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Emotions run high in the Battersby family after Les confronts
evil Jez who tells him the truth about Leanne and cocaine. Back
on the Street, Janice blames herself and wails "this is my
worst nightmare come true" and there's tears everywhere.
There's a brilliant scene between Leanne and Les in the back room
at the Rovers, where Les, with tears in his eyes, tries to control
his anger and despair towards his daughter. Anyway, Leanne tells
all to Natalie who says if Leanne wants to keep her job, she's
got to get herself into counselling. With no choice but to do
what Natalie suggests, off Leanne goes to the counsellor but sits
and sulks all the way through the session and argues with the
counsellor bloke when she discovers he's a smoker. Back at the
Rovers, Leanne faces up to the truth that she's desperately unhappy
and reaches for another wrap of cocaine. She turns it in her hand
and then throws it away before adopting the Bet Lynch pose - straightening
herself up, putting on a big smile and walking to the bar saying
"What can I get yer?". Later, in the back room of the
Rovers she collapses in tears to Janice and Toyah to tell them
she's ready to go back to the counsellor. Big hug time.
In the Kabin, Rita's feeling a little tired so Norris advises
a 'power nap'. "What? You mean have 40 winks?" she says.
Anyway, she packs herself off to see Mavis in the Lake District
for a bit and leaves Norris in charge of things.
Natalie and Vinny go off on holiday to Tunisia and leave the
Rovers in Jim's capable hands and with new barmaid Amy working
behind the bar. What's going on with Amy though? She appears from
nowhere (well, Birmingham, but it's much the same) with an accent
that can't decide if it's Northern or not, tells Dev she's having
his baby, tells everyone else she and Dev are engaged, and frankly,
gives me the creeps. Dev is getting sick of her, that much is
obvious, and it's clear he would rather she hadn't turned up in
the first place so he calls her bluff. "For the baby's sake,
I'll marry you" he tells Amy. "You just have to prove
the baby exists".
Over at the factory, Mike finds out that Alison is pregnant
and isn't best pleased to think he'll be losing one of his workers,
so he tells Mark to fire her, which he doesn't. He tells his dad
if he wants him to be a partner, he'll do things his way. Anyway,
Mike goes off on business and it looks like he might be away overnight,
providing maximum opportunity for Mark and Linda to get together
one more time. However, Linda tells Mark she isn't going straight
home, she's going out with the girls instead, but it's just a
ploy so that she won't have to spend time alone with him in the
flat. Mark questions Linda and tells her he has real feelings
for her, poor lad, it's all too much for him so he packs his bags,
leaves the flat and arranges with Norris to move into Sharon's
old flat above the Kabin.
Martin goes to see Rebecca in her nurse's flat but while he's
there, he's feeling paranoid, ("I think someone knows what's
going on between us") and guilty ("What would Gail say
if she could see me now?"). He leaves without as much as
a peck on the cheek for Rebecca, as confused as only a bloke could
be who's going through a mid-life crisis. Anyway, later at the
hospital, Rebecca and Martin are chatting together and Martin
leans over and starts kissing Rebecca's neck. When he looks up,
he sees Leanne Battersby walking past, en-route to the outpatient
department to have her headaches checked out. Martin is sure Leanne
has seen him and tries to broach the subject with her later in
the Rovers, but either Leanne really didn't see them both or she's
calling Martin's bluff, I don't know, but she did quite a convincing
job of denying seeing him.
Gwen and Jim's relationship gets passionate although he's nervous
at first as it's been such a long time since he's been with a
woman, so it has. He opens up to Gwen about his violence towards
Liz. Jim gives Gwen his phone number but when he asks Gwen for
hers, at first she declines and then she says she's been disconnected,
so Jim gives her money to pay the bill.
Alison and Kevin set the date for the wedding for next Saturday
at Weatherfield Registry office. Kevin goes round to invite Sally,
bland Danny and the girls to the reception and there's a scene
with more unsaid than is said between Kevin and his ex-wife, more
on that next week, I reckon. Kevin asks Jim to be his best man
and Alison asks Linda to be her witness.
And that's about that for this week. Glenda ;-)
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