UK Time – Friday April 11th 2008 – Episode II
The show opens with Gail shouting like a deranged harpy at the judge during David’s trial things. God forbid he takes responsibility for his actions. Those actions being his David’s-got-a-stick rampage* which followed the time he pushed his mother down the stairs and then left her for dead.
The judge successfully shuts Gail up and then postpones sentencing to April 18th. Strangely, David is allowed to go home and live with one of the victims of his various crimes as he waits for his sentencing date. David seems as surprised about this is I am.
David’s short lived freedom also surprises Janice who also plays the deranged harpy in the street when David comes home. She’s picking up for her man who is just thankful for being involved in a story line.
The show is also being viewed by the Morton’s who are split on the issue. Mel thinks David is a masterpiece, Jerry feels sorry for Gail (because she is an idiot or because of David, I am unsure), and Darryl obviously feels for his mate.
Later Darryl and David are sitting on the Platt chesterfield watching Top of the Pops while Gail and Audrey sit in the kitchen disagreeing about David’s actions. The Chesterfield set discuss impending prison and David admits to being scared and dumped. The two aren’t so far apart as Darryl was also dumped. Is it better to be dumped by someone of quality (Tina) or by someone who is dog rough (Lauren)? You decide. Meanwhile the two old birds still don’t see eye to eye in the kitchen. Gail maintains that David is making a mistake and Audrey wants to let David face the music.
Later David and Gayle have a talk. It looks kind of like an adult explaining something complex to a five-year-old. David assures her that he is doing what’s best and that she will have to trust him.
*Coronations street history of rampages to my memory:
David Platt’s post quasi-attempted matricide rampage
Roy Croppers lack of local egg rampage
Janice Battersby’s in pup freak out rampage
Richard Hillman murderous rampage
Dev Allahan’s sexual rampage
Peter Barlow’s wedding rampage
Do you remember a Coronation Street rampage? Add it to the comments section.
Looks like things aren’t totally sorted out between Becky and Roy no matter what Roy tells Ken. Roy will always be up tight and Becky will always be … Becky. In the café Becky is flirting with her new builder boyfriend much to the annoyance of Roy who, rightly, would like her to be working. Becky tries to make a ‘date’ with the builder and Ken steps in to arrange for Roy to be out at the pub when the builder comes over. Roy will join Ken and Deirdre in the pub for an orange juice and a lecture on the appearance of bats in 18th century English romantic literature.
Predictably, Becky and the Builder spend the evening in Roy’s flat playing Becky and the builder. Now, I don’t mind saying that at first glance, this dude is on the rough side. However, combine my love for skilled men with my love for unabashed manliness– as evidenced by his beard – and you have to believe that in this obviously short-lived character you can see my dream man.
Things go pear shaped when he discovers Roy’s rather unusual record collection on actual records. The builder puts on train sounds and he and Becky move to the train sounds around the room while the builder dons one of Roy’s train caps. Of course, this is when Roy walks in. It could be worse, they could be making out while he wears the train hat and Becky wears one of Hailey’s dresses. But, Roy doesn’t consider the alternative, he just leaves.
In Other News
After listening to Roy, Bill and Tony in the pub Jason takes matters into his own hands and goes to smoke out the bats. Tony has taken care of everything. Jason should have really told Tony to do the dirty work himself.
Darryl, Mel and her 35 year old police woman friend go to the pub where Darryl drinks his sorrows away. The police woman friend makes his day when she plants a kiss on him in an effort to make Lauren Jealous, which inexplicably, she is. Daryl gets hammered and then goes to see his dad so he can quit his job. He successfully quits, but then unsuccessfully tries to leave the kabbab shop. Poor Darryl.