Monday 1 July 1996
Mike was going back to basics with a new sideline, namely participating in a Sunday market. He arrived there early with Trish as his somewhat unwilling sidekick. She was only there to clear some of her rent debt. At first it looked like Mike was simply selling a few assorted items of sportswear. However it looks like there could be potential trouble ahead as the lines he were selling were blatantly KBEC stock. I presume they were from the "bad" stock that Mike had rushed through for Stephen Reid and co originally.
There was some bad news on the horizon for Jim McDonald as well. His day started well enough with him turning up at Alf Roberts' to do a little work on his patio. Whilst he was doing this Liz was out and about looking for him. It turns out that she had received a phonecall from Jim's relations in Ireland and Jim's mother had been taken gravely ill. To her credit Liz did search for him but she couldn't find him because he wasn't in any of his usual haunts.
A little later Liz received a second phonecall informing her that Jim's mother had in fact died. Jim turned up in the Rovers later and Liz broke the news to him leaving him visibly numbed. Jim asked if she would accompany him to Belfast for the funeral. Liz much to Andy's surprise and dismay declined the offer claiming it was simply a way for the McDonalds to keep her in the family.
Lily Dempsey was still spitting her fire and brimstone in the direction of Alf Roberts. Her grievance today was because the council were renaming Mayfield Court in Alf's name. With the assistance of Percy and Roy they looked into the history of the location in an effort to get the council to revoke their plans to rename the place.
Sally and Kevin were having a barbecue with Martin and Ken mainly as an excuse to get all the kids together. Sally expressed her boredom with life at the moment and there was even casual banter being bandied about immigration to Australia.
Raquel was toying with the idea of taking her aromatherapy career a little further, however there was a catch. The course which led towards furthering her career was not locally based. There seemed in general to be something of a strained atmosphere between them tonight.
Don was still seething over his self imposed predicament, Mike was enquiring about the whereabouts of Josie and his only response was a mouthful of abuse from grumpy Don.
Wednesday 3 July 1996
Alf was roped in to doing some council duties at the last minute much to Audrey's chagrin. He was being instructed to stand in for another councillor in a 'meet and greet' duty for some visiting Germans. Audrey was a tad annoyed that he was always the one being roped in at the last minute for emergencies.
Audrey at this point decided to dig her heels in and decided not to accompany Alf on his little jaunt to the city hall. Alf was left in something of a quandary with no one to accompany him.
Lily Dempsey was busy turning the knife as regards Alf, and along with the military mind of Percy Sugden, was planning a campaign of action to prevent Mayfield Court being renamed. Alf decided that Audrey was in fact right about him being "put upon" as regards the council duties and told Audrey he was quitting his role on the council. This put Audrey in a panic as she feared losing the status she had gradually built up over the years. So in an about turn move she told Alf she would be going with him to the meet and greet.
However upon arriving at the function, Alf and Audrey were confronted with a most verbal demonstration led by Lily and Percy. Audrey demanded that Alf keep his dignity but when Lily launched an attack on Audrey with an egg. Audrey let matters descend to the level of a fish wife.
Kevin and Tony got paid but Tony was still moaning about the situation at the garage. In an effort to sort things out Kevin went to see Don after work and get the problems they were experiencing resolved. It was the first time in ages that Don seemed to give anybody a civil word. Faced with nobody to turn to he confided in Kevin about his problems with Josie. Kevin agreed to keep the silence and keep the garage going.
Tony meanwhile was a little suspicious of Fiona's movements. She was getting dressed up in the middle of the day to go out. in fact she was even going as far as to close the shop while she went out. In truth she was going to see Steve McDonald at the prison.
She arrived to find Steve looking pretty healthy, however he reported that he was feeling pretty low. As usual he was putting on an act of sincerity for her benefit. It also looked like he was pitching to win over her affections. Fiona was obviously resisting him but for how long can it last, with every visit she seems compelled to visit just that one more time!
Raquel was still hinting about the aromatherapy course but she was expressing concern over the cost and how it would affect their plans to go on holiday to Bali. In fact Curly was the subject of a relaxing foot massage when he got home, I reckon Raquel could be working on him to go on the course.
Friday 5 July 1996
A few developments in the episode with Lily Dempsey continuing her tirade against Alf Roberts and the council's plans to rename Mayfield Court in his honour. Percy was however repentant about the misbehaviour that took place at the demonstration. He went to apologise for the behaviour of the residents but found himself on the sharp end of Audrey's tongue. Needless to say his apology was effectively retracted as a result.
Don was having secret little meetings with Kevin in the Rovers which was fuelling Tony's paranoia. In truth Don was building up to offer Kevin first refusal on Josie's share of the garage. Kevin was his usual hesitant self and declined despite Don's insistence and assurance that the business would flourish in their hands. Although Kevin declined the offer it whetted young Tony's business appetite.
Tony it appears has something of a wealthy family who are in the carpet trade and Tony announced to Don that he could get the necessary backing from his family if need be and then as a result become a partner. When Sally found out about this she hit the roof.
All things in Tony's garden weren't rosy however. Fiona had been deliberating about her visits to see Steve McDonald. She spoke to Liz about the visits and how she was being left between a rock and a hard place. Liz tried to implore Fiona to continue her visits to the prison for Steve's sake.
Alec employed Judy's mother to do her cleaning at the Sunliners shop and at his flat as well. Judy was employed on a cash basis so Alec could get his flat done as an expense. Curly meanwhile managed to convince Raquel he was too snowed under with work to go on holiday. So he told her to book the aromatherapy course instead. It was an obvious ploy of course to get Raquel doing what she wanted in life without feeling bad about missing the holiday.
Lily and her cohorts by now had managed to get themselves on local TV. They were badmouthing Alf of course, and that was in full view of the watching Audrey. Percy by this time had distanced himself from the "violent" side of the protest.
Fiona decided the best course of action was to come clean to Tony about her visits to the prison and Steve. As you can expect this brought Tony down like a brick and he let Fiona know it. From what it looked like their relationship was over.
Monday 8 July 1996
Plenty of friction building in the soap tonight but kicking off with Kelly's despair over being handed her cards by Ken. It seems that he simply can no longer afford to keep her on as his live in nanny. The cost of her upkeep and the way it had made his outgoing balloon forced him with no option but to rethink his alternatives. Kelly sought solace in her boyfriend but his only concern was how he was going to get his rumpy pumpy now that there was no roof over her head to shack up with him.
Tony was still fuming over his split with Fiona, he was incensed by the way she had not been entirely truthful with him over her visits to see Steve McDonald. There was an equal amount of stubbornness being shown by both parties in the argument with Fiona unwilling to compromise and talk to Tony either. Enter Maxine who thought she could resolve the situation and put the world to rights by using the old tried and tested routine of getting them both together, in the same place and the same time, to talk. The result brought fireworks and seemed to cement the split in the relationship. This was much to the delight of Liz McDonald who in her own way had put the boot into the relationship by setting up the meetings with Steve.
Kevin and Sally were hardly on the best of terms following Kevin's refusal to buy into the Brennan garage. Once again Sally drew out all the accusations of him being weak and unambitious. Kev however insisted they were better off than some people. Sally seemed to have finally come to realise that there was more to life than cleaning and looking after two kids and announced she wanted more from life. Kevin insisted she should be happy where she was...in the home. Tony meanwhile pressed ahead with his intentions for the garage but his backers wanted to see the books before they invested.
Alf announced he was backing down from the war with Lily Dempsey and the council were getting ready to offer an alternative place to be renamed in his honour. Audrey was of course spitting feathers over this scenario and made it clear that she was aggrieved by what had happened. The council offered Alf almost any street he wanted in Weatherfield to take his name and he opted for...Coronation Street!. I hope Audrey convinces him to take a road nearer Lily Dempsey :)
Wednesday 10 July 1996
Kevin and Sally's relationship seemed to be in the midst of a stormy patch tonight as Sally's frustration at her lifestyle continued to eat away at her. Kevin of course was no help whatsoever with the situation as all he could think of was himself and his situation.
Kevin's problems, as always, were the garage and the way it was being run. Tony came in with some bad news as he explained to Don that his father would not finance the business as a partner. Don's reaction was basically to blow his top which merely upset Tony even more and as a result he stormed out of the garage.
Kevin tried to get Don to re-employ Tony stating his case that he couldn't run the garage single handed, and things were going to get worse if he tried. Don realised his mistake but Tony seemed resolute about the situation, he wasn't going back.
Sally meanwhile was taking steps to re-invent her life somewhat. She had a morning coffee with Rita and a little chat and as a result developed something of a backbone. Thus armed with some posher clothes and a spot of lip-gloss she toddled off to Mike Baldwin where she got herself some gainful employment.
Kevin, of course was hardly the understanding husband when he got home as he went through the old breadwinner routine. Even though Sally had arranged for the newly unemployed Kelly to look after the kids.
Fiona was still smarting after being dumped by Tony but as a result of her latest experience with the male of the species she decided to put a few matters in order. She went with the McDonalds to see Steve.
Steve amongst other things looked like he was trying to grow a moustache. He had also had time to grow his ego whilst lying in his cell. He was aware of Fiona and Tony splitting up and as a result thought he could wind Fiona round his little finger. She was toughening up fast though and declared that this would be her last visit to Steve. He seemed sure she would buckle and swoon at his feet.
Liz was seeking a mortgage but despite all her efforts (including dressing conservatively for once) she failed to get one. She was full of effort in manipulating Fiona into seeing Steve though, and that annoying sneer really did get on one's nerves after a while.
Friday 12 July 1996
Alf was sitting back and rubbing his hands with glee over the fact that Coronation Street was to be re-christened in his name. It was supposedly a secret but with the unwitting aid of Rita Sullivan the information was steadily getting filtered out into the community.
Whilst Ken was as ever the voice of discretion, Jack Duckworth on the other hand was perhaps not the wisest choice to be receiving such knowledge.
Tony meanwhile was at the garage to collect his P45, much to Kevin's regret. Kevin tried to talk Tony around into staying with them. At this point however Tony stated he was already potentially sorted for a job.
Kevin decided with one employee down it was time for action. He was already spurred on by the fact that Sally had worked against his wishes and got a job. He told Don he was prepared to go into the business but there had to be conditions. The conditions were basically that Don invested another £10,000 and he would get himself a partner.
Don quickly journeyed to the bank in an effort to raise the cash. He sat and chatted with his advisor and at first things looked like they were going well and the bank would OK the money. However when Don revealed the new situation with the garage's ownership the bank was forced to delve a little deeper into the state of things. They turned up the fact that Don was committing an illegal act in the way he was running a company knowingly at a loss. He had seven days to pay back the £6,000 he owed to the bank or the garage would go into receivership.
At the younger end of the scale Andy was having a night out with Anne and Curly, with Maxine tagging along as well. They were drinking in The Hourglass with Jim dishing out some money so they would all have a good time in a club. Tony turned up somewhat later and as the night and the booze wore it became clear that Tony and Maxine were going to "cop off" together. There was a bit of tonsil hockey and the two of them declared how they had fancied each other for ages.
Kelly announced to Ken her plans for looking after Daniel as a sideline of looking after Sally's kids. Ken was all up for the idea and it looked like it's going to turn out O.K. Shortly after Ken was visited by Alf who was arranging a little gathering of his closest friends so he could make an announcement. Ken and most of the street knew of the plan to make the Street his in name. However Ken played a humorous game with him not revealing the depth of his knowledge.
Monday 15 July 1996
Tony had apparently spent the night with Maxine and tonight's episode kicked off with Tony dropping her off for work at the end of Coronation Street. It would seem that Tony was fairly keen on the flighty Maxine but at the same time Maxine was suspicious of Tony's motives, was he simply out to get at Fiona ?
It was Sally's first day at work and she seemed to be settling in with the other people on the work floor at the factory. She was impressing and boring an equal amount of people with her stories about her children's behaviour.
The Mallett's were rowing again over the subject of Judy's catalogue spending sprees. Judy seemed to be determined to buy the contents of the catalogue much to Gary's disapproval. To make matters worse some time later there was yet another catalogue related parcel at the door. This time much to Gary's disbelief it was nothing other than a conservatory....and the Mallett's haven't even got a garden. This matter was resolved when it turned out that the conservatory was a prize won by none other than Judy's mother in a competition.
The garage was running into rack and ruin even further and Kevin's mood was reflecting the situation as such. Don was trying to cover up the truth that the business was in terrible difficulty. However Kevin had more or less sussed the truth out, and he was now beginning to panic about his future. He even took to employing young Nicky for the afternoon to help him through his workload.
He ended up almost breaking down in Sally's arms full of regret perhaps at not buying the garage. Sally tried to console him but his worries were indeed valid.
Wednesday 17 July 1996
Gary Mallett was busying himself with the business of building a conservatory in his back yard. In the usual Mallett tradition it was the usual hamfisted Mallett approach of no planning and all action.
Gary found himself with an unusual ally in his quest to build the perfect greenhouse. Roy turned up and began to offer his brand of advice. However, he was far from being a nuisance and proved to be of great assistance. Emily tried to offer Gary some sound advice but his usual abrupt manner stopped her in his track.
Emily's advice was eventually received by Gary and it was mentioned that years before the Hewitt family had attempted a similar endeavour. The result of which almost destroyed a house when some of it collapsed as a result of digging into the foundations. As a result of this Gary abandoned his plans and filled the yard back in.
Don was readily making a nuisance of himself again as his desperation for a backer in the garage rose. His latest target of all people was none other than Nicky. Using Brian Tilsley as an example he wooed Nicky into the idea of being a proprietor in the garage business.
Alec was planning his return to the promotion business by looking for new local talent. He wanted to stage his talent night in the Rovers but initially Jack wasn't keen. He did reconsider however when Alec offered him the chance to rekindle his Vince St Claire singing career.
Speaking of Jack he was interviewing the new barmaid who the papers had been hyping somewhat. She came across as a somewhat strong willed character but nothing out of the ordinary bargirl fodder.
Nicky of course being young and impressionable and having a fair bit of cash behind him from the Ivy/house debacle was all up for the idea. However when Martin and Gail found out they naturally hit the roof. With some assistance from Kevin they dissuaded the impressionable teenager away from the idea by informing him the garage was a donkey. Martin then effectively disowned Don from the family informing him he was now on his own.
The rest of the Street was congregated round at Alf Roberts house. They were sitting around awaiting the information that Alf was waiting to bestow. He informed the crowd of the proposed name change of Coronation Street to Alfred Roberts Place. The choice was met with murmurs of discontent all round leading to an uncomfortable silence. Especially as the majority of the people in the room had known about the change for a good week in advance.
Friday 19 July 1996
The downward spiral of the garage came to an end tonight as it hit rock bottom with a resounding thud. The bank had appointed someone to tie up the garage's affairs once and for all now Don was effectively bankrupt. Kevin spent the day pretty much in the dark as to what was going on whilst the man appointed by the bank went through the books.
Gail and Martin had planned a little time away and everyone seemed happy that there was to be a change of scene. Everyone apart from Nicky who dug his heels in and refused to go away with his family. Martin was resolute that Nicky should join them but when Audrey stuck her boot in Gail decided he should be allowed to stay at home. Hence Audrey claimed she would look after him for the weekend on a "look in" basis.
Des was in fine fettle winding up the Wiltons as they relaxed in thief garden. He informed them he was buying a conservatory of the Malletts and it would soon be erected in his garden potentially reaching right to the fence. Des's ploy was to lure Derek into buying the conservatory himself so Gary would get rid of the greenhouse and make some money as a sideline.
The garage was finally closed down that afternoon and Kevin was given two weeks money and made redundant. Don was truly at his wits end now and as a result became more than little confrontational with Mike when he got to the Rovers. He had been drinking which fuelled his mouthy behaviour. Don took a swing at Mike and Mike retorted by knocking him clean off his feet. Jack stepped in and got Don out of the pub.
Maxine had been deliberating over what to do about Tony, especially as Fiona was considering seeing him again. Maxine thus decided the best course of action was honesty and came clean about seeing Tony. Obviously Fiona was upset as a result and seemed bitter at people taking chunks out of her life.
Monday 22 July 1996
Don was whinging his way up and down the street moaning about his misfortune to any one who would listen to him. Kevin of course had little to say to him as he himself prepared for his first day of unemployment following the folding of the garage. Don almost had another confrontation with Baldwin but the matter resolved quite tactfully despite all Don's pitiful efforts to inflame the situation.
Des was the subject of Derek and Mavis's attention as they worried about him being the potential buyer of the Mallet's conservatory. Little did they realise Des was working in cahoots with Gary Mallett in an effort to foist the greenhouse on to the Wiltons. As usual Derek and Mavis thought they were being 'Oh, So Clever' as they invited Des round to their house to inform him about the shortcomings of being a conservatory owner over a glass of Lambrusco. Needless to say they "talked" Des out of his purchase leaving the field open for them to buy if they wanted.
Judy Mallett's mother seems to be quite keen on Alec Gilroy and it showed as she asked Jack plenty of questions about him when she was in the Rovers. Jack and Alec do of course have history but he was keeping fairly quiet all well and told. She wasn't being deterred easily though in her interest in Alec. When he got home he found her ironing his shirts.
Nicky was settling into the life on his own now that Gail and Martin and the rest of the Platt tribe were away for their little holiday. Audrey as promised checked in on Nicky to see that he was O.K. Despite the fact the house had the makings of looking like a bomb had hit it everything was going O.K.
Jim had his inheritance cheque and he and Bill seemed eager to plan how to invest it back into the business. Bill seemed more than eager to help him spend his money and at first this didn't seem to upset Jim as it was in accordance with his plans. However later on he announced to Liz that he was going to have a stab at buying the house. Liz looked most unimpressed at the prospect considering that she had been unsuccessful in her attempt a few weeks ago.
Vera's return heralded shaky ground for the Rover's latest barmaid who was trying to charm her way into Vera's good books. Jack was of course already charmed as we had already seen. But Vera isn't going to be so easily convinced. So the new girl was effectively on probation.
Wednesday 24 July 1996
Tony tried to make the peace with Fiona as he feared Maxine was about to lose her job. The reaction he received was abrupt and cold although it cleared the matter up for Maxine. It would seem there was never any intention of a sacking as far as Maxine was concerned.
Liz turned up at the salon trying to get Fiona to visit Steve again. Her bargaining chip this time was the fact that Steve appeared to have taken a sound beating and was currently languishing in the prison infirmary. Fiona stuck to her guns and decided she wasn't going to visit Steve though, and this was much to the disappointment of Liz who did her usual foot stamping when she hadn't got her own way.
The Wiltons took delivery of their new conservatory, courtesy of the Mallets who were going to do the decent thing and build it as well. Gary's labourer for the day was none other than Judy who turned out to be more than game when it came to digging and mixing the cement. The results looked promising at the end of the day and The Wiltons seemed more than happy even though there was some minimal damage to the vegetables that Derek had been growing.
Speaking of the Mallet's, Judy's mother was making a definite beeline for Alec. She was taking on more and more duties that were not in her original agenda. She was to be found cooking for him at his flat and looking distinctly glamorised in comparison to her usual somewhat dour self. Alec was surprisingly responsive and they sat and talked about Bet and his life previous. Perhaps things could be looking good for Alec here.
Liz was having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that Jim wanted to buy the family house. She suggested it best that the house be sold to someone else independent of the marriage. Jim assessed that she was being pedantic and was upset that he appeared to be slowly dragging himself out of the gutter and back into a semblance of respectability. Jim left the cafe where they met before there was a chance of an argument.
They met later though at the prison, where Steve was in bed nursing a set of injuries which comprised of broken fingers and ribs and some cuts and bruises to the head. Apparently he had taken it upon himself to become something of a fighting man but his attempt had ended in failure. Thus he had been beaten up and was now paying the price. Jim decided that Steve was scared and not telling the truth about what had happened. Liz however though he was getting beaten up to attract Fiona's sympathy and attention.
Trish was looking for Terry Duckworth but found herself with a problem in the respect that nobody seemed willing to furnish her with information on his whereabouts. Eventually Trish's desperation led her to Des, who she caught in a definite good Samaritan mode. He got information from the Ortons about Terry's last known address in Sheffield. The reason Trish was so desperate to find Terry is because she was in fact pregnant.
Des then volunteered to run Trish to Sheffield in an effort to track Terry down. However when they got there (Park Hill, I think :) Terry had been gone a couple of months and had left a trail of debt behind him. Thus Trish faced a trip back home without the man she thought might have faced up to his responsibilities.
Friday 26 July 1996
The focus of tonight's episode was the talent contest where all the budding artistes could ply their particular wares. However before Alec could get all that underway there was a few other irons in the fire for other characters before things got rolling.
Derek and Mavis were in jubilant form as they celebrated the completion of the their new conservatory. There was champagne all round as The Mallets and The Wiltons along with Rita toasted the new acquisition.
Nicky meanwhile was getting on his high horse as well because of Audrey. He was tired of her constantly checking on his well being and accused her of interfering in his business. The next thing that happened was the two of them involved in an argument which ended in Nicky packing his back and sneaking off.
The talent show dawned and it was an excuse for Alec to wheel out all manner of oddball and misfit acts. There was a series of dilapidated singers trundling on to the stage. Followed by a rather large woman with a penchant for tearing telephone directories. This was again followed by a rather camp magic act called Shadow and Son which for me provided amongst the most laughs.
Next up brought us into more familiar territory as Maxine took to the stage to murder the song Shout. She wiggled around on stage to the delight of the menfolk before finishing the song. Meanwhile Trish turned up at the end of her tether with the intention of finding out where Terry was. She informed Vera that she was carrying Terry's child but Vera instantly went into a state of denial over the news. She began spitting rage and venom at Trish calling her a slut and a liar. It seemed no matter what Trish could do she couldn't win and she declared that it might be better if she "got rid". This decision visibly alarmed Vera who will more than likely do an about turn with her opinion before long.
The talent contest got worse with Jack taking to the stage to murder a ballad. The event was barely saved at the last minute by Percy who turned up with his ukulele. Everyone seemed to get into the spirit of the singalong as he sang a George Formby track.
Liz was her usual scathing self by the way as she refused to sell her share in the house to Jim. Not only that but she got somewhat frosty with Fiona over her reluctance to see Steve McDonald.
Monday 29 July 1996
Young Nicky was the focus of attention tonight as he appeared to be missing from the Street. Rita showed annoyance as he had left her in the lurch with a paper delivery on her hands to deal with. Of course at this time there was no real cause for concern as she thought he had merely overslept.
Audrey stopped by at the Platt household later that morning to check on him only to discover that he had apparently not been home over the weekend. She was calm and kept her nerves in check but you could see the signs of worry forming.
Meanwhile Trish was her usual amicable self to Jack telling him to get stuffed as he went for the morning paper. Jack of course had yet to find out that Trish was carrying the child of his errant son Terry. A fact he would find out soon enough when he tried to make the peace with her.
Andy McDonald found himself with money worries, however his mother was unhelpful and not particularly sympathetic to his plight. Her main plan of action was attempting to block the sale of the family house to Jim McDonald. Something which Andy thought was childish but obviously there was little he could do about it.
Audrey spent the rest of the day steadily getting into more and more of a state over the missing Nicky. She enlisted the help of Ken in the search and began asking everyone if he had been seen. Ken's list of Nicky's friends drew a complete blank.
Jack found out about Trish's pregnancy as I mentioned earlier. He confronted Vera with this knowledge and discovered she was still in that same state of denial that she had been in since Friday.
Des was in something of a quandary as well as he was dealing with the bad temper of his girlfriend's daughter. She was proving very stubborn when it came to the subject of going away on holiday on a boat trip. She didn't particularly want to go but the only other option was staying with her grandparents.
Things look like they might be on the up for Kevin, he apparently had a job interview lined up at Tony's place of employment.
Wednesday 31 July 1996
Trish's pregnancy was becoming more and more evident to anyone who took the time out to notice. As she arrived at Baldwin's factory to begin another day's work she was blighted by bouts of sickness. Mike of course merely thought she had some form of bug which was laying her low. His only worry was that if she was ill then she would spread her germs to the other workers.
Vera was still mulling over the possibility of another grandchild in her mind. She was asking those nearest to Trish including Dreary about her movements and whether or not she had been spotted in the vicinity of Terry Duckworth. Overall however she was beginning to worry about the possibility of Trish terminating her pregnancy.
Sally was of course still championing Trish and rooting for her well being. Also in the Webster household Kevin was happier now that he had found work with Tony at the exhaust centre. It was a drop in status for the man who had once ran the garage for Mike, and had seen it run into the ground by Don.
Mavis was whining again, this time her cause for grievance was the fact that she was taking on the paper rounds now that the Kabin had no morning paper delivery boys/girls. Mavis let the world and it's occupants know how much discomfort she was in from being treated like a pack horse. Derek's particular brand of sympathy didn't go down particularly well either. Rather than soothe his wife's troubled brow he merely suggested she should look into finding a gym to improve her stamina for the task at hand.
Alf and Audrey finally saw fit to contact Gail and Martin regarding the missing Nicky. Alf wasn't as immediately honest as he could be over the situation. He told Martin that Nicky had only been missing a couple of days when in fact the truth was he had been missing four days in total.
Martin was shocked to discover this when he returned home and tempers looked set to flare between Alf and Audrey and Martin. Gail and the kids remained at the camp site blissfully unaware of how bad the real situation had got. Things looked even worse when Martin discovered Nicky's keys on the sideboard and the realisation dawned that this was no mere stay out overnight but a valid attempt at running away.
Jim and Liz were at loggerheads and thankfully tonight Jim pulled something of a masterstroke. Liz had dug her heels in and refused to accept Jim's offer on the house. She was just being irrational, and this seemed her best effort to act cocky and clever against him as he made a valid attempt to buy the house. Jim's retort to her behaviour was to give her till Monday to change her mind, otherwise he was pulling his support out of the mortgage. Leaving Liz between a rock and a hard place and Iím rather pleased about that because I think she's a cow :)
Little Jamie was growing ever more suspicious of his mother's behaviour. He knew there was something wrong but not the extent of the problem. Trish tried to ease his mind by keeping him in the dark.