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Quite a wonderful episode this week when Audrey gets reflective
and tells Gail all about her father. "He was just a fella,
really," says Audrey, telling Gail all about Ted Page - the
bloke she never loved. The bloke who's best friend she fancied.
Ted Page - the man Audrey used in her plan to get baby Steven
back after giving him up for adoption; a plan that involved Gail
being conceived and born. I was just about in bits watching this
scene. It was so touching, Audrey was in tears, Gail was in tears,
I was in tears. Anyway, Ted Page was in the army and he moved
away, never to be seen again. Mother and daughter cry and hug,
the love and respect for each other evident between them - which
contrasted nicely with the lies, hypocrisy, deceit and betrayal
that Gail doesn't deserve, but is given from her husband. In order
to spend the night with Rebecca, he tells Gail he's staying overnight
with a bloke called Tommo who's having a stag do on Friday night.
Danny's hesitant but he agrees to back up Martin's story - and
Sally rumbles the truth. She isn't best pleased with Danny, naturally,
for lying to her and decides the best thing to do is tell Gail
what's going on. She storms over there ready to tell Gail everything,
but hangs fire when words tumble from Gail's mouth about how wonderful
Martin is, how she wouldn't have got through the Sarah Lou saga
without Martin, how Martin is her rock. Sally tries Plan B - she
goes to see Rebecca at the hospital and warns her that she knows
what's going on. Rebecca bleats some old tosh about how she and
Martin never meant to get involved, it sort of just happened Yeah,
right, like they never had a choice. Sally ends her rant with
Rebecca in tears, "You end this affair, and you end it now.
Or I will".
Vinny and Natalie start chatting again and Nat invites the
lad out for the night. He thinks he's off to a pub for a quiet
chat, as friends, but Nat's got other plans. She and her bosom
take Vinny out for dinner. She tells him she misses him now, she
wants him back, she misses his back, she wants him now. Poor Vinny
doesn't know if he's coming or going.
Tyrone walks Monica on the Red Rec again, hoping to bump into
Maria once more - and he does. She explains that the boy she was
with last time Tyrone saw her was her brother so our two young
lovebirds decide to go on a date - same time, same place, after
the weekend. They sort of smile at each other for a bit, wondering
how to end their little chat on a friendly note so they thump
each other on the arm and Tyrone walks off with a smile on his
face. The next time they meet up at the red rec, Tyrone finds
he's got a rival for his affections when Monica growls every time
he and Maria get close. Back at the B&B, he sits up close
to Vera to see if Monica gets jealous then, but it seems it's
only Maria she's taken exception to. There's a lovely little scene
between Vera and Tyrone, he really is a star, that lad.
Up above the salon, there's a flat warming party going on.
A party that finds Toyah and Spider starting to fall apart at
the seams, Ashley getting drunk, Maxine walking out, and Vikram
ending up with his face painted with make-up and wearing coloured
false nails. Everyone (apart from Toyah and Maxine) get very drunk,
and Ashley is so drunk that Maxine won't let him back into the
house. Awakened by the noise of Ashley whimpering in the street,
Debs takes him in there and lets him sleep on the sofa. Maxine
assumes there's been rumpeh-pumpeh going on next door and falls
out with Debs, throwing insults at her across the perm solution
in the salon. Next day in the Rovers we have Ashley being given
advice from Vikram and Steve "don't give in to her, let her
know who wears the trousers", that sort of thing. And on
t'other side there's Maxine being looked after by Bobbi and Geena
"let him make the first move, make him apologise", and
so on. Anyway, like a scene from Grease with the pink ladies on
one side and the greasy heads on the other, Sandy and Danny Peacock
smile at each other, have a bit of a chat and walk out of the
Rovers - together, singing "You're the one that I want".
So, Spider and Toyah look set to become history pretty soon
as Toyah soberly celebrates her 18th birthday with an orange juice.
She wants to keep a clear head to cope with exam revision, but
Spider just thinks she's gone boring.
Linda tells Mike she's passed the theory part of her driving
test which is news to Mike, he didn't realise she'd even thought
about learning to drive. But, now that he knows, he realises that
having Linda drive him around would be better than being chauffeured
by Mark, so he encourages Mark to give Linda driving lessons.
Wahey! Some saucy scenes and lots of innuendo to be had about
big ends, burly chassis, gear sticks and clutches as Mark and
Linda get to grips with the driving, and each other.
In another corking scene this week (and there were plenty of
them, for a change) Candice and Sarah Lou sit in Sarah's bedroom
to talk baby clothes and cotton wool. "Will you be the baby's
auntie?" Sarah asks her friend, and Candice agrees, saying
that it's going to be dead good fun having a baby to play with.
Sarah Lou doesn't look convinced.
And, elsewhere on the Street this week: Vera started work at
the café and nobbled Jack as he nipped into the bookies;
Jim's windfall totals £10,000 and although he's making plans
to use the cash to buy the garage, Gwen (who has quickly become
the most annoying woman, ever) has other plans to spend it, I'm
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