Steve runs into Deirdre and Ken, and awkwardly asks if they can take care of Amy. Deirdre tells him that they would be glad to help. Steve begins to tell them that Michelle is coming back, but Deirdre tells him that it is okay.
Later on, at Streetcars, Steven and Lloyd chat about Eileen, and her date. Soon they get onto the subject of Michelle’s return, as Steve wants Lloyd to cover for him so he can take her out to the only restaurant in town. Lloyd complains, but ends up agreeing.
Having put everything into place, Steve brings the Connors home. Ryan sulks and heads to the apartment. Carla, meanwhile, invites herself into Michelle’s apartment for a coffee. Although Steve wants to spend time with Michelle, Michelle tells him that now is not a good time, as Carla wants to talk. Steve relents but tells her to keep the evening open, as he has something special planned for her.
Liam goes over to Underworld at the same time as Leanne is leaving the Kabin. Leanne asks how the funeral went, and Liam is cold and abrasive back to her.
Back at Michelle’s flat, Ryan is playing a video game. Michelle tells Carla that Ryan is bottling it all up inside, and Carla mentions that it will be strange to go home to an empty flat. Michelle tells Carla that she can stay for a while if she likes.
Next time we see Michelle and Carla, they are at the Rover’s, where, lo and behold, so is Leanne and Janice. Carla sees her and suggests that Leanne should be banned from the pub. Steve looks uncomfortable and says he doesn’t want any trouble. Michelle tells him it is all right, but she won’t be serving her. Then Michelle tells Steve that Carla is staying with her for a few days. Steve brightens at the idea, suggesting that Carla care for Ryan while they go out on the town. Michelle is unimpressed: she reminds him that they just got back from the funeral, and want a quiet night in. Steve’s evening is ruined.
Leanne tells Janice that she is going to speak with Carla, although even Janice, with all her social graces, realizes that it is perhaps not a good idea. She tells Leanne this. Leanne appears to have a head injury that went undetected at the hospital, because she replies that they will have to speak, as they are going to be running a restaurant together. She gets up and says to Carla, “I know that this isn’t the best time…” but cannot finish the sentence, as Carla retorts, “You’re right, it isn’t.” And to my relief, instead of devolving into a cat fight, Carla simply leaves.
Wanted Dead or Alive
Ashley and Claire rush to the Weatherfield Police Station. The detective who is in charge of the case is handily at the front counter, and they triumphantly present the picture of Casey to him. The detective seems a bit sour that there is proof that Casey exists, but admits that it is the best lead they have so far.
When they return home, Ashley goes to see Tyrone and Kev, to thank Tyrone for finding the camera, and to admit that he had the situation all wrong. He then returns to the house, and apologizes to Claire for ever doubting her. Claire is amazingly forgiving. Later, Claire, happy as a lark, chats with her mother about the picture, and how lucky it was that it was found.
Still later, Claire is intently watching the news, waiting for the item about Casey. To her dismay, the news story does not cite Casey as the prime suspect, but simply says that Casey is a person of interest. The scene flashes to Casey, watching the very same news item, but only for an instant.
A Wake is Always More Fun When it’s Your Own
As Deirdre and Ken enter their home, Deirdre thinks that she sees Wilf, but then decides that it must really have been Jacob Marley.
Later on, Jerry and Wilf are at the Rover’s. Soon after Wilf goes to the bathroom, Blanche walks in and immediately embarks on gossip about Wilf’s death to Violet and Sean. Violet wants to set Blanche straight, but Sean eggs Blanche on. She goes on about how he was a miserable beggar, only to have Wilf say, “That’s rich, coming from you!” After Blanche gets over the shock, Wilf tells her that it was his grandson, playing a joke.
Blanche then arrives home and tells Deirdre and Ken that she saw Wilf Morton, and he is well and truly alive. The little prank, however, has made her thoughtful. She realizes that at the rate she is going, by the time she dies, all her friends will have been long dead, and nobody will be around to give her a send off. So, she has booked Monday lunchtime at the Rover’s for her wake. She wants a proper wake, and for Ken to write the eulogy. Likely, Ken will have found it easier to deal with Deirdre at her dreariest than write a loving eulogy.
Never Order Spaghetti on a Date
Eileen is in the living room, with all her clothes spread around her, and she cannot find a thing to wear. Thankfully, a queeny gay boy lives with her, as when Sean comes in he pulls out exactly the right outfit for her to wear and tells her to put it on.
For some reason Eileen has told Pat that they will meet at the Rover’s. Pat wanders in, and Steve and Lloyd chat with him while Sean and Violet openly appraise him. Lloyd tells him that the date has been cancelled (oh, you are such a card!), but Steve sets Pat straight. They give him further advice when Pat tells them he is taking Eileen bowling. Steve suggests that a better date might be to the Italian restaurant that he is no longer going to, and offers up his table. Eileen comes in, looking quite lovely, and suggests a drink. Pat replies that no, they should just go to the restaurant that he has booked.
Eileen and Pat do go to the restaurant, and Eileen unfortunately orders spaghetti. Pat asks Eileen a question as she is attempting to shovel endless strands of spaghetti into her mouth. They laugh at the awkwardness. Pat confesses that he doesn’t like Italian, and Eileen confesses that she would just like a lager. Pat perks up, and asks, “How about bowling?”
Mercifully, we do not see a scene of giggly bowling, but only the end of the date, when Pat asks if he can call again, and Eileen agrees. Jerry sees this, and sees Pat give Eileen a peck on the cheek. After Pat leaves, Jerry heads over to his home and calls over to her, asking how the evening went. “Brilliant,” she replies, and doesn’t notice how crestfallen he is. Inside the flat, Eileen is eager to tell Violet and Sean about her evening, but they are engrossed in the news report about the arson.