Sean's depressed, but not spend his 40th - sorry, 39th - birthday at home with Norris depressed. Instead, he goes to the Rovers with his landlord, his ex-landlady, his ex-boyfriend, and Rita. I can think of better ways to spend the day. The drink is cava, the cake is filched, his present is a game of Solitaire ("from one single man to another") and Billy, after taking a fractious phone call from the Bishop, accuses him of dobbing him in to His Grace re: the Vicar's current sleeping arrangements. This after Sean magnanimously invited Todd to his do - albeit through literal gritted teeth.
Caz is happy, at least at first as she acknowledges everything that Maria has done for her, which includes getting her an interview (via Aidan) with the owner of The King's Robes in an admin role. After sharing a Spanish omelette and a hug, Caz moves in for a kiss, much to Maria's consternation. Well, she does "attract the gays", as Audrey points out. Hearing them laughing about this and Maria's "gay rays", and after finding the job is actually in Newcastle, Caz does one of her patented stormings off, leaving Maria and Sophie to drive around Manchester looking for her, in order to beg her to come back. When Kate finds out, she does her own storming off, muttering at Sophie about knowing who her friends are.
The too-much-interest-in-a-relative's-sex-life baton has been passed to Steph, who castigates Luke when he goes out Friday night in his tux and comes back Monday morning still in the tuxedo, which is now a little worse for wear, not least of all Andy's stretched shoes. Steph loses interest, however, when Robert asks her to step in for Leanne. Compliments get him nowhere but a pay rise does and Steph is now Bistro temporary manager. His tune change, when she uses her initiative and swaps a free meal in the Bistro for Sean's birthday cake to serve to a customer celebrating her 70th. Andy tries to persuade his girlfriend that the job isn't worth the grief but, as she says, she doesn't want to be a waitress forever. I think Andy just doesn't want Steph to be his boss.
The other news from tonight's ep is that the Salon was never going to win the Weatherfield Hairdresser Of The Year award because Claudia, of Perm Suspect, had the contest all sewn up: she used to give the judge free blow-drys. I bet she did.
Rachel Stevenson - personal blog
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