The Not-Widow Elliott
On their way to the salon, Audrey and David see Archie Shuttlesworth making his way toward the Peacock's. Audrey calls to Ashley but he ignores her (rather, he gives her "that look"). David wonders what that was about.
"Oh, Ashley thinks I killed his father," she replies and David looks upon her with a reverence he's not given to anyone in years.
Archie draws up the plans for Fred's burial, including available plots and a date change to accomodate Shelley's arrival. Bev reckons that she won't bury her husband without her daughter by her side. Ashley points out that she wasn't there for the wedding but Bev said that wasn't her choice.
Ashley then points out that Fred was anti-burial and wanted to be cremated. Ashley adds that Bev wasn't in the family long enough to know what he would have wanted.
Seeing that the discussion is heating up, Archie suggests that everyone sleep on and they'll return to these decisions tomorrow. Later Ashley tells Claire that he's angry that Bev is going round calling Fred her husband when the marriage never took place.
Later in the Rovers, Bev is behind the bar, nursing a drink, and exclaims to Danny and Frankie, "Who'd have thought it? Widowed twice at my age!" They suggest that Bev get some rest.
She later joins Ashley and Claire for a drink that they sort of think is one too many. She tells them that they shouldn't be fighting as widow and son. She then adds she might like to move in with Ashley and Claire and have a widow's walk installed on the second floor. Noticing Ashleys receding hairline, she notes that he is developing a widow's peak and that they now have something in common. And her favourite comic book character is the Black Widow because, like Bev, she, too, is a widow.
Ashley's had enough. "You're not his widow!"
Bev says she was ten minutes away from the fact. "He was the man I loved. And certificate or not, it's still my place to make the arrangements."
Ashley counters that she is just his fiancée. If she were truly his widow, she would have known his wishes. She starts crying but Ashley protests that that is her way of dealing with things that aren't going her way.
"But I'll tell you one thing," says Bev. "I'm taking my place at the head of that ceremony and Audrey Roberts will not be welcome. That's an end to it."
Danny's on His Best Behaviour
As an excuse to see Frankie at Roy's, Danny is treating the entire factory to all the best cakes, rolls, and biscuits Roy has to offer. If Roy's were Tim Horton's this would be the equivalent to getting all the treats in the front counter window.
Danny says it's all about largesse. Liam thinks it's about desperation as Sally beams at him (angling for the prestigious P.A. position, no doubt).
At Roy's, Danny does admit to Frankie that his generosity is just an excuse to see her. Later, he shows up at her door with a dozen roses (nice ones, too, not the poxy ones from Dev's) and a request to join him for a drink. Frankie acquiesces to one drink at the Rover's.
And indeed, they have one drink and he walks her to her door. He asks her if she really wants to go home to an empty house (Jamie and Violet are on holiday) and she says no. He then kisses her and they go inside. He tells her that when his number is up and his life flashes before his eyes, it's her he sees. He says Fred's death reminded him that life is too short for regrets. Frankie admits that she never stopped loving him and they begin kissing passionately.
Rosie's on her Best Behaviour
Sally is wondering why Rosie's bag is so heavy for a trip of just a few days. Kevin questions some of Sally's packing decisions and they laugh it off.
Meanwhile Craig and Rosie plan their escape from Paris to Berlin (in every disco I've been in, my heart is pumping for love - now that damn song is in my head). Rosie fears her drama teacher will look a fool for casting her in the lead in the school play. Craig thinks they won't even remember their names as they tear of their school neck ties, symbols of their oppression, and burn them.
At the Websters, Kevin and Sally are goofing around a bit with Kevin wearing his newly ironed (?) boxers on his head. Craig and Rosie come in and call it a good look for him. Rosie admits that her dad is pretty cool for an old git. Sally wonders where her rebellious teenager has gone.
Cilla's on Her Best Behaviour
Les is angry that Cilla is selling his old bike on Not!e-bay. Cilla claims they need the money. He says it isn't the money, it's the memories, claiming she is selling his heritage. Cilla then plays the Janice card and claims it's only the memories of Janice sitting on his handle bars, "singin' 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' on Me 'Ead" that Les will miss. They continue to have this argument upstairs. Kirk then jumps on the PC and presumably starts Googling "PVC corset fetish."
Oh, wait that's me.
At the salon, Cilla has come in to get her hair done, but really to hear the Fred and Audrey gossip. Instead, she gets a spray of water on her shoulder from shampoo boy David Platt.
Charlie is putting off seeing Maria until things are settled back home.
Fizz is bored with her life with Kirk, again.