We are now almost exactly three months behind the current episodes and we’ll stay that way until after the NHL playoffs as CBC is now back to running the shows for half an hour instead of an hour.
This week was mainly about the departure of Becky Grainger-Macdonald who fell in love with Danny who conveniently has a son with whom Becky is wonderful and am awesome job waiting for him in Barbados. There really is an airline named Coconut Airways. Who wouldn’t want to fly to the Caribbean on Coconut Airways?
Well, first Becky has to get her revenge on Tracy for falsely accusing her of causing her miscarriage. So she enlists Gail’s help as Gail has her own reasons for hating Tracy. So Kylie and Becky go into the clinic for the most unconvincing fake sickie ever but the diversion works long enough for Becky to break in to Dr. Matt’s office, get Tracy’s file off the computer, print it (next time bring a memory stick, love), and get out with the proof she needs.
You’d think Becky would ruin the wedding itself and she dramatically clears her throat when the vicar asks if anyone has any reason that these two should not be joined in holy matrimony but no, she saves it until the reception.
“Revenge will be sweeter when he’s chained to that cow,” she reckons.
Becky almost decides to bottle her big plans but when Tracy follows her into the loo and twists the knife a little more, that’s when she makes her move.
And so Steve’s big wedding speech is ruined by the (re)confirmation that his new bride is a horrible person and Becky’s off to the airport while Steve is left to scream “I hate you!” at Tracy. But before she goes, she stops to give Royston and ‘Ayles a big tearful hug.
Steve follows Becky to the airport and apologizes profusely but Becky says all he had to do was know her. Wearing her Bette Lynch memorial ensemble, she hugs him and tells him that she didn’t think anyone would love her until he came along.
But it’s time to go off with Danny and Billy to First Class where she discovers the booze is free. He asks if she has any regrets. She says regrets are for them what are stopping on the ground and they’re heading for the stars.
Back at the Rovers, a dejected Steve looks overhead to see a plane go by, probably wondering if the mistakes he keeps making will ever stop being mistakes and when did Weatherfield end up on the flight path for Manchester Airport.
In other news, Leslie’s caregiver has gotten or new (or moved – I don’t remember) so Paul has asked Eileen to help out. It’s heartbreaking to watch as Eileen’s clearly not trained for this sort of thing but she is getting some support from Marcus who as always is the level-headed compassionate one. He also has a nice conversation with Leslie about the Police (“I always thought it was, ‘A year has past since I broke my nose.'”) where Leslie starts to forget who Paul is so clearly her situation is deteriorating.
Roy has banned Sylvia from calling Milton in America so she enlists Sophie’s help and soon enough, “I have downladen Skype!” so she can video chat for free.
Frank has hired a private investigator to see if Carla’s up to any hijinks with Peter to help with his trial. All I can think is “Hey! That’s Clare Wille what used to be on Swinging!”
The tall kid? The new Spider-Man. I KNOW!
Anyway, Steve did end up selling the Rovers so that era has come to a close and Stella and Karl are now the new Laird and Lady of the Pub.
Owen discovered that it was Faye that killed his fish with creosote so he gave her a couple of smacks so Anna kicked him out. By the way, Deborah Rush, who plays Anna, was really good in those scenes. Owen asked Izzy and Katy if he was that bad of a father and they basically say “Yeah, you kind of were and no, you can’t go around hitting kids. It will not get the results you want in the long term.”
And Sunita and her breasts are now at a barmaid at the Rovers because no pub is complete without a buxom lass pulling pints.
Next Week: The Trial of Frank Foster!