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Monday 21 June 2021

The Week In Classic Corrie

MONDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 31st July and 1st August 1998

Sally began to realise she was no longer in love with Kevin.  Not only was she getting jealous when she saw Greg with Maxine, she also found his chat boring.  Kevin talked enthusiastically about his plans for the garage but Greg warned Sally - if she was thinking of leaving, she didn't want to have her money tied up in the garage.  Curly was upset that Lorraine had picked Spider over him and worried that it was something to do with his age.  It was made worse when Alma guessed he was in his forties when he was only 35.  Toyah was also unhappy with Spider's new relationship, and followed them to a nightclub.  Spider felt responsible for her which annoyed Lorraine; to make it up to her, he invited her to spend the night.  Rita and Alec made up and she agreed that she liked him being around.  However, he took it to mean that they were going out, and started throwing his weight around at the Kabin.  Rita was angry to hear he'd overstepped the mark, but realised that she'd forgotten about their conversation entirely in her post-hospital state.  

TUESDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 3rd and 5th August 1998

Toyah turned to top teen mag Only 16 (clearly the predecessor of moxy!) for advice on how to seduce Spider.  She dressed up and went round, but Lorraine was there, being seductive, and so she got absolutely nowhere.  She complained to Ken that the magazine was a load of rubbish and he encouraged her to write and tell them.  Rita's memory got worse, with her forgetting she'd even been ill in the first place, and she worried that she was going bonkers.  The doctor advised her that it would clear eventually, but in the meantime, she locked up the Kabin - and left the keys in the door.  Curly received a letter from Raquel asking for a divorce.  He naturally felt depressed and wondered what the point of life was.  Fred came up with a great idea to celebrate the Millennium - the world's longest sausage.  He tried to persuade Audrey in a scene so thick with innuendo Sid James would've found it a bit much, but she enjoyed his company, and went to dinner with him.  Alf was unamused.  

WEDNESDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 7th and 9th August 1998

Leanne arrived at the Kabin to discover it had been ransacked overnight.  She was deeply upset, and even more so when she realised she was behind on her bills.  Alec packed her off to stay with Mavis in Cartmel and took over running the shop with the help of Ken.  Curly's mid-life crisis deepened and he went into town and bought a load of new clothes, got his ear pierced and asked Maxine to give him a modern haircut.  He debuted his new look at Spider's party, and tried to chat up a girl, but she left with her boyfriend.  Meanwhile, at the same party, Toyah got bladdered on Olde English Cider and ended up puking all over a gatecrashing Les.  She got better news the next day when her letter was published in Only 16, winning her a tenner.  On top of that the magazine offered her £50 to write them an article.  Sally told Kevin that she wasn't going to use her mum's money to buy the garage.  He was confused about why she'd changed her mind and Natalie was angry that he'd wasted her time.  At the factory, Mike told Hayley there was a confusion over her tax, as the HMRC were insisting she was called Harold.  He told Alma about the confusion and she explained about Hayley's past.  Mike was horrified.  

THURSDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 10th and 12th August 1998

Kevin pleaded with Sally to give him the money to buy the garage but she was adamant.  He went to the bank and got a loan, using the house as collateral, which upset Sally.  She told him that she'd got a job in the evenings flogging knickers - actually a cover story to allow her to see Greg - and he accused her of hoarding cash so she could leave him.  Sally pulled one of those sideyes that people in soaps do in cliffhangers but in reality would be followed with a load of follow up questions.  Alma begged Mike not to say anything, but he was convinced he should fire Hayley as she was a "distraction".  He told her she'd have to leave but said he wouldn't reveal her secret.  Unfortunately for him, she'd made a big impression on the factory girls, and they were incensed that she was being let go.  The sainted Ida Clough told Hayley they were all on her side, while Roy lost his temper with Alma for ruining her life.  Toyah wrote an article about sad old men dressing in young men's clothes, and then used Curly's computer to type it up, which is a bit cheeky.  Natalie saw a draft of it and took Curly to one side to tell him that his new look was making him a laughing stock.

FRIDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 14th and 16th August 1998

Curly sang the praises of his laptop computer to Audrey in the Rovers, boasting about how he could access Firman's prices anywhere in the world with just a phone line.  He discovered Toyah's article about sad old men and was deeply hurt.  He told her so, and Toyah was upset that he hadn't seen the funny side and she'd hurt him.  The factory girls threatened to strike if Hayley wasn't reinstated but Mike told them they were fighting for the wrong cause.  Roy went in to see him and pleaded her case, but Mike threatened to tell everyone about her past unless she smoothed things over with his staff.  Maxine surprised Greg by turning up at the flat and he dumped her for being possessive.  Sally appeared on the doorstep with a bottle of wine just as she stormed out.  While Maxine sobbed, Sally and Greg continued their filthy affair, with her staying at the flat until late.  The next morning Kevin confronted her, asking why she was tormenting him, and he said he only wanted to make her happy.  Sally was touched by his loyalty and tried to end things with Greg, but he told her how much he wanted her, and she immediately caved.  

I really want to reach into the screen and tell Sally to stay away from Greg.  Not just because he's a wrong 'un, but also because he's a terrible actor.  Help me invent time travel on Twitter @merseytart.

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