This week, it was the battle of the Garden Party/BBQ as Sally Webster turned her snob factor up to 11. I have a lot to say about her character but in short, she has become infinitely more interesting as a character since she and Kevin divorced. She was always a snob but I think Kevin’s absence has allowed that snobbery to gloriously blossom in the light once more.
The invitations pretty much split the street down the middle. It was either Owen, beer, burgers, and Dolly Parton tunes, or Sally, wine, hummus (for vegetarians), and Susan Boyle. To be fair, Anna did put Bronski Beat on the stereo for Sean.
But Sally feels that Jenna’s relationship with Sophie trumps work relationships as she so tactfully puts it.
Still, both Sean and Steve find themselves each peering over the fence, thinking they’ve gone to the wrong party. But there isn’t much time for Sean to gaze longingly upon Sally’s boozy trifle when he hears Kylie going into labour. Will she make it to the hospital in time?
Meanwhile, Tim doesn’t seem all that into Sally so Sophie and Jenna counsel her to ease her foot off the gas in the relationship car and take it cool.
Oh, Sally. You’ve always been cool.
In the meantime, the simmering resentment between Lloyd and Paul finally ended when Paul intervened to keep Lloyd from receiving a throttling at the hands of some knuckle-dragging racists. Paul realized finally what Lloyd has to put up with from time to time and apologizes sincerely. But Eileen decided it was the last straw as every problem always seemed to revolve around him. Their engagement was off and Paul left to bunk at some friend’s camper van until he can find a place. And so Paul Kershaw has left the street in the back of a cab.
Speaking of camper vans, Roy and Hayley returned to discover that Sylvia had taken off to care for her sister.
Katy decided to get back with Chesney, leaving Chesney to finish with nice Sinead. He is not in Auntie Beth’s good books right now.
Tina found out David sort of caused Nick’s accident and isn’t listening to his explanations as he has a history of going nuts whenever he feels betrayed.
Norris wasn’t invited to either party.