Tracy's coming to the realisation that there are downsides to having a successful businessman boyfriend: early mornings, late nights, wedding menu discussions with nemeses... She can't catch a moment to tell Robert that she thinks she might be up the duff (medical term) and when she does get him alone, her jealousy rises to the surface and she ends up blabbing her secret, that she knows Robert's secret. Robert, to his credit, doesn't reference Tracy's prison fling with Rob Donovan, but instead wonders when Tracy will turn "that bile and hatred onto me". He doesn't buy her story of her getting her revenge on Carla in order to secure the Bistro for him, because who else but a psychopath would? He trusts Tracy so little that he insists on seeing the (negative) pregnancy test, rather than taking her word for it.
People talk of Platt-fatigue, but I'll be glad of a bit of Tracy-rest when this storyline finally concludes, and I'm with lowculture: I'll miss Carla, but when is she getting her exit story? She can't really slope off to LA, tail 'twixt legs, when Nick finds out that she gambled with their relationship in the casino, can she? Ms Connor really deserves a victorious, vengeful departure.
The second of the love triangles is Michelle, Steve (who is still "happy as a pig in muck" in Spain), and thingy, Michelle's ex from circa 1990. Sean, who has gained some kind of godly wisdom since dating Billy, advises her to drop thingy and Saskia as wedding customers, whist Liz, surely going for the top prize in the new Interfering Mother In Law category at the British Soap Awards, looks on stonily, offering a few barbed comments and generally making daughters in law over the land nod grimly. She is so determined to stick her neb in that she doesn't even notice the attentions of the granddad of one of Amy's pals from music class - it must be serious if Liz doesn't clock that a man is interested in her! Amy is currently being given the best lines and she can deliver the heck out of them, offering to buy Liz a bungalow in Lytham St Annes when she's a famous violinist like Lindsey Stirling, and talking about writing a song about a dead dog/slug.
|"My lovely, lovely, lovely dead dog...running through the fields..."|
|Total crush of the heart|
Tonight's comedy storyline is the new feud in town. In the blue corner: The Crafty Community Worker Yasmeen! In the red corner: The Cunning Councillor Sally! Who will win in the battle of Pillar Of The Community versus Key Player In Weatherfield? Sally may claim that nobody messes with Councillor Metcalfe and lives to tell the tale, but my money's on Yasmeen. She seduces Jason with deep-fried delicacies, then moves the boundary fence half a foot to the right, stealing Sally's garden and Vitamin D in the process. Jason sits on the fence - not literally, he goes home for his tea, but Sally refuses to mend fences and decides to abuse her position on the council and get onto Cllr Stevens about her issue. Stick to bottoming your tallboy, Sal.
In other news, Andy intends to "bog off" to Brighton to see Michael, who has probably already accidentally started a hapless ice-cream war, Beth invents the new floral concept of "Bouquets That Bite", and Jason discovers the fact that there's a list with rich people on it.
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