Outside the Cafe, Roy is sweeping the sidewalk when Eyeball Gordon nearly backs over him before driving off, ignoring him. Roy is disturbed that work continues on the building site, and says as much to Ken. Becky and Roy spend the day sniping at each other about the big, shaggy man-bear in Becky’s room the previous evening…“Get over yourself,” Becky tells him, “I get less mithering at the hostel.” Roy wants assurances that the incident won’t be repeated. Becky is insulted, incensed and loudly tells him that he will get nothing of the kind.
Bat-Roy flies off to the factory, for a face-off with his arch-nemesis, Eyeball Gordon. Tony patiently explains to Roy the magnitude of shutting down the building site while Rosie smirks in the background. Carla can’t believe her ears and thinks it’s a wind-up. Her comment on bats – “horrible, smelly things full of fleas.”
“They may feel similarly about us,” our hero replies before stalking off to call the authorities. As he leaves, the factory girls chorus the Batman Theme in the background.
Becky and Roy’s bickering match escalates. Ken tries to negotiate a truce, pointing out it’s not outlandish to bring a boyfriend back to one’s flat. Bill and Jason come in and ask for bat & tomato sandwiches. They let on that they are none-too-pleased to be losing work over the bats. “Cheers Roy,” says Jason, “no need to worry about us, mate.” At the building site, Tony’s contractor has been contacted by the Bat Brigade, who are coming the following day to do an inspection. They discuss smoking the bats out.
Roy pauses to sit with Becky for a few moments. He wants to stop rowing. Roy tells her he doesn’t understand casual liaisons. He wants Becky to stay and says he was unreasonable to expect that she not invite friends into the flat. He wants to be kept informed. Overnight is okay…as long as it’s a “proper boyfriend”. Becky is more than happy with the terms. She is very relieved, saying they both want exactly the same thing.
As Roy leaves to go shopping, Eyeball Gordon pulls up. Roy confirms he has spoken to the authorities and walks on. In his rear-view Tony sees Jason approaching. Jason tells him the workers will maybe have to down tools because of the bats. Tony says Jason is a smart guy, and should be able to figure out how to get rid of a few bats…after all, people run the world and bats don’t. He leaves the challenge of bat-removal pinging around the inside of Jason’s head, like a lonely marble.
Assault and BATtery
Gail praises David’s choice of tie as he prepares for court. She wants David to include the hapless upbringing which leads up to his berserker rage, in his testamony . Gail has spoken to DC Poosh Weller and won’t be giving evidence. David explains to Gail that she is NOT doing right by him. I am finding myself amazed by how astute this kid is.
Audrey, Gail and Bill wait for David to get into the car for the drive to court. Bill points out that David is taking responsibility. Audrey notes that Gail continues to apologize and make allowances for him. [Sorry, but I just can’t stand this…Gail’s actions are showing her son that getting the outcome one wants should be achieved by any means necessary. Toxic parenting run wild.]
At court, Gail continues insisting that David must pepper his story with extenuating circumstances, such as Tina, etc. David wants to plead his own case, without his solicitor’s aid, plain and simple. Audrey wants to let David man-up and take responsibility. Gail twists, whines and blinks, fearing she will actually not be able to control of the outcome. They enter court. The magistrate is reluctant to proceed with David’s case without him having representation. David refuses. In an unusual move, the magistrate adjourns the court for one hour so David can meet with his solicitor and consult with his family.
Gail’s sole objective seems to be ensuring that David goes unpunished. She says she will tell the magistrate what led him to all this. She thinks she is responsible. David continues to speak for himself. Gail is aghast. As the proceedings continue, Gail begins to grouse and mutter more and more loudly, while Audrey tries to gag her.The courts officer finishes listing all of David’s various charges. He pleads guilty to them all, including assaulting a police constable. “There were reasons,” insists Gail. Audrey tries for the millionth time to shut her up. But Gail explodes in the courtroom, declaring that she is his mother and wants to be heard.
In other news….
It’s Darryl’s birthday! The family, and Abbey, are assembled outside Doz’ shack with birthday gifts and cards. He wants none of it, telling them to go away so he can pine over Lauren. “Come on son,” Gerry urges, “she were dog-rough anyway, even for you.” Testify, Gerry.
The factory girls are going drinking, except for Jan who is meeting Roger and Fizz who is parenting.