Written by: Debbie Oates
Directed by: Terry Dyddgen-Jones
Kevin's on the sofa, looking miserable. Apparently he's been there all night, though he tells Rosie he just got up early to watch telly. Sophie asks him if he's still not speaking to Sally, but he tells her to go and get ready for school. 'How long are you going to drag this out for?' Sally asks him, but he walks out without replying.
Blanche has also had a terrible night and is going to miss Ken and Deirdre's wedding, according to Deirdre who is already in her wedding outfit and having a cup of tea with Emily. Deirdre is talking about Samir – she says that she felt she was honouring his name and their relationship by remaining a Rachid. She says her life will be split up according to her surname: the Hunt years, the Barlow years, the Langton years, 'But it feels right to become a Barlow again. Samir, he burned bright but he burned quick. But me and Ken, it's like we were always meant to walk beside one another.' At that moment Blanche appears, looking resplendent in lilac outfit and matching hat. Deirdre's delighted she can come to the wedding.
Martin has come to see Katy, who returns to her place on the sofa under a duvet, looking rough. He asks her if she's still suffering from morning sickness, but she doesn't respond to that and wants to know why he's come. He says he takes responsibility for his own mistakes, and Katy's not going to rule him out of his baby's life. He mentions a trust fund for it, but she says he's wasting his time – there is no baby any more. He's stunned.
A small crowd has gathered outside Ken and Deirdre's, including Liz, Mike, Norris and Rita and several extras. The bride and groom appear, Deirdre looking very nice in a champagne coloured satin ensemble of brocade patterned skirt and short, plain jacket, accessorised with a fancy hairband thingy and a small bouquet of white flowers (that's as detailed as I can get, fashion fans). Ken is wearing a blue tie (and a suit, obviously). Lena turns up, clutching a bottle and already rather merry. 'Don't worry, she'll be as quiet as a church mouse,' Blanche unconvincingly reassures the happy couple. Mike offers Ken his congratulations, and jokes that if he's ever had enough of Deirdre he knows who to send for! Tracy is not pleased because Amy has just spilled juice all down her outfit; she'll have to stay and get changed, and Steve will bring her to the registry office later (he looks underwhelmed at this prospect).
Martin can't believe what Katy's done. 'How can you create a life just to keep me, and destroy it when things don't go your way?' he asks her. She says it's all his fault for cheating on her. In a voice choked with emotion he says he didn't have an affair: 'I couldn't have, because I *loved* you. Although now, I don't know who that Katy was.' 'Maybe you mixed her up with Sally Webster,' she says, trying to be tough. He shakes his head. 'One day, you're going to realise how stupid you've been, and what you've done, and when you do I hope it haunts you for the rest of your life.'
Tracy has now changed her top, and is pushing Amy in the buggy to Streetcars. Steve says he'll be two minutes, so Tracy says she'll wait at Roy's Rolls. As they cross the road, there's a car coming along. The driver (who looks kind of familiar) is distracted as he seems to be looking at the houses, and is especially interested in the builders' yard. He doesn't see that Tracy has stopped the buggy in the road while she sorts out the seatbelts, and his car gently bumps into the buggy. Amy is unhurt but starts to cry and Tracy bangs on the car window yelling 'What are you doing?' The driver gets out and the two have an argument. He doesn't want to take any responsibility and doesn't think any harm's been done anyway, and Tracy's yelling about the shock poor Amy suffered. Steve comes over and Tracy tells him to take them to the hospital –she wants to get Amy checked over. 'For crying out loud!' the car driver says.
Norris is outside the Kabin telling Betty the latest comings and goings in the Harris and Webster households. 'I bet you've never left that step all morning,' she says. He carries on, saying he can't say he's surprised about Sally. Gail comes out of the shop and overhears this last bit and demands to know what he was talking about. 'It's an affair,' he says, 'Allegedly. You don't seem surprised. Did Martin tell you himself?' 'Martin?' she echoes. 'I suppose it's a compliment really,' says Norris. 'Having sampled both the young and the vintage wines, he obviously finds the vintage wines the smoother!'
Rosie has come home from school at lunchtime, though she doesn't want any lunch – she wants to know from Sally if it's true that she and Kevin are splitting up. She says it's obvious that Sally isn't having an affair with Martin – 'cos you're having an affair with Gemma's dad, aren't you?'
Gail has bought Martin a pint in the Rovers, and apologises for being hard on him previously: 'You've enough on your plate without me adding to it,' she says. 'There's nothing on my plate,' he tells her sadly, 'It's completely empty.' Kevin comes in for a drink but when he sees Martin he says he'll go somewhere else. Gail tries to calm Kevin down, and Martin tells him that he's let Tommy Harris get inside his head, and says he's already lost everything and now it's Kevin's turn. Kevin says he just wants to know the truth – Tommy's a mate of his, why would he lie to him? Martin says that all Tommy is interested in is making sure Martin isn't going out with his daughter and won't be the father of his grandchild – and now he's succeeded. 'But Martin – the baby…' Gail says. 'There is no baby anymore, okay? So go on,' he says to Kevin, 'throw Sally out onto the street, have done with it. Who cares that she's done nowt, eh?' He leaves. An angry and upset Gail tells Kevin that she'd put her life on the fact that Sally hasn't been having an affair with Martin: 'Can we stop this now before there's any more damage?'
Rosie is telling Sally that Gemma is convinced her dad is having an affair, because Sally and Kevin are having problems, Rosie's drawn her own conclusions. She asks Sally why she didn't want Kevin knowing about the condom Rosie found in Sally's bag. Sally says that Kevin would have been furious with Rosie. 'Just with me?' says Rosie, narrowing her black-encircled eyes accusingly. Sally says she'd never do anything to hurt her family, and pleads with her daughter not to add to Kevin's worries by saying anything, because if she does it'll split Sally and Kevin up, 'and it'll all be your fault. Is that what you want?' Rosie storms upstairs, barging into Sophie who is just on her way in.
The wedding party is assembling in the registry office, but Tracy and Amy still haven't turned up. Deirdre is worried about them, but Ken reassures her: 'We're getting married! The rest is just background noise.' 'You're a wonderful man, Ken Barlow,' she says. 'A lucky man,' the old smoothie replies.
Sophie is hassling her mum about a form she needs filling in for school, but Sally is distracted by Rosie. She sends Sophie upstairs to change her jumper. While she's gone, Sally apologises to Rosie for shouting at her, and says surely Rosie doesn't really think anything's been going on between Sally and Gemma's dad. Before Rosie can reply, Kevin comes in. He wants to speak to all of them, and calls Sophie down. He tells Sally he's sorry for the things he's said, and tells the girls that he's been hurtful to their mum and she doesn't deserve it, because of course she hasn't been seeing Martin. 'It's daft, isn't it?' he says. 'I mean, when is she supposed to be having an affair? She's working all the hours God sends, and when she's not slaving away at Davenports she's looking after us lot, so what I should really be doing is thanking her.' Sally looks guilty, and Rosie looks sullen and suspicious. Sophie is relieved and hugs Kevin, then goes back upstairs. Kevin asks Rosie what she's thinking and Sally gives her a hard look. 'I'm not thinking owt, I'm going to school,' Rosie says. Kevin tells Sally that the reason he was so quick to believe she was having an affair is that when they got married again he was worried that one day he wouldn't be enough for her. 'All you need to know is that nothing and no-one is more important to me than my family' she tells him. 'And we're going to be alright, okay? I forgive you.' At least she has the decency to look mortified with herself for daring to say this.
Tracy, Amy, Steve and the Mysterious Driver (he does look awfully familiar…) are at the hospital. Tracy is not satisfied that Amy has been seen and been deemed to be fine – she wants a second opinion. The Mysterious Driver says 'There's nowt wrong with t'kid – not unless you hit her with something in t'cab.' Steve tells him to go home, and the MD asks if Steve's wife, or whoever she is, makes a habit of making up stories to get money out of folk, or whatever it is she's after. He sits down. Tracy sits opposite him, and asks for his insurance details. 'Nothing happened to her!' he protests. 'I take it you haven't got kids,' she says. 'I have, actually,' he says, looking sad (and, as I said, looking familiar. Some family resemblance, maybe?). He offers her 'twenty euros – or, er, pounds' (obviously been out of the country for a while) if that can be an end to it, but Tracy just takes that as proof of his guilt.
The registrar tells Ken she wants to get the wedding started, but Deirdre rushes in and tells Ken they've got to go to the hospital because Amy and Tracy have had an accident.
Gail has turned up at Sally's to read Sally the riot act. Sally is saying that she and Martin are both innocent victims of Tommy's wild accusations, but Gail says that people can't be blamed for piecing the evidence together: 'they were right about the affair – they were wrong about the bloke!' She says that all Martin has done is to tell the truth but he's become mixed up in all of Sally's lies. Sally says how can it be a lie to deny an affair she's not having. Gail says Sally is trying to get out of her lies by telling half truths, but what she's doing is wrong, plain and simple, 'and somehow, Martin's lost his girlfriend and his baby.' Sally is not even moved on hearing that Katy has aborted the baby. She says that if Martin insists on going out with someone who's barely a child he's got to expect daft decisions. '"Daft?"' repeats Gail, incredulous, 'You've no idea at all, have you, you're so wrapped up in yourself. Well, next time you're looking for someone to confide your seedy little secrets in, you can look somewhere else!' Gail storms out and Sally looks perplexed.
Back to the hospital, where the mystery driver and Tracy are still going on at each other. He asks her what she's so dressed up for, and she says she's missing her parents' wedding. She adds that when her parents find out what he's done he'll wish he never came to Weatherfield. He replies that he already does – nothing's changed, 'there always was some hard piece up the street looking out to make trouble.' Deirdre, Ken and Blanche arrive. Deirdre asks Tracy if she's alright, and asks how Amy is. 'She's okay, no thanks to him,' Tracy says, pointing at the mysterious driver. They all turn to him. 'RAY?' Deirdre gasps. 'Good heavens!' says Blanche. Ken looks shocked. 'What, do you know him?' asks Tracy. 'Oh, yes, Tracy, I know him,' her mother says. Ray's eyes light up, and he steps towards them. 'Tracy?' he says. 'Yeah? Well?' she replies. 'He's an idiot, and he's a menace.' Deirdre agrees with that description: 'And he's also your father.'
This is Katy Harris of No.6 Coronation Street. Life has been cruel to her in resent years. Now she wants to put it all behind her and start a fresh, but for Katy Harris Friday 4th March is going to be murder. Killer Katy – TV advert for this episode
Now back to tonight's killer episode. At the hospital Tracy can't believe that Ray is her dad. Ken wants to know why he is here. Ray says, "look at you" to Tray but she tells him to stop saying that. He is also surprised he has bumped into them. Ken implies that it's where he left them.
Gail has come round to the Harris's. She tells them they have to stop prosecuting Martin. "He's been to hell and back, although his hell continues". Tommy thinks this is the best news he's heard all week. Gail tells Angela and Tommy that Martin is not having an affair with Sally. Angela says she over heard her and Sally taking in the Rover. Gail asks if she hear Martin's name being said, she says no. Gail tells them Sally is having an affair but not with Martin. Angela is shocked and realizes she's made a mistake.
Back at the hospital. Deirdre is asking Ray where he is staying; Tracy is not amused because it's only an hour away. Tracy goes on about weeks turning into months, months turning into years. She then says the next thing he knows is the toddler he left, has a toddler of her own. Tracy still asks for his details so she can get compensation. Ray tells her he's going to stay for a bit, to make sure the wee one is ok. Blanch asks Ray if he's married, but says he's been divorced for five years.
Angela does not know what to tell Katy. She reminds Tommy there's nothing going on between Martin and Sally, Tommy really does not care just as long as there's nothing going on between his little girl and Martin. They start to argue and Angela blames him for everything what's happened, he says he's happy to take the credit for it. Angela shouts at him and telling him to drop dead. Tommy storms out.
Hospital again and Ray is apologizing for messing up Deirdre and ken's bog day. Tracy tells Ray she always wondered what he looked like. Then goes on about wanting to turn up on his doorstep one day, but says he never left an address. He gets up and Tray says "bye then" but Ray tells her not to get excited he's only going to the toilet.
Angela tries to tell Katy, what she heard in the pub was wrong. Sally and Martin are not having an affair. Angela is sobbing and Katy looks gob smacked. Katy then begins to cry. She says "I've just killed are baby"
Katy enters Martin's flat, but he's asleep on the sofa. She starts talking to him saying she's sorry, but he tells her to go home. Katy tells him she is home. She thinks he hates her and asks for his forgiveness. Martin is sarcastic towards her. He says "kids, who would ever shack up with them, losers" then tells her "Tommy said one day he would destroy me, well he's as good as his word". He tells Katy it's over. She begs but then runs off crying.
At the Rovers, the factory girls talk about there being no work. Danny enters and tells them about there being not an order but orders. Mike congratulates him for finally fulfilling his job description.
At the garage Katy enters looking very angry. She says "look at you, business as usual" he tells her life goes on and she will be better off with out Martin. She starts hitting Tommy. She sobs saying she hates him. Tommy gets a seat and sits her down. He tells her that her life will be 200% better now.
At the hospital Ray says he does not have reasons just excuses. He says he regrets not getting in touch. They are told they can take Amy home. Ray speaks to Amy and goes to touch her but Tray tells him to get his hands of her daughter.
At the garage Katy asks what she is going to do now, he says "move forward". She says yes, she's going to get Martin back but Tommy is not listing to her as she says Martin will come round in a few days. He says she's going to spend three years at Roy's waiting for a pervert. She screams at him.
Sally tells Ian about what Rosie said the other day. Ian asks if his Jemma knows, she says no. She tells him just got caught up in the middle of this business with Kevin's work mate. Ian thinks they should end it for a bit, and tells her he will write her a good reference. She says no and they hug.
Katy says he hasn't said sorry yet for splitting them up and for killing her baby. He says he's not sorry and he did what was right for her because she is his flesh and blood. She tells him that her baby was his flesh and blood too but he could not wait to get her into the clinic fast enough. They argue more.
Ray asks there is some were they can go, Tracy says there is some were we can go. He asks if he can call round tomorrow and chat. She does not want him to. Ray holds his chest and collapses.
In the garage Katy tells her dad that it was her baby too. Then asks him what he thought when he thought Sally and Martin was having an affair. Was it poor Katy or was it there finished. He says it was like winning the lottery. He says he gave her the information and she did what she did. He then says he knew once she got rid of the baby it would be finished for good. Katy clobbers him over the head with a wrench. Angela just appears at the garage door.
We open in a rather grim scene. Katy has just floored her dad, Tommy, with a wrench at the end of a heated row and the whole thing has been witnessed by his wife and her mum, Angela. As Katy stands over him, anger still flushing her, a horrified Angela rushes to his side. He stirs and Katy, thinking he's just had a bit of a knock, unleashes a torrent of rage about how he deserved it, but his stirring is just a fleeting thing. After saying Katy's name, the life leaves him and he dies in Angela's arms. Angela, rushes to ring an ambulance as a horrified and panic stricken Katy wails apologies in despair. As Angela reaches the phone, she accepts that Tommy is dead and breaks down with equally emotion-fuelled sobs.
Deirdre is asking a nurse about Ray's collapse and she goes off to find out. Tracy isn't as keen as Deirdre and can't see why they should stick around for Ray when he never stuck around for them. Deirdre confirms that she is going to wait at the hospital and she apologises to Ken but assures him they will get married someday. He and Tracy leave.
Katy is left shell-shocked by what she has done and Angela asks why she did it. Katy attempts to justify herself by screeching that it was an accident and that Tommy provoked her with his lying. Furious that Katy's shifting the blame onto Tommy, she grabs Katy as she wails that she's killed the only man she's ever loved before throwing her across the floor. She then remembers about Craig and wonders how he will cope. Katy tells Angela it could've happened to them all and she knows fine well where she got her short fuse from. Angela grabs Katy again and shakes her angrily, desperate for her to stop blaming Tommy. After calming down, she closes the garage door and kneels by Tommy. She tells Katy that all he ever wanted was to protect her and it was the sight of his little girl with a man twice her age that made him so angry. She screams at Katy that he was right about Martin and that she wishes Katy had never laid eyes on him!
In his flat, Martin answers the phone to his boss to tell her he cant come in tonight. He'll later wish he had gone in...
Sally enters the pub, having been late home from work (and we all know why!) She tells Kevin she wants them to put Tommy and his lies behind them
Katy is wondering where the police and ambulances are and Angela admits she didn't call them as they need time to think. Katy screams that they could've saved him and that it'll be Angela's fault if he's dead. As the shouting continues, Ken thinks he hears something but as Tracy rants about Ray, he brushes it off.
Danny is setting Warren a challenge to stay away from Candice to see if he scores more goals the next day. Unfortunately for Jamie, the monk-ish behaviour also counts for him!
Angela has convinced Katy that Tommy is dead. She has seen someone die before and knows what it's like seeing someone's life slip away. She remembers last time that she rang an ambulance was when all the trouble started, but now they have to think and get their stories straight. They embrace tearfully.
We return to the murder scene and Angela is reflecting on the past and how Tommy resented her for giving evidence and endangering the family. But Katy is more interested in the here and now and she tells Angela she's going to hand herself in. Angela tells her that she'll destroy Craig and leave her to pick up the pieces and leave her with no-one. Katy is convinced she'll be caught and that there is lots of evidence. But Angela says they visited here to see him anyway and no-one saw them. Tommy wouldn't want Katy to go to prison.
Deirdre pays a visit to Ray and he says he collapsed over the excitement of seeing her, Tracy and Amy. Deirdre asks again why he's here.
Katy is freaking out. She can't face covering up the death of her dad as it feels too wrong. Angela yells at Katy and shakes her to try and convince her calling the police would wreck the family even more! Katy says she can't get away with it and Angela agrees...because it'll be with her the rest of her life and she'll never ever be forgiven. But she says it's easy to pin it on someone else. After all, Tommy had enemies from the witness protection era...
Ray and Deirdre are discussing things outside the hospital. Ray tells her he wants to make up lost time and he doesn't have a lot of time himself--before he dies.
Angela is wiping the wrench and wiping everywhere else with a cloth as Katy repeats she can't go through with it. It's up to Angela to hold things together and she looks out to find no-one on the street. As she and Katy leave she turns round and says goodbye to her dead husband Tommy, before closing the door on him for the final time.
Hi everyone, here is the first dramatic episode from Monday evening, with some really excellent acting.
Katy and Angela scurry through the dark street towards home, and Katy nearly loses control when they knock over a dustbin. They rush into their darkened home and Katy is desperately worried that someone may have seen them, but Angela is sure that no-one did. Angela tries hard to be strong for her daughter, and, throwing the bag of rags that they wiped off the fingerprints with into the cupboard, she tells Katy they have to get out of their clothes. Katy is suddenly worried that Tommy is not dead, and starts to get hysterical, but Angela manages to calm her down. The phone rings, but they ignore it.
Out in the street, Jason, Eileen and Sean are walking home from their night out at the Rovers, wittering on about how they must be the happiest family in the street. Jason comments that he didn't know they were related.
Sally and Kevin are walking along too, Kevin is moaning about the things that Tommy said and the trouble he caused, and says he's not taking any more. He walks off towards the Harris's house, with Sally asking, "What are you going to do?". She soon finds out as he goes and rings their doorbell, where inside Katy nearly leaps out of her skin. Angela tells her to go upstairs, and goes to answer the door. She peers cautiously round the door, and Kevin asks if Tommy is there. She says that he isn't, so Kevin tells her to tell Tommy that he's sacked, for all the things he's been saying about Martin and his wife. Angela says she'll tell him, and Kevin goes.
She goes back in to Katy, who wonders how she can behave so normally. Angela tells her she could because she had to, but Katy won't have to. Ange tells her that no one will be asking Katy about any of it. When Tommy is found the police will come and tell Angela, and leave it to her to tell Katy and Craig. At the mention of Craig's name, Katy starts to wail again. Angela explains that she won't have to behave like nothing has happened, because it will have, and people will expect her to be upset. Katy wonders what will happen if they arrest someone for the murder, if someone gets sent to jail. A ngela holds her head in her hands and says she hasn't a clue. Katy wails again that they can't let someone else go to jail. The phone rings again, but Angela is intent on getting Katy upstairs and out of the clothes she is wearing.
Over at the Barlow's, Ken, Blanche and Tracy are telling an incredulous Emily about Ray. Blanche says that he looks like an old man, and Ken tells her that he collapsed at the hospital and Deirdre felt she should stay with him. Apparently he is not a well man, "Or so he wants us to believe," pipes up Blanche.
At the hospital, Ray is telling Deirdre that he has stomach cancer and has been told he might have a couple of months, six at the outside, it's too far gone to do anything about. He's come back because he felt there was unfinished business, he wanted to see how they'd all turned out and wanted to see if Tracy would forgive him for what he did. Deirdre admits that she was the one who ended the marriage, and Ray chuckles and asks if he can have that in writing. He just wants Tracy to know that he wishes it could have been different.
At Harris's, Angela and Katy are going over their alibi. They have been in all night, and not set foot outside the house, and if anyone thinks they saw them they just deny it and say that person's mistaken. Katy is doubtful and very negative about it all, and Angela gets exasperated with her. She tells Katy that as long as they both say the same things they'll be providing an alibi for each other. "I'm a murderer, aren't I?" says Katie, still looking dazed. "And the thing with murderers, they always catch them, don't they?" "Except the ones they don't," Angela tells her, "the ones you don't read about." Katy then starts to fret about her dad lying on the cold floor all night, but Angela says she has thought about it all and she turned the lights out because it is better for them if Tommy's body isn't found until the morning.
Tyrone comes out of the Duckworth's front door and walks across to the garage. He goes to unlock the door and is shocked to find it open. He's about to go in when Maria calls him, she's changed her mind about staying in and says he can buy her a spritzer if he likes. They go off to the Rovers together.
Deirdre arrives home where Emily, Blanche, Tracy and Ken are waiting. She tells them the news that Ray has cancer and hasn't got long to live. Even Tracy looks stunned. "How awful!" says Emily and Ken agrees. "He's told you this?" queries Blanche, "or the doctor has?" Deirdre tells her that Ray told her. "Then I'd suspend judgement," says Blanche. Deirdre is horrified that Blanche should think that, and Tracy asks what he's doing back anyway, if he's dying. "He's come to see you," says Deirdre, "but if he could hear you talking I'm sure he'd wish he'd never bothered!"
Over in the Rovers, Jason is telling his mum and everyone how he got to the top of a ladder and froze, it seems he's scared of heights but never knew. Charlie had to talk him down, he was so embarrassed. Tyrone tells him he'll have to stick to building bungalows, and everyone laughs. "Ahh!" says Eileen and strokes her son's face.
At the Harris's, Angela and Katy are now in their pyjamas and the other clothes have been washed. Angela suggests that Katy goes to bed, "And do what?" asks Katy, "sleep?" She thinks that if she did fall asleep, what kind of dreams would she have, nightmares! She thinks that the worse nightmare would be dreaming that her dad was still alive and then waking up to find that he wasn't. Suddenly they hear the sound of the front door opening, and they both start. It's Craig, wanting to know why Tommy didn't pick him up from the scout hall, and why no-one answered the phone. He's had to walk back three miles with his rucksack on his back. Angela tries to behave normally and asks if he's had a nice time. He says it was all right, and then asks where his dad is, anyway. Angie tells him Tommy's gone out, he must have forgotten. She tells him to go and have a shower, but Craig sees Katy sitting silently sobbing and wants to know what is the matter with her. Angela tells him again to go and have a shower, and when he's gone she tells Katy that they should tell him about the abortion, then he would think that that is what is wrong.
Deirdre is in her back yard, having a cigarette. Ken comes to find her, and she tells him it is the others she was trying to get away from, not him. "I'm glad to hear it," he tells her. She tells him she's sorry they didn't get married, but they will. "Is that a promise?" he asks her. "Of course it is," she tells him, and she assures him that Ray turning up like that after twenty six years is not going to make her question everything they've got. "So, he's in a bad way, is he?" Ken asks. "As bad as it gets," Deirdre says. "He says!" says Ken. "He says he's dying," says Deirdre, "and I believe him." She goes on to say that she doesn't think even Ray would lie about something like that. "I suppose not," concedes Ken. "And with not a soul in the world to care for him, by the sounds of it," says Deirdre.
In the Rovers, Sean, Eileen and Jason are swapping funny stories, and talking about Eileens love of crisps.
Back at the Harris's, Angela tells Craig that Katy has had an abortion, and that is why she is in the state that she is in, and they have to be very nice to her and look after her. Craigs asks if his dad knows about it, and Angela tells him that he does, but they had a falling out about it and that is why he didn't come to pick Craig up. Craig reckons that he knew, when he rang and no-one answered, that they had had a row. They had had a row and forgotten about him. Angela gets quite weepy and tells him she's sorry, he doesn't know how sorry she is. Katy, across the room, says how sorry she is too, with a sob in her voice. Craig looks a little bewildered by all the emotion. "We all do things we regret, don't we?" Angela asks him, "and you'll have to forgive us." Craig looks completely puzzled at this, and stares from his mother to Katy, as Angela tells him to go to bed, it's school tomorrow. "Night then," he says, "and I'm sorry about what's happened," he says as he passes Katy. "Thanks," says Katy, as a tear trickles down her cheek. "Sleep well," says Angela as he goes up the stairs. "Yeah, sleep well 'cos you never will again," says Katy after he's gone, and then starts to go to pieces again, saying she can't do it and she's going to phone the police and tell them what she's done. Just then Craig comes down stairs, "Mum" he asks, "where is dad?" Angela tells him not to worry, Tommy's not gone far, he'll see him tomorrow. As Craig goes back upstairs, Angela asks Katy if she's still going to ring the police. "No," she sobs. Angela gets up and goes over to her, "You and Craig are all I've got," she cries, "I've lost your dad so you are even more precious to me."
More in episode 2……
Episode Two from Monday night and, in all the excitement and tension over Tommy's death, a major continuity glitch.
It is morning as we begin and the camera pans a deserted street in the half-light, finally coming to rest on the front window of the Harris's house, where we can see Angela on watch behind the nets.
Back out in the street, Janice greets the twins, who are early to work because the bus before the one they usually get was late and they managed to catch that, so they've arrived before the time they would have arrived if they'd caught the bus they usually get . . . "Riggghhhhhtttt . . ." says Janice, turning away before they can make her dizzy with explaining. Sean and Eileen are also in the street and Sean is giving Eileen a hard time about her addiction to crisps. He joins his workmates and the four of them go up the steps to the factory and PUSH THE DOOR OPEN (remember this, it's important later).
Craig is questioning his mother about whether Tommy really is coming back. Angela wonders why he'd doubt her. "It's just the way you and Katy were -- like you had some big secret." Angela tells him to put his doubts out of his head so he can concentrate at school. As he leaves, Katy comes downstairs. She didn't want to see Craig. She tells her Mum she did manage to get some sleep. But then she is horrified to discover Angela intends going to work. "You can't leave me here," she says. Angela tells her how important it is to act as if it's a normal day.
The Websters are having breakfast together. Sally and Kevin are surprised Tommy hasn't been round to shout at them, and decide Angela can't have told him yet that he's sacked. Sophie is all ears. "Are you sacking Craig's Dad? What's he done?" Rosie thinks she knows -- Tommy has been saying things about Sally. But she's quickly told that Tommy has been saying things that aren't true.
Angela is walking to work. As she does, we hear Emily and Blanche in the street discussing Ray, and we are very aware of the closed door to the garage looming on one side of her as she approaches the factory. All her workmates are standing outside the factory waiting. Janice tells Angela she has some photos to show her. As Danny and Jamie arrive, Danny is telling Jamie he'll soon notice the benefits of staying celibate. Like what? "Well, for one thing, it'll give you a taste of what married life is like." Then, "Morning, gang," he says to the workforce, and he UNLOCKS THE DOOR AND LETS THEM IN!
Katy is watching from the window. She sees Kevin kissing Sally goodbye. She sees Tyrone call something joking to Fizz, who is running to work (without a structured undergarment, I should warn those of you of a nervous disposition). As she sees Kevin and Tyrone approaching the garage it is almost too much for Katy.
As they get to the garage, Kevin tells Tyrone he's having to sack Tommy, and Tyrone tells him about finding the door unlocked last night. As they slide the door back, they see Tommy. Kevin rushes over and feels his pulse. "I think he's dead, mate," he tells Tyrone.
In the factory, Angela looks like something from a zombie movie. She stiffens as she sees Kevin come in. He asks Hayley if Danny is around. He's shown into the office and shuts the door to tell him what they've found. Out in the sewing room, the twins are telling everyone about the ad they did when they were babies -- a "two for the price of one" baby shampoo advertisement. Danny comes out and asks Angela if she'd mind stepping into the office for a minute. The others are startled by his politeness. In the office, Kevin is avoiding looking at Angela. But he tells her they opened up the garage and Tommy was in there. She admits they'd had a row, as if she thought Tommy had slept there. "It looks like someone went in there and attacked him," Kevin says. "So, how is he?" she asks. They tell her Tommy is dead and she says she wants to see him. Kevin is reluctant -- there's blood and everything. But Angela is adamant. As they go through the main room, Janice realises something is up and says she's going to see what it is. Angela is very convincing. She pushes into the garage, crying "Oh, Tommy!" and kneels down beside him, putting her head on his chest. We hear sirens getting closer.
Katy has seen them go in. She cries out and goes to sit on the stairs.
The police and an ambulance have arrived and the police move Angela away from Tommy. She says she has to go home. The police say they'll come with her, but she brushes them off and races home.
She rushes in and tells Katy what's happened so far and that she's come to tell Katy about her Dad, so it's OK for Katy to cry now. Danny comes in to see if she's OK and almost catches her priming Katy with what to say. He goes out again, and Angela tells Katy: "The worst is over."
The ambulance is leaving and we can see the scene-of-crime examiners moving in. Lots of people are watching. Frankie tells Danny she can't stop thinking about Tommy's family. Who killed him? Danny says the police will need to wait for the forensics. (A question: Why would the forensic examiners need to put face masks on to examine this murder scene? Very strange) Ian has let Sally come home. She urges Kevin not to mention what Tommy had been saying about her. "They don't want to know all that."
Craig has been fetched home from school. The policewoman who is with Angela checks that Angela doesn't want her to tell him about Tommy. But Angela says she'll do it. "Come and sit down, love," she says to him. Katy is avoiding looking at him, but Craig keeps glancing at her. "Your Dad's dead," Angela says. "Somebody attacked him and killed him." It will have been Martin, Craig tells the women. But Katy finally speaks, denying that it was Martin. A single Goth tear rolls down Craig's face, just where the black line under his eye usually is.
Outside, Ray and Emily have arrived by taxi. "That's all new, all that," Ray says. He's not talking about the police tape and crowds, but about the site where the raincoat factory used to be. Emily has asked Ray to stay with her for a while. Norris wants to be introduced, so Tracy does the honours. She tells Norris Ray is her dad, who left and who is now stupid enough to think he can come back and they'll all get to know each other again. "I always said they were very warm hearted round here," Ray says. I must say that Ray has aged in a very disappointing way. He's just one of those men who got less good looking as they got older. Sigh. Asked about all the fuss over the road, Blanche tells Ray and Emily it's just a little murder they've been having. "And it might not be the last if he doesn't behave himself."
Inside, Ken is startled to discover that Ray will be in the neighbourhood. Deirdre, though, is very understanding and can see why Emily has invited him. Emily has come to explain why she has taken him in. "I can't forget the way we all used to be."
Over in the factory, the longer-term employees are explaining to the others about the Harrises arriving under the witness protection programme, and about Tommy being shot by one of the criminals they were hiding from. Danny wonders if they've come after Tommy again. Janice says she's going outside to see what's happening. "I thought we might do some work some time," Danny says plaintively, but no-one takes any notice.
Ray is going through the houses where he's lived in the street. No 5, No 9. Emily tells him that Len rebuilt No 7. He asks Norris how long he's been lodging with Emily. Norris replies that it's four years. "Isn't it about time you made an honest woman of her?" Ray asks. Emily comments that Ray always did have a quick tongue. He'll need it to cope with Tracy. "Tracy can be difficult even with people who didn't desert her," Norris agrees.
Angela is telling her children that they have to all stick together the way Tommy would have wanted them to. The police tell them Tommy's about to be taken away. Angela thinks they should go down. Craig agrees. "It's going to take a really big effort, but it's one I think we should make," Angela tells Katy. "I think it might help a bit."
In the factory, they hear Tommy is being taken away and all go outside.
The Harrises leave the house but Katy almost collapses, saying she can't do it. Angela tells her she doesn't have to, but Katy says she wants to see her Dad. When she sees the stretcher being loaded into the mortuary van, she cries out "I'm sorry, Dad." "We all are," Angela says quickly. "I didn't mean it," Katy sobs. Angela hushes her, saying she doesn't have to say anything. The van drives off and the camera lifts into the air as we see Angela and her children go back into their house.
Written by: Joe Turner
Directed by: Tony Prescott
A line of police officers in white gloves are on their hands and knees, examining every centimeter of the cobbles for clues. The street is roped off with police tape. David Platt is watching the police as they pick their way through the flower beds, until Gail tells him to come inside, and he hugs her fiercely. Outside the Kabin, Norris is also watching, and Rita takes his arm and tells him to come inside. Tyrone is being comforted by Danny. "I can't believe it," Tyrone says. "Me neither, son," Danny agrees.
The police are in the Harris house, taking hair samples and fingerprints from Angela, Craig and Katy. "It feels like we're the criminals," Angela says, and the female family liaison officer (FLO) tells her they wouldn't be doing it if it wasn't absolutely necessary. She's being very kind with them, and goes to put the kettle on. Craig appears to be numbed by the whole ordeal and won't speak to Angela. He goes upstairs to get changed. Katy is only just about holding herself together. A new police officer arrives and introduces himself as Detective Inspector Pinnock. He needs someone to formally identify Tommy's body. Angela says she can't leave her kids, but Katy (who's just had her mouth swabbed by a forensics person) says she's okay. "I'm not leaving you," Angela whispers to her. "Mum, I'm alright," Katy insists, but she looks far from it.
Tyrone is outside telling a dark-haired female police officer, Detective Sergeant Smith, that Tommy was a loving family man, but he got very protective of his daughter, and was particularly upset when Katy started going out with Martin Platt, "She's sixteen, he's nearly forty." He says he had to drag Tommy and Martin apart just the other day. Tyrone pauses, as he sees Angela leaving the house and getting into a police car. "What was the fight about?" DS Smith prompts him.
Everyone is upset at the factory. Danny tells the girls that he knows all their thoughts are with Angela and her family, and that the police have told him they may want to speak to all of them again. He notices Sean's not there, and Kelly tells him that Sean was very upset and has gone home. Then Danny suggests that they try and get some work done. An emotional Janice thinks he should shut the factory for the day as a mark of respect and the others agree. Danny points out that they have an order to finish by five, and he's not sure how much comfort it will be to Angela to know that her lazy workmates are drinking the afternoon away in the pub. "You heartless swine!" Janice shouts, in tears, "I was thinking about making a gesture of respect. All you care about is your orders and your profits, and screw your workers!" He says she's trying to exploit a tragic situation to scam the afternoon off. She yells at him that he'd be happy if they all dropped dead as long as he could afford to go out and get himself a shiny new suit. At that moment, Jamie comes in with a large bunch of flowers (mainly lilies), which Danny has sent him to buy. Danny pointedly says to Janice that the flowers might not ease Angela's pain, but at least it'll show her they care.
Sean arrives back home, in floods of tears, and sits down with Jason, Violet and Eileen. "He's dead!" he says. Eileen and Jason say they know, and Jason adds that Tommy was a really nice bloke as well. "Not Tommy!" Sean says, "Shandy!" "Oh no!" Violet says, rushing to comfort Sean. She explains that Shandy was the dog that Sean had with his last boyfriend Louis, and when they split up Louis got custody. Sean is distraught.
Katy and Craig are at home with the FLO. First Katy has a go at Craig about his clothes ("like I care what you think," he says, fully Goth-ed up complete with the black line across his right eye and under his lip), and then she asks the FLO what she's doing there. "I said I'd stay till your mum gets back," she replies. "Well we don't need babysitting. You're creeping me out," says Katy, and yells, "We don't want you here! This is our house!" "Don't have a go at her," Craig tells his sister. "It's not her fault. We all know whose fault it is. Yours." She's shocked and starts to respond but he says, "If you hadn't gone off with Pervy Platt, none of this would have happened!" He turns to the FLO. "That's who did it. Martin Platt. He killed my dad." "You are wrong, you are so wrong!" Katy says, "Not Martin!" "Yes Martin," says Craig. "No-o-o-o!" Katy sobs, "It was – " She's stopped by a knock on the door.
At the Websters' DS Smith is now talking to Kevin and Sally. Kevin tells her that he'd sacked Tommy the night before, because he'd been spreading gossip. She asks if that made Kevin angry with Tommy, and Kevin says of course it did, but not enough to want to kill him. Sally says that Tommy had a grudge against Martin Platt because he was going out with his daughter, and she was pregnant. She says that Tommy had got it into his head that Sally and Martin were having an affair. "I don't want to speak ill of the dead," Sally says, "But Tommy wasn't a nice man. He was surly and bad-tempered. In fact he had a vile temper. He made Martin's life a misery. That family have caused nothing but trouble on this street, I'm not surprised it's ended like this." DS Smith tells them that Tyrone had told her about the fight between Tommy and Martin. She asks if Martin ever retaliated in these fights. Sally says not really, although he had good cause because he blamed Tommy for splitting him and Katy up, and for the abortion. DS Smith asks what sort of insults were traded in the last slanging match between Martin and Tommy, and Kevin reluctantly admits that Martin threatened to kill Tommy. "But he didn't mean it," Sally says, "People are always saying things like that when they're upset or angry. Millions of people say it." "But only a few ever do it," replies the police officer. "Not Martin," Sally says, firmly. "Martin is a victim in all this." "Maybe he was," says DS Smith, "But Tommy's the victim now."
DS Smith's next call is on Martin. She says she wants to talk about Tommy Harris. Martin rolls his eyes: "What is it now? What's he been saying?" "He hasn't been saying anything," she replies. "He's dead." Martin can't believe it. "Where were you last night, Mr Platt?" she asks him.
The street is still swarming with police. Angela is showing Danny out of her house, thanking him for the flowers. He tells her that if she needs anything she only has to call him. When she goes back into the house she rants to Katy that he was so nice but all they're doing is pretending and telling lies. Katy says she has to get out, and heads for the door, but Angela sits her back down again and says they have to go over their story again because the police will pick at every detail. The doorbell rings – it's DI Pinnock & the FLO. Katy is so distraught and guilty that she's rocking in her seat, and Angela snaps at the FLO when she offers to make a cup of tea.
It's not looking good for Martin as he doesn't have anyone to confirm that he was at home the night before. "That shouldn't matter," he tells DS Smith, "because I know I'm innocent. So why do I look at you and think you don't believe a word I say? Why do I think no-one's going to believe I didn't kill Tommy?" She tells him that the investigation is still at an early stage and they don't know who did it. Martin tells them about the Morgan family, who'd tracked Tommy down and shot him when they first moved to the street. She admits she didn't know about that.
Ken is talking to Deirdre about re-arranging the wedding – now they have the license, they can book any date they want. Deirdre thinks they should wait, as it's bad timing because of Ray. She reassures Ken that she hasn't changed her mind. "So why do I feel like I'm losing you?" Ken asks. "You're not losing me. We've waited this long – a little bit longer isn't going to make any difference," she says. He looks unconvinced.
Now to the churchyard, for a funeral. "Such a little coffin!" sobs Violet, as Shandy is lowered into her last resting place. Sean breaks into song: 'Oh Shandy' (to the tune of 'Oh Mandy' and with the same words). The other mourners, Eileen, Violet and Louis, don't join in, but each of them throws a little coloured bone down on the coffin. Next to the grave is a floral tribute with yellow flowers spelling the word SHANDY.
Angela is telling DI Pinnock about the Morgans and how they were on witness protection. He listens to that, and then asks Angela and Katy to tell him where they were the previous night. Angela says they were at home – she was home from 5.30, Katy was already there. Craig (who isn't present in this scene) had returned home about 9.30pm. He asks if any of them left the house at any time, to the shops or anything. Angela asks if they're suspects, and says that's how they're being made to feel, having all these questions hurled at them, having their fingerprints taken and so on. She says she doesn't know how she's supposed to behave: "This is the first husband that I've had murdered, the first I've had to identify lying in a freezer drawer, and I feel like if I don't cry when you want me to, if I don't break down at the right time, then you'll think that I did it. That's what I feel like." DI Pinnock says they'll take a break, but Angela says she'd rather get the questions over with then they can start grieving. So DI Pinnock says they'll talk about Martin Platt. At the mention of his name, Katy, who is a complete jittery mess anyway, gets slightly worse.
Eileen is in the Rovers with Sean and Louis, who says he's a hypnotist and can help Eileen with her crisp addiction. "Let me finish this packet and I'm all yours," she says.
David has gone to see Martin, who is telling him that the police think it was the witness protection thing to blame for Tommy's death. David says he's in no hurry to get home, because having police everywhere has reminded his mum and Sarah about all the Richard Hillman business. "I feel really bad for Craig, losing his dad," David says. "I don't know what I'd do if I lost you." He says he tried to go and talk to Craig but bottled out because he didn't know what to say. Martin says he could send him a card, just to let him know he's thinking about him. Then he goes to ring Gail to let her know David's staying for tea.
Ray Langton is having a drink with Rita and Betty in the Rovers. He says he keeps expecting Len Fairclough to walk through the door. Rita says some days she does, too. "Only after one too many vodka and tonics," laughs Betty. Deirdre, Ken and Tracy come in, and Tracy doesn't look thrilled to see Ray there. Nor does Ken.
Elsewhere in the pub, Eileen has now been awoken from her trance. "Fancy a crisp?" Louis asks her. "No ta," she replies. "Hey! Did you hear that? I said no to a crisp. A cheese and onion one. That is a miracle. You are a genius." "Shame he couldn't keep alive one small dog," Sean says. Louis says the dog wanted for nothing. Eileen says they should remember the happy times, and they drink a toast to Shandy.
Katy is looking out of the window, and nearly goes to pieces when a police car stops outside. It leaves again, and Angela tells her daughter that she's got to be strong, and calms her down. "The worst is over," she says. "From now on, little by little it's going to get better. It'll be okay."
In the pub, Deirdre is telling Ray that he's causing a load of trouble for her family, and none of them wants him here. She begs him to go home. But he says he's not giving up until he gets to know Tracy.
David is tearing along the street, calling desperately for Gail. Katy hears him and goes outside. David hammers on Gail's door, and she opens it. "Mum, you've got to come now, they're arresting dad!" David shouts, and the pair of them rush into the street. A police car goes past with Martin inside, and David frantically bangs on the window, screaming that Martin didn't do it. Gail pulls him away. Craig and Angela have joined Katy in the street. "About time," mutters Craig as the police car drives off. Katy and Angela just stare after it.
Martin is being interviewed. They ask him about his relationship with Tommy. Martin says that he was going out with his daughter Katy. They ask him why he threaded to kill him. He says everyone says stuff when they are angry, then says he didn't mean it. They tell him and a few people mean it. They then say he hated his guts. Martin agrees.
Katy and Craig are fighting because of Martin. Craig says he did it and he's going to tell everyone. Katy tells Craig that he does not know what he is talking about. Katy sobbing says Martin, but is quickly stopped by Angela who says it's only them now and they have to get along. Then says their dad did every thing to keep this family together and she will not stand back and watch it fall apart.
Everyone is around the Barlow table discussing Ray. Blanch says they should get rid of him. Ken agrees then says he thinks Tracy should go speak to him. Tracy does not want to but Ken reminds her that he is her father. Blanch thinks they should just kick him out onto the street. Deirdre says he's dying. Blanch says and what a song and dance he making about it. Tracy says can you blame him because he has an audience.
David wants to see his dad. Audrey says no and tells him he needs to be strong. He says this is all Katy's fault. She reminds him that Katy has lost her dad, but he still has his dad. She says he will be home soon. He goes upstairs. Audrey says this is madness. Gail thinks is it. Gail says what was Richard Hillman, a mistake. Audrey says Martin wasn't a mistake. Gail tells Audrey that her kids pay for her mistakes. Audrey says some times they are just hit by bad luck.
Back at the interview. They ask Martin questions about Katy. They say it must have been hard for Tommy, a man of your age going out with his daughter. Martin tells them that no one was good enough for his daughter. The inspector says that they will never know now.
Audrey and Gail continue to talk. Gail tells her mum that with the police hear you lost parts of you self with the police being hear. Then says she can't trust any more because that's what Richard took from her. Gail says she let a murderer into her bed, and didn't want to see it. Audrey says and you see it now, then when she looks at David she see the son of a murdered. Gail does not know what to think.
Blanch comes round to see Ray. She asks him if Emily is looking after him. He says yes, like as if he were her own flesh and blood. Blanch does not say any thing. Ray then asks her why she is really here. She says straight to the point as always. Then tells him he not welcome and she wants him to leave. He tells her that she has not changed. He asks her what she is going to do if he does not leave, make my life hell. He tells her that he is already there and will be waiting for her. Ray tells her to leave now. Outside the house Blanch is having a go at Ray. Tracy comes out and tells him he's not her dad and is not interested in what he's got to say. She tells him to go die some were else. Then says that if they want to catch up on old times they should because she thinks they are made for each other.
Sawn is outside and sees Louie. He says that he has nothing to say to him. Sawn is giving the shandy's caller that he bought, and is told he always had good taste. Louie tells Sawn it was the dog's favorite. Sawn goes to walk away but then turns round and tells him not to be a stranger, then ask if he can go have a cup of tea and a bun with him.
The inspector asks about his affair with Sally. He says no; he wasn't having an affair. They ask why Katy thought that, they are told because Tommy told her that. They say to Martin that there didn't seam to be a lot of trust in his relationship. They a lot tell him that because of this alleged affair Katy had an abortion and then he lost his faience. Martin asks what he is implying. He says that when he threaded to kill Tommy he meant it.
Hayley has come round to see how the Harris are doing. Angela says they are doing ok. Then says that she told Craig to turn that music down. She goes upstairs. Hayley sees some clothes that need folding so she start to fold them, as Katy comes down the stairs and screams. Angela appears and calms Katy down and asks Hayley to leave because, but she says that they don't need to explain any thing. After she leaves Katy says there was blood on that T-shirt. Angela says she washed it.
At the Rovers Deirdre tells Rita that Ray has not been back five minutes he's causing trouble. Deirdre wished he never came back, she says that he is not apart of her family. Rita says but is apart of Tracy's. Sawn tells Violet that he has asked Louie to turn Jason gay. She is shocked and says that it better not work. Sawn reminds her that she wanted Jason to get more in touch with his feeling. Violet tells him to call it off, so he phones Louie but his mobile is switch off.
Interview room. They show him a tape. It's the cctv footage from the hospital, when he beat up Karl Foster (the guy nurse). Martin tells them that because of him Sarah lost her baby and he was not thinking straight. They understand that. They ask him when Katy lost her baby saw he thinking straight. Martin says it's different because she had an abortion. They play the tape and say tell me how that does not look like a man who would kill some one.
Back at the Rovers, Jason enters and approaches Sawn. He puts his hand on his leg and says he wants to get to know him better. Sawn says what have I done. Violet gives Sawn a small hit and tells him to look wt what he has done. Jason thanks Louie because he is now getting to know Sawn. Janice then shows Sawn a picture of him with his bad hair due. Every one starts laughing. Sawn realizes Jason was only messing.
Katy comes from answering the door. Her mum asks who it was. She has a bag in her hand that says, police on it. It's all of Tommy's stuff. She opens his wallet; it has a picture of her when she was four. Craig take's his dad's chain, and asks if he can have it. Angela says yes. Craig tells everyone that his dad is always going to be with them.
We open in a gloomy jail cell containing Martin. An officer arrives with his breakfast (which looks about as appealing as the cell itself) and Martin demands to know what's going on. Obviously, the officer won't say.
Upon receiving some postcards from Yana, Cilla has decided it's time she had a holiday! Les tells her that they can't afford one but Cilla makes it clear she has a plan!
There's tragedy in the Barlow household. Deirdre's potato peeler has broken which for some reason means it's now impossible to make Sunday Lunch. Onto less important matters and Deirdre is frustrated at Ken for being immature about Ray staying, causing him to storm out in a temper.
Angela is speaking on the phone to Tommy's mum, who wants to come over to look after everyone. It seems like she succeeds in talking her out of the idea (but don't count your chickens!) Angela realises she's getting good at lying to everyone and when Katy tells her to stop it Angela retaliates by telling her she can't grieve for Tommy as she's trying to forgive her! She reminds Katy they have to stick together as a family, it's what Tommy would want. She presses the fact that it's all Martin's fault anyway, it was him that tore them all apart.
Cilla buys Fiz a hot dog and starts telling her that Les is desperate for a holiday, but they can only afford two of them to go. Fiz suggests Chesney and Les go but Cilla's hints are about as subtle as her fashions. Fiz refuses to look after Chesney however. Cue victim two! Cilla turns on the dramatic waterworks as Roy approaches and she starts complaining about her life. After a rather uncomforting reference to leotard, Roy has inadvertedly offered to care for Chesney. Cilla makes a hasty retreat before he has the chance to pull out!
Scooter arrives to see Sarah and she tells him that she isn't sure that she wants to see him. He decides to hang around while she makes up her mind.
Tracy assuring Ken that, despite Ray's presence, his relationships with her and Deirdre will remain unaffected.
Audrey and David arrive in the prison to see martin, who is less than impressed with their arrival. He's basically given up hope as his case looks so bad. But David tells him not to give up hope because he is needed. He must not give up! This new found support brings tears to Martin's eyes.
Gail has called round at the Harris household to see Katy but is out within a matter of minutes. Realising Gail hasn't visited Martin, Katy believes that's an admission of his guilt and comes down hard on Gail, who leaves hastily as Katy collapses in tears, her head screwed up!
Scooter is apologising for wasting so much time and the pair discuss how much they've missed eachother. Sarah tells him all she wants is a boring life and Scooter is all for that!
Martin is being interrogated by Dastardly Detective Pinnock who is trying to provoke a confession by telling Martin he's on his side as he understands it was a reaction to bullying that went too far. Martin tells him the only mistake that he made was falling in love, something which DDP is sceptical about. He mocks Martin asking where is she for him now?
Cilla blames Les for the going on holiday thing but Chesney doesn't mind as hes getting money for sweets. Hayley overhears as Cilla tells Chesney where he's staying. She's naturally bewildered and Roy comes through to ask where she is going. She rambles on before leaving Chesney behind with them.
Ken goes out to see Ray and they are soon at eachother's throats, Ken disgusted he wrote off Tracy so easily out of his life! But Ray reminds him he's no saint himself, with several children not with him. Ken tells him that he's sorry for his mistakes but Ray says so is he, which is why hes here to see Tracy. Ken tells him that he'll always be Tracy's dad, but Ray reminds him that he has the blood connection.
Things worsen for Martin as Katy spins a yarn to DDP about how she went off Martin, worried about his violent temperament and about how much he changed as a person. She saw him in a new light after the beating of Karl. DDP just laps it all up, the gullible fool!!
Monday 14 March
Hello everyone, here is the first of Monday night's episodes.
It's early morning, and Chesney is knocking on Roy and Hayley's bedroom door. Roy comes out in his dressing gown, and comments that it's very early for Chesney to be up. Chesney wants to know where they keep the tea-bags so that he can make them a pot of tea. Then he wants to know where the Hoover is because, he says, he likes to do the vacuuming before school, and he likes to do the washing and ironing when he gets home! He tells a rather shocked Roy that as his mum says, it's only fair that he pulls his weight. Roy tells him that they will be doing things a bit differently this week, so Ches asks if they want him to help out in the café. Roy hastily tells him that there will be no need, and sits him down and starts to make his breakfast. Chesney grins broadly!
Over at the Harris household, Katie is fretting that they have set Martin up, and is getting in a state. Angela tells her that as long as Martin is in the frame, she's not, and she doesn't want to hear any more about it. The phone rings, they are expecting Tommy's mum – it's her, so Angela tells her to jump in a taxi. Katie says she can't face her, her nan knows them both well, and they couldn't look more guilty if they tried.
At the Barlow's, Deirdre jokes about being jealous of Ken's laptop – she feels like a laptop widow. Ken dryly remarks that she can't be a widow, they're not married. He suggests they set a date, just because her ex-husband who she hasn't seen for twenty years is staying with a neighbour, why should that stop them? Deirdre tells him it's more complicated than that. Tracy comes in and says that Ken is right. Deirdre says she's showing sensitivity for a dying man, but Tracy wonders what kind of sensitivity he's showing them by moving in next door. She feels that someone should make it clear to him that he's not wanted, and maybe she's been too subtle.
There's a knock at the door and Angela goes to answer it, calling out to Craig that his nanna is here. Katie sits on the sofa, looking extremely disturbed, staring into space and pulling a tassel into little pieces. Her nanna comes in, and bursts into tears.
Gail is walking down the street with David, who is wondering when the police are going to release his dad. Gail says she hopes it's soon.
Tracy knocks on Emily's front door. "Is Ray in?" she asks when Emily answers. She declines an invitation to come in, so Emily calls Ray to the door. When he appears, Tracy tells him she doesn't want him there, she won't change her mind, and his presence is starting to cause friction between her mum and dad. She knows he doesn't have long to live, but if he's expecting people to pity him, she doesn't think that's very dignified, and he should go away somewhere, like animals do in the wild. With that, she goes back into her own house.
Candice accosts Warren as he is walking along the street, and tells him she saw him leave his house at 10.00 am and doesn't know why he couldn't have stayed with her last night, it's been so long since he stayed with her she's beginning to think he's going off her. He assures her that he isn't, and kisses her, just as Jamie comes up the road. He tells her he's got to rush off and put a cold compress on his calf, and breaks away. On his doorstep, he tells Jamie that this 'no nookie nonsense' is doing his head in!
In the café, Roy and Hayley are discussing Chesney, and Hayley wonders if Ches might be exaggerating things a little. Roy thinks what they have learnt is just the tip of the iceberg, they seem to treat Chesney as their own personal slave. Leanne overhears this and is quite indignant, Les brought her up all right, she had a great time. Hayley points out that he was with Janice then, now he's with Cilla. Leanne concedes that Cilla is a lazy cow, whenever she goes round the sink is full of pots. "That because Chesney is too busy doing the bed," Hayley informs her. Leanne says they can't really think that Les and Cilla have Chesney doing all the housework. Roy tells her that he is a classic 'latch-key' child, he takes on the responsibility of home maker because no one else does, and he is missing out on his own childhood. Hayley remarks that Cilla has issues of her own, and explains to Leanne that she has psychiatric problems, but she was honest enough to come and explain so they are doing what they can to help. "Right," says Leanne, sarcastically. Roy thinks they should give him love, support, routine. "Spoil him," says Hayley. "Yes," says Roy, "cook him proper meals, play games together, in fact I might even get out a video." Hayley thinks that's a great idea, and suggests Shrek or Rugrats rather than a wildlife documentary. Roy seems a little crestfallen and says that surely they want something that they can all enjoy.
Craig is crying on his nanna's shoulder. He can't believe he'll never see his dad again. She spots Tommy's chain round Craig's neck and reminisces that he bought it with his first wage from Hobsons. She then breaks down, asking how her son could die before her. Angela, looking grim, says she doesn't know, and Katie snivels at her side. "It might as well have been me they smashed over the head," says Jean, "my life is over now." Angela pleads with her not to say that, and Katie says, "It's my fault, it's all my fault!" Angela glares at her and she rushes from the room. "She blames herself," Angela explains to Jean, "the police think it were Martin."
In the salon, Candice is talking to Frankie. She thinks Warren has another girl as he seems to have gone off her. Frankie tells her about the £100 bet for the one who lasts longest without 'nookie'. Candice is furious!
Ray comes out of the corner shop and sees Tracy pushing Amy along. He remarks that she's very good at dishing out the abuse and the put-downs, and realises it's the way she is, it's not just for his benefit. She tells him it's a defence mechanism, she's insecure on account of her father deserting her when she was a baby. He can see she's not happy, and she tells him to get stuffed, he doesn't know anything about her life. He asks her to tell him, there's plenty he'd like to talk to her about. She tells him that Deirdre told him everything years ago, but he persists, asking if she's not just the tiniest bit curious to hear his side of the story. "In a few weeks when I'm dead," he tells her, "you'll look back and you'll say, 'shouldn't I at least have given him the chance to explain?'" Tracy gives him a long, silent look.
Emily's house – and she is making a tactful departure. Tracy tells Ray that if he thinks she is going to sit there while he slags off her mother, he's mistaken. He tells her that her mother is a wonderful woman and he was mad to leave her, he's done some stupid things. He reminds her that Deirdre backed out, and he felt he wasn't wanted, although he's not trying to justify what happened, but regretted it from the day he left. Tracy, rather bitterly, tells him that it took him a long time to do anything about it. He says he thought it best to leave her mother in a world of her own. "What, struggling to bring up a kid on her own?" explodes Tracy, "it's a hard, lonely job Ray, I wouldn't recommend it to anybody." He tells her he thought about her every day. Tracy however, is angry, and states that he never thought to pick up the phone. And yes, he's full of regrets now that he's about to snuff it, but they didn't get a look in when he was fit and well. He says he wanted to sit there, look her in the eye and tell her how sorry he is. For once Tracy seems lost for words.
Roy places a huge home made burger in a bun, garnished with a lovely fresh looking salad, in front of Chesney. "Wow, that is top!" is the response, as Hayley ties a napkin round his neck. She tells him there is ice-cream for afters and then they can all sit down and watch Shrek. He's delighted, and says he really loves it there. Hayley quietly asks Roy if they're going over the top. Roy thinks he's probably never had good beef before. She wonders if it's any good treating him like a king if next week he's got to go back to junk food next week. Roy points out that next week it won't be their responsibility. "Don't you wish it was though?" asks Hayley.
Tracy and Roy are continuing their discussion. She tells him that she always felt guilty, that he'd left because of something that she did. He tells her that he never stopped loving her, and she was a lovely little girl and it broke his heart to leave her. She tells him she was a horrible little girl and she's grown into a horrible woman. He says she couldn't have been any worse than him, deserting his own daughter. "Maybe that's who I got if from," says Tracy. Ray points out that that is the first time she's admitted that they're even related. "It doesn't mean owt," says Tracy.
Candice goes round to see Warren. She tells him she's bought a new bikini today and she wants to see what he thinks of it. "Close your eyes," she tells him, and starts to take her coat off.
Roy, Hayley and Chesney are settling down to watch the film. Suddenly Chesney puts his head in his hands. "What's the matter, love?" asks Hayley. "I really miss……." Begins Chesney, "Miss your mum and uncle Les?" finishes Hayley for him. "No, Schmeichel," says Chesney, and explains that he hasn't seen him for days. Soft touches Roy and Hayley say that the dog can come and visit, so Chesney immediately wants to get on the phone to Kirk and get him to bring Schmeichel over.
Candice, looking seductive in her new bikini, tells Warren he can open his eyes. "It's not too skimpy is it?" she queries, as his eyes nearly pop out of his head. He tells her she looks amazing and urges her to go upstairs. She then tells him that she has to get back to the salon, there's a shampoo and set booked in. She goes on to say that she's never going to make it as a hairdresser while she's frolicking around with him. He realises that she knows about the bet, and apologises, and says he had to prove something to his dad and Jamie. Just then the front door opens and in walk Danny, Frankie, Jamie and Leanne. Jamie claims that his dad now owes him £100, and Leanne wonders why. Then she is told about the bet, and says she hadn't even noticed, in her opinion sex is overrated!
Tracy is tending to Amy in her pushchair, while Ray looks on and tells her that Amy is beautiful. Tracy says that she's a handful, and Ray says that Tracy was at that age. Tracy tells him that her dad is hopeless as well, but not as bad as Ray, at least he puts his hand in his pocket. Ray thinks he seemed smitten with Amy, and Tracy agrees, and tells him that it's just Amy's mum he can't stand. For a few moments they start to have an almost normal conversation and Tracy starts to ask about Ray, where he lives and whether he's married. (He isn't.) Then she seems to remember herself and says she doesn't want to know. He tells her it isn't doing any harm, but she says it is, because it makes her think about things she would prefer to forget. She makes to go, but then Ray asks if he can hold Amy. Tracy gets her out of the pushchair and hands her to her grandfather.
Tommy's mother is leaving Angela and the children. She hugs them and tells them to take care, and then gets into her taxi. Angela says she never thought she would be glad to see the back of Katy's nan, and Katy admits it was the longest day of her life. Just then another taxi draws up, and out gets Martin! David has just come out of the Kabin and hugs his dad. Angela and Katy look on in horror!
See what happens next in Episode 2……
Ladies and gentlemen, if you ever go out and accidentally whack someone with a wrench, thus killing them, please don't snivel. Especially if there's someone doing just the same thing on East Enders at the same time. If you're the kind of person who would do the whacking, then you should be the kind of person who doesn't snivel. At least, that's my opinion.
As we return to the street, Martin is going into Gail's house, led by David. And when Sarah hugs him, Martin starts to cry. "It'll be the shock," Gail tells a worried David. "He'll be fine." She sends Sarah to get Martin some brandy as David hugs his Dad.
At the Harris's, Katy thinks that because they've let Martin go, the police must be coming for her. "Oh, God, they're coming for me," she snivels. "Why else have they let him go?" Angela tells her to keep calm.
At Emily's, Ray is talking. "I never really thought, when I decided to go and find you, just what I would say when I saw you," he admits to Tracy. He tells her how important it is that she's talking to him. "I appreciate that. I'm so glad I found you." Tracy hastily tells him she's not a bit of lost luggage. "You're just a name on my birth certificate. You've no idea what this is doing to me." She tells him that every time she blew out the candles on her birthday cake, and every time she pulled a wishbone, this is what she wished for. "But it's too late. You're never going to be my Dad. You're just some stupid idiot my mother happened to marry." "No!" Ray tells her. "That were Ken." Whack! She slaps him across the chops. She tells him Ken picked up the pieces when she and Deirdre had been given up on by everyone else. "You walked out on my life 26 years ago and I am walking out on your life now." As she goes, Ray calls her name, but Tracy doesn't stop.
At the Barlows', Blanche has a moan on about Ray like a trolley going downhill. "He was never good enough for me, was he?" Deirdre asks. That stops Blanche in her tracks like a parked car at the bottom of the hill. "Nobody was good enough for you," Blanche tells her lovingly. (Gasp! A heart? Only Daran Little could write Blanche one of those and get away with it) Deirdre says she always wanted three or four kids, Sunday dinners, all that family stuff. And so did Ray. It was Ken who didn't. When Deirdre got together with Ken, she was only in her 20s, but he thought he was too old to have more children. "If I'd stayed with Ray . . ." "You would have three more like Tracy and I would have worried myself into an early grave," Blanche finishes. "Don't talk daft -- get them carrots sliced."
Above the cafe, Roy has put a nice record on the gramophone (yes, he really did) and settles down for a nice read of a book called "The British General Election". He hears noises and before he knows it, the door bursts open and he's pounced upon by the Hound of the Battersbys. Yes, it's Schmeikel come to visit.
Over at the Harrises', Angela tells Katy that they don't know what the police know. "We need to make them think it was someone else. Katy snivels and then, for a change, blubs. Angela gets a card from her handbag and holds it in front of Katy. "This is our way out of here."
Gail is doing the washing up when Martin asks her if she believes he could have killed Tommy. He can see from her reaction that she does. She tells him that sometimes people are driven to doing something out of character. "No, Gail," he tells her. "I'm Martin. It was your other husband who went round killing people." He points out that when the police let him out, he went to the only place he wanted to be. With his children. And with her. "I'm begging you, Gail. I need you to believe me." He tells her that yes, he's hated Tommy and wished him dead, but he swears on David's life he didn't kill Tommy. Gail hugs him.
Tracy bursts back into her parents' house and tells her mother she doesn't know how she stayed married to Ray for more than a week. She admits she hit him. Blanche wants to know if she felt better when she did. Tracy explains to Ken that she did it to defend him. Deirdre just wants to know if Tracy hurt Ray. She says she'll have to go and see if Ray is all right. Ken is horrified but can't stop her.
Angela tells Katy they'll have to go back to the original plan of making the police think the killer was someone from Sheffield. Then they'll be put back on the witness protection programme and moved away and given new names and new lives. But this time they really will be safer, because they'll know there really is no-one after them.
Roy is watching Schmeikel chewing a bone on the floor. Roy doesn't look happy (Schmeikel, Chesney and Hayley all look well pleased). Hayley wonders whether there's anything special the dog would like (pigs' ears, Chesney says). She says she'll look out an old blanket for him to sleep on. Chesney wonders why the dog can't sleep on his bed, but Roy tells him it's hardly hygienic. "I'll have a bath first!" Chesney says. "Didn't you ever have a dog sleep with you when you were a boy, Uncle Roy?" Roy says he had a gerbil. "Geoffrey. Next door's dog ate him." Chesney gets the idea. "Don't you like dogs, Uncle Roy?" "I've not had much dealings with them since the Geoffrey incident," he admits. He tells Chesney he did try to save Geoffrey, but it probably wasn't the best idea. "You've got to face your fears," Chesney tells him.
Deirdre is at Emily's to see how Ray is. She tells him they don't have much to talk about, but he says they used to talk all the time, stay in bed, read the papers, talk all the time. Too much has happened, he says, and Tracy is what matters now. Deirdre points out that Tracy always has mattered to her -- it was Ray who left. But he says while he might have been the one to walk out the door, she had left the marriage. "You made it clear I wasn't wanted any more," Ray argues. "You were my life!" she tells him. "You broke my heart. You slept with that woman. She says she would have gone with him to Holland, but after that she knew she couldn't trust him. There was no point in trying to make a go of it. "You knew that as well as I did." He says it didn't take her long to get over him. She points out that he'd forced her to sell the house and she and Tracy had nowhere to go. If Emily hadn't taken them in, Deirdre says, she doesn't know what they would have done. "Then Ken came along." She knew he would be a good father to Tracy. "She had a father," Ray says. "Not a good one," Deirdre counters. Her father was one who cheated and then disappeared over the Channel. "You had everything, Ray, and you had to go out looking for extra." Ray says he felt trapped, with a mortgage round his neck, Tracy crying all night, and Deirdre had changed. She wasn't the girl he fell in love with. "You had responsibilities and you still behaved like some daft kid," Deirdre says. "Don't you blame me. Don't you dare. It's not my fault." She starts to weep.
At the Croppers, Chesney appears to be starting Roy's desensitisation programme, showing him a picture of a Great Dane in an encyclopaedia. The breed was developed to hunt wild boars. "You see. It's an instinct," Roy says. "Big dog. Small animal. Empty spinning wheel. Traumatised child." Chesney tries to imagine how he would feel if Schmeikel got eaten. "Ah, I feel for ya," he tells Roy (I think Chesney might be turning into the Fonz!). Roy points out that it would have to be something really big to eat Schmeikel. Chesney happily agrees. "He's at the top of the food chain." Roy says he was taken to the circus after Geoffrey's death. When the lion tamer said he was going to put his head into the lion's mouth, Roy screamed "Don't do it!" and had to be asked to leave. Chesney asks if the dog can stay. Roy says it's a very small flat, but Chesney says it's still much bigger than the run at the kennels. "It's not more than a cage. He gets sad there, I know he does." Hayley chokes back the tears as Roy says they'll talk about it tomorrow. He tells Chesney to have a bath and get into his pyjamas and Hayley says she'll sort out some hot milk and bikkies.
Blanche asks Ken if they should eat now or wait for Deirdre. Ken is distracted and not hungry. "You're a fool, Kenneth Barlow," Blanche tells him. "Do you doubt her that much?" Ken worries why Deirdre would be with him when she falls for "rogueish" men like Ray Langton and Mike Baldwin. Blanche tells him men like Ray are 10 a penny. It's the trustworthy ones like Ken who are scarce on the ground. Ken says he has wanted to marry Deirdre again for years. It hurt every time a letter addressed to Deirdre Rachid came through the letter box.
Katy is out in the back garden doing some more snivelling. Martin comes out of Gail's house and they briefly move closer to each other. "Oh, look at you. You must be going through hell," he says. "I miss you so much," she says, before Angela comes out, screams at Martin and drags Katy back inside.
In a back yard on the other side of the street, Deirdre and Ray have gone outside so she can smoke. Ray admits he felt stupid for chucking it all away. In 30 years he never came close to finding what he and Deirdre had. "Even now, looking at you, I feel things." She says there have been times when she's been really upset with Tracy and not able to look at her because she could see Ray. He says he hasn't just come to see Tracy. They did have some good times together. "It was another lifetime, Ray. I'm not that Deirdre any more." She says she's been with Ken for 20 years. That's a real relationship. She and Ray were together for fewer than four. That was nothing in comparison. Ray says it wasn't nothing. She gave him a purpose in life. "I'm dying, Deirdre. The clock's ticking. No more rows, huh?" He says he's travelled all over, but this is where he wants to be now. "I've come home to make me peace. I should never have left you." He weeps. He tells her he's sorry for the pain he caused. "Can you forgive me?" Now she's crying, too. They move closer together. "Very moving, I am sure," says Ken, coming round the corner, "but your dinner's getting cold." (I really disliked Ken at this moment). "Let's get one thing straight, Langton. You didn't come back for Deirdre, or for Tracy. You came back for yourself because you're selfish. Whatever right you had, you blew when you walked out. They're not your family any more. They're mine, and I am damned if I'm going to let you cause them any more pain."
Wednesday 16 March
Written by: John Stevenson
Directed by: Ian Bevitt
Katy is still going to pieces – just how long can one woman shriek and jitter? This time she's shrieking because she sees DS Kristen Smith approaching the house. Angela (still in pyjamas) comforts her and says it'll be alright. Craig is apparently upstairs and refusing to get out of bed. When DS Smith comes in, Angela adopts the "attack being the best form of defence" line, and asks her why Martin has been freed. DS Smith replies that they've no evidence to justify holding him any longer. However, the police are still pursuing their enquiries – specifically, they've noticed that there are some tools which they would have expected to find at the garage, which aren't there. Angela says that Tommy never brought his tools home, and that DS Smith can have a look around if she wants (Katy's face, in the foreground, crumples at this idea – she knows that the wrench is in the cupboard under the stairs…). The police officer says it won't be necessary, but at some stage they might have to give the house "a thorough going-over." Before she leaves, Angela tells DS Smith that if Martin wasn't the killer, she should be getting on to those thugs from Sheffield, the Morgans, because even though the ones who tried to get Angela are in jail, their friends aren't. She says they need to go back on witness protection. DS Smith says there'll be a constable at the door at all times, so the family are quite safe. As soon as she's gone, Katy loses it completely and says she wants to go to the police and confess. Angela says they'd both end up in prison, and Craig would end up in an institution, and wouldn't come to visit Katy once he found out she'd killed his dad.
Happier times for Chesney, who's just polished off a massive breakfast at Roy's Rolls and is asking for more. Hayley says he should only eat when he's hungry, and he replies that he's always hungry, because his mum never gives him much to eat: "She says it'll ruin my career," he tells the concerned Croppers, "She wants me to stay small because she wants me to be a jockey, earning lots of money." Roy and Hayley totally swallow this story, and decide the poor little deprived mite deserves an extra helping of bacon and beans after all. "Thanks Uncle Roy, Auntie Hayley," Chesney smiles adorably, "It's great having enough to eat for once." Hayley looks like she might sob.
Claire is about to go for her interview to be a trainee bus driver, and Ashley advises her against another cup of tea, since it was running to the toilet every five minutes that ruined her chances of becoming a tram driver.
Gail has gone round to Martin's for a cup of tea, and he asks her about what everyone's thinking of him. She says no-one who knows him would believe he could be a killer, but he points out that no-one knows him better than she does, and for a while she thought he might be guilty. She tells him she's sorry for that, and adds that he shouldn't be moping about indoors because he has nothing to hide, be ashamed of or apologise for. He says he can't find the nerve to do it.
Ken and Deirdre are having an argument about Ray. Ken says Ray is poison and is trying to do as much damage to the family as he can. Tracy joins in and says she doesn't know why Deirdre is even talking to Ray. "The man's got an incurable disease!" Deirdre protests. "Oh yeah. And he's playing on that," Tracy replies. "You are so hard, lady," Deirdre says. Ken says Tracy has a point – Ray has been out of their lives for years, and now comes back to lay a burden of pity on the people who least deserve to shoulder it. Deirdre feels torn between them and Ray, because she honestly feels that Ray is sincere about wanting to make his peace with Tracy. "Well he's wasting his time," Tracy says, "Because I hate him."
The object of hatred is sitting alone in an armchair at Emily's, looking morose. Norris comes in, and decides it's time to tackle Ray on an important issue – the armchair itself. "You have monopolised that chair since you moved in," he says. "The best chair in the house. I take that as a good guide to character when a visitor does that." He says that Ray is being a burden on Emily, but just then Emily comes in. She's pleased that Norris has been "keeping Ray company." Norris says it's time he was getting back to the Kabin, and leaves again. Emily notices that Ray is looking upset, and he says it was a mistake coming back – Tracy doesn't want to know him. "You have to give it time," she says. "Time's one thing I haven't got," he replies.
Craig is now up and dressed (which is a shame, because I was wondering whether he has Goth pyjamas) and wearing his black coat and various neck chains (including Tommy's). Angela tells him she needs him to be strong, but he says he can't face going out to the local shops and having everyone saying they're sorry about Tommy and asking him questions. Angela says he can get the bus into town and do the shopping where no-one knows him. She gives him a shopping list and some money. As soon as he's gone, Angela sends Katy upstairs to get her new handbag from the wardrobe. She takes the wrench out from its hiding place under the stairs and is wrapping it in a tea towel when Katy comes back downstairs. At the sight of the murder weapon, Katy screams and gets completely hysterical. Angela has to calm her down quickly before the policeman outside hears her. Angela puts the wrench in the bag: "I was keeping this bag for a special occasion. Well you've given me that, alright."
Angela has a quick chat with the policeman outside the house, as she leaves with the bag, telling him she needs some fresh air. As soon as she's gone, he gets on the radio to let DS Smith know that Mrs Harris has just left the house.
Hayley comes out of the café when she sees Angela, and asks her if she wants anything doing, and offers to join her on her walk. Angela says she just needs to be on her own, and is obviously jittery, but Hayley just puts that down to grief and says she understands completely. Then she adds that there'' nothing more certain than that the police will catch the killer. Not as reassuring as Hayley was intending, considering the circumstances.
Craig is coming back with the shopping, and Rosie catches up with him to say she's sorry about his dad. "Anyway, it's the 17th of March tomorrow," she reminds him, "Supposed to be the day the world comes to an end." "It already did," says Craig, "The day they killed my dad."
Ken has called round to see Ray, and tells him that Tracy is never going to forgive him, and Ray needs to accept that and go away before he causes more pain. "What really bothers you is that Deirdre's talking to me," Ray tells him. Ken says that he will be glad to see the back of Ray, but for Tracy's sake, not his own. He says Ray should just go and leave him and Deirdre to help Tracy pick up the pieces again, like they've had to do many times before: "But you wouldn't know that, would you, because you weren't here."
Claire gets home, and gleefully tells Ashley she's been accepted onto the bus driving training scheme. This news has a powerful aphrodisiac effect on Ashley, who breathes on her glasses to steam them up, so she doesn't know what he's going to do next or where he's taking her. Then he throws her over his shoulder and carries her upstairs.
Deirdre is not pleased when Ken tells her and Tracy that he "bumped into" Ray earlier and told him a few home truths. "The man is dying," she says, "He's trying to prepare himself, he's making a will, that sort of thing." Tracy has gone very thoughtful at the mention of the word "will."
Angela is on a towpath by the canal, under a viaduct. She waits till some passers-by have gone, then rummages nervously in the bag for the wrench. Then we hear the voice of DS Smith calling, "Mrs Harris!" She walks up to Angela, smiling. "My lads said you were here," she says, "I told you they'd be keeping a watchful eye on you, didn't I? Well, maybe now you'll believe me and feel easier in your mind." "So you did think it were the Morgans?" Angela asks, the bag now firmly tucked under her arm. DS Smith says it's one line of enquiry they're pursuing, and it would help them to keep Angela safe if she could tell them where she's going in advance. Then she tells Angela they want her to make an appeal on local television. Angela says she doesn't want people to know who she is, she wants her and her kids to be able to vanish in the crowd and wants to be put back on witness protection. DS Smith reminds her that once before she stood up as a witness and made sure a murderer went to jail. "Yes, I did, and I wish to God I'd kept me mouth shut," says Angela, "Because then we wouldn't have come here, and Tommy would still be alive, and none of this would have happened. None of it."
In the Rovers, Kevin and Tyrone are wondering when the police will allow them back in the garage so they can earn some money. Norris observes to Betty that when there's a murder it's like dropping a stone in a pond and everyone is affected by the ripples, even "little people like Tyrone and Kevin here." "Less of the little," says Tyrone. Norris says that what he really meant was that innocent people are affected, "While the man who killed Tommy Harris walks free." And of course Martin chooses that moment to walk into the pub, and everything falls silent like it's an inn in Transylvania.
"Alright?" he says to Kevin and Tyrone. "Not really," Tyrone says and repeats that they can't go back to work. "I haven't worked much recently," Martin says, "I've been locked up." "You should still be," Norris says quietly. "Did you say something?" Martin asks him. "Not to you I didn't," Norris replies. Martin tries to get a friendly response out of Kevin, saying only a couple of days ago he'd have been buying Martin a drink. Kevin says that a couple of days ago, Tommy was still alive. Martin says the police have been trying to get him to confess that he killed Tommy, but he didn't, and asks Kevin if he believes him. "It doesn't matter what I think," Kevin says. Martin, realising that he's getting nothing but hostility from anyone in the pub, puts his drink down and leaves.
Outside, Craig comes rushing across the road and leaps on Martin, knocking him to the ground, punching him and hitting him, yelling "You killed my dad!" Katy and the policeman drag him off. Martin shouts, "If he tries that again, I won't be so easy on him!" "Yeah, you'll bash me like you bashed my dad!" says Craig. Angela has also appeared, and she tells Craig to go back indoors. Martin and Katy stare at each other for a while, then Katy and Angela turn back towards their house.
At the Cropper's Chesney has been rumbled. Hayley and Roy have been talking to Fizz, who apparently told them that Chesney's tale about being undernourished so he could stay small and be a jockey was complete fiction, and sometimes he even has a dinner at home then goes round to Fizz's saying he's hungry, and ends up having two dinners. "Are you going to tell the social worker? Are you going to have me sent away?" he says. They rush to reassure him that they aren't cross with him but he shouldn't tell them stories. He promises, then he says, "Uncle Roy, what's for tea? I'm starving."
Angela tells Katy she couldn't get rid of the wrench because DS Smith turned up, and that DS Smith wanted her to go on TV. "They only do that if you're a suspect," she says, "They think I did it! They think I killed him!"
Friday 18 March
Angela is entering her house followed by a woman. The woman asks to use the bathroom. While she is upstairs, Angela takes the murder weapon from her bag. She quickly places it in the cupboard. Then looks at a card as the woman comes back down. Her phone goes off.
Emily has shirts in her hands. They are Rays'. She tells him she was doing ironing of her own. He thanks her and gives her a cup of tea. She tells him what she wishes he was staying, then says Tracy might come round. She asks him if he regrets coming here. He does not know. Emily thinks the most important thing is that he has come to say good bye.
Angela is cleaning as the woman tells her that they have released the body. Angela in an angry way says his name is Tommy. The woman is sympathetic towards her, she then says we can go ahead with funeral arrangements. Angela is even more annoyed and shouts at her. She says to her, she has told her who has done this, then tells her to go to Sheffield. Katy comes down as Angela tells the woman if she wants to be helpful then do some dusting and throws the duster at her. She goes out the back door followed by Katy. Angela is upset and tells Katy that she cant stand to be in the same room as her. Katy tells her mum to calm down. Angela thinks the woman should get an Oscar because she's acting all concerned. But underneath she think I did it.
Katy tells her mum about a dream she had. They were on the witness protection and she working in an ice cream van. Everyone that came up, she knew them, but they didn't recognize her. Angela grabs her daughter and starts shouting at her, telling her if she changes her name will it take away the pain. Will it bring her husband back. Angela tells her to stop winging because the police could search the house any minute and find the wrench. Then tells her if they do she can change her name for good, to a number of a mug shot. They go back in.
At the Croppers, Chesney asks if Roy is going to be ok with his dog. Roy tells him he has compiled all what he has said to him about hints and tips into lists. Then says its just about time for his walk, Chesney smiles. Hayley gives Chesney his lunch box. He asks what this is. His lunch box is from the film Annie, he is told it's the only one she could find in the charity shop. He takes it and kisses his dog. Roy says that not every hygienic. Chesney tells him neither is having a second hand lunch box. He then says if he gets his head kicked in pointing to the sticker on the box of Annie, he says it's your fault.
Tracy is cleaning the dishes. Emily has come over. She tells Tracy to go see Ray one more time. Tracy thinks he has sent her, but Emily says he does not know am here. Emily says it could be your last chance. Tracy sounding so pleased asks if he no his last legs and is he going to die any second now. Then tells everyone she's never seen any one die before. Emily tells her that Ray is leaving, Tracy looks a bit shocked and asks when. Tonight, she is told. Tracy says good ridding, in a happy way. Deirdre as always says Tracy in a disappointed voice. Tracy tells everyone that she's not going round and she cares more about the washing up bowl. This is about its been around longer.
Outside we see the dog is taking Roy a walk instead. He is shouting car, but the dog continues pulling him along the street. At the chippers Kirk, Jamie, Tyrone and Leanne are eating chips. Jamie tells them he is going to take one off the vans and do a bit of delivering. Kirk offers to go with him on the Wednesday. Danny approaches them and says look at the, then steals some chips from Jamie. He then asks what he is doing Wednesday, then tells him they are going to London to do a delivery job. Danny goes and then Kirk thinks this is going to be a round the word trip in one day. Leanne says it's impossible, Jamie agrees and wonders what he is going to do. Roy is still having troubles with the dog. He meets Chesney. He says he needs to learn a few things.
Deirdre has come to see Ray. He tells her if your hear for a quickie, am not quiet up to that. She laughs and says she's a married woman, well would have been if he didn't turn up. She then asks him if he's going and looks at his suitcases. He tells no, he just likes looking at them. They both laugh. She tells him she if glad they are talking, then says she's sorry about Tracy. She promises Ray as long as he is around, she will keep working on Tracy. Then tells him if she does not succeed she wants him to have this. She takes out a card that has Tracy's hair in it, from when she was a baby. Ray thanks her and tears come down his face.
Craig is looking at his mums and dad's wedding day photos. He asks Angela what dad said to her on the way to the reception. Angela tells them that Tommy was walking fast because he didn't like what she was wearing and was telling everyone he's not with her. Craig then says about the time when Tommy had to make them lunches for school. He put every thing together. Craig asks if he can speak at the service, Angela agrees.
At the factory Leanne has come to see Danny. She tells him she has a favor to ask him, she does not want him to tell Jamie because it's about him. She then goes on to say that he likes to treat her out and then tells him about Jamie doing a bit of delivering on Wednesday. She tells him if she does not get to go out with Jamie she will be like a bear with a sore head. Then says she might do something to Frankie, then when he gets him she will take it out on him. Danny then phones Jamie and tells him that the London job has been moved to Thursday.
At the Croppers, Hayley tells Chesney what she has made for dinner. He looks as if he does not like. He says he is still full from that lunch she made him. Roy enters. Hayley tells him she has gone to great efforts to get this on the table, and asks him to sit down. Roy says funny you should say that. Then tells everyone that this morning he was not in control. Then shows them that he is now top dog as he gets the dog to sit down. Hayley claps. Chesney looks pleased.
Angela asks if Katy would like a glass of wine, she says ok. Angela drops the glass. Angela puts her finger under the watch as Katy gets a bit of kitchen towel for her. Katy tells her mum they are doing ok. We are keeping it together, then asks for reassurance. She also tells her that she keeps saying, in her head she didn't do it over and over again. If she stops her heart races and when her mum looks at her she thinks she hates her. Angela says she still loves her, then tells the worst time is when she wakes in the morning and realizes Tommy is not there. Then tells her if she closes her eyes, when she opens them again she hopes Tommy is there. Katy asks how they are going to get away with this when the wrench is still here. Angela looks as if she has a plan but tells her daughter it will be ok.
Ray is about to leave for good. Rita comes over and gives him some thing. Emily is holding back tears. Ken shakes hands with him and Deirdre gives him a big hug. She tells him if he needs any thing just pick up the phone. He gets in the taxi and slowly drives off. Tracy appears. He gets out. He tells her that he does not have to leave. He asks to hold Amy. He tells her to look after her mum, and listen to all her stories about her stupid granddad. Tracy with tears in her eyes quietly says stay.
Sunday 20 March
Katy is at the kitchen table in the Harris household. she starts discussing a dream where police found chunks of Tommy (in brine! only 2% fat!) all over the house and starts to panic about the wrench still being in the house. Angela assures her it'll be gone by tomorrow.
In a less murderous household (but who knows what goes on in people's minds...) it's Schmeichal's birthday...and Roy and Chesney are baking a cake. Chesney asks Roy if he loves the dog and Roy replies that he feels he can now class Schmeichal as a friend
The factory girls are all preparing to hear Sonia's news and in a random twist she announces that she's leaving...to work at Butlins...!
There's excitement as Ray is living up his last days to the full...reading Sunday papers with Norris and Emily. Tracy enters, wanting to talk to her father, cue a hasty retreat from Emily and a more than reluctant Norris.
Ken is not happy that Tracy has gone to Ray's however and is worried about being replaced. An unsympathetic Deirdre merely tells him that if he doesn't pull himself together he'll lose her too
It's time for a slight bubble burst for Sonia who is quoting from her Butlins letter and it becomes obvious she is actually just a cleaner there. Danny comes over and buys them all a drink.
Angela bundles the wrench back under the stairs as Craig gets home from Rosie's, sporting a pair of Tommy's work gloves. Angela takes them and sobs with grief. Craig asks if he can come with her to the chamber of rest. She tries to put him off, but Katy thinks they should all go together, as a family. Angela agrees.
Ray and Tracy are having a surprisingly mature conversation. He finds it ironic that after all these years, Deirdre is still here, he expected her to be away with Billy Walker. Tracy asks him if he hated her so much to stay away and he tells her he never hated her and offers a sincere apology. Tracy describes the pain his absence caused and he asks her if she is blameless for all the bad things she has done. Tracy doesn't like the fact she is now on trial and snaps that he shouldn't lecture her when he's in the wrong!
The Harrises stand over Tommy's coffin and Katy breaks down, apologising to her father. Craig tells Tommy she's upset, thinking her relationship with Martin is the cause of it. He puts in a football scarf and Katy puts in a toy he won for her. After their goodbyes, they leave the chapel to give Angela her final moments alone with her deceased husband.
The factory girls are now officially drunk and Sonia bursts into song, making it clear it's a good thing she'll be a cleaner, not a performer. As her cab arrives, she leaps up, plants a smacker on Danny and leaves for her new life.
Tracy has asked Ray if he ever read her a bedtime story. He tells her he read her three blind mice and her favourite part was when the mice got their tails hacked off (now there's a surprise!). She then asks if she has any secret brothers and sisters but Ray adamantly tells her there are none. He tells her he could look at her all day and she is overcome by emotion and embraces him
Chesney is telling Hayley and Roy of his dream to open a chain of pie shops. He lets them know that he adores living with them and Hayley and Roy look at eachother, their hearts warmed.
Angela tells Tommy he can finally rest in peace and starts reminiscing about falling in love with him. She sobs realising she'll never see him again but knows he'll never leave her. She places the wrench, wrapped in a football scarf, into his coffin and tells the funeral director that she is ready before hugging Craig and Katy. They watch, bidding farewell to Tommy, as the lid is bolted onto the coffin, hiding the red-headed, hot tempered mechanic forever.
Monday 21 March
Hi everyone, here is the first episode for Monday 21st March.
Angela is in the kitchen making breakfast when there's a ring on the doorbell. She goes to answer it and finds Kevin, and the policeman who's on guard. She tells the policeman that Kevin was Tommy's boss, and he goes back to his position. Kevin has come to tell Angela that the police have finished everything they had to do at the garage, and he's going to be opening up today. She tells him it's a bit late to be playing the good neighbour, the night Tommy died Kevin had come round and sacked him, had it slipped his mind?
Over at the Barlow's, Deirdre is trying to get ready for work and Ken is hunting high and low for something. Emily arrives, she was passing after having been out for some things that Ray needed. Blanche is at the table looking at a couple of paperbacks, and announces that she had narrowed down the choice for the book club to two, one about a woman whose husband is brutally murdered, or a steamy sounding love story set in South Carolina. Ken thinks the first choice would be a bit insensitive, and Blanche immediately takes offence, saying that he doesn't think they are clever enough, and storms off.
Tracy comments that Emily looks shattered, and Deirdre asks how Ray is. Emily says that he doesn't appear to be in pain, but he is weak and there is not a lot he can do for himself. Tracy suggests that she goes round and sits with him for the afternoon, to give Emily a break. Deirdre looks pleased, and Emily thanks her and says that will be a great help and she's sure Ray will be delighted. Ken immediately gets the hump and gets up from the table, saying that as long as Ray's happy, that's the main thing, and as he seems to be surplus to requirements, he's going out. "Oh, come on Dad, the man's dying," says Tracy. "I'm well aware of that," Ken retorts as he goes out.
Angela is trying to turn off the smoke alarm with a broom handle. Katie comes in and wants to know who was at the door. Angela tells her it was Kevin and he's opening up the garage. Katie starts her usual simpering and whining until Angela tells her to pull herself together and reminds her that the funeral is on Wednesday and there are things to organise, and she has to hold it together. Katie whimpers, "What about the wrench?" but Angela tells her to forget about the wrench, she got rid of it. She shakes Katie, and through gritted teeth tells her, "Pull yourself together, everyone is going to expect you to be upset, but you cannot panic."
Over at the Websters', Sophie is brushing her guinea pig and Sally is demanding that she puts 'that thing' away and comes and eats her breakfast. Sophie says she's not hungry, and Sally gets cross because she asked for an egg. She tells Sophie she can eat it, because there are millions of starving children in Africa. Sophie asks her to name one, and Kevin laughs. Sally is really annoyed then and accuses him of undermining her. They then start arguing, Kevin has to open the garage today where his friend was murdered, and all Sally can think of is the guinea pig. She retorts that it's not the guinea pig, it's Sophie's attitude. Rosie, who has been sitting at the table all this time, suddenly shouts at them, "Stop arguing!" She tells them she doesn't know why they got back together, they act like they hate each other.
Danny walks into the factory to find all his workers standing round with cups of tea in their hands. They tell him they were talking about Tommy's funeral, but he is not sympathetic, his mind is on the new order for the Dutch army. (?) Hayley asks him if he's going to shut the factory on Wednesday, for Tommy's funeral. Danny is adamant that the order is far more important, and Hayley can go alone to the funeral and represent the factory. The girls are shocked, and Janice steps forward. She tells Danny that he's not a bad boss, but one of their mates has had her husband murdered and her children left fatherless, so whether he likes it or not they will be at the funeral to support their workmate, his employee. "Shame on you for thinking otherwise!" she tells him.
In the Kabin, Norris is putting forward his case for a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Roy tells him and Rita that the same thought has crossed his mind, especially since Chesney has been staying with them. Norris has collected information on various security systems, he would like one that electrocuted an intruder, but found that apparently that is against the law. Roy comments that they are all very expensive, and Rita demands to know how much they are. Norris tells her they start at four thousand pounds. Rita nearly chokes, and tells him she'll get him a torch and a broom handle, and call him the new night watchman.
Angela and Katy are making notes on what has to be done for the funeral. Angela now regrets the way she was with Kevin, and wonders if she was acting like a real grieving widow, or whether he might see something else. She decides to ask him and Tyrone to be pall bearers, and says that they will go over to the garage. Katy starts to whimper again, that she can't. Then Angela breaks down and sobs loudly over the kitchen table.
Sally is sitting at home when Rosie comes in, glaring. Sally asks her what that morning's episode was all about, and Rosie asks her what she's doing to Kevin. "I'm not doing anything to your dad," says Sally. "Yeah, well, you're bound to deny it," says Rosie, so Sally asks what she thinks is going on. "You and Gemma's dad," begins Rosie, "Gemma says…….." Sally retorts that she doesn't care what Gemma says, she is not having an affair with her dad. Rosie gets tearful then, and says she doesn't want anything to happen to her and her dad. Sally tries her best to reassure her, and tells her to trust her mum. Sally entreats her to forget about it all and move on. They hug, with Rosie crying.
Angela and Katy are on their way to the garage, and they run into Fizz and Janice, who tell them that the girls at the factory would like to do the food for the wake. Angela accepts graciously. Fizz asks why there's a policeman outside their house, and Angela tells her it there is a feeling that the people they were on witness protection from might come back. Katy, looking pale, dreadful and shaking, starts to fret and says she's got to go home. In a very calm voice, Angela tells her that everything is ok, and suggests meeting up with the girls in the pub to talk about the food. When they've gone their separate ways, Katy voices amazement at Angela going for a drink. Angela tells her it's better that way than have them all come to the house one by one.
At the garage, Tyrone is talking to Kevin about ghosts. They suddenly see Angela and Katy approaching. As Angela stops to talk to Kevin and apologise for her earlier behaviour, Katy wanders into the workshop and then starts to shake and cry. Angela goes over and brings her out.
Tracy has made Ray some soup, and he tells her it's really good of her to keep him company. She tells him her forgiving nature has always been her downfall! He says he's glad he came back and has had the chance to get to know her.
Ken is in the Rovers, drinking copious amounts of beer. Rita sees him and says she had the same idea, she feels they'll need it at the book group tonight. He tells her he's not going to the book group because he's spent the afternoon away from the quarrelling, hectoring women he calls his family and has no inclination to change that yet. "No harm in letting your hair down one in while, eh, sir?" says Violet. (He used to be her teacher at school). Ken says he gets more respect from the barmaid than he does at home.
Over at a table, Janice comments that Angela is coping pretty well, but Katy has been hit hard. Just then, they come in, and Janice hails them.
Kevin walks into his house, accompanied by Ian and his wife and daughter, who he found outside. Ian has heard that Kevin has opened up the garage and brought a present, which looks like a bag with bottles in.
Ken is looking increasingly the worse for wear, and Violet asks if he'd like anything to eat, he must be starving. He refuses, and orders another drink with a whisky to go with it.
Angela comes out of the ladies and asks where Katy is. Fizz tells her she just popped out for some fresh air. Angela panics and goes off to look for her.
Katy is out in the street, outside Martin's flat. He comes out to speak to her, and in her distressed state she tells him that she knows it wasn't him and she's sorry. He hugs her, and tells her to forget it. She tells him he doesn't understand what she's done, and she starts to say that he's the only person who could possibly understand what's happened. He tells her she shouldn't be there, he can't do this, and goes back inside. Angela has watched some of this from round the corner and comes over, as Katy collapses with grief. "Did you say anything?" she demands to know. "He hates me," Katy grizzles. "Did you say anything?" Angela raises her voice this time. "No," Katy wails.
Ken is looking terrible, swaying and slurring his words. Violet asks whether he thinks he's had enough. Mike Baldwin is at the bar and roars with laughter, "Straight laced Barlow is in his cups!" Mike asks if the famous Barlow jealousy has reared it's ugly head now that another of Deirdre's exes has turned up on the doorstep. Staggering, Ken grabs his jacket and weaves his way out of the door.
In the Barlow residence, Blanche is trying to start the book club meeting while Norris wants to give out Neighbourhood Watch leaflets. "This is my turn in the chair," she complains, "and I'm not having it usurped by Inspector Clouseau over there!" Just then Ken staggers in, "Not with Ray tonight then?" he asks Deirdre. "Chosen your book of the week yet?" he asks Emily and Rita, "what is it this time, The Cat in the Hat, or one of the Mr. Men series?" Deirdre implores him, "Not now." But he is in no mood to be placated or put off. "Yes, now!" he shouts. Norris, thick skinned as ever, starts to waffle on about his Neighbourhood Watch leaflets until Emily takes his arm and leads him out. Roy and Rita go with them, just as Tracy comes in. "What's going on?" she asks, and then realises that Ken is drunk. "Pathetic!" says Blanche, "a man of your age weaving about like an old wino!" "Shouldn't you be knitting under a guillotine somewhere?" asks Ken, leaning on the dresser, and then adds, "you really are a miserable old bat, aren't you!" Blanche storms out, closely followed by Deirdre. "Well, only me left," says Tracy, "and what am I? Oh yes, a gold-digging little tramp! Well come on, give it your best shot!" Ken asks if she's expecting a big inheritance when Ray finally expires, and Tracy reckons she deserves it. He then bursts her bubble by telling her that Ray's already got kids, that's why he wanted to divorce Deirdre, because his wife was having a baby. Ken tells her she won't get a penny!
Over at the Websters', they are all drinking round the table. Sally calls from the kitchen that she can't open the wine. Ian goes to help her and their eyes meet, and they look flirtatiously at each other. Meanwhile, Rosie has come down and asked Kevin if Gemma can stay the night so they can watch Donny Darko, but Kevin says no. Rosie runs into the kitchen to ask her mum and catches them looking at each other. She stops and stares for a moment and then runs out again, leaving Sally looking very worried!
More to come in episode 2.
Here we are back in Weatherfield for Episode Two from Monday night.
At the Webster's, Sally is disturbed to find that Rosie has gone out. Kevin tells her Rosie has gone to Gemma's and Sally gets very agitated, saying she's going to call Rosie and tell her to come home. All the time this is going on, poor Sophie is trying to draw their attention to her guinea pig, who seems to be unwell (and no wonder, when it's in a cage barely big enough for a gerbil!).
At the Harris's, Tommy's Mum suggests they all go to church. Craig won't. He doesn't believe in God, and if God does exist, Craig hates him. His Nana asks what time the funeral is and is told it's at 11am. She also finds out that Tommy is being buried, not cremated, and this horrifies her. Tommy definitely wanted to be cremated and his ashes scattered on the field in Sheffield Wednesday soccer team's stadium. Angela protests that she's already made all the arrangements. "Then change them!" spits Craig. Angela says she can't. "So you're not going to grant my Dad his dying wish?" asks Craig. When he and his Nana have left the room, Katy asks her mother why Tommy isn't being buried and Angela confesses that she's put the wrench in the coffin and if it was cremated the wrench would be discovered.
Across at the Barlows' place, Ken comes down to the dining table and for one brief moment looks remarkably like Blanche. Some headache tablets are put down in front of him by a very disapproving Deirdre. Ken apologises for last night and says he doesn't know what got into him. "About half a gallon of beer," Blanche tells him. Yes, it was the drink, and also the jealousy. Blanche is still offended by what Ken said to her. "You should have heard what he said to me," Tracy points out. "That was true," Ken says. Deirdre backs him up and says, yes, Ray does have another child. "I just wanted you to realise he can't be trusted," Ken says. Whether she gets any money or not, she's better off without him. "I didn't do it out of spite." Deirdre springs to defend Ray. "He's dying, and all you can think of is the inconvenience." She turns away in disgust. "Now, it's my turn," says Blanche, fronting up to her ex-ex-soon-to-be-son-in-law.
Katy is appalled that Tommy will take the wrench with him and will always have it to remind him what she did. Angela asks what else she could have done. The chapel of rest was the only place where she wasn't being watched. "Just remember who I am doing this for." Oh, no, and there goes Katy with more sniveling.
At the garage, Kevin turns to find Rosie watching him work. He tells her they've had a bad morning, having to take the guinea pig to the vet only to discover there was nothing wrong with it. She hugs her Dad and tells him she loves him. He returns the hug and tells her he loves her, too. "And Mum?" Yes, and Sophie too. "I even love Rat Features (the guinea pig, I think). Rosie makes him promise he'll never leave.
At the church, Angela is greeted by the priest. She asks if it is a sin to bury someone when they wanted to be cremated. He says it depends on the motive (uh oh). If it's being done out of spite, then it is a sin. But sometimes the person left behind can't bear to think of the body being destroyed, or wants to have a grave to visit. Angela starts to laugh hysterically and this turns into sobs. She asks the priest if he will hear her confession.
At the car sales place, Sally asks Ian if Rosie came round to see Gemma. She didn't, but Sally tells him anyway that Rosie knows about them. He asks exactly what Rosie knows or saw, and then dismisses it when Sally tells him. "She only saw us having a chat and a laugh," he says. "Forget about it. I know something that will take your mind off it." (ewww!!) Sally suddenly gets very sarcastic, asking if that's his answer to everything. "This is how you like it," he reminds her. "No complications."
The Neighbourhood Watch group is almost ready to meet in the cafe. Norris arrives slightly late. He is wearing a huge orange rosette with hand lettering that reads: Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. "It's just to inform people of my official capacity," he tells Blanche, Emily and Rita. "It looks like something you made on Blue Peter," Rita tells him. As the meeting begins, Blanche apologises for Ken's absence and says that because of his behaviour last night, she didn't get to nominate her book. Norris jabs the table with his forefinger as he tells her this isn't a book club meeting but a Neighbourhood Watch meeting. Millions of viewers grab their Magic Markers, reach into their televisions and change his rosette to say "Hypocrite". Blanche has changed her mind about the book. She's gone off "Mandingo" (which I read about 1975!) and thinks a Louis L'Amour would be better. Her suggestions, "Mustang Man" or "Heller With A Gun" both sound like westerns, and are pulp fiction, not literature, Roy suggests. Blanche is offended. "The frontier is much more exciting than some dreary northern town," she says. Norris tries to divert the conversation back to Neighbourhood Watch, but Roy is remembering that "High Noon" had some merit. Blanche likes a nice spaghetti western, and Rita is partial to anything with Clint Eastwood in it. "But my favourite is 'Calamity Jane'," she says.
Back at the church, Angela is confessing. She tells the priest he is the only person she can tell. "I should love her, and I do, but I can hardly bear to look at her," she starts off, beginning in the middle. "After what she's done -- I spawned a monster that should have drowned at birth. She's no right to live, taking up space that he should have. I should let her rot in jail." She says she loves Katy even though she doesn't want to. "She killed him, you see." She says she never got a chance to say she was sorry for shouting at him, or to say goodbye. Father Someone-whose-name-I-didn't-catch says that if she truly repents and wants to do the right thing, she will tell the police what really happened. "But I'd be condemning my daughter," Angela says. "You're condemning yourself and her in the eyes of God if you don't tell the truth," he points out. Angela says she told the truth once before and it almost destroyed her family. If she tells the truth this time, it definitely will destroy her family. "Then you realise that I cannot absolve you of your sins," the priest says. "I don't want forgiveness," Angela cries. "I want my husband."
"Oh, the Deadwood stage is a-headin' on over the hiiilllllls." Rita, Blanche and Emily are in full flight, conducting themselves in the song from "Calamity Jane". During a pause for breath, Rita tells Norris to cheer up. He could always make a sheriff's badge from a milk bottle top. "Dangerous land! No time to delay!" the ladies continue. "So, Whip crack-away!, Whip crack-away!, Whip crack-away!"
Back at Emily's, Tracy has come to confront Ray about his other child, but she does it in a very Tracy way, maneuvering him into saying how important it is that they have made up, because she's his only child. Then she pounces. She really is like a cat playing with its prey. Poor old Ray is like a gecko with his feet slithering on the lino in confusion as he tries to work out what's going on. Tracy hits him with the fact that he left her mother for his pregnant girlfriend. "So come on, how many half brothers and sisters have I got? It really gets to me that you could lie to soften me up," she says. "The next thing, you'll be telling me it was a phantom pregnancy." No, says Ray, it was real all right. "And so were the kid when he were born. Except he were dead. Perfect, he were. You couldn't tell looking at him there were owt wrong." So Tracy is his only child. Now she might understand why she is so special to him.
Rosie has arrived at the car yard. Her mother asks where she's been, but Rosie sarcastically says, "As if you care." She says she was going to Gemma's but changed her mind. She comments that her mother looks relieved, which Sally denies. Rosie says she knows there is something going on, not because she saw Sally and Ian up to anything, but because of their guilty looks when they stepped back as she went into the kitchen. Sally tells her she mustn't say anything because of the effect on both families. "Stop trying to blame me," Rosie says. "Stop trying to make me feel guilty when you are the one lying. Just admit it." Sally takes a breath. "All right, it's true. We are having an affair."
At the Harrises,' Nana is taking Craig to get some sensible shoes to wear to the funeral (surely he's got some to go with that scout uniform?). Angela says she still wants to bury Tommy. She wants to have a place to visit and talk to him. And, eventually, she wants to be buried with him.
Sally tells Rosie she lied about the affair because she was trying to protect her family. "Protect yourself, more like! If you really cared, you wouldn't be Doing It with your boss. Where did you Do It? Here?" Sally tells Rosie she still loves Kevin, but Rosie can't understand why her Mum would Do It with someone else if she still loved Kevin. "It's complicated," says Sally. "No it's not," says Rosie. "It's disgusting!" Rosie starts to cry. Sally apologises and promises her she will end the affair. "No more lies. Just don't hate me, Rosie. I can't bear that. Everything's going to be fine, I promise."
Wednesday 23 March
Written by: Chris Fewtrell
Directed by: Tim Hopewell
Angela threads Tommy's wedding ring onto a gold chain. She tells Katy it's all she's got left, and when she talks about Tommy being buried her hands shake so she drops the chain while she's trying to put it on. Katy (who has finally stopped jittering but is still looking fragile) helps her, and then says that she can't go to the funeral, she has no right to be there. Her mother says it'll look suspicious if she doesn't go, and that Katy has every right to go because no-one loved Tommy more than Angela and Katy did.
Rosie is making life difficult for Sally, first asking for breakfast then refusing to eat it (life with a teenage Goth, eh?). Sally tells her that she doesn't deserve punishing, as she's already said she'll end the relationship with Ian. Kevin comes in putting on his tie. He says he hates his black suit – it waits in the wardrobe like a vulture for days like this. Sally doesn't think she'll go to the funeral, as she and Tommy were hardly friends and it would be hypocritical. Kevin says that Tommy was a mate and he's carrying his coffin, and he'd like Sally there for support.
Angela is coming back from the corner shop, and the sight of the flowers people have placed by the door of the garage makes her break down, and she drops the bottle of milk she's carrying. Eileen hears this and comes out of her house. Angela is crying over the spilt milk, scraping the pieces of glass together with her gloved hands, saying she's letting people down and letting Tommy down. Eileen says she has plenty of milk, and she takes Angela inside.
Hayley is getting ready for the funeral, and dreading it because she hates to see people she cares about in pain. Roy says hopefully it will help Angela to begin to move on. Chesney comes in with a bunch of flowers. "These are for Tommy," he says, "I saved up my sweet money, but Sunita wouldn't take it." Roy says that was very generous. "I don't know," says Chesney, "When I asked her to swap for a bigger bunch she said 'Don't push it!'" Roy and Hayley smile. Chesney says that Tommy was ace, and had helped him do up his quad bike, and asks Hayley to take the flowers for him.
Eileen is comforting Angela, and saying how well she's been holding things together for her family. Eileen says she's not sure she could have done it in her place, but then she's never had a relationship like Angela and Tommy had. "Then you're lucky," Angela says, her voice thick with emotion, "If you're going to say it's better to have loved and lost… it isn't better, and it never will be. I'm finished, Eileen!" she sobs, and tells Eileen about one time when she and Tommy had a row about what colour to paint their wall. Tommy wanted blue, she wanted orange, so in the end they got a can of each and mixed them together. When they'd finished painting, Tommy said, "There's no-one in the world has a colour like this," and Angela had replied that no-one else would want it. They called the colour "Tomela." Eileen says that that's the kind of memory which will give Angela comfort in time, but Angela says she's missing the point: "Tom was the blue, and I was the orange, and when we were together we made something… different, unique, and once it were done you couldn't separate either of us out again. We were what we'd become and there were no going back. And now Tom's gone, there's no going forward, either. And we had to chuck that last bit of paint because we knew we'd never make anything quite like it again" Eileen, who is also in tears by this point, hugs her.
Chesney is making plans for the day, and asks Tommy if they can watch 'Kill Bill' on DVD. Roy thinks he may have heard of Quentin Tarantino: "Isn't he a peddler of casual profanity and mindless brutality? How am I expected to face your mother when she gets back?" Chesney says he and his mother have already seen it six times: "It's loads better than Reservoir Dogs," says the young film buff, "Less talking, and more violence. We can do some scenes after. You can be Bill and Hayley can be Cottonmouth!" Roy decides it's time for remedial action, and what's needed is Narnia, Neverland and the Far Away Tree – they're off to the library.
People are assembling at Angela's for the funeral. Tyrone and Maria are there, and Kevin and Sally. Angela thanks Sally for making the effort to come. Angela's dad arrives, and she's really emotional to see him. Craig looks like he wants to help his mum but doesn't know how, and Katy has started jittering again. The cars arrive, and Angela's dad tells everyone to go, and leave him and Angela to have a moment or two alone. Tommy's mum hugs Katy.
Flowers are piled up outside the house, and a small group of friends and neighbours is watching from outside the Kabin, as the mourners come out of the house led by Tyrone. Tommy's name is spelled out in blue and white flowers (Sheffield Wednesday colours) in the hearse, and the coffin is draped in the team flag. Martin is one of the onlookers, but no-one pays him any attention.
The hearse stops outside the church, a single bell chiming. The bell is giving Fizz and Janice the creeps, and Sean says he doesn't want anything solemn when he goes, he wants all his favourite music. Kelly says she doesn't think bell ringers know how to do 'YMCA,' and Hayley makes a quip about camp campanologists. Tyrone is nervous about carrying the coffin. Katy develops full-scale jitters when she sees DS Smith and DI Pinnock are already there – she thinks it means they know the truth about who killed Tommy. Angela tells her they don't know anything, but if Katy doesn't pull herself together they soon will. All they have to do is get through today.
Angela asks the police why they aren't out looking for Tommy's killer. DI Pinnock says that sometimes you can learn more from a funeral than a hundred interviews, a statement which throws Angela a bit but then she says she'll be glad they're there if the Morgan family shows up, and asks again about witness protection. DI Pinnock says they can talk about that later, but he's confident that he'll catch the killer and is sure they'll track down the murder weapon – which is at that precise moment being unloaded from the hearse, safe for now inside Tommy's coffin.
Roy and Chesney are back from the library, and Chesney is very pleased with the book he's got: 'Jujitsu – A Kick Start.' Roy would have preferred 'The Wind in the Willows,' and says when he was being bullied at school it was a great relief to escape to the riverbank tales of Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad. Chesney says that if he'd read 'Jujitsu – A Kick Start' instead, he wouldn't even have been picked on. "Living round here, you need to know how to defend yourself against murderers. Especially if you've got ginger hair," Chesney says.
Martin has turned up for Tommy's funeral, and Mike Baldwin and Janice tell him he's not welcome. DI Pinnock says, "So you came – regardless of how it might upset people." Martin says he's not there to upset people, he's there to support anyone who might need it. Katy sees him, and smiles – at least one person is glad he's turned up. Angela moves her on.
In the café, Chesney is practicing Jujitsu with Roy. This involves Roy rushing him armed with a cucumber. Roy is not very keen on this plan, until Chesney tells him to imagine Cilla was there. Roy yells, and charges at Chesney brandishing the salad vegetable, but Chesney easily flips him over and sends him crashing onto one of the tables with a clatter of crockery. Vera is not impressed when she comes in on the aftermath of this scene.
Angela is telling Katy that it'll all be over in a couple of hours. "It'll never be over," Katy says, "You can bury what you like, the truth's coming home with us." The priest comes over, and tells Angela she can come and talk to him in confidence at any time. Craig stumbles slightly as he, his granddad, Kevin and Tyrone lift Tommy's coffin onto their shoulders. He tells his granddad he's alright. They carry the coffin down the aisle, followed by Katy and Angela.
Chesney now has Vera won over to the way of the warrior – she's very impressed by his ability to karate-chop pencils in half. "Just call me the Ginger Ninja," he says. Roy says Cilla has just been on the phone – she feels she needs another week's holiday, so won't be coming back tomorrow. Chesney says it's no big deal, he expected it, and he's pleased at the thought of staying with Roy and Hayley another week. Roy tells Vera that even though Cilla's supposed to be staying at a retreat, the "chanting" he could hear going on in the background when she rang sounded suspiciously like 'Agadoo.' Vera says she'll be living it up on the Costas: "She's abandoned that poor little lad again."
Back to the church, where Craig stands up to say some words about his dad. He talks about how Tommy had taken him to a cup final when he was three. People said he was daft, but Tommy said he had to have his lad with him and it might be the last chance Craig would have to see Wednesday in a cup final. "Looks like he was right," Craig says, smiling through his tears, "But the real reason was because he loved me, and he loved our Katy, but it was really really hard for him to say. Same with me – I didn't realise how hard till I tried to write it down. I wish I could've said it." He looks at the coffin. "But don't worry, because I knew you cared, Dad. I always knew. And I hope you knew that I cared as well, because… because…" He breaks down, and Katy rushes to him, hugs him and then she continues to read his speech: "Because I was so proud to call you my dad. You weren't afraid of anything or anyone. You weren't a coward like them who killed you. I wish I could cop hold of whoever did it," (she's sobbing herself now) "and make them see what they've done. I'd make them suffer the way we've had to, the way we're going to have to for the rest of our lives." Katy can't continue, and sobs, "I'm so sorry, Craig, it was me – it was all my fault!
Awards for this episode:
Best actor: Craig
Best comedy actor: Chesney (aka the Ginger Ninja)
And happy 37th birthday to the very wonderful Damon Albarn from Blur
Friday 25 March
Katy told Craig it's her fault, she did it at the end of the last episode. We open back were we left off. Angela quickly gets up and hugs her daughter. Then covers her tracks. She says they blame them selves for what happened to Tommy. Then says, if it's any one fault it's hers. She tells everyone they left Sheffield in fear of their lives. They came here and stopped looking over their shoulders. She looks at Katy and says that's not her fault. Then she says that Tommy loved his kids. Angela nearly in tears tells everyone she has an argument going round and round her head. She thinks if things had been different and Tommy didn't go to the garage in a bad mood. She does not know how she will go on, but says they will manage because they don't want to let him down.
Ken enters and sees Deirdre washing dishes. He asks her if she would like him to see to the tea, but is told she is going to do baked potatoes. He then suggests they go out for the day. Ken thinks he can't be jealous of a dying man. Deirdre tells him he was not to know his wife had a miscarriage, but he says he took great delight in telling Tracy. She then says to that's were Tracy gets her cruel streak from. She says Ken is more her dad than Ray. Deirdre then says they she would like to out for the day, she says Sunday.
Tommy's coffin is getting lowered to the ground. We hear the words earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Katy starts to sob and goes to fall but is held up by her mum. Craig wipes tears from his eyes.
Emily and Deirdre come through. Emily says her and Ray has been down memory lane. Ray asks Deirdre if she remembers when they used to go down to south port. She says yes then says she was at home changing Tracy and washing up. Emily does to make tea and when she comes back she yawns. Deirdre wishes she would give her a shout if she needs any help. Ray knows he is to mush for Emily. He asks Deirdre if she will take him to south port. Not just drop him of, but come out for the day with him. Ray and Emily say Sunday, she goes to say no but says ok.
Back outside to Tommy's is getting buried. The priest continues to talk. Angela says love you as she takes the sprinkles the stuff over the coffin. Katy says she cant and backs off, saying no. So Angela passes it to her son. Craig says good bye to his dad and gives it to Tommy's mum. As she does it she says they will get justices.
At the Café Deirdre, Emily and Tracy are talking. Deirdre tells Tracy they don't want to hurt her dad's feelings, then says ken not Ray. Tracy then tells her mum just to tell Ken that she has promised Ray she would take him out this Sunday. Emily makes a suggestion that she invite Rita, then Ken will feel less excluded. Deirdre asks if she will come to, Emily agrees. Tracy says her and Amy are up for it too. They all look happy.
Everyone is now inside the Harris house. Angela dad asks how she is holding up. She tells her dad she is fine, then tells Katy to go talk to her gran because she has just lost a son. Tyrone is telling Kevin and Maria that he thought he was going to drop the coffin. Kevin tells him that Tommy would have seen the funny side. Angela is asking Hayley why she won't take a sandwich, even although she made them. She says she can't. The factory workers are every supportive. Kevin speaks to Craig. He tells him he done will today. Craig tells him he would not picture his dad being in there and that his shoulders were sore. Then says his dad used to carry him on his shoulders. Katy how has been listening comes over and hugs him.
Ian is in his office as Sally enters. He tells her she should go to funerals more often. She says thanks and shall she pass that on to his widow, Ian apologies. Sally then says its over. She says she promised Rosie she would finish it. Ian looks shocked.
Chesney tells Roy he has good news, bad news and then more good news. He tells him about the Jew château class tonight. The bad news is that its £10 for Roy and £5 for him. He says the good news is, he said Roy was on the dole, and he was in care. Then says when they get there he will smile and maybe get in for free. He tells him that his mum thinks his face is his fortune.
Katy saying to her mum that its going to be one big lie for the rest of her life, even when she meats some one. She is told it will become second nature. In a sarcastic voice she cheers. Her mum in an angry tone asks her what's the alternative, a 20-year stretch in side. Katy says she's scared. She asks what if she bottles it like she did today or if she drunk and starts to ramble on and comes out with it. Her mum says simple, don't drink, she grabs Katy's drink and put it down the sink. Angela tells Katy she can't do this on her own. She tells her daughter, once they are on witness protection every thing will be ok. Then tells her to keep her hands busy because it helps.
Back with Ian and Sally. She tells him that Rosie won't say any thing to Kevin if they end it. He says good, held to ransom buy a 14 year old Goth. Sally says it will be business as usual with out the usual. He says it's not that simple. Then puts on his jacket and says he's going home while he still has one. He thinks this is all a big disaster. She says it's not as bad as it could have been. He says until Rosie puts the pin. Sally says she will deal with Rosie. Then says she a good mum and a good worker. Then says she's the employee and he's the boss. He says hmm and she asks what that means. He tells her that they will have to wait and see how things pan out. She asks if her job is safe. He says its not, not safe. The phone rings and she demands that he tells her now because she is not going to have a very relaxing holiday. He tells her to answer the phone and leaves.
At the Rovers Ken tells Deirdre that he can't compete with a dying man. He is not amused and says he was looking forward to going. She says so was I but we can go another time but just not this Sunday. She tells him he is invited so it Rita, Emily. Then says you never know it may even be fun. Hayley is telling Fizz that Roy is talking Chesney to a self-defense class. Janice says Cilla won't know what hit her when she gets back from her spiritual retreat. Sawn says that's the opposite for brandy, gin and vodka. Fizz says in a sarcastic way, she's hope's Chesney does not knock her over and break every bone in her body, because she would hate for her mum to be in pain for 6-8 months. Hayley wipes a tear from her eye and says her and Chesney deserves better than that.
At the class Chesney is telling Roy is was a man on the phone. The woman tells them that they are making a life saving decision. She will teach them every thing they need to know to defeat an attacker. She says they can defeat any one, any size and off any shape. Chesney asks even him, she says yes and he gulps. She welcomes everyone to the class, and says she has been doing this for 25 years. He looks so excited.
Tracy and Amy are round seeing Ray. They talk about the see side holiday. Ray asks how the funeral was, Emily says it was heart breaking. Tracy says lets not take about funerals. She tells Amy that she is going to show Ray how to build a sandcastle. He looks in pain and Tracy goes beside him and asks what he needs. He says he will be fine and it will pass.
Sally speaks to Rosie and tells her that she finished if with Ian. She does not believe her and tells her mum that she would say any thing just to shut her up. She tells her again that she's ended it. Rosie asks if she loves her dad. Sally says she adores him. Then tells her she wants her to have a good him when they go on holiday. Rosie then says she believes her.
At the class the woman has Roy in a head lock position. She says he has not been paying attention. Roy says this class is not for him. Chesney comes up behind her and knocks her down and put his foot on her and says like this. Again he has a big smile on his face and looks so pleased that he has defeated her.
At the Harris's the inspector has come round. Angela asks if she has got the Morgan family locked up yet. She says no. Angela then says there are lots of them and it could have been any one of them. She says they are eliminating them from there inquires. The hold family is shocked. Craig asks what about Martin. She says they think it was an isolated incident. She then says the think the family is not in danger and there is no need for witness protection. Katy is sobbing and looking afraid. She then says they don't need the officer out side looking out for them either. Angela says she has signed their death warrants. The inspector says they will find who did this to her husband. Katy cries into her mum's arms.
Sunday 27 March
The Barlows are all preparing for a day out in Southport, well all the Barlows except Ken that is, who is blatantly refusing to go! Tracy spies an opportunity to dump Amy on him, but he refuses this too, claiming he just wants to stay at home and rest.
Rest isn't on the agenda for Sally though, who has a mammoth turkey to cook, and for extra house guests as Kevin feels he should invite the grieving Harrises along to show they have people there for them. Sally isn't keen on the thought of a heavy workload but agrees that Kevin can have them over if he wants. Chesney calls round for Sophie and Sally asks him how many Easter eggs he got. His orphan-esque face on, he produces a small egg saying he bought that one for himself. Sympathetic for a change, Sally gives him an egg that is bigger than him, sensitively in front of her husband who bought it for her!
Katy is still on edge, thinking that because they've been taken off police protection then the police know its them, they know who did it. Angela tells her it just means that they don't know who it is. And suddenly there's a knock on the door...the police Katy presumes! But no, even better, it's Kevin!
Scooter has introduced some goldfish into the Platt household...so David spies a deliciously evil prank and introduces some chocolate into the water. Gail scolds him!
As Tracy rushes out the door, dumping Amy on Deirdre, Ken assures Deirdre that he will not be joining them in Southport and Ray will have a better day without him
Chesney is outside, getting stuck into the Easter egg, which looks decisively smaller than the box implied. As Rita comes over, he hides it and pulls a similar trick so Rita fetches him an egg. She's lucky her furry hat has covered her ears, else they'd be burning as across the road, Norris is criticising her driving ability and feels he should drive.. Tracy climbs into a car with Ray and is about to make a getaway only to be caught by daughter, mother and gran, who wish to join her!
Things get even more chaotic when Sarah and Scooter come home, to be told by David that Bethany has eaten the goldfish!
The gang have descended on the unfortunate Southport and are all wondering why Ken isn't with them (it took them the whole journey to realise he wasn't coming?) Blanche takes great delight in informing everyone that he is jealous! Tracy's mind is elsewhere as she gathers Ray and Deirdre, but specifically not Amy for a family photo!
Fred invites Audrey out for dinner, but she immediately makes an excuse that she's to be with Gail, who walks in! Followed by a frantic Scooter who rushes them both back home for the fish fiasco, bringing a bit of cheer to Fred and Ciaran's day!
As Tracy and Ray sit down together, with Blanche and Amy and work out a way to get rid of her, Norris leads everyone round a game of crazy golf, with his usual attempts at organising and becoming insufferably irritating! (and hilarious!) As he criticises Emily, she ignores him as best she can and gets a hole in one, leaving Norris flustered and claiming it was a fluke!
The ever hilarious David continues his trick until everyone is suitably convinced Bethany has made a meal of the ginger finned twosome before bringing them out in a bowl...not funny Gail believes. Had the same effect on me actually.
It's a tense dinnertime at the Webster household. The conversation has turned to why Katy and Angela no longer have someone outside their house and Katy snaps that they could still be in danger! Angela subtly calms her down as Kevin assures them that whoever did kill Tommy will be caught.
Norris is up in arms as Rita touches the ball into eh hole with her foot! He rants on about anarchy as they all walk away from him...so he disqualifies him leading to a slightly disappointing victory for him!
As Blanche falls asleep, Tracy takes Ray for a walk abandoning both OAP and baby!
The mealtime at Kev and Sal's descends into a sea of emotion as Angela breaks down over how much she misses Tommy. Kevin asks them to stay for a drink but Angela decides this is a bad idea and takes Katy away.
Tracy has finally got Ray on her own and he has sussed what she wants to know but tells her, while the money will go to her, it's hardly worth it...he's practically penniless. Tracy looks disappointed but puts her arm round her dad nevertheless...is this a conscience we see forming? Must be the sea air...does strange things to you!
Chesney has guffed his way through three eggs now and Sophie is incredibly surprised, and slightly disgusted, that he isn't feeling sick in the slightest!!
Katy is in another state but Angela assures her that they can convince the police it was the Sheffield lot...by creating some evidence that can mean nothing else. But is this plan really foolproof...or will even the soap police find it suspicious?
-Chesney had three eggs, Amy had two
-You could feed the whole street with Sally's turkey
-It's Easter for fish too
-Rita has had close shaves driving around the street
-Paddling is good for bunions
-Ray and Deirdre don't have bunions
-Fred gets over affectionate at holiday periods
-Golf is a game of hand-eye co-ordination
-The following things were wrong with Emily's play: her stance, she was unrelaxed and she held the club badly
-Rita is anarchous against crazy golf
-Sally had white wine at dinner while all the other adults had red
Model child of the year
Rosie: I'll get it!
Sally: Thanks Rosie that's really nice of you!
Understatement of the day: "I'm sure they'll be able to supply reasons of their own" Ken about the gossips discussing his absence from Southport
Most surreal twist for a Sunday: "She's eaten the goldfish?" Sarah about Bethany
Most well founded judgment of soap police: "They always find who did it" Kevin
Your next two reports for Sunday will be written by Simon as I take a short break (haha lazy slacker I am!) so your updates will not suffer. I look forward to being back in the very near future, until then Simon will be perfectly capable in keeping you up to date with the next couple of Sunday events down Corrie way!!
Monday 28 March
It's the day after the great trip out to Southport and Ray meets up with the Barlow clan, off to the cafe for breakfast. He's been able to have his photos developed already and is happy to share with Tracy and Deirdre but Ken isn't so interested. Tracy invites Ray to come along to breakfast, but seeing the look on Ken's face, Ray declines the offer.
Angela breaks the news to Katy that she needs to go back to work today...so that she can get back to normal, and especially if she's going to put her plan into motion that's going to get her and Katy off the hook. band, Katy is not at all happy about being left on her own, and frets and simpers, but Angela tells her she needs to do this and Katy should stay out of sight and try reading a book.
Emily has had a terrible night taking care of Ray and goes to the Kabin to buy some pain killers. Both Norris and Rita point out to Emily that it's time Ray was headed home to Holland, as taking care of someone so ill is very hard, especially when you're Emily's age. Emily is not at all convinced by this, and goes off home.
Angela arrives at the factory and walks in to hear them all singing 'Superstar', and they don't all notice her at first. Sean attracts Hayley's attention by throwing a pair of knickers at her, and once she realises that Angela is back, Hayley goes over to greet her.
A tanned Shelley and Charlie have returned home from their Caribbean holiday and are happily gushing about it to Betty and Ciaran...neither of whom are too impressed. Shelley tells them that it was nice for them to have quality time together, which Ciaran reads as they were standoffish. 'Oh don't get me wrong, the people were really nice, not like the miserable so and so's around here,' Shelly says. Betty points out rather curtly that people haven't had a lot to laugh at around here and Shelley supposes that she should go pay her respect to Angela
Ray, looking absolutely dreadful, watches Emily as she takes her pain relievers. He tells her that he wishes there was a pill that would take away his problem, but then tells Emily that they had a great day at Southport. She comments that he and Tracy seemed to be getting on really well and Ray replies that yesterday was the first time Tracy had a proper smile for him. Ray sits up and grimaces. Emily is immediately very concerned, but he tells her, 'It's nowt, just a bit of a twinge.'
He then goes to stand up to come to the table but collapses to the floor in terrible pain. Emily can barely help him sit up and tells him she'll go get help. 'No!' Ray yells. 'Well you can't stay there!' Emily yells back. 'Oh for God's sake will you stop fussing?!' Ray yells again. Catching the hurt look on Emily's face, Ray adds, 'Please? I'll be all right in a minute. Served me right going out disco dancing till 3 in the morning eh?' Emily begs him to let her go get help, but Ray tells her all he needs is a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Not able to cope, Emily runs outside into the back yard and cries bitterly. Deirdre who is outside hanging her washing, spots her over the wall and immediately comes over to see what's happened.
'Oh love! Whatever's the matter?' Deirdre asks. 'It's Ray, he's had a bit of a fall,' Emily tells her through her sobs. 'Where is he? Has he hurt himself?' Deirdre asks. 'Oh Deirdre, it was awful. He collapsed and I didn't even have the strength to lift him,' Emily cries. 'Come on Emily, we're going to have to go and see to him,' Deirdre says, but Emily is reluctant, telling her that Ray will be mortified. Deirdre decides to go and get Tracy.
A couple of minutes later and Deirdre comes back with Tracy in tow, but Ray is not happy to see either of them. He tells them he'll be fine in a few minutes, but when he tries to get up, the pain on his face tells a whole different story. Deirdre orders Emily to call an ambulance but Ray barks that he's not going back to the hospital, however, he's ignored. As they wait, Tracy gets down to keep her father company.
Janice takes a quiet moment to tell Angela that she knows how things are for her right now, and if she ever feels like talking, all she has to do is ask.
At the hospital, Ray's been put on a drip to rehydrate him. He tells the nurse he'd rather have a few pints of beer to do that, but instead she tells him that maybe they should re-evaluate his morphine dosage. 'Do whatever you need to do so I can get out of here!' Ray snaps.
The factory girls are heading over to the pub and Hayley tells Angela she'll wait for her. But Angela, needing time alone, tells Hayley that she'd rather have the quiet time in the factory with the rest of the girls out of the way. Not taking the hint, Hayley goes to sit down, telling Angela she doesn't really feel like drinking either, but Angela tells her that she really does need to be on her own for a while. 'I need to work because work is the only think that stops me thinking about it,' Angela tells her. Hayley finally gets the hint, and goes off, offering to bring Angela back a butty.
The fish tank at the Platt household has been more heavily populated, and Gail takes the opportunity to try and get to know Scooter a little better by talking about the fish. 'What is it you like about them?' Gail asks. 'I like everything about them,' Scooter replies, 'All the different varieties there are, and when you take care of them, you get to know their personalities, what they like and what they don't like.' He tells her he thinks it's great that they have a really short memory. Every time they see the ornamental castle in the tank, it's as if they're seeing it for the first time. 'It must be dead smart that, getting thousands of lovely little surprises, every single day,' Scooter tells a rather baffled Gail.
Out on the street, Hayley meets up with Chesney and Roy. Chesney has hurt Roy's back with his jujitsu but is quite willing to demonstrate to Hayley how he did it. 'Come here my two lovely boys!' Hayley cries, giving first Chesney, and then Roy, big sloppy kisses. They both pull faces and rub their faces. Chesney tells Hayley that Cilla and Les should be arriving home from their holiday shortly, and he's an excited little boy. They're going to stand outside the house to wait for them.
In the Rovers, spotting Sunita and Dev, Shelley and Charlie reluctantly come over to speak to them. Sunita thanks Shelley for the postcard she sent to them, and it becomes obvious that this was a postcard that she sent without Charlie knowing.
Charlie tells Sunita that he didn't send a single postcard, he was too happy to be away. 'It was great for Shell and I to be on our own for once,' Charlie says, but the conversation is clearly stilted and awkward for both couples, and Shelly and Charlie head back to the safety and comfort of the bar.
Standing at the bar, Ken tells Rita that the arrival of Ray Langton back on the street has shown him a side of himself that he didn't think existed. Rita reminds him that he and Ray never did see eye to eye, and Ken tells her that he always felt a bit tame compared to Ray. 'Their relationship always seemed so much more passionate,' Ken says of Ray and Deirdre. 'Well, that's all very well when you're young Ken, but when you're older I doubt if anybody could be bothered to sustain it for a lifetime. You and Deirdre have a lot to be grateful for. You're together, despite everything, and that's the real test of a relationship. Oh he may have been gobbier than you, more handsome than you, but you got the girl...and Tracy and little Amy. They're part of your life forever. Ray's just passing through,' Rita tells him wisely.
Tracy talks to an apparently asleep Ray, telling him that Deirdre will be out having a cigarette as that's what she does when she's stressed. Tearfully, Tracy begs Ray not to die yet, and as a sign that he's still around, he quietly raises his hand for her to take
Still staring at the fish, something all of a sudden strikes Sarah and Scooter. 'Is the water level going down?' she asks. 'I think so....' Scooter hesitantly replies. (Strange that there's no pool of water collecting under the aquarium, so where do they think it's going?)
Watching out of the window, Gail, Sarah and David spot Katy out in her garden, gathering daffodils. 'There's Katy. I remember Tommy planting those daffs. Put the bulbs in upside down and Angela had to dig them up and plant them again,' Gail says. 'I feel sorry for her,' Sarah tells her mum.
'Little did he know that a couple of months later he was going to be under the ground himself,' Gail muses. Almost as if she can feel her ears burning, Katy turns around to see the Platts staring at her. She quickly gathers up her cut flowers and runs back into the house.
Charlie has a go at Shelley, telling her he doesn't know that he can ever trust her again (just for sending a simple postcard – big deal!), and that he doesn't know if he wants her kind of love. Shelley (of course) dissolves into tears, promising Charlie she'll never do anything like that again. (The crime of the century, obviously!)
Scooter and Sarah head out to get some sealant for the aquarium. 'Do fish drink water?' Sarah asks. 'You're starting to sound like your mother!' Scooter replies and tells her about Gail's game of 20 Fish Questions. 'Most parents go for the usual suspects, you know, what's your favourite pop group, do you have any brothers or sisters, but with her it was just fish!' Sarah spots a small skip in the street and digs out a tube of adhesive. 'Will this do?' she asks. 'No! You are picking up some really bad habits!' Scooter tells her.
Ken returns home from his quiet drink at the Rovers, and realising that Deirdre's home asks her if she'd like to have a drive out... ...but spotting the look on Deirdre's face, he stops and turns... ...and spots Ray, sitting on the sofa with Tracy. 'Say hello to your new lodger! Hey Ken, stick kettle on!' Ray says cheerfully. Obviously No. 1 Coronation Street is taking on the qualities of the Tardis, with it's ever growing number of residents!
Over at the factory, and finally alone, Angela sits down at the computer in Danny's office. As she turns it on, the phone rings, and she practically jumps out of her skin.
Not surprisingly, Les and Cilla have not returned home yet and Hayley suggests they call the airport to find out what's happened. 'It's down to my mother this. She'll have been dancing the Birdie Song and fallen off the table,' Chesney says. 'Yes, that will have been it,' Roy agrees. Hayley suggests they go home and practice some moves while she goes to check on Angela. 'Maybe she's drunk. She says a holiday's not much of a holiday unless you get your stomach pumped,' Chesney remarks, and Roy and Hayley exchange glances.
Hayley returns to the factory and is surprised to find Angela, not at her machine, but sitting in Danny's chair at his computer. Coming into the office, Hayley asks, 'Angela, what are you doing?' Angela clasps the piece of paper that she's just printed off, to her body... ...but as Hayley steps forward, she can see what's on the monitor...
'You're Next...'. is in the centre of the screen, in huge black letters. Angela looks at Hayley apprehensively, not knowing how she's going to explain this, or how Hayley will react.
Find out in episode 2
Hello, and welcome to episode two from Monday night, where there were some nice lines that had me reaching for the Radio Times to see who wrote it -- Martin Allen, since you ask.
We open in the factory, where Hayley is trying to get a straight answer out of a panicked Angela. "I'm just mucking about," Angela says. Hayley points out that Angela has a computer at home to muck about on. Angela says she's sure the Morgans killed Tommy but the police won't believe her. If the family is to go back on the witness protection scheme, the police have to believe there is a real threat. She plans to post the threatening note in Sheffield. She tells Hayley she's doing it at work because she doesn't want the police finding it on our Craig's computer. The other factory workers start to come back from lunch.
"This is my house, and I won't have it!" Ken in saying, in said house! "Emily can't cope," Tracy explains. Ken is not calmed. Blanche advises him to keep his voice down because Ray will hear him, but Ken doesn't care if he does. He wants to know how long his unwanted guest will be there. "According to the doctor, we're talking weeks, rather than months," says Deirdre. "Let's just chuck him out in the street, shall, we?" asks Tracy, "where he can die without getting in anyone's way." Blanche has made a cup of tea for Ray and gives it to Ken to take in. He does so, reluctantly. "We can't go on meeting like this," Ray says to him. He assures Ken that as soon as he can make other arrangements he'll be out of his way. "Really?" asks Ken, with his little face all lit up. "Well, I can't bring any girlfriends back with all you lot gawping, can I?" Ray says.
In the cafe, Roy is on the phone. "Are you quite sure?" he's asking. "What time would that have been?" While he's on the phone, Chesney offers to serve Norris, who's worried about the child protection laws and the minimum working age. "What's to stop you chopping a finger off while making me a roast beef sandwich?" Chesney is writing on his order pad. "Is that eat in or take away?" Roy tells them he's been on the telephone to the travel company. Les and Cilla apparently checked out of their hotel but never checked in for their flight. (Didn't Cilla lie to him about where they were going? How does he know who her travel company is?) Chesney isn't at all worried. "It's like I was telling you -- she'll be lying on a bench somewhere kaylied." Norris thinks they should contact the police, but Chesney says there's no problem. His Mum has done this loads of times. Tonight, he suggests, if Les and Cilla aren't back, he and Roy could watch some of Les's Jackie Chan videos. "She puts herself first, so why shouldn't I?" And he thrusts the roast beef sandwich at Norris -- he's been making it the whole time this conversation has been going on, big apron, pencil behind his ear. He's so cute!
In the taxi office, Steve has just made himself a hot drink and raises it to his lips with a look of anticipation on his face. That vanishes when Tracy comes in behind him. He sits down and she dumps Amy in his lap and moans on about the lack of room in the house with Ray staying there. Steve says it sounds like it's a tight squeeze. Tracy tells him she's worried about Amy catching something. "I didn't know cancer was infectious," Steve says. Tracy says she's sure Ray must have picked up something else. He's probably got all sorts of bugs. "So you thought you would get her away from all those germs and bring her here to this nice filthy office?" Tracy backtracks a bit and talks about all the drugs lying around that Amy might get her hands on. "So, what you're saying is that you would like to get out of there and go and stay somewhere else?" asks Steve. "Well, I hadn't thought of that," she lies, "But yeah." "Somewhere like my flat, for instance?" he asks. "Really?" she asks, just as eagerly as Ken when he thought Ray was leaving. "Somewhere where we could all be nice and cosy together?" he goes on. "Steve, we couldn't . . " she says. "NO, WE COULDN'T," he roars. And Tracy sips her tea with a face so sour she needs no lemon.
In the back of the Kabin, Emily is being reassured by Rita. Emily thinks she's let everybody down. "I offered a dying man my help and I've let him down." Rita tells her there are four of them in the Barlows' house to help each other look after him, and it's no shame on Emily that she couldn't do it all on her own. They don't know that Steve is in the shop and has heard all this. He goes out into the street and sees Tracy and says he realises what she was staying about the pressures at home was true. "We'll manage," she tells him, sighing. But as she turns to keep going down the street, she's grinning broadly.
In her home, Ken is accusing Blanche of changing her tune after not welcoming Ray's presence. "Death puts a different complexion on things," she tells him. Tracy comes in and tells her family she will be moving in with Steve (I rewound the tape at this stage because I thought I'd missed something. I hadn't). She goes upstairs to pack. Ken is still ranting about Ray and says he can't just waltz back in after what he's done. "May God have mercy on your soul," Blanche tells him. Ken says God probably will grant him mercy because he's done such a good job putting up with Blanche without dealing with someone like Ray, who's only come back because he's dying, and Blanche can do the drying up herself! He flings the tea towel at him and stomps out.
Katy is in the Kabin and Rita and Norris are making the usual sympathetic noises people do when there's been a death. This is enough to set Katy off snivelling again and doing her patented foot-to-foot jiggle. She tells them her mother has gone back to work but she'll never get over it and has been having nightmares and flashbacks. She won't be able to sleep until they've caught whoever killed Tommy. "Why can't they put him in jail?" She rushes out into the street, where she hears the factory workers coming out. Her mother isn't with them and in a panic Katy rushes inside and finding Angela. She's in such a state Angela has to escort her home. Hayley looks on with great sympathy.
Hayley goes into the cafe where Fizz is going on about her mother. Roy says it can't go on indefinitely. He wonders quietly just how long they should leave things before they contact social services. He doesn't wonder quietly enough, though, panicking Chesney who pleads with them not to tell social services. He doesn't want to go into care. Fizz says if it goes that far, she'll take care of him. Whatever happens, he will be looked after by someone he knows and who cares about him. That's enough for our Ches, who fronts up to the counter with his plate. "Please, Uncle Roy, can I have some more?"
In the Rovers, Shelley makes the observation to Ken that he doesn't usually drink Scotch. Sunita asks what Shelley's holiday was really like. She wants a girly chat, but Shelley accuses her of hinting that the holiday can't really have been happy.
Hayley knocks on the door of Angela's. She says Angela can't go to Sheffield because she might be being watched. She says Roy and Chesney are going out, so she will have three hours or so spare. She's checked the train times and she can make it to Sheffield and back without them noticing. She'll post the note for Angela.
Shelley goes back to Sunita and asks what she can get her. "A smile would be nice," says Sunita. She can't work out why Shelley sent her a postcard if she's still angry. Shelley says she thinks Sunita tampered with the scales to drive a wedge between Shelley and Charlie. "I did it because I know what he's like," says Sunita. "I did it because you're my best friend." "Are you sure about that?" asks Shelley. She thinks it best that Sunita goes. And as Sunita leaves the Rovers, Charlie watches her the whole way.
Most of the Barlow clan are in the living room. Deirdre says there is no sign of Steve, but Tracy is confident he'll be there. Blanche tells Ray that if he's still feeling bad about putting them out, there's something he can do -- start making some notes of what he'd like at his funeral, what readings etc. "Whooh hooh! You're enjoying this," says Ray gleefully. "You don't have to worry about me, Blanche. I will be out from under your feet long before I snuff it." There's a knock on the door. It's Steve. He's been thinking about what Tracy says and thinks maybe he can help out after all. "I'll just go and pack our stuff," says Tracy. Er, that's not what he meant. He'll take Amy. "What about me?" wails Tracy. He points out that he's also short of space. He leaves and Deirdre says to Tracy that it's not quite what she had in mind. "It's a start," Tracy says.
At the cafe, Hayley sees off Roy and Chesney.
As she hears Ken come in the front door, Blanche says to Deirdre: "He'll have an apology for the way he spoke to me earlier. Wait for that before we hit him with the sleeping arrangements." She tells Ken that Ray is having a kip on her bed. Ken apologises to Blanche. "Now Tracy's moving out, Ray can stay." Deirdre breaks the news that Tracy's going nowhere. She details the new plan. Tracy will stay in her own room, Blanche will go in with Deirdre, and Ray is having the front room. Ken, alas, is on the sofa. "Oh, no, no, no," he says. He can't understand why they're all bending over backwards for someone who walked out on them. "Where's Daniel now?" Tracy asks him pointedly. "How long since you saw him?" She tells Ken it doesn't matter what happened in the past. "We just want to do what we can for him."
Out in the street, Angela watches Hayley catch a bus to the station.
Wednesday 30 March
Written by: Chris Parker
Directed by: Duncan Foster
(In which Steve finds romance, Angela makes a fateful error and Roy has startling news for Chesney).
A wet and cold-looking day in the Street, and a distracted Angela narrowly avoids being run over by a milk float, before the postman hands her a letter. She opens it, and as we expect, it's the one she typed at the factory, saying YOU'RE NEXT. Janice and Fizz are chatting a little distance away, and Angela has to stagger and moan quite dramatically to make sure they both notice and come over. "They've sent me this!" she gasps, "It's for me and my family!" Her knees buckle, and Fizz and Janice grab her. "I can't handle it!" Angela sobs, attracting further attention from Gail who comes over and helps her indoors.
Ken is asleep on the sofa. Blanche and Deirdre tiptoe in, both wearing dressing gowns, and Ken wakes up. "How was he last night?" Deirdre asks, referring to Ray. Ken says he doesn't know as he didn't hear anything. "Let's hope he's still with us," says Blanche, adding that Deirdre looks like someone's just pinched the pennies off her eyes. Deirdre blames Blanche's snoring. Blanche says she couldn't have been snoring, as she couldn't sleep for Deirdre's wheezing. Tracy appears, apparently not having slept much either due to worrying about Ray. She thinks someone should go and check on him. Then the man himself appears, holding a ciggie and an alcoholic beverage (from his own personal stash, he assures Ken). He's a bit drunk and his response to a worried Tracy is that if he wants to act like Dean Martin then he can. On reflection he thinks Frank Sinatra is more appropriate to the current situation than Dino, and begins to sing 'My Way.'
Angela is on the phone to the police, telling them about the letter with the Sheffield postmark. Gail is making tea, and Katy asks Angela what's the matter. "We've had a threatening letter," Angela replies, "From those that took your dad from us. They're coming back!" Katy's jittering intensifies, but she's also confused. "How can that be?" she asks, and Angela has to go into a full sobbing routine about how they can take her but they can't take her children. Child number two, the lovely Craig, appears and is shown the letter. He asks if this means the Morgans are going to kill them, and Angela looks like she might be slightly regretting her scheme when she sees how afraid he is.
In the factory, the subject of the letter is also preoccupying Kelly, Sean, Fizz and Janice. Kelly wonders what they'll do if a psycho bursts into the factory asking for Angela. Hayley, who has been quietly working, tells them they're getting carried away. Mike asks them what all the gossiping is about, and Janice says she has important news about Angela, and goes into his office to tell him. Kelly tells Hayley that she's just jealous because she never got to read the letter for herself. Hayley looks like she's regretting getting involved in the whole thing.
Ray tells the Barlows that he's leaving tomorrow and returning to Holland. He wants to be at home among his own things and he's worried about his dog which has been left with a neighbour, he says. Tracy is upset, and Ray explains gently that everyone's been really kind, but if he doesn't go, the Barlows will be the last house he ever sees, and he doesn't want that. Tracy walks out of the room in tears, saying she's going to see Amy. As she goes out into the back alley, she sees Steve pushing Amy in the buggy – he says they were just coming to see her. Then they're going to the Red Rec to feed the ducks. Steve has taken the day off work so he can make a day of it. "Aren't you a lucky girl?" Tracy says to Amy, "You've got a dad who wants to spend time with you." She looks really sad, and Steve asks her how Ray is. She tells him that Ray is going home: "He says he wants to get to know me, and now he says he'd rather be at home with his dog than with me. I knew this was going to happen – that's why I didn't want to know." Then she says that she didn't realise that she would get to like Ray, but now she does and wishes she didn't care. Steve says Ray is doing his best to make things right, but Tracy says Ray will never know how much he hurt her. "Give him a chance, yeah?" says Steve, and heads off to the Red Rec with Amy. Tracy looks fondly after him.
Roy is in the café, on the phone trying to track down Cilla. He's speaking very basic Spanish, and when the person on the other end asks for a description of Senora Cilla Brown, Roy comes up with a gem: "She's short – with a mouth."
A doctor is taking Ray's blood pressure, and says he can increase his pain medication. The doctor is disturbed to hear that Ray is planning to fly the next day, and says it's out of the question – he's far too frail to withstand air travel. Ken asks if a ferry would be possible, but the doctor says no. Ray argues with this, but the doctor insists that he's not fit to travel anywhere.
At the Red Rec, Steve is throwing a ball for a passing dog, but he throws it a bit too hard and it hits the head of a young woman who is busy fastening her child's coat. She looks cross.
Hayley comes to see Angela, who thanks her for what she did. Katy says thank you as well, and Hayley is a bit worried that Katy knows about it too. Hayley says the letter caused a stir at work, and Angela says it was meant to. The police haven't been to look at it yet, and Hayley asks if that means the police suspect something dodgy. "Why should they?" says Angela, "The threat's real. All I done were put it in black and white!" She ushers Hayley out.
Steve is apologising to the woman he hit with the ball, Louise. She's rather pretty, which I suspect is not going to go down well with Tracy at some point in the future. They're flirting with each other by talking to each other's children ("is this the way your daddy helps you to make new friends?"), and Steve looks very interested.
At the Harris house Katy is not sure Angela did the right thing getting Hayley involved. Angela's sick of waiting for the police – she's going to take the letter to the station.
"I'm so sorry Ray," gasps Deirdre, in a voice husky with emotion and years of smoking. She and Ken are sitting looking at poor Ray like he was already dead, at which point Tracy comes in. "Looks like I'll be staying after all," Ray tells her. She smiles: "You don't have to stay on my account." She's not happy to hear that the real reason is not her, but doctor's orders. Ray says he wants to go into a hospice: "I need people around me who know what needs to be done." Tracy is too upset to say anything and leaves the room again.
Steve and Louise are now on the swings, and getting to know each other nicely. He tells her that Amy is his first and last child, and he's not with her mother, and never really was. Louise says she's in the park most days, and leaves, just as Steve is getting hit on the head by a passing football.
Tracy is pouring out her troubles to Liz McDonald: "Ray ignores me my whole life, then when he feels like dying he comes to see me, and now I feel bad because I'm the reason he's never going to get to go home again." She sobs on Liz's shoulder.
Hayley, Fizz and Chesney come into the café to hear Roy speaking to someone on the phone in and exasperated voice. He says he has startling news, and sits Chesney down. "As you get older," he says, "You will come to realise there's such a thing as a 'fun pub.' It seems your mum has met someone who runs such an establishment, and he has offered her the role of hostess. Les has landed the job of bar manager. It seems this man was looking for a couple with a typical sense of British fun." "When are they coming home?" Chesney wants to know. Roy tells him they're not intending to come home, but will live in Spain. Chesney's eyes brim with tears. "The phrase your mother used was 'new life,'" Roy says. "And did she use the phrase 'my son Chesney'?" Fizz wants to know. Roy improvises by saying that Cilla said she'd be sending for Chesney in due course.
Angela is haranguing DI Pinnock at the police station, but he says the note might merely be the work of a malicious time-waster. Angela repeats that she wants to be moved away from the area, have her identity changed, make a fresh start. She's doing a great job of acting scared for her life, but then she makes a big mistake: "If you think I'm some neurotic widow in fear for her life, well you're wrong! My life ended the day I found my husband dead!" DI Pinnock has a trace of a smile on his face: "We'll do what we can, Mrs Harris."
Tracy comes home, to find Ray alone. He tells her that the reason he wanted to go back to Holland wasn't to leave her, it was to spare her from what's to come. She cries.