Mother-of-the-Runaway In Denial
Craig thinks that running away is a far bigger deal than Rosie knows. At least he has no family to leave behind. But Rosie says she’s sure it’s time to go.
They are discussing the great gigs of Berlin when Sally interrupts to tell them how happy she is that they’re coming to Paris.
“Poor cow, I feel sorry for her,” Craig says as Sally heads to the Kabin.
“I don’t,” Rosie replies, “Forces her to live her own life for a change.”
Sally, meanwhile, gushes to Rita and Norris how nice it is to enter that phase where her daughters treat her more as a friend. “It’s a bit of mutual respect,” she says.
“You mean respeck,” Norris says, “that’s what they say nowadays.”
Groom-to-Be Has Case of Collywobbles
In the street, Roy and Hayley interrupt an awkward and brief encounter between Audrey and Fred to offer their vote of confidence towards the institution of marriage.
“Well, it doesn’t suit some,” Blanche suddenly appears. “Still, you’re getting on now,” she says to Fred, “if you’re miserable, you won’t have that long to endure it.”
Blanche thinks Bev is a “hopeless lush” who just wants Fred for his money. And she doesn’t mind telling everyone.
Fred is basically tormented for the duration of the episode. He barely ever cracks a smile. Bev’s belly is “like a cement mixer” as she prepares for the party in the pub. When he snaps at her, she confronts him on his dark mood. He says also he has the “last minute collywobbles.” She says gently that she has no doubts, but that it’s not too late for him to change his mind.
“I’d never do that,” he replies, “never.”
“Becoming Mrs. Elliot will be the greatest day of me life,” she says.
“And the proudest moment of mine,” he replies.
Liz, overhearing, reassures Bev that Fred’s desperate to marry her. She thinks he’s just freaked that he’s finally living the dream.
Audrey, meanwhile, has decided she’ll dedicate the evening to her wayward grandson. Gail eventually gets Audrey to admit she’s had a falling out with Fred, that she said things “out of turn” about Bev. But Audrey doesn’t go as far as to admit to her daughter that she’s in love.
Matron-of-Honor On Drugs. And It’s Legal!
Ashley and Claire struggle to bring normalcy back into their relationship. Ashley is being overly attentive. Fred sits him down to have a talk at the butcher’s. Ashley goes off about how he’s way out of his depth with Claire, how she’s not the same Claire as before, that he doesn’t know what to do. Fred tells him rather harshly to be quiet (yay! Finally!).
“You’re not out of your depth. She doesn’t need a psychiatrist, she need an ‘usband! Your job’s simple. You have to love her and care for her. Put her before anything and anyone, listen to what she says, be sympathetic but be firm. Tell her the truth. She needs you. She needs you the way you’ve always been. Stand up straight.”
“Thanks Dad,” says Ashley, “I don’t know what I’d do without ya.”
“I’ll be at the end of the phone whenever you need me.”
Later, Ashley and Claire seem to be cozying up again.
Bride-to-Be Is Nervous. She Should Be
Rita stands up to raise a toast to the ‘appy couple just as Audrey enters the pub. Fred immediately drags Bev into the back room where he tries to admit what’s going on. But all he can get out is another marriage proposal (old habits die hard, especially when nervous) and that he holds her in the highest esteem and regard. Bev is clearly a little freaked waiting for the “but”, however Liz interrupts and drags them back into the pub.
When Fred is finally pushed to make a speech, he does so beautifully: “I’m uncharacteristically nervous. So many friends come to wish us well. Thank you. Meeting Beverley and her accepting my offer of marriage has been a source of great joy to me.”
“’Bout time someone accepted,” Les yells out.
“Thank you Leslie,” Fred continues, “I believe I have somewhat of a reputation for being a serial proposer o’er the years. And I want to thank all them marvelous ladies who said no. Because they allowed me to marry the one true love of me life, Beverly Ulwin. To Beverly,” he raises his glass. Cut to Audrey who looks like her heart just broke in two.
Then Fred disappears. Ashley finds him out back having a cigarette. Fred admits to Ashley what’s going on with Audrey. Ashley reacts with his usual level headedness, “how cruel is she, telling you this ten minutes before you get wed?”
Fred says that cruel or not, knowing makes all the difference. “She’s put me in a terrible position. I feel like I’m being filleted! I don’t know what to do!”
I guess we’ll find out tomorrow!
In Other News:
- Les and Cilla are choked when the pub closes to all but those invited to Fred and Bev’s private party. Les decides they should hide in the bathroom and join the party unnoticed. He’s off to hide when Sean tells Cilla that regulars are welcome to stay. Cilla lets Les sit it out in can.
- Norris practices his Hungarian.
- Blanche tries unsuccessfully to make Dierdre tell her why she fell out with Bev.
- Claire apologizes to Roy for her behavior. She blames it on stress.