Monday, November 20, 2006
Update for Episode # 6328 November 20, 2006
FYI International Women' Day is also Papa Smurf's birthday.
Jamie, Frankie and Penny put their heads together in an effort to track down Mike, who seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. The first call they make is to the local precinct near to where Mike has his villa in Spain. It seems that none of the local constabulary hable angles so Jamie does what every moron gringo does - he speaks louder and adds an 'O' to the end of words in an effort to sound more spanish. Having no luck there they decide to try and ring someone who might be able to communicate in the appropriate language. Like the embassy.
Danny pops round Number 7 to see how the search for Mike is going and gets a frosty reception from the three stooges. While he is there the phone rings and they are relieved to find out that Mike is alright, but still have no idea why he has been out of contact for so long. Danny slinks off quietly.
Hayley pops round the cafe to ask Roy if he can pick up a package for her at the post office, there is some sort of deadline involved and she does not have the time to go herself. Roy assures her that he will attend to it right away. Roy is about to leave on his errand when Clifford shows up to ask what Roy thinks about the historical accuracy of a gatehouse model for their model train empire. The two enterprising engineers are engrossed in comversation when Hayley returns to find Roy has not done what he had promised to do. Needless to say she is not impressed, her deadline will not be met as she had planned. She storms off in a huff.
Jack hangs around the cafe all day trying to read the paper. Vera nags him constantly. He goes home to have his tea in peace but seems incapable of managing that minor domestic challenge and is soon back at the cafe to be tended to by his dearest wife.
Tracey has a plan to go on holidays with Charlie. Somewhere warm. This naturally means the Canary Islands. Of course. (where does she get the money for this?) When she tells Charlie about her plan he seems less than chuffed by the idea. It seems that some work might be coming up soon, and as a small contractor he has to be available when the opportunity presents itself. Tracey tells him that's fine, she will just go with someone else, but she won't tell him who that someone might be. (beginning of manipulation #1)
Ken is walking Eccles when he bumps into Tracey on the street. He tries to tell her about a story book that Amy really enjoys, involving a frog in a kilt in a forest, or something like that. Tracey pretty much ignores what Ken has to say and continues on with her scheming.
Tracey is already at Number 1 when Ken returns. The debate about Tracey and her parenting methods kicks off once again. Daughter dearest tells Ken and Deirdre about her plan to go to Lanzerote. She assures them that the baby monitor should work from the fifth floor when Tracey is on the beach trying to warm up her cold, black heart. (beginning of manipulation #2) Her parents are shocked by this plan, surely Tracey is going to keep her daughter with her at all times on the trip. Well no, Tracey needs some time to herself, and no doubt there will be a pile of dirt somewhere for Amy to play on. Ken and Deirdre insist that Amy stay with them if Tracey is going away on holiday. With a smirk, their devil daughter agrees and flits off to conclude her evil plan. Ken realizes that they have been played. Again.
Tracey returns to the lair of the human sneer, who has since come around to the idea of going off to a tropical locale to warm his cold, black heart. Tracey informs him that she already knew what he would do, which is why she already booked the ticket in his name. (end of manipulations) Looks like Charlie may have met his match at last.
The girls at Underworld are having one of their days. Danny gives them some grief over quality control. Janice has a bit of a snit in return. Sal and Lippy snarl at each other a bit. Par for the course.
Danny has to pop out for a bit so he leaves Hayley in charge, and tells her to keep the girls working while he is gone. (to check on the search for Mike) As soon as he is gone an intense debate erupts over whether they should have a brew or not, and who should do the brewing. In the end it is Janice who makes a cup for everyone, even Snobby Webster. However, when Janice brings the cup of tea to Sal's work station she manages to spill it 'accidentally' on the work that Sal has done for the day, ruining it. Knowing what she was up to she calls Janice an 'evil cow' and gives her a smack in the mouth. Of course this is the exact moment that Danny returns from his less than pleasant experience across the street.
He summons Sal into his office, where she proceeds to have an emtional breakdown over the stress of working with Janice and tries to resign. Danny tells her that she can't resign, she should just get back to work, that he is going to make things right.
Sal returns to her machine and of course Janice has something to say about it. Why isn't anything being done about what happened to her - she could have been injured. Danny tells her that she was lucky, she got hit in the face, so no harm done. He then invites Janice into the office for a meeting. She makes her way there in a circuitous fashion, after first going to the loo.
When she gets to the office Danny tells Janice that she is fired. She's poison and he has had enough of her. Get your pointed hat, your broomstick and fly away. Of course Janice won't stand for this and tries to organize her fellow machinists to have another strike. However, none of her colleagues are willing or able to support her this time and Janice is on her own. As a fond farewell she calls her 'mates' dirty backstabbers, filth, and if any of them were on fire she wouldn't even bother to spit on them.
Janice leaves and stands alone on the street, tears running down her face.