Written by John Kerr, directed by Tessa Hoffe
Who knew Carla’s flat had a balcony? I wonder who waters those plants when she’s away? Now, on to more important things: shirtless Trev. What have they DONE with this guy? I guess they’ve spruced him up now that he’s Carla’s main-squeeze. He is becoming very Liam-ish. It seems that when he got his legs waxed, he also got his chest waxed and a shave! What do we think of Trev’s new boy-toy look? Janice isn’t, she thinks he should grow his beard back, but Trev says Carla prefers it shaven. Trev hadn’t forgotten about Janice (or is it Janis) whilst in South Africa and brought her back what everyone woman needs: a name engraved wooden elephant. No, really, you shouldn’t have.
Carla’s back on the street, and visibly upset at the state of her baby, Underworld. Leanne sees her and suggests a drink later, after she meets with the insurance adjuster. Nick doesn’t look happy at the sight of Carla back on the street. Sean tells the other factory girls that Nick’s running his own show and he’s not sure who they’re working for. Janice doesn’t really care either way, as long as she gets paid. Nick tells the factory girls that in appreciation for their hard work, there’ll be a little extra in their pay packets this week. Nick’s already try to create allegiances now that Carla’s back in the picture. Carla arrives at Turner’s and sees a sight she thought she’d never see. Everyone’s happy to see her back except for Nick who asks her when her broomstick touched down. Pregnant pause as Nick tells Carla that Underworld’s over the street, and “this” is his place. Nick tells her he’s rebuilt for himself and Carla reminds him that it’s her company. Nick says he’s paying for it all, his machines, his workers and his premises. Nick says it’s business, nothing personal. This will not end well.
Carla’s over at Leanne’s for a cuppa and to complain about her vacation to South Africa with a hot stud. What, yes, I said complain. Carla is still, understandably, traumatized by Tony’s seige/death. Leanne tells her to take it easy and let Nick pick up some of the slack since he’s been doing a good job of keeping things going when she’s been away. Obviously, Carla had no idea that Nick had set up shop in Turner’s. Carla’s impressed and thinks she should go down there and see what else he’s been up to, but Leanne thinks she should take her for a drink for thanking her for her part in saving Underworld. Oh, boy, does anything work out well for Carla? After her drink in the Rovers she sets off to find Nick. Before she does she asks Michelle how she is, but gets a frosty front. Carla just tells Michelle she better get used to seeing her around.
Steve warns Lloyd to be careful with Cheryl since she’s not exactly travelling light. Lloyd says if he wants to talk about baggage he’s got one word for him: “Becky.” So true. Cheryl’s wifebeating hubby Chris comes into the cabbie office and demands to see his wife and son. Lloyd won’t help him, and there’s a stand off. Both men scuffle as Steve comes in to break it up. Chris leaves but not before telling Lloyd he’d seem him again. And not soon enough, as he spots Cheryl and Russ with Lloyd outside later. Cheryl tells him that they don’t want to see him but he insists they need to talk. Cheryl says they can go over to the cafe, and leaves Russ with Lloyd. When they’ve gone, Russ asks Lloyd if his mum’s going to be okay, and he assures him she will be.
Mary has gone into over-drive as wedding planner extraordinaire for Hayley. Doesn’t this woman have a competition to do, or something? Hayley is slightly overwhelmed with Mary’s military-style approach to her wedding planning, needless to say. The two ladies pull up to a potential venue in Mary’s motor home listening to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” Great song. The ladies pull up to some very posh looking estate and Hayley’s already intimidated. They’re shown around by the manager and Mary is just in delusional bliss. Hayley can’t say it again – this place is dreamy, but too expensive.
Kirk is attempting to put the powers of positive thinking to use, and as created a wish list to go over in his mind. Julie takes a look and tells him that he’s spelled Angelina wrong, and that she’s not sure what Brad would think if he’d done of what was on his list!
At the Rovers, the heavy flirting continues between the Irish bar staff. Ciaran accuses her of wanting him and mentally undressing him with her eyes. Sean takes Michelle away from Ciaran to mope about missing Dylan. Michelle figures he may as well pretend to be Liz further more and message Violet for more information. Back at the pub, Michelle pokes fun at Ciaran’s cooking. He puts a wager on it, and says he’ll make her a dinner, and if isn’t the best she’s ever tasted, he’ll do a shift in his boxer shorts. He says it’s a win-win situation for her, and for us too! Let’s hope his flan goes flat! Well, you know what I mean. Michelle tells him he’s on – tonight, her place. What’s Michelle got up her sleeve? Not that she wears sleeves.
Gail goes to visit her mum at the salon and wonders what’s new with her. Gail brings up Audrey’s birthday and asks if things are serious between her and Lewis. Audrey thinks it’s so easy with Lewis and comfortable. It’s Audrey’s 70th coming up and she doesn’t want a celebration. She also hasn’t told Lewis how old she is.
- Trev sans shirt! I can see that waxed chests are popular on the street lately. I prefer unwaxed, but I’m not that picky about it!
- David referring to Natasha as Nick’s new stalker.
- Kirk and his “Angelina” wish list.
- Mary and Hayley driving around in Mary’s mobile home to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5”
- I don’t (nor this blog) condone violence in any way shape or form, nor do I really like seeing it on Corrie, but good on Lloyd for not letting the nasty Chris bully him and standing his ground!
- Isn’t Russ just adorable? I love Corrie youngin’s!
- Trev’s souvenir for Janice from South Africa – a name engraved (with name spelled wrong) wooden elephant. No, really, you shouldn’t have.
- How does Janice keep up those perfectly manicured nails as a seamstress?
- Poor pathetic Kirk and poor lonely Julie. Perhaps these two should date again? lol