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Hayley hastens to the hospital with balloons for the babies,
unaware that little Jake Webster has died. She's informed by the
nurse, then goes in to see Sarah Lou and Gail, sharing the bad
news with them both and it's hugs all round. Kev's in despair
and doesn't quite know what to do so the nurse tells him to go
home for a change of clothes and return to spend the night with
Alison. However, he's so distraught he heads straight for Sally's
house and completely breaks down. Meanwhile, back at the hospital,
it's the middle of the night and Alison gets up and out of bed
to visit Sarah Lou and her crying baby. Britney won't stop crying
and Sarah Lou is at her wits end, she doesn't know what to do
with her, but Alison does. She cuddles the baby and as Sarah Lou
falls asleep, Alison takes the baby in her arms and calmly walks
of the hospital with her, not realising that she's been captured
on the security camera. By the time Kevin returns to the hospital
the next morning, Alison is sitting on the red rec, spotted by
Tyrone who's out walking Monica. Alison is unaware of what she's
doing, and Tyrone is unaware of what's going on, he assumes the
baby is little Jake, not Sarah Lou's new daughter. There's a full
scale hunt going back on in Weatherfield, with radio bulletins
alerting the public to look out for Alison and the baby. Hospital
security are alerted and there's some wonderful dialogue, really
classic Corrie stuff, when they want to talk to Mr. Webster. "Kevin...
me name's Kevin", he sniffles through this tears, wanting
them to address him informally, he needs that comfort, any comfort,
from anyone. And then the same security man tries to cut through
Martin's anger and distress over the missing baby by using his
first name: "Don't you Martin me! It's Nurse Platt to you!".
Anyway, it's Tyrone who tells Kev where Alison is with the baby
and the police eventually find them both, safe, on the high street
looking at toys through a shop window. With Tyrone looking on
from the sidelines with the police, Kevin approaches Alison to
talk to her. She knows she's done wrong, she knows, but all she
ever wanted was a baby and all she ever wanted to be was a mum.
Kevin coaxes her into handing the baby back to him, and eventually
she does. Then, she turns and runs into the road and throws herself
under the wheels of a lorry. Poor, poor Kevin. Having lost his
child, he's now lost his wife and it's too much for him to bear.
Michael Le Vel puts in a fantastic performance as the distraught
Kevin, and my eyes pricked with tears almost every time he came
on screen. Supported by Sally, "What are ex-wives for?"
she says, she gets his shopping in for him, feeds him brandy and
sympathy, and helps organise the funeral. Kev just about manages
to get through the double burial but breaks down in tears once
more after everyone leaves the flat afterwards.
So events on the Street this week have been somewhat overshadowed
by the powerful storyline above, yet elsewhere on the Street....
Mark and Linda take advantage of their time together while
Mike's abroad at this sale conference and the pair of them go
out clubbing - to the same club as Geena and Bobbi. When Geena
spots them, Linda asks her to keep quiet but Geena just says:
"It's none of my business, right". She's more concerned
that Mark is supposed to be going with Leanne, a friend of hers,
and has a wistful look on her face the next day when Leanne tells
her that Mark has finally finished their relationship.
With Martin's time taken up by the new baby and family events,
Rebecca is starting to feel left out of things. She decides she's
had enough and goes round to see Martin at home - only to find
Sarah Lou and the baby there with Gail rattling on about how supportive
Martin has been, how wonderful Martin is, how happy she is that
she has Martin for a husband, all that sort of stuff. It's too
much for Rebecca and she books herself on a plane to Dubai and
out of Martin's life. When Martin finds out what's going on, he
races out of the hospital, misses the funeral for Alison and Jake,
and gets to the airport in time to catch Rebecca at the check
in desk for her flight (in a shot which included people with tea-towels
on their heads, in case we needed reminding what Arabs were supposed
to look like). Despite talking and crying into their airport cappuccino,
Rebecca is determined to leave and off she goes. Auf wiedersehen,
pet. Martin, wrecked and distraught is in tears and is pathetic
and selfish enough to go back to Gail, crying "She's left
me. Rebecca, she's gone". A great scene with shots of Martin
crying over losing his heaving Geordie bosom - ironically contrasted
with Kevin in tears in the baby's bedroom; real tears for real
Jim gets his loan from the bank and tells Gwen he's now got
about thirty foive thoisand poinds in the bank, so he has. And
he's also got a joint bank account, so she has. And Gwen's taken
a thousand pounds out of it already after she gets another visit
from the debt collector - at work this time, in front of everyone.
Poor Jim, when he finds out Gwen's taken some of his money, he
tells her he wants her to leave. How can he trust someone who
takes his money without telling him? Gwen manipulates the situation,
telling him that she'd taken the money to pay for their honeymoon
as she was hoping they'd soon get wed - and wouldn't you know
it, Jim me laddo thinks this is a wonderful idea and before you
know it, Vera's spread the word round the Rovers that Jim and
Gwen are getting engaged. Jim hugs Gwen close, while the camera
pans to her as she pulls that look on her face, you know the one,
the look you always hope someone is never pulling when they're
given a hug by you.
And that's just about that for this week.
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