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Janice returns from her mother's, curious that the Battersby
household is unusually clean and tidy. She knows Les would never
have done it so it can only mean one thing, he's had a woman in
there while she's been away. Les tries to explain that Dennis
has been staying but she won't listen and storms off, furious.
Anyway, when Janice calms down she realises that having Dennis
around the place might have its advantages (he cooks a mean black
pudding) and she agrees to him staying on as lodger as long as
he obeys some basic ground rules and pays rent - to her, not Les.
Les and Dennis start scheming to rescue shopping trolleys from
Freshco, planning to sell them back to Curly, claiming they found
them in the canal. I lost interest in this storyline a bit but
needless to say, it backfired on them and they ended up with a
backyard full of trollies they can't shift.
Emma moved in with Curly this week, leaving Curly pondering
where they could position Emma's exercise bike. She wonders why
they can't just stick it in the attic, but as that's where Curly
keeps his pride and joy, the telescope, he isn't keen on having
his space invaded, although if the bike did share space with his
astronomical extension, it would mean he could keep a closer eye
Deirdre started work this week in the corner shop after the
divine Dev offered her a job. "The Gods have directed you
here" he drawls. "No they haven't, it was me mother,
we're out of cornflakes" she replies. Anyway, she starts
work there and cuts Linda down to size when she comes in to gloat.
She also has to cut short Blanche who comes in with a good luck
card and vitriol, letting Deirdre know in no uncertain terms that
this pithy shop job is beneath her daughter's capabilities.
Leanne gets a postcard from Mark on his travels. Then she gets
a bouquet of flowers, then a diamond and gold necklace, then a
massive delivery of all sorts of flowers arrives for her, all
from an anonymous admirer. With the bouquets in the Rovers, that
back room has not smelt so fragrant since Annie Walker was in
there sprinkling Estee Lauder on her pulse points. But when she
finds out just who these gifts are from, the evil Jez no less,
she isn't best pleased. She's even more unhappy when a couple
of his henchmen grab her off the street and kidnap her, dragging
her kicking and screaming back to his flat. He tells her he's
a changed man, he's off drugs and wants to make a fresh start
with her. Then he smashes her head off the door and threatens
her before screaming at her to get out, which seemed to me to
be the wrong sort of message to be giving to someone you like.
Anyway, Leanne starts wondering what life would be like away from
Jez right now, a new life, perhaps on the other side of the world
- with Mark.
Doreen Horton brings her feckless fancy man, Carl, to the B&B
to pick up little Tommy but Vera's not having it, and hurries
Tommy out with Tyrone before Doreen can see that he's in there.
Anyway, Doreen reckons she should have Tommy as s'hes his legal
guardian but Vera points out that she is only one of two legal
guardians and without her husband Geoff agreeing to Tommy being
handed over, she's not going to let him go. But who's going to
look after him while Jack and Vera are working? Vera drops Tommy
off at the Platts house and young David takes him under his wing,
forcing him into stealing sweeties from the corner shop (he doesn't
though, he pays for them and only pretends he's stolen them).
Rita and the shopkeeper spend more time together this week
as he takes her out on day trips in his jam-jar in her search
for her ancestors. When she invites Anthony back to her flat for
a coffee (come on Rita, you've been around a bit, you should have
known), she's rather surprised when he puts his arm around her
shoulder (no mean feat with those shoulder pads) and moves in
closer. She's so surprised in fact, that she asks him to leave
and they wish each other a very cordial goodnight.
Toyah's upset over her poor A level results - she's got three
E grades. Ken tries to cheer her up a bit, saying an E isn't a
fail, it's still a result of sorts and this sort of works, with
Janice and Les doing their best to be proud of their daughter.
Tyrone is finding it hard to part with Monica's pups but Jack
and Maria remind him of the reason he's doing all of this - his
new car, a set of wheels, snogging on the back seat, freedom.
He tells Maria he also wants to buy an engagement ring. He interviews
prospective parents for the pups but decides none of them are
good enough for his babies, bless him. Jack has to step in and
make him see sense. Tyrone presented Jack and Vera with a framed
photograph of himself and Monica for the Duckies 43rd wedding
anniversary this week. Jack, of course, had forgotten all about
Linda, with no friends of her own, asks the local barmaid,
Geena to be best woman at her wedding. Geena, who needed a new
frock anyway, says yes. Mike invites Deirdre to the wedding, but
I don't think Linda knows about this yet as she hasn't thrown
Anyway, thats just about that for this week. I'm off to have
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