The Love Boat
Vern is bustling around getting ready to depart on the dream cruise ship vacation with Liz. She eventually works up the nerve to tell Vern, ‘Oh by the way, I’m not going with you on the cruise, there is too much going on with the pub right now.’ They argue about it a bit and Liz eventually manages to persuade Vern that it is for the best that he go on his own.
Deirdre comes by with some books for Liz to read on the boat, and when she hears that Liz is staying behind, the two have a good chat about love and marriage. Liz eventually confesses to Deirdre that she couldn’t bear to be cooped up with Vernon 24/7.
When the cab arrives and it is time for Vern to go to the airport, he and Liz say a less than passionate or sincere farewell.
Dan and Leanne have both received letters from the police. Dan reads his letter and tells Leanne that he is off the hook, there will be ‘no further action’ to be taken against him. Leanne, in quite an agitated state, asks him to read her letter to her. Dan winds her up a bit as usual, and tells her that she is guilty – of criminal nail biting that is. It turns out that Leanne has been cleared as well.
Of course this being a soap opera and all, Paul shows up at this exact moment to see if his accomplices in arson have heard from the police yet. Dan and Leanne take great delight in informing him that they have been cleared, and that Paul will be facing the consequences on his own. Paul can’t understand why, since he told the police every detail of what happened. Dan points out that there was no actual proof against them, and that’s what mattered in the end. Paul tells Leanne that if him going to prison will have ruined her plastic little life, then it was well worth it.
Claire is at work at the Streetcars office and tries to order a new buggy over the phone using her bank card, which gets declined. She tells Lloyd that she is going to go home to call the bank to find out what is going on with the account she and Ashley share. Lloyd wonders why she can’t just call the bank from work, doesn’t she trust him? Claire tells Lloyd that she trusts him with her life…(but not her money it would seem)
Claire comes back a short while later to tell Lloyd that their account appears to have been emptied. Lloyd points out the deleterious effect that might have on their credit rating.
Liam finds Maria is still gone in the morning and tries to reach her in every spot that he can think of. At work Carla of course gives him a hard time about his current dilema.
At the hospital the midwife/nurse checks in on Maria, and apologizes for the noise of babies in the background. She wonders if Maria has anyone that she could get to help her with decisions about the funeral, about what to tell people has happened, what to name the baby, that sort of thing. Maria, still in a state of shock or denial, insists that she is alright on her own. Marcus comes by and tries to counsel Maria, and offers to take some time off work to bring her home and help in any way he can, but she refuses his offer.
Maria takes a cab home but when they are on Coronation Street she sees Liam at their front door so she tells the cab driver to just keep driving.
Meanwhile Audrey is getting run off her feet at the salon on her own. When Liam stops in to see if Audrey has heard from Maria she tells him no, and if Maria doesn’t call in the next ten minutes, she can start looking for a job elsewhere.
During the dinner break Audrey is sweeping up when Ted phones, so Audrey locks the door and has a good chat with him. When Audrey finally pops into The Rovers to meet Bill for lunch, he tells her that the ice has melted in her drink already, he has been waiting so long. She gives him an excuse, downs the drink, and heads back to work again.
Back at the salon Audrey is working faster than a one-armed paper hanger when the phone rings yet again. It is Maria this time, and she is in a right state it would seem. Audrey apologizes to her customers as she chucks them out, promising a cut on the house another day. Audrey drives off to find Maria crying her eyes out on the walk outside of Audrey’s house. (I think) Audrey helps Maria up and brings her inside so they can have a bit of tea and a chat.
A distraught Maria tells Audrey that she has lost everyone. (the first reference to losing the baby) Audrey, thinking that Maria is referring to Liam, assures her that everything is fine, and that Liam has been frantic with worry looking for Maria all day. Maria tells about his not coming home from Carla’s the other night, and how he denied sleeping with her, but why did they send the cab away? Audrey, wise woman that she is, tells Maria that ‘men do stupid things, dont’ they?’ Maria continues to cry and Audrey wonders if there is more to it then that, thinking that Liam might have been violent with Maria, but she says that isn’t it. Audrey tries to sooth Maria again, telling her to ‘keep calm just for that little babies sake’, which only leads to more tears.