Claire Had a Glass of Wine
At the Peacocks’, Ashley is preparing to take Joshua somewhere overnight. Doing the dishes, Claire keeps looking out the window to the Morton’s next door. Ashley tells her not let the shed business bother her, as she knows what she’s like. Claire takes that to mean she’s a madwoman but then says, “I never used to be this person.” Ashley tries to make it better but everything he says sets her on edge.
As he puts Josh in the car, Eileen stops by and Claire invites her in for a meal and bottle of wine to celebrate her first quiet night in a while. Jerry comes out of the house and announces to her, “Sound of silence.”
“I know,” Claire replies. “Brilliant, isn’t it?”
Later, Bubbles has moved out of the shed to a new location with a loud stereo: his car, where is joined by Rosie and David in his Sid Vicious t-shirt (nice to see some fashions never change). Jerry comes out and pounds on the car, telling them to turn it down. Bubbles and David also make some ungentlemanly comments about Claire where the phrases “moose” and “face down” are used. Also, Bubbles calls David on his tanning bed trips. Rosie is later dragged away by Kevin as she is supposed to doing her homework and not hanging out with these two ruffians.
Later, as Claire prepares dinner for Eileen, Jerry comes by, trying to make peace. He says Darryl is going through a period of adjustment but is basically a nice guy. He also points out that the stereo is not hers to keep. Just the same, Claire is keeping it for the night just so she can get some sleep. She’ll return it in the morning.
Later, as she prepares for bed, she leaves a message for Ashley, opens, then closes, her Marian Keyes book, and goes to sleep at 10:00.
She later awakes to the sound of a fire alarm. She gets out of bed, finding the house filled with smoke, and goes to Freddy’s room, where her hand is burned by the doorknob. She opens it anyway when flames jump up, knocking her back, and causing her to take a tumble down the stairs, falling unconscious. How did the fire happen? Will the fire brigade get there in time to save her and her son?
Dev Ordered Champagne
Leanne has been trying to find a villa in Spain for Dev, despite the fact that she’s not a real estate agent while Janice is eating cottage cheese with pineapple to go with her new slim figure. And to offset the 8 cans of lager she throws down her neck every night.
Later, outside the Rovers, Leanne stands there, looking very worried. She finds Dev, sitting with Liam and Paul, who orders champagne to celebrate his becoming an IMP: International Man of Property. Leanne tells him there is no villa as she has too much going on and can’t close any deals right now. Dev is incensed and, as he leaves, tells Violet to charge the champers to the time waster.
Paul hints to Liam about Leanne being a liar as the wheel start turning in his head. He gets a little drunk and asks her what’s going on. She privately admits to him that she got fired. Liam is relived that she wasn’t really lying about her job.
Maria Got Drunk
Fizz bumps into Kirkeh, who’s mailing off job applications. Fizz points out that he’s wearing two different pairs of shoes. “Not my fault my head’s all over the place,” he protests.
Later Kirk tells Maria and Tyrone about his meeting Fizz earlier. He also decides he won’t bother changing his shoes because if nobody looked at him before, they won’t now. He also asks if, in the film “The Breakup,” if Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn get back together in the end. Maria points out that they don’t, hence the title.
Later Maria has gotten a little drunk and when Fizz comes in, she accuses her of leading Kirk on. Really, when did this happen?
“What you’ve got to remember, Fiz,” Maria tells her, “Is that when the world looks at you they see Fiz: red hair, overweight, bit of a laugh. But when our Kirk looks at you, well, he sees Cameron Diaz, doesn’t he?”
“Two things,” Fiz replies. “One: I’m not overweight. I’m average weight. But then your view is slightly skew being borderline anorexic. And two: I’d rather have a reputation for being a laugh than for being the local bike!”
I heart Fizz.
Doreen is always drunk
Rita calls Doreen’s council, posing as Doreen, to inquire about the repairs. Turns out they were done ages ago. She confronts Doreen with this and, out of nowhere, Doreen goes into a rage and accuses her of always nosing into her business, and adds that she always was stalking her back in their cabaret days.
“Plus ça change! Plus ça change!” Doreen says (more like “Ploo Sah Change”).
Doreen tells Rita to enjoy her chardonnay, which promises to building a skyscraper in your mouth, which she hopes chokes her, then says she’s moving out.
I think it’s clear Doreen is simply lonely and wanted some friendship.
Liz is High
If she thinks she’s fooling anyone getting dolled up for her dates with Derek, and trying to pass it off as going out with friends.
All Your Booze Are Belong to Steve
Steve tries to make his own employee schedule (or “rota”) as he owns the bar and figures it will give him more time with Michelle. Michelle sees this and notes that a) the rota was done last week, b) Violet can’t work Thursdays as she has a date, and c) she doesn’t want to take advantage of being the girlfriend of the boss (and landlord, she might add).
Originally broadcast May 18, 2007