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I have to say I've found this week's episode of the Street
rather dreary what with the continuing McDonald saga and the unbelievable
Maureen/Reg situation. However, it's good to see Baldwin back
up to his old tricks again as head of the factory!
Maureen still hasn,t heard from Reg and is frantic with worry,
convinced something has happened to him. She decides to visit
him in Lowestoft, much to Maude's annoyance. Before Maureen leaves,
a letter arrives from Reg which reduces Maureen to tears, she
doesn,t tell Maude what the letter says and takes off to see Reg.
Meanwhile, Eric Firman calls on Curly to tell him that he has
received a letter from Reg giving his resignation from the company
and saying he has gone away, with no explanation given. Curly
is confused, he wonders what has happened... and then Eric Firman
tells him that Reg has ran off with the chief wages clerk, Yvonne.
Curly sets off to Lowestoft in search of Maureen, who reveals
the contents of her letter to Curly - it's a mushy letter from
Reg saying how hard he found it being apart from her and that
he can not go on any longer with his life the way it is. Maureen
is certain she will find Reg and everything will be alright but
Curly can't bring himself to tell her the truth.
Baldwin is losing patience with Kevin, who hasn't given him a
reply about whether or not he wants to buy the garage. Kevin goes
to see the bank manager who tells him that the bank is prepared
to lend Kevin the money but he must put up 10% of the funds himself
(approx. £4,000 ). Kevin and Sally wonder where the money
will come from. Baldwin is sure that if Rita knew of the situation,
she would offer to lend Kevin and Sally the 10% needed. He persuades
Alma to visit Rita to mention that Kevin needs the money. Alma
goes to the Kabin and tries to bring it casually into the conversation,
but she can't do it, and Mike is disappointed with her. As Baldwin's
PA, Josie finds out about the sale of the garage also, and talks
to Don about buying it for themselves. Don isn't keen at first
but Josie talks him into it and they both get excited about it.
Josie reads Baldwin's confidential letters to find out how much
he wants for the garage and they are planning on re-mortgaging
their houses to afford it. (I hope that Sally and Kevin do get
the garage, if there is one more scene with Sally setting or clearing
away the dining table, I think I'll scream!)
Jim McDonald is in court again, this time for breaking the promise
to the judge last time, to stay away from Liz. He is sent to prison
for 3 weeks until his court case comes up for assaulting Liz.
Steve and Andy were still hopeful that their parents would end
up back together again and see it as Liz,s fault that their parents
will divorce. Steve and Vicky go to visit Jim, and they ask Liz
if she has any message she would like to pass on, she says no.
When they come back from the prison they go for a drink in the
Rovers and Liz doesn't ask them about Jim at all.
Mavis and Derek are thinking of having an allotment to grow vegetables.
Des says he knows the chap at the council who is in charge of
allocating allotments and says he will have a word with him on
their behalf. In the Kabin, Rita takes a message for Mavis from
"Mr. T. Hedges who says he will meet Mavis and Derek at the
allotments that afternoon". As this is April Fool's Day,
Derek thinks that this is a practical joke from Des. They both
meet Mr. Hedges and Derek makes an April fool of himself assuming
the chap to be a hoax, when in fact, he was the genuine man from
Ida Clough is set to make a permanent return to the Street! Interviews
are being held for machinists at Baldwin's new factory and Ida
Clough turns up. Baldwin makes her wait for over an hour until
he sees her, he wants to make her squirm and beg for her job back.
In the end, he does give her a job and tells her he hopes her
trouble making days are behind her now (somehow, I don't think
they are.....) Ida and Josie are talking in the factory when Baldwin
spots them on his security camera so he calls Josie to his office
over the tannoy system and she trots off immediately, much to
Jack has organised a men-only gambling and drinking day out at
Uttoxeter races this coming Bank Holiday Monday. He is taking
names for the coach and asks Steve McDonald if he wants to go.
Steve looks at Jack, looks at Vicky and then looks nervous and
says "No, I'd better not Jack".
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