Christmas at the Websters has the family gathered around the tree opening presents. Sally’s gift to Kevin is tickets to some car rally. Aaaaaaaaaand he responds by saying he’s going upstairs to get her gift, but really takes time on the staircase to send stalking texts to Molly, who ignores them.
Meanwhile, at the most romantic house in Weatherfield, Tyrone has bought Molly a karaoke machine for Christmas! He says Kev suggested getting her perfume, but really, who wants perfume. Molly is ‘generous’ with compliments about his gift, but then he pulls out a box of perfume for her anyway.
Sally is unusually relaxed for this high stress holiday and the girls are getting suspicious, especially when she doesn’t care about the mess in the living room. Kevin meanwhile makes some excuse to go out for a bit.
Outside of Molly and Tyrone’s Kev is making motions to Molly to come outside to meet him. With the house full of people, she reluctantly goes out to get him away from the window. He makes a plea for her to be with him, but she’s having none of it and tells him it’s finished. Things get a bit physical with her slapping him on the face and he grabbing her.
In a last ditch effort, Kevin suggests they not wait until next summer to be together, they should both leave their families…right away….at Christmas. Fabulous!!!
Molly happily agrees and they decide to go to their respective mates, tell them it’s splitsville (Merry Christmas!) then meet at the garage an hour later, bugger off to a hotel for a few days and then come back later to face the music. They decide that morally this is ‘okay’ because Jack and Pam will be with Tyrone and the girls will be with Sally so they won’t be alone and Christmas won’t be destroyed for them for EVERMORE.
Back at Karioke Central, when Molly comes in, Tyrone gets Molly to do a duo with him, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’. (Oh stop…)
The girls are out of the house when Kevin comes back, so he tells Sally that he needs to talk to her, she tells him to pour her a drink and they’ll sit down. Kevin starts to a lead up for breaking up with her, but before he can Sally starts crying. I thought maybe she knew already, but instead she drops the bombshell that she has breast cancer.
In a pretty emotional scene with some great acting by Sally Whittaker, she explains that the reason for the trip was so that she could take her mind off of things until the biopsy results came back. Sally asks Kevin not to tell the girls when they return to the house so that Christmas isn’t ruined for them for EVERMORE.
Molly gets Pam to take everyone to the Rovers so she can talk to Tyrone alone. At the same time, Kevin makes another excuse to go out and runs like a lunatic to Molly and Tyrone’s and breaks in through the back door DEMANDING stuffing…because we all love stuffing and, and, well, there’s not enough stuffing – and we need more stuffing….it’s a Stuffing Emergency. Tyrone’s a bit pissed that Kevin barged in, but accepts the lam-o stuffing excuse.
Kev and Molly go to the shop where he tells her that Sally has cancer. When Molly asks Kevin what they’re to do, Kev goes mental and tells her that they are over forever. The cancer is a wake up call, that their plan was a stupid idea and she needs to grow up.
He goes back home and enjoys Christmas dinner and where Sally has a discussion about parsnips and finds out that no one likes parsnips so she throws them away.
Back at home a distraught Molly drops the turkey when pulling it out of the oven. (Which of course got me to thinking, no one saw the turkey on the floor, do you just pick it back up or toss it? What’s the consensus out there?)
On a side note, I googled this story line to find out that Sally Wittaker (now Dynevor – she’s taken on her married name), also was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.
Ken Loses the Plot
Deidre tells Ken to that he must behave while Peter and family are over for dinner, which he actually seems confused about. (What? What have I ever done.) But all seems to go well when Peter, Leanne, Simon, George, Eve and Janice come over to eat. (How DO they get that many people around that table?!)
Ken gives Simon his bike, which Simon declares the best present ever, and then George gives Simon a Wii which he also declares the best present ever. Ken, unable to understand the nuances of gift reviews from 6 year olds, gets a bit of a twitch in his eye.
After the meal, when the cast of thousands is sitting around the table, George mistakenly offers Peter some wine. Ken goes berserk and accuses George (who hadn’t actually had a drop) of being too drunk to remember that Peter is an alcoholic.
This leads to a moment of sheer uncomfortableness, where everyone decides it’s time to go home.
Peter apologizes to Deidre but tells her that he really thinks Ken is beginning to lose it.
A Very Peacock Bickering
Clare’s mom agrees to take care of the boys so that Ashley and Claire can celebrate their wedding anniversary.
Of course in typical Peacock fashion, on the way home, Ashley and Claire get into an argument over Ashley having two drinks at her mom’s place then driving…fabulous.
Later at the pub, however, Claire demands that Ashley stay sober enough to complete his matrimonial duties. (wink wink, nudge, nudge)
And the Platts
While preparing dinner, Gale gets a bit hammered is all lovey dovey with Joe – which causes a great deal of eye rolling from David and Audrey. Gale then announces that Nick is upstairs in the shower.
Later, Joe wins over Nick with an open and frank discussion about his situation, that he’s had setbacks, trying to get back on his feet and would do anything for Gale. So Audrey’s plan of Nick talking Gale out of the marriage backfires. But on a positive note, David becomes a fan Audrey’s deviousness.
Even later, as Nick makes an official toast to Joe and Gale’s engagement, Jason and Tina show up for celebrations and the inevitable weirdness between Tina and Nick.
In Other News
Steve tells Liz that he wants another baby and he just has to convince Becky…who later comments independently how great it is to have a readymade kid (our Amy) than go through all that pregnancy hassle.
The episode ends with a Christmas montage with some Christmas song I’ve never heard of….feel free to send your YouTube links.
Oh, and we see that Molly went with the three second rule.