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Not a very exciting week this week folks. The major characters
(Rita, Mavis, Emily, Percy, Ken) seem to have taken a back seat
to let the newer characters become established, but I miss them,
and where is Fred Eliot?, I say, where is Fred Eliot? Alec knew
it would be impossible to keep a secret on the street, and of
course now that they're back from their weekend in the lakes,
everyone knows that Alec and Joyce have been away together. Joyce
is stunned to find out that the trip wasn't the freebie she had
assumed it was and now feels rightly guilty for spending Alec's
money on international phone calls and housekeeping services in
the hotel. She offers to pay towards the cost of their weekend
but Alec won't let her, so when they arrive back in the Street,
she cooks him dinner and they relax with a bottle of wine. Joyce
is quite happy to stay a while longer and finish the bottle but
Alec is more intent on getting her out of his flat before she
gets too drunk, so perhaps these two won't get together after
all? (Alec doesn't seem as keen on Joyce as I thought he was).
Now that Becky and Claire have moved in with Des, he's become
"concerned" that things are going too quickly for him
and stays on in the Rovers to have a pint with Martin rather than
go back home to spend time with "the girls". Claire's
mother in law pops round to put in her tuppenceworth (don't they
all?) and tells Claire she's not happy about her living with Des
but goes away subdued after Claire tells her she's staying put.
Claire and Becky make themselves feel at home in Des' house and
put up a few posters, sort out the videos and when Claire finds
an erm... pot plant she tells Des she wants to throw it out. Mavis
pops round on a flimsy excuse about a magazine that Des has ordered
from the Kabin, when what she really wants to do is to have a
good look at Claire and find out all about Des' new lodger. Mavis
goes away thinking Claire is a really nice person after Claire
gives Mavis the plant, although Mavis is somewhat confused as
to what it could be and can't find it in any of her houseplant
books. Later in the Rovers, Derek and Mavis are discussing Claire's
present to them and Derek quips "It's a nice plant Mavis,
it even has a slight fragrance to it, have you noticed?"
Ho-hum. Jamie tells Becky about Des' murky past including his
fling with Liz McDonald and Des has some explaining to do when
Becky confronts Des with this news in front of Claire. Liz finds
out from her solicitor that the divorce is going to cost approx.
£500 , money she hasn't got. She is determined to sue Jim
to make him pay the solicitor's fees.
Steven from Canada is back on the street and Alma's feathers are
ruffled when she admits to Gail that she still fancies Steven
and was upset that no one thought to tell her he was back in town.
He wants to do some more business with Baldwin and asks Mike if
his production run can be stepped up to cope with more demand.
No problem for Mike, who I'm sure will get Sally to crack the
whip at the girls on the factory floor on his behalf so they end
up hating Sally instead of him. Sally has her work cut out this
week at the factory with Trisha who is still mooching over her
sewing machine, dreaming of a cosy cottage with Terry waiting
for her at the rose coloured door in his apron and little else.
This was a great week for the Street and included some classic
scenes - yes, a fight in the Street! This time it was between
Trisha and Gail. The kids are back to school and Nicky Platt is
filling young Jamie's head with rubbish about what he got up to
in London, so Jamie tells his mum that he wants to run off to
London too and have as good a time as Nicky obviously had. When
Trisha finds out, she is straight round to see Gail and gives
her a going over, tells her to keep a tighter rein on her son
and they both have a good slanging match with Gail shouting at
everyone in sight "Leave me alone, I'm sick of you all!"
and trying to look threatening with a rolled up magazine in her
hand. Martin comes out and calms the situation down, drags Trish
and Jamie indoors and demands that Jamie tells Gail what Nick
has been up to in London, because Nick has not mentioned what
he did there, and Gail is still certain he became a drugged out
rent boy overnight. When the truth eventually comes out, Nicky
admits he was in London only a few hours and then stayed in a
bed and breakfast in Torquay. "I wish I'd come on holiday
with you instead" he says. Don't we all.
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