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Here’s the update for Wednesday 4th October.
Audrey and Maria are on the doorstep of the salon, as Audrey fumbles for her
key. Fred walks past without speaking.
At the bus stop, Rosie and Craig are discussing Sally and Kevin’s
forthcoming trip to Paris. With typical the typical teenage delusion that
they know it all, they are scoffing at the idea of ‘Poxy Paris’ as Rosie
calls it. (One could, perhaps, understand her attitude if the invitation was
for a trip to Torremolinos or somewhere equally commercialised – but Paris?)
Craig comments that whilst her parents are away they get the house to
Gail is waiting for David to get off to school and is horrified when he
comes down dressed in t-shirt and jeans, obviously with no intention of
going in. “Look Mum,” he drawls, “this whole school thing just doesn’t do it
for me. All right? End of!” He grabs the tv remote control as Gail stands
Tracy comes back from dropping Amy at nursery, to find Charlie cleaning up
the house. She tells him he really hurt her, and pushes him away as he tries
to put his hands on her. She tells him she keeps waking up at night
imagining him with “the fat bridesmaid” as she calls Shelley, and she’s
upset at the thought that he kissed her.
Over at the Platt’s, Gail is still trying to get David to go to school. He
tells her he’s a school refuser and he’s not going. She shouts and tells him
to go upstairs and put his uniform on. David gets up – and walks out of the
front door. “You’re doing my head in,” he tells her, and walks off up the
Street. She shouts after him, to no avail.
Sally is in the Kabin talking to Rita about Paris. She tells Rita that
Rosie isn’t coming, it’s not ‘happening’ enough. Rita says that Rosie can
stay with her while Sally and Kevin are gone, and Sally accepts gratefully.
David comes in then. “No school?” asks Norris. David tells them he’s
skiving and Gail is really stressed about it. Rita is shocked. “Poor Gail!”
Deirdre meets Ken in the pub. They discuss Tracy and he thinks that if she
looks happy and says she’s happy, then she must be happy. Deirdre wonders
how long this ‘honeymoon period’ will last. Ken gets up and goes to the
bar, and Deirdre catches sight of Bev. They glare at each other.
Bev goes up to Fred and comments on the state of his rough hands. He tells
her he’s a butcher and they’re scrubbed clean umpteen times a day. Michelle
laughs and suggests he goes for a manicure. Fred considers this.
Ken and Deirdre are still discussing Tracy. They are sure that Charlie
doesn’t really care about Tracy and that sooner or later she will leave him.
In the café, Gail is moaning to Audrey about David when Roy brings their
drinks over. Gail comments that Roy seems to have licked Craig into shape,
but Roy says that comparisons aren’t helpful. Audrey says Gail must be more
tactical. No more pocket money, computer games or tv in the bedroom. She
tells Gail she must say what she means and mean what she says!
In the back alley way, David crouches down among the dustbins eating chips
from the paper. He doesn’t look at all happy with his situation, despite
seemingly having got what he wants.
Ashley and Claire’s mum go to visit her. Claire tells them she’s coming
home tomorrow. She says they’ve told her she not to expect too much when
she sees Thomas, but she thinks it will come. Her mum says she’ll babysit
if they want a night out, but Claire’s face clouds over and she says she
doesn’t want to go out until she’s got the hang of this motherhood thing.
She tells Ashley he’ll have to be patient with her.
Fred goes to the salon to book his manicure and tidy up before his big day.
Maria laughs and says he’s gone all ‘new man’, whereas Audrey looks
extremely uncomfortable and says they’re full up, there’s a couple of
appointments she’s forgotten to put in the book. Maria tells Fred to come
back at half past four, and tells Audrey, “We’re deader than a dodo!”
Sophie is reading out facts and French phrases from a book. Sally smiles
indulgently at her and tells her she loves her enthusiasm for life. Rosie
looks scornful. Sally tells them both that Jarvis Cocker from Pulp lives in
Paris. “Big wow!” says Rosie, decidedly unimpressed. Sally says she’s sure
Rita will take good care of Rosie while they’re away, she thinks she has a
trip to the cash and carry planned.
In the salon, Maria is tidying up Tracy’s fringe, trying to resist the
temptation to stab her in the eye with the scissors. Fred is just hanging up
his coat so Maria goes and asks Audrey if she’d swap and let her do Fred.
Audrey however, will not.
As she starts to trim his hair, Fred murmurs to her that he hasn’t slept.
Audrey says she should have kept her mouth shut. “Genie’s out’a bottle
now,” says Fred. Audrey reminds him that in a few days he’s going to be a
married man. Fred says he can’t pretend she never said it, despite Audrey
begging him to forget it.
Maria has finished Tracy’s hair, and is taking the money. “Don’t you just
love it when men are on the back foot,” smirks Tracy. Maria says that
Charlie never struck her as being that type. “Oh believe me, I’m making him
work for it at the moment,” says Tracy. Just then Bev comes rushing in to
show Fred some fancy shoes she’s just bought. “Perfect for rainy days in
peaks,” says Fred, sarcastically. Bev tells him he’s a misery-guts and now
will have to wait for the honeymoon to see the rest. She kisses him goodbye,
telling Audrey not to forget his ears. “Rather you than me,” she says.
David comes downstairs demanding to know where his tv and playstation are.
David is adamant that taking his stuff is not going to make him go back to
school. Gail tells him that he’s obliged to go to school and she is obliged
to send him. She tells him if he does a whole week at school he can have his
tv back. “What kind of deal is that!” exclaims David. Gail tells him it’s
the only deal he’s going to get. “You’ve stolen my property!” he shouts.
“It’s no big deal,” says Gail, echoing earlier conversations with him. “Take
a chill pill. Get over it.”
Back at the salon, Audrey tells Fred that if he wanted to see her he could
have knocked at her door. He tells her this is a kind of holding hands.
“Don’t you trifle with me, Fred Elliot,” says Audrey, and he tells her he’s
never trifled with anyone. Maria has seen her last customer out of the door
so Audrey tells her she can go home. After she’s gone, Audrey tells Fred she
hates the awkwardness between them, and it’s all her fault. She confesses
that when he asked her years ago she thought she could do better. “I’m a
stupid, shallow woman,” she says. “I thought I could do better than you.
What was I thinking?”
David is arguing his case for getting his stuff back. Gail shouts at him to
go back to school. He retorts that she can conficate what she likes, he is
not going back – ever! “What is wrong with you?” she asks him. “What is
wrong with you?” he shouts back, “you need to get your ears checked out. I
am NOT going back to school. Are you receiving me now?”
Ken and Deirdre are in the pub when Charlie and Tracy come in. Deirdre asks
where Amy is, and Tracy tells her she’s at nursery. Deirdre is horrified.
“Poor little mite,” she says, “you’re not exactly a working mother, are
you?” Tracy tells her she’s working at her relationship.
At the bar, Michelle is talking to Maria about Tracy. “Life of Riley or
what?” she says. “She doesn’t lift a finger, has her kid for about an hour a
week, and you never see her in the same outfit twice!” Maria thinks they
don’t look happy. Michelle says she’s heard they’re a marriage made in
heaven. “Appearances can be deceptive,” says Maria.
Ashley is in the pub, talking to Bev. He asks where Fred is and is amazed
to hear he’s across the road having a manicure. “It must be love,” says
Deirdre comes up to the bar. “What can I get you?” asks Bev, grimly. “A week
at a health farm? A decent night’s sleep?” says Deirdre. Bev points out
that Deirdre’s plan backfired, and Deirdre admits that both their daughters
are stuffed. She orders drinks for ‘the happy couple’ and Bev suggest that
Charlie won’t mind a cracked glass, will he? Deirdre assures her that he
won’t, and if it’s got a hair in it, so much the better. They smile
conspiratorily at each other.
In the salon, Audrey is snivelling into her hankie. Fred asks what she
would have said if he had asked her again to marry him. She tries to evade
the question but he persists. “What would you have said, Audrey?”
Eventually she says, “I would have said yes!”
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As we arrive in Coronation Street this Friday night, Les is driving Yana and Cilla home, moaning the whole way about having to do the cooking and the shopping and the laundry while they were away. Cilla is quick to point out that he didn’t mention the cleaning, which means the place will be like a tip. “Hah! Too right it is!” says Les. Turns out Cilla is grumpy because Yana swanned off with some man and Cilla didn’t see her for most of the holiday.
Rosie and Craig arrive back from school. They meet David who tells them he’s left school. “Told her straight,” he says. Craig agrees there is little David’s mum can actually do about it. (In case you’re switching back to Wednesday’s update, I should point out that David’s version of what he told Gail differs significantly from the way she saw it). Further down the street, Rita stops Craig and Rosie so she can say how much she’s looking forward to having Rosie to stay.
In the back of the Rovers, Bev, Fred and Betty are discussing food for the wedding and Bev’s coming visit to Audrey to sort out her hair-do. It all seems a bit last-minute to me, because the wedding is supposedly on Monday!
In the salon, Audrey sees Fred come out of the Rovers and head down the street. David comes in and asks if he can come round to his Gran’s tonight. “Nice try,” she says, “but the answer is no.” He’s a bit taken aback but Audrey explains: “David, you’re not getting any of your stuff until you go back to school.” He mutters that it will be there a long time, then. “Fine. Carry on being bored,” Audrey snaps back. Maria offers David a sympathetic ear. He’s adamant he won’t be blackmailed back to school. “But they’re not robbing me stuff.”
Fred has gone to Ashley’s because Claire is coming home. Ashley’s worried that Claire will resent what he did and Fred tries to reassure him.
Out in the street, Kirk arrives to pick up Fizz for a driving lesson and gets some comments about it from some naysayers. Fizz is very annoyed and wonders why she’s bothering if everyone thinks she’ll fail. Sally runs across the road where Craig and Rosie tell her they’re going to the chippie. She can’t understand why they’d rather waste their money on chips when they could eat at the Websters’. Rosie is very annoyed. When her mother goes inside she moans that she’s got two more years of this. “Why can’t they just leave me alone?” She wants something other than working and living in the same street for years.
Audrey meets Ashley and is thrilled to hear Claire will be coming home. She says she might pop in and say hello to Fred if he’s minding the kiddies. Bev comes out of the Rovers, narrowly avoiding being hit by a speeding car (“Sorry! Wrong pedal!” squeals Fizz). She goes over to talk to Ashley and Audrey, mentioning her hair appointment, which Audrey briefly seems to have forgotten. It must be something in the air, Bev says. “Fred’s all over the place, too.”
Cilla and Yana are already back behind the fryers in the chippie and Les is in there having a go at Cilla about the bills that have mounted up in her absence. When he’s gone, Craig and Rosie ask where they’ve been and Cilla and Yana are appalled to hear the kids have never heard of Ayia Napa. When Craig hears it’s in Cyprus, he comments that there are load of Roman and Greek ruins there. Cilla and Yana look at each other as if he’s spoken in Swahili. “Dunno,” says Yana. “There’s loads of clubs.” Rosie asks about the local culture, but Yana doesn’t do culture and Cilla explains: “We just want sun. We don’t want anything . . . foreign.” (I went to the Algarve once and that’s what it was like. No bacalhau or Portugese coffee, but plenty of kippers or afternoon tea with scones). Cilla and Yana say it doesn’t matter where you go, you have to come back and then it’s as if you’ve never been away.
Fred is worrying about Claire, Bev thinks, while she shows Josh how to break eggs. “You’re a wonderful woman, Beverly Unwin,” Fred tells her. “I do love you.”
Rosie makes Craig promise her that they’ll never be like Cilla and Yana. “The second we leave school, we’ll get away from here,” Craig promises her.
Fizz is driving very fast and is annoyed that Kirk keeps stamping his foot as if he’s trying to brake. Kirk says there were people crossing the road. Fizz insists she saw them (this has obviously been written by a family member who has tried to teach another family member to drive). “Indicate.” “Oh, Kirk! Will you shut up!”
Craig and Rosie are back in the empty bakery shop and playing the “Where am I” game of trying to guess the city described in the European guidebook. They start talking about Berlin. The music scene is amazing, apparently. They discuss the possibility of living there one day. “Why not now?” asks Craig. “Let’s go and live in Berlin.”
Rita’s noticed the car has been round the block at least ten times. In the car, Fizz is fed up with it. She wants to go further – like Rosamund Street! She pulls the car to a halt and tells him he can drive round the block to his heart’s content.
Craig and Rosie are getting more and more excited at the thought of running away to Berlin. “There is so much going on and we’re missing it all,” she says. Rosie says they could go to Paris with her parents and get a train to Berlin from there.
“It’s like being in a car with a flipping Dalek!” Fizz moans in the pub. Indicate. Indicate. I’m a bag of nerves. “Sounds like Kirk is, too,” comments Rita at the bar. “So are some of the pedestrians,” Norris agrees. “Heaven help them if she ever tries reversing.” And the rather strange acoustic qualities of the Rovers mean Fizz hears this. She looks to Janice for support. “I think he’s a brave bloke,” Janice says, adding that being in the back of the car in Freshco’s carpark with Fizz driving was like being in a Dodgem car. “He doesn’t have to help you, you know. It’d cost you a fortune from a driving school.” Fizz goes to the bar and apologises to Kirky.
Claire is home. Fred hugs her, then Bev kisses her. Then Josh gets a huge hug. And Claire goes to baby Thomas, who is asleep. “Hiya. Mummy’s home,” she tells him.
Craig and Rosie are in the street discussing budgeting for their trip but shut up when David arrives. He gets the message and goes off. Craig plans they can stay with a pal’s brother who lives in Berlin.
Audrey has forgotten to take Rita out from under the drier. Bev arrives for her consultation.
Ashley takes Thomas out of the bassinet and asks if Claire hates him. She doesn’t. “I’m glad you could see it, ‘cause I couldn’t,” she tells him. “He doesn’t deserve me.” Ashley tells her nothing was her fault. “I know he’s mine. But it still doesn’t feel like he’s mine,” she says. Ashley hands her the baby, who is gorgeously alert and looking around. They both take him up to bed.
In the salon they’re discussing hairdos. Audrey only wants to know about Fred. Bev says he’s been very stressed but he hasn’t talked of cancelling the wedding. “At our age, life’s too short to go putting anything off,” Bev says. Audrey thinks that’s the best policy.
Craig and Rosie are set on their plans. They go into the house and tell her parents they’ve got something to tell them. You can see Sally’s mind working: Pregnancy? Disease? But it’s just that they’ve changed their mind and want to go to Paris. Sally is thrilled.
Good evening. I hope by the time I send this that Friday night will
already have been circulated.
As most of you will already know we are approaching the wedding of the
year with Bev and Fred getting hitched. Except there is a slight hitch
- Audrey rather feels that Fred should have been hers and she has made a
mistake in not marrying him, I say not marrying him, when he asked her.
Now there is no fool like an old fool - or in this case Fred, who
presented with Audrey on a plate did not run a mile. In fact come to
think of it what do these women see in Fred - slightly overweight,
balding and yet he manages to pull Maureen, Audrey and Bev (and probably
some I have overlooked) and what I have managed? Alright I know I am
overweight and balding - but since when has that held anyone back?
Perhaps I should take up drinking scotch and a threat. I reckon that
some people just have charisma - I say some people have charisma.
Do you really want to know about Craig and Rosie - no nor do I - but
just so that you do not forget they are going to Paris and then they are
running away to Berlin. God give me strength - those two have a hardly
a braincell between them (and when they do it is on loan from Sophie)
and they expect to survive in Berlin - where there is a gig everynight -
heaven help us it is a capital city - there is gig every night in
London! In front of simple Sally they keep up the deceit (and wear out
the braincell). Sally trolls along to the Kabin and tells Rita that she
is off the hook - no vegetarian meals to prepare. Simple Sal turns up
the heat - she has been looking forward to this for years - when her
daughters are her friends, they can be adult together and how
wonderfully well she and Rosie are getting on at present, and that Sal
no longer has to be an authority figure. I wonder if I will be able to
say that about them this time next week?
Audrey and Fred meet outside the salon as the Croppers crop up alongside
them. The Croppers assure Fred that the state of Holy Matrimony is
blissful and there is nothing better, the look on Fred's face is not
re-assuring and this is not helped by the ever observant Blanche
pointing out that it does not suit everyone - but given that he is
getting on a bit he is unlikely to have to endure the pain for very
long. She goes on to report that a recent radio programme described a
happy marriage as being caused by mental retardation - something of
which we could never accuse Blanche - insensitivity maybe?
In the Rovers the girls are decorating for the party. Fred snaps at Bev
and stalks off into the back room. Bev follows and assures him it is
just the nerves. Fred says he will go - he is just getting in the way.
But Bev is clearly put out but Liz comforts her - tomorrow will be a
Along at the Platt household Audrey offers to look after David whilst
Gail attends the hen party - Gail guesses there is an ulterior motive -
but Audrey refuses to tell her and Gail says their attendance at the
party will put things right.
The fastest recovery in medical history from a mental breakdown
(frimhfamb) (also known as Claire) cannot stand the way Ashley is
fussing around her - it is not normal (nor to be honest was the speed of
her recovery). Fred marches in from t'Rovers and up the stairs. (I
assume he has forgotten his lines). Anyway later he sits down with
Ashley. Ashley thought all would be well and he is not sure the
frimhfamb is his frimhfamb. Really I mean a man should know his own
frimhfamb shouldn't he? Fred tells him that frimhfamb needs the real
Ashley and not the one wandering around at present - if Ashley is normal
then frimhfamb will be normal (never in a million years - especially if
she comes off the drugs). But says Ashley you are going away - nay lad
I'll only be at the end of a phone if you need (never a truer word said
Fred). And they forget to discuss Fred's problem.
Bev is sorting out frimhfamb's dress - anyway ass Bev notes having a
breakdown is not a good reason for missing the wedding of the year.
Ashley returns and tells frimhfamb that "in sickness and in Health I
love you." Later frimhfamb says that she originally said she would go
to the party but now she is not so sure. Ashley says that of course
they can stay at home. So frimhfamb decides she is not scared and will
face the big bad party (and just who is babysitting Joshua and Thomas
Finally some humour. Michelle rings a bell and asks non party
participants to leave. Les tells Cilla that those staying are going to
get free food and drink. He reckons hiding out in the toilets for a
while, so he vanishes and then Sean tells Cilla that locals can join the
party - but does anyone tell Les? And does he laugh when he finds out
about two rounds later? No but Cilla is might amused!
Later Rita calls the party to order. "Right I'll not be making a
speech, I say I'll not be making a speech - cos someone else will." She
then proposes a toast to Fred and Bev as Gail and Audrey arrive. Fred
and Audrey exchange looks after when Fred drags Bev into the back room -
Gail notices that Audrey has certainly had some impact! Fred cannot
explain what is going on - but he says to Bev he has been foolish and
will she marry him - she is lost but reminds him that they are marrying
tomorrow. Fred does not make sense - some talk about second thoughts,
not being sure - when Liz appears and says the guests are missing them.
The moment is lost and Fred knows it.
frimhfamb and Ashley arrive in the Rovers and although frimhfamb
apologised to Hayley over the little contretemps there was never an
apology for Roy. So frimhfamb delivers an apology to Roy who thinks
that frimhfamb should also say sorry to Hayley - but the earlier apology
is noted and Claire promises it was stress and it will never happen
again (I don't know - the whole recovery was far too rapid in my view).
Fred finally makes a speech. He is unaccountably nervous - meeting Bev
and then her agreeing to marry him were unexpected - but as Les observes
at the top of his voice it is about time that one of the proposees
accepted!! Fred says that Bev is the one true love of his life and
proposes a toast to her which Audrey echoes in a hollow fashion as the
man she loves is now almost tied to his wife to be.
Fred slips out for some fresh air in the yard and he is joined by Ashley
who senses something is wrong. Ashley wants to thank him for their
earlier talk - he knows now that he and frimhfamb are going to be
alright. Fred says he is not sure he can say the same. Reluctantly
Fred tells Ashley about the chances that Audrey has had and how she has
indicated that if he were available she would give a different answer
now. Bev appears but hears nothing - although she thinks that might be
arguing she is told they are discussing their speeches. She returns to
the party and Fred spells it out for Ashley and watching public. under
24 hours to the wedding, should be marry Bev or call it off and take up
with Audrey again?
The Monday evening episodes will resolve the situation one way or
Stag and Hen party in the same bar I hear you say? Yes it does happen -
I was working in a bar once and although they started off separately
both halves ended up in the bar. They were at opposite ends of the room
and (because it was on a housing estate) absolutely everyone knew
everyone else. As some of us probably already know this was actually a
party of another sort.
Kosmo Richard W
This episode of Coronation Street is
Written by Peter Whalley
Directed by Alan Wareing.
Produced by Steve Frost.
Copyright of ITV Productions.
(Rovers) Bev: Becoming Mrs Elliot will be the greatest day off my life.
‘Fred Elliot has only ever wanted one thing’. (Outside back of Rovers)
Ashley: Audrey’s not right for you. (Audrey’s) Fred: Who can I choose. ‘To
love with all his heart, as if each day where his last’. (Church) Ashley:
DAD. (Voice of Fred) “If I should never see you again, I’ll never forget
you” Devastation Street – Tv Advert for this episode.
Outside the Back of the Rovers Bev looks deep in thought. Just then Liz
comes out and asks what she is doing. Bev tells her that life surprises you
and she thought she was going to be one of those widows that no one wants to
come and see, then Fred came along and all the colour and warmth has come
back into her world. Then says she’s happy. They both hug.
Outside the cab office Eileen asks Steve if she can have a lift to the
wedding. He asks if she’s invited and she tells him yes. Steve says that
Fred has rented out all the cars so she can have a lift. Les who is washing
as cab asks how old Fred is and what’s the point of him marring. Eileen says
for companionship and so show he loves her.
Out in the street Audrey gets out of her car. Just at the Rovers Bev is
getting the mail from the mailman. She then says hi to Audrey saying its not
long now and says she will see her at eleven. Audrey just says yes and turns
to go. She has a look on her face.
In the Rovers and Liz says Bev has been none stop. She says she can’t stay
still. Liz tells her that Shelley is on the phone and asks if this means she
will be coming to the wedding. Bev replies saying she does not think so as
she’s away on holiday. Bev goes to get the phone as Liz looks unconvinced
that was the truth.
At the Peacocks house Fred says Josh looks a picture as he’s in a suit. Fred
then thanks Claire for making the effort. She says she had to. Just then
Ashley says Thomas is dropped off and Yvonne knows about his feeds. Claire
then says she’s going to see how the bride is getting on and says her dress
is over there so she’ll get ready over there too. Claire goes and Ashley
says he needs to have a work. He just sorta shouts back saying do we.
Salon as Gail says her mum looks terrible. Audrey says she didn’t sleep last
night. Eileen comes in asking if she can get her hair done for the wedding.
Maria tells her about half ten as Eileen says that great as she might cop
off at the wedding. Gail asks Audrey if the is going to the wedding and
Audrey ask it will look bad if she doesn’t.
At the Peacocks back garden Fred is having a smoke. Ashley comes up to him
and asks if he is marring the right one. Fred says if he knew about Audrey
before things might have been different but he didn’t so they are not.
Ashley says he should not go through with it, as he will look a full if it
does not last. Fred says it will last. Ashley says not if he is looking at
Bev and thinking of Audrey. He then tells him dad he has to ask him self if
he is marring the right one.
Over at the Rovers Liz is telling Michelle what Bev said then Shelley phone.
Michelle asks what type of a daughter does not go to her mothers wedding.
Just then Bev comes. Michelle asks if she’s going like, she replies Fred
would be shocked. Claire says he’d still married her. She tells them that
anyone that comes in can have Champaign and Betty has sausages and eggs on.
She then goes to make a call.
Barlow’s house and Blanch asks Ken if she look ok. He just says yes and
Blanch says he didn’t even look. Ken looks and says she looks fine and might
be mistaken for the bride. Deirdre then says she’s been invited to a
Champaign breakfast. Ken says that’s fine and looks like Bev wants to clear
the air. Blanch asks if that was to do with the falling out with Tracy
that’s she’s not allowed to know about. Ken tells her as its over there is
now less reason for her to know.
At the Salon Audrey is looking a bit tearful. She mutters saying she can’t.
Maria asks what’s she saying and Audrey says she will have to do Bev’s hair.
Maria says she can’t as she is fully booked. Audrey says she will just have
to cancel. Eileen comes in and is not amused that she can’t get her hair
done. She says she won’t be coming here again. Maria asks if Audrey is ok
and she says she’s not.
At the Kabin Frankie is getting confetti. Gail says some churches don’t
allow that anymore. Rita tells her to bring it back if they don’t. Norris
asks what if she throws it and puts its back in the box. Frankie says that’s
a good idea. Rita says weddings bring out the worst in Norris and asks if he
had confetti. He says Angela would have had anyone how throw it picking it
At the Rovers everyone is saying how nice Fred is. Maria comes in to do
Bev’s hair and Liz gives her a glass of Champaign. Frankie and Gail come in
and Frankie offers some of her confetti to Deirdre as she says she hasn’t
got. Frankie asks if the bride has done a runner. Deirdre says she’s loving
every minute. Frankie says it’s all down hill now. They say there won’t be a
dry eye when Bev says I do.
Back room of the Rovers Claire asks Bev is she wants a drink and she says
Champaign. Maria says Audrey just seamed a bit stressed and maybe has a
virus. She starts to get out stuff to do Bev’s hair.
Audrey’s place and she’s on the phone and asks Ashley if she can talk to
Peacocks Ashley says Fred is not here and asks to take a message.
Audrey’s place and she asks him to tell his dad that she’s poorly and won’t
be able to make the wedding today.
Back at the Peacocks Ashley says he will pass the message on. Just then Fred
asks who that was and Ashley says it was Claire’s mum asking about feeds he
left. Ashley then tells his dad to turn round. He says he looks really nice.
Ashley asks him if is sure he wants to marry Bev. Fred says he is sure that
is what he is going to do. Ashley says that not that he asked. Fred just
tells him to get a scotch and threat.
At the Rovers that are talking about wedding photos. They laugh saying don’t
you wish the vicar put a stop to the wedding. Just then Claire says here’s
the bride. Bev says this is and they call cut her up finishing what she is
going to say that it’s the happiest day of her life. Not just because she’s
marring a good man but because she has friends to support her. Michelle adds
and to drink her Champaign. Bev says for them to drink more as she not does
not want to be the only one seeing double.
At the Peacocks again and Fred, Dev and Ashley have a toast. Fred says he
feels he has got a new start on life and one that he does not deserve.
Claire comes in and Fred says she looks nice. Dev says she has a nice dress
but she does not agree. Claire says the bride looks really nice then they
ask. Fred says, of course she would. She says she’s come to get Josh. Ashley
shouts for him and goes up to get him.
Outside the Rovers everyone is lined up and Bev is filling their glasses.
Just then Ashley comes out and Bev hinds behind Deirdre and Ken. Fred comes
and Ashley covers his eyes as he gets into the car. He shouts across saying
he has not seen her. Bev to Deirdre says no one believes her about Shelley
so tells a new story of her going on holiday, getting a bug and cant come
back and asks her to tell that to everyone. Danny who’s talking to Frankie
and Eileen asks if he can give anyone a lift. Eileen says that’s just for
her but Frankie says he will give both of them a lift. Not what Danny had in
mind but says yes. Just then a nice car comes for Bev and she’s gob shacked.
At the Church Fred meets the vicar who he knows. The vicar asks if there is
any last minute problems. He says no there’s not and says he’s marring a
wonderful woman and will never have any more problems. The vicar what about
today and says is she going to turn up on time. Fred says she better as the
car he got cost a lot.
At Audrey’s place she sits alone looking tearful. She looks at her watch
then mutters to her self that she only has her self to blame.
Outside the Church Fred greets everyone. Ashley asks if he’s still going to
see Audrey. Fred says not as he has been recently and he wont be round here.
Ashley says there is still cars and phones. Fred says she will know he is
married now, as she will be here. Ken wishes him luck as Blanch says he
nearly seen the bride, Fred says his eyes was tight shut. Ashley tells him
she phoned this morning and is not coming. Rita, Emily and Gail arrive. Rita
says she would marry him as he so hansom. Fred asks Gail about Audrey who
says she thinks she is a bit depressed. He thanks here and gives Ashley a
At the Rovers Bev says Claire and Josh will come with her. Everyone else
goes out. Claire takes Josh to the toilet. Liz hugs Bev and says she will
see her in church. Michelle says good luck. Bev looks around the bar.
Back at the Church Fred tells Ashley to tell the vicar that they are still
here. He says he wants to have word with Dev as well. As Ashley goes he
tells Dev he thinks he has left a present he got for Bev in his car. Dev
says he will go and get it but Fred says its ok he will go. Dev gives him
the keys. Fred has a wee smirk on his face.
Outside the Rovers Bev gets in the car as Does Claire and Josh. Bev says she
will come back with a different name being Mrs Elliot. Claire tells Josh
that Bev will be his granny. Bev tells the driver they are ready to go. The
car drives off to the church.
At the Church again Ashley comes up to Dev and asks where hid dad is. Dev
says he left something in his car and he is away to get it. Ashley asks if
he gave him the keys. Dev says yes and Ashley runs to the door. Dev follows
asking what is up.
Outside the Church Ashley comes running out shouting his dad. Fred is in the
car ready to go. Ashley sees him and Fred looks at him and takes off. Dev
watches as well as his car goes speeding down the road. Ashley and Dev just
stand looking shocked.
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Fred turns up at Audrey's house. She is surprised to see him. He says
he has come round to check that she is okay. He was concerned after he
got her message from Ashley.
At the church, Ashley is annoyed at Dev for giving Fred the keys to his car.
The wedding car with Bev and Claire inside turns up. Ashley tells them
to drive around for another five minutes as they are "not quite ready".
Audrey tells Fred that this is causing a problem. Fred says that she is
the only one that he ever wanted. Audrey says that if he asked again
she would definitely say yes. He says that he will always remember
her. So Audrey asks him whether he is completely certain he is doing
the right thing, is Bev the right one? Fred replies that Ashley asked
the same question. "People must think I am the doziest man on the
planet". He tells her that they will stick by each for years to come.
Audrey says she is pleased for the both of them.
Ashley and Dev are outside the church and says he will ring Audrey. Dev
has left his mobile in the car. Meanwhile inside the church speculation
is mounting as to where Fred is. Dev comes in and asks to borrow a
mobile. Danny obliges. He gets back outside and neither of them know
Audrey's number. So Dev goes back into the church to get it from Gail.
Blanche wants to know what is happening, and of course Norris' cage is
rattled and keeps asking "what did he say?"
Back outside, Claire gets out of the car and asks what is happening.
Ashley decides to tell her, but she is not to tell Bev. He says that
Fred has gone off in Dev's car, and they think he has gone to Audrey's.
The phone rings at Audrey's house while she is still talking with Fred.
She refuses to answer the phone, as she would not know what to say.
Audrey encourages him to go back to the church. He should just pretend
he has been wandering around for the last half hour, and must have lost
his memory because he can't remember anything. His parting words to her
are "I'll never forget you - be happy, I say be happy". As he goes to
leave, there is a terrible crash in the hallway. Audrey goes out and
Fred is lying on the floor.
He is taken away in an ambulance. Audrey tells the policewoman who is
comforting her that he was on the way to a wedding, where everyone will
be at the church waiting.
Bev, now is getting very impatient and demands to know what is
happening. Ashley tells her that he drove off in Dev's car, but nobody
In the church Danny asks Gail what Dev wanted from her. She refuses to say.
The police arrive at church with Audrey. Ashley immediately thinks she
is running off with Fred. She however tells Ashley "Your Dad is dead".
Michelle wonders if everyone is at the wrong church and that Bev and
Fred are elsewhere. This of course is dismissed.
Ashley comes into a hushed congregation. Keeping himself composed he
goes into the vestry to pass on the news. Standing there are Bev,
Claire and the Vicar. He tells them that "he's died". He says all he
knows is that he collapsed. Bev naturally doesn't want to believe it.
Speculation is rife in the church. Ashley comes out with the Vicar and
tells everyone that his Dad is dead. Silence in the church turns to
quiet mutterings. Emily feels there ought to be something that she
Bev wants to know where he was when it happened. In an effort to spare
her feelings by saying it doesn't matter where he was. Bev speculates
he was found by a compete stranger and that there was nobody with him
when he died.
Audrey wants to tell Bev how much he loved her. Bev goes into the
church. She still wants to know how and when and where he died. Audrey
and Gail come into the church. Bev says nobody will tell her anything,
she feels everybody knows something but nobody is telling her. Audrey
says that his last thoughts was for her. "He died at my house" says
Audrey. Ashley thinks Audrey tried to stop the wedding. Audrey says
this is not true. He thinks that she is entirely to blame.
And so we say a fond farewell to Fred as he goes to the big butcher's
shop in the sky.
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Claire puts a ‘Closed Until Further Notice’ notice up on the door of the
Across the street, Bev seems to have been lying on the sofa all night when
Liz comes in. “No wonder she couldn’t do me ‘air,” she mutters, and Liz
tells her to stop torturing herself, Audrey has said it was all above board.
Bev is not convinced.
Meanwhile, Audrey is at Gail’s, she too has obviously had a sleepless night.
She tells Gail there was nothing going on. “Right,” says Gail, making it
clear she doesn’t believe a word of it. “He leaves the church on his wedding
day to come and see you, and there was nothing going on?” she says, “I find
that hard to believe and I’m on your side.” Audrey is infuriated and gets
up and leaves.
In the factory, Sean is sealing up a card. “Yesterday confetti, today
condolences, talk about life’s rich tapestry,” he says, licking the
envelope. Fizz wonders if Audrey will send a sympathy card. Sally looks
round and says that Audrey and Fred were good mates, and Janice reckons
that’s what they were doing when he croaked it – mating! Sally protests that
it could have all been perfectly innocent, when Danny comes out of the
office. “Stitch while you bitch, thank you!” he says as he walk past. The
lovely Liam comes up with news of a table reservation for two for Danny at
Delphines, with Frankie. Danny is amazed too when Liam tells him that an
order is all boxed and ready to go. “The whole lot?” he asks, impressed.
“Yup,” says Liam, “keep up old son!” he adds, in a terrible Cockney accent.
Sean pipes up then and asks for time off to go to the funeral. Danny isn’t
keen, he said he had time off yesterday for the nuptials. Sean says he can’t
not go and pay his respects, so Danny relents, but he tells the rest of them
they can’t have any time off. “If you weren’t at the match, you ain’t going
to the dispatch,” he quips.
Across the Street, Rita has called in to see Ashley, who is sitting looking
dazed. Claire tells her Ashley’s going to get the death certificate. Claire
wonders if people will be gossiping, and Ashley says he doesn’t care. “Poor
Bev,” says Rita. “Poor Dad,” says Ashley, “poor Joshua, poor Thomas.” Rita
agrees they’ve been robbed of a wonderful grandfather, and says he was about
to marry the woman he loved. “But we don’t know that, do we?” says Claire,
“what was he doing round at Audrey’s?”
In the Battersby residence, a purple, glowing Cilla is under the sunbed as
usual, when Les comes in looking for his Scotch egg that he left in the
fridge. Cilla implies it must have been Kirk, and asks Les to post a
package for her. Les looks at the address and wants to know who the
addressee is. “A satisfied customer,” smirks Cilla. Les assumes she’s
selling more tat, and thinks he should have a share of the profits. “You’re
just the errand boy,” she tells him, but promises him a few pints and a
vindaloo when she gets the money for the parcel he’s posting.
Janice is in the Kabin, and Norris wants to know if there’s any news on
“Audreygate”. Liz comes in and tells them that Bev is half-cut, and there’s
speculation on what Fred was doing there in the first place. Les, coming in
with his package to post, tells Janice it was a special delivery of sausage,
and they fall about laughing. Rita is not amused and tells them that if they
must drag his name through the mud they can go and do it in someone else’s
David has gone into the café, and for some reason that I can’t quite fathom
seems to be wearing his school uniform, although he clearly has no intention
of going to school. Eileen tells him that she used to bunk off all the time,
and she turned out all right, never mind that the taxi office only pays her
the minimum wage, it keeps her in shandy and scratch-cards. David’s opinion
is that her reverse psychology is pathetic. Frankie comments that maybe Gail
should try ‘clip round the ear’ psychology. David tells her he’d go to
Social Services. Eileen says that even she feels sorry for his mother.
Danny comes in and invites Frankie out for dinner that night. “Can’t,” says
Frankie. Danny asks why. Frankie tells him that she and Eileen are going to
the pictures that night. Eileen’s eyes open wide, this is clearly the first
she’s heard of it, but, through her mouthful of cake she assures Danny that
she’s a great film buff. Danny suggests the following day but Frankie won’t
commit herself. “You tell me where and when, Babe,” says Danny, “because I
am putty in your pretty little hands!” Eileen nearly chokes, “Oh
puh-lease!” she snorts.
Bev is knocking back the alcohol when Liz puts a cuppa down in front of her.
Bev says she already has a drink. Just then, Deirdre arrives, and hugs her.
Liz goes to refill the kettle. “Oh the great cure-all,” says Bev, “don’t
mind if I stick to the gin, do you, only my fiancé the butcher was having it
away with the hairdresser.” Deirdre and Ken are sure there’s a perfectly
innocent explanation. Bev says that her fiancé died at the house of another
woman on their wedding day. “Not looking good, is it?” she says.
Rita goes to see Audrey and tells her that people are playing fast and loose
with Fred’s good name. “Were you carrying on?” she asks her. Audrey is
adamant that there had been nothing. “Maybe I was hoping for something
more,” she admits, “stupid, silly old Audrey.” Rita thinks she only wanted
Fred because he was already taken and is angry with Audrey for telling Fred
how she felt in the first place. Gail arrives back then, with bags of
shopping, but the two women ignore her. “I’ve been in Bev’s shoes,” says
Rita, “remember when Len died? My brain couldn’t take it in, and then all
the pieces of a horrible jigsaw slotted into place. He’d been to see his
fancy woman.” Audrey is indignant. “Well maybe Len had, but I can assure
you Fred hadn’t.” Rita accuses Audrey of trying to engineer an assignation
by bowing out on his big day. After she’s gone, Audrey turns to Gail. “How
can she think so little of me, of Fred?” she sobs. Gail tells her that if
Rita is thinking it, so is everybody else.
Sean sees Bev pouring herself another drink, and tells her it’s the worse
thing for her, it’s a depressant. She grins at him. “Horse, bolted,” she
says. Liam is at the bar, and starts to say he’s sorry about her husband.
“Err….Fred,” he corrects himself. “Fiance,” says Bev, “we didn’t quite make
it to the ‘I dos’. As she wanders out to the back, Michelle mutters to
Sean that it was bad enough Fred snuffing it, but then to find out he was
knocking off a so-called mate…. “Maybe not,” says Sean. Michelle says
they’ll never know now, he’s not around to sweet talk his way back into her
good books. “Unlike Dan the Man,” says Liam, at the bar. “Hard day at the
knicker factory?” queries his sister. “That’s an undie statement,” he quips.
Sean tells him if it’s any consolation he heard Danny on the phone
cancelling a table at Delphines. Liam brightens visibly, even more so when
he hears that Danny was looking miserable whilst he did it.
Les marches upto Cilla in the pub and demands to know where his Quo jacket
is. It turns out that it was in the parcel he posted earlier. “My pride and
joy!” he wails. Cilla stops him short. “No Les,” she snaps, “I am your pride
and joy. That was a manky old jacket signed by a load of old has-beens with
pony tails.” He tells her she should sell the sunbed. She asks him where
else she’s going to get her ‘feel good’ factor from.
Kirk and Cilla arrive back from what appears to be yet another disastrous
David meets up with Craig and Rosie on their way back from school. “All
right, losers?” he asks, walking along with them, and asks if they’re all
packed for their mini break. Craig tells him it’s got to be better that
round there. David asks him if they can go out together next week. Craig
tells him they can, and after he’s gone, Rosie is worried about lying to
him. Craig says they have to, but later he can come and visit them in
Audrey has gone to the funeral parlour to see Fred. She weeps and says she’s
sorry she upset him. Archie Shuttleworth comments to Gail that she obviously
Norris tells Rita she was seen coming out of Gail’s and starts fishing for
more information. Rita wants to talk about something else.
Kirk and Fiz are discussing the last driving lesson. She says she might as
well give up, she never goes anywhere, anyway.
Eileen and Frankie are at the bar, talking with Sean and Michelle about
Fred. The conversation turns to Violet and Jamie, away on holiday. Frankie
says she hasn’t heard from Jamie, he hasn’t phoned or sent a text.
Back at the undertaker’s, Audrey is still weeping over Fred, and regretting
that she turned him down all those years ago. She does also regret putting a
spanner in the works at the end. Just then Bev bursts in, “Get away from
him!” she shouts.
At the Webster’s, Sally is scornful of the amount of clothes Rosie is
planning to take away with them. Rosie says she wants options.
Audrey tries to tell Bev that she just wanted to pay her respects, but Bev
reckons she was whispering sweet nothings. Audrey insists that he loved Bev,
but Bev is in no mood to listen. “I didn’t realise he had an assignation
with the Black Widow!” she shouts. Ashley, who has been standing there
though all this, suddenly snaps. “Shut up will you?” he yells. “My dad is
dead – look what you’ve done!” He turns to Audrey, “He finally finds
happiness and you decide he’s not a bad catch after all! You killed him.
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Welcome to another Friday as the repercussions of Fred's death seem to get
to almost everyone.
As we open, Archie Shuttleworth gets out of his car and goes to the front
door of Ashley and Claire's house. Nearby, Audrey and David walk down the
street. When Audrey calls to Ashley, he simply lets Archie into the house
and shuts the door without saying a word to Audrey. At the garage, Sally is
going on about the weight of Rosie's rucksack. "Why she can't share Sophie's
case on wheels, I don't know," she says to Kevin. Me, I was surprised Rosie
had a rucksack. Wouldn't Sally have bought her a matched set of Louis
Vuitton luggage for her ski trip with the school? Or at least a LV rip-off.
Anyway, Kevin isn't taking Sally seriously, pointing out that she's taking
stuff like wet wipes and mosquito spray. "It's Paris, not Paraguay," he
At the Peacocks', Archie is going through the arrangements with Ashley,
Claire and Bev. He says the service will be on Friday, the 27th. Ashley
wonders what's wrong with next week. It seems the date is to fit in with
when Shelley can get back. "I'd hardly bury me husband wi'out me daughter by
my side," Bev says. Claire agrees Shelley and Fred were close. Archie has a
map of the cemetery showing the available plots. "Yeah, but me dad wanted to
be cremated," Ashley says. Bev seems shocked.
In the factory, Joanne is taking food orders. Danny intervenes and says he'll
treat them for once if they all get back to their machines. Liam asks him if
he'll be rummaging through Frankie's bins next. Danny explains that he's
motivated by largesse. "You'll find it in the dictionary under "le". "I'll
start with the Ds," Liam calls after him. "For Desperate Dan." Sally, who's
been listening to the whole thing, beams at him.
Bev says she asked for a family plot. "Asked who? Not the family!" Ashley
says curtly. She says she knows young people don't like to think about these
things, but she hoped one day she'd lie beside Fred, as would Ashley and the
rest of the family. Ashley replies with gritted teeth: "If you'd asked me, I'd
have told you my dad had no doing with burials." Bev admits she and Fred had
never talked about it. They were planning the beginning of the adventure,
not the end. She breaks down and Claire goes to get her a glass of water.
Danny tells Frankie the workers are a good bunch and deserve rewarding now
and again. Frankie's sure he's up to something. Danny says it gave him an
excuse to see her. At a cafe table, Deirdre, Liz and Blanche are discussing
Fred's dying just six months and two days after Mike Baldwin (guess which
one's been keeping count!). Liz says she doesn't know what to say to Bev.
"She was ten minutes from being Mrs Eliot," Liz points out. "Now she's
no-one," adds Blanche. She thinks it's significant that Bev's family are
nowhere to be seen.
Archie is making a tactical withdrawal. He says there's no rush to make
decisions. As Bev sees him out, an upset Ashley tells Claire that Bev keeps
calling Fred her husband and he wasn't. She didn't have a clue about what
Fred wanted but she's issuing orders. Bev demands to know what he's talking
about. Claire explains they just want to get things right for Fred. Ashley
suggests they sleep on it, as Archie suggested. Bev scoffs at the idea of
sleep. "Come round when you're ready. I'll be up."
Les is annoyed that Cilla and Kirk are spending time on the internet and on
a hand-held game. Suddenly Les realises that the picture on the computer
screen is his Chopper bike. "Oops, sold!" says Cilla, with a click of the
mouse. Les is appalled. She's selling his heritage. Cilla says they need the
money. Les didn't really want the bike - he's just looking back at memories
of Janice on the cross-bar, she says. Les tells her that every time she's
thwarted she plays the Janice card. As their shouting argument follows them
upstairs, Kirk rushes over to the computer and starts clicking away.
Rosie and Craig can't wait until they get to Paris so they can head for
Berlin. Rosie knows people will miss her. She says her drama teacher will
look a fool for choosing Rosie for a lead role. "This time next month, you
won't even remember their names," Craig says. They take off their school
uniform ties, symbols of the noose around their necks.
Maria's been to the shop and stops for a chat with Charlie. He puts off
meeting her, saying Tracy is putting pressure on him and he doesn't want her
getting any more paranoid. He assures her there is nothing to worry about.
Danny is at Frankie's door with a bunch of roses. He invites her to have a
drink with him and she agrees. The Rovers at eight. "Just a drink. No deals,
no strings," she says. Liam comes out of the factory in time to see Danny
getting into his car when there is a client due in ten minutes. Danny thinks
going to his barber is more important.
Audrey is trying to read David's writing in the appointments book when the
appointment herself walks it - it's Cilla. Fizz calls in to ask if Maria
wants to come out for a change. David is washing Cilla's hair, though it's
soon apparent that she's just come to try to milk them for some gossip. She
soon shuts up when the nozzle apparently slips, soaking her face and
They're all a bit over-excited at the Websters'. But when Rosie comments
that Kevin's quite cool for a dad, it stops Kevin and Sally in their tracks.
As Rosie and Craig head out they ask each other where their rebellious
teenager has gone.
Bev's nursing a drink. Ashley thinks it's wrong, but Claire is in favour of
anything that will help her cope. Danny and Frankie are having their drink
and suggest to Bev that she looks tired and should get her head down. "Who'd
have thought it. Widowed twice at my age."
Frankie and Danny walk up the street and are seen by Sean, who keeps out of
sight as they go to Frankie's house.
In the bar, Bev hugs Claire and Ashley. "We'll get this sorted. There's
shouldn't be fighting, not between widow and son," she tells them. "You're
not his widow," Ashley points out. Bev is hurt. She was only ten minutes
away. "He was the man I loved. And certificate or not, it's still my place
to make the arrangements." Ashley replies that she was just Fred's fiancee.
A widow would have known Fred's wishes. Bev is in tears, but Ashley says
"turning on the waterworks" is her solution to everything. Bev tells him he
can do what he likes. "But I'll tell you one thing. I'm taking my place at
the head of that ceremony and Audrey Roberts will not be welcome. That's an
end to it." Ashley rushes out, followed by Claire.
Frankie and Danny see them go past. Frankie says it's late and she wants to
go. Danny says she doesn't have to. He knows she took time to get ready to
meet him. "Do you really want to go in there alone?" They go in together
without another word being said. "This weren't supposed to happen," she
says. Danny tells her Fred wasn't supposed to drop dead on his wedding day,
either. "You're the only one for me, Frank, the only one." He says when his
number is up and his life flashes before his eyes, he wants it filled with
images of her. She kisses him passionately.
This episode of Coronation Street is
Written by Jonathan Harvey
Directed by Tony Prescott
Produced by Steve Frost
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At the Hotel in Paris Rosie is on the balcony looking at the view. Craig
comes up asking where Sophie is. Rosie says getting a hairdryer. He then
tells her that they have missed the first train but there is one later on
that will get them in Berlin tomorrow morning. Just the Sophie comes and
asks what they are going to be doing today. Sophie then asks Craig to leave
so she can get changed. He gives Rosie a nice look and Sophie says she is
going to be sick. Rosie says it’s the city of love. Sophie just tells her to
shut up and calls her a minger.
At the Baldwin’s Violet comes in and Jamie apologies for yesterday. She says
she has got the holiday photos. Jamie smiles and puts his arm round her as
they look. Violet says she looks fat in the bikini. She says this one is a
good picture of them but Jamie laughs saying he looks stoned. The next
picture is of Jamie posing and he wonders why he ever did that but still
smiles. Frankie comes in and he grabs the picture and storms out when she
asks to have a look at them. She asks Violet what his problem is.
At the Hotel everyone is waiting for Bill. Sally wants to see the Eiffel
tower and Kevin wants to go on the Da Vinci Code tour. Rosie says they
should go do what they want and meet up later. Sally says they came as a
family to do something together. Sally is just about to let them go saying
they are responsible and their mobils do work here. Rosie’s face lights up
but just then Bill comes saying he thought a walk down by the Seine. They
all start to go off together.
Outside in the street Jamie in a van speeds past Frankie as she shouts him.
She sees Sean and calls him but he says his lunch break is almost over.
Danny says he will talk to her, as he’s not fussy. Frankie says she is and
as Sean said her break is almost over. Danny shouts to her saying its not
over till the fat lady sings but says he is not calling her fat.
In Paris Kevin, Sally and Bill are walking along side the Seine. They See
Rosie and Craig kissing. Kevin says they grow up so fast. Bill says it only
feels like yesterday Kevin was like that. Craig says they are going to have
to get rid of them. Rosie tells Craig to keep smiling as Kevin, Sally and
Bill are watching them.
Outside the Rovers Maria is sorting her hair in the window reflection only
to see Charlie’s reflection behind her. He asks what is going on with her
and Liam. She says nothing is going on. He says he will believe her but has
always been gullible. She says it was him playing happy family’s last
weekend and ask him to see it from her point of view and storms off.
Back in Paris Bill suggest Kevin and Sally get some time alone and him and
the kids go on the underground. Rosie says Craig is clostrafobik. Roise and
Craig ask to go to the Hotel. Bill says meet back in the foila later. Sally
says yes. She asks for a photo off all of them on her phone. Her granddad
takes it and she kiss her mum knowing this is her goodbye forever. Both
Craig and Rosie head off as Sally, Kevin, his dad, and Sophie go the other
At the Factory Janice is saying she can see Jamie hitting Danny and him on
the ground with no clothes on. Just then Danny comes in and says he was
clothed for the record. He says he will strip now if that’s what she wants.
Fizz says no. Danny says he will keep his clothes on if she Janice does.
Danny then asks Sean if he has seen Jamie. Sean replies saying he is not his
keeper. Danny says it was a harmless questions and goes to his office.
In Paris Kevin and Sally are drinking Champaign. Kevin says he never thought
they be here in Paris for there twentieth anniversary. Sally asks if he is
happy. Sally then says she never knew what love was till she met him. She
says she thought love was just writing your name on trees and hard work. She
then says they will start a new cycle when their girls leave home.
In Paris Rosie and Craig are running as fast as they can back to the Hotel.
They wonder if they have taken a wrong turn and says they don’t have long.
Roise says they will make it. Craig says he will beat her to the Hotel.
Back to the table Sally says they should do this more often. Kevin pulls out
a present. Sally says she never got him anything. She opens it to see a nice
necklace. Kevin says all he needs is for her to say if she knew what she
knew now would she still marry him. She says yes and they hug.
At the Café Frankie is in a daydream. She then asks Deirdre if she has come
in to get the gossip. She says she is not her mum but also to see how she
is. Frankie says she looks at Danny and sees all the good times and bad. She
says the bad time come to the surface. She thinks she will never feel how
she is supposed to feel with Danny. She says how Jamie went off on one.
At the Hotel Rosie is panicking looking for a bracelet. Craig tells her to
leave it, as they will miss the train. She says it has sentimental value as
she got it from her mum. Craig says he will get her a new one in Berlin.
They grab their bags and head out going down the stairs. Rosie says she
needs to leave a note for them. She runs back up as Craig shouts on her to
At the Rovers Liam says he handled the girls really well then they started
on him. Danny says age and experience make a better manage. Liam says fit
bird at three then Maria comes in. He says Maria likes him and would not
keep away, she says no. He says thats the first sign of a relationship when
girls says no and roll their eyes at jokes. He comes over to her and asks
her to meet him in here for a drink later.
In Paris Sally and Kevin are laughing and are a bit drunk. Sally suggests if
they get back early, they can go in the Jacuzzi. Kevin says its taxi home
then as they get into one laughing.
In the Hotel room Craig shouts at Rosie asking if she’s writing the next
Harry Potter book and says they need to go now or they wont be going. Rosie
slams the pen down and says ok and they both go running out.
Back room of the Rovers Bev is sobbing. Liz comes in saying she wants to
charge her mobil. Bev says its ok. She then says this room reminds her of
Fred. She then says she can smell him in here as Liz would only smell ocean
At the Hotel Rosie and Craig come running out and across the road. Just then
the taxi with Kevin and Sally pulls up. They get out and head for the door
of the Hotel.
Rovers Liz tells Violet she feels she is intruding in Bev’s grieving but she
needs to know where she stands with the pub. Bev comes through and asks Liam
if he would move for a grieving widow but the says there is no word in the
dictionary for what she is. Liz then asks her about the pub. She says she
does not want to go to the collage along and wants to keep the Rovers.
Back at the Hotel Sophie and her granddad come in and he tells Sally and
Kevin she has walked him off his feet. They wonder where Rosie and Craig
are. Spohie says they can’t be wear they said they were going to be. Sally
asks how she knows that and Sophie points to a sign that says closed. Sally
thinks they are in bed together and goes up stairs. Sophie says Roise is a
precocious teenager as they follow Sally. Up stairs Sally knocks on the
door. Sophie comes with her key card and opens it as Sally says she better
be descent. When they see there are not there Kevin goes to Craig’s room.
Sophie sees a note that she gives to Sally. Sally says she has ran away and
is sorry for all the hurt she has cause. Bill asks where she would have
gone. Sophie sees a piece of paper that’s a train timetable to Berlin.
Sophie then looks in a drawer to find her Rosie’s passport is gone. Sally
has a go at Kevin for giving them some responsibility. Bill says that won’t
do any good and asks if they want to find Rosie or no. They all head out.
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I know that Sunday is arriving after Monday - my apologies but I have
been out and about this week and unable to do the update.
The Websters depart for Paris. Rosie collects Craig and Roy being
concerned over his welfare has made him up a huge package sandwiches and
cakes - budget airlines do not feed you after all - and the vegetarian
options have a green sticker. Craig knowing he is leaving tells Roy
very emotionally that he thanks him for all of his kindness. A few
minutes later before departing Craig also bids farewell to David,
shaking hands and Craig has to control his crying.
Frankie finds she is in bed with Danny so creeps downstairs without
waking him. A little later Violet and Jamie return and are greeted by
Sean - Jamie invites him in for some duty free alcohol. As they wander
in the front door Danny drifts downstairs - but he re-assures Jamie that
he is not moving back in. James goes ballistic and throws Danny out
through the front door and down onto the cobbles. Danny notes that he
has no shoes on and Sean tells him to come in and he will lend him a
pair. Blanche observing events merely shouts "Southerners".
Back indoors Jamie wants Frankie to explain. She can't merely saying it
was a mistake. Violet tries to calm him down but Jamie starts shouting
at her as well. Frankie says it is her business and she is not
comfortable discussing it with Jamie in this state. He asks how drunk
she was the previous night - Frankie slaps him and tells him off for
speaking to her.
Along at the Battersbys Les packs up the computer - the trading on line
has run up a bigger phone bill than they had when they started and it
has turned into an addiction. The computer is off to StreetCars.
Audrey goes home for the first time since Fred's death. An instant
reminder of events is the broken hall table. Audrey is clearly shaken
as she remembers the events whilst Gail makes some tea.
Sean goes to Jamie's - the latter is standing in the bedroom staring at
the rumpled bedclothes where Danny and Frankie had spent the night. Sean
tries to talk some sense into Jamie - if he carries on behaving like
this people will start wondering why - after all it is his "mother" -
but as Jamie observes she is not really his "mother".
Danny is about to drive home when Frankie emerges from the house - he
wants her to join him so that they can go and discuss the previous night
and what it might have meant. She tells him it was a one off will not
be repeated and he is to stop pushing it. He says fair enough and she
knows where to find him if she needs him.
Along at the Rovers Blanche is gossiping about Fred and his women - and
observes that Audrey walks around with her nose in the air and her
knickers around her ankles. Bev hears and offers a drink on the house -
which Liz hears and suggests that she should stop trying to bankrupt the
estate - Bev (who has obviously consumed a few - probably free) wishes
she had done it to the old fraud when he was still alive.
Liam buys Fiz and Maria a drink. I reckon that it is not Fiz to whom he
is attracted - Maria is rather more likely. Later Liam offers to walk
Maria home but she says it is not worth it. Nevertheless he walks round
the corner with her - and they are both unaware of the web camera
observing her invitation to come upstairs and have some coffee. And the
person watching the events is less than amused. Charlie scowls.
Famille Webster have arrived in Paris, although Sophie reckons it looks
like Manchester. Kev's dad Bill hollers a "French" welcome at them
across the rue. He hugs the family - a wonderful surprise for all of
them. Bill has been working in Paris and it was too good an opportunity
to miss. They ask after the wonderful Maureen (who has had the
misfortune of Crossroads and some (now ended) appearances in Emmerdale)
- judging by his response she is not returning to the Street. He also
spots just how much the children have grown up when Rosie gives one of
her usual "adult" contributions.
Audrey tries to repair the rift with Ashley but he just wants to grieve
in peace and returns indoors slamming the door behind himself. Rita who
has observed all of this snaps at Audrey - it would appear no-one
believes the truth. Rita tells Audrey to think about Bev across the
Frankie corners Jamie and wants to know what is wrong. This has been
going on for weeks. Why is he unhappy? Jamie just claims he is tired
and does not answer the question.
And back in France Rosie and Craig are snogging again and planning their
escape to Berlin.
I will try and be on time next week.
K Richard W
Welcome to part two !
Round and round the spiral staircase la famille Webster (like the way I
just slipped in a French word !), rush to the entrance of the hotel.
They ask a porter where Rosie and Craig may have gone. However, they
dash out before the guy even answers!
Liam is in the Rovers and is chatting to Maria. Bev overhears this and
mumbles about not wanting a younger man for herself. Liam tells Maria
that he has booked a restaurant for themselves for the evening. Maria
seems to be enjoying the attention. However, at that point Charlie and
Tracy come in. Maria then says she ate earlier.
Jamie passes Danny in the street. Danny tries to reason with him. He
tells Jamie that he should let Frankie decide if she is interested in
him, after all he explains that Frankie knows him better than he knows
At the station our runaway kids arrive just as the train is pulling out
of the station. Sacre bleu!. (wow he's done it again!). Craig tells
Rosie to wait there and rushes off.
Charlie and Tracy decide to join Maria in the Rovers. Tracy
congratulates Maria on picking up a gorgeous man. She says she is
really not interested in him. However, Charlie is "concerned" that he
may be stalking her. Maria asks to be left alone with Liam so she can
let him down gently.
Bev is having an emotional outburst (crying) into Sean's arms. Liz
persuades her to go upstairs.
The Webster family (without Rosie) arrive at the station. They are
looking around for Rosie.
Back at the Peacocks, Ashley is sitting on the stairs with Joshua. He
is explaining that his grandad, Fred will not be coming home. He tells
him that when we get old, we die. Therefore you are not going to see
your grandad again. Then there is a knock on the door. It is Liz.
She comes bursting in to say that Bev has said she will not sell the
Rovers, Liz doesn't think she can do that. Ashley promises that he
will speak to his solicitor. Liz says she just wants to know the legal
Back at the station, Craig returns with some tickets. He explains that
they will be able to get the next train and change. Then they start
arguing about why they missed the first train. Craig blames Rosie
wanting to write her note and looking for her bracelet. However, they
agree they have each other. Rosie says she can't believe what she is
doing as they get ready to board the train.
Maria comes out of the toilet cubicle in the Rovers and Charlie is
waiting for her in the washroom. (How would he explain that if someone
else came in?!). He says that they have a good thing going between them
and tells her not to spoil it. She comes out of the Ladies and tells
Liam that she is going home. (Presumably nobody in the pub saw him go
in or out of the ladies!).
Tracy doesn't think Maria looks happy and suggests to Charlie that maybe
Liam is hassling her. She asks Charlie to keep a look out.
Craig gets onto the train, but Rosie says she can't. Craig tries to
persuade her to come, but for some reason Rosie says she cannot come.
She just can't do it, she explains.
Just as they arrive at Maria's flat, Charlie confronts Liam and pushes
him up against the wall. Maria screams at Charlie to stop. Liam
doesn't seem to be at all frightened. As Charlie lets him down, Liam
warns him that he will be sorry.
Back at the station, Craig pleads with Rosie to come with him.
Meanwhile Kevin and Sally look down from a bridge over the railway
platforms and Kevin yells for Rosie. On the platform Rosie begs Craig
not to go. She can't leave her family. She tells him they can go off
together sometime in the future. Both in tears as they each stand their
Bill Webster rushes up to Kevin and Sally to announce they have gone.
Sally wails into Kevin's shoulder.
The signal goes for the train to leave. Craig gets onto the train, and
announces he will always remember Rosie. He leaves her pouring out the
tears on the platform.
Back home Tracy asks Charlie why he became so aggressive towards Liam.
She said that she only asked him to check that Maria was alright, and
not threaten her friend. Charlie says he didn't want to get involved.
Tracy says that he likes confrontation. She asks him if he thinks that
she may fancy him. She tells Charlie that if she fancied Liam she
wouldn't be with him.
Claire tells Ashley she wants to give him some feedback, as she is
trying to be honest with herself. She wonders if Ashley was doing the
right thing by telling Joshua that Fred was sitting on a cloud in the
sky. Ashley isn't happy at what he perceives as criticism. He says he
did his best. Claire thinks they ought to look up on the internet about
how to tell a child their grandfather has died. (Wow, I have just
googled it and there are links to the subject). He then tells Claire
that he has brought forward the reading of the will to the next day,
then he can talk to Bev about the sale of the pub.
At the station, Sally wonders what she did to Rosie that made her hate
her so much. Kevin is looking for an official when suddenly Sally spots
Rosie. She is standing alone crying. They all rush to her and Rosie
cries into les bras de ses parents (just like a native! - BTW Kevin
is not wearing womens' clothing :-) )
Of course they are all pleased to see her again and are glad that she is
safe and well.
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A little later than planned, due to Anne who would usually write this
report been taken ill with an eye problem. (Good news, she is on the mend).
The episode started with Danny calling across to Frankie just as he was
about to go into the factory. He takes the opportunity to give her a
wolf-whistle. On the other, other side of the street (!), there is
Jamie and Violet. Violet once again tries to ask Jamie what is his
problem, but he seems more interested in what is happening with Danny
and Frankie. He ignores Violet and says that he is late for work and
The Webster famille (oh we are back in England so I can drop the French
bit now!), are back. Rosie is miserable, but then Kevin's phone rings.
Rosie looks up, but it is Keith who has rung to say he hasn't heard from
Craig. Kevin tells her that Keith said that when Craig runs out of
money he will return home.
Charlie has let himself into Maria's flat. She complains that he didn't
bother to knock. He says he has a key so there is no need to knock! He
quizzes her again about Liam.
Today is Bev's birthday. Nobody sing 'happy birthday' cos she doesn't
feel like celebrating. She tells Liz if anybody sings they are barred.
She says that the reading of the will has been brought forward to
today. It was originally going to be after the funeral, but she doesn't
know why it has been changed.
Still in the Rovers, Jamie comes in and goes to apologise to Violet for
his behaviour. She asks Liz if she can go round the back with him. Liz
Cilla and Les pass by Audrey's hairdressers. Audrey and Maria are
convieniently standing outside as Les and Cilla have their little digs
at Audrey about her relationship with Fred. Cilla calls Audrey a
"slapper". Maria jumps to Audrey defence. Maria and Cilla continue to
trade insults, when Les puts a stop to it and he and Cilla go off.
Audrey tells Maria that she is going to The Rovers and doesn't care what
Sally asks Rosie why she and Craig thought of going off to Berlin
together. (You mean they haven't discussed this over the past couple of
days?!) It was unlikely you would get jobs and you didn't have any
money, let alone speak German! She says it seemed a good idea at the
time. Rosie says she is going out, Kevin tells her to leave her mobile
switched on. She replies that she wouldn't think of switching it off.
In the backyard of the Rovers, Violet confronts Jamie. She says she is
fed up with saying everything is ok. When he says he doesn't know what
he has done wrong she tells him that it is if he is in a trance. She
complains that he treats her like dirt. So she tells him to just carry
on his life without her. Liz comes out to check everything is okay.
Jamie gets up to go and Liz goes over to Maria who then starts crying
and goes into Liz's arms.
Liam goes round to see Charlie to see if had anything more to say.
Charlie tells him nothing provided he keeps away from Maria. Liam says
he is not interested, he thinks she is mad, and tells Charlie that he is
welcome to her if that is his wish.
Sean comes into the pub and notices Violet's tearful eyes. She tells
him that she has finished with Jamie. Sean says that she can stay at
Eileen's till she gets herself sorted (funny how people can invite
people to stay at your landlady's house without asking permission!).
Claire, Bev and Ashley return from the reading of the will. Liz asks
what happened. She says she who would have been his wife if he lived 10
more minutes gets nothing. Everything goes to Ashley. Ashley says he
didn't know, and what could he do about it. (A thought, if they had got
married and Fred hadn't changed his will and died, would Bev still be
entitled to anything - answers on a postcard?!) She blames Audrey
Roberts and says she will have a large gin!
Liam goes over to Maria as he sees her talking to David. She apologises
saying that she didn't know that was going to happen. He tells her that
it won't be happening again, you are welcome to him. (many a true word
spoke in jest!).
As Audrey and Maria come into the Rovers, Audrey wonders where Bev is.
Liz says out the back with a bottle of gin. Then Bev comes into the bar
and yells to everybody that Audrey Roberts stole her life. Between
them, Liz, Ashley and Claire manage to get Bev into the back room again,
not before telling Audrey that she is barred from the funeral. Audrey
confirms that she will pay her last respects to Fred and will attend the
Sally and Kevin are getting worried, they have not head from Rosie.
Kevin says he has an idea where she maybe. They leave Rosie behind as
they go off.
Violet is bringing her belongings into Eileen's house, and Jason wonders
what is going on. He hadn't heard about her and Jamie splitting up.
Violet says if she is a problem, she will go away. Eileen assures her
Kirk tries to hide the scooter that he bought Fizz off the internet. He
tells Tyrone that he is worried that she may not like it, but Tyrone
assures him that she will. At that moment Kirk gets a text message on
his mobile phone telling him to get home! Kirk says it is just text
message language !
Sean decides to have words with Jamie about Violet. He claims he still
loves her, but he is heart is with Frankie. Sean warns him that it will
all end in tears.
Kevin guessed correctly, and he and Sally find Rosie sobbing her little
heart out in the bakery. Kevin asks if she wants to come home now, and
she says yes, but tells her mother that if she spoke to Craig now she
wouldn't know what to say.
At their home, Frankie says to Jamie that he should try and get back
together with Violet. He says he would rather leave it for the moment.
Frankie says it would be awful if it were just the two of them alone in
the house. Jamie thinks they can be miserable together, but there is no
rule that says we have to be miserable. Frankie then realises there is
no milk in the fridge. Jamie offers to buy some and as Frankie goes to
get the money out of her purse she is aware that Jamie is standing
almost on top of her. He says he will look after her. Their eyes met
... and then Frankie averts hers and Jamie does the same. He closes the
door behind him as he goes off to the corner shop.
Right there we go. We have a special one hour edition (from last
Friday) coming up shortly, prepared by Margaret. There was no episode
yesterday (Sunday), but three episodes today!
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Hello, and welcome to the first of two episodes for Friday night. No, it’s not a deliberate plot to make you Canucks and Kiwis even more grumpy about dropping behind (You never hear those Aussies complain – and they’re even further behind than the rest of you). In fact, there are two Friday episodes because of something called “Formula 1” on Sunday. Something to do with cars, apparently.
Anyway, the first episode begins with Bev behind the bar in the Rovers – in her wedding dress. Yes, she’s decided it’s the right thing to wear to the funeral. “It’s what Fred would have wanted.” Ashley and Claire refuse her offer of a drink. Bev accuses Ashley of spoiling for a fight, but Ashley says he’s just worried about her making a scene.
At Gail’s, Audrey is worrying as they get ready. She’s nervous about going to the funeral, but it’s the saying goodbye she’s dreading, not the public reception. A loud crash from upstairs turns out to be David knocking over his wardrobe. It’s the first Gail knows that he’s wagged school again. He gets a lecture from his Mam and his Gran and Audrey sends him off to get under Maria’s feet.
Frankie is wearing a low-cut black dress with a very chic little hat – black but not what I’d call sober funeral clothes. Jamie thinks she looks stunning. She tries to dissuade him, but he intends going to the funeral. “I’m going. We’re going. Together,” he says in a low voice. Frankie is a bit flustered.
“Oh no!” shrieks Eileen. “Flamin’ moths!” They’ve wrecked her funeral skirt. Sean tells her that it’s not compulsory to wear black to funerals now, and anyway, no-one will be looking at her. “That’s true,” Eileen remarks. “Cruel, but true.” She asks if it’ll be OK to wear her red skirt.
Back in the pub, Claire is trying to tell Ashley to back off criticising Bev. But he says she doesn’t have a monopoly on grief. Liz points out that Bev hasn’t just lost Fred. She’s lost her dreams and her future as well. “Cut her a bit of slack, eh?” Bev comes out and slugs down another glass of something alcoholic. Ashley gives her a jeweller’s box. It’s her present from Fred. He intended to give it to her on their wedding day. It’s a watch engraved with “To Beverly, my beauty,” and the date. Bev looks at it. It’s practical, not too fancy and not cheap. “It’s a lovely present – really thoughtful,” she says in what seems quite a sarcastic tone. (Didn’t Audrey help him choose it? I smell trouble ahead) She says she got Fred cufflinks, which was stupid because he never wore them. “He’d have wore ‘em for you, Bev,” says a tearful Ashley. She hugs him.
In the street, mourners are gathering outside their houses. Jamie is still insisting to Frankie that he must go to the funeral to look after her, even though she doesn’t think she needs looking after. “You need protecting from yourself,” he tells her. Poor Eileen is looking for a ride and as she heads towards the taxi office, Blanche asks her pointedly where she’s going. Eileen says she’s going to the funeral. “Oh, I’m sorry,” says Blanche. “I thought you were going to a disco. Or maybe an early Christmas party.” Eileen cuttingly tells her that she’s not a semi-professional funeral-goer like her. The hearse then arrives, shutting up everybody.
Ashley is wandering through the pub, looking at everything. “Can’t imagine this place without him,” he says. “Don’t worry,” Bev tells him. “I’ll keep his memory alive here.” She doesn’t see the look Liz gives her. Archie comes in and says they’re ready. Bev quickly downs another drink and they head outside.
As Bev heads for the car, Ken mutters “Very Miss Haversham.”
At the crematorium, which also seems to be a church (the bell is tolling) Jamie accuses Danny of following them. Violet decides the best thing to do will be to confront Jamie about his attitude. Of course, he denies having one. “Why are you acting so weird?” she asks. But all the venom of the assembled multitude is soon turned Audrey’s way as she and Gail walk up the drive. “Of all the nerve. Look at the cheek of that brazen hussy. Bold as brass,” says Blanche, never lost for a cliche. Rita thinks Audrey should have had the decency to stay away. And the coffin is carried into the building.
In the church, no-one sits on the same side as Audrey and Gail. Jamie is worried by Frankie sitting in the same row as Danny. Violet wants to sit on the same side as Audrey, but Sean pushes her on. “It feels like bullying,” she tells him. Sean, who says he’s been bullied all his life, assures her it is. He wants to sit with the big boys for once. Ken is distressed by seeing Audrey and Gail alone and he sits behind them. But he’s the only one. For someone with Fred’s high community profile as a staunch member of the Square Dealers and the Weatherfield Traders and as a butcher for many years, the funeral is a surprisingly small one. As the service goes on and the congregation launches into Jerusalem and Ashley can’t sing for weeping, Sarah rushes in very late. Archie approaches Ashley but we switch to Danny and Jamie having another go at each other. Down the front, Bev decides she’s going to say something after all. In the back, the Greek chorus goes:
Norris: She’s going to throw herself on it.
Rita: Don’t love it too much.
Blanche: I wondered if SHE were going to slur a few words.
Bev gathers herself and tells those assembled that Fred always knew the difference between quantity and quality. That’s why he was marrying her. She says she feels crushed and cheated. “Till death do us part. Well, death’s parted us now and before I had a chance to say it. So I’ll say it now. I do, Fred. I do take you as my lawful wedded husband.” And, probably to Norris and Blanche’s glee, she breaks down and tries to fling herself across the coffin, being led away to sit down by Liz.
Kirk leads Fizz to the scooter with her eyes closed. He apologises in advance and is stunned when a gobsmacked Fizz pronounces it the best present she’s ever had.
Ashley speaks to the congregation. He tells them Fred loved a lot of things and a lot of people. He was a big man with a big spirit. Not larger than life but full of life!” His words seem to hit a chord with Frankie, who sighs, close to tears, and leans against Danny as he puts him arm round her. Jamie, sitting behind them, is so disgusted he gets up and walks out. Although Danny tries to stop her, Frankie follows him out.
Outside, we see Jamie run quite a distance from the building.
Inside, Ashley continues his speech, saying he knew Bev and Fred would have had a happy marriage. Fred, he tells them, would be a hard man to forget. “For me, he was much more than my father. He was my workmate, my mentor – a kind, wise guide through life. But above all he was my friend. He was my best friend.”
Outside, Jamie and Frankie are under some trees a good distance from the church/crematorium. It must be a church, because there are old gravestones. The relevance will be shown shortly. Anyway, Jamie tells Frankie he’s sure she and Danny are about to get back together. Everything about them cries married couple. Frankie doesn’t understand. She tells Jamie he’ll have to spell out whatever it is.
Inside, the vicar has got to the committal. As Fred’s body is committed for cremation, it begins to slide away on a conveyor (obviously this church has a cremator added on at the back somewhere). But it seems to get stuck and the vicar and Archie have to give it a bit of a shove. The dignified silence is broken by Audrey’s hysterical laughter. “That’s Fred all over,” she says loudly. “He never could get his timing right.” Bev glares at her, but all Ashley notices is his dad going away from him. “Bye, Dad,” he says, tears streaming down his face.
Outside, behind a big tree, Jamie tells Frankie he loves her. “It’s killing me. And I think it’s killing you, too.” He leans forward and they come together for a long kiss. They can’t see Danny looking for them and they’re hidden behind a tree. And this first episode ends, Danny heads towards the path beside them...
Tonight's episode was obviously written for transmission on Sunday
evening but in the light of the F1 race was shunted over to Monday
evening. Therefore unlike the second episode this evening there were
proper opening and closing credits.
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Danny is cooking a full breakfast for Frankie (who spends much of the
episode trying to hide the growing bump). Danny loves having Frankie -
but it is on her terms - and there is a brick wall between the beds -
Danny feels like a kid at Christmas. Frankie says he cannot unwrap all
his presents at once. Frankie tells Danny to leave Jamie alone - he is
stubborn and it will take time. She asks him to promise that he will
leave Jamie alone.
Jason comes downstairs and finds Violet packing up her bed. Sean
catches them clearing up the bed and both he and Eileen make comments
about them being back together - neither Jason nor Violet are amused.
Later Sean knocks on Frankie's front door. Jamie is asleep on the sofa
but manages to get to the front door to see Danny and Frankie arrive.
Danny announces to Norris that he and Frankie are re-united, knowing it
will be broadcast around in record time. Jamie and Sean watch them.
Frankie heads off to Roy's Rolls to work. Jamie returns indoors and
closes the door.
In the Street Tracy and Maria are chatting - the latter is opening the
salon and Tracy is crowing that she and Charlie are together despite all
the tittle tattle. Tracy waits for Charlie at the yard and when he
arrives she suggests to Charlie that they should try and get Steve and
Maria together. Charlie tries to discourage her.
At the cafe Frankie tells Dreary, Liz and Eileen that she is back with
Danny. Frankie says they have both changed - but as Dreary observes it
is not the loving - she probably never stopped that - it is the
trusting. Jamie is not happy - but Eileen reckons he will come round.
Jason and Violet walk down the road together observed by Sarah - as they
came out of Eileen's together she wonders if they are re-united. If she
could overhear the discussion between the two she would know they are
very much not together.
Audrey apologises to Maria for being snappy. Audrey is still worried
about the gossip. Archie passes and invites Audrey to lunch. Archie
goes into see Ashley and at the end of the conversation he reports that
Bev collected Fred's ashes. Ashley goes into loud overdrive -
complaining that they are "his" ashes!
Danny is telling Dev that he is re-united with Frankie - and he cannot
believe how it turned out. Dev calls him a lucky man. Later Danny is
in the cafe and invites Frankie out for a meal - he walks off with
takeaway food - but Frankie has forgotten to charge Danny for the cakes
and coffee. Danny takes the cakes and coffee to see Jamie so they can
have a chat. Jamie says no and pushes Danny away, closing the door and
the cakes and coffee go everywhere - observed by Blanche who says people
must have money to burn.
On and off Emily, Norris and Rita discuss Hungary and Budapest. (Must
we?). Later in the Rovers Archie tells them all about the Thermal Baths
- you lose all inhibitions sitting naked with a bunch of strangers.
Charlie pops into see Maria to plan an assignation later in the day. He
tells her about mad Tracy's mad idea of pairing her off with Steve.
In the Rovers Sarah is talking to Fiz and Kirk. Sarah wants to know
where Violet is sleeping - after all there is a shortage of rooms.
Dev tries to give Audrey some advice but she gives him a sharp retort -
she considers him a pompous, patronising, self-centred, womanising
hypocrite. End of advice giving.
Maria is carrying a pizza - alleging to David that she is about to see
Liam - then her mobile phone goes and she has been stood up - so she and
David head off together to eat the pizza on Maxine's bench. As they eat
Charlie and Tracy walk past and snigger at them
Frankie is about to leave work for the day but before she does Roy makes
a nice little speech saying that we all have our soulmates and we need
to be with them and he wants to add his congratulations to all of the
others. He hopes this time it will work out.
In the Rovers Jason tells Sarah where Violet is sleeping - there is
nothing going on. Sarah says she could not care less. Gail observes
she should be proud - after all Sarah is such a terrible liar.
Bev is drinking at the bar with Fred's ashes. Bev wants to have a drink
with Ashley - Ashley wants the ashes and demands them from Bev. She
claims it is all she has left. It is all Ashley has let. Claire tries
to get Ashley to leave it. Bev plans to scatter the ashes where Fred
proposed - a layby on the A54. Bev reckons it would be good if Ashley
and Claire joined her. Ashley storms out.
Blanche briefs Frankie on the doorstep coffee shower - after all if God
had meant us to drink takeaway coffee in a polystyrene cup he would
never have invented china (nice one Blanche).
Frankie opens her own front door. Jamie is sulking in the kitchen and
they are both unhappy. Frankie tells Jamie that she had asked Danny to
stay away and she apologises. Frankie admits she kissed Jamie but she
does not want to be with him. He tries to tell her that it is right and
they are doing nothing wrong. She slaps him and then confused dashes
out of the front door.
K Richard W
The second half of this 1 hour episode
This episode of Coronation Street is
Written by Chris Fewtrell
Produced by Steve Frost
Directed by John Anderson.
Coronation Street Copyright of ITV Productions
We start the second half of this episode at the Platt household. Sarah is
lifting the cousins. David is spread out of the sofa eating his breakfast.
Sarah asks if he has seen her mobile phone. He says no and she asks him to
help her look. He says he is having his breakfast. He then says he seen
Bethany with it earlier. “Why didn’t you take it off her then” Sarah asks,
as David responds, “Not my phone, not my kid, not my problem” Just then Gail
tells David to eat this and hands him a letter. It’s from The Education
Welfare Officer who is not happy. David tells her to say hi from him as Gail
says it’s not funny. David says he is finished his breakfast and will go
right now if it means that much to her. Gail is shocked but Sarah says its
half term. David then says, if they can’t be bothered to turn up he’s not
going to bother either. David asks if he is on holiday but Gail tells him to
get to the Salon quickly.
Over at the Peacock’s household Ashley sits at the table with keys. Claire
tells him that she thought he’d never go to sleep. “I said to him not to
fight it as I’d do any thing for a nice long nap” Ashley ask if he should
stay. He says if she’s tired it will be harder for her to look after the
kids and she’s not had them on her own for a long time. She says she will
manage and if he was to stay home every time the kids wear her out he will
never open that shop for another ten years. He says that’s maybe not a bad
idea. Claire tells him things will get easier after the first day. He says
that’s what’s worrying him as he’ll get bogged down in day to day work stuff
and it’ll be like his dad was never there. She tells him, “You will never
forget your dad. None of us will. Life carries on no matter what. I know
that as well as anyone” He asks, “How can it ever be normal? He brought me
into this trade. He was always there. He filled that shop. I always used to
joke that we needed bigger premises. Now it will see too big. Way too big”
Claire says his dad wanted him to carry on with the shop and has to open it
not just for Fred’s sake but for there’s as well. Ashley agrees, picks up
the eyes and says he will see her tonight.
Outside the Salon David is gutting the buttering. Liam walks past and he
says if he has come to say sorry she’s not interested. He then says he’s
left it last minute at well. Liam tells him to stop and rewind, as he does
not know what he is on about. He tells him he was supposed to be meeting
Maria last night but stood her up. Liam says he was not and also is not
hassling her. Liam then says he thinks she’s had her head in the hair dryer
too long. He then says, “I’d stay well clear mate” and walks off. David
looks a bit puzzled but heads inside.
In side the Salon Maria tells David there is tea in the pot. He says he does
not want one. She says he should take one. She then says he’s really chatty
being sarcastic as he’s not saying any thing, she asks if he used it up all
last night. He says he had a good time but thinks she would have had a
better time with Liam. She says he had his chance and he has blown it. Just
then Maria’s mobile gets a text. David asks if that’s Liam. She says, “Who”
He says again Liam. Her face lights up and she says no and walks past him to
the back room.
Outside the Factory the girls are waiting to get in. Just then Frankie pulls
up in Danny car. They laugh saying, “Look what the cat dragged in” Frankie
then gets out. Janice says, “Look at her. She couldn’t be a better gold
digger if she had a pick and shovel” Frankie then starts to walk across the
street. They wonder if they are back together and if there’s going to be a
wedding. Jo says to Janice then she should throw rise. Janice says only if
it’s in the tin. Frankie bangs of Jamie’s door. She opens the letterbox and
shouts on him. After no answer she continues to walk on.
Butchers Ashley just stands looking at what was. He then sees Freds apron.
Just then blanch comes in asking if he’s open. He says he is. There is
nothing of display. She asks for a bit of best end. He says he hasn’t got
the trays out but will get it from the back. She says she wants it fresh and
not since, but then stops and says since he was open last. He says its ok as
Borris stocked up yesterday. She says she is glad he is open again and tells
him this is the hard bit getting back to a routine and that its seams wrong.
Ashley says it feels too soon and he’s not even laid his father to rest yet.
She says that cant help and any time would seam too soon and nobody will be
expecting gay repartee for a while. Ashley says that was his dads
department. Blanch says that Fred will be missed and expecting him to step
into his shoes. She says he should start by changing the name of the shop to
Peacock and son as it is now. Ashley then heads to the back picking up
Fred’s apron and folding it carefully.
Outside the Platt household Gail says she could go to prison for what David
is doing. Sarah says its him that’s not going to school. Gail says try
telling the authorities that. Eileen and Violet come out their house and
Sarah just looks. Gail says Sarah and she asks what. Gail says, “Talk to
your self Gail” Eileen and Violet stop as they see Jamie coming out his
house. Eileen goes and Jamie says he sleep through his alarm and is late.
She says he always did. She asks if he is coupling, as he looks ruff. He
says he is but is late and goes.
At the Factory Janice says, “As soon as he copped for all Mike Baldwin’s
cash she had pound signs in her eyes” Fiz says Leanne never wanted the money
but is told she did loved Danny and he hurt her. Fiz says he hurt Frankie
and they were married. Janice replies that if she was that hurt why didn’t
he go back to London. Jo says Jamie was still here and Frankie probably
wanted to stay because he was here. Janice says he’s not hers. In the office
Danny ask Liam why he didn’t run an order past him as it’s a bit tight. Liam
says they will manage and Danny says ok. Liam asks if that’s it and is told
yeah. Danny then asks if he wants a cup of tea. Liam asks if there any
strings attached. Danny says only on the teabag. Liam asks what’s going on.
Danny says he wants to spread happiness and says Frankie has moved back in.
Liam says the best man won but is told there was no competition and he
always gets what he wants even if it takes a long time. He then asks if he
wants the tea or no.
Kabbin and Eileen says they should go on a river cruise, “They say if you
fall in love the water turns blue. You never know, you two might...” Rita
tells her that after three days with Norris the only thing that will be
turning blue is the air. Norris says he will not be going on any aquatic
charabanc with the package trip cattle and his visit will be an odyssey of
edification. “I am going to immerse myself in all things Hungarian” He says.
Rita says she is going to immerse herself in the thermal baths. Norris goes
through the back quickly. Eileen asks what’s up with him and Rita says he’s
terrified that’s she’ll take him skinny-dipping.
Salon and Maria tells Audrey they are low on supplies. Audrey says she knows
and made a list as she was going to go to the supplies last week but with
everything that happened she didn’t have time. Just then Sarah comes in
saying she lost her phone. Audrey tells her to keep her jacked on as she’s
going to the supplies. Sarah does not know where it is but Audrey says the
address is on the top and to take a taxi. Audrey says she will phone if she
thinks of any thing else but Sarah says she does not have her phone.
Audrey’s gives her Maria’s one. Maria says its ok but does not look happy.
She tells Sarah if it’s the Salon it will say that. She tells her not to
pick up to any one else. Sarah says she does not want to be her answer phone
At the Butchers and Ashley is not looking while cutting meat. He then cuts
him self. He goes to the back and puts his hand under the water. When he
opens the first aid box he sees a note that has been left by his dad saying
“The butcher with a careless eye, leaves a finger in every pie” He is touch
and kisses the note and is starts sobbing.
Over at the Salon Maria is writing a note. David tries to look. Just then
she tells him to come here. She then asks if he will take this note to
Charlie. Maria says she would go her self but his gran then stops and says
she can’t get away. David asks what in it for him. She says she never
charged him for the pizza last night and there mates. He asks if its regent
and she replies it’s to do with her rent. He says he will go and she hands
him the note. He then says after he finishes sweeping and her smile goes
At the Kabbin again Rita asks what Norris is doing and says she knows hes’s
been dying for her to ask him. He says he is writing notes for Ken, “An
idiots guide to running the shop”. He says its for the day to day running of
the shop and all his experience and insight. She asks to see the notes and
reads, “Don’t forget to lock up at the end of the day” Rita says she can see
why its taken him all day to write that. Norris says that’s not a good
example. Rita tells him, “I would hope not. Ken is a very intelligent man”
She says he will be insulted. Norris says he has never been behind the
counter, “I know these academic types, disorganised, forgetful. Too busy
wandering around with their head in the clouds to notice their feet are
getting rained on”
Over at the Rovers Gail tells Audrey that she is coming on Wednesday and she
is dreading it. Audrey tells her that in her day they would of got a good
hiding. Gail says that’s not the answer. Audrey replies, “Perhaps not but it
would have made you feel an awful lot better” Gail says she’s not taking
this seriously. Audrey says, “Oh come on Gail. David is a pain in the
backside who has had far too much time wasted on him” Gail is not amused and
says she is just like Sarah and storms off. Blanch comes in and says to Bev
she is sorry to interrupt her performance and says she had sympathy for her
but she see real grieving over the road. Bev says she lost even thing and
Audrey took it away. Blanch then says, “I don’t doubt it so why hang onto
his ashes like some kind of trophy? Give his son some peace of mind and get
yourself a bit of respect back before it’s too late”
At the Yard David comes up and Charlie asks if he can help him. He says he
has got a note from Maria for him. He opens it and gives a wee smile. David
asks what funny. He says nothing and starts to walk away. Charlie says he
didn’t say he could go. Charlie quickly writes something does and asks if he
will give it to Maria. David says he is not his postman. Charlie puts the
letter in envelope and tells him just to give it to her. David takes it and
Back at the butchers and Claire is at the window with Thomas. She comes in
and says he forgot his butties. She tells him her mum came round and is
looking after Josh. He tells her it’s been weird today and that he will have
to change the name of the shop. Claire says she wants to do some name
changing of her own. She says she likes Thomas but was ill at the time and
wants the baby to be called Fred. She says his dad would like that and she’d
be hounded. Ashley hugs her. Just then Bev comes in with half of Fred’s
remains in a bistro jar. She says sorry and it was the only jar she could
get. Ashley asks if she has any respect. She says they could never agree
where to scatter the ashes, now they can do what they want. Ashley tells her
to get out.
Outside the Salon David is about to go in. Bev passes him. He doesn’t go in
but goes round the corner and sits at the bus stop. He opens the letter that
Charlie has told him to give to Maria. As he does he see what he has
written. “I’ll be round at six. Hope you and Rat boy didn’t eat all the
pizza” He then looks at the next sheet of paper. It’s one that Maria has
written that says, “Don’t text me as Sarah has my phone. Gutted about last
night. Can't wait to see you again. Love M xxx.” David does not look that
amused but has a small grin on his face.
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Martin's away for the weekend, but here's his report:
Well it is me back again - with the third part of tonight's episodes.
Your reporters here certainly agree with John Savident that there are
too many episodes, but Granada seem set to milk the soap for all its worth.
We start with Maria sweeping up the floor in Audrey's salon. Fizz comes
in and tells Maria how much she is enjoying the open road, she has a
whole new world thanks to her Kirkie buying her the scooter. She
invites Maria to join her and Kirkie to the Rovers for a drink. She
says it is likely that Liam would be there. Before she replies David
comes in with a note from Charlie. She opens it and smiles to herself
and tells Fizz that she wouldn't be going to the Rovers that night.
Sally comes round to the garage and tells Kevin that there was a letter
from Berlin for Rosie. Sally is worried that it maybe an invite for
Rosie to join Craig. Kevin is more relaxed about it He tells her that
she cannot refuse to give Rosie her letter, after all she could have
gone before but she didn't.
Sarah comes back from the wholesaler. Maria thinks she has been too
long, and immediately asks for her phone back. She asks Sarah if she
answered any calls for her, she says she didn't.
David asks Maria is she doing anything that night, and then invites
himself round, he says he owes her a pizza.
Over at the Websters, Rosie and Sally are sitting on the sofa. Rosie is
looking very depressed. Sally suggests inviting her mates around from
school, but she says she sees them everyday and doesn't want to see them
again in the evening. Sally's next suggestions is that they get a couple
of DVDs in.
Rita is locking up the cabin. Norris says that they will have to change
the alarm code for the shop when they return from holiday. Rita thinks
he is being silly
David is standing in an alleyway near to Maria's flat and notes Charlie
letting himself in.
In the Rovers Audrey apologises to Gail for not being more concerned
about David. However Gail says he is her responsibility and then turns
the conversation to Audrey and asks her if she is still being
cold-shouldered. She says she is. People are canceling appointments at
the salon. She calls them hypocrites.
Sean and Jamie are talking. Sean tells Jamie that Violet still has
feelings for him. However, Jamie tells Sean that he knows the situation
and therefore he cannot go with Violet.
Danny and Frankie come into the Rovers. Jamie and Frankie exchange glances.
Back at Maria's flat, Charlie (after a bit of 'ladies and gentlemen' as
one of our radio presenters refers to it!), says he will sort out Tracy
soon. Just as soon as the time is right. He then leaves. A few
moments later the doorbell rings. Maria rushes down, presuming it is
Charlie and shouting "what did you forget", only to find David on the
doorstep. He says he wants to talk to her about Charlie.
Rita decides to wind up Norris to Ken. She tells him to show Ken the
"idiot" cards he has written. Norris says they are helpful little
reminders. The first one reads "Don't forget to the turn the sign round
in the morning". Ken looks at Rita as they share the same thought.
Sally is explaining the synopsis of the DVD she and Rosie have been
watching. Rosie is not interested. She says she is not feeling any
better, she just wants to know that Craig is alright. Sally goes to her
handbag and gets out the letter. Rosie is very annoyed that she hadn't
been given the it before. Sally says that she wanted to 'protect' her.
Maria tries to fob off David by telling him that Charlie comes round to
the flat to do odd jobs. David says he is not stupid, but she insists
there is nothing going on between her and Charlie. Then David says
"Charlie has been knocking you off" ('ladies and gentlemen' is so much
more politer!). He tells her that he has read the note. She then
apologises to him for lying. David accuses Charlie of using her, but
Maria insists that is not right, they love each other.
Tracy is making Charlie a meal. She complains it is very difficult to
cook for him, because she never knows what time he will be back. He
then whispers pleasing words to her.
Having read Craig's letter, Kevin says that he is not interested in what
it said, but they (Kevin and Sally) and also the Croppers would just
like to know that Craig is alright. She tells them that he has found a
mate over there and has got himself a job. With that she decides to go
On the subject of bed ...in the Rovers Frankie accuses Danny of trying
to get her drunk so that he can get into his bed. Frankie tells him
that she is just not ready yet.
Sarah discusses with her Mum about Violet staying at Jason's house. She
claims "there is no smoke without fire".
Jamie has had enough. He cannot stand watching Frankie and Danny any
more, and storms out of the pub. Sean follows him out. Jamie claims to
Sean that the only reason that Frankie has moved in with Danny is
because she cannot face the truth that she really loves him.
After Maria has told David all about her and Charlie, he asks where does
Tracy fit in. He says it is obvious she is innocent of all this, so
maybe someone ought to tell her what is going on. Maria pleads with him
not to tell Tracy. She wants Charlie to be the one to tell her. When
Maria tells him that Charlie will tell Tracy soon, he is surprised that
she believes it. He won't "rock the boat" with two women who both want
him. David says he really doesn't want the aggro that telling her would
entail. Maria jumps up and hugs him and thanks him. He is about to
leave and tells her he will see her tomorrow.
That is it for me for another week. Margaret is up next covering for Anne.
Annie’s indisposed this week, so I’m standing in for her to bring you this Wednesday update.
The milk float is in the street in the darkness when a door opens and a mysterious figure appears. Oh, no, it’s Norris. He’s still in his dressing gown but he’s not planning on going far – just next door, in fact. Ken hastens down to answer the door and is startled to discover it’s Norris. He’s come to remind Ken that he promised he’d start at the Kabin today and they open at 7. “But it’s only 5.30!” Ken protests. Norris knows that, but the papers have to be ready for 7 and by the time Ken’s had his breakfast and a shower . . .
Frankie’s a bit startled to find Danny already up. He tells her it’s odd to be acting as if they’re a couple of total strangers. She avoids answering.
Kirk is testing Fizz on her road theory. He asks questions about double-red lines (they have some in London) and reversing. An annoyed Fizz points out that her vehicle is a scooter. “Give the book to Ches,” she commands. But Chesney doesn’t need the book. He moves one arm up and down. “What does this mean?” Fizz says it means she’s stopping or slowing down. “No. I’m a bird with one wing!” Ches hoots. Fizz doesn’t think it’s funny. “If I don’t pass my test I don’t get my freedom, and I’ve only got an hour,” she panics.
David’s kicking a ball about in the garden – Charlie’s garden, as it happens, and Charlie gives him a dirty look as he leaves the house. Gail comes out and tells him that an education official is due to come to talk to them today. David gives her some back-talk then wanders off, giving his own dirty look to Maria as he walks past the salon.
Ken is getting a hard time from Norris over his lack of professional retail skills. He’s about to throttle Norris when they’re interrupted by Rita, who’s really surprised to find Norris there. “Just giving him the benefit of my experience while I’m still around,” Norris explains. “Well,” says Ken. “If you’re talking about your time on earth, it’ll be shortlived!” Rita speaks to them in Hungarian (she’s been practising) and marches Norris right out of there to make him finish his packing.
Gail confesses to the education woman that she’s tried everything with David and she’s now at her wits end. “Perhaps you need some professional help,” the woman offers. “Perhaps counselling . . . They might want to see all of you though.” She explains that although David’s “exhibiting” the problem, sometimes there are factors that influence the whole family, not just the individual child. It might also make David feel less targeted, as if they’re all in it together.
In the pub, Emily wants to know what Norris wants on his sandwiches. Rita points out that a meal is included in the price of the flight. “I’m not eating that rubbish,” Norris says. “It tastes of plastic.” Rita says what sounds like the same Hungarian sentence again. Emily is impressed but Norris is annoyed. Rita won’t tell him what it means and he’s tried to look it up but can’t find it.
David’s eating his salad with his fingers. Gail is annoyed that he didn’t come back for the education visit. Gail tells him she will be in his face every minute of every day until he shapes up. “I’m going nowhere.” “Well I am,” he says, getting up to put on his coat. Gail shouts and him and he shouts back, then he leaves and they’re no further ahead.
Outside, he meets Maria, who thinks he seemed a bit off with her. She tells him he’s special to her. She was just going to call and see if he wanted a coffee. “Make it a beer and you’re on,” he says. As they walk down the street, Fizz comes along on her scooter with her licence tester on a motorbike behind her. The whole Battersby-Brown clan and Kirky are heading away from the chippie and they cheer and jeer and wave at her, distracting her so she almost doesn’t notice Blanche crossing the road. Screeech! She stops just in time. “Have you got a contract out on me or summat?” Blanche demands. As Maria and David go into her flat, Charlie spots them and gets out of his truck.
David is drinking a beer and he and Maria are having a good laugh. Then he asks why she’s wasting herself on Charlie. He asks why not her. “Don’t be daft,” she says and he looks upset. She tells him it’s the age difference. “I really do like you.” He puts his can down and gets ready to go. Maria tells him to stay. “You’re still my bezzy mate.”
Kirk is anxious that Fizz isn’t back. But he hears the scooter arrive. They agree they’re not going to ask her about it, so she doesn’t have to tell them. But when she comes in she says she’s passed. “You don’t have to look so shocked,” she says. It turns out that the incident in the street was an unscheduled emergency stop and she got good marks for it. Blanche thinks driving is genetic and wants Fizz to shout them all a drink.
Charlie’s in the office keeping an eye on his camera monitor. He rings Maria and finds out she’s got the afternoon off. “Why don’t I pop around?” he asks. She asks for a few minutes to get ready. David is hacked off. He thinks he might hang around but Maria tells him that if he does anything to mess things up with Charlie, she’ll never ever speak to him again.
David leaves, exchanging dirty looks with Charlie as he goes.
Rita and Norris are packing their bags into Les’s taxi, with Deirdre, Emily and Ken there to see them off. Norris remembers one last instruction. If any freebies come from that stationery firm, he ‘s to put them to one side. Rita answers in Hungarian. “She’s just making that up. It doesn’t mean anything.” As Norris gets into the taxi, Rita tells the farewell party what the sentence means: “Please excuse my friend. He has mental problems.”
David is skulking. There’s no other word for it. He’s keeping an eye on Maria’s door.
Inside, Charlie tells Maria he saw David leave. He wants to know what David wanted. Maria says they were just talking. “You’re digging yourself a deeper and deeper hole,” Charlie says. “He knows, doesn’t he?” Maria admits it and Charlie tells her off. Maria says David has a crush on him and will do what she wants. “Stop worrying. He’s not going to say a word to anyone.”
There’s a girly drinking party going on. Deirdre suggests she should have asked Bev, which brings a protest from the others. Liz comments that every morning Bev is all wild-eyed and wild-haired, clutching her ashes. “I swear, she talks to them ashes when she’s on her own.” Eileen does a Bev impression. Deirdre tells Frankie it’s her turn to have a moan. They ask about Danny and she says they’re taking it slowly, one step at a time. “So you’re not sleeping with him, then?” Liz asks. Frankie can’t deny it. The others suggest either she doesn’t fancy Danny or she doesn’t fancy It. Eileen thinks maybe she’s punishing Danny.
Fizz is setting off on a scooter expedition. She tells Kirk that she wants to do everything by the book now, so he can’t come with her, but she’s got her map and her butties.
Frankie gets home to Danny. He offers to cook or get a takeaway. “Do you want to ring now or leave it till later?” “Later,” she says, giving him a passionate kiss.
David is still skulking. He hides when he hears Danny leaving. Once Danny is out of sight he starts to damage the truck, scoring the side with a nail, then puncturing the tyres.
How about looking out of your kitchen window to find David Platt standing there staring in at you? That’s what happens to Tracy as this Friday episode opens. She shouts for Charlie and goes out to confront David. David says he’s just looking for his ball. Gail comes out of her own back door and starts strewing bits of food around – maybe they’ve got chickens since we last saw them. David picks up his ball and leaps back over the fence, leaving his mother none the wiser and Tracy a bit spooked.
Inside, Gail tells Sarah about the suggestion that everyone in the family should have counselling. Sarah can’t understand why David bunking school should mean she has to see a counsellor. Gail points out that talking about it together might be better than her just getting on at David all the time. David starts to laugh and Sarah thinks he just needs a good kick up the backside.
It’s the morning after the night before and Frankie has a secret smile on her face as she and Danny have breakfast. She tells him it felt right.
Charlie wanders along to work and finds David’s handiwork. Jason, who’s just discovered it himself, tells Charlie they’ll have to hire another truck because there’s a piece of reinforcing metal through the radiator of this one. Jason wonders whether it has anything to do with whoever broke into Maria’s flat the other week. Though he also wonders if Charlie has been playing away and the husband has found out.
As Blanche heads into the Kabin, Ken is on the phone to Norris, who is making his third phone call of the day to check that everything is going OK. Blanche waits until Ken’s finished and asks him whether there are any cameras going. She figures Ken can slip her a roll of scratch cards, she’ll go home and scratch them, they’ll cash in the winning ones, pay back the cost of the cards and split the difference on the rest. No. Ken is adamant. Blanche tells him all newsagents do it on the sly. No, they’ don’t, Ken assures her. He points out that he could go to jail for that. “They only get caught if they don’t cover their tracks,” Blanche says. When he won’t accept a 70:30 split in his favour, she stomps off.
Outside, as Tracy and Amy come out of their house, David is strategically positioned outside. “Shouldn’t you be at school, or borstal or wherever it is you go?” Tracy sneers. As she goes off muttering “Get lost, you little freak,” Maria comes out of the salon to talk to David. She points out David promised not to say anything. “You’ve got to be careful.” “No, you have, you mean,” he replies.
In the pub, Jamie and Violet are talking. He’s apologising. Violet thinks maybe it’s her, because things were fine with Jason at the beginning, too. Jamie, who seems in a much better mood, starts to tell her a joke, but stops when Frankie comes in and makes an excuse to leave. Nearby, Fizz is telling Maria a long story about spare tyres (she’s just discovered they come in different sizes and types). Maria is distracted by Tracy and her mum coming in. When Fizz goes to the loo, Maria listens as Tracy tells Deirdre how nice Charlie is being lately. Deirdre doesn’t believe it. “Mum, he declares his undying love to me every day, and that’s something he never did before,” Tracy says, thus proving she doesn’t know that ANY change in a man’s behaviour is a warning sign! Fizz comes back from the loo and Maria has to give up eavesdropping to Fizz can complain about tramlines.
There’s a man changing the tyres on Charlie’s truck and Charlie arrives in a hire van. David is lurking again and grins at this.
Charlie goes up to the office and opens the mail. There’s a good luck card among the bills and inside it says “Tut, tut, what will Tracy say?”
Violet and Frankie are chatting in the pub. They’re talking about Jamie. Frankie is sure he left just because Frankie came in, but Violet can’t work out his behaviour at all.
Blanche is back in the shop. She forgot her Horoscope magazine, but this earns her a lecture from Ken. “I’ll go and read it where I won’t be scoffed at.” She grabs a paper as well and is very put out when Ken wants payment. “Oh, come on. Fair dues with the scratch cards,” she says, “if it’s breaking the law. But no-one will miss these.” She says she’s not that desperate that she’d pay for them. She leaves them behind and, once again, stomps out. She stomps pretty well for someone with a Polish hip. Adam has come in. When he finds out that getting up at 5.30 has tired out Ken, he offers to stand in for a while.
Charlie takes the car to Maria. She tells him David’s just trying to wind him up. “Well, it’s working.” She says there’s no proof David trashed the van or sent the cards. And maybe it’s a good thing if it gets everything out in the open. Charlie is horrified. Maria’s upset she had to listen to Tracy babbling on about how wonderful Charlie is, but Charlie says it’s just because Tracy knows Deirdre hates him – Tracy has to praise him when she’s with her mum. But Maria can’t understand why they have to wait. “I’ve told you why. She’s not right in the head and if we get the timing wrong it could tip her over the edge. The question now is, what do we do about your little admirer.”
In the pub, Audrey doubts the counselling plan and Gail is defending it. Sarah is just sick of talking about David. She goes to the bar to get another round in and is suddenly a target for Bev, still leaning on the bar and clutching a large, shiny urn. Bev wants to know if Audrey would have had a surprise planned for Fred’s birthday today. Jason, at the bar, says he doesn’t think Bev should be talking to Sarah like that. Whatever Audrey did was nothing to do with Sarah. “It’s in the genes, love,” Bev snaps at him. “Right, so Shelley is going to end up like you is she? Glued to a barstool, bladdered by dinnertime and bitter with it!”
David sees Charlie and Tracy walking down the street and gives a wolf whistle. Charlie suggests to Tracy that maybe David has a crush on her. “I’ll crush him if it goes on,” she says through gritted teeth.
Frankie arrives at Number Seven to collect some stuff. Jamie lets her in but doesn’t say a word.
In the pub, Gail wants to know what Jason said at the bar. She’s worried Sarah is still hankering after him.
Adam is in the shop when Ken arrives back. Then Deirdre and Blanche walk in. Blanche has decided she’ll pay for her magazine after all. Ken’s explaining the problem to Deirdre when Bev brings in one of Fred’s magazines which has just been delivered. She cancelled his magazines when Fred died. Adam admits that he put it in the bag for delivery because it said in the book that she still took it. As Bev leaves, Blanche sees her chance. “I wonder what Norris will make of this,” she says gleefully. “Not 24 hours is gone and a grieving customer is put through torment.” It works and Ken buys her silence by saying she can have the magazine, though he makes it clear he’ll be taking the money for it out of his own pocket.
Gail is fed up. She tells all three other generations of her family that they’re going for counselling. Audrey wants to know who she thinks she is, laying down the law. Gail thinks she’s the only sane one. After all, she’s got a mother who is the talk of the street for gallivanting round with someone else’s man, a daughter who can’t wait to throw herself back at the man who ruined her life and a son that sends her poison pen letters and who hasn’t been to school in six months. David points out that she’s the one who married a psycho. “Yeah, well, nobody’s perfect!” she says defensively. Sarah points out that Gail wanted Social Services to take Bethany away, and Audrey points out that she accused Eileen of sending the letters. “If anyone needs counselling in this family, it’s you,” Audrey says. Gail says it doesn’t matter because they’re all going. “And that’s final!”
Frankie tells Jamie that Violet would like to get back together. She says he only thinks he’s got feelings for his stepmother, but he doesn’t really. “You know that’s not true,” he says, moving inside her comfort zone. Frankie suggests they get back to the way they were, but Jamie says that’s not possible. He says she’s kidding herself and really has feelings for him. Frankie just looks at him, shakes her head and leaves.
David is bouncing his ball outside the house. “Having fun?” asks Charlie. He tells David his fun is over. “You make one move and you’ll wish you never came out to play.” Charlie thinks it’s done, but as he walks away, David sneers “Is that right?” He says he wouldn’t make threats if he was Charlie. “Lay one finger on me and Tracy will know everything – unless you’re going to kill me, of course, but somehow I don’t think Maria is worth that much to you, is she? See you round.”
Well, is she? We’ll have to wait for Sunday’s episode to find out.
I will admit to never hiding my views on certain storylines in our
favourite programme. After all one of the pleasures of writing these
updates is to impose my views on my readers. And this time I will add a
little context. I am a step father. I just cannot see how Frankie is
attracted to Jamie. I cannot see how Jamie is attracted to Frankie. And
frankly I find the storyline entirely objectionable and anyway I fancy
Frankie! Having said that can I move onto events this evening.
Events in Weatherfield are copyright ITV Productions, written by John
Fay and directed by John Anderson.
Ken is selling David a card "With Deepest Sympathy" - theoretically to
Bev - but somehow I think he has another end. David asks after Tracy -
is she happy with Charlie. Ken responds that he thinks she is. As
David departs Ken observes that David is a really nice young man (little
does he know what we know ...) Outside David kicks a ball around
hitting Charlie's van setting off the alarm. Charlie and Tracy watch
from a bedroom window and Charlie tells David to be more careful and
Danny tries to convince Frankie that she does not need to go to work -
but she does not want to lose her independence - he suggests they go out
for Sunday lunch - and if she wants her independence she can drive and
pay. She turns down paying but agrees to the date.
Claire and Ashley are looking at the ashes in the gravy granules jar-
are they really Fred's or did they come from an ashtray? Claire tells
Ashley that she must speak to Bev. Across the road Liz is talking to
Bev suggesting that she should be with her family. Bev offers to move
out - but whilst Liz would like her to go, Bev wants to be useful.
At Roys Rolls Jason finds an excuse to sit at the same table as Sarah -
who could not care less. Jason again says that Violet means nothing to
her. Sarah says that David and Gail are doing her head in - David is
due to go back to school and they are at loggerheads. Sarah tells Jason
that they are going for family counselling. Jason even offers to join
Michelle turns up an hour late for work and gets a real telling off from
Bev - who opened up. Michelle points out that the clocks went back and
she has actually arrived 5 minutes early. Bev thought it was quiet and
asks Les why he had not told her she had opened early!! She throws him
out until opening time - in 5 minutes.
David posts a card through a front door. Charlie is lying on the sofa
reading the paper. The van alarm goes off again so Charlie turns it
off. Tracy finds the card and opens it - with a very nasty look on her
face. The card says "Sorry to hear Charlie has been such a bad boy. You
must be devastated". Charlie is trying to ignore it - but Tracy wants
to know what he has done. Is it about Charlie's and Shelley's baby?
She reckons the card is from Bev and intends to go and see her.
Jason offers to help Sarah and Bethany with a pumpkin. Jason offers
another apology to Sarah and he misses her. He wishes they were married
- but as she says they will never get their wedding day back.
Both Danny and Liam are at the office on a Sunday. Liam wants to know
why he is not at home with Frankie? She is at work says Danny - but
Liam reckons that there must be something wrong. Frankie wanders in and
confirms that Liam was winding up Danny! Danny tells Liam to finish the
work he has started. As they depart Danny suggest asking Jamie to join
them for lunch. Frankie tries to discourage him. They go to Frankie's
house and she asks Jamie if they can all come in. Danny invites Jamie
to join them for lunch so they can talk it all through. Frankie says
that she and Danny belong together. Jamie tries to tell Frankie that
she should not be with Danny. Danny goes and Frankie says she is
staying with him. Oh sorry it is just too much rubbish.
Liz asks Ashley if Bev can be moved out. Ashley refuses to assist in
removing her before the sale completes.
Gail and Sarah are looking at little Fred the baby in his pram. Inside
the Rovers Ashley is trying to talk to Bev - but she is drunk again.
Tracy comes over and thanks Bev for her card. Bev denies all knowledge
of any card and Tracy has to accept her denial. Gail and Sarah let slip
that David is at home - which Charlie overhears and decides to go and
move the van because of the complaints. Charlie moves the van in front
of the Platts' house, knocks on the door and when David answers he
throws him in the back of the van. Charlie starts threatening David but
the van door is opened by Liam who wants to know what is going on.
Charlie was trying to teach him a lesson. David denies everything. Liam
tells David to stay clear.
And that's all for this week.
K Richard W
Greetings all. I travelled about 140 miles (225 km) to bring you
tonight's report. I had been away for the weekend, but got back in time
to watch the episodes.
So we start off with Charlie chasing Maria into the street. Charlie
calls after Maria saying that she is making a big mistake. She heads to
Tracy's house and forces her way in. Before she even says a word,
Charlie condemns her as mad. Tracy tells Maria that she is going to
have to wait until she has finished drying her hair.
Norris returns from his holiday and sees Ken and Emily running the shop
and reflects it is "Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson" (aah, 'Sing little
birdy, sing this song, ...' - You will need to Google them if you
haven't heard of them before). He tells them that he has seen Rita in
hospital. She must be very tired, he comments because she keeps falling
off to sleep.
Back at Tracy and Charlie's place Maria is losing her temper. She
unplugs the hairdryer. Maria, in tears, tells Tracy that she has been
having a relationship with Charlie. She tells her that Charlie said
that you were mental and was going to leave you. Tracy asks how long
that this is going on. Maria says three months. Charlie tries to smirk
it off. Meanwhile Tracy drags Maria into the street as they start to
fight. Maria says that she can prove she knows Charlie, because she
knows where his tattoo is (maybe at the top of his arm ?!).
Ken and Deidre now want to know what is happening. Tracy says
"nothing". Ken then takes Deidre home, much to Norris' annoyance, who
wanted Ken to keep working.
Kevin's father arrives and he and Kevin go off to the pub. Sally
reminds them not to be late for their meal.
Cilla and Les tell Norris about Chesney's plight in being unable to gain
useful employment as a paper boy,. Norris tells him he can start, on trial.
The Charlie v Tracy war continues with Tracy asking Charlie to pour her
a brandy. She says she wants answers. She accuses him of sleeping with
Maria. He says that he is not sleeping with her, it was more of a
fumble (!). Then Tracy remembers the stag do that he went to in Leeds.
Was he really with her? He claims that Maria made the first move. It
was a "one night stand", he claims. Tracy says that three months is a
long night (!). Charlie tries to apologise to Tracy again. She then
recalls that three months ago they were patching things up regarding the
Shelley affair. She throws here drink at him and takes her handbag and
Tracy goes to the canal and her phone rings. Realising it is Charlie
she throws the phone into the water.
Deidre marches round to Charlie and demands to see Tracy. He says she
is not there. So she asks him if he has been sleeping with Maria.
Charlie responds with "Glasshouses, Deidre, Glasshouses".
Maria goes round to Fiz and confesses what has been going on. Fiz
cannot believe what has been going on and Maria hasn't said anything.
Fiz tells her that she has been done by every trick in the book.
Over in the Rovers, Jamie confronts Frankie. He asks her if she liked
the flowers that he sent. She gives a non-committal response that she
Hayley sees Emily in the pub, and says she would like to follow up her
suggestion of doing some voluntary work. Norris eyes look upwards and
remarks that the church is becoming very welcoming. Gail, who is
sitting with them at the pub asks what he means. He says that Hayley is
Kevin and Bill return home late for supper. The food has been
overcooked and not edible. Kevin explains his father took a liking to
the barmaid (Michelle) at the Rovers. He offers to get them all fish
Tracy is walking in the street (a streetwalker?!). Deidre comes out and
tells her that if she goes back she will have no self respect. However
she goes into see Charlie. He is lying on the couch. She tells him
that she needs a new phone because she threw the other one in the
canal. She says that she used to love coming home, but now the place
feels contaminated because she has been there. Tracy now wonders if
Charlie charged Maria rent at the flat. She likens Maria to a
prostitute. He says he is going to bed in the spare room. She says she
cannot sleep because her mind is drawing vivid images of him and Maria
'at it'. Again Charlie tries to apologise, and says that he won't
leave because then it will be like giving up on her. He reaffirms that
Maria meant nothing to him. He asks for forgiveness. He tries to kiss
her, but Tracy says it won't wash. She goes up to bed leaving Charlie
on the couch.
So will Tracy get her revenge?
What will Maria do?
Where does David fit into all this and his 'love' for Maria?
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Yes, me again. Amanda had something come up so here I am with Monday’s first episode.
We open with two of the street’s residents meeting and exchanging greetings. “Morning, Dead Meat.” “Brickin’ it,” David smiles back at Charlie. Charlie tells him he’s just waiting for the right moment. “Just you, me, my steel-capped boots and your stupid thick skull.” Tracy comes up and David asks who did her hair, his gran or Maria? Tracy takes Charlie’s arm and tells David: “Oh, go and be weird somewhere else.”
Outside Ken’s, Emily has obviously just imparted some news about Rita. “It’s not the foot that’s the problem,” she tells him. “The operation went well. Now she’s developed a deep-vein thrombosis and they won’t let her fly for at least three weeks.” Wait, it gets worse. Yes, Norris is coming back on his own, but he’d like Ken to open the Kabin. Can’t wait to see those two working together!
In the Webster household, Rosie is reading a letter. Sophie, who has a great future ahead of her as an actress (oh... wait...) says a little over-dramatically: “Dear Rosie, Ich would write more but my heart is kaput!” “Your legs will be kaput in a minute!” mutters Rosie. Sally suggests she show a little sensitivity. “They don’t teach that at my cheap-o school,” Sophie counters. Kevin is on the phone to his dad. Turns out Bill is coming for a visit. At 4 o’clock today! Sally goes into panic mode. “Rosie, stop pining. That bathroom could do with a good scrub!” Rosie echoes all of us: “Hello? What happened to sensitivity?” Sally tells Sophie she can bunk off school if she helps her sister clean the house from top to bottom. Sophie takes that as her cue to head for school. Rosie looks upset. She tells Sally that her grandad is a reminder of the whole Paris scenario. “I know, love,” says Sally sympathetically. “Make sure you bleach under the rim.”
David goes into the salon to see Maria and tells her Charlie “went all muscle-Mary on me.” He points out that Charlie is always with Tracy. “I’m just bringing it to a head for you.” Maria tells him that she and Charlie are playing the long game. She invites David round for a takeaway later in the week. “Thanks for not telling Tracy,” she says. “You’re one of the most loyal mates I’ve ever had.”
Chesney goes to Les with a trainer that really has seen better days. It looks as if Schmeichel had it for lunch then changed his mind. Les tells Cilla Chesney wants a new pair of trainers. “Are they a bit last-season?” Cilla sneers. Chesney heads for the door with his schoolbag, but Les stops him to say he’ll just have to get a part-time job. Ches points out he’s too young. “If Queen Victoria were on the throne, you’d be married with four kids by now,” his mum points out. “Or up a chimney. Or pick-pocketing in Trafford Centre.” Les comes over all fatherly and tells him a nice little paper round will get him the trainers by Christmas.
Senile amnesia must be finally getting to Emily. She’s behind the counter in the Kabin with Ken. “You know, when I was a little girl,” she tells Rosie, “My toy shop was my most precious possession. Now look at me.” Ah, all those years at Gamma Garments meant so little to her she can’t even remember them. . . As Rosie leaves, Hayley comes in and stops her to say she and Roy have a postcard from Craig. Rosie is just worried about whether Craig said he missed her. But it turns the conversation to how useful Hayley felt when they had Craig to look after. When Ken goes to answer the phone, Emily tells Hayley that volunteer work might make her feel more useful.
Charlie is stopped in the street by Maria. She tells him David nearly beat him to tell Tracy. He says he’s had a talk to David. “What are you doing at lunchtime?” And Maria goes off quite happy.
Over to the cafe now. “Take, take, take! The Western World revolves around kids,” moans Cilla, who certainly couldn’t ever be accused to buying into that world. Even Roy thinks the pendulum might have swung a little far in that direction. Deirdre agrees. Teachers get no backup in dealing with kids. That sets off Cilla on a rave against teachers... more holidays than they know what to do with etc. “If our Chesney needs a slap, I’ll do t’onours, thank you very much. Be glad when he leaves home!” She tells Deirdre that if Fizz ever starts “sprogging” she won’t be doing any babysitting or knitting any bootees! Jamie comes in and wants to know if Danny is still giving Frankie the full charm offensive. He tells her he know she feels the same way as he does and he’ll wait for as long as it takes. “I know your head’s as wrecked as mine, only yours is a lot prettier,” he says. Frankie sighs as he leaves.
Charlie’s in Maria’s flat, getting dressed. Well, I suppose the ad break was nearly four minutes long . . . He gives Maria a bit of a hug and a few chat-up lines, comments on a picture of her mother. Maria wishes he could meet her. Maria starts to moan on about how she’ll be on her own in the flat that night, but Charlie says he’s got no intention of wasting the time they do have by arguing. “David reckons you’ve got no intention of leaving her,” Maria says. Charlie says something flippant about David’s life experience and Maria goes back to work. Charlie flings himself down on the sofa and then puts his hand behind him. Ah, it’s Maria’s phone.
Gail is moaning about having to work late at the surgery. David is already ignoring her, but when he gets a text he rushes upstairs, saying he has to have a shower.
Rosie’s at the garage pleading for a job or something to do. She says cleaning makes her even more depressed about Craig. Sally comes out of the factory and sends her off to buy a bunch of roses, much to Rosie’s annoyance. It’s clear she’s worried about Craig snogging other girls while he’s in Berlin.
Cilla is in the Kabin with Chesney, pleading for Ken to give him a job, even though Ken tells her he doesn’t have hiring and firing powers.
Around the corner, David presses the bell outside Maria’s flat. He leans on the wall, trying to look cool, and is startled to be grabbed and whisked into the hall by Charlie, who quickly shuts the door behind them.
Gail is picking up litter from the garden and lecturing her mother about taking no excuses when it comes to the counselling.
“Do you want bubbles?” Charlie asks David, whom he has kneeling by the bath with his hands tied behind him. “I’m going to wash your dirty little mouth out. Not looking so brave now are you?” David says if Charlie lets him go he’ll never say a word. And suddenly we are seeing David from under the water as he pleads with Charlie. Charlie dunks his head under the water again and again, pausing only to say a few words to him between each dunking.
In the pub, Ken and Emily are being congratulated by the rest of the Barlow clan for not burning down the Kabin. A serious discussion ensues about the number of toffees eaten and paid for by Emily, which sends Tracy into a bout of yawning. She leaps up. “Keep me posted on toffeegate,” she says, leaving. Les and Cilla come over and ask Ken sarcastically if he’s cleared his pint with head office. Ken says he’ll talk to Rita, but Cilla says Ches has lost the work ethic now.
David is still being dunked and he’s still pleading, though now he’s gagging and spluttering as well. Charlie tells him he can’t go until he’s answered a very important question. “Who put the ram in the ram-a-lang-a-ding-dong?” “Eh?” asks David. “Is the wrong answer!” And David’s under the water again. “I can’t breathe,” he gasps as he surfaces. “Sounds good to me,” says Charlie. “Who put the bop in the bop-she-wop-du-wop.” David is crying so much now he’s shaking. His head is under the water again as Maria walks in. He breaks free and shouts “He tried to drown me.” Charlie says David got wet after he broke in to run himself a bath. “I won’t you to go,” Maria tells Charlie.
Back at Gail’s, she’s ironing when David races in and straight up the stairs. “Aren’t you a bit old for water bombs?” she calls after him.
In the cafe, a large bunch of flowers arrives from Jamie, though Roy assumes they’re from Danny. Frankie makes out she’s got masses of flowers at home and give them to Hayley.
Charlie is drying off and says he should keep a few clean shirts at Maria’s. She demands to know why. All he ever does is pop round for a quickie before going back to his girlfriend. “Pratt strikes again,” he says. Maria points out that David is only 15. Charlie was just trying to stop him telling Tracy about them. Charlie agrees. He’ll decide when and where Tracy is told. Maria doubts he plans to finish with Tracy at all. “Life doesn’t come in neat little packages, Maria,” he tells her. He has to factor in Tracy’s feelings, and Amy’s. “Pardon me for having a scrap of integrity.” Maria looks at him. “Maybe I should tell her myself.” She’s crying and tells Charlie she’s hurt. “I get the crumbs off the table and she gets to be with you all the time.” She’s determined to tell Tracy. She’s off out the door before Charlie can stop her.
Phew! Another episode will be along in half an hour (metaphorically speaking).
Hi all, here’s the update for Wednesday 1st November.
Ken is just sending Chesney off on his first paper round when Norris comes
rushing out of the Kabin, worried that he won’t have time to get it all done
As Ches sets off, Danny and Frankie get out of the car in front of the
factory and Sally Webster says goodbye to her daughters as she heads off for
work. Sophie is moaning about the fact that her dance shoes are scruffy.
Sally tells her she can buy some with her birthday money, and rushes off,
leaving Bill to explain to Kevin that Sophie has a new dance teacher and
doesn't want to be seen in scruffy dance shoes.
In the house across the road, Tracy is making breakfast when Charlie comes
downstairs, but she won’t speak to him at first. Then she tells him that he
can’t say anything that she would want to hear, and wonders how many other
‘sad little tarts’ he’s got on the go. He tells her that all he wants is to
make it up to her, but she tells him to pack his bag.
In the Platt residence, Gail is watching through the curtains. She tells
Sarah that Charlie seems to be going to work, he’s not got any bags with him
so Tracy can’t have thrown him out. Just then they are amazed to see David
come downstairs dressed in his school uniform. “Where are you going?” asks
Gail. Sarah is of the opinion that he’s winding them up, but he assures
Gail that he’s going to school. She gets his dinner money.
As he steps out of the front door, David sees Charlie pull up across the
road in his truck, so he dives down and hides behind the wheelie bin.
Charlie, however, has other things on his mind as he spots Maria walking
across the road. He tells her she blew her big chance, he meant everything
he said. “My big chance for what?” asks Maria, “to be lied to and
humiliated like Tracy?” Just then Audrey hails her from outside the salon.
Charlie puts on his most seductive look. “You’ve never had another man like
me,” he murmurs, “you said that more than once.” Maria looks at him
scornfully. “And now I never want another one,” she snorts as marches off.
Jason comes out of his house, “No black eyes? No stab wounds?” he quips,
“looks like you got off lightly.” Charlie is not amused, and as they get in
the truck and drive off, David comes out from behind his bin. Maria is just
putting the A-Board outside the salon and sees him walk past. David
confesses that he’s sure Charlie is going to blame him for all the trouble,
but Maria thinks Charlie has got other things to worry about. David tells
her he’s off to school, at least there he’s out of Charlie’s way. Maria is
sure Charlie won’t bother David, but David isn’t convinced. “Trust me,” he
tells her, “I know nutters!”
Deirdre has gone across to Tracy and is amazed that she hasn’t left Charlie
already. Tracy tells her she has no intention of leaving, it’s her home, and
what is the alternative, a tiny room in a shared terraced with Deirdre, Ken,
Blanche and Adam. Deirdre argues that it’s not good for Amy to be in an
environment where there are arguments and fights.
In the salon, Sarah is telling Audrey how surprised they were that David has
gone off to school, and thinks there is something dodgy going on. Maria
says they should give him the benefit of the doubt for once. Audrey comments
that Maria always sees the best in everybody, even people like Charlie
Stubbs who take advantage. Maria wonders how she could have been so stupid,
and Audrey tells her that we all do stupid things and she’ll probably do it
again, or something equally as stupid. Sarah comments that her gran is the
Just then Bill comes in, wondering if he can get his hair trimmed. Audrey
sits him down and asks if Maureen is with him. Bill says she’s not. Audrey
asks if she knows about Fred and Bill says he’ll tell her when he gets back.
They then come to an arrangement whereby she cuts his hair and he agrees
to put up some shelves for her.
Tracy is in the Kabin talking to Ken. He is trying to persuade her to come
home, but Tracy is still reluctant. She asks Ken and Norris what people are
saying about her. Norris says there seems to be as great deal of sympathy
for her predicament. “Well there’s a first!” says Tracy angrily as she
snatches her purchase up and walks out.
Violet sees Jamie on the pavement and greets him. Jamie says he has
Frankie’s mail and has just seen her going into the pub. She offers to take
it in there for him as she’s just going in to work, but he says he’d like to
take it himself. They go inside and he hands Frankie the pile of post. She
asks if he’d like to sit down with her but he refuses, telling her to read
Janice and Fizz are at the bar, talking to Michelle about the
Tracy/Charlie/Maria situation. Maria
Further along the bar, Maria is with Sarah, she knows they are talking about
her. Sarah’s advice is to ignore them.
Going through her mail, Frankie finds a hand-written note, and opening it
discovers it’s from Jamie, spelling out just how he feels. She looks up and
finds him staring at her across the room. She gets up and goes into the
Liam comes in and stands beside Maria. “Now it all becomes clear,” he says.
He tells Maria she could have told him, or at least given him a clue. “I
would have thought Charlie pushing you up against the wall was a bit of a
clue,” she says. She adds that she’s sure he’ll get over it. “Only if you
say ‘yes’ the next time I ask you out,” he says. She smiles.
Frankie comes out of the Ladies and stares at Jamie. She then heads for the
door, only to bump into Danny coming in. She refuses an offer of a drink,
saying she’s got to get to work.
Gail and Audrey see David walking home from school. Audrey thinks that if
David is now back at school there is no need for ‘all this counselling
palava’. Gail points out that David has gone to school for one day – it’s a
step in the right direction, nothing more.
Chesney arrives back at the Kabin. He tells Norris he got every paper in
the right door, so can he have his money now. “I’m sorry?” queries Norris,
and then tells him he’ll get paid at the end of the week, it’s standard
In the café, Frankie tells Jamie he shouldn’t have sent her the letter. He
tells her that in the pub he wanted to tell her in front of everyone how
much he loves her. She stares at him for a moment. “I know you do,” she
says. Just then the door opens and Roy comes down from upstairs. Jamie
Charlie goes into the salon and asks to speak to Maria. Audrey tells him
she’s busy, so Charlie just comes out with it. “I want you out of the flat,
today!” Audrey starts to protest that he has to give her notice but Maria
stops her. “It’s fine,” she says, “I was already going.” After he’s left,
Sarah asks where she’s going to go. Maria confesses that she doesn’t know,
but she wasn’t going to let him know that. Fizz is sitting there having her
hair done and says that of course, Maria is coming back to the flat they
used to share. Maria is grateful and Audrey tells her to learn from this –
men like Charlie come and go but her friends will be there forever.
Ken and Deirdre are in the café, discussing Tracy’s situation. Roy thinks
his and Hayley’s situation is an example of how love can overcome obstacles.
Frankie looks thoughtful.
Charlie arrives home to find that Tracy is dumping his stuff outside the
front door. She tries to stop him getting in but he pushes past her. “This
is my house!” he reminds her. She tells him it’s her home. He says that
her home is across the street. She says that they were a proper couple but
he ruined it so he’s the one that pays. He tells her that he has paid – for
everything, her clothes, her food, her kid. He goes outside and picks up a
bag that she has chucked out. “Now you’ve had some practice you can pack
your own bags,” he says. She tells him she’s staying. “Me too!” he says,
barging his way back in.
In the Webster residence, Bill has arrived back with a present for his
granddaughter – a pair of dance shoes! And for Rosie, a voucher. He tells
Sally he’s got a lot of catching up to do in the spoiling them rotten
Frankie comes out of the café and sees Jamie sitting outside in the van. He
tells her he’s been waiting for her and she gets in. She tells him she’s
scared of her feelings. “So you do feel the same,” he says. She says it’s
not that simple. They kiss! Then she gets out of the van and runs off down
She goes into the pub and finds Danny. “Listen,” she says to him, “Why don’t
we move to Spain? It would be a new start and we’d be near Warren.” She
kisses him, “Come on Dan, it would be brilliant!”
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Well, it’s Friday again, and that’s means it’s time for Tracy to shout at Charlie again. But before she does, has anyone got any idea where she gets money from? What did she do before she moved in with Charlie? I know Steve pays some money for Amy. Is that all she gets? Was she on some kind of benefit before? Were Ken and Deirdre supporting her?
Anyway, as we open, Charlie and Jason drive up and park outside Number 6 in the truck. Tracy is outside her house and tells Charlie she’ll have him out of the house. He points out that it’s his house. “I don’t do guilt and I don’t give away houses. So either we make up or you’re the one that’s out. Which?” Tracy tells him he’s the one who’ll be out. She stalks across the street to the Barlow house, where Deirdre is watching from the doorway. No, there’s no sign of Amy. Deirdre asks her to come round for a coffee later. Tracy goes off somewhere towards the Rovers end of the street. (Has anyone spotted her tactical error?) Charlie tells Jason he gave Tracy the choice and she didn’t take him seriously. “Come on. Let’s get this done.”
At Gail’s house, David asks what the point of the counselling session is. Audrey can’t tell him. Gail says it’s so they can understand why they have problems. “We know why,” says Sara. “’Cause of him.” An indignant David says: “Oh, so it’s just going to be a blaming me session is it? Only instead of the three of you doing it, let’s get a professional in.” He goes off to school. Audrey and Sarah head for the salon.
Bill’s found a tool box under Kev’s stairs. He borrows it to go and put up shelves for Audrey. Kevin thinks it’s a bit much that Audrey wants Bill to work on his holiday. Bill tells Tyrone he can’t understand why he puts up with such a bad boss.
At No 6, Charlie and Jason have finished fitting new locks on the doors. Charlie says all that’s left is to get the downstairs windows locked. “She’ll never get through that,” Jason says, pointing at the front door. “She’ll be in through the letterbox, given half a chance,” Charlie tells him. He sees Maria going to work and calls out a greeting. Maria looks like a frightened rabbit.
Jamie goes into the cafe and finds out Frankie’s not there. Roy doesn’t know what she’s doing. At a table, Cilla points at her bosom and says: “I mean, look at that.” Roy looks, only to be told she didn’t mean him. Roy backs off with his eyes averted! Yana isn’t quite sure what Cilla’s problem is. Cilla explains that she’s always had ample and she’d still like the same amount, just in a different shape. “Same amount. I just want it landscaping.” She hushes Yana as Les comes in to get cakes for Eileen. Yana asks him, if he could change anything about Cilla’s body, what would it be? Les says he wouldn’t change a thing. “What does he know?” huffs Cilla when he’s gone. She tells Yana she’s doing it for herself, not for Les.
Tracy is sitting at Deirdre’s table with her head in her hands. Deirdre and Blanche can’t understand why she’s still living under the same roof as Charlie. She says she’s as entitled to that house as Charlie is. “Have you no pride?” asks Blanche. “Do you not care what folk think about you – that you must be soft in the head putting up with his behaviour.” Tracy points out that she’s not putting up with it. He’s made a fool out of her and he’s going to pay for it.
That might be doubtful. Violet finds Charlie and Jason in the ginnel, “just helping someone move house,” Charlie tells her. He and Jason go to the Barlow’s yard, dump bags and boxes and leave quickly.
Audrey is telling Maria she’s not the first to be taken in by Charlie, but Maria’s annoyed with herself for falling for his lies. Bill has nearly finished the shelf and Audrey tells him she wants to pay the going rate. She’s not after any favours. “But I might be,” he says, and she goes all coy, preening and saying she won’t ask what he means by that.
At the Barlows’, Deirdre is getting it clear – it’s Charlie’s name on the mortgage and on the deeds for the house. Tracy says she’s his partner living there and that gives her rights. “After ten years, maybe,” says Blanche. “You’ve barely managed ten weeks.” They’re interrupted by Tracy getting a text from Charlie. “Locks changed. Bags in yard. Bye bye.
Yep, all the stuff is in the yard. “The rat!” says Tracy.
Frankie and Danny are in the street and Frankie wants him to have a drink with her later because she wants to have a really good talk. Tracy comes out and tests her key in the lock at No 6. Then she shouts up at the house, but if Charlie’s here he’s not answering. Deirdre pleads with her to give up and come back to live with them. “No. He’s not getting rid of me that easily. He needn’t think he is!” She stamps off.
Even the yard is locked up and Charlie won’t reply to Tracy’s shouts there, either. Roy hasn’t seen them. When he tries to give one of his really precise answers, Tracy is exasperated. “Are you bonkers or what?” “I’ve suspected that on occasion,” Roy admits.
Bill returns the tools and suggests they have a boys’ night out on the town. Kevin and Tyrone are both reluctant to commit to it without checking with Sally and Molly. Bill thinks they’re too much under the thumb.
Cilla and Yana are wandering down the street eating hot chips. They’re still talking about their appearances. Yana is more worried about lines and wrinkles than anything else. Cilla points out that this is because Yana’s skinny. “Your skin’s not firm like mine is.” My theory exactly! Inside the house, they continue talking about botox, nose jobs. Yana doesn’t have the money. “I haven’t sold half my worldly goods like you have.” Cilla says cattily that she’d look very strange if she could only afford to get one eye done. Yana replies in kind and they’re glaring at each other.
The counsellor has arrived at Gail’s. Sarah and Audrey are a bit late. David is hanging around in the kitchen. Audrey is very gushing towards the counsellor. They all sit down and after a bit of sniping to and fro, Simone says she’s there to get things rolling and then to be referee. She asks each of them to define their role within the family. Gail starts and says her role is shopping, cooking, cleaning. David’s role is to make life interesting. Sarah’s a trainee hairdresser and mother. Audrey is a widow, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Audrey says they have their ups and downs, but she doesn’t think they need counselling.
Blanche tells Deirdre that locking out Tracy is the best thing Charlie could have done for her. She tells that to Tracy, who doesn’t agree.
Sarah is saying that David is the whole problem. But every time anyone brings up anything horrible from the past (David’s cards, Gail marrying a murderer) Audrey tries to shut them up, saying they don’t need to go into all that. Simone gives them all one wish to do with the family. Sarah wants David to go and live somewhere else. Gail wishes she’d been a wiser woman when it came to men and marrying them. Audrey wants everyone to be nicer to each other. David wants to be someone else. “I don’t like who I am,” he says, close to tears.
Bill offers Les a drink at the bar. He asks Les to join them, but Les isn’t sure Cilla would like that. At a nearby table, Frankie tries to tell Danny why she’s going on about Spain. “We need to start again, and not just round here, because too much has gone on round her. We need to get away.” Danny realises she’s serious. “Alright, fair enough. We’re off to Spain then.” Tracy and Deirdre come in. Deirdre wants to keep the lock-changing from Ken, but Tracy says he’ll find out from Blanche anyway.
Jamie’s in the street when Danny and Frankie come out. Frankie stops Danny from telling him about Spain.
Bill tells Kevin and Les that the women round here must have some big thumbs. Tracy tells Deirdre that most of the time it was good with Charlie. Deirdre only heard about the bad bits. The boys head out for their night out, though Kevin and Tyrone have curfews.
As Tracy and her mother head from the pub, they see Charlie bringing home a blonde and he makes sure they see him kissing her in the street. “I swear, I am going to kill him,” Tracy says – and she seems to mean it.
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Tracy is applying full warpaint. She is going back to Charlie - she
wants to spend the rest of her life with him. Tracy gets what she wants
from Charlie - excitement and passion - and she wants the house, the
style of life and she is certain that he will have no other women! AAs
she crosses the Street with Dreary in tow the latter asks Ken to change
her mind. No luck at all. She knocks on Charlie's door and when he
says he was busy she marches past him. There is blonde on the sofa and
Tracy gives her her marching orders. She tells Tracy that Charlie gives
a girl a good time - but then Tracy already knows that.
Danny is reading the Sunday paper - but Frankie says he needs to go and
see Liam over selling the factory. Frankie reminds Danny about how she
is affected by the heat - especially when she is wearing a bikini. If
he sells the factory he gets everything he wants.
Bill is telling Sally about where they all went for a drink the previous
night - except the truth.
The Platts are having Sunday lunch. David does not like broccoli and
after arguing with Audrey he leaves to get a burger. No obvious sign of
family harmony emerging yet.
Frankie is in Roy Rolls when Jamie arrives and tells her she is gorgeous
(carefully shot to hide the pregnancy). He asks here back to the house.
Sally and Molly arrive and order. Jamie says he will wait for her.
Emily is taking Hayley to volunteering session through the church. They
Deirdre, Blanche and Ken discuss Tracy's actions. Blanche says they
should do nothing - she speaks on behalf of Tracy - pointing out that
their daughter always does just what she wants to do.
At Charlie's Tracy says that what she wants is Charlie. He smiles.
Tracy says that he is right - she is pleading to return. The
relationship works - they need each other. She wants him. Bringing the
blonde back made her jealous - Charlie won. She could not sleep all
night - she loves him and wants him to take her back (Charlie admits
that he spent the night tossing and turning as well - after all the
blonde and Maria both gave him something he was not getting from Tracy -
in the latter case no kid, no family, no baggage). Throughout it all
Charlie smiles. Charlie does not believe Tracy. She says he is the
best thing that ever happened to her - they turn each other on. She
gets up to leave. He says sorry and tells her to stay - offering her a
drink. He admits the blonde was a game and Maria is not a patch on
Tracy - and that is the truth. Tracy gives him a word of warning - one
more wrong move and he is a dead man.
In the Rovers Jason tries to find out what is wrong with Sarah. Danny
tells Liam he might be interested in selling - not sure on the price.
Jason tries to convince her to go to the firework display - she says no
but she lets him buy her a drink.
In the Rovers Bill, Tyrone, Kevin and Jason are discussing the previous
night - apparently they went to a lap dancing club. Molly arrives and
after a drink she and Tyrone leave, meeting Les in the Street - he is
not surprised Tyrone is tired - only an hour's sleep after he got back
from the lap dancing club (oops the secret is out). Molly starts
shouting at Tyrone.
Tracy goes back to the Barlows and packs to move back across the road.
Dreary asks Tracy to leave Amy behind. Tracy says that she knows what
she is doing. Tracy has put her clothes away and Charlie is sure that
Tracy will trust him again and whilst he never thought a woman would
tame him it seems Tracy can.
Jamie returns to the cafe - he holds Frankie's hand and says he wants
her now. Then he asks her to kiss him. But Danny arrives he wants to
take Frankie away and Roy agrees that she can leave early. Frankie
whispers to Jamie to do nothing.
Emily and Hayley returned. She is being offered work with ex-offenders.
Her status led to some awkward looks and Hayley is not happy.
Molly goes round to Gail's for the fireworks - leaving Tyrone at home -
she has grounded him and claims that Bill and Kev should be grounded as
well for going to a lap dancing club. Kevin blames his dad but Sally
sets about them both with a tea towel.
Liam wants to talk more about the factory to Danny.
Tyrone tells Les off for opening his mouth.
The Platts let off a load of fireworks and Charlie and Tracy listen to
them. Tracy tells Charlie that she would like to see the fireworks and
they go outside together to watch the rockets and roman candles. Tracy
of course makes full use of the audience to demonstrate her love for
Charlie, although when he is looking elsewhere she has a look of
complete disgust on her face. Clearly a plan is being hatched. Charlie
count your balls and for goodness sake make sure you know where they are
at all times.
Well apart from the continuing Danny, Frankie and Jamie nonsense the
rest of this evening was generally fun. My money is on Charlie
outwitting Tracy - but I have been wrong before.
See you all next week.
K Richard W
First part of the normal two episodes
This episode of CORONATION STREET is
Written by Chris Fewtrell,
Produced by Steve Frost and
Directed by Piotr Szkopiak.
Coronation Street is made by ITV Productions.
At number six Charlie is finishing off his breakfast. He tells Tracy that it
was superb and says “And there’s me wondering why I took you back” She
tells him it took a lot for her to walk back in through the door. Tracy then
tells him he is on his last chance. Charlie then asks if she wants to go to
the Rovers and she replies it would not be the first time they have given
people in there something to talk about. Charlie replies, “And I’m sure it
won’t be the last”
Out in the street Danny tells Frankie that he can’t go to Spain as he needs
to sort out the business and with Jamie. She tells him that she thinks he
will take the news better from her but Danny says he will tell him and is
not hiding behind her he and Jamie have unfinished business.
Over at the Batterby’s household Cilla is putting make up on for the plastic
surgeon, “I want him to appreciate what he’s working with. He’ll have a
tough job making me better looking” Yana tells Cilla how excited she is. Fiz
says asks how shes going to pay for this. Cilla says it’s reasonable and she
can pay installments. Cilla asks Les how big he wants them. Les cups some
imaginary bazoomahs then says, “I’ll be back in a minute”
At the Duckworth’s Vera asks Jack what he wants for his birthday. Jack says
he doesn’t want any presents and no party. Vera says he’ a miserable swine.
Tyron says, “It’s your seventieth? You kept that quiet” Jack replies saying
he did and she might as well put an advert in the Gazette, he then looks at
Vera asking if she did. Tyron says he has to go out for and party. Molly
say’s they know what happen last time. Jack says if he puts it like that,
they have to go out. Vera hits him on the head and says for him not to even
think about it.
At the Webster’s Sophie says no to her breakfast as she has dance class.
Rosie asks if they teach lap dancing, “I’m thinking of learning it myself. I
mean, if I am going to go to Uni I will need a part time job. Loads of
students do it” Kevin tells her none of his daughters will be doing that.
Rosie says they are all someone’s daughter. Sally says she has put him in
his place. Rosie then says she would have been punished if she’d done
anything like that. Sally agrees and tells a Kevin he grounded.
In the Corner shop Amber tells Dev Les has bene hanging round the fruti and
veg for ages. Dev tells her as long as he doesn’t lift anything its ok. She
then says she thinks she seen him but things down his top and says he did
take them back out. Amber then leaves. Dev asks Les what he is doing and is
told Cilla is going for a boob job and wants to know what size he’d like.
Les asks what do you think?' Dev seeing he has a lemon and lellon one both
side of his chest says he can sue if she comes back like that. Jamie gets a
call from Danny asking if they can meet for a talk but he tells him he is
too busy and hangs up. He tells Sean he will go to the cafe and find out
from Frankie what he is up to. Sean tells him he wishes he would just leave
things alone but Jamie says some times you cant.
Out in the street Tracy asks Deirdre if she will have Amy so she can go out
with Charlie. She says no and asks why she is back with him. Tracy says,
“Why can’t you just trust my judgement? If you think you are the only one
laid in bed at night tossing and turning over this then you couldn’t be more
mistaken. Mum, it just feels right. It’s where I have got to be and now I
need you mum, more than ever” Deirdre then says she will take Amy.
Over at the Café Molly is annoyed at Tyrone for the lap dancers and she asks
if that’s what he wants in girls. Vera assures her then says Bill Webster is
a right one and Jack does not have the energy. Molly says he was keen. Vera
says he just wants to sit down and no nothing. Molly tells her not to give
up hope as they have Tyrone. Jamie comes in looking for Frankie and is told
by Roy that she has volunteered to do the cash and carry run. Jamie asks
when she will be back. Roy says soon. He asks if there is anything troubling
Frankie and Jamie asks, “Why would you think that, Roy” Roy replies that she
has seemed a little preoccupied just lately. Jamie tells him he is sure she
is fine and then goes to leaves taking out his phone and calls Danny and
arranges to meet him later at the flat.
Over at the Factory Danny is happy and is humming. Liam asks if he is
auditioning for the Flying Pickets. Danny says he is touchy today. He then
says he might not have to put up with him much long and tells him to get out
his piggy bank and hope is full. Danny then leaves. Liam goes in the phone
to his brother saying there are in business.
At the Salon Tracy comes in and asks if they can fit her in for the full
treatment saying Charlie wants her to look beautiful for taking her out
later. Audrey whispers to Maria that she can take over her customer and
she’ll deal with Tracy but she overhears she says its fine Maria can do it
and wants a coffee. Maria tells Audrey it’s fine and goes to put the kettle
on. As she is going her hair Tracy says, “I want to look my best for Charlie
taking me out. That’s one of the things I love about him. He’s always taking
me out, showing me off, buying me things. Spoiling me rotten really. I’m
very lucky in a lot of ways. I really landed on my feet there. Cos a lot of
blokes, they only want you for one thing and when they’ve had that they put
you in the bin but Charlie’s not like that. No, he wants the whole package.
He wants me for me. You see, I think that’s the difference between real love
and ...er.... well I’m not sure what the polite word for it would be” Audrey
take Maria to the back. Tracy then shouts for a refill. Audrey tells her she
is just nipping out to get some milk and asks if she is okay. Audrey says,
“That Tracy would have had both her ears in her lap by now if it was me she
was talking to like that” Maria says, “She’s booked in for the Full Monty,
she’s going to be here all afternoon” Audrey tells her she can go home sick
if she wants and she will finish Tracy off. Maria says its ok, as she would
not want to give her the satisfaction.
Outsaide Audrey comes out of the Salon and mets Bill who tells her he had to
get out of the house to avoid the sound of crunching eggshells. She laughs
and asks if they are still in trouble with Sally. She tells him she enjoyed
the fireworks party. He laughs and says, “And quite a bit of a gin too as I
recall. Thing is, with our Kevin not allowed out I don’t know what I am
going to do for a drinking partner” She tells him she is free if he is not
too fussy and they agree to meet up later in the pub.
In the Factory office Paul tells Liam, “If he is serious about flogging this
place then we are in pole position. We could make things very awkward for
any other potential buyer” He then says he has the funds. Liam asks if he
should drop some hints to Danny. Paul tells him no as they don’t want to be
running after him and they should let him come to them. Liam asks what if
he goes to someone else. Paul assures him he won’t. He the clothes the
blinds. The factory gang that can’t see now decided to go the Rovers to see
if they can get any information out of Michelle. Hayley tells them she will
have to give it a miss as she’s going to her class. Sally asks what she
means and Hayley she is doing voluntary work helping ex-offenders improve
their literacy. Sean says, “Oh great, so the ones who could’t read and write
before will be able to commit all sorts of fraud in future and the violent
ones will be able to send threatening letters”
Rovers Tyron tells Jack that Vera only wants to make him happy. Jack says
there is a first for everything. Tyron tells him it would be good to have a
knees up though. Jack asks if he has heard is knees when he sits down. He
then says everyone knows how to have a good time. Jack tells him, “Ah, time
was when a good time was a few drinks, a dance and if you were lucky a bit
of nookie on the way home with a right cracker. Nowadays it’s a pot of tea,
me armchair and John Flaming McCrirrick” Tyron says he has to have a party.
Jack says, “What have 'I' got to celebrate. High blood pressure, rheumatics,
piles, failing hearing, failing eyesight, failing flaming everything. Living
in a world I don’t understand anymore Living in a world I don’t 'want' to
understand anymore. And that’s what you think I should be celebrating is it”
Tyron asks if he wants crisps and Jack says yes.
Over at the Duckworths Molly says Tyron will have got Jack to come round to
having a party. Molly’s phone rings and its Tyron telling her that he not
got Jack to come round. Molly says, “What do you mean his choice? And what
about how Vera feels” Vera tells her, “That’s blokes for you. Thick as
thieves when they want to be” Molly says they have to be like them then and
they will have that party.
Slon again and Maria tells her that’s thirty-eight pounds. Tracy says she
likes long nails and tells Maria to grow her’s long so next time she sinks
her claws into someone else’s man she can maybe get them in a bit deeper.
Audrey warns her she doesn’t want any trouble. Tracy says there wont be.
Maria says sorry. Tracy says, “You don’t have to tell me. I 'know' it was
wrong and if you think that pathetic mumble of an apology is enough” She
throws the money at Maria and goes out. Audrey asks if she’s alright and
Maria says, “I’m fine compared to her. I see Charlie for what he is and I’m
rid of him. What is it going to take for her to see?” Audrey says, “I don’t
know. I mean how can she take him back after he has humiliated her in public
like that?” Sarah says, “I don’t know. Perhaps if she really loves him”
Audrey says, “Not thinking of anybody we know are you?” Sarah replies, “No,
I’m just saying, everybody deserves a second chance” Audrey says not every
Hayley arrives for her first class and someone says, “Hayley? I thought it
were you. I’d recognise that anorak anywhere” She looks round to see Becky
who says, “What the heck are you doing here? You’ve not been a naughty girl
have you?” Hayley says, “No, no, I’m just here helping out with one of the
classes. In fact I have to going right now to it” Becky tells her that’s
brave of her and asks which one. Hayley shouts back, “Er... adult literacy”
Becky says, “That’s brilliant. I’m in that one! Don’t worry, I will be able
to look after you”
Danny flat and Jamie comes and asks what he wants. Danny tells him, “Well,
it’s about me and Frankie. I just thought me and you could clear the air if
you know what I mean” Jamie tells him to just get to the point. Danny
replies, “Okay, well me and Frank have been through a lot up here. Too much
as it happens, so I am going to sell the factory” Jamie tells him he can’t
be serious. Danny tells him, “Yeah, I am. Then we can all move on from what
happened and me and Frankie can make a fresh start somewhere new” Jamie asks
if he is going back down south. Danny replies, “Well, in a manner of
speaking, yes. We’re going to Spain to live in the villa” Jamie replies,
“No, you can’t do that. I won’t let you”
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Well when we left the story on a cliffhanger - is Jamie about to tell
Danny the real reason why he wants him to stay?
Well, Jamie tells Danny that if he goes to Spain it will be all over
between the two of them. Danny is shocked and surprised seeing that
Jamie has hardly spoken to him for weeks.
Hayley starts at the Outreach Centre teaching an English Literacy
class. Guess who she meets up as a pupil ..... no not Norris, but Becky
Grainger (the girl that framed Kelly for stealing from the factory).
At the home of Tracy and Charlie, Tracy suggests that they go to the
Rovers to show everybody that they don't care. When they get there,
they go rather OT loudly ordering a drink "darling" . Then Tracy makes
a mock-announcement to the pub that they are together again. She
suggests if anyone wants to congratulate them, they can buy them a drink!
Jamie is still talking with Danny. He says things could get better with
him if he sticks around. Danny says that this changes everything.
Sophie and Rosie are running around the house. Rosie has got hold of
Sophie's diary. She has a crush on her dance teacher, Mr Spence.
Danny tells Frankie about the conversation he has had with Jamie. He
wonders if he has been acting funny with her, because he is certainly
acting strange with him.
At the end of the literacy class Hayley gets up to leave, but Becky
hangs on for her and wants to chat with her. Hayley is extremely
uncomfortable with this. Becky asks how everybody is. Hayley tells her
that her friend Kelly is on probation, after she framed her for stealing
from the factory girls.
Frankie asks Danny if he thinks Jamie meant what he said. He feels
sure it is genuine. She wonders what brought this on. He says that
when 'push comes to shove' he doesn't want me to go. He tells her
that plans have changed, they will still move away to Cheshire instead.
However, Frankie insists she still wants to go to Spain. He says
everything has changed now. He says "I knew you would see it my way",
Frankie complains "I don't have mujch of a choice, do I?"
Becky catches up with Hayley at the bus stop. She admits to having been
a "rotten cow" and she is trying to change. She says, Ian, her probation
officer said that when I get in trouble, I ought to think differently.
When things go wrong "I lose it".
Frankie goes round to see Jamie. She asks him how he could mess up her
life. He says "You didn't tell me about Spain" She thought it would be
better coming from Danny. She wants to get away from the whole family.
Frankie tells Jamie that what he wants "ain't gonna happen"
Jack reiterates to the gathered ensemble, ie Tryone, Molly and Vera that
his birthday will be just another day. However Vera could please him by
serving him breakfast in bed. along with a copy of the 'Racing Post'.
Vera says she will not be there because her, Molly and Fiz were going
At the Battersby household, Cilla and Yana get back from the
consultation with the surgeon. Cilla has decided not to go ahead, but
Yana doesn't know the reason why. Cilla says it is not the cost. Les
is surprised because she was all for the breast enlargement, but Cilla
says he will have to accept her the way she is now.
Audrey comes in to the pub and Bill offers her a drink.
Jamie tells Sean about the conversations he has been having with Danny
and Frankie. He admits he didn't mean what he said to Frankie, but he
just didn't want him and Frankie to leave the country.
Tracy confirms to Charlie that he is on his second and final chance.
They have a tricky relationship, but mainly it is because she can't live
Jack wonders about the Amsterdam trip, whether they are actually
planning something else for him. Tyrone confirms it is genuine, then,
said Jack, "let them go, we'll enjoy ourselves"
Sean and Jamie talk about Frankie again. Sean is of the opinion that he
should just do what Frankie wants.
Hayley returns to the cafe and is bursting to tell Roy about Becky. Roy
is more interested in his deep fat fryer (wouldn't you be?!), and that
he has saved a lot of money by fixing the element himself. Eventually
Hayley gets to mention her. Roy does not seem unduly surprised. Hayley
says she wants to be friends again, but she does not trust her, nor can
she forgive her for what she did to Kelly.
Danny tells Liam and his brother Paul that he will not be moving to
Spain after all. He will only be moving to Cheadle. Liam and his
brother are annoyed that he won't be selling the business. Danny
explains that the plans changed earlier that day.
Back at the Rovers, Bill offers Audrey another drink. She is reluctant
at first, but a promise of being walked home persuades Audrey. (Have
you known Audrey to turn down a drink?!).
Charlie is suspicious of Tracy's motives. He thinks that she is biding
her time to pull a stunt to get your revenge. Tracy just laughs but
then says he will have to wait and see.
Danny and Frankie arrive and ask Jamie if he wants a drink. He is
astonished and surprised that there was no argument from him. He tells
Sean that he has not been as happy as this for a long time.
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Vera and Molly are packing on the living room table, in preparation for
their trip to Amsterdam. Tyrone is clearly unhappy at the thought of Molly
going off without him, but Jack is far more laid back about the whole thing,
convinced that they are not really going anywhere, and tells Ty that it’s
just a game they’re playing. Vera retorts that he didn’t want a party so
they’re having one of their own. She passes him a bag, “Here, get this
unwrapped!” she snaps. Jack moans that after three score years and ten
that’s all she can say. Vera adds that it’s socks and underpants. Tyrone
says that she should at least let him open it first, but Vera answers that
Jack didn’t want any surprises. Tyrone gets increasingly worried as Molly
goes off looking for a suspender belt. Jack pats him on the shoulder,
assuring him that they’ll get bored in a bit.
Outside the Rovers, Gail, Sarah and Maria are looking for Audrey who hasn’t
turned up and isn’t answering the phone. Gail is worried in case she’s had
an accident. Suddenly Maria spots her opening up the salon across the road.
Audrey explains that she overslept. “Due to your recent lifestyle no doubt,”
says Gail in a prim voice edged with disapproval. Audrey says she thinks
she’s coming down with a cold, and when Gail asks why she didn’t answer the
phone Audrey tells her that her ears are all blocked up. Gail hopes they’ll
be unblocked in time for that evening’s counselling session. Audrey tries
to say that she wouldn’t want anyone else to catch what she has. “We’ll risk
it,” snaps Gail, “we’re family, we share!”
As Audrey, Maria and Sarah go over to the salon, Jason comes around the
corner and stops in front of Sarah. “Are you stalking me?” she asks him. He
replies that he will if she wants. Sarah reckons that between him and the
counselling session, he’s not a bad option. He asks if she like to go for a
drink with him. She tells him that she’ll be in the pub having a drink, but
he can be there as it’s a pub. “See you at tea time,” she says and steps
into the salon, leaving Jason with a small smile playing round his mouth.
Jamie and Sean are walking along when they see Danny across the road. Jamie
mutters to Sean that it freaks him out just looking at his dad. Danny calls
across, telling Jamie not to make Sean late for work. Although he smiles and
calls back cheerfully to his dad, Jamie then murmurs that he just wants to
smack him. Sean reckons it would be better to hug him.
In the back alleyway, Cilla is talking to someone on her mobile phone,
arranging to visit them in the afternoon, unaware that Fizz is in the back
yard messing about with her scooter, and can hear her. Cilla opens the gate
and comes in to the yard, obviously taken aback to see Fizz there. “I never
knew Les had a secretary,” she says. Cilla replies that it was Eileen, Les
is probably off skiving somewhere. “You know what he’s like,” she blusters.
“I know what you’re both like,” says Fizz. Cilla hurries off indoors.
In the café, Roy tells Hayley that he can tell she’s worried about teaching
the adult literacy class. Emily is standing at the counter, and Hayley
explains that she didn’t expect to be working with somebody she already
knew. “You mean the Becky from Underworld?” asks Emily. “Becky from the
underworld,” says Hayley. As Emily departs, Hayley wonders to Roy if she
should just ask her to leave. “Well, you could if she’d done something
wrong, but she hasn’t,” Roy points out. “Yet!” says Hayley.
Les and Kirk come in to the café, and Fizz rushes in behind them. She asks
Les if Eileen is in the office. Les says that she is, he’s got to take her a
cheese and onion pie. Fizz asks if he was just cracking on that he wasn’t
there when Cilla rang. Les tells her that the phone hasn’t rung in the last
hour, and goes off to sit down. Fizz turns to Kirk, “There’s something not
right going on here,” she tells him. “Yeah, you going off to Amsterdam
without me,” he moans at her.
In the Platt household, Gail, David and the counsellor are sitting at the
table, waiting for Sarah and Audrey. The counsellor suggests they get
started anyway, and just then a breathless Audrey arrives, saying that she’s
not really sure why she’s wanted as she’s going to be in Canada for a
fortnight as from next week, staying with Stephen. “When was this
organised?” Gail wants to know. “Can I come?” pipes up David. The counsellor
suggests they make the most of the time that they do have, and David wonders
if it’s a conscious denial of responsibility to the family unit. Audrey asks
him how he fancies a slap. The counsellor suggests a nice deep breath and
they all start again.
Over at the Duckworths, Vera and Molly are ready to go, and Jack is still
convinced that they are not really going anywhere. Fizz and Kirk arrive, and
then Les arrives to take them to the airport. “I bought you a scooter!” says
Kirk accusingly to Fizz. As they go out of the door, Vera says that there’s
money on the mantelpiece for fish and chips, and Les turns back, “Try and
behave yourselves, eh lads?” he says laughing. Tyrone calls out that this is
well out of order. Jack comments that they now have the precious gift of
silence for 48 hours.
The counselling session is underway, and Simone, the counsellor asks Audrey
if there is anything she would like to share. David makes a few sarcastic
comments and Audrey says that he gets away with goodness knows what because
he knows that Gail is too weak to sort him out. Gail asks what she means by
sorting him out – giving him a good hiding? Locking him up? “What about the
cards?” asks Audrey. Gail whispers that they said they weren’t going to
mention those. Simone says that there should be nothing they can’t explore.
“Tell us about the cards, Audrey,” she says. “No!” snaps Gail. Simone
explains that if they can’t have complete openness they can’t expect to make
progress. “You always have to go too far!” Gail says to Audrey. David asks
if that isn’t what they are all there for, and Audrey reckons they should
face the truth. Gail jumps up, “Well, if you’re all going to gang up on
me…” “Gail, please, sit down,” says Simone, “this isn’t really
appropriate.” Gail sighs, and sits.
Tyrone and Kirk have persuaded Jack to go to the pub, and as they walk down
the street he tells them that he doesn’t want any fuss, no sandwiches or vol
au vents, and he can’t abide balloons. Kirk remarks that they would hardly
be able to set up a surprise do in an hour. As they walk into the pub, Jack
looks around, seemingly surprised to find it empty, with no surprise party
waiting. “You’re early,” says Violet. Jack repeats that he wouldn’t want
anybody to go to any trouble. Tyrone tells Jack he can have whatever he
wants to drink, but a rather deflated Jack orders half a bitter.
Later, Tyrone is at the bar, trying to persuade Sean and Violet to allow the
strip-o-gram he has organised to reveal all to Jack. Sean tells him that no
‘bits’ can be revealed or else they will all get the sack. Michelle comments
that Jack would have a heart attack. Jack is sitting with his drink, by now
getting quite maudlin. “Who would have thought that I’d be sat here,
abandoned and neglected with no wife to comfort me through this major
milestone of my ever advancing years?”
Les comes in and orders and drink. Michelle asks if they got off all right.
Tyrone and Kirk whisper to him that they are going to surprise Jack with a
bit of ‘sophisticated live action’. “He’ll be surprised, don’t you worry,”
The counselling session has ended and Audrey takes her leave. Gail admits to
Simone that it’s not really working. “Two who don’t care and one who can’t
be bothered to turn up.” She omits to mention her own reluctance to talk
about anything of importance! Simone suggests she goes to parenting
classes. “Don’t dismiss it til you know how it works,” she adds hurriedly,
seeing Gail’s face. She tells her that she’ll be with other parents in
similar situations, and shown how to develop coping strategies. Gail tells
her to set it up.
In the pub, Sarah is sitting with Jason. “I bet you and me will be like
Jack and Vera one day,” he tells her. “What, you in here while I’m on
holiday?” she replies. “No,” he says, and explains they’ll be like soul
mates, bonded. “Jason,” she tells him, “we’re in a pub, having a drink,
Danny is talking to Dev. Dev reckons Jack and Vera have a relationship that
thrives on conflict. Danny asks him to explain the other sort. Dev asks what
they have left to argue about, but Danny reckons there must be some love in
there somewhere. They should all be so lucky.
Liam and his brother walk in, and ask Michelle why it’s so busy in there.
“Birthday do, later on,” she tells them.
Just then all the lights go out and Vera, Molly and Fizz come in from the
back, with Betty who’s carrying a cake with lighted candles on it. They all
start singing Happy Birthday and everybody claps. “Fooled you!” calls out
Molly, but Jack reckons he knew all along. Tyrone, obviously thinking of
the entertainment he’s organised, has a slightly stricken expression on his
The Websters are walking towards the pub with Gail, who scolds Bill for
keeping her mother up half the night, drinking.
In the pub, the party is in full swing. “You didn’t think I’d abandon you on
your 70th birthday, did you?” Vera asks Jack. He tells her it never entered
his mind. Just then a scantily dressed young lady comes in, wearing a
traffic warden’s cap and a very short skirt. “There’s somebody in here who
needs a good clamping!” she announces. Kirk rushes forwards and hustles her
out the door. Molly turns to Tyrone, “What’s all that about?” she demands to
know. Tyrone tells her there’s been a misunderstanding. “You’re dead right
there has, I’ll kill him!” shouts Fizz and rushes off after Kirk.
Audrey comes in, and Gail tells her to try not to make a fool of herself
tonight. “Oh I think it’s a bit late for that,” says Audrey.
Jack asks Vera where his present is. “You’ve had it,” she tells him. “No, my
real present,” he insists. She asks him if he can remember what they did
after his 21st. “We’re going to do it again,” she laughs, patting his cheek,
“the bed’s all set up for it!” Jack does not look happy at the prospect.
Ken proposes a toast to Jack’s 70th birthday, and Bill Webster has a chat to
Audrey, and asks if he got her into trouble. “How about you and me going to
the dogs tomorrow night?” he asks her. “Well, we already have, according to
some,” she replies, but agrees to go.
Jack stands up, he tells everyone he knows he’s miserable sometimes, but he
and Vera come as a pair, so if there’s any toasting to be done……
The residents then toast the two of them, “To Jack and Vera!”
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Well, as the sleet whacks against the window pane, we can curl up with a knee rug and a cup of hot cocoa for another Friday night on the street.
We open in the street as the Websters come out of the house talking about it being Bill’s last night. He can’t go out to dinner with the family because he and Audrey are going to the dogs! Sally wonders whether Maureen would be happy with Bill going out with another woman. “It’s a dog track, Sally, not a dirty weekend,” Bill points out. Over the road, Norris is tutting and looking at his watch.
In the shop he tells Emily that the curtains at number one are still drawn and it’s nearly nine o’ clock. “The whole purpose of my covering for Ken was so that he could have a lie in,” Emily points out. Norris isn’t impressed. He hasn’t had a lie in since the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. He points out that . Ken’s not doing it for charity - he is getting paid. “Not near enough, I’ll wager,” mutters Emily under her breath so only the customers (Hayley and Fizz) can hear. She tells Norris she didn’t say anything. Hayley tells Emily that the classes are going very well, but when talk turns to Hayley knowing someone in the class, she hustles Fizz out of there before Becky’s name can be mentioned. When they’re gone, Norris is disgusted that Hayley should be helping ex-offenders. “Got forbid that criminals should be punished! I expect if she’d been born 100 years ago, she’d have been teaching Jack the Ripper to tango!” (Hardly, Norris, Jack’s crimes were committed in 1888)
Jamie’s in the cafe telling Frankie about his night out with Sean. Audrey is also in the cafe when Gail comes in. Audrey seems very frail and she’s buying a giant breakfast roll – bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato, mustard. She denies being hungover and she gets quite grumpy at Gail’s teasing.
In the factory, Sean is missing and the girls are worried. Danny tells them he’s going out and Hayley is in charge. Sean races in, saying his alarm never went off, but then he admits he went out. He didn’t cop off, either, because everyone thought he and Jamie were an item.
Ken’s in the Kabin talking on the telephone about making a week’s holiday out of going to see Peter. A very narked Norris says very loudly that the prawn cocktail crisps are getting low and it’s only half an hour to the lunchtime rush. He says he’d hate to ruin Ken’s planning of his grand tour, but he does have regular scheduled breaks, plus his lunch hour, for idle chit chat, “SO IF YOU DON’T MIND, DEIRDRE!” Ken gets the hint and puts the phone down.
As the workers leave the factory, Fizz tells them she plans to have a month off the booze. Kelly quickly asks Sean if Jamie is still single, then catches up with Jamie, who is also heading for the pub.
As Frankie leaves her Coronation Street house with some mail, Danny arrives and tells her he’s booked a fancy restaurant for Sunday lunch and plans to ask Jamie along.
Gail is making coffee for herself and Sally, discussing Audrey and Bill. Sally wonders what Rosie and Sophie must thing. They haven’t seen their grandfather for years, and when he does arrive “he spends his time getting pie-eyed with Aunty Audrey.”
Frankie chases after Jamie in the street and warns him that Danny will ask him to come to Sunday lunch at the restaurant. She asks him to act surprised.
Norris is still in a really, really grumpy mood. Now he’s having a go at Chesney, telling him he must point the papers in the bag with the folded side down, to stop the supplements falling out. Ches says it’s hard to tell the papers apart when they’re banner down, and he gets paper cuts off the edges. Ken calls across the shop suggesting Norris let Chesney use his own method. “We’ve had no complaints from his round. “Kenneth,” says Norris, pompously. “This is a professional matter, rather outside your scope. The midget gems need refilling.” Right, that’s it. Ken gets his jacket. “I’ve been working here as a favour to Rita, but as of this moment, I’m done. You’re impossible to work with – pompous, fussy, self-important!” Norris starts to say something about needing a firm hand, but is interrupted by Ken. “Firm hand? You make Mussolini look like Mary Poppins. You can find another patsy to lord it over because, to quote a very apt modern phrase, I’m outta here!”
At the dog track, Audrey seems to be having a really good time. She demands a pint rather than a white wine, and a packet of pork scratchings.
In the pub, Kelly is once again trying to flirt with Jamie. Fizz orders a lemonade. While Bev is serving them, she hears Liz on the phone asking Ashley about signing over the pub. When Liz hangs up, Bev asks what the hurry is. Liz says she just wants everything to be official and her name above the door. Liz goes off to serve Frankie and Danny. Liz has a new hairdo, but got it in town, not at Audrey’s. Danny goes over to talk to Jamie, who is with Sean, Kelly, Fizz, Janice and Joanne. Jamie agrees to Sunday lunch. This cheers up Danny so much he puts £50 behind the bar for the workers. Sean tells Jamie it was dead nice of him to say yes. “You’ve made him really happy.”
Audrey is drinking her pint, but now she wants a great big burger, to put a bet on and to go outside and shout her head off at the racing. Bill asks what the neighbours would think. Audrey says she’s learned recently that she really doesn’t care.
Roy is tidying up in the cafe when Becky comes in. She asks if she can wait for Hayley, and cadges a cup of tea.
Audrey is true to her word and is shouting her head off. “How much have I won? Can I retire?” she asks Bill. “Can you live on £4.50,” he asks.
Hayley is a bit disconcerted to see Becky. Becky says she needs a reference – and she needs it straight away. Roy goes to get some paper.
Norris is in the pub telling Emily that being a newsagent can be brutal to the uninitiated. “Ken was a teacher,” she points out. “I rather think that’s more challenging than selling newspapers.” Norris doesn’t agree, not with all the early starts he has to do. In a booth, Fizz is still drinking lemonade. While they’re ordering, Jamie gets grumpy with Sean and decides to go home. Ashley arrives with the papers for Liz to sign, and with a list of excuses for not being there earlier. “So this is it, then?” asks Bev, in a voice filled with significance. Her face sets rock hard when she sees Audrey come in with Bill. Liz has signed. “Congratulations,” says Bev, going into the back with Fred’s urn. Liz tells everyone that drinks are on the house. That’s it. Fizz demands a pint.
Frankie is in bed watching TV when Danny comes in wanting to be romantic. She gives him the brush-off, claiming she’s watching the telly. Danny tells her he will never let anyone hurt her ever again. She smiles sweetly, but turns her head back to the TV.
Jamie is at home watching the same movie, drinking and weeping quietly.
In the pub, Ashley and Liz are discussing Bev, who hasn’t responded to any hints about moving out. Liz wouldn’t mind Bev working there, but it’s a bit intense having her living there as well. Sean wants to know if they’re still serving and Liz declares it a lock-in. Audrey and Bill are getting drunker and Audrey points out that it’s almost midnight. Bill asks her if she wants a nightcap at his place. She notices Liz’s hair but just hugs and congratulates her on the pub. Liz asks them to go out the back door so she doesn’t get into trouble on her first night. Bev pours herself another drink.
In the ginnel, Audrey and Bill stumble their way along to the back of the Websters’ place, making enough noise to wake Sophie. Audrey ducks out of sight as Sophie sticks her head out to see what’s going on. She says she’s going to get her mum, but soon changes her mind when Bill promises her a fiver. “Look at me. I’m hiding in a fella’s backyard,” Audrey giggles when Sophie’s gone. “You know I feel like a teenager.” “Me and all,” says Bill. “Give us a kiss.” Audrey does. Then they close in for a real kiss, that lasts until the credits roll...
Well I have a problem tonight. For reasons of my sanity there is little
I can report. Danny, Frankie and Jamie (none of them have a name that
ends properly) is a storyline too far and probably started Cadbury's
thinking about dropping their sponsorship. Then along came Liz's new
adornments which spend most of the episode inadequately protected and
causing damage to my eyesight - Cadbury's obviously took one look and
decided enough was in this case far too much. I wish I had the words to
describe Liz and can only say - have you seen Faith Brown on "I'm a
Celebrity Get me out of here"? Now imagine several sizes larger.
Steve is back from Spain and Michelle explains that there was a lock in
last night to celebrate the new owners taking over. Steve brought back
some Spanish Brandy for his mother - a real coals to Newcastle type job.
At this point Liz's breasts appear. The rest of her turns up two scenes
later. Anyway how did Steve get in? Michelle let me in. How did she
get in - it appears the back door had been let unlocked - no-one locked
the door for the lock in. Do you get the feeling that this lot could
not run a ****-up in a brewery?
Bev appears and Steve is surprised to say the least. Michelle points
out that Fred is also still with them - the urn the other night was
described by a clearly disinterested audio describer (the wonders of
Sky) as an ice bucket - null point as they say on Eurovision. Later
Steve asks Liz (the rest of her body has arrived now) why Bev is still
present - and sleeping in his bed. Liz reckons she does not take up
much space. Steve fails to see the joke. Then they argue over who is
opening up! Oddly there is no-one waiting to come in - but shortly
after Jamie arrives for a stiffener prior to his lunch date. Michelle
notes that Vi seems keen on the guy she had dumped. Well Vi had said
the words - but was not sure she meant them.
Dreary pops around to see Tracy and Amy but Charlie is there. She and
Ken are going to see Peter (who can return now that Shelley has gone -
can we start a bring back Peter campaign please?) in Portsmouth - would
Tracy and Amy like to join them? And what makes you think that Tracy is
letting Charlie out of her sight ever again?
Jamie and Violet meet on the Street - he tells her is joining Danny and
Frankie for lunch at a posh restaurant. Danny is in a good mood as he
and Frankie prepare for lunch. He is hoping she is going to dress
particularly well as it is going to be a special day.
Now a new mystery. Tracy starts trying to be nice to Claire, a woman
that in the past she has called all the names under the sun and
mistreated at just about every step. However, when Charlie starts
shouting Tracy throws a fearful look in Claire's direction and rushes
indoors. Indoors she tells Charlie a totally fictitious story to
explain why she was talking to the local doormat. No I do not
understand it at all.
Norris is on his own in the Kabin and has not managed a comfort break
all morning. He pays Chesney several days late and then Blanche takes
over to allow him to go outside - at high speed. Almost immediately
Charlie and Tracy arrive and Blanche refuses to serve Charlie - she will
not take her eyes off him as she does not trust him. Norris returns and
wants to know why the raised voices. He offers to serve Charlie but the
latter is not interested and takes him custom elsewhere. Blanche offers
to stay on but Norris tells her she can go - but thanks for providing
At a poncy restaurant Frankie and Danny are waiting for Jamie - Danny is
sure he will turn up - after all if it was not for Jamie the two of them
would already be in Spain. Eventually after a while Jamie arrives,
shakes Danny's hand and then kisses Frankie for a little longer than is
perhaps entirely decent. Over the meal Danny observes that it is great
that all three of them are back together and that near normality has
returned. Danny knows that Frankie is worried that one word will set
him and Jamie arguing and although she denies it both of them know she
is lying. Danny slips off and asks Jamie to cheer Frankie up in his
Bill is having a farewell drink when Audrey, Gail and Sarah arrive in
the Rovers so he asks them to join him. They discuss the previous night
at the dog track. And Bill makes it clear that Audrey is a good reason
for him to return to Weatherfield. Anyway time for Bill to go - and he
is given a present by Audrey for his trip - and we find that he has
nothing for her trip to Canada. Anyway her name is already mud so she
plants a huge kiss on Bill. Bev wants to know if any men in
Weatherfield are safe from Audrey's attractions.
Claire and Tracy meet on the Street. Claire had taken in Tracy's
washing but Tracy says she will collect it later - she does not want
Charlie to think she is really an even more dozy cow. So Claire is
wondering if Tracy is really scared of Charlie (and at this point I
would like to thank Mike Plowman and the ITV updates for explaining this
to me - because from the acting and on screen delivery I did not
understand any of this).
In the back of the Rovers Steve and Liz (who has managed to find some
slightly less revealing clothes to wear) discuss the staff. Bev
obviously has to go. And Liz wants Michelle out on her ear - Steve
points out she is a good barmaid. Steve lays down the law - Liz handles
ordering and stuff and he will look after the staff. Steve refuses to
give in. In which case Liz observes would he please ensure that Bev
understands that she has to go!
Back at the restaurant Danny returns and a bottle of champagne arrives
with three classes, followed by a cocktail in the bottom of which is a
ring. Why? asks Frankie. And Danny says she has always loved champagne
and him and he asks her to marry him ... again please? No instant
response - Frankie looks very worried. After all it is not the first
time they have tried again. And then her face changes - a wonderful
warm smile spreads across her face (and she can look quite beautiful
when she smiles). She does still love champagne and yes she will marry
him. She looks over Danny's shoulder and down on Jamie who can hardly
believe what he has just seen and heard. He is wondering if she really
means it or if she wants to be with him instead. Can he contain himself
or will he tell them both how he really feels and what he really wants?
And thank goodness that is the end of this update.
For those of you with internet access picture of the episode and
descriptions can be found at http://www.itv.com/page.asp?partid=373
where they stay for about 2 weeks before moving to www.csvu.net - or at
least that used to be the case - I have not checked the latter to ensure
it is up to date.
K Richard W
In the Rovers Michelle and Liz are setting up. Steve asks how it’s going and
Liz says she’s been up from seven. He says is does take her a long time to
put her slap on. Steve then says he need to go check on his other business.
Out in the street Steve offers Danny and Frankie free drinks. Danny tells
him good luck. Steve then tells Gail and Sarah. Sarah says she will reminds
Gail she has her class. Steve asks what class and is told plumbing. He then
goes and Gail says she does not want any one knowing and makes Sarah promise
she won’t tell anyone.
Kabin Emily says Rita is desperate for an eccals cake. Norris thinks she is
addicted to sugar, just then Blanch comes in and tells then about the ring
on Frankie finger, saying it’s the third time. Emily says its third time
lucky. Blanch says they will be lucky to make it to the end of the
Factory and everyone is not that excited about Danny news. He says there
will been drink in the Rovers for them later. The girls then start making
fun of Hayley for going to the classes asking if she get to wear a name
badge. Janice says they can get her a jacket with do-gooder on the back.
Sean says they can get one for Janice with cow on the back asking if she
knows how to spell it.
Rover’s back room Steve and Liz are moving the sofa. Bev comes in and Steve
asks if she will be moving things. She says no and he says he meant when she
moves out. Bev then says she will get out for under there feet. Bev says he
will have to get hard on her, as she can’t take a hint.
Rovers bathroom and Betty says she is not cleaning everything. Bev comes in
and they ask what’s up. She says they want her out and the Rovers is a
comfort to her as she thinks Fred is going to come in larger than life and
bigger then life as he always said.
Out in the street Steve hope’s Eileen has not left Les on the switch, as he
is rubbish. Eileen asks if he has someone to cover for tonight as she is not
doing a double shift. Jason is asking Sarah to the Rovers but he is told she
has no one to look after Bethany and tells about her mum going to parent
classes. She says she never get offered free drinks and really wanted to go.
Jason offers to take Beth as he misses her and she’s a great kid. Sarah is
Factory and Janice says she is happy they are back together and Danny is off
the market and cant break anyone else’s heart. Sean says he wishes someone
loved him. Frankie comes in and they start humming here comes the bride.
Danny greets her and tells Sean to text Jamie to meet them in the Rovers.
Outside the Rovers and Steve take’s down the old sign and gives it to Bev.
She says it’s an end of an era. Steve puts up the new sign with Liz name on.
Blanch says his name should be on it but it cant because of his criminal
Inside the Rovers Steve pulls a pint that’s not good. Liz says the need
mixers bringing up from the cellar. Steve says he is donkey Steve. He tells
Liz he can’t be doing all the fetching and carrying. Liz she she will ask
Betty or Violet. They agree they need a pot man. Liz looks at Bev saying one
last think to sort out. Bev then says she is going to clean.
At the Platt’s Gail says Bethany will be getting confused as one minute he
was going to be her dad and the next she’s not allowed to talk to him or see
him. Sarah says she’s not the one going to parent classes. Then tells her
just to go to her parent class.
Back room of the Rovers and Steve asks Bev if she has a minute. She says she
is going to get some one to move the furniture. He says no and asks if she
knows when she is going to be moving out as its Michelle and Ryan. He tells
her lies about her living conditions. Bev says they are moving in here. He
says that’s the plan and only when she is ready. She says she will look for
Rover’s bar and Danny says the better man one to Liam. He says Frankie when
for the pipe and slippers. Steve says it’s sorted as he told it to her
straight. Bev says she is going to go. Steve says he is a dab hand at this
man management stuff then says he had to go as he had a Clint to pick up.
Outside Norris and Blanche think about sending Eccles Cakes to Rita when
they see Becky. Norris says they don’t need more low life here and says she
has a short fuse if you look at her the wrong way. Becky asks Hayley if she
is still going to the class tonight. Hayley says yes. Becky then says they
have time for a coffee. She stubs her fag out on the ground.
Out the back of the Rovers Jamie accuses Sean of being jealous of what he
feels for Frankie. Sean says at knows when some thing is a no hoper and to
back off. Jamie says he loves her as Sean says she is marring Danny. Jamie
replies saying he has to raise his game.
In the Rovers Norris says to Fiz, Janice and Kelly they will never guess who
they have seen. They laugh saying Elvis. Blanche says Becky with Hayley.
Kelly runs out.
Out in the Street Kelly sees Hayley and Bekky getting onto a bus and is
Rovers and Sean and Jamie come from the bar and Sean tells him not to do
this. Jamie goes and sits next to Danny and Frankie. Danny says its nice
them all being together.
Out in the Street Eileen says Gail is nicely dressed. Gail says she can’t
stop. Eileen says, while she’s at parenting class she should get them to
work on her sense of humor. Gail tells her to srop dead. Tracy tells Claire
she knows how it is between her and Charlie. Claire nods as Tracy says, she
loves him. Claire says she could never go back to Ashley if he did any thing
like that. Tracy walks off.
Rovers and Danny tells Liz his drinks are free as Steve said. Eileen says
that he never said that to staff and she has been working all hours. Liz
says she need to talk that up with Steve, she says she will. Michelle asks
Bev if she wants another drink and is told she knows what she is up to and
says what Steve told her.
At the parenting class the man says they are going to communicate by making
noises. He makes like a loud yawning sound as tells them that was him saying
he is happy to be here and wants to share there problems. He then asks Gail
who looks horrified but makes a small squeaking noise.
At number six Claire has comes round to say sorry for upsetting Tracy who
tells her to keep it down. Claire says if she ever wants to talk and Tracy
quickly says yeah ok and asks if she can come round tonight late. She says
ok and goes.
At the Rovers Michelle asks why he would use her like that and says she does
not want to move into here. Liz says she is going to kill him. Eileen says
not before she does for taking advantage of her. Steve comes in and Danny
thanks him for a great night saying they are the biggest employers round
here and in the olden days we'd have been mill owners. He turns round to
fine Liz, Michelle and Eileen give him the evil glare. He looks confused and
asks what he has done.
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Well my wife has gone to the dogs ! (Greyhound racing with her
company), so I have been left alone - not invited - to write up this report!
Well part two starts of with a somewhat amusing incident in the Rovers.
Steve walks in, and is slapped in the face by his mother. Then it is
Eileen's turn and Michelle follows by shouting and complaining to him.
The poor guy hadn't even said a word in his defence yet! Steve then
tries to explain that he was trying to get rid of Bev but as he is
saying it he realises by the look on everybody's faces that she is
standing right behind him. (whoops!).
Bev goes out, and Michelle suggests that Steve goes after her. In the
middle of all this Les phones from the cab company with a "problem".
Steve tells him to sort it! Norris is hoping for regular entertainment
of this sort.
Bev turns up on Ashley's doorstep. She makes an excuse for visiting
him, but Ashley doesn't want her and tells her to go. Claire tells
Ashley that she thought that Bev should have been let in.
Vernon turns up at the Rovers with a big bunch of flowers for Liz. She
basically tells him where to put them (and it wasn't in a vase!).
Jamie draws a love heart on the bar ........aaah Does this say
something about the cleanliness of the bar? Danny sitting opposite is
pleased to see how much he loves his mother.
At the parenting class the teacher puts Gail and another volunteer,
Eddie together for a bit of role play. She tells him how she is
terrified of how her son has turned out. Gail lets her emotions out to
such an extent that the teacher finds it difficult to get them to stop.
Back at the Rovers, Vernon tells Liz that his a sad, broken man. She
reminds him that it was her that chucked him out. He then pleads with
Liz to take him back.
Jamie notices Frankie heading off to the loo. Within a few seconds he
goes in there after her. (Is this the first time we have seen the
inside of the loo?). He grabs a kiss and then the door begins to open.
He goes into a cubicle as Sarah comes in to (literally) wash her hands.
As soon as she goes, Jamie slips out as well.
Once again Vernon tries his persuasive charms towards Liz. It doesn't
wash with her who tells him to get out. He says that he loves her.
In the Centre where Hayley is teaching, Becky is reading but then
accuses the girl behind her of kicking her chair. They start a fight.
Hayley manages to break them up.
Sean catches up with Jamie and tries to talk some sense into him about
Frankie. Sean tells him that he no longer wants to be his friend.
However Jamie is not listening.
Becky apologises to Hayley for her behaviour. She says she didn't get
the job that she applied for and is going nowhere. Hayley thinks she
deserves a pat on the back for her determination.
Bev is p***ed (drunk!), and starts crying to Norris about how life is
supposed to go on after someone has died. She feels like her life has
stopped. Norris is obviously disinterested in listening to her.
Michelle and Violet are surprised that Liz is giving Vernon the time of
day let alone sitting and chatting with him.
Sarah asks her mother how the parenting class went. She replies that it
was awful. David then butts in with a comment of she knows how he feels
now. He wonders if she is going to give up. Gail says she is not and
she is going to keep going back until she finds a way of sorting him out.
Kelly meets up with Roy and Hayley. Kelly calls Hayley a two-faced cow
by befriending Becky again. Hayley explains that she just turned up at
the class she was teaching. Roy tries to intervene by saying that Becky
deserves a second chance. Kelly reminds that she almost put her in
prison and she doubts that she will ever change.
Claire goes round to Tracy and Charlie's house. Charlie asks Tracy why
she has become friendly with her all of the sudden. Tracy says that she
thinks she just needs to talk to someone. However Claire is in her own
mind suspicious of Tracy's motives. (We are as well, it is thought
Tracy wants to use Claire as some sort of alibi for the future - but we
are not sure!).
Jamie goes round to see Sean and apologises to him for his outburst
earlier. Sean says that Danny will be in shock when he finds out about
Jamie and Frankie. Sean tells him he is doing exactly what Leanne did
to him. (It will all end in tears, as of course it must !).
Claire reminds Tracy that she once said "If she had a baby it would have
the personality of a frying pan and the voice of tweety-pie". Tracy
apologises and says she often blurts things out that she didn't really
mean. Claire wonders how Tracy could trust Charlie. She explains she
loves him and that it is just the way he is.
Danny talks to Frankie about them growing old together. (Well when they
say something like that, you know something bad is going to happen!).
Steve comes into the pub and says to Violet that he will sort out the
takings. Violet says that Liz has already done that and gone to bed.
She goes on that it didn't take her long, because he had told his palls
that the drinks were free. Steve then hears snoring and goes into the
living room to find Bev asleep in a chair.
Back at Sean's house, he asks Jamie how long he can continue with just
seeing Frankie for short times. Jamie says that he has got to find a
way of getting her out of his head, maybe staying with Warren.
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