Season 2 Episode 32
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Frank, Jerry, Denise, Alex
GS: Adi Coleman (Roger Davies) Clare (Sarah Farooqui) Ingrid Coates (Minna Aaltonen)
Natalie is removing her clothes from the wardrobe when Sean comes in and thinks she is getting ready for the party. Natalie solemnly looks at the engagement ring on her finger. Ian and Helen plan to put a brief appearance in Studs before disappearing to The Grange for more together-time. Billy is still flogging Fletch-Date tickets at the door, and Julie warns him and Leon that Kelly better win tonight or else! Natalie is forced to finally let Sean in on the fact she's leaving, when he sees her suitcase. Billy talks Helen and then Lynda into buying tickets, which Jerry pays for, unaware it is going into the bribe money Billy and Leon are trying to raise back! Kelly arrives convinced she is going to win the date with Fletch, and Julie makes an unimpressed
Des is MCing the Harchester Christmas party once more, and Alex has his eye on Clare as
Frank takes Alex outside where Alex accuses him of only signing him up so his mom would go out with him. Frank explains to Alex he is in fact very fond of his mother, but this is only making things worse as the more he battles on, the more the lads are going to be winding him up. Des announces Jerry up to the stage to talk to the crowd, but is surprised when Jerry uses his speech to praise Des for his commitment to the club, and reveals he and Des will be forming a political party to fight Councillor Lal and his cronies. Des is forced to make his own speech where he promises every Harchester fan that he will be giving it his best shot. The crowd are behind Des and give him a rapturous applause. Lynda is confused as to what Jerry is up to, as they are supposed to be leaving Harchester.
Jerry gets a shock when Luis approaches and asks his permission to take Lynda to the floor for a Tango. Jerry watches intently as all eyes in the room are glued to Lynda and Luis’s sultry performance.
Natalie asks one last thing of Sean, and makes him promise he will never tell Dean they were together. She adds she was going to leave while Sean was at training, though it would have been cowardly, maybe she should have done that. As she turns to go, a fan stops Sean and asks for his autograph, and Sean misses Natalie walk through the check-in. Sean is heartbroken once more. Kelly too is heartbroken and watches the couple’s slow-dance to her own version of "I Will Always Love You". When Fletch and Helen kiss passionately under the mistletoe, Kelly runs out, and Ian is rattled by how long the kiss goes on for. He storms over and pulls Fletch away, just as Ingrid Coates appears in the doorway. Ian is shocked to see his wife and takes her outside from the situation brewing. Helen asks Fletch who the woman was, and is shocked to learn it is Ian's wife.
· Temporary departure of Natalie Hocknell (Helen Latham)
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· The Best: Sean showing off the "sensational" coat he paid four-hundred quid for to Natalie. Alex barking at Frank not to call him son as he isn't his dad. The Studs Christmas party crowd mesmerised by Luis and Lynda's enchanting Tango moves and chemistry. The fan Sean encounters at the airport, ironically, telling Sean he is better than his brother.
Quotes: Frank [as Alex causes a scene for he and Denise]: "Come on Alex that's enough" Alex: "And you! You're nothing but a dirty old letch!".
· Foreshadowing: Sean tells Natalie he hates Dean, and wishes he was dead. I think a lot of us would rather the elder Hocknell brother had been on that plane home from
Additional Info: Billy spins the line that the money raised from the Fletch raffle is going to Harchester's old people's home. We see Fletch enter the party with two women on his arm - one of whom is Sandra Greene.
· Soundtrack: Wizzard: "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday", Labelle: "Lady Marmalade"