Steve asks Michelle are working in the Rovers and Steve asks if she notices anything different. (I noticed she looks very Betty Boo – remember Doin’ the Do?) He specifically wants her to notice his smart new shirt. She says he has shaved? Did he get his haircut? Plucked eyebrows? He says he thought women were observant. She says she loves his new shirt. There is a knock at the front door of the pub. Steve says they are not open. Steve then opens the door to a woman that is hysterical and in tears. It’s Linda who asks for Liz, who just appears from the back. Linda says she knows they only met at the do the other night but didn’t know who else to turn to. Liz tells her it’s ok and takes her through the back. Steve puts on a face to Michelle as if saying “what?”. Michelle shrugs also looking very perplexed. May I ask, who goes to a stranger in tears??
Liz and Derek:
In the back room of the Rovers, Linda is crying and tells Liz that she thinks that Derek is having an affair. Liz looking like she is crazy, says – “an affair?” Linda says Derek is devious and has does this before. Liz wonders how she knows. Linda says her brother has a posh flat, it is empty most of the time as he works on the rigs. She was giving it a tidy and knows he’s been in there with his woman he’s having an affair with. (Have you heard of cleaners?) Linda says she know the signs as he is being nice to her. Liz says, maybe he’s being nice, as he likes her. (Like, shouldn’t he love her?) Linda says it’s because he’s got a guilty conscience and can see it all over his face.
Linda is saying she feels bad dumping all this on her and they don’t even know each other. Liz says its ok – um…okay if you are completely psychotic. Linda asks what she is supposed to do now, pretend she does not know or hope it goes away. She says she would not mind if he was better at it and she didn’t know. Just then Vernon comes in saying there are busy and wondering when Betty is coming in. Liz says she will be out in a minute. Linda says she better go. Liz says if she ever wants to talk. Linda smiles and goes.
Later that day…Derek and Liz are outside behind the pub. Derek asks what the big emergency is. Liz says she had Linda round and she knows he is seeing someone. Derek asks if she knows it is Liz. She says Linda would not come round to see her if she knew. Liz says she does not like seeing his wife in tears and that it’s over. She tells him she is going away. Derek says she could come but Liz says no.
Sarah and David:
At the Platt household, Jason comes down the stairs and says he is off. Sarah tells him to wait to which Jason replies that he is in a hurry. She tells him after Number 4 is done he will be going home (stating the obvious and Jason seems to think so too with the odd look he gives her). She then asks if he would rather stay here, with the Platt clan . David says the correct answer is no, Jason. Sarah tells him to shut up. Jason says he would like that. David says no way. Sarah tells him not to worry about David as they can build him a kennel out the back – or perhaps a shed like Bubbles Morton. Jason says they will talk about it later and goes. David smiling, DEVILCHILD, says no chance.
Later on, Gail and David are in the kitchen. She asks David what his next exam is. He says while squirming in his seat, he does not know and he likes it to be a surprise, who doesn’t like a surprise exam! It’s like a supersized pop quiz! She asks if he has done any revision. He says it’s a mad house and it’s going to get worse, very smooth Devil Child. Gail asks what he means and he tells her that Jason is moving in. Gail says tight-lipped, after Claire and Ashley’s house is done Jason will be going home. David has a small satisfied smirk on his face.
Denise and Ken?:
At Denise’s flat she asks what Ken has been doing all day. Ken says he’s been “thinking”. She says she hopes it’s been productive. She then says she thinks he is flirting with both families and is not committed to any family. She does have a good point. He says he loves being with Daniel and is not going to walk away from him. Easy to say ten years later… She asks if he has walked away from this other family. He says he is not walking away from anyone. You say that now….
Paul and multiple women:
Janice answers the door to Paul, who looks completely disheveled. He says he would like a word with Leanne in private. Janice informs him that they keep no secrets between them. Leanne comes and tells Janice to go finish her toast. You tell her.
Leanne then says she didn’t tell Carla and begs him not to tell Liam. Paul says they had a deal with each other. Liam just comes up and asks if he is asking Leanne to put a good word in with Carla for him. Liam tells him he should brush his teeth (not to mention his hair and iron). Paul says for him to take care of the factory and he will take care of his marriage. He leaves and Leanne asks what is up. Liam says they had an argument but will sort it out. He leaves and Leanne calls, it goes to voice mail. She leaves a message for her to call her as soon as possible.
At the flat, Paul is outside hoping to get in to see Carla. Carla finally answers and he tells it’s him. She says she knows it’s him and tells him to go away from the intercom. Paul says they need to talk, but Carla is having none of it. He pulls out a card and swipes it along the door and goes in. (How about doing that in the first place?)
Inside Chez Connor, Paul is pouring himself a drink. Carla tells him this is break and entry and that she would like the card key back. He says, too bad. Carla says it is early to be drinking. Carla wonders where the flowers or jewellry are. Paul replies, if he did get her that would it change her mind? She says no. He then says it would have been a waste of money. She says he has been caught with his pants down (literally) and asks if he can persuade her to take him back and if this is just another adventure of their roller coaster marriage. He says like he always says when asked a difficult question, “I do”.
Carla gives him lots of bills and tells him to try and deny was he has done. He says he is not denying it but the one for therapy was for “therapy”. Carla responds, that it is not funny. She asks how long he has been going to see the escorts, he replies three years. (Three years, my god!) Paul tells her he loves her more then ever, right… Carla she hates him more then ever. He tells her to believe this that he didn’t do anything with Leanne. He says they can do the restaurant venture together. She tells him “no” and that she wants a divorce and is going to get every penny she can out of him. She turns her back and an angry Paul throws this glass off the wall. She turns round and Paul is just about to go for her – she tells him if he lays a finger on her she will call the police. Paul on the way out knocks all the stuff off the counter. Carla starts crying.
In the flat Leanne has just come back from a job; her phone goes off. Leanne says she has just got back in. The agency gives her another job to go on and she agrees that she will make the appointment.
Leanne is at a restaurant/lounge all decked out in a red suit. She turns to see Paul appear where she is standing at the bar. She tells him if he wanted to talk, he knew where she lived. Paul orders a drink and downs it in one gulp. She asks him what he wants. He orders her to leave town, (is this a western?) and he says she will be distant memory by tomorrow. Leanne says he won’t tell him or he would have said something last night. Paul asks if she is calling his bluff. He then says he is soft. Leanne says he won’t tell him, as he loves Liam. (who doesn’t) Paul tells her the restaurant venture is over and done with. Paul downs his drink then says he won’t tell Liam if she does one thing for him and that is, she tells Carla he didn’t sleep with him and gets her to take him back. You sort of believe Paul at this point. Paul says he wants her to tell Carla now. Leanne says she will comply, and they head out of the lounge.
They leave the and are on top of a building car par. He says he wants to “show her something” and opens the trunk of his car. Leanne asks what it is, Paul says this…. and pushes Leanne into the trunk of the car!!! She screams for him to let her go. He tells her to watch her hands and closes the trunk telling her there is a change of plan. (Slightly…) He says she wrecked his marriage with Carla so he is going to wreck hers life. He then says she better hold on as it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Leanne screams, shouting for him to let her out.