This week Tina agreed to carry Gary and Izzy’s baby in exchange for Owen’s £15,000 as the heartbreaking split of the would-be parents lasted all of 5 minutes.
As the issue of Tina acting as Amy Poehler to Izzy’s Tina Fey was discussed Chez Windass, Faye, listening from the stairs, overheard the conversation. She then went and promptly told Tommy about the plan, not knowing that he had no idea. Although, I have to say that I think Faye may have had an inkling that this would be news to Tommy and telling him would stir the pot. I think Faye has a bit of a troublemaking streak in her.
Tommy did not take it well and threatened to leave Tina over the issue, citing a number of complex legal, moral, and emotional issues that Tina and he would have to consider in a frank and open manner.
But it came out more like:
Knowing that her relationship with Tommy is threatened, Tina asks Rita if she could bunk with her for a while in the event they broke up. Not wanting to see such a nice couple split, Rita went to see Tommy to see what the issue was. Relucantly, he told her that Tina has offered to carry Izzy and Gary’s baby.
Normally, Rita has been the one to guide our kids through life’s big shocks and tends to take social changes in stride. Instead her reaction was this:
Mind you, it is a big thing to decide to have someone else’s baby, particularly when your partner would prefer that your first baby would be with him.
By the end of the week, however, Tommy has agreed to stand by Tina in her decision.
This week, Lloyd was Johnny No Mates as he tried to get Steve join him for a night on the town to see Oldham Funk Outfit, a classic fictional funk outfit from the 80’s who recently reformed. If you’ve ever listened to Craig Charles’ funk and soul show on BBC 6, you’d know this is right up Lloyd’s alley. Gotta admit they fooled me.
Anyway, while in line, Lloyd runs into Mandi, an old flame from the 80’s who recently moved back to Manchester. They catch up on old times and Lloyd learns that her husband, and his old pal, passed away. When Lloyd returns a bracelet she left in his cab, Mandi is polite but doesn’t appear to want anything to do with him.
The truth about Gloria’s departure from Spain came out this week: she isn’t on the run from the mafia. She just burned down the drycleaners where she worked and was too embarrassed. And her boyfriend Cliff wasn’t exactly Paulie Walnuts but a meek old fella with a broken heart.
Anyway, she entered the Rovers in a “best pub” competition but Stella thinks those contests are rigged for the posh pubs. “Money goes to money.”
Also, this week got a “You’re neither use nor ornament” from Stella and a “Cheeky mare!” from Fizz (or was it Julie?).
Kirk drove Beth to her internet date at a pub in an industrial park. How depressing. It gets worse. Her “date” wanted nothing more than a few pints and roll around in his sheep skin rug.
“It ain’t real, but it looks it!”
Fortunately, Kirk came to her rescue and took a sock to the jaw for his troubles. Their getaway was thwarted by a dead car battery, however, so they hid in the van until Buddy staggered home.
Two final notes:
I like Mandi’s style. That’s all.
Gail and Gloria on their prowess as cleaning ladies: