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Working at the Benefit Agency becomes too much for Spider when
he has to refuse a single mother her benefits and he walks out.
Now, this could have been a good scene. Nay, it could have been
a great scene. The potential was there - he could have railed
against Daily Mail readers, he could have stood on his desk and
lectured his civil service colleagues about ethics and morals
and I suppose he did, a bit, but only in the most wimpy kind of
way. If ever we were in any doubt that Spider had changed, dumbed
down, from the free thinking, free-range eating, free-loving hippy
we'd come to know and love, this was proof beyond a doubt that
he was now part of the establishment, with the only thing he was
ever likely to revolutionise being the staff rota. He couldn't
even rebel properly. But he did, in his own way, sort of. He headed
home to sit around a candle and went 'um' in an unconvincing Buddhist
way and tells Toyah he's booked them both on a spiritual journey.
"We're not going to the Millennium Dome, are we?" she
asks. No, Toyah, you're going to India. Well, Spider would have
liked you to have gone to India with him, he'd bought two tickets
after all, but it's too much for Toyah to take in, too sudden.
She can't just up and leave, can she? In the end, finally, and
tearfully she decided her own destiny, remaining in Weatherfield
without him. And so he went, just like that. He said goodbye to
Aunty Em (more tears), paid a month's rent in advance and left
£100 in the bank for Toyah. And then he went. And then I
Mike and Linda's wedding plans start to take shape with invitations
the size of posh Christmas cards. Mike's a little confused though,
he wants to know why Linda isn't inviting any of her own family.
She puts him straight, telling him she doesn't want anything to
do with them and then she closed the subject, pronto.
After spending the night on Rita's sofa, Norris surprises her
with a bunch of flowers the next morning as a thankyou, telling
her that sleeping on her sofa was better than being at the B&B
while Monica was weaning her pups: "It's like 101 Dalmatians
down there". Rita isn't keen when Norris suggests staying
on there longer, or in the flat above, but she knows someone she
can offload him to - Emily! Perfect! He moves in and starts to
irritate her, calling her "Mrs. B." wonderful stuff.
While Emily searches through some jumble destined for a charity
shop, Norris finds an old train set and offers to take it off
her hands. Emily accepts his money in order to get him off her
Over at the Battersby's, Jim takes a look at the motorbike
that Les and Dennis have salvaged, and with his mechanical knowledge,
pronounces it a bit of a good 'un. The 1950's Harley Black Shadow
(or should that be a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning?) looks set
to be a little earner for them, just as long as they get it tidied
up, sold and out of the house before Janice returns, that is.
Dennis is settling in there quite well though, it'd be a shame
to throw him out when Janice gets back, especially as he's been
cooking toad in the hole with mushy peas and gravy. And really,
when you get a bloke who can cook a decent toad in the hole (veggie
sausages, of course), it's probably a good idea to hang on to
Ken's book goes on sale at £7.50. It includes a dedication
inside to Deirdre and he has his first sale in the Kabin although
Norris proclaims: "It's not quite Harry Potter". Edna
from the factory says she can't afford to buy it although expresses
interest in the chapter about Weatherfield sweatshops. Ken goes
on article alert when Edna spills the beans about sweatshops not
having changed much over the years, especially ones run by small,
greedy, capitalist, barrow-boy adulterers.
Gary's looking forward to Paula's visit this coming weekend
although he confides in Vera that he's feeling a bit nervous about
it. Where will everybody sleep?
After she expressed an interest in genealogy, Ken points Rita
in the direction of a specialist bookshop and off she goes. And
as if by magic, the shopkeeper appeared. Anthony Stephens. Romance
alert. Romance alert.
Steve starts getting worried after a brick is thrown through
the cab office window just a week before he's due to give evidence
at Jez's trial. He gets further worried after a dodgy fare ride
to the middle of nowhere and then a nasty man in his car threatens
him to keep away from the trial, or else. I think someone is trying
to tell him something here, but what could it be? Anyway, he drowns
his sorrows in the Rovers and impresses on Leanne and Vikram the
gravity of the situation: "It's not an 'aircut, it's a flipping
murder trial". In fact, he's so scared, there's no way he
can give evidence now.
Over at the Platt's happy nest, little David is feeling left
out of things and he lets them all know how unhappy he's been
feeling since "that stupid babeh" was born. Quite right
too! To make him feel a bit better, Sarah-Lou asks him to be godfather
at the christening later this week, but he'd much prefer a new
computer game. When Sarah-Lou asks her if she'd like to be godmother,
Hayley dissolves in tears.
Curly asks Emma if she'd like to move in with him, but she
doesn't reply - she's asleep at the time. Curly doesn't half pick
his moments, doesn't he? There's a lovely scene where Curly tells
her how he feels about her, the camera pans to his face and you
believe every word he's saying... and then the camera pans to
Emma - snoring on the sofa. But that doesn't deter him, and he
asks her again, this time when she's awake. He still doesn't get
an answer from her, she's rushing out to work this time. but she
promises him she'll think about it. Awww.
And that's just about that for this week.
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