Another classic Coronation Street Christmas episode. Happy sigh. Fairytale Of New York playing on the jukebox at The Rovers. All is well in the world.
Jed has ‘come into some money’, and that he might be moving on soon, but he Emily and Norris share a lovely chatty moment around the table. Jed comes in with gifts for both of them, although he can’t say too much about where the money is from. Norris is just glad to hear Jed might be leaving, while Emily is a bit put out, again not knowing what is going on around her.
Carla tells the girls it’s time to get the festive celebrations under way. Tony is left on his own to get things ready at the factory, and is paid a visit from Jed. They engage in a bit of verbal back and forth, Jed hints that, with the help of Maria, he has figured out what happened the night Liam was killed, and how the man he saw in the car with Tony was involved. However, Jed is not interested in the same type of justice as Maria is, all he wants is his self respect back. Oh, and a roof over his head, plus a few quid in his pocket. Not too much to ask really. Jed sums up his argument with Tony by telling him he is a coward and a killer, and he’s not going to get away with it. Perhaps not a great strategy Jed.
Tony, deciding that having a blackmailer on the payroll might raise a few awkward questions, grabs the nearest piece of lingerie and proceeds to choke Jed with it, while whispering something about Jed sucking on lemons. With Christmas carols playing in the background Jed’s limbs finally go still, before Tony drags his body across the floor and stuffs it into a dumpster.
On the way to the party Kelly asks if Sean has a plaster with him, her new shoes are ‘killing’ her, the writers no doubt trying to incorporate some parallelism into script.
The girls come back to the factory for the party just as Tony finishes cleaning things up. The staff comment on how he must have been working hard getting the place looking festive, with him sweating and all. Did it all with my bare hands, Tony tells them. Little do they know what he really means…
The party gets going nicely with the girls getting into their cups. Wiki is fondly remembering the soundtrack of her youth. Janice can’t understand how someone could mistake the traffic center for the Taj Mahal, although Julie is talking about the one in Agar, not the restaurant in Manchester. Tony, keen to get everyone out of the building so he can clean up his mess, gives a pile of money to Julie so they can continue the party downtown. Once everyone has left, Tony hides the incriminating bit of underwear and calls Jimmy to help him sort things, but Jimmy hangs up on Tony, leaving him to his own devices.
JD picks up Michelle for their Christmas Eve gig. Becky continues to look unimpressed with the lack of speed Steve is showing in getting Michelle to dump him. Steve promises Becky he will take care of it next year, which in this case is also next week. When JD and Michelle return later she wonders why he chose not to do the horizontal limbo with some bird who was obviously well into him at the gig. JD tells her that he fancies someone, but she is already ‘taken’. I wonder who that might be…
For some reason there seems to be a plethora of birthdays on Christmas for people who live on the street. Kev and Sal tell Rosie that had got a bottle when she was born, so they could share when she turned 18, but had drank it one night when were a few sheets to the wind and needed some more booze . They agree that they will meet at the house at midnight to share a birthday toast with another bottle.
Rosie and Young Windass meet in the street and engage in some painful flirting. He wonders if she is a model or something, a standard yet pathetic pick up for the truly desperate. For some reason, Rosie takes a shine to him and invites Young Windass to her party later, but he isn’t keen on hanging out with drunken teens.
David, Tina, and Graeme come by the Websters later for the party, only to hear from Rosie that it has been canceled, because she isn’t keen on hanging out with drunken teens. The teens chat about the article detailing Rosie’s kidnap experience, and the glamour photos that went with it.
Rosie runs into Young Windass at the pub, where the two brainiacs pick up where they left off earlier in the street. Mother Windass overhears a snippet of conversation, and much to the chagrin of everyone else, invites herself to the birthday celebration Gail is having for David the next day. Joe shows up at the pub looking a bit shaken, and when he goes outside for a smoke Kev goes out to ask him if everything is alright. Joe eventually admits that he has been evicted from his flat. Kev, good guy that he is, agrees to keep his secret, then goes to buy Joe a stiff drink.
Kev and Sal are at The Rovers having a drink when Sal tells him that they should check in on ‘Studio 54’. Studio what? replies Kev, his lack of culture peeking out a bit. When they get home, Sal and Kev are surprised to see the house empty and Sophie sitting on the sofa. They are even more surprised to see a drunken Rosie stumble down the stairs with Young Windass.
At the end of the evening in The Rovers, Emily recites a bit of seasonal poetry – Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night – while the camera pans over the dumpster containing the still form of Jed Stone.