Then Jason walks in and asks when the social services people are coming. Eileen takes him to task for not being more humane. He keeps repeating that he is not the father, and is angry because the baby’s presence got in the way of he and Sarah getting back together. When Eileen gets annoyed with him for thinking more about sex than his child, he once again says, “That,” meaning the baby, “has nothing to do with me.”
At Gail’s house, Sarah is busy cleaning up the physical mess from the day before. Gail comes down and asks her how she is. Sarah assures Gail that she is okay, and Gail offers to make a cuppa. As Sarah agrees, the doorbell rings. It is Jason, coming to make things right. Gail quickly disappears upstairs. Jason repeats what he has been saying since the baby landed on his doorstep: “It has nothing to do with me.” Sarah is livid. She tells him that anytime he has to face up to some responsibility he scarpers and she is sick of it. She asks him, not very nicely, to leave.
Meanwhile, back at Eileen’s, the social worker has turned up. It is confirmed that the baby is healthy and well. Eileen asks what is going to happen, and the social worker indicates that they are going to find a place for her to stay while they try and find the mother. Eileen, looking actually excited despite her sleepless night, suggests that the baby stay with her. The social worker says that that should be no problem, and, in fact, it is preferred that children stay with family. Eileen, perhaps realizing what she is getting herself into, begins to look worried, and then says that the baby will stay, “just until you track down the mother”.
Eileen then visits Deirdre, gets some of Amy’s old clothes, and trades some barbs with Blanche.
After she has returned home, Jason comes back, and, the baby not being present, he asks if they took “it” away. He is very unhappy when Eileen says that the baby will stay with them until the baby’s mother is found, and that she is upstairs sleeping. He keeps denying that the baby is his, and Eileen is exasperated. She asks when he is going to admit that the baby is his. She reminds him that at the time of the baby’s conception he was going out regularly, getting “bladdered” (not the most charming turns of phrase the English have come up with) and “chucking it about”. Jason admits that there may have been a time when he did not use a condom. As he speaks Eileen notices that he has moved from a resolute denial that the baby is his to admitting the possibility. He very nicely says that he doesn’t want the baby, even if she is his, to live there just because of some “drunken fumble”. Eileen basically tells him he has to grow up and sends him out for supplies for the baby.
He comes back with all the gear, except for one item. Eileen informs him she is going for a nap, as she didn’t sleep very well the night before. The baby is up and needing care, and Jason looks panicked. Eileen leaves him, and the scene ends with Jason looking uncertainly at the baby while Eileen stands at the staircase, watching as her little boy finally grow up.
Tracey and Charlie return from their Christmas rendez vous to the Rover’s. Liz tells them that Steve decided to play daddy for the day and took Amy to something “on ice”, and will drop her off at Tracey’s around 4 p.m. Charlie is pleased that Amy will continue to be out of their hair for the next little while. He walks away, and Liz notes that Charlie is as charming as ever. Tracey trots out her defence of Charlie: he just wants to relax, blah blah blah.
Then, Liam, not having learnt anything, apparently, from his attempts at courting Maria, flirts shamelessly with Tracey.
A little later, Deirdre, Ken and Blanche arrive at the Rover’s and seeing Tracey, give her a bit of a dressing down for not seeing them or Amy for Christmas. Charlie changes the subject by offering to buy them a drink. Ken very pointedly says no, and Blanche just as pointedly jumps at the chance. Deirdre gives in, and asks him to get a drink for Ken as well.
While Charlie’s back is turned, Liam sidles over and offers to buy Tracey a drink. Tracey coyly says that her boyfriend is very jealous. Liam notes that Charlie, who is playing a pinball game, appears oblivious. He then says that he is just being neighbourly. So Tracey agrees.
After Charlie returns, he tells her that he noticed Tracey flirting with Liam. Tracey says that he is okay, and then says that maybe, to make things right between them, seeing as he slept with two women, she should sleep with someone herself. Charlie says that she is always surprising, but not to push it. He finishes it off by grabbing her face and giving her a very unpleasant kiss. I think he is trying to assert his control. I don’t think it is working.
Mushy Peas- Not Just for Breakfast Anymore
Les and Yana are standing on the street corner talking. They have a card for Cilla and they have raised over 600 pounds. Les says that Cilla deserves it. Cilla, meanwhile, is watching Les and Yan through a window, and sees Les give Yana a peck on the cheek.
Later, at the Rover’s, the card is handed over to Liz, who will make sure everyone signs the card. They confirm that Cilla will receive the card at the Rover’s.
Later, Liz tells Yana that everything is a go. Les brings Cilla. Liz presents her with the card and the money, says that along with the mushy peas fund raising event, everyone pitched in to give Cilla a little something. Cilla, upon realizing how much money everyone has given her, either gets a pang of guilt, or, more likely, panics slightly. She says that there are people who deserve it much more than she does, and then gestures to Les and says, “all this, well, it’s all down to him.”
Blanche, who is still there with Deirdre and Ken, says, “I never got owt for my hip.” Deirdre is scandalized (you would think by now nothing Blanche could say would scandalize her) and reminds Blanche that Cilla is dying.
Cilla then abruptly leaves, leaving Les and Yana confused that she isn’t more effusive about the whole thing.
The Websters Have Chosen the Family Photo for Next Year’s Christmas Card
At the Websters, Bill, who is sleeping on the couch, wakes up to Sally vacuuming next to him. When he protests, she justifies it by telling him that it is 9:00 am. Kevin walks in and lets her know that he is unimpressed with her petty revenge of Bill. She once again justifies herself, saying that she’s not worried about herself, but the girls’ Christmas was ruined. Kevin says that the girls loved it, and was more entertaining than watching T.V. all day, which is what they normally do (and more educational too). Bill says that he made a “right mess of it” and Sally agrees.
Later, Gail and Audrey are outside taking the trash out when they see Maureen drive up to the Websters’. Maureen speaks with Bill, and Sally, and Kevin, standing at the door. Audrey, trying to be helpful, and showing a lot of tact, crosses the street to talk to Maureen as well. Maureen gives Bill a going over. Audrey tells her that nobody wanted Maureen to be hurt. This does not give Maureen a great deal of solace, as she turns around and insults Audrey. Audrey then reminds her that Maureen ran off with Bill before the ink was dry on her wedding certificate to Fred. Sally intervenes and says she doesn’t want a bunch of “randy geriatrics” fighting at her doorstep. She tells them to take it elsewhere. Maureen tells Audrey that if she wants Bill she can have him, and leaves.
Bill and Audrey go to the Rover’s to sort things out. Bill apologizes for what Maureen says, but Audrey, quite justly, says that Maureen was in the right. Bill tells Audrey that he is going to go after Maureen to try and put it right, as 10 years is a long time to be with someone. Audrey appears to have been expecting this, and simply says, “it was fun while it lasted”. They part.
Sit, Rover, Sit
Molly continues to train Tyrone and Jack as she would a dog, and brings Vera in on the game. Vera does it, but is uncomfortable with it, as it requires her to be nice to him. Jack responds, but also is uncomfortable Vera’s new sweetness.