First, the most stunning news of all: Adam lives!
Now, onto the mundane part of the show.
The show opens with the doctors trying to revive Charlie. Jason and Maria stand at the back of the room looking like, well, looking like their best friend has just died.
Meanwhile, Tracey and Steve are sitting in the backyard of Deirdre and Ken's home. Ken brings them both out a cuppa, which, as soon as he leaves, they chuck over the fence. Tracey and Steve reminisce a bit about their relationship, Tracey says she shouldn't have given Steve up, and Steve reminds her that things weren't that rosy. Then Tracey starts to worry that Charlie will wake up and that either he will kill her, or she will be charged with attempted murder. Steve tries to reassure her that the police will believe that she acted in self defence.
The scene changes back to the hospital, where the doctor declares that there is nothing more they can do. Charlie is pronounced dead at 18:25.
At around the same time, Amber is grilling her dad about his and Tracey's relationships. Dev says that he chucked Tracey, and when he did, she cut his clothes. The good ones. The two police officers enter the store. When Amber tries to get information the woman says that they are off duty. Not for long, however, as D.S. Campbell receives a phone call. He becomes very serious and tells his partner there has been a change of plans. Once out on the street, he tells his partner that Charlie Stubbs just died.
Back at Deirdre's, Tracey gets increasingly wound up about the possibility that Charlie will get better, kill her, or tell the truth, in which case she is going to go to jail. She decides she will flee to Spain with Amy (where I am sure she would not be found). She begs Steve to help her do it. Steve is saved from having to reply, as Ken and Deirdre step outside, and tell them that Charlie died. Tracey drops out of character for a moment, and a big grin spreads across her face. She quickly recuperates and lets out a wail. She begs to be left alone for a moment, so Steve, Deirdre and Ken go back inside to make drinks. One hopes they are making something stronger than tea. Left alone, Tracey drops the charade, and looks up at the sky, grinning with relief and joy.
When Tracey goes back inside, Adam makes his brief but stunning appearance. He takes Amy away to play. In the kitchen, Peter is somewhat incredulous that Steve didn't know that Charlie was abusive to Tracey. Steve seems to be genuine when he says he didn't know at all, and says, "no one knew". Except Claire, Gayle, and Deirdre, of course. Tracey, who is sitting at the table, cries and says how much Amy will miss Charlie. Blanche provides comfort.
CSI Weatherfield, having just learned that Charlie died, think it the appropriate moment to reenact the death struggle. They confirm Charlie was left handed, so we learn that Tracey put the knife in the correct hand. They then pose some good questions: if Tracey was at the door, wouldn't she run? Why doesn't Charlie have defensive wounds? Where was the stauette? There is a small break in the reenactment when D.S. Surry answers her cell phone, and tells her significant other that she will not be coming home as planned. It looks like another long night.
Back at the Barlows', Steve finally decides to step up to the plate, and suggests taking Amy for a few days, saying that the Barlows' residence might not be the most appropriate place for a child at the present. Deirdre says that it is appropriate, as she is with family. Family who are constantly talking about her mother who bashed her boyfriend's skull in, of course, but family nonetheless. Surprisingly, at this point, Tracey says that she agrees that Amy should go with Steve, just for a few days. As they are discussing this Adam makes a reappearance! and the police officers come by. They want Tracey to come in for more questioning. When the family sticks up for her, D.S. Campbell gives them a lecture. Tracey asks to say good bye to Amy, which D.S. Campbell allows. The cynical side of me thinks that she is doing this to tug at the heartstrings of the cops. She then goes with them, and Deirdre, Ken and Peter follow.
At the police station, D.S. Campbell gives Tracey a grilling about Maria and Charlie's affair. Tracey denies that it affected her, but he reminds her that she tried to beat Maria up and was quite hysterical when it happened. He then tries to get a rise out of her, but Tracey is not biting. She once again claims to have loved Charlie, pretends to break down, and puts her head on the table. The cops decide to stop the interview, and Tracey bolts back up. "That's it?" she asks. "For now," says the D.S. She gets taken to a cell, where, apparently she will be provided with a cuppa'.
Deirdre, Ken and Peter wait for Tracey. Deirdre moans and goes on for a bit, Ken is all rational in response, and Deirdre gets annoyed that Ken doesn't show some emotion.
Tracey gets taken from her cell. Much to her surprise, she is not being released. Instead, she is charged with murder.
The Happiest Boy in the World
At the Caf, Becky is trying to close up, and Chesney is nursing is drink (thankfully not tea). While Becky is throwing him out, Roy comes in and intervenes. Becky complains that Chesney has been there for hours, drinking a can of pop, and she just wants to go home. Roy takes Chesney in hand.
Having found out that Ches lost his key, he tracks Fizz down at the Rover's, and tells her about it. Ches didn't find Fizz, for fear that she would be angry. She is, at Less, though, and not at Chesney. She is fed up with the way Ches is being neglected by Less. She troops over to the house, and walks in with Ches. Less is lying on the couch, asleep, with a can of beer propped up on his belly. She wakes him up and gives him a lecture about how he is neglecting Chesney. Less tries to play the victim card, but Fizz reminds him that he slept with her mother's best mate while her mother was getting tests done for cancer. It further emerges that there is no food in the house. Less makes things go from bad to worse by suggesting that he can't do everything in the house. Fizz takes the laundry and leaves.
As Less and Chesney sit down to their apparently imaginary tea, Less tries to convice Chesney that they are doing fine. Ches says they are not, and even goes so far as to say that he wishes he was with his mum. Less doesn't seem to realize how stinging it is that Chesney would prefer to be with the mother, who lied about the fact that she was dying, rather than with him. He simply reassures Chesney that Cilla will be back soon, but neither seem particularly convinced.
When Fizz walks into her apartment, Maria is crying on the couch. Fizz goes to her and comforts her.
And, in the Who Really Cares Category:
Bill arrives at the Websters'.
Paul and Carla crash Michelle's date. Paul reveals that he is once again a deceitful bastard by claiming that he didn't know Sonny was over, and blaming it all on Carla.