So Becky and Steve have been getting their cunning plans from the Baldrick Academy of Cunning Plans. This time, they’re going to sell the pub to Jim and Liz, neither of whom have the cash to buy it. And with the pub money, they’re going to take Max and Amy away with them to start a new life, free of debt and free of Tracy Barlow and her evil machinations.
They spend a bit of time on this decision, even going so far as to locking themselves in the back room to discuss and thus denying Betty her tea, forcing her to have it out in the bar, like some kind of animal.
“And where am I meant to drink it? Propping up the bar? I’ve a mind to down dusters!”
Steve finally comes around to Becky’s idea because if it’s a terrible idea and it comes from one of the many women with deep-seeded issues in his life, Steve will go for it. So he gets Amy to play the “find your passport and don’t let your mum find you” game and tells Jim and Liz they’ve agreed to sell the pub on the condition that they don’t say a word to anyone until the deal is done. Jim doesn’t question it but it does put Liz’s antennae up.
Liz overhears the bit about the passport so Steve and Becky confess to the plan. She withdraws the offer. In the back yard, Steve tries to appeal to her.
“Don’t try to analyse me. You’re not Pamela Anderson.”
“Stephenson,” Becky corrects her.
Later Jim talks to her and says it’s better to do this and be in their good books and get the pub then allow it to be sold to anyone and never see them again as they’re going to take off anyway.
So the sale is back on and Liz and Jim celebrate with a drink at Nick’s bistro. Although I’m not sure how Jim will buy the Rovers if his Visa’s declined and he’s short £10 to pay for dinner in cash.
On the way back, Liz and Jim talk about the status of their relationship:
“I don’t just want you in my pub. I want you in my bed.”
“You’re not messing me about, are you, Elizabeth?”
“Get in that pub, get up those stairs and remind me what a real man is like!”
And that sound you heard was Jacqueline swooning in Toronto.
We got some back story on Kylie this week. We learned that, like her sister, she was abused and felt abandoned when Becky took off. When her son was taken away the first time, she had to not care to survive.
That would have generated a little sympathy until she took Gail’s £100 and spent it on tapas and booze at the Bistro. When Gail sees her, she says she wants nothing to do with her and calls her the worst insult Corrie can throw at you: “common”.
After spending the night at Tyrone’s on a DVD and lager night, Graeme gets the idea that Tina slept in the poorly spray-tanned arms of Tommy Duckworth. Hey, he was sold to another couple. Didn’t hurt him none. Why’s everyone so upset about Max? Anyway, Tommy does nothing to dissuade this notion so Graeme gets all jealous. Xin did look lovely in her dress, though.
Kevin tried to win back Sally with a brand new Fiat 500. It didn’t work.
John’s back from his stint in hospital and Julie is trying her best to help him through the stigma of mental illness.
“Some people are uncomfortable with mental illness. Not me.”
He’s also a bit suspicious about all the nice middle-class baby gear Fizz got while he was away.
Audrey found out Mark’s secret: he used to be on Thunderbirds:
Ok not really. He’s a cross-dresser and Audrey has to go get him at the police station as he was beaten by some thugs. At her place, he explains that he enjoys dressing as a woman. Audrey talks about all the great gay guys she knows (omitting Ted, oddly), when Mark sets her straight. He’s not gay. He just enjoys dressing as a woman. His late wife knew but without her, he doesn’t have someone to say he’s ok. Eventually she comes around and is supportive and agrees to keep this from Claudia.
And if she has any questions, she can always refer to Eddie Izzard who explains well here: