Update – November 19, 2008 “Blimey, Roy. Where do you keep the rest of the Pussycat Dolls?”

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.

Doesn’t explain Ryan, though, who these days is looking more and more like the fifth Beatle.

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.

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13 Responses to Update – November 19, 2008 “Blimey, Roy. Where do you keep the rest of the Pussycat Dolls?”

  1. glacia says:

    Oh thank GOD I wasn’t the only one who wondered if that Cromwell documentry was a real thing because I’d soooooo be into that. BTW, John…BBC History Magazine on Itunes – BRILLIANT! It’s like crack.

    I freaking LOVE Becky.

    Mel looks a hell of a lot better in the uniform than the Raggedy Ann shirt that I wish would fall into a vat of acid.

  2. John says:

    I’ll see your BBC History Magazine and raise you an “In Our Time” with Melvyn Bragg.

  3. glacia says:

    I’m on that like white on rice.

    I saw a ad for a documentary on a fast food chain in Windsor…..that was so on my pvr.

  4. haili says:

    I loved Ma Connor’s attitude to Carla; she sure put her in her place. As usual, the lovely Carla harped on about Maria’s rushed marriage, hinting about the pregnancy and Ma Connor fired back right away about Carla’s haste in finding a new guy. Perfect.

    I felt kind of sorry for Becky, but really – the guy is married – what did she expect? And where is her coat?

    Mel looks cute in the uniform but very petite for a cop. Lucky she’ll be on traffic duty.

    I always enjoy these little exchanges between Eileen and Gail. Gail is just so self-righteous considering what her kids are like. If my daughter’s husband was cheating, would I tell? Probably – eventually.

  5. pip says:

    I loved how Eileen took pity on Becky after she looked crushed over the news about Jason. I do agree, though, that Becky really set herself up for a fall (and she had been chasing Jason even before he and Sarah were on the outs, which is a big no-no).

    The Connors, Sr. do seem like a lot of fun. Michelle has gone off the deep end. Is it only a matter of time before Steve can’t handle the drama anymore and ditches her? I had a horrible thought the other night that Michelle sees Alex more as a replacement for Dean than for Ryan. I really don’t want to take that thought to its logical conclusion. Ew.

  6. debbie says:

    Personally I’m hooked on Meerkat Manor.

    Um, I think the reason the Connor parents don’t like Carla is that she is a biatch. So, when she complains about not being welcome in the family I always scoff and think ‘you’re not welcome because your a biatch.’ If she wasn’t a biatch and they were cold to her, I’d feel sorry for her. But, I don’t.

    MAN, did I feel for Kelly last night. I really felt for her. Poor thing.

  7. missusmac says:

    Pip, I agree on the whole Alex/Dean thing with Michelle. She isn’t seeing her kid, she’s seeing her first boyfriend and a younger, happier life. Alex doesn’t strike me as that nice a kid, more snarly then nice.

    I hate Violet when she treats Sean like that. He’s more than a donor. Get over it.

  8. whitehorsefan says:

    Becky did set herself up for a fall, but she explained herself why she jumped before looking. She sure hasn’t had a lot of happiness, or good people in her life. I felt terrible for her.

    And re: Violet. Really, even if Sean weren’t the donor, he still would have intervened in the whole home birth thing. And as he is her best friend, even without being a donor, his questions were not, I thought, inappropriate. Violet is simply a cow.

  9. haili says:

    I agree. Since she had problems before, it would be appropriate for her best friend to advise her to have the baby in the hospital; but wait, now that Jamie’s back, she doesn’t need Sean as a best friend.

  10. S. Poole says:

    Violet Wilson is not a cow, we call her poorly written girl. (after badly drawn boy)

    Meerkat Manor has not been the same since

    *spoiler alert*

    Fl**er died. R.I.P. Fl**er, long live the queen.

  11. missusmac says:

    Completely off topic — I had wondered how Liz Dawn (Vera) managed not breathing during the death scene since she is chronically short of breath.

    Here’s a story where she mentions a little trick that helped — no spoilers here.


  12. corrierules says:

    Regarding, pregnancy, beer and shiny hair. My mom gave birth in Poland (59 years ago) to my brother and was advised during her pregnancy to drink lots of beer (and eat lots of herring) BTW, brother is as bald as a billiard ball.

  13. Pamer says:

    I love that Ma Connor was the Ma on Snatch. The one that Brad Pitt wanted the new “periwinkle blue” caravan for

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