In which Simon le Bon makes a convincing argument for my long-held position that he cannot sing.
Wild in the Streets
It’s another quiet day in the neighbourhood as David has taken that pole and has started smashing up Roger’s van, and then another car. As Kevin calls 999, Tyrone yells at him as he stomps across the street and sits in front of Ty and Molly’s house. Norris comes out and asks Kevin if he failed his M.O.T. (vehicle inspection).
The commotion has attracted the attention of Ken Barlow, who tries to talk to David about his feelings or summat but he knocks Ken back, causing him to sprain his ankle. David then smashes a window, bringing Molly and Paul outside. He then smashes Deirdre’s bay window, where Blanche lives, then Audrey’s salon window, the neon sign, a telephone booth, and finally, the window at Jerry’s kebab shop. The whole time, Gail is pleading with him to stop.
Finally, the police arrive and David is taken down, but not after assaulting one of them. He is taken into custody and it’s down to the cop shop for him.
“Just take ‘im aweh and throw aweh the keh,” Audrey adds.
Pretty much everyone is out in the street now. Gail shouts at them that the show is over but obviously this will be the talk of the street all week.
More scandalous is that, when David broke the salon window, it drew the customers outside, including Rita who was in the middle of getting her colour done.
“Now the world knows I’m not a natural redhead,” she cries.
Later, Ken is off to the medical centre and Becky thinks Bill and Jason will be happy for the extra work. And Rita and Blanche are going for a strong drink where there is much gossip to be had.
Over at Gail’s, Audrey is doing the “I told you so” thing. She reminds her that David left her for dead but eventually the conversation turns to Audrey’s parenting skills. Audrey left Gail with a few babysitters and was never there, so she tried to be everything to her kids but ended up making mistakes. Audrey says she ought to write a memoir of her awful childhood as those are quite popular these days.
Gail says she’s going down to the cop shop to see if David is ok. Audrey compares her to a battered wife who takes her husband back. Gail says she is going to find out why he did what he did. Audrey’s had enough and gets up to leave.
“I may have left you with a few sitters,” she says. “But I always came back.”
Meanwhile, David sits in his jail cell, alone.
In Other News -or- Don’t You Remember You Told Me You Love Me, Baby
This is probably not the Karen Carpenter tribute Marcus wants to see. Still cool, though
Lauren gets an advance on her wages (£60) from Steve then goes off shopping, instead of paying Eileen her rent. Anyone know what rights boarders have in relation to not paying rent? I always assumed it was lless set in stone than an apartment tennant. Anyway, if I were Eileen, I’d toss her out poste haste.
Marcus has tickets to a Karen Carpenter tribute act that evening but Sean has to cover for Lauren, who has told him that she’s sick. Marcus sets him straight as he saw her shopping. He asks Darryl and Mel what’s up but Darryl says they broke up as Lauren had no more use for him, being skint and all.
Later, Eileen tells Sean because he’s being a big mug, Marcus is taken Lauren, whom he hates, to the Karen Carpenter thing. Marcus wasn’t aware but goes along with it.
Roy has found bat droppings at the condo building site. Bats are a protected species in the UK so this may stop the project from continuing so Roy plans to take the issue up with the authorities. Becky begs Roy not to go through with it as the builders bring in lots of business. But you just know Roy’s on a mission.
This happened to the missus’ grandfather, who had to stop any future work on his house Scotland when bats were found in the attic. It became incredibly complicated to get rid of them. We also have a cotton shopping bag from Scotland that says “Bats Need Friends”.
Between the value of the condos dropping dramatically thanks to the Economic Crisis (not to mention being built on top of a neighbourhood where teens go on violent rampages) and the bats issue, these flats don’t seem like such a hot property anymore.
Leanne’s gonna work for Dan now. Michelle and Alex are hanging out again but in a somewhat more appropriate way than before as Alex is less of a jerk this time.