The muse that inpsires the writings of Papa Smurf
Lloyd looks at the ‘under new management’ sign in the window of the Turf Accountant (aka The Bookies) with a pensive expression.
The two newest characters on the cobble, Harry and Dan Mason, pull up a short while later driving some fine examples of German engineering. Harry the dad asks Dan the son what sort of naff car he is driving (looks to me like an Audi A3) and how he could afford it. Dan tells his dad that he has it on trial, and it is all part of creating the right image in the neighbourhood. Harry still thinks it looks like something a hairdresser would drive.
Harry gets a call on his mobile (this will happen a lot it would seem) from what appears to be his divorce lawyer. They debate what car his wife/ex can gave in the settlement. Harry gets another call on his mobile. It is the wife/ex this time. He does not want to speak with her.
Lloyd and Steve discuss the outstanding 400 pound debt Lloyd had with the old bookie, and whether or not the new bookies will try to collect on it. Eileen tells here colleagues about the pajamas she received from a catologue but was never charged for, and how she can’t wear them in fear of men with clubs coming to repossess them while she sleeps. Dan comes in looking for Lloyd Mullaney. Lloyd pretends to not not know the whereabouts of Lloyd, doing a poor job of lying to the new bookie in the process. Dan leaves and Lloyd thinks he has got away with something.
Dan goes back to tell his dad that Lloyd was obviously lying to him and is either a smooth operator or the dumbest man on the planet. (the latter choice seems closer to the mark) Harry tells his son to go easy on Lloyd, it is only 400 pounds after all. Harry gets another call from his lawyer on his mobile, and they discuss why the wife/ex would need two cars.
Dan goes into The Rovers for a pint and chats up Michelle for some information about Lloyd. She tells Dan that Lloyd is definitely not a fighter, more of a teddy bear really. Lloyd comes into the pub and falls for the oldest trick in the book when Dan calls out his name and Lloyd responds. Clever one there Lloyd. The have a discusssion about the money owed, Lloyd tries to talk his way out of it, Dan gets a bit menacing, Lloyd promises to sort things out.
Vern and Liz discuss the ominous news of the appearance of Jim.
Steve tells Liz that he is off with Amy to the Cash and Carry, and then proceeds to meet Jim at the park so he can spend some time with his granddaughter. Jim waxes eloquent about the importance of family, how he wants to be a good grandfather, and all he wants from life now is is a wee job, a roof over his head and a good boozer to go to for a pint. Quite reasonable really. Before long though Steve tells his dad that they have to go, so that Liz won’t get suspicious. (you think Liz would notice the lack of purchases from the Cash and Carry) Jim notes that it still feels like visitng time in the big house.
Ken and Deirdre, alive and well it would seem, are in the pub chatting with Liz about the news of Jim returning to the street. They comment on how stressed Liz appears. Liz admits she would die for a smoke right about now. Ken congratulates Liz on having quit smoking and how strong she is being in resisting temptation. Deirdre tells Liz that she has a pack of smokes stashed at home that she will share with Liz after she finishes her drink. Ken is less than impressed with his wife the enabler.
Liam and Maria are talking in the street and seem to have come an agreement for Maria to have an abortion, and he promises to be supportive of her in any way he can. Maria goes off to work and Michelle comes out of the shop and playfully asks Liam ‘how’s it going big daddy?’ Liam tells his sister what he and Maria have decided to do, and asks Michelle to keep all of it quiet.
We next see Liam outside the house of Tony, playing at being a private investigator. (how Tony could fail to notice the hideous car that Liam drives parked in front of his house escapes me) When Tony leaves Liam fires up his car and is about to follow Tony when Lindsey knocks on the window, gets in the car and proceeds to tell Liam about all the supposedly horrible things she knows about Tony, and how in spite of it all she still loves him. (sounds like Lindsey might be related to our old friend KC)
Liam shows up at the factory and confesses to Carla that he has been checking Tony out. Carla wonders if Liam thinks he is Columbo, and points out the somewhat insane behaviour he is exhibiting. They have a heated discussion about her relationship with Tony and what Lindsey had to say about him. In the end Carla, in a veiled reference to Paul, asks if Tony used to drink drive, slept with prostitutes, or cheated at golf. Liam tells Carla that she wouldn’t be where she was today without Paul. She points out that the same is true about Liam. The heated discussion continues.
Poor Vicky, having drawn the short straw, comes by the office to see if the girls can go for dinner.
Carla wonders if Liam is jealous of her relationship with Tony, and asks if Liam wants rip off her clothes and ravish her in the knicker reject bin right then and there. In the end Carla tells Liam that nothing is ever going to happen between the two of them.
Having been rejected by his former sister-in-law, in a calm and well thought out manner, Liam makes his way to the salon where Audrey and Maria are sharing some lunch. Maria tells Liam the she will done in five minutes and they can talk then but Liam, in one of the least romantic moments in televison history, just blurts out ‘marry me’. Poor Audrey nearly chokes on her sandwich. Liam then gets down on one knee and tells Maria that he has had a moment of pure clarity and can’t wait another second, and then asks again, Maria Sutherland, will you marry me?
Bits and Bobs
Stephen is coming to visit Audrey soon.
Eileen and Jerry are planning a big date.
Still no sign of Dev.