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Week 22-24 Feb 2000
Kathy is bearing up well after her ordeal, and is thankfully not resorting to her usual histrionics. The press are camping outside her door, but Eric comes out and sends them packing. One reporter is reluctant to leave, and tells Eric that it would be a good thing both financially and morally if she was to sell her story to the newspapers. Eric tells them to sod off.
Just then, Chris wheels up, accompanied by Terry. Chris pulls rank, informing the press that he is an important man in the village he owns several businesses (omitting to say that he never actually works at any of them) and can make or break careers with one call to the editors. Once the press leave, Kathy allows Chris to come in. Pollard seems put out that he isnt invited.
Dark haired reporter is desperate for a story (times must be hard for him) and is questioning Betty & Sarah in The Diner. They are quite willing to spill the beans about Grahams past until Eric walks in and identifies him. He is quickly thrown out. Later, he is thrown out just as quickly out of the Woolpack, as everyone bands together in silence about Kathy.
Meantime, the village is in shock as they had no idea that Graham could be capable of such heinous crimes. Marlon feels particularly guilty as he didnt tell anyone, but he was worried that no-one would believe Pollard. Everyone feels a grudging respect for Eric, and are quick to tease Angie about it at lunchtime.
Dark-haired reporter tries one last stab at getting a story when he spies Ollie and Donna at the bus stop. Donna quickly disappears, but Ollie invites him to her place. Once there, she feeds him a cock and bull story about how Graham followed her constantly. He thinks its a wind up, but shes just getting into her stride when Angie throws him out.
Back at the cottage, Chris and Kathy are swapping stories on recent experiences and how its changed them. Chris realised that after the kidnap he found he could finally live with himself, something he was always too selfish to do before. Kathy feels that she really needs to take a break from men, and learn to do the same thing.
Chris & ZoŽ
These two are missing each other big time, but would rather slit their wrists than admit it. Frankie twigs whats going on when ZoŽ continue to snap at her for no reason. Eventually, ZoŽ agrees to forgo some work so that they can spend the day alone together.
However, Frankie decides to try and reunite the two, and goes up to visit Chris at his cottage. She explains that ZoŽ is lonely and is missing him, but Chris reckons that shes happier running the business than spending time with him, and that living apart is the best thing for both of them. Frankie is disappointed, but not enough to prevent her taking advantage of Chriss fine (and expensive) malt whisky. He is amused when Frankie passes out on his sofa, thinking how ZoŽ will be frantically looking for her. Hes not wrong ZoŽ rings the Woolie, Pete and eventually Chris to look for her.
Our favourite nanny has a spring in her step, new blonde highlights and a little wiggle in her walk as she contemplates how to take advantage of Chriss new vulnerability. Since he left Home Farm, Chris is beginning to see Claudia as a confidant and unburdens himself to her about his relationship with ZoŽ.
She is put out when Frankie arrives (see above) and goes for a drink with Terry. Hes still interested in her, and eventually gets round to asking her out on the pretext that theyre both free in the evenings. Claudia gently turns him down, stating that shes too tired after a day with Joseph. (Not forgetting the fact that Chris is rich, and Terry isnt).
Later, Chris is still in a wistful mood about ZoŽ when Claudia returns. She turns on the sympathy, giving him a massage and eventually a kiss (just as ZoŽ rings to ask if Frankies there). He asks if she knows what shes letting herself in for; Claudia silences him with a kiss ..
From: "sarah m" <email@example.com>
Ok, here is this Wednesday's update, just in case you can't see it on the
Frankie wakes up on Chris' sofa with a big hangover. Chris takes great
delight in phoning Zoe to ask her to come and pick up her girlfriend, but
when Framkie dashes off to the bathroom he says he'll put her in a taxi
instead. As she's dashing up the stairs she passes Claudia, swaning down
the steps in her dressing gown. She puts her arms round Chris and tells him
what a wonderful night it was. However, she's rather surprised by his cold
fish act as he tells her she's just the nanny (though later on he warns
Terry off her).
When Frankie gets back to Home Farm, Zoe has a go at her, telling her she
was worried etc. Frankie's not in the mood for it and just tells Zoe to go
and sort things out with Chris. Zoe insists that Chris has to make the
first move, but when Frankie tells her there's not much chance of that she
Chris is stubborn when Zoe asks him to come back to Home Farm, saying he
feels like an unwanted guest there. She placates him by telling him that
she's going to make Joseph her principal benificiary in her will. Chris
finally agrees to come back with her, obviously deciding he's made her
squirm enough for now.
Sarah and Richie
As predicted by RATUE Jack starts wistfully thinking about Rachel after the
Graham incident. Sarah is fed up and tells Richie about Jack's affair.
Richie is surprised, but suggests that since Jack did it then it's ok for
Sarah to as well.
Richie's acting like a lovesick puppy and is desperate to see Sarah. He
comes into the Diner at lunchtime and she agrees to come to see him later.
However, when she comes to the office, she warns Richie that they need to be
careful. Richie is disappointed when Sarah has to leave to go and cook the
tea or something.
He goes off to the Woolie to drown his sorrows but gets rather tipsy and
blurts out how he's seeing an older, married woman. He cringes when he
realises Jack's in the bar, but Jack is completely oblivious to what's going
on and actually tells Richie to go for it.
Nellie offers to look after Belle so Zak can go out. Lisa is annoyed when
she comes back to find Belle stuffing her face with biscuits and acuses Zak
of neglecting his duties. He gets in a huff, saying Nellie is family and is
perfectly capable of looking after Belle, and stomps out for a drink.
Meanwhile Emily is worried by the fact that Butch isn't around much (mind
you she's permanently worried about something, or maybe that's her natural
look). Butch reassures her that it's nothing to do with her, but he's just
confused over his mum coming back.
Kathy is still shell-shocked but Bernice is being the good friend and
looking after her. Unfortunately for Kathy, Roy also wants to help out so
she has to put up with his ugly mug across the breakfast table. Realising
she can't take much more of being cooped up with the walking doormat, Kathy
decides to brave the villagers and go for a drink at the Woolie. When she
enters they give her a round of applause (??????) and everyone tells her how
proud they are of her ("yes, Kathy, we're just so proud of your astoundingly
poor taste in men").
Meanwhile, the reporter is still sniffing round for a story but Kathy just
tells him to get lost. However, Eric is annoyed that no-one is giving him
any credit for helping Kathy, so offers to sell his story.
-- Chris offers a delighted Roy his cottage for him and Kelly.
-- Viv catches Ollie shoplifting and marches her round to see her parents,
delight in informing Angie of her activities.
Sarah & Richie
Richie is paying the price for blurting out the truth about his
"married woman" - Jack can't resist teasing him about it at breakfast
the next morning. Unfortunately, Sarah is in the room as well, and
glares at Richie as he splutters that his woman lives in Hotton.
Keen to make amends, Richie rushes to see Sarah in the Diner (like you
do), but she's still angry. In a rare appearance, Pete turns up to
reinforce his status as a Pointless Character and asks Richie about
the mystery woman. Richie puts him off and dashes up to Sarah again,
who eventually agrees to meet him at Daletech at 1pm.
12.59 - Sarah is at the office and tears strips into Richie about his
indiscretion. She feels that if they are to have a future, she has to
trust him and she doesn't think she can. In the Woolie, Richie makes
amends by declaring that he made the whole scenario up because he was
pissed. The regulars think he's sad, although Sarah thinks
Later on, she turns up at the office to thank Richie (in more ways
than one) and leads him upsatirs....However, she strategically leaves
the front door open so that another character can come in and almost
catch them at it. And what do you know? Another character (ie Robert)
*does* turn up unexpectedly. Richie manages to get rid of him, but
Sarah is scared that she may have left a little clue that Robert would
have picked up on. All that is forgotten though as Richie silences her
with his lips....
Another snapshot of Happy Families chez Reynolds, with Ollie feeling
guilty about her crime, but Sean & Angie are too busy blaming each
other to notice. Angie feels that Ollie did it because of her
embarrassment at her mother's chosen career, and helpfully points out
that if word gets out, she will have no chance of promotion. However,
later she blames Sean for not being a suitable role model. Sean isn't
Only Marc seems to realise why Ollie did it - because she was bored
and wanted attention.
More Happy Families chez Dingle, where Nellie decides that Emily could
do with a make over. Considering that Nellie is hardly Stella
McCartney, all doesn;t bode well. Indeed, viewers' worse fears are
confirmed when Emily comes out in untold make-up, a very 80s hairdo
(all swept to one side) and clothes that even Britney Spears would
turn down, plus a yellow feather boa to finish it off. Zak is
impressed, but Lisa speaks for all viewers when she describes the look
as a "painted harlot".
However, Nellie has promised Emily that she will make her look
beautiful for Butch, so Emily's main concern is what Butch thinks. He
is unsure at first, but is swayed by Zak's plaudits and declares that
she looks lovely. Emily is overjoyed.
-- Laura finally emerges from the cupboard (having visited a
hairdresser while inside) and invites Kathy for a few drinks to
celebrate her birthday next week. Kathy, desperate to forget about
Graham, organises a get together with the entire village.
-- Viv decides that the Ollie incident is the last straw and resolves
to sell up as soon as possible. She reveals her plans to Bernice, but
Pollard overhears and looks keen to buy it.
-- Pollard has sold his story to the Hotten Courier, which will appear
-- Roy & Kelly move into the cottage, which they resolve to make their
home despite the horrendous decor. Kelly is keen to put the past
behind her, but Roy is suffering from an inability to trust her after
the Scott business. Perhaps he's *finally* shedding his doormat
exterior after all....