Max’s life that nothing happened.
Eva has gone back to the Rovers and is telling her mum all about the
fracas at the Bistro. Stella and Karl are on their way out to Dev and
Sunita’s and Karl ‘kindly’ offers to cancel so that Eva can stay and
talk to her mum but his plan doesn’t work. Eva declines and tells
them she wouldn’t want her problems to spoil their fun.
Out in the bar Ty is asking Tommy and Tina if they’re coming to the
party. Quick as a flash Tina says she can’t because she’s working but
Tommy says he thought she had the night off, forcing her to admit she
doesn’t want to come. She thinks Kirsty wouldn’t want her there. Ty
tries to say she would but Tina doesn’t want to take the risk. At
that moment Kirsty walks in and Ty quickly tries to change the subject
to football. Kirsty is starting to look suspicious that something may
On their way to Dev and Sunita’s, Karl and Stella bump into Sean.
Stella tells him that she’s been to see her solicitor who informed her
that Betty’s Hotpot recipe is the intellectual property of the Rovers.
“Oh, puuuleez!” is Sean’s response before they exchange a few choice
words on the subject. As Stella informs him that he can argue all he
likes but the law is the law, Sean flounces off in a huff.
Dev is putting the finishing touches to the dinner when Stella and
Karl arrive. Sunita gives Karl a look and he returns it with one
which is meant to convey “sorry but I couldn’t do anything about it”.
We hear Abba playing in the background and discover that it’s a
favourite of both Dev and Stella. Dev suggests they could have a croon
together later and Stella says she’ll have to get drunk first. It
looks like it could be a long and awkward evening ahead for Karl and
In the Rovers, Ken, Leanne, Peter and Carla have assembled for their
discussion. Ken starts by suggesting a compromise. Peter objects
before he’s even heard what it is so Carla gently suggests he should
listen to what Ken has to say. Ken proposes they try a joint
arrangement with Simon staying part of the time with Peter and the
rest with Leanne but Peter doesn’t want to know and has no intention
of agreeing to anything which Ken has to suggest.
Ty is outside on his phone, calling people about the party. Tommy
comes out to tell him that Kirsty is getting twitchy inside the pub so
Ty asks Tommy to take over. Ty’s excited because he’s just spoken to
Kirsty’s mum and her parents have agreed to come. Tommy is quite
surprised as Ty hasn’t even met them yet but Ty doesn’t seem to think
it’s a problem.
Back inside the Rovers, Peter is still digging his heels in about
reaching a compromise over Simon. Ken offers to act as a go-between
but Peter sees this as him taking Leanne’s side. He refuses to see
sense and even throws in a snide comment about Leanne not even being
Simon’s parent. As he gets up to leave he tells them that Simon is his
son and he will not be dictated to. “Nice try, but the answer is no,”
he shouts before marching out. “Do you know what? I give up!” says
Leanne to Ken as Carla follows Peter out.
In the Bistro Nick tells Kylie and David that he’ll clean up in the
morning. He’s off to fix his windscreen and put Eva straight. David
is still scowling so Nick tries one more time to convince him: he asks
him when he and Kylie would have had the chance to get their stories
straight if they were lying. Kylie says that Nick was only trying to
help and Nick tells David that he’s his kid brother, he might not
always like him but he loves him and he wouldn’t do something like
that to him, not in a million years. After Nick walks out Kylie tells
David that Nick managed to talk some sense into her and that he should
be thanking him. David than changes tack and asks Kylie why she’s was
stripping. She tries telling him it was no worse than when he met her
in Aya Napa and she was cage dancing but, as he points out, they
weren’t married then. Kylie tells him she needed to get money somehow
to feed Max. He can’t see why she didn’t just go back to him so she
tries to get him to understand that it was her pride that was stopping
her. She tells him that she hasn’t been unfaithful to him since they
met and that she would never do that to him. “You’ve got to believe
me,” she says and, from the look on David’s face, the penny might
finally be dropping that she’s actually telling the truth.
Sean is rabbiting on to Marcus about Hotpotgate but Marcus isn’t
listening; his mind is preoccupied with his promise to Maria to set
her up with a man. Sean tells him that he’s become obsessed and if he
carries on much longer, he’ll be the one looking for a fella.
Audrey and Gail are discussing the David/Nicky/Kylie saga over a
bottle of wine. Still assuming Eva’s got the story right, Audrey says
she thought Nick had more sense and Gail says no wonder Eva went
ballistic. Looking on the bright side, Audrey says at least it will
get Kylie out of their lives but Gail is concerned about how it will
affect David. Just as Audrey is saying that, for one night at least,
they can enjoy never having to set eyes on her again, David and Kylie
walk through the door. David tells them that Eva put two and two
together and made five, he’s listened to Nick and Kylie’s version of
events, he believes them and he and Kylie are very much back together.
Gail is keen to know more but David says he’ll tell her more later;
right now he and Kylie want a cup of tea. It looks as though Audrey
and Gail will be in need of the rest of their wine.
Over at Dev and Sunita’s, the meal has come to an end and Dev is
cranking up the music. As “One of Us” by Abba comes on, Dev starts to
join in. Sunita tells him nobody wants to hear him singing – never was
a truer word spoken – but it’s one of Stella’s favourites and before
anyone can stop them, she and Dev are doing some Karaoke. As they
croon “one of us is crying, one of us is lying, in her lonely bed,
staring at the ceiling, wishing she was somewhere else instead,” the
significance of the words is not lost on Sunita and Karl who sit
awkwardly listening to the performance. When Stella suggests to
Sunita that she should join in and dance with Karl it finally gets too
much and she gets up and switches off the music. Her excuse is that
they’ll wake up the kids if they carry on.
Outside in the street it’s pouring with rain. Kylie and David are
sheltering under an awning and re-bonding over some takeaway fish and
chips. As Kylie says, there’s nothing like a good row to work up an
appetite. They seem to have sorted everything out between them and
are genuinely happy to be back together. It looks as though Audrey
and Gail will be stuck with Kylie back in their lives, whether they
like it or not.
In the Rover, Tommy and Ty are discussing the list of guests for the
surprise party. As Kirsty comes back from the ladies, they hastily
change the subject but she knows something is up. She says she hopes
it hasn’t got anything to do with her birthday. She reminds Ty that
she doesn’t want a fuss and he tells her he’s got the message. “You’d
better,” says Kirsty.
Back at the dinner party, Karl and Sunita have snuck out to the
backyard. Karl is using the excuse of smoking a cigarette while
Sunita is filling up her brandy glass. Karl is suggesting that the two
of them should go away somewhere together but Sunita tells him she’s a
very busy lady. Just as Karl is saying she’s a hell of a flirt when
she wants to be, Dev comes out with some cigars. He suggests Sunita
should go inside to keep Stella company and discuss something like
make-up while he and Karl talk man to man about stuff that really
At Eileen’s, Marcus and Sean are getting all loved up on the sofa.
Sean apologises for having a go at Marcus earlier over Maria and says
he’s just concerned they don’t get enough time for each other anymore.
Marcus agrees and then suggests they should have an early night.
Sean says that’s the best idea he’s had all week.
Peter and Carla are in their flat arguing about earlier events. For
once Carla is being the reasonable one and trying to get Peter to see
that perhaps Leanne was only trying to reach a compromise and that Ken
was genuinely only trying to help. Peter disagrees completely so she
asks exactly what he’s achieved by what happened earlier. She points
out that this could go on for months and months and, apart from what
it’s going to do to Simon, the legal costs could end up crippling
Nick has gone over to the Rovers to speak to Eva. She’s really angry
but so is Nick. She still believes she’s got her story straight but
Nick is furious that she’s been spreading lies about him and says he’s
past caring. Leanne steps in and Eva agrees to go through to the back
with Nick to continue sorting out their differences.
Dev and Sunita’s evening with Karl and Stella is finally coming to a
close but not before Stella says it would be nice to get together
again. Dev asks Karl if he likes golf. “No,” replies Karl, quick as
a flash. “Yes you do,” chips in Stella. “You’re always saying you
wish you had someone to play with.” Dev suggests the four of them
make a day of it and Stella thinks it’s a great idea. She and Sunita
can pamper themselves in a spa while the men play a round together …
as opposed to Karl and Sunita playing around together.
In the back room of the Rovers, Nick and Eva are continuing their row.
Nick points out that David believes what happened and is now back
with the girl he loves. He says they didn’t tell Eva what happened
because they knew she wouldn’t believe them. Eva says Nick will have
to do better than that if he wants to get back with her. When Nick
asks if she really thinks he wants to get back with her after what’s
happened, Eva changes tack and says she was only trying to show him
that she wouldn’t be pushed around. She says that it doesn’t mean she
doesn’t still love him. “You call that love?” asks Nick,
“I don’t do mad, vindictive, women. You and me are finished,” Nick
tells Eva before walking out and leaving her sobbing, with tears
streaming down her face.
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