At the Bistro, Nick hears from Gail that Carla has not turned up to work. He is concerned and rushes out to find her. He bumps into her by her car and tries to find out what is going on. A disgruntled Carla eventually gives in and invites Nick to join her. They drive off together and end up at a high-end casino, where Carla is a regular and is even known by name. Nick watches in disbelief as his friend gambles away money she hasn't got without a care in the world.
Later on, back at Carla's flat, it is revealed that she was finally lucky and won £2000. However, this is a drop in the ocean compared to the amount of money she has lost. Carla confides to Nick that she has lost everything. The once 'rich bitch' of the Street now has nothing. This transformation has been incredibly difficult to watch; Carla is one of my all-time favourite characters. At first I thought the sudden change was rather unrealistic, but since 2006 Carla has lost two husbands, one secret lover, a fiance, a baby, has been a murder suspect twice in two years,a victim of rape and is now being wrongly blamed for the Victoria Court fire. There is no telling where her mindset must be. Maybe Nick will prove to be a source of comfort for her.
|"You won two grand..."|
"It's just a band-aid on a gunshot wound"
Over at Streetcars, what started out as a somewhat comic and rather frivolous storyline has turned sour. Eileen and Michael ponder over what to do with the bracelet they assume a rude customer left in the office last week. Michael reckons he can get a better price for it than Eileen, so he goes to Barlow's Buys without the intention of actually selling it. However, Todd offers him £85 and he can't refuse.
When the pair visit the Rovers for lunch, Liz tells them she has lost Deirdre's bracelet which Ken bestowed upon her. She is devastated and is panicking. Eileen and Michael guiltily lie through their teeth and tell her they haven't seen it. Michael's attempts to buy it back are unsuccessful when Todd reveals that a deposit has already been made on it and it will be sold tomorrow.
|"What was I supposed to say? That it wasn't ours to sell? It would have made no difference"|
"I knew I should have had him adopted!"
Sarah is keeping shtum as to why she and Callum have split up. Paris-bound Bethany is desperate to coax the truth out of her. She is convinced that she was the cause. Bethany has become eerily obsessed with Callum, who doesn't help matters when he turns up with a wad of spending money for her. Lloyd drives Bethany and her ten-tonnes of luggage to the airport, but she she spots Callum she begs him to pull over. Sarah has forbade Bethany to speak to Callum, but since when would that stop her? She embarrassingly flirts with the man she has become dangerously and somewhat sickeningly infatuated with before hopping back in her cab ready for her school trip (in the summer holidays).
|"Make sure you get me a present"|
|"Why? Am I not enough for you?"|
Later on, Kylie finds Sarah in the pub. She is deep in thought and seeing Callum earlier has really bothered her. Kylie sits with her and tries to talk to her. Yet again though, Sarah won't disclose the reason for her sudden and bitter break up. She lies to Kylie, telling her that Callum was sleeping with someone else and hastily leaves the pub. I am so glad this storyline is moving forward now.
|My award for Best Costume yet again goes to Kylie.|
|"For what it's worth, I think you're brilliant. I just haven't always been good at saying it"|
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