Monday 1 April 1996
Tonight centred a great deal on the whereabouts' of the missing Reg Holdsworth and the mystery letter that he had sent to Maureen. Of course by this point Maureen was in a state of turmoil, to the extent she had gone down to Lowestoft to look for her missing husband. Curly fresh from a brief interrogation from his boss Mr Firman had set off after Maureen in an effort to help where he could in locating Reg.
Meanwhile back in the Street Derek cracked off the day with a somewhat puerile April Fool's day joke against Des who seemed most disinterested in his neighbour's joke. It seemed for the most part the Wilton's tonight were discussing the subject of getting a plot of land on the local allotments. They didn't rate their chances of obtaining a plot in the near future which seemed to give Mavis the idea that she should be somewhat bitter towards any people she might meet who had allotment land (Such as Billy).
The garage buy up was still somewhat up in there with Baldwin making out that people were eager for his business from all angles. The truth seemed a bit different though. Mike made it his mission for the day to pressure Sally a little "for the benefit of Kevin" into buying the business. However Kevin was still concerned about the money aspect. Josie had once again been showing enthusiasm for the venture and it seemed to be rubbing off on Don a little bit now, although he hid it when he spoke to Baldwin. Josie however read a private letter which had been intended for Baldwin's solicitor which mentioned the sale of the garage was essential. Once she told Don about this it was a definite catalyst for a more positive interest. He would make an offer but hardly the kind of offer that Mike was expecting.
Bill Webster pointed out that Rita's roof at the Kabin needed sorting out as general wear and tear had damaged the flashings. Whereas there had been a phone call from the council for Mavis stating that they were to be given some plot land on the allotment provided they meet a Mr Tim Hedges up at the allotment. Instantly Derek assumed it was a revenge plot by Des and insisted they play along for a while just to see it through without falling for his trick. Thus Mavis and Derek went up to the allotment for the meeting and proceeded to make a joke of the meeting before leaving. Thus unwittingly blowing their chances of a plot of land. They were made painfully aware of this in the Rovers later by Billy and Des.
Meanwhile in Lowestoft Curly had tracked down Maureen but no Reg was to be found. Curly was informed of the letter that Maureen had received and read it. It merely said from Reg's point of view that his loneliness had become too much and he was not the man she knew. It asked Maureen not to try and find him. However Curly later found out that Reg had in fact done a runner with wages clerk who had come into a large inheritance. Curly however employed enough tact not to inform Maureen who still thought she could find Reg.
Wednesday 3 April 1996
Tonight the Brennan's made their first steps towards staking their claim for Baldwin's garage. Both Josie and Don were on confident form and seemed to be under-estimating Baldwin. That same day Don made an appointment to see Mike at the factory where he made an offer for the garage. Mike initially showed disinterest at Don's offer of £38,000. Don however began to push the offer upwards and reached £40,000 which seemed more in line with what Mike wanted. With this offer being made he made sure Kevin and Sally knew about it. This of course fired Sally up no end as she showed dismay at Kevin's lack of motivation to own the garage. We also discovered that the letter that Mike had left on his desk the previous episode was in fact to generate further interest from the inquisitive Josie.
Curly and Maureen however were still in Lowestoft following the previous day's searching for the missing Reg. Maureen of course was still in the dark about the real reason for Reg's disappearance. Curly however had informed Raquel of Reg's infidelity by phone whilst Maureen was out of the room. Raquel strongly suggested that Curly tell Maureen the truth about Reg but Curly found the task somewhat beyond him and the two of them headed home to Weatherfield.
The Wilton's were preparing to eat "humble pie" in Derek's words as they had managed to gain a second appointment with Tim Hedges, the allotments manager. After finally negotiating a somewhat useless secretary, Derek and Mavis managed to see Tim. They apologised profusely about what they classed to be a misunderstanding and as a result gained themselves a plot of land. Not before they are read the rules of the allotments which comprise of several rules about the keeping of gnomes and how any gnomes kept on the allotment must have both ears. Thus it all harkens back to the old gnome story and it looks like Des had the very last laugh.
Back in Weatherfield Maureen stopped over at Curly and Raquel's house for something of a brief respite before facing her mother. There Raquel began comforting her over a situation she was not yet aware of and this in itself was quite amusing in the way Maureen and Raquel began talking at cross purposes. Until slowly the truth began to dawn for the both of them and Raquel took over the role of comforter previously held by Bet Gilroy.
Friday 5 April 1996
Maureen was slowly building herself up to face the world again with the assistance of Raquel. Now that Reg was gone she showed determination not to take him back if he ever showed his face in Weatherfield again. So after something of a make over courtesy of Raquel, she set off to face Maud. It seemed that she was expecting something of a "I told you so" lecture from her mother. In reality though Maud showed an understanding side to her nature and the two of them buckled down and opened the shop.
Trish spent the episode in yet another of her foul tempers (surprise surprise) following a lecture from Percy about how she was miss-spending her benefits on the lottery when she should be spending her money on Jamie's welfare. Thus with this bee well and truly lodged in her bonnet she spent the episode in a grump.
A further source of tension was the one that was being brewed between Kevin and Sally (bless her). Kevin was still adamant he was not going to ask Rita about a loan for the garage. Despite the fact Sally was ribbing him about his lack of ambition he still wouldn't buckle. Sally however decided to invite Rita around to their place for a meal that evening.
Mavis and Derek meanwhile were on the way up to their allotment after boring everyone in the near vicinity to tears about their plans for home-grown vegetables and the like. Their plot was in need of some attention but before they could take any action they were greeted by the local allotment chairman. He was simply doing something of a meet and greet and an explanation of the rules.
Rita went to the Webster's for the meal after bumping into Mike earlier that day in the Kabin. She sat at their table fully expecting talk of the garage. However Kevin sensing Sally's motives immediately played down any interest in the garage. Sally was forced to play along with Kevin under the circumstances and the subject was duly dropped.
Later in the Rover's Kevin made it clear to Mike he was withdrawing any interest in the garage and as a result Mike went over and briefly haggled with Don and Josie before a sale was made.
Monday 8 April 1996
Something of an outing for the men folk of the Street tonight as they enjoyed a day at the races for Easter Monday. You only had to look at the assembled ranks consisting of Jack, Fred Elliot, Gary Mallett, Don, Roy, Billy, Bill Webster and Alf - all out for the day without the restraining shackles of their wives to hold them back.
This wasn't to say that things were completely lifeless in Weatherfield either though as we witnessed Maureen trying to hold her composure together by a wing and a prayer. It seemed every little reminder of Reg Holdsworth drove her to tears much to the upset of Maud Grimes. Eventually Maud came to the conclusion that the best place for the two of them was in the pub. Hence before long they were sat in the Rovers nursing a couple of large brandies. Maureen stated that she wished to keep the whole business of Reg and his philandering a secret despite Maud's thinking otherwise. Vera however was partially responsible for that little act being blown out of the water rather quickly as she innocently enquired about Reg. Maureen tried to put a brave face on things but Maud could see that she was starting to crack under the strain and promptly put her out of her misery. Maud took it upon herself to reveal to the locality what Reg had done and she made he feelings about him known.
At the races there was a surprising element of good fortune in the air as the Weatherfield bunch prepared for the first bet. Of course by this time Gary Mallett was rather the worse for wear so Jack was doing his betting for him. The first race they all bet on together actually came in a winner and netted a total winning of £2,000. Everyone was in the midst of celebration whilst Jack remained strangely quiet about the matter. It was rapidly becoming obvious that he was formulating some kind of idea in his head. Jack's idea was along the lines that they all form a syndicate and with their winnings buy the horse that had been responsible for winning the money. Initially everyone scoffed at the idea but after they had viewed the horse ideas began to change.
The trainer of the horse began talking to Jack and the others and she began painting a very favourable picture of the horse's potential in future races which only whetted Jack's appetite even more. Roy at this point was the only member of the syndicate who was showing definite signs of disinterest. However the rest of them were undeterred and when the horse went to auction they bought it. However when the trainer began to speak to the original owner on the phone you were given the impression that the horse was very much a waste of space.
Back in Weatherfield Mavis and Derek continued to bore everyone to tears with their witless obsessive behaviour over the allotment they had just acquired. Derek was even going so far as to video record the whole allotment experience. Whereas their was still some friction between Andy and Liz, who as usual was aided and abetted by her crony Dreary. This in turn caused something of a bust up between Ann and Andy as they discussed Jim's behaviour. Liz in fact was out celebrating the fact that she had got a job at the wine bar.
By this point the outing was over and the Weatherfield syndicate was returning home from the races. Most were in something of an inebriated state due to the large amounts of alcohol consumed during the day. However Roy was in fact very sober and it transpired he had been speaking to an ex-jockey in the winners enclosure at the track. Jack and the others had bought a horse but failed to consider the other relevant costs of ownership and the fact there were fees to consider such as food, stabling the horse and veterinary bills should the need arise. Jack protested that the horse would make them all rich but those who were still awake were beginning to sober up to the facts that this little venture could end up expensive.
Wednesday 10 April 1996
There were cold feet a plenty following the return of the Weatherfield syndicate after their purchase of a race horse the previous episode. Whilst Jack and Fred Elliott remained chipper about the whole affair. Bill Webster and Martin Platt had worries on their minds. Bill had failed to take into account that he was still in debt to Kevin and Sally over the money they had lent him in the months previous. Martin's problem was Gail who had been giving him an ear bashing over how irresponsible he had been in buying the horse.
Enter Fred Elliott who charged in to save the day like the regular good Samaritan. He offered to bail out Bill and Martin by buying their shares. Naturally he knocked off a bit of the original price. Likening the share ownership in the horse to be like shares in general with a fluctuating value. To add to matters horse related Sean was egging Gary Mallett and Fred on about what a success story they could be sitting on. Despite the fact that it was already becoming something of a costly exercise. Namely feeding the beast was already mounting up the cost.
Kevin meanwhile was on the receiving end of some news tonight as he discovered who his new boss was going to be once the deal selling MVB Motors had gone through. Kevin was surprised to discover his new boss was going to be none other than Don and Josie. This of course fired up Sally's aggravation no end and she was constantly bitching to Kevin about his lack of drive and ambition from that point onwards.
Andy met up with Anne Malone in the Rovers and both expressed regret over the argument the previous evening and basically kissed and made up. Meanwhile Steve was expressing some distaste about the prospect of visiting his father in prison that day. He even showed signs of wanting to "disown" his father after he was more or less forced to go and see him. Both he and Vicky discussed his future and Steve concluded that as far as he could visualise Jim had little of one ahead of him.
Whilst the two of them were sat discussing Jim and his lack of life ahead there was a knock at the door and who should make a reappearance but none other than Alec Gilroy. He entered being strangely pleasant to Steve and commented on how married life must be suiting Vicky.
Friday 12 April 1996
Plenty of horse play tonight as the remaining members of the syndicate found themselves in a potentially embarrassing situation regarding the upkeep of their new purchase. The trainer turned up outside the Rovers complete with the horse itself. Unless the assembled syndicate stumped up £650 the horse would be without stables and food. There was plenty of worried faces along the way until Fred and Alf did a spot of emergency bailing out until the others could raise the money. Thus for now the situation was appeased, but until the horse starts winning races this would be a pretty severe problem.
Alec's return had prompted a bout of friction between Vicky and Steve, and he was being somewhat mysterious about his dealings in Weatherfield. He wasn't very forthcoming with details about his new position. Steve was being more than a little mocking over Alec's return so Vicky checked out his place of work. His office on Roserman Street was pokey and unimpressive to say the least. After work Vicky met Alec in the Rovers for a drink. Initially taking the chance to greet the Duckworths in their new roles as publicans.
Meanwhile during the episode Mike Baldwin was fretting over the slow progress being taken in sealing the deal in selling the garage. However he was finally given the phone call which confirmed the sale and he congratulated Don on his new purchase. Don in return went to see Kevin and informed him that his job was safe and nothing would be changing in the running of the business. Don enquired as to why Kevin didn't purchase the garage and in the midst of the conversation he let slip that Baldwin had offered him the garage at a cheaper price than he and Josie had paid for it. This provoked a somewhat long face from Don of course :-)
Back at the Rovers Steve was giving Alec something of hard time over what his intended plans were. He informed Vicky that if Alec wasn't out of the flat by Monday he would refuse to stay there until he did leave.
Monday 15 April 1996
Jamie was the proverbial victim tonight for a change, despite the fact that he should have been hailed as the hero of the hour. Josie's bike was stolen from the back yard of Don's house by a young girl. Jamie however was in the midst of one of his regular bunking off school episodes. Rather than him do what most people would expect and assist the thief. Jamie took a definite stance in resisting the girl's effort to escape with the bike. Eventually succeeding in getting the bike back he returned it to Josie and anticipated a reward.
However Percy's mouth had been active in the pub and made insinuations that Jamie could have been involved in the theft which led to something of a bust up between Trish and Josie with a spot of pot stirring from Don. After some convincing Trish finally believed her son's tale.
Speaking of Don though he went round to survey his new empire today and check out his employees progress. Both Kevin and Tony seemed quietly confident they had a walkover of a boss. However Mike seemed keen to paint a different picture. In fact the garage ended on hardly a sweet note as an expensive piece of equipment broke down meaning Don and Josie would be forking out £5,000 before seeing any real profit.
The horse syndicate was still the cause of some friction tonight, this time in the Mallett camp. It would seem that Gary had blown the holiday savings to pay his share of the horse's upkeep. Fred of course was on hand and keen to buy out Gary's share of the horse to "alleviate any problems". However when the possibility of a winning horse was explained to her, Judy quickly changed her mind. Meanwhile Jack and Fred were preparing to go and see the horse in training.
Alec 's accommodation plans were no longer in the five star status as he informed Vicky he had looked up some old friends and would be staying with them. Whilst over at the shop Maureen was feeling the pressure of her recent situation especially with the likes of her mother sitting on her shoulders.
Wednesday 17 April 1996
Tonight showed some of the Street characters letting off some steam namely beginning with Maureen who was sat simmering in the back of the shop following Maud's attempts at being helpful in getting her daughter back on track following her recent dumping at the hands of Reg.
The horse syndicate were out to view the progress of their purchase and despite the mocking of some people they remained optimistic about their chances in securing a small fortune through their investment as they watched it in training.
There was a moment of friction between Don and Kevin tonight as Jack tried to book his car in at the garage for a service. Kevin was forced to turn him down as he had a fully booked agenda for the coming week. Don learned of this and was somewhat annoyed and made Kevin rearrange his plans.
Vicky was paid a visit by the police who were eager to drag up the old "Michael Fox" bribery case. Vicky was a bag of nerves as she was interviewed and her voice was something of a screech by the time the interview ended. The police had scared her but got no concrete evidence to leave with. When she caught up with Steve he jokingly said that she was the one more directly involved with perverting the course of justice. Thus showing his cowardly yellow streak. He promised Vicky it would all be O.K and they were all going to be in the clear.
Maud arranged a secret girl's night out to snap Maureen out of the doldrums aided by the capable hands of Alma, Audrey and Dreary and Liz. There were some moments of surprising honesty from Audrey when she revealed how much she relied on Alf. Maureen poured out her heart about her failed marriages. However her friends were more than supportive.
Friday 19 April 1996
Tonight we saw Vicky's life take a turn for the worse as the police began making moves regarding her involvement in the "Malcolm Fox" conspiracy. The police turned up at Vicky and Steve's print shop with a warrant for her arrest.
Meanwhile Kevin was confronting a somewhat despairing Don over equipment that the garage was in desperate need of, Kevin was seeking the go ahead to start enquiring over a compressor. Don whilst being reluctant to splash out more money on his new investment was forced into a corner where he was going to have fork out more cash.
However Don was determined to forget his troubles for a while at the race course. He and the rest of the syndicate headed off for another day at the races. That meant of course that Vera was left in the lurch running the Rovers. However she found herself finally having to agreeing to employ Judy Mallet.
The syndicate returned back to Weatherfield in a somewhat jubilant mood giving people cause to think they had perhaps won a race perchance. However despite the enthusiastic celebratory mood of Jack, Fred and all the others the horse had not finished the race at all. Apparently the horse had lost a shoe during the race so the jockey had to pull it out of the race. This proved to be an obvious disappointment to the wives and Vera was most vocal in letting out her disappointment show.
Kevin also turned up again and this time informed Don that he had located a compressor at a relatively cheap rate. The two of them planned to go and check it out the next day.
Vicky meanwhile was in it up to her neck and sinking fast despite the timely arrival of her Uncle Nick. He tried to be reassuring to her but the gravity of the situation forced him to reveal how serious matters really were. It would seem Vicky could more than likely be looking at a prison sentence despite her previous clean form. Nick talked her into making a statement at a later date and to plead guilty in the hope of getting off as lightly as possible.
Back at home a terribly upset Vicky revealed what had happened to Steve. He was not at all understanding and his desire to save his own skin stuck out like a sore thumb. The more Vicky seemed resolved to confessing her crime the angrier Steve became about the situation. It even looked at one point that it all might end in violence as Steve's anger boiled over. Either way the two of them were in deep trouble.
Monday 22 April 1996
Tonight showed us that Steve and Vicky had endured something of a strained weekend thanks to their current predicament with the police breathing down their necks over the Malcolm Fox affair. Vicky was having a hard time keeping her composure and in Steve's eyes was proving to be a potential weak link when it came to staying out of prison. Vicky was of the opinion that they should come clean and face the consequences. Steve however once again thought he knew best and wanted to call the police's bluff.
Vicky received another visit from Uncle Nick, her solicitor, who came with his advice on the matter. He was of the opinion that the truth should be told. However it seemed possible they might find an obstacle in the shape of Steve who seemed most unwilling to drop himself in the mire even for the sake of his wife.
Maud was trying to inspire a little fire in the belly of Maureen who tonight seemed content to sit back and watch as Reg began proceedings to sell his flat and begin off-loading most of his Weatherfield commitments such as the shop. Maureen seemed content to sit and watch from afar, until, after plenty of cajoling, Maud got her to put up some resistance. Thus Maureen decided to make Reg's flat her marital home and set about moving in.
The enthusiasm seemed to have dropped out of the horse racing syndicate tonight as pressure from the wives of the remaining members began to mount, and the cost of keeping their acquisition began to add up as well. Fred however had come through with a timely solution to the problem. He declared that the horse should be sold on to Belgium where it would become somebody's dinner. Apart from Billy Williams the assembled members of the syndicate seemed keen to be rid of the horse. It was however declared that it might be best to keep their intentions secret for the time being so as not to upset any sensitive natures.
This little idea was quickly blown out of the water by the unwitting efforts of Fred's nephew Ashley. He explained what would be happening to the horse to a shocked looking Judy Mallett.
Speaking of syndicate members tonight Jack was pitching for a place in the Square Dealers, which could be a possibility if Fred is anything to go by. We also saw Don laying down the law at the garage. His favouring of Taxi drivers at special rates might not be a wise move and could possibly lead to trouble financially.
Jim got out of jail tonight looking very smart and sober and carrying a more reserved attitude with him to boot. He declined Bill's offer to go out for a drink which did show something of a change for him. Meanwhile Liz and Dreary propped each other up on a moral basis as Liz declared she wouldn't be afraid of Jim from now on.
Vicky at her wits end finally went to seek the advice of her grandad Alec. Firstly however she had to battle through Alec's landlady who seemed to be something of a "once upon a time, starlet". After he and Vicky had endured some of her lengthy anecdotes they got down to the brass tacks of the situation. Vicky came clean, completely and Alec took the situation rather calmly. He reiterated how they should listen to Nick and take his advice and they would muddle through somehow.
Wednesday 24 April 1996
Vicky and Steve's troubles became even more evident tonight as they tried to find a solution to their serious legal problems of the moment. Steve decided his way to tackle the problem was to go and visit Malcolm Fox in prison. Thus Steve set off to Strangeways and met Malcolm who tendered his explanation.
It would seem that Malcolm had been a naughty boy on the marital front and had been seeing another woman aside from his wife. She had discovered his infidelity and as an act of vengeance she had revealed the bribe from Steve and Vicky to the police. This meant that the police had all the evidence they required to make an arrest on Vicky but not Steve.
Maureen was now making steps to try and get her hands on Reg's flat. Utilising the skills of Bill Webster she changed all the locks to thwart the estate agents and in turn had him remove the "For Sale" sign subtly using the hammer.
Jim was about and about following his release from prison and one of his first encounters was with Dreary. He seemed in chipper mood and was slightly confrontational towards Dreary but then in my opinion it's about time he was anyway. He entered the Rovers and the inevitable meeting between him and Liz occurred. Jim was very low key and in all honesty Liz seemed almost disappointed at his very dismissive reaction.
Members of the syndicate were attracting some grief from their wives and partners over the proposed fate of their horse. All were opposed to sending Betty's Hot Shot to Belgium to wind up as somebody's culinary delight. As ever Jack attempted to keep the matter a secret from Vera but the truth was ousted and he received a verbal bashing from her in due course.
Kelly was given the opportunity to do a spot of additional baby-sitting for little Daniel. Ken revealed he was going away on a course and it would be appreciated if she stay over for a few days. Of course Kelly instantly thought of Ashley as a good companion. Unaware that Ken had asked Emily to keep an eye on her if things need be.
Vicky once again turned to Alec for comfort in her time of need. He reassured her the best he could and tried drumming into Steve the need for him to come clean about the whole matter getting Vicky off the hook. Steve however had come to the conclusion that he was off the hook already. In an act of pure cowardice he revealed that he had nothing to fear as any repercussions were going to land on Vicky's doorstep. She had completed the transaction and she had supplied the money. Thus as a result she was the subject of the police's attention.
Friday 26 April 1996
The continuing saga of Vicky and Steve rolled onwards tonight as Vicky's nerves were pushed even further towards breaking point. Steve initially was taking something of a sweetening approach in getting Vicky to keep him out of trouble. Her confusion was mounting however as she was bombarded with different stories from each side.
The horse-racing syndicate was all at odds over the fate and future of their little investment. Fred was still eager to turn Betty's Hotshot into horsemeat along with Jack, whilst Vera was still acting like the proverbial fly in the ointment. She was sure they should find an alternative to getting rid of the beast. Even Fred was forced to make an about turn in his decision when he discovered the sometime object of his affections Rita Sullivan was opposed to the horse being sent to Belgium.
Don continued to "put the cabbies first" as far as the garage was concerned, which didn't sit very comfortably with Kevin Webster. Kevin tried to explain that little jobs were the ones that kept the garage ticking over in times of need. Don wasn't budging on his decisions though and for now Kevin had to go with the flow.
Ken meanwhile prepared to leave for his course and leave his house and child in the capable hands of Kelly. In fact when he returned home he discovered Kelly had taken it upon herself to do some of his domestic chores. Ken was grateful but when he saw Ashley at the door a short while later I think he became suspicious about what might happen under his roof whilst he was away.
Alec meanwhile was flat hunting and not getting very far. The flat he was intending to look at was none other than the one that used to belong to Reg. However thanks to the attentions of Maureen the flat was off the market (new locks etc...) and Maureen in general was taking a more defensive stance against losing it.
By this point Vicky was being visited by her Uncle Nick, who was pleading with her to consider the right course of action (i.e. drop Steve in it). She was unsure about what to do for the best as her loyalty to Steve was still evident. However Nick began working on her and it was slowly made clear that Steve's loyalty was to himself. Thus the next thing we saw was Vicky going down to the police station to make a voluntary statement.
The repercussions meant that Steve was promptly arrested and this was witnessed by Jim. In turn Jim then went and told Liz which prompted the first bit of interaction between them. Vicky was next seen with Alec at her and Steve's place. She was packing her bags and preparing to bail out when Steve returned only to be shocked and angry by what he saw. Alec was in gloating mood somewhat and seemed determined to provoke Steve. However Steve didn't do anything stupid to get himself in more trouble. Vicky promptly announced that she wasn't staying around anymore and she then left.
Monday 29 April 1996
The relatively quick disintegration of Steve and Vicky's marriage continued unabated tonight as Steve began looking round to family members for support. It would appear that everyone had wised up to his true nature for real this time. Andy was the first person Steve visited in what seemed like a quest for sympathy. Andy however wasn't buying any of Steve's story and it would appear that people were finally acknowledging his true nature.
Ken was preparing to leave for his overnight excursion and was saying his goodbyes to Daniel. Kelly assured him that Daniel would be safe in her hands and for him to go away and not worry. Ken finally did leave which allowed Kelly to put her little plan of sneaking Ashley into the house into action.
Over at the garage Don was becoming something of an annoyance as he tried his best to be helpful and participate in the everyday running of the garage. This of course meant that Kevin and Tony couldn't take their usual early snack breaks and the like. Still he only meant well and was determined to learn more about the everyday running of the garage.
Vicky meanwhile was under the scrutiny of Uncle Nick and her Granddad Alec. She had been explaining the story of how she had met Steve to the landlady. Now however Nick was picking over her finances and assessing how they could limit any potential damage he could do financially. With Nick's guidance, Vicky put the freeze on her finances thus meaning Steve would pretty soon have no where to live. Also it meant his flashy lifestyle was about to come to an end.
However Steve maintained his cocksure attitude and was now adopting the stance as the hurt party in all this little matter. He spoke to Liz about the bribery and made out he knew nothing about Vicky giving Fox the money. Liz however had finally gotten wise to Steve and, like Andy, wasn't taking his lies anymore. The two of them engaged in something of a heated exchange which was ended by Steve almost being chucked out of the house. However he did vow to get out of the marriage with more than Jim would be getting.
The Barlow household was now home to some new activity in Ken's absence. Ashley had made himself very comfortable in the house thank you very much. He had helped himself to a shower and was now turning his amorous attentions towards Kelly.
Steve ended the episode in a confrontation with Vicky. She had more or less tied up all the loose ends, in a monetary sense. He was now left to simply stand there dishing out bravado about how he would be O.K. without her and the like. Vicky took this very coolly and simply informed him that he better get used to a different life from now on.