How Wonderful Life is While Liz Runs the Bar
Steve returns from holiday in Spain to find the remains of the Rovers after Liz had a celebratory lock-in the previous evening, as Michelle informs him who also points out the oddness of giving his mum duty free liquor, when she runs a bar.
Liz and Bev stumble in as Michelle also informs him he's new pub also comes with a drunken almost-widow and the ashen remains of the previous owner.
Later he asks just how long Bev will remain in the room he is supposed to be taken. Feeling like he has no role, he insists on opening up the pub, only to find nobody waiting to come in, except Jamie who saunters in a few moments later.
Later Michelle asks Liz if she can take a lunch break. Liz tells her she can take a few hours, seeing as she came in early. After she leaves, she says Michelle will be the first one to go, just as soon as she's finished off the re-org she's preparing on Excel, presumably.
Steve insists she's staying as she is a good barmaid as he deals with personnel. He then orders Liz to boot Bev out of his room. Liz replies that if he is dealing with the HR, he can deal with Bev.
How Wonderful Life Is, While Claire Takes In Laundry
Deirdre pops by Tracey and Charlie's to ask if she and Amy would like to come down to visit Peter. Tracey looks to Charlie in a way that suggests it's up to him, and then says no.
"Amy's upstairs if you want to say goodbye to her before you go," Charlie smarms.
Later, Tracey is hanging up the washing in the back garden and makes some idle chit-chat with her obviously terrified next door neighbour Claire. She asks if Claire could take in the washing if it rains, just so Charlie's work clothes are dry for the week. Claire says she will.
Charlie calls from inside, asking where the tea bags are and Tracey looks vaguely fearful.
She then goes inside and starts slagging off Claire to Charlie.
Later the terrible twosome arrive at the Kabin where they are refused service, sort of, by Blanche who is subbing for Norris. A row appears to be brewing until it is stopped short by the arrival of Norris.
Later Tracey bumps into Claire, who tells her it did look like rain so the washing was brought into theirs. She asks if Tracey would like her to bring it round. Tracey says that it would likely be best if she came to get it as she wouldn't want Charlie to think she's even more useless than he already does.
I think I see what Tracey's plan is here.
How Wonderful Life is While Frankie's in the World
It's Sunday and Jamie catches Violet on her way to work at the Rover's. He asks her if she's been working a lot of weekends. She wonders if he means because she doesn't have a bloke. She says that new owners take over today and she wants to make a good impression. Jamie thinks they'd be mad to let her go. He also tells her he's meeting his dad and
Violet wonders if this is the same dad he was engaging in a rousing bout of fisticuffs just recently, and then admits that she can't keep up anymore.
Meanwhile at Danny's flat, Mr. Baldwin is preparing breakfast and doing a little ironing, singing along to Sir Elton John's "Your Song."
"How wonderful life is," he sings as Frankie comes out of the bedroom. "While you're in the world."
"You do realise Elton probably wrote that song about a bloke, don't you?" she asks, although, technically, the words were written by Bernie Taupin, while Elton wrote the music.
"Love is love," says Danny. He then points out some of things he's learned when he and Frankie were separated, which Frankie takes to mean that Leanne wasn't that much of a domestic godess.
He then asks her what she plans to wear to Sunday lunch. She gets a little irritated by the question, point out that it's just lunch. He says, of course it is, but with a difference.
Over at the Rovers, Jamie pops by for a bottle, telling Violet he plans to take his sweet time getting to the restaurant before joining his dad. Michelle tells Violet that she thought she and Jamie were on the outs. She says she said the words, but isn't sure if it was her idea.
At the restaurant, Frankie wonders if Jamie will show up. Danny is confident he will and obviously wants them back together, otherwise they'd be in Spain by now.
Jamie finally arrives and is all smiles, giving his mum a slightly inappropriate kiss on the cheek. Danny does his best to keep things jovial and light but can tell there is tension, especially from Frankie. He excuses himself and asks Jamie to see if he can get her to talk.
"So, what can I do to put a smile on your face?" Jamie asks, sarcastically.
"Don't," says Frankie. "We both said we'd make an effort."
"Yeah, well I can see it's working out for you at least."
"I am with your father!"
"Yeah? Well you could have fooled me."
Danny returns and signals a waiter to come over who arrives with champagne on ice and three flutes.
"That you two are prepared to give me a second chance means the world to me and that's what this lunch is all about," says Danny.
Danny says Frankie always liked champagne.
"..And I wanted to ask you," he begins, as a waiter arrives with a martini with a big diamond ring at the bottom of the glass. "Frankie, will you marry me again?"
(Man, my proposal sucked compared to this.)
Frankie protests that they are different people now. Danny says he knows but thinks they could be even better now.
"You're right," says Frankie. "I do still love champagne and I will marry you!"
They embrace. Danny is over the moon while his son sits at the table with little cartoon steam shooting out of his ears.
How Wonderful Life is While Other News Happens
Blanche fills in for an overworked Norris, acutely feeling the absence of Ken. She takes a free bag of fudge for payment.
Bill has packed his bag (in the Websters' dining room, as you do) and is heading back to Germany, his job, and, oh yeah, his wife.
Later, as they say goodbye, he and Audrey share a passionate kiss in full view of everyone in the Rovers.