Written by Martin Allen, directed by David Kester
A familiar station, as Leanne waits in the plastic-chaired waiting queue at the Police Station for Peter. At George and Eve’s, George thinks they should keep Simon out of school for a few days until all dies down. Simon’s interested in what’s happening with his daddy, but George distracts him with the idea of a trip to Blackpool. Oh, this should go over well. Eve doesn’t think all this travelling is a good idea, but agrees to go anyway. It seems George has a lot of mysterious meetings in town also.
Ken gets the news that Peter’s been released without charge. Deirdre wants to know what the police are going to do about George keeping Simon. Ken tells her about it being a social services matter, not a police one. Deirdre hopes this won’t tempt Peter to hit the bottle again.
At the bookie’s flat, Leanne apologises to Peter about letting George take Simon to begin with. Peter tells her that it’s not her fault at all, then wonders what they’re going to do now. Peter doesn’t understand how George can just keep his son, and I agree. Peter figures maybe the quickest route is to go to Simon’s school that morning and get him, the same way George did the day before. Peter can barely concentrate on their conversation after he watches Leanne pour a leftover bottle of white wine down the drain that she’d opened the night before when he was locked up. Oh, please don’t go off the wagon again.
More trouble for Peter as he’s informed by the school that Simon isn’t there today, since his grandfather kept him at home since he wasn’t feeling well. Peter figures George kept Simon off school so he couldn’t get him, and he’s right. Peter has had enough (really enough), and wants to get Simon now. Peter and Leanne arrive at George’s only to notice that no one’s home. Leanne warns Peter against causing anymore trouble, but he insists he stay at George’s and wait for them to return.
Back at the bookies, Leanne and Peter are going out of their minds trying to get in contact with George. Ken and Deirdre think Peter is handling this a lot better than he could have been. Suddenly, a man walks in and serves Peter with papers. I suppose this is what those mystery meetings that George was having were all about. Ken opens the paperwork and notices that George has gotten temporary legal custody of Simon until a court decision can be made. This means that Peter will be breaking the law if he tries to get Simon back.
Meanwhile, in Blackpool (is it ever sunny there?), George thinks Simon is best off. George tells Eve about how he’s gotten custody of Simon with a residence order. Eve thinks they should have talked about this, after all, she is the one who’s always watching Simon. What is George thinking? Now, if he loses this case, he could never see his grandson again. Was it really too hard to work with Peter, who was more than willing to let George have all the time in the world he wanted with Simon? Advice: don’t bet all or nothing on the children in your life.
Tina wishes she could have had a last conversation with her father, and told him all the things she wanted to tell him, ask all those things you never asked. Tina and Gail “Whisper” McIntyre are seeing the undertaker today, and will soon know when the funeral is. Gail is still nervous about the police suspecting her of murder, but David tells her that they can’t since she didn’t actually kill him. That’s a rather obvious way to look about it. After the undertaker’s visit, Tina breaks down in Gail’s arms.
These detectives are really reaching. The go to the builder’s yard to question Bill and Jason about Joe’s debt issues, since he worked for Bill. Bill tells the detectives how he caught Joe trying to steal money from Sally’s cancer jar a while back, that’s how desperate he was for money. Tina overhears this interaction and doesn’t like what she hears. Tina accuses Jason and Bill of slagging off her dad.
Trevor asks Janice what her favourite restaurants are. Janice wonders why he’s asking her, thinking he’s going to take her there, only we all know who he’s taking out.
NuNick is buttering Kelly up like a piece of bread in exchange for some insider information. Kelly tells Nick that she wouldn’t dare cross Carla, just as she walks up to Nick’s car to find them snogging. Carla wants Kelly at her machine, and Nick looks thoroughly embarrassed. Later, the
detectives club factory girls deduct that NuNick’s after knowledge of the factory since he was trying to get it out of Hayley the other day. Sean thinks NuNick is too “fluffy” for Carla, that she needs someone more “heavy weight” and that will be proven soon.
Trevor calls Carla later at work to give her the details of their date, and notices Julie eavesdropping. There goes the goss, as the factory girls chatter over who the man could be. There’s the idea it could be NuNick, which Kelly doesn’t like the sound of. Also, Janice chooses this time to tell everyone that she thinks Trevor is going to ask her out this week, it’s female intuition she says when asked why she thinks so. Kelly spills the beans and says that Carla can’t be going out with NuNick since she “pulled” him last night. Is he a pork sandwich? Kelly then puts her foot in her mouth, going on about how the factory needs a kick in the backside and hasn’t been the same since Carla took over. Carla, of course, is standing directly behind her. Carla takes this opportunity to put Kelly in her place reminding her that she runs the factory, not a bird-brained slapper like her. Zing! After these rude comments, Kelly decides to cross Carla after all, and calls NuNick about those accounts he wanted.
- Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed Janice looking better lately? Is it the hair? Has she lost weight? Smiling more? I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something looks better with her.
- David Platt doing the ironing!
- Sean stating that NuNick was all over Hayley like some kind of unpleasant rash. That’s a good way to describe him!
- Tina is worrying about her mascara running every time she cries. Why on earth does she need to wear makeup?
- George continuing to keep Simon from Peter. This is going to get really ugly, really soon.
- Gail saying that she’s the sort of person who feels guilty even when she sees a police man, even if she’s done nothing wrong. What? When has she ever? I can see someone like Becky, who has a record, getting nervous, but Gail? That’s simple irrational, but then, so is Gail.
- Gail mentioning to Tina that the undertaker seemed like a nice man. Who gives a fig about the undertaker?
Looking forward to: Peter getting his son back!
NOT looking forward to: More of Gail’s strange bereaved behaviour.