And I’m back from my lovely summer break. Doing these updates are a little bit like school days. When it comes to taking the summer off. At first it is nice and a bit of a breather. Then you start to miss it and can’t wait to get started again. Not all of us took a break this summer so I salute my fellow posters who held up their side during the lazy days of summer.
Anyway, on to the update.
UK Time: Friday November 14th 2008
I can’t figure out for the life of my why anyone would be interested in Gal Platt, but Tina’s dad seems to like her. If memory serves, Tina’s mom was a bit of a nightmare, so I guess he likes his women complicated and his relationships messy. Tina and David could be either similarly perplexed or just straight-up annoyed. But, like most teenagers they seem to think Gail and Joe’s relationship is about them so when last night’s episode opened in Gail’s kitchen with Gail and Joe, Tina and David the fireworks start at Tina accuses her dad of lying to her. She really plays the perfect teenager, don’t you think. She’s smart and funny and very dramatic.
After the kitchen shake down Joe goes to talk to David while he’s shooting hoops. At first he’s pretty rough and kind of throws/pushes David up against the wall by the house. Joe then breaks it down to David and suggests that he grow up a little. After, Joe finds Tina and talks to her as well. While he’s talking to Tina he says a couple things that makes me think he may be a bit of a mess himself. He says something about not messing this one up and being on top of things … now.
Later at home David and his hilarious jail-bird pyromania friend, Graham, have an interesting conversation about a MILF when Gail comes home. Graham makes a hasty exit to allow Gail and David to talk. Gail offers to end the relationship with Joe if David wants her to. This woman is a ding-bat. David then gives him mother permission to have a life.
I guess Joe and David have the most interesting working hours in all of England because at some random time they get their day started and head over to The Windasses to try to collect the 7 grand the couple owes them. Yes folks, kitchens are expensive and the Windasses seem almost as skint and classy as The Battersby-Browns with a similar predilection to small time crime. I doubt Mr. Windass was ever legitimately injured. That conversation doesn’t go well but David has another customer service method that may work here. He’s going to speak their language. Totally unbeknownst to Joe, David sneaks into the Windass home with a tire iron and proceeds to demand the money while breaking things. I wonder if he’ll leave with a cheque. Now, I’m no business guru, but I would think that a deposit on work is standard with contractors. I wonder how our Charlie Stubbs would have dealt with it.
In the factory it is becoming increasingly clear that Julie has the most gumption in the group. Eyeball Gordon has handed out pay packets and promises that their back-pay is forthcoming. The girls are talking about what their options are but that is all pushed aside because an evil journalist from the Weatherfield Gazette comes around looking for Rosie Webster. The girls and Tony make sure she gets out of the building before she finds out that Sally is Rosie’s mother.
Over at the Barlow’s Peter is eating breakfast and Ken takes time to tell Peter that running a business and raising a child will be difficult. That is true. It will be even more difficult hung-over.
In the street, Dan offers Peter a chance to run the bookies and suggests that they do some paperwork. Peter is only interested in drinkable paper made of barley and hops.
Later, Ken brings Simon back from his walk and Peter gives him a booze soaked hug and kiss. Ken suggests that Peter not drench the kid in his booze fumes. Then Ken comes up with a plan for Simon after school. Peter gets annoyed and Ken says that he is just being helpful. Peter points out that Ken is railroading Peter – which he kind of is. We then get taken on a Peter Barlow daddy issues tour – again.
In Other News
On to my favourite character, Amber. In the corner shop Darryl is stressing and Amber is trying to convince him to talk to Dev about running a business. She wants Dev to get along with Darryl. I actually really like Darryl, so here’s hoping.
Dev goes to talk to Prem. It doesn’t go well. Want to hear something funny. According to the internet, Dev was born in 1964 and would only be 44 during this story line. He looks substantially older. The internet also tells me that the actor who plays Dev, Jimmy Harkishin, was born in 1959 making him 50. Lying about your age is common in show business.