Bill and Jason are in Roy’s discussing whether to accept the job at Underworld. Izzy’s dad Owen happens by and says if they want the work, they can start in 10 minutes.
Sophie and Sian are cuddled on the couch, and Sally brings them some lunch. Sally tells the girls that the Underworld refurb looks good and reminisces about her own school days. She was a wild one, having smuggled sherry miniatures into the Christmas disco.
Nick encounters Leanne in the street and they exchange a bit of flirty banter about Leanne locking her keys in the shop.
Meanwhile, Simon and Peter pull up, returning from their fishing trip. Peter is in a mood, burned out after entertaining Simon on his own for days on end. Leanne explains to Peter about Lewis’s flukey win.
Nick comes in to the salon, as Natasha has apparently rung him and hung up a few times. She tries to press the issue of the flat again and get all kissy-kissy, but Nick worms away and escapes. Molly is in Dev’s shop, chatting with Dev and Sunita about maternity leave. Natasha comes in then, to confirm her rental of Dev’s place in Victoria Street.
Jason and Bill are on the factory roof, working with buckets of cement, as Owen chats to them from down below. Izzy herself rolls out the factory door then, on a cake run. She says it’s too hot inside and someone ought to check the thermostat. Bill turns back to the work, and accidentally elbows a bucket of cement down onto Izzy.
The workers rush downstairs to see if Izzy is ok, which she assures them she is. After the apology, Bill and Owen get testy and nearly end up scrapping. Jason hustles Bill away.
Back at Audrey’s. Lewis tells Audrey that he has to go back to his flat and get a few bits and pieces. On the way out, he pauses at the door for a bit…as if it’s his last exit.
Peter, Leanne and Simon are in the bookies, as Peter wants to check Lewis’s winning slip. Peter is extremely skeptical about the win and and thinks something is fishy. Simon is bored, bopping around the shop until Peter tells him to sit the feck down. Peter wonders why Leanne didn’t phone and tell him on Monday, when All-A-goggins, a longshot horse on Lewis’s winning ticket, ran, at 5:00 p.m. Leanne then figures out that Deirdre must have taken the bet.
At the Platt’s, the going-away do for Audrey and Lewis is underway. Natasha chats with David and Nick, and tells them that she’s rented Dev’s flat for her and Nick to live in.
Ken and Deirdre have been summoned to the bookie’s and come in, wondering what all the fuss is about. Peter asks Deirdre to confirm that she took the bet from Lewis, and that he wasn’t behind the counter. Deirdre doesn’t remember taking any bet from Lewis, but confesses she “popped out” for 90 seconds on an emergency. Peter decides to use the CCTV camera to find out what really happened.
At Gail’s, Audrey can’t reach Lewis, who has turned off his mobile. David nudges Natasha over to share her “good news” with Gail and Audrey. Natasha explains that she and ‘Nicholas’ will be setting up house in Victoria Court. Nick looks tense, pained and trapped. Audrey calls everyone to attention and announces that the salon manager is going to be….David. Which will be entertaining to say the least.
Nick is out in the back garden, face contorted into a frozen ball mask of angst. Natasha comes out to say he’s missed the big news about the salon. Nick expresses annoyance at Natasha for jumping the gun with the flat. She explains that she wants them to wake up together and go to bed together. Nick sighs and tells her that it’s not going to work out…Natasha says that she’ll change, slow down, whatever… and Nick replies that she shouldn’t be changing who she is for anyone. She deserves someone who will cherish her, and that’s not him. And furthermore, not to spend even a minute missing him or trying to reconcile, because he’s already gone. He leaves Natasha alone and devastated in the back garden.
At the bookies, the tape is rolling. The Barlows, Leanne and Peter watch as Lewis heads immediately behind the counter as soon as he is left unattended. Deirdre is mortified. She asks Peter to switch off the tape. On the tape, Leanne spots the bottle of wine on the counter and is like, what the hell…they see Deirdre return to the shop, and Peter is furious to see that her “emergency” is the fetching of a corkscrew. Then, as they all look on, Deirdre and Lewis share their magical snog.
Oh yeah – and someone from the Headline Festival rung Sally to say that Sophie’s purse had been found. Grounded like, forever!!!