The episode opens with Bev contemplating a crate of empty bottles out back in the early morning sun. She tells Liz that she thought she’d end up a widow that no one wants to visit because “what do you talk about?”
Instead, she’s marrying Fred, “and it’s like all the colour and warmth come back. And I got this funny feeling I didn’t recognize at first. And then I realized it’s called… being happy. And I am. I’m so happy, I can’t tell ya.”
“I think you just have,” Liz smiles.
The street buzzes with preparations for the wedding. Liz and Michelle are chilling bottles for the Champagne breakfast, Blanche has donned her biggest, purplest hat, Steve is scrubbing the taxis, and Eileen is searching desperately for someone to do her hair. Les wonders why people that old bother to get married.
“Companionship, sharing, not being on your own,” replies Eileen, “But more important it’s about telling everybody how much you love and respect your other partner.” Les looks baffled. “Oh, what is the point?” she grumbles.
Meanwhile, Audrey is losing her sh!t over at the salon. She tells Gail she couldn’t sleep. Then she snaps at Maria that she doesn’t feel well and Maria’s just going to have to go over and do Bev’s wedding hair because she’s going home.
Over at the Peacock residence, Fred has happy butterflies and Josh is a darling in his little suit. Claire is bright and happy, making jokes about pills. Some people don’t like Claire but I think she shines when she’s in the right mood.
Fred thanks her for making the effort.
“I should hope I have, I am your daughter-in-law,” she replies.
“Aye, and that can’t have been easy,” he says.
“You and me, we need to have a talk,” Ashley says to Fred.
“Do we?!” Fred growls angrily and stomps off.
Ashley finds him in the garden smoking. He asks Fred if he’s sure he’s marrying the right one. He says that it’s no use being married to Bev if Fred’s just going to thinking about Audrey. Fred is clearly tormented.
At the pub, the ladies are gathering to make fun of the bride and groom. Honestly, they’re just terrible, the jokes they crack about Bev settling for Fred. Frankie reminds them that they’ll all be crying at the “I do’s”. They all agree. Too bad Frankie seems to have a dead bird glued to her head.
Audrey calls the Peacock house and gets Ashley. She apologizes that she won’t be making it to the wedding. Ashley decides not to tell Fred, who looks smashing in his dark suit and lavender tie.
“I didn’t get this til I were 40, then I went up like a balloon,” Fred says about his weight. Ashley laughs and Fred wags his finger, “you might have it coming yet, I say, you might have it coming yet!”
Ashley asks if he’s sure it’s Bev he wants to marry and Fred replies that he’s sure it’s what he’s going to do. “That’s not what I asked,” Ashley said. Fred orders him to fetch a “scotch and threat”.
I think Bev looks gorgeous. I suck at fashion vocabulary, but I’ll give it a go: She emerges in a 1950’s style lavender cocktail dress with a satin bodice, a flared lace skirt, and a ¾ lace sleeve. Her hair is held back by a white feather clamp-style hat. And she’s smiling ear-to-ear. This is indeed the happiest day of her life.
Her Matron-of-Honour, Claire, is wearing the Marilyn dress we saw earlier on Shelley. She fills it out particularly, er, well. Where the ‘eck has she been hiding those?!
There’s a bit of kafuffle in the street when Bride and Groom emerge simultaneously. Bev dives behind Dierdre and Ken as Fred is hustled into Dev’s car yelling, “I’ve not seen ya, I say I’ve not seen ya!” Norris thinks it’s all superstitious nonsense.
Bev has been telling everyone that Shelley is on holiday, which raises a few eyebrows. So she decides to tell everyone that while on said holiday, Shelley came down with a stomach bug and can’t be in company. But never mind, here comes the gorgeous antique car that Fred hired for her!
Cut to Audrey sitting at home alone saying sadly, “you only have yourself to blame.”
At the church, Fred greets the guests as Ashley tries to get him to address the problem at hand. Fred says it will all be resolved when Audrey witnesses him marrying Bev. Ashley admits that she’d called earlier and won’t be coming. Fred pulls Gail aside, who confirms that her mom is actually quite depressed. “But I do know this, Fred. She’ll be thinking of you.”
Fred tricks Dev into giving him the keys to the car, saying he dropped Bev’s present in the back seat. “You’ve not left him with the keys, have you?” Ashley exclaims and runs after his father.
But it’s too late. As Bev climbs into the special car, beaming with anticipation, her groom speeds off in Dev’s car, presumably racing to Audrey.
TO BE CONTINUED.