Requiescat In Pace Vera Duckworth, our little swamp duck
Knickers in a Knot
Janice and Roger have a bit a domestic over the impending knicker party that Jan is allowing Vicki to host in the flat, without first consulting Roger about it. He is understandably a bit put out by this, wondering if it is his flat or if he is just a lodger. Jan does her best to change the venue of the party, and then buys Roger a pint after to work so they can talk things out.
Mr. and Mrs. Connor
The ongoing tension and sniping continues ad nauseum between Liam, Maria, and Carla. The only interesting bits here were the pefectly groomed pair of eyebrows sported by Carla, and the hotel getting the booking for their business trip wrong – instead of two separate single rooms they are registered in one room as the Connors, a mistake that Carla decides not to correct. No doubt something scandalous will develop as a result…
The Fish Wife
David is being pleasant with Audrey and Maria, which of course means he is up to something. Tina comes by the salon to take David away for the afternoon, and makes a less than favourable impression on Audrey. It seems the ‘smell’ in the salon makes Tina feel ill. A sure fire way to ingratiate yourself with the family Tina. The young lovebirds share some fries and have a chat about cars and who has had the worse step-father. Turns out David wins this debate. A while later Gail and Audrey are leaving the flat and bump into the young couple outside the door. Gail thinks about staying home and keeping an eye them but Audrey points out that she said she was going out already, and besides David and Tina could be doing the nasty in all sorts of places, so try not to worry too much.
The Prodigal Son
Michelle is in the back room at the pub with her head on the table. (some of her best acting thus far in my opinion) Ryan is still missing and she is beside herself with worry. Steve, as is his wont, offers to make her a bacon sandwich, before pointing out that Ryan is just acting out and is trying to teach Michelle a lesson. She decides to call the police again for any information, and some constables come by to tell her that there is still no news about the location of Ryan. Michelle decides to take matters into her own hands, and go and see Nick to determine if he is telling the truth about Ryan not being there. Steve, showing great patience, offers to come along and is barked at by Michelle again.
The Spiritual Home of Blackpool
Jack and Vera are taking a day trip to Blackpool to take some measurements at their new place in anticipation of moving into their dream home by the sea. Vera is a bit of a state with excitement, should she change her shoes? Did she bring her tablets? Does Jack have the measuring tape? With some encouragment from the rest of the household Jack and Vera make their way to the cab to take them to Blackpool.
Paul, showing he is not a complete cad, has found a black and white photo of his grandparents which he gets blown up and framed as a surprise gift. When he show the picture to Tyrone he comments on how Jack and Vera look ‘dead happy’.
When they return from Blackpool Vera is tired out and her feet are swollen. (turns out she was right about changing her shoes) Vera notices the picture on the table and she and Jack have a bit of a trip down memory lane. She tells Jack that she still loves him after all these years, and that he is the only man she has ever loved – and wants Jack to tell her the same. Jack, in his gruff fashion, tells Vera ‘noI’veneverlovedanybodyelsenowdoyoustillwantmetotakeyourshoesofforwhat?’ before going to The Rovers for a pint.
At the the pub Jack has a chat with Emily and Rita about the impending move to Blackpool, and how if he were on his own he would not be leaving, but what his beloved Vera wants, Vera gets. Tyrone tries to tempt Jack to stay for another pint but he turns him down, because he promised Vera he would home for his tea.
Jack leaves the pub and makes his way home to the one true love of his life, singing and dancing all the way. He steps into the flat and sees Vera in the chair looking like she is asleep, and he makes a joke about how a ten minute walk on the Blackpool promenade has tired her out. Jack makes his way into the kitchen and wonders why Vera has not started their tea yet. Vera remains motionless in the chair, and Jack gently tries to wake her up, to no avail. He gently puts his fingers onto her wrist and his worst fears are confirmed, his beloved swamp duck has passed away. Jack stumbles back against the counter, clutching his arms around him, muttering over and over again ‘you haven’t left Vera, you haven’t left’.
A dignified and elegant departure for Vera, aka Elizabeth Dawn MBE, one of the iconic and beloved characters of the street.