An Unhappy Birthday
Liam has arrived at Audrey’s, after discovering through the nurse that Maria lost the baby. He charges upstairs where he finds his wife in the guest room. He asks Maria if it’s true and she confirms it.
He then finds out that this happened a few days ago and Maria begs him not to leave her. She says that he died and nobody knows why. There was nothing wrong with him, he seemed perfect.
Later, Marcus arrives with flowers for Maria but quickly understands that she and Liam are having the talk. He stays downstairs with Audrey, where he brings her up to speed on why Maria and Liam where separated the day she found out the baby died. He also explains to Audrey that he knows what happened because he was there at the time.
Liam is gutted when he finds out that it was Marcus, and not him, who was with her when she delivered. He asks what he’s done that’s so wrong that she would prefer having a stranger there than her own husband. He then discovers the print of the baby’s hands and feet and starts crying.
Eventually, they head home where they meet Fizz, Kirk, and Chesney who all wish her happy birthday and start going on about the baby. She can’t tell them what happened (though now it’s bound to get out sooner or later) and she gets in the car and they head back to Audrey’s.
There, the conversation turns from the baby’s burial to Liam shock that at what Maria did and Maria’s suspicion that Liam will run right to Carla’s shoulder. Eventually, Liam storms out, unable to look at Maria, despite her demand that he tell her he loves her.
But Liam just gets in his car with the very loud engine and drives away.
“That’s it,” Maria tells Audrey. “He’s gone. I’ve lost him.”
Or, she could say that she’s “All by myself”
(hey, someone’s gotta inject some levity somewhere)
Sally, Claire, Kevin, and Ashley arrive at the Rovers where newly frugal Claire orders a tap water with lemon from Betty (the others order proper drinks). Claire talks about the deal she got in the Precinct, which Sally thinks smells like a tramp’s armpit, where she found a deal on 20 tins of unknown foodstuffs for £2. Ashley thinks it’s all going a bit too far as they’re aren’t that desperate but Sally wants to know if they’re considering selling the house. Ashley says no, but Claire mouthes “yes” to Sally.
As it’s been pointed out, it’s an interesting storyline but slow business at the butchers doesn’t really explain their financial circumstances. They own their house. It was a gift from Fred. The shop is probably a rented space but the Rovers was a property, which Ashley would have made money on when it was sold to Steve and Liz. More importantly, while Fred Elliot was no Mike Baldwin style tycoon, he was known to have a few bucks in the bank. Ashley and Claire would have inherited a sizeable estate.
So, this is what I came up with to explain their skintness:
- The fire shot their insurance premiums through the roof.
- Despite an insurance pay out, they still paid thousands more than they should have rebuilding the house.
- Fred only bequeathed a small amount to his son, the rest went to Beryl and the Square Dealer’s association.
- Last year’s fuel prices drove up the cost of cattle feed, which drove up the cost of livestock.
- When things went south at the butcher’s, Ashley quietly remortgaged the house (knowing that Claire never checks her own joint accounts) and has been paying out his savings on that, Kirk’s salary, and cardigans for Claire.
Later, Sally, who’s always dreamed of a posher house, suggests a house swap which Claire thinks is a swell idea. Sally subtly suggests an upgrade (without saying what house she has in mind) to Kevin, who flatly rejects the idea.
Boys Behind Bars
Tina finally comes to see David in jail. She complains of a big “lezzer” who felt her up at the security desk (yeah, that’s kind of offensive). She also agrees, for some reason, to move in with Gail, to keep her company. And she and David are back on.
And Graeme is in for arson, which broke his mother’s heart, according to woman who came to visit him.
And a scroll ran across the screen, at least here in Montreal, to say that Corrie will air at 2:00pm because of special, probably Obama-related, programming tomorrow night.