The Bronx has hit Weatherfield again, as the talented graffiti artist has struck the Kabin. Norris moans that they should bring back National Service, that would put a stop to it all. Rita and Emily are both of the opinion that it is quite well done, with nice colours. "Quite arty really," says Emily. Norris is outraged. Any guess as to what it says?
Norris plans to stay awake all night, with the aid of strong coffee, and keep watch to see who is painting the graffiti on the Kabin walls and windows. He informs Emily that if he sees the perpetrator he intends to make a citizens arrest. "Please Norris, no heroics," says Emily, worried. Norris should ask Charlie for his camera surveillance kit.
Ghost of Christmas Past
Another person who is outraged is Ashley, who has just opened their first Christmas card to find it's from Matt Ramsden asking when he can see Josh over Christmas. Claire mentions that they were expecting it, and Ashley sighs, but agrees. Eileen comes along and Claire asks how she's finding the Religious Instruction. (Does she ever give up?) Eileen smiles and says it's the highlight of her week. Bev butts in and says they could have avoided all this by picking someone who had already been baptised to be godparent. Claire asks Eileen if she minds doing it all. Eileen grits her teeth and assures her she doesn't.
In the Peacock house, Ashley is still worrying about Matt Ramsden's card, but Claire tells him that they're good now, and they have a lot to look forward to. She thinks that Christmas will bring a lot to look forward to, and a chance to welcome Freddie into the world properly. She says that she still worries that Freddie will know that at first she didn't love him, "What if I've scarred him for life?" she says. Ashley starts to say that she's getting better every day, when she stops him. "Listen – I'm sure I can hear Tracy crying next door."
True Blue Friend
Yana sees Cilla getting on a bus and goes straight round to Les and says, "She's left you, hasn't she?" He sighs, "That's it, she's gone," he says, "married a year and already playing away." Yana asks if Cilla actually said she was seeing someone, but Les seems to think that as she didn't actually deny it, it's an admission of guilt. Yana is shocked because she thought Cilla told her everything. Les wails, "I love her, Yana!" Yana tells him she doesn't deserve him, and then, like the wonderful friend that she is she moves in on Les and starts to kiss him. My stomach hurts.
Over at Fizz's flat, Cilla tells her daughter that the hospital has had a cancellation and so can fit her in that day. They're going to take some more skin and see how far the cancer has spread. Fizz tells Cilla she should tell Les, but Cilla is furious. "No," she says, "why should I after he accused me of having an affair and all sorts!" Fizz wants to go with her but Cilla tells her to go to work, and that the best thing she can do is to carry on as normal.
Fizz goes to the Battersby house to find Les sitting sullenly, beer can in hand. "Sent you to do her dirty work has she?" he snaps, and tells her to forget it, he's going to make a bonfire of all Cilla's stuff. Fizz tries to tell him he's got it all wrong. "You'd better brace yourself, I've got some bad news," she tells him. He starts to says he reckons she's shacked up with a couple of blokes in Moss Side. (Look at the link, under “Notable People")
He then drags the sunbed into the back yard. "This thing is killing her, it's my fault!" he cries, and kicks it. Chesney shouts at him to stop as he picks up a brick and hammers the sunbed with it. Les collapses, crying. "It's all my fault! oh Cilla! I want to see her!" The whole family arrives to see Cilla in hospital. Chesney throws himself on his mum's bed and tells her that he loves her. Les takes her hand and says that they all love each other. Cilla looks really pleased and says, "Yes." Awww.
Over at the the Local
Violet is shocked to see the state of Jamie's face. He tells her he got into a fight in town. She tells him to look after himself and he says he'll try.
Claire is telling Bev about Tracy, and how she thinks she's genuinely unhappy. Bev says she has no sympathy for her, she was vile to Shelley and she reminds Claire that she hasn't exactly been sweetness and light to her, either.
Eileen is at the bar, and seeing Jamie, jokes to Frankie, "What did he do? Leave his underpants on the floor again?" (Little does she know…) There's a long silence, and she says awkwardly, "Sorry, I was only making joke….I can see you've had a pasting." Frankie reassures her it's her, she's had a sense of humour failure. "Me and Danny have split up," she explains. Eileen is shocked. "Why?" she asks her. Frankie tells her it was never going to work, and it's for the best.
Oh Danny Boy
Danny turns up at the factory, much to Liam's surprise. He starts to tell Danny all the things that need doing, but then sees that Danny isn't really his usual self. He tells him it will all keep till later, to give him time to settle back in.
Over at the factory it's break time, and the girls are chattering about Christmas when Danny comes over. Sean asks if he's all right, he looks a bit peaky. Danny replies that he's fine, but would love a cuppa and a custard cream. Joanne goes to put the kettle on. The talk goes back to Christmas, and how they love sharing it all with their families. "That's what Christmas is about," says Jo, "spending time with the people you love." At that point Danny turns and walks out of the factory, without a word to anyone. You just want to give Danny a hug.
Liam goes round to Danny's to get him to sign for the wages withdrawal. Danny signs and Liam tells him he didn't even look at it, it could have been anything. "You're taking it hard then, this Frankie thing?" he asks him. "Well spotted, that man," says Danny. Liam asks if there's anything he can get him, food, bottles of the hard stuff? "Look," says Liam, kindly, "if there's anything I can do….." Danny tells him there are some things that can't be fixed.
Danny is alone at the viaduct, in the dark, drinking. He sways precariously on the wall, holding out the empty Scotch bottle. He lets it go and there's a few moments silence till it hits the ground far below. He looks down, still swaying. Don’t jump!