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Trying to come to terms with Tony's death, Nat starts downing
brandy for breakfast, losing her temper along with her self-control
behind the bar of the Rovers. She's a mess and there's nothing
anyone can do tomake her feeldifferent. That is, of course, until
Duggie has a word with her. He knows what she's going through
and his kind words help, although Vinny isn't best pleased to
find out that Duggie's organising the funeral with Nat's permission.
Anyway, the funeral takes place and Nat's ex-husband turns up
but so does Colin Barnes (Des' brother) and there's a bit of a
kerfuffle at the graveside as Colin vents his hatred of Tony in
front to everyone, including DI Reynolds who looks on interestedly
as he's mooching about.
Now I like Gwen, as you know, but she's digging a hole for
herself, she really is. She gets a visit from the debt collector
who tells her that her debt is being sold on to another company,
one who's strong arm tactics are just that little bit stronger,
with arms a little bit longer. Scared, she flits to Jim's place
and surprises him by saying she wants to move in with him. Now.
Wait, there's more. Thinking it'll keep the debt collection agency
off her back if she changes her name, she tells Jim she's going
back to using her own name of Gwen Davies. And as Jim gets all
lovey and smoochy, chuffed to bits that he's got someone to love,
look after and look after him, he pulls Gwen towards him for a
hug. Now that she's moved in, with her bin bags and secrets, Gwen
does that face, you know, that look that says more than words
(or scriptwriters) ever could.
So, now that Gwen's moved in, Steve's thinking it's about time
he got himself somewhere else to live, and over at the Kabin,
as Vikram's tarting about with the chocolate Easter Eggs (alas,
I was sad to note there was no sign of a Tunnocks one with bite
size caramel lovelies inside) the pair of them startle Nita by
telling her that Steve's going to be moving in with them as a
Audrey sets Pat to work catching the mice in the salon and
she's quite disturbed when he tells her he's caught ten of the
pesky little mites, but reluctantly hands over 50 quid anyway.
Tyrone's quick to catch on to Pat's nice little earner, telling
him he knows he's placed the mice there himself, but when Tyrone
tries the same trick in the Kabin, Rita realises what's going
on, throws him out and exposes Pat's game so he ends up giving
Audrey her money back. (Pat and Tyrone were a natural double act
in this nice little scene).
A strange storyline brews when Collette (the woman from Curly's
single's dinner last week) turns up in the Rovers asking Curly
what he thinks he's playing at. She's had a note put on her car
windscreen too, as if it were from Curly, asking her to meet him
at Freshco. Curly denies any knowledge of the note and off she
goes, but it doesn't end there. He parks his car outside of his
house and when he gets up the next day, it's moved down the street.
And again the next day. So he clamps it. Everyone thinks he's
quite mad, of course, but Curly knows there's something strange
going on, especially when Collette storms into the Rovers a second
time demanding to know why Curly has sent her a bunch of flowers
that he's got no knowledge of...
Over at the café, Gail gets a visitor in the shape of
Neil Fearns' dad (a man with all the presence of a string salesman),
demanding to know if it's true that his son is responsible for
Sarah Lou being pregnant. Give him his due, as a representative
of the Fearns family, he was keen to help out and take responsibility
for the baby, but Gail wouldn't have it. She thanked him kindly,
told him to make his own way out and close the door behind him.
During the mother's day episode, Gail had to sit and talk to Sarah
Lou, pointing out a few home truths about responsibility for the
baby, after Sarah Lou assumed Gail would be the one changing its
nappy, feeding and burping it.
The factory girls are revolting in the factory. Linda's on
her high horse, but all due to her, she's got her business head
on along with her power suit and starts pontificating on cost
benefit analysis (what?). She's in full managerial flow, which
is impressive for Mike and great for business but it's beginning
to irritate the girls. Led by Janice, an emergency meeting ("war
counsel") is called in the Rovers to discuss strategy. There
can only be one way to deal with Linda's nit-picking. Up the workers;
And that's just about that for this week.
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