Joe is now laid up on the couch at Gail’s with his slipped disk. He assures her that he’ll sort out something for the kitchen contracts and if she sees Tina, she might not want to say anything about the new arrangement. Gail thinks it’s interesting that he is unable to move and is helpless. She leaves for the cockadoody clinic and tells him to finish writing his Misery Chastain novel.
Meanwhile, Len is getting some heat from the condo guys about the kitchens Joe is supposed to be fitting. When it’s clear that there isn’t any cash coming into the Windass household, he hatches a plan to get the kitchens finished and, more importantly, ensure Anna has enough biscuits when he visits.
Anna, for her part, elbows her way into a trial period at Roy’s café. But he can’t complain much as the lines are forming and Becky’s still on her Funnymoon and Ken’s too busy self-actualizing to be much help these days.
For her part, Gail asks Jason if he’s interested in taking on the kitchen job. Unfortunately, Len has taken Gary over to Gail’s beforehand to propose the exact same thing, except with Gary doing Joe’s kitchen work. Man, I really don’t want to buy those condos.
Tina finds out about Joe’s new residence on the couch and is cross with him enough to crumble that flapjack (it’s a muesli bar) over his head.
Then David and his giant zit arrive back from Liverpool to find Gail, Joe, Tina, Jason, Len, and Gail in his house.
“Is this a private party or can anyone join in?” he asks.
In Which Deirdre Eats All The Cereal
At the Barlow’s, Peter notices that Deirdre and Blanche are not sniping at each other and wonders what’s wrong. He is preparing for Simon’s first breakfast back home by ensuring he has his favourite cereal. Blanche says there’d be plenty if Deirdre hadn’t eaten a bucketful of it this morning.
“I had one bowl!” she protests.
“And there’s no more milk for me tea,” Blanche adds.
“All’s right with the world again,” Peter says.
When he brings Simon back, they notice all the burnt furniture in the tip and Simon wonders what kind of bed he’d get to replace it. He asks about Leanne and Peter reminds him that she’s gone to Leeds.
“I meant my rabbit,” Simon says, adding that he thinks the rabbit died.
Peter denies and asks why he thinks that and Simon replies that he has his serious face on. Whatever they’re paying this kid, double it.
Back at the Barlow’s, Simon is contentedly petting his rabbit. Deirdre has gotten off the phone with Tracy who is missing Amy. She notes how much smaller her house gets every year. Peter says that Simon is lucky to have his great-grandmother around.
“And I’m hanging on by a thread!” Blanche says. Aw, man.
And, in an odd afterthought, Michelle is being oddly coy with Maria about her date with Peter which, as we clearly saw, was a disaster.
In Other Breakfast-Related News
Sophie is cleaning the floor at the Kabin at Norris’ direction but when he leaves, Rita tells her to relax as she’s more Mr. Barraclough while Norris is Mr. McKay. Sophie doesn’t get the 35 year old reference when Rita asks, “What, you don’t like Porridge?”
Norris meets Mary at the Rovers after her mother’s funeral and she wants to go to Machu Pichu or Morocco or North Africa. Norris suggests the Lake District.
Fizz is struggling with Chesney’s home schooling while Roy heads over the teach about the English Civil War. Between that and getting his gossip via text, he’s not missing much.
Despite Sally’s objections, Molly managed to get a look at the garage’s books, which Kevin keeps safely in the Ikea box.