Peter No Mates
In the flash-sideways universe, Peter is a cop, with Simon as his partner, and they’re tracking down a lead on the Blanche Hunt case, hoping to end her trade in illegal artificial hips. Just then, the Smoke Monster comes and…oh sorry, that was Lost.
At Peter’s flat, Blanche is complaining of the climb up and down his stairs, comparing it to K2.
“It’s like bone against bone,” she cries.
Peter suggests that if she really wants to go back to Ken and Deirdre’s, she could blackmail them into fixing up her room on the condition that she return. Or “greymail” them, as Peter puts it.
“I like you, Peter,” she says. “I always did.”
Down at the bookie’s, Michelle arrives late to work, much to Peter’s annoyance. Then Luke comes to place a bet at the horse races to which he intends to take Michelle that very afternoon. Peter says she can’t go, as he needs her at work.
Later, Peter and Michelle kind of argue over her seeing Luke. He also gives her an envelope and tells her it’s his best wishes.
Meanwhile at the Barlow’s, Blanche complains about her room upstairs, comparing it to a seaside view in a boarding house. And it leaks. And it’s drafty. Ken suggests he could make it more comfortable.
“Oh?” she asks. “How so?”
So Ken brings Blanche home to a not so rousing welcome from Deirdre. Blanche offers as sincere apology as she can muster, then starts making redecorating plans. She fancies that velvety wallpaper. She should see if Carla has any left over.
I also thought it was interesting that, when Ken began taking his walks and hanging out with Martha, it was because he was told he was going re-do Blanche’s room and he objected to spending his remaining days doing projects for everyone. Now, he’s had the affair, Deirdre took him back but is pissed at him, the whole street knows what happened, and he’s about to….re-do Blanche’s room.
Meanwhile at Michelle and Maria’s, Michelle opens Peter’s envelope to find a Bon Voyage card and some open Eurostar tickets so Ryan can visit her while she’s on tour.
Peter calls her to his flat and answers the door in his underwear. Classy. After getting his track bottoms on, he apologizes for her behaviour earlier, admits to Michelle that he likes her, and wishes she wouldn’t go away.
Echoing Michelle and Luke’s flirty conversation from earlier, Peter asks “What’s the strangest place you’ve ever pulled? Flat above the bookies?”
Somehow she is able to resist his undeniable sex appeal and abruptly leaves. Peter is left alone, listening to the Clash’s “I’m Not Down” and slapping himself upside of the head for being such a pillock.
Fizzy No Mates
The factory girls, led by Sally, are wondering if Fizz, being rejected by both John Stape and Chesney, will end up like that bag lady in the Precinct. Rosie is ordering the girls back to their stations.
“They’re not stations,” says Julie, whose been standing up for Fizz. “They’re machines.”
“Would you like a verbal warning?” Rosie asks.
“Would you?” Julie asks, threateningly.
Suddenly, I like Julie a lot more.
Nobody believes Fizz that her visits to Stape were for Chesney’s benefit. Janice also asks whatever happened to Sally’s A levels. That quiets Sally quite quickly as she tried it on with John, only to be rejected.
Meanwhile, Chesney has decided to go back to school. Ben learns that Kenzie Judd was the reason he left in the first place and is surprised because Kenzie is terrified of Phil.
“Don’t call him that but yeah,” Ben says. It all goes back to when they were kids.
Ben adds that Ches need only make friends with Phil and Kenzie will leave him alone. And he can count on Ben if comes to it.
“What are you going to do?” Chesney asks. “Forgive him into submission?”
Sian and Ryan were either going to totally do it or do their homework but neither happened when Maria found them making out in the alleyway. It sort of spoiled the mood when she did everything short of pointing to her belly and saying, “And don’t forget your condoms or THIS will happen!”
Joe found Gary coming out of the bookies, claiming he made more today than he did working for Joe. Joe tells Gary the story of his father who had a heart attack in a bookies. He died before he could collect his winnings.
“Did the bookie give the money to yer mum?” Gary asks.
Gary has a moral code. Who knew?
And, in a scene that was cut from the CBC broadcast, Julie wants to go to the psychic fair to see if she can commune with Colin.