The Former Factory Owner
Maria is none too happy with Liam for selling his stake in Underworld. She tells him that the factory was his career, his life’s passion. No, he says, it was a job. Which is the first honest thing he’s said all week. I mean, really, the guy wore pit-stained t-shirts to his job as the boss. He was never LIKE A BOSS.
Now, this is a boss:
Anyway, the announcement is made to all and sundry at the factory that Liam is out and Tony is in. Tony wants to make a few changes, like no more breaks, lunch hours, or weekends off. This also means no more screwing around on company time…Janice.
Liam is off to a goodbye party at the Rovers with the gang from the factory. Meanwhile, Tony and Carla toast to their new arrangement. Everyone gets what they want – except Carla who now loses Liam.
The House Swap and The Squat
As humanity sits on the edge of its collective seats to see if the money from Kevin and Sally has been successfully deposited into the account of Ashley and Claire, the lads, Kevin, Ashley, Bill, and Tyrone, decide to bide their time with a little kick about on the cobbles.
Fed up with Claire, Sally decides to take their florescent light bulbs, as well as removing the light fixtures, despite Kevin’s protests.
But later, the news is good – the money has been deposited and the move is back on. Too bad Claire wasn’t this attentive with their joint bank accounts before. Maybe she and Ashley wouldn’t be in this situation. And how does £25,000 help a business that is effectively bleeding money, other than stave off the inevitable?
Claire, who shouldn’t be lugging around that heavy box in her delicate condition, and Sally exchange keys. When she and Ashley get in the new house, Claire notices the missing bulbs and that the ‘leccy is off. Ashley goes to turn it back on but is thrown backward when the fuse box blows.
They march back over to Kevin and Sally, who denies any wrong doing. Kevin sends Bill over to have a look and he declares that it needs a whole new electrical system, which will take two weeks. Claire thinks she’s going to have to live as a squatter. But Kevin comes to a decision – Claire and Ashley will live the Websters until their house is sorted.
Spying Theresa at the bus stop, Jerry asks she’d like to join him in a drink, which she is on like white on rice. Theresa gives Jerry a bullshit story about how her husband beats her but really, the neighbours get the worst of it and, oh, don’t feel sorry for her because she gives as good as she gets. Well, she seems to know which of Jerry’s buttons to push because he has a change of heart and welcomes her back home.
Mel comes in and sees this and her heart breaks a little bit, seeing her dad get taken for a mug, again. She washes her hands of both of them and tearfully storms off.
Father Ted comes back from Audrey’s with a new glowing reference for David that he, apparently, wrote himself. It works, because David got the job, much to Audrey’s suprise.
Vern has been a little off with Liz for a while. He finally admits why – while in the recording studio, the singer, a fit young bird, was all over him. Liz showed no sign that this bothered her, when before, she would have (you’ll recall they first broke up when he tried it on with Michelle). But that’s what bothered Vern, who wonders if Liz no longer feels any attachment to him. Liz tries to assure him that this isn’t the case and they embrace but Vern clearly is no longer happy with her, knowing that she doesn’t love him.
He also spoke for the entire world when he admitted that Liz’s retouched wedding photo is hideous.