This week, Gloria Price, Stella’s wayward mum, arrived home from Spain and promptly set to work hitting on Ken, Dennis, making an enemy of Rita, attempting to get Karl, on whom she is sweet, back together with Stella and meeting her granddaughter Leanne.
I’ve already said I love Sue Johnston so I won’t bang on about it again. And anyway, my award for this week’s Most Valuable Player goes to Cherylee Houston and Mikey North as Izzy and Gary who broke our hearts with their break-up. Gary, Katy, and Anna were all in favour of Katy carrying Izzy and Gary’s baby. Owen and Chesney were against it. But a visit to surrogacy specialist planted seeds of doubt in Izzy’s mind. At Katy’s birthday, Izzy let it out: she didn’t want Katy to carry the baby. Not only that but Izzy decided that because she couldn’t give Gary the family he wants, she would leave him. It was all very heartbreaking.
But I did love Izzy egging Beth on in airing Tracy and Ryan’s dirty laundry in the café. Izzy does a good disapproving auntie, sucking in her cheeks and declaring: “Oh, it’s not right, is it?”
Tina finally had enough of Kirsty’s antics and gave her a shove in the pub. Then her water broke and surprise! Baby Ruby was born in the back room at the Rovers. Keeping Marcus around was a master stroke by the writers.
Unfortunately, everyone hates Tina now, even Rita so you know it’s bad. But they have a talk and she encourages her to try to make amends. Their present of a giant teddy bear is not well received.
But with a recovering Tommy, a damaged pizza van to pay for, and the sudden prospect of homelessness, the debts are piling up so things are looking grim for our Tina and Tommy.