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‘Betty’s ’ot­pot is the in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty of the Rovers’ de­clared Stella, in a show­down with Sean over his cook­ing hot­pot for the Bistro. Nick, how­ever, was not go­ing to budge, and told Sean: ‘It’s ’ot­pot. Get over it.’

Yes. I re­ally wish they all would. This is such a des­per­ately un­funny and silly sto­ry­line and re­veals noth­ing about any­one. The only time I want an ’ot­pot story is when Dev is the main in­gre­di­ent (why was he talk­ing like Fam­ily Guy’s Stewie Grif­fin this week, by the way?).

It looks as though there might soon be more rumpy- pumpy ac­tion at the Bistro, when on Fri­day Leanne opens up to Nick about her heartbreak over Peter and Si­mon. The place saw a lot of ac­tion dur­ing their af­fair, and now that Nick is no longer with Eva, the field has opened up for them to re­sume their pas­sion.

Eileen has to de­cide whether to res­ur­rect her feel­ings for Paul on Mon­day, when he ar­rives at the fac­tory beg­ging her to go with him to Les­ley’s fu­neral, in­sist­ing that he can’t get through the day alone. As hot dates go, a fu­neral with your ex is right up there with an Aa-spon­sored wine-tast­ing, but Eileen de­cides to go. Af­ter a row with Paul’s sis­ter out­side the church, is this an­other nail in the cof­fin (two coffins, metaphor­i­cal or lit­eral, is still too many for one date), or will the pair move on?

A stress­ful week sees Eileen fac­ing the sack on Thurs­day, and on Fri­day Kirsty ral­lies the fac­tory work­ers to get her re­in­stated.

Per­son­ally, I think it’s just an at­tempt by Kirsty to in­gra­ti­ate her­self with the work­force, and af­ter whack­ing Ty­rone’s head against the door on Thurs­day (not that there’s much in­side it to dam­age), she’s go­ing to need all the friends she can get. There’s more vi­o­lence on Fri­day, when Rick’s thugs set about poor old Tommy.

Some­thing tells me that he might be next for the hot­pot.

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