The episode starts with Becky continuing with her apology to Roy about the ‘Train’ incident and explains that they weren’t making fun of him. She tells Roy that Rick will never come upstairs again and why doesn’t he give us a smile then? Roy continues to look glum but agrees that it’s best that the young man wait for her in the café.
Beck goes out for a smoke and to commiserate with Ken, who joins her in forming Weatherfield’s downtrodden working masses.
Okay, I’m just going to on record to say that I am 100% behind on Roy on this one. It’s actually really getting my goat how everyone (especially Bill) is being so dismissive of the bat situation. Conservation laws are there for a reason people! And note to Bill, when you complain about how you got rid of all your other jobs so that you could work on the building site, remember, ‘sayings’ are there for a reason too – ‘Don’t put your eggs in one basket.’
Anyway, back to our show.
First, Roy needs to hire the Soup Nazi. Why? Because Bill comes into the café to order 2 coffees to go and to give Roy grief about the bat building inspection. He leaves saying, ‘I’m going outside before I say something I regret.’ Then why the HELL did you come in there in the first place?
If I were Roy, I’d be all ‘No bacon butty for you. Come back, one year!’
The inspector does come and while she doesn’t find any bats, she finds evidence of bats which doesn’t add up. Tony tells her that they probably just decided to go away to a nicer, less in the way location. She tells him it’s surprising how many bat colonies do that and that she’s filing her report and it won’t be the last he hears of it.
Meanwhile, Bill and Jason wait out the inspection in the café where Bill says something about bashing in the wee heads of bats. NO FULL ENGLISH FOR YOU! COME BACK TWO YEARS!.
When Roy hears of the inspector’s results (although just that she didn’t find bats, not that she’s suspicious of the bat droppings), he becomes enraged. Becky and Ken convince him to calm down until Ken can get to the bottom of all this. Ken has a word with Tony and comes back with the same info….at which point Roy storms out of the café, in full warrior apron as Glacia sloshes her chocolatini screaming at her t.v., ‘You go Roy, you go and tell Mr. Tony that he does not rule the world!’
Roy confronts Tony at the site and tells him that he’s breaking the law and that Roy has evidence that bats were here. Tony is, well, dismissive and condescending. Roy, livid, says to Tony G. that he massacred the bats and adds, ‘I am not a tiny defenseless little bat. I’m BATMAN, DAMMIT!’*. Roy then sits down on a bundle of insulation and begins a sit-in.
*Okay so he didn’t add the Batman part, I just wish he had.
Jason Grimshaw, Criminal Mastermind
Jason spends most of the episode cleverly covering his ass by checking to see if Roy said anything to Beck about him being out front of the construction site the evening before. Cleverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Later he says to Roy, ‘Roy, you know when you saw me last night, I was walking that’s it.’ Superstah!
L is for Leanne Who Died of Ennui
Leanne is working at the bookies and guess what? She’s unhappy with her lot in life and complains about how booooooooooooooring it all is.
What is the point of this character?
In other Bookie news, the smoking shelter is up (and looing quite nice I might add) thanks to the help of Harry getting some peeps to finish the job. Harry is cock of the walk now and on one hand does some inconspicuous winding up of Vern about the job and on the other hand goes into the Rovers with some inconspicuous flirting with Miss Liz.
The Day After Darryl
Darryl doesn’t remember quitting the kebab shop the next morning and while Jerry does remember his resignation, he carries on like nothing happened. Darryl does decided to go into the shop and is okay until Lauren comes in and starts making fun of Darryl and his loser life behind the counter of a kebab shop.
Again, ‘NO KEBAB FOR YOU! YOU COME BACK, ONE YEAR!’
That is enough for Darryl and he storms out of the shop throwing his apron to the side and swearing never to return. Jerry, who seems to know that his eldest son is incapable of you know…going out and getting a job….tells him he’ll regret it.
In Other News
The weird ‘act like I’m cheating on my son with my bio son’ story rears it’s ugly head once again as Alex calls Michelle for a meet up. When Liz suggests to Michelle that it might be wise to let Ryan know about the ‘date’, Michelle agrees and goes one better by inviting Ryan to join them. No surprise here when Ryan says, ‘Aaaaaaaaaaaah, no.’
Sean wants Marcus to come on vacation with him and Lauren. Marcus can’t get away until August but he tells Sean the other reason it won’t work is that he finds Lauren shallow, stupid and not such a nice person. Sean is gobsmacked…. ‘What’s wrong with her?’ he asks. ‘How much time have you got?’ replies Marcus.