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It's Mike's birthday and Linda decides he's having a party,
to which she invites all the girls from the factory. When Mike
finds out, he makes her go and un-invite them all, of course and
asks Linda if she can rustle up a few canapés for the party,
just like Alma used to do. Being a woman after my own heart, Linda
gets the caterer in and leaves canapé making to those that
can, while still taking credit for food she hasn't made herself.
Everyone's at the party from the Street with Mark bringing along
Leanne. He's given girlfriend Claire the heave-ho so he can liase
with Leanne, much to Mike's annoyance. So, everyone's there, except
of course for Ken, and sadly, Alma isn't invited, which would've
been nice I thought, even if she wouldn't have turned up. There's
a great scene between Curly and Alma this week when, with tears
in her eyes, Alma tells Curly her life's regrets, urging him to
'get out there, get a nice young woman and have a family together'
to which Curly surprises her by saying 'I already have', then
goes on to tell her all about his New Year's visit from Racquel.
Sarah-Lou's eating habits are causing major concern for Gail.
The girl just won't eat and when she does eat, it's forced by
Gail, while Martin takes Sarah-Lou's side, just to wind Gail up.
Anyway, when Gail finds Sarah-Lou being sick in the bathroom,
she whisks her off to the doctor, fearful that her daughter is
becoming anorexic. After examining the patient, the diagnosis
is delivered. The doctor is calm. Gail is aghast. Sarah-Lou is
Meanwhile, over at the nurse's home, Martin has reached a decision
of his own. He's going to leave Gail and play happy families with
Rebecca. His mind is made up - but will Rebecca still fancy him
when she finds out he's a (sort of) grand-dad?
Fred's bad back is playing up something terrible and after
a visit to his doc on the NHS, he's not best pleased to be told
to lose some weight to help his condition. Mrs Maudsely, a customer
at Frescho, overhears Fred moaning about his back and offers him
a professional massage in the comfort of her home, she's certified
and all that, so Fred agrees. Anyway, he's stripped off and Mrs
M is in the process of rubbing oil all over Fred's back when the
police burst in and arrest the masseuse for running an indecent
house (aka brothel). As Fred is taken away in a police car for
questioning, Tyrone is walking Monica past the scene, and the
next day, the talk on the Street is all about Fred visiting a
naughty massage parlour. He soon puts them straight though, I
say he tells them all, with a declaration in the Rovers that no
charges will be brought against him, then offers to buy drinks
all round to shut the lot of 'em up.
Things are tense in the Rovers between Natalie and Vinny, when
he gives Geena the night off, forgetting that Natalie was off
out on the town that night with sister Debs. "Just you remember
who's name is above that door!" she tells him, and how could
he forget? In an effort to save their relationship, Vinny gets
a labouring job on the Victoria Street site so that he and Nat
aren't working together any longer, and the pair of them agree
to proper courting again.
And that's just about that for this week. Not a great deal
happening right now, but with Sarah Lou being pregnant and Martin
about to prove to Gail that he's the immature cretin she always
thought he was, well, things could get quite exciting.
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