The big news this week is that Ken Barlow is now serving on the Bessie Street School Board of Governors with his old affair Wendy Crozier and has been meeting her on the sly and coming up with some pretty transparent excuses for Deirdre. Seriously, Ken. Don’t make Brian your alibi when your wife sees him every single day.
While Ken and Wendy have not done anything (she said the love her life died), it still got Deirdre worried that Ken was up to his old tricks and having Rita follow Ken’s cab to Wendy’s house did little to dissuade her of the notion that Ken was having an affair with Wendy. But how awesome was Rita?
“You have to follow Ken’s cab. I think he’s up to his old tricks again!”
So Deirdre gave Ken an ultimatum: give up the job or give up their marriage but the last word on this has to go to Emily Bishop.
“Will that man never learn?”
Maria was given the all-clear by the doctors and will not be facing breast cancer. So she and Marcus celebrate by … making out? Yes, I’m confused too. But not as confused as Marcus, apparently.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “I’m not thinking straight.”
Actually, you were. That’s the issue. So Marcus went off on a bender on Canal Street (the gay village, basically) and had a fight with Aiden. But this left Marcus and Maria confused as to what is going on between them. They are clearly close friends but I would assume that Marcus being gay would prevent them from being more.
Now, I know that in life things are not always so cut and dried and sexuality is a continuum and yada yada yada but if my close personal friend Daniel Craig has a health scare and I help him through it, I think we will celebrate his good news over beers and not by, you know, snogging. If Marcus ever said he had dated women in the past, no problem but he’s never indicated that so this is all very confusing.
Eileen turned 51 with a good old fashioned house party with slow dancing and making out and everything. I hope she never changes.
Mary took over the café for a Spanish night, taking away business from Nick who had a gentlemen’s agreement with Roy that they would not compete with each other. Nick opens at night, Roy opens in the morning. So Nick manages to create his own breakfast menu and placard for Gail to march around with the very next morning. Unfortunately, he lost money on the free refills and danishes. Undeterred, Mary sets about planning “Russian Night.” Cabbage Rolls and Coffee! Mmm! Mmm! Good!
(Yes, the Schmenges were Leutonians but I believe cabbage rolls originated in Russia)
Sophie, showing a little Christian charity and forgiveness, convinced Sally to allow him to stay at theirs. This put Michelle’s nose out of joint and she ended up firing Sally. Julie was the first to leap to her defence and staged a walkout with the other Underworld workers. Rob talked Michelle down and told her not to beat herself up over Ryan and that she’s a good mother and then told her to go grovel to Sally.
Who said solidarity was dead?
“A comfort to a widow, a light to a child,
There is power in a union.”