Finally it has happened. I have given up on Norris. I am forever looking for the redemptive characteristic and with Norris, it was his concern for Rita. But that’s it now, I'm done with Norris. ‘If you don’t have a nice word for anybody, do not expect anybody to have a nice word for you,’ was what my mum used to say to her offspring, and it is true enough.
His jibes at Steve post-crash, his irritation and callousness with Mary, his treatment of his half-brother who came to make amends and now his refusal to check the till when Maddie received change for £10 when she had handed him £20. Maddie was right and Rita returned her tenner but Norris refused to apologise. So I am rather pleased that Maddie got hold of his tablet. Maddie believes that it was Norris who punctured Simon’s ball. Reasonable assumption as Norris is probably the one most likely to pull such a mean trick.Telling Maddie she was looking for Oik News, did him no favours. What an obnoxious snob!
Is it Max who is luring Callum back to Coronation Street or might it be Katy? Just as Katy and Max are in the cafe in walks Callum who insists on buying Max a milkshake. David is outraged that Max is with Callum again. David has just returned from a trip to the solicitors to try to find out what his rights are over Max, as he is not the biological father. As we know, he is a father to Max, and a pretty good one too, despite the missing biological link. The solicitor has eased David's anxieties, saying, that though Callum has legal rights, David has the relationship with Max. But on seeing Callum, that reassurance all seems to fall away. David demands Max leaves immediately. Eva also tells Callum to keep away from Max and tells him that despite it being Callum’s name on the birth certificate, David is Max’s true father.
Katy wants to know why David loathes Callum and when he explains, Katy turns Callum down for a date, making it clear she’s not keen on drug-dealers. She calls him a 'cocky swine' which in turn angers Callum, who turns up at David’s to inform him how he will be seeing Max much more. Callum mends Max's car. Gavin believes that he and Max have a connection. He tells David his car has been keyed but we don't know if that's true or not. He tells David that he's from a respectable family and that his mum is a teacher. He also tells David he'll see him in court.
It’s bistro opening night and a young woman delivers some plants. Steph and Gavin are told off a couple of times for canoodling by Leanne, so imagine what she must think when she catches Gavin in an embrace with the plant deliverer. She is called Tara and has an attractive North East accent. (Sorry Glenda, can’t pinpoint it precisely).This time she really was the girlfriend of Andy/ Gavin. She seems keen to reconcile but he tells her he is seeing someone, which is the truth. Then comes the strange charade between Steph and Gavin as she shrieks at him that he's dumped because he has no respect for women. She slaps him across the face. They then reconcile and fight the good fight in the bistro. Hmm.
Carla calls in to see Roy. She is still on crutches and Roy asks if she is ready to return to work. She says she’s not but has to do it. As it’s only 500 yards away, Carla suggests Roy gives her a piggy back.
Good to hear news of Mavis. She is on the 5-2 diet and has lost 9 lbs. She has also made a Victoria sponge. Rita tells Norris to behave in her absence and Norris tells her that he’s not a child. ‘Don’t behave like one,’ them she warns.
Faye hates school and she confides in Craig. We saw her forge Anna's signature and also saw her hanging outside the gym. Eva asked Faye what she was doing but she just said she had a free period. That cannot be true. Pupils Faye's age are not allowed to be off school premises. Craig says she always gets good marks, but it's not the lessons that are bothering her. People are saying she's fat. They write it on the white board and on her school books. Craig asks if it's Sabrina Walsh and her crew. Craig also says he's been there and that she should speak to one of the teachers. Craig, like the true gent he is, offers to be her bodyguard.
Gail is being very precious about Michael. He wants something to take his mind off his operation on Friday, so when Eileen asks to borrow him fro a couple of hours while she goes to the dentist, he accepts. At breakfast he doesn’t finish his cereal and Gail doesn’t want him ‘going weak from lack of nourishment’. She means well, but Michael must feel suffocated.
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