Norris and Rita are determined to not take Tony’s offer and Norris says they should have a united front. Turns out Tony doesn’t want the shop but the land it’s on so he wants to buy the shop, the flat above and the flat next door. He offers a hell of a sweet deal in my opinion; market value for the flat and shop, all expenses covered to move the business and an extra 25,000 (possibly for each) for their problems.
Rita thinks this is pretty sweet and asks him about the scenario if they just want to sell up shop and retire, Tony says it’d be a different negotiation but he’s sure something can be worked out. Norris gasps. Rita thinks retirement is looking good and says she’s going to accept the offer.
Vern tries to rationalize saying that it’s because he put pressure on Liz with the bar that she thinks the marriage is shit. She finally admits that she shouldn’t have married Vern. Despite his pleading, she sticks to her guns and tells him it’s true. It’s really sad and a bit of a heart break to watch Vern almost beg her to stay.
Liz talks to Deidre over a fog of smoke saying that she knows Vern is a good man, so why can’t she just be happy with that. Come on Liz, you never listened to any 70’s torch songs? If it ain’t there, it ain’t there.
After a lot more talking at the Rovers, Vern leaves for parts unknown.
You Never Give Me Your Money
Claire sees someone about the Beatles programs and is offered £7000. The dealer she talks to says she could get a better price on the internets, but she’s happy with that amount and can’t be arsed setting up an eBay account. (I probably would have….but that’s just me.) Ashley suggests that Claire keeps her mouth shut about the money, but once Sally starts making fun of her and her ‘Antique Roadshow’ dreams, Claire can’t resist and tells her.
At this point, both Websters think the Peacocks should share the money from the sale. Normally I’d agree but after Sally’s poo-pooing (and what the hell, who doesn’t think a signed Beatles ANYTHING wouldn’t be worth a chunk of change) and the cost and inconvenience of the electrical wiring, I’d probably be tempted to tell her to bite it.
Kev argues that they didn’t know they were there, but Claire rightfully points out, Sally would have just thrown them away. (Throw away a signed Beatles ANYTHING.)
Sally starts suggesting that if she finds anything in their house like Precious Moments baby books of the wee lads it’s theirs. And the conversation degenerates until Claire whips out her note book of all the wrongs Sally has committed against her and hers.
In Other News
Liam has become a couch potato and the gossip mill has all the Conners knowing about the wedding surprise. Too bad Steve doesn’t.
As she goes off for her shift at the Rovers, Roy give Becky cautions Becky about working for Steve and adds that she looks lovely a