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Dominating the storyline this week has been Derek's death and
Mavis' bereavement. You know, I watch the Street every week, the
characters come onto my TV screen and go after 30 minutes, 4 times
a week and I watch it, enjoy it and get on with something else
once it's finished. This week has been different. Thelma Barlow,
who plays Mavis, has shown true, strong, emotional acting talent
this week, pulling out all the stops to play the grieving widow.
I had tears in my eyes more than once this week and while Derek
was never one of my favourite characters, by the end of his funeral,
even I was sorry to see him go!
Norris calls round to see Mavis who tells her that he will
be attending the funeral on behalf of Hawthorne's Stationery company
and gives Mavis a present which was found in Derek's car. It was
Mavis' birthday present, a silver locket inscribed with something
like "To my loving wife, all my love, Derek". Sob. Norris
also gives her the personal contents of Derek's desk - 2 pairs
of socks and a photo of Mavis. Sob. Rita proves what a great friend
she is by supporting Mavis and making tea by the gallon and Mavis
even eventually mellows towards Emily again.
Mavis asks Ken to say a few words about Derek at the funeral
but when the vicar announces that a friend of Derek's wants to
say a few words, up gets Norris instead with a very embarrassing
speech about "Dirk - my friend and saviour". Mavis is
not amused, but glad to find out that Angela couldn't attend the
funeral. Derek's dour sister Edith turns up like a bad penny for
the funeral, sent to make Mavis' day even more unpleasant than
it already was. Edith overhears some of the neighbours talking
about Derek out of earshot of Mavis, all confiding they found
him a bit of joke and Edith tells Mavis what the others are saying
about her deceased husband. Mavis stuns them all into silence
by giving a little speech, telling them all she doesn't care what
they say because she loved Derek, Derek loved her and they had
shared a happiness that none of them could ever know. Sob.
Ashley asks his uncle Fred, hypothetically like, if a "friend"
of his did something illegal, would he tell the police... we all
know he's talking about Don torching Baldwin's factory of course.
Mike is called into the police station again and takes his solicitor
with him. The solicitor demands to know from the police officer
if they will be charging Mike with arson and the officer grudgingly
admits that no, they won't be charging Mike after all. Elated
by this news, Mike takes Alma into the Rovers for a celebratory
drink only to come face to face with Don Brennan who takes the
news rather badly. Gloating, Mike throws a few pounds at Don across
the bar telling him to take the money to cover his costs in petrol
and matches. Later, Ashley gets worried and asks Jack for help
when Don loses his temper and starts to smash chairs against the
walls in his house. Jack and Ashley go round to see Don, worried
that he might attempt suicide again. "There's no point in
killing meself" he tells them "I'm dead already".
(Later this week on CS we're getting a 1 hour special episode
when Don takes Alma on a nightmare ride in his taxi as a way of
getting back at Mike...)
Sulky student Andy goes to visit Steve in prison. Steve hasn't
got time to give his brooding brother any sympathy and tells him
to stop feeling sorry for himself. Steve gets a further 14 days
sentence for arriving back at prison late last week after being
involved in a bar fight. Liz also tells both Jim and Andy she
isn't to blame for their lives being messed up and that she refuses
to feel sorry for either of them.
Trisha spends the night with Ray, taking baby Brad with her
after Vera and Jack refuse to baby-sit both Jamie and Brad together.
Vera warns Ray not to get too involved with Trisha because "our
Terry" will be coming back for his child any day now. Nonetheless,
Trisha and Ray have started thinking about living together in
There's a great comic moment provided by Roy Cropper this week.
Audrey is still giving the lorry driver (Big Ron) the come on,
she's flirting like a school girl and doesn't know when she's
gone too far. Big Ron comes back to the cafe for a little extra
tea and crumpet at closing time, if you know what I mean, with
Audrey, who can't understand why Ron won't take NO for an answer.
He's trying to maul Audrey in the cafe when Roy comes downstairs
from his sick bed and shouts at Ron "Oi, what're you doing
with me mother?".
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