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Thanks to Dionne for what is below.
Pre Xmas..20-24 Dec. 1999
Apologies for the late posting of this, but I have only just found
enough time to watch the episodes all over again! Anyway, let's get
straight to it.
Bernice et al
The week opens with Bernice all excited about her impending nuptials.
Our Gavin is content to leave all the planning to her, but Ashley is
getting more steamed by the minute. Fuelled by a sense of moral duty
ad continued love for Bernice, he decides to confront Gavin.
Ashley tells My Gavin that he knows about Dopey and Stella, and that
he should tell Bernice as soon as possible about his infidelities.
However, My Gavin caught Ashley gazing at Bernice earlier in the day,
and has twigged that Ashley is in love with her. He counters Ashley's
threat by stating that if he tells Bernice, Our Gavin will tell her
that Ashley is in love with her and wants to break the two of them up.
Ashley reluctantly retreats to lick his wounds.
However, it's Christmas, and fate (or rather the scriptwriters) has a
surprise in store. It's the Aladdin evening at the pub, where Marlon
offers Chinese food and a ridiculous outfit. Tricia is all excited, as
she feels that tonight is the night that she'll get it on with Jason.
For his part, he's decided to be honest with her about his sexuality.
However, later in the evening Viv throws a strop about her lack of
business, and proceeds to throw some beer over Alan. Unfortunately, it
lands on Jason instead. Bernice orders My Gavin to get him a clean
Upstairs, Our Gavin teases Jason about Tricia, but Jason tells him the
Jason: I'm gay
My Gavin: So?
Obviously Our Gavin has dabbled with blokes before, and Jason duly
responds. Just as they're getting into it, the door opens and Bernice,
with Tricia by her side, appears. All four are in shock - Jason leaves
rapidly, Tricia bemoans her latest failure, Our Gavin tries to
apologise and Bernice throws him out. She then makes Tricia promise
that she won't breathe a word to anyone, and goes back down to the
Bernice's brave smile doesn't fool many people though. Ashley
immediately twigs that something is up, especially as My Gavin
disappears without a trace. Betty also twigs that something is up;
Bernice eventually breaks down and tells her. She feels that there's
something wrong with her - not only have all her plans gone up in
smoke, this is the second time it's happened to her. Betty consoles
her and tells her that she won't breathe a word to a soul. For once,
she keeps her promise.
Ashley is still trying to find out what's going on, but both Tricia
and Betty keep him at bay. Someone else who finds out, though, is
Paddy, who is not impressed when Jason tells him the truth. He orders
Jason to stay away from the Woolie, and goes to apologise to Bernice
for Jason's behaviour. Bernice accepts the apology stoically, all the
time wondering if all men dabble in homosexuality from time to time.
The official line about Gavin's sudden departure is that he's gone to
tell his parents about the wedding. However, Tricia suggests that they
tell Alan the truth, as he's living at the pub and is bound to wonder
what is going on. Bernice duly obliges; Alan loses his rag at the
thought of sharing a bathroom with a gay man. Tricia is not impressed
by his attitude, and tells him so. Alan apologises for his behaviour,
realising that his discomfort is nothing compared to what Bernice is
Joy of joys! Diane returns on Thursday, to spend Christmas with her
daughter. She is shocked by the turn of events, but says that it's not
really a surprise as she didn't know Our Gavin all that well before
they got engaged. She also advises her to Move On, starting with
getting rid of the ring and staying with friends over Christmas.
Bernice reluctantly agrees.
This was one of the main storylines over Christmas, and IMO the best
acted. All the protagonists (Ashley, Diane, Alan, even Gavin & Dopey,
and esp. Bernice) acted their socks off, and compared to other stories
it was a joy to watch.
You've had the sublime, now on to the ridiculous. In this arc we have
a prime example of poor acting and a Who cares? attitude, but if I
didn't update you on this then I wouldn't be doing my job (g).
Anyway, the upshot is that Kelly spends the whole week looking
miserable and generally acting like the moody cow she *always* is. Roy
puts on this week's doormat and constantly asks Kelly how she is.
Scott, in the meantime, has decided that it's finally time to get over
Kelly and is getting closer to Lyn. Early in the week he holds a
Christmas party for all the DaleTech clients, placing a tab behind the
bar (considering we never saw any clients, it's a wonder DaleTech can
even afford a bottle of water). Lyn is invited as a special guest,
arousing both Kelly & Marlon's jealousy (the latter takes advantage by
giving drinks to *all* the regulars on Scott). She's happy enough to
invite him to the college ball as her guest, and later to her house
Viv is haunted by memories of Vic's death, and is trying to keep the
shop afloat at the same time. She is forced to sack Emily as she can't
afford to pay her. Despite the late night opening, business still
isn't picking up, so she and Donna decide to spend Christmas with her
family. Roy provides Christmas cheer on Christmas Eve by providing
drinks and nibbles, but will it be enough to save the shop? More
importantly, do we care?
Things are a lot calmer this week, as Jack & Sarah try to make it a
good Christmas for Andy. He too is haunted by memories of last
Christmas, and decides to apologise to Viv for his dad. Viv isn't
having it, but Kelly tells him that she forgives him - she realises
that none of it was his fault.
Chris decides that he needs to get back to work - he feels
claustrophobic sitting in the house all day and wants to keep an eye
on Sean. The latter inn's impressed at Chris' return, especially as he
is getting used to making all the decisions. As it turns out, Chris
gets very anxious when he can't pick up the phone, and decides to
return home, but not before organising a Christmas do at Home Farm for
all the staff.
The party starts off well - Jason and Paddy arrive, both pleased to
see that no-one knows about Jason's indiscretion. Graham & Kathy are
there (one word: Why??) Pete turns up for his latest stab at a
storyline, busy eyeing up Claudia with Terry. Sean goes one better -
while Angie is mingling, he lays on the charm with Claudia. Chris
tells him to leave her alone, and then proceeds to touch hr up.
Obviously he's forgotten that such tactics last worked in 1983, as
Claudia slaps him and promptly offers her resignation.
ZoŽ tries to persuade Claudia to stay, but she's adamant. However, she
is worn down, but only agrees to stay if Chris apologises.
Chris: I'm sorry, I was pissed, I'm deeply ashamed. my ego was
bruised, blah blah blah.
Claudia: Make sure it doesn't happen again
Another entertaining storyline there, but I really wish someone could
tell me what the point of Pete is.
A relatively normal Christmas in the Dingle household this year. Zak
is looking forward to Belle's birthday, but is making a pigs ear of
the nativity. His arse is saved when he spies the church Nativity
scene during Midnight Mass, and duly "borrows" it.
Meanwhile, Emily is worried that she can't pay her way now that she's
unemployed, but Lisa reassures her that she's family so it doesn't
matter. Emily is also hoping for a visit from her dad during Christmas
Day - he turns up at Midnight Mass, but leaves to avoid speaking to
Not much to report here - Reggie is still around, and still trying to
rekindle the past. Turns out she used to be a stripper in the 50s
while Reggie was doing the theatre circuit. Despite her protestations,
there is still an attraction between the pair (despite the fact that
Reggie is camper than several rows of tents).