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Glenda was away, this week's update written by Barry Smith
Vera meets Fred and lets him know the bad news about the short-lived
racing career for Tyrone's Torpedo and he reassures her that the
syndicate will cover the vet's bills incurred, which is a relief
to poor Tyrone and a fine birthday present. Jack and Vera buy
him a course of driving lessons and give him a lovely card and
write on it that he's like a son to them. Tyrone seems upset by
the card and Vera thinks that she may have upset him with her
sentiments, but it soon becomes clear after a heart-to-heart with
Jack, that Tyrone has difficulty reading and writing and is very
embarassed about it. Vera and Jack try to get him to get some
help and Vera has a word with Ken who agrees to teach him if he's
willing to learn, but Tyrone is upset that Vera went behind his
back. At Vera's request, Ken has a word with Tyrone about his
problem, but Tyrone shuns his advances, though after Toyah has
a quiet word with him, Tyrone goes to Ken and asks him to help
him and Ken agrees.
Everyone is getting sorted out for Christmas Day. Danny has
booked himself, Sally and the girls into a hotel in Southport.
Rosie and Sophie are excited at the idea, but Sally is annoyed
that he sprang this on them as it could cause problems with Kevin.
She talks it over with Kevin who isn't best pleased, but agrees
to it for the sake of the kids. Natalie has invited Vinny, who
was hoping it was just him, Kevin, Curly and Jim round for dinner
on the day, though Jim declines as he's clearly hoping to spend
Christmas with Gwen. Meanwhile Alma is telling different stories
to everyone about her plans and it's clear she'll be on her own
and doesn't seem too happy about it. On hearing that Gary intends
to spend Christmas and the twins' first birthday on his own, Vera
& Jack invite him and the babies round for Christmas Day at
Nita receives a letter telling her that she wasn't successful
at the job interview and this really knocks the wind out of her
sails as James had given her the impression that she would walk
it. When she confronts him about it, he accuses her of using him
to try to climb the corporate ladder and she goes away dejected,
feeling just as used herself. Things are made worse when Curly
tries to be supportive over her failure to get the job and she
takes it the wrong way, thinking that he's trying it on. She reveals
to Linda later that she thinks she has damaged her reputation.
Meanwhile in the corner shop, Dev has some news for Nita and Vikram.
Ravi is staying in India to try and sort out his brother's business
interests, but in order to get hold of some quick cash to pay
off some debtors, he has sold his entire chain of shops to Dev.
Vikram and Nita are both concerned about the loss of their inheritance,
but Vikram more so as he thinks his job is in danger too. He eventually
gets to speak to Dev and when he explains himself, Dev agrees
to write off the £1000 debt that Vik still owes to the shop
and agrees to keep him on.
Spider advises Toyah that 'If someone is a problem, then they
usually have a problem', but she gets nowhere in trying to sort
out Leanne who has become so desperate for the cheap thrills of
cocaine, that she has resorted to getting it on tick from Jez,
who assures her that he will get the money 'one way or another'.
The two sisters have a blazing row after Toyah sees Leanne getting
a wrap off Jez, which ends up with Leanne telling Toyah to mind
her own business, 'You're not even my real sister anyway'. Natalie
is given further cause for concern about her barmaid, when Mike
warns her away from his flat and Leanne admits to Natalie that
Mike accused her of stealing money, but she denies that she did.
I think Natalie will be keeping a close eye on her in the future.
To the sounds of 'Tragedy', Gail and Martin enter the hospital
Christmas party, where they meet Rebecca and her husband Jerry.
It's quite clear that this man is an absolute pig and it's no
wonder Rebecca is distraught. An argument quickly develops and
Martin ends up trying to console Rebecca and they very nearly
end up kissing. The following day at work, there's no embarassment
between the 2 of them over the previous night and Rebecca tells
Martin how nice she thinks Gail is and later in the pub, Gail
expresses similar sentiments and thinks it might be a good idea
for Martin to invite Rebecca out for a drink sometime. When they
meet up in the Rovers, Gail sympathises with Rebecca over having
to spend Christmas with someone who clearly doesn't want to be
there as she'd experienced a similar situation in her first marriage.
Norris is fast becoming a suitable replecement for Mavis and
to celebrate his first successful week behind the Kabin counter,
Rita takes him to the Rovers for a drink. While Rita has been
suffering from 'flu upstairs, Norris has come up with a few ideas
about the running of the Kabin and whilst Rita tries to dampen
down his excessive enthusiam a bit, she does seem rather taken
with the idea of opening a sub post office. So much so that within
a day, she manages to get some plans drawn up for redesigning
the shop. She invites Norris round to discuss the plans over dinner
and Norris accepts but reminds Rita about his nut allergy, saying
'you only have to put me in a room with a pistachio and I come
out in blotches'. Towards the end of the evening, Norris is concerned
that there may be more to Rita's invitation than just dinner,
but he is soon reassured that Rita is just as happy with her own
company as he is with his.
Newton and Ridley have agreed to supply a marquee for the millennium
street party and Hayley is busy sewing fancy dress outfits for
just about everybody on the street during her dinner hour. With
all this talk about the millennium party, the women in the factory
realise they've done nothing about a Christmas party. Linda is
convinced that she can get some money towards it out of Mike,
but Janice and Gwen are more circumspect. They end up having a
bet and it looks as though Linda will lose until Deirdre intervenes
and points out how hard they've all been working recently and
Mike relents, deciding it would be a good idea to keep his workforce
sweet in preparation for some big orders in the new year.
Thoughts of Christmas are in the air in the Peacock household,
where Maxine decides to have a dummy run for preparing Christmas
dinner and despatches Ashley off to the pub. It's a complete disaster
of course and on her mam's advice, she decides to pack it all
in and go to have a long soak. Just as Ashley arrives home, the
smoke alarm goes off as another of Maxine's culinary disasters
turns to charcoal and Ashley consoles his poor wife, saying 'Who
needs turkey anyway, when I've got a beautiful peacock.' They
go out to the pub and return to find out that the bath is still
running and they've managed to flood the place. Ashley says he'll
have a word with Fred and they can host Christmas Day round at
his place, but Maxine insists that they do it in their own house
and employs the services of Pat the builder who thinks he can
get it sorted out in time after Maxine suggests she pay him on
double time. Ashley isn't too happy with the arrangement, but
realises that Maxine has the bit between her teeth and there will
be no stopping her. She even manages to get Fred involved.
So that's it for this week, I hope you all have a good time
over the coming week, whatever festival you may be celebrating.
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