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Steve and Pat start work on Duggie's Victoria Street development
and Steve finds some Victorian cast-iron fireplaces inside one
of the buildings. Recognising the value of them, he ropes Pat
in on his devious plan to nick them and sell them. Of course,
Duggie's not daft and it doesn't take him long to figure out where
the fireplaces have gone. He tells Steve he wants them back tomorrow.
Or else. Jim reminds Steve why 'Crusher' is Duggie's nickname,
aye, so he does.
Little David Platt is brought into hospital after gashing his
leg when he falls into one of the rubbish skips on the Victoria
Street development. Martin attends to David while Rebecca, not
realising who David is, flirts away with Martin in front of his
son. Anyway, she proves to be quite a hit with young Master Platt
who invites her along to his football match on Sunday. At the
game, the Platt's are all there (with the omnipresent Candice)
and Rebecca goes alone, un-noticed by any of them, while Martin's
playing the family man in front of his mistress. Back at the hospital,
Rebecca tells Martin she doesn't want to destroy his family life
and can't bear hurting Gail and his kids, but Martin wants to
carry on. Despite the guilt, he's determined his family will never
find out what he's up to. Around the tea table at the Platt's,
is Sarah Lou being a fussy teenager when she refuses to eat her
dinner, or is there something more going on?
Mike persuades Mark to stick around, and Linda and Mark agree
to keep their hands off each other and stay 'just friends'. Mike
gives Mark the chance to travel to Bruges to attend a trade show
(never mind the trade show, think of the beer! think of the chocolate!)
and Linda isn't best pleased to hear that Mark is thinking of
taking Claire with him.
Alma gets her decree absolute and celebrates in the Rovers
with Audrey and Gail, declaring that she's going to start using
her maiden name of Halliwell now that she's no longer Mrs. Baldwin.
Good on yer, Alma. As they drink a toast to Ms Halliwell, Linda
looks on and wonders what's happening. When Alma tells her "Oh,
you mean. Mike hasn't told you?", she isn't too happy that
Mike has kept it secret that he's now free to marry again. Bob
the planning councillor calls round to see Audrey and declines
her offer of a drink, saying he's got to rush off somewhere. It's
only when the new Ms Haliwell returns home that he changes his
mind and takes Audrey up on her offer of hospitality.
Poor old Dev, it just hasn't been his week. Amy shows up with
a sob story and a hammed-up fainting spell and goes back to work
in the Rovers. Dev goes in to see her, only to be thrown out by
Natalie when Amy gets hysterical over something, I don't know
what, this whole storyline has bored me silly to be honest. Mind
you, there were tons of scenes of the delicious, dreamy Dev so
I'm not complaining too loudly. (I'd have given anything to have
heard him say, just once, 'Hold me close, don't let me go, oh
no', wouldn't you?) Anyway, Amy tells everyone she's lost the
baby then tried to slash her wrists to kill herself. Fortunately,
Dev calls her bluff by being nice to her - he rips off the bandages
in the Rovers and exposes her wrists and lies to all and sundry.
She storms off, screaming to everyone that they're 'stupid and
gullible' and let's all hope she'll not be back. Vera's still
not convinced, however, that Dev was innocent of any wrong doing,
even when he covers Amy's bill at the B&B that she left unpaid.
Les is up in court in front of the magistrate on his benefit
fraud case. Before he goes in there, he's already been up in front
of the bar - in the Rovers, getting some Dutch courage, so by
the time he's in front of the magistrate ("Your Highness")
he's begging for clemency, telling them Janice has a baby on the
way that needs its father around. He's ordered to do 150 hours
of community service, which starts with cleaning up graffiti from
Coronation Street, no less. He's working with an ex-Hells Angel
called Dennis and the pair of them pop back to Les' house for
a quick cuppa and a spot of air guitar. I like Dennis already,
Natalie's sister, Debs, turns up in the Rovers after working
as a hairdresser on a cruise ship. (I'm sorry, but she'll always
be Pat Farnham to me and I'll never forgive that Max for being
so utterly, completely, pathetically useless when Pat locked herself
in the hospital toilet after giving birth to Alice). Anyway, she's
turned up - and it looks like she'll move straight into Nat's
old house and she'll walk straight into a job in the salon - well,
Audrey will be looking for extra help now that Tom's gone.
And that's just about that for this week.
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