Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Update - October 17, 2007 - Olivia Novak? I have a Tracy Barlow on the line.
Did you have to go to jail / Put your house up on for sale, did you get a good lawyer?
At the Barlow's, Deirdre has taken to smoking inside and she and Ken have taken to quietly sniping at each other over their respective failure to save Tracy before things went too far.
Claire comes round to give Ken and Deirdre a friendship bracelet to give to Tracy. She's also starting a petition to have everyone sign, affirming that Tracy was in an abusive relationship and that she acted in self-defence. Deirdre and Blanche don't seem optimistic but Ken says that you can't discount "people power." Deirdre tells Claire that she's been a good friend to Tracy.
"Not really," says Claire. "I stood by and did nothing." Nothing except keep a meticulously detailed notebook entitled "The Crimes Against Tracy Barlow As Perpetrated by the Coward Charlie Stubbs. November, 2006 through January, 2007."
"Join the club," says Deirdre.
Later, Ken and Deirdre arrive at [Edward G. Robinson]the Big House, the Slammer, the Joint, the Can. I'm talking about prison, see? Prison for dames![/Edward G. Robinson]
They tell Tracy that Amy is being well looked after. They also give her Claire's friendship bracelet and she fakes joy at receiving the thoughtful gift. It's hard to describe here but her expression cracked me up. Kate Ford is really funny when Tracy's required to feign enthusiasm. I wish they could have done more with that aspect of her.
She tells them about her "thick-as-pudding" cell-mate, Donna, who got done in for credit card fraud. Tracy proudly tells her parents that Donna became terrified of her when she told her what she'd been arrested for. Ken is slightly aghast but Tracy says it's all about survival. She also sticks to her story that it was all self-defence and neither of her parents are to blame.
Then she tells them that she's chucked her lawyer, Rumpled of the Bailey and has taken on Jane Simon, a hotshot lawyer who specialises in domestic abuse cases. All on legal aid, of course. Ken and Deirdre admit that it's important that she have confidence in her legal team.
When it's time to depart, Tracy makes of show of missing her parents then, when they've gone, asks Donna if she wants to swap some gum for a "manky friendship bracelet." Donna does not so Claire's gift goes in the bin.
Later in the pub, Claire overhears Kelly, Joanne, and Hayley talking about Tracy the Murderer. Claire insists to them that it was self-defence. Kelly counters that Tracy had legs and could have walked out at any time. Claire says obviously Kelly's never been in an abusive relationship (assume much?) and "God help us if you're ever on jury duty."
At the Barlow's, Blanche is worried that Tracy is not keeping warm what with her underwear at half-mast, her shirt crawling up to her neck, and that one kidney Samir Rachid gave her when he died and she overdosed on Ecstasy and was played by Dawn Acton.
The Barlows seem to think that things are going to turn out all right and, as Deirdre puts it, "She'll be back in no time. Treating us all like dirt. Using this place like a hotel. I can't wait."
So Tracy wants a young, sophisticated, hot shot female lawyer? I think I know just the person:
Flatmates and Bedsits
Fizz has convinced Maria to let Chesney comes stay with them a while. Unfortunately, Chesney wants to bring Schmeichel along. He tells Schmeichel that someday they'll have a big house with a garden but for now, they're going to live in the flat above the salon. He leaves a bucket for an unconscious Les and says goodbye to Château Battersby-Brown.
Fizz isn't so sure this is a good idea as the flat is "titchy" (small) and Audrey probably wouldn't allow it, which is confirmed when they ask. In any case, later on at the flat, Fizz and Chesney hatch a plan to show Maria how clean and unobtrusive he can be . Chesney suggests telling Maria that she has a nice bum. Fizz says not to be cheeky but I dunno, it couldn't hurt.
Suddenly Les appears and asks Chesney to come home, promising an evening of last night's Chinese Take-Away and the Matrix on DVD.
Fizz steps in and tells Less if he wants Chesney back, he's going to have to earn it.
Speaking of flatmates, Bill is looking for a new place and tells Audrey the local bedsits are depressing. Audrey agrees to let him stay with her.
Later, she gets an earful from Gail about being second best. Gail asks about her self-respect. Audrey says you can't cuddle up to Self Respect at night.
"This has got disaster written all over it," Gail says, in a startling departure from "It'll all end in tears."
In Other News
Jason is sticking Sarah with baby Holly while he goes off to work all those jobs she got for him, in his words, basically.
Carla is still poaching stitchers on company time for her dungaree business.
Hayley does the "Time's up" music sting from Countdown when her break is over.