Gloria's lies about her supposedly racy past life in Spain were unmasked while Tommy told Tina their relationship would finish if she went ahead with plans to have a surrogate baby for Izzy . I'm so not enjoying this particular storylinee!
Meanwhile Lloyd bumped into the imposing and slightly scary Mandy, the former married love of his life, at an 80s nostalgia concert. After the pair swapped affectionate reminiscences and he dropped her home in his taxi, she firmly told him she never wanted to see him again.
I think we can take it as read, with all this storyline build up, that this isn't going to happen! (Mandy's so far unseen daughter is, i don't think I'm giving too much away, set to throw a few spanners into the works)
Gloria's colourful stories about being a glamorous gangster's moll and top Spanish bar owner were shown to be porkies when her mild-mannered, scruffy, anorak-wearing former boyfriend Cliff - no gangster he - arrived in Weatherfield.
As curious Gail treated him a bacon sandwich, he told her she had really worked in a dry cleaners in Spain and had to leave after she apparently caused a fire there.
Gail confronted the formerly uppity Gloria, who was forced to admit the truth and to build bridges with daughter Stella and agree not to interfere in the running of the Rover's.But will she?
Enjoying very much the introduction of the wonderful actress Sue Johnston into the Street and it's good to see a new character that isn't just eye candy. Also a good thing that they haven't cast her as a warm hearted matriarch along the lines of Sheila from Brookside or Mum in the Royle family but as t a rather more flawed and scheming woman
Cash strapped Tina finally agreed to be a surrogate mother for Izzy after Owen offered her £15,000, but Tommy was furious to hear about it second hand via Anna's adopted young daughter Faye who overheard the grown ups talking about it. Hurt, he gave Tina an ultimatum - if she did go ahead with it, they were finished.
Meanwhile it looks like Kirk, who has never really come across as anything more than a comedy character, is heading for a romance with brassy Beth after he came across a notes which contained a listing for her internet dating profile and he made it clear he fancied her - though comparing her to a lovely dog perhaps wasn't the best way of paying her a compliment!
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