It's the morning after the night before as everyone comes to terms with what's happened. David is wracked with guilt, as is Robert, who feels that he should've called the police, or done something to stop David and his roadtrip of revenge. Gary is more conciliatory, telling Sarah that he knows it was an accident, whilst ageing terrier Kevin threatens Audrey and Bethany before finally turning on David. It's not surprising, given that he has just heard that Anna will undergo skin grafts, but could suffer from flashbacks and PTSD when she comes out of her medically-induced coma. It's up to Tim, fast becoming the official Street voice of reason, to try and talk his friend down.
However, there's definitely more trouble ahead as Gary and Sarah become closer, and look to soon be the Romeo and Juliet in any ongoing Platt/Webster-Windass feud. Robert, though, is persuaded against telling Kevin and Gary why David was driving so fast with so much petrol after he hears the verdict from the court - Clayton is guilty and so David will stop seeking vengeance. "I did it all for nothing," he laments. The guilty verdict pleases everyone (apart from Macca), although Robert wonders if David is "any better than the lad that got sent down", worrying that they'll all be accessories once the police work out what went on.
Michelle reaction to the explosion is to become her most self-righteous self, turning on Amy, Peter, Steve, Leanne, Robert and finally Liz, over the course of the two eps. She's mad with her mother-in-law because she inadvertently reveals to Amy that she, Michelle, is pregnant. "I'd just like to have some control over who knows what!" she says, little knowing that she is the one who's missing a vital piece of information. She is angry with Steve for telling "sober as a kite - I mean, a judge" Peter that he can stay on the Rovers's sofa, as he's been kicked out of number 1 by Tracy, who discovered that Peter had an argument with Ken just before the stroke. Ken, however, asks Peter to stay. Michelle briefly drops her general indignation to bond a little with Robert (a man whom she hated a few episodes ago), but then storms out when he says Anna has it worse than her. I do wonder if the powers that be are setting up Michelle and Robert (once she finds out the truth about Leanne's pregnancy). They could share hair-dye!
Over at the factory, it's time to pick up the dropped stitches of forgotten storylines. Yasmeen discovers that Sharif gave Alya the money for the embroidery machine, the one that neither she nor Sinead know how to use, and Johnny finds out that Aidan authorised the purchase of said machine, and is upset about it, staunchly supported by Jenny, who seems to be trying to move from cleaner to knicker-stitcher to Johnny's right hand woman in the office.
Meanwhile, Aidan has been helping Kirk look after little Liam, even being mistaken for a couple as he and Kirk take Liam to the Red Rec (Aidan would rather date Nick "Pigging" Tilsley, as Eve puts it). More disturbing for Aidan is Eva sending a photo to Maria of Aidan reading a bedtime story to Liam, which Maria thinks is cute. We all know how obsessive Maria can get. Talking of, Caz tells Kirk she'll be out of the flat as she's going to stay with a friend in Nottingham, but do we believe her?
Finally, Newton and Ridle have introduced new beer-mats featuring famous Mancunians. Noted frminists Tim and Steve admire the Emmeline Pankurst one, but Gemma mis-identifies Anthony Burgess as Johnny Marr. "I used to like the Charlatans," says Kirk.
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