Thanks Sarah and Dionne for what is below.
Week 16-19 Nov 1999
It's the aftermath of the kidnapping. Liam and his pseudo-cockney
accent is dead, Chris is in hospital, and Zoe has thankfully left her
Rugrats impression in the cellar.
However, Spalding isn't convinced that Liam's death was entirely in
self-defence as Zoe & Chris claim. Terry is questioned by Spalding,
but can't tell him much except that Zoe seemed relatively calm when
she asked him to break into the house.
Chris has asked for no visitors except Zoe, which is completely
ignored as the world and their boyfriend wander in. First Laura
arrives; Chris is his usual brusque self with her. Zoe tells Laura
that she killed Liam, just as Spalding arrives to question her....
Without any briefing whatsoever, Laura turns into Super Defence Lawyer
as Zoe struggles to keep her normal voice during Spalding's
questioning. She tells him that Liam advanced towards her, saying "I'm
gonna kill you." He badgers her by suggesting that she wanted to kill
him because she was uptight and the police wasn't around, but Laura
tels him to lay off.
Later, Spalding visits Chris, hoping for a different story, but he is
disapponted when Chris corroborates Zoe's story. Terry also goes to
see how Chris is, only to be told that it was all his fault - the
kidnap, Zoe breaking in, Liam's death etc. Terry slopes off into the
Woolie, where he gets a hero's welcome from the village, and whose
jaws drop open when they hear about Liam.
The episode ends with Chris, who's been trying to hold it in all day,
breaking down just as Zoe is about to leave. He begs her to stay,
adding that he can't bear to be alone after the last couple of months.
Kelly & Roy
Kelly has finally realised that not only is she a moany mare, she has
to take responsibility for her actions. She goes to see Roy, who may
as well have DOORMAT AND LOVING IT! tattooed on his body, such is his
love for Miss Piggy. He tells her that he took the rap and went down
bcause he loves her, prompting Kelly to break down and tell her that
she's done something awful....
Cue commercial break. When we return, Kelly nearly teels Roy about
Scoot, but Roy goes on about how much he loves her and how she's the
best thing that's ever happened to him. Miss Piggy responds by saying
that it will all be different once he is released. Those flying pigs
are circling my PC as I type...
Richie & Tricia
Dopey Slapper is concerned that she has nothing in common with Richie
- "he likes books!" she squeals. Bernice finds a revision aid for Jane
Eyre and tells Tricia to skim through it so that she can chat to
Richie duly turns up for his storyline, with Tricia serving him
homemade chocolate and orange mousse. Even though the mousse never
seems to make it onto the spoon, they chat about the book. Richie
seems impressed at first, but Tricia's non-reading of the book swiftly
becomes apparent. He tests her by changing the ending to that of Marie
Antoinette. Needless to say, Tricia concurs.
Later he makes a swift exit, telling Marlon that he isn't interested
in a woman with no brain. Marlon can't understand why, but I'm sure
everyone who posts/lurks here can see why...
No Wednesday episode
Kelly doesn't want to go and visit Roy in prison as she claims she
hates seeing him like that (but at least she could give her feet a good
wipe). Really, though, she's guilty about what she did with Scott and
can't face him in case she ends up telling him something.
Scott is still in good-guy mode and tries to persuade her to go, but
she won't change her mind. He ends up going on his own and Roy is
disappointed to see that Kelly hasn't come. The Doormat blames
himself, claiming he's mucked things up and that he isn't good enough
for her. Scott tries to re-assure him that this isn't true and when
Roy asks him about the time he claimed he'd slept with Kelly, Scott
insists he made it up because he was jealous. Scott is being so
understanding at the moment that Roy even asks him to keep an eye on
Kelly for him.
Back at the vet's surgery The Pout is in a bad mood, pondering over how
her life seems to have gone wrong. Paddy's advice is that true love
conquers all which gives her food for thought.
When Scott gets back from the visit, Kelly tells him that she can't go
on pretending that Roy's the man for her when it's Scott that she
loves. However, Scott is feeling terrible about what he's done to Roy
and tells Kelly that he's going to stay away from her from now on,
leaving a dejected Kelly sitting on the swings alone.
Chris is being allowed home from hospital, though he's still rather
traumatised and doesn't want to leave. He's surprised when Zoe takes
him back to Home Farm and informs him that she bought it while he was
missing as she thought it was what he wanted. Chris is angry because
he feels Zoe is running his life and his mood isn't improved by
Joseph's cool behaviour towards him.
Meanwhile in the village there's lots of gossip going round about Zoe
shooting Liam, Viv in particular takes any opportunity to stir. She's
in the middle of telling everyone in the Woolpack that Zoe murdered
Liam when Zoe walks in. Zoe gets upset and announces to the whole pub
(including Kathy, Sarah, Tricia, Terry and Pete) that she didn't murder
him, that it was self defence. They just look on in stunned silence
(perhaps thinking that she doth protest too much) and Zoe storms out.
Ashley dashes after her and she again insists it was self defence but
that it doesn't change the fact that she killed someone. She confesses
that it feels like murder sometimes. Ashley replies that God would
forgive her given the circumstances but she responds that she has to
forgive herself first.
Kathy pays Chris a visit at Home Farm to see how he is and tells him
about the scene in the Woolpack. She advises Chris not to be too hard
on Zoe and Chris admits he didn't realise what a tough time she'd been
having. When Zoe comes home they have a heart-to-heart and Chris
The only other thing of note is that Richie is getting fed up of living
with the boys at the cottage and their slovenly habits.
The episode opens with Kathy trying to write a letter to the court to
relinquish all claims on Alice. She's finding it hard to write, as
everywhere she goes there are memories of the Stage School Brat.
Eventually she posts the letter, but not before telling Laura that
she's thinking of selling up and moving on.
In the Diner, Betty tries to get Kathy to start planning for Christmas
by advertising in the Courier and drawing up special menus. Kathy
snaps at Betty (no surprise there) and is overheard by Eric, who tells
her that she needs to take some time off for herself.
By the end of the episode, Kathy has decided that she doesn't need the
Diner as Alice isn't around, that she can't bear Xmas without her, and
that there's nothing to keep her in the village (until the next hunk
comes along anyway). She tells Eric that she will sell the Diner to
him if he makes her a decent offer.
Two months in the cellar have done nothing to dent Chris's bluntness.
First on the receiving end is Sean, who comes in all matey, only for
Chris to bawl him out over the Paulic (sp?) deal. He then goes on to
say that Sean couldn't run a tea party, much less a business, and the
sooner he gets back to work the better. ZoŽ reminds him that he won't
be going back to work in a hurry, while Sean puffs out his chest to
Angie and tells her that he will run the firm as *he* sees fit.
Later, Kelly comes round to see Chris, mainly out of guilt. Chris
reminds her that the last time she came to see him was to ponce £5K
for the deposit on the cottage, and then tells her that she is a
selfish greedy bitch who couldn't be honest if she was paid to do so.
Kelly pouts away, but still can't bring herself to be honest about
him, incase she ever needs to use him later. Chris throws her out.
Claudia is hovering outside at that point, and tells Chris that he was
nasty and very rude towards Kelly. Chris responds by saying that you
can't be nice towards people as they'll just take advantage. All that
is forgotten later, as Joseph seems to be getting used to Daddy again
and gives Chris a cuddle. Claudia points out that Chris *does* have a
caring, sharing side after all, and I spy a potential romance between
Richie & Tricia
Dopey decides to give Richie one more chance to warm to her, otherwise
she'll walk away with her dignity intact (Bernice's words, not mine).
In a rather nice velvet dress, she goes round to Annie's cottage in
the evening to chill out with him over a couple of beers.
Dopey tries to make conversation, but it's painfully obvious that they
have *nothing* in common. She asks about his past girlfriends; when he
asks her the same question she tells him that she's had loads of
blokes, but no-one serious. Eventually, Richie gets bored and cuts to
the chase - he asks Tricia to go to bed with him.
Tricia asks if she would see him again after the one-nighter, and
Richie reluctantly says yes. Sensing that she expected more than a
blunt shagging request, he goes to kiss her, but Dopey tells him where
to go. She's upset though, and tells Bernice that she fears that
she'll never meet a decent bloke again.
-- Pete tells Sean that the Connelton Bridge is closed for repairs,
which will affect drivers' routes. Sean states that they will re-route
the lorries through the village instead, and the villagers can't do a
thing about it.
-- Emily wonders about making up with her father, as she misses him.
I'm concerned that she didn't find him in the cupboard during her
recent (unexplained) absence.
-- Bernice's mother is coming to stay for a while. Our Gavin is
apprehensive about meeting her (probably because it gives him a