Morning in the Morton house for the last time. Darryl asks Teresa, still in her dressing gown, if she’s packed yet. She has woken up in a militant mood; pissed at Jerry, pissed at the world, and pissed at Darryl, even though he let her crash and sponge. Darryl tells her it’s time to ship out. Teresa is petrified of course, at the prospect of getting a job and fending for herself. She slides some ciggies into her housecoat pocket and cons Darryl into going to the store to get her more. He leaves the house.
Darryl returns to find the door locked. From the upstairs window, Theresa cheerfully informs him both front and back are shut and bolted. She is squatting, apparently. Darryl says it’s freezing outside. She tosses down a hoodie. Darryl points out that Jerry has every right to do with his house as he sees fit. “You’d have made a good errand boy for HItler,” Teresa retorts.
Teresa lobs Darryl’s knapsack out the window, yelling and yapping about how hard Doz was to breastfeed. David and Tina have happened by, then Gail and Joe. Gail suggests that Teresa admit defeat; Teresa yells down to Gail that she needs a face, head and body transplant. The Platts offer to take Darryl for a hot drink, but he says he has to remain there on mentalist watch.
A loud, beat up blue van pulls up and disgorges the new tenants…all four Windasses. Darryl sees them and explains that there is a bit of a standoff underway. He, of course, doesn’t have a clue who they are. Darryl, the soul of patience, is still attempting to dislodge Teresa in ways other than by force. Gary Windass just wants to kick the door in…Doz begs him not to. The WIndasses give him an hour to rectify the situation.
Amber Alahan returns to the street. She gives Darryl a big hug and kiss…he is happy to see her but has to get going and solve his problem. Back in front of the house, Darryl has resorted to dropping money in the letterbox to entice Teresa out. Mom Windass brings Doz a hot drink.
In Dev’s a reunited Dev and Amber are hugging, happy to see one another. Amber doesn’t waste any time bringing Dev up to speed on Darryl’s housing problem. She says they will have to get a place together; Dev says no way, but offers the spare room.
The Windasses have returned, out of patience. Gary takes his Da’s crutch and smashes the window. Inside, they find Teresa has handcuffed herself to both the oven door and a cupboard. She is singing rebel songs loudly, and has no idea where the handcuff key is. In short order, the Windasses have thrown Teresa, still tethered to one stove door and one cupboard front, out into the street.
Joe and Gail come around the corner, at first amused by Teresa snarling like a cougar on the curb. Tina and David are returning at the same time…and they all stare in shock at the new neighbours…the Windasses. There goes the neighbourhood!!
MARIA CONNOR…GIRL DETECTIVE
The new day finds our girl sleuth Maria still feverishly on the case; determined to puzzle together clues that make no sense.
She asking Tom, her permanent appendage and sounding board, why Pat would lie. She absolutely must talk to Tony, but his phone is still switched off. Maria finds it bizarre that Tony booked the swanky weekend away for the four of them after seeing “the kiss”. Tom tells her to stop torturing herself. Maria says that no one realizes the truth will set her free to move on – it’s the not knowing driving her crazy. For whatever reason, Tom is still being utterly daft to the possibility that Liam and Carla were together.
Later, Maria sits alone on the Maxine Peacock bench. Tom and Ozzy happen by. Maria says she likes the cold air on her face…Liam always kept the house like a sauna. She says Liam would be gone for hours sometimes while walking Ozzy. She repeats again that she needs to talk to Tony. She is sure Tony hated Liam and just can’t puzzle out the best man thing. She says she’s not losing the plot…they were having an affair…and Tony knew.
In the cab office, Eileen is listening very, very, very patiently as Emily drones on about the fact that she is training a new volunteer in the tea and charity shop at the hospital…someone who is serving out her community service. Emily says she plans to show her faith in the trainee by leaving her purse out in the open and giving the newcomer a chance to rebuild her faith in the world.
Janice Battersby arrives at the hospital….apparently she is Emily’s trainee. Emily is less than thrilled, but determined to make the best of it. Janice is gung-ho, expecting a tour of duty in the emergency room. She is dismayed to hear the job entails washing up, clearing tables and sorting through jumble. She is also surprised to learn that Emily has to give a report to Janice’s case worker.
IN OTHER NEWS
Molly return home and as she greets Tyrone, she smells the same cheap, reeky perfume she smelled off Minnie, who came into Dev’s earlier. Molly becomes increasingly suspicious of Tyrone’s gym alibi. She tells Tyrone she herself needs to tone up and says she’ll accompany him to the gym. Tyrone makes the uh-oh face.