Without further ado....
Love is in the air tonight as Evil Phelan continues to woo Eileen. What is his game, I wonder? When Eileen offers him a biscuit, he says: "I'll take whatever's going" and he wasn't talking about lemon puffs. Is he trying to get in with Jason, with an end goal of taking over the builder's yard, or does he genuinely like Eileen? There's no reason why he shouldn't, and it was entertaining, after years of Ms Grimshaw's relationship woes, to have two men fighting over her, even if one of them is a Machiavellian monster and the other is Gail's soppy, sloppy seconds. Talking of Mrs Tilsley-Platt-MacIntyre-Rodwell, she and Michael share a heart to heart and a chaste kiss in her annexe/Hobbit-hole, after Anna chucks him out of the cafe. Anna attempts to explain to Eileen why Phelan is such a bad 'un, but it falls on deaf ears as Pat has pre-empted Anna and already told Ei his mendacious version of what happened between them.
Rana and Zeedan are also feeling the lurve as they flirt over Nutella and arrange a date. Rana is another one with a dodgy past, although she scrubs up better than Phelan and hasn't, to my knowledge, forced anyone to prostitute themselves. Rana's ex, who pops up in the bistro as she and Zee go for a meal, claims that she slept with his mate when they were dating, but like, Eileen, Zeedan refuses to believe anything bad about his new love.
There's no romance between David and Gemini, despite the latter thinking her boss wants to try it on with her. I'm so glad that the writers found a way to bring Gemma back: the street needs a gobby mare in the same way it needs a matriarch, a shiftless fella, a snob, and a gossip. It's a pity that the Audrey couldn't have kept on J-wave as well (secretly, I hope for the return of Madonna Grimes one day). Gemma, despite not nicking owt, breaking owt or hitting anyone, is sacked after less than a day at the salon after threatening David with Callum and then attacking him with the shower nozzle. But after seeing off some lairy lads in the kebab shop, Chesney says he will put a word in for her with Dev. Yay!
Meanwhile, in the pub, Aidan refuses to have anything more to do the Marta situation, Kylie and Freddie bond over Al Green, and Audrey and Ken are getting closer, although I do wonder if Freddie is going to be another obstacle in the Aud 'n' Ken (Audreth? Kenrey?) romance. In another booth, Norris, after trying and failing to secure Rita's vote, admits that he just misses Emily and his politicking is a way of filling the empty hours. Poor Nozza! No wonder he's going around canvassing at Underworld and giving the factory girls a "proper gander" at his out of date chocolate bars.
Rachel Stevenson - Personal Blog
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