Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Update - August 22nd, 2007 - A Melancholy Street
We begin where we left off last night at the doctor's office. The doctor, who looks a bit like French President Nicolas Sarkozy, refers to the melanoma they removed last week.
"Melanoma!" she cries, "it was a mole last week!"
He tells her that there was a biopsy, which indicated a malignant melanoma. There will be treatment, but they will need to determine how far the cancer has spread.
Cilla looks like she was punched in the stomach.
“Cancer!” she whispers.
On the sidewalk in front of Les', Fiz tells him that she's sent Chesney back to school as he just should carry one as normal. Yana notes that Cilla letting him down again is carrying on as normal.
Back at the hospital, the doctor tells Cilla that skin cancer can be very aggressive so they will get her in as soon as possible. She wants to know what “the maths” are: 90%? 55? 2%.
He tells her that it was the melanoma was deep, but not very deep, but her chances for for survival over 5 years would be 30% to 50%.
"I never do anything by halves, me," she says.
As Cilla comes home and stops to check her make up. Les and Yana come out to confront her. Yana makes a reference to about her lipstick just sliding off her face, and instructs Les not to believe anything she says. Yana tells her she's resigned.
"From the chippy?" asks Cilla.
"No," says Les, "from being your flaming alibi!"
Yana, not angry that Cilla is having an affair but that she didn't tell her, walks off. Les goes back inside, slamming the door.
Inside the house, Cilla picks a half-empty bottle of hooch.
"Been having a party?" she asks.
Les tells that everything was all right before she came back and it will be all right again once she
slings her hook. He tells her he heard her telling Yana to lie for her, he was standing beside her.
Cilla sees Yana's top on the chair and wonders if they were up to a little fun themselves. Les says he never cheated, well, except that one time with Janice.
Les says that he and Chesney will be better off without her.
"You might just have to be," she says.
"You mean nothing to me and you never did!" he shouts. Cilla runs upstairs.
Cilla turns up at Fizz's flat, but Fizz gives her hell for the affair, calling her an evil cow.
"And what? You'd be better off without me?" Cilla asks.
Fizz says that she always has been.
"Just remember you said that," says Cilla and picks up her bag and walks out.
Later, Cilla goes back to Fizz's and blurts out on the intercom that she has cancer. In Fizz's flat,
her daughter has trouble believing it. Cilla shows her where the melanoma was removed (her
chest), saying that was why she wouldn't let Les near her.
“No wonder he thought I was having a flaming affair," she says, "I wish I was."
"Oh Mam!" says Fizz.
Liam is trying to get hold of Danny as there is a business meeting that day. He tries to get Sean to tell him what's up but Sean has no idea where he is and he isn't about to tell Liam what's really going on in that family.
Meanwhile, Danny is standing on a viaduct, at what looks like a Norman castle, overlooking some lush green hills.
It's dark now and Danny gets a call from Warren. He tells him that Port Vale has rejected him. Danny, trying to keep it together, tells him not to feel too down, and tells his son he loves him. Danny, who is sitting on the edge of the viaduct, gets up and walks back to his car.
Danny comes back to the office where he is confronted by Liam. He finally tells him that Frankie has left him and that he'll be taking some time off. Liam says he can handle the shop while he's gone.
Tracy is still lying on the sofa pretending to be sick. She tells Charlie to go to the Rovers and get his own dinner as all the food in the house is past its sell-by date and she's not hungry. He finds a note on the doormat from Claire asking if Tracy would like to go for a drink that evening. Tracy says she'd rather boil her own head. As soon as Charlie's gone to the Rovers', Tracy gets up and pulls the expired food out of the garbage.
In the Rovers, Claire is worrying about Tracy, and wondering if she got her note, or if Charlie found it first. Ashley tells her she's being paranoid and would rather not be joined by Tracy and Charlie.
Charlie comes into the Rovers and tells Claire that Tracy is still under the weather and didn't feel up to going out.
"Clearly you did though," says Claire.
Charlie says that Tracy wanted him out from under her feet.
"She said thanks for the note," he adds, confirming Claire's suspicion that Charlie got the note first.
"She could be dead for all we know!" declares Claire.
Later, Tracy is by her front door, waiting to see Ashley and Claire coming out. When she does, she rushes outside and hurriedly scrapes an expired meal into the garbage bin. Claire calls out to her and Tracy pretends to be surprised to see her. Claire asks if she got the note, but Tracy says “what note”, and scuttles back inside.
"See!" says Claire to Ashley.
In Other News
Gail is going to buy David a non-functioning car for him to work on so he can learn about responsibility and engines and stuff. Knowing David, you can imagine how this will all work out.
When David gets the car running, Gail will then give him a bottle of scotch to teach him about drunk driving.
Jason is making headway in his courtship of Sarah.
Norris is still blaming the Battersbys for the graffiti, because he's a prejudiced arse.
Posted by John at 8:34 PM