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Week 13-15 June 2000
Ashley & Bernice The episode opens with Bernice still worried about the Bishop's visit, as is Ashley. He feels that he may have to make a choice between Bernice and the church, and she is unsure about whether she is helping the situation. Ashley is praying in church when Evil Edna, complete with tea cosy hat, saunters in. She produces her usual spiel about how she's always led a sin free life (which I know from personal experience is complete bollocks), how the pub is a den of iniquity and how Bernice's presence is responsible for everything that's wrong with the world. She also informs him that he'll be known as Vicar instead of Reverend because of his conduct. Ashley responds that he is in love, to which Edna spits out her disgust and flies off on her broomstick. It seems that Ashley is not prepared to give up Bernice, as he's the happiest he's ever been. When she expresses her concern about the job, he responds that she completes him and he's not going to let the likes of Viv and Edna make him feel guilty. Thus, he chews out Viv in the shop for spouting on about family values, and publicly rounds on Edna in the Woolie after she makes her usual disparaging comments. A nation cheers as Ashley tells the village that he will not be forced into hiding because of a few uptight hypocrites. The election No surprise to learn that Eric won comfortably, or that he uses every opportunity to lord it over Alan and Viv. Alan is disappointed, especially when he learns that Kathy voted for Eric because he would get more done over the crash. Viv is also disappointed, as she only got 2 votes and can't understand why people didn't listen to "The Voice of Reason". However, Chris is pleased that Eric won, and invites him over for a drink and a chat about using him to get what he wants on the council. Eric agrees, spying an opportunity to get one over the Tates about the crash. Reynolds Angie & Marc offer to hold a party for Marc and his mates to celebrate the end of the GCSE's. Marc isn't too keen, even though they offer to stay out of the way. He's got other things on his mind - like whether to move out of home when Marlon plants the idea in his head. Ends -- Dionne
THE WRATH OF BIRCH
Bernice tells Ashley that she is proud of him for standing up to Edna when they wake up together in bed. He regrets it slightly but is determined not to give in to Edna. Later at the church, Edna turns her attention to Sarah who is there arranging the flowers. Edna stomps over and starts pulling the flowers out again, remarking on Sarah's relationship with Richie. When Ashley tries to intervene, Edna has another go at him for harbouring sinners and says she'll be writing to the Bishop. After Edna has flown off on her broomstick, Ashley tries to console Sarah. However, she's distressed about not being able to see or even talk to the children. Ashley suggests she try talking to Jack or, failing that, seek legal advice. She decides to go for the latter and collars Laura later on who of course is always willing to offer her services for free to anyone who comes calling. Laura tells her that she has a legal right to see the children, though Sarah's more concerned about how she can see them now. REYNOLDS Sean and Angie are planning a party to for the end of Marc's exams. Sean is confident he'll pass easily and become the first Reynolds to stay on at school. Marc seems reluctant to come to his own party, but Ollie insists, inviting Donna along too. After school they're all left waiting as Marc drops in at the Woolie first, saying he'd rather be out with the lads than celebrating with his parents. Finally he turns up at home and doesn't seem at all bothered as he informs everyone that he's failed all his exams on purpose. POST OFFICE Emily thinks that they should go for the traditional feel in the shop, her first idea being to provide a chair that customers can sit in to have a chat with them. Viv is dubious and isn't impressed when Bettty is the first to try it out. She proceeds to get Viv and Emily to get all her stuff off the shelves while she sits there nattering away. Zak is next in and Viv is horrified when he opens up one of his beers and starts to drink it right there, munching on a pork pie at the same time. She shoos him out and is about to get rid of the chair when Emily comes back and persuades her to keep it for a bit longer on a trial run. DINGLES Cain and Zak have some dodgy paint which Zak manages to get Jason to take, though he's a bit wary about Lisa finding out. Meanwhile, Mandy is annoyed when she spots Charity talking to Eric in the Woolpack and drags her off to organise a girls night in, which she subsequently invites Emily to aswell. Later Charity goes to get her money for helping Eric in his campaign. Eric tries to weasel out of it, wanting her to carry on working for him, but when she mentions Councillor Ecclestone he grudgingly coughs up. When Emily finds out that Charity is in cahoots with the less than scrupulous Pollard she is shocked, but Mandy and Charity just laugh at her naïve attitude. -- Sarah
Sarah & Richie Sarah, buoyed by Laura's 'support', has made Richie a cooked breakfast and the atmosphere in the cottage seems to have improved. She tells Richie she's decided that she's not going to sit around in the house moping all day but doesn't reveal what she's planning to do. Kathy visits Jack and discusses her forthcoming holiday and her concerns about seeing Alice again. She tells him how hard it was for her to give up the child she thought of as her own and says she hopes Jack won't have to experience the same thing. Sarah visits Angie and tells her how upset she is that the children didn't contact her after she wrote to them. She tells her that she's going to see Jack to discuss the kids but that she hasn't told Richie as she didn't want to dampen his good mood. Angie tells her that she should be able to discuss these things with the 'boy' she left her family for. Richie pops into the Woolpack but the reception is frosty to say the least. Diane is the only one who'll speak to him and she tells him that, although she doesn't approve of what he's done to the Sugden family, she understands that love can make you do daft things. She says that, with all the stick Richie's taking for setting up home with Sarah, she must really be worth it. However, Richie looks like he's having second thoughts. Meanwhile, Sarah arrives at the farm to speak to a hostile Jack. He doesn't want anything to do with her but Sarah insists that they need to discuss the children. Jack says that, if she cared about the kids, she wouldn't have left them and that she's got her other kid to look after now - Richie. Sarah wants to know why the children haven't replied to her letter and asks whether they received it. Jack lies that they did and that it didn't make any difference - They don't want anything to do with her. Richie is planning a special night in with Sarah and buys in some flowers and wine, trying to ignore the snide comments he's getting from Viv. When he gets home, he finds Sarah crying. She explains what has happened and how desperate she is to see the children. However, Richie is sick of her going on about the kids. He feels that he's had to put up with a lot from the other villagers who are critical of his relationship and, when he gets home, instead of them having a romantic evening together, he has to listen to Sarah moaning about how she misses her children. He tells Sarah he's beginning to wonder if he's made the right decision and if this relationship is what he really wants. Marc Sean and Angie are devastated by Marc's revelation and can't understand why he's done it. Sean suggests Marc may have been joking but they realise this is just wishful thinking. Angie is fretting that he won't be able to get a decent job without GCSEs but Sean reassures her that the situation isn't as bad as it seems as he can do re-sits or go to an FE college. Sean and Angie aren't the only ones to be displeased about Marc trashing his exams. Bernice and Marlon tell him he's been an idiot and Ollie is of the same opinion - She tells Marc that he had everything on a plate and he's just thrown it away. She's also angry that this will cause even more problems at home and result in her parents watching her more closely when she comes to take her exams. Marc tells her that it's his life and he'll do what he wants. He turns to Donna for support but she's upset that he didn't tell her what he was going to do and she storms out. Over dinner, Sean and Angie try to have a talk with him. They've spoken to his teacher about him re-taking his exams and point out the possible options. However, Marc reacts angrily and tells them he doesn't want to do any more exams. He says that they never listen to him and that everything in the family revolves around Sean, Angie and Ollie and what _they_ want. Sean tries to lay down the law and tells him that, while he's living under their roof, he'll do what they tell him. Marc tells them that, in that case, he's moving out - He'll go and stay with Marlon. Tate Haulage Chris is disgruntled that Sean hasn't turned up at work but uses his absence to discuss the crash investigation with Laura. Laura is optimistic that they'll all be in the clear when the report comes out but Chris suggests that, should the report criticise the company, Sean should be made the scapegoat. Laura also tells Chris that she knows of a potential investor who may help Tate Haulage out of its present financial difficulties. Sean finally arrives for work and Chris is typically unsympathetic to his family problems. Sean isn't in the mood for Chris' criticisms but Chris is adamant that, regardless of his personal problems, Sean has to start pulling his weight or the company won't survive. The vets' After recent disasterous receptionists, Adam is unhappy when Paddy tells him he's got to show the new girl the ropes. However, when Virginia walks through the door, his mood changes as he clearly finds her very attractive and the fact that he's supposed to be in a relationship with Tricia doesn't stop him from offering Virginia a lift home. Bernice & Emily Emily surprises Bernice by telling her that she doesn't think the Bishop should dictate to her and Ashley how they should behave. She compares it to her father's disapproval of her relationship with Butch and tells Bernice that her father came round eventually and the Bishop will too. Rachel --