They say absence makes the heart grow fonder but Nathan finds this is not the case with Frankie during a long distance phone call. To make matters worse Tyrone keeps butting in on the conversation, oblivious to Nathan’s frustrations. Nathan is further infuriated to discover Frankie can make the time for a long girlie chat with Liz, but can only manage a two minute conversation with him. Maria is put out by Tyrone who seems to have clearly moved on since their relationship failed. He’s pleasantly content with his new girlfriend Molly and is in no way phased by Maria having a new boyfriend. At first Maria is uncomfortable discussing her new boyfriend with her ex but Tyrone is quite upbeat about the whole situation which takes the shine out of it a little for Maria. Molly and Tyrone come up with an idea to save Diggory’s business - “Pizza delivery”. Both Molly and Tyrone are full of energy to get this new venture off the ground and are both enthusiastic about promoting it. Diggory on the other hand reluctantly goes along with it although he would rather the ground swallowed him up than tout for business. He finds the idea of handing out fliers degrading and keeps coming up with excuses not to pound the streets. Claire can no longer hide her feelings and makes it clear to Ashley he has been putting both her and the baby second and increasingly focussing on Joshua. Fred and Bev also point out to Ashley he has been neglecting his pregnant wife. Ashley realises he needs to make it up to Claire and arranges for them to go out to dinner. Keith has managed to organise a removal firm at very short notice, to move both his and Craig’s belongings. Meanwhile lovesick Craig is furiously trying to contact Rosie in France. Having promised to wait for her and say goodbye in person he needs to break the news that this is not going to happen now. Tracy dumps Amy on Ken so she can start measuring up for her new home, leaving Ken no choice but to tutor David at number 1. David isn’t at all happy at the prospect of spending his day in what he considers an old folks’ home. The lesson doesn’t quite go as smoothly as Ken would like and when Blanche finally makes an appearance, she’s not at all impressed with Ken’s teaching. To David’s amusement she constantly interrupts Ken’s lesson and makes fun of his chosen poem. Meanwhile, Liz and Bev try their hands at a spot of matchmaking between Steve and Shelley. The plan totally backfires, but Steve and Shelley eventually see the funny side of being set up by their mothers. However all’s not lost, Betty seizes the opportunity to rub Charlie up the wrong way when she notices Charlie watching Shelley and Steve having what looks like a very cosy chat over a drink at The Rovers. Even Bev and Liz are convinced their little plan is working when they see Shelley and Steve at the bar.
Writer: Jayne Hollinson