The early Phelan catches the Vinnie, as Pat phones to confess to the manslaughter of Michael. But Vinnie is already in his Hawaiian shirt and his cab is waiting to take him to the airport. Let's get an earlier plane, urges Phelan, little knowing that Vinnie is taking a much earlier flight. Pat knows everything by the end of the episode though when he rings the bank to find out that his erstwhile business partner has stolen all of the fake flats cash. He nonetheless turns up to the airport with his fake passport and his real airline ticket, only to look at the fiver in his wallet and decide that three regular meals and a bunk up with Eileen is better than Cancun with no pesos. Phelan, it's panto season, surely you could get a job playing Baron Hardup!
This is excellent stuff: Phelan has, in his words, been shafted, but with any luck, he can pin Michael's death and the development fraud on Vinnie and live to con another day, with the oblivious Mrs Eileen Phelan by his side.
The news spreads about Michael, and Andy immediately thinks that Phelan must be involved. Anna knows he is and calls the police 'round to tell them what she knows, although they don't seem to really believe her. Maybe she should've called the over-credulous coppers investigating Caz's 'murder'. The only one not blaming Phelan is poor Gail. That's husband number five gone, she only needs one more to make it the full Henry VIII.
Not in the pub mourning Michael is the Barlow clan. They're more interested in interrogating Daniel. First bad cop Tracy, then kinder cop Peter try to find out about his likes, dislikes and who the strange man might be who was peering through the window. They get nowt from him apart from a home cooked meal, some grammar and geography correction and a couple of shifty looks at the front door. In the meantime, little Simon is not so little any more and has got himself a girlfriend, Daisy, who is super-hot, according to Tracy. Let's hope she's not dodgy Seb's little sister.
My fave of tonight's storylines was Gemma at the awards ceremony. Doesn't Dolly Rose scrub up a treat? I do hope that she doesn't lose the orange tide mark, the boob-tube and the inappropriate funeral wear though. In a sparkly dress bought by her sugar-mummy Rita, too tight shoes, and hair product and lippy 'borrowed' from Jenny, Gemma gets her Good Samaritan reward, but is disappointed that her idol whose nipples she used to kiss (in poster form), Peter Andre, doesn't show.
Finally, Roy sacks Michelle and her pink filofax of dreams when she comes up with lots of Roy-unfriendly ideas for the Cropper-Matthews nuptials. It's the horse and carriage that breaks the cafe owner's back. He says that he wants he and Cathy to plan their own wedding, but when he urged to say what he feels about Cathy for his speech, he comes up with a blank piece of paper and Brian wonders if Roy truly loves Cathy.. I'm not sure anyone should take romantic advice from Mr Packham, to be honest.
Talking of Brian, he has had his interview for the Recycling Czar (or Tsar) job, although he is regretting not saying he'd get Tom Cruise to star in a big budget, all star, pro-recycling video. I do love Brian, the actor has great comic timing, but I do hope this storyline isn't going to go into 1970s busybody from the council going through the bins type malarkey.
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