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Week 9-12 May 2000
Tuesday 9th May
Chris was overjoyed to see a picture of Kathy attacking him on the front page of the local rag, but then wondered who could have tipped her off about his meeting with Councillor Ecclestone. It didn't take long for the fickle Terry to point the finger at Claudia. Chris accused Claudia of only wanting a meal ticket (how preposterous!) and the hapless girl was sacked on the spot. This left Chris with a baby-sitting problem but thankfully Frankie was on hand for the task, which shows that Chris will even put his own son at risk to save face. What bothered Zoe was what the Kathy lost her rag when she saw the Tate Haulage lorries resume their route through the village but Sean was too busy fretting about the whereabouts of Ollie to care about the lorries. Holed up only a stone's throw away in the Sugden's bar, Ollie found herself in prime position to witness Richie and Sarah popping into the barn for a quick grope. Such hot news and no one to tell, except perhaps! the only person who knows she's there - Andy!
No Wednesday Episode
Thursday 11 May
The Tates Zoe is concerned that Joseph is missing Claudia but Frankie says that she and Joseph get on great and he'll be fine with her. At school, Joseph is chosen to be the May King and Victoria to be the May Queen. Chris goes over to see the Sugdens to sort out their costumes. Frankie suggests to Zoe that they go out for the evening but Zoe is on call so Frankie says she'll go out by herself. She arrives home drunk and accompanied by Jason Kirk, who has split up with his boyfriend and consequently has nowhere to stay. Their noise wakes Zoe who is less than pleased at being disturbed in the middle of the night. Neither is she pleased that Frankie has invited Jason to stay the night without consulting her first but, as he's there now, she agrees he can stay. Ollie & Andy Ollie wakes up in the Sugdens' barn as Andy brings her some food and a blanket. Andy tells her that Angie is really worried about her but Ollie says she doesn't care. Meanwhile, Angie and Sean are frantic, especially as they think she has gone down to London. Sean goes into work but his mind is clearly on Ollie and he is snapping at people. Zoe suggests Laura does the interviews as he's got enough to worry about at the moment. Sean agrees but says he still wants to work as keeping busy helps take his mind off Ollie. He suggests asking the drivers to keep an eye out for Ollie but Chris surprises him by telling him he's already done so. Richie and Sarah, oblivious to Ollie's discovery of their affair, are discussing the house Richie wants them to share. Sarah is reticent to visit it and says they have to be careful not to be found out. Richie tells her that everyone will know soon but Sarah wants Jack to hear it from her, not from someone else. Meanwhile, Andy tries to persuade Ollie that Sean and Angie will be worrying about her just as the Sugdens worried about him. Ollie suggests that the Sugdens aren't the perfect family he thinks they are and that he can't trust them. When Andy asks her what she means, she tries to wriggle out of it but he presses her until she finally tells him about Sarah and Richie's affair and their plans to run away together. Richie is still trying to persuade Sarah to see the cottage when Andy walks in. However, before he has chance to confront them, Jack comes in with Kathy, who offers to help make Victoria's dress for the May Fair. Chris arrives to a hostile reception but, when he says he wants to discuss the May Fair, they agree to forget their differences for once and work together to make it a special day for Joseph and Victoria. Kathy offers to make Joseph's costume too but tells Chris that she's only doing it for Joseph's sake, not his. The camping trip Adam, Tricia, Bernice and Ashley spend a night under canvas, while Diane looks after the Woolpack. Bernice is in her element, organising everyone, but Tricia, who has come with enough luggage to last a fortnight, clearly isn't the camping type. She tries to convince everyone to go to the pub but everyone else is happy in the great outdoors and Adam's protective, romantic behaviour persuades her that it's not too bad. Bernice and Ashley reminisce about the last time they shared a tent. Ashley tells her that he used to imagine what it would be like to be with her but the reality is beyond his wildest imaginings and he didn't realise it was possible to be so happy. Diane & Alan After accepting Carlos' offer of Spanish lessons, Diane's mind moves onto less intellectual pursuits and she calls time early so that she and Alan can have an 'early night'. Alan seems keen and compares her to Marilyn Monroe but Diane is a bit put out when he tells her how much he likes her blonde hair, unaware that it is a wig. Unfortunately, their amorous plans are scuppered when Alan collapses in agony. It turns out to be only heartburn but, by this stage, the moment has gone. Nellie Nellie has spent the night in an empty cottage she broke into but tells Sam she's now decided to go back to Ireland. She wants to make a fresh start and asks Sam to come with her. The two of them go to Butch's grave so she can say goodbye to him before she leaves. When they get there, Emily is at the graveside. She says she wants Butch to have a proper headstone, not just the wooden cross he's got at the moment. As she talks about Butch, she starts crying and Sam goes to comfort her. He tells her that he could help her if he were staying in the village but Nellie reminds him that they have to leave for Ireland. However, Sam has a change of heart and decides to stay and look after Emily. Kathy Kathy has been invited to visit Alice in Australia but doesn't feel that she can go at the moment as it would mean abandoning her campaign against Tate Haulage. Alan encourages her to put herself first for once and go to Australia. He tells her that at the moment it is in the hands of the transport sub-committee and they will just have to put their faith in the democratic process. However, Kathy tells him that Chris doesn't play by the rules so they don't have to either. Later, Emily and Sam ask Kathy to help them raise money for a plaque for those who died in the bus crash and Kathy agrees to help.
Also Thanks to Jenny Reynolds for guesting for Thursday and Friday.
First time doing these updates - be kind! Jenny
The Runaway Andy brings Ollie breakfast, and tries to convince her to get in touch with her parents. Not surprisingly he fails. Meanwhile Angie and Sean are turning her room upside down, looking for clues. Angie tells Sean she's terrified of the thought of her being alone in London. At work, Sean is understandably tense, and Chris and ZoŽ help to lighten the workload. Is it just me or was Chris nearly nice to Sean in this scene? He wonders if he should let the drivers know Ollie has gone missing, but Chris has already mentioned it. Yup - he is being nice. Run for the hills! Andy tells Ollie about when he ran away, and how much he upset his parents. Ollie isn't interested, and mocks him for thinking his parents are special. She tries to double back on herself, but eventually tells him - she saw Sarah and Ritchie kissing. Andy isn't happy. You think? Tates Frankie's new job as Joseph's nanny isn't sitting too well with Chris as she asks Joseph if he'd rather go to school or bunk off. Naturally ZoŽ is quick to point out it was all Chris' idea. Joseph is chosen as May King to Victoria's May Queen (see later), and Chris decides to see Jack and Sarah to discuss their outfits. Frankie tries to get ZoŽ to come out, but she refuses, saying with Adam away she's on call. Frankie decides to go on her own. She comes back later that night, somewhat worse for wear, and she's brought a friend with her. And it's none other than Jason - the 'other man' from those Christmas episodes I wish I'd seen. He's apparently staying the night, and the party continues with a few cans. Jason tells her of his ex-boyfriend who became possessive when he looked at another guy. ZoŽ is not impressed when she finds the pair of them, and grudgingly lets him stay. The Camping Trip The morning of the trip, and Tricia's packed for a week away. Betty and Diane wave them off, and the pair comment on how close Ashley and Bernice are. Diane tells Betty that the smile on Bernice's face "isn't there by accident", and you just know that Ashley and Bernice's private life won't be private for much longer! Bernice is in full organisational mode, drawing up rotas while Tricia is freezing, helping to put up her and Adam's tent. While Bernice and Ashley flirt, Adam's more interested in the tent! Tricia tells Adam about the time she went camping with friends when she was a kid, and they put candy floss in her sleeping bag (pity someone else beat me to itÖ). She mentions Adam's time in Africa, and he gets a bit cagey, but manages to avoid anything deep. That night, they eat out under the stars (I hope Tricia didn't cook after all!), and Tricia is still complaining about it being cold and wet. The conversation turns to romance, and Tricia mentions she doesn't understand romance. When Bernice mentions the books Tricia reads, she replies that it is nothing like that in real life. But she doesn't mind if Adam wasn't like her books. Oh pleaseÖ Adam and Tricia settle in for the night, and like a broken record, Tricia's still complaining about the cold. A few kisses and she's about ready to forget until she starts screaming her head off. There's a spider in the tent, and she begs Adam to get rid of it. No matter what I think of Tricia, I'm with her on this one! Once it's gone, the pair pick up where they left off. In what has to be the most romantic scene I have ever watched, Ashley is remembering the last time he and Bernice were in a tent together. They play off each other as she teases him for "saying wicked things". He tells her what he said back in October - how much he wanted her, and goes on to say how he used to imagine them being together; running his fingers through her hair, kissing her softly, holding her tight, and confesses that although the thoughts were wonderful, the reality is so much better (you'd think it would be wouldn't you!). He tells her how beautiful and desirable she is, and the pair settle down for a night of passion. Adding my two cents, I love this scene, and I have played it that many times, I know it off by heart! John and Sam make a very convincing couple, and I for one hope for more scenes like this! Dingles Nellie turns up to say goodbye to Sam, and tells him she's going back to Ireland. She asks Sam to join her, and convinces him to go and visit Butch's grave with her while they talk it over. At the grave, they meet Emily tending to him. She wants a headstone for Butch so that everyone can see his name and remember him. She breaks down, and Sam tries to comfort her. He tells her he's going to Ireland with Nellie, but changes his mind to stay and help Emily. Nellie leaves by herself (and I'm not saying anythingÖ) Emily and Sam talk to Kathy in the pub that night, and tell her they want to set up a plaque to Butch and the others who died. Kathy agrees to give them her support in raising the money. Kathy Kathy's received a letter from Elsa, inviting her over to Australia. Cue everyone shouting at her to go and never come back! She's worried about seeing Alice again, and doesn't want to leave while the Tate campaign is still going. Alan tells her to go and enjoy herself. The conversation swings back to Chris, and she reflects that as Chris doesn't play by the rules, why should she? Ritchie and Sarah He's trying to persuade her to come and see the cottage, but she's a bit wary - what if Jack finds out? She wants to tell him herself, but they're interrupted by Jack and Victoria's arrival. Victoria is going to be May Queen, and Sarah immediately becomes the proud mother. Jack's comment about "living with a special little lady" holds more meaning that he knows. Ritchie tries again to persuade Sarah, but they are interrupted by Andy who now knows the truth. Ritchie makes a quick exit just as Kathy turns up. Kathy offers to help make Victoria a May Queen dress out of an old wedding dress she's got doing nothing. From what I hear, that's not a big surprise! Chris Tate shows up, and Jack isn't impressed. Chris continues his scarily nice tactics, by saying they should put their arguments aside and work together for the children. Kathy offers to make Joseph's outfit too, but warns Chris that it changes nothing between them. Diane and Alan Diane and Carlos almost flirt over the bar that night, and she comments on his Spanish blood. She tells him and Alan of a Spanish man who tried to chat her up, but she couldn't understand a word of what he was saying! Carlos offers to teach her, and she accepts. Betty tells Viv about Ashley and Bernice's love for "indoor activities" (see - I told you!), and Viv comments on it not being right with Ashley being a vicar. Diane remarks that as a man, Ashley has needs, and the three women reflect that he's not the only one. Diane's eye stays to Alan, and after a really bad wink, calls time early, telling Alan they deserve an early night so they could "get to know each other more intimately". Alan tells her that he's always liked her, especially as she puts him ion mind of Marilyn Munroe. "Gentlemen prefer blondes." Spot the fall comingÖ Alan brings up a few drinks, and the pair get comfortable before getting intimate. In a wonderful case of timing, Alan comes over all funny, and clutching his chest sinks onto the bed. Diane starts to panicÖ Diane sees out the medic - all it was was a touch of heartburn brought on by chilli! Alan feels a bit embarrassed, and the mood is ruined. Diane goes back to her room, and after imitating Marilyn's famous "boop-boop-be-doop", takes off her wig. Friday Sugdens Andy's ill so he has to stay off school. When Ritchie comes in, Andy is hostile towards him but Sarah defends Andy to Ritchie, something which doesn't help matters as far as Andy is concerned. 'Feeling better' Andy and Robert talk. Robert tries to get Andy to tell him what's going on, and it's only when he threatens to ask Sarah that Andy tells him he knows where Ollie is. Frankie and Jason These two have been getting on like a house on fire, and with no sign of the hangover they should have, Jason is telling her about when Bernice caught him and Gavin kissing - probably reminding us of why Bernice is going to be so furious later on! ZoŽ obviously doesn't like the fact he's there, but puts up with it for Frankie's sake. Frankie ignores ZoŽ, preferring Jason's sob story of how his boyfriend caught him with another man and chucked him out. Frankie tells him he can stay at Home Farm as long he wants. Bet ZoŽ'll love that even moreÖ And naturally she doesn't. At first she is reluctant, and tells Frankie to ask him to leave. Frankie sweet talks her with talk of Home Farm being her home now, with ZoŽ. Eventually she is persuaded to let Jason stay. The Campers return! Tricia and Adam have lost their cosy atmosphere - not surprising given Adam is tired out. Tricia had him up on "dawn patrol" as she heard funny noises. Adam attributes them to Bernice and Ashley, something backed up when the pair appear, linked arms, giggles, flirting with each other and casting puppy dog eyes at the other. Now I'm all in favour of their relationship, but please! Give us a break! The Runaway Oh look - Andy's not ill after all! Now there's a surprise. He brings Ollie more food, and he tried to get her to call ChildLine. She apologises about being the barer of bad news, but when Andy tries to get her to admit that she might have got it wrong, she tells him that their parents are far from perfect - hers especially. Mum and Dad are preparing to do another run with the posters when the mobile rings. Ollie has called ChildLine and they're passing on the message that's she's OK. Sean isn't happy that he doesn't know where she is, and takes his frustrations out on Angie. He's worried and angry - most of all at the fact he can't do anything. Angie tries to be diplomatic, but her words fall on deaf ears. Tates Kathy's round Home Farm, making preparations for the May Fair. She can't resist making comments about the lorries running through the village, and Chris is back to his good old vindictive self, and tells her that she can't stop him with her "little campaign". When she hints that she has plans, he doesn't believe she can do anything to stop him. Sorry Kathy - I'm with the Bad Guy on this one! Kathy's plan! Kathy commiserates to Bernice that Chris is getting too sure of himself, and that she is going to try and stop him, no matter what. Later, Bernice tries to convince Kathy to go to Australia. Jack and Emily have been invited over to Kathy's to form their plan. She talks of surprise, and Emily starts to get passionate. Kathy offers them the chance to back out, but Emily stands her ground. Kathy doesn't want any violence, and Jack realises that is would need to be spectacular. Kathy tells him - no violence, but anything else goes. What does she think she's doing? Mounting a siege on the Alamo? Diane and Alan It's the morning after the night before, and Alan and Diane are being rather evasive of each other. Diane tells Bernice and Tricia about his "funny turn" and comments on how she must be bad for him. Bernice tells her mother to say something, but Diane says Alan doesn't know about her wig and she thinks it's too late to tell him now - he thinks she's Marilyn Munroe. Bernice tells her to just tell him, and throws out the bast line of the episode - "if it comes off in his hands, and you haven't told him, he really will have a heart attack". Eric He's being pestered by Marlon about the pies while he's trying to think of some way to get the lorries out of the village. Methinks it's more to do with getting one over Kathy and voters than the lorries themselves, but I could be wrongÖ Just then, Charity Dingle walks into the bar, and Marlon is horrified. Eric comes up with an idea - and it involves Charity. Marlon is trying to find out why she's back, and all but tells her to get lost. Eric tactfully reminds her of the events at the funeral, and cryptically tells her that there could be "a use for her talents". Steady on!Ö There's talk of expenses, a fee and "an allotted task". Charity haggles the price to £200 in cash. Eric agrees, and cryptically mentions to Kathy that he has a plan, but won't tell her what it is. This is looking worse by the secondÖ Charity is to chat up Ecclestone, and presumably get him into a compromising situation. Asking for "rose-tinted glasses" she makes her move. And she's not enjoying it! Ecclestone is boring her, but she feigns interest. Flirting with him, the pair leave together, watched by Eric. The Vets Paddy asks Adam about the trip, and Adam comments on how Tricia wasn't at one with nature, but she was with him (thanks for that insightÖ). Adam is having problems with the filing system - "what system?" and wants to get a receptionist. ZoŽ has to referee the pair of them, and can't help feeling that it is all she does, Adam and Paddy, Frankie and Jason. Adam finally puts his foot down, and tells ZoŽ and Paddy that he's getting onto the agency to get a new receptionist. Paddy thinks that Adam is trying to take over the practise, and ZoŽ is getting more and more irate by the second. She tells Paddy to let Adam get on with it, which he grudgingly does.