In the betting shop, Deirdre’s long day of mortification has begun, as she tries to explain that the Lewis kiss surprised her, and she tried to push him away as quick as she could. “Well your reactions aren’t quite what they used to be,” notes Ken dryly, “It was like From Here To Eternity!” He wants to know how long the “affair”was going on. Peter wants to know if Deirdre was “in on it”. Leanne surmises that Lewis had probably been cheating the shop for a while. The discussion dissolves into a 4-way argument. Peter doesn’t want to involve the police, and he fires Deirdre.
At the leaving do at the Platt’s, the guests chat about this and that as Audrey keeps trying to ring Lewis. David nearly eats the last Manchester tart, but Audrey makes him save it for Lewis.
Just then Natasha hurries through the house and slams out. Nick makes some feeble excuse for her. In the kitchen he explains to Gail that he’s binned her. They agree that Natasha is too needy. But not oedipal. Nor naive. Nor a doormat. Just needy.
The door opens, and all expect Lewis, when the Barlow clan bursts in. “Wot does she want” bellows Gail, “Who invited the Barlows!” (which Mr. Kunzie and I had to replay 9 times and it still hasn’t gotten old) Peter announces that Audrey’s boyfriend is a crook.
At the Webster’s, Sally and Kevin (well Sally really, with Kevin as ornament) confront Sophie about her audacious lying, ground her, like, forever – as predicted – and ban Sian from the house, assuming that their angelic mumbler could never have reached this level of defiance on her own. Sian drives away, as Sophie watches from the upstairs window.
Audrey doesn’t want to believe the story that the Barlows are unfolding. They have brought a DVD of the CCTV as proof. David suggests that hey, why not throw the DVD on. The group at the Platts watch riveted as Lewis goes behind the counter. At that point, the Barlows want the DVD stopped rather quickly, but the “stop” button won’t work. Audrey says not to stop it. Then the kiss displays. Audrey is upset but composed.
Deirdre says she can explain…that Lewis had been flirting with her and caught her off-guard. Ken tells her to stop and she’s being pathetic. Once a gigolo, always a gigolo, the former clients remark. Gail and Deirdre argue further, and this escalates until Gail flings the remaining Manchester tart in Deirdre’s face.
Blinded by custard, Deirdre howls, “Ken! Do something!” Gail flies at Deirdre and is pulled off. Deirdre cries out to Audrey, “He seduced me! He seduced both of us!” Deirdre leaves the house, weeping through the cream.
David reminds his gran that she should call the bank to ensure Lewis hasn’t cleaned her out. She rings, and apparently Lewis hasn’t robbed Audrey of anything, except her heart, her dignity and her self-respect.
In the Rovers, Owen chats up Eileen. John Stape stands at the bar, drinking mindlessly. Owen then goes over to talk with Bill Webster. The long and the short is that he wants to buy Bill’s building yard.
At the Barlows, Deirdre and Ken sit at the dining room table, enveloped in her smoke and their own bitter distance. Deirdre accuses Ken of wishing he was hangin’ with Martha on her boat. Ken wonders if Deirdre was jealous of Audrey. She repeats that she fell for Lewis. Ken points out that he stayed with Deirdre rather than going with Martha…“you nearly gave up all this for some hussy on a barge,” Deirdre says. “All this,” Ken echoes emptily. Deirdre tries to explain what is was about Lewis…someone to whisper in her ear, flirt with her, make her feel like a schoolgirl. Ken finds her needs pathetic.
Leanne finds Natasha sitting sullenly on a bench outside. Natasha tells her that she and Nick have split up. Natasha give a version of the “what’s wrong with me, I suck, why do guys always run,” speech. After some chat, it comes out that Natasha is pregnant.
Lewis Archer is in the airport lounge, enjoying a martini. A stick-skinny, elegant woman about 15 years his junior sits down. She is called Lydia Ratcliffe. Lewis begin attack-and-smarm almost immediately, and, upon finding out that they are on the same plane for Barbados, suggests they sit together.
Audrey, meanwhile, returns to her boxed-up house. She rips the grey strand of pearls that Lewis gave her off neck, and they click and clatter to the floor. She wanders to the back french doors, where she finds a photo sitting on the window ledge, of her and Lewis kissing. On the back he has written, “I tried.” She begins to weep.