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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.
Hello, I’m standing in for Annie on this episode. When she comes back,
try not to mention laptops or cups of tea.
Sometimes Gail reminds me of a vulture perched in a dead tree waiting to
pick over the entrails of some accident victim. Perching on a bar stool
in the bistro isn’t so different and she’s revelling in the Gazette’s
picture of mayhem and hotpot. She blames Kylie. Nick blames Eva. Gail
thinks he attracts needy women – they can see the goodness in him.
Kirsty and Tyrone have lunch at the bistro for Kirsty’s birthday. She
has a little moan that she hasn’t even had a card from her family.
Eva’s in the pub and she’s sorry. Stella tries to justify what Eva’s
done. They’re interrupted by David and Kylie coming in and slinging
sarcasm. Eva and Stella try to sling some back but David insists he
believes what Kylie and Nick told him. “I trust my wife and my brother
and so should you.”
Stella reminds Karl that it’s their sixth anniversary. She’s not doing
anything as obvious as going out for a meal. They’re having a romantic
meal in the back room instead.
Sean’s browsing the magazines in the Kabin while Rita tries to get a
straight answer from Dennis as to which wedding invitation he prefers.
She asks Sean’s opinion instead. He’s trying to forget about Eva’s
hotpot sabotage – before that the hotpot was perfect. He thinks Betty
would have been proud of him. Rita disagrees. She reckons Betty would
turn in her grave if she knew the recipe had left the Rovers. Dennis
wonders whether the sabotage was Betty’s revenge from The Other Side.
Beth and Fiz chat to Tyrone near the garage. He asks them to take Kirsty
out for a while after work while he gets everything ready for the party.
Beth says she won’t be at the party because RCraig has an upset tummy.
Oh, and here are Chesney and Katy. They won’t be there either, because
they can’t get a babysitter. After intense questioning . . . oh, OK, a
raised eyebrow . . . Beth confesses that nobody wants to come because
none of them really know Kirsty. Fiz points out they should go for
Tyrone’s sake so they all agree.
Back at the pub, Sunita finds out about Stella’s plan for a romantic
night in with Karl.
Over at the salon, Audrey and Lewis have a chat and agree that neither
of them really wants to go on this cruise.
Everyone in Tyrone’s house faces the door, party poppers at the ready.
When Kirsty opens the door and they all shout “Surprise!” she’s clearly
In the bistro, Eva arrives and tries to beg Nick’s forgiveness and to
say she’ll never do anything like that again. Nick points out that if
she needed to check up on him then the relationship wasn’t right. It’s
too late for sorry. But he tells her she still has her job at the bistro
if she wants it.
As some of the party guests reflect that Kirsty did tell them she didn’t
want a fuss, Kirsty tells Tyrone it was a lovely idea, if a bit
misguided. There’s a knock at the door and Tyrone goes to answer it,
saying it’ll be his mystery guests. He returns with Kirsty’s parents.
Surprise! Tyrone thinks they should get to know each other before the
baby arrives. Baby? “You’re pregnant?” roars her father.
Kirsty’s dad’s not happy at all that she’s pregnant and he tells her so.
Sunita’s on her own in the pub, she tells Rita and Dennis. She tells
them about Stella and Karl’s romantic dinner in the back room. She
doesn’t know what all the fuss is about. They’re not even married! That
exclamation mark is a visual representation of her slamming their drinks
down on the bar.
In the back room, a romantic Beach Boys’ track playing, Stella can’t
relax. She doesn’t think this was such a good idea because it’s so hard
to switch off from the job. She asks Karl if they can make the
relationship work and he says they can. They toast each other.
Kirsty’s mum sees her engagement ring and realises Kirsty and Tyrone are
engaged. If you thought her father was angry before . . . Kirsty and
Tyrone assure him they’re happy. “Happy? What? Living in some two-up
two-down and marrying some loser who works in a garage?” Tommy steps up
to tell him he’s out of order and an offended Tyrone points out he’s
co-owner of the garage. The dad points out that Kirsty’s police career
is likely to suffer if there’s a gap. She’s got a chance of making
sergeant. This makes Beth snort and call out, “Oh no she doesn’t! She
works in the knicker factory with us!” Kirsty confirms that she was
sacked from the police. As Tyrone orders Beth out of his house, Kirsty’s
dad demands to know why she was sacked. “You’re a disgrace, you know
that! You had prospects. You were going somewhere because of me and you
throw it all back in my face!” He tells her that if she wants to mess
her life up she can do it without her parents. He storms out. Kirsty’s
mother stops to assure Kirsty, “Don’t worry. I’ll be all right.” Then
Stella’s reminiscing about meeting Karl. She was standing crying in the
rain, her purse lost, when a cabbie called Karl took pity on her. Karl
apologises for everything he’s put her through and promises to make it
up to her. They’re having a quiet lovey-dovey moment when Sunita barges
through on her way to get more cheese-and-onion crisps. She tries to
make some eye contact with Karl but he won’t meet her gaze.
Over at Gail’s there’s been a family dinner. David apologises to Nick.
Audrey and Lewis announce they won’t be going on a cruise after all. And
Audrey announces she’s going to employ David and Kylie again. Yay!
Everyone’s happy except Gail. Yay!
Stella’s going to sort the washing-up in the morning and asks if
Sunita’s all right to lock up. Karl stops to get a nightcap and makes
Sunita admit she came barging through the dinner because she missed him.
But Karl tells her he can’t do this any more. He loves Stella and it’s
over between him and Sunita.
Kirsty’s furious. Tyrone has screwed up, “as usual,” she says. Poor
Tyrone points out that she told him she’d told her parents about the
baby. That doesn’t help her temper and she smashes a glass. Tyrone says
he’s going to bed. He can’t cope with her when she’s like this. As he
heads for the door Kirsty grabs him and slams him against the wall. His
face bleeding, Tyrone gets away from her and staggers out into the
street. Behind the front door, Kirsty collapses, crying.
Yep, me again.
It’s morning and Tyrone exits his front door with Kirsty close behind,
pleading with him to come back. What? So she can hit him again? Not
likely. He demands to know how he’s going to explain his injuries. He’ll
have to say it was an accident, just like last time. He says he thought
he was doing the right thing by inviting her parents and Kirsty says she
realises that now. Something just came over her, maybe it was the
hormones . . . “Don’t you dare blame this on our baby!” snarls Tyrone.
“This was your fault, no-one else’s, and until you can admit that I am
not even going to look at you!”
Dev’s ironing a shirt for Aadi. Sunita thinks he’s having a go at her
for being a bad mother but Dev says he just thinks she looks tired and a
little tense. He suggests she call in sick.
Karl’s “Hello, gorgeous,” to Stella tells us that their renewed
closeness is still there after last night. He’s glad she didn’t give up
on him and they agree they’re stuck with each other.
Peter thinks Simon needs a haircut. Simon wants to grow it so he can
have dreadlocks. Peter explains to him that the Cafcass (Children and
Family Court Advisory and Support Service) woman will be there to talk
to him after school. He says it’s nothing to worry about – she just
wants to know that Simon’s happy at home with Peter. “If I tell them
that, does that mean I can’t see Leanne?” asks Simon. Peter utters those
words that annoy children so much: “Don’t you worry about that.” When
Simon goes to fetch his school stuff, Carla suggests they go to the
cinema or something tonight but Peter says he’s got a support group
meeting to go to. He’s already been to one this week but sometimes one
isn’t enough, he says.
Karl’s off to work and finds Stella in a much grumpier mood when he goes
to say goodbye. She says Sunita’s called in sick and she can’t organise
Emily’s at the salon. She’s had her hair done and when Marcus comes in
she confesses that she’s meeting a man in town but they’re just friends.
Marcus is there to tell Maria a new nurse has started at work and he’d
be perfect for Maria. Marcus is meeting him for a drink tonight and with
a bit of persuading Maria agrees to come along.
Lewis is surprised to see Nick in the bistro because Nick had planned to
take some time off. Nick says he was bored. Lewis tells him that if this
is to do with Eva, he should realise it’s never too late to patch things
up. Nick doesn’t plan to get back together with Eva because she’s a
bunny boiler. Eva strolls in with a really cheerful look on her fact and
compliments Lewis on his tie.
At the garage, Tyrone tells Kevin he’d had a bit to drink and hit
himself with the cupboard door.
Karl meets Sunita in the street. He tells her he knows why she called in
sick. But he says he loves Stella and she deserves the best. Sunita says
that makes her feel as if she’s being chucked out like a bag of old
rubbish. Karl assures her that he also cares about her. They’re
interrupted by Emily coming out of the cab office. She’s booked a taxi
to take her into town and Steve says it’s Karl who will be taking her.
Karl asks her to wait in the car. He and Sunita arrange to meet at the
flat at three. Dev will be at the cash-and-carry and the kids are away.
They part and Karl opens the door of a car and tells Emily she’s sitting
in the wrong one.
At the bistro, Eva’s involved in a long, flirty phone conversation with
a new wine supplier. Lewis thinks she adds a touch of glamour to the
place. An attractive woman walks in and Nick hastens to show her to a
table. It appears she’s only just moved to the area after time living in
Tokyo and Barcelona. Nick offers to show her around but she says her
boyfriend wouldn’t be keen on that. Nick tells her he used to live in
Canada but the glamorous-international-man-about-town image is spoiled
when Eva comes over and tells him his Mum rang and wants to know if
he’ll be home for his tea.
Tyrone’s finished working on a car and Kevin tells him to get off home.
Leanne and Peter meet in the street and he tells her about Simon’s
appointment with the Cafcass officer.
Tyrone gets home to find Kirsty packing her bags. He doesn’t want her to
go but when she moved towards him he flinches. Kirsty says that’s why
she has to go – Tyrone’s scared of her now. “I’ve seen that look before.”
In the flat above the shop, Sunita tells Karl she sees no reason to stop
seeing each other and go back to their mundane life and boring partners.
She knows Stella’s a good person, “but there’s nothing wrong with two
people wanting to be together.” She says no-one has to find out, not if
they’re careful. Karl says she makes it sound so simple, as if there’s
no risk. Sunita says there is a risk. “That’s what makes it so exciting
– it’s like gambling.” They kiss.
Sean’s been to the dentist but comes back with shopping bags. He tells
Marcus he’d budgeted for one or two fillings but his teeth were declared
so spotless you could eat with them. So really the new clothes haven’t
cost him anything. Marcus tells him about the new nurse and invites him
to come along on a double-date with the new guy and Maria. Sean refuses.
Kirsty’s talking about his father. He wasn’t always a bully but when
things started going wrong at work and others were promoted over his
head, he got frustrated and started to drink. He took it out on Kirsty.
Tyrone asks where her mum was and Kirsty says her mum was often standing
between them, taking the punches herself. Her mother didn’t ever try
defending herself from his beatings and eventually Kirsty started hating
her for putting up with it. When Kirsty was 18 and was late home, her
father met her at the door and punched her in the stomach, winding her.
Then he grabbed her by the throat, called her cheap and said she was a
disgrace. “I was so scared.” Kirsty said she left home a week later. She
felt bad leaving her mother alone with him, but what could she do? She
swore she would never let anyone treat her like that again, “but now I’m
turning into him. That’s why I can’t be with you. Much as I hate the
thought of leaving you, I hate the thought of hurting you more.”
Karl and Sunita cuddle on the sofa in the flat and agree to move to the
Ken and Eccles meet Carla in the street and Carla tells Ken about the
Cafcass visit and about Peter needing two group meetings in a week. Ken
offers his help but Carla thinks they’ll get through this – she and
Peter have been through a lot worse.
Peter hovers around in a school corridor.
Inside, the Cafcass lady tells Simon she’s not on anybody’s side. Simon
admits he hates it at home. Carla looks like a witch and is a rubbish
cook and he wants Leanne. She’s still his Mum. “And I’ve already lost
one mum and don’t want to lose Leanne as well,” the poor wee man says.
Kevin’s in the corner shop when he gets a call to say he’s missed out on
a flat he wanted. He moans about his need for a flat. Dev comes in,
moaning that the robbers who held up the cash-and-carry didn’t have the
decency to wait until after he’d done his shopping. Sophie asks if the
flat upstairs is still available. Kevin likes the sound of it and Dev
goes to get the key.
Upstairs, of course, Karl and Sunita are in bed together. They’ve just
resumed their cuddling when they hear someone coming. “Who else has got
a key?” hisses Karl. “Dev!” says Sunita.
The end of episode one
May 25, 2012 8:30 p.m.
Written by: Damon Rochfort
Directed by: John Anderson
Opening where we left off, Dev is showing Kevin around the flat and suddenly they are greeted by a bustling Sunita, who appears out of the bedroom frantically cleaning and plumping cushions. Dev asks what she is doing there, and she tells him she was bored at home, so thought she would make a start on cleaning the place up. Dev is pleased that he has such a domesticated wife, and tells Kevin she will have it spotless for him.
Kev then asks to see the bedroom, and a panicking Sunita suggests he come back tomorrow after she has had a chance to clean the place up properly. Being a mechanic, and well used to dirt, he responds that it doesn't bother him and heads for the bedroom, and Sunita closes her eyes and waits for the eruption......which doesn't come. The two men return to the living room, and Kevin is saying he is not sure whether it's suitable or not, and that he would like Sophie's opinion before he makes a decision. The second they leave, Sunita runs into the bedroom to see a half naked Karl emerge from the wardrobe.
He is shaken up, and tells her that it was much too close for comfort. Sunita tells him to get dressed and she will check to make sure the coast is clear for him to leave.
Peter and Simon arrive home, and before getting out of the car, Peter tries pumping him to find out what he told the Cafcass Officer in the interview. Simon is reluctant to tell him, saying he had previously told him that what he says to her would be private. Peter assures him that it was, but tries a different tactic. This time he tries asking him how he feels about living with him, and Simon is not backward in coming forward, saying that he hates living with him and Carla, and wants things back the way they were. Peter tells him that it's not possible, that the decision has been made, and now the only blood relatives he has are himself and Granddad. Peter obviously doesn't realise that blood ties mean nothing to children, that they consider themselves related to anyone who loves them and cares for them. Simon is very upset now, and tells Peter that Leanne is his Mum, and he wants to live with her and not Carla, and as he takes off out of the car, he shouts to Peter that he told the lady that too!
Carla is shocked to see Simon barrelling in sobbing his little heart out, and calls out to him, but he heads straight for his room and slams the door. Peter explains that he has discovered that he has told the Cafcass Officer that he wants to live with Leanne. He tries to get Simon to let him in, but is told to go away. Peter is at a loss to know what to do, so Carla suggests he wait until Simon has calmed down to talk to him. He is starting to realise what all this is doing to Simon, and tells Carla that it must be hard for an eight year old to get his head around it, when even the adults can't agree on anything. Carla tells him that she will make herself scarce and go for a drink with Michelle, which will leave the way clear for Peter and Simon to have a long talk.
In Number 9, Kirsty has her bags packed and tells Tyrone she will give him a ring when she gets to her friend Helen's. Tyrone has made a brew, and suggests she have a cup before she leaves. Sitting down, she tells Ty that she has never opened up about her Dad to anyone before. Tyrone suggests to her that she speaks to someone about it all, and asks if there isn't someone like that available to police officers. She replies that as her father was a policeman, she could never take a chance on it getting back to him, the consequences were unthinkable.
Tyrone rightly points out that she is not a copper any more, and that this anger thing with her might be because she has been covering everything up all these years.
Kirsty's tears begin to flow now, and she tells Ty that she is very ashamed of herself. She asks how she could possibly have hurt a lovely man like him. Tyrone puts his arms around her and comforts her. (Oh Tyrone, they are always sorry, they always say it will never happen again, please chuck her out - now!)
Stella is hanging up the phone from Sunita, who apparently has made a miraculous recovery and is offering to come in. Stella is suspicious of the so called illness but is glad of the help. Karl tells her he is starving, (we all know how he worked up that appetite don't we?), and is off to make himself something to eat.
Carla is bending Michelle's ear about the events between Peter and Simon over in a booth, when Maria appears, dressed to the nines. On being asked, she reveals that Marcus is about to set her up with someone from work, and has come in early for a bit of Dutch courage before he gets there. As Maria heads off to get the drinks in, Carla tells Michelle that she is worried that it might come down to Peter having to choose Simon or her, and she doesn't fancy her chances up against a cute little boy.
Kirsty is still there in Number 9, and Tyrone is now telling her about his awful childhood with the dreadful Jackie Dobbs. He relates that she had a string of blokes night after night, and after packing him off to his room, he would overhear her telling them that she only kept him for the family allowance. He points out to Kirsty that you can't choose your parents, but that they are lucky in that when their child is born, they will know what not to do. Kirsty is surprised that he is speaking about the two of them in the future, and he assures her that he believes their baby needs both of them. She mildly protests, and he asks her to promise that it will never happen again, and that she will work on her temper problem. She tells him she loves him, but doesn't exactly promise anything. He hugs her and tells her that he loves her too - so that's alright then!
Back in the Rovers, Leanne comes through from the back and is not best pleased to see Carla sitting with a drink in her hand. She is concerned about Simon, but Stella tells her to calm down.
Marcus arrives with his colleague from work, a nurse by the name of Aidan, who is not half bad looking I must say! He introduces Maria, who obviously has the same taste as me, as she looks quite delighted to meet him. I guess Carla and Michelle are also thinking the same thing, because they insist on an introduction too. Michelle then issues an invitation for the men to join them, which they do.
Carla pops to the ladies to powder her nose, but unfortunately has to pass Leanne, who can't resist having a snipe about the fact she is there drinking instead of being at home acting the perfect wife and mother. Carla is not in the mood, but Leanne persists. The subject gets onto Simon's meeting with the Cafcass Officer, and Carla tells her (wisely or not) that Simon had said he wants to live in the pub with his mother instead of with his father. Stella intervenes at this point and demands they take it into the back, as the conversation is not for public consumption.
Kevin and Sophie are looking round the flat, and although Sophie figures it would be ideal to have her father that close, Kev has come to the conclusion that it's not really suitable for Jack, that he would be better off growing up somewhere with a little garden. Just then he gets a call from a customer, and has to run to the garage, so hands the keys to Sophie and asks her to lock up and tell Dev he has decided against it. Straightening the cushions before leaving, Sophie finds Karl's wallet under one of them. Hmmmmm.....
After the break I was kind of hoping to see Sophie confronting both Dev and Sunita about the wallet, but no such luck. Instead we are in the back room at the Rovers, and Carla and Leanne are trying, but not succeeding in having a civilized conversation. Carla is telling Leanne that she has tried and tried to persuade Peter that Simon should be seeing her, has tried to persuade him to reach a compromise with her. Leanne interjects that maybe she should have tried not sleeping with him in the first place. (Leanne 1, Carla 0) Unfazed though, Carla goes on to say that their situation is not exactly rare, that couples split up and new partners come on the scene all the time, and that some couples make it work where children are involved and some don't. She tells Leanne that they can't move on all the time she and Peter are fighting over Simon. We then move just outside the door where we see Stella doing an 'Ilda Ogden with her ear pressed against the woodwork. Karl catches her and manages to make her feel slightly guilty for ear wigging, then Karl suggests she take a break upstairs for a bit. Following this is yet another nauseating exchange between Sunita and Karl that I would rather block out of my memory. Don't worry, you really didn't miss anything important!
The conversation in the back room has now moved on a bit, Carla has made it quite clear that she wants Leanne out of the picture. Her argument is that Simon belongs with his father, and while Leanne is in the frame, Simon is not going to accept it. Leanne is so angry she is almost in tears, she points out that Simon has already lost one mother, and she now expects her to walk out on him as well. Furious now, she goads Carla into telling her what she really thinks about the situation deep down, and Carla tells her that she knows she (Leanne) loves Simon, and she knows Simon loves her. She also knows that Leanne is a better mother than she (Carla) will ever be, but she also knows that if she uses that to get at Peter, she will destroy Simon in the process.
She goes on to say that she thinks Leanne should move away, but keep in touch with Simon, and when things calm down they might be able to sort something out. She then offers her money to help her on her journey. (See this red rag, see this bull?) That's the last straw! Leanne promptly throws Carla out, telling her to pass along to Peter that she plans to protect Simon from the pair of them, and she should warn him that he is in for the fight of his life!
Over in the booth, things are going well. Maria is obviously interested in Aidan, and Aidan is being very complimentary towards Maria. Michelle spots Carla leaving in high dudgeon, so promptly makes her excuses and runs out after her. Catching her up on the cobbles she asks how it went. Carla is recognising that she has probably made the situation ten times worse than it was before she started negotiating with Leanne.
Aidan is asking Maria why she is still single when she has so much going for her. She tells him that it could be her little lad that puts some blokes off, he goes up in her estimation a lot higher when he tells her he loves kids, and hopes he gets to meet him at some point. He leaves for the boy's room, and Marcus can't wait to find out if Maria likes him. She replies "Like him? Two more glasses of wine and I'll flamin' marry 'im!". That's a yes then.
Yes!!!! Here comes Sophie with wallet in hand being a good Samaritan and bringing it round for Karl. She explains to Karl and Sunita that she found it in the flat, and just then Stella appears and just sees the exchange of the wallet. She asks him where he lost it this time, and he says "Corner Shop", and quickly thanks Sophie hoping she will leave without correcting him. She looks a bit confused but says nothing (Oh go on Sophie - say, and let's get this over with!). Stella insists he gives Sophie something for being so honest, and although Sophie protests, she has it shoved into her hand and leaves, still a bit confused.
Sunita runs out after Sophie, and explains to her that Karl lied because when he and Stella had fallen out a while back, he thought he might need somewhere else to live, so was checking out the flat just in case. She explains that he lied, because he doesn't want Stella to know that he did that. Sophie just mutters that it's none of her business, and that she has to get back to the shop.
Leanne is filling Stella in on the exchange between herself and Carla. Stella is shocked when she hears that Carla offered her money to leave, and Leanne assures her that she will never leave that little boy with a couple of drunks. Stella tells her that she is sure the courts will see sense and not let that happen. Leanne is not convinced that they will, but St. Ella tells her that they are all behind her, and what will help right now is a bar of chocolate, trashy mags and a long soak in the bath. She then takes off to run it for her.
Sunita and Karl drone drone mutter mutter nudge nudge wink wink.....meet me in the ginnel in five minutes....
Maria is on her way home, and Marcus tells her he would walk her home, but is too lazy. So Aidan offers to do it instead much to Marcus and Maria's delight. As they leave, Aidan winks at Marcus, who winks back, pleased that Aidan is pleased that he has obviously scored with Maria. Arriving across the street, Maria moves in for a kiss and Aidan recoils in horror. Turns out he is gay, and fancies Marcus not Maria, he was just trying to get shut of her so they could head back to Marcus' place. Maria tells him she is not offended, as believe it or not, he is not the worst date she has ever had. Marcus, who has appeared on the scene now is as shocked as she is, and has to break it to Aidan that he has a boyfriend, and tells him he will just see him at work. I guess both of them had their gaydar turned off tonight!
Oh dear, we have to end with a scene in the ginnel, just to ruin my weekend. Karl is still a little uneasy, they have been sailing so close to the wind of late, but Sunita is getting off on the excitement of it all. She is not about to let Karl get cold feet and kisses him. Sophie, who is putting some rubbish in the bin hears voices and looks over in time to see the two of them move in for another passionate kiss. OK, no doubt now in Sophie's mind, surely she will bring this horrible storyline to an end won't she?
If she doesn't, I am going to have to tell Dev and Stella myself!
Til next week,
Written By John Kerr Directed by Laurence Moody
There are flowers everywhere on the street, in baskets and planters.
Karl drives up and sees Sunita outside the shop and they have a bit of
a flirt and arrange to meet up later just as Dev comes out of the
shop. He has a friendly word with Karl and he drives off.
David brings Kylie across the street and suggests that they should buy
Eileen's house. He reckons they could probably get a mortgage as they
both have jobs. She's tickled and hugs him tightly. Eileen comes out
and grimaces to see them snogging. They ask her if they could look
around the house with the view to buying it. Sean pulls Eileen back
inside and wonders if she's making a mistake selling up. She thinks
she's doing the right thing. They come back out, Sean goes off to
work. The Platts Junior and Eileen talk a bit of business and arrange
to view the house after work.
In the Kabin, Sean talks wedding to Dennis and Rita. Dennis takes a
call from someone and goes outside to talk. Norris comes in from the
back and mentions that Paul's wife's funeral is today. Sean didn't
think Eileen knew about it and wonders if he should tell her. Rita
reluctantly agrees with something Norris said, if Paul wanted Eileen
there, he would have called her to tell her.
Leanne is industriously mopping the pub floor, still fuming over
Carla's "offer" to pay her to leave town. Stella advises her not to
get Carla get to her. She isn't to worry about Simon, either, the
courts will see things her way.
Norris is up a step ladder watering his baskets. Faye gets a face full
of water as she passes under. He's unrepentant. She wasn't looking
where she was going. Anna hollers at him too, calling him grumpy and
he protests that he's not. Faye shouts the line of the night "Which
one are ya?" (Ha!) Anna and Faye head back home. Faye asks if her
mother can take her to the cinema but Anna cries poor. Dennis returns
from his phone call. Norris tries to find out what it was all about
but Dennis wisely keeps his business to himself.
Karl comes into the shop.There's suggestive comment, flirting, and
overnight assignation is made. Sunita will make some excuse to Dev.
They switch to general talk as Sophie comes in. Sophie is a bit cool
to Sunita which makes her look concerned but she leaves.
Rick pulls up to the garage and Tommy is ordered into the car. He
describes the next job but Tommy refuses to do any more. Rick asks for
the 9 grand instead and installments won't suit. Rick tells him he'll
up the amount per car to 500 pounds so the debt will be paid off
sooner, 18 cars. (but how many has he already done? Don't they count?)
Tommy sighs and agrees reluctantly. Rick will be in touch. Tommy looks
In the factory, Sean and Kirsty talk about the funeral and if they
should tell Eileen. Kirsty thinks he should tell. Eileen returns from
the loo and the room goes quiet, figuratively. Carla warns her to stay
sewing as the order is due today and that goes for everyone. Work late
and through lunch and if anyone disagrees they can leave. (Loved
Carla's scarf, gray with little skulls all over it. Kind of suits her,
doesn't it?) Beth reckons Carla is just jealous of her. Eileen has
already noted the silence when she'd arrived and Sean admits about the
funeral. Eileen is upset that Paul didn't tell her so he obviously
doesn't give a toss about her and is like all other men, lying toe
rag. The camera pulls back and there's a suited shoulder standing
there. "Or maybe just a coward" it says. It's Paul, dressed for the
After the break we're outside and he's asking her to come to the
funeral. She gives him grief and he protests, she wanted a clean
break, so he thought. But he can't forget about her.
Dev arrives back after meeting with the bank manager. Sophie said it
was nice seeing Sunita in the shop (she'd been covering until Sophie
arrived). Dev moans about Sunita working in the pub and wonders if
she's trying to get away from him. Sophie suggests she wanted a
change. She thinks Dev should surprise Sunita and take her out, be
spontaneous. Dev, skeptical at first, sees the merit in this and
decides to do just that. He'll make reservations somewhere nice, get
Anna to cover and Sophie offers to babysit. Dev teases her that she
wants to earn extra money.
Peter smoking and waiting outside for the court officer. Carla tries
to keep his spirits up and it's clear he's worried. Carla hugs him and
Leanne spots it from across the road.
Paul is still asking Eileen to come to the funeral. She knows Lesley's
friends and family won't be pleased to see her there. Carla passes by
and hollers at Eileen to get back to work. Eileen ascertains the time
of the funeral (2 pm) and says she'll be thinking of him then. They
say goodbye and Paul leaves, with Eileen looking sad as she watches
Sunita arrives in the shop and Dev invites her out tonight to a nice
Italian place. She tells him she bumped into a friend of hers, Laura,
and she's invited her over to Liverpool overnight. Dev throws his
hands up, let down, and mentions it was Sophie's idea to start with.
This concerns Sunita.
The court officer is at the flat and going over some of the history.
Peter tells her that he and Simon have had ups and downs but he loves
his son. The alcoholism is brought up and Peter admits he's had his
moments but he's been going to meetings and been doing well until his
marriage broke down. He admits Simon has been upset and wants things
to stay as they were. Peter declares there's no going back to Leanne
but he'll do anything else he can to make Simon happy.
Sunita spies Sophie walking by and hurries out to talk to her, calling
her on why she has been acting odd towards her. Sophie tells her she
overheard Sunita and Karl in the ginnel. Sunita says she was mistaken.
Sophie politely but firmly says she's not blind nor stupid and neither
is Dev and turns to go back to work.
In the factory, it's 2:30 on the clock and Eileen is on her tea break
and staring off into space and alternately watching the clock. Sean
and Kirsty ask if she wants to be alone but when she says yes, they
sit down and join her. She tells them Paul asked her to the funeral
and told her he loved her and needed her there but she had told him it
was too late. Kirsty thinks she should have gone and even Sean reckons
it should be about her feelings not about what she should do. She
admits to being scared that things would go wrong. Sean makes a good
point about looking back at the end of your life and thinking "What
If" and that seems to do the trick. Eileen jumps up and asks them to
cover for her.
Rita comes to the pub to remind Tina there's a fitting for her dress
tomorrow. They talk about the wedding and Rita tells Tina she's like a
daughter to her. She teases her and asks her not to look too beautiful
or she'll overshadow the bride. Leanne orders another drink from
Stella and grumbles about Carla, having seen them snogging in the
street. Stella thinks if Leanne kicks off it will only make things
worse. Tommy arrives, Rita leaves. Tina asks him to take her out but
he turns her down to do some extra work "For Tyrone". Sunita comes in
for a drink and asks for something that she knows Stella has to go in
the back to fetch. Karl is there as well and she tells him she can't
go overnight with him, frowning that Sophie knows.
Eileen arrives at the funeral and is introduced to Lesley's sister,
Yvonne, who is clearly seething with resentment when she realizes who
Eileen is. She and Paul bicker over Eileen's presence but Paul takes
Eileen inside the church.
Leanne comes across to talk to Peter. Carla puts her off saying Peter
is talking to the court officer. That's all Leanne needs to hear and
she pushes past Carla and runs up the stairs. In the flat, Peter and
the officer (Rachel) are surprised to see Leanne. Peter tries to get
her to leave but Leanne brings up Carla's financial offer straight
away. Peter looks to Carla for an explanation as the episode ends.
Diane Johnston http://members.accesswave.ca/~tvor/index.html
"You might be on the right track, but you'll get run over if you stand still."
Written by Martin Allen and directed by Laurence Moody
As the mourners file into the chapel for Lesley's funeral, Eileen tells Paul
that she's not sure this is a good idea. He tells her that he wants her
there but, as she points out, nobody else does. Paul then gets Lesley's
sister Yvonne to budge up in the front row so that they can sit next to her.
At Peter's, the meeting with the CAFCAS officer isn't going too well.
Leanne and Carla are going at it hammer and tongs, arguing about the bribe
which Carla supposedly offered to Leanne. Leanne finally shuts up long
enough to say that she's sorry for interrupting the meeting but says she
feels very strongly where Simon is concerned. "Now, where were we?" asks
the CAFCAS officer after Leanne is eventually persuaded to go.
Paul is addressing the congregations at Lesley's funeral. He talks about a
dream he had in which Lesley was the wonderful, carefree, happy woman he
married. She was running towards him . and then he woke up and the reality
of what she'd become hit him. He says he still can't believe how quickly
she changed and that he was living with a complete stranger by the end.
"Funny, I thought he was living with you by then," Yvonne says in an aside
to Eileen. Paul goes on to thank the people who helped him during that time
and says he certainly couldn't have done it on his own. As for the future,
he tells everyone, it's the old Lesley they should remember and not the
desperate shell that was left behind after the illness took hold; the Lesley
whose laughter filled their house, like she filled his life. "Sweet dreams,
Lesley; you'll live with me forever," Paul ends. "Or 'til the wake's over,
anyway," comments Yvonne in another aside to Eileen.
Sunita is serving David and Kylie in the Rovers. They're having a quick
drink before going off for a meeting about getting a mortgage. As soon as
they're out of earshot, Sunita starts talking to Karl about Sophie. She
tells him Sophie overheard them talking, plus there was all the business
before with his wallet. Sunita is sure that Sophie knows what's going on
and Karl asks Sunita whether she thinks Sophie will say anything. Sunita
points out that Sophie is big on sin; she goes to church and something like
this will be eating away at her. She says that Sophie works for her and Dev
and she'll feel responsible. Sunita tells Karl that Sophie has confided in
her about relationships in the past so Karl tells her to leave it with him.
Lesley's funeral service has come to an end and Yvonne starts in on Paul.
He tells her that it isn't the time or place but she retorts that they've
just cremated his wife and that he can hardly talk about timing when he's
there with her replacement. Paul tries to tell her that Eileen has been his
rock through all of this but Yvonne accuses him of not looking after Lesley
properly. She says he abandoned his sister and that's why she's dead and
she hopes he rots in hell.
The CAFCAS officer is leaving Peter's flat. He apologises for what went
wrong but it certainly can't have helped Peter's cause and the moment the
door closes he lays into Carla for trying to bribe Leanne. She's contrite
and says that she was only trying to help but he keeps shouting at her. She
says that whatever she does she always manages to get it wrong. Eventually
Peter calms down and apologises for shouting. He hugs Carla and tells her
that they have to pull together because, if they don't, Leanne will win.
As the mourners leave the funeral, Eileen takes the opportunity to speak to
Yvonne. She tells her that she's got Paul all wrong and that he did
everything he could for Lesley. When Yvonne reminds Eileen that she was
the one who left Lesley on her own the day she died, Eileen admits that's
what happened but says she was at the end of her tether. She says that's
something that Yvonne would understand if she'd ever had to look after
Lesley but since she hadn't been near her months, she wouldn't know.
Realising she's probably said too much, Eileen apologises to Paul and then
goes to leave. Paul calls after her to stay but Eileen climbs into a
Karl goes into the corner shop on the pretext of doing some shopping and
then casually engages Sophie in conversation. He tells her that he
understands she's concerned about something she overheard. "It's all
rather embarrassing," he goes on. "We were trying to keep it quiet." But
instead of confessing to their affair, he makes out that Sunita is seeing
him on the quiet to help him with his gambling addiction. Sophie is
completely taken in by his story and, not only agrees to keep their secret,
but even goes so far as offering to do anything she can to help.
Tyrone and Kirsty are having a drink in the Rovers when Rita asks if she can
join them. They have a chat about Rita's forthcoming wedding and she
mentions she timed it rather well as it means she won't have to dress up as
a pop star which is going to be the theme of the street party. Rita asks
Kirsty when the baby's due and it gets her chatting about the nursery. She
tells Ty that they need to give the nursery a makeover before the new baby
arrives. After all, Kirsty points out to Ty, they have savings so they can
afford it. Ty doesn't say anything but we can see he's worried.
Eileen is talking to Sean and Jason at the bar when Carla comes in. She
tells Eileen that, thanks to being one machinist down, they missed their
deadline on the order. Carla wants to see Eileen in her office first thing
in the morning and she warns her she'd better have a good excuse.
Karl is on the phone to Sunita. He's filling her in on his little chat with
Sophie. Sunita ends the call in order to answer the door and, who should it
be but the person they've just been talking about. Sophie is full of
remorse for accusing Sunita of carrying on with Karl. She apologises
profusely, feeling terrible for the fact that she nearly told Dev, having no
inkling that she was actually right all along.
Back in the pub, Sean informs Eileen that he told Carla she was at the
dentist. "That old chestnut," sighs Eileen, realising her days at the
factory are almost certainly numbered.
Dennis arrives and Rita wonders where he's been. He claims he was picking
up his wedding suit but Rita doesn't look convinced. Then Tina is the one
to look perplexed when she says something to Ty about making Tommy work
late. Ty says he doesn't know what she's talking about but it's definitely
what Tommy told Tina.
Over at Anna's, Faye has another scintillating evening in the company of
Mary to look forward to while her mother goes off to work. She perks up
slightly when Mary tells her she's brought round a film for them to watch
but Faye has never heard of "National Velvet", let alone Elizabeth Taylor
and she doesn't share Mary's enthusiasm for their evening's entertainment.
Tommy is in the garage, working on the car for Rick, and he nearly jumps out
of his skin when Ty walks in unexpectedly. Tommy tells Ty he's doing a job
for a mate again and makes out he's doing it out of hours so that he can
earn enough money to pay Ty back without it interfering with the garage's
regular work. Ty, gullible as ever, seems convinced and tells him to make
sure he locks up afterwards.
Eileen is sitting on her own in the Rovers when, to her surprise, Paul walks
in. She's quick to apologise for what she said to Yvonne at the funeral but
Paul tells her she's got nothing to apologise for. He thinks what she said
was spot on and says that he and Lesley hadn't seen Yvonne for years and
that, by the end, they didn't even get a Christmas card. Paul then mentions
that he's seen Eileen's 'For Sale' sign. He asks where she's thinking of
going and Eileen replies that maybe she'll go down to London, if she can get
a job. "I wish you wouldn't" he says. When Eileen asks why he tells her
that it's because he wants them to get back together.
Tommy has finished his job on the car. He watches it being driven away,
seconds before Tina turns up. She wants to know why he lied to her about
working late. Tommy tries to make out that Tina misunderstood. He says he
meant he had to work late to earn extra money for Ty to pay off the loan,
not that he had to work late because Ty told him to. Tina doesn't seem
David and Kylie arrive back at Gail's and she's delighted to hear that they
had a successful meeting and have been given a mortgage offer (if only real
life were that easy). David says they'd stopped by Eileen's to share the
good news but she was out so Gail tells them she last saw Eileen in the pub.
They decide to look for her there so Gail offers to go with them, stopping
only long enough to give her competition entries a quick drink of water.
Anna's back from work and Faye is relieved to see the back of Mary. As they
cuddle up on the sofa, Faye asks her mum why she has to work all the time.
Anna apologises but says that unless she can conjure up and extra fifty quid
a week they're going to be stuck with the situation for quite a while.
Back in the Rovers Eileen is asking Paul if he really meant what he says.
She wants to know whether he'll still love her when the pain from Lesley's
death fades and if he'll move on to someone else when he no longer needs her
support. He replies that he'll always need her support. She tells him that
she needs to know where she is and protect herself from all the
disappointment and that she couldn't bear to lose him again. Paul is
pleading with her to take a chance with him when they're interrupted by the
arrival of David, Kylie and Gail. David tells her that they have the
mortgage and Kylie wants to know if when they can go round and see it.
Eileen is lost for words so Paul speaks for her and tells them that the
house isn't for sale any more. "Is this true?" asks Gail. "Um, well, yes,"
The Platt-McIntyre clan are up in arms as Eileen and Paul get up and walk
out of the pub together, arm in arm. Gail is outraged on behalf of her son
and daughter-in-law while Eileen is enjoying the pleasure of getting one
over on her arch rival. "I thought you two had broken up, anyway," says
David as they follow Paul and Eileen up the street. "Well, you thought
wrong," says Paul. Gail is furious and Kylie tells Eileen that they had an
agreement. "Only to view it," points out Eileen. Paul, once again, tells
them that Eileen isn't selling. When David says that they'll see about
that, Paul shows them exactly what they'll see as he reaches up and rips
down the For Sale sign and hurls it across the street. And in case anyone
is in any doubt he tells them that he and Eileen are going to be living
there together and that they must leave them to get on with it.
"So, have we got a deal?" asks Paul. "I daren't back out now, even if I
wanted to," replies Eileen as she envelopes him in a hug and gives him a
all, after a whole lot of spilt tea and hassle which resulted in the
acquisition of a new laptop, here's the update for Thursday 31st
the Kabin, Norris tells Tyrone he's looking forward to the
Weatherfield in Bloom competition, and is quietly confident of
success. That is until Emily bursts in and tells him that his hanging
baskets are empty.
phone is ringing. It's Rick, so Tommy talks quietly so that Tina
won't hear. Rick tells him he's got another car that needs fixing.
Tommy protests that he's only just done one, but Rick won't take no
for an answer. Tina comes in at the end of the conversation and asks
what it was about. Tommy tells her a mate needs him to look at his
the Kabin, Norris is staring at his denuded hanging baskets. All
that's left is a bit of green foliage. He can't understand it, they
were fine when he came in earlier to do the papers. He's sure it's a
personal attack, but then Stella comes out of the Rovers and finds
that her pansies have gone, and Sally steps out of her door to find
her blooms missing too.
and Paul are smiling at each other over the breakfast table. They
tell Sean it's back on, for good. Eileen wonders if she'll still have
a job, and she tells Sean that she's taken the house off the market
and that he and Marcus are welcome to stay. When she and Sean step
outside onto the Street, Gail is outside watering her plants. She
snarls at Eileen that she's a time-waster, she messed David and Kylie
about. Eileen tells Gail that she just changed her mind about
rushes over to Gail and asks if anyone has damaged her plants. “No,”
she says, “they're the picture of health.”
they get to work, Sean advises Eileen to keep her head down and let
it all blow over. Eileen knows she's in big trouble, Carla has
specifically asked to see her.
finds Tyrone working on his own car. He remarks that he thinks Tyrone
needs a new one, but Tyrone points out that money is tight right now.
four entrants of the Weatherfield in Bloom competition are in the
cafe. Roy wonders who would sabotage all their plants. Norris points
out that the only person not affected is Gail, whose mother happens
to be on the judging panel. Gail protests that it wasn't her, and Roy
says he believes her. Sally also says she'll give Gail the benefit of
the doubt, but the judges are arriving today and they're going to
have nothing to judge. “Not nothing,” says Gail, “my flowers
can be an ambassador for the whole street.” She walks out, leaving
the others wondering if maybe she did do it.
man arrives at the garage with the car he wants Tommy to hide drugs
in. He hands the keys to a worried Tommy and leaves. Tyrone comes out
and asks what the car is doing there and what's wrong with it. Tommy
stammers that the clutch is slipping, so before he can stop him,
Tyrone is in the driving seat testing the clutch, and can't find
anything wrong. Tommy just manages to stop Tyrone taking it for a
test drive down the motorway, and says he can handle it.
rushes into the factory late because she had to take Simon to school.
She's aghast to find that her important customer is waiting in her
office, and he tells her she has serious punctuality issues and he
wants to know how she can guarantee that his order won't be late. She
tells him she has identified the problem and eliminated it.
at the garage, Tommy is just packing drugs behind the door panel when
Tyrone comes along. Tommy jumps up guiltily as Ty points out that the
clutch isn't situated in the door. Tommy tells him the window
wouldn't go down so he was seeing what was blocking it. Just then
Tommy's phone rings and he moves outside to answer it, saying that
the job is done and he wants the car shifting very soon.
Tommy walks away to go and meet Tina, Kirsty arrives at the garage
and tells Tyrone that she has a hospital appointment. He offers to
run her down there, but then realises that he hasn't finished working
on his own car. He then suggests they take the car that Tommy was
Tommy and Tina sit in the cafe, Kirsty and Tyrone get into the drug
filled car and drive away.
and Tina stroll over to the garage from the cafe. Tommy suddenly
notices that the car has gone, and then realises that Tyrone has gone
too. He starts to panic, but Tina, of course, can't see what the fuss
is about. If Tyrone has taken the car somewhere, he won't have gone
far. Tommy tries to phone Tyrone, but he hears it ringing – Tyrone
has left his phone behind. He slams his own phone down in a rage,
much to Tina's astonishment. She says she's going to Rita's to talk
about the wedding, and off she goes.
shakes hands with her customer, she's got the order. The workers are
delighted, and Sean thinks that Eileen is now safe. However, when
Carla comes back in she tells them she's promised Mr Isaacs that she
has wheedled out the slackers, and she takes Eileen into the office.
is chewing his sleeves with anxiety when Rick's driver arrives.
“Where's the car?” he asks.
car, meanwhile, has been stopped by the police. Tyrone was doing 36
mph in a 30 mph zone. Kirsty puts on her sweetest smile and says that
Tyrone is sorry, he was just taking her to the hospital, she's
pregnant. The police officer tells them a brake light isn't working.
Ty explains that he's a mechanic, his mate was working on the car.
The officer says he'll just run a check on the vehicle.
has been sacked. Carla tells her she never asked for the time off,
she just left her in the lurch and so they missed the deadline of the
Rick's driver calls Rick and tells him that the car isn't there. Rick
speaks to Tommy and asks where it is. Tommy says he doesn't know, so
Rick tells him he has 5 minutes to find it or he's a dead man.
then the car comes round the corner. Tyrone and Kirsty get out, and
Tommy is furious. He shouts at Tyrone and grabs the keys back,
handing them to Tony. Tina watches all this from around the corner,
goes with Sean to the pub. Sean is outraged that Eileen has been
sacked, and says so, just as Paul comes in.
judges arrive for the Weatherfield in Bloom competition, Audrey being
among them, although she's not going to be judging this part of the
competition. Norris is standing with Stella and Sally and explains to
the judges what has happened. He says they are withdrawing their
entry. At that moment Gail calls across that she would still like to
finds Faye standing outside the station with clumps of pansies on
plastic sheeting and a hand-written sign that reads: 'Fresh flours
£1'. “What are you playing at, love?” he asks.
the Rovers, Paul, Eileen and Sean are discussing Eileen's situation.
Paul feels terrible because he invited Eileen to the funeral, but he
also thinks Carla is bang out of order. Just then Carla herself comes
in so Paul goes over to speak to her. He tells her that it was his
fault that Eileen walked out, and she's a kind, compassionate woman.
Carla would be lucky to have her working for her. “And I need
people I can rely on,” says Carla, and turns back to the bar.
takes Faye back home to Anna, with the flowers, and explains where he
found them. Faye confesses that she sneaked out early, before it was
light. She was going to sell them and give Anna the money, as she's
always saying how they need it. This takes Anna aback somewhat and
she sighs, but goes on to say how it is never right to steal. Then
she sends Faye up to her room.
worried looking Tommy is in the Rovers. Tina comes over and asks if
everything is all right between him and Ty, she thought he totally
over reacted about the car. Tommy says that Tyrone took the car
without telling him, for all Tommy knew it could have been stolen.
Tina says he looked as if he would beat Tyrone up. “Well he wound
me up,” says Tommy. Tina says he's easily wound up these days, he
goes off like a rocket at the slightest thing, that's when he's not
sulking or brooding. She wants to know what's going on. “Nothing,”
mutters Tommy. She orders him to look her in the eye and she asks if
he's being honest with her. He swears that he is, and they hug.
It's Friday and here's the first episode.
Bang! Bang! Bang! That’s Norris hammering on Gail’s door, almost giving
her a heart attack. He’s furious that she’s got third place in the
Weatherfield in Bloom competition. She’s furious that he’s banging on
her door and banging on about it.
Over the way, the workers gossip about Eileen being sacked and it’s all
news to Kirsty. Eileen comes out of her house and they are all
sympathetic to her, but she’s philosophical. She says she doesn’t want
Tommy’s on the phone with Rick, arranging to meet him at 2pm. Tina asks
him to meet her for lunch but he says he’s arranged to pick up a
customer’s car then. She’s overheard him on the phone and isn’t fooled.
Fay’s in the cafe getting a drink to take to school. She pleads with
Anna not to tell anyone she took the flowers from the baskets. Anna
promises – but only because she’s going to make Fay confess when she
gets home from school.
Leanne comes into the cafe and tells Anna she has a meeting with the
Cafcass officer today. Anna’s very sympathetic because of all the
meetings like that she had to attend when trying to adopt Fay. Leanne
doesn’t realise Peter’s behind her. As she turns to leave he says he’s
talked to his solicitor about her accusation that Carla tried to give
her money. The solicitor says this would just be an advance on the
divorce settlement and Peter says they might just have to bring up
Leanne’s past if necessary.
At the factory, the workers discuss the jubilee party and plan their
costumes. They burst into a bit of Girls Aloud but Carla shouts at them.
They’re a machinist down and have an order to get out. If they don’t
knuckle down they’ll all be following Eileen to the job centre. Kirsty’s
appalled and indignant at Carla’s attitude.
Tina takes Tommy a sandwich. Sunita comes past collecting money for the
jubilee celebrations and Tommy very shortly tells her he’s skint. Tina
tells him off and he says he’s worried about all the money he owes
Tyrone. He says he’s got work to do and Tina goes away, though she gives
him a hard stare as she’s going.
Norris expounds his theories about the flower theft. He wouldn’t be
surprised if it was Kylie or David or both. Rita’s very relieved to see
Tina. Tina asks to borrow the car but can’t tell Rita what for. Rita
hands over the keys anyway.
Eileen’s in the cafe chatting to Anna when Steve comes in. She tells him
her troubles and seems hopeful that he might be able to help (Job on the
switch, anyone?) and he will – he’ll buy her lunch.
Tommy meets Rick at an outdoor cafe. He doesn’t see Tina parked across
the road watching.
Carla’s very demanding and wants to know if the workers are on a
go-slow. Kirsty speaks up and says it’s not fair to sack someone and
then expect the same volume of production. Carla sneers that Kirsty
should leave business to the grown-ups. Kirsty’s just pointing out the
obvious. Behind her, production has ground to a halt as the others
listen, mouths agape. Carla says it’s her job to run the factory and
Kirsty’s job to put knickers in boxes. “So let’s stick to what we’re
good at, hmm? Is that obvious enough for you?”
Steve asks whether Eileen’s big gob got the better of her and she tells
him why she was sacked. Carla’s done her a favour, she says, because she
didn’t like working there anyway. She’s got Paul and the boys to look
In the pub, Stella, who won’t let Karl anywhere near the till, leaves a
big bucket of charity cash right in front of him.
The factory workers are in the bar. Kirsty’s amazed that she was the
only person to speak up. She reckons Carla’s under pressure and needs
the workers as much as they need her. She thinks they should walk out.
Tommy goes home, telling Tina he’s been at the garage all day and has
just broken for a late lunch. She says she’s going to get ready for work
and slams the bedroom door on her way.
Nick’s with Stella in the back room of the Rovers. They plan to talk
about the street party for the jubilee. But Leanne comes in. She’s
annoyed that Nick’s there and he takes the hint and leaves. She tells
Stella what Peter threatened.
Tina slams back into the kitchen. She’s been crying. “How can you just
lie and lie and lie?” she demands, telling Tommy she saw him with Rick.
“He killed my Dad and you’re meeting him for lunch!”
Nasty Norris accuses Gail of sabotage, vandalism and theft. Anna and Fay
have come into the Kabin during this and Anna has to shout to interrupt
him, saying it was Fay. Norris turns his ire on to Fay while Rita tries
to tell Fay she’s done the right thing by owning up. Norris is furious
that Rita should say anything nice to her.
Stella sends Sunita off to a warehouse to buy more decorations for the
party. But when Sunita goes to get the cash from the collection bucket
there’s just five quid and a few pennies left. She grabs her coat and
Tommy tries to tell Tina he didn’t want to get involved but he didn’t
want to put her in any danger. He confesses that Terry ran away with the
money and now Rick’s trying to get it from Tommy. He says he didn’t want
to upset Tina by telling her this when she was in hospital. When Tina
hears Tommy’s working for Rick she orders him out of the flat.
Stella and Leanne sort out the existing decorations, some of which
Stella reckons must date from the Silver Jubilee. Leanne thinks maybe
they’re from Queen Victoria’s jubilee. Stella sends Leanne to the pub
with some bunting for Nick.
Dev comes in and demands to know where Sunita is. Sophie’s called in
sick and he needs Sunita to pick up the kids. Stella realises Sunita’s
been gone a long time. Dev shouts that wherever she is, Sunita better
have a good reason for being there.
Sunita’s in the casino. She finds Karl sitting at the roulette table.
He’s won a lot and Sunita has to stop him putting the money on another
number. “You have to walk away, Karl.”
Tommy goes back home. Tina wants to know what he’s doing for Rick. When
she finds out she’s furious. Tommy protests that he didn’t have a
choice. “Yeah, that’s what my Dad said,” she says. A week later she was
identifying his body. She tells Tommy that she does have a choice. “Me
and you are done!”
Friday June 1. 2012 8:30 p.m.
Written by: Chris Fewtrell
Directed by: Laurence Moody
Tommy is begging Tina to reconsider ending their relationship. He pleads that he loves her so much, but she tells him that his love won't do her much good when he is in Strangeways, and he will only end up in there if he is lucky.
Rita is at the door, anxious to show Tina their wedding outfits that have just arrived. Bad timing, but Tina tells her to come up. Tommy offers to leave, but Tina tells him they are not finished by a long way, and he should stay until after Rita leaves.
In the casino, Karl is offering an angry Sunita a drink. She declines, telling him she would choke on a drink bought with that kind of money. He apologises, but she is not convinced he is sorry. She points out that when she came in she could see that nothing mattered to him but that table, never mind the friends and neighbours he stole from. She tells him to look around at the gamblers, and ask himself if that is who he wants to be. He protests that it was a weak moment, that he was having a hard time, excuse after excuse. She tells him he was lucky this time, and has a chance to put things right if he leaves with her now. He protests that he can't leave now that he is winning. "Are you? Really?" She walks away, and Karl takes a couple of steps back towards the table with his chips, but then tears himself away and follows Sunita.
Back at the flat the tea's been made, and Tina is telling Rita that she loves the dress she will be wearing as her chief bridesmaid. Rita asks if she would mind if she modelled hers for her, as she would value her opinion. After she leaves to get changed in the bedroom, Tommy asks her why she is encouraging her to stay. Tina snaps that Rita is excited for her upcoming wedding, and so was she until Tommy ruined everything. She goes on to tell Tommy that he must contact Rick and tell him to meet them at the garage to give him back his car keys and to tell him he is getting no more jobs out of Tommy. In a blind panic now, Tommy points out to Tina that he is quite attached to his kneecaps, and would like them to stay where they are. However, Tina will not be moved, and tells him that if he loves her he will do it. She points out that it was never his debt in the first place, and that Rick has to be told to go after Terry, she insists that he is only leaning on Tommy because he is letting him. "Call his bluff and he will fold", she insists.
Topic of conversation in the factory is Eileen's sacking for taking off for Leslie's funeral without permission. Kirsty surprisingly is down on Eileen's side, and is rallying the workers to make a stand for justice with her. After a bit of argument, they decide they are with her, and are going to make a stand against Carla for Eileen's sake.
Rita has the dress all packed up again now, so I guess we are not going to see it until the big day. However, Tina has seen it, and is telling her that she looked absolutely gorgeous in it. Then tells her that she hates to be rude, but she has to go out in a bit. Rita takes the hint and gathers herself together ready to leave. Not quick enough though, Rick arrives just then, and sweet talks Rita into thinking he is a nice friend of Tommy's.
The factory workers have marched into Carla's office and are demanding to talk about Eileen. Carla is not getting into this, and tells them to get back to work. Sean tries the reasonable approach, which gets them all threatened with the sack if they don't get back to work. Kirsty takes over with a much more aggressive tone, and tells Carla they are not stitching another pair of knickers until Eileen gets her job back. Beth then finds her courage and backs her up, telling Carla that they are walking out if Eileen isn't reinstated. (well, she didn't exactly use the word reinstated, much too long a word for Beth - but you get the picture!). Michelle tries reasoning with them, and gets nowhere, but Carla is in no mood to negotiate, and tells them to leave if that's the way they feel, but to think on - there will be no coming back. As they turn to leave, Kirsty has the last word by saying "Good luck with the order".
Karl and Sunita are sitting in the car parked on the street, and she is praising him for having the courage to walk away, saying she knows how hard it was for him to do that when he was winning. He replies that it was, but that it shouldn't have been. He doesn't understand why he gets like that. He thanks her for being there and for talking sense into him. He tells her he owes her one. She laughs and says "Actually, you owe the pub £200." He agrees that she has saved him from Stella's wrath too, and gives her £250 to make up for it. She tells him however that it doesn't end his problems, that he still has the rest of the money burning a hole in his back pocket. She suggests looking after it for him, giving him a little to spend at a time. His face darkens, and he snaps that he is not having her treating him like a child as well as Stella. She protests that she was only trying to help. "Thanks, but no thanks!" he says, getting out of the car.
Rita, having enjoyed another cup of tea with Tina, Tommy and new friend Rick, decides it's time to leave. She bids a fond farewell to Rick, who kisses her hand and wishes her luck for her big day. The minute she's gone however, he is no more Mr. Nice Guy, and makes a remark about Rita being too old to get married, and asks if they will be honeymooning in the cemetery. Next minute though it's down to the business at hand, and he wants to know why he was brought there. Tina can't wait to tell him that Tommy has done his last job for him, and tells him in no uncertain terms that he is to follow her to the garage right now to collect his flamin' car and never come back. Tommy is saying nothing, with his head down I have a feeling his underwear might be a little uncomfortable about now.
After the break we are now in the garage, and Tina is still full of bravado, handing Rick the keys, she points to the car and tells him to 'Do one'. He nods to one of his henchmen, and the garage doors are slid shut. Still Tina is brave, and threatens to call the coppers. Rick is peeved now, and tells them menacingly that they owe him money, and when Tina opens her mouth to protest, he shouts her down by saying that he doesn't care who has his money, he wants it back, Terry's not here and Tommy is, and in his book that means he owns him body and soul. Tommy tries very hard to be as brave as Tina, and in a shaking voice tells him that he doesn't own him, and that he is not doing any more jobs for him. Rick draws himself up with anger, and gives the nod to Tweedledum and Tweedledee, at the same time grabbing and holding Tina, and forces her to watch as her boyfriend gets a good kicking.
In the middle of this, we break to Aadi and Asha who are also in the middle of some fisticuffs of their own in the Corner Shop while Dev is trying to do his paperwork. He finally snaps and yells at them to be quiet. He is in the middle of giving them a rollicking when Sunita breezes in. He turns his anger on her, telling her that Sophie is sick, Anna is unavailable and she was nowhere to be found. She innocently replies that she doesn't work there any more. He yells back that the shop is the family business, and asks if she is part of the family or not. She assures him she is, and is told to start acting like it. He complains that she didn't answer her phone, and he had no idea where she was, and that he had to shut the shop to pick the kids up, and they have been going out of their minds with boredom. She explains that her battery died, and that she had bumped into a mate and had a coffee in town.
Dev is trying to put a lid on the blood pressure that you can almost see spewing out of his ears, and he says through gritted teeth that she seems to have an awful lot of mates lately. Sunita tries the calming and understanding approach, and she takes the children home, saying she will make it up to him. He can't bear to look at her.
Peter arrives at the factory and is filled in on the news that they have no staff left. Peter tries to persuade Carla that perhaps she overreacted, and that maybe she could climb down and rehire Eileen, as she needs them more than they need her. Michelle is of the same opinion. Carla is thinking carefully about this.
Rick's thugs have given Tommy a final kick, and Rick tells them that "There endeth the lesson". Before he leaves, he tells Tommy that next time he will end up a vegetable, and threatens Tina with the same treatment as Tommy. Still trying to put a brave face on it though, she tells Rick to get out. As soon as their backs are turned however, she breaks down in tears, she is horrified that her actions have caused this, and she cradles Tommy's head, kisses him and tells him how sorry she is.
Leanne walks into a very quiet Bistro with a box of flags and bunting, saying that Stella had asked her to drop them off. She apologises to Nick for the way she spoke to him earlier, and he accepts graciously, saying he had no right to stick his nose in her business, it's just that he cares about her, and hates to see her hurt. She tells him she should be grateful, as there are precious few people around at the moment who care how she is feeling. He persuades her to sit down and have a drink with him, as he would like her to unload her troubles. She half heartedly protests, but doesn't need much persuading.
Peter and Carla arrive in the Rovers, where they knew they would find their errant employees. Peter offers them all a drink, and of course Beth is the first to accept. Carla steps in, this is still not sitting right with her, and tells them she is not about to reward them for stabbing her in the back. Kirsty replies that they can't be bought for a lousy drink anyway.
Peter the peacemaker tries again, and tells them that they are really needed back at the factory if that order is going to be filled. In unison they let them know that the deal has to include Eileen. Carla, still having a bit of trouble climbing down, says that Eileen is no good to her if she is not sitting at her machine, but is willing to reconsider if they come back to work. Just at that point, who should walk in but Eileen. She is gobsmacked that they have gone out on strike for her, and tells them there is no need to put their jobs on the line for her. Kirsty replies that there is every need, and they are not going back until she is reinstated. Eileen tells them that while she is very touched that they would do that for her, she really doesn't want to be reinstated because Steve has offered her old job back, and she bit his hand off, as she has had a belly full of working for Carla. Carla just looks very smug, and tells them she will expect them back at work tomorrow morning, 8:30 sharp, and sweeps out the door, with Beth calling after her "What about our drink?" Eileen steps up and buys them all a drink, saying she really appreciates the gesture, even if it was redundant. Fiz tells her that it was all down to Kirsty, and they all agree that in a way they won, as Carla will think twice in the future before sacking someone without good reason. Beth hugs a shocked Kirsty, and it looks as if she has finally been accepted into the fold.
Leanne is unloading her troubles on Nick, and he is lending an extremely sympathetic ear. She tells him that her main concern is Simon, that Peter has let him down too many times, and doesn't deserve him. She is afraid the courts won't see it that way though. Nick tells her that as far as he is concerned it should be an open and shut case. Leanne then asks how he is, and tells him she was sorry to hear he had split up with Eva. He replies that he is not sure that he is sorry about it. She asks why, as she had thought they were good together. He replies "Why have good, when you have had so much better". She blushes and looks at him a little coyly. Methinks a little spark is flickering here. She smiles and thanks him for listening as she makes to leave. He tells her she knows where he is - always. Yes, definitely a little spark - again.
Sunita is coming down the stairs after putting the twins to bed, telling them they could have twenty minutes quiet time, then it's lights out. Just then there is a knock on the door, and it's Karl. He tells her the money is driving him insane, and wants to go to the casino. He asks her to look after it for him. She tells him he is doing the right thing. (No he's not! Stella should look after it and he should be getting counselling!) He asks her not to say anything, and she promises she will hide it, and give it to him in installments to pay Stella back. She tells him to go, and thankfully he does, so we are spared the groping in this episode at least!
Tina is cleaning up Tommy's battered face in the flat, and is continuing to apologise to him. He gets up and tells her he has to leave her and go away, he goes on to say that he has brought her nothing but trouble, and loves her too much for that. She tells him that he is not going anywhere, that it is not his decision to make. She loves him, and whatever the problems, they are going to face them together. Yes Tina, just like 10 minutes ago in the garage, we didn't see your face getting beaten to a pulp! Anyway, like always, Tommy does as he is told and the credits roll as they are hugging each other.
No episode next Friday because of the Jubilee celebrations, but there is an extra one on Wednesday, so you will see me then!
Surprise! Yes, it's a Sunday episode. Expect the schedules to be all
over the place from now on, first because of the Queen's Jubilee, then
Euro2012 (some sort of ball game, apparently), Wimbledon and then the
Olympics. Now, on with the show:
Jason’s off to work but on his way tells Tommy he should go to the
police about his mugging. Tommy says there’s no point because they’ll
never catch the mugger. When Jason’s gone, Tommy tells Tina they should
pack up and leave. Tina’s not convinced. She gets a text from Rita
asking her to the hen do tonight. Tommy says he’ll go to the pub as
well. Rick can’t do anything to him there. They’re startled by violent
banging on the door but it’s just Jason. He’s forgotten his keys.
Kirsty and Tyrone discuss the cost of things for the baby. Kirsty
doesn’t think they should worry about the cost because they’ve got the
money. Tina and Tommy arrive at their door.
Ken’s in the Kabin organising a stag do for Dennis – a meal at the
bistro. Norris sneers that it’ll be a table for three, because Dennis
doesn’t have any pals. They’re interrupted by Dennis getting a text
message on his phone. He tells Rita it’s a mate wishing him luck. He
says he has to go and pick up his suit. Yes, he did pick it up last week
but the fit still wasn’t right and he took it back. Rita looks very
thoughtful and when Dennis has gone asks Norris whether Dennis seems a
little distracted to him. But when Norris dares to suggest Dennis is up
to something, she orders him out to sweep the pavement.
Outside, there are new flowers in the hanging baskets. Fay seems just as
surprised as Norris is.
Tina confesses that they need Kirsty and Tyrone’s help. Kirsty’s
appalled and says Tina’s crazy if she thinks they’d lend Tina and Tommy
any money. They explain about Rick and the drugs. Tyrone is furious
Tommy’s had drugs in the garage. Kirsty’s calling the police. No, not to
report Rick – to report Tommy.
Ken’s recruited Roy and Lewis to the stag party guest list, though Roy
only agrees to go when he finds out Ken plans to finish in time to get
home and watch a documentary on TV.
In the cafe, Fay tells Owen about the mysterious appearance of flowers
in the baskets. She thinks maybe it’s someone trying to get back into
Anna’s good books. Owen suggests it might just be someone who could
afford it and knew Anna could not. “Anyway, she’ll be well chuffed,”
says Fay. Owen promises to pass on the message if he ever finds out who
Kirsty says she has to report Tommy so Tyrone won’t get into trouble if
it all comes out about the drugs. Tommy tells them about Terry running
off with their loan. It’s the first Kirsty’s heard of the loan. “That
was everything we had!” she says. Tina says that because Kirsty was in
the police they thought she might have advice on how to deal with Rick.
Kirsty’s appalled they’re even asking. She lost her job because of Tommy
and Terry. Tyrone tries to calm her down but Kirsty tells Tina she’s not
a pushover like Tyrone. Tina argues that Tyrone’s a mate and he did what
mates do – they help each other out, but Kirsty wouldn’t know that
because she’s never had any mates.
Rita’s off to pamper herself and tells Mary she’ll see her at the
Rovers. Dennis returns with his suit and while he’s talking to Norris
and Mary his phone goes. He claims it’s nobody important, rejects the
call and puts his phone down. Norris takes his chance and says it’s
Dennis’s turn to make the tea. As soon as Dennis is out the back he
snatches up the phone and sees the rejected call was from Norma,
Dennis’s ex. And here’s the text Dennis sent to her this morning:
“Thinking of you.” And there’s a kiss, an overexcited Norris tells Mary.
Kirsty’s getting very angry with Tyrone, calling him spineless. But
Tyrone stands his ground and calms her down. If helping his mates makes
him spineless and pathetic “then that’s who I am.” But Kirsty says it
makes him kind and decent and that’s why she loves him.
As they go their separate ways in the street, Mary urges Norris to tell
Rita about Dennis. Norris tells her to go to the hen night but urges her
to say nothing to Rita.
Anna sees the baskets and Fay tells her it was Owen’s work. At first,
Anna is annoyed because she doesn’t need charity but Fay says, “It was
dead nice of him. You should be pleased.”
As the hen party gets going down one end of the pub, Tommy, Owen and
Garry chat at the other end about Tommy’s mugging.
The hens discuss what a catch Dennis is and Mary looks awkward.
In the bistro, Ken reminds Dennis that he and Rita were sweet on each
other in their 20s. Dennis says they were just pals but Ken reminds him
that Rita spent the night at Dennis’s house, to the fury of Elsie. Roy’s
at the bar trying to order a dandelion and burdock. Dennis gets a text
message and says he’ll have to go out for a few minutes. As soon as he’s
out of earshot, Norris remembers the oven might be on and follows him.
Through the corner windows of the Kabin he sees Dennis greet Norma and
let her into Rita’s flat.
In the Rovers, Tina checks with Tommy that he’s all right and suggests
they go home since neither of them is enjoying it. Norris comes in and
tells Mary what he’s seen. She urges him to tell Rita. “She’ll be
heartbroken,” he says. “She’ll be heartbroken if you don’t tell her,”
At the bar, Sunita tells Stella she’ll be coming to the jubilee dressed
as Beyonce, though she’s worried about the skimpy outfit. Stella tells
her not to worry. Eva’s coming as Madonna so will probably be wearing
Rita’s tearful at the news and hurries home. Mary has a job to stop
Norris going with her.
Karl accuses Sunita of trying to torment him with her planned Beyonce
outfit. Sunita gives him 50 pounds of his winnings, saying she thought
he could give it to Stella and pass it off as money from tips. Karl
grabs her and pushes her against the door as they kiss.
Dennis and Norma chat on the sofa. She’s thanking him for something. “I
couldn’t have got through it without you.” Rita comes in. “How could
you?” she asks Dennis. She wonders if he planned to jilt her like he did
Norma. Norma is surprised Dennis hasn’t told Rita what’s going on.
Dennis explains that Norma’s son was badly injured in a car crash and
she had no other family to turn to. “That’s why we’ve been in touch.”
Tommy tells Tina he’s sunk because he’s confessed to hiding drugs and
he’s done it in front of witnesses. His phone buzzes. It’s Rick.
Norma tells Rita she just came round to tell Dennis the good news that
it seems her son will be OK. When she’s gone, Rita wants to know why
Dennis kept it a secret and he says it’s because he didn’t know how
she’d react. “I would have understood if you’d just tried me,” she says.
He admits he’s been stupid. But now Rita’s beginning to wonder what sort
of man she’s marrying. Dennis has lied to her about where he was and
what the texts were about. They’ve got to be able to trust each other.
Dennis says he’s been an idiot and asks if Rita can forgive him. “Just
go. I don’t feel like talking to you now,” she says. Dennis sighs and goes.
Tommy tells Tina that Rick wants him to do one last job to pay off the
debt for once and all – he’s to put drugs into a car as before but this
time he’ll be driving the car to Amsterdam. Tina shouts at him but Tommy
points out that if he says No he’ll be dead. “I just have to do what I’m
told and hope this is the end of it.”
Written by Joe Turner Directed by Kay Patrick
Wedding/Jubilee day dawns. The bunting flags flap in the wind across
the road and Stella puts more up on the front of the pub. Everyone is
busy carrying boxes of decorations and smiling. Sunita glances at Karl
as she passes and Chesney takes a photo of Katy and Joseph. Rita looks
out her door with a worried look on her face as Audrey and Emily
arrive while, across the road, Dennis looks equally dismal.
In the garage, Tommy looks even more ill. Rick has come to Tommy and
is warning him not to mess it up. He's go to take a shipment to
Amsterdam and then their debt will be settled.
Anna, dressed like Dolly Parton is singing in the kitchen. Faye isn't
dressed up because she wasn't allowed to go as her favourites. Anna
makes her go put on an outfit that will make her look like Sporty
Spice. This does not impress Faye.
Tommy goes into the flat. Tina's dressed in her bridesmaid dress and
looks nice but she's determined to talk Tommy out of doing the job.
She points out that Rick never gets his hands dirty and it'll be Tommy
that goes down for it. He is desperate and asks her to trust him, he
can do it. She mutters that her father said that and all. She leaves
to go to Rita's. Tommy tells her not to worry.
In the cafe, Mary is wittering on. She asks after Sylvia who has been
nowhere to be seen. Roy says she's a lifelong republican and
curmudgeon and isn't coming to either celebration. Sean comes in with
rattling pots and pans and he begs Roy for help. The Bistro oven has
packed in and he wants to use Roy's ovens for a tray of 60 hotpots for
the party. Mary surmises Betty's ghost is plaguing him for taking the
hotpot out of the pub. Sean begs and Hayley agrees over Roy's
potential objection. Sean sets Jason to help.
Audrey teases Tina that she's too pretty to be the bridesmaid. Rita
asks her friends if she's making a fool of herself. She is upset that
Dennis lied to her but Emily and Audrey remind her that Dennis loves
her very much. Tina glances out the window and sees Rick's thug
handing Tommy a carryall case. We know what's in that. Rita wonders if
Dennis is going to make mistake after mistake. They reassure her but
she asks Tina for her opinion. Tina is distracted and asks how you
know when you're doing the right thing. Exactly Rita's point and she
doesn't know. Tina doesn't either. Audrey reckons the champagne should
be opened and that will help. Can't hurt!
In the pub, Stella and Karl have a snog. She's dressed as Dusty
Springfield and he as Tom Jones. Sunita (Beyonce) and Dev (Adam Ant)
come in and show off their costumes. Dev has a voucher for a five star
hotel night as a prize. Eva struts out, wearing a corset and very
Outside lots of people are costumed up. Tracy arrives at the pub
looking like they are Sonny and Cher but Steve insists he is John
Lennon. Tracy is delighted that they "match" however much Steve
objects. (Steve looks more like a young Elton John to me) Outside,
Maria finds out that Marcus didn't go to London to see Dylan after all
and he's quite down about it. Maria endeavors to cheer him up.
Tyrone finds Tommy in the garage. Tommy lies that he's only waiting
for the car to be picked up and he's not doing any more jobs. Tyrone
believes him and leaves Tommy to worry some more.
Rita is dressed in a peachy chiffon dress and looks very nice. She
tells Audrey and Emily that she's decided to go through with the
wedding. Guess the champagne did make the difference. Tina has
disappeared but Rita reckons she'll be back soon.
Norris arrives at Number 1 to see Dennis. Norris wants an explanation
for what went on the night before. He's determined to find out why
Norma was at the flat and declares he has every right to know because
he was the one that told Rita all about it. Dennis is infuriated!
Norris wants Dennis' side of the story and the nasty little oik is
glad if he's made Rita see sense. Ken gets between them before Dennis
can do Norris harm and Norris gets out safely. Ken tells Dennis not to
take any notice but Dennis is clearly worried.
Tina arrives at the garage to try again to talk Tommy out of it. Tommy
was in the process of starting to put the drugs in the car. She
threatens to phone the police and he won't hear of it. She locks him
in the garage office and impulsively drives off in the car, determined
to sort it out herself. She's not letting Rick win this time.
After the break, Anna and Faye come outside. Faye looks glum as
always. Owen comes up, he's dressed as a country singer complete with
stetson. Anna assumes he's Kenny Rogers though he jokes that he's
actually Willie Nelson.
Tina drives the car up along a canal and stops. She takes the carry
all from the back seat of the car and then pulls out her mobile.
Back to the street, there are games being played and drinks being
supped (mobile pumps out in front of the pub) and a puppet show on for
the kids. Tracy is following Steve around, much to his chagrin. Dennis
and Ken emerge to go to the registry office. Dennis fusses over his
suit and wonders if he should go see Rita. Ken puts him off and
assures him Rita will show up. He says he knows Rita well enough to
know she wouldn't leave him standing at the registry office, she'd
tell him if she wasn't going through with the wedding. Hayley comes by
and wishes them luck. Across the road Norris is moaning to Mary about
taking the camper van to the wedding rather than travel with Rita who
didn't want him with her. He tells Mary that Rita thinks he witters.
Tommy bangs on Tyrone's door desperately. Karl follows Sunita to the
shop where she's unlocking the door.
Tina has called Rick, oddly having Rick's number in her phone. Rick
orders her back to the garage to Tommy but she's refusing. She tells
him he's got to come get his stuff. Rick makes a death threat against
Tommy and against her. She doesn't care and tells him she'll throw it
all in the water if he doesn't come.
Tyrone can't get hold of Kirsty who's gone to see some mates. Tommy is
desperate for help. His phone buzzes and Tina tells him to stay with
Tyrone and not to go out anywhere and not to answer the phone if Rick
calls. She makes him promise not to call the police and to stay there.
He's begging her to come back but she's determined. She hangs up and
Tyrone tries to get Kirsty again. Tommy sees Rick's number flashing on
the phone and takes a deep breath and cuts it off.
Sean and Jason come to the cafe. Sean is dressed like Freddie Mercury
and Jason makes a great Elvis! Sean is horrified to see his hotpots
haven't been put in the oven yet. Roy's had too many other things in
the oven (his own little revenge?). Sean freaks out and says they need
an oven and they need one now! "uHUH" Jason quips (ha!). Where else
are they going to get an oven on short notice, I wonder?
The bride is ready and sends Audrey and Emily off ahead of her. She's
still waiting for Tina and she is confident Tina will be there. She
tells them she's not been late for a wedding yet. They wish her good
luck and take off. Rita tries calling Tina again.
Maria and Liam have come to Number 11 to find Marcus moping. She's
brought a costume for him to wear and she insists.
Outside the office, Julie is fussing over Dennis who isn't sure Rita
is going to show up. Norris sends Mary inside, intent on a last minute
rant hoping to deter Rita from going through with the wedding.
Everyone does wonder where Rita is, she should be there by now. Lewis
charms the women. Norris asks Audrey how Rita was and if she had cold
feet. Nothing, he's told. Sally, Kevin and Sophie arrive. Sophie warns
her father not to embarrass her at this wedding (her outfit of short
shorts, matching jacket and big, ugly, fake flower on the side of her
head will do a good job of that with out Kevin's help) Dennis frets,
Julie tries to keep him calm.
Rick is pounding on the garage door. Rita comes down and recognizes
him from the other day. She wonders if he's heard from Tina and he
takes the opportunity for a new plan. He says Tina sent him to pick
her up and ushers her into his car, a big, black, beast of a Land
Rover. She says she's not quite ready so he hustles her back into the
flat for the last minute earrings and things.
In the shop, Karl and Sunita are going at it against the counter. She
tells him the office, the inner sanctum might be a bit more romantic.
Outside, Dev is looking for Sunita. Karl is also missing. Marcus is
now dressed as Donny Osmond to Maria's Marie and Liam is little Jimmy
O. Dev does a little Adam Ant pose with the crossed wrists, making
them all chuckle.
Rick ushers Rita into the back of the vehicle. Rita is a bit confused
about it all but goes with him as the episode ends.
And for those of you that haven't seen the wedding, here's a blog post
(including some from part two, so there's spoilers until the other
update is posted!) Here's another blog post with lots of photos from
the Jubilee party.
Written by Joe Turner and directed by Kay Patrick
Tommy is round at Tyrone's, tearing his hair out with worry about what Tina
has got herself into. Meanwhile, Rita is in the back of Rick's car,
wondering whether he has much experience of being a cab driver. When she
points out he's going the wrong way, he tells her they're taking the scenic
At the register office, Dennis getting twitchy. Ken tries to reassure him
that Rita's just fashionably late but there are mutterings amongst the
guests. Mary wonders whether Rita's having second thoughts and Norris admits
he almost feels sorry for Dennis. Sally is more concerned whether Kevin's
bothered to clean his shoes properly and Lewis reveals that he's managed to
get a red wine stain out of his shirt with bicarbonate of soda which, for
some reason best known to Audrey, prompts her to give him a loving kiss.
On the street, the Jubilee party is in full swing both outside and in the
corner shop where Karl and Sunita are getting frisky in the back office.
Their fun is brought to an abrupt end when they hear the door being
unlocked. Karl just has time to lie on the floor behind the counter before
Dev walks in. Sunita explains her lengthy absence by a wardrobe malfunction.
Dev tells her she looks perfect before leading her out of the shop and
locking the door behind him.
Marcus and Sean run out of Roy's Rolls with a batch of hotpots while Chesney
and Katy wander past. Chesney comments that he wishes he'd dressed up after
all. He thinks he should have gone as Mick Hucknell from Simply Red while
for some bizarre reason Katy reckons she'd have made a good Jarvis Cocker.
In the Rovers, Dusty Springfield, a.k.a. Stella, is telling Madonna a.k.a.
Eva that it's typical that Karl has disappeared when there's work to be
done. Elvis, a.k.a. Jason, comes in to ask her a favour on behalf of Sean;
he has 60 uncooked hotpots in need of an oven. "Sean the traitor, you
mean?" asks Stella who looks rather pleased at the thought that she now has
the definite advantage in the war of the hotpots.
Tina has arrived at her destination. She's sitting in the driver's seat of
Rita's car with the bag of drugs in the passenger seat beside her. She
looks at her mobile phone, sees that Tommy has been desperately trying to
contact her and shakes her head.
Sunita is trying to rescue Karl from the corner shop but just as she's
discreetly trying to unlock the door, she's pounced upon by John Lennon,
Britney Spears and Cher (Steve, Beth and Tracy) who are in need of fags,
chewy and tea bags respectively. They're most put out when Sunita refuses
to let them in to make a quick purchase.
Down at the docks, Rick has arrived for his rendezvous with Tina. He parks
his car and the two of them face each other fifty yards apart. Tina tells
him that he can have his drugs if he promises to leave her and Tommy alone
but Rick doesn't want to play ball. But she's a tough one, that Tina, and
she reminds Rick that it's Terry that owes him the money so he should go
after him and leave her and Tommy alone. "And what if I say no?" asks Rick.
"Then this bag is going in the water," replies Tina, dangling it over the
dockside. So Rick goes back to his car and brings out his passenger. "What
on earth's going on?" asks Rita as Tina stands there, open mouthed.
Fred Mercury (Sean) and Elvis (Jason) stagger into the Rovers under the
weight of 60 hotpots. Stella points out that an apology might be in order.
So Sean grudgingly obliges and then says that as it's the Jubilee as well as
Rita's big day it should be an occasion to put their differences aside.
Telling Sean that she's taking advantage of his misfortune to score cheap,
political points, Stella ushers the boys in the direction of her oven.
Back at the docks, Rick is holding onto Rita. She's completely bewildered
and says that Rick told her this was Tina's surprise. "You really are scum,
aren't you?" says Tina before giving Rita a potted version of the whole,
sorry saga. With that, Rita twists round and gives Rick a quick kick in the
shins with her stilettos, Tina screams for Rick to let go and Rick drags
Rita towards the edge of the dock. Tina is dangling the bag of drugs,
threatening to toss it in while Rick says that, if she does, he'll throw
Rita in after it.
At the register office, concern for Rita's whereabouts is mounting. Dennis
is blaming himself and Mary accuses Norris of looking smug. Audrey tells Ken
that they left Rita at the flat to wait for Tina. Lewis asks if anyone's
tried phoning the flat; it seems that he's the first person to come up with
this inspired idea and Audrey says she'll do it straight away.
We return to the docks where Rita is shouting to Tina to drop the bag in the
water but there's no way Tina will risk it. Finally Tina agrees to give
Rick the bag if he'll let Rita go. She throws the bag of drugs towards Rick
and he releases Rita who runs to Tina's arms. Rick tells them that if he
doesn't make it to the ferry on time he'll be back to wreak his revenge. At
that moment we hear the welcome sound of sirens and, before Rick has a
chance to make his escape, he's surrounded by police cars. As a couple of
officers grab hold of him, Kirsty comes wandering into the scene. She
catches Tina's eye and they give each other a knowing smile.
Back at the street party, Owen is buying a burger from Roy. He asks him if
his burgers have a theme to fit with the Jubilee celebrations. They don't.
Roy then asks Owen exactly what his Kenny Rodgers outfit has to do with 60
years of the British Monarchy. This is a question I was also keen to ask
although, sadly, we don't get an answer. Stella Springfield then moves over
to the microphone to announce that they are about to draw the raffle.
At the docks, life if looking up for Rita and Tina. Rick's been arrested
and Kirsty informs them that he's going to go down for a very long time.
Tina tells Kirsty that she owes her big time. Rita then points out that
she's dressed in her finery for a reason. Tina looks as though she's
forgotten all about the wedding but Kirsty's on the case and, with the help
of her ex-colleagues, she says she'll sort everything out.
The first of the prizes for the raffle is being announced and Faye is very
excited to learn that she's won a break for two at a luxury five star spa.
We go back to Ty's where he and Tommy are still in a panic about Tina's
whereabouts when Kirsty walks in to announce that all's well that ends well.
Tina and Rita are safe, Rick's been arrested and she has a car waiting
outside if Tommy still wants to go to the wedding.
Faye is talking to Anna and Owen about her prize. She points out that it
includes a romantic dinner for two with Champagne. Anna says she's sure
they would have other fizzy drinks but Faye thinks it would be a much better
idea if Anna and Owen made use of her prize. She says it's her way of
saying sorry for stealing the flowers and, just in case they need further
convincing, tells Owen to give Anna a kiss. He seems happy to oblige.
In the Rovers, Jason and Sean have emerged from the kitchen with 60, now
hot, hotpots. They come face to face with Stella and Nick who inform them
that Stella has taken out on injunction and their hotpots are going to be
impounded. Sean is horrified, especially when he learns that he is going to
have to go out and inform the hungry masses that they won't have anything
else to eat. But it turns out to be a wind-up. Nick has reached an
agreement with Stella, he's cut a deal and Sean, along with his hotpot
recipe, is being transferred back to the Rovers.
Dennis is on the steps of the Register Office. He is now convinced the Rita
isn't coming and believes she's giving him a taste of his own medicine. He
stood up Norma on their wedding day so now he thinks Rita has done the same
thing to him. Norris offers to go and tell everyone that the ceremony's
been cancelled. "You'd like that, wouldn't you?" asks Dennis, on the point
of starting a fight with Norris. Ken steps in between the two of them as we
hear the sound of a siren. Dennis is overjoyed when a police car draws up
and Rita steps out. Tina is alongside her, looking as though she's just
come from a morning in the beauty salon, despite the fact that ten minutes
earlier she was completely dishevelled. "Am I too late for my wedding?"
asks Rita. Ken assures her that she's just in time before hauling Dennis
back into the building. Norris tries asking Rita if she still wants to go
through with it but Rita tells him to shut up and takes his and Tina's arms
before following the others inside.
At long last the registrar is able to begin the wedding ceremony and Rita
walks in on Norris's arm, to the strains of the very appropriate: "I Have
Often Walked Down This Street Before".
We return to the street party where Stella is announcing the winners of the
fancy dress competition. In third place is Dev as Adam Ant. Sean comes
second as Freddie Mercury. But in first place, and winning the prize of
dinner for two at the Bistro, are Maria and Marcus as Donny and Marie
Osmond. Sean was robbed, in my opinion, as his costume was far superior but
then of course that would spoil the plot line which you will learn more
about next week.
Rita and Dennis have finally reached the part of the ceremony where they
make their vows. As Rita tells Dennis that she offers him not the summer of
her life but the autumn, warm and mellow, we see the various expressions on
the faces of the assembled guests. Kevin looks wistfully at Sally, Julie is
bursting with happiness at the romance of it all, Audrey looks thrilled,
Tommy looks hopefully at Tina and she mouths back "not now".
On the street, Sunita is finally rescuing Karl from the corner shop. They
both agree that things are getting too close for comfort and Karl suggests
he should use some of his winnings for them to spend a night away in a hotel
Most of the guests are now seated at the tables. Just as they're wondering
where Rita and Dennis have got to, Stella announces that the guests of
honour are about to arrive and Dennis and Rita drive into the street in the
back of a vintage Rolls Royce. They get out and Rita gives a short speech
in which she says that she's finally got the title which she always wanted
but thought she would never have: Mrs. Dennis Tanner.
While all this is going on, Tommy and Tina have moved to the back of the
crowd. Tommy goes to put his arm around her but she moves away. With tears
in her eyes Tina tells Tommy that she loves him more than anything.
However, he lied to her meaning she can't trust him and so, because of that,
it's over between them.
Episode update Wednesday June 6, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Written by: Mark Burt
Directed by: Kay Patrick
In Mr & Mrs. Tanner's flat, Tina is sitting at the breakfast table with them, apologising for almost ruining their wedding. They both assure her that she didn't ruin anything, in fact she made it more memorable. Tina still can't help feeling guilty that Rita was put in harms way, but nothing can spoil the euphoria that Dennis and Rita are feeling this morning. Tina tells Rita that she would love to find the kind of relationship that she and Dennis have, Rita replies that she thought she already had with Tommy. Tina doesn't think so, so Reet tells her she can stay with them for as long as she needs to.
Aadi and Asha are having fun playing 'Corner Shop', and Asha is trying to prove to her father that she will soon be ready to be used as cheap labour in the family business. She is offering Aadi a 'three for one' deal on sweets, which pulls Dev's attention away from his computer to tell her that she can't give the merchandise away, even in play. So she reduces it to 'two for one', and he looks on proudly. However, when she charges Aadi £100 for a bottle of ketchup and the two packets of sweets, he gets up and comes over to explain to her that even in his shop, you can't get away with ripping customers off that badly. He explains that in his shop, he offers VFM, which Asha reckons probably stands for Very Fat Men, but apparently it means Value for Money. He calls out to Sunita in the kitchen, asking her what she has been teaching the children about finances, but Sunita is very preoccupied reading a text from Karl which says "Can't wait for tonight". When he comes into the kitchen and asks her again, she reminds him that they are only playing a game. He replies that if it's worth doing, it's worth doing properly.
He then asks her if she is OK, as she seems a little distant this morning. Sunita tells him that her friend Lara is having a rough time of it at the moment. Her phone rings in another text, and she tells him that it's probably her again. Of course we all know that Lara spells her name K A R L don't we?
She reminds Dev that he is taking the kids to that 'do' on the Red Rec later, and then tells Aadi to switch places with his sister, as she is too young to be chained to a cash register.
Marcus is feeling decidedly hung over, and pulls a face when Roy puts a full English in front of him. Sean has no sympathy, and tells him it serves him right for getting trollied without him. Maria joins them, and is also feeling rather delicate herself. Sean makes a sarcastic remark to the effect that he is not privy to their little club, and is therefore not hung over this morning. Maria tries to make him feel better by handing over the voucher for a meal for two at the Bistro that Liam won in the fancy dress competition the day before. Marcus tries to protest, much to Sean's disappointment, but Maria tells them to use it, as she doesn't have anyone to go with anyway. She heads back to work leaving Marcus feeling very sorry for her, but Sean is very excited at the thought of a date for a free meal with Marcus.
Rita, Dennis and Tina are leaving the flat, and Rita is giving Dennis instructions about picking up currency for their honeymoon, and also to pick up a get-well card for Norma's son. They have a little banter about Dennis being under the thumb already, but he obviously likes it. Just then Ken is passing by, and wishes them a wonderful honeymoon, and reminds Dennis to take care of Rita. Kirsty comes along and gives the little group the good news that Rick has been formally charged and has been denied bail. Tina anxiously asks about the rest of the thugs, and she assures her they are being rounded up as of now. Tina is visibly relieved, but is worried that they might be let out in the next couple of days. Kirsty tells her there is no chance, that with the evidence they have, they will be going down for at least eight years.
As Kirsty wishes the happy couple a fab honeymoon and starts to walk away, Tina calls her back and thanks her, telling her they couldn't have done it without her help. Kirsty looks very pleased, but not half as pleased as Rita, who is thrilled to see the girls mending some fences. She tells Tina that if she and Kirsty can make up, maybe there is hope for someone else. Tina looks thoughtful.
Tracy and Amy are walking past the Bookie's arguing over whether the money missing from Amy's piggy bank was stolen or whether Amy had spent it. Peter, who is outside having a smoke overhears, and remarks that it's a case of 'like mother like daughter'. Tracy retorts that Simon is hardly a perfect son, and we know who he gets it from. Peter replies that it's just a phase. Tracy remarks as she moves on that he should just keep telling himself that.
Stella is totting up the takings and muses that she wishes they could have a street party every week as the takings are up. Karl tells her that he told her things would turn around. "No thanks to you, skiving off all afternoon", she playfully tells Karl, as Sunita and Karl exchange a little hidden smirk.
Tina arrives, and tells Stella that she and Tommy have broken up. When asked, she replies that it is a very long story, and would rather not talk about it, instead she would like to be kept busy. Stella tells her that it's fine, and that she could use some help in the cellar. Off they go, leaving the way clear for a quick grope and fumble behind the bar for the other two. Karl is obviously enjoying the thrill of playing things close to the wire.
Owen arrives in the Corner Shop, and Anna is obviously pleased to see him. He is riding high because he has just landed a lucrative job in Didsbury, so is buying some of Jason's favourite choccie biscuits to celebrate. He tells her he is also on top of the world because he is looking forward to their luxury spa break away. Anna's face falls, and she tells him she is worried about leaving Faye. Just then the object of her worries comes in with Gary. She asks Anna for a couple of quid to go to the Red Rec, and before Anna can get to her purse, Owen has whipped out a fiver for her. Faye is certainly not going to turn that down, and thanks him. Owen tells them that Anna is worried about leaving Faye while they are away, so Faye assures her that she will be absolutely fine, as she, Izzy and Gary have loads planned. It looks as if Anna is finally convinced.
Tyrone is trying to convince Tommy that Tina will be back when she has had a chance to get her head together, but Tommy is not so sure, and is totally miserable without her. Dennis arrives and Tommy is expecting a rollicking from him. However he is pleasantly surprised when Dennis tells him there are no hard feelings, he has his bride and that's all that counts. Dennis goes on to give Tommy some relationship advice, he suggests that he grovel, as few women can resist a grovelling man. However Tommy is feeling that Tina would be better off without him, as he is a complete loser and everything he touches disintegrates. Out of Tommy's earshot, Tyrone tells Dennis that they have to do something to fix this, Dennis agrees.
After the break, Dev is questioning Sunita why she has to stay overnight with Lara in Liverpool. She explains that she doesn't want to be alone, and although he is suspicious, he tells her to go. When she is out of earshot, he complains to Tyrone about this Lara, whom he has never heard about before, and who is now Sunita's bosom friend. Ty tells him that women are like that, they feed off each other's misery.
Tyrone tries talking to Tina about the possibility of forgiving Tommy and taking him back, but gets nowhere, as Tina is nowhere near ready to take him back into the fold just yet.
Marcus is having a go at Sean for accepting the meal vouchers. Sean points out that they both accepted them, and that Maria had wanted them to have them. Marcus remarks that all he could see was a woman in distress. Sean points out that all she did was give them a meal voucher, not one of her kidneys, but Marcus is still feeling they have done the wrong thing by accepting. He points out that what she was actually doing was saying to the world that she is sad and lonely.
Sean sees his point, and tells Marcus he should take Maria for the meal instead. Marcus is worried that it might look as if they are feeling sorry for her. Sean points out that it is better that than to give them back and look totally ungrateful. Marcus is pleased, and tells Sean he is wonderful, and that he'll make it up to him. Sean is OK with it, and tells him that if he treats him to a fish supper, they can call it equal.
Dev has brought the children home from the Red Rec early because Aadi has lost his DS, Peter, walking by asks what is wrong, and Dev tells him that he has had it stolen. Peter commiserates with him, and they agree that the kid who stole it should be strangled.
Rita and Dennis are having a drink in the Rovers before they leave. Dennis tries persuading Tina to take Tommy back, and she gets upset, thinking that Tommy has put both Tyrone and Dennis up to it. Dennis tells her that on the contrary, Tommy has already given up. She thanks them for trying to help, but tells them she can't take him back because every time she looks at him, she sees his father. Rita joins in now, and remarks that Tommy just made an error in judgement. They both spend a little longer trying to talk Tina round, and she is looking thoughtful again.
Karl is bringing Stella a cup of tea in the back room where she is doing the books. She can tell he is after something, so asks what it is. He tells her a cock and bull story about being invited to an end of season booze up with some of his football friends. She questions him on who, and where (Blackpool), and suggests he invites them to the Rovers instead. He tells her that it would defeat the purpose of a boys' night away if they stayed home. Trying a different tactic, he pretends to be hurt and tells her to forget it. She relents, as we knew she would and tells him he can go on two conditions. One that he promises to stay away from any and all casinos, and two that he doesn't repeat the incident at Scarborough. It appears that at some point in Scarborough a donkey had been stolen, and had been found in Karl's room. Kissing her on the cheek, he tells Stella she is the best. Walking back through the bar, he swats Sunita on the backside and tells her "Good to go". She is obviously thrilled about that.
Plans are being made in Number 6 that don't include Anna and Owen. The girls, Izzy, Katy and Faye are going to have a girlie night with chick flicks while Gary erects the tent in the back garden, then Katy and Faye are going to sleep out there, and Gary has promised he will be close by and will keep an eye on things.
Anna and Owen are feeling rather redundant, but agree that it is rather a good thing.
In the flat above the Bookie's, Peter is questioning a very sulky Simon on what he has been up to today. Getting information out of him is like pulling teeth, and he only volunteers nothing until he is specifically asked. Peter tells him that Aadi had had his DS stolen, and is surprised that Simon hadn't heard about it. Si tells Peter that he hadn't played with Aadi, so wouldn't have known.
Carla suggests they all go out for their tea, her treat. Simon immediately says "No thanks", which gets Peter's back up. He tells him that he wants to go, which means he (Simon) has been outvoted, so no arguments, and to get in the shower - now! Simon looks at him, and sees by his face that it would be in his best interests not to argue, so takes off to shower. While they are waiting, Carla decides to throw Simon's P.E. kit in the washing machine, and opens his bag to remove the smelly clothes. Her face suddenly falls when she pulls out a DS with Aadi's name on it. Peter looks on in shock.
Dev is looking after the children, who are back to playing shop again. Aadi is behind the counter this time, and Dev hears him tell his sister that she owes £100. The shopkeeper in him can't resist, so he goes over to explain that absolutely nothing in their shop costs that kind of money. Aadi explains that it is an electrical shop, and Asha hands over a wad of money. Dev is totally gobsmacked to see that the money she is handing over is real. He takes it from her and asks where she got it. They explain that they found it in the cupboard, and there is loads more too. They then hand over the whole wad of cash that Sunita had been holding for Karl.
Rita and Dennis are getting into the cab and are off on their honeymoon. I have to say that Rita looks fabulous, and about ten years younger. If getting remarried does that for you, maybe I will have to have a rethink - OK, I've rethought, maybe plastic surgery would be less painful! She kisses Tina goodbye, and tells her to think on about what they have been talking about regarding Tommy, Tina agrees that she will.
Sunita arrives home, and Dev has obviously been sitting stewing about the money. She has a moan at him about not putting the tea on, and he tells her he got distracted. The children are upstairs out of the way, so the coast is clear for the altercation that is bound to be imminent. She tells him to put the water on for the pasta, as she has to get ready to leave by 6:30 p.m. Dev tells her to wait as he wants to give her some money. She replies that she doesn't need him to do that, as she is earning her own money. He tells her that the money he wants to give her isn't his, and he pulls out the envelope containing Karl's winnings. Looking like a sick parrot, she tries brazening it out, and asks whose it is. Dev explains that the kids found it in a cupboard, and he was hoping she could tell him whose it is. He is frighteningly quiet, and looks at her with cold eyes, and asks "What's going on?"
Just one more episode this week, which is Thursday June 7th. Next week there is just an extra long episode on Monday 11th, an extra one on Wednesday the 13th which Margaret is writing, then nothing for the rest of the week. So will see you June 29th.
the update for Thursday 7th June.
continues to question Sunita about the large wad of money. She tells
him she's been saving for ages, but he isn't convinced. To take the
pressure off, she calls the kids down for their tea and refuses to
discuss it with him any further.
the flat, Peter and Carla are quietly wondering about the best way to
handle Simon over Aadi's missing games console which has turned up in
Simon's bag. Peter calls him over and waves it in front of him. “How
did this get in your bag?” he asks. Simon shrugs and says he
doesn't know. Peter starts to say how Carla found it in his bag. “She
says she did,” interrupts Simon, and goes on to say that Carla
must've put it there because she hates him. “You both do!” he
shouts, and runs to his room.
sees Tina coming out of her flat and asks if she's working tonight.
She snaps that yes, she is, and walks off.
knocks on Maria's door and invites her out to the bistro for dinner
with the voucher that she gave to him and Sean, explaining that they
thought it would be nice to take her and he won the toss. She smiles
and says she'd love to.
at Dev and Sunita's, Dev is starting to add two and two together,
thinking about the fact that she wouldn't go to Majorca with him and
the kids, and now she has an arrangement to meet a 'friend' and has
to stay overnight. “Are you saying you don't want me to go?” asks
Sunita. Dev replies that he thinks he probably is, yes. She asks for
a reason and he says he thinks there are things they need to talk
about. She says they've already talked about them and she doesn't
want to spend all night talking about them over and over again.
at the Rovers, Stella is bidding Karl goodbye as he goes of to
supposedly spend the night with his pals.
more trouble over at Peter's flat. He's just found a stash of cash
under Simon's bed, and it seems likely that it's the money that was
stolen from Amy's piggy bank. Peter starts shouting at Simon so Carla
decides to make herself scarce. Once they're alone Peter demands to
know why he did it. Simon stares back, sullenly. Peter thinks that
Simon is angling to be handed over to Leanne. “I tell you now, son,
that is not going to happen!”
at Anna's, Izzy and Gary are there to look after Faye, while Anna
rushes about getting ready to leave for her weekend away with Owen,
who's trying to be patient. Katy arrives with Joseph.
comes downstairs with her bag and announces it's time she got going.
Dev is incredulous that she's just going to walk out, and asks her to
tell him the truth. She says she has told him, but he still doesn't
believe her. Just then there's a knock on the door, and although he
tells her to ignore it, she opens it. Peter is standing there with
Simon, they've come to return the DS, and Peter makes Simon
apologise, saying that there won't be any more of that kind of
behaviour. Sunita says that these things happen. “Yes,” says Dev,
“we all do things that we wish we hadn't, but what's important is
that we own up and wipe the slate clean.” He stares at Sunita, who
looks away. Peter then leaves and Dev sends the children upstairs,
there are things for him and Mummy to talk about.
at Peter's flat, Carla is in the kitchen with bags of shopping. On
hearing Peter and Simon coming up the stairs, she pulls a bottle of
wine from a bag and hides it quickly in the broom cupboard. When they
get into the flat, Peter tells Simon to get his games console, he
took Aadi's so his is being confiscated for two weeks.
pours himself a drink. “Are you saying I can't go?” asks Sunita.
Dev wonders why it's so important. She says it didn't matter until he
started. He points out that she's been hiding a lot of money, and now
she has this all important assignation. “All right,” says Sunita,
“if you don't want me to go, then I won't go, but I won't forget
this next time you want to go anywhere.” She moves to go out of the
room to phone her 'friend' and explain that she's not going. Dev
tells her to stay in the room and make the call, he can't see why she
needs to go elsewhere. Sunita says she prefers to talk to her friends
in private, and slams her phone down on a cupboard, she won't phone
at all then. Dev remarks that it doesn't matter, if Sunita doesn't
turn up, her friend will phone her to find out where she is.
Obviously worried by this, Sunita throws her phone to the floor,
smashing it. Now no one will be calling anybody!
is sitting in a hotel bar with a drink, and keeps watching the door.
and Owen finally leave, and Katy and Faye go out into the back garden
with their camping gear, leaving Gary and Izzy to look after Joseph.
and Maria have arrived at the Bistro with their 'meal for two'
voucher, looking forward to their evening.
goes into the Rovers where Tina is serving. He apologises again for
getting everything wrong and for screwing everything up with her.
Then he tells her that he loves her and wants them to get back
together, he thinks that if she's honest that's what she wants too.
at Dev's, he asks her to put herself in his shoes, so she can see
it's no use carrying on with the lies about the money, the friend
whose voice she doesn't want him to hear, he knows that's why she
smashed the phone. Also, the way she's been distant lately, he knows
she's been having an affair. Maybe she was thinking of leaving him,
is that what the money was for? She shouts that he's wrong, and then
tells him that he bullies her and tries to control her whole life. He
says he hasn't been very successful, because she's been leading this
other life with another man. He keeps asking who it is, what's his
name, is it someone he knows? “Yes,” says Sunita, and for a
minute we think she's going to spill the beans, but then she goes on
to say it's someone he knows because he's made him up.
the bar, Karl is still watching the door. Eventually he picks up his
phone to make a call.
and Maria are finishing their meal. He tells her that he loves Sean,
but they are like chalk and cheese. He's the rational one, and Sean
the Rovers, Tommy is still pleading for another chance with Tina. He
promises to have nothing more to do with his criminal dad, and
promises there will be no more drug runs. She softens and tells him
that he doesn't deserve her. “I know,” he says, and kisses her
hand. Stella comes in then and asks Tina if Sunita said anything
about getting a new phone, she can't contact her.
at Dev and Sunita's, the interrogation is still going on. Eventually
Dev tells her to go, she has her bag packed, he doesn't want her
there pining for her boyfriend. She then points out that that is his
decision and not hers, yet again. Just then there's a knock on the
door. They both stop still, and Sunita looks shocked. Dev asks if
it's her boyfriend come to get her, and opens the door – it's
Stella, asking to speak to Sunita. Dev shouts that Sunita is waiting
for her boyfriend to come and pick her up, she has her bag packed and
everything. Stella quickly weighs up the situation and asks Sunita if
she'd like to come with her now. Sunita says she would, and Dev
snarls that anyone's company is better than his. “Right now it is,”
says Sunita, and heads for the stairs. He stops her and tells her
that he'll explain to the children about their mother's secret life,
so she heads off out of the door with Stella.
is telling Tommy that this is his absolute last chance, when Stella
and Sunita come in the door and go through to the back.
and Katy are in the tent in the garden, and Gary checks their ok.
next person to come through the door of the Rovers is Karl, much to
Tina's surprise. He tells her not to ask and goes through to the back
room where he's shocked to see Sunita talking to Stella. He says that
his friend had to cancel. Stella tells him that Sunita will be
staying until things blow over at home. Sunita explains that she had
an almighty row with Dev. “What about?” asks Karl nervously, and
Stella tells him it's nothing to do with him. Sunita says it was
relationship stuff, but no one else was involved. Looking visibly
relieved, Karl says he hopes it sorts itself out. Sunita says she's
not sure she does, there comes a point when you reach the end of the
road and realise that it's over. Karl looks horrified and says he's
going back to the bar. Outside the door he looks really worried.
We've got an hour long episode for you tonight. Here's the first half.
Written by Simon Crowther Directed by Graeme Harper
Simon is determined to be a contrary little boy. He's playing on his
hand held game which Peter had hidden from him as punishment, he's
refusing to get further ready for school while Peter rushes around
gathering his school things and he's being rude and smart-alecky with
his dad. He wants to stay home from school but that's not happening.
Peter's temper reaches the end of its tether when Simon calls him a
loser and he goes outside to wait. Simon grabs a set of keys from a
hook on the wall as his father hollers at him to get a move on.
Stella is still sympathetic to Sunita and Karl isn't. Sunita kept her
up for another night unburdening on Stella's broad shoulders. Stella
wonders if maybe Karl should talk to Sunita and give her a man's point
of view. Yeah, like that's going to happen. Sunita arrives in the
room, having realized she'd missed the kids going to school. Stella
goes to the kitchen to make tea and Sunita whispers to Karl that Dev's
figured out she's having an affair. He's a bit freaked out to say the
Dev is late getting the kids to school. He's discovered Aadi's undone
holiday homework and requests for dinner money. The lad points out his
mother usually takes care of things like that and wonders where his
mother is. Dev insists she's gone to an early dentist appointment.
Asha confesses that she's broken 3 of her mother's bottles of perfume.
The kids bicker, there's a knock on the door. Sophie is at the door
wondering why the shop isn't opening and we can hear the children
warring behind Dev.
Maria is at the builders' yard looking for Jason but it's all locked
up. Marcus comes across the road and she tells him her key broke in
the lock when she went back to get a teddy bear that Liam needed for a
picnic at school. Marcus takes over and offers to take Liam to nursery
and will even buy a bear on the way so Maria can get to work where a
client is waiting. He'll also call Jason for her. What a star!
Simon has been brought to Brian's office. He'd been crying in
assembly. Brian tries to find out what's wrong but Simon is not
forthcoming. Brian starts to witter on about the joys of being 8 years
old. He stands up and turns his back to look out the window as he
talks and when he turns around, Simon is gone and he's closed the
office door behind him.
Leanne greets Dev in the shop and comments that he looks frazzled. Dev
tries to say that Sunita is just busy but of course Leanne living at
the pub knows Sunita stayed there and pretty much figures what the
problem is. Dev insists Sunita will be back later. Gary arrives and
says he's been looking after Faye and can hardly wait for his mother
to get back. I don't think it went that badly but it opened his eyes a
bit! He leaves, Nick arrives. He asks Leanne why Peter looked a bit
overwhelmed getting Simon to school this morning. Dev mentions the
broken perfume and both say it's just first day back to school after
In the pub, Sunita is helping get the pub ready for opening. Stella is
offering her the day off but she declines. She goes back to wake Eva.
Sunita quietly tells Karl that Dev had found the money and she's left
him and it's probably for the best anyway. They can't finish the
conversation because Eva and Stella return.
Ken comes into the betting shop to talk about Simon. Peter can see a
lecture coming his way. Ken says they miss Simon and reckon Simon is
acting out from all the tension he's living under. Peter is sarcastic
back. His phone starts ringing and he isn't inclined to answer it as
he gives his father grief for trying to tell him what to do. Ken takes
it in stride and says they want to be there for Simon.
In the cafe, Marcus has come to let Maria know that Jason can fix the
locks for 25 quid. Audrey is cooing to Lewis on the phone. Lewis is
apparently ill with a summer cold. Maria tells Marcus she'll take him
for a drink to thank him. David teases her after Marcus leaves. "My
hero!" he twitters.
Peter is still arguing with Ken about Simon and who he sees. Ken
accuses Peter of using Simon like an "emotional commodity". Peter
scoffs. Ken starts to whinge about having bought Simon a book on
weather and he can't give it to him. Carla interrupts with the news
from the school that Simon's gone missing. That was probably the phone
call Peter didn't answer.
After the break, we're in the pub where Peter has come to ask if
anyone has seen Simon. Leanne is told that Simon has disappeared.
Sophie, who has probably been listening to Dev cry about Sunita all
morning, asks if he's spoken to Sunita today. No, and Dev, nearly in
tears, tries to finish an unrelated conversation he was having. She
asks what happened. Dev sobs the whole story out, about the fictional
friend and the obvious conclusion about the affair. Dev asks Sophie if
Sunita has said anything to her. Sophie, knowing what she knows or
suspects, avoids a direct answer and thinks he should be strong and
work on his marriage a bit harder. Sunita must be going through a
crisis and really needs Dev. She says the kids are so young and
shouldn't have to watch their parents split up. Sophie thinks there's
always a way and he should fight for her if he loves her. If he just
gives up it says he's not bothered.
Leanne follows Peter out of the pub, screaming at him and blaming him.
Carla runs over, and they try to figure out a plan. Simon comes
strolling along and hides behind a car when he sees them all talking
about finding him. Carla thinks someone should stay at the flat and
wait for the police but they all go off in different directions to
look for him. Simon crawls out from behind the car and lets himself
into the flat with the keys he'd taken.
Up in the flat he looks around. Now what? He goes to the table and
picks up his game console but he's looking very sad and near to tears.
In the Bistro, Nick has heard from Audrey who's calling Lewis in sick.
Eva realizes it's just the two of them to mind the Bistro. Gail comes
in from the back having finished her cleaning. Nick asks her to fill
in as a waitress. She says she will for a price!
In the salon, Maria has spent all morning singing Marcus' praises.
David makes fun of her. Audrey hushes them with their teasing. Audrey
says Lewis will be missed at the Bistro, particularly since they have
a party of 13 in for lunch.
Dev has brought flowers to Sunita at the pub. She asks after the kids
and he explains the excuse he made. He says they all need her and he
admits he got the kids away late. She points out that usually when he
has the kids, something gets broken. Dev laughs and thinks Leanne has
been telling tales and Sunita immediately realizes Asha has been
playing with the hair dryer again (which she uses as a gun which had
been what happened to the perfume bottles). Dev implores her. If she
says there's nobody else then he believes her and asks her to come
Dev hears Peter coming up the stairs and hides in the utility
cupboard. Peter and Carla come in with a police officer. They get a
photo. Peter is standing right beside the cupboard which appears to
have venting holes in it but fails to hear Simon who seems to be
breathing very hard and audibly.
Sunita tells Dev she's not coming back. She going to come and pack and
take the kids with her. He hollers that she's not taking her kids away
from him again. He gets angry and hisses that maybe she wanted to be
worshipped? She snipes that might have helped. He's very sarcastic and
a bit nasty to her for rejecting him and it all feels very realistic,
this conversation. He wonders if she's just after looks and thrills
and if that's the case, whatever man it is will only let her down
sooner than later. She looks defiant but it also looks like his
remarks have hit home. He asks if any man would dote on his children
or love her like he does. She fires back that if he did love her, he'd
pay her more attention and respect her opinions. She thinks he likes
having her around because it's convenient. She does admit he's a good
father but it's not enough. He looks crestfallen.
Peter first tries to fool the police officer that Simon was just
acting up on first day back to school after mid term holidays. The
officer wonders if there has been any bullying at school and Peter
slowly admits to the police officer that Simon has been having a hard
time at home with the upheaval. Carla tells all, that Simon doesn't
like her and the divorce is taking its toll. Peter wonders why they're
talking instead of looking. He's defensive about things and starts
ranting on about Simon's recent behaviour. Simon squeezes his eyes
shut trying not to cry out loud while listening to his father. It
probably sounds to him like Peter is blaming him for everything. Carla
tries to placate him. The police officer thinks Peter should stay home
and wait while others are out looking. He leaves and Peter leaves
right after, shouting that it's all got to stop. Simon lives *there*
and where is he anyway! Carla shakes her head and decides to go with
They leave and Simon comes out of the cupboard, with a small rubbish
bin or box clanking out of it behind him. He turns and sees a wine
bottle in it. He picks it up and looks thoughtful.
Here is the second half of the hour long episode, sent with
apologies that you have had to wait for it. With football, tennis and soon the
Olympics disrupting Corrie’s scheduling, it was too much for my simple brain to
handle! After a prod from Margaret, I got to work…I hope you weren’t on too
many tenterhooks to discover Simon’s fate…
We return to the Rovers smack bang in the middle of a very
public slanging match between Dev and Sunita in the bar. Dev is begging his
wife for another chance, insisting that he doesn’t care if there’s another man.
Sunita snaps at him to have some self respect and he retorts that he can’t,
being with her. Sunita tells him she doesn’t love him and that he should have
tried harder before storming through to the back.
Peter and Carla return to the flat to find Simon unconscious
on the settee. Peter tries to stir him and Carla finds an empty bottle of wine
on the floor beside him, noticing that a stain on the carpet means he can’t
have had it all. Peter snaps that he has had enough to knock himself out. As he
picks his son up in his arms, he demands to know where the wine was and Carla
is forced to admit that it was stored in the utility cupboard. As Peter piles
Simon into the car and speeds off, Nick watches with concern. Ken is passing by
and Nick asks if everything is okay. Ken fills him in on Simon’s disappearance
and Nick informs him that he has just seen Peter carrying Simon into his car…
In the pub Leanne and Stella remain panicking about Simon as
Ken and Nick come in. As Nick fills Leanne in, Ken finally gets through to
Peter on the phone and finds out that Simon is at hospital. Leanne looks
David and Audrey exchange exasperated looks as Maria
continues to talk about Marcus in the Salon. Subject then turns to Gail
waitressing in the Bistro. David pokes fun at her but Audrey tells her that she
will be trying her best. David rolls his eyes as Maria turns the subject back
The nurse at the hospital is asking Peter and Carla how much
wine Simon has had to drink. Peter is explaining that Simon ran away from
school and that there isn’t normally drink in the house. Carla asks if Simon
will be okay but the nurse says they may need to put him on a drip.
The Bistro is busy and Gail’s inept waitressing is causing
havoc. Nick is grateful as Eva clears up the situations Gail causes, which
includes making cringe worthy puns about the duck being ‘quacking’ and spilling
wine on the laps of businessmen.
Ken and Leanne arrive at the hospital and ask the
receptionist about Simon.
Sunita asks Stella if she can stay another night and
apologises for being a bother. Stella asks how things are with Dev and Sunita replies
that he thinks there is someone else. Stella asks if there is and Sunita
replies that she wishes there was but doesn’t divulge that person’s identity.
Stella says that she feels for Dev but Sunita likens the thought of spending
the rest of her life with Dev to staring down the barrel of a gun…
Peter and Leanne meet in the waiting room and Leanne wants
to know what is going on. She is disgusted to discover that he has drank some
wine and suggests to Ken that they contact social services. Peter argues that
it isn’t their fault that he ran away from school but Leanne points out that it’s
their fault they had wine in the house. When she demands to know where it was,
Carla reluctantly admits the truth, leaving Leanne even more furious.
Simon has come round and Simon is asking him which pyjamas
he wants. Ken is busy talking to Simon about a book he has bought for him as
Carla offers to go and pick up the things that he needs.
The busy night at the Bistro comes to and end and Nick and
Eva thank a delighted Gail for her help. Nick thanks Eva for taking the reigns
and she also looks pleased with herself. She then phones Stella for news on
Karl is alone in the cab office and Sunita saunters in and
sits on his knee, making him uncomfortable. She tells him that she has left Dev
and he says that’s all well and good so long as she isn’t under any illusion
that she did it for him. She looks confused and says that it will make things
easier in the future as there’ll be no sneaking around. Karl makes it clear
that he has no intention of leaving Stella to be with Sunita and she looks crushed.
is in the Salon (which is open later than the Bistro for some reason) having
his hair done and is talking about his relief that his mum is home and he no
longer having to look after Faye. David comments that he is lucky that Max is
so well behaved and Maria is impressed at how proud he sounds. She then tells Gary he has all this to
Leanne is making digs at Peter over his care for Simon and
reminds him of the fire in his flat a few years back. Peter is angry and tells
her Simon is perfectly safe but Leanne says the reason he drank wine is that he
was copying Peter and Carla’s behaviour. At this point Brian comes in to check
on Simon and Peter launches into a tirade about the school needing to keep an
eye on children. Brian suggests the blame could lie elsewhere making Peter snap
and ordering him to get out.
Dev is serving dinner and Asha and Aadi are asking where
Sunita is. Dev looks tired and Aadi asks if he has been crying. Dev tells them
that grown ups don’t cry but Asha says that mummy cries all the time…
Peter is asking Simon why he did it and Simon says that he
is sorry. Peter tells him he’s not in trouble but he must never do anything
like that again. Leanne comes in with a comic for him. Simon says that he
wishes that they were still a family and Peter says that isn’t possible. Leanne
says it is because Peter wants to be with Carla now. Peter takes her aside and
asks her not to make digs at this time, before reminding her that she is not
Simon’s mother…his mum is dead.
Eva is telling Stella about work and comments that she saw
nick looking at her. She is positive that he wants to get back with her but
Stella doesn’t seem convinced.
Leanne is in the waiting room and Nick comes in to ask how
Simon is doing. Leanne says she is worried about his safety with peter but Nick
comments that kids survive all sorts…just look at Max. Leanne says she doesn’t
want Simon to have the life that Max has had. Nick says that he is sure Leanne
is a brilliant mum. Peter comes through and demands to know what Nick is doing
there before warning him not to go near his son.
Sunita is waiting outside the cab office and follows Karl
after he finishes work. She reminds him of everything she has done for him,
such as hiding money but he tells her that he never signed up for any of this
and she can’t suddenly change the rules. Sunita says she won’t let him abandon
her and warns him that she will tell Stella. Karl tells her to do what she
wants…but nothing will change the fact that he will never look her way again.
Peter is looking troubled and Carla is apologising for
everything she caused. Peter snaps that he can do without her self pity and she
decides to stay with Michelle. He doesn’t argue with her. As she goes to leave,
she says sorry again but Peter snaps at her again. After she leaves, Peter sits
in silence, pondering the day’s events…
As schedule changes confuse your updaters and the Olympics loom large,
here's a Wednesday episode for a change.
It’s morning and Ken meets Carla in the street. He asks after Simon and
Carla admits she spent the night at Michelle’s. They both agree the
current situation is bad for Simon and the fighting has to stop.
Peter’s with Simon at the hospital. He looks up and sees Leanne looking
through the window. He goes out to argue with her and she introduces him
to Claire, from Social Services. Peter turns nasty and has a go at
Leanne for calling Social Services and they argue until Claire manages
to get a word in to say that it was the hospital who notified her.
Leanne says it was only a matter of time before someone did. “Two
alcoholics in charge of a child? Like that was ever going to end well!”
Stella and Karl discuss Simon over breakfast. Stella asks Sunita if
she’s well, because she doesn’t look it, but Sunita says she’ll be out
from under their feet as soon as possible. Stella tells her to stay as
long as she likes. Once she’s left the room, Karl snaps at Sunita,
saying he doesn’t know what she hopes to gain by hanging around. She
says she has nowhere else to go and Karl tells her to go home to her
family. Sunita thinks he’s worried she’s going to confess all to Stella
and says she just might do that.
Leanne, Peter and Claire sit in what looks like a playroom for a chat.
Leanne’s very nasty. Though it might not be a crime to have wine in the
house, it was utterly stupid when Simon’s got a role model like Peter,
she says. Claire from Social Services listens, her lips pursed, until
there is a brief pause in the nastiness. She tells them that all Social
Services cares about is Simon’s welfare. “Me too,” say Peter and Leanne
almost together. “Well, at least you agree on something,” Claire says.
Maria wants to leave early because she’s going out for a drink with
Marcus. She goes on about how wonderful he is.
Simon’s sitting up in bed, laughing with Peter. The doctor comes in and
says there seems to be no long-term damage so Simon can go home. She
makes Simon promise he’ll never do anything like this again. Simon
promises. “Wine tastes horrible anyway!”
Back at the Rovers, Leanne tells Stella the story of the morning. She’s
starting to think maybe Peter was right and if she hadn’t been around
Simon would have come to like Carla. Stella says it doesn’t work like
that. “That little lad loves you with all his heart. You’re his Mum.”
Leanne hates to think how unhappy Simon must have been to drink the
wine. Stella urges her to stay and fight for him. “What? Like you did?”
asks Leanne, apologising almost immediately. But Stella says that’s why
she knows what Leanne must do. “If you don’t, you’ll regret it every
single day of your life.”
Jason’s bringing in a new sink bench for the bistro. Eva eyes up his
muscles at the same time as he eyes up her very low cut dress.
Simon’s home and when he hears feet on the stairs he races towards it,
thinking it will be Leanne. But it’s just Carla. He goes to his room.
Carla asks Peter if she should keep on packing up her stuff but Peter
apologises and says of course she must stay because he loves her. Peter
worries that alcoholism is hereditary but Carla tells him not to be
silly. Peter insists he’s bad for Simon. “I’m a danger to my own son.”
He wants to help Simon but he doesn’t know how.
Eva’s made Jason a steak sandwich and she’s not just admiring his
muscles but squeezing his biceps. He asks her out. Eva says she’s
working in the evenings but Nick overhears and tells her to take Monday
Carla’s gone to work. Peter’s on the couch and Simon comes out to lie
beside him. They chat and Peter assures Simon he’s not in trouble. Peter
just wants to understand. Simon explains that Peter doesn’t listen to
him and doesn’t care about what he wants. Peter stopped him from seeing
Leanne, “but she’s my Mum. All kids get to see their Mums. It’s just
normal!” And he wants to see Grandad and Grandma, but Peter won’t let
him. “And you’re always shouting and it makes me sad and I totally hate
my life. Simon says he knows Peter hates himself too and when he does he
drinks. “I thought maybe if I had a drink all my problems would go away.”
Maria and Marcus are in the Rovers. Maria’s made a real effort and is
all dressed-up and made-up. She and Marcus are going on a pub crawl down
Canal Street. Peter comes in and Leanne is furious with him for not
telling her what was happening, when Simon was coming home and for
ignoring her text messages. Ken tries to find out when he can see Simon
but Peter brushes him off. Stella snaps at him too, but Peter just wants
to talk to Lorraine. She takes him through to the back. While nobody’s
look at them, Karl has some more nasty remarks for Sunita.
In the back, Peter assures Leanne she can see Simon and says he’s
desperate to see her. He asks if they can stop sniping for a minute.
It’s not helping. Simon is eight years old and has already had too much
pain in his life. Leanne points out that Peter didn’t have to cut her
out of Simon’s life. He can’t force Simon to love Carla. Peter says he
thought he was doing the right thing and that he thought he had to be
cruel to be kind. “All you’ve done is shown him his feelings count for
nothing,” Leanne says. Peter agrees and says Simon’s already pointed
that out. He asks Leanne to come and see Simon. Leanne says she will if
he asks Carla to do the decent thing and make herself scarce during the
In the bar, Sunita thanks Stella for being so understanding. Karl hears
this and as soon as Sunita’s out of earshot he tells Stella he’s stick
of the sight of Sunita’s miserable gob.
While Marcus is at the bar, Audrey goes to talk to Maria. She agrees
that Marcus is a lovely man but says she thinks Maria’s falling for him,
even though she knows nothing is going to come of it. Maria denies it
and when Marcus returns Audrey makes her excuses and moves away.
Leanne arrives at the flat and is annoyed to find Carla there but Carla
says she’s part of this family too. Peter tells Simon that sometimes
adults get it wrong. He did, but now he’s going to do his best to put it
right. How would Simon like to live with Leanne? Simon points out that
Peter won’t let him. Peter replies that he will if that’s what will make
Marcus is ready to make a night of it but Maria suddenly doesn’t feel
well. She just wants to go home and refuses Marcus’s offer to look after
Simon’s packing his alien blasters and other essentials. Peter is close
to tears but he tells Carla he’s made hi decision and this is what will
make Simon happy.
In the pub, Karl tells Stella to put her feet up. Then he puts the paper
down in front of Sunita and tells her to start looking for somewhere
else to live. He says she’s had her fling and now should move on. This
is his home where he lives with the woman he loves and he wants Sunita
out of it. Tears well up in Sunita’s eyes but Karl just snaps that she
should have a bit of pride.
Leanne’s carrying the alien blasters and Simon’s other luggage. “I’m not
making you sad, am I, Dad?” he asks Peter. Peter says he’s got a touch
of hayfever. All the adults are near tears. As the door shuts behind
Simon, Peter collapses to the floor weeping, Carla at his side.
Written by Carmel Morgan Directed by Graeme Harper
Simon's first day back at school after being handed over to Leanne.
Peter comes along and makes arrangements to bring Simon's things to
him after school and take Simon out for his tea. Simon cheers and
Leanne feels backed into a corner so she agrees. Ken has now come out
of Number 1. Peter ruffles Simon's hair and leaves. Ken ascertains
things are ok and offers his services if needed. She sighs about Peter
still calling all the shots but goes off with Simon in the direction
Eva has come into the living quarters, moaning about Sunita hogging
the bathroom. She's further dismayed when she finds out that Sunita
isn't paying any rent for staying there. Stella points out Sunita is a
guest and it's temporary. Stella goes into the bar and Karl shows
support for Eva's side of the argument.
Peter's packing up some of Simon's toys. Carla is congratulating him
on doing the right thing and never mind what anyone else would say.
Peter sighs and admits it's quiet in the flat without Simon. She
agrees quietly. He consoles himself that Simon will be smiling when he
picks him up and Carla reminds him of the few hours of one on one time
Beth and Tracy emerge, bickering over Beth's kippers that are stinking
the house out. They both turn around and notice an Estate Agent sign
attached to the brickwork above their heads (didn't hear any of that
knocking and hammering?? they must have been screaming at each other
about kippers!) Tracy doesn't think Steve can sell the house without
her say so (and I think she's right since her name is apparently on
the deeds). Beth tries to take the sign down and Tracy assures her the
sale is not going to happen.
In the pub, Sunita is dismayed to walk in on Karl and Stella giggling
and cuddling as he tries to help her put on a necklace. Sunita says
she didn't sleep well. Eva shoots off a few nasty remarks and after
the two Price women leave the room, Sunita asks Karl if he's been
dripping poison in Eva's ear. He's kind of nasty too, saying Eva
recognizes a sponger when she sees one. He's clearly anxious to get
her out from under, too.
Leanne comes out of the Kabin and Nick catches up with her. She says
things are settling down and tells him that Simon is with her now.
Leanne wants to get things formalized and in writing. Nick agrees
that's a good thing to do. She's happy, it shows and he smiles at her.
She smiles back. (Are you thinking what I'm thinking?)
Sunita's busy serving in the pub while Eva, St. Ella and Karl are
huddled over a newspaper and getting people to guess the ages of
celebrities. Lewis and Audrey are participating. Stella asks Sunita if
she's got a guess but Sunita's short with her. Lewis and Audrey go to
a table. Karl whispers to Eva that Tina is a better barmaid than
Sunita and casts aspersions on Sunita's suitability as a parent since
she walked out on her children.
Beth comes in to the taxi office to give Steve a hard time about the
sign. He says she might be able to stay on as a sitting tenant
depending on the buyer. That doesn't satisfy her. Steve tells her it's
a financial decision. Tracy joins her and points out her legal
ownership. He doesn't think she's got a leg to stand on. She plays the
Amy card, Beth points out her son will suffer as well. Steve says
there's a viewing that evening and he's selling the house. End of. He
answers the phone. Tracy doesn't look quite so confident.
Sunita sits down with a plate of lunch. Eva snarks at her for having a
cushy deal staying there. Stella comes through. Eva points out there
really isn't enough room for her with Leanne and Simon staying. Stella
whips back through to the bar, telling them to play nice. Which they
don't. Karl enters with nice things to say about Stella. Eva remarks
that Stella has enough to worry about with her own family to be
worried about Sunita's problems on top of it. Looks like she's
touching a few nerves there. Sunita asks Karl what he thinks and he
says Stella has been a true friend. Sunita agrees and says she's going
to do something about it. She goes out into the bar where Stella tells
Sunita to ignore Eva. Sunita says she's going to go back to Dev and
the kids. She reckons she's been focusing on the wrong things. He may
be rubbish around the house but he's a good man and a good father, not
vindictive or cruel and doesn't play mind games (with a glance at
Karl). She says he'd never play mind games and is kind and honourable.
Stella is pleased she's made the decision and knows Dev has been
missing her. Sunita makes another pointed remark about there being a
lot of scum bags "out there". Stella asks if she's sure? Karl
interjects that Sunita knows her own mind. Sunita says if she didn't
before, she does now, exchanging a bitter look with Karl and retreats
to the back.
After the break, Steve is seen getting into a cab by Beth and Tracy.
Beth is really annoyed at the probability of losing the nicest place
she's ever lived. Tracy pulls her across the road and tells her they
must stick together and come up with a plan. She talks solidarity.
Leanne has brought Simon back after school. Stella tells Leanne that
Sunita has gone back to Dev. When Leanne tells Stella that Peter is
taking Simon out, Simon is sent upstairs to change and Stella pours
her own version of poison into Leanne's ear, calling Peter drunk and
manipulative. She thinks it's a bad idea and Simon needs to set a
routine. Peter is calling the shots! Leanne doesn't think she can do
that to Simon but Stella warns her she's setting a precedent and Peter
will be calling all the shots and leaving her with the hard stuff,
with him getting all the easy bits. Leanne reluctantly agrees she's
In Number 13, Tracy knows that Steve can't sell the house if she
doesn't sign on the dotted line. Beth makes a catty remark about Tracy
bashing Steve over the head. Three words, Beth.. Miscarriage. Of.
Justice! Tracy asks Beth if she's got any more kippers!
Sunita is all packed and ready to leave. She tells Stella it might not
work but she's going to try. Sunita offers to work the end of her
shift, giving Karl a dirty look.
Peter's brought Simon's things and Leanne tells him the visit is off.
He gets angry and doesn't understand why she's changing her mind. Why
is she playing games? She says she wants him to get used to a new
routine and says burgers are weekend treats. Peter even begs but
Leanne stands firm (and to be fair, I think she's in the wrong here.
She complained about wanting Simon to be happy and she's doing the
same thing Peter was). She hurls back at him that it's his fault
they're broken up and throws him out. He storms through the bar,
noticed by Karl and Sunita. He makes a few comments to her but she's
very cool to him. Stella comes through and reckons Sunita should have
warned Dev she was coming so he could put out the red carpet.
Tracy and Beth have strewn junk around the room and it looks a tip.
They let in the estate agent and client in. The estate agent, Shirley,
looks dismayed at the mess in the room. The client asks what the awful
smell is. Tracy and Beth play up that it's always there and you get
used to it after awhile. They also pretend there's dodgey electrics as
the client is taken upstairs for a look.
In the pub, Simon is near tears that Leanne has not allowed him to see
his dad. She tries to pretend it's because it's a school night and
she's making the rules now. She admits Peter was disappointed but will
work out all the times he can see his dad. She hugs Simon but he
doesn't look too happy.
Peter is in the flat, smoking and when Carla comes in he tells her the
news. He didn't even get to see Simon at all. She's sympathetic. He
figures she's starting as she means to go on. He's really upset. Carla
suggests that she move out. She's not sure she's worth the sacrifice
he's made for her and is worried he will hate her after awhile. He
won't hear of it and says he can't imagine life without her in it. He
promises they'll be happy. All this aggro is just making them
Sunita is ready to leave the pub and is in tears. Karl slips into the
room and catches her. She says she's not decided if she's going to
tell Stella or not (about them). He says he didn't mean to hurt her.
She figures it was all meaningless on his part. Out in the bar, Eva
thinks a little jealousy will be good for Nick. Leanne comes in and
says Simon is upset but is ok. Leanne overhears Eva's plan to use
Jason to make Nick jealous and she rolls her eyes. Stella thinks Jason
isn't such a bad catch and lo and behold, he appears. He confirms
their date tomorrow night. Stella asks her to remind Karl he's going
to be late for his shift at Streetcars. Eva goes back and overhears
Karl and Sunita arguing. For some reason Sunita has all Karl's
gambling cash in her hand though where she got that from, I don't know
unless she had it in her rucksack all this time. She throws it at him
and hollers that she's not keeping his grubby secret anymore. Eva
bursts through the door. Sunita rushes out and Eva grabs the money and
wants to know what's going on. He tells her to mind his own business
the schedules all over the place, here's the update for Wednesday
accosts Eva in the back room of the Rovers and asks why she's had a
face like a bull dog chewing a wasp, he wants to know what her
problem is. She tells him she knows that there's something going on
between him and Sunita. When he tries to say that he doesn't know
what she's talking about, she tells him not to treat her like a mug,
and the only reason she hasn't told Stella is because she doesn't
want to upset her. “What do you take me for?” asks Karl, acting
all innocent, “I love your mum. Me and Sunita? Credit me with some
arrives home with her bags. Dev tells her he went looking for her
last night, Stella thought she was there with him. He'd tried to ring
her, sent texts. She tells him she stayed in a hotel, alone, and has
the bill to prove it. “I'm back,” she says.
the bar of the Rovers, Eva is thinking of backing out of her date
with Jason, she tells her mum she's not in the mood. They go out to
the back for a talk.
morose Peter is deep in thought. Carla tries desperately to cheer him
up and suggests they go out to the bistro.
the back room of the Rovers, Eva tells Stella how she walked in on
something between Karl and Sunita, but can't figure out what's going
on. She's sure they were having an argument and she heard Sunita say
that she wasn't going to keep his grubby little secrets any more, and
there was a lot of money there. Stella is really upset, this shows
her that Karl is gambling again. She goes off upstairs to find proof.
is in the bistro, waiting for Eva to show up. Nick tells him she's
probably deciding what to wear, picking out the right shoes for the
dress. Jason is a bit worried because Nick, obviously, is Eva's ex,
but Nick assures him it's not a problem. Just then Peter and Carla
arrive and Nick goes off to seat them.
the pub, Stella comes down with the wad of notes and tells Eva and
Leanne that she found it on Karl's side of the wardrobe.
along the Street, Sunita is trying to make it up with Dev. He's
reluctant, he doesn't want his heart broken again. She says she wants
to spend the rest of her life with him, she'll even marry him! “Was
that a proposal?” asks Dev.
Stella has bagged up all Karl's clothes into bin bags and is rushing
out of the Rovers with them. She sees him coming along in his taxi
and throws them onto the bonnet. He jumps out of the car and she
throws the money at him, shouting that it's obvious he won it
gambling. He tries to say that he won it ages ago, but she doesn't
believe him and shouts that she loved and trusted him, but now it's
over. She storms back into the pub.
the back room, she persuades a reluctant Eva to go on her date with
Jason. When she's gone, Stella confides to Leanne that Eva is only
going out with Jason to make Nick jealous, and Leanne says she feels
sorry for him.
the bistro, Jason is about to leave when Eva walks in and apologises
for being late. He says it's fine, and they sit down to look at the
menu, he's starving. However, after a glance at the menu, Eva says
she's had a bad day, feels stressed and can't eat anything. Poor
Jason! He suggests they just order drinks.
at another table, Peter tells Carla how he got sent up to Glasgow to
live with grandparents when his mother died, and how he thought his
dad hated him. Now he's done the same thing to Simon. Carla leans
over to him and points out that over the road is not Glasgow. Peter
thinks it might as well be, history is repeating itself and he's such
a fool for letting it happen.
is having a heart to heart with Steve in the taxi office. Steve tells
him that if he wants Stella back he must show her that he can change,
and seek professional help.
at the bistro, Jason notices that Eva and Nick keep looking at each
other, and says he knew it was a bad idea to go there. “You're not
into me,” he tells her, adding that she's just trying to make her
ex jealous. Then he tells her she can get the bill, and walks out.
Nick comes over to see if everything is all right. She tells him
she's had a really bad day and could do with a hug. “Well, I'm sure
Jason will oblige,” he says, and goes off to get the bill.
leads Karl back into the pub. Stella shouts at him to get out, he's
barred. Steve persuades her that Karl is there to say sorry. “Has
he not got a tongue in his head?” asks Stella. Karl tells her he's
eating humble pie, and Leanne urges her to hear him out. Stella asks
Leanne to come into the back with them, she doesn't want to be on her
own, out the back they go, with Steve tagging along too for moral
in the back room, Stella says she can't take him back because he'll
just keep on lying. Egged on by Steve, Karl says he'll get help.
Leanne tells Stella that if Karl has a problem, maybe he needs her
help to confront it. Leanne and Steve leave, and Stella sits down.
She says she loves him, but he has to stop lying. He promises never
to lie to her again. She tells him to get on the phone tomorrow to
get help, that way she'll know he's telling the truth.
at Dev's, he's whinging that he needs to know who it was that Sunita
was with. If he doesn't he'll imagine it's every man who walks into
the shop or passes in the street. Sunita says she doesn't want to
tell him. If he exists, who he is is irrelevant. What is more
important is why she left, it was more about where her head was than
him. He's history. Dev starts to say that it will eat away at him.
“Why should it? You won,” says Sunita. Tearfully, Dev admits
she's right, and hugs her. Then he says they should go for a
the bistro, Peter tells Carla that he thinks they should have a child
of their own. She bursts out laughing, and then asks if he'd be
saying that if Simon was sitting there with them. She asks if he
really thinks it's the best solution, and he admits that it isn't.
glum Eva walks back into the pub, and tells Tina and Leanne that
Jason worked out that she was trying to make Nick jealous, and how he
walked out and made her pay the bill. Just then Karl and Stella come
out from the back with their arms round each other, and at the same
moment Dev and Sunita come in through the door with their arms around
each other. Dev says he has an announcement to make. Then he tells
them that Sunita asked him to marry her and he said yes! There are
cheers and applause, but Karl's smile looks a little forced, and Eva
just looks furious. She catches a quiet moment with Sunita and tells
her that she's not daft, she knows there was something going on with
her and Karl, but now she reckons it's over. Sunita says she doesn't
know what she's talking about. Eva takes a step closer. “Keep away
from my mum's fella,” she hisses. Then she puts on a smile and
proposes the toast. “To Dev and Sunita,” she says to everyone.
Written by Julie Jones Directed by Duncan Foster
Leanne has dropped Simon off to school early and as she's returning,
she runs into Carla and Peter. They argue about Peter not being able
to see the boy. He says he'll make his side clear in court. She
agrees, there will be no misunderstandings once it's all legal. She
storms off. Peter's fed up and rants about Leanne a bit. Carla tries
to tell him he's got to stop this. He did the right thing for Simon
and he needs to give himself credit. She holds him close and kisses
him. From across the road, Leanne watches, and it's clear that seeing
them together still hurts. Nick approaches her, concerned. She admits
she's still not over it all. He sympathises, knowing how she feels.
Sean has made a nice breakfast for Marcus and he's late getting home.
Eileen compliments him on his efforts. Paul comes home (they both must
have been working a night shift) and smiles at Sean's romantic
gesture. When Marcus does get home he has to disappoint Sean, he's
already eaten with one of his colleagues. Paul and Eileen are the
grateful recipients of the cooked breakfast. Marcus apologizes but is
perked up when Sean tells him that Dylan and Violet are coming for a
Leanne is in the back of the pub with Stella and Eva having tea and
toast. Stella congratulates Karl on his decision to contact some
gambling support groups. He says, rather unconvincingly, that he's
going to ring round later. Eva remarks that she's glad Sunita is gone
and thinks it's weird that she and Dev are now engaged after she
previously couldn't even stand to be in the same room. Karl scolds
them all for their gossip. He and Stella have a cuddle before he heads
out of the room. Stella tells the girls she's optimistic he's going to
knock this on the head.
The twins are glad their mum is back. Dev decides to tell the kids now
that they are getting married again. The kids cheer and Asha asks to
be bridesmaid. Dev continues as he means to go on by making decisions
without consulting Sunita and says of course she can. Sunita just
smiles and tells Asha the tiara may have to wait. Dev is bubbling over
and even Sunita looks a bit happy.
Mary and Norris are discussing a postcard Rita has sent from her
honeymoon. Spain, it sounds like. Hayley comes in asking for a
particular magazine on ballroom dancing, one they don't have but
Norris offers to order it. Mary didn't know Hayley was a dancer (but
she's been taking salsa lessons for a couple of years and even had a
Latin dancer at her hen night so where has Mary been?) Hayley talks
about her dance classes and mentions that Norris has had a dance
history, too. She recalls that Norris had even won a competition.
After she leaves, Mary is nearly faint with excitement at the fantasy
of Norris tripping the light fantastic twirling her around the dance
Eva warns off Karl and tries to get to the bottom of what she saw
between he and Sunita. He warns her not to say anything to Stella and
she's jumping to conclusions again. It's the reason she's not with
Nick anymore. Sunita arrives for her shift and Eva makes a really
witchy remark about the cleavage on display. In the back, Leanne is
ironing furiously. She tells Stella that she saw Peter and Carla
kissing on the street. It's obvious she still hurts over the whole
affair. Leanne moans that Peter is the one that behaved badly but he's
happy and she's got nobody. Stella tries to placate her, telling her
she's young and will find someone and be happy again. Leanne admits
she's happy she's got Simon but wants him to have a proper family.
Gail is moaning about the cleaning chemicals having an affect on her
hands. She's sucking back wine at the Bistro bar and wittering on.
Lewis makes nondescript noises. Nick wonders if the daily glass of
wine is becoming a habit. She then asks Lewis for a "virtuous" glass
of water. "Sparkling or still?" he asks. "Still...." says she, "I'm
sparkling enough" (lovely!) Nick asks her how things are going with
Jason and when she says it didn't work out, he hints that someone
closer to home probably has their eye on her. She perks up and it's
clear she thinks he means him. Gail observes the goings on and asks if
Nick and Eva are reuniting. He says he's just being polite. Gail takes
another sip of wine and comments that someone ought to tell Eva that.
In the bar, Karl apologizes to Sunita for Eva's nasty demeanor. Sunita
admits that Eva confronted her and thinks she knows there's something
going on between them. Karl is horrified and demands that they make
sure to keep apart so Stella doesn't find out. Sunita is cool and says
it's not her problem anymore. Stella comes out with some print outs of
local gambling support groups. Oh. Great.
In the Bistro, Eva sits down at a table where Nick is. She broaches
the topic she's been working up to. She thinks they shouldn't be
messing about and they should put everything behind them. She
apologizes for the Kylie incident and admits she knows she can be
jealous. Eva wants to go back to how they were but he says that though
what they had was nice but it's run its course. She objects but he
stammers that there's no point prolonging the agony. Ouch. She
realizes he's seeing someone else and though he says he's not, she's
sure. He admits there's someone but nobody she knows. She's betrayed
and hurt and rejected and feeling humiliated. (I don't think that's
what he was doing)
After the break, she's in the bar crying on her mother's shoulder. She
feels like Nick strung her along, knowing she wanted back with him.
Leanne sits down quietly and takes it all in. Stella says all the
right things to her heartbroken daughter who feels dejected that she's
got no man and no job because she quit that too. She couldn't possibly
work with Nick now. She sobs and wonders what she's going to do now.
Leanne looks concerned and tells her she must forget Nick and they'll
both help her through it. Eva appreciates the support.
Marcus is on the phone to Aiden when he runs into Sean. Sean is snarky
about Aiden who has just finished a night shift with Marcus and is
back on the phone with him already. Marcus says Aiden has just come
out to his family and needed someone to talk to because it's not going
well. Sean is sarcastic and jealous. Marcus assures him there's
nothing there and offers to take him out to the Bistro tonight. Sean
In the Kabin, Norris is perusing the obituaries and admits he's been
feeling his age lately. Mary thinks he needs a hobby. He ruminates on
bee keeping but she suggests dancing. He objects straight away. She
begs. No way. That's end of it for now.
Leanne is off to get Simon and tells Eva to keep her chin up. After
she leaves, Stella mentions how nice it is to see them acting like
proper sisters. Eva remarks that Karl has led Stella a merry dance
over the years. She agrees but also says that she'd probably have been
bored to tears if he'd been a saint. Eva realizes her mother really
loves Karl. She looks concerned when Stella says Karl is her world.
Audrey arrives at the Bistro to see Lewis on a break from the salon.
She orders a glass of red and notices that Nick looks dejected. He
tells her about the conversation he had with Eva and that he'd
admitted there's someone else....
Mary is badgering Norris to take her dancing tonight. She follows him
around the shop like a puppy, complimenting, flattering, but he's
still reluctant. She has fantasies of them reenacting Hollywood
musicals and points out that it would be good for his blood pressure
and joints. He finally agrees. Just the once.
Sunita pops into the back to ask about the supply of cheese and onion
crisps. Stella jumps up to go get some from the cellar and Eva
immediately grabs Sunita and pushes her against the door. She warns
her to keep away from Karl. Sunita tells her she's totally wrong. Eva
orders her not to break Stella's heart. Grow up, Sunita hisses. Eva,
having said her piece, leaves.
Audrey is interrogating Nick but he's still not told her who the other
woman is. Finally he does admit that it's Leanne. Audrey is shocked.
Nick compares him and Leanne to her and Lewis. He says it feels right.
Audrey cautions him though she admits she doesn't regret getting back
with Lewis. She councils him to tell Leanne how he feels, what has he
got to lose? He agrees. He'll do it.
Paul and Eileen are cuddling in the kitchen while Sean irons. He tells
them that he's got a date with Marcus tonight. Paul and Eileen go out
the back door to do some shopping as Marcus comes in the front, with
Aiden. Sean's smile becomes pasted on and tells Aiden they're getting
ready for a date. Marcus says there's time for a cuppa.
Nick comes to the pub and tells Leanne he wants to talk to her. She
closes the door and he takes a deep breath and goes for it. I love
you, Leanne. Wha??? Eva comes into the bar and Sunita tells her that
Nick is in the back, seemingly all fired up about something, in a good
way. In the back, Leanne is angry that he could break up with her
sister and come to her and say that. He promises he's never stopped
loving her. Eva walks in on Nick telling her he loves her SO much. Uh
Here’s part two and we are thrust right back into the
awkward scene in the Rover’s backroom. Eva has just heard Nick declare his love
to Leanne and has jumped to the conclusion that they have been having an affair
all this time. Leanne tries to assure her that that is not the case, but Eva is
not in a listening mood as she rants at her sister over betrayal. As voices and
tempers raise, Stella bursts in and demands to know what is going on.
Marcus is offering a listening to his friend Aiden, whilst
Sean watches impatiently, wearing a pout. As Marcus passes him to turn the
kettle on, Sean urges him to get shot of him but Marcus refuses, saying that
Aiden needs support right now.
Eva is accusing Leanne of playing her along all of this
time. Leanne yells at her to grow up and Stella is forced to intervene as they
bicker. Nick says that nothing has been going on, he has always loved Leanne.
Eva asks him what she meant to him and he awkwardly says that he liked her.
Leanne tells Nick that he’s making things worse and tells him to go.
Hayley is nervous as she prepares to head to her dance
class. She has an exam coming up. Norris and Mary are going too, with Mary
sporting a pair of high heeled shoes which Norris disapproves of.
Audrey is relaxing in the Bistro while Lewis works. Nick
comes back in and tells Audrey that he has just made matters worse. Audrey
tells him to give things time to settle down.
Stella is telling Leanne that it is an unwritten rule not to
sleep with your sister’s boyfriends. Leanne argues once again that she hasn’t
slept with him. Eva tells her that she must have known how Nick felt. Leanne
snaps and says Eva should take a look at herself. It’s her own fault that she
can’t hold onto a man because of the way she behaves. Leanne storms out, and
Eva looks distraught.
Marcus is advising Aiden to give his dad some space. He
recalls how his own dad was upset at first but they have a great relationship
now. Sean interjects by commenting that Aiden looks exhausted and perhaps
should get himself home. Aiden replies that he could do with a pint and Sean
In the pub, Tracy
warns Beth that Steve has arranged another viewing and they will have to come
up with a new plan to put potential buyers off as she can’t bear using kippers
Eva is hitting the bottle, despite Stella warning her that
it won’t help. Eva says that she is going to have nothing more to do with
Leanne. Eva says she has lost everything including her job and mentions working
at the Rovers. Stella says she can’t afford to pay her and Eva snaps that she
should show some loyalty and sack Sunita.
Leanne is sitting on a bench with Simon, eating chips. Nick
comes over. After Leanne sends Simon to get a comic, Nick apologises for
everything but refuses to take back what he said as he meant every word. Leanne
says he hasn’t considered that she has Simon now but Nick replies that he knows
that they come as a package. Leanne looks thoughtful.
Nick has taken Simon and Leanne to the Bistro. Nick offers
an excited Simon some ice cream and Leanne watches as they get on well.
Sunita accidentally drops a glass and Eva drunkenly calls
her a clumsy cow. Dev comes in, eager to show Sunita the wedding venue he has
found in a catalogue. When he comments about making an honest woman of Sunita,
Eva snorts. Karl comes over and tries to escort Eva out of the bar. As she
walks past Sunita, she hisses that she makes her sick. Dev asks what is going
on but Karl and Sunita put it down to Eva having had a bad day. It only takes a
whisky to put Dev’s suspicions at bay.
Hayley, Mary and Norris come back from their dance class and
Norris’ feet are in agony. Nevertheless, Mary is under the illusion that she
was queen of the dancefloor, much to Hayley’s amusement.
As Aiden as it the toilet in the Rovers, Sean is bitching
about how late they are for their date. When Aiden comes back and offers to get
another round, Marcus says he and Sean are quite hungry. Much to Sean’s horror,
Aiden says that he is too and offers to accompany them to The Bistro.
Stella is quizzing Leanne over Nick. Leanne wonders why it
would be so bad if she did make a go of things with Nick, she believes she
deserves happiness. Stella tells her that she won’t get her blessing, not while
Eva is so upset.
There is awkwardness at The Bistro as Sean, Marcus and Aiden
sit quietly. Marcus goes to ask where dessert is and Sean comments that he and
Marcus were meant to be on a date. Aiden looks mortified and leaves, leaving Marcus
wondering what Sean said.
Leanne is telling Stella that Nick was her first love and
she thinks that they would make a good team. Stella says that Leanne would just
be settling for Nick but Leanne retorts that she owes it to Simon to give him a
stable home life.
Sean and Marcus arrive home arguing. Marcus is texting an
apology to Sean but Sean can’t see what he’s done wrong. He is angry at Marcus for
spending so much time helping people with problems. Marcus calls Sean childish
and shouts that he doesn’t know why he even bothers with him before storming
out, leaving Sean in tears.
Karl is trying to persuade a drunk Eva to go to bed. Eva
snidely says to Sunita that they will pick up where they left off tomorrow
before stumbling upstairs.
Nick and Leanne meet up in a back alley. Leanne asks Nick to
reaffirm that he meant what he said. Nick assures her that he is ready to
commit to her and Simon. Leanne kisses him before saying she wants him, and doesn’t
care what her family thinks. Nick gasps that he loves her before they start
the update for Wedesday 27th June
busy doing housework in preparation for Violet's visit with Dylan.
Marcus gets a text and tells Sean it's from one of the girls at work,
about a drinks get-together at the weekend. “Is Aiden going?”
asks Sean. Just then, Sean's phone rings. It's Violet, she's not
coming after all, her gran is ill and she has to go to Brighton to
look after her instead. Hurt and angry, Sean snipes that now Marcus
can spend time with Aiden.
back room of the Rovers, Stella is pouring tea for a devastated Eva,
who thinks that Leanne and Nick were carrying on behind her back.
Just then Leanne comes in, and Eva is horrified when Stella suggests
she sits down and has a cup of tea. “She's been carrying on with my
fella!” she cries. Leanne points out that Eva was with Nick for all
of five minutes, but she has actually been married to him. Then she
tells Eva that although there wasn't anything going on before, last
night they got together and decided to make a go of it.
and Marcus step out of the front door, squabbling about Aiden. In the
end Marcus snaps that he thinks he'll see if Aiden is free for a
the pub, the quarrel between Eva and Leanne is still going on. Stella
tells Leanne to take a couple of hours off, while she talks to Eva. Eva is then furious, accusing Stella of taking Leanne's side because
she's given her the morning off. “If you think I'm staying here
while she's living here, you want your head read,” she shouts.
waltzing a rather bewildered Maria round the Kabin, and enthusing
about dancing. Letting Maria go, she then crashes into a display of
cards and knocks them over. Norris rushes out to pick them all up as
Maria makes a hasty exit. Norris then tells Mary he doesn't think he
can go to any more dance classes.
has gone to see Nick and told him about the quarrel with Eva. She
then starts worrying about Simon, and what this new situation will do
to him. After all he didn't like it when Peter took up with Carla.
Nick assures her that he's good with kids, he mentions Bethany and
Max, and how they all love him. He tells her if it gets difficult
living over at the pub, she and Simon can always stay with him.
factory, Sean is moaning to Julie about his argument with Marcus, and
worrying about Marcus's friendship with Aiden. Julie tries to
reassure him, and points out that Marcus is allowed to have gay
friends. She suggests he rings him and apologises. Just then Sean
gets a text message from Marcus, saying he's definitely going out
with Marcus later, he thinks a night apart will do them good.
goes into the pub and asks Eva and Stella if they can talk. They sit
down, Eva looking sulky, and Leanne says that she would never have
got into this situation with Nick if she thought that he and Eva were
still together. Eva is still upset though, and tells Stella that
either Leanne goes or she does.
the break, we see Leanne and Stella in the back room. Stella asks if
Leanne can move in with Nick. “But I only got back together with
him yesterday!” says Leanne. Stella can't see any other way. Leanne
is upset and storms off towards the stairs, telling Stella she turned
her back on her once, she might have known she would do it again.
Stella runs after her, saying she knows it's not like that, but Eva
has nowhere else to go. She asks if Leanne is sure that Nick is right
for her. “Why wouldn't he be?” snaps Leanne, adding that Nick is
kind and caring. “What about love?” asks Stella. “Believe me,”
says Leanne, “it's overrated!”
is in the shop, talking to Norris and Mary about the dance classes.
Mary starts doing the cha-cha round the shop with coffee cup in hand,
and spills it. When she goes out to get a mop, Emily remarks it's
nice to see her so animated. “Animated?” scoffs Norris, “the
woman is deranged!” He goes on to say that Mary has all the grace
and rhythm of a fridge-freezer. Unfortunately, Mary comes up behind
him, mop in hand, and hears all this. She flings the mop to the floor
and runs out, sobbing.
is with Simon in the cafe. She tells him they may be going to stay
with Nick for a bit. She reminds him how they used to be married a
long time ago, and now they've decided to get back together. “Will
I have to call him Dad?” asks Simon. Leanne assures him that he
won't, his dad will always be his only dad. “Will I have my own
room?” asks Simon. Leanne tells him that he will, and he'll be able
to put up posters. “Come on then, what are we waiting for?” says
Simon. Leanne remarks how he's full of surprises, he's had so many
moves lately. “As long as we're together it doesn't matter where we
are, does it?” says Simon. They get up to leave, just as Eva comes
in. Simon is quick to tell her that they're moving to Nick's. “I'll
miss you Curly,” says Eva, kindly, but then glares at Leanne.
and Eileen are cuddled up on the sofa watching TV when Sean comes in
with Julie, and she announces that Marcus has gone for a drink with
Aiden. Paul laughs. “The man he works with?” he says. Sean
wonders if that is all they'll be doing together, and while Julie
goes off to the shop to get wine, Sean sits himself down between
Eileen and Paul.
is waiting in a gay bar when Aiden comes in. He asks what's up, and
Marcus tells him he's had a massive row with Sean.
sees Peter letting himself into the flat. She goes across and tells
him how Nick and Leanne are back together, and how she and Simon have
moved into Nick's flat.
Eileen and Julie are mulling over the situation with Marcus. Sean is
sure Marcus will sleep with Aiden just to spite him. In the end he
tells Julie to go home to Brian, and Eileen to go to the pub with
Paul. He just wants to sit alone and feel sorry for himself and
forget that today ever happened.
the bar, Marcus is talking to Aiden about Sean. He doesn't think Sean
realises how much he's given up to be with Sean. He moved from
London, he gave up his home and his friends. Suddenly, Aiden lunges
forward and kisses him. “What are you doing?” asks Marcus. Aiden
tells him it was the only thing he could think of to shut him up, and
suggests they go back to his place. Marcus tells him he's got a
boyfriend, he loves Sean. Aiden thought he was about to be his ex,
but Marcus says he's got the wrong end of the stick. Aiden is pretty
upset and leaves.
marches into the Bistro to confront Leanne and Nick and asks where
his son is living. Leanne says she was about to come and tell him,
but was having a drink first to prepare herself. Nick hopes he's not
there to cause trouble. Peter says he's a tiny bit ticked off that his son is living with a bloke that he, Peter, doesn't like, and who
was sleeping with Leanne behind his back not so long ago. Leanne
comments that now she's getting a lesson on morality from Peter –
that would be funny if it wasn't so sick. She tells him to go. Peter
smirks at both of them, and leaves.
calls on Maria to talk about his problems with Sean and Aiden, and
asks if he can sleep on her sofa. He can't face going home and
getting the third degree.
Eileen's, a miserable Sean is sitting up waiting for Marcus. Eileen
says he's probably just stayed at a mate's house, and suggests he
goes to bed.
in the dark Street, Nick is hurrying along when Peter suddenly leaps
out and grabs him, pushing him up against the wall. Twisting Nick's
arm behind his back, he hisses that if Nick thinks he can take his
son away, he's got another think coming. “Of course I don't think
that,” says Nick. Peter hisses more venom into Nick's ear, and
repeats that if he thinks he can take his son away, the two of them
will have a big problem. “Do you understand,” he snarls, hurting
Nick some more. “Yes!” gasps Nick, and then Peter lets him go and
Hello and welcome to Friday’s first episode, which is full of moping and
glaring before it turns to menace and laughing.
It’s morning and Sean mopes in the kitchen.
Not so far away, Marcus and Elmo lie awake on Maria’s couch. Well,
Marcus is awake. It’s hard to tell with Tickle-Me-Elmo.
Eileen seems to have been out and she comes in and sympathises with
Sean. He says the worst thing is that he’s driven Marcus to stay out all
Peter’s awake and seething. He’s appalled that Leanne’s gone back to
Nick. He says he’s Simon’s father, not Nick. Leanne’s making a mockery
of the whole thing. Simon’s his son, not Nick’s . . . If you’re fed up,
think how Carla feels. She tries to change the subject by saying there’s
nothing in and they’ll have to go to the cafe for breakfast. Peter’s
suddenly furious that there’s no food, but just as quickly he apologises
Deirdre’s welcome for Nick is quite amazing. I assume Ken is on Leanne’s
side so you’d normally expect Deirdre to oppose him. But no, she tells
Leanne he’s more than welcome to come in.
As Nick, Leanne and Simon walk towards the cafe, Leanne feels invincible
and certain her job centre interview is going to go really well. Nick’s
taking Simon to the cafe for breakfast and will drive him to school in
Stella’s off to a Newton and Ridley training day. Sunita’s reading a
magazine story about phobias. Whatever Eva’s phobia is, she refuses to
name it for fear of getting a picture of it in her head. She’s more
forthcoming when she hears that she and Sunita will be left to run the
pub. After all, as the landlady’s daughter she must have seniority. As
the door closes behind Stella, Eva and Sunita glare at each other.
Hayley’s very perky, mainly because Norris has agreed to stand in as her
Simon and Nick come into the cafe and Simon begins to put Nick through a
sort of step-dad job interview. If Leanne was out, what time would Nick
make Simon go to bed? Cunning Simon manages to make Nick say he’d let
him stay up until 10pm.
Peter comes in and spots Simon breakfasting with Nick. “Well, well, well
. . .” He goes over to talk and is very very menacing indeed. Simon
doesn’t notice and cheerily tells his dad that Nick would let him stay
up until 10. Carla comes in and Peter moves away but he’s still glaring
Marcus is up and moping now. Maria advises him to tell Sean how he
feels. Marcus says he’s got to get to work. He’s wasted too much time
and energy on his relationship already.
As Tracy empties rubbish around the flat, Beth tries to persuade Craig
to go to school. Craig manages to sneeze all over his laptop and Tracy
suddenly sees that having a sick Craig hanging around the house might be
just the thing to help make the right impression on potential buyers.
Though she’s not so certain about Beth’s new furry mobile phone cover.
Sean’s still at home and still moping. Marcus comes in and Sean demands
to know where he was all night. Marcus tells him but he needn’t have
bothered because Sean doesn’t believe him.
Hayley greets Norris in the street and they natter about the dancing.
Mary is at the pillar box outside the shop, glaring at them, and Hayley
calls a cheery hello. “Mrs Cropper,” says Mary, dipping her head
slightly. Hmmm. . . I think she might be harbouring a grudge!
Eva’s had a phone call from someone at the Flying Horse. They’ve just
had the council health inspector call in and it’s likely the Rovers is
next. Eva wastes no time ordering Sunita to get the stain remover, a
bucket and a cloth and to start getting hotpot stains out of a
banquette. As for Eva, she’s going upstairs to change. “If some bloke’s
coming round, I was to show him we . . . I can scrub up well.” Sunita
glares at her.
Sean sees Maria going to the salon and asks her about Marcus. She
confirms that Marcus slept on her sofa with just Elmo for company. All
that does is prompt Sean to start cross-examining her. Maria avoids
answering and tells him he has to talk to Marcus.
Sean’s at work now and his anger shows. Julie takes him aside and he
tells her Marcus didn’t come home because he’s having an affair. Julie
tries to calm him down. “You’re not behaving in a rational manner.”
Sean’s determined that everyone is in cahoots to keep the truth from
him. He makes up his mind to go to the hospital and off he goes. When
Michelle asks where Sean is, Julie says he’s in the toilet.
Tracy makes a perfect first impression by calling the potential buyer
Simoney instead of Simone. Twice. Craig lies on the sofa stroking his
pet rat, Darrell, and coughing loudly. Beth, stroking his fevered brow,
pleads with Tracy not to evict them. She tells Simone the place is
infested with rats but they’re quite tame. Simone has suddenly decided
not to bother with the upstairs. The place isn’t really what she was
looking for. When she’s gone, Beth gets up to go to work, startling
Darrell, who runs off somewhere – nobody sees where. Tracy insists Craig
start to hunt for the rat.
Emily visits the Kabin to get her knitting magazine but falls right into
the middle of a stand-off between Norris and Mary. Mary is in full flow
about feeling humiliated and she waves Emily’s money about to make her
point and has to be asked for the change.
At the hospital, Marcus’s boss suggests he apply for a more senior job.
After all, he has an unblemished record. As he greets a patient, Louisa,
and heads for the examination room, Sean comes in. Marcus tells him
firmly to wait.
Carla’s miles away in thought. Michelle tells her it’s totally normal
for a man to be jealous of another man spending time with his son. But
Carla thinks it goes much deeper than that. She thinks Peter resents
Leanne being back with Nick.
While Sean waits, he sees Aiden and furiously accuses him of being there
because he’s having an affair with Marcus behind Sean’s back. Aiden
tries to point out that he does work at the hospital but Sean doesn’t
even pause in his tirade. Marcus comes out and tries to get Sean to go
home. “Get out, Sean! This is completely inappropriate!” Marcus goes
back to the examination room and Sean demands to know who he’s got in
there. He bursts into the room and stops dead at the sight of a
semi-undressed pregnant woman, lying waiting for her examination. Back
in the waiting room he’s stopped by Marcus’s boss who wants to know who
he is and what he’s doing. They’re interrupted by Marcus pursuing the
fleeing patient. “Louisa! Wait!”
Beth’s on her way back to work and sees nothing wrong in stopping in at
the Rovers for a drink. I mean, it’s not as if she has to use scissors
or sharp needles in her work, is it? Eva’s behind the counter shouting
at a scrubbing Sunita to put her back into it. Eileen’s at the bar with
a drink. A mobile phone rings and they all check whose it is. Beth puts
her hand into her bag for her fur-covered phone and, of course, ends up
holding Darrell to her ear. She squeaks. He squeaks and she drops him.
Suddenly we know what Eva’s phobia is. Sunita’s half on a table. Eva’s
screeching and panicking, Beth’s chasing poor Darrell and Eileen’s
laughing hysterically. The door opens. Mr Brownlow from the council
introduces himself to Sunita. “I’m here to do an inspection.” Luckily
Beth’s out of sight and Eva’s screeched her way out of the bar. Sunita
calmly greets the inspector and asks him through to the back.
Marcus finds Sean sitting in the waiting area and tells him he has to
go. He reiterates that he’s not having an affair, though Sean thinks
Marcus, Maria and Aiden are all plotting to keep the truth from him.
Marcus asks if they can talk about it later. He could lose his job if
Sean keeps disrupting his work. “I am not lying to you,” he tells Sean.
“Aiden’s not lying. Maria’s not lying. You are the one lying to
yourself. Now go home!” He tells Sean he’s too angry to talk to him
right now. That’s when Marcus’s boss comes to ask him into her office to
explain what’s been going on. “I need to know what the hell you are
The End of episode one.
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