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Norris sets up his train set on Emily's kitchen table and he's
going 'woo woo, choo choo' and all that stuff as Emily rolls her
eyeballs to the ceiling, thinking it's all innocent fun. But when
she almost steps onto the box that the train set belongs to, Norris
chucks a mental, asking her if she knows the true value of such
a thing! Aha! His secret is out. Emily demands to know the true
worth of the train set and Norris, shamefacedly, has to admit
it's worth £160, not the £7.50 he paid for it. As
if that's not enough for Norris to admit to, Emily shames him
in the Rovers in front of Alma and Vera, to which he has no choice
but to admit: "My name is Norris Cole and I defrauded the
Weatherfield General Hospital League of Friends". Emily charges
him £10 interest, demands payment in full and makes Norris
promise to play with his choo choo in his room in future. A wonderful
Emma tells Curly that she's decided to move in with him, and
surprises him at breakfast with champagne, croissants, cereal
and kisses. Curly's over the moon and Les Battersby is quite happy
too, assuming that having a lady copper living next door will
give him a friend in the force. Some hope.
Martin tries to talk to young David about being left out of
things since the baby was born, but it's not doing much good so
he buys 'Voodoo Blood Battle IV' to cheer the lad up instead.
Anyway, they all go off to the christening of baby Bethany Brittany
Platt (BBBP for short), only David decides to make a ten year
old of himself, yelling "I hate you all" before doing
a runner, only to be brought home much, much later, by Emma in
a cop car after she'd caught him shoplifting in town. Candice
turns up for the christening to be god-mother alongside Hayley,
but when Candice's mum finds out where she's at, she storms into
the Platt household and drags her daughter away from BBBP's party.
Also at the christening, with young David gone AWOL, it falls
on Roy to take the role of The Godfather after Gail makes him
an offer he can't refuse.
On work placement at the local radio station, Toyah gets permission
to interview Ken about his new book, which she thinks will make
an interesting piece for the show. She does all the work but her
boss won't let her play it, so she sticks it on in place of a
recipe slot while the boss is out of the office somewhere, probably
on a fag break. He's furious when he finds out and promptly sacks
her. Meanwhile, Linda and Mike (but especially Linda) are convinced
that Deirdre was the one who spilled the beans to Ken for his
article on local sweatshops. Nothing Deirdre can say will change
their minds and when Linda starts locking up the filing cabinet
so Deirdre can't get to documents she needs to work on, it's too
much and Deirdre storms out. Lurching across the road, she storms
straight into the Rovers and gives Ken a piece of her mind, but
a sly smile plays around Ken's lips when Deirdre tells him she's
walked out on Mike at the factory.
Paula comes all the way from Blackpool ("We've been on
this bus now for 6 days and 3 hours without a toilet break, by
'eck as like and that M61 is rough on the bum when you're on a
coach seat and you don't know the words to 'Charlie had a pigeon'
") to spend the weekend with Gary and the twins. Gary has
a fare to collect so he lets Paula and Walter (I know he's called
Warren but I like Walter better) into the house and says he'll
not be long. Anyway, the woman he's gone to collect is involved
in a domestic dispute so he has to ferry the woman here, there
and everywhere and before you know it, half a day has gone by,
the fare owes him nearly £50 and her thieving, no good for
nothing ex-bloke has gone and emptied her bank account so she
can't pay Gary. And to top it all off, she's got nowhere to go.
Gary, desperate to get back to Paula, runs the woman to the B&B
where Jack and Vera kindly take her in (eventually) and Gary even
more kindly offers to pay the Duckworths for the woman's stay
there as well as having to work extra hours to make up the lost
fare. What a diamond geezer that Gary is, eh?
And as if by magic, the shopkeeper appeared. Again. This week
he gave Rita a huge red wig and an oversized green coat and sent
her off to entertain the children in the circus. Anyway, Rita
and Antony meet up at Roy's Rolls when Roy hosted a cultural evening
with a reading by Mr. Kenneth Barlow, esquire, local author of
a local book, sold for £7.50 in the local shop. Anyway,
Antony asks Cleopatra to join him at the theatre this week, he's
always given two tickets for these things, being a reviewer, and
off she goes, all sixes and sevens, dolled up to the nines. Norris
sounds the warning bell to her in the Kabin: "Just watch
what you're doing with the book seller, Rita dear, you can't trust
a man who lives his life surrounded by works of fiction".
Although Rita insists that Antony is just a friend, she is more
than a little disturbed by his admission over dinner that he's
still married! Married! The downright cad! "Listen",
he tells her "It's not what you think....", but Rita's
heard this before, too many times, to stay and listen to what
Antony has to tell her. Actually, it's something she probably
hasn't heard before - but before he can explain any more than:
"My wife, you see, she's ill.... ", it's too late. Rita
has left the building.
There's also been lots of nail chewing and finger biting this
week with Steve McDonald getting ready (or not) to give evidence
at the trial of Gerald Francis Quigley (Jez, for short). Natalie's
in pieces, she's not going to have an easy time of all of this
and on day one of the trail things ain't going too well when Steve's
given a grilling by a woman in a scary wig.
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