What was rather beautiful this week was Liz telling Peter what’s what in her pub. She followed him to the men’s room to have a few words with him. Those words were at first demure; it’s my responsibility as landlady to look after my employees etc. Then she got more specific, and grabbed him around the throat and told him to stop messing about with Tina. Oh, thank you Liz!
(A note about Liz – I think she is becoming a landlady in the mold of Bet Lynch with a bit of Annie Walker mixed in. Her hair has memories of Bet’s piled locks but her dress of late is a bit more refined. In all, it’s a good look; authoritative with a bit of glamour and excess, reminiscent of Corrie past.)
Whether Peter will listen to her is another matter. It’s not likely Tina will listen either, to herself or Liz. Both Peter and Tina seem set on a crash course for disaster. It’s in keeping with his character, and normally wouldn’t be for Tina. But she has had a horrible year so it is not too far a stretch to see her coming totally off the rails. We have watched appalled as she zeroes in on Peter, knowing, as does she, that her “attraction” to him is an obsession destructive to her, him and Carla. Ain’t no good going to come out of it. But it hasn’t stopped her.
“Something rather beautiful” was Peter’s answer to Tina’s question “what have we done?” as they lay together in bed. What they had done was a quickie in Peter’s marital bed while Carla (his bride of what, a month?) was out. The preceding scene – the one that showed us why Carla was out – magnified the ick factor of this.
Carla was visiting Hayley. Sick, frightened and depressed, Hayley was in bed with the covers pulled over her head, absorbing her doctor’s prognosis of weeks to live. She didn’t want to see anyone. Carla barged in over Roy’s protests. She got in bed with Hayley and, lying covered up side by side, they talked. Hayley cried and Carla cried and consoled her. It was the best thing she could have done. She and Hayley comforting each other in their sadness was truly something beautiful.
Carla came home emotionally drained and distraught about the apparently imminent loss of someone who has become a very important friend to her. She found Peter busily cleaning the apartment. What a wonderful man! He’d even put a load of laundry in – the bed linen.