Kirk the Lionheart
Ashley comes by the hospital to visit with Claire, who is quite frantic to know if they have news of Freddy. Eileen and Ashley tell her that the police have found no trace of the baby in his room, but they are suspicious of what they are being told by the authorities. Where else could Freddy be? The three talk about the night of the fire and what all took place in the house that evening, trying to understand what happened. Claire has a bit of an understandable meltdown wondering where the police are and why they are not providing any information.
The detective from the scene eventually appears at the hospital and tells Claire, Ashley and Eileen that an accelerant was used in setting the fire. It appears to have been a deliberate act. At this moment a constable comes by with a message for the detective. A baby has been in Victoria Garden, which is quite near to Coronation Street. The Peacocks are quite agitated, wanting to know if the baby is their missing Freddy, but the doctors have to insure that he is healthy first. At last a nurse comes by with a baby is her arms. Ashley takes the baby from the nurse, realizes it is their beloved son who is alive and well, and carries him into the room for a joyous family reunion.
Roy, sat in the waiting room, when hearing the good news notes that it is the small, infrequent pockets of hope is what makes life worth living. Amen to that Roy.
Papa Smurf got a bit misty eyed during this epiosde. Great writing and acting.
Liam and Leanne are in The Rovers discussing what she might do for gainful employment. He thinks should come work in the factory in ‘sales’, after all she would be a great walking advertisement for their product. Liam then natters on about he is jealous and possessive and the cars and Rolex watches Leanne will buy him before Carla the horse faced woman comes in. She has seen a pair of shoes at Selfridges that are worth giving up a kidney for. Or a liver. Something like that. Leanne does not seem keen on spending money for a change though – I wonder why? Carla does note that Liam seems happier than he has been in quite some time.
Leanne and Janice have a nice moment in the street before Leanne goes off for a little (unpaid) afternoon delight with loverboy Liam.
Steve and Shiny Hair
Lloyd and Steve are slouching around the Streetcars office passing the time. Lloyd is rambling on about football managers and percentages of effort and wet t-shirt contests. Steve is mostly distracted.
Over at the pub Liz tells Michelle that she is free to go and asks her if she has anything special planned? Michelle gets a glint in her eye and soon shows up at Streetcars with a bottle of plonk and an old school ghetto blaster. She tells Lloyd to get out, which he graciously does. Steve wonders what Michelle is up to, but she tells him this is the only way they get to spend any time together. He is impressed with with her tape of 1991 Proper Kicking Tunes. Some Fatboy Slim begins to play. They discuss the respective paths they have taken with children and marriages and the like. Steve wonders if he asks nicely if Michelle will come and sit on his knee. (this never works for Papa Smurf and the barmaids at his local) She tells him he might have to be so nice about it and then tels Steve to lock the door and forget the phone. Time to get dirty in the, well, dirty office.
Lloyd manages to disrupt this magic moment however when he bursts in to tell the two lovebirds the gossip he heard from Hayley whilst giving her a cab ride.
Kirk Sutherland MBE
Ches and Kirk are in the living room having a chat about the fire. Ches tells him that he is a hero for what he has done, and that people who have done what Kirk did get medals and letters after their name.
Cilla meanwhile has a different perspective on things and thinks that Kirk should sell his story to the papers, for four figures at least. She of course would be more than willing to speak on his behalf in this regard. Cilla then tries, albeit unsuccessfully, to flog the story on anyone on the street who looks like they might work for a newspaper. She tell Kirk to put on a vest before he goes out so that he can look muscular and heroic. Ches points out that Kirk does not have any muscles, but Cilla assures him that they can airbrush them in. Maybe they can get a picture of Kirk holding a baby, but even Cilla realizes that this might be in made taste, given the circunstances.
Maria, Tyrone, Fiz and Molly are sat in the pub talking about the fire and the dramatic role Kirk played in rescuing Claire. Tyrone shares his dream of saving Princess Leia from a fire. This leaves Molly wondering about bronze bikinis.
The man of the hour comes in and Fiz gives him a hug and tells him how proud she is of him. When Kirk and Tyrone are alone Tyrone tells him that Fiz wants the ‘Kirkster’, how she was talking about Richard the Lionheart and London burning. Well something like that.
Kirk recounts his tale to the pub patrons of the dramatic rescue of Claire. Liam notes that his version is different than the version told by Jamie, similar to the exaggerations made about the legendary goal scored by Archie Gemmell in the 1978 World Cup. Liam is gracious enough though to buy a round of drinks for the hero and his friends. When he hears this Kirk tries to get a pint instead of the half-pint he had ordered, but Liam is not willing to go that far.
Liz and Derek
Derek comes into The Rovers with an expensive boquet of flowers that he says he found in the street outside, so he thinks the land lady of the pub should have them. Tyrone tells him that they are likely from across the street, where they have had a tragedy. Kirk thinks they blew across the street like tumbleweed. Liz gives Derek a knowing look and he tells him to put the flowers across the street, he can always buy her some more later.
Fiz Fiz Fiz Fiz Fiz
Fiz meets John in the cafe for a chat. He has a serious question for her – how is he supposed to cut the nails on his right hand? (seemed odd to me as well) The two make small talk for a bit before he tells Fiz that she is all he can think about. Around about then Hayley comes in and shares the good news about Freddy being found alive. John wonders if Fiz should go and tell Kirk the good news. She tells John that she has ended with Kirk, and this time it took. Fiz has been in love before (with John it would seem) so she knows that she does not love Kirk that way.
Original date this episode aired – May 21, 2007