So, the knife holder will become relevant later on. But first…
Sonny gets a Goal, and Steve Gets a Red Card
Steve, who is spending more time with Ryan than he ever has with Amy, is hanging out with Ryan on the street corner. He asks Ryan whether Sonny has taken to Ryan, and, to Steve’s chagrin, he has. Michelle finds the two talking together and once again warns Steve away from Ryan.
Later, when Michelle is working at the Rover’s, Sonny comes in, and apologizes for disturbing her at work. Then, saying that he noticed Ryan was a Man City supporter, he pulls out three tickets to Saturday’s soccer game for the three of them. Michelle is very excited for Ryan.
When Ryan comes by, she presents the tickets to him. As Steve’s bad luck would have it, he is lurking when Michelle tells Ryan the score. Steve says that their team is going to lose. Michelle tells him, that no, it is Steve that has lost.
Carla continues to ask Kelly to do work for her. Fizz and Joanne, who made up with Kelly the night before, are beginning to get jealous again. In the office, Liam complains to Paul that Carla should not be there while they are trying to run a factory. Then, after Carla walks into the office and says nasty things about Kelly, she sits at Liam’s desk, and, as an after thought, asks if she can use it. Liam is not pleased. Paul offers up his desk.
Later on, Liam complains again to Paul about Carla, and says that they have to tell her that she cannot keep hanging around doing her "hobby" at the factory. They have to tell her soon. Before the week is up. He suggests that Paul tell Carla that she is unwelcome at Underworld, but Paul says no, and tells him Liam can tell her himself. When she enters, Liam of course does not tell her, but instead, gives a song and dance about the fact that there isn’t room for three people in the office, seeing as there are two desks. Carla gets annoyed, and leaves.
The day continues, and the next time we see Liam walking into the office, Carla is seated at a third desk. She tells him that at first she thought he was trying to tell her to stop coming around to the factory, but she realized in the end that he was simply concerned about office space. And so, she came up with a brilliant idea, and got another desk! And all is right with the world again.
Violet goes to the pub, as she is sick of sitting at home. Jamie enters the pub and Violet invites him to sit with her. Over a pint and a glass of wine, Violet confesses that she feels somehow to blame for the loss of the baby. She asks if he is relieved that she lost the baby. He assures her he is not, and apologizes once again. They seem to have reached a truce.
Becky, no longer looking like she is strung out and now looking like she is washing her hair regularly, asks out the lovely young man who chased her down to give her a tip, on a date at the Rover’s. She doesn’t expect him to go, but he does. Fizz and Joanne, who are sitting at a table near by with Kelly, are starting to forgive Becky, perhaps because they are still annoyed that Kelly is getting extra work from Carla.
At Deirdre’s, Ken is trying to figure out what exactly happened the night before. Peter explains that Charlie thought that he and Tracey had had a fling. Ken keeps wondering aloud about what happened. Why didn’t Tracey tell Charlie? Deirdre doesn’t care. He is simply a brute.
Tracey comes along for a visit, defends Charlie and blames herself. They tread over the same old arguments. In the end, Deirdre lets out her requisite bleat: “Tracey please!”, but Tracey does not back down. She leaves.
Charlie, meanwhile, has been kept overnight at the police station. As he checks out, the police officer reminds him that he is due in court the next day. Charlie doesn’t break a sweat. After leaving the police station, Charlie doesn’t go home, but he does stop at Deirdre’s. Tracey is no longer there, and he tries to speak to Peter mano a mano. He tells Peter he wants to apologize. He is wearing his usual Charlie smirk, and explains himself by saying that Tracey didn’t tell him that Peter was her brother. Strangely, Peter does not forgive, nor does Deirdre, who shows up at the door and gives Charlie a dressing down.
Charlie doesn’t come home. Tracey, who is waiting at home for him, leaves a voice mail message on his cell phone, telling him she is worried, and that she wants to speak with him. Later, she finds out from Deirdre, Ken and Peter that Charlie stopped at Deirdre’s, and is warned again not to stay with him.
Meanwhile, Charlie has a pint with Jason. Though it hurts his brain, Jason thinks the matter through and reasons that Tracey was just having a go at Charlie. Charlie tells Jason that what Tracey is doing is trying to make a fool out of him. And you know your relationship isn’t going well when your partner is doing that. He tells Jason that enough is enough, and Tracey is on her way out.
Finally, Charlie does come home. Tracey tells him how worried she is, but Charlie is not buying it. He tells her that he knows she is trying to make a fool of him. Tracey tells him he is being paranoid, but Charlie knows the game. He tells her she has to leave. Tracey follows him to the kitchen and tries to play the sex card, but Charlie is finished with her.
So she spills her guts. She tells him that yes, she has been playing a game all along. She takes him through each “incident”, and finishes by telling him: “Everyone knows what you’re like, or at least they think they do. Everyone will be on my side when it comes to the last game of all.” Charlie seems to understand. He asks her if she is planning to kill him and claim self defence. Tracey laughs, and it is apparent that that is what she was intending. (And here I was thinking it would lead up to her going to court and throwing him out of the house. How naïve I am.)
Charlie is not afraid. He taunts her. He tells her that she doesn’t have the guts to kill him. To prove his point, he throws open the kitchen drawer, pulls out a carving knife, gives it to her, rips open his shirt, and tells her to kill him.
They stand there for a second. Charlie gasps. Tracey stares down at the knife, then throws it on the floor.
Charlie relaxes, says, "Good try, but you can't, can you?" He keeps taunting her about it as he heads off to bed. Before he climbs the stairs he tells her that she was able to do it all, but, "you can't do the last little bit... the bit that matters."
Saturday, October 06, 2007
So, the knife holder will become relevant later on. But first…