The wedding dress worn by the late Queen of Hearts on her wonderful day in 1981.
Ministry of Plenty
Tina comes by to visit David in the middle of the day with a bottle of booze in one hand and a copy of Animal Farm in the other. They discuss the merits of the revolutionary ideologies hidden in the text of the book before Tina says; ‘Kiss me David, show me who’s boss’. David complies with this request in a good comradely fashion and gives her a bit of a snog. Tina then inquires if David is still a virgin. After much spluttering and blood rushing to his face David is adamant that he has had loads of girls, which of course makes Tina’s lie detector start to go off. After a bit more verbal sparring Tina lets David know that he can have her if he wants her, and makes her way upstairs, which of course sends David’s blood rushing to an area other than his face. (my cat got sick at this point, I almost did too)
Ministry of Truth
Steve runs into Nick in the alley behind the pub. Nick wonders what happend to Michelle and the DNA test, and Steve fills him in on th events of the past week. Of course this being a soap opera, at this exact moment Ryan comes round the corner and sees Steve and Nick talking to each other. Ryan realizes someone has been having him on and does a runner. Steve chases after him but is too old and slow, what with all the food and booze and cigarettes and exercise. Later in the pub Steve tells Michelle what has happened, and she bursts into action mode to go and find Ryan, and all the while Lauren is eavesdropping at the bar…
Ministry of Peace
Kev and Sal are getting ready for his sentencing hearing. Sophie gives her dad a good look bracelet, and Sal tells her she is a good daughter. (teary moment #1 for the smurfman) The three make their way to the courthouse.
Rosie goes by the butcher shop to get a roast to prepare for when the family comes home later in the day. Kirk wonders why she isn’t at court supporting her dad. Rosie tells Kirk to stick a joint of meat somewhere painful and stomps off.
At the courthouse the Websters are waiting in the hallway for Kev’s case to be called. Sophie recounts a tale of woe about one of her classmates, and Sal tells Sophie it is a bit of schadenfreude. (all that education is paying off) Ashley comes by to show his support for Kev and tells him that the two of them will be going for a pint at dinnertime.
When Kev is in the dock the magistrate reads the sentence, which turns out to be a prison sentence of 28 days, and he will be released after 14 days if he behaves. Kev looks devastated, Sal and Sophie are in tears. Kev shouts out to Sophie to look after her mom as he is led away. (teary moment#2 for the smurfman)
Back on the street Sean and Janice are walking down the street, Sean takes Jan’s arm and tells her that he will make a fag hag out of her yet. They see the Webster women arrive without Kevin and it is too good an opportunity for Jan the evil minx to pass up. She crosses the street and asks Sal what happened. Much caterwauling ensues, Sophie tries to attack Janice, who tells Sal ‘at least my fellow’s not in the nick’. Sal replies with the best line of the epiosde – ‘One look at you tonight and I bet he wishes he was’.
Rosie has a dinner ready and the table set when Sal and Sophie come in without Kevin. Rosie asks if he has gone to the pub. Sal doesn’t respond, but simply takes a place setting away from the table. (teary moment #3 for the smurfman)
Minstry of Love
Michelle and Maria are in the hallway at the hospital having a conversation about Liam and Carla, and if what Liam blurted out while unconscious was a random outburst or an indication of a deep unspoken love.
Maria gets a phone call from Carla, and she chooses not to answer.
Michelle and Liam have a good brother/sister conversation about life and love and feeling trapped because of a pregnancy. Liam asks if that was what it felt like with Dean. Throughout the conversation Michelle counsels patience, and Liam reamins adamant that he loves the socks off Maria.
Maria comes by the hospital later and finds out that Liam gets to go home that day, but when Carla calls Maria tells her that it will still be a few more days before he is released.
Back in Manchester Carla and Tony have gone for lunch at a posh tapas place. Carla is distracted as usual. (not sure why Tony puts up with her) Tony tells Carla he knows why Carla is so upset, which makes Cruella look guilty, like he has figured out that she is hot for Liam. However, it turns out that Tony thinks the accident with Liam has reminded Carla of what happened to Paul the previous year. Tony then gets called away on business and Carla is left ‘alone again’.
At the same time Maria is out shopping for a wedding dress in a delightfully quirky little dress shop. While she is trying on a dress she gets a call from Carla, who has just left the tapas bar. Maria tells there that there is still no difference in Liam’s condition, and she has to get off the phone, since she is not supoosed to be taking calls on the hospital ward. At this exact moment, it being a soap opera and all, Carla walks by the wedding dress shop and sees Maria there ensconsed in white. ‘That’s a funny looking hospital’ says Carla before she walks into the shop and tells Maria that she has some explaining to do.