Dastardly Desperate Dan has just got even more dastardly. Leanne has to work late. DDD is watching and waiting for her. Unbeknown to him, though, Liz is at Leanne’s flat looking after Simon, when Dan accosts Leanne in the street telling her that she has ruined his life. As she arrives at her flat he jams his foot in the door and forces his way in. He has hold of her wrist and she is clearly in pain. Leanne shouts to Liz to phone the police but Dan is too quick and grabs hold of Liz’s bag, throwing it through the air. He demands everyone’s phones and stamps on them. The situation quickly becomes violent and committing one of the meanest and most spiteful acts of his life, he wreaks revenge on Leanne, for telling Liz that he became violent towards her when he was working as a prostitute and tells Simon his mum was a prostitute.
Liz does her best in trying to convince Dan to let them go. Her tactics include flattery, ‘I just see the good in you. A good man with a good heart.’ Belittlement, as Liz asks him what he’s getting from ‘terrorising 2 women and a child.’ And insults, ‘How could you stop so low?’ Eventually, Liz and Simon make a run for it, leaving Dan with Leanne. Liz phones the police. Simon is very worried and Zeedan showing perhaps more kindness than wisdom goes in.
And here comes Tony. Yes, he’s back and is either brave or stupid in returning to face the music - music which will be very loud. Jason has been very upset by his father’s dealings, just when he and Tony had got on an even footing. To Jason his dad is everything his mum, Eileen, has said he is and more. Jason tells Tony that he is better off without him in his life. Tony is further knocked back when he enters The Rovers. On seeing him Steve says, ‘I’m going to kick your head in.’ Tony leaves, after a verbal pasting from Eileen too.
In Tony’s head he must feel that that there is a chance for him with Liz, but maybe he needs to revisit exactly what it is he has done to her, and how with Liz’s one time daughter in law, who she loathes, he had an affair, resulting in humiliation for Liz. Cheating is bad enough, but with Tracy! Tony then, if he wishes to have any chance at all of a reconciliation with Liz, has a mountain to climb.
Beth sees Robert in the corner shop and tells him she is a friend of Tracy, launching into the Spice Girls ‘If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends.’ Beth is sporting a glamorous plait hairpiece. ‘Takes 30 seconds to wazz it in and you’re transformed into a goddess.’ Beth also tells us that if she sold both retinas she could enjoy a beach side retreat in Bali.’
Beth tells Tracy that Robert is still in love with her. Tracy is clearly interested in what Beth claims. Robert apologises to Ken for his inappropriate behaviour after Deirdre’s funeral. What’s more, spotting the recipe for stuffed marrow on the table he offers to make it for Ken and Tracy – a very nice gesture. Ken confesses that Deirdre’s attempts at stuffed marrow were not a patch on Robert’s efforts.
It was interesting that though Robert himself never actually said it, both Ken and Deirdre assumed he was single, Tracy of course claiming that she is too hard an act to follow.
I’m a little confused about the relationship/friendship between Eileen and Michael. They are just friends, aren’t they? Eileen is meeting Michael for a drink, but Gail lures him back to his old home to fix a tap. Just prior to his arrival Gail had been singing, ‘I am Woman, including the lyrics, ‘I am strong, I am invincible.
She then attempts to prolong his stay by offering him a cup of tea. Clearly she is doing her best to get him back. Eileen is waiting for Michael in the Rovers. Gail persuades Michael to join the family for Audrey’s birthday and he leaves finally with some Battenberg cake. Gail and Michael are married, so maybe they should at least try to fix it. Michael and Eileen though, do get on well. Interestingly, in the pub, Dusty Springfield’s, ‘I Only Want to be with You and Cupid, by Sam Cooke were playing. Who might those songs be aimed at?
Roy’s driving test takes place today – can he pass? Camomile tea and barley sugars from Cathy and good luck from others, Tyrone takes Roy to his driving test. Tim made a brilliant contribution saying he had passed his test first time and drove home in the Austin Princess. To celebrate Tim’s dad had given him a cigar. Tim set fire to the leatherette seats and despite his mum’s efforts making crimplene covers, it was never the same.
Roy passes his test. Hooray! Now it’s perhaps time for some heating in Woody, because as Roy says, it can be restrictive with a rug on your knees.
Vince, planning to retire, offers Kevin his garage. Kevin seems interested, so maybe he’ll do it. From what Vince said about his wife and her vision, he’ll need to keep an ‘eye’ on her as they do the Route 66 or The Mother Road according to author, John Steinbeck. Does Vince assume Kevin is gay? It seems so, especially as in the pub, Tim ticks Kevin off as he refused to come for a drink with Tim when he asked him.
Just a couple of glimpses of the wonderful Steph in these episodes and of her brother Luke. Such a shame they are not given a really good storyline. Maybe there’s one in the pipeline. Very much hope so.Download our free App | Follow on Twitter @CoroStreetBlog | Like on Facebook | Visit Corrie.net
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