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Eileen's a little tired of Maya taking advantage of having
a nephew as a taxi driver by getting free cab rides on demand.
She's a star, is Eileen, and makes sure she goes all out to be
as unhelpful to Maya as possible. Eileen's not running Streetcars
for Maya's benefit, and when she finds out that Maya has publicly
criticised the cab firm by calling it "Streetwalkers",
she offers cheap fares to Freshco for shoppers to take custom
away from the corner shop. However, when Maya finds out, and she
does, she isn't best pleased with Vikram. You just can't go round
upsetting family like that. But neither should you take advantage
of them, Maya dear.
True love starts to run smoothly for Tyrone and Maria after
he has a bit of a chat with Monica, telling her she hasn't got
to be jealous of Maria: "The love I have for a dog is different
to the love I have for a woman". Ah, bless. Anyway, Vera
buys Tyrone a new shirt and lets the young 'uns have the front
room to themselves for a date. Norris isn't happy about such goings
on in the B&B and even less pleased to find Monica, banished
from the front room, sleeping on his duvet. Norris and Tyrone
have a chat in the Kabin's post office, with Norris telling Tyrone
he can't talk to him at work when he's "in the employ of
the Queen", to which Tyrone replies: "Rita? She won't
mind". So Tyrone and Maria get snuggled on the sofa and cosy
up in front of Pulp Fiction, the pair of them are getting on really
well, it's lovely. Norris voices his concerns to Vera: "That
lad is far too young to be making a fool of himself over a woman".
"Oh?" she replies, "So what's a good age to start,
Nat and Vinny get back together this week and it's snogs ahoy
in the back room of the Rovers after he tells her: "I miss
you more than anything".
Mark and Linda continue with their, er, driving lessons although
Linda's getting concerned that Mark seems to be getting serious
about her when she doesn't feel the same about him. Anyway, that
doesn't stop her from encouraging Mike to go abroad to a sales
conference so she and Mark can spend more time practising three
point turns. As they have a fondle by the filing cabinet, Hayley
bursts in on them, but it doesn't look like she's seen anything
It's Martin's birthday this week and as Gail plans a dinner
and party for him, he tells her he has to work: "I forgot
it was me birthday", when he's really sneaking off with Rebecca.
I can't decide who is more stupid - Martin, for that excuse or
Gail for believing him. Anyway, as he's wining and dining Rebecca,
maternity mayhem is going on back on the Street as Sarah-Lou goes
into labour after being given a talking to by Blanche. Sally drives
her to the hospital with Gail as Candice and David stay behind.
David tells his sister: "I'll be thinking about yer"
and gets looked after by Danny. Try as they do to contact him,
Martin can't be found and no-one seems to know where he is - but
Sally thinks Rebecca might know something of Martin's whereabouts.
She confronts one of Martin's colleagues at the hospital who gives
her Rebecca's address and Sally rushes to her flat, grabs Martin
out of there and gives a final sneer, hiss and boo at Rebecca:
"Why did you have to pick on a man with a wife and kids,
eh? How women like you live with themselves I'll never know".
Back at the hospital, Sarah Lou gives birth to a girl and Martin
arrives in time to cuddle his grand-daughter. But what to call
the new arrival? Sarah-Lou wants to call her Britney. Smart move,
Sarah Lou, naming your child after a singer who invites men to
'hit me one more time'. I'll take lyrics like that with a pinch
of salt when I hear Ronan Keating on stage singing an equivalent
'Come on, our lass, give us a good hiding, pet". I have nothing
but contempt for Britney Spears. Thank you, my rant is over. Anyway,
it looks like the baby will be called Bethany, which Candice thinks
is a name only an old person would choose. Audrey muses that if
the baby had been a boy, they could have called it Alfeh.
However, all this baby business is not yet over. Still waiting
to give birth is Alison, who goes to visit Sarah Lou in her ward
and gives the new baby a cuddle. When Kevin goes in on one of
his visits to see Alison, she goes into labour and with much screaming,
blood and messy stuff, finally gives birth to a boy they decide
to call Jake. As Kevin returns to the street to wet the baby's
head with a brandy in the Rovers, he gets a phone call to say
there's something wrong with Jake and he's needed urgently at
the hospital. He and Alison are distraught when the consultant
tells them that Jake has a rare strep infection. "Despite
our best efforts" he tells them, "Jake is failing to
respond to treatment". It can only mean one thing - Jake
can't survive, and his little body is brought to Alison who wants
to cuddle him and has to try to say goodbye. In a raw, emotional
scene, Kevin and Alison weep uncontrollably over their dead baby's
body. And then Coronation Street go and really turn the emotional
screw. They roll the credits without the familiar theme. Oh boy.
When you watch it, grab a hanky, a brandy and someone's hand.
And that's just about it for this week. And what a great one
it's been. Corrie is definitely improving compared to how it's
been over the last couple of months.
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