Here we have one of those Wednesday episodes which is sort of a wander around the ‘hood, eavesdropping on all and sundry.
Audrey emerges from Rita’s apartment, where tho two of them have just had a barney. Norris scurries over to see if he can “help”.
Sophie’s attempt to get Sian and Ryan to make up seems to be backfiring in the street. Sophie returns to find the two of them scrapping over Tamsin’s number still being in Ryan’s phone. Sian stalks off in disgust, telling Ryan he’s not worth fighting over. Later at the Websters’, Sophie is comforting Sian. Sian is updating her social networking status to ‘single and staying that way’.
Pandemonium is the order of the day at the Peacocks’, where it’s Joshua’s birthday party. The adults have retreated out to the back patio. The subject, unsurprisingly, is children. The Alahans, the Peacocks, Steve & Becky, Tyrone are all outside. Becky urges Steve to at least consider the adoption idea.
Rita goes into the Rover’s and orders a drink from Ciaran. Steve and Ashley, with a few of the other guys, have snuck off from the kiddie party for a half-pint. They are having the daddy talk about diapers and ruined sleep-ins and what not. Tyrone says he’s in for being a daddy and will do the opposite of whatever Jackie did. He says an only child is a lonely child. Ashley tells a bit of his back-story about being adopted and not meeting Fred until age 22.
The ladies, meanwhile, stuck on cake-and-lootbag duty, chat in the backyard. Claire apologizes to Becky for abruptly saying that only older children are available for adoption. Sunita approaches, and Becky decides to fill her in on the situation. Becky is sad because Steve has cold feet. Little Asha wanders outside and listens to the conversation with interest. Leanne is commenting that it’s not been a doddle with Simon – she has to follow Peter’s lead all the time. Claire reminisces about how she tried to return Freddie to the hospital for a refund.
In the pub, a similar conversation takes place. Steve is worried that an adoptee might be tough to raise because of having had a hard life. The guys point out that Amy, with a murderer mother, turned out just fine.
Emily finds Rita in the Rovers and wants to know if she is okay. Rita says she regrets how blown-up the fight with Audrey has become. Audrey comes in then. She and Rita dig into one another again, trading jabs. Audrey, annoyed by Emily’s attempts at mediation even lashes out at Emily, saying “Look at her face, she’s loving every minute!” Nick, who was trailing Audrey, apologizes as she leaves. The lads at the bar have ben looking on with some amusement, and saying they’d back Rita versus Audrey in a barfight. Nick randomly decides to buy everyone a shot.
Simon is well impressed with Claire’s party lootbags containing sweets and toys and bubbles. On the way home, he decides to blow bubbles into his gran’s mailslot. He runs ahead and Leanne and Peter chat; she shares her hopes that one day Simon will consider them both his parents, perhaps her as his mummy.
Audrey walks up to Rita as Rita is unlocking her door, and a split-second apology erupts into round three. Ding. Audrey calls Rita a bully. And vice versa. Audrey calls Rita a weasel. Rita says Audrey should know better than to date a gigolo. A crash from the front of the Kabin alerts them that Norris has eavesdropped on the entire conversation.
Rita comes into the Kabin and Mary gives her tea. Norris decides that Mary’s shift is abruptly over; he hands her her coat and sends her on her way, desperately eager to talk to Rita about this gigolo business. Norris wants to know why Rita would involve herself with such a person; Rita laments that her life had lost it’s fizz. Norris says that Rita is a glamour-puss, so why would she resort to the company of a “rent-boy”. Rita assures Norris that Lewis is well-read, chivalrous and with good-humoured. Norris says the same can be said of himself. Rita says that her and Audrey had just wanted to feel younger and more alive, and now this massive fight has occurred.
Leanne comes into the Bookies to have a talk with Peter. She apologies, worried that she was disrespectful to Lucy in wanting to be Simon’s mother figure. They hug and make up. Peter mentions that he’s meant to have an evening out with Ciaran and a mate from the sub.
Sophie sees Ryan sitting on the curb, having locked himself out. Sophie tries to comfort him. She says it’s too bad that Sian has been such a cow to him and not to worry, there will be a queue lining up for Ryan before long. She hugs Ryan. Ryan tries to kiss her and Sophie dispenses her usual freakout in response and stalks off.
Norris and Rita have gone upstairs and are having a chocolate and a drink. Norris says that Rita can trust his discretion. He is being uncharacteristically sincere. He says, “I’m sorry you feel your life’s so empty,” Norris asks Rita to come back to work at the Kabin. She says maybe.
Becky and Steve are at home in the evening, cuddled on the couch watching telly. Amy comes out of bed into the livingroom and whispers in Becky’s ear. She wants to know when she’s getting her “sister”. The adults assume that she means a baby. But no, Amy explains that Asha told her a big sister was coming. This softens Steve sufficiently to say they’ll make some phone calls and consider adoption.
Janice pops over to Leanne’s. She asks where Peter is. When Leanne explains that he’s out with Ciaran, Janice says that can’t be as Ciaran is working in the Rovers. Leanne is immediately on the alert, wondering where Peter has gone and why his phone is switched off.