UK Time: Monday March 8th 2010 – Episode I
The show opens with Peter dying to collect his son from the grandparents. Basically George, through a mixture of lives and avoidance, stalls Peter all day. Peter gets increasingly annoyed as does Leanne, but they agree to Peter picking Simon up after school.
Later in front of the school, Peter and Leanne stand waiting for Simon as Clair waits for Josh. When Josh comes out he tells them that Simon already left school (Bessie Street seems to have pretty lax rules about the drop of and pick-up of Children). Peter calls George and arrangements are made for George to meet them at the flat. I guess Peter’s guilt over being an alcoholic is really taking its toll. Because I think his first call should have been to the police. OK, maybe I would have been more reasonable.
Later on George shows up at the flat without Simon. Peter, understandably, flies off the handle, flies out of the flat and then flies down the road to collect Simon. I guess THIS is where I would have called the police.
Gail is home from the police station. I wonder if it has occurred to her that had she just reported Joe missing after a couple days and explained his idiotic plan to the police, even if they found him they probably would not have been able to charge him with anything. I’m not a lawyer, although, so I could be wrong. But, if she reported him missing saying “He planned to fake his own death” and then the cops went to look for him and found him and they said “So, did you plan to fake your own death” and he says “No” how do they prove that he did try to fake his own death?
Anyway, the cops do call to say that they are releasing the body and Gail tells Tina that they can plan the funeral. As Gail is talking to Tina she tells her that perhaps Tina should say something because it occurs her that she really didn’t know Joe at all. Really, Gail, NOW you are questioning your decision making where men are involved.
P.S. Nick is coming home
The factory girls need their eyes testing. For some reason they think Nick is hot and are surprised that he is Gail’s son. I too am surprised, as he seems to well adjusted. Nick has gone to the factory to try and convince Carla to let him buy into the business. Carla is unmovable. But, before he leaves he eyes up the factory girls like some kind of slime ball. I think he first looks at Fiz who looks away and then he makes eye contact with Kelly. Something tells me that he is looking for an easy mark.
You know, this Nick Tilsley got me thinking. For some reason it had not occurred to me that this Nick was changed from the previous Nick. But, I did wonder why he is so old. The previous Nick looked closer in age to Jason and his brother Todd. Nick was born in 1981. He is supposed to be 29. The man who plays Nick, Ben Price, is 38 but looks 45. So, they are either suggesting that Nick has lived a really rough life or they are aging him 10 years. If they have aged him, Gail, being 52, would have had him at 14. Basically, casting this dude was a mistake.
P.S. Teresa is still working at the factory trading insults with Kelly and Janice’s bin man roommate finds out the truth about Carla and they make a date. Maybe this dude will live.
John is helping Chezney with his Shakespeare homework and Fiz notices how happy he is. In the previous episode, John complains about not being able to teach again and Fiz suggested that he find something else to fulfill him. John said that he should have to because teaching is his vocation. I then reminded John that the reason he actually should not be teaching is because he first had an affair with a schoolgirl, then he kidnapped that schoolgirl and locked her up in an attic for five weeks.
So, it seems that helping Chezney is really important to him.
Best line of the episode: “Teresa luv, Coming from someone with a face like a blind cobbler’s thumb, it’s a bit rich, you questioning my pulling power!”