Substance Abuse Problem #1
Audrey and Gail are loading up the taxi and giving last minute instructions to David and Joe. David tells them not to worry.
“Pillshaveyouseenmypillsthey’reformybackmybackithurtssomuchhaveyouseenmypills?” Joe asks.
“On the kitchen counter, I think?” Gail replies as she leaves for the airport.
Meanwhile, David meets Gary outside Audrey’s salon to discuss this big house they’re about burgle. They agree to split the profits 50/50 as David gently coaxes Gary into taking the lead. Later David quietly slips Audrey’s keys into his pocket and takes a break. He heads over to Audrey’s where he starts hiding family photos and mail and anything else that would lead Gary link the house with the Platt family. He does, however, leave the mayoral portrait of Alf Roberts as Gary wouldn’t know who he is.
Which leads me to to this question: Aren’t official portraits of elected officials kept, you know, at the office? Like in the House of Commons with all our former prime ministers? Unless Alfie was vain enough to have two commissioned, one for city hall and one for the house.
Anyway, back at the Platt’s, Joe is still without his back pills and trying to unload more of his kitchen stuff from the van. He even almost runs over Luke.
Later, Joe tears apart, literally, Gail’s kitchen looking for his pills.
When David comes home, Joe accuses him of stealing them but David feigns innocence. Joe seems to accept this and goes back to looking for them. David goes upstairs, smirking to himself.
Substance Abuse Problem #2
Peter is cleaning up the shards of that broken bottle of sherry and trying to keep Simon from stepping in it. Ken appears at the door downstairs so Peter goes down to meet him so he can’t come upstairs and see the broken bottle. Ken says he’d thought he’d take Simon to school but Peter thinks Ken is just checking up on him, which he totally is.
Later, Peter is having a bad day when he walks into the Rovers. Before he can order Blanche arrives and he changes his mind. He admits to her that he almost drank last night and she takes him next door for a cup of tea and a talk.
There, he admits to Ken and Blanche that he almost drank the spilled sherry from a dirty dishrag but the thought of Simon stopped him. However, it’s clear that he’s not managing sobriety on his own as Ken suggests they get help.
In Other News
Poppy has got it in for Betty and her tardiness. Steve doesn’t want to deal with it, as usual but knows from a staffing standpoint, it’s a problem. However, even if Poppy succeeds in firing her, I think it would cause even more problems. I can see the regulars getting miffed that the woman who’s been pulling their pints since before they were born has suddenly been let go. Besides, she’s 106. You gotta let some things slide.
Auntie Pam seems to be flirting with Bill by enticing him with her cheap sarnies. At least she’s selling them out of a basket instead of a duffle bag. There’s a lot to be said for presentation.
That charity run for the hospital is still going on. Jason tells Ty that he thinks Molly is out of his league. But Ty says he had all the ladies loving him when he was single. Jason counters that he’s had two girlfriends: Molly and Maria. But, he adds, he’d love to switch places with him and have the nice stable relationship that he has with Molly. This causes Ty’s head to swell a little.
Luke is still mad at Peter.
Julie is off to the psychic fair to commune with Colin. Jason is skeptical but asks if she can ask Colin what next week’s lotto numbers are.