While waiting for the bus, Ken sees Janice heading into the café so he runs in to meet her. He discusses Pete and Leanne’s plan for the new wine bar and his reservations about it, expecting Janice to feel the same way. Unfortunately, she doesn’t offer to be an ally in his anti-wine bar crusade as she tells them that they’re both grown-ups and can make their own decisions.
Meanwhile, in the Rovers, Deirdre is complaining to Liz that Ken is doing his usual “Ken first, the rest of us … nowhere” thing. She figures Ken is basically fighting Peter to get back at George because he’s afraid there’s a newer, nicer, richer granddad in town. Of course, she reckons, if he carries on as he is, they’re not likely to have much time for him anyway. And you know it’s Christmas because they’re playing 2000 Miles by the Pretenders. One of my favourite British Christmas tunes:
Later, Leanne and Peter are talking to a designer about the bar when George notices it’s time to pick up Simon for school. He also offers to get him supper. Leanne and Peter are grateful to have George around.
So of course George and Simon just happen to end up at the mall where Ken is playing Father Christmas. Simon wants to go see Santa and despite George’s reluctance, he allows it. Not recognizing Santa is Ken, Simon tells him that he wants a Wii for Christmas. Santa Ken starts lecturing him on how Christmas isn’t about splashing out on big gifts. George says if Santa can’t afford it, Grandpa George will get it for him.
“Look, he was perfectly happy with a bicycle until you came along, waving your wallet, playing the Big I Am!” Ken says, as he pulls down his beard.
“Grandad, what have you done with Santa?” Simon asks.
George says Santa had a toy emergency and Ken was asked to help out and takes Simon away.
Ken realizes he’s been an idiot but it’s too late. His boss saw the whole thing and now he’s out of a job. So much for the bike.
Claire and Becky, new BFFs, are getting the panto put together. Deirdre recalls her time in one and Becky notes that she saw the photos and wants to know if she still has the glasses.
Anyhow, Liz will allow them to use the pub to stage it. They’ll do it for charity and use a script written by John Stape in his college days. He even direct for free beer, I guess.
Liz thinks that, unlike the old pantos they did, which ended in disaster, this is beginning as one.
After his tester weekend with the army, Gary has decided to enlist. This worries Anna to no end but Liz counsels that her Jim was in the army and he loved it. He served in Northern Ireland and the Falklands. Gary reckons that all his friends do little but get drunk and moan about their lives. He wants to do something more.
Later, as Eddie is putting his trash into Gail’s bin (his is full) he tells Anna that perhaps this is for the best. Eddie says that Gary may be the first Windass to do something the family can be proud of.
In Other News
Kevin’s been complaining to his family about the amount of money he spends on them. He’s saving his pennies so he can run away with Molly.
Dev and Bernie and still dating and it seems to be going well.
Graeme is taking betting tips from a priest.