The saga of Michelle and her genetic heritgae continues.
Steve and Ryan are sat in the back room of the pub working on the best man speech when Michelle comes by and tells Ryan that he needs some new shoes for the wedding, so they plan to do a bit of shopping and go for a curry afterwards. Steve points out that he too enjoys a good curry but Michelle chooses not to invite him along.
Steve makes hard work of doing the VAT (Value Added Tax) in the back room, repeatedly taking breaks to have a snack, because adding up sums makes him peckish. Liz notes that he did the same thing in his school days.
Alex calls Michelle while she is at work at the pub and tries to arrange a meeting that day, but Michelle has already made plans with Ryan. After a bit of thought, Michelle rings Alex back and leaves a message for him that maybe they should get together. Michelle then schmoozes Steve a bit and gets him to take Ryan shopping for his wedding ensemble, leaving her free for the afternoon.
Later in the pub Alex makes a surprise appearance, and he and Michelle have an awkwardish conversation in the back room. They make a bit of small talk, discuss her living arrangements, Alex decsribes the relationship he has had with Nick and Wendy, Michelle notices a mannerism he has that reminds her of Dean, and Michelle tells him how incredible she felt to see him walk into the pub.
Steve and Ryan return a bit earlier than expected, Ryan goes up to his room to try on his new glad rags, and Steve walks into the back room to find Michelle and Alex in conversation. Steve, ever the voice of reason in this scenario, wonders what Ryan would think if he had walked into the room just now.
Thankfully there were no tears or gnashing of teeth for a change.
Jason keeps trying to talk to Sarah on the phone. She keeps hanging up on him. Jason overhears Maria talking in the pub and discovers that Sarah is not coming back for the wedding that weekend like he thought she was. Jason is perturbed. Becky is there to console him again.
Kevin and Tyrone are having a tea break when Sal and Sophie come by for a visit. Sophie points out that Rosie is still home in her pajamas and not getting ready for school. Kev, having a new perspective after his recent incarceration experience, thinks it might be best to let Rosie take responsibility for her actions. Sal is unimpressed and tells Kev and tells him he can get touchy feely in his own time and stomps off to the workplace.
Sal then proceeds to project her frustration on Becky in the cafe.
Rosie and Kevin are having a pleasant chat at The Rovers later, and have a mature, civilized discussion about what the future might hold for Rosie. Kev then asks – and surprises – his elder daughter by asking Rosie if she wants to go see a movie that evening. It turns out Kev hopes to spend one evening a week with Rosie, so he can really get to know her before she is out of the house for good one day.
No doubt the best bit of parenting skill the street has seen in a very long time.
Darryl continues his sad infatuation with Lauren, who continues to string him along. Mel tries to offer some sisterly advice to him while he cleans his up his boudoir, using an analogy of a cat and a labrador. No, it didn’t make any sense to me either. Darryl and Lauren end up running into Tina and David on the street and go on an unofficial double date together.
Rita and Emily stop round The Old Rectory to remind Jack of their lunch appointment, only to find him still clad in his pajamas. Rita tells him they are there to perform a ‘pincer movement’ on him, and then she and Emily break into a good cop bad cop routine, with Rita being the bad cop – of course. After a bit of back and forth Rita tells Jack they will pick him up at 1:00, so go and iron your pajamas.
The three go to the Italian for a lovely lunch and have a grand time together. Three cheers for Emily and Rita for sticking by an old friend in a difficult time.
Bits and Bobs
Dierdre and Liz plan a birthday party for Amy to be held at the Barlows.
Tyrone understands why he was not invited to the wedding Maria and Liam.
Dev is nowhere to be seen.