Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Update for Episode #6453 September 17, 2007
Claire and Charlie
Two of the 'friendlier' neighbours bump into each other in the street. Claire gives Charlie her best menacing stare/glare/baleful look and then tells him 'I'm watching you.'. Charlie looks at her like she might be some kind of a nutter. (he might be on to something there) Charlie mentions this little moment to Tracey when he gets home, but seems to not give a toss about what Claire is up to. Tracey asks of they can go out that night but Charlie tells her he is out with Jason for the work Christmas do. (no doubt an elegant affair at the pub)
Tracey incorporates this incident into her grand Machiavellian scheme and goes round next door to blame Claire for getting Charlie upset with Tracey. Again. Inspector Peacocok pulls out the journal she has been keeping of The Dastardly Deeds of the Nasty Neighbour Known as the Son of Satan. Or the shorter title, Charlie's Nasty Bits. (that's for you J) Tracey, upon seeing the documentation Claire is compiling, gets an evil little grin on her face.
Sophie and Rosie
The Webster sisters are flouncing around their living room. Sophie is nattering on about something in her usual unitelligible manner. Rosie happens upon the diary that Sophie and Chesney found up in the attic, and is the source of all the secrets that Southern Wind has been revealing to the old guard of the street. They have a bit of a scrap, and Rosie threatens to tell their mother about the diary, unless Sophie promises to not use the contents for evil any longer. Sophie agrees to the deal, but has her fingers crossed behind her back at the time.
Frankie and Jamie
Jamie shows up at home, after having been out all night or something. Frankie tells him how worried she was, and that he should never do anything like that again. All quite melodramatic really. Young Romeo thinks they should just leave everything in Weatherfield behind and fly off to Spain, where they can have a beer on the beach, watch the sun set, and have a bit of a lay in in the morning. Jamie wants to be able to hold her hand without anyone giving them the mick. Frankie, in her step-mom/lover role, points out how difficult it would be for him to change nappies from the Iberian peninsula. In the end they have a snuggle and a snog on the sofa and the cold, cruel world is but a distant memory again. Frankie agrees to the Spanish Gambit.
Paul is nice to Jamie when he sees him on the street.
Still no sign of Viv though.
Ashley and Claire and Bev and Fred
Bev is on her way to the country to spend the holiday with Shel. She is standing on the curb, the urn containing the ashes of Fred clutched tightly to her bosom, and a bottle of Tanqueray in her pocket. Bev has the same argument again with Ashley and Claire about what to do with Fred's ashes, I say what to do with Fred's ashes. They fail to come an agreement, so the Peacocks drive off to the spot Ashley has chosen for his dad's final resting place, leaving Bev waiting for a cab.
Deirdre comes out to say goobye to Bev. Rita pops out of The Salon to say farewell, while Audrey stands in the doorway watching. Bev walks over to Audrey and asks her if the last words Fred said were really that he loved Bev. 'Yes, of course my dear' replies Audrey, and the two women share a sincere but awkward hug.
The cab shows up and Bev gets in telling the driver to take her to Piccadilly Station, via the A54, where Fred proposed to Bev, and where she is planning on spreading his ashes.
The Peacock clan are in a lovely wooded spot saying their farewells to Fred. Before they scatter his ashes in the stream Bev arrives, realizing that is perhaps best for everyone involved that Fred be sent on his final journey in a somewhat coherent fashion.
'God bless you Fred.'
Steve and Michelle
Fate seems to be conspiring against Steve and his plans for a date with Michelle. The curry he brought Eileen so she would man the switchboard has made her ill. He tries to get Claire to fill in but she doesn't feel up to it. In the end he is forced to man the board himself.
Michelle is all tarted up at the pub and is waitng in vain for Steve to make an appearance. Finally she has to go to make it to the gig on time.
Les is in the pub with a fund raising bucket for Cilla. (a British tradition) Steve tries to get Les to cover the switchboard, which he eventually agrees to, for double time in wages and a sizable contribution to the charity bucket.
Steve rushes to get ready for the big date. Some mention of Christmas bonuses is made. There is a debate about him having a shower with Sean or Betty. When Steve is finally suited and booted he has a bit of a set-to with Yana, who has taken over from Les collecting for the charity bucket. To smooth things over he tells her to have a drink on the house, but gives Sean the 'only a half a shot' wink over her shoulder as he leaves.
Michelle is waiting for Steve to make an appearance outside the club.
Tracey then shows up with Amy, telling Steve he can look after her. Steve recruits Betty to look after his daughter in the back room, and continues on in his quest to woo Michelle.
Steve finally gets in his car, and manages to knock over Fiz's scooter, breaking the mirror in the process. Fiz comes out and sees what has happened, screeches at Steve about how much a mirror costs, so he gives her a 100 pounds to cover the costs. Cilla comes by and gives Steve an earful about him trying to steal from her charity bucket and get a leg over on her friend.
Steve finally drives off to meet Michelle.
At the other club, the gig is over and Michelle still has not seen Steve. Some bloke named Sonny chats Michelle up, telling her how great the show was, and inviting her to do for drinks at The Locks with his friends. Michelle hesitates. Sonny asks if she has to ask her dad first - meaning Vernon. She finally agrees to go for drinks.
As Michelle drives away with Sonny, Steve pulls up and tries to get her attention, but to no avail. Vern, watching the drama from the van, sings a bit for Steve.
'Cold, so cold without you.'