During a girls’ night out the previous evening, Erica admitted that she had feelings for Dev. Liz and Mary convinced her that Dev felt the same way about her. So do something about it, they urged. Next day, Dev put a monkeywrench in the works by bringing a woman to the shop and arranging to meet her later at the Rovers.
Karen (pronounced Kar-een) was obviously keen on Dev as was he on her. Time for Team Erica to make an assault. Assault and insult they did. Liz was the wheelman, behind the bar checking on timing and notifying parties when it was time to move in. Mary moved in on the table where Dev and Kar-een cozied up and played getting to know you.
While Dev was getting drinks, Mary expressed her horror at the turnstile that was Dev’s bedroom door, said that the nanny saw much more than she wished to, and got in lovely digs about all that probably being okay with Kar-een. “You look very easy – [harrumph] – going.” And it worked, Kar-een stomped out, telling Dev she wasn’t going to be a notch on his bedpost.
Liz signalled Erica, time to come out. From the back room emerged Erica, done up to the nines. Wolf whistles from the guys at the bar and she went straight for Dev. “Que sera sera” she said as she grabbed him. Mary helpfully provided the translation. Liz poked her in the ribs to shut up.
Their night evidently went well, but next day Dev was distant. Erica, having made her stance however, wasn’t about to back off. That evening they again left the Rovers together.
I like Dev, and I like Erica. I think they work together well – as actors and as characters. They are plausible together and they, I think, will be fun. Dev has been rattling around far too long without a storyline. He plays the fool well, but he can do much more than that. We all have seen Dev – the aging playboy who doesn’t want to admit that it all hasn’t been what he’d hoped for and expected, and time is running out. He and Erica have a lot in common. She has enjoyed a free-spirited, adventurous life. But she also knows that descent into ‘past it’ is not far away. For both of them, it’s time to make time count.