One of the all time favourite albums in the Papa Smurf collection
The Old Rectory
Molly and Ty discuss whether they should spend their money on a new big screen TV to watch football on, or remove the cladding from the front of the house. Paul comments that either choice would likely be a sight better than anything he will be seeing in prison in the near future.
Speaking of prison…
Her Majesty’s Youth Detention Institute
Gail is getting ready to visit her evil spawn on her own, since Audrey has to stay at work that day. Ted volunteers to drive her there in his cool old school car and the two have a great chat about life and the time they missed out on together. Ted proves to be a kind, sage and compassionate man. Gail, in spite of the need for visitors to be pre-approved by the prison, invites Ted to come in to meet his grandson for the first time.
5 Coronation Street
Fiz and Julie continue to scrap over the care of young Chesney. Julie, having seen a documentary on the subject, wonders if Ches is being bullied at school. He says that is not the case. Julie then wonders if Ches is going through puberty. He makes a well timed exit at the point.
Later at the pub Julie tells Kirk that Fiz is jealous of him, now that he has found a babe/career woman/people person. Julie tells Kirk that he has to have a talk with Fiz and set her straight.
At home Kirk has the ‘talk’ with Fiz, after she tells him that all sentences that begin with ‘Julie’ are henceforth to be banned. After a bit of back and forth Fiz explains that she is not jealous of Julie, she is actually happy that Kirk found someone who makes him smile more than she has ever seen before, as well as having lovely teeth. Kirk is happy to hear this and is relieved to know that he and Fiz are still ‘Kool and the Gang.’
Betty and Deirdre have a bit of a chin wag about Liz and her obvious interest in Harry Mason. Deirdre and Liz have a good heart to heart later over tea, with Liz denying any romantic interest in Harry, although she does look a bit guilty. Liz points out that if she were to have an affair, she would be a bit more discreet than to be carrying on at the end of the bar. They agree that all men are annoying when you live with them.
Marcus the sensitive soul and Maria discuss the state of her marriage. As always, Marcus offers her sound advice.
The machinists are standing in front of the factory, since no one is there yet to unlock the doors for them. Rosie shows up and tells them that Carla and Liam are at a ‘breakfast meeting’. (winkwinknudgenudge) Janice wonders why Rosie does not have a key to open the door. Rosie says she does, only it is in her desk. Behind the locked doors. Janice notes how well the private education Rosie received is paying off. Rosie remembers that Carla has an extra factory key at her flat, and since Rosie has a key to the flat, she can pop over there to retrieve it so she can open the factory.
Meanwhile at her flat Carla is making coffee for her and Liam, who appears a bit worse for wear after three bottle of wine and a night with Cruella. She tells him that ‘some things are meant to be’ and points out that he standing in her kitchen in his boxers shows him that he was following his instinct and heart. Not sure that is what happened, but call me cynical. Carla, showing she is not a complete cyborg, tells Liam that since they got together she wants to help little old ladies across the road (instead of driving them down) and wants to live to one hundred. (living happily ever after with Liam I would assume) Carla knows that they can make each other happy. Some foreshadowing methinks…
As Rosie walks up to Weatherfield Quays she sees Liam and Carla (still in her nightclothes) outside as they say goodbye and share a passionate snog. Rosie, thinking quickly, takes a picture of the factory owners with her cell phone camera, which she proceeds to drop under a parked car. After Liam walks away Carla sees Rosie fishing around under the car and asks her what she is doing there. Rosie tells her she lost an ear ring, and then explains the factory girls are locked out, and she had come to get a key. Carla, looking suspiciously at her, tells Rosie that Liam just ‘called’ to say he was going to work so everything will be fine.
Back on the street Maria has returned home to talk to Liam, but finds only Ozzy, who is happy to see her. At least someone there is. Liam returns from his night of debauchery to find Maria and they proceed to have an intense discussion about the state of their relationship. A bit of he said/she said takes place, with Maria wondering if they could just rewind the last four days and start over again. Losing the baby and the husband that she loves is more than she can bear. Liam wonders if she has any idea of how much he can bear, and why she could not have realized this yesterday, or the day before. (before he sold his body and soul to an eternity of fire and brimstone by doing the horizontal limbo with Cruella) Maria tells Liam how sorry she is and implores him to take her back. She thought she had loved Liam before, but it is nothing compared to how much she loves him now.
‘Don’t let this be the end’ Maria begs of Liam.