“I always thought it was Midge-Ure, like Midge-Ure cheddar!”
Smithy, Gavin & Stacey
Well, Tina’s got the Christmas spirit in her, or should we say “spirits” by the way she’s staggering across the street, still angry after her row with Jason over Sarah-Lou. After plowing through David and Zoe, her ex-boyfriend chases after her, despite Zoe’s protestations.
“You’re drunk!” she exclaims to Tina.
”You’re mingin’! But in the morning I’ll be sober!” Tina replies.
David prevents her from drunkenly taking Bill’s truck for a ride but does not keep her from getting into Liz’s cab (Liz has just returned from a Christmas shopping trip for herself – who doesn’t do that now and again?) and ordering the driver to the Manchester Hotel.
At the hotel’s posh bar, she unsuccessfully tries to use an out of date coupon for a free drink. She is rescued by one Nick Tilsley, whom we all know as Gail’s son. If you don’t recognise him, it’s because he’s now played by a new actor, the 187th actor (approximately) to play that role in the show’s history. They commiserate with each other over their messed up family lives – his mum’s marrying a waste of space, her boyfriend’s hung up on his will-never-be-an-ex-wife. Neither of them of course realise that the waste of space is her dad and the never-be-an-ex is his sister.
After a few drinks, they part ways but not before he tries a snog. She cuts it off, thinking better of it and rushes off, almost losing her shoe in the process, earning her the nickname “Cinders.”
I Totally Want to See this Panto
So rehearsals for the Rovers panto are in full swing and are the costume stage. And, it must be said, John Stape wrote a funny script. Sean and Jesse as the step-sisters are a hoot. He’s trying to direct Steve as Prince Charming having the hots for Clurr’s Cinders. His lust face looks more like constipation, sadly. When it comes time for their big kiss, however, he goes all method actory and plants a good one on her, causing Becky to erupt with jealousy.
In My Day, a Sprinkle of Water Was Good Enough for a Baptism and We Did It On a Sunday During the Service and Not on a Weeknight. But That’s Not Good Enough For Kids Today, Apparently
Sophie is finally ready to have one of those trendy night baptisms all the kids are into these days. Ben, who was supposed to be her baptism partner, has scrammed after trying it on with Michelle. So Sian offers to step into the role. It involves holding a towel.
Meanwhile her dad’s main squeeze is moaning to her Auntie Pam about her lot in life. Pam reminds her that her lot in life is better than most people’s or ARE YOU NOT LISTENING TO ‘DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS’ on the jukebox, Molly? Well, tonight thank God it’s them, instead of you.
So they all get to the church and Molly gets her baptism on in the full immersion pool. So… not United Church of Canada, then? Sophie makes a nice speech about how awesome her dad is before getting dunked.
Then everyone heads back to the Websters for the post Baptism party. Molly arrives with Tyrone after realising she wasn’t invited. It doesn’t get much better when Sally
hauls out the slide projector attaches her digital camera to the TV to see the photos. Molly sees the photo of Sally and Kevin in Paris and gives him hell about it, saying he shouldn’t be spending money when he should be saving it for his life with her. And he shouldn’t be so into his family when he’s planning to split.
You are planning to split, right?