Monday January 19th 2010 – The Firestarter Update

UK Time: Monday March 30th Episode II

I recon that almost half of the Street residents have been pulled out of a raging fire in their homes, or in the pub, or wherever. This leads me to wonder if people in the UK invest in fire alarms, or batteries for that matter. That was my thought for the beginning of Monday night’s episode. The show opened with Peter’s cigarette starting a fire on the brown shag-ish rug on the floor. Amazingly, Peter himself doesn’t light up like a torch, he’s got that much alcohol in his system. Poor little Simon alone in his bed, and sucking his thumb is awakened by the smoke  (PS. that wopuldn’t happen in real life. That is why alarms exist) and comes out of his room to find a house on fire with his father and bunny totally passed out. Well, the bunny went down due to smoke inhalation while his father was just stone drunk.

Simon, that clever little mite, called Deirdre to get his address so that he could call the fire department. He even got annoyed when she called back and tied up his line. I just want you all to think what would have happened if it was Amy in this house. She would have sat there staring into the flames, convincing herself that she actually started that fire with her mind.

Anyway, Simon manages to wake up the waste of space that his is dad, who is so drunk he can stand up. He ends up falling on Simon trapping him in the house until he too passes out. Is that a metaphor for his later life or what?

Thankfully a new dynamic-duo were on the street likely trading clever insults and veiled threats. Tony Gordon and Luke Strong went charging down the road. Luke kicked the door in while Tony called 999 (something Deirdre could have done a million times from the house). The two men charged up the stairs into the fire to drag Simon and Peter to safety. Just men being men. Luke Strong very thoughtfully risks his life to get the bunny a la Sigourney Weaver in Alien.

By the time Luke and Tony get the unlucky and drunk Barlow out of the house the ambulance has arrived and everyone – including the bunny – is taken to the hospital. Tony, Luke and the bunny are fine, but Peter is poorly. The worse off is Simon.

Deirdre and Blanche are waiting in the hall when Ken suddenly rushes in quick with a lie to explain his long absence. Soon after, they can finally go see Peter who wakes up and heads straight for Simon’s bedside. While Simon struggles Peter reads the story he was too drunk to read him last episode.

That's Dev, bouncing back.

No one rebounds like Dev Alahan! Due to some stunningly stupid moves by Dev’s partner in crime, Amber’s friend Minnie (or Dev’s next girlfriend, as I like to call her) the pictures that Dev secretly bought from Tara’s shop end up on the counter of the Corner Shop. Dev wants the pictures moved as soon as possible before Tara comes into the shop. TOO LATE!

Tara sees the pictures, which suck, and finally figures that Dev bought the pictures. She feels like a clown and not because her eye make-up looks like one. Then come the tears of a clown. Dev tries to explain, but Tara is not buying it. Tara is determined to leave and Dev chases after to no avail. I wonder if Tara has a plan to deal with the gallery.

Thankfully his fortunes seem to go up almost immediately as he walks into the pub and finds Lisa there. Remember her? She was Prem’s accountant. Dev dated her while he was having an affair with Nina, Tara’s mom. They start with wine but finish with teguilla and I think we all know where that leads. Out the Rover’s front door on the way to Dev’s flat. This man is a machine. I wonder if he will tell Lisa that he just got dumped by the daughter of her former client who dated him despite the fact that he is the septuagenarian who was thrilling her mother all those months ago.

 In Other News

Fiz has discovered that Chezney has skipped school. As a result she’s going to walk him to school the next day.

Lamely, Tom seems to have developed a thing for Maria. I can’t get a date, but a pregnant deranged harpie with more baggage than Louis Vuitton is beating them off with a stick.

Eileen’s dad continues to creep me out as we run up to his birthday. Rita may plan him a surprise party.

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21 Responses to Monday January 19th 2010 – The Firestarter Update

  1. papasmurf1964 says:

    The smurfman is up for a date…

  2. debbie1975 says:

    Don’t tease me, Smurfman.

  3. missusmac says:

    Debbie, great observation about the many fires on the street. With houses that close together, you’d think the whole place would have gone up by now!

    Is Tara really gone? May I dare hope? I liked her so much at first, and now all I can think is Amber is more mature than she is.

    Wow, look at Maria go! From Ty to Tony Gordon in just a few years. I need to get me some of her makeup!

  4. Bea says:

    Laughing at little bunny fufu. Really funny.;o)

  5. Bea says:

    I am really worried about little Simon. I hope they don’t kill him off.

    • Long time lurker says:

      Actually, I can’t bear to watch the show again until I know that Simon is ok. Will be relying heavily on Corrie Canuck updates.

  6. haili says:

    Was that the accountant that Prem tried to set Dev up with? They suddenly discovered some chemistry after all those tequila shots.

    Those on the street who haven’t been to jail have been in fires; most have experienced both. I thought it was dumb to go back after the bunny but all’s well that ends well.

    • chumola says:

      …coincidental that Dev should find Lisa drinking in his local pub! Didn’t know she lived in the ‘hood!

      Very handy for the story line…

      • missusmac says:

        Yes, very coincidental. I thought he had introduced her to the Rover’s Return on their second date, when he was being cheapo. Did she say anything about ‘just happening to be in the neighborhood on a job’ or something to explain her presence? I can’t remember. Just wondering too about Poppy’s sudden meddling in Dev’s affairs. Does anyone else think she may be next on the Dev list?

  7. jacqui says:

    I have a theory about Eileen’s creepy dad. Julie’s mom avoided Eileen for some time, and then when they finally got together for a drink she talked about getting pregnant with Julie at a young age, and I’m pretty sure it was with an older married man. If I remember right Eileen thought it was a teacher but no. The other day Eileen’s dad didn’t recognize Julie’s mom as Eileen’s childhood friend, but she was not at all friendly with him and his “womanizing” ways. So who thinks it’s going to turn out that Eileen and Julie are half sisters? No, I haven’t read ahead, it’s just a guess.

    • Cayenne says:

      I agree Jacqui, the way she behaved towards him when she was having lunch with Eileen made me think right away that they had had some sort of relationship (wanted or unwanted) in the past…

    • TracyEmm says:

      yup, I’m with you on that theory. I think that is exactly how this is going to be played out.
      my only ‘loose end’ is what is going on with Julie and her hesitation with Kirk? (besides the obvious, that while Kirk is lovely, who could live with him?)

    • eps says:

      I have thought so since the interaction you referenced. I see some disapointment ahead for Rits

    • eps says:

      Sorry meant Rita. Using tiny iPhone keys

  8. Trudy says:

    Little Simon is amazing. Seeing him lying in bed sucking his thumb with his no good father passed out made me want to call child services.

    This is one fabulous actor and has a bright future ahead of him.

  9. Gayle says:

    Debbie, brilliant update! I couldn’t understand why Diedre didn’t phone the Fire Department before she ran out into the street in her bathrobe!

    I also couldn’t understand why the Firefighters didn’t immediately head up the stairs. I’ve been in situations where the Fire Department has responded and they don’t waste a second just run in. The little boy who plays Simon is one fantastic little actor he certainly puts and Amy and Bethany to shame.

  10. TracyEmm says:

    Oh my gosh, I could not stop laughing with Blanche’s comment last night when Ken was explaining how Peter has turned a corner… “lets hope there’s not a pub on it” says Blanche! Classic!
    We have limited time to watch this wonderful late actress at work… what a sad loss to the Street she is/will be. RIP Maggie… 😦

  11. missusmac says:

    Loved the dialogue between Martha and Ken last night too. Not to spoil it, but there were a few comments that Martha made that were very astute! She may not know everything about Ken, but she has his number.

    • lovethestreet says:

      Agreed — the questions about his wife were spot on!

      • Bea says:

        Loved Martha. Right on!
        Ken is such a jerk. Deidre does everything for him-cooking, cleaning, ironing, working full time babysitting HIS grandchild. Ken takes it all for granted, and does anything he pleases, which is usually self indulgent.
        I just about swallowed my gum whensPetersaid that without Deidre and Blanch, Ken would be sitting in his underwear eating beans out of a can.

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