In a much more interesting storyline, Gary and Sarah tell each other that they're falling in love. They also both thank Bethany for setting up their romantic evening whilst poor Bethany looks on, humiliated and unhappy. "We'll go out for pizza, take Jake and Harry," Gary tells her, and she realises that he only sees her as a kid.
Talking of teenage romance, Seb and Faye have a date over at the Battersby-Tinker's, with Craig as an unwilling chaperone, even more so when he finds out that Seb the Shoplifter in in possession of some knock-off DVDs (wouldn't a teenager have films on his phone or a flash drive?) Craig has appealed to the Special Constabulary and they've agreed to accept him, and so he's taking the illegal movies very seriously. He tries to stand up for his friend, warning Seb about anything dodgy in Faye's vicinity, but Seb responds: "I'll look after Faye, you look after your weird little hamster."
Later on, as Faye takes a break from sitting with the very distressed Anna, home from hospital and back in her flat, Seb criticises poor Faye for not answering his calls and for being friends with Craig. Someone's a bit of a control freak, no?
Anna's pain and fear feeds into Gary's anger as Sarah, wanting to have honesty in their relationship, explains David's real actions and intentions on the day of the trial and car accident. Gary reacts to this by threatening David verbally and then punching him. I'd rather like to see a return of their previous feud; they make good combatants. David soon figures out that Sarah and Gary are dating and complains: "Is it possible for you to have a bloke who doesn't have beef with a member of this family?" Since Michael already witnessed the smoochies, it only remains for Gail to get peeved about it. And Audrey, but she's done one of her disappearing acts to Grasmere Drive, where she's holed up with the Reader's Digest and The Best of Jimmy Young on CD.
Michael also tries to bother Anna with a tale of his electric blanket plug that he left Chez Grimshaw, a long winded McGuffin, the upshot of which is that Michael overhears Pat talking about sitting on the beach in Mexico and how difficult it is to keep up the pretence with Eileen. Anna is too ill and depressed to help Michael with his Phelan problem, but Michael is determined to unmask the dodgy con-man.
Meanwhile, Tracy sees Luke off at the doorstep, looking like the cat that got the, erm, Luke, and goes straight to the hospital, although Ken still refuses to see her. Rana finds out that a family member has been visiting every afternoon and Tracy accuses Peter, who's still disappearing at odd hours and refusing to say where he's been, of being said relative. He denies it, thus setting up the return of another member of the Barlow clan. Does he know what he's letting himself in for, that's all I want to know.
And finally, Andy's still coming up with ideas for stories, his latest being about a restaurant owner who murders his customers, serves them up on the menu and wins a Michelin star. I hope this isn't a forthcoming storyline for the Bistro.
Rachel Stevenson - personal blog
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