Morning. Jason comes downstairs, showing out his latest booty call. He has a splitting hangover. Eileen is putting together Colin’s birthday bash rather too loudly for Jason. Jason tells her dreamed he was in Vietnam, fighting for the King Kong and drinks a bottle of milk.
Wee Amy Winehouse
At Steve and Becky’s, Becky is coiffing Amy’s hair into a sticky-beehive miniature version of herself. “She says,” Becky tells Steve, “that she wanted to look like me!” Steve has other ideas however and wants little-kid hair. Becky says that Amy will be the only pupil going to school lookin’ like Amy Winehouse. Steve over-rules the girls and the beehive comes out. Amy, charmingly, is brushing and styling Becky’s hair during this conversation.
Joan Collins or Lulu is the debate underway at the cab office. As in, who Lloyd or Steve would be more likely to shag. Steve figures Lloyd will opt for Joan Collins as he’s into older birds. Steve is more into Lulu.
Steve gets a call that there has been an incident at Amy’s school and Amy needs to be picked up. He has a supplier coming in and can’t go, so he sends Becky. When Becky arrives at school, she learns that Amy has been taunted by a classmate, Cuthbert Gillespie who yelled, “Amy’s mum’s a murderer!” Becky is rather low-key and deals with the principal appropriately. In the principal’s office, Amy presents us with her sad-neutral face as opposed to her neutral-neutral face.
Becky has taken Amy to Roy’s for a drink, a sundae and a chat. Amy asks Becky straight-up, “Is mummy a murderer?” At that point, Becky chooses not to lie to Amy. She explains that sometimes murder means to eat, as in “murder a donut.” But then at other times it means something else. And that sometimes good people do bad things. And that she is very sorry to tell Amy that Tracy is indeed a murderer.
Roy comes over with the sundae and asks if it’s really Becky’s job to be having the conversation. Becky says telling the truth is the right thing. She shares that her mom was a shoplifter and her dad an arsonist…yet she turned out okay.
When Steve returns home, he asks Becky in the bar what has happened with Amy. Becky says she’s not sick, and has stopped crying. Becky doesn’t want to tell him what has occurred, but finally does. Steve is furious and goes up to see Amy.
Steve comes downstairs to scream and yell at Becky. Becky returns that Steve should own up to his responsibilities, that way Becky would not have had to tell her. Steve says there was no need. Becky says she just told the truth. “Well sometimes that isn’t a good thing, is it?” Steve replies. …Trying to rack brain….has Steve ever told the truth in a situation where it would cost him any discomfort or effort?…’cause I can’t think of anything….
The argument stalemates; Becky advocating the truth and Steve still opting for the Myth of the Special Hotel. “Amy’s different than you,” Steve yells, “I gave her a good start in life.” Becky points out that her mother is a cold-blooded killer, so not so much.
Becky storms out, saying she’s finished with Steve and his whole family.
Misanthropy is a general dislike, distrust, disgust, contempt, or hatred of the human species. A misanthrope is someone who harbors those views and feelings. The word origins are from Greek words μίσος (misos, “hatred”) and άνθρωπος ( anthrōpos, “man, human being”).
Chesney and Fiz are at home. Fiz is off to see the guy in charge of the “Home Schooling Network”. Chesney wants her to ask them to define misanthropic as relates to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Ches decides he wants to go with Fiz, but she puts him off.
Fiz has arrived at her “Home Schooling Network” meeting at prison…without her photo ID. The guard will not let her in without proper ID. So Fiz has come a long way to be denied the definition of misanthrope.
zzzzzz……zzzzzzz……Oh! Sorry! Just dozed off there for a sec…Tom bumps into Maria in the street. He tells her that Tony has made him a very large offer for his share of Ladrags and he’d be crazy not to accept. Maria is pissed off that Tony made the offer behind her back. Tony sidles up then and Maria gives him what-for.
Later, Tony is on his cel apologizing to Maria for the offer to Tom. He is being all smoothy-smoothy-oozy and earns forgiveness fairly quickly.
Tom has come to see Maria and the massive bow on her maternity dress which makes her tummy look like a chocky-cupcake. Tom offers to do whatever Maria wants regarding the shares. She tells him he’s sweet. “Yeah,” says Tom, “where does sweet get you?”
I Don’t Wanna Work…I Just Wanna Bang on the Drum All Day
It is Kelly’s 30th birthday and not much work is getting done at the factory. Kelly click-clacks up to Luke and invites him to her night out on the lash. Luke says he’ll buy the first round. Kelly figures Luke fancies her rotten.
Kelly is still not sewing, but mooning over Luke. Inside his office, Luke slams the phone down and the gang decides he has a temper. Sean’s take is that he’s had a fight with his straight-acting, ginger-haired boy lover called Toby, 23 who is a demon on the dance floor. Kelly figures he blew off a bird to go partying with them. Kunzie hopes he’s coming to her boat for homemade soup and Penguin classics. Sigh.
Norris is wandering around the Kabin, looking for inconsistencies. Colin and Rita, however, have everything in ship-shape to his dismay. Rita comments that Norris has realized no one is irreplacable.
Mary has spit-shined the motor home, all ready to go. Mary is excited, Norris says his stomach is upset. Speaking of exploring, Mary refers to a picture book her family has at home with a photo of Sir Walter Raleigh. She says he is the very image of Norris.