Liam is on the phone with Maria trying to understand why she is not coming to the funeral of their child. While he is on the phone Carla comes by with a suit for Liam, and a bit of a shoulder rub as well, once he is off the phone with his wife.
Bill and Audrey try to persuade Maria to go to the funeral, telling her that she has to say goodbye to her baby. Maria tells them that she already said goodbye at the hospital, and besides, her presence at the funeral will just make things worse.
Fiz and Kirk, suitably attired in funeral garb, stop by to visit Liam. Carla is there as well, and a bit of an unpleasant conversation kicks off, with Carla commenting that Maria is ‘sick in the head.’ Fiz asks Liam if there is anything they should tell Maria. Liam says he thought she loved me. Fiz tells him she does, you know she does, which prompts Liam to wonder why she would need anyone to talk to her for him.
Fiz and Kirk then go to visit Maria, and they also try to persuade her to attend the funeral. Maria tells them that everyone thinks she is a ‘nasty, selfish little cow’ and she will only be an unwelcome distraction at the funeral.
Carla and Liam stop in at The Rovers for a drink. Sean asks them ‘Can I get you a drink, or is it gong to turn nasty like last time?’ Marcus and Sean are obviously dressed for the funeral, prompting Carla to ask, in a less than welcoming voice, if they are planning on attending. Marcus says that was their intent, unless it is a problem. Liam assures them it is not a problem, civility prevails, and Liam gets a brandy in for all of them. Carla makes a point of telling them that Maria is leaving Liam on his own to bury their son.
Audrey continues to reason with Maria, telling her that ‘We all make mistakes, it’s what happens after that matters.’ Too true. Maria can stay cooped up and let her life slip away and dhe can get out there and try to fix things with Liam.
At the church there is a hearse parked in front with a tiny coffin in the back. Kirk bemoans the fact that will never be able to share his love of animals with his nephew. Fiz sums it up best when she says ‘That has got to be the saddest sight in the world.’
The Vicar greets Liam and Carla, and assuming that Carla is the grieving mother, offers her his condolences. Liam corrects his mistake and asks for a few more minutes. The Vicar, a picture of compassion, readily agrees. A short while later Carla tells Liam that there no point in waiting any longer, and they proceed with the funeral. Liam is given the casket to carry, as as he holds it in his arms he looks out the gate, I think to see if Maria is coming. No one is there however, so Liam turns around with his painful burden, and to the accompaniment of the church bell, the funeral party makes their way toward the church.
As they make their way to the church Audrey and Maria arrive at the church gate.
Other Less Important Things
Ches has decided to stay home from school to comfort Kirk, but Julie tells him that she can take care of Kirk and sends Chesney on his way. Fiz is in the living room iroming a shirt for Kirk to wear to the funeral, till Julie tells Fiz that she ironed one for him last night already. Fiz seems less than enamored with Julie…
Tina visits Gail at the clinic.
Gail talks to Bill, and then Audrey, about getting in touch with Ted.
Claire and Sal are going ahead with the house swap plan. Sal wonders what changed Ashley’s mind. Claire tells Sal that Ashley had it ‘changed for him.’
Kev pops in at home to use the loo, but Sal tells him that he has to go to the cafe and use their loo instead, as she is cleaning the house for the estate agent who is coming to give the house a valuation. Then Sal, loving wife that she is, tells Kev that he is so working class, and in anticipation of living in their new house ‘You ought to try drinking wine, cause cans of beer in a conservatory – it’s just not right.’ The estate agent shows up, followed by Claire and Ashley, who have come to see what he has to say. Some awkward conversation ensues. Kev makes a joke about how the agent must look like Brad Pitt, the way the women are following him around.