(Yes, I know the photo doesn't have much to do with the storyline)
In Mike's flat, Leanne is presenting Danny with a big, greasy fry-up. He complains that the eggs are too runny.
Leanne wonders what's going on but Danny says he' s not really in the loop anymore. Leanne suggests he should be more in the loop if he wants the factory to fall into Adam's hands. Danny says Adam will never set foot in the factory again but Leanne says Mike's had has gone as runny as Danny's egg.
Danny protests, "That's my dad you're talking about."
At Frankie's, she and Penny are waiting for Jamie to bring Mike home. Penny says she knows Alzheimers's is called "The Long Goodbye" and she doesn't want to see her partner turn into a stranger.
Later, as Ken, Deirdre, and Audrey are walking down the street, a cab pulls around the corner carrying Jamie and Mike, who suddenly looks ten years older and confused. He struggles to be let out of the cab as Jamie opens to the door for him. Ken, Deirdre, and Audrey greet Mike but he clearly doesn't recognise them.
When he gets inside, he's greeted by Frankie and Penny, who starts crying.
"Ah, don't cry darlin'" he says, followed quickly by "Who are you?"
He then asks where Alma is. It's too much for Penny who leaves in tears.
In the Rover's, Ken, Deirdre, and Audrey are discussing Mike. They're all a bit shocked by the sudden turn of events but Audrey warn them that he doesn't need their pity. What he needs is to know he has friends.
At Frankie's, Jamie tells Mike that Alma died a few years back.
"Oh right," he says, making it look like he's suddenly remembered but it's evident that he does not and it's clearly terrifying him. He asks about Audrey. They tell him and he remembers that he and she went to a lake once.
He demands to be taken home. Frankie calls Danny to come and get him.
When they arrive, Leanne is giving Danny a hard time about doing whatever Frankie asks. he says he's doing this because it's money in the bank. He becomes short with her and tells her to wait in the car.
When he sees Mike, he says it could have been worse. Jamie is disgusted with him and goes upstairs.
He ushers Mike into the car and Mike tells Leanne that she's going to love his place.
Normally, I snark a little bit on this show for fun but this one is too tough to do it. My uncle in New Brunswick is going through the same thing so this storyline is hitting a little close to home for me.
Roy Cropper: Smooth Operator
At Eileen's, Sean and Jason are playing football on the Playstation (Sean's winning, by the way). A morose Eileen leaves, saying she's doing some shopping. Sean suggests that Jason tell his mum that she deserves to be happy, instead of making her feel "like a sad-o."
Eileen goes to Roy's where he asks if anything is alright, as she seemed deep in contemplation. Suddenly, Roy locks the door and shows Eileen a book and a letter. He feels as if he and Hayley are drifting apart and has decided to write her a love letter, and include a poem. He asks Eileen to cast a female eye on it. Clearly moved, she thinks it's lovely and invites Roy to the Rover's for drink.
In the Rover's Eileen is discussing her bad luck in love with Roy, who isn't comfortable with the conversation. Eileen says he's the only one there so tough. She asks what he sees in Hayley and tries to explain that it's a collection of attributes and he has certain personality traits that others may find annoying but she does not. So, Eileen reckons, she accepts you for who you are and doesn't try to change you?
"Precisely," says Roy, adding that he also likes himself more because of her.
"God broke the mold when He made you, Roy Cropper."
"I've always been a firm believer in the theory of evolution, myself."
On the way back, Eileen tells Roy she's lucky to have him and she hopes that there is someone out there for her. She gives Roy a peck on the cheek and Roy worries that he may have given the wrong impression. Eileen assures Roy that he's not her type but tells him to put one in his letter to Hayley. Women like that sort of thing.
The Son Also Rises
Clurr is helping Joshua make a hand-printed birthday card for his upcoming party. They ask Ashley if he wants to join them but he is too moody and says he has to go out.
When Ashley gets back, he says he went to the park. He's worried that as Joshua gets older, he's going to look like Matt Ramsden. Claire says it doesn't matter what he looks like. She shows him the card he made, which reads:
Dear Daddy. I hope you can come to my birthday party. Love, your son, Joshua."That tells you everything you need to know about your son right there," says Clurr.
Dear Gail: You suck. Love, your dead husband.
Gail is beginning to wonder if the latest greeting card was in fact sent by the dead guy she watched the police zip up in a body bag. Audrey makes her say it: it's not Richard Hillman.
"But, oh mam," Gail chirps. "Who could it be?"
Okay I lied. I had to snark a little. It's the Platts. I can't help myself.