spoiler alert: this post makes reference to the February 16 episode on CBC
Poor Rita. For a moment there, it looked like she might have one last chance at a happy romance, the first since her last beau, Ted (no, not the gay father of Gail but another Ted) passed away. Alas, it was not to be. No sooner had the smooth-talking Colin Grimshaw placed a ring on her finger, than it was revealed (in the confessional-like sanctuary of the Rovers - ed) that Colin is not just a bounder, but a primo bounder who fathered a child with a fourteen-year old girl.
The girl was Paula Carp. The child was Julie Carp. At the Rovers, all dart games were interrupted and ale-supping took a short hiatus as the secret was revealed (beats the usual bar chat about Jack's pigeons - ed). Rita was in shock. Norris raised an eyebrow. Eileen was in denial. Colin, as if to cement his status as a cretin, ordered two double whiskeys (He was stirred, not shaken - ed).
So what happens now?
Well, first things first. Jason and Julie have to ix nay their 'relationship' because of a pre-existing condition: they're related. Eileen will have to come to terms with the fact that her Dad had a thing with her childhood girlfriend. Paula will have to come terms with her long kept secret. Julie will have to come to terms with the fact that she has a Dad. Norris will have to be less hysterical with concern for Rita. Rita will have to shed a few tears for a sunset marriage that would have made her happy in her waning years. She was so close.