|"You got hurt and I'm sorry. That's why you're doing this. This is revenge, isn't it? You're trying to get one back on Alya"|
"I'm doing it to put food on the table"
In tonight's episode, Gary returned from his anger-fuelled expedition to Germany to see his dad after he and Alya split suddenly. Alya is desperate to avoid him but this is soapland, so of course bad timing is the law of the land. When they notice each other, Gary simply marches straight past and goes into the café to see Anna, who is more than pleased to see her son home safely after his unannounced departure. He expects to be able to continue as a partner at V Court Fitness, but the Nazirs are totally against it, childishly calling his assumption 'revenge' on Alya. But Dev rides to the rescue and points out that he has signed a legally binding contract so therefore, he is still a partner- quite rightly, too.
Over at the Barlows, Tracy is keen to spend the evening with Robert but he is blasé towards her. Tracy crossed the line with her cruel, uncaring comments about Leanne's parenting skills and Simon's emotional issues. She is angry that Simon hit Amy and when Leanne calls round to apologise, she simply dismisses it and asks her what she intends to do about the issue. Not a minute before, she had claimed that she is a single mother (is she?) and Amy doesn't hit her. Leanne has been to the doctors for advice on Simon .The doctor puts her in touch with a therapist and Leanne has to convince Simon to visit her. While working together at the Bistro, a caring Robert listens to Leanne's news. Unfortunately, the Wicked Witch of Weatherfield is sitting on the other side of the bar as she is desperate to spend time with Robert. She's jealous of the support Robert is providing to Leanne throughout her latest ordeal and just can't resist putting her two pence in. However, after a spectacular dismissal from her own boyfriend, which Leanne couldn't resist smirking at, I'm sure she wishes she had the power to turn back time.
|"Shouldn't you be at home restraining that thug of a son of yours? Forget therapy Leanne, he should be wearing a tag"|
"Right. Enough. You, out"
"You heard. Get out, you poisonous little bitch!"
After Monday's race-car drama and the revelation of Jamie's blackmail threats, Steph is still reeling. She agrees to meet Jamie in his car for a confrontational chat. She voices her feelings of disbelief at the man she once loved has become and yet he will not budge. Despite showing some remorse, Jamie shows no signs of retracting his threats, even when Luke spots them together and starts to become violent, telling him to 'save his energy' for the next race.
|"I can't believe you've still got those pictures, never mind threatening me"|
"Desperate men do desperate things"
Elsewhere, at number 7, Dev has invited Erica over for dinner after Erica's telly has gone on the blink and she's had to look at a psychedelically blue Holly Willoughby. That's dinner on a tray watching a horror film. How romantic. It's possible that Erica has misread the signals but all is well after a jokey argument concerning this and Dev's supposed narcissism.
|"You're always reading into things. You know, a shrink, he might think that it's you who fancies me"|
"It's you who fancies you"
"Well, someone's got to, right?"
Oh, and giddy Mary had a very giggly chat with Brendan and criticised his biscuit-buying habits:
A good episode which moved forward three storylines and had a few comic moments. I personally cannot wait to see the aftermath of Robert's outburst at Tracy. Watch out, Robert. Keep any ornaments out of her reach!
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