From the Liz Macdonald Collection
Leanne comes home to find Carla in her flat. She wants to know why Leanne thinks Paul hates her. Leanne claims not to know so Carla asks the question more directly: Did she sleep with him?
Leanne denies it (true) so Carla says she’s going elsewhere for her answers. Leanne begs her not to tell Liam but Carla doesn’t make any promises, except that the business deal is off.
Leanne runs out and finds Liam in front of the Rovers’. He hasn’t met Carla or Paul that day, to his admitted delight, and hasn’t been told anything. They head inside for a pint. Later on, he offers to hit ‘tinterweb and book a holiday somewhere sunny, just for the two of them. Leanne agrees, happy to get away from a world of judgement that’s about to fall on her head.
Back at the Connors’, Carla comes home and tells Paul of a friend of Leanne’s who may be an escort. Paul says that’s not surprising, given how “dog rough” she is (ouch). Paul heads to the office (on a Sunday) to do a bit of paperwork and Carla starts rifling through Paul’s pockets until she finds what she needs: a bill from the Ashton hotel, and a bill for “secretarial services.”
She calls Paul Franklin (the gentleman from yesterday) and blackmails him for the escort agency phone number.
Carla goes to the factory and calls the agency, pretending to be “Rachel” who’s lost a bracelet the last time she was with her client Paul Connor. The agency agrees to call Paul to see if he’s found it.
Inside the factory, Carla is being nice to her husband, while watching his mobile to wait for the agency to call. A phone call comes in but it’s a wrong number. Then it rings again. Carla swiftly picks it up to confirm the identity of the caller, then hands it over to Paul.
Paul tells the caller that he doesn’t wish to discuss business on a Sunday and hangs up. Carla asks who it was but Paul brushes it off as business related.
“So it wasn’t Wanda from
Margie’s Discount Hoor Warehouse “Some Enchanted Evening”? she asks.
Paul knows the ruse is up: “What do you want me to say?”
Carla produces the bills (he claimed “secretarial services” through the factory and therefore has a bill) and asks him to lie his way out. He denies everything but Carla continues to demand details. Carla says that she knows Leanne is really Rachel (true) and that he slept with her (not true).
Paul asks Carla not to give up on him but she spits at him and tells him he can go crawl under a rock under Leanne’s bed, as soon as Liam is finished with her. Paul figures there’s no convincing her now and drives off all psycho-like in his Mercedes.
The Other Woman
Liz, dressed in a form-fitting camouflage outfit, has arrived at the Licensee dinner with Vernon. She spots Derek, who’s there with his wife, Linda. She recognizes Liz from her visit to the Red Lion.
It’s all a bit awkward until Derek and Vern get up for more drinks. Linda says Derek is usually off chatting up a barmaid and she doesn’t know why she married him and she doesn’t really love him and it’s so clear that Vernon that is devoted to Liz and Linda’s just so unhappy but won’t just come out and ask, “Are you having an affair with my husband?” so instead she’ll just sit here and whinge some more to a near stranger.
So, yeah, it’s that kind of lunch.
In Other News
Sean, in his Space Invaders t-shirt, talks to Violet to find out what happened last night, assuming that things went a south with her date. Turns out Violet was going to sleep with him in an effort to get pregnant, but she just isn’t the type of girl to take sperm from just anyone.
John Stape shows up at Fizz’s where they have a little chat, figure out that they’d like to be together in a serious way, watch an old movie, have some wine, and then snog.
Original broadcast: June 3rd, 2007
Hey, CBC went with the ITV closing credits this time!