The 'A' story in tonight's ep was the birth of Sarah's child, five weeks early, but it takes us almost the full hour to get there. First of all, Sarah and Todd talk about Billy (their son, who would be almost twelve by now), Sarah suffers labour pains in the florist and almost has her baby delivered by Mary, who's just popped in for "a conversation piece for an occasional table", but who has also seen One Born Every Minute, and prepares to scrub in as a substitute OB/GYN, much to Tracy's disgust, concerned that all the shouting will put off the potential customers. Fortunately, Sarah doesn't have the baby in "a bucket of half price daffodils", as the ambulance and a plethora of Platts arrive, bickering and bitching, until Todd does the sensible thing and persuades Sarah to have the C-section that the doctor wants to perform. Sarah, who is convinced that a Caesarian will lead to the same fate as Billy's, is not reassured when the baby is deemed healthy; she is worried that her her punishment for covering up Callum's death will be her son's ill-health. "Callum's always going to have the last word," she claims.
Marta, seemingly not needed as a witness in the O'Driscoll's trial, is free, safe, and back off to Poland, and Eva and Aidan are growing closer again. On a less positive note, the fallout from the O’Driscoll/Marta storyline is money troubles at the factory (is that déjà vu I can feel?) but its main thrust has been to put Eva into the spotlight. As Alison King is leaving, the soap needs a new “lead” female character and the point of this storyline (in my opinion) has been to make Eva a more rounded character, not just an airhead interested in hairstyles and handbags.
Caitlyn McGuinness is back and not happy about baby sitting Max and Lily who go full Jackson Pollock on the Platt kitchen, And Tyrone's £5 dole-out from Fiz doesn't go very far in the pub, and he vows to find extra work to pay off the Winter Wonderland debt.
The best part of the episode featured everyone's favourite gob on a stick, Gemma, whose preferred form of greeting is "Size of you, yer fat cow," but who nonetheless rescued Bethany from the bullies, despite Bethany's earlier accusation that Gemma wok-fries her hair.
And that's about it for Monday. See you next week!
Rachel Stevenson - on twitter.
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