Sunday, 25 September 2016
Sunday Comments September 25
Craig is in a funk and so is Beth because Craig has no intention of coming back home. Sally is getting tired of him underfoot though allows that he's very well behaved (in spite of how he was brought up!) Beth decides to talk to the police to explain that Craig didn't know his father was in prison, hoping to get them to accept Craig's application. We don't know how that went because later on, Sinead brings Craig a letter from his father. Yes, Faye took that letter out of the rubbish, recopied it and sent it on Friday and Daddy has written back swiftly. Beth is horrified. Anna is as well since Faye put her name to the letter as writing on behalf of her friend Craig. Craig, after a nice chat with Tim, rips up the letter but later patches it together and applies for a visiting order online. He later goes to the Bistro and gets legless and upchucks all over Sally's carpet. I think his days kipping on the sofa there have abruptly come to an end.
And wow, could they have cast Craig's father any better? Turns out his father is a thief, banks and other places. But Darryl is happy to see his son for more than the usual reasons. Give the lad all the things he wants to hear and then lower the boom. He wanted Craig to bring drugs in and when he wouldn't, heart broken, he told Craig that Beth and he were still legally married. Oh you could see that coming and you could hear Kirk's heart break.
Just like that, Sarah decided to cancel Bethany's gym membership without a word to her. That wasn't fair, I don't think, at least without talking to her first. But that meeting at the school didn't sort things out did it? Lauren persued Bethany even more than before, right into the salon until David got his hands on her. I loved how he handled bully Lauren!!! It wasn't just a chunk of hair he removed but the whole length with a threat included! That should sort her out. He's such a good liar that he had the police believing it was Lauren crying wolf and had Gemma to back him up. Now *that's* the way to handle a bully!
Meanwhile, did you notice Izzy watching Gary and Sarah from across the road? I think she can see the sparks of chemistry there just the way us viewers can. Aidan is still balking at moving in together and Eva has realized he's not ready for it so he ended up agreeing to move in now. Then still looked like he was trapped.
Robert wants Steph to take on the temporary manager job while Leanne is away and it might even work into another bout while Leanne is on maternity leave. Steph is a bit dubious but the offered pay rise does the trick. The problem is that Robert is often rude to her and treats her pretty crap at times. Today, for instance, the party of 10 for a birthday has expanded to 20 and Steph missed the email requesting a cake. Robert treats her like dirt but she manages to talk Sean out of his and then Robert calls her out later when he finds out she offered Sean a posh meal for the cake rather than send someone to Freshco for a store-made one. You can't win! Robert was then going to take the management away from her but she wants one last chance so she ditched the afternoon she and Andy planned at a Zombie party. Didn't he look amazing!!!
Audrey's salon was up for an award but she ended up ditching the do because she's worried about David. So what if he's kept his bloody jacket? That's not a sign he's not coping, it's actually his way of coping and he *seems* to be holding his own but when Bethany talked about missing Kylie, he got agitated. We can also he's got that dangerous edge back again because David hasn't let go of the anger so Gail does have a point. He should probably talk to someone if he can't talk to his family. It's not about moving on, it's about finding a new normal. But alas, he's also making social media contact wtih Macca who is the brother of the kid that killed Kylie and that can't be a good thing.
Billy isn't totally comfortable with Todd staying with him, still concerned with appearances but it was another stab through Sean's heart. But Billy also feels it's too soon in the relationship to move in together. I'd say so if they aren't even having sex yet or only just started to.
Sean turns 40 and it's not quite the birthday he anticipated. It starts off ok, with his mates in the factory celebrating and ordering a nice cake from Roy. He is feeling his age and the jokes don't help but overall, he seems happy enough. He even invites Billy and Todd to his drinks do after work, in the view to fresh starts. But Billy finds out a parishoner has complained to the Bishop about Todd staying at the vicarage and after Sean's trick the other day of cancelling the hotel room, Eva suspects Sean. She doesn't say it but eyes follow her glance to Sean and she ends up telling Todd and Billy about the hotel room incident (which as you remember was rebooked before Todd knew anything about it) and Billy accuses Sean of being the snitch. He insists he didn't and I think he probably is telling the truth but it causes bad feelings. Steph has also come and talked Sean out of his birthday cake, needing it for the Bistro for a party, though offering a swank dinner for two in exchange so he's lost that, too. Some birthday party!
Will Billy be able to prove the snitch was Sean? I smell the boy that cried 'Wolf!', i.e. Sean has done stuff in the past to sabotage this couple but when he doesn't actually do anything, they still think he has. Of course, Sean is upset at Eva, too. There is a huge confrontation between Billy and Sean in the factory but Aidan was quite nice to Sean, wasn't he? Billy's Bishop hashed it all out. John the Bishop accepts Billy as he is but has to juggle the parishioners, too, and if even one of them can't turn to their religious leader, there's a problem. And Billy's right, the church is lagging behind in tolerance and he shouldn't have to wait another 20 years for it to catch up. It puts Billy in a hard place and he doesn't think it's fair. And it isn't. Todd then suggests that maybe Billy might have to leave the church to live the life he wants to.
Maria invited Luke to the salon awards dinner which naturally makes him think she wants him back. Why wouldn't he think that? Maria wants to be friends but she should know that he would take this the wrong way, not the way she meant it. Well, Steph gave Maria a piece of her mind in defence of her brother. Luke ended up crushed when Maria dropped out of the evening.
Luke seems to have had a good weekend and rocks up on Monday morning still in his tux and sporting a big grin. He and Kevin have a drink later and Kevin, the old man of the Garage, tells Luke he used to be a player with the ladies back in the day, with more hair and a big tache, like Magnum PI. Luke doesn't know who that is nor does he recognize the actor, Tom Selleck. That makes Kevin feel old!
Caz had a job interview but a confrontation with Kate landed coffee all over and she was late for it then missed the bus. Maria ended up soothing her. I did feel sorry for her, feeling so defeated and stranded in civvie life. Maria did kind of make it all about her in some ways. Most people have had trauma in their lives and have to find a way to survive it, building up coping mechanisms.
Caz is grateful for Maria's intervention and they chat about the nice weekend they had doing family things together with Liam. Caz doesn't have much luck at the job center but thanks Maria for letting her use her address when she registered for benefits. Maria looks perturbed but accepts is and Caz offers to make a nice lunch, which she does, but when thanking Maria, she hugs her and leans in for a little kiss. It's not a snog and Maria is not quite sure how it was meant. We viewers know Caz is developing a crush but Maria doesn't. Maria ends up distracted and making mistakes at work and ends up telling Audrey and Sophie who's there as well about the kiss. There's a bit of joking about it and Caz overhears. Ouch. Caz hits the bricks and runs off.
Now of course, Maria is feeling guilty, soft touch that she is and she coerces Sophie into looking around Manchester for Caz, stopping at some of the shelters and they do find Caz eventually and convince her to come home with them. Feet. Meet table. And she has another encounter with Aidan. Aidan has a client in and she's looking for an admin person so he tells Maria to tell Caz. Caz does well with the interview but it turns out the job is in Newcastle. Aidan says he didn't realize but the aim was probably to get Caz out of town, right? Caz didn't take the job and Aidan bitches to Maria about it and Maria makes a reference to honesty. He calls her on that again later, saying their close encounter was a mistake, but she mutters "maybe to you" though doesn't repeat it when he asks what she said. Uh oh. Crush much?
In a new storyline, Alex is sleeping on the floor instead of the sofa because the sofa isn't conducive to sleep. Roy's idea of a perfect solution is a sofa bed. Cathy thinks the perfect solution is for she to sleep in Roy's bed with him and Alex have the spare room. I think the perfect solution is to let Alex stay at Cathy's house but maybe he shouldn't be unsupervised given his penchant for partying with his mates.
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