John and Fiz
(The skinny: John’s web of lies is creeping closer to home, thanks in part to Chesney’s suspicions and digging. Baby Hope is getting bigger every day and doing fine. John and Fiz made the decision to give all of Joy Fishwick’s money to charity).
This morning finds Fiz still fretting somewhat about leaving Hope with John, now a stay-at-home dad. But the new father is settling into his routine nicely, and leaving the past in the past, or so he thinks.
Later on, Gary Windass and Chesney chat as they unload the van. Chesney is grumbling about John being a nut-bar. Gary reminds him that he, Gary, also wore the nut-bar badge not too long ago. Ches assures Gary that this is different, much worse, and Gary doesn’t know the half of it.
Determined to get to the bottom of John’s story, Chesney takes himself off to the Hoyle’s. He introduces himself as Chesney Fishwick, and ends up charming Charlotte’s parents over lunch. The story of John/Colin’s other life unfolds, including the engagement, and their Christmas together….and Charlotte’s “fiance” having final say about taking her off life support.
(The skinny: Deirdre is still lording her talents as a potter over Ken and chatting about her clay-throwing skills to any who will listen. This includes Ken’s grandson James, who is staying there for the foreseeable. Tracy is still pecking and chipping away at what little domestic harmony Steve and Becky have remaining. Amy has figured out how to make herself deliberately sick, by drinking milk, to which she is allergic. This is done in the hopes of getting “mummy and daddy” back together)
Deirdre is singing DeBarge and doing dishes. She is excited to share a picture of a fig bowl in the tabloids, which she is planning to replicate next pottery class. Tracy is on the phone to Steve, explaining the Amy was sick all night again (having snuck some milk).
Steve pops by and watches a bit of telly with Amy. Deirdre and James are laughing over a video. Ken tries to read his paper but finds his domestic tranquility shattered. He decides to go for a walk. He stops by Roy’s, to grouse to a fellow academic about the ruination of the general peace, by other human beings.
(The skinny: Tommy seems to have settled in nicely at Tyrone’s, having been strongly urged by Tina to start paying his way. He is picking up odd shifts at the garage and tomcatting around the neighbourhood.)
This morning finds Tyrone and Tommy talking in Dev’s about boozing and chicks and stuff. Dev warns Tommy not to stir things up with Sian and Sophie, or he’ll have Sunita to contend with.
Later, in Roy’s Tommy approaches Sian and offers her the driving lesson he had promised. Sophie, who seems to wear the pants, gives Sian the okay to go ahead.
The driving lesson has begun, Sian murdering the clutch and Tommy trying to instruct her. She laughs and giggles, all happy and stuff until Tommy leans in to kiss her. She becomes immediately indignant, and storms off. At the Websters’ later, Sian recounts the story to Sophie, who says she’s going to kill Tommy and stalks out.
Sophie takes a strip off Tommy shortly thereafter. Rosie happens by and is not at all thrilled to learn that Tommy’s pass was just a result of a bet he made with Jason. Rosie is super-pissed that her boyfried would toy with Sophie and Sian, and dumps him for his trouble.
(The skinny: In – what I found to be – a very low-key but sad sort of breakup, Eddie has taken off for Germany to work with his brother. He and Anna have agreed that their relationship has run it’s course…Gary, and even new little Fay, are saddened by this. So Anna is a single working mom for now.)
Anna busies herself working in the Cafe, where she has taken notice of Katy. She offers a kind ear, if Katy wants to talk.
Later, Katy does indeed turn up on Anna’s home doorstep. Anna asks her in and shoos Fay upstairs so they can talk. Fay is not impressed by this, feeling displaced. Katy confesses that she is pregnant, and she is so ill she can’t think, never mind study. While Anna urges her to tell her father, she keeps Katy’s secret.
Rita and Dennis
(The skinny: per John’s entry below, Dennis Tanner was an original denizen of the street…he is now, apparently homeless, and has made friends with Sophie and Sian at the soup kitchen they volunteer at. They began volunteering through James, who also works there)
Rita comes into Roy’s and excitedly tells Ken that she has seen Dennis Tanner in front of his old house. Sophie confirms that Rita’s description of Dennis matches that of Dennis from the shelter.
Rita joins Sophie at the soup kitchen later that day, offering to help with the coffee and tea. Rita hopes to run into Dennis, and presently does. He pretends not to know her; saying that she has mistaken him for someone else. Rita, however, tries to impress upon him that all she truly wants is to say hello and reconnect. Dennis makes himself scarce, but waits for Rita in the hallway. He apologizes for the pretense, saying that he was embarrassed. The two old friends sit down and have a proper catch-up.
We learn that his mother (founding cast member Elsie) passed away some years ago, in her eighties, in a motorcar crash in Portugal, with her boyfriend. The circumstances of Dennis’ poverty remain unclear.
Rita invites Dennis over to her place for a shower and laundry. At first he doesn’t want her pity, but Rita is so matter-of-fact that he relents. Once cleaned up, Dennis presents himself as a silver-haired gentleman. They head to the Rovers and meet up with Ken and Emily. There, Dennis is introduced to Norris, who is immediately territorial.
Sean and the Gang
(The skinny: On a trip to London to visit his son Dylan, Sean had run across Marcus, his cute, smart and well-adjusted ex, who left when Sean became clingy, paranoid and hysterical. Marcus, however, still carries a torch for Sean and had contrived to see him. The chance meeting leaves Sean feeling uncertain about Marcus, fearful of getting hurt again).
The knicker stitchers seem to have enough work to do of late, and they gab happily in the Rovers’. They are surprised to see Marcus turn up. They look on inquisitively as Sean and Marcus order a drink. When the pair rejoins their table, Sean is being very cool and aloof, and Marcus ends up leaving. No one understands Sean’s reticence, until he explains he doesn’t want to get hurt again.