Jason should check his plane ticket, just to make sure he’s not going to Manilla.
We open where we left off last night, with Gail threatening to call Sarah to inform her of Jason’s evening with Becky. The two go at it in their usual way: Gail calls Eileen a hoor, Eileen calls Gail a self-righteous cow. Gerry comes by to break it up but Gail manages to get inside her house, thus enraging Eileen enough to pull down one of Gail’s hanging plants.
Inside, Gerry counsels Gail out of telling Sarah about Jason’s evening with Becky and even suggests that really, this is once again not about the kids and more about her and Eileen.
Meanwhile, Becky spends the day thinking she has a new boyfriend, mooning over him and is not paying much mind to the customers at Roy’s Rolls, nor the smell of egg coming from the drain. She does pay some attention to the local builders, who comment approvingly on the weather-inappropriate attire she purchased for the date she has with Jason. A date, mind you, that Jason is unaware of.
Fizz stops by to invite Roy over to hers for a tuna bake and a catch-up. Roy is torn but ultimately decides that, indeed, he can tape the documentary on the Roundheads and how their brand of puritanism compares with religious fundamentalism today. Roy, I am so with you. I would totally watch that. I have a two hour PBS documentary on the PVR about the ancient Israelites that I haven’t gotten around to watching yet.
The Roundheads, as Papa Smurf points out, were associated with Oliver Cromwell who, after the execution of Charles I, appointed himself Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland. It was in Ireland that he was given another title: Europe’s Biggest Bastard.
Anyhow, seeing Becky in her weather-inappropriate fashion choices, Fizz exclaims, “Blimey, Roy. Where do you keep the rest of the Pussycat Dolls?” (For those who’ve forgotten already, The Dolls were a gang of strippers who pretended to be a music group) Fizz reminds Becky that despite whatever she thinks is going on, Jason is married. Becky thinks it’s all but over and declares that, in this cruel world, you need grab whatever bit of hope comes your way and give it a big wet kiss. Hard to argue with that logic but really, Jason needs to figure out what’s going on in his marriage before hopping into bed with anyone.
Becky leaves and Roy notes to Fizz, that despite her rough edges, Becky is very vulnerable inside.
Becky heads over to Jason’s for her big date but she is met by Eileen, who tells her that Jason has gone to Italy to be with his wife. She sees that Becky is crushed by this so she offers to take her out for a pint but Becky refuses, saying she’s going to hit the bars in her new outfit (that she’s freezing in). She cries at the bus stop for a moment until the Wayfarer shows up and takes her into town.
Speaking of Ireland
The non-raven-haired Ma and Pa Connor have arrived from Ireland but Michelle skips it to meet Alex at a café but he doesn’t show. Ma Connor is a little judgemental of Carla’s dating so soon after Paul’s death. Also, we learn that the Connors’ famous shiny black hair came from all the Guinness Mum drank when she was pregnant. They sure as ‘eck didn’t get it from the parents.
Mmmm…stout. Anyway, I like the elder Connors. There should be more Irish people on the show.
Ryan’s real parents?
In Other News
Mel, who I must say looked adorable in her WPC uniform, wants to go out and celebrate joining the force. Problem is Darryl is skint, having lent his money to Lauren, who comes into the kebab shop. Mel points out her nice new shirt so Lauren takes offense and throws £35 back at Darryl and storms out. Darryl chases her and Mel’s stuck in the kebab shop with nobody to go out with.
Sean’s still sticking his oar in when it comes to Violet and her pregnancy padding.
Steve is trying to quit smoking.