No, it’s not even remotely thematically related to tonight’s episode but I’m just so proud of my mad captioning skillz.
Joe is pretty bitter about the house sale not going through. Unaware that he planned to use the profits to pay off a loan shark, Gail tells him that the market is bound to pick up after Christmas.
Later Joe tries to get the estate agent to get the would be buyer to change their mind but to no avail. Meanwhile, Rick the loan shark follows Tina into the pub where he overhears her conversation about the flat sale and asks if he can see it. Gail remembers him as a prospective buyer for the house but he claims the place was too big for him but the small flat might suit him perfectly. Tina offers to take him into the flat and when Joe hears of this, he’s off like a shot.
He finds them in the flat and claims he lost his wallet so Tina goes off to another room to look for it. He asks Rick what it is he thinks he’s doing and Rick replies that it looks like Tina is about to come into some money (Tina is asking 80K, they paid 58K) and this might be a better source of income for him. Before Joe can get angry, Tina comes back to tell Joe she can’t find his wallet.
Later Joe goes to another pub (the Arms? The Flying Horse?) to get drunk on whisky. When he returns, Rick mugs him for the £70 in his wallet (part of what Gail gave him to buy a new shirt and shoes for the wedding) and gives him until Friday to pay back everything he owes. Or else he or one of his mates will pay Tina a visit.
Joe collapses in tears as he hits his lowest point ever.
Claire and Becky are off to the pictures as Becky’s curiously not interested in getting sauced tonight (something to do with that pregnancy test?). Becky would like to see a film about a serial killer who targets fat, balding middle-aged blokes.
Later, Steve pops by Ashley’s with a crate of booze. Ashley says he can’t partake as he’s babysitting. Unless Claire is paying you £12 an hour, YOU DON’T BABYSIT YOUR OWN CHILDREN, ASHLEY.
So Steve gets drunk and has a good long moan about how women control men and tries to bring Ashley into saying it was Claire who made him get the snip. Of course, that had to do with the fact that it was discovered that future pregnancies could threaten her health. But Ashley doesn’t tell him that. He just patiently listens to him.
When Steve arrives home, he and Becky row some more and not much is resolved between them. In fact, Becky seems even more sure that she doesn’t want children.
In Other News
Kevin tells Bill that Sally will soon go in for a lumpectomy, then have some lymph nodes removed, then possibly radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Later, he suggests he and Sally go on a holiday.
Dev is behaving a little more like an adult these days but he’s still getting Asha and Aadi wound up in time for Matt and Sunita to come home to. ‘Cause he’s still Dev and he can’t help himself.